by Charles Creitz
The 'Life, Liberty & Levin' host called for Biden's impeachment regardless of the far-left line of succession
by Charles Creitz
The 'Life, Liberty & Levin' host called for Biden's impeachment regardless of the far-left line of succession
by Robert Spencer
“We did it, Joe!”
The nominal president of the United States looked even more tired and defeated than usual in his remarks about the jihad-martyrdom suicide bombings in which thirteen Americans were killed at what is still called Hamid Karzai International Airport, but which the Taliban should soon rename the Joe Biden International Airport, in honor of the man who has done so very much for their cause.
The jihad massacre came as Politico revealed that “U.S. officials in Kabul gave the Taliban a list of names of American citizens, green card holders and Afghan allies to grant entry into the militant-controlled outer perimeter of the city’s airport, a choice that’s prompted outrage behind the scenes from lawmakers and military officials. The move, detailed to POLITICO by three U.S. and congressional officials, was designed to expedite the evacuation of tens of thousands of people from Afghanistan as chaos erupted in Afghanistan’s capital city last week after the Taliban seized control of the country. It also came as the Biden administration has been relying on the Taliban for security outside the airport.”
Yes, you read that right: “the Biden administration has been relying on the Taliban for security.” If anything is emblematic of the wrongheadedness and impotence of the regime in Washington, and its utter indifference to the well-being of the American people, both those that are stuck in Kabul and those that are stuck stateside, it’s that phrase: “the Biden administration has been relying on the Taliban for security.”
Now, the American government many years ago decided that Islam had nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism, and that studying Islamic doctrine in order to understand the behavior, motives, and goals of jihad terrorists was not only a worthless endeavor, but one that was undertaken only by “Islamophobes” who were more of a threat to the United States than the jihadis they were studying in order to defeat. And so that cow left that particular barn a very, very long time ago, and there is consequently no reason to think that anyone in Biden’s handlers’ State or Defense Departments have the first foggiest idea of the fact that making agreements with jihad terrorists is useless, because they will not honor agreements made with infidels for any longer than they need those agreements.
Islamic law holds up the Treaty of Hudaybiyya as the model for all agreements with infidels. This was, according to Islamic tradition, an agreement Muhammad entered into with the pagan Quraysh who controlled Mecca at that time. Islamic tradition also records that when Muhammad no longer needed the treaty, he broke it.
That, as far as the Taliban are concerned, since they scrupulously follow Islamic law, is how one makes deals with infidels. And so when they told Biden’s handlers that they would provide security outside the airport, Biden’s handlers should have known that this agreement would last only as long as the Taliban believed they needed it, and not one second longer. Alsoin play may have been a memorable aphorism attributed to Muhammad: “War is deceit.” Might the Taliban have fooled Biden’s handlers into thinking they would be good for security, all the while luring the Americans into a trap in order tomaximize American deaths?
Biden’s savvy, “America is back” team of foreign policy experts should have seen all this coming, and never gotten into this situation in the first place. But they didn’t, because they know it’s a religion of peace, and that you’re a vicious “Islamophobe” for thinking otherwise.
Yes, Leftists will pipe up at this point, Trump concluded a deal with the Taliban, too. Yes, he did. And no, he shouldn’t have done so, either. But Trump did not entrust the security of Americans to the Taliban, or leave Americans unprotected in a catastrophic withdrawal that seems designed, if it has any design at all, only to maximize the number of Americans left behind.
After all, the administration was much more concerned with bringing Afghans to the United States than rescuing Americans in Kabul. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said on August 15: “Once we get more airlift out of Kabul, we’re going to put as many people on those planes as we can. There will be a mix…not just American citizens, but perhaps some Afghan SIV [Special Immigrant Visa] applicants as well. We’re going to focus on getting people out of the country, then sorting it out at the next stop. It’s not going to be just Americans first, then SIV applicants.”
And at a Defense Department briefing Monday, Army Maj. Gen. Hank Taylor boasted: “In the past 24 hours, uh, five flights landed at Dulles International Airport, with approximately 1,300 passengers. At this time, four military installations, as well as Dulles International, are receiving Afghans as they, uh, come into the United States. These installations include Fort McCoy, Wisconsin; Fort Lee, Virginia; Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey; and Fort Bliss, Texas. The total number currently at these installations is approximately 1,200, and NORTHCOM continues to build out capacity, uh, to ensure they are prepared to receive more flights that will come in the next few days.”
Those 2,500 Afghans were just a small percentage of Biden’s handlers’ plans to bring 30,000 Afghans to the United States. It’s unclear exactly how many have already arrived. But they will likely become reliable Democratic party voters, and that’s all that matters. As Kamala Harris said, “We did it, Joe!” 13 American service members killed in Kabul? Well, a lot of them probably voted for Trump, anyway. The Afghan new arrivals won’t make that mistake. And so all will be well. But watch for the next jihad massacre, and for Old Joe to look even worse during his recitation of his scripted remarks that time. It’s all right. He doesn’t write any mean tweets!
Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is author of 23 books including many bestsellers, such as The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades), The Truth About Muhammad and The History of Jihad. His latest book is Did Muhammad Exist?: An Inquiry into Islam’s Obscure Origins―Revised and Expanded Edition. Follow him on Twitter here. Like him on Facebook here.
by Daniel Greenfield
Creating a hostage situation is a great pretext for funding Islamic terrorists.
On August 14, Secretary of State Blinken spoke with Afghanistan’s former president and promised that the Biden administration would provide a bulk shipment of dollars.
The next day Kabul fell.
On that same call, Afghanistan’s former leader had agreed to surrender power to the Taliban.
The Biden administration had effectively agreed to provide a massive infusion of cash to the Taliban. But the final deal fell through, the Afghan government fled, and the Taliban took Kabul.
The bulk shipment of dollars never did arrive.
Biden’s diplomats scrambled to evacuate from Kabul. Ajmal Ahmady, the governor of DAB, Afghanistan's central bank, already had a ticket and headed to the airport. He managed to get on a military plane.
Since then he's tweeted that he was warned that the Taliban had come looking for him.
The Taliban were hoping to get their hands on Afghanistan’s money, but much of it is in the United States. The most tangible part of Afghanistan’s assets, $1.3 billion in gold, is sitting in downtown Manhattan, a little bit south of Ground Zero, in the vaults of the Federal Reserve.
If there were any justice, that money would be used to compensate the police officers, firefighters, and workers who died on that day or later on from ailments related to 9/11.
Meanwhile, all the Taliban have to do is fly into JFK, take an Uber to 33 Liberty Street, and ask to be taken down to the basement to see all the bars of gold. And even in Biden’s America and De Blasio’s New York City, they might have trouble walking away with over a billion in gold bars.
Not unless they trade their camos and kameezes for Black Lives Matter t-shirts.
The United States did plenty of dumb things in Afghanistan, but it kept the gold locked up in the basement vaults and $3.1 billion of DAB’s assets went into U.S. Treasury bills and bonds.
Ahmady estimates that $7 billion of DAB's assets are being held by the Federal Reserve which includes the gold, the bills and bonds, $300 million in cash, and another $2.4 billion in World Bank funds for aiding developing countries. There’s also $700 million at the Bank for International Settlements and another $1.3 billion in international accounts.
Those are likely being held in Turkey which is an Islamist dictatorship friendly to the Taliban.
The Taliban would like some or all of that money.
The problem is that while the Taliban expected to find vaults full of gold and cash, Afghanistan had been plugged into the international finance system in which access to cash depends on either great internal wealth or good international relations. The Taliban have neither.
To the extent that the Taliban have been behaving themselves, at least in Kabul, it’s because they want to lay claim to the stream of international wealth that used to flow into Afghanistan.
A week after Kabul fell, the International Monetary Fund was supposed to disburse $460 million in Special Drawing Rights to Afghanistan, but that, like all the other international funding mechanisms that the Taliban wanted to lay claim to, was blocked. While the Biden administration’s diplomats and national security people had made a complete hash of the withdrawal, the treasury people proved to be surprisingly on top of cutting off Taliban cash.
The Taliban still control border crossings and they’ll be able to take advantage of Chinese money, but that’s a long way from the cash they need to run any kind of functional country.
Paradoxically, we were the single biggest revenue source for the Taliban’s money machine.
One expert estimated that at the peak of Obama and Biden's Afghanistan surge, "the Taliban’s ‘taxes’ on truckers supplying NATO likely even surpassed the Taliban’s income from drugs, being tens of millions of dollars at least, maybe up to $100 million annually."
Like a lot of failed states, remittances from Afghans living overseas made up 4% of their GDP. Last year that amounted to $788 million. Some of that money is being blocked. For now.
Without an ongoing war, the money from both NATO and the international financiers of the Jihad will stop flowing. Chinese state businesses won’t allow the Taliban to rob them the way that they looted NATO and while drugs are big money, they’re no substitute for an economy.
Just ask Venezuela and Iran. Or Detroit.
The Taliban’s options are limited. They've appointed Mohammad Idris, a previously unknown Taliban official, to head the central bank. Afghanistan’s currency is imploding and dollarization without dollars doesn’t work so well. Much of Afghanistan’s economy, which was propped up by foreign aid, will collapse leaving behind subsistence farming, opium, and smuggling rackets.
The arms and vehicles looted from the United States will be sold off to fellow Jihadists for a one-time cash infusion because there’ll be no more armored vehicles and drones handed out.
Before 9/11, Afghanistan was facing drought and famine under the Taliban. The United States campaign not only toppled the Taliban, but saved parts of the country from starvation.
But the Taliban do have two key assets: people and trouble.
Those are the same assets held by Jihadists around the world from Hamas in Gaza to the Houthis in Yemen. The Taliban don’t care if portions of the population, especially non-Pashtuns and non-Sunni Muslims suffer, but they know that we do.
Even now there’s talk about how to continue providing humanitarian aid to Afghanistan. And the flow of humanitarian aid to a population in a terrorist area means funding terrorists.
Beyond inflicting misery on Afghans, the Taliban have a variety of options for causing trouble for their enemies. They can speed the flow of migrants and refugees to Europe and also boost the opium business and demand money to “fight drug trafficking” in order to shut it down. (This scam is common in both South America and Southeast Asia, and helps fund the drug trade in the name of fighting it as corrupt politicians cash in on both the drug and anti-drug businesses.)
And their biggest short-term asset are the Afghans and Americans trapped in Afghanistan.
Whatever agreements the Biden administration reached with the Taliban to allow it to operate and to coordinate on security arrangements were almost certainly financial. Once the United States leaves, the Taliban will be able to extract money for every single Afghan who leaves.
But what the Taliban really want is all that money sitting in the Federal Reserve.
There have been precedents for terror states toppling legitimate governments and leaving their wealth in the hands of the United States. From the Bolsheviks of the Soviet Union to the Shiite Islamists of Iran, Democrats eventually turned over the money to the red-green terrorists.
There’s little doubt that the Taliban will get their hands on much of the money.
China, Russia, Pakistan, Turkey, and Qatar will likely push to legitimize the Taliban in international forums. The Biden administration will make a token show of resistance. As the international governance bodies topple and humanitarian groups cry about famine, the money pipeline will reopen. And even though there won’t be a single American soldier in Afghanistan, Biden will go on funding the Taliban long after the withdrawal is wholly complete.
The $7 billion will end up being another down payment in the funding of Islamic terrorism.
The day before Kabul fell, Biden nearly allowed a massive bundle of pallets of dollars to be shipped to Afghanistan. He did so knowing that the money was destined for a Taliban regime.
His cash shipment to the Taliban only fell apart because the Afghan government did.
How long will it be until Biden is shipping money to the Taliban? He may already be doing it.
"Seems to me this would be a good time to send, no strings attached, a check for $200 million to Iran," Biden proposed after September 11. His previous administration illegally shipped $1.7 billion in pallets of cash to Iran. The question isn’t whether Biden will fund the Taliban, but when.
Creating a hostage situation is, as Obama already discovered, a
convenient pretext for funding Islamic terrorists. Biden has created a
massive hostage crisis in Afghanistan. What better way could there be to
force the United States to fund our worst enemies once again?
Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.
by Joseph Hippolito
No matter what else he might do, Joe Biden will be remembered forever for inciting the United States' chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, abandoning American civilians who remain trapped there and displaying utter contempt for American soldiers who have died in Afghanistan. And he will also, of course, always be associated with facilitating the barbaric suicide bombing in Kabul yesterday.
It all begs the question: Why would a veteran of nearly five decades in Washington, a former Senator and vice president, risk destroying his own legacy?
Perhaps Americans need to consider that Biden's decisions reflect his and his family's previous dealings with China, which views the United States as its main competition for world dominance.
FrontPage Magazine explored China's possible interference in November's Presidential election in "Beijing Is Called For Biden," China's clandestine support for Black Lives Matter in "Beijing's Lies Matter" and COVID-19's role as a potential bioweapon in "China Virus, Indeed."
China benefits tremendously as American influence evaporates in Afghanistan. Those benefits came not by accident but from deliberate foresight and preparation.
Afghanistan contains a range of minerals worth between $1 trillion and $3 trillion. The United States Geological Survey estimated that the country has 2.2 trillion tons of iron ore, 60 million metric tons of copper, and 1.4 million tons of rare earths, as well as gold, silver, platinum, uranium, aluminum and lithium.
Rare earths are indispensable for producing consumer and military electronics, especially guidance and communications systems. Rare earths also can provide the key for Afghanistan's economic recovery.
"Afghanistan’s rich mineral resources, if exploited effectively, could prove to be the best substitutes for foreign aid and decrease the country’s dependence on donor countries and foreign support," wrote Ahmad Shah Katawazai, a former diplomat who belonged to the Academy of Sciences of Afghanistan. "Robust policies, strong institutional arrangements together with clear policy direction will pave the way for attracting both domestic and foreign investors."
Enter China, which already owns a monopoly in processing rare earths.
In 2016, China signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of the now-deposed president, Ashraf Ghani. As part of that agreement, China sent $100 million in aid. That funding provided the seed money for China to become the largest investor in Afghan business, and to spend $62 billion on Afghan infrastructure through the Belt and Road Initiative.
Projects include natural gas pipelines, electrical transmission, fiber optics networks, and massive highway and railway reconstruction. Two pivotal lines are the Five Nations Railway, which links China to Iran through Afghanistan, and a north-south route to Pakistan, a key Chinese ally.
By asserting itself economically in Afghanistan, China does more than enhance its presence as a major player in a volatile region. Access to increased mineral wealth strengthens China's dominance in rare earths, making such developed countries as the United States more dependent on that nation.
The Chinese also can mine Afghan uranium, which they can use for their own nuclear weapons or send to Iran or Pakistan.
Nearly three weeks before the Taliban seized Kabul, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the movement's co-founder, met with China's foreign minister, Wang Yi. Baradar is now Afghanistan's president.
"We welcome them," Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen told the South China Morning Post on July 7. "If they have investments, of course we ensure their safety. Their safety is very important for us."
Secretary of State Antony Blinken even called China's involvement in Afghanistan "a positive thing" if the Chinese sought a "peaceful resolution of the conflict" and a "truly representative and inclusive" government.
Biden ensured China's permanent involvement by disregarding advice from various government quarters. In doing so, he sabotaged an agreement that President Donald Trump brokered between the United States and the Taliban. That agreement included parameters for withdrawing American troops.
In February, Congress' Afghanistan Study Group released a report stating that withdrawal depended "not on an inflexible timeline but on all parties fulfilling their commitments, including the Taliban making good on its promises to contain terrorist groups and reduce violence against the Afghan people."
The study group advocated extending the original May 1 deadline for troops to leave. That extension would provide needed time to transfer power peacefully, reinforce civil institutions and secure international support.
"This new approach would protect U.S. national interests in Afghanistan and the region by reducing terrorist threats, promoting regional stability, and protecting important gains in human rights and democratic institutions," the report stated. "A rash and rushed approach could increase the chances of a breakdown of order in Afghanistan that threatens the security and interests of the United States and its allies."
Then in April, Biden rejected the advice of three leading generals to keep a force of 2,500 troops in Afghanistan until peace was secured. Those generals were Gen. Austin Scott Miller, commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, Gen. Frank McKenzie, commander of American forces in the Middle East, and Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
In June, reported the Washington Free Beacon, Biden disbanded a State Department bureau Trump established to oversee the emergency evacuation of Americans overseas. Deputy Secretary Brian McKeon signed a memo that approved the "discontinuation of the establishment, and termination of, the Contingency and Crisis Response Bureau."
In July, diplomats at the American embassy in Kabul sent Blinken a confidential cable. They said the Taliban would quickly assume power after Western troops left, the Afghan army would collapse and the State Department would need to expedite plans for an evacuation.
"The classified cable represents the clearest evidence yet that the administration had been warned by its own officials on the ground that the Taliban’s advance was imminent and Afghanistan’s military may be unable to stop it," reported the Wall Street Journal.
Whether Biden saw the cable, let alone whether Blinken acted on it, remains an open question.
Regardless, Biden's inaction not only exposed thousands of Americans to danger. It allowed the United States' enemies to gain access to sophisticated military equipment, as veteran journalist Lara Logan told Fox's Tucker Carlson.
"They're not talking about why the Taliban is dismantling advanced U.S. military equipment and sending it back over the border to Pakistan," Logan said about Biden's administration. "Worse, they're not stopping it.
“The (National Security Agency) and the National Geospatial Agency, which control the satellites, and all these other arms of the United States government are watching this happen in real time. They are seeing advanced military equipment going over the border into Iran, and going into Pakistan, and they're doing nothing to stop it. Why not?”
If that equipment is going to Pakistan, the Pakistanis could then send it to their ally: China, which could analyze it and develop countermeasures.
"The United States government could change this even today, and they don't do it," Logan said. "The United States has the power to affect anything, and the Afghans know that. They know that the United States could bomb the Taliban's supply lines, right now. They're all coming from Pakistan. Everybody knows it."
So why would Biden disregard sound advice and the facts on the ground? Could the answer lie beyond incompetence or dementia?
There are some facts that it might be important to at least keep in mind.
There are, for instance, the troubling transactions involving Biden and his son, Hunter, with businesses owned by the Chinese government. There is a certain amount of money that both men likely received.
There is the son's public lust for sex and drugs. There is the son's liaison with a young Chinese woman who suggested numerous times that his father should run for president.
There is also the successful intimidation of Ukraine. As vice president, Biden demanded a state prosecutor to stop investigating his son's relationship with Burisma, an energy company, or he would withhold $1 billion in foreign aid. He even bragged about his success to the Council on Foreign Affairs.
There are the millions of dollars that the Clinton Foundation received once Secretary of State Hillary Clinton allowed Rosatom, Russia's nuclear-power agency, to buy Uranium One, a Canadian mining company that owns 20 percent of the United States' uranium reserves. Biden served as vice president when that transaction took place.
There are the accusations about Trump being a Russian agent by his opponents. A certain question can be asked: did those accusations represent a campaign of projection, disinformation and deflection from Biden's China affairs?
Given current events, Americans must ask themselves many questions about the catastrophe in Afghanistan. Some of those questions should, arguably, include the peculiar ingredients of the Bidens' dealings with the Chinese.
Joseph Hippolito is a freelance writer and a regular contributor to FrontPage Magazine. His commentaries have appeared in The Federalist, The Stream, Wall Street Journal, Jerusalem Post and National Post.
by Dan Schnur
If BDS-ers set aside their single-minded focus on Israel for just a short period to spotlight instead the Taliban's daily outrages, it could help pressure the UN Human Rights Council to make the same adjustment.
The BDS movement and its followers might actually have the opportunity to do something good this week. No, really.
The UN Human Rights Council, which usually devotes most of its time to criticizing Israel for defending itself against terrorist attacks, has called an emergency meeting to examine potential human rights abuses committed by the Taliban during their takeover of Afghanistan. There are already reports of Taliban militia ordering women to give up their jobs and to remain indoors, closing schools for girls and forcing young women to marry their fighters, not to mention the persecution of ethnic and religious minorities and whippings, beatings and other violence against Afghani civilians.
It would seem that this should be an open-and-shut case for a UN entity with the expressed purpose of promoting and protecting human rights around the world. But over the years, the HRC has dedicated the overwhelming majority of its time to Israel-bashing, to the point where the Jewish state has received an official condemnation from the Council on no fewer than 78 occasions since it was reconstituted in 2006 – more than the rest of the world combined. In other words, the atrocities, cruelty and barbarism that is a feature of daily life in Iran, North Korea and Syria, just to name a few countries, is of less concern to the commission's members than Israel's efforts to protect its citizens against constant threats of violence from its foes.
The United States, the European Union and Canada have all criticized the tribunal for its single-minded focus on Israel, as have two former UN secretaries-general and even the HRC's own former president. But earlier this year after Hamas launched several days of missile attacks against Israel, the HRC launched an unprecedented permanent "fact-finding mission" against Israel – the first time in the UN's history that a member state has been subject to such an inquiry. The council also commenced an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by the Jewish state, and for good measure called for an arms embargo to be imposed on Israel as well.
It's exceedingly improbable that the HRC will shift its focus from the imagined transgressions of Israel to the actual atrocities taking place in Afghanistan. But if the leading voices in the BDS movement were so inclined, the Taliban's rampage of violence, misogyny and hate-mongering could present them with an opportunity to demonstrate that their concerns about human rights violations are not just an excuse to engage in continuous exercises of anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. If the BDS-ers decided to set aside their single-minded bias and hatred toward Israel for just a short period to focus their spotlight instead on the Taliban's daily outrages, it could help pressure the HRC to make the same adjustment.
Granted, that temporary reorientation would do nothing to reverse or even weaken the anti-Israel hatred that flows unceasingly from both BDS supporters or HRC members. But it would eliminate one level of hypocrisy from their core arguments – their seemingly myopic belief that there is only one country on the planet that deserves scrutiny for its conduct. Their implied belief that Israel is so uniquely malignant in its behavior that human rights abuses everywhere else in the world should be overlooked or minimalized reveals their true motivation: delegitimizing and ultimately eliminating the world's only Jewish state.
Of course, calling out the Taliban would have no impact on the core falsehood at the heart of anti-Zionism; the ridiculous notion that Israel's efforts to defend itself and its people against violent terrorism somehow violates the human rights of those committed to Israel's destruction. But at the very least it would temporarily cast some necessary attention on the genuine brutality and actual carnage being committed in Afghanistan as opposed to the make-believe crimes of which Israel is incessantly accused.
The much more likely outcome is that while the Taliban destroys a country, terrorizes its people and subjugates its women, the BDS-ers will remain silent. The Human Rights Council members will express their concern or issue an ineffectual statement of admonition against the violence. Then both will go back to their more accustomed and hypocritical work of singling out the State of Israel and its people.
Reprinted with permission from JNS.org.
by Lloyd Billingsley
After being removed from Space Force command for exposing Marxist-racist indoctrination.
On September 1, Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier will leave the U.S. military. As the former Space Force commander told The Epoch Times, “I believe I’m able to continue serving my country outside of the service and out of uniform, perhaps in a better way than I was able to, given the circumstances, in uniform at the moment.” The departure invites a review of Lohmeier’s experience, and another with startling similarities.
A 2006 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and a qualified F-15C pilot, Lohmeier earned a master’s degree in military operational art and science and a master’s of philosophy in military strategy. In September of 2020, Lohmeier authored The Better Mind of Space, from Air University Press, views solely of the author but “cleared for public release and unlimited distribution.”
Lohmeier’s squadron operated the Defense Support Program and Space Based Infrared System satellites that detect launches and provide early warning. Lohmeier was representing the Space Force when President Trump held a video conference with military leaders, explaining that the Space Force is “very special to me, that new branch, because that was something that I felt was necessary.” For his part, Lt. Col. Lohmeier was also monitoring efforts to make the U.S. military weaker and more vulnerable.
The Space Force commander authored Irresistible Revolution: Marxism's Goal of Conquest & the Unmaking of the American Military, which posed questions such as: “Is systemic racism a reality, or is much of our talk about race merely a rhetorical tool used to divide Americans? Why has the Defense Department suddenly shifted to a focus on extremism within the ranks? Is there really a white supremacy or white nationalist problem within our armed forces? Are the many Diversity and Inclusion trainings that are being conducted in our federal agencies helping solve these problems, or are they creating conflict where none previously existed? What is Marxism, and what does it have to do with all of this?”
As Lohmeier told Military.com, he was apprised of the option to have the book reviewed by the Pentagon prior to release but told it was not required. Lohmeier discussed Irresistible Revolution on the “Information Operation” podcast with L. Todd Wood. The critical race theory pushed by Biden Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Lohmeier said, “will divide us. It will not unify us.”
In the U.S. military, according to Lohmeier, “if you’re a conservative, then you’re lumped into a group of people who are labeled extremists, if you’re willing to voice your views.” On the other hand, for those aligned with the left, “It’s okay to be an activist online because no one’s going to hold you accountable.”
True to form, back on May 14, Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting, head of Space Operations Command, removed Lt. Col. Lohmeier from his command post at Buckley Air Force Base. In the official line, the move was “due to loss of trust and confidence in his ability to lead,” and “based on public comments made by Lt. Col. Lohmeier in a recent podcast.” Whiting also initiated a Command Directed Investigation (CDI) to probe whether Lohmeier’s comments “constituted prohibited partisan political activity.”
As Lohmeier told The Epoch Times, “It’s not politically partisan to expose Marxist ideology where it exists and to talk about critical race theory; that should be something we’re unitedly standing against.” Lohmeier’s travails with the Biden military recall the case of Phillip Haney, a whistleblower in the Department of Homeland Security.
Haney authored See Something Say Nothing: A Homeland Security Officer Exposes the Government’s Submission to Jihad. The DHS couldn’t have been too happy about the book, nor about rumors that Haney planned a return to the DHS during the administration of Donald Trump, possibly with another book at the ready. On February 21, 2020, somebody shot Haney dead in Amador County, California.
On July 24, a year had passed since the Amador County sheriff posted a news item recalling that Phillip Haney had been “found deceased in our jurisdiction” back in February, 2020. Contrary to early reports, the death was not a suicide. The sheriff handed Haney’s laptop, thumb drive, phone records and documents to the FBI, expecting revelations in a matter of weeks.
The Amador County sheriff did not respond to an email seeking information on what they had received from the FBI in the Haney case. The July 24, 2020 news release remains on the sheriff’s website, and no word on any suspects or their possible motive. As the mystery continues, some realities remain clear.
The composite character president David Garrow described in Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama didn’t like Haney’s book about U.S. submission to Islamic jihad. In similar style, the Biden Junta, basically an extension of the composite character’s rule, dislikes Matthew Lohmeier’s book about Marxist-racist indoctrination in the U.S. Military.
Matthew Lohmeier has already received invitations to various events and conferences. As he speaks out, the former Space Force commander would be wise to watch his back at all times. This is what happens when reactionary politicians ignore those trying to destroy the United States of America and punish those who dedicate their lives to defending the United States of America.
by Neta Bar
Blaze rages over facility in Neyshabur as widespread blackouts are recorded in the area. Reports of casualties remain conflicted; opposition media outlets say sabotage may have been at play.
|The fire at the Neyshabur power plant | Screenshot|
A massive explosion sparked a large blaze at a power plant in northeastern Iran late Wednesday night, the Islamic republic's media reported.
The incident took place in Neyshabur, a city in Razavi Khorasan Province some 475 miles from Tehran, causing widespread blackouts in the area.
Power plant manager Jalal Bahashtian told the Fars news agency that "no injuries were caused by this difficult accident. We hope to restore electricity to the area in the next few hours."
Still, opposition media outlets reported that several people were wounded and that the damage to the facility was extensive, spelling days of blackouts on the greater Neyshabur area.
While Iranian state media often downplays incidents of this nature in an attempt to save face, opposition media outlets further said that the possibility of sabotage cannot be ruled out at this time.
by Andrea Widburg
They remind me of the fact that, in Poland, Lech Wałęsa and the shipyard workers helped bring down the mighty Soviet Union.
The politicians' statements, news reports, and video images coming out of Australia have been shocking. A nation that was once as free as any in the British Commonwealth has become a complete tyranny, right down to shooting politically incorrect dogs. However, Australia's truckers (or at least, some of Australia's truckers) are vowing to end the tyrants' rule and bring sanity back to that continent.
In his superb book, Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and the Lessons for Global Power, Niall Ferguson made the point that, of all the world's former colonies, it was the colonies that once belonged to the British empire that fared best, starting with America. The reason was that the British created an honest civil service mostly staffed with indigenous people who were able to continue after the British left and because the British, even in their colonies, imparted their tradition of liberty.
Therefore, it's been shocking to see the governments in former British colonies use the excuse of COVID to become total tyrants. New Zealand has been almost perpetually locked down since COVID emerged and Canada has been using COVID as an excuse to shut down religion and free speech along with its borders.
But it's Australia that went truly insane. The
land we Americans associate with Crocodile Dundee and Steve Irwin turns
out to be a land populated by evil nannies and frightened children. I
could go on at length, but I'll let Tucker Carlson fill you in on what's
been happening Down Under:
It turns out, though, that not everyone in Australia is cowed. The Daily Expose, a British publication that pushes back against the pro-left, pro-government propaganda from the BBC, found something interesting:
Video messages from Australian truck drivers have surfaced in some of the alternative social media sites in recent days stating that they are going to take their country back, by going on strike and creating a blockade that will choke the supply chain.
They are warning Australians to prepare, and stock up on food and basic necessities while they do this. They claim to have widespread support among "truckies" and also among military veterans.
They recently had a "snap" protest in Sydney where dozens of trucks spanning miles lined up blowing their horns in a sign of solidarity against tyranny.
A Rumble video has footage of some of these truckers stating their plans and asking for citizen support:
To be honest, I have no idea whether this will work. After all, given that Australia has turned out its military to maintain the lockdown, it's clear that the tyrants in government aren't playing tiddlywinks; they're playing for keeps.
However, I remember how Lech Wałęsa and his fellow Gdańsk shipyard workers, in 1980, created the Solidarity movement that was the first major political movement to stand against the Soviet Union. (Poland, after all, was just a satellite of the Soviet Union.) There was a straight line between the shipyard workers' strike and the fall of the Berlin Wall nine years later and the Soviet Union's final demise in 1991.
Keep an eye on events in Australia, because it will show just how far the new Western tyrants are willing to go when it comes to retaining the power that COVID gave them.
Image: One of the Australian truckers. Rumble screen grab.
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by Reuters and ILH Staff
Rabbi Rasson Arousi, chair of the Commission of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel for Dialogue with the Holy See, says comments on the Torah by Pope Francis appear to suggest Jewish law was obsolete.
|Pope Francis is greeted as he arrives at Rome's Great Synagogue, Jan. 17, 2016 | File photo: Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi|
Israel's top Jewish religious authorities have told the Vatican they are concerned about comments that Pope Francis made about their books of sacred law and have asked for a clarification.
In a letter sent to the pontiff, Rabbi Rasson Arousi, chair of the Commission of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel for Dialogue with the Holy See, said the comments appeared to suggest Jewish law was obsolete.
Vatican authorities said they were studying the letter and were considering a response.
Arousi wrote the letter a day after the pope spoke about the Torah, the first five books of the Hebrew Bible, during a general audience on Aug. 11.
The Torah contains hundreds of commandments, or mitzvot, for Jews to follow in their everyday lives. The measure of adherence to the wide array of guidelines differs between Orthodox Jews and Reform Jews.
At the audience, the pope, who was reflecting on what St. Paul said about the Torah in the New Testament, said: "The law (Torah) however does not give life.
"It does not offer the fulfillment of the promise because it is not capable of being able to fulfill it ... Those who seek life need to look to the promise and to its fulfillment in Christ."
Arousi sent the letter on behalf of the Chief Rabbinate – the supreme rabbinic authority for Judaism in Israel – to Cardinal Kurt Koch, whose Vatican department includes a commission for religious relations with Jews.
"In his homily, the pope presents the Christian faith as not just superseding the Torah; but asserts that the latter no longer gives life, implying that Jewish religious practice in the present era is rendered obsolete," Arousi said in the letter.
"This is in effect part and parcel of the 'teaching of contempt' towards Jews and Judaism that we had thought had been fully repudiated by the Church," he said.
Relations between Catholics and Jews were revolutionized in 1965, when the Second Vatican Council repudiated the concept of collective Jewish guilt for the death of Jesus and began decades of inter-religious dialogue. Francis and his two predecessors visited synagogues.
Two leading Catholic scholars of religious relations with Jews agreed that the pope's remarks could be seen as a troublesome setback and needed clarification.
"To say that this fundamental tenet of Judaism does not give life is to denigrate the basic religious outlook of Jews and Judaism. It could have been written before the Council," said Father John Pawlikowski, former director of the Catholic-Jewish Studies Program at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.
"I think it's a problem for Jewish ears, especially because the pope's remarks were addressed to a Catholic audience," said Professor Philip Cunningham, director of the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia.
"It could be understood as devaluing Jewish observance of the Torah today," Cunningham said.
Arousi and Pawlikowski said it was possible that at least part of the pope's teaching homily, known as a catechesis, was written by aides and that the phrase was not properly vetted.
Koch's office said on Wednesday he had received the letter, was "considering it seriously and reflecting on a response".
Francis has had a very good relationship with Jews. While still archbishop in native Buenos Aires, he co-wrote a book with one of the city's rabbis, Abraham Skorka, and has maintained a lasting friendship with him.
In his letter to Cardinal Koch, Arousi asked him to "convey our distress to Pope Francis" and asked for a clarification from the pope to "ensure that any derogatory conclusions drawn from this homily are clearly repudiated."
Reuters and ILH Staff
by Joseph Klein
All while selling out Americans stranded in Afghanistan.
President Joe Biden continues to humiliate the United States by letting the Taliban terrorists dictate the terms of his surrender.
Indeed, the president just capitulated to the terrorists’ threat to adhere to his own self-imposed deadline of August 31st
for the withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Afghanistan. The evacuation
of U.S. troops from the Kabul airport has already begun.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid warned during a press conference in Kabul that:
August 31 is the time given and after that it's something that is against the agreement. All people should be removed prior to that date. After that we do not allow them, it will not be allowed in our country, we will take a different stance.
And Biden dutifully followed the orders.
The president is so infused with the radical agenda of his left-wing base that he began his August 24th address to the American people on the latest developments in Afghanistan with praise for the House of Representatives’ passage of the Democrats’ budget framework for their socialist $3 trillion budget bill. He went out of his way to thank Speaker Nancy Pelosi for pushing this "progressive" leftist program through the House. Then he put in a word of support for the Democrats’ partisan voting bills to federalize elections. He spent more than five minutes of his twelve minute address on left-wing domestic policies that had nothing to do with the Afghanistan crisis on most Americans' minds.
When Biden finally got around to discussing that crisis, he stated that his administration was on pace for an August 31st withdrawal. He added, however, that meeting this deadline depends on continued cooperation from the Taliban in allowing access to the Kabul airport.
The U.S. would judge the Taliban by their actions, Biden added. But his own actions can only be judged as an appeasement of the Taliban.
The president left himself a little wiggle room to adjust the timeline should that become necessary. He referred vaguely to the development of contingency plans just in case they are needed. But that is ultimately meaningless talk because the U.S. administration is operating from a position of weakness.
Biden failed as Commander-in-Chief to plan for a safe and orderly evacuation for as long as it takes, backed by a credible threat of overwhelming force against the Taliban, al Qaeda, and ISIS if they try to interfere with the evacuations.
Instead, Biden has allowed the Taliban to call the shots even when it comes to completing the evacuation of American citizens. As for those Afghans seeking to escape the Taliban’s wrath for working with the United States, they are out of luck. The Taliban are no longer letting them leave the country.
Biden has acknowledged that ISIS fighters are present in Afghanistan and that they represent a threat to the U.S. soldiers and citizens still in the country. In fact, one of the reasons cited for the U.S. military to quickly pack up and leave by August 31st is the added risk to our troops from ISIS attacks if the troops remain in the country.
But the president is clearly willfully blind to ISIS in Afghanistan being a long-term threat to the American homeland. He has assured Americans that ISIS and the Taliban are sworn enemies, implying that the Taliban will clamp down on ISIS severely enough to prevent them from getting out of hand and from using Afghanistan as a base from which to hatch attacks on Americans everywhere.
The assumption here is flawed.
The Taliban not only released al Qaeda prisoners as they took over Afghanistan; they released imprisoned ISIS terrorists as well. Yes, the Taliban may see ISIS jihadists as rivals for power in Afghanistan, but the Taliban, ISIS, and al Qaeda share a common enemy that transcends their internal squabbles: the infidels of the West, especially the United States. The three radical Islamist groups share the same jihadist ideology, which envisions the triumph through conquest of global Islam rule under strict Sharia law.
Biden has shown zero concern for any al Qaeda threat emerging from Afghanistan. In fact, according to him, the terror group is “gone” from Afghanistan, as he falsely claimed during his remarks to the press on August 20th. “We went to Afghanistan for the express purpose of getting rid of al Qaeda in Afghanistan, as well as — as well as getting Osama bin Laden. And we did,” Biden asserted.
Biden’s claim is in sync with the Taliban’s own false claim that al Qaeda members “are not present in Afghanistan in the first place.”
Interestingly enough, however, even Biden’s Secretary of State Antony Blinken contradicted the president’s contention that al Qaeda is “gone” from Afghanistan. During a Fox News Sunday interview on August 22nd, Blinken admitted that there are still “al Qaeda members and remnants” in Afghanistan.
The Pentagon's spokesperson also acknowledged on August 24th that al Qaeda remains a threat in Afghanistan.
True, U.S. special forces did get Osama bin Laden, against the advice of then-Vice President Biden -- who did not think the mission should have gone forward. But al Qaeda did not disappear from Afghanistan during the last 20 years. Far from it.
An official monitoring team analysis submitted to the United Nations Security Council last spring reported some chilling findings. The analysis revealed that despite the attrition of al Qaeda forces, including the killing of some senior figures, a “significant part of the leadership of Al-Qaida resides in the Afghanistan and Pakistan border region, alongside Al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent.”
Moreover, according to the UN report, “Large numbers of Al-Qaida fighters and other foreign extremist elements aligned with the Taliban are located in various parts of Afghanistan.”
The UN report noted that “the primary component of the Taliban in dealing with Al-Qaida is the Haqqani Network. Ties between the two groups remain close, based on ideological alignment, relationships forged through common struggle and intermarriage.”
Along their road to victory, the Taliban released al Qaeda prisoners who have been joining the Taliban’s ranks. According to Thomas Joscelyn, Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, several U.S. officials whom he spoke with think that “at least hundreds of al-Qaeda’s men were released during the Taliban’s jailbreaks this year.”
With the Taliban now in charge, more members of al Qaeda from near and far, along with would-be jihadist recruits, will be converging on Afghanistan. The Taliban’s promise that they will not give al Qaeda refuge in Afghanistan is a total lie. We are now facing the re-establishment of a national sanctuary for Islamic terrorists from all over the world.
Biden has argued that Afghanistan is no longer of significant strategic interest to the United States in the war against terror. The “threat from terrorism has metastasized,” Biden said. “There’s a greater danger from ISIS and — and al Qaeda and all these affiliates in other countries, by far, than there is from Afghanistan.”
Unfortunately, realities on the ground suggest otherwise. The Biden administration's catastrophic retreat from Afghanistan has given new life to global jihadists. They are boasting that their "long war" strategy is working against the infidels. And, to be sure, al Qaeda and other jihadist groups now have a safe haven to congregate, train, raise money, and hatch plots that can be executed from Afghanistan or from the other countries to which terrorism has “metastasized.”
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, based largely in Yemen, has proclaimed the “beginning of a pivotal transformation” worldwide, according to the New Yorker article, "Afghanistan, Again, Becomes a Cradle for Jihadism—and Al Qaeda."
The Taliban have learned in the last 20 years how to manipulate the western media and to show a more “moderate” and “tolerant” public face to the so-called “international community.” Taliban leaders will say anything to drum up support for international recognition of the Taliban as the “legitimate” rulers of Afghanistan. It’s all about luring foreign aid into the country, which the Taliban will control. By negotiating with the Taliban, the Biden administration has conferred legitimacy on this terrorist group and their takeover of Afghanistan by force.
The Taliban’s new packaging is a complete sham. The Taliban remain the same bunch of murderous, misogynist thugs they always were. Their atrocities continue. They have been beating and harassing people trying desperately to enter the Kabul airport so that they can be flown out of Afghanistan.
Taliban fighters beat a woman to death who said she could not cook for them. Another woman was reportedly shot to death for not wearing a burqa. Girls were stopped and lashed last week for wearing “revealing sandals."
Women and girls have been told to leave work or schools and not come back.
Some girls have been forced into marriage or taken away as sex slaves for Taliban fighters.
Afghans who helped coalition forces or worked for the government overthrown by the Taliban have been hunted down in door-to-door searches. Captured Afghan policemen have been shot to death.
Biden has embarrassed the United States by handing these thugs the leverage to impose their will on the greatest nation on earth. Then again, Biden and his progressive left-wing allies do not believe in American exceptionalism. They would rather criticize America for its alleged “faults” than defend Americans’ freedoms against the true forces of evil.
Because of Biden’s surrender, terrorists taking American civilians as hostages may very well -- and tragically -- become our next calamity.
by Patricia McCarthy
Asleep at the wheel, or are they just cowards?
So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, "I am innocent of this man's blood; see to it yourselves."
Matthew 27:24 describes Pontius Pilate as denying involvement in Jesus' crucifixion. Joe Biden is our Pontius Pilate. He causes mayhem, then leaves desolation in his wake, and takes responsibility for none of it. Given the catastrophic and devastating consequences of the illegitimate Biden administration, one has to wonder, "Where is Congress?"
Given Biden's now obvious plan to utterly destroy America both here at home and on the international stage, shouldn't they, as a united body, stand together and demand this president be removed along with his inept and tone-deaf advisers — naïve Blinken, liar Sullivan, "white rage" Milley, Austin, and Afghanistan commander Gen. McKenzie? They all telegraph weakness.
Many times in our nation's past, we've had incompetent elected officials but none who did the unspeakable, inhumane damage Biden has wrought. He and his passive-aggressive posse's actions are now clearly criminal, potentially genocidal, and he seems not to care or even notice.
He and his coterie of arrogant bumblers seem unable to grasp the value of human life, America's standing in the world, or loyalty to our allies. Biden has blown up the reputation of the U.S. and proven that he and his band of milquetoasts are wholly without decency, ethics, and any sense of morality. This is a bad bunch of people who have taken Obama's intent to bring America down a peg and doubled down. They are orchestrating our defeat, which, given what he has surrendered to the Taliban/al-Qaeda/ISIS, may lead to our destruction.
So why are the men and women of Congress not standing together demanding that these treasonous tools of China be removed from office immediately? Whom do they represent if not the American people? Biden is putting their families at risk along with the rest of us.
Biden's clumsy and lethal withdrawal from Afghanistan proves, once and for all, his malevolence. He opened the southern border to all comers on the first day of his administration. He is hosting an invasion, welcoming migrants with COVID, syphilis, AIDS, TB, and probably many more diseases, some long ago eradicated in the U.S. They are gang members, cartel employees, and sex traffickers and, of course, there are innocents among them. Biden is preventing the deportation of all of them.
This can only be a calculated plan to infect Americans with COVID and other communicable diseases and the crime that will surely infect their communities. And now he is vowing to bring tens of thousands of Afghani refugees to our cities and towns. What could possibly go wrong? Will any of them be vetted, those who cross the southern border or those who arrive from Afghanistan? Not likely. They will be coddled, fed, clothed, sheltered, and cared for on the U.S. taxpayer dime. How many among them will wreak murder and mayhem upon their new host nation? Who knows? This administration, from the outset, favors criminal and foreign terrorists over Americans, choosing instead to label conservative citizens and supporters of President Trump as "domestic terrorists."
On day one, Biden prevented the completion of the wall and erased our energy independence, which is why gas prices in California are nearing five dollars a gallon, and he has been reduced to begging OPEC to pump more oil. They said no. How pathetic.
He continues to support defunding the police and has promoted teaching the racist and thus repellent Critical Race Theory. He and his administration support the medical and surgical ravages of gender dysphoria procedures, sacrificing countless young people to this dangerous, life-altering form of mass psychosis. And then there is the pandemic, a creation of the left's incitement of hysteria over a very treatable virus and the attempt to mandate experimental vaccines that have caused tens of thousands of deaths and injuries.
Big tech and the media all collude to dismiss the truth as "misinformation" just as they suppress information on available therapeutics. What have the Republicans in Congress done to counter all the ruination of our civil society? Nothing. Not one thing. Oh, they go on the news programs and complain, but they do zero, zip, nada.
One would at the very least expect all the Republicans to band together and file articles of impeachment. One would expect, given the dire circumstances, that the Democrats in Congress would demand that Biden's Cabinet invoke the 25th Amendment, as he is clearly suffering from dementia. But no. They do nothing but party maskless while ordering the rest of us to wear face diapers in seeming perpetuity and attempt to permanently bankrupt the U.S. with trillions in spending us into socialism while legislating the federal government's control over all elections. Biden, with Pelosi's help, has seen to it that the U.S. is no longer a superpower. We are no longer a democratic republic, but heading toward failed state status.
Biden's orchestration of the disastrous fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban, a band of seventh-century barbarians who are going door to door to ferret out Afghans who may have helped the Americans and to capture girls as young as twelve as "wives" for their fighters, is the worst thing an American president has ever done in the history of this nation. He turned over Bagram Air Force Base and billions of dollars in helicopters, tanks, and arms. Billions. Let that sink in. He gave them the armaments to come after us.
This is far worse than the fall of Saigon, also a betrayal of in-country allies by the left. Millions were killed after Vietnam was abandoned. The killing fields were real. That is what is ahead for the Afghans and Americans who have spent years there trying to help the Afghani people, especially their women and girls. That will be Joe Biden's legacy, the permanent stain on his presidency and the ruling class that put him in the Oval Office.
But this administration should end now. Who can predict how much more damage he will do if he and his "team" remain in power? Congress, do your job! Save the nation. Find a way and do it. Get it done.
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