Uncanceled News has an outstanding commentary today on the “woulda’ been, coulda’ been” role of alleged Vice President Kamala Harris in the Afghanistan debacle. The author, Patriot Editor, comes to an irrevocable conclusion: Harris is every bit as accountable for the crisis as Joe Biden, perhaps even more so. Read on:
…Team Harris wanted to make a splash with the Afghanistan withdrawal. They went to the Generals and quietly reminded them that Harris could be their boss in the near future, but sources indicate it wasn’t the posturing wasn’t necessary. They already wanted her squarely inserted into the middle of the Afghanistan decision, so Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley and others requested her presence and solicited her input during Afghanistan briefings with Biden.
But the meetings didn’t go well. It didn’t take long for Team Harris to realize it may not be wise to be attached to the surrender. Yes, most Americans wanted U.S. troops to finally leave Afghanistan, but the briefings alerted Harris and her team to the clear risks involved with leaving a weak Afghan government to contend with a reinvigorated Taliban. Intelligence reports told them that the Taliban was very prepared to seize power while the Afghan government was ill-suited to keep it. She knew it could go well based on the numbers in their advantage but she also realized it could blow up. So, she hedged her bets…
Harris was there for the briefings. She was the “last voice in the room” before Biden allegedly made the decision. She had the opportunity to say what should have been said many times between the April meetings and the July-August withdrawal, that we needed to get every American and every piece of equipment out of Afghanistan BEFORE the military left. In a best-case scenario, American civilians would have been almost fully evacuated before a single military member had left.
It’s much easier to evacuate when one has control of the situation than in the middle of a tumultuous exchange of power. Harris knew this as well if not better than mentally failing Biden. As the “last voice in the room,” she should have said the obvious. Why didn’t she?
This is where the blood really spills all over her hands. This is speculation, but based on everything we’ve seen so far, there are only two viable possibilities. The first and less likely is that she DID say something but was ignored. Considering the status of the relationship between the two camps, it’s almost certain that if she had said something, we would know that definitively by now through leaks from Team Harris.
This is just the beginning of very good analysis from Patriot Editor. Go read it for yourself.
KABUL—American soldiers, civilians, and contractors still stranded in Afghanistan said Thursday that while they’re a little upset that they’re 100% at the mercy of the Taliban, they are at least happy that the president doesn’t tweet mean things anymore.
The thousands of Americans still stranded said they are taking consolation in the fact that we got rid of the guy who posted “covfefe” and called people “losers” and “haters” on Twitter.
On August 23rd all the mainstream or agitprop media outlets were trumpeting the news that the FDA had granted permanent approval for the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine. The press breathlessly reported that vaccine mandates were now legal for healthcare workers, employees in private industry, college students, and government employees at all levels including teachers and school staff.
Almost immediately Joe Biden shuffled his way to the podium and read off his teleprompter that all businesses should immediately institute vaccine mandates. The Pentagon announced that vaccinations would be mandatory for all active service members. Bill de Blasio immediately instituted a vaccine mandate for all New York City teachers and staff.
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What the FDA approved and licensed is Pfizer’s Comirnaty Covid vaccine not the current Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine in use under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). The FDA has acknowledged that Pfizer has insufficient stocks of the newly licensed Comirnaty vaccine available but there is a significant amount of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine available under the EUA still on hand.
Further, the FDA decreed that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine should remain unlicensed and under the EUA but can be used interchangeably with the newly licensed Comirnaty vaccine. More importantly, the FDA states that the licensed Comirnaty vaccine and the existing Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine are “legally distinct” but proclaims that their differences do not “impact safety or effectiveness.” [emphases added]
Very articulate opinion piece from John Daniel Davidson, political editor at The Federalist. What gives Davidson’s editorial some notable traction is that he focuses past the easy mark of Biden’s mental collapse at the press conference. Instead, he hits the clear items of distinction that define the profound failure of this alleged presidency in just this one dreadful example. To wit:
Of course Biden’s bizarre behavior at the press conference, although deeply disturbing, does not alone justify impeachment. Rather, it’s his fecklessness and incompetence, his failure to protect Americans in the evacuation of Afghanistan, and his inability to speak clearly and honestly about the situation, that justifies impeachment at this point.
Throughout this crisis, Biden and his White House have been evasive, defensive, and cruelly indifferent to a disaster entirely of their own making. The bare minimum for a commander in chief in this scenario is to be clear and forthright with the American people about what it will take to get Americans out safely, and what will happen if we can’t get them out by the August 31 deadline. Instead, the Biden administration has blamed Donald Trump, ducked questions, stonewalled, and generally contributed to the deadly chaos still unfolding in Afghanistan.
Indeed, what this means for the ongoing evacuation is unclear. It might well be over, at this point. News reports out of Kabul indicate the U.S. military is welding shut the gates of the airport complex, which could mean an abrupt end to evacuation efforts for an estimated 1,500 American citizens, at least, still trapped in Afghanistan.
If that is the case, we are now facing the worst hostage crisis in American history.
Read the whole thing here.
U.S. officials in Kabul gave the Taliban a list of names of American citizens, green card holders and Afghan allies to grant entry into the militant-controlled outer perimeter of the city’s airport, a choice that’s prompted outrage behind the scenes from lawmakers and military officials.
The move, detailed to POLITICO by three U.S. and congressional officials, was designed to expedite the evacuation of tens of thousands of people from Afghanistan as chaos erupted in Afghanistan’s capital city last week after the Taliban seized control of the country. It also came as the Biden administration has been relying on the Taliban for security outside the airport.
“Basically, they just put all those Afghans on a kill list,” said one defense official, who like others spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive topic. “It’s just appalling and shocking and makes you feel unclean.”
Asked about POLITICO’s reporting during a Thursday news conference, President Joe Biden said he wasn’t sure there were such lists, but also didn’t deny that sometimes the U.S. hands over names to the Taliban.
More here. It goes without saying the so-called Biden Administration has managed to function with breathtaking ineptitude throughout the entire Afghanistan catastrophe. That’s why no one is in the least bit surprised at this little revelation.
President Joe Biden reacted to the news of twelve American soldiers killed in two suicide bombings in Kabul outside the airport where the United States continues trying to evacuate U.S. citizens and Afghan allies.
“It’s been a tough day,” Biden began, slapping the podium after he arrived 25 minutes late for his speech at the White House.
The president spoke for about twenty minutes before taking questions from the press but ultimately struggled when asked by Fox News reporter Peter Doocy to take responsibility for the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan.
“I bear responsibility for fundamentally all that’s happened of late,” he said, before pivoting to blame former President Donald Trump.
“Here’s the deal,” he continued. “You know, I wish you one day say these things, you know as well as I do, that the former president made the a deal with the Taliban to get all American forces out of Afghanistan by May 1.”
So the alleged President is off the hook. Finish reading about it here.
BIDEN: “Ladies & Gentlemen, they gave me a list here. The first person I was instructed to call on was Kelly O’Donnell of NBC.”