Tag: Taliban

Join Jim and Greg as they react to Chinese state media open talking about flying jets over Taiwan, solidifying sovereignty, and warning other nations not to recognize Taiwan. They also groan as Secretary of State Antony Blinken keeps talking about his expectations that the Taliban will allow freedom of travel and right for women and girls – even though they aren’t doing those things and never will. And they react to Larry Elder’s website and a statement from President Trump alleging fraud in the results of today’s California recall.

Never Negotiate with Terrorists

 

Do you remember who was the first person to say we should never negotiate with terrorists?—

America will never make concessions to terrorists–to do so would only invite more terrorism- nor will we ask or pressure any other government to do so. Once we head down that path there would be no end to it, no end to suffering of innocent people, no end to the bloody ransom all civilized nations must pay.

President Ronald Reagan made this statement in 1985 when TWA Flight 847 was hijacked. Although the U.S. was closely monitoring this terrorist act, we did not participate in negotiations.

Join Jim and Greg as they chronicle how the U.S. likely killed a U.S. ally instead of ISIS-K personnel in the drone strike following the terrorist attack at the Kabul airport.  And this news comes as the State Department stops processing special immigrant visa applications for our Afghan allies.  They also hammer the Democrats for proposing $3 trillion in higher taxes to pay for their bloated, reconciliation bill full of terrible policies.  And they sigh as more Democrats see Trump supporters and unvaccinated people as bigger threats than the Taliban or China.

On this episode of “The Federalist Radio Hour,” Digital Dunkirk’s Alex Plitsas joins Federalist Senior Editor Chris Bedford to discuss how he’s helping American citizens and other at-risk Afghans escape the grasp of the Taliban.

Join Jim and Greg as Jim sizes up Pres. Biden’s latest COVID strategy as “same as the old one only louder.” They also shudder at the weakness the U.S. is projecting around the world, most recently through the painfully pathetic statements of Defense Sec. Lloyd Austin and Sec. of State Antony Blinken. And they hammer Biden for refusing to relax his European travel ban.

Join Jim and Greg as they applaud conservative and mainstream media for calling out Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer over his lie that all Americans who wanted to get out of Afghanistan are now out. In a double-fisted bad martini, they hammer the State Department for greatly hindering the efforts of private groups to get Americans and our Afghan allies out of the country.  They also revisit the Obama administration’s terrible swap of five high-value Taliban figures for American deserter Bowe Bergdahl – and the impact it is having right now. And they marvel at the large number of online leftists who honestly think they can get Brett Kavanaugh removed from the U.S. Supreme Court.

Join Jim and Greg as they’re pleasantly staggered to see Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal publicly slamming the federal government for not doing more to get American citizens and our Afghan allies out of Afghanistan. They also dig into recently divulged documents showing labs in China were doing experiments with SARS-related cornavirus on mice with human cells and we paid for it. And they unload on the Biden administration for its ongoing lies about Americans and Afghan allies being allowed to leave.

Join Jim and Greg as they look at the good, bad, and crazy performances of the media in just the past 24 hours. They cheer Matt Lee of the Associated Press for doggedly asking an important question that the State Department refuses to answer. They also roll their eyes as much of the mainstream media honor the Biden administration’s wishes and push the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan much lower in their coverage. And they blast CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin – for several reasons – over his hysterical evaluation of the Supreme Court refusing to block pro-life legislation in Texas from taking effect.

Join Jim and Greg as they dissect Pres. Biden’s attempt to declare the withdrawal from Afghanistan an “extraordinary success” while also trying to blame President Trump for things going wrong and throwing out his bogus straw man arguments yet again for the decisions he made. They also welcome the scathing critique of the withdrawal from former Democratic Sen. Jim Webb, who is demanding vigorous oversight of the exit from Afghanistan. And they discuss the resignations of the two top vaccine officials at the Food and Drug Administration and how little the media seem interested in the news.

Ayaan speaks with William McGurn about President Biden’s disastrous policy in Afghanistan. They discuss Biden’s speech declaring the end of the war, who really made the decision to leave Afghanistan, and the consequences that the U.S. faces from a botched withdrawal.

William McGurn is a writes the weekly “Main Street” column each Tuesday for The Wall Street Journal, is a member of the paper’s editorial board, and is a FoxNews contributor.

Join Jim and Greg as they fume over President Biden’s horrifically bad predictions and outright lies about his Afghanistan policy, most notably his vow to stay until all Americans are evacuated.  They also sigh as Secretary of State Antony Blinken tries to assure us that any American or Afghan ally who wants to leave will be able to do so because the Taliban promised to let them do it. And they react to the frustration of Gold Star families at how Biden interacted with them and tried to make their conversations about himself.

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Last week I read an insightful article in the Wall Street Journal, and it confirmed my belief that working with the Taliban in any kind of cooperative fashion was a stupid decision among the multitude of stupid decisions that have been made by President Biden. The article was especially helpful in explaining the reasons for […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they process the latest difficult news out of Afghanistan. First, they discuss the American citizens who are trying to get out and can’t get to the airport while the U.S. government pretends it’s not happening. They also fume over a Washington Post story that the Taliban offered to give the U.S. control of Kabul until the withdrawal deadline and Biden turned them down. And they shake their heads as White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan insists we’ll have all sorts of leverage to get citizens and allies out of Afghanistan, even after our military leaves.

Americans Condemned Afghans to Death

 

Afghan BiometricsI was vaguely aware of the extensive biometric data collection by American forces in Afghanistan. I never imagined it was so terribly efficient. Reportedly, up to 80% of the Afghan population, presumably adult population, have been captured with iris, fingerprint or DNA data and some level of notation about the individual. This was supposed to help deny Taliban agents access to villages, as they would pop up as strangers, not in the system as locals. The data became a basis of arrest, trial, and conviction of bombers or anyone who got his fingerprints on a piece that went into a bomb. AND. This information was never safeguarded, never compartmentalized, never rigged for U.S. remote data destruction. This is an intelligence and human catastrophe well beyond any managed by any of our alphabet soup agencies in the Cold War. The biometric data may well prove more harmful than all the tradition military equipment we left behind, written about and depicted in cool graphics.

Now the Taliban’s most sophisticated wing, the Haqqani Network, backed by Pakistani ISI intelligence advisers, is going door to door in Afghanistan. We may have abandoned thousands of hand-held portable scanners, with which everyone can be checked against the master database, that we allowed the Afghan “national” government to nominally control, in a Kabul office now in the hands of the Taliban and their Pakistani senior partners. The results are terrifying and were entirely foreseeable by those running the program right up to the final days.

The massive database and query program should have been rigged with a self-destruct routine that should have been executed at least the night our senior military brass directed the abandonment of Bagram Air Base. Public Intelligence, an independent watchdog organization with original reporting cited in major world media stories, wrote about the program, without flagging the massive risk, in 2014. Public Intelligence writers’ main concern in “Identity Dominance” was the apparently unchallengeable, but uncorroborated, testimony a fingerprint had in a young Afghan man’s trial for conspiracy in a bomb-making plot.

Join Jim and Greg as they salute the special forces veterans who rescued 500 Afghan allies in clandestine night operations designed to elude the Taliban. They’re also staggered to learn the U.S. gave the Taliban a list of U.S. citizens and Afghan allies they should let through their checkpoints, never thinking that we just handed our enemies a list of every Afghan they want dead. And they shudder at President Biden’s doddering press conference.

 

Join Jim and Greg as they assess the news of two terrorist attacks in Kabul, one at the Abbey Gate by the airport and one at the nearby Baron Hotel.  As they recorded, there were reports of three U.S. Marine casualties.  Since then, we know of numerous deaths and injuries among our heroes in the Armed Forces. They also react to the Taliban proving they haven’t changed a bit as their spokesman says there is no evidence that Osama bin Laden was behind the 9/11 terror attacks. And they bang their heads on the table at the news the Taliban could very well end up on the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

Our Southern Border Is Vulnerable — to the Taliban

 

As if the debacle in Afghanistan were not enough, now we have to be seriously concerned with the threat to our own national security. Our southern border will provide the ideal entry for the Taliban, al Qaeda, or ISIS to wreak havoc right here at home. And now that they have been armed and empowered, we should be worried.

We’ve long been aware that the border has been vulnerable to potential terrorists:

Four foreign nationals, whose names match those on the terror watch list, have been stopped trying to enter the U.S. vis the southern border since October, a congressional aide familiar with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) information told Fox News.

Join Jim and Greg as the welcome an actual good martini in addition to their evaluation of ever-worsening conditions in Afghanistan. First, they cheer the U.S. Supreme Court for ruling that the Biden administration must reinstate the “remain in Mexico” policy which requires asylum seekers to stay outside the U.S. while their claims are investigated. They also document a long list of mainstream media reports chronicling just how bad conditions are getting for people desperately trying to get to the Kabul airport and how the Biden administration’s narrative doesn’t match reality at all. And they’re getting suspicious that the Biden administration’s vow to evacuate every American who wants to get out may be setting up an ugly talking point after August 31st.

 

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Hi, kids! Welcome back to class. You can take off the masks now. You won’t need them here. Our first lesson of the new school year is entitled, “words matter.” And today, people in our media and government gave us three words yesterday. We will look at each word, what they mean, and whether it […]

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The Afghan Withdrawal: Just Another Debacle For A Fallen America

 

As with every other left-induced debacle in contemporary America, the debacle of the Afghan withdrawal leaves rational patriotic Americans shaking their heads in disbelief and disillusionment.  As with all the other debacles: COVID response, open borders, mollycoddling violent criminals, pushing socialism, transgender madness, out of control trillion, zillion spending – they are left to ask the question:  How can all of this be happening in the greatest country in the history of mankind?

But let’s focus on Afghanistan for now, while keeping in mind the context of an America in severe decline.  Look, whether we had twenty years or a thousand years, there was never going to be a way for us to fix Afghanistan.  Why, we could no more fix what’s wrong with Afghanistan than we, apparently, can fix what’s wrong with . . . Portland!  Or San Francisco!  Or Baltimore!  Or Chicago!  Or you name the ruined, Democrat-run American city.  Or for that matter, you name the particular section of the ruined American heartland, which is fast and deliberately being filled up with endless illegals.