Rep. Waltz: “We are on the cusp of facing the largest mass hostage situation in American history”

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During a recent appearance on Newsmax’s “Wake Up America”, Republican Rep. Michael Waltz expressed serious concerns over President Joe Biden’s refusal to extend the evacuation deadline in Afghanistan, saying “We are on the cusp of facing the largest mass hostage situation in American history.”

The Afghanistan evacuation deadline is drawing closer, with August 31st being mere days away, and Rep. Waltz says that there are still Americans abroad that are unable to get through the Kabul airport:

“The reality with what’s happening on the ground is also outrageous. I and others were up all night, along with my team, trying to help American citizens get through Taliban and American lines, and they were turned away. These are U.S. passport holders and their families that aren’t getting through.”

Rep. Waltz scoffed at the framing coming from the White House regarding evacuation efforts, saying:

“Yet, we see these press briefings where everything’s going fine, and we’re going to be mission accomplished, and we’re going to get out of here by August 31. It’s a bunch of garbage.”

The Florida representative says that if the United States cannot extricate all American citizens from Afghanistan by the August 31st deadline, then the Taliban will undoubtedly use each and every American “left behind” as leverage to achieve whatever their desires or goals may be:

“We are on the cusp of facing the largest mass hostage situation in American history. This is going to make 1979 in Tehran look like a sleepover because anything the Taliban wants going forward — money, recognition, support all they have to do is go down the street and grab an American that was left behind by Joe Biden.”

Lt. Col. Omar Hamada, M.D., a former special forces flight surgeon, recently spoke with Fox News about the Taliban’s growing power in Afghanistan, saying that they’ll likely “own the entire country” by August 29th: 

“It’s pretty devastating. All American forces are currently being moved out and Kabul airport is being evacuated as we speak. We’re conceding.”

“The Taliban will own the entire country by Sunday. We are probably going to be out of there before the deadline of the 31st and in doing so, we will be leaving many Americans and allies in country.”

Another concern are reports circulating that officials within President Biden’s administration may have handed over a list of names of Americans in Afghanistan to the Taliban, a matter that President Biden couldn’t deny occurred

“There have been occasions where our military has contacted their military counterparts in the Taliban and said this bus is coming through…made up of the following group…let it through. Yes, there have been occasions like that.”

President Biden’s comments on the reports of lists of Americans handed over to the Taliban came mere hours after 13 U.S. service members were killed in a suicide bombing carried out by ISIS-K outside the airport in Kabul. 

Like many others have opined, Lt. Col. Hamada rhetorically asked what sort of “logical government” hands over a list of names to the enemy:

“What logical government gives their enemy a list of people who are loyal to them? I mean, it’s a target list. It’s not in any way I think gonna be used to evacuate Americans…that’s treachery and treasonous.”

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Biden admits terrorists ‘may seek to exploit the situation’ in Afghanistan

(Originally published August 24th, 2021)

WASHINGTON, DC – President Biden refused to give details on the U.S. plan for evacuations ongoing in Afghanistan, citing a risk that “terrorists may seek to exploit” the chaos if the United States does not leave the country soon.

In a televised speech from the White House Sunday evening, Biden said U.S. forces were communicating and coordinating with Americans in Kabul, working to get them to Hamid Karzai International Airport for evacuation.

He also said that forces have increased the perimeter around the airport to make it easier for people to arrive at the site safely. He refused to go into detail, but again insisted that any American who wanted to leave could do so:

“Our first priority in Kabul is getting American citizens out of the country as quickly and as safely as possible. But I will say again today what I’ve said before — any American who wants to get home will get home.”

The President then admitted that terrorists were a concern inside the country, including ISIS-K, an off-shoot of the ISIS caliphate that was destroyed in Iraq and Syria.

As the United States struggles to evacuate Americans and Afghans who aided the U.S. military during the war, an operation that has deteriorated into panic and chaos, the President spoke to the American people about the risk of terrorists inside Afghanistan:

“We know that terrorists may seek to exploit the situation. We’re under no illusions about the threat.

“We are maintaining the constant vigilance to monitor and disrupt threats from any source, including the likely source being ISIS-K, the Afghan affiliate referred to as ISIS-K.

But every day we have troops on the ground. These troops and innocent civilians at the airport face the risk of attack from ISIS-K at a distance, even though we are moving back the perimeter significantly.”

Since the President ordered the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan, the country has fallen into chaos as the Taliban took hold of power faster than Americans expected. As the evacuation began to look more like a retreat, the Taliban declared victory over American and has begun re-instituting Sharia law.

Americans have been harassed and assaulted making their way to the airport to be flown out of the country, and many Afghans who worked for the U.S. as interpreters and other support staff have been left behind.

Despite the operational failures, President Biden praised the progress of evacuations during his comments:

“I’ve continued to make progress since I spoke to you on Friday. We have moved thousands of people each day by U.S. military aircraft and civilian charter flights.

“A little over 30 hours – in a little over 30 hours this weekend, we’ve evacuated an extraordinary number of people, as I will detail in a minute: about 11,000 individuals. That number will change day to day as the air and ground operations in Kabul vary.”

Former Trump Secretary of State Mike Pompeo criticized the withdrawal from Afghanistan, saying “it did not have to be this way.” He oversaw President Trump’s plan for withdrawal, which Biden rejected when he came into office.

Pompeo said the military should have been the last out of the country:

“So, President Trump had made clear in his campaign, he wanted to get our young men and women home as quickly as he could. We were striving to achieve that.

“He also made very, clear both when I was CIA director, but more directly to me when I was the Secretary of State, that we had a second objective—and that was to make sure we could do so in a way that was orderly, that got equipment home, that got American civilians out, and then protected our second objective there, which was to continue to be able to reduce the risk that we ever had an attack on the homeland from that place.”

Pompeo said the failed withdrawal could increase the risk of terrorism as Afghanistan provides ungoverned space for training camps:

“We shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that this terror threat is a global risk—we have to make sure we confront it, not just in Afghanistan, but every place we find it.

So, I do think if we get that piece wrong, and it appears that the collapse of the Afghan military because of the poor decision-making and planning of the Biden administration…

“It absolutely increases the risk of that whether it’s a month or six months or a year from now—that radical Islamic terrorists will have an ungoverned space in which to begin to plan and plot.

And it will be even more difficult than it needed to be to measure these plots and make sure we’re able to interdict them or take them down before they’re able to strike.”

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Embarrassing: Taliban threatens Biden, warns of ‘consequences’ if we stay past Aug. 31 deadline

(Originally published August 23rd, 2021)

The following contains editorial content which is the opinion of the author.

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN- There’s an old saying—“Peace through superior firepower.” For Joe Biden, it’s peace through appeasement—at least until we get hit with another terrorist attack due to his incompetence.

Monday, a senior Taliban spokesman threatened the US and Britain, telling the U.K.’s Sky News there will be “consequences” if the two nations extend their military presence in Afghanistan past some bogus Aug. 31 “deadline,” Breitbart News reports.

Can you imagine what the consequences would have been if the Taliban had made such a threat to say, President Trump?

Or hell, even President Bush. Chances are, the Taliban would have had a nice ripe bunker busting bomb dropped on their ass. Likely more than one and perhaps a few cruise missiles for good measure.

Unfortunately, we have an incompetent coward in the White House.

Of course earlier this summer, Biden announced that all American troops would be withdrawn from Afghanistan by Aug. 31. Initially, Biden had announced a Sept. 11, 2021, end date, the 20th anniversary of course of the worst terrorist attack (with no apologies to Jan. 6 insurrection lunatics) in American history.

Former President Donald Trump had set an end date of May 1, however had significant benchmarks attached to that date. Trump had actually brokered a deal with the Taliban, however as has been reported there were significant stipulations attached to that date. In addition, Trump would not withdraw American military assets until all American citizens and Afghan collaborators were likewise taken to safety.

Biden however, decided to abandon Bagram Air Base, the largest military installation in Afghanistan which actually had two usable runways, unlike Kabul with has one.

Biden also removed all American air support, leaving the Afghan military with no air support, a vital part of the military protocols their army operated under. In addition, Biden removed logistical, intelligence, and maintenance support, leaving the Afghan military virtually defenseless.

Following Biden’s extension of the US military presence in the country which in essence voided the agreement Trump had made with the Taliban, they then set about going on a nationwide rampage to take provincial capitals across the country with the goal of overthrowing the government in Kabul.

That task became much easier when former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country, reportedly with a boatload of cash.

The Taliban now controls much of the country, a bad look when we are less than three weeks from the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Reports say that the Taliban now controls more of Afghanistan than they did prior to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. According to Breitbart, they now control nearly all of the country except for a small pocket in north-central Panjsher province, which the Taliban claimed Monday was surrounded and would soon fall.

According to Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen in an interview with Sky News, he denied that the crowds attempting to reach the Kabul airport were in fear for their safety under Taliban rule.

Shaheen evidently went to the same school of spin as White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki and Defense Department spokesman John Kirby, who make the old Iraqi spokesman Baghdad Bob seem truthful in comparison.

People attempting to flee the savage Taliban have resulted in human stampedes which have resulted in multiple deaths in and around the Kabul airport, including a two-year-old girl.

There have also been reports of people being killed by Taliban members, with eyewitnesses also reporting extensive violence against civilians on the part of the Taliban. These reports were confirmed last week by the Pentagon.

And now, the Taliban—primarily a group of ragtag third-world savages—are threatening what (at least used to be) the greatest military in the world, with Shaheen saying the Aug. 31 deadline was a “red line.”

“President Biden announced that on 31 August they would withdraw all their military forces. So if they extend it that means they are extending occupation while there is no need for that,” Shaheen said.

“If the US or UK were to seek additional time to continue evacuations—the answer is no. Or there would be consequences. It will create mistrust between us. If they are intent on continuing the occupation it will provoke a reaction.”

Not sure about anyone else, but frankly this is both infuriating—and embarrassing—at the same time. Third-world Neanderthals threatening a world superpower?

Of course, since they have billions of dollars of OUR military equipment, maybe they’re feeling a bit bold. Still, one has to believe if anyone else was president other than  Biden that a statement such as this wouldn’t go unanswered.

Shaheen didn’t say what those consequences would be on US and British assets in the event Biden reversed course and decided to stay in the country long enough to extract all Americans from there.

However in April, when Biden walked back the agreement Trump had made the Taliban issued an official statement in which they vowed to use “every necessary countermeasure” against the US for violating the agreement, suggesting an attack on US forces.

While the Taliban didn’t carry through on those threats at least initially, they did set about taking over nearly ever square mile of the country, which includes northern regions which it never controlled prior to the US and allied response to the 9/11 attacks.

The Afghan State Ministry for Peace said the Taliban launched some 22,000 attacks on Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), the country’s military, just between April and July.

In an interview with ABC News last week, Biden told anchor George Stephanopoulos that he would look at extending US military presence in the country beyond the Aug. 31 deadline. After initially ordering troops out of the country, after the Taliban’s aggressive move on Kabul two weeks ago Biden had 6,000 troops redeployed to Afghanistan.

Stephanopoulos pressed Biden on whether or not he was “committed to making sure that the troops stay until every American who wants to be out is out,” to which Biden responded “yes.”

“The commitment holds to get everyone out that, in fact, we can get out and everyone that should come out,” Biden said, including not just Americans but also Afghan nationals who aided the U.S. government, “and that’s the objective. That’s what we’re doing now. That’s the path we’re on. And I think we’ll get there.”

When asked directly and specifically if the American people should expect to see American assets in Afghanistan past the withdrawal day, Biden replied “no.”

Shaheen dismissed the need for either American or British troops to stay in Afghanistan to support evacuations, claiming that the Taliban had repeatedly promised not to target Afghan collaborators with the West or foreign civilians, which he said should calm the country’s general population. Of course as we all know, the Taliban always keeps its word.

“I assure you it is not about being worried, or scared,” Shaheen told Sky News about thousands of people attempting to flee Kabul.

“[T]hat is a kind of economic migration because Afghanistan is a poor country and 70 percent of the people of Afghanistan live under the line of poverty, so everyone wants to resettle in Western countries to have a prosperous life. It is not about [being] scared.”

In true Baghdad Bob style, Shaheen also dismissed all the video, eyewitness and other extensive evidence showing Taliban thugs threatening and sometimes attacking those believed to have worked with either the former Afghan government or the US, calling it “fake news.”

Speaking to women’s rights, he said that “women are required to have the same rights as you have in your country [the United Kingdom] but with a hijab.”

In the past, the Taliban required women to wear burqas, a full body covering that doesn’t show the eyes. A hijab is a headscarf that covers hair.

“Now, women teachers have resumed work. Lost nothing. Female journalists they have resumed their work. Lost nothing,” Shaheen said.

However according to women journalists in Afghanistan, Shaheen’s claims are blatantly false.

“I wanted to return to work, but unfortunately they did not allow me to work. They told me that the regime has changed, and you cannot work,” Shabnam Khan Dawran, an anchor for Radio Television Afghanistan (RTA), said last week.

Beyond banning women from working, Dawran and other professional women in the country have denounced Taliban jihadists, claiming they are in fact preventing women from leaving their homes whatsoever.

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