NEW DELHI—Since launching its offensive in April, the Taliban has been targeting journalists, pilots, artists, and senior government officials for assassinations more frequently, as part of an asymmetric strategy that experts call psychological warfare.
The Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR), a U.S. watchdog in Afghanistan, in its quarterly report to Congress beginning from June, expressed concern regarding the targeted assassinations of Afghan pilots when they’re off-base.“
Another worrisome development concerning AAF aircrew was a media report that the Taliban is deliberately targeting Afghan pilots.
According to Reuters, at least seven Afghan pilots have been assassinated off-base in recent months,” SIGAR stated in the July 30 report (pdf).Enayat Najafizada, founder and CEO of the Kabul-based Afghan Institute of War and Peace Studies, told The Epoch Times that the Taliban, in its bid to circle and pressurize the government at Kabul, has already followed a strategy of taking over the districts first, followed by the provincial capitals.
Targeted assassinations prolong and intensify this strategy of placing pressure on the government.“Their targets are soft. They target women, individuals from different sectors.
For instance, journalists, civil society activists. The day before yesterday, they killed the government’s media Information Center’s Director. So by targeting key individuals who are very popular, they want to demoralize the general public,” Najafizada said.
A Kabul-based source told The Epoch Times, on condition of anonymity, that in the month of June alone, 51 targeted killings by “unknown men” were reported around the country.
The Taliban hasn’t been taking credit for most of the targeted killings, which are of civilians, since the U.S.–Taliban peace deal was signed in February 2020.
The deal limits the kind of attacks the terrorists can conduct, and the Taliban strategy of not taking credit for the assassinations is linked to the peace-talk diplomacy, according to a report in January by Gandhara.
Members of civil society, journalists, and government officials in large cities such as Herat, Kabul, and Mazare Sharif are afraid of being targeted by the Taliban, and the organization’s campaign of terror and targeted assassinations will continue in the coming months, according to Najafizada.
The Taliban has also warned that more targeted attacks will be carried out against government leaders.
Commentary by Dinesh D’Souza
America and the world is watching in rapt dismay as Afghanistan falls into the hands of the Taliban. Just weeks ago, Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said this would not happen.
“The Afghan Security Forces have the capacity to sufficiently fight and defend their country,” he said. Biden too insisted that Afghan forces would “continue to fight valiantly.”Never have such confident assessments proven more wrong.
The Afghan army, trained by the United States over 20 years at almost incalculable cost, proved to be no match whatsoever for the Taliban. To put it bluntly, when asked to perform by themselves on the battlefield, the whole army just got up and ran away.
What does this say about U.S. military training? Many commentators are making snide remarks about how “woke” the American military has become.
Perhaps, one sarcastically noted, with a few more men in high heels, a few more transgender surgeries, a few more courses in white rage and critical race theory, the U.S. military would be ready once again to become the most feared in the world.
The blithe reaction of the Biden administration has made a catastrophic situation worse. Right when the Taliban was launching its blitzkrieg, the White House released a video of a prancing gay intern bopping around the West Wing of the Oval Office.
This was undoubtedly not meant as a response to the serious crisis abroad, but it conveyed a frivolous message of, “We may be losing, but we sure know how to lose with style.”
More significant, the State Department and press secretary Jen Psaki made statements that bordered on the absurd. The State Department warned the Taliban to slow its advance because, if it didn’t, the United States might withhold diplomatic recognition of the new regime.
Psaki said the Taliban should carefully weigh the impact of its actions on its chances for full acceptance by the “international community.”
now, after our long engagement in Afghanistan, do these people have no idea whom they’re dealing with? The Taliban are tribal warriors who function in the ancient style.
Their name means “student,” but many of them are in middle or even advanced age. These are people who don’t want women over the age of 10 to be educated.
They had no qualms about destroying the Bamiyan Buddha statues. They couldn’t care less about such things as U.S. diplomatic recognition or full acceptance by the United Nations.
One can envision a Taliban commander responding to the State Department and Jen Psaki thus:
“We would be willing to come to your international meetings if we can bring our arms and our animals. We insist upon the right to sell some drugs on the side to fund our operations. We do not wish to leave the meeting without beheading everyone who is there. And to show our true feelings about the international community, we’d like to defecate on the floor before we leave.”
This is intended half-jokingly, but only half-jokingly. The entirely serious question that we should be asking is how we got this disastrous outcome that has produced a human debacle, an abandonment of allies, and an enduring loss of U.S. credibility in the world?This is not a question of whether the United States should get out of Afghanistan.
That’s an entirely separate issue from the question of how the United States gets out.
The Biden administration doesn’t, of course, bear responsibility for the war itself. It does bear responsibility for the shameful way the war was concluded.
But how did Biden and Milley make such a miscalculation about the tenacity and durability of the Afghan forces? It seems that despite two decades of costly and unrelenting effort, the United States never trained the Afghans to operate as an independent fighting force. From the start, they were treated and trained as an adjunct of the U.S. military.
An important point:
Yaroslav Trofimov of the Wall Street Journal writes, “The Afghan army fighting alongside American troops was molded to match the way the Americans operate.
The U.S. military, the world’s most advanced, relies heavily on combining ground operations with air power, using aircraft to resupply outposts, strike targets, ferry the wounded, and collect reconnaissance and intelligence.”So Biden pulled air support, intelligence, and contractors servicing Afghanistan’s planes and helicopters, and that means “the Afghan military simply couldn’t function anymore.”
Chillingly, Trofimov writes, “The same happened with another failed effort, the South Vietnamese army in the 1970s.” Once again, the world’s most powerful military has been humiliated by a group of Third World tribesmen and peasants.
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“The Biden Administration is trying their best to uphold the rule of law with humanity. They have a ton of work ahead to clean up the mess Trump left them, but their intentions are true”https://edition.cnn.com/2021/03/20/politics/immigration-border-crisis-biden-administration/index.html
President Joe Biden’s administration is moving at home and abroad to try to address concerns about rising energy prices slowing the nation’s recovery from the pandemic-induced recession.Headline:Biden takes on the challenge.https://fortune.com/2021/08/11/us-energy-prices-inflation-biden-gas-economy/
SURGE IN GAS PRICES
Part of that has come on Biden’s watch — prices have risen about 10% since he took office in January 2021. The bulk of the increase came under Trump.https://www.politifact.com/article/2021/mar/02/are-gas-prices-going-and-it-joe-bidens-fault/
Now it’s OPEC’S fault
Aug 11 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration on Wednesday urged OPEC and its allies to boost oil output to tackle rising gasoline prices that they see as a threat to the global economic recovery.https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/us-call-opec-its-allies-increase-oil-production-cnbc-2021-08-11/
Headline from Washington Post
In remarks at a Pfizer manufacturing site, President Joe Biden made misleading claims while boasting about his administration’s progress in getting Americans vaccinated against COVID-19.
Biden claimed that the Trump administration had “failed to order enough vaccines.” It had contracts in place for plenty of vaccines for all Americans, provided other vaccines gained authorization; Biden increased the orders from the two companies with authorized vaccines.
The president claimed there was “no real plan to vaccinate most of the country” when he took office. There was indeed a plan to acquire and distribute vaccines. The Biden administration has done more on increasing vaccination sites and vaccinators.
Biden exaggerated when he claimed that vaccinations have “nearly doubled” on his watch. Even measured at its peak, the seven-day rolling average has gone up 67%.
He said Moody’s Analytics estimated that if his full COVID-19 relief plan becomes law, “the economy will create 7 million jobs this year.” But the financial services firm said 3.5 million of those jobs would be created regardless.
Biden said without his COVID-19 relief plan, 40 million Americans would lose their benefits under the federal nutrition program. To add context, Biden’s plan would extend a 15% benefit increase enacted in December for an additional three months.https://www.factcheck.org/2021/02/bidens-misleading-vaccine-boasts/
Biden spoke on Feb. 19 at Pfizer’s Kalamazoo, Michigan, manufacturing site.
Biden claimed that the previous administration had “failed to order enough vaccines.” But that’s misleading.
The Biden administration increased the federal government’s vaccine orders with Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech. But the Trump administration had options in place to order more from Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech.
The Trump administration also had contracted for even more doses from other companies, but that plan depended on those vaccines getting Food and Drug Administration authorization.
“Just over four weeks ago, America had no real plan to vaccinate most of the country,” Biden said, going on to say his predecessor “failed to order enough vaccines, failed to mobilize the effort to administer the shots, failed to set up vaccine centers. That changed the moment we took office.”
We’ll start with the claim that the Trump administration hadn’t ordered “enough vaccines.” As we’ve written before, the federal government, as of Dec. 31, had contracted to buy at least 800 million COVID-19 vaccine doses with delivery by July 31. Those doses included vaccines from four companies who have not yet received FDA authorization.
And a Government Accountability Office report, released on Jan. 28, said in a footnote that updated information from the vaccine companies and the Department of Defense “indicate there are at least one billion vaccine doses under contract as of January 2021. Moreover, the government may acquire additional doses through the exercise of options or execution of new agreements.”
So, the Trump administration had clearly ordered “enough” vaccine doses for the U.S. population. However, the issue right now is that only the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are authorized. (The FDA’s vaccine advisory committee is meeting on Feb. 26 to discuss the Janssen Biotech vaccine candidate.)
So you can be sure whatever Biden has to say when his vacation is over it will be Trump’s fault and somehow the state run media will put a little glow on it for Biden claiming the terrible hand he was dealt [poor joe;the weight on his shoulders and all that] and the failure of Trump who handed him the mess.
Remember then the media said there is no border crisis;it’s just a summer migration, he worked hard at getting the vaccines,the surging gas prices are due to opec and the pandemic[had nothing to do with his trying to shut down domestic production-we were energy independent]and he’s taken on the inflation challenge. So it’s like this: if it’s a glowing report Biden did it. If a crisis comes up it’s Trump’s fault but Super Biden is taking on the challenge. It’s going to take a few days for Biden in close collaboration with state run media to come up with a Biden will solve it and Trump caused it speech on Afghanistan. Give them time. This one’s a toughie.
Featured Image: the Fall of Saigon
In early July, President Joe Biden said the sudden withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan wouldn’t cause a repeat of the Saigon disaster in Vietnam.“None whatsoever. Zero,” Biden said in response to a reporter’s question about the chances of a repeat. “There’s going to be no circumstance where you see people being lifted off the roof of a embassy in the — of the United States from Afghanistan. It is not at all comparable.”
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We all know Twitter stinks anymore.Gettr is the way forward for this type of platform.
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