“He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him aright.” – Blaise Pascal. "There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily" – George Washington letter to Edmund Randolph — 1795. We live in a “post-truth” world. According to the dictionary, “post-truth” means, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Simply put, we now live in a culture that seems to value experience and emotion more than truth. Truth will never go away no matter how hard one might wish. Going beyond the MSM idealogical opinion/bias and their low information tabloid reality show news with a distractional superficial focus on entertainment, sensationalism, emotionalism and activist reporting – this blogs goal is to, in some small way, put a plug in the broken dam of truth and save as many as possible from the consequences—temporal and eternal. "The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." – George Orwell “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” ― Soren Kierkegaard
4 And Jesus answered and said to them, “See to it that no one misleads you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many. 6 You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. 8 But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs. Matthew 24:4-8 (NASB)
Most Christians I know think of the Church as what they know and experience here in either the United States and/or Canada. However, our Lord Jesus Christ has disciples all over this world. I have friends who have befriended me because of this blog who I will never meet in person until we see each other in Heaven. Why? Some of these dear brethren live in countries where it is illegal to be a Christian. Others live in countries where there are rogue political groups bent on ridding their country of all Christians. I also have Christian friends who live in countries in which most of the visible church there has apostatized.
I remember in 2008 when Barak Obama was elected President of the United States. Many of us discussed him and his cabinet choices as highly suspect and possibly being part of the opening up of the beginning of Birth Pangs. That was nearly 13 years ago. During Obama’s two terms in office he officiated the dismantling of a great deal of what we call the Christian Worldview in how it is related to our government. Then when Hillary Clinton ran against Donald Trump in 2016 the whole world seemed to take it for granted that they would have another 4 years of the same rebellion against God, perhaps even more so. Then out of the blue she lost to Trump and the temper tantrum from those who were rejoicing in their wickedness just went over the top.
I am not saying here that Donald Trump is a God fearing man or not. However, when he was in office all that went on continually was the Left’s temper tantrum against him being President. It was nauseating. I became so tired of it. In any case, I listened to what was going on because that is what I do. The Left wanted to go back to taking this country down that great slide into Socialism and wickedness, while those of us who voted against them continually wanted to stop that. However, what most of us were overlooking was that it did not matter what we wanted or what we did. There was no way that Donald Trump was going to win that election in 2020 even if he did. I told my wife that if he had been confirmed and did get certified the left would have found a way to assassinate him and blame it on some nutcase.
Birth pangs? How does the Left feel about Christians? How do they feel about our rights under the U.S. Constitution? Look what they have done under the Covid-19 restrictions. My wife and I went to church on Zoom for several months before our church finally reopened. Some churches in our city are still on Zoom only. In some states in the U.S. everything is still locked down. We watched Grace Community Church in L.A. stay open in defiance of the lockdown restrictions in L.A. They are being fined for that. In Canada I have two pastors who I have befriended who were both sent to prison for keeping their churches open in defiance of the lockdown restrictions there. Some would say we need to obey the law. However, God is over His Church, not the government.
I lost friends over Trump becoming President and over my support of John MacArthur and those pastors in Canada. However, when I tried to talk with those who tried to support their decisions for rejecting my support for them, they had no way to defend their positions other than emotions.
Have we entered the beginning of the Birth Pangs Jesus spoke of above? Here is part two of that.
9 “Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name. 10 At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another. 11 Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many. 12 Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. 14 This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come. Matthew 24:9-14 (NASB)
To be honest, there are tons of false prophets and teachers deceiving the visible church right now. If you want to experience the wrath of the world right now, go preach the Gospel in front of an Abortion Clinic. Try to share the Gospel on a College campus. Try to witness to co-workers. You will find out real quick how much the Truth of our Lord Jesus is hated by the World. My ministry and me personally and many of my friends like the late Ken Silva were mercilessly attacked by many because we stood up against liars and false prophets. I can remember weeks of wading through hate comments because I wrote a post telling the world that Rob Bell was a heretic after he published one of his books. Ken stepped in to help me and they jumped all over him as well. I helped a friend who was being attacked by a false prophet who claimed to hear directly from God. When I did that he began attacking me and my ministry. I actually lost one of my commenters who began following him. Amazing… In any case, after a week of fending him off and a lot of prayer, he gave up and went on his way after putting me on his list of false prophets. That was ironic don’t you think?
Also, we have an invasion in the visible church going on right now by false prophets who use ideological tools such as Social Justice, Wokism, Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality to deceive huge numbers of professing Christians who don’t know any better. This is evil. It is based in pragmatism just as the “Seeker Sensitive” church model was. Pragmatism is not of God. It is of our enemy, Satan.
Look at v12. Abortion is legal. Same-sex marriage is legal, however, it is illegal to do the right and Christian thing to help these people, which is to share the gospel with them. The Left’s goal right now seems to be to support lawbreakers while taxing to death those who are law-abiding, people who work for a living. I have stopped responding to those emails from political parties because all they want is money and nothing ever changes.
What is our hope prior to the Great Tribulation? It is that we must endure to the end and we will be those taken up to be with the Lord forever, but before that we have v14 which tells us that we are left here to be persecuted by the Antichrist and his people in order to preach the Gospel to the whole world. That is going on right now. Then what?
13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. 15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (NASB)
This is awesome. We are persecuted, but protected and allowed to share the gospel no matter how evil we are being treated during the Birth Pangs. But what happens after that? What happens as a woman’s birth pangs get past the beginning stages and reach that stage of giving birth?
1 Now as to the times and the epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you. 2 For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. 3 While they are saying, “Peace and safety!” then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape. 4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief; 5 for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; 6 so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober. 7 For those who sleep do their sleeping at night, and those who get drunk get drunk at night. 8 But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation. 9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 (NASB)
Do you see it? We are living here in the beginning of birth pangs. We are obedient to our Lord, but this causes us to be persecuted by the Antichrist and his people, but the Gospel is preached to the whole world during this time. Then we have 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. Wow! That should change what is going on is this world big time. All believers will be snatched away to be with the Lord forever. Then after we are out of the way, God begins pouring out His wrath (v3). We are promised that God will never pour out his wrath on us (v9).
Are we in the beginning of the Birth Pangs our Lord spoke of? I think we are on the cusp. Things are most definitely in place, but I am not a prophet. However, if you have lost friends and relatives now is the time to share your faith them.
KABUL—Now that Allah has seen fit to bless the Taliban with bountiful weapons and equipment from the U.S. Military, terrorists around Afghanistan have built an already thriving chain of U.S. Army Surplus stores.
“We need weapons to kill and subjugate the Afghan people under Sharia Law, but there’s just too much gear here!” said local Taliban leader Bob Muhammed. “There’s, like, billions of dollars and 20 years worth of weaponry around here, and now I can build a thriving business out of selling my wares to other terrorist folk who happen to pass through! Allah be praised!”
Although the merchandise will not be available to the general public (for obvious reasons), Muhammed’s Army Surplus will feature a full selection of deadly weaponry, ammunition, combat boots, MREs, helmets, hashish, and whatever else a soldier of Allah may need.
If successful, Bob Muhammed hopes to open more stores in Iraq and Syria.
The U.S. Government has taken note as new store locations open up for future drone pilot target practice.
From an undisclosed location in a country near Afghanistan, Glenn Beck details the latest on the frantic evacuation efforts of American citizens, allies, and persecuted Christians as the Biden administration’s failures have left him thinking, “I’ve never been embarrassed to be an American before.”
Glenn interviews former Force Recon Marine, Chad Robichaux, whose Mighty Oaks Foundation has rescued over 2,000 people in just a few days.
David Barton, board member for The Nazarene Fund, joins Glenn on the ground with a prediction: The U.S. State Department “clowns” will be humiliated by private sector efforts by this time tomorrow. And he also says there is evidence of malicious intent from a few members in the State Department.
Jason Buttrill, Afghanistan war veteran and head researcher for Glenn Beck, joins on the ground to give the latest intelligence update he received from sources at the Kabul airport gates. And he explains why this has led him to predict that a gigantic hostage situation with the Taliban could soon unfold. Glenn and Jason also reveal the dangerous extraction process for locals in Afghanistan.
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The U.S. Embassy in Kabul issued an urgent warning to Americans to leave the airport over unspecified “security threats” on Wednesday.
The travel warning was the latest in the ongoing crisis involving Americans stranded in Afghanistan after the fall of the government to Taliban militants.
The statement warned Americans to stay away from the Kabul airport while those who were at several airport gates were told to leave immediately.
#Afghanistan: Due to threats outside the Kabul airport, US citizens should avoid traveling to the airport and avoid… https://t.co/zvuEfkpeKv— Travel – State Dept (@TravelGov) 1629932644.0
The statement did not specify whether the threat was from the Taliban militia, who control the city outside of the airport, or from ISIS terrorists. The Associated Press reported that the threat involved potential vehicle bombs targeting Americans and others.
The Biden administration has been excoriated by critics accusing them of poorly planning the withdrawal. President Joe Biden blamed the Afghanistan army and claimed that none of his advisors foresaw the government collapsing so quickly before the Taliban.
The Biden administration had also been reticent to produce solid figures about how many Americans were trapped in Afghanistan. On Wednesday Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that they believed 1,500 Americans were still waiting to be evacuated. Of those, 500 had been instructed on how to leave the country.
“From the list of approximately 1,000, we believe that the number of Americans actively seeking assistance to leave Afghanistan is lower, and likely significantly lower,” Blinken said.
The Taliban has warned the U.S. against leaving any military presence in the country past the August 31 deadline. Biden has vowed to evacuate all Americans from the country before the deadline, but he was unable to saywhat his plan would be if he were unable to do so.
On Tuesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki appeared uneasy about the possibility of Americans left behind after the deadline.
“Again, we expect there could be some, but I don’t — I’m not going to get into it further,” Psaki said.
Here’s more about the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan:
US health officials will likely approve a 3rd COVID “booster” shot after 6 months instead of 8 months following “full vaccination.” Because “full vaccination” does not actually mean “full vaccination” and the medical elites are now promoting three shots — until they start promoting four shots.
U.S. health regulators could approve a third COVID-19 shot for adults beginning at least six months after full vaccination, instead of the previously announced eight-month gap, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.
Approval of boosters for three COVID-19 shots being administered in the United States — those manufactured by Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) and partner BioNTech SE (22UAy.DE), Moderna Inc (MRNA.O) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) — is expected in mid-September, the report said, citing a person familiar with the plans.
Pfizer and BioNTech have already started the application process for the approval of its booster shot in people 16 and older, saying it spurs a more than three-fold increase in antibodies against the coronavirus. read more
Earlier this week, U.S. regulators granted full approval to Pfizer’s two-dose vaccine. Moderna said on Wednesday it has completed the real-time review needed for a full approval for its jab in people 18 and above.
All Crosses Are Related to God John 9:3; 21:19; Romans 5:3–4; Hebrews 12:7–11; James 1:2–3
There is no cross or misery that befalls the Church of God or any of His children, but it is related to God.
Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Christ Makes Love His Badge John 13:35; 15:12, 17; 1 John 4:11
Christ makes love His cognizance, His badge, His livery. Like as every lord commonly gives a certain livery to his servants, whereby they may be known that they pertain unto him; and so we say, “There are this lord’s servants, because they wear his livery”—so our Savior, who is the Lord above all lords, would have His servants known by their liveries and badge, which badge is love alone.
Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
It shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God. (Hosea 1:10)
Sovereign grace can make strangers into sons, and the Lord here declares His purpose to deal thus with rebels and make them know what He has done. Beloved reader, the Lord has done this in my case; has He done the like for you? Then let us join hands and hearts in praising His adorable name.
Some of us were so decidedly ungodly that the Lord’s Word most truly said to our conscience and heart, “Ye are not my people.” In the house of God and in our own homes, when we read the Bible, this was the voice of God’s Spirit in our soul, “Ye are not my people.” Truly a sad, condemning voice it was. But now, in the same places, from the same ministry and Scripture, we hear a voice, which saith, “Ye are the sons of the living God.” Can we be grateful enough for this? Is it not wonderful? Does it not give us hope for others? Who is beyond the reach of almighty grace? How can we despair of any, since the Lord has wrought so marvelous a change in us?
He who has kept this one great promise will keep every other; wherefore, let us go forward with songs of adoration and confidence.
God never leaves you alone… He never forgets about you…
He looks out for you and takes care of you. You are more important than the birds He feeds and provides for.
Trusting Him means to rest in Him as your shield, your covering, your provider, your defender and your friend.
It means freedom from worry, anxiety and fear. It means peace to your mind and joy to your soul.
Come to Him; He is waiting… Lean on Him; He is strong… Talk to Him; He is listening… Depend on Him; He will never let you down.
He holds you within the hollow of His hands to keep you close…to keep you safe… to deliver you from all your fears.
by Roy Lessin From: From God’s Heart to Yours: In His Hands.
If you don’t know Jesus in a personal way you can begin a relationship with him today. The first step is a prayer telling him you believe He is who He says He is and a second step is surrendering control of your will and life to him. These can be communicated in a simple prayer (prayer is talking to God):
“Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.”
If this prayer expresses the desire of your heart, then you can pray this prayer right now and Christ will come into your life, as He promised.
Thinking You’re a Scholar When You’re Not 1 Corinthians 4:6–13
Quintilian said of some in his time that they might have become excellent scholars had they not been so persuaded of their scholarship already. Grant, most gracious God, that I may never hold so high an opinion of my own spiritual health as to prevent my being in very deed full of your grace and fear!
Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
True Freedom and Joy Come from Reverence Malachi 4:2; Matthew 28:8; John 8:36; 2 Corinthians 3:17
No liberty is true and no joy is genuine unless it is founded in the fear of the Lord and a good conscience.
THOMAS À KEMPIS*
Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
…for before certain men came from James, he [Peter] would eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision. – Galatians 2:12
Scripture reading: Galatians 2:1-16
Antioch was one of the largest cities in the Roman Empire. It consisted of many nationalities and religions. Antioch was one of the first places where the good news of Jesus was preached to the uncircumcised, the Gentiles. Many Gentiles from different backgrounds believed in Jesus. The new believers formed a church which became the base for the apostle Paul’s missionary travels.
In one situation, the apostle Paul resisted the apostle Peter to his face. Why? Because Peter, by his actions, left the impression of a two-tiered membership in the church. There were the noble Jews who believed in Jesus, and then… Well… There were the others who believed in Jesus.
Peter had enjoyed fellowship with the Gentiles and ate with them. But when a group of Jews came from Jerusalem to visit Antioch, Peter withdrew and separated himself from the Gentiles, for fear of what the Jews would say. The rest of the Jews started playing along with Peter in his hypocrisy. Even Barnabas, Paul’s helper, was carried away by the lie.
The apostle Paul sets Peter straight with the truth of the gospel. Men and women, no matter the background, are justified by faith in Christ. All who believe are fully accepted by God and are accepted equally. At God’s table, He removes all ethnic and social barriers in our fellowship in Christ. Is this so in our fellowship and at our tables? Are we living by the truth of the gospel?
Suggestions for prayer
Thank God for how He continues to gather His church out of all nations. Pray that God will remove residual pride we may have because of our social rank or birth. May God help us to express this in our fellowship with one another.
Rev. Tony Zekveld currently serves as missionary-pastor in the Hope Congregation in East Brampton, Ontario, sent by Covenant Christian Church (URCNA) of Wyoming, Ontario. Rev. Zekveld and his wife, Arley-Ann, have five children and, so far, eight grandchildren. This daily devotional is also available in a print edition you can buy at Nearer to God Devotional.
Fmr. UK commander in Afghanistan says Biden ‘should be court-martialed’ Joe Biden should be court-martialed for “betraying the United States of America and the United States’ armed forces,” the former commander of British military forces in Afghanistan said of the commander in chief. During a Sunday appearance on “Life, Liberty & Levin” with Fox host Mark Levin, Retired British Army Col. Richard Kemp accused the president of humiliating both the American people and the U.S. military. “I don’t say this lightly …
CIA Chief Met “Secretly” With Taliban Leader On Monday The meeting marks “the highest-level encounter between the Biden Administration and the Taliban since the militant group seized Kabul for the first time since they were initially driven from the capital by American forces two decades ago. While the CIA declined to comment on reports of the meeting, WaPo suspects the meeting focused on the impending evacuation deadline as pressure grows from America’s foreign allies to strike an agreement with the Taliban to extend the deadline. Britain, France and others have complained that more time is needed, while a Taliban spokesman yesterday said the Aug. 31 deadline was a “red line” and that there would be “consequences” if troops remained in the country beyond that.
It Finally Peaked: The Delta Of Delta Turns Negative Ten days ago we said that, according to Morgan Stanley calculations, the Delta wave will peak in 1-2 weeks. Well, golf clap to Morgan Stanley’s Matthew Harrison who, with uncanny precision, was spot on and exactly at the midpoint of “1-2 weeks later” the ascent of Delta variant new cases in the US has now peaked, and it’s all downhill from here. According to Bank of America’s Hans Mikkelsen, evidence – such as the University of Washington’s IHME model – suggests “the US is now past the peak level of daily COVID-19 infections caused primarily by the Delta variant.”
Strange coyote behavior recorded in Canada Vancouver coyotes attack people in Stanley Park, bite their own tails, and biologists don’t understand why Vancouver coyote experts are using every tactic possible … to try to solve the mystery of why these animals have attacked dozens of people in Stanley Park this year. “Something is happening with those animals that is causing this switch in behaviour, particularly an animal biting its own tail. That’s a neurological behaviour that indicates something is really wrong,”
Hamas’ latest antics in Gaza are aimed at Washington : The terror group’s decision to stage violent border riots and resume incendiary balloon attacks is meant to force U.S. to be more involved in reconstruction of Gaza and pressure Israel ahead of Bennett’s meeting with Biden later this week
Cooling Planet? Three reasons why global surface temperatures will probably see continued cooling over the coming year: La Nina, Soot and haze of smoke from Forest Fires, Sunspot Activity
Vietnam deploys troops to enforce COVID lockdown in largest … Ho Chi Minh City epicentre of Delta-driven outbreak Authorities tighten lockdown in city, no going out even for food * Vietnam deploys military to help with food distribution * Just 1.8% of people in Vietnam fully-vaccinated against COVID-19 (Updates with new cases and deaths, and aids from China and Poland)
US Investigates Moderna Jab After Data Show 2.5x Higher Risk Of Heart Inflammation The Internet’s social-media censors have been extremely vigilant at suppressing every tidbit of COVID vaccine “misinformation” that comes their way. So, as readers might imagine, drawing attention to publicly released data about the rare (but sometimes deadly) side effects associated with both mRNA and adenovirus-vector jabs has been…a challenge.
Empty Shelf Store Photos From ANP Readers Show America Falling Apart We first want to thank everybody who has sent in photographs of empty store shelves as seen within this story. Susan Duclos will be doing a follow-up to this story this coming week as well, so if while you’re out and about doing your shopping and you run into empty store shelves in your own areas, please send them over to ANP at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll feature them in that story.
Our Entire Civilization Could Be Overthrown In Hours Nuclear HEMP attack is part of the military doctrines, plans and exercises of Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran for a revolutionary new way of warfare against military forces and civilian critical infrastructures by cyber, sabotage, and HEMP.
“There is a rank due to the United States, among nations, which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness. If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known that we are at all times ready for war.” —George Washington (1793)
Our commander-in-chief is committed to getting out of Afghanistan by August 31, just like the Taliban insists.
Well, at least now we know who’s boss: The Taliban. Joe Biden has confirmed as much.
It seems odd, even other-worldly, to say it, but an American president is abiding by terms that have been dictated to him by a bunch of scruffy-bearded stone-agers. They’re tough men, sure, but they’re no match for our military — not unless we keep our guys on a leash. And yet Scranton Joe Biden, even with thousands of Americans and friendly Afghans still in grave danger, has confirmed that we’ll be out of Afghanistan by August 31. This follows a meeting in Kabul between Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and CIA Director William Burns, after which a Taliban spokesman said there’ll be “no extensions” to the August 31 deadline.
As the Wall Street Journal editorial board put it: “Unless you’re Nancy Pelosi or a media partisan, there’s no sugarcoating what this means. Mr. Biden is bowing to Taliban demands, reiterated on Tuesday, not to extend the deadline. He is rejecting the advice of such G-7 leaders as Britain’s Boris Johnson and Emmanuel Macron of France to stay longer to get more people out of the country safely. And he is abandoning thousands of Afghans who fought with the U.S. and NATO to the Taliban’s brand of retribution.”
Not all of the doomed Afghans are fighters, either. Some were simply translators. Others are guilty of being women, like this 24-year-old journalist who’s changing her location daily, trying to stay a step ahead of the murdering dogs who want to do her in. (It’s not clear how many folks won’t make it out of Afghanistan by the 31st, but U.S. officials say our military has already begun reducing its troop presence there.)
Yesterday, after discussing important matters such as his Build Back Better agenda and his American Rescue Plan, Biden said a few words about rescue efforts in Afghanistan:
First, on evacuation, we agreed that we will continue to close — our close cooperation to get people out as efficiently and safely as possible. We are currently on a pace to finish by August the 31st. The sooner we can finish, the better. Each day of operations brings added risk to our troops.
But the completion by August 31st depends upon the Taliban continuing to cooperate and allow access to the airport for those who were transport — we’re transporting out and no disruptions to our operations.
In addition, I’ve asked the Pentagon and the State Department for contingency plans to adjust the timetable should that become necessary.
Careful, Joe. The Taliban said there’d be no extensions — and you wouldn’t want to make them mad. After all, you’re not Donald Trump, and they know it. And so does China’s Xi Jinping, who’s ready to step in and build “friendly and cooperative relations with the Taliban” as soon as we’re out the door. So Chairman Xi is tickled, even as our G7 allies are disgusted.
Folks here are disgusted, too. Texas Congressman and former Navy Seal Dan Crenshaw lost his right eye in Afghanistan, so he’s more than earned the right to share his thoughts on the Taliban’s deadline: “The only proper response from America to these dirty savage terrorists should be: Go f*** yourself.”
As for Donald Trump: “Biden surrendered Afghanistan to terrorists and left thousands of Americans for dead by pulling out the Military before our citizens,” he said. “Now we are learning that out of the 26,000 people who have been evacuated, only 4,000 are Americans. You can be sure the Taliban, who are now in complete control, didn’t allow the best and brightest to board these evacuation flights. … How many terrorists will Joe Biden bring to America? We don’t know!”
Our current commander-in-chief, though, is clearly grateful to his Taliban hosts, who’ve been so gracious to us for 20 years now. And to show our appreciation, we’re leaving behind some lovely parting gifts: 75,000 vehicles, 600,000 weapons, and 208 fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, according to a watchdog group called Open the Books. Oh, and we’re leaving them a really slick air base in Bagram.
As the watchdog group points out, we’ve spent some $83 billion since 2001 to train and equip the Afghan security forces. And now, thanks to Joe Biden’s generosity, the Taliban has 20,000 Humvees, about 1,000 mine-resistant vehicles, and some 150 armored personnel carriers. And with 600,000 American weapons now in their hands, the Taliban can either go into the arms business, or they can flood the streets of Kabul and other Afghan cities with some of the best “assault” weapons on the market.
Of course, as soon as Joe Biden can put all this Afghanistan stuff behind him, he’ll get back to the important business of snatching rifles with pistol grips from the American people.
Another consequence of Joe Biden’s boundless ineptitude and that of SecDef Lloyd Austin and CJCS Mark Milley — Taliban posing in American informs, mocking Iwo Jima Marines.
The Taliban’s Badri 313 forces are now patrolling Afghanistan with U.S. uniforms and equipment — acquired after Biden abandoned our allied Afghan forces (and billions of dollars in frontline weaponry and equipment) and the nation quickly collapsed. Celebrating their victory over Biden, Taliban army thugs staged a propaganda photo to mock the U.S. Marines raising our flag on Mount Suribachi in 1945.
India Today anchor Shiv Aroor asserts of the Badri 313 that they are “no more just the sons of farmers and shepherds, a ragtag bunch of religious terrorists, but a special operations group comparable, perhaps, with the best in the world.” (No, but…) Aroor added: “With the Taliban now in power, there is every reason to believe the militia could grow in strength. Expect to see much more of the Badri 313 in the weeks and months ahead.”
We may not actually see much more of these thugs in the months ahead, as security conditions for foreign press mean they will not be around to capture the coming murderous purges on film. But make no mistake, these uniforms will soon be covered with the blood of slaughtered men, women, and children.
Allow me to reiterate: All the Western media and political focus in the coming weeks will be on Biden’s catastrophically failed American retreat strategy and who is to blame. However, the problem was not his plan; it was, and remains, the man. The Taliban have no fear of Joe Biden, which is why they seized Afghanistan just days after he abandoned our Afghan allies. And the Taliban’s actions have confirmed that the world’s tyrants need have no fear of Biden.
If Trump were CINC, these Taliban clowns would be fertilizer. But if Trump were CINC, they also would not have dared this mockery.
The House passed another $4.5 trillion in radical socialist spending.
As expected, the feigned reservations of the mythical beasts known as “moderate Democrats” wilted into nothing yesterday as House Democrats spoke with a united voice: We will spend $4.5 trillion more of your money.
Nine “centrists” in the Democrat Caucus demanded that the House pass $1 trillion in “infrastructure” spending before taking up the larger $3.5 trillion measure. Did they even meekly suggest they might perhaps be feeling mild heartburn over the Democrats’ radical spending agenda? Did they think maybe all this budget debauchery was a tad too much, and maybe a socialist like Bernie Sanders ought not to be writing the Democrat spending plan?
And in the end, these charlatans surrendered to Nancy Pelosi quicker than Joe Biden did to the Taliban.
The House vote on Sanders’s $3.5 trillion spending spree was a party-line 220-212, though even that was theater — they voted on a rule that allows them to “deem” the outline as passed, which means the “moderates” didn’t technically directly vote for the spending. Profiles in courage, right there. Only then did Speaker Pelosi deign to consider the Senate’s $1 trillion “infrastructure” package, which passed in the same manner. The Senate can now move the $3.5 trillion through with just 51 votes.
Your great-grandchildren will thank them.
“The House of Representatives is taking a significant step toward making a historic investment that is going to transform America,” crowed Joe Biden. He falsely claimed that this legislation will “cut taxes for working families and position the American economy for long term growth.” The exact opposite is true. It will necessitate big tax hikes, and it will hamper economic growth through added debt and inflation.
As we have lamented more than once, too few Americans really care about all this reckless spending, but much of the economic squeeze and aggravation we’ve all dealt with this year is a result of Democrat profligacy.
Joe Biden wants to extend enhanced jobless benefits that are … keeping people jobless.
For the last several months, American workers have been divided into a strange class of haves and have-nots. Those who “have” expanded unemployment benefits because their state decided to keep shoveling out the extra $300 a week are more likely to live in a state where the unemployment rate is higher than the national average, while the “have-nots” are more likely to go back to work because starvation is a good motivator and, if you haven’t noticed, there are more jobs out there than people to fill them.
Normally it would be bad news for the “haves” that the federal unemployment supplement is due to expire September 6 — of all days, the end ironically comes on Labor Day. But never fear: The Biden administration has a plan that doesn’t necessarily involve the Supreme Court. We get the news from Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and her Cabinet counterpart at the Department of Labor, Martin Walsh, who wrote to Senate leaders announcing that the Biden administration would not seek an extension from Congress. Instead, they had a different idea:
The American Rescue Plan allocated $350 billion to state and local governments to support communities’ continuing response to the pandemic, address its economic impacts, and lay the groundwork for a strong and equitable recovery. Now, in states where a more gradual wind down of income support for unemployed workers makes sense based on local economic conditions, American Rescue Plan funds can be activated to cover the cost of providing assistance to unemployed workers beyond September 6th. …
First, the Treasury Department is re-affirming that states can use their allocations of the $350 billion in American Rescue Plan State and Local Fiscal Relief Funds to provide assistance to unemployed workers, including by continuing to provide additional weeks of income support to workers whose benefits expire on September 6th and to workers outside of regular state UI programs. Second, the Department of Labor will communicate to states about how they can use their existing UI infrastructure to support these state-funded benefits using American Rescue Plan funds. This will enable states that choose to do so to more seamlessly provide support to unemployed workers, while complying with existing federal law and regulations.
Hey, it’s only the money we stole from our great-grandchildren. Knock yourselves out.
There’s enough money in those funds to give a $300 weekly supplement to every one of the 8.7 million unemployed for well over two years, so this could be the “new norm” for awhile.
While Yellen and Walsh temper the Biden administration’s decision by also claiming that state unemployment agencies need to be reformed — part of that “reform” resting in the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation plan before Congress — the fact is that our government still believes our populace is in such a state that handouts need to be made.
We can’t help but remind readers what we wrote back in May: “If you think a little outside the box, ask yourself why the federal government came up with the idea of paying a direct and bigger subsidy to a larger group of recipients as opposed to shoring up state unemployment insurance funds and simply extending benefits for months as it did a decade ago during the Great Recession.” Could it be the same reason mice never figure out why the cheese is free?
It seems that Joe Biden and his supporters are perfectly fine with continuing with this suspended animation of an economy, where the Wuhan flu and its variants are creating the excuse for holding us back. Moreover, jobs that are going unfilled have wreaked havoc with the supply chain, and those effects have cascaded into shortages on food shelves, loaded container ships still awaiting their turn for unloading days or even weeks late, and increasing prices for goods that are available.
When it comes to being participants in a strong economy, the Biden-Harris regime has turned those of us who are struggling to run a business without enough staffing into the “have-nots.”
Biden failed to follow proper protocols when ending Trump’s successful asylum rule.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Joe Biden’s ending of Donald Trump’s Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), popularly knowns as the “Remain in Mexico” policy, failed to follow the proper procedures for terminating a policy. As a result, the Trump-era policy will be reinstated immediately, and asylum applicants will be forced to wait out their requests in Mexico.
The SCOTUS ruling upholds U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk’s nationwide injunction from earlier this month. Kacsmaryk ordered the Biden administration to “enforce and implement MPP in good faith until such a time as it has been lawfully rescinded in compliance with the [Administrative Procedure Act] and until such a time as the federal government has sufficient detention capacity to detain all aliens subject to mandatory detention under Section 1255 without releasing any aliens because of a lack of detention resources.”
The seesawing executive orders between the Obama and Trump and Biden administrations forced the Court to increasingly play the referee of the executive branch, which continues to assume the role of the legislative branch. Congress, not the executive branch, should be creating laws regarding immigration and asylum. It’s disappointing, however, that the Court often sidesteps the constitutionality of these executive orders, focusing instead on tackling the procedural arguments.
The seeming precedent being set is more SCOTUS refereeing over how the executive order can is kicked back and forth and less about whether executive orders are constitutional.
Meanwhile, south of the border, the Mexican government is suing American gun manufactures in a bid to hold them “accountable” for the “gun violence” meted out at the hands of the drug cartels. Talk about the classic blame game. Since the Mexican government has failed to prevent growing violence from criminal cartels via increasingly restrictive gun laws that prevent its citizens from protecting themselves against these armed thugs, it now wants to blame the gunmakers.
Three quick observations. First, if the Biden administration were committed to closing and controlling the southern border, then the flow of illegals, drugs, and guns would be significantly stymied, weakening the drug trade and the power of the cartels. Second, an armed citizenry is a bigger deterrent to criminals and their violence than is an unarmed citizenry that’s helpless to defend themselves. As studies repeatedly show, Americans use firearms to defend themselves between 500,000 and three million times annually. Third, the Mexican government is barking up the wrong tree. It’s not American gunmakers trafficking guns across the border; it was the Obama-Biden administration under Operation Fast and Furious.
With the Remain in Mexico policy reinstated, and Mexico’s ongoing violent crime issues, maybe some migrants thinking of illegally entering the U.S. and requesting asylum will have second thoughts — especially since they’d have to wait out their asylum requests south of the border.
Politics is downstream of culture, and the culture wars are chipping away at our collective identity.
Over the next few weeks, this author will be exploring the main battlegrounds of the culture wars in the context of how they diverge from the American identity. In order to do this effectively, we must first define what the American identity is.
In an article by Air Force Academy professor Ryan Dawkins, he paraphrases the late Nobel Prize recipient Gunnar Myrdal, author of the book The American Dilemma. The Swedish economist, explains Dawkins, “famously wrote that American identity is built around a constellation of ideals — namely, individualism, liberty, equality, hard-work, and the rule of law — that comprise the American Creed. As long as people endorse these core values, they are part of the national community. In many ways, this distinctiveness is at the heart of our historic notion of American exceptionalism.” Myrdal’s insight was incredibly important at the time due to his perspective as a foreigner.
Ironically, Dawkins goes on to argue in favor of today’s main social justice talking points. But we can certainly agree on his surface-level formalization of American identity. Let’s reemphasize that individualism, Liberty, equality, hard work, and Rule of Law, as endorsed collectively, make up our national identity. We, as Americans, have to agree on these basic premises in order to embody the American spirit. These ideals are what make us American.
The American experiment revolved around a Judeo-Christian-based political theory that had never been tried before. The colonies had been subject to the whims of a parliamentary monarchy that tyrannically refused to assuage their desire for liberty. The Founding Fathers, when putting this theory to practice, were very particular on the God-given rights of men. Thomas Jefferson in his Notes on the State of Virginia wrote: “And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath?”
Furthermore, we are also united by a common language, symbols, and history. Some of our history is disgracefully dark. Humans the world over are perpetrators of sin, and it is no different here in the U.S. The antagonists of the American identity use the sins of slavery and racism to bring about the convolution of language and the tearing down of symbols. These slings and arrows are the foundation to cancel culture.
As we step into the morasses that are the modern-day culture wars, each missile is aimed at the heart of the American identity. The attacks bombard the very truths upon which our country was founded. Let’s name these cannon balls: the LGBTQ+ identity in sexuality; the “transgender” identity rooted in the belief that gender is a socially made construct; and the ultra-dangerous combination of Black Lives Matter and Critical Race Theory, both of which use the sins of the past as a baton with which to bludgeon current generations. These identity groups are all united in their victimhood status. In other words, they are the victims of inequality and the crimes of our history. There is just enough of a kernel of truth to their claims to gain ammunition. But that ammunition manifests in a leftist worldview that is becoming more radical and corrupt.
They say politics is downstream of culture, and the culture wars are chipping away at the heart of the American identity. Today, our political theory has shifted towards statism. And Critical Race Theory threatens to establish straight-up Marxism. Social activists are seeking to set up a new religion: the idolatry of self, united by victimhood. However, if we can’t agree to go back to the Judeo-Christian roots that made us an exceptional nation — a return to the American Creed, i.e. indisputable truths, so eloquently defined by Gunnar Myrdal — then we are destined to go the way of Greece and Rome … a slow, corrupt decline into the abyss of history.
Lack of hospital staffing is creating a bigger issue for COVID care than the number of beds.
As the coronavirus Delta variant creates surges in infection and hospitalization numbers, a popular fear is that hospitals across the nation are once again in danger of being overwhelmed. It’s known as the hospital capacity crisis — the claim that medical centers are in danger of running out of room to deal with COVID patients.
While it’s certainly true that the uptick in COVID cases affects hospital capacity, there’s another issue that’s having a more direct and even longer-term impact on capacity — hospitals have been struggling with severe staffing shortages.
Staff availability will naturally impact the amount or quality of care patients can receive. The fewer the number of nurses and doctors, the fewer the number of patients a hospital can care for. The quantity of beds, while important, doesn’t provide a complete picture.
In fact, Politico observes: “Hospitals can respond by adding beds and ordering more protective gear. But they’re stuck fighting over the same finite pool of nurses, lab techs, nurse assistants and front desk workers, whose ranks have already been depleted by retirements and resignations.”
A recent survey of major hospitals “found that nursing workforce coverage was cited as the top (84 percent) COVID-19 challenge respondents still face, followed by clinical support staff coverage (60 percent).”
In fact, severe staffing shortages have impacted some hospitals to the point where even though they have beds available for COVID patients, they simply don’t have the staff to cover them — so the beds are left unused.
One of the great ironies of the COVID lockdown — supposedly intended to flatten the curve to prevent overwhelming hospitals — was that as the lockdowns drug on for months, hospitals were left without needed revenue streams from normal care and elective procedures. With that revenue dried up, many hospitals were forced to furlough staff. And reacquiring that lost staff has not been so easy.
Further complicating the issue is the push for vaccine mandates. The nation’s largest healthcare union is fighting against mandatory vaccines for healthcare workers. United Healthcare Workers East President George Gresham contended: “Whether there is a legal challenge that we can make, or whether it’s just a pure organizational challenge that we can make, we are not going to just give in. [Employees] have the right to make their decision about their own health.”
Put simply, the economic downturn caused by the prolonged lockdowns has much more to do with the ongoing problems of hospital capacity. Here is yet another example of how the solution has prolonged the problem.
More than anyone, the first lady had to know about her husband’s cognitive decline years ago.
The moment was jarring, pathetic, sad.
There was Joe Biden, the Leader of the Free World, in mid-June shuffling around in tennis shoes on an outdoor patio at the G7 Summit. He looked lost, bewildered, and in need of a friendly face. A reporter asked him how his meetings were going, but he looked confused. So she repeated herself, and he finally gave her a thumbs-up and a meek “Very well.” Then he turned to see his wife, Jill, hustling toward him and waving her hand frantically. She reached for him, grabbed him, and pulled him away hurriedly as if to say, Now, Joey, you know what I’ve told you about talking to strangers.See for yourself.
Like we said, sad. What must those patrons have been thinking to see an American president looking so feeble, so helpless, so unpresidential? They didn’t seem quite sure whether to smile reassuringly or avert their collective gaze, but in the end they burst out in laughter at the sight of Old Joe being led away like that. What must the rest of the world have been thinking? What must our allies and our geopolitical foes have been thinking?
More important: What must Jill Biden been thinking in the years leading up to this moment, knowing full well her husband’s declining cognitive ability and yet still allowing him to run for the most difficult job in the world?
We should stipulate here that we believe attacking a sitting first lady of either party is bad form — although Hillary Clinton certainly deserved all the opprobrium she received during her eight years in the White House. Jill Biden, though, seems different. She seems to have coveted this role for decades, even more than Joe Biden coveted the presidency — and that’s saying something.
Fox News host Rachel Campos-Duffy, herself a mother of nine and the wife of a former congressman, appears to have broken with the pack on this line of questioning: “When you look at what’s hurting America, when you look at this lack of leadership, and you wonder, who are the people responsible for putting someone this incompetent and frankly this … mentally frail in this position? I’m sorry, as a political spouse, I can’t help but look at Jill Biden. … No one knew better his state of mind than Dr. Jill Biden.”
Campos-Duffy, whose husband Sean served for eight years as the U.S. representative of Wisconsin’s seventh congressional district, said that the most “patriotic thing Jill Biden could have done was … to love her husband, and not let him run in this mental state that he’s in.”
There. It needed to be said. But Jill Biden’s press secretary, Michael LaRosa, wasn’t happy about it. “Rachel Campos-Duffy and Fox News know better,” he tweeted. “They can do better and their viewers deserve better. I hope they’ll apologize to the First Lady and leave this kind of talk in the [trash] where it belongs.”
LaRosa can carp all he wants about what should and shouldn’t be said. But Joe Biden is as close as this nation will ever come to a Weekend at Bernie’s president, and Campos-Duffy has done us all a service by asking the toughest of questions: Did Jill Biden care more about becoming First Lady than she did about her husband’s health and well-being?
Insight: “Thought that is silenced is always rebellious. Majorities, of course, are often mistaken. This is why the silencing of minorities is necessarily dangerous. Criticism and dissent are the indispensable antidote to major delusions.” —Alan Barth (1906-1979)
Upright: “America does not have a race problem, but it has a grace problem.” —civil rights activist Robert Woodson
The bottom line: “We have vaccines. They are tremendously effective against hospitalization and death. Get it or don’t, and bear the consequences. There is no further public policy question in play, and calls for broad restrictions on freedom have no limiting principle under these circumstances.” —Ben Shapiro
Non compos mentis: “We’re suing to end South Carolina’s ban on mask requirements in schools… Students with disabilities are effectively being excluded from public schools because of this ban. Courts must intervene.” —ACLU (“I knew ACLU was basically a left-wing hack outfit that hadn’t cared about civil liberties in quite awhile but them suing to FORCE CHILD MASKING is astonishing.” —Phil Kerpen)
For the record I: “To say that the pullout was Donald Trump’s policy is to forget that under President Trump, every time the Taliban violated their agreement, they got bombed. They got attacked.” —Congressman Darrell Issa
For the record II: “I would have left Bagram Air Base open. I never applauded the idea of closing a strategic base any more than I would say that we should abandon the two air bases we have in South Korea,” Issa said. “The fact is China is a greater threat today than it ever has been. And just as we keep those two bases and 28,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines in South Korea, 2,500 was not an unreasonable amount to keep [in Afghanistan].” —Darrell Issa
The BIG Lie: “I think it’s irresponsible to say Americans are stranded. They are not.” —White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki (“What’s IRRESPONSIBLE is stranding Americans in Afghanistan.” —RNC Research)
And last… “I miss when we had a president who would tomahawk missile terrorist leaders to the face instead of kissing their feet.” —Caleb Hull
The Taliban are now preventing Westerners from getting to Kabul airport, according to reports Wednesday morning, expanding their airport blockade, despite assuring coalition forces that foreigners would be allowed access to evacuation flights.
Private flights, being organized to bypass the Biden administration’s pullout, are also facing “growing obstacles,” according to The Wall Street Journal, and chartered planes, designed to rescue Americans and their allies trapped in Kabul are “flying out of Kabul with hundreds of empty seats.”
On Tuesday, the Taliban “issued an edict saying only foreigners will be able to access the airport for evacuation,” the Daily Mail reported. “A spokesperson for the group ordered locals to return home. Roads in the city have been blocked in a bid to stop Afghans from leaving.”
Those blockades, the Mail noted, based on a Politico report, are catching not just Afghans “but American citizens,” and halting evacuation efforts. Groups coordinating evacuations have found themselves needing to redirect people “on the fly.”
“New Taliban checkpoints on the road to Pakistan have made driving out of the country increasingly risky,” the Wall Street Journal continued. “Confusing bureaucratic hurdles have prevented countless people from leaving Afghanistan.”
The Washington Post’s editorial board noted Wednesday that “there may be only three or four days left for the gigantic airlift currently underway, because time must be left to fly out U.S. and other troops securing the airport themselves. Indeed, some troops have started leaving already.”
“Meanwhile,” however, the Post said, “the Taliban set up a new blockade of the airport road in Kabul to prevent more Afghans from leaving.”
“If Mr. Biden opposes that, he did not say so in his speech,” The Washington Post editorial board pointed out. “Mr. Biden, in short, has accepted a series of conditions that seems to make it much more difficult to keep the promises of evacuation he has made or strongly implied.”
“It’s a combination of tragic, surreal and apocalyptic,” the Carter Center’s Conflict Resolution Program told The Wall Street Journal. “It’s so frustrating to get high-risk people up to the gate and have them risking their lives to go there and you still can’t get them through. It’s a disaster in slow- and fast-motion.”
Private charities and groups like the Nazarene Fund have tried to step in to assist those in need of swift evacuation, but those efforts are proving more difficult as the deadline for withdrawal nears.
“There’s been an outpouring,” an official told NBC News. “It’s inspiring, but on the other hand, it is a damning reflection on the failure of the U.S. that private citizens are having to step in to do what the government with all its billions and trillions has failed to do.”
The blockade has complicated an already dangerous mission: getting remaining Americans out of Kabul. Although the administration has rescued an estimated 4,400 U.S. passport holders and their families,” U.S. officials believe that thousands of Americans remain in Afghanistan, including some far beyond Kabul, without a safe or fast way to get to the airport. Tens of thousands of Afghans who worked for the U.S. government over the last 20 years, and are eligible for special visas, are desperate to leave,” The New York Times said.
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RT reporter Murad Gazdiev says what he and his crew saw at Hamid Karzai airport in Kabul after reaching it resembled a scene from a zombie apocalypse movie after a week of hectic evacuation efforts by the US and its allies.
“We’ve just arrived at Kabul airport.
American troops call what is happening here ‘World War Z,’ referring to the zombie movie starring Brad Pitt. It is clear why.
The situation is horrendous.
The entire airport is littered with bullet casings and flash-bang grenades. Everything, absolutely everything is covered in barbed wire. The entire runway is lined with barbed wire.
Shooting is ceaseless, 10 minutes don’t pass without gunfire. Either within the airport; American troops scaring away the more daring locals, or shooting near the main entrance, where the Taliban is discouraging would-be refugees.
Clothes are everywhere. The odd sandal, torn woman’s shoe, shirts and headscarves. The walls of barbed wire are at times reminiscent of Christmas trees – strung with clothes and litter. A reminder of the mobs and the crush from the early days of the evacuation.
As I write this, something is burning at the northern end of the airport – there’s a column of smoke rising near parked American cargo planes. What exactly, we can’t tell.
About 20 meters from us, platoons of American and Italian troops appear to be taking a break – lounging on office chairs they dragged out of the wrecked airport terminal. Lounging under the very airgate that Afghan civilians infamously swarmed over, as if zombies, in bid to escape.
About the Afghans, who we saw during landing. They are now being lined up in square-shaped formations (those who have been approved for evac) – and are made to sit under the warm Afghan summer sky for hours and hours. Women, kids… all, according to American press.
Unfortunately, we can’t post pictures or videos right now, it would violate the evac agreement between Russia and the US. [Images used in this article were shot by an RT crew outside the airport.] American troops here are on edge, nerves are wound tight. Every single one of their flights is taking off under the guns of Taliban fighters. You can understand why they don’t want to provide the Taliban with a detailed schematic of where everyone is stationed inside.
That the Russian Foreign Ministry even managed to clinch an agreement with the US to let Russian evac planes in, at such a hectic time, is nothing short of a diplomatic miracle.
We simply can’t risk jeopardizing that agreement, and the safety of this and future evacuations, just to show you photos which you’ll forget you ever saw within a week.