More on that eminently impeachable phone call, wherein Biden implored the imminently to be Impeached The Hard Way poobah of Shitholistan to lie for purposes of saving Faux Jaux’s crooked ass.
No, things weren’t going well, three weeks after the US abandoned Bagram Airfield in the dead of night.
Biden’s solution was to create the “perception” that all was fine. He wanted to keep the illusion going long enough to cover his Aug. 31 self-imposed deadline to withdraw US troops and have a victory lap on September 11th, when he would preen as the first president to end the forever war.
So he asked Ghani to trick up an event to make it look as if he had a plan to push back on the Taliban to reassure America’s allies who were beginning to question Biden’s timetable.
“I don’t know whether you’re aware,” said Biden, “just how much the perception around the world is that this is looking like a losing proposition…so the conclusion I’m asking you to consider is to bring together everyone from [ex-Afghan Vice President Abdul Rashid] Dostum, to [ex-President Hamid] Karzai and in between. If they stand there and say they back the strategy you put together, and put a warrior in charge, you know a military man…in charge of executing that strategy, and that will change perception.”
Ghani tried to explain that the situation was dire: “Mr. President, we are facing a full-scale invasion, composed of Taliban, full Pakistani planning and logistical support, and at least 10-15,000 international terrorists.”
He begged for US air support. “What is crucial is, close air support…a very heavy reliance on air power.”
The Afghan army was based on the US model, which relies on air support for enemy strikes, ferrying the wounded, and so on. But the contractors who serviced Afghan aircraft had left, leaving the Afghan army exposed.
Ghani could see the writing on the wall, and fled Kabul three weeks later.
With an airframe-stressing, engine-groaning, rotor-blade-bending chopper-load of ill-gotten US gelt, do note.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country with four vehicles and a helicopter full of cash, the Russian embassy in Kabul said Monday.
The embattled leader left the presidential palace in Kabul on Sunday to the insurgent Taliban fighters who had toppled his government.
The former World Bank academic — who holds a doctorate from New York City’s Columbia University — didn’t say where he was going, but Al Jazeera reported later that he had flown to Uzbekistan.
“As for the collapse of the (outgoing) regime, it is most eloquently characterized by the way Ghani fled Afghanistan,” Nikita Ishchenko, a Russian embassy spokesman in Kabul, was quoted as saying by Russian state-owned news outlet RIA, Reuters reported. “Four cars were full of money, they tried to stuff another part of the money into a helicopter, but not all of it fit. And some of the money was left lying on the tarmac,” Ishchenko was quoted as saying.
Rumors that Ghani and his chaffeurs were laughing raucously, waving insulting and obscene hand gestures to those stranded on the ground, and shouting “So long, Joe, and thanks for all the fish!” from the open side doors of the purloined helicopter are impossible to confirm at this time. No confirmation, either, that the theme from the Benny Hill Show (Boots Randolph’s rollicking classic Yakety Sax) was blaring from loudspeakers bolted to the Blackhawk’s minigun mounts as celebratory background music. Now, back to the first piece.
This wilful naiveté of Biden and his urbane secretary of State, Antony Blinken, was designed to provide plausible deniability when everything went wrong in Afghanistan, as they knew it would. Their only mistake was thinking Ghani and his army would hang around until September 11th.
Biden’s defiant speech Tuesday was an attempt to bluster through with another fantasy — that our Afghanistan surrender was a success.
We’re supposed to pretend the Taliban is not taunting us with mock funerals or staging parades with some of the billions of dollars worth of Humvees and Black Hawks and weapons we gifted them.
We’re meant to overlook the 13 flag-draped coffins that were flown home to Dover Air Force Base on Sunday.
The president probably thinks the lies will keep working since his presidential campaign was such a triumph of perception over reality. Democrats pretended that he was a candidate of sound mind and good character whose empathy, integrity and foreign-policy expertise would restore America’s soul.
They got away with it only because the media and Big Tech conspired to fool the American people.
But a new Rasmussen poll shows that voters no longer buy the delusion — a majority think Biden should resign over the Afghanistan debacle. The problem is most don’t think VP Kamala Harris is qualified to replace him.
And that is our predicament for the next three years.
Wanna bet? Because from where I sit, it’s looking more and more like the bufoonish pRetend pResident might well be nearing the end of his disastrous run, one way or another.
So that’s what happens when you mix incompetence with treason.
Yeah, Not The President Sniffer was listening but all he heard was “hair support” and his mind wandered.
His handlers are responsible for the blood on Chou Bai Den’s hands. Treason that is relying on an Incompetent as Cover.
I’m not a military man and I nailed it immediately. Not that it was any brilliant insight and I like patting myself on the back. Well, maybe I like patting myself on the back just a tad.
No one else is going to do it 😉
Pats Kenny on the back 🙂
As you say, it doesn’t require a brilliant military mind to see what was happening. A 12 year old boy that plays outdoors could create a better working strategy than anyone in the current misadministration or any of our upper level military “commandeers”.
The insight was “full Pakistani planning and logistical support”.
Another country tipped off by Not The President Biteme’s group of Treasonous Basterds.
Another country Bush swore was our “ally” while they were hiding Bin Laden all along and pretty much own the Taliban.
I wonder how long the Crown Prince in Saudi Arabia is going to last, since he was aiding Trump.
If the Vegas Shootings were a Deep State/Saudi Islamists plot it would not surprise me now.
The Las Vegas shooting was a failed Deep State and Saudi assassination plot against the Crown Prince. Prepare to not be surprised.
Hell, I said that way back when we were all kicking around “conspiracy theories” about it at DP before the whole thing vanished from the public eye.
It gets more plausible every day.
People don’t really want to believe that anyone is callous enough to shoot up 500 people in a concert to hide one murder – overlooking that we’re dealing with people who think nothing of killing real kids in a school to stage a false flag op.
Killing a bunch of MAGA hatted Country Music Fans (whether they were any more MAGA in fact than any other group) would have seemed to be a Feature, Not a Bug to both Deep State and Jihadists.
When you take into account that the Crown Prince was staying in the top floors of the hotel, the reports of armed, masked gunman at the other hotel/casino that the Crown Prince was known to gamble/party at, the reports of other gunmen on top of various buildings from witnesses, and the fact that the audio shows at least two different and different caliber automatic weapons*, it’s the only really plausible theory.
How do you hide a murder? In a pile of other murders.
It gets more bizarre when you add in the truly bizarre later deaths of victims who told a different story from the official narrative.
I suspect that it would have worked if the Crown Prince had actually been home in his suites at the time, or if he’d been at the other casino when the gunmen went there.
The part that’s a stretch is accounting for why Trump would acquiesce to a coverup, until you take into account the fact that the clean out of the Saudi Royals began immediately after the Crown Prince went back to Saudi Arabia. Trump agrees to not probe the oddities on the condition that the CP clean house back home and play ball with him later in the ME, in order to not warn the Saudi players that the hammer was about to come down on them. Gonna kill the King, don’t miss.
Paddock was dead before any of the shooting started.
*Automatic weapons, not “bump stocks”. I kept calling that out on the audio way back when we were arguing about it in comments. And two different calibers from two directions: it’s obvious on the audio.
I don’t know if that is what happened but your judgement makes sense. You are not the only one that came to that conclusion. One that I have to admit I found highly unlikely at the time.
I found it unlikely at the time but it sounds more and more like the truth all the time.
My guess is Paddock was a known money launderer that they used to sneak the weapons in and was certainly taken out before any shooting started.
I was never certain of anything other than it ain’t that hard to shoot a bump stock. Were bump stocks used? I don’t have a clue. Iron bear thought at the time that the sound was auto, not bump stock. I can’t tell the difference.
If it wasn’t Paddock then the bump stocks were just for mis-direction.
They got to ban bump stocks regardless. Win-Win
A Trump failure.
Trump made deals. He probably thought bump stocks for ME Peace was worth it.
I heard most serious gun people don’t particularly care for them.
Sure, it’s no great loss, but OTOH it’s wrong. I know it was political for Trump, but it was wrong.
Someone recently created a “bump” trigger and the feds ruled it illegal.
Half this country supports gun control of some sort.
If we are ever to get back to the RKBA not infringed, we have to Win in the realm of politics. At least that was still the calculus at that time.
In Politics choices have to be made. Get this and give up that.
At the time Trump was moving a lot of things Right again. Eventually we might be at the point we can get the Gun Grabbers to back off, but that’s not possible now. Especially after a mass shooting like that and I am sure that Trump had no knowledge of it beforehand. It was probably FBI that helped find Paddock to get the guns into hotel.
Now we are at the point that Politics has proven to be useless as Deep State controls too much in DC and most States.
It is my opinion that the only thing that keeps the feds from going Australia is our guns.
Not one inch should be the mantra.
I hope we will use them.
Because they other ways to hurt us first before they ever disarm us.