• Pragerisms

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    Dennis Prager Wisdom.

    • "The left is far more interested in gaining power than in creating wealth."
    • "Without wisdom, goodness is worthless."
    • "I prefer clarity to agreement."
    • "First tell the truth, then state your opinion."
    • "Being on the Left means never having to say you're sorry."
    • "If you don't fight evil, you fight gobal warming."
    • "There are things that are so dumb, you have to learn them."
  • Liberalism’s Seven Deadly Sins

    • Sexism
    • Intolerance
    • Xenophobia
    • Racism
    • Islamophobia
    • Bigotry
    • Homophobia

    A liberal need only accuse you of one of the above in order to end all discussion and excuse himself from further elucidation of his position.

  • Glenn’s Reading List for Die-Hard Pragerites

    • Bolton, John - Surrender is not an Option
    • Bruce, Tammy - The Thought Police; The New American Revolution; The Death of Right and Wrong
    • Charen, Mona - DoGooders:How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help
    • Coulter, Ann - If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans; Slander
    • Dalrymple, Theodore - In Praise of Prejudice; Our Culture, What's Left of It
    • Doyle, William - Inside the Oval Office
    • Elder, Larry - Stupid Black Men: How to Play the Race Card--and Lose
    • Frankl, Victor - Man's Search for Meaning
    • Flynn, Daniel - Intellectual Morons
    • Fund, John - Stealing Elections
    • Friedman, George - America's Secret War
    • Goldberg, Bernard - Bias; Arrogance
    • Goldberg, Jonah - Liberal Fascism
    • Herson, James - Tales from the Left Coast
    • Horowitz, David - Left Illusions; The Professors
    • Klein, Edward - The Truth about Hillary
    • Mnookin, Seth - Hard News: Twenty-one Brutal Months at The New York Times and How They Changed the American Media
    • Morris, Dick - Because He Could; Rewriting History
    • O'Beirne, Kate - Women Who Make the World Worse
    • Olson, Barbara - The Final Days: The Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House
    • O'Neill, John - Unfit For Command
    • Piereson, James - Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism
    • Prager, Dennis - Think A Second Time
    • Sharansky, Natan - The Case for Democracy
    • Stein, Ben - Can America Survive? The Rage of the Left, the Truth, and What to Do About It
    • Steyn, Mark - America Alone
    • Stephanopolous, George - All Too Human
    • Thomas, Clarence - My Grandfather's Son
    • Timmerman, Kenneth - Shadow Warriors
    • Williams, Juan - Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It
    • Wright, Lawrence - The Looming Tower

Getting To Know PATHETIC Joe Better

Biden’s False Catholicism

By T.R. Clancy at American Thinker, January 26, 2021

The head of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has publicly reminded the new President Biden that policies he’s pledged to “in the areas of abortion, contraception, marriage, gender ‘would advance moral evils and threaten human life and dignity.’” 

Of course this was too much for Chicago’s Cardinal Blase Cupich, who angrily complained that the USCCB dared to issue this “ill-considered statement on the day of President Biden’s inauguration.”  The cardinal has been a mouthpiece for the Democratic Party, and no doubt thinks that attention on Biden’s lapsed moral positions should be off limits no matter what day it is.  On the excuse that the statement hadn’t first been vetted in committee (where it would certainly have been quashed), the Cupich holds the conference guilty of  “internal institutional failures.”  But his real objection to releasing the statement was “that there is seemingly no precedent for doing so, the statement, critical of President Biden, came as a surprise to many bishops, who received it just hours before it was released. ‘ 

If the USCCB’s statement is both unprecedented and critical, it might be because Biden is only the second Catholic elected president, and his Catholic predecessor, even giving full demerits for JFK’s midnight skinny-dipping with Fiddle and Faddle, was not making frequent, public, and cranky assurances to voters that, once elected, he intended to pursue the most hostile anti-Catholic agenda in American history.  Just as Biden dared black voters not to support him at the risk of their racial identity, Biden dared Catholic voters not to elect him despite his obvious qualifications of personal religiosity and chumminess with the Pope.  At the same time his campaign was protecting Biden from chancing specifics about his policy positions, there was a steady stream of video shots of Biden wryly crossing himself, and irreligious news outlets publishing smarmy profiles taking reverent note of the ever-present rosary in Biden’s pocket and his weekly attendance at Mass.  At the first White House briefing on the evening of the inauguration, press secretary Jen Psaki batted away a legitimate question about Biden’s promise to restore federal funding for abortion with, “’I will take the opportunity to remind all of you that he is a devout Catholic.’” 

But that’s the point: has anyone taken the opportunity to remind Joe Biden about being a devout Catholic?  Archbishop Gomez’s statement may have been his attempt to do that.  

The archbishop’s full statement, in fact, is still the mildest of reminders, watered down as it is with lots of inoffensive blarney.  For instance, it begins with a suitably polite assurance of prayers for “wisdom and courage” for the new president, and an avowal that the Church remains nonpartisan.  Then follows an unfounded reference to “Mr. Biden’s piety,” irksome to observant Catholics because it’s the impiety of Biden’s dedication to things, like enshrining child murder in law, that made an unprecedented statement necessary.  Archbishop Gomez’s declaration concerning Biden’s promised agenda on abortion and gender is commendably unequivocal in itself, but should have been backed up with a demand, respectful but resolute, that obedience to the faith requires him to abandon those policies

And why not make the demand?  It’s not unusual that interested institutions make demands on officeholders, especially when they entail fundamental principles.  Black Lives Matter, whose standing is premised on nothing but thoroughly disproven lies, was making demands on Biden as soon as the election was over.  On the other hand, Catholics (like Joe Biden) profess to believe that what the Church teaches was revealed by God Himself.  Why wouldn’t the Church demand Biden’s public adherence to the faith he’s spent a lifetime publicly exploiting? 

In the end there’s no use hoping for “dialogue” with the likes of Catholics like Biden and the arch-hypocrite, Nancy Pelosi.  They’re past dialogue.  For years Pelosi’s contempt for Catholic teaching on abortion has earned her personal warnings by the shepherds of the Church, including her own archbishop and the Pope himself.  Her response was insolence: She knows “’more about having babies than the pope,’” and pro-life Catholics  are “dumb” and “selling out democracy.”  Biden’s arrogation of the celestial station of healer of the nation’s soul is borderline sacrilege.  Only a person whose own soul is in shambles could, without a particle of self-awareness, gush over the nuns who taught him his religion as a child, “those lovely women,” and at the same time vow to wage unconditional war on the Little Sisters of the Poor.

The mildness of Archbishop Gomez’s statement may be explained by the reluctance of today’s bishops to sound dogmatic.  The archbishop may not have noticed how the Left has just recently learned how to proclaim their own most cherished and most destructive positions — on climate change, on transgenderism, on white supremacy — as unquestionable, absolute truths, after eons denying that absolute truths even exist.  The dogmatic approach empowers them to enforce acceptance of the received truths by punishing heretics who refuse to profess them and declaring anathema any belief that contradicts them. 

Except the Left is dogmatic and wrong, while the Church is dogmatic and right.  And nothing less than the truth — stated unequivocally, dogmatically — will be strong enough to purify an atmosphere so toxic with lies as the one Biden and Pelosi have been inhaling and exhaling most of their lives.  It’s too late for dialogue.  More important, for Biden and Pelosi, who are both visibly declining on the outside and the inside, it could soon be too late for repentance.  For the sake of their souls, they deserve better from the Church than wishes for dialogue.  We all do.

T.R. Clancy looks at the world from Dearborn, Michigan.  You can email him at trclancy@yahoo.com.

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LYING IS Our Fascist Left’s Major Weapon Today Because So Many Of Today’s Americans ARE UNAWARE OF TRUTH!

Untruths and consequences

By Eric Utter at American Thinker:

To any sane person, it appears our elites and their media sycophants are engaging in an unprecedented preposterous statement tournament.  They must get up every day, snicker once or twice, and try to think of the most ridiculous, least verifiable piece of ludicrous prevarication they can attempt to pass off as truth.  And why shouldn’t they?  A significant percentage of Americans seem willing to believe anything at all.

So President Biden says there are no Americans trapped in Kabul.  All right, now tell us the one about the three bears.  His press secretary, Jen Psaki, says we need to get the military out of Afghanistan first, so we don’t risk anyone getting hurt.  Yes, forget about the thousands of American civilians trapped in Kabul.  Ignore the pictures of mothers throwing their babies over fences.  Um, Jen, we send our troops to places specifically to confront danger and instability…and often to fight the bad guys.  That’s why, unlike civilians, they are armed to the teeth and wear body armor.  That’s why they have attack helicopters, A-10 Warthogs, missiles, rocket launchers, grenades, and submachine guns.  Or used to, before the Biden administration decided to donate them to the Taliban.  But we are told we can trust the Taliban, that its members are turning over a new leaf.  (Perhaps moving from the 8th century to the 9th century?)

We are told the vaccines work wonderfully and are totally safe.  And then told we need to start wearing masks again.  And that hospitals are filling up again.  And that we need a “booster” shot.  We are virtually assured the coronavirus didn’t come from a laboratory in Wuhan.  Until we were told that it might very well have come from a laboratory in Wuhan.  But, Biden says, the Chinese are Hunter’s our friends., and Iran, too, poses no serious threat.

Then the Los Angeles Times trots out a headline averring: “Larry Elder is the Black face of white supremacy.  You’ve been warned.”  Gee, Times, thanks for the tip.  Does it make sense, though, that a Black man is a spokesperson for white supremacy?  Apparently, this is not your grandfather’s White supremacy movement.  (Were there many Black Imperial Wizards in the Ku Klux Klan?)  I mean, did the rank and file not notice that their precious White supremacy organization was filling up with Black folks?  If they did and didn’t care, and if they like Larry Elder, they really aren’t particularly racist, are they?  Have they just not been paying attention, or have they gone soft?  Or maybe there isn’t that big of a problem here, and everyone can just settle down and go home.    

What can be said with certainty is that “The Los Angeles Times is the face of media idiocy.”

It has been said over the decades that Americans have lost their innocence, that we are terribly jaded and cynical.  The past few years have proved that this, too, is incorrect.  A disheartening number of Americans have bought the lies of the government and media that despise them:

  •  “Trump colluded with Russia!”
  • “The 2020 election was the fairest of them all.”
  • “Kamala Harris will be a great vice president.”
  • “Hunter is the smartest guy I know.”     
  • “It’s all Trump’s fault.”

The United States was founded on a healthy — and historically deeply warranted — distrust of government.  Today, the only thing many Americans are skeptical about is the truth.

Past this point, no free republic, indeed no viable society, can long continue.

Photo credit: YouTube screen grab.

Lefty Fascists Almost NEVER EXERCISE THE TRUTH!!!

Chorus of one: Matthew Dowd says Biden has done an “extremely good job” on Afghanistan


AP Photo/Mohammad Asif Khan

This is a story that just defies logic. Well, unless you are a NeverTrumper desperate to be relevant during the Biden administration, anyway. Former Bushie Matthew Dowd went on CNN and publicly humiliated himself by saying that Bumbling Biden is doing an “extremely good job” in Afghanistan and he deserves to be congratulated for it. This begs the question, what does a bad job in Afghanistan look like, Matthew?

A bad job in Afghanistan looks like what is actually happening right now. To say otherwise is to live in a land of roaming unicorns and rain showers of sparkling glitter. We’ve become accustomed to this from Joe Biden himself, as he feebly attempts to gaslight Americans and the world that he is able to fulfill his role as Commander-in-Chief. Unfortunately for the world, and specifically for Americans and Afghan helpers stuck in Kabul (or other parts of Afghanistan), Joe Biden has decided that there should be no American presence in Afghanistan after August 31. He’s signed the death certificates for our Afghan helpers and created a situation ripe for hostage-taking of Americans.

Matthew Dowd is a former Bush-Cheney strategist. He began his career in politics as a Democrat and switched to the Republican Party in 1999. He worked on Bush’s 2004 re-election. He soured on Bush after the Iraq war began and over events like Bush’s handling the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He went on to later work as a strategist for Arnold Schwarzenegger in his 2006 campaign. When Clinton confident Sidney Blumenthal calls you an opportunist in Salon, you know you may be misguided. Blumenthal did that back in 2007. Anyway, Dowd then became a talking head on political shows, particularly during the Trump years. He was hired by ABC News as a political analyst, though he is no longer employed by ABC News. He told CNN’s Kate Bolduan that Biden was dealt a horrible situation.

Never mind the plunging poll numbers, Dowd says Biden’s doing great.

Dowd began by dismissing the dramatic plunge in the polls Biden has had in recent weeks, insisting the “small drift” in his approval numbers are actually tied to the coronavirus pandemic with American voters who “disapprove of the situation” and are taking it out on the president.

But when pressed on whether Biden is “making the right bet” with the withdrawal despite the chaos that has erupted, Dowd reiterated his support for the president “from the very beginning.”

“He was dealt a horrible situation and as of today, he has done an extremely good job in this situation,” Dowd told CNN anchor Kate Bolduan. “There were many people over the last seven days that said there’s no possible way he could get 50,000 people out… he’s gotten out 70,000 people in the last eight days.”

“I actually think the president, for what he was dealt and for what he has done over the last week, should be congratulated on the way this was done,” Dowd added. “And he’s the first president in four presidents to actually get done what the American people wanted to get done in Afghanistan, which was to get out.”

That’s some top-notch gaslighting right there. By whom was Biden “dealt a horrible situation”? Trump? The Taliban? If Biden wasn’t in agreement with the work Trump began, like his negotiations with the Taliban, fine, talk about that. But Biden continued on with Trump’s plan when he could have scrapped it and put in place his own plan. The Taliban didn’t keep their word to the Trump administration (shocker, I know) and therefore the agreement was no longer in effect. Instead of scrapping it, Biden picked it up and carried on. Whose fault is that?

My colleague at MRC/Newsbusters has a clip of his interview on CNN. Note that Kate Bolduan goes along with Dowd’s silliness and nods in agreement. Consider it your daily reminder that CNN isn’t a news channel, it’s a mouthpiece for the DNC.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?dnt=true&embedId=twitter-widget-0&features=eyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X3NwYWNlX2NhcmQiOnsiYnVja2V0Ijoib2ZmIiwidmVyc2lvbiI6bnVsbH19&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1430349265562480643&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fhotair.com%2Fkaren-townsend%2F2021%2F08%2F25%2Fchorus-of-one-matthew-dowd-says-biden-has-done-an-extremely-good-job-on-afghanistan-n411370&sessionId=f2e5d5b158b432d2fd6d6883f85224b01c0b19e3&siteScreenName=hotairblog&theme=light&widgetsVersion=1890d59c%3A1627936082797&width=550px

According to the lefty publication Texas Monthly, Dowd has pledged to help Democrats win in 2022 and may even run for office himself in Texas. He won’t but it sounds like he’s sincere in his political derangement, right? He owns a home in Texas.

This summer, in tweets and cable interviews, the Democrat turned Republican turned Democrat has excoriated Governor Greg Abbott for a response to COVID-19 that has cost Texans lives. In a June appearance on MSNBC, Dowd said that democracy is in peril and “the only fix to this is Republicans have to lose, and lose badly, in a series of elections, and I’m willing to do whatever I can, on any day I can, to make sure that happens.”

Dowd describes Governor Abbott as “craven”. Ironic, I know. And, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is like the coronavirus or something.

I mean, it’s between him and [Florida governor Ron] DeSantis for who could be the worst governor in America. They’re in a stiff competition. I think Greg Abbott finally came to a conclusion about who the Republican party is in Texas. And he got scared of his own shadow and he was too weak to stand up and say, “That’s not the direction I want to go.” I’ve told friends that in many ways, Dan Patrick’s like the virus, and because of Greg Abbott’s weak constitution, he was completely infected by it and then didn’t do anything to cure it. He just went along with it all and now has taken it to a whole ’nother level.

He doesn’t have the stones to run against Abbott so he may consider running for another office. Or not. Perhaps he’ll run for Lt. Governor Patrick’s job, he tells Texas Monthly.

I am not going to run for governor, though that doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t run for something in 2022. But I haven’t made any decision about that. I’m just trying to figure out how best I can help do this and assist the Democrats in any way I can. And I’m going to speak out for sure, and whether or not that includes running for office, we’ll see. But it wouldn’t be for governor.

I think there’s people positioned that would carry that mantle better. And the other thing is, I don’t want to get in a debate in a governor’s race, which would become exceedingly high intensity, about “the former Bush guy,” “the former Republican” running.

TM: That leaves Patrick and Paxton as potential targets.

MD: I don’t want to say any more, but I’m also not a lawyer so you can take it from there.

What a weirdo. I’d laugh at the whole stupid story if it wasn’t so very sad. Dowd’s a legend in his own mind.

Crooked Biden Has Damaged Our America!



A few days ago, Joe Biden’s approval rating dipped “below water” for the first time. In other words, more Americans disapproved of his performance as president than approved of it.

Now, apparently, it’s not even close. Biden’s approval rating is sinking.

USA TODAY/Suffolk University found that 41 percent of Americans approve of Biden’s performance, while 55 percent disapprove. That’s about where Donald Trump stood during most of his presidency, although in Trump’s case there is reason to doubt that the result accurately reflected public opinion, given pollsters’ own performances in the 2016 and 2020 election.

Biden is still supported by 87 percent of Democrats. However, only 32 percent of independents say he’s doing a good job. If his support among independents is that low, I suspect that his real approval number is south of 41 percent.

As to specific issues, about half of those surveyed approve of Biden’s performance regarding the pandemic. 39 percent approve of his handling of the economy and 26 percent approve of his handling of the Afghan withdrawal.

Comparing these results to the overall approval rating, we see that that the latter is in line with how Americans regard Biden’s handling of the economy. Arguably, then, “it’s [still] the economy, stupid.”

To that extent, Biden can hope to get back “above water” if the economy improves markedly. But keep in mind that that the Afghanistan debacle hasn’t played out fully. If Americans die there or can’t get out, Biden’s approval number will likely dip as many as ten more points, and even a rip-roaring economy might not get him back on level terms.

There’s also the matter of Afghans who worked closely with America. Obviously, their fate is less potentially explosive politically than that of U.S. citizens, but it does matter to Americans.

The survey found that 84 percent believe that Afghan translators should be eligible for special refugee visas. Only 10 percent disagreed.

These numbers suggest that horror stories about the fate of translators who are left behind will harm Biden politically. As one independent voter put it, “How will the rest of the world view the American people if we can’t even help the people that helped us?”

Here is a related question: How can the rest of the world ever trust the U.S. again? The answer, I think, is that it can’t.

Washington Post Is Finally DEFENDING TRUTH!

WaPo editors to Biden: You’re not exceeding expectations with this Afghanistan bug-out — you’re failing them

ED MORRISSEY Aug 25, 2021 12:01 PM ET Share Tweet

So much for the “the greatest airlift since Berlin” media strategy. The White House and DNC began pushing back against the mounting criticisms from members of both parties and a wide swath of media by highlighting the numbers of people getting evacuated. The DNC even sent out a statement declaring that Joe Biden had “defied expectations and even exceeded his own administration’s goal” in transporting people out of Kabul.

Thus far, the results of this spin are … not promising. For the second day in a row, the Washington Post’s editorial board lashes Biden for failing to meet the expectations he has set in getting people out of Afghanistan, let alone the expectations everyone else has of any president to protect our citizens at home and abroad:

Mr. Biden, in short, has accepted a series of conditions that seems to make it much more difficult to keep the promises of evacuation he has made or strongly implied. That starts with his top priority, which is, as he put it on Aug. 20, “any American who wants to come home, we will get you home.” Though several thousand U.S. citizens may have been airlifted, the Biden administration itself seems unsure how many are in the country — though the president said Secretary of State Antony Blinken will report that data Wednesday.

To a second group of people, Afghans who worked with the United States and fear being targeted by the Taliban as a result, Mr. Biden has said, “We’re going to do everything — everything that we can to provide safe evacuation.” Even before the Taliban’s new posture, however, the Wall Street Journal had reported that “Afghans who were employed by the embassy or other U.S. agencies in Afghanistan haven’t yet been evacuated in significant numbers.”

The problem with the Biden/DNC spin is that the issue isn’t how many have gotten out as much as it is how many haven’t. Biden and his team precipitated this crisis by pulling the military out of Kabul and Bagram before evacuating US citizens, allies, and Afghan partners. The redeployment to seize the airport was the bare minimum needed to even have an opportunity to get anyone out, but the tallies miss the point.

The New York Times skewers the spin with its own update this morning, emphasis mine:

U.S. and allied planes have flown an additional 19,200 people out of Kabul in the past 24 hours, officials said on Wednesday, as the Biden administration makes substantial inroads into getting American citizens and Afghans who worked for the United States over the last 20 years out of Afghanistan.

But thousands of U.S. citizens are believed to still be in the country, and President Biden’s Aug. 31 deadline for the withdrawal of American troops is rapidly approaching. Tens of thousands of Afghans who qualify for special immigration visas are also waiting to be evacuated. …

Experts estimate that hundreds of thousands of Afghans will be targeted by the Taliban if they stay, including Afghan security forces, government officials, women’s rights advocates and other defenders of democracy. Those Afghans are desperately hoping to join the U.S. military’s airlift before it begins to wind down, potentially as soon as this weekend.

A bare minimum expectation of any president should be “don’t abandon American citizens behind terrorist lines.” And yet here we are with a White House and Democratic Party attempting to use gross numbers to cover up the fact that many Americans can’t make their own way to the airport to reach safety — thanks to the early abandonment of Kabul by US forces, ordered by Joe Biden.

The military is still trying to get to them as best they can with their limited resources, but the effort has apparently hit the point of diminishing returns:

This kind of operation would require relatively secure rally points in the city, along with safe passage to get to them. The US security posture is so limited in the city it once controlled, however, that we can’t even arrange large-scale rescue operations in Kabul any more.

And it’s getting worse for those looking to get out of Afghanistan, the Wall Street Journal reports, even out in the countryside:

U.S. and NATO forces are sending special rescue teams into Taliban-controlled areas of the city to spirit their citizens into the airport. And countless Afghans who thought the U.S. would protect them after having assisted the U.S.-led coalition forces in the past two decades are now realizing that they will most likely be left behind to face Taliban wrath alone.

Aid organizations have been told by Western governments that evacuation flights won’t continue past Friday, as the U.S. military will need the days remaining until the Aug. 31 deadline to remove its own equipment and troops from Kabul.

Private rescue efforts are facing growing obstacles this week, just as the urgency grows. Chartered planes are flying out of Kabul with hundreds of empty seats. New Taliban checkpoints on the road to Pakistan have made driving out of the country increasingly risky. Confusing bureaucratic hurdles have prevented countless people from leaving Afghanistan.

It’s impossible to spin this as anything else other than a catastrophic failure of leadership, organization, and execution at the highest levels of government. No one’s buying the White House/DNC happy talk, not even their usual allies in the media. Maybe they should stop spinning, and start explaining where the accountability will be applied for this disastrous defeat.




My friend who has been following the New York Times’ coverage of the debacle in Afghanistan provided an update today. He writes:

There are at least four articles worth a look. Unfortunately none has been reposted at other sites yet. Probably some will be later.

I will briefly summarize the situation. NYT continues to give significant coverage to the plight of American citizens likely to be left behind in Afghanistan. It even mentions that Biden officials don’t want to acknowledge the problem.

On top of that, NYT quotes Republicans (Ben Sasse and Michael McCaul) attacking Biden for his desertion of Americans. (NYT rarely quotes Republicans nowadays.) In fact, Republican critics are quoted, although few or no Democrats outside of the administration are. It is extraordinary.

The plight of stranded Americans is featured in three NYT stories, one front page. There is also a story on Biden’s use of the Berlin airlift analogy. Although it gives too much credence to the comparison, the headline pointedly notes that the administration is using the Berlin analogy because it is “eager to shift narrative.”

We’ll see what happens if and when thousands of Americans are in fact left behind. At this rate, it’s going to be tough to cover that up.

Biden appears to have lost the New York Times. Oh well, at least he still has Jennifer Rubin.

Murdered By Biden Dem America

The Day Afghanistan Died

By BRAD TAYLOR at the National Review:

August 25, 2021

A member of a special commando of the Afghan National Army stands next to a convoy of military vehicles before leaving their camp for a mission in Kunduz in 2009. (Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters)

There are a lot of different reasons for the fall of Afghanistan, and plenty of blame to go around, but the end result was not pre-ordained.

If you’ve read the plethora of post-mortem reports on Afghanistan, there are plenty of enemies to go around, from corruption, to incompetent leadership, to 20 years of rosy assessments from our own defense establishment. For me, there is a single day that Afghanistan died, and it was June 16, 2021.

I have spent my entire adult life studying insurgency and terrorism, sometimes with books and research, other times from the barrel of a gun, and because of it, I have learned Napoleon’s ultimate truth: In warfare, the moral is to the physical as three is to one. Insurgency as a form of warfare is based on faith and belief that one will win. Why else would a peasant take up a rifle and fight against an entrenched government with every bit of that physical capability against him, if not for the belief that he or she would eventually win? It is the single form of warfare where perception can actually become reality — and that is exactly what happened in Afghanistan on June 16, 2021.

The Afghanistan Commandos are the only force in the Afghanistan National Army (ANA) that actually fight and win. They have done so since we began building them, first with the CIA, then with our own Special Forces. They were known as the only force that had no tribal affiliation and were the only force in the country that would fight for the state of Afghanistan regardless of the human terrain. And they were really good. At one point, toward the end, they were conducting upwards of 90 percent of all combat actions inside the country — strained to the breaking point but succeeding with the support of the United States.

And then we pulled the support.

There was a nationwide plan for Commando use, which, put simply, was that they would insert and clear out Taliban influence, and then would be replaced with regular ANA components to keep the area secure and out of Taliban control. To this, they had been very successful. On that fateful day in June, everything changed.

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The Commandos assaulted a village called Dawlat Abad and routed the Taliban. They called in the ANA to take over, and the ANA refused to enter, afraid of the Taliban. The Taliban regrouped and surrounded the village, pounding it with mortar fire and conducting a siege, until the small contingent of Commandos had no recourse but to surrender. Calls for air support went unheeded, because America had pulled the maintenance capability of the very aircraft that would have responded. There was no help coming.

Twenty-two Commandos surrendered to the Taliban. All 22 were summarily executed — on video. One of the men killed was a soldier named Sohrab Azimi. He was the son of an ANA general, trained in the United States, and engaged to be married to a United States citizen. He could have done anything with his life, but he chose to lead the Commandos. He was the best and brightest of Afghanistan, and he was killed on the street with a bullet to the back of his head because his pleas for air support went unheeded.

The news of June 16 didn’t even create a blip in the United States. Nobody cared, but make no mistake, the average soldier or civilian in the Afghanistan hierarchy did. Sohrab Azimi was a national hero in Afghanistan. He was like a cross between Captain America and Saladin. I read the story and felt horrible at the loss. When I thought about it pragmatically, the only thought that entered my mind was, “This is the end.” And that was two months before the fall of Kabul. Perception in insurgency has a sway all its own. It becomes reality, and when the action happened, I saw the reality.

Why would any small-time regular soldier of the ANA stand against the Taliban when the vaunted Commandos tried to do so and were unceremoniously executed on the street? When the man who represented them as the future of Afghanistan died in a puddle of blood on his knees? Regardless of the failure from the cowards of the ANA, the signal was sent by our lack of support that nobody is coming to help. If you stand against the Taliban, you will die. Even your brothers will refuse to help.

And that perception began to grow with every village that capitulated. It began to take on a life of its own, until it was a foregone conclusion. General Scotty Miller, the last commander of Afghanistan, said as much on his way out the door a month before the fall. In an ABC This Week interview, he said “. . . war is physical, but it’s also got a psychological or moral component to it. And hope actually matters. And so, as you watch the Taliban moving across the country, what you don’t want to have happen is that the people lose hope and they believe they now have a foregone conclusion presented to them. Civil war is certainly a path that could be visualized. That should be a concern for the world.”

At that point, he didn’t believe it was a forgone conclusion, but it was. All hope was lost. The signal sent by our lack of support was precisely the perception that the Taliban wanted: You are all going to die. And the people in positions of authority both low and high took that to heart. Afghanistan was done on that date.

What is tragic to me is that we held the country together with only 2,500 troops. Why did we leave? Strategically, Bagram Airbase was the single thorn in the side of everyone in the neighborhood. The current administration keeps talking about “shifting focus” to “threats that matter” in order to “get out of the forever wars” but take a look at the location of Afghanistan. To the north of Bagram airfield is Russia. To the east is China. To the west is Iran. You couldn’t ask for a better force-projection platform for the shift to the so-called “Great Power Competition.” Giving that up is a self-defeating prophecy. And that’s before we allowed the Taliban to free 5,000 terrorist prisoners from their cells on the base.

Every time I hear the words “Forever War,” as if that’s a mantra against fighting for United States interests, I can’t help but think about Korea. We are literally at war on the Korean peninsula to this day. We never signed a peace treaty, but our positioning of troops there has stabilized the region for close to 70 years. And the cost was well worth it. Nobody in America cares about this, but we have 29,000 troops in South Korea. So, 2,500 troops in Afghanistan was a ball breaker?

Our hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan will do nothing for stability in the region or our own security. Beyond the strategic loss of Bagram as a power-projection platform, the Taliban are going to welcome terrorist groups with open arms. The administration claims that this is no big deal, because terrorists are operating in ungoverned spaces such as Yemen, Libya, and Somalia right now, and we deal with them from “over the horizon,” but this is a chimera. One, you need intelligence to decipher terrorist threats. Who is going to give us that in Afghanistan? Nobody, that’s who, because being seen as helping the United States is a death sentence. Two, there is an enormous difference between terrorist groups operating in ungoverned spaces and terrorist groups operating with the support of a state. If you question this, take a look at Hezbollah versus al-Qaeda right now. One has the capability — supported by Iran — to literally cause the downfall of the State of Israel. The other is living in a cave fantasizing about future attacks, waiting on their perception to become reality.

There are a lot of different reasons for the fall of Afghanistan, and plenty of blame to go around, but the end result was not pre-ordained.

Until June 16, 2021. When perception became reality.

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BRAD TAYLOR, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.), is a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Army Infantry and Special Forces, including eight years with the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment — Delta, popularly known as Delta Force. Taylor retired in 2010 after serving more than two decades and participating in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, as well as classified operations around the globe. His final military post was as Assistant Professor of Military Science at The Citadel. Brad has written 15 New York Times bestsellers. When not writing, he serves as a security consultant on asymmetric threats for various agencies. He lives in Charleston, S.C., with his wife and two daughters. His next Pike Logan novel, END OF DAYS, WILL BE AVAILABLE ON JANUARY 11, 2022.

Those Dem Efforts To Defund The Police!

Opponent of defunding police warns Minneapolis to learn from Austin’s mistakes

JOHN SEXTON Aug 24, 2021 3:30 PM ET Share Tweet

The co-founder of an Austin, Texas based group set up to oppose efforts to defund the police wrote a piece for the Star Tribune Monday warning Minneapolis residents to learn from his city’s mistakes. Minneapolis currently has a measure on the ballot this November which would replace the MPD with a “Department of Public Safety” run by the City Council instead of by the Mayor and the Police Chief. This two-minute report from KARE 11 outlines what would happen if the ballot measure passes, including removing the minimum staffing requirements that are now set by law.https://401008b039c27ddc7478861ef8cc5ba1.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.htmlhttps://www.youtube.com/embed/kt2rrc9TTB8?feature=oembed

Save Austin Now PAC co-founder Matt Mackowiak hopes Minneapolis residents will vote no. He calls the defunding efforts in Austin a “cautionary tale” for Minneapolis.

In August 2020, our mayor and City Council voted 11-0 to cut up to one-third of the police budget ($150 million out of a $450 million budget). They immediately cut $20 million and gave themselves the authority to move the rest of the $130 million to any program they wished. They’ve moved at least $65 million so far…

Two years ago our police department had around 1,800 officers active. Today we are under 1,600. One of the fastest growing major cities in the U.S., Austin’s population is just under 1 million.

Currently we have the same number of officers Austin had in 2008, when it was 45% as large a city as it is today…

The consequence of this staffing crisis — which has caused priority one 911 call response times to jump 20% since January — is a violent crime wave unlike anything Austin has ever seen.

Last year Austin set an all-time record with 48 homicides. We are currently at 52 homicides with four and a half months left in the year. Aggravated assault, robbery, battery, stabbings, rapes and arson are all up at least 20% year over year.

The PAC Mackowiak co-founded has already had some success. In May a proposition (prop B) they put on the ballot restored limits on outdoor camping by the homeless. That proposition was approved 57% to 43%.

That proposition was controversial in Austin, especially with homeless advocates, but one of the things the group did well was to give space on their web site to regular citizens who had stories about their encounters with the homeless. Here are a few out of over 100 comments:

  • “Daily I see people shooting up heroin, have found needles, and have had my coworkers(female service providers) attacked, one being sent to the hospital. It’s affecting our mental health, safety, and business; the city did NOTHING with the money they got to help house the homeless and crime has skyrocketed.”
  • “A young woman that works in the Frost building was out walking to get lunch. A homeless man, unprovoked… punched her in the face… injuring her, and breaking her glasses. We need to take back our streets. APD was so backed up, a simple assault is not a high enough priority to get a timely response. We have our City Council and Mayor to thank for the rapid deterioration of our beautiful city.”
  • “I’ve seen a lot lately… [We] had a high “camper” break into our shed in our backyard…and had to confront him at 3am. It was scary. [The] cops said that the homeless now cruise this neighborhood in the wee hours and there are multiple break-ins nightly.”
  • “We are prisoners in our own neighborhood (Ohlen/183). I’ve had to force [someone] off our porch… People shooting up in our yards. A nearby neighbor just shared her ring cam footage of a vagrant on her porch for over 2 hours. He finally threw up and wandered away. It’s intolerable.”

I wonder if a centralized place to post experiences like this might have an impact in Seattle or San Francisco. These are voices that don’t seem to be considered by these cities.

Save Austin Now PAC has already gathered signatures to put their own measure on the ballot this November. If it passes, it would set minimum police staffing levels and double the amount of annual training for police officers. Effectively it would undo the defunding efforts of the Austin City Council. Here’s hoping it will pass by a similar margin as the camping ban.


‘Everything Woke Turns To S**t’Donald Trump’s most profound insight yet.

bySCOTT MCKAYAugust 24, 2021, 12:22 AMPio3/Shutterstock

Aside from Ronald Reagan, who was a fountain of witticisms and profound truths in his nearly three decades as a political figure, Donald Trump is probably our most quotable modern president.

But it was something he said on Saturday which might well be the single best distillation of truth Trump has ever offered.

In front of a Cullman, Alabama, rally crowd which might have numbered as many as 50,000 people, Trump drove home something everybody now knows.

“You know what woke means,” he said. “It means you’re a loser. Everything woke turns to s**t. It’s true.”

Yes, Mr. President, it is.

The word “woke” hasn’t been around all that long in mainstream American life. It’s only the last few years since it’s been inflicted on us. Prior to that, we were stuck with political correctness as a term to describe the effort to deny us our freedom of expression or an independent point of view.

But “woke” is worse than PC. PC was navigable essentially by being polite about things. There were topics it demanded avoidance of, but one could survive PC mostly by being nice. And PC wasn’t all that aggressive.

Woke is aggressive. It’s intolerably aggressively terrible. How bad is it?

Who lost Afghanistan? Woke lost Afghanistan.

As this space noted late last week, some utter halfwit thought it was a good idea to fly a rainbow Pride Month flag at the U.S. embassy in Kabul for the whole month of June and then send out a tweet bragging about it.

By the end of that month the Taliban were on the move. They spent July taking over most of the country, particularly the rural and wilderness areas populated by the more traditional Afghans, and then two weeks into August the rest of Afghanistan collapsed.

It isn’t unreasonable to wonder whether openly promoting homosexuality in one of the most fundamentalist Muslim societies on Earth might have served as a tipping point to the collapse which followed.

And the rainbow flag was hardly the first leftist cultural aggression inflicted on an unwilling Afghan populace.

Much has been made about how under American tutelage Afghan girls had been empowered to seek an education, and that’s undoubtedly a good thing. There have even been Afghan girls graduating from college in significant numbers for the first time during our 20-year regime there.

Except what exactly are the graduates learning? You can imagine that Afghanistan isn’t a particularly welcoming place for the kinds of woke studies one finds so often on American campuses, and yet there we were promoting precisely that — and not just to college students.

Heba Yosry at Unherd describes the idiocy succinctly:

Afghan women were central to the US policy too — an astonishing US government report from February 2021 shows just how central. The Americans pursued a strategy of “gender mainstreaming” in the country, a suite of policies that aimed to empower Afghan women. Quotas were introduced that guaranteed a set number of women in parliament; rural councils, likewise, were balanced by gender. The US sent “gender advisors” to the country; they attempted to integrate women into the Afghan army; training centres, housing, child care centres, gyms, dining facilities, and bathrooms were all built for women. And Afghan men were enlisted to the gender mainstreaming cause — US programs gave “trainings to 1,105 Afghan men in which they could discuss their own gender roles and examine male attitudes that are harmful to women.” One initiative was called the “National Masculinity Alliance”.

. . .

Women’s rights continued to be viewed by many as a foreign notion that was introduced by invaders to sully women’s honour and distract them from their divinely determined duties inside the home. To these people, the concept of women’s rights belongs to the secular sphere that the infidel West was trying to impose upon a deeply conservative and religious country. The Taliban see their role as rectifying the behaviour of their people who were tempted by the devil.

The US tried to switch Afghan women into Western-style feminism — a dream that dissipated because it wasn’t grounded in Afghan or Muslim reality. A focus on gradually revising religious discourse and allowing for a more tolerant understanding of Islam might have yielded more sustainable results — sadly we will now never know.

Let’s also remember that the U.S. military spent the first six months of 2021 attempting to indoctrinate the troops into woke ideology rather than preparing for an orderly withdrawal from Afghanistan. Just ask our Joint Chiefs of Staff chairperson, Gen. Mark “Thoroughly Modern” Milley

Exactly what practical use does Ibram X. Kendi provide in the instruction of the American soldier, sailor, airman or Marine? A few pages into his imbecilic, whiny treatise on “antiracism,” which demands not to end racism but, in the words of Thomas Sowell, put it under new management, any impressionable minds would hardly find the idea of dying for America worthwhile.

And unimpressionable minds who understand right away that Kendi is full of what woke turns everything into would be less likely to follow the orders of commanders inflicting Kendi on them. But of course, the latter — and purging them — are the targets of the military’s woke offensive.

We were supposed to be in Afghanistan to fight terrorism. Thanks to the woke, what we were really fighting was traditional society. And traditional society won.

Just like American traditional society needs to win against these losers.

Woke Newspeak is gibberish.

You remember the Gina Carano cancellation kerfuffle from earlier this year, right? Do you remember the genesis of that?

Carano enraged the woke mob because she rejected demands to include her “pronouns” in her Twitter profile. As a straight woman with no gender dysphoria or the impulse to pander to the mentally ill, Carano didn’t feel like it was necessary to accede to those demands.

And the woke mob went after Gina Carano relentlessly for months. Eventually, they got her fired from the cast of The Mandalorian for posting a message on Instagram equating the idiocy of the woke mob with that of the Nazis in Germany, in the sense that the Otherization of those they dislike can lead to public approval of atrocities no one would otherwise countenance.

She was perfectly correct, and her ordeal proved it.

The stupidity of the pronoun game being played by the woke is only the beginning. The Super Straight boomlet earlier this year was another example — Super Straight became a thing because the woke trans mob began demanding that straight people consider homosexual relationships with trans people among their romantic choices. In other words, since “trans women are women,” if you’re a straight guy you should be open to dating a man in a dress, and if you aren’t, it means you’re a bigot.

And people who identified themselves as Super Straight as a defense to that nutbaggery actually received death threats on Twitter.

People who threaten to kill you for not adopting their fake language and definitions are people who don’t have good arguments.

You see this in the nonstop attempts to tar normal Americans as “racist” for pointing out all kinds of things. It’s gotten so bad that something is wrong with you if you don’t capitalize “Black” as a description of African-Americans — but capitalizing “White” to describe European-Americans is suspect if not outright racist.

These rules change month to month, by the way, as the wokegentsia in their cushy sinecures in universities and MSNBC compete with each other to poison the language.

You are not allowed to be entertained in 2021. Only propagandized.

Why isn’t there anything on TV or at the movies? Because entertainment no longer exists. Unless the Woke Rules Of Propaganda are followed no story can be told in America anymore.

You’ve already heard about the idiocy the Motion Picture Academy has promulgated regarding an extreme form of affirmative action with regard to casting, direction and so forth. There have to be so many females, so many blacks, so many gays, et cetera, or else a film can’t be eligible for an Oscar.

Those rules aren’t even necessary. The film and TV industry is over the cliff on wokeness, requiring the suspension of disbelief to get through a show of any kind.

Netflix’s Bridgerton would have you believe half of the English nobility in the Regency period, to include Queen Charlotte, was black. To get through Ozark, one of the better shows on that streaming service, you’ve got to endure a lengthy treatment of gay sex. Ditto for the first season of Game of Thrones. It’s hard to remember the last HBO series which didn’t promote exotic sexuality or black struggle, or both. There are barely any action movies made anymore which don’t subject the viewer to the proposition that 105-pound women can beat up men twice their size or more.

That last bit is not good, by the way. It’s actually a real problem. Teach girls that violence against men (or other women, for that matter) is a legitimate way to solve problems and they’ll act on that lesson. It will go badly for them. What’s worse, if they grow up thinking they can get what they want by pretending they’re Scarlett Johannsen or Charlize Theron they’ll miss out on the traditional ways females have successfully interacted with others — ways society actually desperately needs from them.

Women have always been our best peacemakers. If our stupid woke culture robs us of that, there will be no peace and society will collapse. Now ask yourself whether woke doesn’t turn everything to s**t.

Woke Corporate America is Broke Corporate America.

The saying goes, Get Woke, Go Broke. Several weeks back, when Coca-Cola was self-immolating under the weight of evidence of its corporate “be less white” sensitivity training leaking out (training which featured utter garbage spewed by relentless grifter and woke profiteer Robin DiAngelo), Daniel Greenfield offered an interesting dissent.

Writing at FrontPage Magazine, Greenfield said Get Woke, Go Broke actually has it backwards.

His point was that the companies most vigorously promoting woke propaganda and pieties are in decline. Coke’s market share is plummeting as people recognize how unhealthy its core product is. Pro sports leagues have priced the average American out of the stadiums and their athletes are increasingly unmarketable due to their thuggish off-field behavior. Delta’s flights are routinely experiences in customer hell. Nike has been gradually losing out to Adidas and Under Armour for years. And so on.

The wokest corporations have a couple of things in common. First, they are seldom run by the entrepreneurs who have made them the brands they currently are. Those trailblazers are gone — in most cases they’ve been gone so long a woke somebody would surely be along to pull down their statues by now. The people who are in charge now aren’t entrepreneurs. They aren’t men or women of vision. They’re functionaries. They’re bureaucrats, people who have risen to positions of control by being the best rules-followers in their class. And when the rules they’re so good at following involve the woke corporate agenda, that’s what they’ll push.

And second, they’re woke because something in their business model exposes them to blackmail by the Left.

Coke’s products are all too often diabetes in a can. Nike and Apple sell products made by Chinese slave labor. ExxonMobil and Chevron, who are inexplicably turning more woke by the day, are under assault by the idiotic climate crowd.

It wouldn’t be the end of the world for these corporate behemoths to have gone woke-septic, except more and more market share belongs to fewer and fewer companies thanks to decades of bad regulatory and other policies.

So how do we beat this? Well, across the board Americans are going to have to get loud. We need to be as derisive and boorish as possible in the face of wokeness, and push back heavily on it. Woke can’t stand up to ridicule, because it’s ridiculous.

Don’t patronize woke corporations. Buy local, and buy conservative. Read more books and watch less TV. Get into country music and out of Top 40. Drop your reflexive affinity for the military, at least for the generals — that shouldn’t be hard, as these fruit salad-wearing clowns have gone several decades now without actually winning a war. And for God’s sake, never vote for a woke politician — they either believe all this crap, in which case they are your enemy, or else they’re too weak or afraid to stand against it.

Wokeness is weakness. Everything woke turns to s**t. Let’s not let them do this to our country.

Tricks In The Lefty Biden World

Is Jen Rubin now doing PR for the Taliban now or just lying by omission?


Jen Rubin has been supporting and defending the Biden administration on every possible front for months but she has really put her flack-act into high gear since Biden’s drawdown of troops in Afghanistan has turned into a disaster. I wrote about one of her earlier efforts to defend Biden here and since then she has been writing the same sort of defenses every day, sometimes twice a day including on weekends.

It’s not easy providing an unwavering defense of an ongoing disaster. Just yesterday, Rubin wrote a piece which emphasized that Biden was going to get the job done no matter what. It was titled “Biden makes it clear: Artificial limits won’t hinder his Afghanistan evacuation.” The piece was broken into five key points, the first of which was about the August 31 deadline to leave the country. Here’s Rubin:

Biden is decidedly less firm on the Aug. 31 deadline to evacuate Americans. “There are discussions going on” about extending that date, he said. While he added that he hopes an extension won’t be necessary, the date is sounding more like a goal and less like an inviolate time frame. He continued to reiterate his promise to transport all Americans and vulnerable Afghan partners out of the country, implying that U.S. forces will stay until that happens…

Overall, this adds up to a White House effort to tie the evacuation to the original, popular decision to end the fruitless war; to present the evacuation as a complex and so far largely successful endeavor conducted by professional, brave Americans; and to reduce the sense of urgency surrounding the Aug. 31 date and the physical limits of the U.S. presence.

You get the idea. Strong, decisive Biden is going to get the job done no matter what it takes.

Unfortunately for Rubin, today we learned that Biden was in fact committed to sticking to that “artificial” August 31 deadline that she just praised Biden for ignoring. So today, Rubin changed gears and praised Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby for sounding confident in the face of the deadline: “While the Aug. 31 date still looms, Kirby’s promise to ‘get as many people out as fast as possible’ did not sound so weak as it did last week.” By tomorrow, Rubin will probably be praising the administration for the strategic brilliance of sticking with the deadline.

In the meantime, she tweeted this out earlier today which makes it sound as if she has gone from flaking for Biden to flaking for the Taliban:https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?dnt=true&embedId=twitter-widget-0&features=eyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X3NwYWNlX2NhcmQiOnsiYnVja2V0Ijoib2ZmIiwidmVyc2lvbiI6bnVsbH19&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1430256594835681280&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fhotair.com%2Fjohn-s-2%2F2021%2F08%2F24%2Fis-jen-rubin-now-doing-pr-for-the-taliban-now-or-just-lying-by-omission-n411334&sessionId=facdc1f1b1dc4db2eaf7a81a0eed5be9462a34f1&siteScreenName=hotairblog&theme=light&widgetsVersion=1890d59c%3A1627936082797&width=550px

The link in that tweet is broken which is too bad because if you go to the actual article from which she pulled that quote it says pretty much the opposite of what she claims it does: [emphasis added]

At a wide-ranging news conference in Kabul on Tuesday, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid offered a set of reassurances…

He saved his harshest words for the United States, repeating the Taliban position that the group would reject any extension of the U.S. deadline of Aug. 31 to leave the country. Mujahid also said that the United States was encouraging Afghans to leave and so the Taliban was blocking them from reaching the Kabul airport.

“We are asking the Americans [to] please change your policy and don’t encourage Afghans to leave,” he said, adding that U.S. forces were acting dangerously and using gunfire to control crowds…

Although the United States is expected to decide Tuesday whether to extend an Aug. 31 deadline to leave Kabul, the Taliban position was clear, Mujahid said. “We are not going to allow Afghans to leave, and we will not extend the deadline,” he said.

So Rubin took the quote out of context to make it sound as if the Taliban were “asking not telling” but the article she pulled it from made it clear the Taliban was telling not asking. This isn’t a mistake on her part; it’s a lie of omission. But, hey, whatever it takes to defend the Biden administration. Share Tweet