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  1. All in or All Out? Biden Saw No Middle Ground in Afghanistan. President Biden’s reductionist formula has prompted a debate over whether the mayhem in Kabul was inevitable or the result of a failure to consider other options. The New York Times August 29, 2021 From the article: Mark T. Esper, a defense secretary under Mr. Trump, agreed that the deal was flawed and in fact argued against drawing down further in the final months of the last administration before being fired in November. In recent days, he said, “there were more options available to President Biden” than simply continuing Mr. Trump’s withdrawal. “He could have tried to go back to the table with the Taliban and renegotiate,” Mr. Esper said on CNN. “He could have demanded, as I argued, that they agree to the conditions they established or they agreed to in the agreement and that we use military power to compel them to do that.” At this point, the die is cast. Mr. Biden made his choice. He wanted to be the president to end America’s longest war. Right or wrong, he has done so and on that, there is no middle ground.
  2. Opinion article from today’s New York Times titled: It Shouldn’t Fall to Veterans to Clean Up Biden’s Mess From the article: As a Marine, I fought in Iraq and Afghanistan and participated in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. As a journalist, I covered the war in Syria. Never have I witnessed a greater, swifter collapse of competence than what I have seen with the U.S. evacuation of Afghanistan. Central to President Biden’s campaign was a promise that the candidate understood, deeply and personally, two essential things: empathy and service. Events in Afghanistan this week indicate this promise was, at worst, false and, at best, limited. Events in Afghanistan illustrate what happens when there is a breakdown in empathy. Events at the airport — desperation, death — indicate the extreme chaos that ensues when the commander in chief doesn’t actually understand the value of service.
  3. First paragraph of the front page article in the Weekend Edition of The Wall Street Journal: “Twenty years ago, the U.S. invaded Afghanistan to get rid of the Taliban. Today, American forces, battered by one of the bloodiest attacks of the war, are relying for their own security on the same group, whose members they were trying to kill just week earlier.”
  4. Larry Elder's private charity was a bust, and questions swirl over where the money went https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/larry-elders-private-charity-was-a-bust-and-questions-swirl-over-where-the-money-went/ar-AANPg8U
  5. Lead paragraphs from a front page article in the New York Times today: A group of seven Capitol Police officers filed a lawsuit on Thursday accusing former President Donald J. Trump and nearly 20 members of far-right extremist groups and political organizations of a plot to disrupt the peaceful transition of power during the Capitol riot on Jan. 6. The suit, which implicated members of the Proud Boys, the Oath Keepers militia and Trump associates like Roger J. Stone Jr., was arguably the most expansive civil effort to date seeking to hold Mr. Trump and his allies legally accountable for the storming of the Capitol. While three other similar lawsuits were filed in recent months, the suit on Thursday was the first to allege that Mr. Trump worked in concert with both far-right extremists and political organizers promoting his baseless lies that the presidential election was marred by fraud.
  6. Sirhan Sirhan, convicted of Robert F. Kennedy assassination, seeks parole with no opposition from prosecutors Attorneys say that 53 years behind bars is sufficient punishment for the 77-year-old; Kennedy family declines to weigh in https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2021/08/25/sirhan-parole-hearing/
  7. A Statistical Estimation of the Occurrence of Extraterrestrial Intelligence in the Milky Way Galaxy Xiang Cai1 , Jonathan H. Jiang2 , Kristen A. Fahy2 , Yuk L. Yung3 1. Santiago High School, Corona, CA 2. Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 3. Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA https://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/2012/2012.07902.pdf
  8. A Statistical Estimation of the Occurrence of Extraterrestrial Intelligence in the Milky Way Galaxy Xiang Cai1 , Jonathan H. Jiang2 , Kristen A. Fahy2 , Yuk L. Yung3 1. Santiago High School, Corona, CA 2. Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 3. Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA https://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/2012/2012.07902.pdf
  9. https://gregolear.substack.com/p/american-guy-fawkeses?token=eyJ1c2VyX2lkIjo5NTk5NDEyLCJwb3N0X2lkIjo0MDMwMzMyMSwiXyI6IjVIYTBLIiwiaWF0IjoxNjI5ODMxNDM4LCJleHAiOjE2Mjk4MzUwMzgsImlzcyI6InB1Yi0yMDY5NSIsInN1YiI6InBvc3QtcmVhY3Rpb24ifQ.tRHbIgxmPq1W-WgMalYpwKg0wbQ1ytSdEpPr2lSf0H4
  10. THE SUCCESSOR TO RUSSIA’S KGB -- 8/24/21 Today's selection -- from Orders to Kill by Amy Knight. Russia’s FSB is more powerful than the KGB it replaced: https://www.delanceyplace.com/
  11. Whitewash II: the FBI's secret service cover up with Harold Weisberg (KPFK, 1966) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nfw-ZpgUrl8
  12. Poll: Americans oppose GOP push to ban school mask mandates by a 2-1 margin https://www.aol.com/news/poll-americans-oppose-gop-push-090056473.html
  13. Joe: As the Atlantic magazine proclaims, Biden will live in infamy for what he has done in Afghanistan. It is the most serious geopolitical mistake since Peal Harbor when FDR placed all those ships in one location. What Biden and his Secretary of State have done is much worse. America is in great peril that grows more deadly each day. Russia and China are licking their chops at what they are going to do to the U.S. No serious person, here or abroad, trusts Biden's judgment anymore. He has lied repeatedly. His credibility is zero. I feel sorry for the Democratic Senator and Congressman up for reelection in 2022 as he has made it virtually impossible for them to be re-elected. Americans and all those in the Free World are innocent victims of his dunderhead foreign policy. We suffer as to do the Afghans.
  14. Cyber Brief: U.S. Biometric Devices Captured by Taliban, According to Report https://nsarchive.gwu.edu/news/cyber-vault/2021-08-20/cyber-brief-us-biometric-devices-captured-taliban-according-report?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=449362bb-11e3-4e06-84ca-20a822830a75
  15. National Security Archive report: https://nsarchive.gwu.edu/briefing-book/afghanistan/2021-08-19/afghanistan-2020-20-year-war-20-documents?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=b91ddb01-ce3a-41b5-a180-3eae3f834bee
  16. Taliban seized billion$ in American weaponry https://thehill.com/policy/defense/568493-billions-in-us-weaponry-seized-by-taliban
  17. Germany lets Biden know what he has done: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/defense/national-security/biden-stuns-allies-afghanistan
  18. National poll has Biden down 7 points to 46. I think it will go lower in the days ahead. https://www.aol.com/news/biden-approval-drops-lowest-level-204709280-135711848.html
  19. Chaos inside Biden administration https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/17/politics/biden-afghanistan-blame-shifting/index.html
  20. Taliban2.0 could well be far more dangerous than 1.0. This is because the U.S. last week left sundry military equipment and arms behind, including modern fighter aircraft, Blackhawk helicopters, tanks, bombs and lots other things. its reach into other countries will be feasible.
  21. Kathy: We have tens of thousand U.S.. military personnel still in South Korea, Japan. Germany and elsewhere. Even 5,000 U.S. soldiers stationed in Afghanistan would have continued the stabilization of the country and protected the general population. The decision to withdraw left a billion dollars worth of our military equipment in the hands of he Taliban. Now it is one of the best equipped armies in the world. The plan to pullout was a complete disaster. The Taliban may now kill thousands of Afghans and then start a war of terror against Western Europe and America. I shall watch Rachel tonight and the rest of the week to hear her analysis of this and those she interviews. Doug
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