This channel is now completely insufferable. Self-important UK conservatives pompously screaming that *withdrawal* from a war is the biggest foreign policy “disaster” ever. Worse than escalating and prolonging the failed war for 20 years. Worse than Iraq, Vietnam. Just a joke pic.twitter.com/kAPHn3rbgx
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) August 20, 2021
It has been a super busy and stressful week for me.
Over the past week, I have driven to Nashville and back for our family trip. Then I turned around and had to drive to Birmingham and back to deal with a medical issue. I’ve just been too busy to write and manage with the site for a week now. I finally got home last night and went to sleep.
In the span of this same week, the top story in the world has been the swift unraveling of ZOG’s puppet government in Afghanistan. After spending over a hundred billion dollars to create this fake military to prop up the fake pro-Western puppet government we created in Afghanistan, it collapsed like a deck of cards the moment that we pulled out. Everyone in power knew it was going to happen. Even the most pessimistic scenarios though didn’t anticipate that it would happen in under a week.
“Most of America’s top diplomats and generals were still operating under the assumption that they had ample time to prepare for a Taliban takeover of the country — it might even be a couple of years until the group was in position to regain power, many thought. Though some military officials and intelligence agencies had stepped up their warnings about the possibility of a government collapse, officials felt confident in the Afghan security forces’ strategy of consolidating in the cities to defend the urban population centers. …
The principals meeting kicked off with an intelligence briefing concluding that the situation was so “fluid” that the Afghan government’s seat of power in Kabul could fall “within weeks or days,” the official noted.
That was a far cry from the assessments officials were relying on just days earlier that estimated a Taliban takeover would take months, or even up to two years, following the withdrawal of American and NATO troops. As recently as Aug. 8, McKenzie sent Austin a new, more pessimistic estimate: that Kabul could be isolated within 30 days.
“It was a pretty sobering meeting,” the official said. “We thought we had months ahead of us to draw down the embassy and do processing and relocation.” …
Congressional leaders were also keeping close tabs on the situation. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told radio host Hugh Hewitt this week that he was in touch with military leaders who were “blindsided.” …
Pentagon officials were realizing far too late that the Taliban had waged an effective influence campaign in addition to the physical one, taking advantage of tribal dynamics to build ties with village elders and others who played key roles in the group’s mostly bloodless march across the country. …”
This is a good recap of how it went down.
The Pentagon and “intelligence community” failed in Afghanistan.
Joe Biden is getting heat from the “journalists” for basing his decisions about the withdrawal on THEIR ASSESSMENTS that the Taliban wouldn’t conquer Afghanistan for weeks, months or years. It was all based on the assumption that the Afghan army would fight the Taliban and keep them at bay long enough to complete the planned withdrawal by August 31st.
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