At least when we talked about Obama’s malfeasance with drones, it did NOT involve putting tech in the hands of terrorists. But with Calamity Joe’s haphazard bug-out of Afghanistan, times have changed.
Jihadis armed with AK-47s or rocket-propelled grenades? We’ve grown accustomed to that. But seeing them sporting M16s and driving Humvees? That’s going to be a bitter pill to swallow. And it was entirely preventable.
Taliban fighters dragged the shoeless, bloody corpse of one Afghan security force member through the street, shouting: “God is great!” Taliban fighters carrying M-16 rifles and driving Humvees and Ford pickup trucks donated by the Americans rolled through the streets of the capital.
“The situation is under control in the city, our mujahedeen are patrolling in the city,” one Taliban fighter who did not give his name said, referring to his fellow insurgents as “holy warriors.” —AP
Rather than planning an orderly withdrawal, it has become a mad scramble for the exit.
Not only has the Taliban swept through to seize control of most of the country even before America has finished withdrawing, but we’ve abandoned mountains of American military equipment in the process.
The #Taliban not only seized appr. a hundred US humvees and (MaxxPro) MRAPs at Kunduz airport, but also several US ScanEagle drones.
Billions of US tax payer $ going to Islamist extremists, thanks to the administration's hasty withdrawal without a peace deal or follow up mission. pic.twitter.com/Fb5MTpdLKK
— Julian Röpcke (@JulianRoepcke) August 12, 2021
McMaster, Kelley, Bolton, Mattis, and the rest of the NeverTrump military activist brass must be so thrilled that they did their part to put Joe in charge of the military, putting so much American tech in the hands of Islamic terrorists.
Logistics equipment, vehicles and equipment for the Afghan Special Forces, as well as drones, ammunition and integrated infrastructure at the headquarters located inside the strategic Kunduz airport #Afghanistan pic.twitter.com/L6SDbW1fyl
— Su-57 5th Gen Fighter (@5thSu) August 12, 2021
Great job guys, congrats on saving the world from mean tweets. Meanwhile, in Afghanistan…
Afghanistan is spiraling into a failed state and a civil war in which militant groups such as al-Qaeda will thrive and likely pose a threat again to the West, Britain’s defense minister said on Friday.
After a 20-year war in Afghanistan, the United States has withdrawn most of its troops, allowing Taliban forces to sweep across the country in what diplomats have cast as a humiliation for the world’s preeminent superpower.
…Wallace said that Afghanistan’s second biggest city of Kandahar and the town of Lashkar Gah was “pretty much now in the hands of the Taliban. — JPost
Whatever positive spin Joe may want to put on it, Afghanistan is descending into chaos, and everyone knows it.
“I do not regret my decision,” Biden told reporters Tuesday. “We spent over a trillion dollars, over 20 years. We trained and equipped with modern equipment over 300,000 Afghan forces … they’ve got to fight for themselves.”
But the Taliban has toppled nine provincial capitals in six days and now controls an estimated 65% of the country. — Axios
Flashback to just before the July 4th weekend, when he was asked about the threat of a Taliban resurgance…
When I announced our drawdown in April, I said we would be out by September, and we’re on track to meet that target.
Our military mission in Afghanistan will conclude on August 31st. The drawdown is proceeding in a secure and orderly way, prioritizing the safety of our troops as they depart.
Our military commanders advised me that once I made the decision to end the war, we needed to move swiftly to conduct the main elements of the drawdown. And in this context, speed is safety.
And thanks to the way in which we have managed our withdrawal, no one — no one U.S. forces or any forces have — have been lost. Conducting our drawdown differently would have certainly come with a increased risk of safety to our personnel.
…Today, the terrorist threat has metastasized beyond Afghanistan. So, we are repositioning our resources and adapting our counterterrorism posture to meet the threats where they are now significantly higher: in South Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.
But make no mistake: Our military and intelligence leaders are confident they have the capabilities to protect the homeland and our interests from any resurgent terrorist challenge emerging or emanating from Afghanistan.
…Q Mr. President — do you trust the Taliban, Mr. President?
Q Is a Taliban takeover of Afghanistan now inevitable?
THE PRESIDENT: No, it is not.
THE PRESIDENT: Because you — the Afghan troops have 300,000 well-equipped — as well-equipped as any army in the world — and an air force against something like 75,000 Taliban. It is not inevitable. –WhiteHouse
Well, Joe has certainly ‘repositioned our resources’ alright. Billions of dollars of those resources are now in the hands of Jihadis.
Looks like that quote by Obama’s DefSec about Biden being ‘wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades’ still holds up.
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