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September 15, 2021

Army lieutenant colonel resigns over ‘Marxist’ COVID-19 vaccine mandate

Lt. Col. Paul Douglas Hauge, a 19-year Army veteran, resigned over the Biden administration’s recent COVID-19 vaccine mandate. His resignation letter gained attention on social media after his wife shared it on Twitter.

“I am incapable of subjecting myself to the unlawful, unethical, immoral and tyrannical order to sit still and allow a serum to be injected into my flesh against my will and better judgment,” Hague wrote.

The colonel listed several reasons for his resignation, including a “complete lack of confidence in the presidential administration and secretaries directing the military,” citing the widely-panned withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.

Another reason Hauge listed as “an ideologically Marxist takeover of the military and United States government at their upper echelons.”

With Hauge’s voluntary separation, he will not be eligible for separation or retirement pay.

September 10, 2021

Defense secretary: the world was ‘hopeful’ the Taliban would be ‘inclusive’

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said that the world was optimistic that the Taliban would form an “inclusive” government, but there isn’t any indication they’re going to follow through.

The Taliban previously claimed that they would aim to have an “open, inclusive Islamic government.”

“You know, I think the whole international community was hopeful that they would be inclusive as they kind of said they would be weeks and months ago, but we’ve not seen evidence of that early on,” Austin said.

The Taliban recently announced its new government members, which consist entirely of men. Sirajuddin Haqqani, the new acting interior minister, carries a $10 million bounty from the FBI. The Associated Press reported the belief is that Haqqani is holding at least one American hostage.

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Austin: No evidence Taliban being ‘inclusive,’ says ‘I don’t look favorably’ on wanted terrorist in government

September 9, 2021

Secretary Blinken admits that the Taliban are blocking evacuation flights

Secretary of State Antony Blinken acknowledged that the Taliban are preventing evacuation flights out of Afghanistan— an apparent contradiction from his comments a day before where he denied that the extremist group was holding Americans hostage.

“As of now, the Taliban are not permitting the charter flights to depart. They claim that some of the passengers do not have the required documentation,” Blinken said Wednesday. “While there are limits to what we can do without personnel on the ground, without an airport with normal security procedures in place, we are working to do everything in our power to support those flights and to get them off the ground.”

The White House came under fire for not doing more to pressure the Taliban to allow flights to depart amid reports that six planes were sitting on the tarmac at the Mazar-i-Sharif airport.

“We are not aware of anyone being held on an aircraft or any hostage life situation in Mazar-i-Sharif,” Blinken had said Tuesday.

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Blinken acknowledges that Taliban are blocking Afghanistan rescue flights

September 8, 2021

Graham says the US will ‘have to’ reinvade Afghanistan

Less than a week after the US finalized its troop withdrawal, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told the BBC that America “will be going back to Afghanistan” to deal with terrorist threats.

Graham said the Taliban is “going to give safe haven to al Qaeda, who has ambitions to drive us out of the Mideast writ large and attack us because of our way of life. We will be going back into Afghanistan as we went back into Iraq and Syria.”

“We’ll have to,” Graham said. “We’ll have to because the threat will be so large. It will be a cauldron for radical Islamic behavior.” 

Recent polls indicate a lack of public support for sending troops back to Afghanistan.

A Pew Research Center survey showed 54 percent of Americans supported the decision to withdraw. The same study found that 69 percent thought the US failed to achieve its goals in the war-torn nation.

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Graham says US ‘will be going back’ to Afghanistan

September 8, 2021

Afghanistan evacuees plea for help: ‘We are in some kind of jail’

American veterans groups say several dozen Americans, and a much larger number of green card holders and family members, are being prohibited from leaving Afghanistan.

“We think we are in some kind of jail,” said one Afghan woman in Mazar-e-Sharif. She said elderly American citizens are among those blocked from boarding evacuation planes.

The woman, who spoke on condition of anonymity, works for a US-based nonprofit that works with Afghan women and girls. She said the Taliban are blocking them from the airport, even though they have valid passports and visas.

“I am scared if they split us and not let us leave,” she said. “If we can’t get out of here, something wrong will happen. And I am afraid of that.”

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Tuesday the US was working with the Taliban to reach a resolution.

“We’ve been assured all American citizens and Afghan citizens with valid travel documents will be allowed to leave,” Blinken said.

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Evacuees plead for action: ‘We are in some kind of jail’

September 6, 2021

Animal rights group condemns White House for abandoning military dogs in Afghanistan

American Humane, an animal rights group, condemned the Biden administration after the U.S. military was reportedly accused of leaving its contract dogs behind before pulling out of Kabul.

“I am devastated by reports that the American government is pulling out of Kabul and leaving behind brave U.S. military contract working dogs to be tortured and killed at the hand of our enemies,” American Humane president and CEO Robin Ganzert said in a statement.

The military staunchly denies these claims, calling them “erroneous.”

“Photos circulating online were animals under the care of the Kabul Small Animal Rescue, not dogs under the care of the U.S. military,” Army Lt. Col. Karen Roxberry, a spokesperson for the US Central Command, said an email. “Despite an ongoing complicated and dangerous retrograde mission, U.S. forces went to great lengths to assist the Kabul Small Animal Rescue as much as possible.”

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American Humane group says US left military dogs behind in Afghanistan

September 3, 2021

Most voters think Biden should resign over Afghanistan withdrawal: poll

A majority of voters think that President Joe Biden should resign over his handling of the U.S.’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, according to a recent poll from Rasmussen Reports.

A survey of 1,000 U.S. likely voters took place between August 30-31, and 52% believe Biden should step down because of the withdrawal. 39% of respondents disagree, and 9% aren’t sure.

The new poll data comes amid reports of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) facing internal pressure from Republicans to further push the issue of impeachment. According to Politico, GOP congressional offices are reportedly being, “bombarded with calls from base voters for a future Biden impeachment or another more forceful response against the administration.”

On Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said that while a Biden impeachment is “not going to happen,” the midterm elections may turn the tide.

“There isn’t going to be an impeachment,” McConnell said, “but I think [Democrats] have a good chance of a very bad election next year.”

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52% of Voters Think Biden Should Resign Over Afghanistan Withdrawal

September 1, 2021

Despite casualties and hundreds left behind, Biden calls Afghanistan withdrawal ‘extraordinary success’

President Joe Biden addressed the nation on Tuesday, calling the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan an “extraordinary success,” despite the ISIS-led deaths of service members and hundreds of American citizens being left behind.

“As we close 20 years of war and strife and pain and sacrifice, it’s time to look to the future, not the past,” Biden said at the end of his speech, which had been delayed nearly two hours.

“The bottom line, 90 percent of Americans in Afghanistan who wanted to leave were able to leave,” Biden said.

Republicans say Biden abandoned US citizens after he vowed last week not to leave any American behind.

“Joe Biden promised American citizens in Afghanistan that he would stay until he got them out. When the rubber hit the road, Joe Biden kept his promise with the Taliban, and he broke his promise to Americans,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said.

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Biden claims Afghanistan withdrawal ‘extraordinary success’ in address to nation

September 1, 2021

GOP demands action for hundreds of Americans left behind in Kabul

House Republicans called for a vote on legislation that would keep US troops in Afghanistan until every last American is evacuated.

Approximately two dozen Republicans, including some who served in Afghanistan, attended a short House session amid the summer recess to pass a bill that would delay the military’s withdrawal.

However, Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), who presided over the meeting, led a moment of silence to honor the 13 service members killed in the Kabul terror attack last week. Then she adjourned without any further action, prompting adverse reactions from GOP members.

“Never in my lifetime would I ever believe America would have an administration knowingly make a decision to leave Americans behind,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said. “Now is not the time to hide. We are a co-equal branch. Now is the time for leadership in Congress.”

There are approximately 100 to 200 Americans who haven’t been evacuated, according to Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

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GOP demands keeping troops in Kabul until all Americans evacuated

September 1, 2021

Father of Marine killed in Kabul terror attack says meeting with Biden ‘didn’t go well’

Mark Schmitz, the father of a marine killed in the terror attack in Kabul last week, staunchly criticized his meeting with President Biden, saying that it “didn’t go well.”

“Well, initially, I wasn’t going to meet with him, but then I felt I owed it to my son to at least have some words with him about how I felt, and it didn’t go well,” Schmitz told Sean Hannity of Fox News.

Marine Lance Cpl. Jared Schmitz, Schmitz’s 20-year-old son, was one of the 13 service members killed by a suicide bomber at the Kabul airport.

Schmitz added that Biden “talked a bit more about his own son than he did my son, and that didn’t sit well with me,” referring to Biden’s late son Beau, who died of brain cancer in 2015.

“I actually leaned into my son’s mother’s ear, and I said ‘I swear to God if he checks his watch one more time…’ and [that] was probably only four times in,” Schmitz said. “I couldn’t look at him anymore after that, considering, especially, the time and why we were there. I found it to be the most disrespectful thing I’d ever seen.”

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‘Don’t you ever forget that name’: Biden’s tough meeting with grieving relatives

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