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The numbers vary depending on which poll one consults, but one thing is clear: even as Biden’s handlers try to “move on” from Afghanistan, Americans aren’t forgetting:
Biden’s approval rating has cratered to just 36% among independents in the aftermath of his disastrous handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal, according to a new NPR/PBS/Marist poll released Thursday.
That number is down six points from the same survey conducted five weeks ago. The current polls also mark the lowest numbers for Biden since taking office.
The Aug. 26-31 poll of more than 1,200 adults found Biden’s overall approval is 43%, with 51% disapproving, a massive net swing of 13 points since late July, when the same poll found 49% of Americans approved of the job he was doing, and only 44% opposed.
Powerline reports on a Biden phone call to Afghanistan’s ex-president, which is the kind of “America’s Back” leadership partially responsible for Biden’s plummeting poll numbers. I’m only surprised they remain above 0%. I seem to remember something about Donald Trump, a phone call to a foreign leader, and impeachment…
Reuters has obtained an audio recording and transcript of a phone conversation between Joe Biden and President Ghani of Afghanistan that took place on July 23. A partial transcript is here. The conversation had several notable aspects.
First, Biden noted the perception that the war was not going well, and suggested that Ghani try to create the opposite impression, ‘whether it is true or not.’
BIDEN: You know, I am a moment late. But I mean it sincerely. Hey look, I want to make it clear that I am not a military man any more than you are, but I have been meeting with our Pentagon folks, and our national security people, as you have with ours and yours, and as you know and I need not tell you the perception around the world and in parts of Afghanistan, I believe, is that things aren’t going well in terms of the fight against the Taliban.
And there’s a need, whether it is true or not, there is a need to project a different picture.
Biden went on to explain how that might be done. Second, Biden promised that the U.S. would maintain air support for Afghanistan’s army at least through the end of August:
You clearly have the best military, you have 300,000 well-armed forces versus 70-80,000 and they’re clearly capable of fighting well, we will continue to provide close air support, if we know what the plan is and what we are doing. And all the way through the end of August, and who knows what after that.
President Ghani emphasized the importance of U.S. air support:
Second, what is crucial is, close air support, and if I could make a request, you have been very generous, if your assistance, particularly to our air force be front loaded, because what we need at this moment, there was a very heavily reliance on air power, and we have prioritized that if it could be at all front-loaded, we will greatly appreciate it.
“Whether it is true or not.” That would be “not.” And of course, Biden lied about providing air cover, though Ghani managed to flee, reportedly with over $100 million in cash. Not bad a for a former university professor we installed. Where can I get that kind of gig?
We now have thousands of Afghans in the US, and tens of thousands more set to be flown in at public expense. There are very few translators and others who actually put their lives on the line for America among them, and virtually none of them have been vetted to keep terrorists out. So what happens if we do actually try to vet them, and can’t determine who they are? Fox News explains—sort of:
‘Before anyone who is evacuated from Afghanistan comes to this country, they undergo a rigorous vet,’ State Department spokesperson Ned Price told reporters. ‘Unless and until they complete that vet they will not be in a position to come to the U.S.’
As I explained in Afghanistan 6: Rape Culture/Cultural Suicide, Price is lying. Many, if not most, of these people have never had a government issued ID. They’ve never been fingerprinted or photographed, and many don’t even know their date of birth. I’m sure the Taliban will say: “Who? Mohammed? Oh sure, he’s a terrorist plant we sent!” There is no way to determine who they are or their intentions, even if the Taliban were cooperative. Thus far, the Afghans we imported are being allowed, if they please, to simply walk away from the military installations where they’re being housed.
But when pressed by reporters as to what happens to those who do not pass the vetting process, the State Department spokesman said he would not ‘detail publicly’ what happens in those situations – including whether they could face being sent back to the now Taliban-controlled country.
What the government isn’t telling anyone is if their country of origin won’t take them back, they get to stay. And if the Taliban want them back, we’re sending them to their deaths, which won’t happen. The Biden Administration only does that to Americans.
Only now are we beginning to get perspective on the bounty of American weapons Biden’s handlers left for the Taliban, international terrorists, and for reverse engineering by China, Iran, Russia and other enemies of America. At Fox News, Victor Davis Hanson provides clarity:
[Classicist and historian Victor Davis] Hanson told “Tucker Carlson Tonight” the Delaware Democrat and his staff and military brass have acted ‘nonchalant’ about the fact they just gifted $90 billion in weapons to the Taliban.
‘I think we are underestimating it, Tucker. If you look at all the military aid that we have given Israel since the founding of the Jewish State, this is about 85% of that [which we gave] over a 70 year period. [emphasis mine] We are all worried about the new aircraft carrier Gerald Ford [at] $12 billion; the most expensive aircraft carrier in history. We could have had 7 of them for the price of weapons that we have left in Afghanistan,’ he said.
Then we would have had seven sets of elevators that wouldn’t work.
‘So this is the greatest loss of military equipment in the history of warfare by one power. It’s absolutely staggering, and yet, we take it so nonchalantly: The people responsible for this should be either fired or resigned,’ he added.
Our military and civilian “leaders” are entirely unconcerned about this. How could this have happened? Why did we make no attempt to evacuate that equipment, or failing that, destroy it in place before—or after—we left? We had and have the capability. There can be only one answer: those in charge want it that way. They want those weapons to fall into the hands of our enemies.
There is a concerted effort by the White House—Biden’s handlers—to “move on” from Afghanistan. That’s over; it’s old news; it’s sooooo yesterday. Lets talk about important things, like keeping alive the lie half of America are domestic terrorists, and they came within a hairsbreadth of tearing down the republic on January 6:
That’s the Babylon Bee, but it’s becoming harder and harder to separate satire from reality. What’s not satire is Pelosi thinks everything went really well. We know Americans were at the gates of Kabul’s airport, waving their passports, begging to be let in, but our military—our military “leaders”–could not be bothered:
Thereafter, the Pentagon’s spokesliar—keep in mind this sorry excuse for a man is a retired Admiral—expressed the Administration’s true concern for stranded Americans:
There’s a bit of difference between Americans who lost a passport, or get caught up in local disturbances and being stuck in a nation full of hostile, Islamist savages who we know are going to use Americans as hostages as long as there’s advantage in it, and will then torture, rape and murder them, because that’s what they do; that’s what they are. This graphic strikingly expresses Biden’s level of concern for our military and Americans in general:
Biden administration officials are reportedly at a loss for what to do in response to the current ‘hostage’ situation in Afghanistan, telling reporters they ‘do not control the airspace’ as several planes holding Americans have been prevented by the Taliban from leaving the country.
Golly! I wonder why not? Oh, that’s right: Biden ran away, in a matter of days, leaving the entire country to the Taliban. Thankfully, our fearsome State Department is going to get Americans out, however many that might be:
How many are left behind? First it was 200, but more like 100, then it ballooned to 500 or more, and some credible estimates put it at 10 times that amount: 5000 or more Americans in the hands of the Taliban. As I noted in Afghanistan: Hostages Galore, we’ve been in a hostage crisis since before Biden forced our troops to flee Bagram Air Base in the night without informing our allies. If an American is in Afghanistan, they’re a hostage. That terrorists don’t have to actually hold them in close captivity and guard them around the clock is a feature, not a bug. I suspect the weapons we abandoned were only part of what is going to be a ransom/blackmail that will make D/S/C’s 3.5 trillion boondoggle look like a tip left for a bad waitress. The Taliban can demand whatever they want for every American, and can keep the ransom game going for years, or until an American president is once again elected—if that’s ever again possible. It’s possible part of the ransom deal was leaving hundreds, even thousands, of Americans behind.
There are credible indications the American government is more interested in preventing the escape of Americans than the Taliban as PJ Media reports:
American groups attempting to rescue U.S. citizens, SIVs and green card holders left behind in Afghanistan claim the U.S. State Department, not the Taliban, is preventing them from taking off.
Three different individuals involved in private evacuation efforts told Fox News that the State Department is ‘recklessly endangering American lives’ with their delays.
Rick Clay, who operates the private rescue group ‘PlanB,’ told Fox News that the State Department is preventing the flights from leaving Afghanistan. Clay has roughly 4,500 names on his manifest, 800 of which have been turned over to the U.S. State Department for vetting.
Two other American individuals separately involved in evacuation efforts made similar claims that the State Department is the sole entity preventing their charter flights from leaving Afghanistan. Fox News declined to name the two other people to avoid jeopardizing ongoing rescue efforts.
That can’t be true, can it? The State Department, full of the best and brightest—just asks them–who are going to get all stranded Americans out is keeping them in captivity, when with a word on a phone call, they could see them freed? It’s all too easy to believe:
‘This is zero place to be negotiating with American lives. Those are our people standing on the tarmac and all it takes is a f****ing phone call,’ one of those individuals told Fox News.
‘If one life is lost as a result of this, the blood is on the White House’s hands. The blood is on their hands,’ that individual continued, adding: ‘It is not the Taliban that is holding this up, as much as it sickens me to say that it is the United States government.’
The bastard’s arms are already over the elbows in the blood of innocents. But why, other than that they hate America and Americans, would they do such a thing?
The same individual suggested that the State Department’s refusal to let the planes evacuate Americans is motivated, in part, by embarrassment that private individuals are rescuing Americans whom the U.S. government failed to evacuate.
Whom the U.S. Government continues to refuse to evacuate, even as they continue to brag about their brilliance in leaving them behind:
Among the braggarts is General Thoroughly Modern Milley, who tells us the entire evacuation was part of the plan all along. Go here, if you have the stomach for it.
We also have accounts of individual Marines at Kabul Airport, obviously against orders, doing whatever they could to rescue trapped Americans, because that’s what Americans, that’s what Marines, do. Go here for just such an account. We’ve all heard about the California school children trapped in Afghanistan. Some few have made it out, no thanks to the Government, but more remain behind, as Fox News reports here.
Not every story is tragic, as this one from John Hinderaker at Powerline is not:
My colleague finally came to me and asked whether Senator Tom Cotton might be able to help. He had seen news to the effect that Cotton’s office had been able to help some people get out of Kabul. I said I would contact Senator Cotton. I did so, and one of his staffers called my colleague in a matter of minutes. He conveyed the necessary information including, I believe, photographs of the family.
I don’t know who did what or how it came about, but the next thing I learned, directly from Tom Cotton, was that the family was safe in Qatar. Shortly thereafter, my colleague showed me a picture they had texted him of themselves at the Qatar airport.
So some stories ended happily. Sadly, as a result of the grotesque ineptitude of the Biden administration, far too many did not. Our thanks to Senator Cotton and all those who contributed to saving this deserving family.
Yet the White House would have us forget those they left behind, when they’re not taking credit for the few private Americans are rescuing:
A private rescue team that helped four Americans evade Taliban checkpoints and evacuate Afghanistan, along with Republican lawmakers, is calling out the ‘absolute nonsense’ of the State Department taking credit for the mission.
They’re the only Americans to evacuate by land thus far since the retreat.
‘The fact that they’re spinning this, trying to take 100% credit when they didn’t track this family, when they placated this family, when the mother, who was under extreme stress and extreme pressure, reached out to the State Department multiple times and got no help,’ organizer Cory Mills told Fox News on Monday.
Mills’ private team of military veterans, funded by private donors including the Sentinel Foundation, according to the report, says the administration left the mother, only identified as Miriam, and her three children behind.
‘This is an attempt to save face by the administration for the Americans they left behind,’ Mills added to Fox News. ‘This is a woman with three children from age 15 all the way down to two-years-old. And they did nothing to try to expedite this.’
‘But at the very last minute you have these ‘senior officials’ at the State Department trying to claim credit for this like ‘oh, yeah, look what we’ve done.’
Bidenites want to move on to much more important issues, like how to destroy the integrity of elections, how to bankrupt the country, how to force everyone to wear masks and say the proper pronouns and how to ensure China becomes the world’s dominant power. And speaking of China:
According to a Taliban spokesman, China will now be the group’s “main partner” and will help rebuild Afghanistan.
‘China will be our main partner and represents a great opportunity for us because it is ready to invest in our country and support reconstruction efforts,’ Zabihulah Mujahid said in an interview.
He said the Taliban values China’s Belt and Road Initiative, as the project will revive the ancient Silk Road. He also said China will help Afghanistan use its copper resources and give the country a path into global markets, per the Asia Today.
China plays the long game. They know exactly what they want—world domination—and the Afghanistan debacle, which is ongoing, is only part of that long laid master plan. D/S/Cs hated Trump so much not because he was harming America, but because he was restoring America:
This can’t be said enough: who gives our enemies lists of Americans hiding from them, and leaves biometric scanners behind to help the Taliban find them? Who is alienating our allies, putting Americans at risk, and tearing down norms, such as not giving aid and comfort to enemies in time of war?
Bidenites want us to forget those left behind. They want us to think the withdrawal from Afghanistan a historic success. I will not play along, so I leave you with this from Brietbart.com. See who we “elected”:
Cheyenne McCollum is the sister of Wyoming Marine Rylee McCollum, who was killed at Kabul’s airport. She gave an interview to Newsmax on September 6, 2021:
ROB FINNERTY: Your father and your sister chose not to meet President Biden at the dignified transfer, but you did alongside Rylee’s widow, who is pregnant. Tell us about that.
CHEYENNE MCCOLLUM: I wouldn’t say I necessarily stayed to meet him. I stayed to support Rylee’s wife because I didn’t want her to sit alone and she wanted the chance to look him in the eye, so I sat beside her to do that as well. I stayed and when he came up to us, about 15 seconds in I had to walk away. It was so insincere. He didn’t look us in the eye, he gave her a pat on the knee and said, ‘I know what you’re going through, I lost my son.’ He didn’t lose his son serving.
FINNERTY: What else did he say in that interaction and how long did it last?
MCCOLLUM: Maybe three minutes. He just said, ‘there’s nothing I can say’ and would go back to talking about his son. I don’t even think he knows Rylee’s name to be honest. I think he should know every single name of every solider we lost, but he didn’t know or say anything personal.
FINNERTY: Did you feel like he was being stage managed as he was being taken from family to family?
MCCOLLUM: Yeah, everything felt fake if I’m being honest.
He patted her on the knee and talked about his son as the coffin of her brother was being unloaded at Dover AFB. Yeah; America’s back, and our allies are as terrified as they are enraged, our enemies are laughing their asses off, and 5000 or more Americans are waiting to be murdered, or worse, in Afghanistan at the hands of merciless barbarians dressed in American uniforms, wielding American weapons.
‘Through many countries and over many seas
I have come, Brother, to these melancholy rites,
to show this final honour to the dead,
and speak (to what purpose?) to your silent ashes,
since now fate takes you, even you, from me.
Oh, Brother, ripped away from me so cruelly,
now at least take these last offerings, blessed
by the tradition of our parents, gifts to the dead.
Accept, by custom, what a brother’s tears drown,
and, for eternity, Brother, ‘Hail and Farewell.’
Gaius Valerius Catullus 84-54 B.C.
Ave atque vale, Lance Corporal McCollum and your colleagues. Rest easy. Americans will not move along. We won’t forget you.