Afghanistan, D/S/C rhetorical responsibility, Dan Crenshaw, Dover AFB, Gen. McKensie, General Milley, Michael Yon, Nancy Pelosi, Never Trumpers, President Trump, Red Jen Psaki, Shana Chappell, SMA Michael Grinston, Taliban, Temporary President Biden, treason
On Tuesday, 08-31-21, Temporary President Biden delivered a defiant, angry teleprompter reading. A transcript, released by the White House, is here. He more than lived down to the expectations of Americans:
To those asking for a third decade of war in Afghanistan I ask, ‘What is the vital national interest? I simply do not believe that the safety and security of America is enhanced by continuing to deploy thousands of American troops and spending billions of dollars in Afghanistan.’
Who, apart from never Trumpers and “true conservatives,” is seeking another decade of war anywhere? Americans know we needed to end the war. That was never the issue, but Biden’s handlers persist in erecting straw men and false choices. Biden just reads, poorly, what they wrote; he’s not in charge.
The withdrawal was an “extraordinary success,” and “we were ready for anything,” with the minor exception of everything that happened.
Biden claimed there are less than 200 Americans stranded in Afghanistan , “likely closer to 100.” But not to worry, our brilliant diplomats under Anthony Blinken will exercise our “considerable leverage,” over the Taliban from Dohar, Qatar. What, exactly would that “leverage” be? Will we refuse to provide repair manuals and parts from all the military equipment we left behind? Refuse to resupply them with munitions for our weapons when they run out? Threaten to deny them student visas for pilot training in America? Tell them they won’t have the positive regard of the “international community?” Threaten to reduce the taxpayer dollars Biden is going to give the Taliban by a rounding error? And what about those left behind?
‘The bottom line: 90 percent of Americans in Afghanistan who wanted to leave were able to leave. For those remaining Americans, there is no deadline. We remain committed to get them out if they want to come out.’
“If they want to come out”?! And how, exactly, do we know 90% got out if we’ve never had any idea how many were actually there? I’m sure the rest would rather take their chances with the Taliban than say, in South Dakota or Florida. Oh, and the White House, post teleprompter reading, changed that 90% to 98%. Do they know the exact numbers and are lying, or are they clueless? Both?
And of course, Biden spoke of our magnificent victory in evacuating lots of people by the Taliban’s deadline. He’s the arsonist congratulating himself because firefighters were able to partially extinguish his blaze. He’s the submarine commander congratulating himself because some of the survivors on the ship he torpedoed were able to take to lifeboats.
And of course, he once again took D/S/C rhetorical “responsibility,” while blaming Trump and the Afghans. He also blamed the Americans he stranded behind enemy lines because they were warned, don’t you know, like in April or something. They put themselves in that position, not him, because he’s Joe Biden, head of the D/S/C Party, and the D/S/C Party can never be wrong.
He also congratulated our troops—sort of:
I don’t think enough people understand how much we have asked of the 1% of this country to put that uniform on, willing to put their lives on the line in defense of our nation. Maybe it’s because my deceased son Beau served in Iraq for a full year’(?!)
Because what do Americans need to hear on the occasion of the greatest surrender, the greatest disgrace in American history than about Biden’s son whose death had nothing to do with our military? What is more appropriate than whining about oneself when the caskets of our heroes arrive at Dover AFB, and their families expect…oh hell. Tragically, they got what they expected from Joe Biden.
And what was our oh-so-exquisitely woke military leadership doing? Fox News explains what our highest-ranking Army NCO was doing to get Americans, stranded behind enemy lines, out of Afghanistan:
Amid ongoing evacuation efforts in Afghanistan, and shortly before an explosion left 13 U.S. service members dead and several wounded, Sergeant Major of the Army Michael Grinston highlighted diversity within the U.S. Army for Women’s Equality Day.
‘Diversity is a number – do you have people that don’t look or think like you in the room? Inclusion is listening and valuing those people,’ Grinston wrote in a tweet.
Of course. Diversity is our strength, the kind of strength that abandons women and children to the tender mercies of Islamist savages and convinces them, and our allies and enemies, we have no strength of will, but oh are we diverse and inclusive, which Islamist terrorists fear above all else. Brietbart.com reports how very, very proud our Central Command commander was at our stunning accomplishment:
Central Command Commander Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie announced in a briefing on Monday that the last U.S. military aircraft has departed from the Hamid Karzai International Airport, where the evacuation was being staged.
‘I’m here to announce the completion of our withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the end of the military mission to evacuate American citizens, third-country nationals, and vulnerable Afghans,’ he said.
‘The last C-17 lifted off from Hamid Karzai International Airport on August 30 this afternoon at 3:29 p.m. East Coast time and the last manned aircraft is now clearing the airspace above Afghanistan,’ he added.
“Tonight’s withdrawal signifies both the end of the military component of the evacuation mission, but also the end of the 20 year mission that began in Afghanistan that began shortly after September 11, 2001,’ he said.
Note that our noble military mission was not to ensure every American, and all of the Afghans that risked their lives to help us were evacuated, only that we left on the Taliban’s timeline. So Americans were left behind, that’s no biggie, because:
McKenzie conceded that hundreds of Americans were left behind in the country.
‘I believe our State Department is going to work very hard to allow any American citizens that are left — and we think the citizens that were not brought out number in the low — very low hundreds,’ he said.
Oh great. The State Department, the credentialed idiots. McKenzie is very, very proud:
He called the evacuation mission the ‘largest non-combatant evacuation in the U.S. military’s history’ and a ‘monumental accomplishment.’
Shouldn’t that be the “largest un-forced, unnecessary hasty surrender,” and a “monumental disgrace”? Our congressional leaders did everything possible to get Americans out:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told reporters Wednesday she hopes the Biden and Harris administration can evacuate all Americans from the deadly chaos at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan.
‘Hopefully, as many as those people [Afghans and Americans] will be evacuated as possible — hopefully all,’ she reiterated.
See, gentle readers, our leaders hope. They don’t do anything, but they hope. Of course, Obama/Biden were all about hope. And change, and we certainly have plenty of both right now; Biden remembered that much. We’ve been told all Americans had to do was get to the airport, and the State Department was moving heaven and earth to get Americans out. Yeah. Not so much:
The website of U.S. embassy in Kabul on Saturday morning gave a ‘404 Error – Page Not Found’ to stranded Americans who are looking for status updates on how to reach the airport to be extracted.
‘We are sorry but the page you are looking for does not exists,’ the page reads, pointing evacuees to ‘the homepage or browse some of our recent posts.’
And even when some managed to get past the Taliban and get to the airport:
Students and alumni of the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) attempting to flee the country found they were unable to enter the Hamid Karzai International Airport, The New York Times reported.
According to the Times, current and former students of AUAF gathered a safe house on Sunday and rode on buses to the Kabul airport. However, the were informed after seven hours of waiting for clearance that the airport gates were a security threat and that civilian evacuations would end on Monday, the Times reported.
‘I regret to inform you that the high command at HKIA in the airport has announced there will be no more rescue flights,’ the AUAF administration told students in an email, according to the Times.
The group was also told the university had given their names to Taliban militants running checkpoints around the airport, the Times reported.
Well of course. Why wouldn’t you provide Islamist savages with kill lists of Americans and Afghans who helped Americans? Failing to do that would be uncivilized. Trump would have refused to provide such lists, but not the self-imagined, highly credentialed, elite.
‘We are all terrified, there is no evacuation, there is no getting out,’ a 24-year-old sophomore at AUAF told the Times.
Biden’s poll numbers are going south at an accelerating rate:
New 41% low for Biden, 76% fears he’ll let Taliban capture Americans.
That was 41% before he abandoned 1000 or more Americans. The only surprising thing is 24% thought he wouldn’t. They must have actually believed Biden when he, multiple times, swore he would stay as long as necessary to evacuate every American. Suckers. If there is any justice in this fallen world, Biden is going to be longing for 41% approval. And speaking of the very definition of “bad optics:”
Dozens of California students and parents are stranded in Afghanistan after taking a summer trip to the country.
More than 20 students and 16 parents from the Cajon Valley Union School District in El Cajon, Calif., visited Afghanistan on summer vacation. Now they are among thousands of people who are waiting to leave the country amid the chaotic U.S. withdrawal that has caused political unrest across the nation, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Cajon Valley Superintendent David Miyashiro alerted school board members on Tuesday that he would be meeting with Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) to discuss the situation, the Times noted.
Miyashiro told the news outlet that the families traveled to Afghanistan on special visas for U.S. military service and that the school district was able to provide government officials with information on the families as they work to locate them.
Won’t they make lovely, unwilling, actors in Islamist snuff videos? The semi-good news is since this article was published, some have managed to get out, but far from all. Among those left behind is a female American citizen who worked as an interpreter:
‘Sara’ stated that she went to the airport with six kids, that she ‘went to the gate that the State Department told me to go to.’ She continued, ‘They told me that ‘Make sure you have your umbrella with you. They will recognize you. Make sure you have a secret code.’ I said ‘OK, that’s fine. I’ll have that.’ ‘And just get to the gate.’ I said ‘OK.’
‘Sara’ claimed that she was knocked out by gas that was thrown, adding, ‘I was knocked out. And I lost all the young kids. I did not even know where the kids were. And I have a picture of one of the bullets actually, the gas bullet hit one of the kids, and he’s hole – were ripped. So, that did not help.’
Take the link to read the whole interview. It’s heartbreaking, but one of only thousands of similar stories of Americans and afghans waiting for death, or worse. Susannah George, a Washington Post reporter, got out only because British troops helped her. Our troops, for the most part, weren’t allowed to help anyone.
Just The News reports our military was ordered not to rescue Americans, even those that made it to the gates of the airport:
…text messages between U.S. military commanders and private citizens mounting last-minute rescues tell a far different story, one in which pleading American citizens were frantically left behind at the Kabul airport gate this past weekend to face an uncertain fate under Taliban rule while U.S. officials sought to spread the blame between high-ranking generals and the State Department
‘We are f*cking abandoning American citizens,’ an Army colonel assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division wrote Sunday in frustration in a series of encrypted messages that detailed the failed effort to extricate a group of American citizens, hours before the last U.S. soldiers departed Afghanistan.
The text messages and emails were provided to Just the News by Michael Yon, a former Special Forces soldier and war correspondent who was among the private citizens working with private networks and the military to rescue stranded Americans.
Yon told Just the News that a group of Americans were abandoned at the Kabul airport, pleading for help as military officials told them they were finished with evacuations.
‘We had them out there waving their passport screaming, ‘I’m American,’ Yon said Tuesday while appearing on the John Solomon Reports podcast.
‘People were turned away from the gate by our own Army,’ Yon said.
After the episode ended and the Americans scattered to safe houses to avoid being captured, Yon wrote a stinging email to an Army major whose team had tried to coordinate the rescue before abandoning it.
Take the link and read the whole article, which implicates General Milley directly in ordering troops on the ground in Afghanistan to abandon desperate Americans at the gates of the airport.
I would like to say that I could never have believed an American president would leave American citizens—women and children–behind, abandon them to captivity, torture, rape and murder, but that was before the rise of contemporary D/S/Cs and Joe Biden. I would like to say I could never have believed our military would follow orders to leave Americans behind, but that was before our military was turned woke.
The Taliban won no military victory. They did not drive us out of Afghanistan. Joe Biden and his D/S/C handlers did. They surrendered, not only our national honor and international integrity, not only billions in military equipment and facilities, but the bodies of our citizens–men, women and children–to the tender mercies of those without mercy. Their cowardice and stupidity will reverberate around the world and cause us great harm for decades. August 31, 2021 is a second day that will live in infamy, not because of a surprise attack by enemies, but because Biden’s surrender and abandonment of Americans was no surprise.
Joe Biden and anyone advising or helping him have committed treason, and I mean treason by the letter of the law, USC 2381:
Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.
By any reasonable interpretation of the statute, by any rational understanding of what Biden and his handlers and supporters have done, they have committed treason, and handed our implacable enemies, people who think us “the great Satan,” innumerable hostages. These were not just bad decisions, bad policy choices, but treason. And it was not necessary.
We had and have the military might to get every American out, but Biden didn’t want them out. He didn’t want to get our military equipment out. He didn’t want to destroy it or our in country facilities. He didn’t want America to withdraw honorably. It was not necessary.
There is no doubt most of our military did not fail us. They fought honorably over 20 years, but they were forced, by the woke useful idiots commanding them, to abandon their enlistment oaths to uphold and defend the Constitution. Instead, they defended the D/S/C Party. Every commanding officer forced to abandon Americans standing at the airport gate, waving their passports, had a choice: follow immoral, illegal orders, or do the right thing.
The right thing would have been to save those people, and then, to resign and tell the country who, exactly, ordered them to abandon Americans to the Taliban. Perhaps some will yet do that, perhaps that Colonel and Major about who Michael Yon wrote, but I’ll not hold out much hope. One doesn’t become a field grade officer in our woke military without being willing to utterly abandon honor and the Constitution, without being willing to give Americans they could have rescued by merely opening a gate to Islamist barbarians.
I try, gentle readers, never to write when I’m angry, so I’ll merely ask you to return over the next two days when I’ll expand on these issues. But after hearing Temporary President Biden, once again, take D/S/C rhetorical responsibility, which means responsibility without consequences, and immediately blame others, I leave you with an example of actual responsibility.
Before D-Day was about to kick off, General Eisenhower wrote a letter in the event of its failure, taking actual responsibility. He blamed no one but himself. Were our military, were our presidency, only staffed by people with that kind of genuine character:
Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops. My decision to attack at this time and place was based upon the best information available. The troops, the air and the Navy did all that Bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone.
What have we become that we “elected” such deadly, shameless buffoons, such actual traitors? What have we become that we suffer them to continue to put America last?
Abiding stolen elections has consequences.
Mike McDaniel said:
Indeed it does. Good one.
Phil Strawn said:
Dang Mike. Just when we thought there wasn’t more to chew on, you come up with this. Good job!
Mike McDaniel said:
Dear Phil Strawn:
Thanks. Sadly, there is going to be a very great deal more to deal with on this topic, though the media will try to bury as much as possible to prop up D/S/Cs.
Your final question — “What have we become that we suffer them to continue to put America last?” — reminded me of this:
“Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
Those with eyes to see and ears to hear have, for decades, been aware of “insufferable evils” and the “long train of abuses and usurpations.” The soapbox hasn’t worked. The ballot box is broken. There’s only one box left. The usurpers are doing their damnedest to take that one from us, too.
Globalist-progressives (D/S/Cs) are by nature anti-nationalist-conservatives. War is and has been raging. It will eventually ‘go hot’. I do NOT advocate that. I do NOT want that.
Write when you’re angry. It’s fine with me.
Mike McDaniel said:
Thomas Jefferson was indeed a Renaissance man. I’m sure, gentle readers, you recognize that quote from the Declaration of Independence. And nah, can’t write when angry. I tend to get too emotional.
Write on. And thank you.
For many years I have thought. Maybe rewrite The Declaration to ‘fit’ a more modern jargon? Then I think, nah.
Mike McDaniel said:
It’s like Mozart. To change a single note would diminish the work. It cannot be done better, regardless of how brilliant the contemporary, self-imagined elite, imagine themselves to be.
If it’s not Baroque, don’t fix it. ;-)
I may have been a bit presumptuous there. If the quote is unfamiliar to readers, here is a link to its source:
“What have we become that we “elected” such deadly, shameless buffoons, such actual traitors? What have we become that we suffer them to continue to put America last?”
“What have we become that we “elected” such deadly, shameless buffoons, such actual traitors? What have we become that we suffer them to continue to put America first?”
Seems the clown that got elected to “put America first” was no better. Maybe next time someone in-between would work?
Mike McDaniel said:
Perhaps a comparison of Trump’s accomplishments vs. Biden’s horrific failures would serve?
Trump had notable accomplishments?
Alan Reasin said:
“Seems the clown that got elected to “put America first” was no better.” The organization within the State Department created by Trump because of Benghazi, another Democratic failure, evac’ed close to 1000 Americans from Wuhan, China after the covid pandemic was discovered. In June 2021 that organization was dissolved by the Biden Admin. Why?!
I am sure Biden hates America.. despises all it stands for, and wants to convert the entire country over to his agenda for his own special Utopian haven. He was born this way.. dropped on his head as a youth, and ever since has taken on the persona as Satan incarnate.
But then again.. I’m just spit balling here.
Mike McDaniel said:
Such people imagine they love America, but it’s the America that ought to be, their imagined utopia only they are sufficiently smart and moral to establish. The evidence is their statements and constant attempts to “fundamentally change” the country and its people, which is not something one seeks to do to a country and people they love.
And you are the man in the high tower to know this of others?
Fangs and claws.
“And you are the man in the high tower to know this of others?”
Venom and spite.
I’m thinking … on the demonic/worldly plane … that Mr. Manor is over the target.
And he is NOT THE ONLY MAN IN THE HIGH TOWER to know this of others.
Mike McDaniel said:
Who does one have to be to take the specific, clear, purposeful words and actions of others as they intend them?
Who does one have to be, other than an American citizen–I’ll throw in veteran–to comment on the words, actions and intentions of every American’s employees?
By their fruits we shall know them indeed.
[I’ll bury this here. The Diggers will see it…and maybe the spit ballers…or…no, ain’t sayin’ it. Wrote it hours ago. Typed once and thought way more than twice. Happy to be deleted.]
But then again… I’m wondering. Did you compose the piece below…or did someone else? Or is (are?) there more than one of you? I cannot tell.
https://www.theindependentknight.com/humanism-philosophy/is-the-real-pandemic-our-national-loss-of-faith/ [Provided for citation only. Not an endorsement or promotion of the material presented in this link.]
One of the reasons I’m scratching my head here is this (from referenced post):
“A good way to know if your Adult ego state is activated is to examine whether your questions/comments are fueled by compassion and curiosity, or the desire to blame, criticize or prove a point.”
Another reason (from referenced post, again):
“If I can apply that measure to how we seem to be feeling today I would pretty much call it… ‘I’m ok, but you’re pretty fucked up’… seeming to imply that your feelings, opinions, ideas, are way beyond an acceptable difference from mine, but reflect a complete alienation of a common sense thought process brought about by a complete lack of intellect, or greater ulterior motive to infringe on me personally, for personal gain, power, or profit.” [In your remarks on “I’m Okay – You’re Okay” (1967).]
Part of your comment here above led to more head scratching. “Seems the clown that got elected to ‘put America first’ was no better. Maybe next time someone in-between would work?” [I have no idea what that even means.]
And from your ABOUT ME page on your “The Independent Knight” blog: “My former blog was a political opinion blog. As such it was a vehicle for me to vent, pontificate, articulate, regurgitate, my various exasperations regarding the state of the country with the Orange Man running the show.”
It appears to me that you would be a part of the Orange-Man-Bad Never-Trump faction. If you are, that’s fine. It means nothing to me; I’m not a ‘Trumper’ … I am a U.S. citizen who is deeply concerned about the direction in which our nation is headed.
If you promote the idea that America ought to be something less than ‘first’, that’s fine too. I just wish you would give some REASONS instead of blathering on like this: “I am sure Biden hates America.. despises all it stands for, and wants to convert the entire country over to his agenda for his own special Utopian haven. He was born this way.. dropped on his head as a youth, and ever since has taken on the persona as Satan incarnate.” [And please don’t point me to your blog again. You’ve gotten all the clicks from me there that you’re going to get. Thank you.]
If you’re going to be critical, snarky, and attempt to impose your cynicism here, I’m sufficiently evolved to ignore you. My ‘buttons’ are pretty much worn out. My father is dead two years now. [A ‘forever Marine’.] My mother is armpit deep in dementia. And I’m her primary caregiver. So, yeah.
Joe Biden is NOT what is wrong with our country. Neither is, or was, Donald Trump. This fight is NOT about personalities. Unprincipled ignorance, stupidity, apathy, blaming, criticizing, point proving, and indolence that feed encroaching tyrannical rule are what is wrong with this country. The fight is one of principle. Lead. Follow. Or get the hell out of the way. WAKE THE HELL UP!
“I am a U.S. citizen who is deeply concerned about the direction in which our nation is headed.”
Oh.. I’m sorry. I guess I am not. How thilly of me.
That ridiculousness aside…
I’m sincerely sorry for your dad’s passing… and I hope it was quiet and with a measure of the dignity he deserved having served his country. Obviously I do not know your situation, but to assume the responsibility for caring for a parent with dementia rather than have them in a facility suggests you had a strong bond to make such a concerted commitment… and for that you are entitled to your own measure of respect.
From that I can understand where you come from a little better. I’ll leave it at that.
Did I click on the wrong “Reply” button?
I’m not sorry. And I’m pretty sure you are not deeply concerned about the direction in which our nation is headed. Otherwise you wouldn’t be such a dick, troll. Look. Aren’t you proud? You pushed a worn out button.
One thing, though… You do not understand “where [I] come from a little better”. And I will not leave it at that. I look forward to seeing the whites of your eyes. If you wish to hasten that, let me know.
Mike McDaniel said:
Dear Alan Reasin:
It could be nothing more than Biden’s handler’s determination to overturn everything Trump accomplished because Trump. It could also have been part of the plan. I’m not sure which is worse.
90% of statistics are made up. Make that 98%.
Mike McDaniel said:
I’m wondering how successful the White House and media will be in suppressing the captivity, torture and murder of hostages, all 2% of them.
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You have a lot of angst and perhaps you are entitled. I’ve not walked a mile in your shoes. If this is an online act, your schtick for attention… that’s your game to play.