So How Is That Afghanistan “Thing” Doing Two Weeks Later?

Simple answer: not good at all — unless you’re a Taliban leader or fighter.

Isn’t the radio-silence of the Mainstream Media (MSM) and even the Biden Administration about the botched withdrawal of our military from Afghanistan deafening? If the departure from that Asian haven for Islamic terrorists was really the great success they’ve portrayed it to be, Pres. Biden, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan would certainly continue to trumpet that great success. Why haven’t we heard from them in the past week or so?

There’s no success story to crow about!

In fact, the MSM is complicit with the Biden Administration in hiding the facts. I won’t pontificate about the “alleged” horrors underway in Afghanistan and what “might” be happening to stranded Americans there. It WILL point to the ONLY thing that really matters about OUR leader in the withdrawal: President Joe Biden.

Our American military has always had one never-changing commitment regarding our service members caught up in a military conflict: we never leave even one of them behind — even if they’re deceased. Yet the Commander-in-Chief promised numerous times that Americans (many of whom are non-active military persons who have been working actively assisting our military there for the past 20 years) would ALL be taken out in safety before we would leave Afghanistan.

President Biden lied about that.

Numerous Americans and those Afghan U.S. patriots are still prevented from leaving Afghanistan by the Taliban. And Secretary Blinken has told us repeatedly that the Biden Administration “trusts” the Taliban to work with us to get Americans and Afghans who worked with the U.S. safely out of the country. This Administration’s policies and actions are actually preventing private NGOs from getting many of those out of Afghanistan!

The Afghanistan horrors are mind-boggling. This past weekend, a live video documented the Taliban beheading a member of the Afghan military who they painted as a turncoat. We’ve seen reports from inside Kabul detailing the Taliban hangings, shootings, and even more beheadings of Afghan people who worked with the U.S. Everyone of those people was promised by the U.S. that if/when we left Afghanistan, they and their families would be removed and in U.S. care before our military left. 

Again, President Biden lied.

That’s enough of my rage. I thought it would be better to hear from people who have been on the ground in Afghanistan watching the Taliban and even Al Qaeda terrorists perpetrate their horrors on the Afghan people the last 20 years. So we’ll turn to them for the “true” perspective of life today in that country.

The “True” Afghan-Taliban Reality Today

A sobering piece. I didn’t enjoy it…

Written in Taliban:

“The first time I saw you was in the Khyber Pass.  You came with your technology, elite fighters fueled by revenge, and the hubris to believe you could disprove history.

This was a war that you didn’t have the stomach to fight.  But I’m glad you tried.

We bled you the same way we bled the Soviets in our Holy Land.  We bled you the same way the Vietnamese bled you in their homeland.  We did it patiently and deliberately.

Patience.  Something Westerners never learn.

Our history is millennial.  We don’t yearn for an early victory when the Infidel ravages our Holy Land.  Our victory is celebrated decades from now.  We’ve endured, then ravaged every standing military that crossed our borders.   Why? How?  We’re patient.

In 30 days, we’ll be stronger, richer, and have control over precious natural resources that you need for your pathetic life that’s dictated by comfort.  We will have women, riches, land, guns, and ownership of one of the greatest chapters in military history.

You lose.

If you want to try again, we welcome the challenge.  You will fail regardless of how much money you burn in our deserts. For pity, here is free advice that may contribute to your future success, should you ever decide to invade again.

You recruit your warriors and supporters from a drug-addicted, distracted, disillusioned population that’s obsessed with comfort and entertainment.  A population obsessed with altering their mundane reality.  Alcohol, marijuana, pills, and our new favorite — Tide Pods.  Every time your doctors prescribe opiate painkillers, you line our coffers with gold.  Your population’s thirst for our pristine heroin has never been more lucrative for our warrior tribes.   We will keep feeding you poison for as long as you keep your hands out.

If your population wasn’t so spineless, undisciplined, and self-loathing, then you might be able to compile a raiding party with enough tenacity to outthink ours.

Our fighters are born into war.  Raised in it.  It’s a way of life that evades your “first world” nations. They live a life of such immense misery and pain that they’re willing to fight barefoot in the snow for the opportunity to martyr themselves. They yearn for the opportunity to die.  When they do have the blessed opportunity to sacrifice themselves, they sit above Mohammed at the right hand of God.  Blessed is Allah for eternity.

What honors do your fighters receive?  Their empty sacrifice is remembered in the form of a “three-day weekend.”  The majority of your population uses this sacred time to get drunk and grow fatter as a way to celebrate their fallen warriors. Sadly, we pay tribute to their death more honorably.

The colored pieces of cloth you pin on their chests are similar to the jewelry worn by our women.  What good are accolades and vanity if you don’t have the stomach to endure a fight?   We don’t offer the burden of healthcare to our fighters as they often want to die for Allah.  Your fighters fight to live.  Their inability to reconcile the inevitable outcome of our patience leads them to kill themselves.  Your medications, counselors, and non-profits will never undo the pain and suffering you’ve forced them to endure.  It will never remove the pain we’ve caused your broken nation.  You are your own worst enemy.

We will give your fighters credit.  Some are creative, tenacious, and fierce. They outgun us in every way possible.  But again, we simply wait them out.  Allah is patient.  You cycle them through our Holy Lands every 3 to 12 months for their combat rotations. After their tour is complete, they return to the comfort of their warm beds and endless entertainment.  If you left them here, in our Holy Land, with no way out but to win, then you might have had a chance of success.  The longer you poisoned our Holy Land with your presence, your “rules of engagement” only strengthened our position. There is only one rule in war – that is to win.

Your commanders made you fight with your hands tied behind your back. Your rules also confused our fighters too.  “We’re clearly the enemy. Why are they letting us go?”  Thank you for your compassion, as it allowed our fighters to kill more Infidels.  We began to feel as if your commanders were on our side.  We’re thankful your most vicious dogs were never allowed off their leash.

Your showcase Generals make us laugh.  You spend millions of dollars flying them around our country, inventing new ways to win while ignoring the guidance of our most capable foes.  Your Generals make decisions to minimize risk to their fragile reputation with the ultimate goal of securing a lucrative retirement–jobs with suppliers that fuel your losing force. A self-serving circle that’s built on the backs of your youngest and most naive fighters.

Your retired Generals “earn” tens of thousands of dollars talking to your political, industrial, and financial leaders about “teams, winning, and discipline.”  It’s a mockery of the war they refused to fight.  It’s a mockery of the Infidel warriors who died in our lands. We urge you to continue following their vacuous personalities so we can further watch your once great nation collapse.

Your statesman and elected officials are spineless, narcissistic, and more cowardly than your Generals. They crave power over you above all else. They come to our country, hide behind blast walls, and only heed the word of the indigenous leader they put in power.   I believe your soldiers call this a “self-licking ice cream cone.”

They’ve burned billions of dollars in a wasted effort to bring clean water, electricity, business, education, agriculture, and exports to a region that didn’t ask for it.  You should have saved yourself the effort and simply given the money directly to us.  Don’t worry; your diplomatic friends gave us plenty of your American tax dollars.  If you want to give it another shot with your “soft power,” send those with real experience, not fancy degrees and silver tongues.

Over the next few months, we will make the world understand that you failed worse than any fighting force that’s ever invaded our lands.  Today we celebrate victory.

As you evacuate your embassy, our fighters will be standing in the shade. We thank you for the parting gifts.  You’ll find surface-to-air missiles staged in the back of Toyota pickup trucks that you purchased for us.   Our marksmen will be patient.

We saw what Extortion 17 did to your nation and the morale of your fighting force.  Do your citizens even remember that victory? We’ll be repeating and improving upon our victory while your citizens and sympathizers evacuate in disgrace.  Every one of your foes around the world will know exactly how to break you.

You are welcome to fly your empty drones, target our cell phones, and send your spies.  But they, too, will ultimately fail.  We’ll use their failures to show the world that you’re not all-powerful.  You’re a false front—an empty shell. You lie, cheat, steal, and are easily defeated because you lack the spine to fight.  This is your history now.  We’re grateful Allah gave us the opportunity to show the world how to defeat the Infidels.

We look forward to seeing you again across the battlefield.

Praise be to God,

The Taliban

 

***Authors’ Note***

“If you’ve read this far.  Thank you.  I’ve spent the past week trying to find a way to communicate this to the American people in a manner that would cause anger, rage, action, and understanding.  Writing in the voice of a Taliban felt right. 

If this made you angry, cry, or contemplative–then our goal is achieved.  Our hope is that it inspires you to take action with your elected officials.  They’ve been repeating the same failing playbook since World War II with your sons, daughters, and tax dollars.  If you want this to keep happening, do nothing.  If you don’t, then do something.  If we all do a little, together we do a lot.”

About the Authors:  

Matthew Griffin is a 2001 United States Military Academy Graduate, Army Ranger, Combat Veteran with the 75th Ranger Regiment (3x Afghanistan, 1x Iraq), CEO of Combat Flip Flops, author, and 2019 Henry Crown Fellow with the Aspen Global Leadership Institute.

Scott Chapman is a 2000 Murray State University Graduate, Army Ranger Fire Team Leader from Alpha Company 2/75th Rangers (‘01 – ‘05), OGA Blackwater Alumni, entrepreneur, and author. Combat Veteran ( 21x Afghanistan, 1x Iraq)

Summary

The signature of a good leader in politics and in the military is this: Each always tells the truth about every event that may be critical to the nation as a whole and/or to Americans individually, even if the truth makes that leader look bad.

Do I need to say anything else about our political and military leaders in the travesties still happening in the wake of the abandonment of Afghanistan by the U.S.?

Want an example of this very thing that moments ago hit the U.S. headlines?

Secretary Blinken: ‘About 100 Americans in Afghanistan’ Remain Hostage to Taliban 

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Strongest Nation on Earth or Just Whimpering Sissies?

Can you remember a time in American history — at least in the last 75 years or so — when the United States faced a situation similar to what our nation faces today in Afghanistan? There’s no doubt foreign foes have been numerous throughout our history. But the U.S. has always found a way to take whatever measures are necessary to send those foes packing. And, exclusively, we have done so on THEIR turf.

Oh, there certainly have been “drive-by shooters” like Osama bin Laden and Hirohito and Adolph Hitler. Don’t forget, the British, after being sent packing in the 18th, century decided they’d try one more time to take on those rebellious colonialists and came back for one more taste of American musket fire. They almost succeeded and even burned the White House. But they were unsuccessful — twice. The Britts discovered something they never expected from Americans. Hirohito and Hitler saw the same thing. And it whipped them all.

But things change.

After WWII that saw two world tyrannical nations gang up on those upstart Yanks in the U.S. were each sent packing, licking their wounds. WWII was the last war we won.

We’ve since been involved in many skirmishes. We’ve found ourselves in military conflicts all around the globe. Somehow those skirmishes never turned into full-fledged wars. There was Korea, the Cuban conflict, Iraq “One” and Iraq “Two.” The U.S. sent forces to Panama, and to Central America to fight the illegal drug lords and cartels. For reasons that remain unknown, we sent thousands of young men to their deaths in that little nation in southeast Asia, Vietnam.

What changed?

After World War II, the U.S. rebuilt rapidly. Our leaders came mostly from that war and wore the banners of those victories over foes few thought we could ever defeat. The American people were proud: proud of their country, proud of NOT quitting during what seemed unwinnable battles in the Pacific while at the same time in Europe. Americans were proud of each other.

And then Politics replaced Pride and declared wars against specific foes morphed into “skirmishes” against hard to identify opponents. And what for? Not to protect the Homeland against invasion. Not to stop threats from international despots to keep those evil empires from taking over our nation. Those were in large part to prove to people around the world the glory of wars not lost were justification for refusing to engage in World War “III.”

We became known as the protectors of “lesser” populations in countries that “needed” a Big Brother to intervene for both internal and foreign critical issues. The U.S. literally became the neighborhood bully whose tactics were to simply bluster at these foes, talk louder than did they, and use past history examples of how tough we were to keep everybody else afraid to fight back.

The U.S. even turned the corner against Islamist extremists that attempted to invade our nation with philosophy, terror, and fear. When those twin towers in Manhattan fell killing 3000 Americans, that old love for “flag and country” welled up in the hearts of tens of millions of Americans who said in unison, “You can’t kill us and expect to get away with it.”

We Americans took for granted our government had continued to grow in knowledge, understanding, and military might after World War II. Oh, we learned a lot. We initiated great technological improvements in our military. We built the largest and most powerful military complex on Earth. WE became the Big Bully. But that wasn’t enough. And the REAL bullies stayed in the bushes watching and learning how they could best go after the United States.

But spending money and the accumulation of technological wonders don’t necessarily turn into success in military operations. That takes grit, hard work, effective leadership, and planning. There were no Eisehnhowers or MacArthurs or Pattons left in leadership in the U.S. military. Their replacements liked the idea of power and authority but were not really into leading their minions by example. Real military leaders quickly became rare and even nonexistent.

The rank-and-file in the military that weren’t alive in WWII didn’t understand that and just thought that was normal. The NCOs operated in the ages-long process of following orders and maintaining an atmosphere of discipline. Senior military leadership did NOT fall into that same thought process. And most of those saw politics as a new way to garner all those trappings that come to those who are allowed to step up on the political platform.

Meanwhile…

All those other smaller and less sophisticated nation’s military leaders saw how the U.S. defeated its foes in our past and began to implement the reasoning and planning that our great generals and admirals had used to win wars. Some of the despots were emboldened. New giants were created. War was changed in structure. The U.S. found itself sucked into skirmishes all over the world that never became wars and were therefore never won.

Our former military-now-political leaders decided it prudent to occupy these new upstart foreign foes’ countries to do “nation-building” under the guise of helping them to build necessary political and military infrastructure sufficient to keep invaders at bay.

Afghanistan was such a nation. It was massive in size, unsophisticated politically, but VERY Muslim. It was a haven for every type of radical Islamist group to locate, train, and launch terrorism worldwide.

The U.S. didn’t learn about Afghanistan and how resilient its people and leaders are. That was even after watching the Russians flounder there for more than a decade. The Russians withdrew and were happy to leave.

Meanwhile, the U.S. watched in horror as our twin towers fell, Islamic radicals were named as responsible, and Pres. George W. Bush felt it necessary to go to Afghanistan to find the perpetrator Osama bin Laden and to keep him and other Islamist groups from mounting new attacks against all of the Western World.

Just as the Russians learned Afghanistan is not an easy country to occupy we learned the same lesson. But it took us twenty years.

Afghanistan

The American-nurtured Afghan military of the last 20 years that had suffered thousands of prior casualties evaporated in a few hours in the encirclement of Kabul.  Enlistees apparently calculated that their own meager chances with the premodern Taliban were still better than fighting as a dependency of the postmodern United States — despite its powerful diversity training programs.

Forces more powerful than the Taliban, in places far more strategic, will now leverage an ideologically driven but predictably incompetent administration, a woke Pentagon, and politically weaponized intelligence communities.

  • Why not, when President Joe Biden trashes both American frackers and the Saudis — only to beg the Kingdom to rush to export more of its hated oil before the U.S. midterms?
  • Why not, when Biden asks Russia’s Vladimir Putin to request that Russian-related hackers be a little less rowdy in their selection of U.S. targets?
  • And why not, when our own military jousts with the windmills of “white supremacy” as Afghans fall from U.S. military jets in fatal desperation to reach such a supposedly racist nation?

Biden keeps repeating that he was bound by former President Donald Trump’s planned withdrawal.

Really?

A mercurial Trump repeatedly demonstrated that he was willing to use air power to protect U.S. personnel and to bomb an Islamic would-be caliphate. The Taliban knew that and so struck when Trump was gone.

Biden claims he was bound by Trump’s decision to withdraw and thus cannot be blamed for his reckless operation of a predetermined departure. But all Biden has done since entering office is destroy Trump pacts, overturning past agreements on energy leases, protocols with Latin America and Mexico on border security, and pipeline contracts.

No sooner did Biden claim he was straitjacketed by Trump than he reversed course to defend not just his own withdrawal but the disastrous manner of it. Biden claims that he has no free will while insisting he would have done nothing differently if he did.

In a sane world, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the secretary of defense would resign. We have heard for too long their careerist boasts about assigning climate change as their chief challenge. For too long they have virtue-signaled their critical race theory credentials to Congress. For too long they have bragged about rooting out alleged white supremacists from their ranks. For too long they have sparred with journalists while fighting Twitter wars and issuing cartoonish commercials attesting to their woke credentials.

In other words, they sermonized on anything and everything — except their plans to prevent a humiliating military defeat of U.S. forces and their allies.

Our intelligence and investigatory agencies are just as morally suspect. The legacy of John Brennan, James Clapper, James Comey, and Andrew McCabe has been the destruction of the reputations of the CIA, NSA, and FBI. Current and retired intelligence lackeys and careerists all wasted years promulgating Russian “collusion.” They swore Hunter Biden’s laptop was Russian “disinformation.”  They surveilled and unmasked officials and hatched adolescent plots against an elected president. All that was more important to their careers than warning of the growing threats in Afghanistan.

In the aftermath of the Afghan debacle, we must de-politicize and de-weaponize these warped agencies and incompetent institutions.

We could get a symbolic start by pulling security clearances from all retired operatives, officers, and diplomats who go on television to offer partisan analysis.

The retired and pensioned top brass should finally be held to account if they violate tenets of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. When four-star generals lecture the nation that an elected president is a Mussolini or Nazi-like but keep mum during the greatest military setback in a half-century, they should forfeit exemptions from existing military codes.

Retired officers who revolve in and out of corporate defense contractor boards and Pentagon billets should have a cooling-off period of five years before leveraging their inside knowledge of the Pentagon procurement labyrinth.

As for Biden, his team in defeat threatens the victorious Taliban with possible ostracism from global diplomacy as the price of their illiberality. We are to assume that in between executing women, the Taliban will fear losing the chance to visit the U.N. in New York.

Biden has defied a Supreme Court ruling and assumed that it was a good thing to have broken the law. Under his watch, the fate of America’s border, equal enforcement of the laws, economy, energy, safety from crime, foreign policy, and racial relations have imploded — and in seven months no less.

If Biden were a Republican, the current Democratic House would have impeached him. It would have been right to have done so.

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Are We So Stupid As To Let “Afghanistan Fall to The Taliban…AGAIN?”

Russia spent ten years in Afghanistan trying to stabilize the government and find some way to use Afghani resources for the former Soviet government. Moscow learned that things in Afghanistan are much tougher than even the gulags of the Motherland. They went packing, licking their considerable wounds and mounds of cash left in the caves of Afghan terrorists.

Then came the United States.

Who can forget what the Bush 43 Administration did after 9/11? All of America was convinced the Twin Towers fell at the hands of al-Qaida on the orders of Osama Bin Laden. Dick Cheney convinced W. that Iraq somehow was responsible for the deaths of 3000 Americans, so we went after bin Laden there at the same time hunting down those WMDs stashed by Sadaam Hussein. There were NO WMDs in Iraq no Bin Laden. After finding Hussein and his execution by Iraqis, America got word Bin Laden was deep in the mountain caves of Afghanistan. So off we went.

Twenty years later we had accomplished just one of our objectives in heading to the desert mountainous terrain full of caves that were perfect to hide terrorist training camps: we found and executed Osama Bin Laden. Part 2 of the Afghanistan hunt for Osama was to level any al-Qaeda terrorist camps or training operations that we discovered underway by al-Qaeda with the approval of the Afghani government. We soon discovered what the Russians learned: Afghanistan is NO cakewalk and it’s no place to win an easy war. Twenty years later, Uncle Joe pulled the plug, and America was exposed as being a weak nation with ineffectual White House leadership.

Here We Are Today

Kabul has fallen. Twenty years after 9/11, when Osama Bin Laden orchestrated the deaths of almost 3,000 people in the United States, and George W. Bush invaded Afghanistan to enforce the law against unrepentant terrorism by the Taliban and al-Qaeda, America’s mission in the country is coming to a humiliating end. For now. Americans, British, Australians, and Indians are scrambling to get out. But the airport in Kabul is now impenetrable for the regular Afghans, including over 3 million peacefully religious Sufis, who fear massacre at the hands of extremist Taliban fighters in the street.

The Taliban is going door-to-door looking for foreigners. Thousands are “sheltering in place,” per the instructions of their home governments, rather than risk arriving at the airport before their time, and being engulfed by the surging Afghans who also wisely seek to escape the Taliban’s terrible brand of Sharia “justice.”

Afghans clinging to, and then falling, from an American military cargo plane as it lumbered in a steep climb from the tarmac symbolized America’s retreat, and will always be mocked in Beijing and Moscow. But like the shocking scenes of Americans jumping to their deaths from the Twin Towers, these lost lives are the fault of the Taliban and al-Qaeda, not America. They are the fault of authoritarian countries around the world, including China and Russia, as well as Pakistan, who have given financial, military, or diplomatic aid to the Taliban over the past 20 years. Without that aid, without state support from abroad, the Taliban could never have “won” this war against America, its allies, and the idea of democracy.

The former director-general of ISI, Pakistan’s intelligence services, remarked that “the ISI defeated America in Afghanistan, with America’s help.” It’s a true statement and one that America’s leadership must seriously contemplate.

What went wrong in Afghanistan was American strategy. We must get tougher and smarter. We must go to the roots of the problem, or we will die of a thousand cuts. When America dies, democracy dies. The effects will be global and irreversible.

The Taliban won through Maoist tactics, perhaps learned from Chinese intelligence or allies. Taliban tactics included surrounding the cities from the countryside, and buying off political, military, and police leadership so that when the signal came, most Taliban could walk into Kabul without a shot fired. In fact, as you read this, thousands of American citizens, Afghans who were sources for American intelligence agencies, and even U.S. workers in Afghanistan with defense contractors are locked outside a ring of Taliban fighters who have circled the airport to control who gets access to the airport to get out.

The speed and ease of the Taliban’s victory shocked and surprised the world. But it shouldn’t have. The indicators of a corrupted political leadership in Kabul, and on military bases around the country, drunk on profits from Taliban opium networks, financial scams, and “bags of money” from Iran, according to former President Hamid Karzai, were there for all to see.

America had been too lax with Afghanistan’s leadership, who were often in it for themselves, rather than for ideals like democracy, human rights, rule of law, and religious tolerance. We looked the other way while the Taliban ran opium fields and trafficking networks that benefited corrupt Afghan leaders. America wanted to buy victory on the cheap, and without rocking the boat. It turned out to be the most expensive way, in blood and treasure. We failed because we were too soft, on drug trafficking and the corruption of Afghan officials, on the Taliban’s military and intelligence enablers in Pakistan, and on Pakistan’s enablers in Beijing.

Instead of fighting all of the above, at 100 percent, we told our soldiers to walk on eggshells. We wanted to maintain trillions of dollars of U.S. investments in China, and our “allies” in Pakistan (which has in fact long been a Chinese ally). We paid Pakistan billions of dollars to allow the transport of materiel to our troops in Afghanistan when Pakistan should have pitched in itself. We paid millions more for their promises to secure their own illegal nuclear weapons so terrorists wouldn’t use them against us. Our aid to Pakistan peaked in 2010, the year before the drawdown started. That’s called highway robbery. It’s giving into terrorism.

America, with all of our idealism, now looks like the sucker. We rightly want to bring peace, stability, democracy, and human rights to the world, and we were willing to pay for it as we remembered the alternatives, like World War II. The United Nations was our answer to a world war never happening again. We tried through the U.N. to ensure that countries would never again take the territory of other countries, countries would respect the human rights of their populations, and never again commit genocide. Boy, was that a HUGE and expensive mistake.

Now with China’s rise, the founding values of the U.N. system, which were determined by American and British design, are being wiped out. China doesn’t like the origins of the U.N. and does not care about any of its principles. It just wants to use the organization to further its own goals of power and control on a global level. It’s interesting that the first international organization that the Taliban invited to stay is a U.N. agency.

We see China’s hypocritical support for the U.N. in Beijing’s two genocides in its own country, its immediate support for the Taliban, its apparent willingness to compensate the Taliban to allow it to grab resources like copper from its $3 billion mine at Mes Aynak, and in the process destroy the ruins of an ancient Buddhist city. Beijing’s hypocrisy is on full display in its willingness to support Pakistan with billions of dollars of investment even as Pakistani military and intelligence elements support the Taliban, which regularly planted bombs in the middle of market day, assassinated human rights activists, and killed Americans and allies with IEDs (improvised explosive devices).

The fall of Kabul, and with it the stumbling of democratic ideals that America and its allies attempted to build in Afghanistan, is a blow not only to America but to all freedom-loving people around the world. It indicates increased influence in Central Asia by China and the terrorist elements that the Chinese Communist Party covers, including in Pakistan.

What’s Next For The U.S. In Afghanistan?

Nothing is going to happen for a long time regarding U.S. involvement there. World leaders were shocked as were millions of Americans to watch the U.S. turn its back on Afghani people who swore their lives to a government that swore its unfailing commitment to protecting those Afghan citizens who went all-in to assist the U.S. military. Tuesday we learned the Taliban started knocking door-to-door in Kabul seeking those Afghanis who worked for the U.S. On their march to the Afghan capital, in 17 different provincial capitals, the Taliban did the same thing and executed every one of those “informants” aligned with the U.S.

Do you think ANY foreign leaders feel they can trust this U.S. Administration?

Here’s the REALLY tough spot the Biden blanket retreat from Afghanistan has put the U.S. in: no country, no people, and no government can afford to trust the United States and President Biden on ANY international matters after the Biden surrender of Afghanistan to the Taliban.

One thing is in our favor: we cannot afford to wash our hands of Afghanistan. Remember: we just vacated a massive airbase that we built that is just 200 miles from the border of China! That airbase is the closest military operation we’ve ever had to China. It will certainly take time while people from every country watch how the U.S. moves forward under Biden. They will be hesitant to work with us. Why? They cannot trust us. Will they ever get over those feelings? Only time will tell. Don’t forget that the resources of our nation are the impetus for EVERY country to want to be “U.S.-aligned,” if not a direct ally.

If America and our allies come back, and we must, we are going to have to come back swinging harder and smarter. And “smarter” is the key to any future success there we may have. We simply cannot lose the logistics of the location of Afghanistan. And, don’t forget: the Afghan people deserve to be relieved from the oppressive Sharia law that is now being imposed on every Afghani.

Someone needs to fix all this! And it will not be Joe Biden.

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Hitler at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

There are those on the far-left politically who have never hesitated to use the “H-word” describing President Trump. They use the “F-word” — “fascist” — as well. Most Americans have tired of hearing it. But among those in the far-left, it has become familiar to slam President Trump as being a dictator, fascist, autocrat, and even sometimes a totalitarian leader.

Are you kidding? Dictators don’t listen to their minions, don’t talk “to” their nation-followers, don’t pay attention to the desires of those they govern. Donald Trump clearly and prolifically has drawn distinctions between him and his predecessor in that regard. President Obama was and is an orator — an orator who gives excellent speeches that always during his presidency impacted dramatically those to whom he spoke. Further, every piece of legislation that he initiated or supported when crafted has been directly tied to the wishes of those 62 million who voted for him in 2016 and an abundance of others who did not pull the Trump lever. President Trump has clearly defined with his actions his commitment to the American people at the expense of the status quo Democrats AND Republicans AND other bureaucrats in Washington. And that infuriates many in political leadership in his own party. In his world, results are all that matters to the People. And his oath of office and his commitment to service to Americans. Results are all that drives him — certainly not promises that are never fulfilled.

Former U.S. defense secretary James Mattis slammed President Trump’s response to nationwide demonstrations triggered by the killing of George Floyd, accusing him of trying to divide the country. The retired Marine General said he has watched this week’s “unfolding events, angry and appalled” in an extraordinary statement published by The Atlantic.

Protesters filled the streets across the United States after Floyd, died in the custody of four police officers in Minneapolis. “Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people, does not even pretend to try,” Mattis said. “Instead, he tries to divide us. We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort.”

Wait one minute: Mattis went to work for Mr. Trump in 2017. He did so, having watched the President throughout his campaign and certainly knew Trump’s personality. Still, he took the job. Is it plausible that he didn’t know Trump’s demeanor or operating processes before he accepted the gig? That’s not logical. Why did he stay in the Trump Administration one more day after discovering Trump’s personality quirks with which he disagreed?

This is the first time General Mattis has publicly criticized his former boss since he resigned as defense secretary in 2018. He quit over Trump’s approach to foreign policy — particularly his decision to withdraw American forces from Syria.

‘We can unite without him.’

In his statement, Mattis singled out President Trump’s decision to leave the White House and hold a Bible outside nearby St John’s Episcopal Church. That day, mostly peaceful protesters were forced back by police with tear gas and flashbangs to make way for the President’s stop at the church. “We know that we are better than the abuse of executive authority that we witnessed in Lafayette Park,” Mattis said.

Retired Marine General  Mattis wrote that it would not be easy for Americans to move ahead without mature leadership. “We can unite without him, drawing on the strengths inherent in our civil society,” he insisted.

Mattis breaks his ‘duty of silence.’

When General Mattis quit the White House in 2018, he said he would not criticize the administration because he owed them a “duty of silence.” (What happened to that “duty?”)

“When you leave an administration over clear policy differences, you need to give the people who are still there as many opportunities as possible to defend the country,” he said in 2019.

But in Thursday’s statement, Mattis said as a member of the military; he swore an oath to protect the U.S. constitution. He said the White House should remember the words adopted by U.S. troops before the Normandy invasion during World War II.

“The Nazi slogan for destroying us … was ‘Divide and Conquer.’ Our American answer is ‘In Union, there is Strength.'”

Hitler in Charge

What about that military code to which all who don that U.S. uniform are bound? “Always be loyal to any who are in leadership over you, regardless of your differences. And if you cannot do that, you are obligated to resign.”

Without literally calling the President a dictator, a fascist, or a Nazi, Mattis’ implication is clear. And as we pointed out in yesterday’s story, joining Mattis in his departure from his former support for President Trump is Marine Corps. Gen. John Kelly who served as Chief of Staff to Trump, Former commander of US Southern Command under Obama; Marine Corps Gen. John Allen, former commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan under Obama; Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under George W. Bush and Obama; Air Force Gen. Richard Myers, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under George W. Bush; Army Gen. Raymond A. “Tony” Thomas, former commander of US Special Operations Command under Obama and Trump.

I find it ironic that these “great” military leaders would turn their backs on their years of service to our country during which each DEMANDED from those who served under them complete loyalty and unrepentant respect for the authority their stars gave to them as commanders of all those soldiers and sailors.

Call me a bit old fashioned, but I find these actions by these military leaders who commanded at the highest levels reprehensible and an assault on the Uniform Military Code of Justice. They each should do as the guidelines for all U.S. military members dictate: comply with authority or resign — PERIOD.

I remind these and others who have cried for four years that Donald Trump IS a dictator, a fascist, a White Supremacist, and a Nazi, that nothing in his life evidences any of these allegations to be true: NOTHING!

Those who served in Europe during WWII specifically should note the differences between this Commander in Chief and Hitler and Mussolini — the fathers of Naziism and Fascism, respectively. But, just in case any of these have memories that have dulled with the decades since the War, let’s listen to the words of an actual Nazi prison camp survivor who, among other things, bristles today at hearing the characterizations these men use to describe this President:

She Knows Naziism First-Hand

A German woman, who survived Nazi leader Adolf Hitler’s brutal reign, lived in a refugee camp, and fled to America, has noticed that liberals love to compare President Donald Trump to Hitler. However, when asked about the similarities between the two, she had just seven words that completely shocked leftists.

Before Inga Andrews escaped Hitler’s “final solution,” the Holocaust, she and her mother were forced to survive the catastrophic events brought about by the Nazi party’s socialism and racial hatred. For decades, her harrowing experience has been locked away in her mind’s eye. However, it was recently awakened when angry liberals began combatting Trump’s travel ban and other executive orders with easily repeatable slogans that equate Trump to Hitler.

Now, Andrews feels a duty not only to dismiss the dramatic propaganda that compares the two leaders but also to point out who represents everything that encompasses Hitler and his Nazi militants.

When the Independent Journal Review asked Andrews about her thoughts on leftists saying that Trump is a dictator, much like Hitler, she not only refuted this mistruth with personal experience, she explained that “it’s the destruction of freedom of speech” from the liberal protesters that resembles Hitler and Nazi-Germany.

“What is going on in this country is giving me chills. Trump is not like Hitler. Just because a leader wants order doesn’t mean they’re like a dictator,” Andrews told IJR. “What reminds me more of Hitler than anything else isn’t Trump, it’s the destruction of freedom of speech on the college campuses — the agendas fueled by the professors. That’s how Hitler started; he pulled in the youth to miseducate them, to brainwash them, it’s happening today.”

Andrews added that she recognizes the liberal bias in the school system, especially on college campuses, and says that it’s breeding the same intolerance and fascism that gave rise to Hitler in the 1930s. Also, Andrews had lived through a travel ban even stricter than Trump’s when her mother married an American. Still, she believes that liberals should have a respect for these measures as our national security depends on them.

“It took six years to clear her to be able to be married,” she said. “Then when you married an American, because we were the enemy, you had to wait. We had to go from Heidelberg to another city where a camp was. They vetted us in both places. There were all these German brides with their children and families who had to be vetted again for three of four days before they could get on the ship. So we had a vetting process like what we are going through now because you have to have this to make the country safe.”

As for the liberal protesters, Andrews says that because of their emotionally-driven activism, they have abandoned logic and reason. She remembers the desperation Democratic Socialism caused, including times when she only had “maple leaves and grass to survive,” something she says these leftist millennials have never had to endure. In short, equating Trump to Hitler is more of an insult to her and the millions who suffered and died during Hitler’s reign.

“Professors shouldn’t be telling their students to go after freedom of speech,” she said. “They should be telling them that this is the greatest country in the world…I see what is happening here, reflecting some of the things we saw in Germany, and it’s terrifying. It’s sad. But it’s not because of Trump. It’s because of poor education. Trump is not like Hitler. The theory that he is is propaganda. Yes, I lived through some of Nazi Germany, but all you have to do is read some books about that period to see how wrong that theory is.”

Andrews added a harsh but much-needed message to the liberals who are protesting against Trump and believing that bullying and violence will get them what they want:

“America needs to grow up. The young people who are rioting and destroying property, who have no respect for elders and freedom of speech, I was so proud to become a citizen of this country.”

I would not dare to put words in the mouth of this amazing woman, Ms. Andrews. She certainly does need my help to put it succinctly. And she did just that.

Based on their history in the U.S. Military, shouldn’t each of these men have resigned the moment they decided NOT to support the policies of the Commander-In-Chief?

Yes, they should — not because they did not bravely and loyally serve the United States, but because none of them are abiding by the commitments they made to follow the leadership in place over them.

More than that, they should each follow the wise practices of almost all those who have ever served at the highest White House positions under numerous presidents throughout history: “Honor, Serve, or Resign.”

“Gentlemen, thank you for your past military service.”