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WASHINGTON, DC- The sheer incompetence of the Biden administration has been visible for all to see for quite a while now, in fact since January 20, 2021.
From completely removing any semblance of a southern border to destroying our energy independence on to letting the Taliban run roughshod over Afghanistan in mere weeks, the ineptitude of Team Biden is mind-boggling.
The latest display of the magnitude of this came about this past weekend as nearly 20 years of American blood and sacrifice in Afghanistan was rendered moot as that country was taken over by the Taliban.
Former President Trump was often criticized for golfing a lot, however when America was in crisis, he was where he needed to be…in the oval office, reassuring the American people.
So where is Biden? Hiding at Camp David. Other than a few tepid press releases or tweets, the White House has been silent after Biden’s “rookie mistake” of withdrawing the remainder of American troops from Afghanistan without an exit strategy.
More disturbing is a picture of Biden “attending” a video conference with national security officials where they were discussing the cluster f*ck in Afghanistan.
A tweet sent by the White House showed Biden, Kamala Harris and the rest of the national security team apparatus receiving updates on the removal of civilian personnel from that Afghanistan.
For anyone paying attention (no doubt including our enemies such as China and Russia), the official White House picture appeared to unmask the identities of CIA agents.
This morning, the President and Vice President met with their national security team and senior officials to hear updates on the draw down of our civilian personnel in Afghanistan, evacuations of SIV applicants and other Afghan allies, and the ongoing security situation in Kabul. pic.twitter.com/U7IpK3Hyj8
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 15, 2021
That was noticed by former acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell, who retweeted the White House picture with a legitimate question:
“Who took this picture outing Intel officials?! Dear God.”
Who took this picture outing Intel officials?!
Dear God. https://t.co/XsRcUVeysQ
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) August 15, 2021
Here is a closeup:
Twitter users were apoplectic.
“In addition to the Afghanistan disaster Biden has now blown the CIA’s cover in Qatar.”
“Heck of a job, White House communications shop. I figure you would want to crop out the teleconference screens labeled ‘CIA’ and “Doha Station.’ You panicking amateur idiots.”
“Ummm…is the public supposed to see the faces of the CIA agents? Are we supposed to know there is a ‘Doha Station’??
Some called for the person who tweeted the picture to be (rightfully) fired:
“Whoever Tweeted this should be fired ASAP—potentially compromising OpSec by not blurring out locations on screen.”
What was the vice president doing while all of this was going on?
Please protect yourself and your loved ones – get vaccinated.
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) August 15, 2021
This isn’t just the Fall of Kabul. The entire leadership of the US govt disappeared today. A thousand narratives collapsed in realtime. DC theater gave way to reality. A generation of people around the world watched as the US govt was humiliated.
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) August 16, 2021
Meanwhile, as Biden hides out at Camp David, there are people trying to escape Afghanistan.
Where is Biden?
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) August 15, 2021
Joe Biden was a Senator during Saigon, Vice President during Benghazi, and President during Kabul
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) August 15, 2021
Viral videos have circulated showing Afghan people desperate to get out of the country clinging to an Air Force C-17 as it taxied down the runway at Kabul.
Kabul Airport runway today. No words needed. pic.twitter.com/8SfzEOprUZ
— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) August 16, 2021
FLEEING THE TALIBAN: Crowd of people rushes towards Kabul’s international airport as citizens try desperately to flee after Taliban takes control of the Afghan capital. https://t.co/B12EOPCEul pic.twitter.com/JbhxgeyEz9
— ABC News (@ABC) August 16, 2021
One such person who is a reporter who goes by “Mustafa 47” on Twitter said that he is stuck in Kabul with his wife and 11-month-old baby and asked for prayers for a safe escape.
Asking for an interview is part of our job and there is nothing wrong with it. But it becomes a bit insensitive when you ignore someone is trying with life to protect his infant daughter and wife against Taliban.
That interview can line him up for execution.
— Mustafa 47 (@CombatJourno) August 16, 2021
Innocent Afghans, some of whom assisted American troops by acting as either informants or human intelligence assets are, according to reports, being dragged out of their homes by Taliban savages and slaughtered in the streets.
Taliban started door to door search looking for govt officials, former police & security forces members & those who worked for foreign countries NGOs or infrastructures in Afghanistan.
At least 3 journalists' houses were searched in the last hour.
Kabul is now becoming deadly..
— Mustafa 47 (@CombatJourno) August 16, 2021
Last week, Biden was asked about the similarities between what is now occurring in Afghanistan to our embarrassing exit from South Vietnam in the 1970s, to which he replied:
“The Taliban is not the North Vietnamese Army. They’re not remotely comparable in terms of capability. There’s going to be no circumstance when you’re going to see people lifted off the roof of an embassy of the United States from Afghanistan,” he said during a Thursday press briefing.
📸: U.S. Chinook helicopter flies over the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, as diplomatic vehicles leave the compound after the Taliban seized control of the country. https://t.co/khE4AmjWNi pic.twitter.com/YCSZRhYITQ
— ABC News (@ABC) August 16, 2021
“We now seem to be finally out of Vietnam,” Biden said to the Seattle Daily Times the day after Saigon fell. “It seems to me we’ve learned an important lesson about careless military involvement abroad.”https://t.co/XsmoCmqPUb
— Annie Linskey (@AnnieLinskey) August 16, 2021
On Sunday, feckless Secretary of State Antony Blinken downplayed the exit, telling ABC News, “Let’s take a step back. This is manifestly not Saigon.”
JUST IN: @SecBlinken tells @jonkarl that personnel at U.S. embassy compound in Kabul are being relocated to the airport "to ensure they can operate safely and securely" amid Taliban advance. https://t.co/l51U8jicQB pic.twitter.com/iUzFXBbVxu
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) August 15, 2021
On June 7, Blinken said, “We’re not withdrawing. We’re staying. The embassy is staying. I don’t think it [withdrawal from Afghanistan] is going to be something that happens from a Friday to a Monday,” he told a House committee.
“So I wouldn’t necessarily equate the departure of our forces in July, August or by early September with some kind of immediate deterioration.”
Secretary of State Blinken during a June 7 Foreign Affairs Committee hearing:
"If there is a significant deterioration in security, I don't think it's going to be something that happens from a Friday to a Monday." pic.twitter.com/6mqpIjUbmA
— Evan Hill (@evanhill) August 15, 2021
You know things are bad when even state media CNN is calling out the White House:
No, it’s not Saigon…it’s Kabul. This is on Joe Biden. He had no exit strategy, and a lot of innocent people are being slaughtered because of it.
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In case you missed it, here is a previous report we filed on former NFL player Pat Tillman, who lost his life serving his country in Afghanistan.
DALLAS, TX – Colin Kaepernick, a person who is as notorious as he was famous for being a quarterback in the NFL.
In his early career, he stood out, took over as starter and kept the job after Alex Smith, the starter at the time, went down with an injury and never returned to the starting line up for the San Francisco 49ers.
It seemed like his career would be long-term, until his skills started declining and he was eventually relegated as a backup quarterback.
Shortly after being taken out of the starting lineup, Kaepernick began kneeling during the National Anthem, supposedly as a protest over what he believed was a rampant police brutality problem throughout the United States.
WTF DID I JUST READ??
COLIN KAEPERNICK IS A HERO LIKE PAT TILLMAN?
Brett Favre has lost all respect! https://t.co/g6sWWqujU8
— Brandon Tatum (@TheOfficerTatum) June 21, 2020
To spite team owners, teammates, and veterans of the armed services requests for him to stand, in order for him to show pride in soldiers that had fallen protecting his right to kneel, Kaepernick chose to kneel for a cause that did not exist.
Speaking only of people who are killed by police each year, a larger number, by far, are white. According to an article by the Washington Post, 2,478 white people were killed by police, while black people (1,298), Hispanics (904) and other (219) were killed.
Now, the Washington Post tries to paint the picture that the overall number of the population are disproportionate, but no one who actually pays attention can deny that overall, white people were killed by police far more than any other race.
In the Post’s article, one thing is sorely missing: Context.
Throughout their article, it is never explained any of the circumstances which led up to a police officer killing a person. It is left to the reader to assume that there is somewhat of an overall agenda for all police officers, regardless of race, to kill black people.
Brett Favre says Colin Kaepernick's willingness to leave his NFL career to fight for social justice reminds him of Pat Tillman's ultimate sacrifice … and now, he's telling TMZ Sports he thinks both will be remembered as heroes.https://t.co/zvL7yB7Kb4
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) June 21, 2020
However, despite their efforts, the facts are simply the facts, they cannot be ignored.
Every police involved shooting that happens goes before a grand jury. The grand jury looks at all facts, witness statements, and evidence presented before they come to a decision. Either the grand jury, who is made up of civilians who know nothing of anyone involved, is jaded toward law enforcement every time, or, just maybe, the majority of the time officers get the decision right more often than not when using lethal force.
So, for Kaepernick to say that there is an overall problem with officers, again, regardless of race, indiscriminately beating and killing those of a minority race, the facts simply do not back that line of thought. If there is any doubt in your mind about this article, don’t take my word for it, look up the facts for yourself.
Kaepernick kneeling has less to do with any belief that there is social injustice, but more to do with the fact that he became less relevant.
Instead of working hard to hone his craft and become a better quarterback, he decided to take the easy route to try to keep his fame, kneel for a cause that does not exist but that the masses will believe.
“It’s not easy for a guy his (Kaepernick’s) age — black or white, Hispanic, whatever — to stop something that you’ve always dreamed of doing, and put it on hold, maybe forever, for something that you believe in.
“I can only think of right off the top of my head, Pat Tillman is another guy who did something similar. And, we regard him as a hero. So, I’d assume that hero status will be stamped with Kaepernick as well.”
Pat Tillman was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the 1998 NFL Draft and quickly became a starter.
After the attacks on 9/11, Tillman decided that it was time to defend the United States of America instead of playing in the NFL. His calling led him to give up a big contract and join the Army.
This decision led to him losing $3.6 million dollars, all for his personal sacrifice in joining the Army to defend the United States.
Is Bret Farve completely stupid?
God bless Pat Tillman. https://t.co/ksxwLNJa0S
— David1anddone (@David1anddone1) June 22, 2020
Tillman was killed by friendly fire while in Afghanistan.
To compare an American Hero like Tillman to Kaepernick is unthinkable.
Tillman gave up everything to defend freedom, to defend the county that he loved. Kaepernick was a washed up, at best, second string talent at quarterback who never had to fight for anything in this life.
Tillman stood for freedom, Kaepernick knelt as a whiny coward.
While there is much pandering happening in the nation right now, Favre and many others need to be careful who they side with.
This isn’t the first time Law Enforcement Today has reported on Kaepernick and his anti-American stance.
Here’s a report we brought you in January regarding that very topic.
Failed NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick is at it again.
It seems that when it comes to military and police officers in America, he just can’t keep his mouth shut.
Kaepernick began the notorious trend of kneeling during the National Anthem in protest of the so-called issue of minorities being “targeted” by police a few years ago, garnering national attention that wasn’t so stellar… but this week, after increasing tension between the United States and Iran, he’s directly attacking combat veterans who are putting their life on the line to keep people like him living safe back at home.
Kaepernick’s online tirade came in the form of tweets that compared American troops to terrorists and claimed that the United States would stop at nothing to enact violence against “Black and Brown people”.
There is nothing new about American terrorist attacks against Black and Brown people for the expansion of American imperialism.
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) January 4, 2020
And that wasn’t the metaphorical line in the sand where he would draw the line…
America has always sanctioned and besieged Black and Brown bodies both at home and abroad. America militarism is the weapon wielded by American imperialism, to enforce its policing and plundering of the non white world.
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) January 4, 2020
According to Kaepernick, the American government habitually uses the military to “plunder” the “non white world” and enforce their will against minorities both at home and abroad.
Essentially, his argument is that the United States is racist, through and through… and will stop at nothing to continue their domination.
Kaep needs to get his facts straight. Not only has he been preaching propaganda and turning people against the men and women who hold the Thin Blue Line, but he’s been getting his facts wrong. Though no one seems to be able to get through to him.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has repeatedly defended the strike, saying that Soleimani was planning an attack against Iraqi and American forces.
Siding with an Iranian Islamic terrorist who's killed hundreds Americans, injured untold numbers more, and from a country that's anything but progressive to trash America?
Disgusting and unsurprising. So you're….pro-terrorism? https://t.co/EKxFnr2KLx
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) January 4, 2020
But to Kaepernick, who only sees things in terms of race and color, the US launched an attack against another country simply because they aren’t white.
Give us a break.
Kaepernick’s recent attacks against veterans willing to die for their country was met with some serious backlash.
Good thinking. The US government attacked these Noble Iranian Peace Merchants because they are ‘people of color.’ Colin, I truly believe that your brain is made of hummus and I say this as a Lebanese “brown person of color.” Schmuck.
— Gad Saad (@GadSaad) January 4, 2020
Couldn’t have said it better ourselves. It’s almost laughable that a “celebrity” (we use that term loosely…) can sit back in the comfort of his own luxurious home and attack the very people who allow him to live comfortably and enjoy the benefits of being a free American.
Others said that he was free to leave the country at any time.
You can leave anytime https://t.co/WFXDNRIjzI
— Will Chamberlain (@willchamberlain) January 4, 2020
Other people reminded the Nike nitwit of who the real enemy is.
Iranian terrorist Qasem Soleimani killed thousands upon thousands of black and brown people through out the Middle East
The United States put an end to his murdering https://t.co/7jefx4XtQq
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) January 4, 2020
Again… it’s a pretty high-and-mighty stance about “imperialism” from someone who works with Nike, who uses sweatshops and child labor to create their products, which they in turn sell for a massive profit.
So… it would seem that Kaepernick isn’t just protesting police brutality… but instead has an agenda to call out our nation’s protectors.
Soleimani oversaw the murder, starvation, displacement, detention and torture of millions of brown Syrians and Iraqis. https://t.co/NrQIRw3van
— Elizabeth Tsurkov (@Elizrael) January 4, 2020
It seems as though a few American citizens need to be reminded about who the real enemy is.
“As a former military intelligence officer on the ground in Afghanistan, I was trained to ask the hard questions before acting. A Commander-in-Chief must do the same.”
Thank you for your input, Pete Buttigieg. However, your service as a “military Uber driver,” as you put it, being responsible for the safe transport of your immediate commander is slightly different than a Commander-in-Chief’s responsibilities, which is to assure the safety of an entire nation.
Buttigieg made the above statement in response to President Trump ordering an airstrike in Iran, which killed one of their most general military leaders, Qasem Soleimani. One of those hard questions President Trump had to ask was whether military leaders such as Soleimani posed a threat to the American people.
The answer was simple. Yes.
Now the congressional left is going insane over the action. They’re “outraged.”
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise is sick of it. Earlier this week, he said:
“Any responsible commander-in-chief would have done the same thing, but President Trump’s the one who did it, and I’m glad that the president had the fortitude to say we’re going to put America first. We’re going to protect America and our allies around the world by doing this.”
“And you know, if somebody wants to criticize him for it, I think they’re going to have to look at a mirror and say, whose side are you on if you can question something that actually makes America safer?”
Scalise is referring to the left blasting the President for the airstrike all over Twitter, as well as actual news sources, to call out the President.
Normal people realize that Soleimani was extremely dangerous. He was tied to the deaths of hundreds of Americans.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz said in a tweet:
“According the Obama Department of Defense, Qasem Soleimani was a terrorist directly responsible for the murder of over 500 US service men & women. Why are congressional Dems outraged that he’s finally dead?”
His estimate was conservative, as the Pentagon released a statement saying:
“General Soleimani and his Quds Force were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition service members and the wounding of thousands more.
He had orchestrated attacks on coalition bases in Iraq over the last several months — including the attack on December 27th — culminating in the death and wounding of additional American and Iraqi personnel. General Soleimani also approved the attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad that took place this week.”
In response to Senator Cruz, Minnesota representative Ilhan Omar tweeted back:
“We are outraged the president would assassinate a foreign official, possibly setting off another war without Congressional authorization and has zero plan to deal with the consequences.”
There are so many things wrong with her statement.
First, Soleimani was not just a foreign official.
The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act definition of a foreign official is, “any officer or employee of a foreign government or any department, agency, or instrumentality thereof, or of a public international organization, or any person acting in an official capacity for or on behalf of any such government or department, agency, or instrumentality, or for or on behalf of any such public international organization.”
General Soleimani was a military leader of The Quds Force, which is designated by the US as a Federal Terrorist Organization. The force is part of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a paramilitary group that secretly operates with other known terrorist groups, like Hezbollah of Lebanon, Shiite militias in Iraq, and Shiites in Afghanistan.
The Quds Force is known for “operations external to Iran to advance the Islamic revolution,” according to Dr. Jack Watling, a research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute in the UK.
“Squad” member Omar is also “outraged” that the President did not seek Congress approval first.
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Interesting, since the Democrats had no qualms with Former President Obama justifying doing the exact same thing, as he mentioned in a 2013 speech at the National Defense University:
“Under domestic law, and international law,” Obama said, “the United States is at war with al-Qaida, the Taliban, and their associated forces. We are at war with an organization that right now would kill as many Americans as they could if we did not stop them first. So this is a just war — a war waged proportionally, in last resort, and in self-defense.”
Article II of the US Constitution designates the president as “Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy,” which grants them the authority to launch certain military actions without congressional authorization.
Further, the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), passed almost unanimously in both houses after the attacks of 9/11 (only Senator Barbara Lee voted no) states:
“That the President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons.”
While it’s hypocritical that democrats would support and applaud a democratic president for striking against terrorists but condemn a republican for doing the exact same, we are hardly surprised that they would resort to attempting to divide our nation even further by publicly supporting the terrorist group over our own people.
Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Michael Bloomberg, Bernie Sanders, and a bunch of other democratic candidates I’ve honestly never even heard of all waited approximately 2 hours after Soleimani’s death to start to speak out against the actions taken by President Trump.
Of course, all statements start out by saying that Soleimani was indeed a terrorist connected to hundreds of American deaths, and then go on to say that the Trump administration can’t handle these foreign affairs.
So first they support the terrorists, and then they condemn them when trying to secure votes.
Jordan Steckler is a research analyst with opposition group United Against Nuclear Iran. Referring to Soleimani, he said, “He is the individual most responsible for the destabilization and inflammation of sectarian tensions that Iran has sown throughout the Middle East.
Despite being outmanned, outgunned and outspent by its adversaries, Soleimani has employed tactics including terrorist attacks, covert operations and the outsourcing of fighting to foreign militias to undermine the sovereignty of neighboring states and expand Iran’s military and diplomatic influence.”
After all this research and information about Soleimani and his Quds Force, we’d have to say we agree with Congressman Steve Scalise’s questions to those opposing the President ending the threat:
“Whose side are you on?”
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable. -John F Kennedy