ADJ  — Our man on the street interviewed some of the new TALIBAN GOVERNMENT and you’ll hear it first here.  

The Taliban are considering making this the place to travel to in the Middle East  for GOLF featuring tours of some of the most unique Golf courses with scads of bomb craters basically man-made sand traps and other obstacles such as trip wires  and landmines. No IUD’s on the fairways.  But the roughs will be rough  —  

Cart fees are reasonable at 45 dollars a day, and a female guide is included to test the waters as far as explosive interruptions are concerned.  Upscale bombproof military vehicles and Russian T-72 tanks are 85.00 per day.

Thats the good news for the women!  No more do they have to follow their men by five feet. Now they go first.  Women will have new rights and they will have to walk in front of their male friends especially around the landmines in places leftover after the war.   Tours of IUD factories, mountain caves, running of the prisoners, like running of the bulls,  scheduled blood killings and honor deaths will be behind closed doors,   closed tents inside their stadium.

Make Afghanistan your next Golf vacation hotspot…put your balls on the line…  

It Wasn’t Biden’s Choice  —  

CNN  —    The debacle of the US defeat and chaotic retreat in Afghanistan is a political disaster for Joe Biden, whose failure to orchestrate an urgent and orderly exit will further rock a presidency plagued by crises and stain his legacy.And of course the Reptilian party will swarm over it and convolute things but this was unavoidable.

A stunning Taliban blitzkrieg followed more than 20 years of US and allied policy failures, misunderstandings of Afghan politics and culture, public war fatigue and the culpability and corruption of the failed state's leaders.

And while Biden's political and geopolitical rivals rush to exploit his mistakes, the true magnitude of the crisis can only be judged in the human tragedy of a people again subject to Taliban persecution. And a failure to fulfill the now apparently near-impossible tasks of evacuating all the Afghan translators, workers and fixers on whom the US relied and who now face Taliban retribution would besmirch America's conscience and global reputation.

Sidebar  —   

  • But we did manage to get 120,000 people out of Afghanistan to safer countries — 
  • Biggest mistake was trusting anything these 18th century despots, killers, murderer, slaver and dirtbags say or do.
  • The US launched the Afghan war 20 years ago in a mood of vengeance, resolve and unity, after al Qaeda's attacks on New York and Washington shattered the post-Cold War myth of American hyper power. 
  • It is ending it in a rushed race to get out, humbled by a primitive militia, that is nevertheless ready to die for jihad on its home soil and is re-imposing its feudal writ on a war-ravaged nation that bleeds foreign invaders dry.
  • That a war that killed or maimed thousands of Americans, many more Afghan civilians and cost a trillion dollars, ended so abruptly with such an ignominious eclipse was shocking. But it perhaps should not have been.
  • Across all four Presidents involved —  The evaporating Afghan forces and police that the US spent billions building up to fight the Taliban mystified many Washington officials. This encapsulated how top military brass and diplomats were misled by their own preconceptions and the investment of years of US blood and treasure, troops surges, drawdowns, diplomatic offensives and arbitrary timelines to leave.
  • No choice the OvertFueher, Herr Donald T-RUMP originally set the date and the tone to cheering amongst his ignorant and mongoloid voters at his rallies.

Biden Carries The Can   —  

  • Biden now finds himself carrying the political can for two decades of the missteps of others -- after adding his own errors. 
  • At the same time, Biden was doing exactly what most Americans, exhausted by long years of foreign quagmires and confused as to why US troops were still in Afghanistan 20 years after 9/11, wanted. There was no national support for escalating the war. 
  • To check the Taliban advance, the President would have had to deploy thousands more US troops and to wage new combat without public support. That and his own long-term skepticism about the war left his own withdrawal decision almost inevitable. But the strength of the Taliban advance caught the White House flat footed.
  • A failure to safely get all Americans out, or any ensuing US troop casualties, would threaten catastrophic political damage for the President amid fresh comparisons with the haunting US legacy of Vietnam.
  • Biden's judgment as commander-in-chief is being called into question since he is on record, in damning video footage, saying that the Taliban's victory was "not inevitable.” 

Reptilians Attack  —

  • On CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday, Blinken argued that the US had completed its mission — crushing al Qaeda — and that Biden had been left in an impossible position by ex-President Donald Trump's deal with the Taliban for the US to leave for good in May, a deadline slightly extended by his successor.
  • If Biden had breached that agreement, Blinken said: "We would have been back at war with the Taliban. And we would have been back at war, with tens of thousands of troops having to go in, because the 2,500 troops we had there and the air power would not have sufficed to deal with the situation.
  • " Despite his defense of the administration's preparations, Blinken did express surprise at the "hollowness" of the Afghan forces and their collapse and the swift folding of the US-backed democratic government in Kabul.
  • The Secretary of State made some solid points. The initial US victory in Afghanistan over al Qaeda and the Taliban for harboring Osama bin Laden's terror group did prevent any repeat of 9/11. 
  • And Trump did intend for an even quicker withdrawal than Biden. It's not clear if Trump put any plans in motion to secure an evacuation of US personnel, embassy staff or Afghan translators who supported two decades of US military effort when he signed an agreement with the Taliban to pull US troops out by May of this year. 
  • The Trump administration's decision to hold negotiations with the Taliban — who Trump had hoped to invite to Camp David — without the Afghan government present -- made Afghan government officials and security forces question the support of the US, some analysts say.

Obstruction —  

  • Biden's challenge must now prevent a narrative of failure developing around his administration. The President was already faced with a resurgence of the pandemic — thanks to the refusal of many conservatives to take free, life-saving vaccinations. And despite soaring job creation numbers and Biden's infrastructure win, Republicans are citing rising inflation and record numbers of undocumented migrants being turned back at the US border to claim his presidency is in crisis.
  • Still, given the deep skepticism of the American public about the cost and the outcome of the post-9/11 wars, snap judgments that the current crisis will permanently wound Biden are premature. 
  • Internationally however, the messy US exit from Afghanistan will spur doubts about Washington's steadfastness as an ally. Maybe we should ignore the beliefs expressed by our friends in China, Russia , North Korea and Iran.
  • After declaring "America is back" following the alienating and destabilizing Trump era on his first overseas trip to Europe earlier this summer, Biden's first real foreign policy crisis is over a botched US retreat. 
  • Saving 100,000 who would be dead by now is not a botched retreat
  • And the President's clarion calls for the protection of democracy abroad will be undermined by his decision to abandon a  “ fragile democratic government”   in Afghanistan.  Are you frickin kidding me?  A government so corrupt since the dark ages led by leaders of dubious beliefs, who have been fighting amongst themselves since Christ was born.


(CNN)  The bombing attacks that killed 13 US service members and dozens of Afghans at the Kabul airport came after repeated warnings of imminent danger to the airport and complicate the frantic evacuation effort there even as it winds to a close. 

  • The US suspects the group ISIS-Khorasan could be responsible. ISIS-K is an offshoot of the group that was once powerful in parts of Iraq and Syria, is not affiliated with the Taliban leaders who have seized control of Afghanistan's government and raises fears the country could again turn into a proving ground for terror. 

What's known about ISIS-K

  • Let's start with the Taliban, the group that controlled Afghanistan's government when the US and NATO invaded in 2001 and, after just about exactly 20 years, controls it again. 
  • The history of the group, which dates to 1994, how they controlled Afghanistan leading up to 9/11 and imposed a strict version of Islam on the country.
  • They regrouped over the past two decades and, despite more than 1 trillion US dollars spent in Afghanistan to prop up a government and create a more than 300,000 person military, have taken control of the country again, even though they were thought to have fewer than 100,000 fighters as recently as February.  ( Double that, like Nam, there were black shirts under the pajamas)

Who are the Taliban and how did they take control of the country so quickly?

  • Who runs the Taliban? The leadership of the Taliban remains a mystery for most Americans. CNN put together a flow chart on key leaders and deputies and what we know about them. 
  • The top line is that the Taliban have made promises to be more inclusive and open, but their leadership structure is pulled straight from their previous hard-line regime.
  • The group is led by the reclusive Haibatullah Akhundzada, a senior religious cleric in his 50s who was named chief after a US airstrike killed his predecessor in 2016. 
  • Hailing from the Taliban heartland of Spin Boldak, in southern Kandahar province, he was involved in the mujahideen -- or holy Islamic fight -- against the Soviet invasion in the 1980s, and was appointed the leader of jihadi matters in 2001, according to Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid.
  • His deputy, Abdul Ghani Baradar, was a prominent member of the Taliban regime when it was last in power, and as the head of the group's political committee is currently one of the militants' most public-facing leaders. Baradar arrived back in Afghanistan last week after a 20-year-exile. A 20-year arc. That line about Baradar returning last week after a 20-year exile that corresponds with the US military presence there is incredible. 

Who selects the Taliban leaders?  —   A leadership council of more than 20 senior Taliban members. 

For decades the Taliban's leaders have been shrouded in secrecy  —  

Here's what we know about the key players

  • Will the Taliban represent a terror threat to the US? Not exactly. In fact, they signed a peace deal with the Trump administration in which they promised to be more liberal in their treatment of women and stand by other reforms in exchange for the release of 5,000 imprisoned fighters. 
  • They also promised to discourage groups like al Qaeda. Many foreign policy and intelligence community officials are skeptical they will stick to those promises, but the group is concerned with Afghanistan and not with attacking the West in the way al Qaeda was.
  • Editor: If you believe those deals with T-RUMP are real,  please with haste,  secure a lobotomy,  with the Gremsky-Flemish Cranial - Rectal Institute before anymore of your brain flows out… and further distorts you thinking.

Will al Qaeda re-form in Afghanistan? London said many of the 5,000 released prisoners sympathize with al Qaeda.  

  • "Clearly, the detainees who were released by the Taliban at Bagram Air Base included a number of al Qaeda personalities, with whom I am very familiar," he told Bergen. "Many of them were caught in joint military or CIA-supported operations and immediately transferred to Afghan custody upon which they were charged, convicted and put away. Those folks are force multipliers for the Taliban, and they are likely to regroup what is left of al Qaeda in Afghanistan."

There are also ISIS-affiliated fighters released as part of that US deal —  

  • Who are ISIS-K?  US intelligence officials previously told CNN the ISIS-K membership includes "a small number of veteran jihadists from Syria and other foreign terrorist fighters," saying that the US had identified 10 to 15 of their top operatives in Afghanistan. The group's name comes from its terminology for the area that includes Afghanistan and Pakistan: "Khorasan.” 
  • A US government report this year said the group exploited instability “ by attacking minority sectarian targets and infrastructure to spread fear and highlight the Afghan government's inability to provide adequate security.”  Sounds like a Mafia protection racket scheme.
  • It's been orchestrating attacks in Kabul since 2016 and attacked a prison in Jalalabad to free dozens of its supporters who had been captured by the Afghan army and police.

The Taliban's recapture of Afghan sparked fears of an al Qaeda and ISIS revival  —  

  • What has become of the US-backed power structure? It is gone. Ousted Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled to the United Arab Emirates via Uzbekistan with "just the clothes on his back," according to an adviser quoted in one CNN report last week. His vice president, Amrullah Saleh, fled north, to the Panjshir Valley, which will be one stronghold of resistance to the Taliban. 
  • Previous leaders, like former President Hamid Karzai and Abdullah Abdullah, have apparently been stripped of security by the Taliban and are effectively under "house arrest.”
  • The Taliban have said they want to form a more inclusive government, but it's not at all clear what that will look like.

What about resistance to the Taliban in the North?   —  

  • If you recall the Northern Alliance from the US invasion 20 years ago, this is its descendant. In fact, one key figure of resistance to the Taliban is Ahmad Massoud, whose father, Ahmad Shah Massoud, was a Northern Alliance leader assassinated by the Taliban just before 9/11.
  • Many now are looking to his son to work with Saleh. Massoud wrote a plea for help in The Washington Post last week, predicting that Afghanistan will again become a terrorist breeding ground and asking for Western funding and help to fight it.
  • London said Massoud has big shoes to fill, and with a smaller fighting force at his command.  "Ahmad is not his dad," London said. "His dad was just an amazing man, and what the older Massoud's men had in the Panjshir when they were fighting the Taliban before 9/11 was a bigger force than what they have now and a lot more capable."

General Petraeus  —  

  • The Northern Alliance faces obstacles. Petraeus talked about extreme logistical difficulties it will face—
  • "The major positive feature of the Panjshir Valley where they are leading the resistance -- its inaccessibility and natural defensive terrain -- can also be a significant shortcoming, given its lack of connectivity with the outside world, from which it needs to get many goods, commodities and services, not the least of which is refined fuel products," Petraeus said.
  • This collapse, while it seems sudden, has been years in the making. Bergen asked Petraeus if peace negotiations with the Taliban over the past three years set the stage for all of this.
  • "First, the negotiations announced to the Afghan people and the Taliban that the US really did intend to leave (which also made the job of our negotiators even more difficult than it already was, as we were going to give them what they most wanted, regardless of what they committed to us). 
  • "Second, we undermined the elected Afghan government, however flawed it may have been, by not insisting on a seat for it at the negotiations we were conducting about the country they actually governed.  THATS T-RUMP!
  • "Third, as part of the eventual agreement, we forced the Afghan government to release 5,000 Taliban fighters, many of whom quickly returned to the fight as reinforcements for the Taliban. 
  • Fourth, the commitment gave President Biden an additional justification/excuse to do what he wanted to do -- leave."

What will the Taliban do to people who worked with the US-backed government?  

  • "Now, whether or not they're going to summarily execute, detain or 'rehabilitate' people remains to be seen," London said. "I think because they have become so attentive to media and PR, they might take an approach similar to what the Chinese government is doing by putting Uyghurs in reeducation camps.
  • He also said there will be a lot of variation around the country as local Taliban commanders take matters into their own hands.
  • "They're going to settle old scores. They're going to seek revenge against units and intel personnel that targeted them, their leaders, their family members. So that's not going to end without a fair deal of blood.
  • Will terrorist organizations simply pop up there now that the US is gone? It's not clear, but Petraeus says we have to operate as if they will.
  • "We have to assume that the Taliban victory will make it easier for al Qaeda and the Islamic State and other extremist groups to establish sanctuaries on Afghan soil," he told Bergen.
  • But he added: "I know that our intelligence agencies and military forces will do all that is humanly possible to identify, disrupt, degrade and destroy any such sanctuaries (including virtual sanctuaries in cyberspace, too) well before they can establish a capability that could threaten our homeland or the homelands of our NATO allies.
  • Will we still be talking about Afghanistan in the future? The only reason the US invaded was because al Qaeda used Afghanistan as a haven before 9/11. It's hard to imagine focused US attention there for anything other than a reboot of that horrible story. 

 "When did you last think of Afghanistan?"

  • For those in the comfort of the West, sat at their screens, inhaling deeply, and wondering why America's longest war has collapsed with such a plughole gurgle, ask yourself: when was the last time you thought about Afghanistan? Or, as a politician spoke of it, or as a pundit, wrote or spoke about it? For the majority, it was probably only in recent days and weeks.
  • Even those in relative safety at the Kabul air base didn't understand what was going on outside in the country. And  summarized the Biden administration's bet (in line with his two most recent predecessors) that this frantic endgame to US military involvement there will soon fade from the public consciousness. It may be a good bet.
  • "The hope was that the US public had gotten so tired of hearing about two decades of investment and promises that Afghanistan would just fade quietly into the background. In fact, this remains the only plank of the Biden administration's policy that may prove correct.

08/21/2021   aljacobsladder.com