The Taliban Are Victorious

30 08 2021

  By Timothy D. Naegele[1]

Victor Davis Hanson—a Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution—has written a sobering and lengthy article that discusses this obvious and ominous conclusion and its ramifications for all of us, as follows:  

Joe Biden’s scripted or no-questions press conferences, and the clean-up afterward by Antony Blinken, Jake Sullivan, and Jen Psaki, have been some of the most misleading episodes in modern presidential history—mostly in what was not said rather than was exaggerated, warped, and misrepresented.  

Biden as Commander-in-Chief

The more Joe Biden mutters “The buck stops here” or “I take full responsibility,” the more we know he will not—and not just because of his now reduced mental state, but because 1) he repeats the same opportunist messaging that he has for the last 50 years of his political career, and 2) the only true thing he could say was “I ordered a withdrawal in the most reckless manner in U.S. military history.”

When Biden then blames Donald Trump, it raises the immediate questions:

1) If the Afghanistan deal was so flawed, why did Biden stick with it, given his other radical departures from what he inherited on the border, on fossil fuels, on the Middle East—on just about everything before January 20, 2021?

2) So, was it good or bad to withdraw all U.S. troops? Was Trump wrong to have bequeathed him a policy of graduated withdrawal, but Biden was right to have continued it for a while—only to have accelerated it into surrender and flight?

3) Why did the violence erupt on Biden’s rather than on Trump’s watch? And was his order for a hasty flight in the dead of night from Bagram Air Base also the inherited Trump departure plan?

When Joe Biden now threatens al-Qaeda, ISIS-K, and others with revenge, he sounds, unfortunately, more like the ridiculous Joe of “Corn Pop” braggadocio with his weaponized chain, or Joe taking Trump behind the gym to womp on him, or young Joe Biden slamming the mouthy kid’s head on the lunch counter. Speaking softly with a club is preferable to being loud with a twig.

We have all heard, ad nauseam, too many of Biden’s He-Man stories. The latest rhetoric does not hide the fact that Biden had opposed the Osama bin Laden raid, criticized the termination of Qasem Soleimani, left Afghanistan in the most shameful retreat in U.S. history, and is now begging the Saudis to pump more oil after cutting back on our ample supplies and trashing Riyadh as part of his return to the Obama pivot to Iran. 

Biden loves appeasement lists. He provided the Taliban with a list of whom we wished to evacuate. (When the Taliban soon knock on the door of an American in Kabul who thinks their message will be, “We’re here to escort you to your flight”?) In the same manner, Biden provided Putin with a helpful list of institutions he wanted Putin’s satellite cyber-criminals to exempt from hacking. 

The blame for this sordid mess is threefold: 

1) The media that knew Biden was debilitated and so covered up that fact to carry the candidate across the finish line in November. 

2) The Democratic apparat that envisioned Biden lasting just long enough (the country be damned) to provide the needed cover of a sharply left-wing agenda. 

3) The Pentagon’s top brass, active and retired, who for years leaked about and obstructed Trump, sought to toady up to the press in its “wokeness,” and posed as speaking truth to power, but have now gone strangely silent when we need public voices to oppose the present Afghanistan nihilism of the administration.

Partnering With the Taliban

The Taliban are to al-Qaeda and ISIS as the Nazis in World War II were to fellow fascists of the Spanish Blue Division, the Hungarian Arrow Cross, and the Romanian Iron Guard—ethnic and ideological variants of the same radical nihilist cause. No act of terror goes on in Afghanistan without someone in the Taliban ordering or allowing it. Their “ring” around the airport is only an obstruction for whom they choose: Americans and their allies. 

The Taliban may for a moment seek plausible deniability of suicide bombings to hasten the U.S. departure in shame, temporarily disavowing credit for slaughtering Americans as they leave. But as soon as U.S. soldiers are gone, the Taliban will give free rein to its hounds al-Qaeda and ISIS, brag that they drove out the United States, and then resume their accustomed murdering and raping of civilians. We should expect lots of silent, under-the-table Bowe Bergdahl-type swaps, trades, and humiliations for the next year or so. We will likely sell out our former friends in the Northern Alliance, pay cash under the table per hostage head, and lie about a “new” Taliban. 

So, should we laugh or cry when General Kenneth McKenzie assures us that the Taliban and the U.S. military have the same agenda: Americans exiting Afghanistan as soon as possible? 

Yes, their agenda is the Pentagon exiting Afghanistan as soon as possible—but with the greatest global humiliation, loss of life, and general sense of defeat. In contrast, our agenda is to leave Afghanistan soberly and methodically, even if that means regaining Bagram for as long as necessary to achieve our own strategic goals.

The Abandoned Arsenal

The administration never mentions the vast horde of U.S. weaponry that was simply abandoned to the Taliban. Why? Is it to be “$80 billion here, thousands of machine guns there—no big deal”?

Estimates of the trove’s value range from $70 billion to $90 billion. The stockpile likely includes 80,000 vehicles, including 4,700 late-model Humvees, 600,000 weapons of various sorts, 162,643 pieces of communications equipment, more than 200 aircraft, and 16,000 pieces of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance equipment, including late-model drones. Especially worrisome are the loss of night-vision equipment, 20,000-plus grenades, and 1,400 grenade launchers, as well as more than 7,000 machine guns—the perfect equipment for jihadist terror operations and asymmetrical street fighting. 

We can look at this disaster in a number of depressing ways. One would be to compare this giveaway to military aid given to Israel over the last 70 years, which more or less has amounted to about an aggregate $100 billion. In other words, in one fell swoop, the Pentagon deposited into Taliban hands about 80 percent of all the military aid that we’ve ever given to Israelsince the founding of the Jewish state. In terms of tactical and operational capability, the Taliban may now be the best-equipped terrorist force in Asia and the Middle East.

Assume that for the next quarter-century, Afghanistan will become not just the world’s training haven for Islamic terrorists, but an international, no-questions-asked, cash-on-the-barrel arms market for anti-Western terrorist cliques. 

Or we can assess the damage psychologically. For the immediate future (possibly over the next few days or weeks), American soldiers could face the prospect of being attacked or killed by those who are outfitted in their own mirror image, and they might be blown up by their own former weapons. 

Yet the media never asked for, nor did the Pentagon volunteer, any explanation of why such stocks were simply abandoned, or at least not destroyed before fleeing, or not later bombed. Since nothing makes sense, we must strain the imagination: was the $80 billion in arms given as de facto bribe money to get our own out? 

In addition, the beefed-up U.S. embassy in Kabul reportedly cost nearly $1 billion, comparable to America’s most expensive embassy in London. It will now become a Taliban stronghold. Bagram Air Base—originally built with U.S. help and money during the Eisenhower Administration—has been updated with hundreds of millions of dollars of American investment in the last 20 years, in buildings, a new runway, personnel accommodations, detention facilities, and infrastructure. 

Although it had been the target of several Taliban attacks, Bagram was largely considered defensible. It allowed coalition and Afghan forces to enjoy 100 percent air superiority over the entire country. Biden talks endlessly of the “over the horizon” capability of distant bases and ships, while omitting that he destroyed “right over the target” current capability. Why these vital American investments were simply surrendered in the dead of night to looters first, and Taliban second, will be an object of controversy and investigation for decades to come. To think of anything similar, imagine the British surrender of Singapore in 1942 or a combination of Fort Sumter, the burning of Washington in 1814, and Wake Island, December 1941.

The End of American Stature

Regional countries will no longer wish to join the United States in any war on terror because they know they are always just one election from a radical flip-flop in American foreign policy. There is no such thing anymore as bipartisan foreign affairs, since policy is seen as an extension of the revolutionary agendas here at home. Our allies are concluding that the United States is not a bastion of sobriety and careful deliberation that takes its leadership of the free world seriously, but a mercurial, radical leftist country that in a second may self-immolate, as we did in the woke summer of 2020. 

Donald Trump reportedly offended NATO members and weakened the alliance by his bombast. Perhaps, but the record shows a funny type of allied enervation, because his jawboning resulted in a much larger NATO budget, marked gains in military expenditures on the part of NATO members, and a dramatic increase in those nations finally meeting or nearly meeting their two percent of GDP military investment promises. 

And during the Trump Administration, NATO nations could claim that they destroyed ISIS in Syria under U.S. leadership, kept Afghanistan safe while reducing troops, frightened Iran, and taught Russians in Syria not to assault U.S. garrisons. For all the graduated withdrawals of the United States from Afghanistan in 2010-2020, not a single U.S. soldier had died in the 12 months prior to the inauguration of Joe Biden.  

But now? Most of the major NATO nations have condemned the U.S. skedaddle from Afghanistan. They are angry that they were not consulted, and not synchronized in the complex airlift and withdrawal. And they resent the “every man for himself” unilateralism on the part of the United States.

We cannot expect the European NATO members to stand with the United States in trying to check Chinese aggression. The alliance will no longer badger Germany to cease its new de facto economic alliance with Russia or to stand firm against Russian bullying of frontline NATO states, or to present a unified skeptical front about reentering the flawed Iran deal. Differing views about assistance to Israel will only acerbate. NATO members, rightly or wrongly, feel they were bullied into Afghanistan by the United States, and 20 years later outnumbered the U.S. contingent by nearly fourfold—only to be left stunned as their supposed spiritual and military leader fled first for the exits, after itself surrendering the country to NATO enemies. 

The Future

In an ideal world, Biden would order a nocturnal retaking of Bagram, shift all U.S. evacuation efforts there, and provide air cover for incoming and outcoming flights as well as retaliatory strikes on terrorist enclaves as necessary. He would tell the Taliban that $80 billion of free military stuff was enough of bribes and that any more obstructive efforts will be met with bombs, not more cash and weapons.  

Joe Biden thinks August 31, 2021, is the “end” of Afghanistan. In fact, it is a new beginning of yet another chapter in the much despised “war on terror.” But this time around, the Taliban are victorious. They have been reinvented as the best-equipped jihadist nation in the world, basking in the prestige of humiliating the world’s superpower, and will take ownership of hundreds of billions of dollars of Western investment in infrastructure in Afghanistan’s major cities. 

This disaster can be attributed to Biden’s apparent desire for a 9/11 “no more Afghanistan” anniversary parade—itself to be staged to hide his multifaceted border, economy, energy, and foreign policy failures.

The Chinese are debating now whether to ramp up the assault rhetoric against Taiwan, as more Chinese voices conclude that Biden would support the Taiwanese in meager fashion, as he did U.S. contractors and Afghan interpreters. The Russians are pondering which exposed NATO country or which former Soviet republic might be probed and dissected—in expectation of a tough-guy Biden Corn-Pop lecture but not much else. Kim Jong-un is considering replaying his old role of rocket man, as he calibrates the Biden responses to more missiles launched in Japanese air or water space.

Watch Iran especially. The theocracy believes this is the most opportune time in 20 years to announce that it is or will soon be nuclear, to unleash Hezbollah, and to step up global terrorist operations on the assumption that Biden will bow his head and declare “We do not forgive; we do not forget” and then retire for an early nap.[2]  

This article echoes what I have written here:

(1) [O]ur trillion-dollar project to plant Western democracy in a Muslim nation has failed dramatically; (2) our final departure from Kabul may become, like JFK’s Bay of Pigs, a synonym for American failure; (3) NATO may collapse, for all intents and purposes; (4) a few mortar shells landing on the tarmac of the lone runway in Kabul, and no plane can fly in or out . . . ; (5) our Afghan allies face murderous reprisals and retribution; (6) the Americans left in Kabul and other cities may become hostages to the Taliban; (7) the future looks grim for those left behind; (8) Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin [should] be sacked; (9) our intelligence agencies have failed us; [(10) the world is watching with horror or glee, depending on whether one is a friend or foe; (11) China may move on Taiwan, while Russia moves on Ukraine; (12) the possibilities of 9/11-like attacks on the American mainland are not beyond the pale of reason; and (13) we have Brain Dead Joe Biden in the White House, with Willie Brown’s ho Kamala Harris standing in the wings to succede him.][3]

These are disturbing conclusions for all of us, certainly in the midst of so many American deaths and so much suffering from China’s Coronavirus and its mutations, physically, psychologically and economically—with more to come.[4]

 

 

© 2021, Timothy D. Naegele

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[1]  Timothy D. Naegele was counsel to the United States Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and chief of staff to Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal recipient and former U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass).  See, e.g., Timothy D. Naegele Resume-21-8-6  He has an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as well as two law degrees from the School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California, Berkeley, and from Georgetown University.  He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon, where he received the Joint Service Commendation Medal (see, e.g., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commendation_Medal#Joint_Service). Mr. Naegele is an Independent politically; and he is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Finance and Business. He has written extensively over the years (see, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/articles/), and studied photography with Ansel Adams; and he can be contacted directly at tdnaegele.associates@gmail.com   

[2] See https://amgreatness.com/2021/08/29/our-afghan-nightmare-tanks-for-nothing/

[3] See https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2021/08/20/afghanistan-the-future-looks-grim-for-those-left-behind/ 

[4] See https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/national-security/last-plane-carrying-americans-afghanistan-departs-nation-s-longest-war-n1278012 (“Last plane carrying Americans from Afghanistan departs as longest U.S. war concludes”) and https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9941147/Pentagon-says-troops-left-Afghanistan-just-midnight-Kabul.html (“Pentagon confirms the LAST US troops and evacuation flights have left Afghanistan just after midnight in Kabul: Taliban ‘takes control of airport and celebrates with gunfire’ as 20-year war ends”) 


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31 08 2021
morrow321

I am laughing at the loser American imperialists. I never wanted us in Gaffe-again-istan for 20 [freaking] years. We were lied to by the American governent and media who sold us a bill of goods. Thank goodness I was not buying.

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31 08 2021
Timothy D. Naegele

Needless to say, lots of Americans and others globally agree with you completely. Emotions are raw, as some are being censored.

See, e.g., https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/aug/31/us-veterans-afghanistan-fall-taliban (“‘It’s horrible to watch’: US veterans on seeing Afghanistan fall to the Taliban”); see also
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/aug/30/pentagon-kabul-drone-strike-islamic-state (“After 20 years, last US flight departs Kabul, leaving Afghanistan to its fate”) and https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9943583/Mother-Marine-killed-ISIS-bomb-attack-Instagram-account-SUSPENDED.html (“Mother of Marine killed in ISIS bomb attack has her Instagram account disabled after she blamed Biden for her son’s death and claimed President ‘rolled his eyes’ and ‘turned his back on her’ when she confronted him”) and https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9943475/I-hope-burn-hell-sister-Marine-killed-Afghanistan-screamed-Biden-Dover.html (“‘I hope you burn in hell! That was my brother!’ What sister of Marine killed in Afghanistan screamed at Biden during Dover casket ceremony where he ‘wouldn’t even look’ relatives in the eye”) and https://www.dailywire.com/news/american-interpreter-biden-left-behind-in-afghanistan-i-dont-believe-in-anybody-anymore (“American Interpreter Biden Left Behind In Afghanistan: ‘I Don’t Believe In Anybody Anymore’”) and https://buchanan.org/blog/cacophony-and-confusion-in-foreign-policy-156200 (“Cacophony and Confusion in Foreign Policy”)

I agree with the utter futility of our Afghan War. But I am most concerned about Americans, Afghan friends and others who will suffer horribly in the future.

See, e.g., https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2021-08-30/the-war-in-afghanistan-ends-where-it-started (“The War in Afghanistan Ends Where It Started”) and https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9941147/Pentagon-says-troops-left-Afghanistan-just-midnight-Kabul.html (“Last US flights slip out of Afghanistan 24 hours before deadline: Up to 200 citizens and thousands of allies are left facing nightmare under Taliban, who celebrate America’s retreat from 20-year war with gunfire and by inspecting their new Chinooks”) and https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9941697/90-retired-generals-admirals-call-Austin-Milley-resign-Afghanistan-withdrawal.html (“90 retired generals and admirals call for Austin and Milley to resign immediately over the disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal”) and
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/what-happens-to-americans-leaving-afghanistan-after-withdrawal/ (“Uncertainty lingers for Americans trying to leave Afghanistan after U.S. withdrawal”); see also https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9943561/Taliban-hold-mock-FUNERALS-American-forces-Thousands-celebrate-soldiers-leaving.html (“Biden’s national security advisor says the US could give the Taliban CASH AID even as they hold hold mock FUNERALS for American, British and NATO forces and celebrate with gunfire in the streets of Kabul after 20 years of war”) and https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9947665/The-race-14-000-Afghan-refugees-Ramstein-US.html (“Part TWO of the largest airlift in history: Inside the huge operation to get at least 43,000 Afghan refugees vetted in Europe, Doha and Bahrain and on to one of EIGHT US bases where 20,000 have already arrived”) and https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9947707/Biden-administration-ERASES-records-83-billion-military-aid-given-Afghanistan.html (“Biden administration ERASES records of the $83 billion worth of weapons, training and aid given to Afghanistan’s armed forces since 2002 as the Taliban takes what was left into their possession”) and
https://www.irishcentral.com/news/derry-mp-afghan-man-kabul (“Derry MP demands action for constituent’s family in Kabul”) and https://www.wnd.com/2021/09/report-u-s-evacuated-afghans-child-brides-raped/ (“U.S. evacuated Afghans with child ‘brides’ they raped”) and https://www.foxnews.com/politics/taliban-hunting-americans-california-afghanistan (“Taliban is ‘hunting Americans,’ says California mom-to-be left behind in Afghanistan”) and https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/571125-biden-asks-for-funding-to-help-bring-95000-afghans-to-us (“Biden asks for funding to help bring 95,000 Afghans to US”) and https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/9/talibans-violence-against-women-reporters-intensifies (“Taliban accused of torturing journalists for covering protests”) and https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/sep/13/trapped-afghanistan-those-left-behind-grapple-unre/ (“Trapped in Afghanistan: Those left behind grapple with unresponsive U.S., dimming hope of escape”) and
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9989035/Taliban-fighters-execute-unarmed-prisoner-conquered-Panjshir-Valley.html (“The moment Taliban fighters execute an unarmed prisoner in the ‘conquered’ Panjshir Valley where ‘at least 20’ civilians have been killed for helping resistance”)

And I am concerned about the traitors in our midst.

See, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2021/08/27/censorship-at-dia-no-wonder-we-lost-afghanistan/ (“Censorship At DIA, No Wonder We Lost Afghanistan”) and https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9993743/You-walk-away-Alexander-Vindman-leads-ex-military-calls-Gen-Milley-resign.html (“‘It’s an extremely dangerous precedent, you can’t simply walk away from that’: Retired Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman leads ex-military leaders calling on Gen. Milley to resign if he told China he’d send warning if US was planning to attack”) and https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9994381/Milley-confirms-DID-calls-China-says-held-coordination-DoD.html (“‘The president has complete confidence in his leadership, patriotism and fidelity to our Constitution’: White House backs embattled Gen. Milley as he admits he DID have China calls and confirms he met with staff to discuss nuclear weapons”) and https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9999817/China-AUKUS-nuclear-submarine-deal-make-Australia-potential-target-atomic-bomb-strike.html (“Furious China issues bone-chilling warning subs deal could ‘make Australia a potential target for a NUCLEAR strike'”)

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3 09 2021
H. Craig Bradley

WHAT WE HAVE REALLY LOST

Our hasty pull-out or withdrawal from Afghanistan is more than just incompetence by our Military Command, more than just a “surrender” or even a simple military defeat. No, it was a rout. We threw down our weapons and ran in panic and disorder to the airport to fly away as quickly as possible (ASAP). We ran from our international responsibilities and deserted our post.

You see, a rout is far worse than just losing or being defeated because its directly attributable to a failure in the command and leadership chain up and down the line. Its a black mark not only upon the Biden Administration (Democrats), but on the whole nation and all its citizens as well. Now, there will be many undesirable consequences without end going forward.

International confidence in America, our national credibility, reputation, our currency (dollar) and even more importantly, the global financial system, is now increasingly in-doubt. Many global realignments are now going to take place. This is probably the unvarnished view of the recent developments by the rest of the world.

We can expect in future years to become more isolated and vulnerable to rising national empires like China which do not share our values and are antagonistic to us as a nation and as a people, as well. I believe the only reason a new war in Asia has not yet developed is that China is not yet military ready for one. When they are ready to fight, a free and independent Taiwan is gone. Taiwan Semiconductor, which produces 60% of the world’s computer chips, will then be controlled by the Mainland Chinese and the Communists (CCP).

This is going to be an economic disaster for the West when it occurs. Globalism is already fast breaking-down and we are totally unprepared and have no national plan or solution to deal with it in the near future. Instead, we are talking much more Federal Spending for “infrastructure”. Currently, there are 46 Container ships floating around outside the Port of Long Beach and Los Angeles. We are gummed-up and no plan of action has yet been formulated. Trouble is coming in spades next year ( 2022 is going to be a “Panic Year”).

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3 09 2021
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you, Craig, for your comments as always.

Taken together with the article above and the comments beneath it, a very negative future for the United States and the American people is described, in great detail.

And as stated here many times, Xi Jinping, Vladimir Putin and America’s other enemies globally are salivating.

See, e.g., https://www.foxnews.com/world/taliban-spokesperson-speaks-to-fox-news (“Taliban spokesperson warns US not to interfere with their culture, treatment of women”)

Is there hope? There always is. But first, the Biden-Harris administration must end in absolute disgrace, and the Democrats must be vanquished. Also, the traitors in our midst must be dealt with.

See, e g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2021/08/27/censorship-at-dia-no-wonder-we-lost-afghanistan/ (“Censorship At DIA, No Wonder We Lost Afghanistan”)

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3 09 2021
H. Craig Bradley

Not quite. We also need the right people (leaders) in the right positions, as we had following the appointment of General George C. Marshall as Chairman of the Joint Chief’s of Staff in 1939. General Marshall selected and protected competent Generals and demoted and transferred the incompetent ones. Until we have such a wholesale shake-up, we remain vulnerable. Just ousting the Democrats from political power alone won’t suffice. The problem is too big.

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3 09 2021
Timothy D. Naegele

Yes, Craig, I agree.

Purged from the highest echelons of our military must be “woke” officers who are more concerned about transgender freaks of nature, and CRT, than winning wars and defeating our enemies.

See also https://www.businessinsider.com/taliban-china-afghanistan-embassy-new-relationship-trade-2021-9 (“Taliban Claims China Will Maintain Afghan Embassy, ‘Beef up’ Relations”) and https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9961657/Has-Afghan-resistance-fallen-Taliban.html (“The Taliban claim Afghan resistance leader – son of legendary ‘Lion of Panjshir’ – has fled to TURKEY and they have total control of Afghanistan after sweeping to victory armed with US-abandoned weapons”) and https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9972835/Fears-ISIS-K-drive-Jew-Afghanistan.html (“The last Jew is driven out of Afghanistan: 62-year-old flees over fears that the ISIS-K will kill him after Taliban takeover”) and https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/9/talibans-violence-against-women-reporters-intensifies (“Taliban accused of torturing journalists for covering protests”) and https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/sep/13/trapped-afghanistan-those-left-behind-grapple-unre/ (“Trapped in Afghanistan: Those left behind grapple with unresponsive U.S., dimming hope of escape”) and https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9989035/Taliban-fighters-execute-unarmed-prisoner-conquered-Panjshir-Valley.html (“The moment Taliban fighters execute an unarmed prisoner in the ‘conquered’ Panjshir Valley where ‘at least 20’ civilians have been killed for helping resistance”)

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4 09 2021
H. Craig Bradley

GET READY FOR ACTION IN THE NORTH PACIFIC

https://www.businessinsider.com/china-navy-adds-three-new-warships-in-a-single-day-2021-4

Once China is politically and militarily ready, they are going to be expanding their horizons in their region. This means Taiwan is theirs in-practice. It won’t be long before Japan and China come to terms to avoid unpleasantries, as well. One-by-one China will enter into treaties with our former allies or friends. They want to distance themselves from the United States as fast and as far as possible.

We will feel the repercussions in due time as we are systematically isolated from the rest of the world. We can trade with Europe and eat our own cooking ( shinola sandwich). The common people will have to get by without the inexpensive Chinese junk they are accustomed to buying in the retail sector. As globalism fails, inflation is coming-back after a 40 year hiatus. New ball game.

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4 09 2021
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you, Craig.

Yes, it does not bode well. And of course there is the ever-present Coronavirus and its many mutations.

See, e.g., https://deadline.com/2021/09/mu-variant-los-angeles-first-cases-new-covid-1234827340/ (“Mu Variant: First Cases Of New Covid Strain Identified In Los Angeles”) and https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9957753/COVID-cases-four-times-higher-Labor-Day.html (“US now has more than four times as many cases of COVID and twice as many in hospital as this time last year with deaths up 80% – despite 62% of population with one shot amid Delta surge: Mu is now in LA”) and https://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ny-mu-variant-covid-19-us-coronavirus-vaccine-20210906-4aslq6ueqndb5myst5blsynqoq-story.html#ed=rss_www.nydailynews.com/arcio/rss/category/news/ (“New ‘mu’ COVID variant now found in 49 U.S. states”) and https://www.wsj.com/articles/this-flu-season-is-expected-to-be-worse-than-the-last-one-threatening-hospitals-strained-by-delta-11631179980 (“The Flu Is Expected to Make a Comeback This Year, Threatening Hospitals Strained by Delta”) and https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/17/politics/biden-measles-quarantinable-diseases/index.html (“Biden signs executive order adding measles to list of quarantinable diseases after outbreak among US-bound Afghan refugees”)

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11 09 2021
Timothy D. Naegele

See https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9980101/Taliban-BEHEAD-Afghan-soldier-chilling-video-celebrate-holding-severed-head-victim.html (“So much for Taliban 2.0: Militants BEHEAD Afghan soldier in chilling video then celebrate as they sing while holding severed head of the victim by his hair”)

On the anniversary of 9/11, no one should forget that there is pure evil in this world, which may get even worse in light of the tragic and humiliating fall of Afghanistan.

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11 09 2021
H. Craig Bradley

FINANCIAL IMPERATIVES DRIVE FOREIGN POLICY

Its clear (obvious) to me a major reason why we were forced to pull-out of Afghanistan was the financial reality: we could no longer afford to stay-on after 20 years. However, I am not excusing the way he did it.

It reminds me of Roman Emperor Justinian who negotiated a peace settlement with the Persians because he could not afford the costs of continuing military conflict with Persia. Fact is, Rome was not able to defeat the Persian Empire. President Biden has found its cheaper in the short run to just pay the Taliban-off and hope for the best in the mean time.

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11 09 2021
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you, Craig.

First, I do not believe financial considerations drove Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw, or the traitorous method of his withdrawal. My God, it is estimated that we left an arsenal of weaponry behind that some estimate to be worth $80 billion.

These weapons can and will be used against us and/or our allies, and potentially give rise to other 9/11-like events in the United States or globally. Indeed, our enemies have been emboldened like never before. They have defeated and humiliated us, and we will pay a terrible price for that.

Second, it is my understanding that Afghanistan’s financial assets are frozen temporarily, which might be seized and used as partial “reparations.” However, again, the tragic and traitorous Biden-Harris administration may seek to use them to bribe the Taliban, which is foolhardy at best.

Third, the United States was not the Roman Empire, or headed in that direction, under President Trump. Next year’s elections may constitute a referendum on the Biden-Harris presidency. And forced vaccinations may prove to be its Achilles heel, and decisive, especially because the existing vaccines do not prevent the Coronavirus’ “Delta variant” and “Mu variant” from taking their toll.

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11 09 2021
H. Craig Bradley

IS CALIFORNIA A TREND-SETTER OR BELLWETHER TODAY ?

A good future indicator of the durability of the Democratic Majority in Washington D.C. might just be the outcome of the upcoming recall election here in Calif. A successful recall might galvanize similar attempts in other states, while a Gavin Newsom win would dishearten Republican and Independent voters in other races. Interestingly, the election officially ends precisely at close of business on Sept. 14. So, late votes are not likely to be counted, particularly if they are not for Gavin Newsom. In most elections, like last Nov., the State waits a week before declaring the official result, accepting late votes.

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11 09 2021
Timothy D. Naegele

Our elections are corrupt and rigged; and increasing numbers of Americans do not believe in them.

Like the looming mandatory vaccinations, lots of Americans — of all political persuasions — don’t trust government (at all levels) anymore.

We are not in a post-9/11 era, where the nation came together. Quite to the contrary, George W. Bush led us into disastrous wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

See also https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9984397/Fauci-says-support-vaccinate-mandates-air-travel-public-schools.html (“‘If you travel on a plane you should be vaccinated’: Fauci demands vaccine mandate for air travel and public schools in bid to reach herd immunity”)

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11 09 2021
H. Craig Bradley

Quite Correct Tim.

The entire world is changing and fast. Try this graphic to see the global trends.

https://i.insider.com/4fee2b78eab8ea696a000001?width=1600&format=jpeg&auto=webp

As you can see, the balance of economic & financial power is shifting East. Our politicians are mostly proceeding as if these structural changes were irrelevant. Turns -out, politicians we currently have today are obsolete. We are failing to adapt as a culture. We only look inward nowadays.

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12 09 2021
Timothy D. Naegele

Here’s one for the books, if true.

See https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9982081/FBI-release-secret-9-11-files-Anonymous-Saudi-embassy-staffer-helped-two-hijackers-LA.html (“FBI release first secret 9/11 files: Anonymous Saudi embassy staffer ‘helped two hijackers in LA and let them stay at his apartment before the attack and distributed extremist Muslim literature'”)

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13 09 2021
Timothy D. Naegele

See also https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9985969/The-Taliban-carrying-reprisal-attacks-Afghanistan-told.html (“The Taliban ARE executing former Afghan army and government officials, says UN human rights chief as video shows ‘Panjshiri men being bundled into car trunks in Kabul'”) and https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9980101/Taliban-BEHEAD-Afghan-soldier-chilling-video-celebrate-holding-severed-head-victim.html (“So much for Taliban 2.0: Militants BEHEAD Afghan soldier in chilling video then celebrate as they sing while holding severed head of the victim by his hair”) and https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/sep/13/trapped-afghanistan-those-left-behind-grapple-unre/ (“Trapped in Afghanistan: Those left behind grapple with unresponsive U.S., dimming hope of escape”) and https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9989035/Taliban-fighters-execute-unarmed-prisoner-conquered-Panjshir-Valley.html (“The moment Taliban fighters execute an unarmed prisoner in the ‘conquered’ Panjshir Valley where ‘at least 20’ civilians have been killed for helping resistance”) and https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/17/politics/biden-measles-quarantinable-diseases/index.html (“Biden signs executive order adding measles to list of quarantinable diseases after outbreak among US-bound Afghan refugees”)

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