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The Officer Tatum Show
How the White House Gave Putin a Green Light for Ukraine
"Now, we're talking about a Pakistan here, Chad and before we go, I want to make sure we have you wrap up on that, but I also want to get your take on what's happening in Russia, Ukraine, IRC, Xi Jinping, visiting Russia. This is absolutely insane. All right, so just if you would ramp up what you were talking about as far as Pakistan and the ISI yeah, I mean, just I mean, this is our enemy. This is who we've been fighting for the last 20 years when we fight when we say fight and Taliban. And the truth is, we didn't negotiate with our allies. We didn't negotiate with. We didn't negotiate with the Afghan government. We spent 20 years in place. The only people we talked to when I say we, The White House talk to was the Taliban, our enemy of 20 years, and we left Afghanistan without the consensus of the rest of the world. And we had 2500 troops there. We had 2500 troops and 20 places that can name around the world. We still have 50,000 troops in Japan and 40,000 in Germany and 35,000 in South Korea. This is not how the United States strategical leaves places and it created a catastrophe. And left Americans behind cost American lives left a 100,000 Afghan allies behind and left a 40 million vulnerable Afghans including 20 million women and little girls that we raped and for the rest of their life because of this. And so it's complete tragedy. And the world is watching our enemies are watching, which leads us into why Putin invaded Ukraine because he could. Because of the weakness in our White House and he postured against the imposture and the border with a 100,000 troops. Right. Joe, Joe Biden flinched, moved our U.S. troops out of Ukraine, moved our embassy out of Ukraine, the rest of the NATO partners followed and gave a green light for Putin to come in. And now we're sending a 113 plus $1 billion to Ukraine. None of that money is making it to help those people. It's a complete catastrophe. It's only it's only emboldening Putin and continue doing what he's doing and it's incentivizing people like zelensky who are getting all this money and never in this war because why they're making veins and dollars off of it, including corrupt politics in the United States.
The Eric Metaxas Show
Mighty Oaks Foundation's Chad Robichaux on New Book, 'Saving Aziz'
"Is brand new, saving Aziz. How the mission to help one became a calling for thousands to rescue thousands from the Taliban. Okay, most people listening don't know anything about this. What is the story? Well, the story is President Biden made the announcement immediately after he took office. He was going to do a full withdrawal of the United States military from the 20 year occupation of Afghanistan. I immediately had a problem with that and I think anybody understands the military did. A lot of your listeners may not agree with me at first, but if you hear me out, we should never have withdrew from Afghanistan. I'm not a warmonger. My family's been at war for a long time. If we get void war, we don't want to be there. But saying that the military had been a 20 year war and it was endless war is just not true. We had in 2018, we shifted from a conventional kinetic war with that Taliban and shifted to supporting advisory role with the Afghan national army and Afghan national police, participating with the entire international community to fight the Taliban in the mountains of Afghanistan and not in the west, not here in America. And it was working. This is the most strategic place in the globe between Iraq, Iran Russia and China, and it wasn't ours to give up. It belonged to the international community. It blowing to the Afghan government that we spent 20 years putting in place. And we didn't negotiate with our NATO partners. The international community or the Afghan government, we only negotiate the Taliban and we gave that country up to our enemies, not just the Taliban, but China, Russia, Iran, Pakistan, ISI. And so I knew that was going to be catastrophic for national security and global security, but also knew that it would be catastrophic for our allies. And once they one more thing in that though, but when I say that we should have stayed there, historically, if you look at the history of how United States have been successful, a post war, we keep contingent forces in different areas strategically to prevent us from going back to war. Germany, we still have 40,000 troops since World War II. Japan, we have 80,000 troops since World War II in South Korea. We still have 35,000 troops since the Korea war. That strategy has worked for us, so do a full and complete withdrawal without leaving that only 2500 troops in a small contingent force in Afghanistan was a catastrophic era and I
"afghan government" Discussed on WCPT 820
"Rage Against the Machine This is democracy now democracy now dot org the world in peace The World War and peace report I'm Amy Goodman The World Food Program is warning Afghanistan is facing a quote tsunami of hunger The group estimates 23 million Afghans face acute food shortages including nearly 9 million who are close to starvation Afghanistan's economy collapsed after the U.S. and international financial organizations froze Afghan assets after the fall of Kabul Earlier this week senator Bernie Sanders urged President Biden to take immediate action Sanders wrote quote Afghanistan is facing a humanitarian catastrophe I urge the Biden administration to immediately release billions in frozen Afghan government funds to help avert this crisis and prevent the death of millions of people We're joined now by Jane Ferguson She's a special correspondent for PBS NewsHour contributor to The New Yorker She's reported extensively from Afghanistan over the years who was in Kabul as it fell to the Taliban in August last year She returned to Taliban controlled Afghanistan in November to report on the humanitarian crisis Her latest piece for The New Yorker Afghanistan has become the world's largest humanitarian crisis Jane welcome back to democracy now in your piece You write exhausted mothers stood next to the beds and stared wide eyed at their babies One leaned over sang lullabies and gently kissed her child's cheek About a third of the children who arrive at the unit do not survive The new government is struggling to feed the country's 39 million people and the chance that an Afghan baby will go hungry and die is the highest in 20 years Can you describe the suffering You saw in this neonatal unit and not only in this one hospital But what you found I mean the worst it's been in 20 years since the U.S. invaded Afghanistan You're saying Yes Amy what we really seen is the collapse of not only any kind of economic means for those mothers and their husbands to be able to make enough money to feed the children or to be able to make enough money to feed themselves and lactate babies But we've also seen a compounding crisis because the medical institutions and the medical facilities across the country have also been collapsing Once the flow of money once the economic institutions just froze across the country then you couldn't see anybody who worked at these facilities getting paid or any of the flow of money coming in So you have families across the country with no income and then when they take their children to the hospital because of the malnourished egg because there are such high cases of malnourished babies Many of them have to go to whatever units are open They're not story I was describing a unit in Kabul which is one of the few that was still operating And those beds with babies were sometimes three four babies in a bed The hospital staff many of whom hadn't been paid in months were basically trying to keep them alive but said that infections were just running riots through the units because they just don't have the medicines They're over completely overwhelmed with malnourished babies and massively understaffed Many of those mothers that I described will have had to come from rural areas where.
AP News Radio
With foreign funds frozen, Afghan aid groups stuck in limbo
"With the Afghan government severed from the international banking system aid groups both inside the country and abroad say they're struggling to get emergency relief basic services and funds to a population at risk of starvation among the groups struggling to function is a public health non profit the paid salaries on purchase food and fuel for hospitals the six hundred million dollars in funds which had been funneled through the Afghan health ministry that dried up overnight after the Taliban took over the capital done the countries have pledged to open the purse strings to the tune of one point two billion dollars in humanitarian aid but attempts by western governments and international finance institutions to deprive the Taliban controlled government the other funding sources until his intentions are clearer as Afghans most vulnerable citizens hurting I'm Charles Taylor that's not
AP News Radio
Blinken Faces New Round of Hard Afghan Questions in Congress
"For a second straight day secretary of state Anthony blinking his hearing congressional anger over the much criticised Afghanistan withdrawal like yesterday before a house panel the criticism today in the Senate is coming from both the Democrats like Bob Menendez the execution of the U. S. would draw which clearly and fatally flawed and Republicans from Jim Risch on the dismal failure and like yesterday blink and says the administration did the best it could under rough circumstances after an unforeseen fall of the Afghan government and its security forces we did not see this collapse in a matter of of eleven days Lincoln says ending the war and leaving Afghanistan was the right thing to do Sager make ani Washington
AP News Radio
Once Inmates, Taliban Now in Charge in a Kabul Prison
"Once called whose main prison was crowded with thousands of Taliban captured and arrested by the Afghan government now it's largely empty the Taliban now run this palatial chi a sprawling complex on Kabul's eastern outskirts of to capturing the city the fight is freed all the inmates in that with Taliban fighters now running the facility on an official visit the AP meant a former inmate I'm now a commander who says he was brought to the prison bound and blindfolded I was not making a personal visit with a group of friends for some of the Taliban guards accompanying the A. P. E. it was the first time they entered the abandoned cell blocks they looked with curiosity through the cells still littered with things the last inmates have left behind I'm Charles de Ledesma
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"afghan government" Discussed on News Radio 920 AM
"This was always it was the biggest evacuation error. It went off as best as can be expected. That's the That's the rain man repetition that they keep going over and over and over and over again and blinking and I haven't caught every bit of this thing because obviously we're on the air, but I'm sure blinking also said That the Afghan government and the Afghan forces that they folded faster than anyone would have expected. But then we reacted. Well, you know, Total spin total propaganda. It was a horrific situation and it continues to be bad. Can you imagine? That you're an Afghan interpreter, or you're an Afghan that helped us forces out for years and years and years. We were there almost 20 years. You imagine that? You think that you have the promise of the U. S government to have your back protect you? Can you imagine the nightmare The fear factor of the Taliban taking over? Knowing how brutal medieval how freaking cave manage. They are. And you worrying about you, your family, your kids, your wife. Whether you guys are going to be Survivors, whether the Taliban's get have come in and punish torture. Kill your kids in front of you. I mean, this is the brutality that we're dealing with. It is just reprehensibly can't even calculate it is incomprehensible that we may promises to these Afghans that in many cases help save our troops lives. And that we'd never plan to get them out. Welcome to Schmidt. I just wanted to dive right in because Capitol Hill testimony is going on right now. Democrats Republicans on the Foreign Affairs Committee as they grill secretary of State Blinken 808 01 80, But the spin is on like I said, It's the spin cycle and don't be fooled. Blanket is common Cool. But the propaganda and the ideology that he is trying to sell here on the spin cycle. That washing machine is out of balance, and it is Oh, it's all over the road. 808 01 89 99 the nationwide number here on Schmidt 808 01 89 99. Hey, did you see this? Uh, this treat you see this guy that was arrested by Capitol police. Man some scary images out of this guy's card. Yes, you've got neo Nazis rolling around. If you don't know the story here, I want to tell you the details of one Donald Craighead. Donald Craighead. Uh, this guy was arrested by the U. S. Capitol Police. This guy Craighead is 44 years old. He's from California. And this guy was arrested outside of the DNC, the Democratic National Committee. He was right outside of their headquarters up in the sea. Police there. They noticed that he had a bay..
AP News Radio
UK Spy Chief Warns Taliban Takeover Could Fuel Terror Plots
"The head of Britain's domestic intelligence agency warns the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan could fuel teraflops MI five director general Ken McCallum believes the Taliban has hardened and emboldened extremists and could lead to the return the major al-qa'ida style attack plots against the west McCallum adds Britain could face more risk because of the withdrawal rule of NATO troops on the overthrow of the Afghan government in a rare interview with the BBC he says nations must be vigilant both for the increase in spot to resume which has become a trend over the past five to ten years alongside the potential regrowth of al-qa'ida style directed plots Charles Taylor this month London
News 96.5 WDBO
"afghan government" Discussed on News 96.5 WDBO
"By the FBI and the new Afghan government, and there are Women. Does the president think that is a foreign policy success? Well, first of all, No. One in this administration, not the president, nor anyone on the national security team. Would suggest that the Taliban are respected and valued members of the global community Sounds like and we're not. We've never assessed that This is a a caretaker cabinet. That does include four former imprisoned Taliban fighters. We have not validated that we have not conveyed. We're going to recognize it what we are working to do and nor we rushing to recognition. There's a lot they have to do before that. What we are working to do is to engage with them because they oversee and control Afghanistan right now. Now listen here. I understand that these dorks and our federal government Really think they know how the world works because they spent years at the model U. N Club in high school. I understand they think they know how things work because we haven't written a letter that says, Dear Taliban, we formally recognize you as the legitimate government of Afghanistan, right? Here's the thing Taliban. Don't give a flip about your model U N dreams, okay? They don't care. They're not quite won't get Jen. The fact that you are asking them pretty, please. You are on your knees, begging them to allow charter flights. Filled with American citizens. Out of Kabul is guess. What Spoiler alert. Recognition of their legitimacy. You've already done it. I like the way the Taliban has put the original band back together, too. Yeah, I know that these guys are out of prison and you know Oh, it never stops, right? They had the tribute band out there before Now. They've got the real guys back. Yeah, they're all there. I mean, all of you defended when I say whack a mole Now it is welcome home stops. No, it doesn't. It doesn't take a genius to figure it out. All right? No Women on the cabinet were surprised. Yeah, we demand it. The whole world is Raj chair. Diversity. Okay, You want to play hot? What about is, um about Let's say there's a Democrat running for office happens to be a black man. There is a white woman with a gorilla mask. And she takes an egg and throws it at this black man who is running for office is a Democrat. You think that would make the today show? Good morning? That would be the biggest story in America. That would be a national Nightmare in a crisis. Well, it happened. The only thing that's different as this person is a Republican. Yes, Larry Elder Larry Elder. Yeah, he goes to Was it at Venice Beach or in Venice? Yes. And a woman in a monkey mask runs up to this guy throws an egg at him, then punches one of his security. Another dude comes up and he's you know, got this gravelly voice, and he's cussing up a storm at the other. Folks who are providing security for Larry Elder, Just like what are you going to do? What are you going to do? The L A Times described this as quote Larry Elder cut short Venice Homeless Encampment tour after hostile reception. Lowly cops. Listen, totally. Whoa, whoa. That's it. Sounds to me close to a hate crime if the roles were reversed, and that was a Democrat, dude, Are you kidding me? Oh, my God. Imagine that Stacey Abrams. Oh or Rafael Warnock. Yes, absolutely do that. That would be a B A hate crime story. That would be, uh, an indictment on racism in America. I mean, the L A Times was more harsh about a ride at Disneyland. Remember that whole thing? Yeah. Jungle Cruise right at Disneyland developed a reputation for racist depictions of indigenous people as tourist attractions. It must go. You got a black guy who's running for governor. Who gets attacked by a woman wearing a monkey mask. Correct. It's like Oh, didn't get a warm reception. What a bunch of frauds. These people are the security Intel shot with a pellet gun. Yes, it was not a very warm reception. H. Meanwhile, so I have to check out the first block of the today show wondering, not figuring they would cover that. But you might be surprised Newark. Because it seemed like maybe legacy media was starting to wake up. Maybe a little. And decide. You know what? We better start covering the real stories out there, okay? Well, any hope of that is gone. My naive little friend. No, I know. So that could have been a story. Well, you would think We still have Americans in Afghanistan that can't get out. That's pretty big deal. There's not time for that in the opening block of the Today show because you got Covid to talk about. And you know what's coming up next week? What's that? Well, just to let you know again. First block of the today show. I'm just going to roll this for you because I know you don't know what's coming. I don't Capitol Police plan to encircle the House and Senate once again with a seven ft tall metal fence. That's according to a person familiar with the discussions as concerns mount about a pro insurrectionist rally planned for next weekend. Oh, they're still on January six, dude. Okay jacket, the Capitol Police Department and lawmakers preparing for the worst. And now these people are coming back to praise. The people who were Out to kill not to kill members of Congress. I want to kill members of Congress. There's your Nancy Pelosi. Yes, you know. Do you remember when the Q and and shaman almost took the presidency? It was almost him..
Taliban Announces Formation of New Afghan Government
"The taliban announced a new government in afghanistan. that's not likely to get a lot of support from western nations. It does not include any women or members from the last afghan government's leadership instead. This new interim government is stacked with taliban veterans who were in charge of the hardline government. Twenty years ago. Several of them are listed by the us and united nations as global terrorists. For example. the key post of interior minister was given to a man. Who's on the fbi's most wanted list. He led a network. That's blamed for many deadly attacks and kidnappings and he's believed is still holding at least one american hostage besides him. Other cabinet members used to be inmates at guantanamo detention camp and at least one of the leaders is said to have ties to the al qaeda terror group that was responsible for the attacks on nine eleven. The taliban says these appointments are temporary but they have not said how long the last who is going to take over next or if there might be elections for now. The taliban is also urging foreign diplomats embassies consulates and humanitarian organisations to come back to afghanistan all western nations left when. Us troops withdrew last month. The us and other countries also froze afghanistan's funding. That's desperately needed as much as eighty percent of the country's budget comes from the international community but global leaders in lenders say they're waiting to see how the taliban will treat the opposition women and minorities before they send money
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Taliban Form All-Male Afghan Government of Old Guard Members
"The Taliban have announced a caretaker cabinet the pays homage to the group's old guard Afghanistan's interim prime minister is mullah Hassan kunde he headed the Taliban government in Kabul during the last years of its rule mullah Abdul Ghani borrowed our will be one of two deputies he left talks with the United States and signed the deal that led to America's final withdrawal from Afghanistan Sirajuddin Haqqani has been named interior minister he's on the FBI's most wanted list with a five million dollar bounty on his head the interim government is all male and drawn mostly from Afghanistan's dominant Pashtun ethnic group the move seems unlikely to win the international support Afghanistan needs to avoid an economic meltdown I'm Ben Thomas
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"afghan government" Discussed on News 96.5 WDBO
"By pretty much everybody. And then with that is the collapse of the Afghan government. Afghanistan's always been a very difficult issue, so let's just see what he just said He has the deed. The got the Army fell apart in a very quick way, something nobody was expecting, along with the collapse of the Afghan government. Now we know about a phone call that he told Karzai just like Biden did to change the perception and the optics. And then he could the Karzai said. We have 10 to 15,000 led by and brought in through Pakistan. This is a full or invasion. Can we please have Eircom ER, and he's saying he planned for all contingencies, but they fell apart faster than anyone thought. He's not telling the truth. Uh, Colonel, this is this is a flat out lie. No, he's not. And the reason why that that military force collapse was because they were told, you know, and the drop of a dime. You're not going to have the air cover. You're not going to have any intelligence support. So all of those combat multiplying assets that we provided to them to be able to be an effective ground force somewhat would have been taken away from them. And so what do you think that they're going to do? I mean, you just see them, you know, fighting very strongly there in the past year Valley. Well, why wouldn't General Milley and Secretary defense often say to president by Hey, look, we can provide them air cover there to pass your valley because as a matter of fact, that's how we got started. 20 years ago when we brought in special forces, the provided air cover and air support to the northern Alliance under a general Dostam. So why can we replicate? Do the exact same thing Now this is just a complete strategic operational and tactical failure at the foreign policy. National security. Team, part of the Obama administration. His entire National Security Council should resign. But they don't have the honor or the integrity or the character to do so. They won't right and by the way, they were forced out. Do you know what was seen in the area? Pakistan forces along with armed drones? When did Pakistan get armed drones? We had to have given it to them. And they are out there fighting for the Taliban. Really? That's what we got Bin Laden. We were surprised. I mean, we're not even a strong phone call or measured words or a blistering from Joe Biden or his secretary, defense or state. They're allowed to do that, and we just shrug our shoulders. Well, remember the Osama bin Laden was found in the body body Pakistan, which is their version of West Point. That's where the Pakistan military Academy is. And if you want to believe that Pakistan did not know a six FT six Saudi Arabian was living there and above Abbottabad. I've got a lot of farmland to sell you somewhere in between the East and west coast of Florida. The thing that we have to realize is that the Pakistan is their intelligence service organization is the Taliban they have been working with and providing intelligence support and resource support to the Taliban. Whatever the snows, come in the Taliban go back over into Pakistan, and they're given the comfort ADA economy standard government. Absolutely. And the Haqqani network. So you know all of these. I'm just a guy sitting out here in San Angelo, Texas, and I could see there. So who are we paying, You know tens of hundreds of thousands of dollars to sit up there in the White House or the Pentagon? Whatever. And they could not see this right and Colonel he's he can of. Not only is general Milley saying he can't He can't properly assess the Afghans. How is he supposed to probably assess the enemy if he can't even promptly says the allies. I mean, this is a tragic this is the last thing I want to play for. You cut three. Well, if we went in and retook.
Taliban Say They Took Panjshir, Last Holdout Afghan Province
"The taliban say they've taken control of a province north of kabul the last holdout of anti-taliban forces in afghanistan. It's the pan valley a resistance group. There denies those claims and that is just some of the news out of afghanistan today at the same time at least four planes were chartered to evacuate hundreds of people from afghanistan but had been unable to take off for days joining us now. Susannah george. She is the afghanistan and pakistan bureau chief for the washington post. She is in kabul susannah. Thanks for being with us this morning. Let's start with that news. Out of the panjshir province This is a storied province long-held stronghold of resistance to the taliban. Just explain what it means that this province has now fallen to to the telephone. Yeah well this is a very significant development and instruct says. You say it's because this was one of the few places. The dotan never managed to control back in the nineteen nineties when the group had control most of the country and so clearing this valley now it really clearly displays how much more of a formative fighting force the taliban is. Today than it was twenty years ago. They have much more training. They've been fighting against one of the most Powerful militaries in the world for the last two decades and they're also much better equipped force and this is largely thanks to desertions and surrender deals with afghan government forces in the lead up to the fall of kabul so now the taliban controls the entirety of the country we are waiting for them to announce the official formation of their government and meanwhile there are still so many afghans who were trying to get out you have been reporting that kabul airport is now open again for domestic travel What does that mean susannah. What does that look like. It's still a bit of a mess couple airport. I'm the only reason that some domestic flights have resumed is because of this temporary radio. Communication has been set up by country engineers between pilots and air traffic controllers. But there's no other navigation system set up at the airport. They all damaged during the chaos of the evacuation which means that all pilots when they're taking off and landing. They need to do it by sight. And this means that any commercial airline who wants to come in and out of kabul airport is just not going to be able to for insurance reasons and because of international aviation guidelines
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Pakistan's powerful intel chief arrives in Kabul
"To Pakistan officials on officially say the nation's powerful intelligence chief who's made a surprise visit to the Afghan capital Kabul it wasn't immediately clear what general far as Hamid had to say to the Taliban leadership but the Pakistani intelligence service has perhaps the greatest outside influence over the Taliban the militant group had its headquarters in Pakistan and will often said to be indirect contact with the powerful inter services intelligence agency although Pakistan routinely denies giving the Taliban military aid the accusation was often made by the Afghan government and Washington I'm Charles Taylor this month
The World: Latest Edition
Who Are the Taliban's Leaders and Its Rank-and-File?
"The taliban took back control of afghanistan. There's been a lot of waiting wondering and worrying about how they will rule the country but we wanted to go bit more granular and ask who makes up the taliban today. It's not a simple question and we don't expect a simple answer. I'm lead hucker is going to take a stab at it. He's the editor of the afghan. I an independent media outlet and he's based in london. I'm eddie first. Question is about the person who's been named the head of the taliban led afghan government will abdelghani. Dr who is he well. He is from southern upon istana and he essentially cut his teeth in the outgun political battlefield during the soviet invasion and occupation he partook in was called the soviet jihad and obviously after the withdrawal of the soviet forces and the collapse of the puppet communist government we saw a surge in infighting amongst the mujahedeen and in one thousand nine hundred four essentially. What were a group of virginia dean. Commanders leaders and southern onto stone got together and formed a political organization called the taliban and now the taliban means literally students and as a social educational network existed for centuries in the south of the country from which malabo that is from. But this was the first time they became a political organization so malabo brought is essentially for all intents and purposes a co founder of. That's audubon a veteran. I wanna move to the rank and file members of the taliban who are they in terms of background education. Where they're from the rank and file it's difficult to sort of characterize them as a monolith however the way in which we could essentially characterize them as generally rural religiously educated so they are literally can read and they can write and generally very young. So almost you know. In that mid-twenties most of them don't remember the toddler bonds previous government in late nineteen ninety s rather their only real remembered experiences of living off the two thousand guantanamo
The Diane Rehm Show
How the US Government Hid the Truth About Afghanistan
"America's long as war comes to a close after twenty years. The united states has finally pulled out a bath kenniston but it was not the orderly withdrawal president biden had to hope for that takeover by the taliban the chaos at the airport the isis k. Attack that killed both the afghans and you as servicemembers letting americans in shock matinee asking. How could this happen. Craig quit his hand investigated for the washington post and author of the new book. The afghanistan papers a secret history. The war in he recounts how afghanistan became such a quagmire. And the hell. The american government misled the public about this situation on the ground. Craig join me. Thursday morning craig. The war in afghanistan is now officially over. Many americans were so shocked at what happened. It was in the orderly exit. Everyone expected why was there. Such a disconnect between what we thought was going to happen and what actually happened well. That's a really good question. It may take some time to sort out but in terms of the binding administration. You know the clearly thought that the afghan government would be able to remain in power in kabul for at least a few months and they were expecting that they'd be able to hang on and there'd be a longer transient transition period.
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How Will the Taliban Govern?
"With the taliban now in power in afghanistan it's raising all sorts of questions about how they will govern and whether the country will once again become a safe haven for terrorist groups like isis k. al-qaeda for a look at how these three groups are likely to interact and the new afghanistan. We're joined by ebrahim by his. He's a consultant with the international crisis. Groups asia program where he focuses on afghanistan abraham. Let's start with a question that we all seem to be asking. How different is the taliban. That's taken control afghanistan now from the one that ruled afghanistan from the mid nineties until they were pushed out of power following the nine eleven attacks. Well like most political movements it has learned adapted and changed over the years part of that lesson learning was that some of their restrictive policies in the nineteen ninety s. Turn them into pariahs. Tade where other countries were unwilling to recognize it or provided with any type of aid now. The taliban is very cognizant of the fact that they need international recognition as well as at least investment if not age so what could all this man for how the taliban interact with terror groups operating in afghanistan. Let's start with isis k. The group that took responsibility for the bombings near the airport that killed the us. Servicemembers many afghans. Who are isis kate. What is their goal or isotope us on. Province is the local branch of isis. And the moment they emerged the declared the taliban to be apostates and foreign spies that were working for the pakistan intelligence agency and a brutal war started between the two groups from the get go over the years due to being pressured not only by the taliban but also by the afghan government and the us forces and nato forces that were present in the country. I s k has lost. All belittled territory did control at one point in time but now it's still retains significant numbers of sleeper cells in various urban centers including kabul and able to activate them to take action such as they did in kabul airport last week
Biden Knew Afghanistan Faced Invasion Theats by Pakistan, Told by Ghani
"But in mid July, Biden was intent on Ghani delivering a public message. And public plan that would sharp confidence in the Afghan government. He said. You clearly have the best military of 300,000 well armed forces. By the way, they've never had 300,000 armed forces. Versus 17 80,000 there clearly capable of fighting well, we will continue provide close air support for you know what the plan is and what we are doing. He pushed Connie to allow his defense Minister General Bismillah Karma Lama. To pursue a strategy that would focus on defending major population centers. And he urged the Afghan president to bring together some of the most powerful anti Taliban warlords in a show of support to reverse perceptions, perceptions of a crumbling government. He said. I really think I don't know whether you're aware just how much the perception around the world is that this is looking like a losing proposition. Which it is not. Not that it necessarily is that But so the conclusion I'm asking you to consider is putting together everyone. If they stand there and say they back the strategy you put together and put a warrior in charge in a military man con in charge of executing the strategy and that will change perception. And that will change an awful lot, I think, says Biden. Johnny responded by saying Afghanistan was facing not just the Taliban, but their foreign backers, he said. We're facing a full scale invasion composed of Taliban. Full Pakistani planning and logistical support and at least 10 to 15,000 international terrorists, predominantly Pakistanis thrown into this. You've never heard any of this. Neither did I have you, Mr Reducer. So they were being invaded. On top of everything else from Pakistan. You didn't know this either, folks. But Biden did.
"afghan government" Discussed on Bro History
"We're fighting our sons are fighting. We don't want our grandsons to fight, but we're not going to surrender. You know? And the my response when I would turn around to the embassy with this was simply, again, this is an independent fully Afghans to handle, right, that this is this is a question of reconciliations and Afghan only question is up the Afghan government to handle this. You know, with this idea that somehow the Afghan government is this pure government of democratic virtue that is somehow going to address these things in a manner that is best for the Afghan people. You know, the reality, right? Is that like, okay, we're propping up and keeping in power, this cleptocracy. They would be the last ones of anyone to negotiate any of this gravy train they are on. You know, but that was the response to us. Was this whole charade of basically kind of like covering her eyes and ears and make a potential not happening just because we say it's not happening. I was just going to ask the same over and over and over again. That's just going to ask the same question like is this as far as our involvement in this whole process is this willful ignorance or is this just abject incompetence? It's both, it's both. It is absolutely both. A lot of men and women from the west go there with I think good intentions think that they're going to make a difference because they believe the narrative. They believe that we are changing things for the better in Afghanistan. And then they get there and they see the scale, the corruption, the scale, the brutality of the Afghan government. I mean, maybe the Afghan government was not as theatrical in its brutality and including its misogyny as a Taliban was, but it certainly was there. The Afghan government was just much better at hiding it. As well as having the cover and support of the United States and the occupation to cover up these things, not discuss these things, as well as a primarily international media that went along with the narrative. Now, there are certainly are plenty of media sources that reported on the corruption poured on the brutality of the Afghan government and the massaging of the Afghan government, et cetera, but those stories were in between just kind of just rough spots or potholes along an otherwise super highway of narrative that what the United States is doing in Afghanistan is to rebuild a country in our image that we are doing good things for the Afghan people that the Afghan government may have its flaws, but it's really trying. When, again, the actuality of it is, is that the United States built a government of warlords and drug lords and the results that the consequences of that were exactly what you would expect. And so there is the willful ignorance there sincere ignorance. There was a degree of romance to it..
Rep. Jim Banks Says Trump Set the Playbook and Biden Retreated From It
"That. And I'll tell you something else. Congressman, Every American citizen who travels overseas will no longer be safe. They can be kidnapped. They can be brutalized because the enemy knows this administration won't do a damn thing about it. Unlike Trump, where they know They knew he would hunt them down to the ends of the Earth. And I love the way the Joe Biden takes responsibility by constantly pointing to Trump. I would encourage members of the House. Republicans, at least Read Trump's plan, whether you wanted to get out or not read the plant. They had to negotiate with the Afghan government. There are all kinds of contingencies in there. I mean, it's it's not what's going on today. That's not what Trump did. Trump set the play. But avoid this situation by keeping a light footprint of special operations counterterrorism forces there to make sure that this wouldn't happen Mark and about the administration retreated for that the blame falls. Fully on his shoulders. And I think Trump would have bombed the living hell out of these people. And we know we did it before. You're exactly
KZSC 88.1 FM Santa Cruz
"afghan government" Discussed on KZSC 88.1 FM Santa Cruz
"That was, uh, that that the U. S government approved of and um and found appealing and acceptable and frankly that I think again there are people on the ground in Afghanistan who also approved and found appealing and acceptable. But it never took, uh as something that the whole country Embrace. And I'm fascinated by the notion that, uh, people say Well, you know if you don't stayed a little longer, Uh, you know things would have worked and everything would've been fine if the U. S said occupied Afghanistan for another. Year or five years or 10 years or 100 years or 1000 years that that somehow it would have worked out because what we're seeing as the U. S withdraws. Is, of course, that so much of what the U. S put in place as regards the Afghan military and the Afghan government crumbled. Um in a matter of minutes. It wasn't it didn't appear to have the level of popular support. Or, um, the level of organizational strength. Uh, that was needed to maintain. And so I hear that Mr Crocker Um, should perhaps be paying a little bit more attention to reality on the ground rather than the neo con fantasies of the 19 nineties. Well, not to over, Um, play this particular up ed piece, he says, like, Yeah, there was, uh there was corruption. There was corruption in Chicago. There was Tammany Hall in New York. I mean, there's been corruption. Um uh, but that's part of the birth pains of democracy that ultimately the corruption would have been resolved. When courts were established and a legal process of checks and balances. You know the whole dream of of liberal democracy, Uh, once it was implanted in Afghanistan. All of these things would work themselves out. Well, of course. Uh, Mr Crocker was saying that would in the in 2000 and bore over 2000 and five that might, you know, he might actually get a few people that buy into his argument? Um, but the fact is That, uh, this isn't we're not at the start of the U. S presence in Afghanistan decades into it. Uh And, uh, you know, I mean, at what point did does it take right at what point? Uh, do you establish the courts? Do you do the things that he proposes? The answer? Of course, is that um if it was going to happen, it should have happened long ago. David Well, not decades, the two decades ago and certainly over the period of the past two decades. It didn't and, um yes, Corruption was a factor. There's simply no question. But what's notable about it is that, uh, there was also the fact that But it Sincere people on the ground who did want to build something. Different than wanted. If you will, liberal democracy or something akin to it, uh, often struggled not merely with, uh In the Taliban and and other forces the different warlords but also struggled with the reality of of that corruption that corruption Didn't make it easy, uh, wasn't some sort of part of the birth pains of the things it was a barrier. To progress. I would argue in many, many ways, and so End up in a situation where, um the U. S. Is spending trillions of dollars right on, uh, process that isn't working. It didn't work. Um and that showed no signs of working. And that's that's not me saying that. I mean, I you know, I would understand somebody said Well, yeah. Were you to suggest it wasn't working. There are people in Afghanistan who say it wasn't working there people experts in Afghanistan and our own state Department. They say it wasn't working. There are global experts who say it wasn't working. And that doesn't mean that the withdrawal of US troops, uh is pretty or that it's gone. It's going smoothly or that's gone well in every way. No, there's there's Planning to look at their and Both criticized and also be heartbroken about. But the simple fact of the matter is, uh, that that it was time. John Nichols, national correspondent for The Nation magazine on this Sunday Show with Philip Mall. Dory..
The Hugh Hewitt Show: Highly Concentrated
Contractors Used by US Companies in Afghanistan Stuck in Limbo
"I am reading from the last thing. He wrote at national review about the contractor. Who is sent you an email. That concludes about priority to program. Which i did not know about until i read. Your column lives are in danger. Evacuations are in chaos. Don't believe a dan word. Plenty american spokesman says there either making it up or they allying and the damn system for prioritizing our afghan workers cluster because the department of state can't manage damn email inbox. I'm been so disappointed and angry at my government than today. It is maddening jim. That sentiment is echoed by every congressional staffer. I've talked to who is overwhelmed by the good congressman republicans and democrats who are trying to get interpreters and now i guess priority to people out of the country yeah A little bit of background know on this reader or at least what he's comfortable with me sharing So he worked for a company. Did construction and afghanistan they built both us bases and garrisons and sports and things like that and they also did certain things for the afghan government Mostly relating to the military police institutions. He listed specific ones to me. I don't wanna get into those. He doesn't want to Call any more attention. I guess you could say to the specific projects but this company employs thousands of afghans. And it's just about every last one of them needs to get out of the country. I don't know if you saw the cnn report that they issued a death warrant for the relatives of translator so it's not just like you know if you're saying oh with the taliban really bothered with a construction worker. Yes they're going after anybody who had any work For the americans in any capacity and this pg program In addition to you know military translators and folks like that there were a of you know. Us non-governmental organizations are us contractors or even by the francisco media organizations who employed afghans and. These were folks who they kinda quickly grass every bit as much at risk as anybody else. And i could be better late than never about an august second. They created this program to say. Hey have your employer. Information will process. It will give you a special versus visa. We'll get you out of the out of the country
The Outspoken Oppa
How Chaos In Afghanistan Emboldened Terrorism - burst 1
"Chaos in afghanistan upton as president biden withdrew military forces leading to a forceful takeover by the taliban today august seventeenth. We will dive into one of the greatest foreign policy. The buckles in modern history. Good afternoon. i'm meeting. Kim and this is the outspoken oma quote. Joe biden has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy national security issue over the past four decades and quote. Who said that not trump not a partisan congressmen or republican operative. That was robert gates. The former secretary of defense under president obama for three years and today as we see significant foreign policy the buckle unfolds in afghanistan that quote is once again reaffirmed now quickly dive into some basic background information as to what is transpiring in afghanistan back in mid april president biden announced immediate withdrawal all american troops from afghanistan by september eleventh. Twenty twenty one. Obviously september eleven was chosen dates because that was to recognize the anniversary of the september eleventh terrorist attacks and which led to the immediate was occupation of afghanistan because at the time afghanistan was harboring osama bin laden on august fifteenth. The taliban took over the capital of kabul effectively toppling. Afghanistan's governments later afghan. President ghani fled the country right before taliban leadership storm the presidential palace and thousands of afghan citizens fled to kabul international airport to skip the taliban. Now while oldest was transpiring. President biden was in camp david and he was strong criticized because he didn't have a strong message or strong immediate message in response to all of this so he traveled back to washington. Dc to address the nation from the white house one of the biggest elements that he was criticized for in the speech was the blame game in which he played and one of the obviously notable people in which she blames forwarded the buckle in afghanistan was trump and sort of implied some blame to bush and obama. He said quote when i came into office. I inherited deal that president trump negotiated with taliban on the his agreement. Us forces would be out of afghanistan. May i twenty twenty one. Just a little over three months after i took office. Us forces had already drawn down during trump administration from roughly fifteen thousand five hundred american force to two thousand five hundred troops in country. The taliban was strongest militarily. Since two dozen one the choice i had to make as your president was added to follow through on that agreement or be prepared to go back to fighting the taliban in the middle of the spring fighting season and quote. And but if you actually look at the deal that trump's state department may with taliban it's not what biden actually described in his address at a nation. Mike pompeo who was secretary of state under president trump said in a recent interview that the deal of the taliban was strictly conditional which meant that deal was was strictly predicated on the taliban committing to a peaceful transfer of power in order for america to withdraw after that commitment to a peaceful transfer of power appel said in a recent interview quote we would have demanded the taliban actually deliver on the conditions that we let out in the agreement including the agreement to engage in meaningful power sharing agreement some that which we struggled to get them to do but made it clear it was going to be required before we completed requirements to fulfil foley withdrawal and unquote. And you know there are some criticisms of the deal. Mike pompeo made with the taliban. Obviously the taliban actually pursuing a peaceful transfer of power from the afghan government was not going to happen. I mean we actually thought. That was being overly idealistic. So people had that criticism upon pales deal but even if biden did not agree with the policy that trump's state departments made in efforts to come to some sort of consensus with the taliban he kind of reversed it. I mean he was president for seven months. Which meant that. He'd independence day department and independence defense department and he could have used his powers as the chief executive to to reverse a deal that the previous administration made i mean for his entire time as president of the united states reversed nearly every single policy. That trump did while he was president. So this is no exception. I mean he should own up to the flaws of the policies in which he tried to pursue in addition to to trump he also blamed the afghan military. He said quote. The truth is but this did on for the more quickly than we had anticipated. So what happened. Afghanistan political leader escape up and fled the country the afghan military collapse. Sometimes we're not trying to fight if anything developments at the past week reinforced the ending. Us military involvement in afghanistan. No was the right decision. American troops cannot ensure not be fighting a war and dying in award. Afghan forces are not willing to fight for themselves and quotes. This is honestly one of the most politically cynical things that i've ever heard biden say the afghan forces are not willing to fight for themselves. Fifty thousand afghan military soldiers died in darndest entire two decades of us occupation of afghanistan. And the reason why they cannot successively defend themselves against the taliban was because biden himself pulled out a contractors and basically destroyed the afghans dependency on us military which are obviously undermined the ability of afghan military to counter act opposing taliban forces. According to the wall street journal quote in the wake of president biden's withdrawal decision the us pulled its airports air support intelligence and contractors servicing afghanistan planes and helicopters. This meant that afghan military simply cannot operate anymore and quote. Admittedly afghan leadership was significantly underprepared in the wake of the draw because as by afghan officials did not believe america will draw however according to andrew watkins a senior analyst for afghanistan and at the international prizes group research advocacy organization. There was no evidence that the taliban significantly increased their manpower and argue. The only reason why there's summer offensive was successful was due to a lack of us. Air strikes which meant that biden's administration shorter significant blame for the dismantling of the afghan government. What biden actually expect to happen when he pulled the entire the tire. Us presence from afghanistan if the afghan military dependent so much on the us occupation of afghan for the viability of their own independent military force. Then of course when they pulled out of afghanistan. The afghan military by itself was not sufficient enough to defend against the taliban if you're pulling out intelligence contracts that were vital for the dependency of the afghan military than have military is expected to fall when the taliban was advancing to the nation's capital and one of the other things that addition to buy actually blaming everyone except for himself for the marco afghanistan biden also discussed casualties in the in the afghan occupation. He said quote. Lemme ask those who wanted to wanted us to stay. How many more how. Many thousands more of american daughters and sons are willing to risk and quotes according to abc news. There's not been a single american combat death since february eighth twenty which was eighteen months ago. That's not to belittle the two thousand three hundred twelve american soldiers that lost life in afghanistan. But it is the suggests that thousands of stationed american soldiers in the lead up to the afghanistan pull out were not being bogged down by precipitous warfare in combat honestly by contrast more than fifty one thousand taliban fighters were killed by american armed forces which shows a major power imbalance in military superiority between taliban in american forces but aside from that by reportedly sent five thousand additional troops back in afghanistan to aid withdrawal despite his call for not putting sons and daughters at risk he just said that it was egregious to put american sons and daughters at risk for filled mission. So what is different about the five thousand additional troops. He sending back into afghanistan. Aren't those sons and daughters. Also at risk and to add insult injury tens of thousands of american citizens have been left behind it in afghanistan in the withdrawal according to the washington according to wall street journal an estimated ten thousand fifteen thousand new citizens remained in afghanistan so yes it is tragic. Every single american soldier died in. afghanistan is a tragedy. No one is disputing dance but suggests that afghanistan was a present danger to the current military soldiers. There from february twenty is simply not true and biden. Really closer to speech with i think when idiotic things that he said in his entire speech close with kohl's diplomacy he said quote. We will continue to support the afghan people we will lead before. Diplomacy or international influence in or humanitarian aid will continue to push for regional diplomacy and engaging prevent violence and instability will continue to speak out for the basic rights at the afghan people of women and girls just as we speak all around the world and quote and my question is just how. How can you negotiate with radical barbaric terrorist group that subject it's ethnic religious and gender minorities to brutal torture and murder. How can you negotiate with democratic for cystic regime. That is responsible for thousands of american lives. I mean honestly gonna ask nicely are gonna get on your knees and begged them to treat the afghanistan woman fairly. I mean i don't understand why biden continues to believe that's diplomacy instead of for actually using military forces is the correct way to go and this brings us back to. What was this for honestly at the end of the day with withdrawn. Us military forces from afghanistan he effectively reversed two decades of foreign policy and the initial mission of counter terrorism and preventing a staging ground for al-qaeda according to the pentagon united states government has been eighty three billion dollars in bolstering the afghanistan government and which is effectively gone to waste. I mean we spend easily billion dollars to bolster an afghan military but the afghan military is so reliance on the american forces to to help them to secure them. But when the american forces are removed from the afghan military to aid them than the billion dollar investment goes down the drain and now according to you defense and state department officials six billion dollars in military equipment including eight hundred fifty mine-resistant ambushed protected vehicles were abandoned in withdrawal which six billion dollars in. Us military equipment is now in the hands of taliban and other terrorist organizations additionally chairman of the joint chiefs of staff mark milley addressed congressional leaders and said that they will move the terrorist threats in afghanistan from medium according to axios which meant that. Obviously you're going to see a rise in terrorism and afghanistan and now that the taliban effectively controls its governments and to add insult injury the inside reports that taliban militants released thousands of prisoners from afghan prisons with links to islamic jihadist groups and al qaeda. So what has changed in the past two decades. We've tried to counter terrorism. We tried to decrease the the influence of kind of effectively imprisoning or killing al qaeda militants. We tried to decrease the the power of the taliban and we tried to effectively counteract attacks by the islamic jihadist groups. But it seems to me after this withdrawal after the dust settled what is going to be. The state of afghanistan will be similar to the state of afghanistan when we first invaded and his brings me to a new york times article which discussed heavier mackey. Who was a former first class army. Special forces soldier with several afghanistan deployments and will shot twice and he said in an interview with the new york times quote. I sacrificed a lot. I saw death every day every year. And the guys. I soaked with new would probably come to an end like this. But the chaos and made his andre after everything we gave. I just wish that had been away to leave. With honor and quote for people like mackey. There is a question that rang in numerous veterans. What was it for the situation. Afghanistan has become similar to america. I evaded two decades ago. All the bloodshed in lives lost in pursuit of counter-terrorism only define the terrorism revitalize. This president has trade the continuing efforts of veterans and committed a damaging dereliction of duty as commander in chief of the armed forces is devastating. What is happening in afghanistan and we can only hope citizens in afghanistan. Remain safe in this critical juncture. All right before we signed off. I like to extend a special. Thank you to my uncle. Who has made this podcast possible and untitled one of my greatest supporters okay. Today's episode the spokane podcast. You could read articles on a variety of important topics at outspoken opa dot com and follow us on instagram twitter facebook and linked in. Also if you'd like to show want to support it. Please go vis a five star review on apple podcasts and listened to our other episodes wherever you hear your podcasts. I'm thinking in. This is the outspoken oba. The outspoken oboe. Podcast is hosted by ethan kim directed by luc him and added by actually awesome the podcast independent production by the elbow from above. And it's edited by hit.
LBC Election 2019
"afghan government" Discussed on LBC Election 2019
"We saw in early years of this conflict. The removal of that left the afghan army without the support. Not even have to say it. Sounds like the contractors to maintain the headquarters even if they wanted to fly them. It's that sort of damage. This is is so awful and yeah. I think it's interesting. What what you just said about doubling down. He does seem to have doubled down and he. I mean looking back to trying to remind myself in all of this of are not in the last. Few years of negotiations have gone on and there have been serious attempts at negotiations with the taliban with afghan government and without the place playing a role as well and the was a peace treaty between the afghan government and another militant group in afghanistan and then in twenty twenty the doha agreement and that agreement from understood which is with the americans on the taliban and there was a problem with all this about the lack of being able to involve the afghan government in all this but that that treaty there was struck setting course sort of schedule for america removing its presence in his troops but it was it was also based on the taliban keeping to their terms of the agreement and since that treaty was agreed what we saw was an escalation of insurgent behavior from the taliban tools era afghan people and a lot of the terms that green. Haven't been a met. So just makes you pause wonder why the. Us didn't say well hang on a minute. You know in good faith. We will keep to all side of the ball game. You haven't so why. Why are we leaving. And i think it has to do with a course of action. He sat upon including. Let's not forget. We're coming up to the twentieth anniversary. Exactly that was where this all stems from. When he announced the all american sheets would be out by the eleventh or september Well this was a few a few months ago. I said at the time he lived to regret that this is political spin is just symbolic and of course the symbolism now september. The eleventh is that the taliban will be back and people think well what was it all for and the duplicity of trying to blame it on. Trump. let's face it we can play donald trump for a lotta things. But he's he's now president if he wanted to amend the terms of that agreement or go back on it it was his shift to do so and so he can't really blame donald trump for that and say as he did in that awful address. We didn't take any questions on tuesday or wednesday..
Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan
"afghan government" Discussed on Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan
"People arrest people and then those people will turn and to support the taliban and would attack the road the very road us protecting and then he would go to the american say. Look the the taliban talking. This roads needs to pay me more money to get more men Vicious circle There's another way in which money went. And then he would also be paying off. The taliban so like a lot of this money went either directly to the taliban or two warlords who benefited from insecurity. And you also talk about the just. The kind of institutionalization of corruption in was called afghan government is hard to even think of it as a government but called afghan government. What did that look like on a on a daily basis for regular people. Well when we talk about corruption. I mean some as we think about like bribes or or Having to pay off an official and that was actually the least of list off guns problems because you know there's a lot of countries out there that are corrupt they they don't all have wars insurgency When we're talking about corruption honestly we're talking about if you don't pay off somebody maybe the break into your house. Shoot you or take away your loved ones example or they're calling an air strike so the corruption we're talking about actually violence like extreme forms of violence and i think that's something that's lost especially in coverage today where people will say. Oh you know we should have just just true. Presence with sustainable. We could've stayed there because it was a very low cost. And that's true if you're looking at it from the american perspective because there's very few soldiers are dying but if you're looking from the off gone perspective completely was unsustainable there's an extraordinary daily cost in violence and a lot of bounce in the last few years was meted out by the afghan government as extreme form of corruption. Basically extortion rackets killing people for not paying off Not taxes these like Protection money to like two warlords and other such things. This is a daily occurrence in the countryside. I wanna i wanna linger on that for one second because i think it exposes a kind of they knowledge of evil in what is becoming a talking point among talking heads on on cable news in the in the. Us you keep hearing this stanley mcchrystal had said the he got a leak audio where he said he said he advised pompeii. The best thing to do is just just model long. you know. Look there's twenty five hundred troops in there you. That's not so many You know a few will die a month. Maybe but you know it will allow us to just stay there indefinitely and then we can see what happens in the future. It's not no. It's only twenty five hundred troops. You keep seeing that kind of talking point kicked around. But i think it's important what you just said that. Okay that's true. That may only be two thousand five hundred american troops but there are hundreds of thousands or millions of people were then roped into this project and are the ones who are actually executing it and the way that it's executed is horrifically violent people on on both sides absolutely absolutely. I mean there's You know different ways of count up. But i would say at least one hundred thousand men under arms that are out. Call american proxies. That are really fighting this war And that's been the case since two thousand fourteen and every single day in places like helmand and kandahar. I was in helmand province about a month ago month and a half ago and the the level of violence was extraordinary. And we're talking about people dying in the ones and twos but really adding up like somebody being shot by a sniper. Somebody running over roadside bomb but then also larger massacres. Lot of lot of which..
Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan
America's Longest War: 20 Years of Missteps in Afghanistan
"Begin with the final fiasco the images. We've been getting all day. Tell the chaotic story. The us continues. Its chaotic. exodus out of afghanistan. The withdrawal from afghanistan is a poorly planned debacle. The collapse of afghanistan represents another catastrophic failure of our political establishment. President biden is apparently delusional about the disaster in afghanistan but at the heart of the criticism is a contradiction that nobody in the american media or foreign policy. Blob wants to grapple with and it's this the only way for there to have been an orderly transfer of power in the wake. The us departure was for the process to have been negotiated as a transfer of power and to negotiate a transfer of power required acknowledging. And here's the hard part for the. Us that power was actually transferring. Therein lies the contradiction an orderly exit required admitting defeat and negotiating the unthinkable surrender to the taliban instead the us preferred to maintain the fiction that it was handing over power to the afghan government. Whatever that was and two former president ashraf ghani we would rather risk the chaos. We witnessed that admit defeat after all. It's mostly not our lives on the line anymore. But rather the lives of afghans who helped us over the past twenty years and focusing on the chaotic scenes at hamad karzai airport also. Let's commentators avoid asking the bigger questions. How is it that twenty straight years of. Us lies about progress in afghanistan could be so starkly exposed in a single weekend. And there'd be so little interrogation of that. Failure
The Hugh Hewitt Show: Highly Concentrated
"afghan government" Discussed on The Hugh Hewitt Show: Highly Concentrated
"Brian westbury. What does collapse of american credibility is complete and catastrophic is. What we've seen over the last ninety six hours due to the economy of the united states and indeed the west you this is it the last time at least in our in our in our in the short are short lifetimes that we look like this was the nineteen seventies and i. It's it's kind of weak policy in a and with weak policy also comes weak economic policy And we ended up with inflation We ended up with With slower growth in the economy we ended up with more unemployment. We ended up with lower growth and standards of living and the only thing that turned it around was reagan in the in the early nineteen eighties when we won't when we invested in defense and became strong again we we raised interest rates and stop just printing money and the ending it out and when we did that. Guess what happened. The economy healed And so you know right now. Were you know things move faster. This is entered net time. it's not like the seventies where it all rolls out over. You know years and years and years. We live internet type today and so things are gonna happen really fast. I don't know how bad have things have to get before america Chooses to fix things. But we're in that process right now. Finding out all over again
Democracy Now! Audio
"afghan government" Discussed on Democracy Now! Audio
"Many of them child brides. How many americans know that in afghanistan under afghan law. It's legal for a man to rape his wife or that. In afghan government prisons the majority of women who in afghan prisons are not there because they're supporting the taliban but because of moral crimes so yes maybe afghan government. This war government was not as theatrical in. It's misogyny as taliban was in terms of executing stoning women in stadiums and yes for many there were women who benefitted over the last twenty years but for the vast majority of aghanistan life has not been better especially since their primary concern for two decades now has been being killed by a taliban bomb in rhode or american bomb dropped from the sky and i should say not them but their family their children their neighbors etc..
The BreakPoint Podcast
"afghan government" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast
"With the taliban or his people sat down with the taliban in cutter which has been one of the sponsors of the taliban and never included the afghan government. Us officials were sent over there in twenty eighteen and met secretly with the taliban as Just the picture. It's not hard to understand for even the most non-expert of us what's wrong with this picture. The idea that we have for all of these years tried to build up the afghan government stand alongside them fight alongside their military and that then we would go to cutter secretly me. Our top people are top envoy and meet with the taliban and then launched these negotiations that never included. The afghan government was the beginning of the break down. The trump administration pushed forward without and signed an agreement with the taliban that they said would lead toward peace negotiations between the taliban and the afghan government. Some of those meetings have taken place but you have to understand that what we did. Is we put the taliban in the driver's seat. And we never took him out of it atop a top official in the government who i spoke to his not named because his families in harm's way i can't name him but said to me last week. The problem for us has been. There's been too much pressure on the afghan government and too much respect for the taliban. That's how we've been approaching trump trump to biden. That's how we have gotten to this place where we were. We somehow got the idea that the taliban was going to do what they said they were gonna do an all along. They have had this strategic plan for the military takeover of afghanistan which is what we watched happen over and over. I go back twenty years ago and you know as someone who pays attention to world views and the impact that worldview megs. We talked twenty years ago at nine. Eleven how we underestimated islam in how we underestimated the The deeply-held convictions about life in the world and what it demanded in terms of action. And how it's set their historical memory one of the things that struck me mindy in the last twenty four hours listening to various accounts new york times on the daily podcast has a very intimate account of a of a source there in afghanistan. A woman who has been involved in so many of the reforms and trying to push for women's rights and all then probably from a perspective of feminist perspective that i wouldn't agree with but to see all that collapse and the two things that stood out was how quickly it's like. You know she like it's just like a dream because yesterday afghanistan look like this and today it looks like this but the other thing is that you know the parts of this interview if i can put this into words and i wanted to hear your thoughts on it where it's like from a western journalistic perspective. It was like oh. There was the taliban and then there was afghanistan and now there's a taliban again and it's a tragedy from the talibans perspective. This was all the same story you know..
"afghan government" Discussed on Hard Factor
"If you are living under a rock. The taliban is back in charge of the entire country of afghanistan. This happened very swiftly. On sunday august fifteenth which of course is significantly earlier than the date of nine eleven. That president joe biden had promised the world july. That's when the us would actually withdraw from afghanistan so like joe biden at the time actually said that he thought that the afghan government was going to be able to hold the taliban off entirely and they that's always said about man united basically yes he was he was like leads better and it didn't work out just like with the man you gain. Their president fled the country as soon as the taliban took the capital of kabul on sunday. So he just like immediately gotten a jet flew away leaving. You know the the remain. That's a bad side. Us forces and the afghanis- on the ground just deal with the taliban taking over the country entire sucks worse was supposed to go. I guess the initial beginning with the taliban that the in cutter. I think he was supposed to go to cut her on sunday to do. Further peace talks right. Dad jetted like iraq. He was supposed to leave the country either way to go to talk about peace but instead he went to him flea. Instead of the original plan. I believe with both trump and biden. Was that it was supposed to be sort of shared power thing. The existing you know. Don't don't happen as we discussed on fridays pod. The taliban were just advancing unchecked completely. You know no resistance and taking over every single province in the country and as we discussed on friday the biden administration started sending additional troops to protect the us evacuation effort. But as the time of taping this podcast the additional troop levels at six thousand He's added over the weekend Basically they're stationed at the kabul airport trying to get people out alive
The News & Why It Matters
"afghan government" Discussed on The News & Why It Matters
"So let's get into this afghanistan situation. Because i know that What what was it last month. That joe biden decided to just leave us troops. Were leaving in the middle of the night. They didn't let anyone know It just kind of a very strange situation and actually. Let's listen to joe biden on july eighth. Chris what what is this. What is he saying here. Set this up question about. Hey what's going to happen if you withdraw all these troops from afghanistan and he in my opinion just blew off the question. Okay all right. Let's watch president. How serious was the corruption among the afghan government to this mission failing. Their first of all has failed. Yes there is in afghanistan And all parties there's been corruption question is can be an agreement on unity of purpose. What is the objective for example started off. We're going to be negotiations between the taliban and the afghan national security forces and the afghan government that that didn't come to come to russian so the question now is. Where do they go from here. That the jury is still out. But the likelihood there's going to be the taleban overrunning everything and owning. The whole country is highly unlikely highly. Unlikely he wishes he could have a do over on that answer. I know he also said someone said. Is it inevitable that the taliban is gonna take back over and he was like. That's not no. That's that's not inevitable please
CNN 5 Things
"afghan government" Discussed on CNN 5 Things
"Good evening here. The five things. You need to know for thursday. August twelve the. Us is considering relocating. Its embassy to the kabul airport. Tell c. n. n. raising questions about security as more afghan cities off to the taliban a western diplomatic source. Says the move could help get diplomats out of the country faster if it becomes necessary. The taliban offensive is doing a major blow to the afghan government its army and the us and its allies who trained afghan forces here state department spokesman net price. Let me be very clear about this. The embassy remains open and we plan to continue our diplomatic work and afghanistan. United states will continue to support consular services in that includes the processing and operations of the special emigrant visa program and will continue to engage in diplomacy with the afghan government and the afghan people. Meanwhile for a second time in less than a week the us embassy in kabul is urging americans to leave afghanistan immediately as the taliban gains ground. This comes just weeks before. Us troops are expected to complete their withdrawal in afghanistan. The department of health and human services is mandating. It's healthcare staff to be vaccinated against cova nineteen without an option to test out in a statement secretary heavier but sarah says the requirements apply to employees contractors trainees and volunteers whose duties put them in contact or potential contact with patients at an hhs medical or clinical research facility and hhs official says the mandate is expected to go into effect by the end of september. Heated arguments spilled out into a parking lot. Tuesday night after tennessee. School board approved eight temporary mask requirements in elementary schools. According to information from the school district the williamson county board of education south of nashville approved the mask requirement for elementary school students. Staff and visitors inside all buildings and buses the requirement goes into effect today through september. Twenty first the. Us census bureau released new twenty twenty cents. As data on thursday after it was delayed deutz the cove in nineteen pandemic the numbers show. Us population growth slowed over the past decade. Despite significant growth in large metro areas were us population grew from roughly three hundred and nine million in twenty ten some more than three hundred and thirty one million. That's the slowest population growth. Since the great depression the report also shows that america is more diverse and multiracial than ever before the data is expected to begin a nationwide scramble to draw congressional and state legislative district lines in time for the twenty twenty two midterm elections the results of the census determine which states gain and lose seats in the house of representatives and therefore which states gain or lose electoral college votes..
"afghan government" Discussed on KQED Radio
"It's morning edition from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep, and I'm Sasha Pfeiffer. US forces and their allies may have largely left Afghanistan, but the country's four decade long war continues. NPR's DEA Hadid reports. This is perhaps the moment when the Afghan conflict entered a new phase in April, when President Biden announced American troops withdrawing there's time to end America's longest war. Since then, the Taliban have overrun about half of Afghanistan. Officially the negotiating peace with the Afghan government. But on the ground, mid level Taliban commander tells us the goal is quite different. He spoke to NPR's producer fossil Manila cast his eye over the phone. He requested anonymity because he doesn't want Afghan forces to identify him control. Operating. These military achievements are so we can rule the country. He goes on to say their strategies to overrun key districts and encircle urban centers to force their surrender. The Taliban also taking control of border crossings to deny the Afghan government revenue from customs duties and to compel neighboring countries to deal with them. One of the Taliban's greatest achievements was to overrun much of northern Afghanistan. Earlier this month, Afghan journalist Bilal Sarwari shed a video of turban fighters strolling through usually conquered Green Valley. They will cry out Long live the Islamic emirate, which is what the Taliban called themselves the pace of, uh, the fall of major districts. Is not only surprising It's quite shocking, shocking because northern areas were once the bastions of resistance to the Taliban, the Taliban commander We spoke to says that's why they targeted these areas to curb any nation Opposition. Taking the North also shows how the Taliban's fighting force has evolved. The North is dominated by ethnic Tajiks and Uzbeks..
"afghan government" Discussed on KQED Radio
"Seventies coast in bay to the low to mid eighties, far inland today. It's morning edition from NPR News. I'm Noel King. And I'm Rachel Martin. Good morning. As U. S troops leave Afghanistan this summer they leave behind a country changed 20 years ago, when US led forces drove the Taliban out of power. Not a single cell phone worked there. No independent media were operating. And few if any girls were in school. Those things are different now. But how does the U. S Health Afghans hold onto those gains? Steve Inskeep put that question to the top U. S diplomat in Afghanistan. Ambassador Ross Wilson came on the line from the U. S embassy last week, and we talked to the people who make up Afghanistan's government, and it's more open society. They are the very people now being targeted by Taliban insurgents. So I asked the ambassador can the U. S help to get them out? Wilson answered that he hopes they don't have to go. All the country's progress rests on them. Afghanistan needs its defense and security forces to defend its population. It needs a vibrant civil society. It needs independent journalists. It needs the generation that has come of age and benefited most directly from the transformation of this country over the last 20 years. We don't want to do somebody else's job by by being party to emptying this country of the very people that it needs. Of course, you can't predict the future and you can hope for the success of the Afghan government, but as your working assumption that people in those categories Are likely to face a lot more danger in the coming weeks and months. I think that's not entirely clear. Clearly, they have faced increasing danger over the course of the last six months, beginning, especially with a targeted assassination campaign. That began in November, particularly affected journalists but also judges, civil society leaders, prominent women, whole large number of other people very, very painful. The focus of our efforts of the United States efforts is to do everything we can to support the Afghan defensive security forces and their ability to defend the Afghan people. To support the Islamic Republic that we had a lot to do with establishing ambassador what? As far as you can tell to the next few weeks look like across Afghanistan as the last U. S. Troops prepare to leave. Well, I'm not very good about predicting the future. I think on current trends, the Talibs are are very, very active militarily. They are very active, more or less all around the country. The Afghan security forces remain strong. They're well equipped. They have good leaders. The longer term picture is, of course, somewhat harder, harder to see. Our objective at president is to do what we can to support the Islamic Republic and let's talk about once the withdrawal is finished. What U. S assets remain stating the obvious here, But let's stated the U. S embassy remains open. Is that right? The U. S embassy intends to remain open. This remains a large and robust embassy, all of the agencies and activities that have been here that have been part of the United States presence in this country for the last 20 years. Except US military forces. And in the context of the resolute support mission. Everything else remains here. We continue to work on the peace process. We have not given up on that. We are working in a variety of ways to support the rights of women and girls and minorities to promote the rule of law to help the country deal with corruption to promote our interests here, and we intend to continue to do that. Who will defend the embassy. We have a substantial security force that has been here for some time, and there will be some augmentations to that force that will be arriving here in the coming days. Augmentations meaning U. S military forces contractors someone else. What I will say is increased security personnel to protect this embassy, its facilities and its personnel. Is it clear to you at this point who will keep the airport open and keep the airport guarded? That's under discussion, in particular with the authorities of the Republic of Turkey. Those discussions are ongoing and I'm not in a position to predict how they will end. Clearly, the airport is very important to us. It's very important to all of the embassies that are here. We can protect ourselves while we're here, But we have to have a dependable way to get in and out, and that would that would be the secure and dependable operation of the airport. Ambassador. Finally, I want to ask you if I may for, uh, a feeling really? You're in Afghanistan. I imagine you get out as much as you safely. Can You talk to a lot of people? You get a lot of intelligence. How do you feel? About the prospects of this government that the United States has supported for so many years with so many lives. Well to answer your question is this clearly there's there's a strong political opposition in this country to President Ghani. And there are people all around the country that disagree with this or that policy. They're all United in support of the Islamic Republic in support of the proposition that leaders should be elected and their opposition to the military takeover of their country. That be the bedrock piece that I would want to leave you with on that issue, Ambassador Ross Wilson. Thanks for your time. Thank you. When we talk about health care, we take it to mean treating people when they get sick, But some public health officials say we should help people meet other needs like food and housing. And then they will be less sick less often, But does that actually work here? Sojourner ahead Bay of W. H y y. The emergency room at Temple University in Philadelphia was like a second home for Rita Stuart. I had the flu. I had pneumonia, but I'm a baby. Anything that happens to me if I fall and scratch and scrape the leg, I'm going to the hospital. You know, that's the type of person that I was. But Rita, who is 53 is managing some serious illnesses like depression and a heart condition. For many years, she used drugs. Her income was unstable, and she bounced between friends, homes and drug recovery houses at one recovery home in Philadelphia, she says, it was easy to get sick. I think I caught the flu. Or pneumonia from someone was four of us to a room and someone that I was in the room. It was already six, The hospital became a go to for a sense of.
"afghan government" Discussed on KQED Radio
"S. State Department is pulling non essential diplomats out of Afghanistan and that story is coming up next in the final segment of the world. It's 2 49. I'm Michelle Hannigan. Julie de Fish will be here with a traffic update in 10 Minutes. Travel is becoming an option again, and workers who maybe didn't take all that much time off the past year. I want to Now, all at once. Pent up vacation Next Tom on marketplace marketplace There's this afternoon at four o'clock here on KQED Public radio. Marco were manual with the world. The future of Afghanistan remains very uncertain as the U. S withdrawal date from the country in September approaches. The Taliban and Afghan government failed to meet for a scheduled peace conference in Istanbul last week. There are no other scheduled talks on the horizon. Today. The U. S State Department also announced it was removing all personnel whose functions can be performed elsewhere other than the U. S Embassy in Kabul. This announcement has many Afghans feeling anxious about what comes next. Lima Armadas in Afghan PhD candidate and research fellow at the Fletcher School at Tufts University. She joins us from Washington. How does this announcement by the State Department have you feeling Lima? I was kind of mad this morning by a seeing the tweet actually and have bean really following sense a couple of weeks. But then why this this urgency that yes, everybody has to leave. Before me first because there might be an increase in violence and I felt that are we telling Taliban that like him take over the country, the country will collapse, the current government will collapse. Lima As to that tweet you're referring to about the withdrawal of U. S personnel from the embassy in Kabul. I mean, it's not a surprise that the U. S Embassy staff will leave Kabul. It's also not a surprise that there are security concerns in the country. Why does that particular message from frustrate? You are concerned you so much So for me, you do this messaging just before May 1st see things like they are kind of giving a little bit more credibility toe Taliban that once the May 1st data's past where the agreement between Taliban and the US was that the U. S will withdraw will do full the draw and it has been done. It means the Taliban have the capability to increase violence. When I called back home, I said, is something going on? This is all the three or four big embassies have announced that that before May 1st we have to live so making this may 1st a deadline and not even for the court reasons for the reasons off. There will be more violence, which I'll already the country is so much in violence. So for us it was how much more violence will increase. The hopes are very high for a peace deal between the Afghan government of the Taliban before September. But as I said last week, they were scheduled to meet and the parties did not. Do you know of anyone in Afghanistan who believes that a peace agreement will actually happen? Before all U. S troops leave, So there is a lot going on. A lot of analysts and Afghanistan predicted that President Biden's announcement just before the meeting really pushed or really caused that the Taliban were not are not participating, and on the Then Istanbul conference because they do not see any leverage. So for me, I still see that there will be a conference happening. I still see that visual countries like Pakistan, India, China in Iran can really come together and and push for this conference to happen. So I hear you holding out hope for a peaceful solution. How much faith do Afghans have that If a peace deal is not achieved, their government can protect them In the event, the Taliban makes a play for more power. I don't think a black believe that Afghan government can protect them because the Afghan government is so much divided into different faction. They are not unified as they're supposed to be at this moment of time. The one thing is, the public is so sure the Taliban will not take or like it's not possible. But there is so much fair, so everybody is scared off more violence and weapon or open war. I think Afghans are living within the situation and within the The context of the violins. They are not even allowed to King how the system will function rather than until getting to any off the system..