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I suspect that many of you watched along with me the President’s press conference on the developing chaos at Kabul airport and, like me, were left wondering how on earth did the American public entrust this apology for a President with the seals of office. The whole charade reminded me of Nixon’s resignation address. A disconnect from reality and no acknowledgement of failure.

It was a shambling performance characterised by shroud waving invoking the memory of his dead son who died, not on the battlefield, but from medical causes; some ritual pathos and a bizarre moment where he tried to turn back a question asked by a reporter with another question directed at him. And all the while he attempted to deflect blame onto the military saying he was acting on their advice … sure, but advice given with one hand tied behind their backs.

You saw a man trapped into believing his own rhetoric; weighed down by the burden of office and showing it big time. Could it be that the clock is ticking for Biden? And then what ………

Written by The Veteran

August 27, 2021 at 11:50 am

Suicide bombers mean Afghanistan can get worse (updated)

You can forget all the images and cartoons of the last decade that compared America’s withdrawal from Kabul with that of Saigon, all those choppers lifting away into the air.

This catastrophe now has it’s own images. Images we have become used to in the last twenty years. Images of the early 21st century. Images and horrors entirely unique to our age.

Deadliest Day for Troops in Afghanistan Since 2011

At least 12 Marines participating in the Afghanistan evacuation were killed in a terrorist attack at the Kabul airport on Thursday morning, making it the deadliest day in the war since 2011.

The civilian death toll will almost certainly be higher – current reports are 120, and given the images below that seems entirely possible. It appears to be multiple suicide bombing attacks, likely with vehicles on gates where people were entering the airport. The explosive attacks were accompanied by ISIS gunmen shooting at both US troops and civilians.

To anybody with even a faint knowledge of logistics it was obvious days ago that thousands of Americans and others were going to be left behind in the country as the US military itself would be drawing down towards the Taliban demand for a final departure date of August 31. Civilians were not going to continue to leave in packed planes right up until midnight on that day, at which point it would all magically stop. The troops would be the last ones out, as usual.

But now, even as confused and disorganised as the withdrawal has been, with the State Department suspending processing of Visa applications, with six Afghan’s on a no-fly list departing anyhow, and other insanities, despite heroic efforts from the troops on the ground, it’s possible that it will to come to a complete stop, especially if such attacks are ongoing.

Last week, Joe Biden bragged about evacuation efforts during an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC by saying:

“But, look – but no one’s being killed right now, God forgive me if I’m wrong about that, but no one’s being killed right now.”

Another boast from President Ice Cream that will now have to be chucked down the memory hole, possibly where even God cannot reach. Even at the time there were multiple, solid reports of at least seven deaths amid the chaos.

More than this was that none other than the State Department had issued this warning a few days ago:

Due to threats outside the Kabul airport, US citizens should avoid traveling to the airport and avoid airport gates unless you receive instructions to do so. Those at the Abbey Gate, East Gate, or North Gate now should leave immediately.

As with other recent events where the President was contradicted in his statements within hours by his own agencies, the Pentagon and State, it seems that the entire Administration is confused and not communicating well internally. That alone is a condemnation of the Biden crowd.

The bombing appears not to be the work of the Taliban but ISIS, which matches recent reports, both from unsourced intelligence reports to reporters, that ISIS and Al Queda were once more on the ground in Afghanistan.


Reports and video coming in of more explosions at the airport.


U.S. officials gave the Taliban a list of names of U.S. citizens, green card holders & Afghan allies to grant entry into the outer perimeter of the city’s airport, prompting outrage behind the scenes from lawmakers and military officials.

What were they thinking? They basically handed the Taliban a kill list.

Written by Tom Hunter

August 27, 2021 at 7:55 am

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So, now the news that New Zealand is no longer accepting resettlement applications from Afghani nationals. This needs to be seen against the poker-faced lie peddled by the Prime Minister when she authorised the dispatch of a C-130 to help with the evacuation of foreign nationals from Kabul and those Afghani citizens at risk of retaliation from the Taliban for having worked for NZL as LECs. She deliberately ignored the fact that there was no way those LEC’s could get from Banyam to Kabul and, even if they could, break through the Taliban cordon surrounding the airport.

And this against the backdrop of the Minister of Immigration’s refusal to grant entry to those very same people just a couple of months ago when they could have left the country safely. The NZDF could only respond thus … “Those NZDF personnel who served in Afghanistan and worked with locally employed Afghan people cared deeply about that country, and the people who at times undertook paid work for the NZDF, including interpreters… Notwithstanding the dedication of NZDF personnel who served in Afghanistan to help the Afghan people, issues related to residency or citizenship in New Zealand are matters for Immigration New Zealand.”

Ardern is guilty of virtue signalling at its sickening worst and her administration exits Afghanistan with blood on its hands.

Written by The Veteran

August 26, 2021 at 12:13 pm

Your new Taliban 2.0

Salaam Alaikum.

You’ve been that friend who rejoices with friends in their good times and sticks with them through the bad times. 

Congratulations on your purchase and installation of the new Taliban 2.0 Operating System.

We realise that twenty years is a long time to wait for an upgrade but thanks to a donation of $1 trillion from US taxpayers and a lot of blood, toil, tears and sweat (mainly blood), we’re back.

And better than ever.

The original Taliban OS was specifically designed to run on the Afghan hardware platform, and while this is still the best fit we are making great strides in enabling the OS to be rigid and powerful enough to bend any environment to its will.

The key performance OS component supporting this functionality is the Sharia Law Memory Management system, which allows you to select and wipe away any development since the 7th century. In particular the system can quickly render 57 Western genders into just two: male and breeding stock.

Backing this up is a new and more powerful Loading and Execution engine which enables thousands of non-conforming hardware units to be quickly deleted, based on your customisable preferences, thus enabling a clean reset of your hardware environment whenever desired.

The LE engine has been combined with advances in Security Management, with the new Door-To-Door biometric track and trace function, which enables surgical precision in wiping out incompatible hardware while still allowing mass deletions if so desired.

The Device Management engine has also been significantly enhanced. We know how well you’ve done with backpacks, mules, AK-74s and RPGs. But think what you’ll be able to do with BlackHawk and Mi-17 helicopters, A-29 Super Tucano attack planes, $3 million ScanEagle drones, armoured Humvees and MRAPs.

However, the advance of which we are most proud has been with the I/O Management function which enables Taliban 2.0 to know more about the outside world, specifically Americans, than they know about Taliban 2.0.

These features allow Taliban 2.0 to smoothly integrate with most Social Media apps. This integration is even superior to that of former President “Cursed Infidel Slayer” Trump, such is the degree of functional conformity between Taliban 2.0 and the likes of Twitter and Facebook.

Included at no cost in your package is a 24/7/365 public relations support centre, SIG (Submissive Infidel Dogs), which includes the Washington Post and other Bacha Bazi.

But the key advance here is the Gen 21 Trolling Shit Post feature which will enable you to mercilessly mock your loser Western enemies even as they grovel at your feet asking about the “existential crisis” they’re sure you’re suffering from in the light of total victory. Here are just two examples of this powerful feature.

In the first, the Gen 21 TSP has taken the images on the left of the ambulatory root vegetable known as “President” Biden licking ice cream while being fellated about it by the US MSM – and converted them into fun pix of yourselves with your ice creams, all while deleting the disgusting acts of fellation.

In the second example the I/O Management engine has worked with the Device Management engine to clothe Holy Warriors in US combat gear and then rendered them and our company logo from a famous historic US memory.

Your trolling mockery of the USA will never stop with Gen 21 TSP.

Finally, if you – or more likely your “friends” – happen to be in the USA on a mission and need assistance all you have to do is contact us, use our American slogan, “BennyDrama7”,** and we’ll give you all the support you need while getting out of your way as quickly as possible.

Allahu Akbar.

** CAUTION: It is essential that you not eat for 24 hours before clicking on BennyDrama7.

Written by Tom Hunter

August 23, 2021 at 6:00 am


On the day that New Zealand ‘welcomed’ back ‘home’ Sahayra Aden, the ISIS bride, born in NZL who became an Australian citizen before she was stripped of that by the Australian government, we learn that Scott Morrison has quite rightly indicated that the Oz military will not be deployed outside the confines of Kabul airport in their efforts to evacuate Australian nationals and locally employed Afghani civilians at risk of retribution by the Taliban.

Contrast that to the Tuesday’s virtue signalling announcement by Ardern that a C130 was being deployed to Kabul to help evacuate NZL nationals and LECs … primarily those who worked for us in Bamyan. LECs that her government had previously denied entry into NZL despite the urging from many quarters for them to do so. Ardern failed to articulate just how those LECs were expected to get from Bamyan to Kabul and break through the ring of steel with which the Taliban have surrounded the airport.

The two faces of Ardern … providing aid and comfort to someone with ISIS links who voluntarily renounced her NZ citizenship and throwing to the wolves Afghani LECs who worked for our country at considerable personal risk to themselves and their families.

I guess ‘defenders of the faith’ will argue that ‘thems the breaks’. Others might disagree.

Written by The Veteran

August 21, 2021 at 2:51 pm

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America is back – to 1979

“[Trump] has seriously weakened the western alliance and it will take time to repair… [he] has been bad for the Western Alliance nations. He has fundamentally weakened the Alliances. Biden will get them working again.”

I’m old enough to remember the pitiful Presidency of Jimmy Carter, who was elected in a reaction to Nixon and Watergate, but who American voters gradually tired of as he lowered his country into an abyss.

But even Carter took about three years before this became apparent, and he did at least start up a number of military weapons programmes that were later credited to Reagan. Of course he did not do this until the Soviet’s invaded Afghanistan (there’s that name again).

I don’t recall anything as bad as this.

If anything the details are worse. Earlier in the week, NSA Jake Sullivan shocked onlookers by announcing that Biden had not spoken to any world leaders about the pullout from Afghanistan. It took Biden 36 hours to get around to answering a phone call from Boris Johnson. The following are two remarkable lines from British papers:

Not just Britain:

“This is an extremely bitter development. Bitter, dramatic and terrifying,” said the chancellor.

In her sharpest attack on Biden’s decision yet, the German chancellor suggested that the Biden administration’s hasty and messy withdrawal was motivated by “domestic political reasons” rather than geostrategic necessities.

Heh! So Mencken’s famous saying about voters getting what they want “good and hard”, seems to also apply to political leaders, since these people were all in on supporting Biden against Trump.

I can only hope that there is a Ronald Reagan somewhere in US politics. People keep talking up Florida’s Ron DeSantis but perhaps the real question is how far gone the USA will be by January 20, 2025. In terms of debt and self-inflicted, society-wide damage it’s certainly in worse fundamental shape than even in the 1970’s.

Just as one small example, whoever is President on that date will be starting from a debt-level of at least $35 trillion, possibly more; an amount well in excess of 100% of US GDP.

You can take the following and apply it to almost any other Biden-Democrat policy you care to name, starting with the crisis on the the US-Mexican border, but they’ll be more to come.

Written by Tom Hunter

August 21, 2021 at 8:09 am

Afghan Veterans: one British view (updated)

Tom Tugendhat is a Conservative MP in the British Parliament.

He is also a veteran of the Afghanistan War (2001-2021).

His speech to the House the other day is sobering and sombre, rich with pathos and sorrow, even though I cannot agree with the overall thrust of his argument:

He starts by talking about the impact of recent events on him and his fellow Afghan veterans, as they see their sacrifices churned into the dust, with himself feeling “anger, and grief and rage”, as well as “the feeling of abandonment“:

“I’ve watched good men go into the earth, taking with them a part of me, a part of all of us.”

I cannot but help think of how Vietnam veterans dealt with this?

But it is the following that got me, where he is clearly talking not of the Americans beside whom he fought but of other comrades in arms:

That connection links us also to our European partners, to our European neighbours, and to our international friends.

And so it is with great sadness that I now criticise one of them. Because I was never prouder than when I was decorated by the 82nd Airborne after the capture of Musa Qala. It was a huge privilege. A huge privilege to be recognised by such an extraordinary unit in combat.

To see their commander in chief call into question the courage of men I fought with, to claim that they ran … shameful.

Those who have never fought for the colours they fly should be careful about criticising those who have.

The Afghan Army suffered some 60,000 deaths over the last twenty years, plus god knows how many casualties fighting against the Taliban and other such groups.

But the next statement delivers a clear message and somewhat disturbing one, based partly on that shameful assessment by President Biden, but undoubtedly on deeper things than just that:

“We can set out a vision, clearly articulate it, for reinvigorating our European Nato partners, to make sure that we are not dependent on a single ally, on the decision of a single leader, that we can work together with Japan and Australia, France and Germany, with partners large and small and make sure we hold the line together.”

The message is that the USA can no longer be depended upon and that Europe, perhaps with other like-minded nations around the world, must draw closer together.

If a sober, Conservative, America-friendly MP is drawing that conclusion, what must others be thinking?

But sadly, despite his sacrifices, courage, intelligence, decency, together with his earnestness about such international and multinational efforts, I think such plans will come to naught. He is talking as if the globalist world of economics, trade and immigration spawned in the wake of the end of the end of the Cold War, the world carried forward by Clinton through Bush to Obama, still exists in the same way. It does not.

It has been broken by too many economic losses in the heartlands of America, too much debt, and in Europe, too many multicultural clashes. Too many vast failures like the Global Financial Crisis of 2008, Iraq, and now this. Dashed hopes for the liberalisation of not just Afghanistan and Iraq but China also. We are not at The End of History, and the Last Man has turned out to be a rather primitive man; the same sort of man who has impelled empires for three thousand years.

He finishes the speech with a terrible image, and a hope that this is not the future:

“It is the image of a man whose name I never knew, carrying a child who had died hours earlier, carrying this child into our fire base and begging for help.

There was nothing we could do.

It was over.

This is what defeat looks like when you no longer have the choice of how to help.”

Without the USA leading, I very much doubt that Mr Tugendhat’s vision of helping can be anything more than an electronic League of Nations, and probably unwanted by those it thinks it can help. The European nations are already suffering low birthrates and despite solid economies in many cases their militaries are pitiful, with only France and Britain being solid, and then by only a low bar.


I guess I should have read up on what the rest of the British Parliament had to say:

MPs from all sides of the Commons were forceful in their criticism. Sir Keir Starmer, the Labour leader, said: “The US is, of course, an important ally, but to overlook the fighting of the Afghan troops and forces, and the fact that they have been at the forefront of that fighting in recent years, is wrong.”

Sir Ed Davey, the Liberal Democrat leader, said: “The American decision to withdraw was not just a mistake – it was an avoidable mistake, from President Trump’s flawed deal with the Taliban to President Biden’s decision to proceed, and to proceed in such a disastrous way.”

Chris Bryant, the Labour MP, called Mr Biden’s remarks about Afghan soldiers “some of the most shameful comments ever from an American president”.

Since the days of Reagan I’ve grown used to hearing the British Left condemn American Presidents, usually Republican ones.

But I cannot recall such wide and deep condemnation from across the board in the British Parliament. I stand to be corrected but I think it is unprecedented.

Written by Tom Hunter

August 20, 2021 at 10:21 am

Afghan Veterans: one American view

In another post I’ve referred to the views expressed by a British Afghan veteran, now an MP, Afghan Veterans: one British view.

Now there are these comments made by an American Army veteran of the same war, courtesy of the Instapundit blog where the founder of the blog introduces it as:

THOUGHTS ON AFGHANISTAN, from a senior military officer with whom I am acquainted:

Click to read the whole thing but here are some key quotes from it:

I ask that you not use my name. I am a currently serving General Officer and what I have to say is highly critical of our current military leadership. But it must be said.

I don’t blame President Biden for the catastrophe in Afghanistan. It was the right decision to leave, the proof of which is how quickly the country collapsed without US support. Twenty years of training and equipping the Afghan army and all that they were capable of was a few hours of delay in a country the size of Texas. As for his predecessor, the only blame I place on President Trump was that he didn’t withdraw sooner.

We should blame President Bush, not for the decision to attack into Afghanistan following 9-11, but for his decision to “shift the goalposts” and attempt to reform Afghanistan society. That was a fool’s errand any student of history would have recognized. And yes, we should place blame on President Obama for his decision to double down on failure when he “surged” in Afghanistan, rather than to withdraw.

Of course in 2008 it was essential that the Democrats play The Bad War (Iraq) against The Good War (Afghanistan), in order to retain credibility with Democrat voters still feeling the pain of the 9/11 attacks.

He does hold Biden directly responsible for the way the withdrawal has been conducted, correctly in my view, but it is the Military Brass into which he tears:

Afghanistan was worse than Vietnam in another respect: the military’s leaders of the Vietnam era had no precedent to dissuade them from a disastrous path. Today’s military leadership has the precedent of not just Vietnam, but also Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Syria, and Yemen. That much obtuseness must be punished and removed from the system.

General Milley must resign. Not only is he the Chairman of the Joint Staff, prior to that he was the Chief of Staff of the Army. While all services share the blame, the Army is the land domain proponent. The 20 years of failure in Afghanistan is an Army failure. Scores of other generals also deserve a thorough evaluation; many of them are complicit in the lies to protect a decades-long failed strategy.

Secretary of Defense Austin also must be fired. The recently retired Army general and former CENTCOM commander was, and still is, part of the culture that is impervious to the fact that 20 years of trying it their way did not work.

He discusses how the military has been warped by two decades of fighting wars against insurgents. If the complaint early on was that a Cold War military did not know how to fight the likes of the Taliban, the opposite is now the case:

The Army today could not win a major war.

recent open-source studies conclude that the US military already is unable to defend against …. a Russian incursion in the Baltics or a Chinese attack on Taiwan.

Yet, winning a major war is the number one reason why an Army exists. It will take a generation to break bad habits, to think in terms of closing with and destroying the enemy versus winning hearts and minds. Keane sees raw numbers (and ignores the stark evidence that there was no progress over 20 years) and thinks that America’s Army can sustain that level of commitment. It cannot, and the opportunity cost to the culture of the force is much too great. Ignore him. Ignore Petraeus, McMaster, Stavridis, and the rest of their ilk.

I would like to think that the US Navy could win a major war, as well as the US Air Force, but in saying that I feel like those people who so recently talked of how an Afghan army of 300,000 could not lose to the vastly smaller, less well-equipped Taliban, and of course you would have to be a fool to ignore the fact that China is rapidly building a Navy.

He has a concise set of recommendations, starting with resources…

DoD must be halved. There are too many flag officers, too many agencies, departments, and directorates. It is the only secretariat with independent but supposedly subordinate secretaries. There are too many Geographic Component Commands—each led by a 4-star virtual proconsul whose budget dwarfs what the Department of State spends in their regions.

Unreformed, DoD is an inscrutable labyrinth which invites fraud, waste, and abuse. The excess attracts unscrupulous camp followers. Amazon did not choose Crystal City to locate its new headquarters because of low rents and ease of transportation access for its 25,000 employees. It chose the Arlington, Virginia neighborhood because it is two blocks from the Pentagon. That building controls the distribution of three-quarters of a trillion dollars every year. Most of it is wasted.

Of the ten richest counties in America, seven lie around Washington D.C. It is not a source of great mineral wealth or industry. It is not Silicon Valley. Given that it is a place that produces only paper and hot air there can be no other conclusion that it is the wealth of corruption.

He has legal recommendations also:

Congress must reevaluate the authorities contained within Sections 12301 through 12304 of Title X. The president has too much latitude to, on his own authority, mobilize tens or even hundreds of thousands of Guardsmen and Reservists without congressional approval. It must be the policy of the United States that we do not place our service members in harm’s way without first making the case to the American people. This also means ending the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force as well as strengthening Congress’ role in the War Powers Act such that, absent an actual declaration of war, there can be no war.

I doubt any Congress has the stomach to take back those powers, and I cannot see any President encouraging them to do so.

He doesn’t let other parts of the US Federal government off the hook either:

Let us not forget the intelligence agencies. They reported that Kabul was at risk of falling in as little as 90 days. That report was from last Thursday! The capital fell in less than 90 hours. Failure must be punished. And punishment in a bureaucracy means mass firings and a smaller budget—not more money so that they might be better the next time. Congress must consolidate and collapse our intelligence agencies. And when its reorganization is done, if the overall size of the nation’s intelligence apparatus is a quarter of what it is now, that still is too large.

Harsh. But we are now in a time of harshness. I agree with much of it.

Written by Tom Hunter

August 20, 2021 at 8:00 am

Posted in Britain, Military, US Politics, USA

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Have just returned home from Christchurch on a packed aircraft which reminded me somewhat of the scenes at Kabul airport or even what we saw at Tan Son Nhut airbase at the fall of Saigon nearly half a century ago.

The West went into Afghanistan full of good intentions and have exited, defeated by the Taliban 2.0 (so called) aided and abetted by a corrupt regime and a military that couldn’t/wouldn’t fight fight its way out of a wet paper bag. All those lives lost and trillions of dollars spent for nought. From where I sit the BIG mistake was to think of Afghanistan as a country in the sense we know it. It’s not and never has been. At best it’s Kabul vs the rest ruled by tribal warlords prepared to shift alliances depending on time and tide and circumstance. The Kabul government was seen as corrupt and ineffective and as soon as the Allied (US) military support started to wind down the Taliban stepped into the vacuum created by the withdrawal.

Enough of that and all we are left with is Ardern engaging in another round of virtue signalling by dispatching a C130 to Kabul to help evacuate New Zealanders and Afghani support staff targeted for retribution by the Taliban. No matter that the Afghani support staff are isolated in Bamyan Province some 180 km from Kabul with no way to get there. No matter that Kabul airport is now surrounded by the Taliban blocking access to all but foreign nationals (perhaps). No matter that the NZ military have, since their withdrawal from Bamyam, been pressing the Ardern government to allow those Afghani support staff who wanted to resettle in NZL into the country. And now it’s too late … and all the virtue signalling by Ardern won’t hide the fact that we have effectively abandoned them to their fate. I guess many on the Left will comfort themselves by saying that they had it coming to them.

Don’t ever tell me that this government is a humanitarian one. Fluff over substance, virtue signalling and wokeism rules OK.

Written by The Veteran

August 19, 2021 at 2:12 pm

Biden Air (External-Berths-Only service)

Too true when you’ve got Lockdown Fever.

I can’t help thinking that one of the reasons New Zealanders are seemingly more willing to obey lockdown rules than populations in other countries is that we love the idea of having seven days off to just sit around the house – by order of the government if anyone asks.

Oh well, Wednesday’s here again.

While the American extraction of Afghans who helped them was and remains incompetently handled, that’s still a slight improvement on that outstanding NATO ally, Germany.

I don’t know if “utter moral depravity” applies here, but dude, that is cold.

If you’re wondering how this could have happened behold the following revelations of what the US security and intelligence forces are focused on.

Or this:

The US Federal Government appears to have stuck the secret terrorist watchlist in an Elasticsearch database without a password and connected it directly to the internet.

In Bahrain no less, where it got picked up by search engines and indexed. But not to worry, the DHS was notified about this on the 19th of July and the site was taken down.

Three weeks later.

At this rate the War On Domestic Terrorism will likely see the Proud Boys taking over the White House next year. Or as this guy points out:

For years the US Left sneered and sniggered at various photos of US Righties wandering around with firearms – laughing at the beer guts, generally poor physical shape, camo gear, and strutting; dismissing them as pathetic wannabe revolutionaries who would be swept aside by the US government. But then the January 6 “insurrection” saw a 180 about-face as a few hundred, unarmed people “violently” invading the Capitol Building was suddenly turned into the gravest threat to the US since Pearl Harbour or the Civil War, and senior politicians shrieked about how frightened they had been for the lives.

Perhaps the Taliban took notice of that event as well.

In considering the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan we should perhaps also consider cultural perspectives, as the Left constantly encourage us to do.

You read that right. The Taliban forces used Twitter and other Social Media services to help coordinate the takeover of Kabul, which prompted the following:

Despite all the wailing and gnashing of teeth you’re hearing from the MSM about the fate of Afghan women and girls, they also just can’t stop themselves from holding back on expressing at least some love for The Other, as demonstrated by CNN correspondent Clarissa Ward’s comments with Taliban behind her:

 “They’re chanting death to America, but they seem friendly at the same time. It is utterly bizarre.”

They’re friendly because they know you’re carrying their message and your conflicting one direct into the homes of those Americans still stupid enough to watch CNN. Their friendliness will end as soon as your usefulness to them does or until you take off that hijab – but I think her quick change of clothing indicates that she knows she’s speaking bullshit.

The following from Trump Derangement Syndrome fanatic site, The Bulwark, did not age well.

As shown not just by the events in Afghanistan. Greetings “Russian Collusion”:

Which in turn has got the environmental groups up in arms, despite Biden’s cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline, but US allies are the real concern:

The chances of a global Net Zero deal, which was unlikely even before the fall of Afghanistan, have now essentially evaporated. And as a Net Zero agreement at COP26 looks out of the question, the blame game has begun, with UK officials blaming the Biden administration for refusing to increase its annual transfer of climate $$$billions to more than 100 developing nations.

The main problem the US president now faces is that after his humiliating defeat, none of his administration’s pledges at the Glasgow climate summit will be seen as trustworthy.

Every cloud has a silver lining. I’m reminded of this comment on No Minister last year:

So yes, Trump has been bad for the Western Alliance nations. He has fundamentally weakened the Alliances. Biden will get them working again.

[Trump] has seriously weakened the western alliance and it will take time to repair.

And on that note of being taken seriously I’ll leave you with this little play on a famous movie scene:

Written by Tom Hunter

August 18, 2021 at 3:17 pm