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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. BIDEN'S GIFT TO THE TALIBAN

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    Thanks to the Government Accountability Office, we now have a clear picture of just how much U.S. military equipment has fallen into the hands of the Taliban, thanks to Joe Biden's bungled withdrawal from Afghanistan. Let's have a look...

    ✈️ Aircraft: The Taliban now ranks #26 in the world in total military aircraft thanks to us leaving behind 208 planes and helicopters:
    • 110 helicopters
    • 60 transport/cargo planes
    • 20 light attack planes
    • 18 intelligence/surveillance planes
    🛻 Vehicles: You've probably seen the footage of the Taliban riding around in our humvees. We left a total of 75,898 vehicles:
    • 42,604 tactical vehicles
    • 22,174 humvees
    • 8,998 medium tactical vehicles
    • 1,005 recovery vehicles
    • 928 mine-resistant vehicles
    • 189 armored tanks
    🔫 Weapons: Get ready for this.. 599,690 weapons are now in the hands of the Taliban:
    • 358,530 rifles
    • 126,295 pistols
    • 64,363 machine guns
    • 25,327 grenade launchers
    • 12,692 shotguns
    • 9,877 RPGs
    • 2,606 howitzers
    And you can throw a couple thousand night-vision goggles, surveillance drones, and communication devices on that list as well.

    Price tag: In total, it adds up to nearly $84 billion dollars in tax-payer-funded U.S. military equipment.

    Joe Biden just funded an army of terrorists in Afghanistan.

    [Source: GAO analysis of Department of Defense data]
  3. 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.

     

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    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.”

  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. 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

     

     

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    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. 21 hours ago, Joe Bauer said:

    Certain companies back here at home made a fortune off the Afghan operation.

    Just one aspect of the trillions spent there:

    76,000 vehicles? At at least $25,000 per vehicle minimum that's what ... 1.6 BILLION?

    Almost 5,000 Humvees? Specially equipped? At a minimum of $100,000 per that's 500 million?

    And the gas and maintenance cost on these?

    Like I said, some American companies and their majority holdings stock holders made an absolute fortune off that 20 year long campaign.

    And this is just vehicles? 

    One can guess that even American ice cream companies made a killing keeping our troops stocked with it.

    We are militarily super rich and American society needs poor. 

    Maybe we should declare war on ourselves and reap these lavish, money's no object riches upon ourselves.

    And after all those hundreds of billions, the country collapses in one day after our leaving?

     

     

    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.

     

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