JALALABAD, AFGHANISTAN – According to reports, protesters that had formed in Jalalabad to oppose the replacement of the Afghanistan national flag in public areas by the Taliban led to bloodshed, as Taliban fighters reportedly opened fire on the crowd of protesters.
— James Keay (@reach147) August 18, 2021
On August 17th, hundreds of citizens in Jalalabad flocked to the streets to protest the Taliban’s removal of the nation’s flag to replace it with the emblem of the Taliban in public areas.
Video captured portions of the protest, with citizens marching through the streets, with some waving the national flag of Afghanistan.
— Pajhwok Afghan News (@pajhwok) August 18, 2021
However, the protesting and flag waving did not end well for those who defied the Taliban.
NDTV reported that this protest by the Jalalabad locals led to the Taliban firing upon the crowd, killing three and injuring dozens of others.
Video was shared to Twitter showing the locals running as gunshots rang out.
— Pajhwok Afghan News (@pajhwok) August 18, 2021
Jalalabad was reportedly the final city to come under the control of the Taliban before the group successfully took control of Kabul, with video shared to Twitter showing the Taliban entering the city on August 14th.
— Rashid Khan (@Rashid_OfficiaI) August 15, 2021
While having ended in bloodshed, the demonstration in Jalalabad appears to be the first sort of pushback against the Taliban since the overthrow of the government and seizure of Afghanistan.
The Taliban have attempted to manifest a more progressive front following the seizure, promising a broad exoneration, and encouraging women to join their government activities, not-to-distant memories of public lashings, executions, and stoning for acts of things like adultery during the Taliban’s rule from 1996 to 2001 are still vivid.
But if what took place in Jalalabad shows evidence of, it’s that there is some level of resistance to recognizing the Taliban as the country’s official government. Whether these sorts of demonstrations continue moving forward remains to be seen.
While the current ongoings with regard to the Taliban taking over Afghanistan has a complex history of over 20 years – with many proverbial ingredients stemming from multiple administrations – Americans overall disapprove of President Biden’s handling of the situation.
— The Hill (@thehill) August 17, 2021
A recent survey conducted by the The Trafalgar Group and Convention of States Action, which The Hill reported on, found that 69% of survey responders did not approve of President Biden’s handling of the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan.
Even when breaking it down by political parties, 48% of polled Democrats disapproved of how President Biden employed the exit strategy in the country.
Even CNN contributor Frida Ghitis, who still managed to attribute some level of culpability to former President Trump, wrote that “much of the fault” for what happened in Afghanistan rests in President Biden’s lap:
“There’s no question that much of the fault lies with President Joe Biden. He made the final decision to withdraw. He chose to abide by a disastrous agreement crafted under the previous administration; moved the troops out with obviously poor planning for contingencies, and is the president under whose watch the two-decade war ended in a humiliating rush for exits for the US and NATO, as the previous regime took control.”
All the while, President Biden has been pointing the finger of blame at everyone but himself.
— Parisa Hafezi (@PHREUTERS) August 16, 2021
According to a report from Reuters, President Biden laid blame on the Afghan military and officials for the disaster that unfolded earlier in August, characterizing the forces to something akin to a band of cowards fleeing:
“The truth is: This did unfold more quickly than we anticipated. So what’s happened? Afghanistan political leaders gave up and fled the country. The Afghan military gave up, sometimes without trying to fight.”
President Biden then redirected his energy toward rhetorically questioning how many more American lives needed to be lost to remain in a country he framed as being plagued by a “civil war”:
“How many more generations of America’s daughters and sons would you have me send to fight Afghans – Afghanistan’s civil war, when Afghan troops will not? How many more lives – American lives – is it worth? How many endless rows of headstones at Arlington National Cemetery?”
The president is doing his best to frame this ill-executed exit from Afghanistan as him falling on a proverbial sword, so that a future administration wouldn’t have to tackle the issue:
“Our leaders did that in Vietnam when I got here as (a) young man. I will not do it in Afghanistan. I know my decision will be criticized but I would rather take all that criticism than pass this decision on to another president.”
While President Biden has proclaimed to “stand squarely behind” his decision to withdraw from Afghanistan, this is going to be one stain on his presidency that will be unlikely to come out.
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While Taliban rose to power, Biden administration prioritized LGBT agenda in foreign policy
(Originally published August 16th, 2021)
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Even as Taliban terrorists rose to power in Afghanistan, the Biden administration was prioritizing the LGBT agenda in its foreign policy.
Just mere weeks ago, in June, the Biden administration directed that the LGBT rainbow flag fly above the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.
The U.S. embassy tweeted on its account:
“The month of June is recognized as (LGBTI) Pride Month. The United States respects the dignity & equality of LGBTI people & celebrates their contributions to the society.
“We remain committed to supporting civil rights of minorities, including LGBTI persons.
If this is where your priorities were 2 months ago I’m not surprised to see what’s happening today.
— Adam 🇺🇸 (@AdamN928) August 15, 2021
The flying of the rainbow flag in honor of “Pride Month” came on the heels of a State Department press statement on the “priority” of pro-LGBT foreign policy.
This statement, issued in February, read:
“Today, President Biden signed a Presidential Memorandum directing all U.S. government departments and agencies engaged abroad to ensure that U.S. diplomacy and foreign assistance promote and protect the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI+) persons around the world.
“The struggle to end violence, discrimination, criminalization, and stigma against LGBTQI+ persons is a global challenge that remains central to our commitment to promote human rights and fundamental freedoms for all individuals.
“In the Biden-Harris administration, the United States will lead by the power of our example and pursue a policy to end violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or sex characteristics.”
— The Jewish Voice (@JewishVoice) August 16, 2021
The statement continued:
“Today’s action by President Biden demonstrates the U.S. government’s firm commitment to advance this goal….
“Under President Biden’s leadership, the United States will work with like-minded governments and strengthen civil society advocacy to fully support and advance the human rights of LGBTQI+ persons.
“Our international partners can be assured that advancing human rights for all individuals, with no exception or caveat, is a U.S. foreign policy priority.”
— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) August 16, 2021
Meanwhile, at a July press conference, Biden downplayed the idea of a Taliban takeover.
Biden was asked:
“Is a Taliban takeover of Afghanistan now inevitable?”
“No. It is not.
“Because you have, the Afghan troops have 300,000 well-equipped, as well-equipped as any army in the world, and an air force, against something like 75,000 Taliban.
“It is not inevitable.”
“The jury is still out. The likelihood there is going to be the Taliban overrunning everything and owning the whole country is highly unlikely.”
Biden’s sentiments appeared to be shared by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley.
“The Afghan Security Forces have the capacity to sufficiently fight and defend their country, and we will continue to support the Afghan Security Forces where necessary in accordance with the guidance from the president and the secretary of defense.
“The future of Afghanistan is squarely in the hands of the Afghan people, and there are a range of possible outcome in Afghanistan.
“And I want to emphasis [sic] repeatedly, and I’ve said this before, a negative outcome, a Taliban automatic military takeover, is not a forgone conclusion.
“We will continue to monitor the situation closely and make adjustments as necessary.”
A question of the placement of Gen. Milley’s priorities and interests during the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan has evidently led to a public critique by Donald Trump, Jr.
I can only assume that General Milley was too busy reading the latest CRT literature and learning about the 97 genders along with their requisite pronouns to pay much attention to such trivial matters. https://t.co/CHu4mbfUdM
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) August 13, 2021
Trump, Jr. posted the following on Twitter in response to a question on how the Taliban achieved their offensive “under the noses” of U.S. intelligence and military:
“I can only assume that General Milley was too busy reading the latest CRT literature and learning about the 97 genders along with their requisite pronouns to pay much attention to such trivial matters.”
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