The following contains partial editorial content written by a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today.
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN- The disastrous Joe Biden presidency will be summed up in one picture when all is said and done.
That picture, of the Taliban mocking the United States by posting a picture parodying the iconic photo of United States Marines raising the American flag on Mount Suribachi in Iwo Jima during World War II will long live as Biden’s legacy.
— Military Times (@MilitaryTimes) August 21, 2021
That Iwo Jima photo has long been a symbol of America’s victorious march through the Pacific and was also emulated in part by another iconic photo—that being of New York City firefighters raising the American flag over the rubble of the World Trade Center after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a symbol of American resolve.
Perhaps this was the photo they were attempting to parody.
After all, it was Islamo-fascist terrorists much like them who took down the World Trade Center.
— HuffPost Crime (@HuffPostCrime) September 11, 2013
The propaganda photo posted by the Taliban is the latest kick in the gut for the American people and a virtual middle finger to the inept Biden administration.
This came after the Taliban ran roughshod over Afghanistan in less than two months and last week took control of Kabul after Biden pulled the remaining American troops out of that country.
According to the Marine Corps Times, the special unit seen in the Taliban’s propaganda photo—known as the Badri 313 Battalion—has been designated as the Taliban’s best fighting force, according to the New York Post. The group is named after the seventh century Battle of Badr.
“The Taliban’s Badri 313 Battalion released a collection of propaganda footage this past week,” the Daily Mail reported Sunday.
“Among the collection was the recreation of the famed 1945 World War II picture of soldiers raising the American flag during the Battle of Iwo Jima.”
The publishing of the picture led to Biden and his administration getting blasted across social media.
“This is Joe Biden’s legacy for all the world to see,” said Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), the number three Republican in the House in a tweet responding to the photograph.
This is Joe Biden’s legacy for all the world to see. https://t.co/TCKibAUpNK
— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) August 21, 2021
Meghan McCain, daughter of the late John McCain and former co-host of ABC’s cackle fest “The View” also weighed in:
We’re a laughing stock of the world. https://t.co/SMfFOpGYd5
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) August 21, 2021
In speaking to the Badri 313, they are being touted as a very skilled group of soldiers, not your typical sons of farmers and shepherds.
“This has only been recently revealed, is a militia, a special operations unit of the Taliban that is being deployed not just in Kabul but elsewhere as well that has provided a completely different picture.
No more just the sons of farmers and shepherds, a ragtag bunch of religious terrorists, but a special operations group comparable, perhaps, with the best in the world,’ senior editor and television anchor at India Today, Shiv Aroor said in a news segment this week, Fox News reported.
In probably one of the most glaring attempts to specifically mock our inept “president,” the Taliban also published a picture of soldiers eating ice cream, a direct shot at Biden who famously spends more time eating ice cream than actually doing anything substantive.
— Abdulhaq Omeri (@AbdulhaqOmeri) August 17, 2021
The Taliban has taken great pleasure in mocking the United States after Biden’s withdrawal, which drew comparisons to our country’s ill-fated exit from Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War.
For 20 years, men in plate carriers gave their lives for our country. Now, men in three piece suits casually toss aside their sacrifice.
To those who served: the bullets you took for 20 years are remembered and honored.
Make no mistake, Kabul is Biden’s Saigon. pic.twitter.com/DCgyZbqwKU
— Madison Cawthorn (@CawthornforNC) August 15, 2021
An example showed Taliban fighters showing off their newly acquired American equipment, including weapons, cars and even American military uniforms.
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) August 21, 2021
Reports have indicated the Taliban now has in its possession US drones, some 40 aircraft including Blackhawk helicopters, Humvees, an estimated 2,000 armored personnel carriers and significant amounts of “small arms” including an estimated 600,000 assault rifles, as well as rocket and grenade launchers. In other words, it’s a nightmare.
The Taliban has also produced a propaganda video in which they show the Badri 313 Battalion in the American gear.
بدري ۳۱۳ قطعه
د ارګ او د کابل ښار د حساسو سیمو امنیت په غاړه لري pic.twitter.com/dSSgnuAUbM
— Qari Saeed Khosty (@SaeedKhosty) August 17, 2021
Between 2002 and 2017, the US provided over $28 billion in weapons, which includes seven brand new helicopters delivered to Kabul only a month ago, even as the Taliban was in the process of taking over large swaths of the country.
Breitbart reported that between 2003-2019, the breakdown of equipment sent to Afghanistan included:
75,898 vehicles; 599,690 weapons; 162,643 pieces of communications equipment; 208 aircraft; 6,191 pieces of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance equipment; 7,035 machine guns; 4,702 Humvees; 20,040 hand grenades; 2,520 bombs; and 1,394 grenade launchers.
White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said Tuesday that, “we don’t have a complete picture, obviously, of where every article of defense materials has gone. But certainly a fair amount of it has fallen into the hands of the Taliban,” he said. “And obviously, we don’t have a sense that they are going to readily hand it over to us at the airport.”
Aside from the photo clearly designed to impact US morale, the seizure of US military equipment was described as a major victory for the Taliban.
“When an armed group gets their hands on American-made weaponry, it’s sort of a status symbol. It’s a psychological win,” said Eliase Yousif, deputy director of the Center for International Policy’s Security Assistance Monitor in a statement to The Hill.
“Clearly this is an indictment of the U.S. security cooperation enterprise broadly,” he said. “It really should raise a lot of concerns about what is the wider enterprise that is going on every single day, whether that’s in the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia.”
The Hill reported that as of June 30 of this year, Afghanistan “had 211 U.S.-supplied aircraft in their inventory.” Those 211 aircraft are now in the hands of the Taliban.
Meanwhile, the prompt exit of the US military from Afghanistan has left an unknown number of Americans stranded in the country. On Saturday, the U.S. embassy in Kabul (thought that had been evacuated) warned Americans to “avoid” going to the Kabul airport due to “security threats outside the gates.”
Here’s an example of the chaos at the Kabul airport:
The situation at Kabul airport is a disaster. pic.twitter.com/aZHkUqJZA6
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) August 20, 2021
Information has surfaced that the Taliban is confiscating U.S. passports and physically harming Americans. “Go back to your home or I will shoot you,” a member of the Taliban told one man, “according to a person who witnessed the encounter.”
“Because of potential security threats outside the gates at the Kabul airport,” the embassy alerted on their website, “we are advising U.S. citizens to avoid traveling to the airport and to avoid airport gates at this time unless you receive individual instructions from a U.S. government representative to do so.”
Earlier last week, Brianna Keilar, a CNN reporter tweeted,” It’s definitely chaotic. It’s definitely dangerous.”
Shots ring out behind @clarissaward – as she stands less than 200 yards from the entrance of the Kabul airport.
"It's definitely chaotic, she says. "It's definitely dangerous." pic.twitter.com/3iNgULO0fO
— Brianna Keilar (@brikeilarcnn) August 18, 2021
Meanwhile we have the Taliban giving a giant middle finger to Joe Biden, his clueless inept administration, and sadly the U.S. military. You cannot say you weren’t warned.
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In case you missed our earlier report on Biden’s lack of preparedness for the evacuation of US military assets from Afghanistan, we invite you to:
In an MSNBC Deadline episode on August 16, 2021, Afghanistan combat veteran and former CIA analyst Matt Zeller took President Biden to task over what he characterized as Biden’s lies about the situation in Afghanistan, notably including the preparedness for evacuation of U.S. allies there.
Zeller started out the interview with an immediate jab at the president.
Anchor Brian Williams said about Joe Biden’s speech:
“He owned it. He owned his decision. He owned the fact that, as he put it, the buck stops with him.”
“I hope he gets to own their deaths, too.”
Also regarding Biden’s speech on Afghanistan, Zeller went on to say:
“I feel like I watched a different speech than the rest of you guys. I was appalled. There was such a profound bald-faced lie in that speech, the idea we planned for every contingency?
“I have been personally trying to tell this administration since it took office. I have been trying to tell our government for years this was coming. We sent them plan after plan on how to evacuate these people. Nobody listened to us.
“They didn’t plan for the evacuation of our Afghan war-time allies. They’re trying to conduct it now at the 11th hour.”
Indeed, as recently as July 30, Zeller publicly put forth some of those recommendations in an opinion piece for CNN.
Comparing the situation in Afghanistan to the situation in Vietnam, Zeller pointed out in the piece:
“Afghanistan is a landlocked country – we do not have the luxury of an ocean and boats to aid us in the evacuation of the more than 70,000 Afghan wartime allies estimated in need of rescue from certain Taliban death….
“We are going to need the largest airlift since Berlin after World War II.”
My thanks to @NicolleDWallace & @DeadlineWH for having me on to implore @POTUS to honor our promise to our Afghan wartime allies. For all who want to understand more, here is my argument for why we must #SaveOurAllies #EvacuateNow https://t.co/ERrm0lypaQ
— Matt Zeller (@mattczeller) August 16, 2021
Adding that the Biden administration’s plan at that time for evacuation was “not enough,” he added:
“The Afghan military cannot defend or move these people. Only US troops can do it.
“Now, we have two options before us. Either we accept the mass murder of people we made a promise to save or we take bold action.
“I argue we must do the latter.”
Zeller continued his opinion piece by saying that evacuation should be done by retaking air fields and air evacuating from air bases.
Otherwise, he stated:
“Anything less than this bold action all but guarantees our allies and their families who are left behind will die gruesome deaths that the Taliban may film for the world to see.”
In his recent Deadline interview, Zeller critiqued Biden’s speech further, saying:
“We had all the people and equipment in place to be able to save these people months ago, and we did nothing.
“I’m appalled that he [Biden] thinks we only need to take 2,000 people. There’s 86,000 people who are currently left behind in Afghanistan alone. We’ve identified all of them for the government.
“I have no idea why he claims that people don’t want to leave Afghanistan. I have a list of 14,000 names right now, of people who want to get out of Afghanistan.”
Regarding blaming the Afghan military, Zeller continued:
“And the idea that the Afghan military should be blamed for this?
“Do you know how many casualties the Afghan military took in an average year? More than the United States did in twenty….
“How dare us for having to blame these people for not having the audacity to be able to survive a Taliban onslaught?”
Brian Williams tried to set up Joe Biden's speech on Afghanistan as a force of leadership where he "owned" it.
Afghanistan war veteran Matt Zeller said he was "appalled" by Biden, and that the speech was "a profound bold-face lie." https://t.co/4FtINXXpgf
— MediaResearchCenter (@theMRC) August 17, 2021
Sharing the cruel reality of what really happens at the hands of the Taliban “Nazis,” Zeller also told Williams:
“I have Afghans on the ground right now who are telling me the Taliban going door to door in Kabul and making lists of people who used to work with us. They’re telling them with smiles on their face, evil smiles. They will be back for them once we leave.
“So we either take them now, or these people are going to die. I have been trying to tell anyone who will listen that this is a never-again moment in the making. This is an administration that seems to be a profound champion and defender of human rights. Well, sometimes, human rights have to be defended at the barrel end of a gun.
“The Taliban are a modern version of the Nazis…..
“Every Afghan we leave behind is going to be left to a horrible existence, and if we don’t take them right now, that is as much on us as it is on the Taliban, who will hang or behead them.”
Later in his MSNBC interview, Zeller also passionately shared with anchor Nicolle Wallace:
“I’m not going to sit and listen to a president that I voted for. I was happy that this man took office. I’m now appalled at that speech. I’m not going to sit here and have him lie to the American people.
“We did not plan as a government for this contingency. The American people, the advocates who have been pleading with the government, did plan for it. You can go to our website, evacuateourallies.org. It’s been up for months.
“We had a plan in writing. I tried to give it to them. I have receipts. I put those out on social media.
“No one got back to us. No, no, no, no, I’m not going to let them get away with this. We have to take these people. If we don’t take these people now, they are going to die.”
U.S. Army veteran Matt Zeller goes off on MSNBC about Biden’s remarks on Afghanistan:
Zeller: “I feel like I watched a different speech than the rest of you guys. I was appalled.” pic.twitter.com/eGC5tMBvy4
— Whitney Robertson (@whitneyleerob) August 16, 2021
Zeller went on to say:
“So we should be doing everything we possibly can to get these people out. We have the means to do so.”
Referring to a previous opinion piece he wrote in April saying we would need the largest airlift since 1948 to evacuate allies in Afghanistan, Zeller concluded the interview by emphasizing again the Biden administration’s choice to ignore evacuation plans:
“We have been screaming this for months. No one listened.”
Report: White House may have “accidentally” revealed identities of CIA agents during video conference
August 16, 2021
The following contains editorial content which is the opinion of the author, a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today.
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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