Afghanistan, Joe Biden, President Trump discussed on Front Lines on Freedom
First the news. What's first, Josh? Due to fears of riots and attempts to disrupt the inauguration of Joe Biden as president. This past week, 25,000 National Guard troops were deployed to the nation's capital to keep the peace Tennessee Congressman Steve Cohen, chair of the House Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution, civil rights and civil liberties expressed real concern that since the National Guard troops were mostly white and male and 80% of white males voted for Trump. They posed a threat to Mr Biden's life. He later retracted his biased statement. Nonetheless, General Daniel Hawkinson, the chief of the National Guard bureau, announced Tuesday that 12 of the deployed troops were removed from the Capitol ahead of the presidential inauguration. In part because of suspected far right extremist ties and inappropriate language. The general said. Quote We've had 12 identified and some of those they're just looking into, adding that their questionable behavior could be completely unrelated to extremist connections. Quote, But we want to make sure out of an abundance of caution that we do the right thing. And quote. As you know this past week was as calm as could be in our nation's capital. I don't believe there was ever the threat of major riots anywhere. But I don't have a problem with taking some precautions. But 2500 Guardsmen in addition to all the law enforcement people Disabled American veterans is warning that any member who was found to have participated in the U. S Capitol riots on January 6th will face expulsion from the one million member veteran service organization. And it's not the only veteran service organization looking to come down hard on these insurrectionists commander Stephen Butch Whitehead said by a Twitter that the riders actions were a disgrace to our national values and must not be tolerated. During the riots. Some Trump supporters battled with Capitol police and hundreds swarmed into the capital. A number of veterans have been identified as taking part one was shot and killed by police. Capitol Police officer Brian Sick. Nick died as a result of injuries he sustained while battling the writers. He was hit in the head with a fire extinguisher. Altogether Six deaths are linked to the capital riot, including a Capitol police officer who died by suicide. D A V statement read quote as veterans who have sacrificed to support and defend the Constitution from all enemies, Foreign and domestic. D A V abhors and rejects that insurrection a lax perpetrated at our capital. We are saddened that any veteran would desecrate our nation's capital and will take immediate action to initiate the removal of any D A V member found guilty of committing illegal acts against our nation. And quote. On Friday In a bipartisan vote, the Senate voted 93 to 2 to confirm retired Army General Lloyd Austin as our new secretary of defense, marking the first time in U. S history that an African American will leave the Pentagon. Also the acting secretary of the Army is John Whitley, The acting secretary of the Navy is Tom Harker, and the acting secretary of the Air Force is John Roth. The Pentagon announced completion of the drawdown of U. S troops in Afghanistan and Iraq ordered by President Trump. But the move comes amid increasing attacks by the Taliban in Afghanistan and the continuing threat posed by ISIS insurgents and Iranian backed militias in Iraq. Then Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller said that the January 15th deadline set by the president for the reduction of our forces from 4500 to 2500 and Afghanistan. And from 3000 to 2500 in Iraq had been met. Miller made no mention of Somalia and U. S. Africa Command did not respond to a query about whether Trump's deadline for the near total withdrawal of the estimated 700 troops in that country had been met. Miller also made no mention of how our withdrawal will affect NATO's non combat forces in Afghanistan. The number of NATO troops, including a U. S contingent now stands at about 11,000. In a January 6th virtual address to Germany's Christian Social Union. NATO general Secretary and Stoltenberg said he would discuss the status of troops and the way ahead in Afghanistan with Biden administration representatives in February at a NATO ministerial meeting. Stoltenberg said that 2021 will be a difficult year for decisions on Afghanistan, adding quote. There are many challenges and many uncertainties. But of course, peace talks are the on Lee Path to peace. Yemen's Iran backed rebels dismissed the US move to designate them as a terrorist organization in the final days of the Trump administration, while a leading aid agency warned that such a designation would deal another devastating blow to the impoverished and wart or nation. The designation announced by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took effect the day before President elect Joe Biden was inaugurated. Yemen is mired in a disastrous humanitarian crisis with millions of people and wide swaths of the country on the brink of famine as a result of six years of civil war. Pompeo said he was proceeding with the designation of the rebels known as Who, these, along with separate terrorist designations for the three top rebel leaders. At the same time, he pledged the U. S. Would help absorb the impact on aid groups and allow humanitarian assistance to continue to flow into Yemen. We have to call evil, evil and terrorists are evil. That the designation will hurt some innocent people is very unfortunate but not making the designation will permit the terrorists to keep getting lots of aid, which they will use to hurt other people. And.