On ABC’s This Week on Sunday, Pfizer’s CEO Albert Bourla told George Stephanopoulos that booster shots can be provided to older Americans, as well as shots for those who have yet to be vaccinated.
“I think it is also not the right thing to try to resolve it with an ‘or’ when you can resolve it with an ‘and,” he said. “It’s not shall we give boosters or give primary doses to other people. I think the answer is let’s give both boosters and doses to other people.”
CDC director Rochelle Walensky agrees with the agency’s advisory panel that medically vulnerable seniors should receive a booster shot of the vaccine, but the panel has rejected the recommendation that frontline workers receive a booster.
“We are looking forward to being able to vaccinate all these vulnerable people so that we can put an end to this pandemic,” Bourla said.
The debate over the need for a booster may seem unimportant, since some countries – poorer countries – have no vaccines at all. Former CDC director, Tom Frieden, criticized Pfizer and Moderna of not doing enough to supply vaccines to poorer nations.
“While focusing on selling expensive vaccines to rich countries, Moderna and Pfizer are doing next to nothing to close the global gap in vaccine supply. Shameful,” Frieden recently tweeted.
Recently, Pfizer released safety date regarding vaccines for children 05 to 11years of age. “I think we are going to submit this data very soon,” Bourla said. “A matter of days, not weeks.”
When the data has been reviewed and the FDA gives it’s approval, Bourla said Pfizer will begin inoculating children in that age group.
Shasta County District Attorney Stephanie Brigette has charged the utility company PG&E with manslaughter and other crimes, in relation to the 2020 wildfire that allegedly killed four people.
Thirty-one charges were filed Friday against the California utility company in connection with a northern California fire last year. Eleven charges were felonies, including manslaughter.
“PG&E has a history of repeatably causing wildfires that is not getting better – it’s getting worse,” Bridgett said during a press briefing. “Those who lost loved ones need justice. They need to have those who are responsible for killing their loved ones to be held criminally responsible, especially since this fire was completely preventable.”
The power company pleaded guilty last year to charges of manslaughter that allegedly led to the deaths of at least eighty-four people during a 2018 fire that was sparked by one of its lines coming into contact with a tree.
“I’m here today on behalf of the 23,000 men and women of PG&E to take responsibility for the fire that killed these people,” chief executive of PG&E, Bill Johnson said in a near-empty Butte County Superior Courtroom in June of 2020. “No words from me can ever reduce the magnitude of that devestation.”
In a statement Chief Executive Officer Patti Pope said, “We’re putting everything we’ve got into preventing wildfires and reducing the risk. Though it may feel satisfying for the company of PG&E to be charged with a crime, what I know is the company of PG&E is people, 40,000 people who get up every day to make it safe and to end catastrophic wildfires and tragedies like this. Let’s be clear. My co-workers are not criminals. We welcome our day in court so people can learn just that.”
“It’s time that they change, ” Bridgett said, speaking of PG&E. “Change does not come by doing nothing. We cannot afford do nothing.”
She added, “One of our primary functions here is to hold them responsible and let the surviving families know that their loved ones did not die in vain.”
The company, which has been blamed for a number of California fires, filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019, but emerged from bankruptcy in the summer of 2020.
Sources: NY Times, Bloomberg News, The Week, ABC News.
The Biden administration has said it will not withhold records pertaining to the days leading to the Capitol riot, however certain cases may need to be evaluated.
“I would say that we take this matter incredibly seriously,” Jen Psaki said. “The president already concluded that it would not be appropriate to assert executive privilege. And so, we will respond promptly to these questions as they arise. And certainly as they come up from Congress, and certainly we have been working closely with Congressional committees and others as they work to get to the bottom of what happened on January 06.”
Any questions of executive privilege would be reviewed as necessary. Four former members of Trump’s administration have already been subpoenaed. Those members include former White House advisor, Steve Bannon, Mark Meadows, Defense Department official, Kash Patel, and former Deputy Chief of staff Dan Scavino. Bannon was fired in 2017, but the two have remained friends.
Bannon had recently admitted on his podcast that he told the former president to “kill this administration in the crib early on by it’s own incompetence and it’s illegitimacy.”
“We said and told president Trump, ‘you need to kill this administration in the crib early on by it’s own incompetence and illegitimacy,” Bannon said on his podcast. “It’s killed itself. Just let this go with what this illegitimate regime is doing. It killed itself. We told you from the beginning. Just expose it. Just expose it. Never back down. Never give up. This thing will implode.”
There was an implosion, but it was not within the Biden administration. The implosion came from within the Trump administration, due to an incompetent president who was unable and or unwilling to pull his own head from his rear end long enough to do anything.
“He’s also someone who we realize was talking to president Trump in the final days,” Robert Costa told MSNBC News of Bannon. “Talking to Trump even on January 05, the evening of the insurrection and telling Trump, based on our reporting, to ‘kill the Biden presidency in the crib.”
White House spokesman, Michael Gwin, told CNN, “As president Biden has said, the events of January 06 were a dark stain on our country’s history and they represented an attack on the foundations of our constitution and democracy in a way that few other events have. The president is deeply committed to ensuring that something like this does not happen again, and he supports a thorough investigation into what occured. That’s why his administration has been engaging with Congress on matters relating to January 06 for several months now and will continue to do so with the Select Committee.”
In August, Trump said he would invoke executive privilege if necessary to stall the investigation, but it seems unlikely anything will come of it.
Before coronavirus was a thing, there was Fart Gate.
In the fall of 2019, during an interview with Chris Matthews on MSNBC, Congressman Eric Swalwell appeared to rip one. The embarrassing event – which was nothing more than the scrape of a mug across a table – was nonetheless so big, it trended on Twitter and all over social media.
It was so big, it out-trended some of the biggest scandals of past administrations.
It was bigger than Water Gate.
It was bigger than Russia Gate.
It was bigger than Obama Gate.
Believe it or not, it was even bigger than COVID Gate, that thing that Republicans insisted that former president Trump handled with admiration and great leadership – unlike Obama who allowed the plague of Ebola to run rampant across America, killing all of two people.
The only difference is, Fart Gate claimed no victims. Unless you include the hundreds or thousands who figuratively died laughing.
In a recent appearance last week on Hannity on the Fox News channel, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee passed explosive wind while bitching about president Biden’s vaccine mandate for businesses with at least one hundred employees to be vaccinated, or submit to weekly testing.
“Here’s the thing, Sean,” Huckabee said. “When my mother wanted me to eat spinach, she didn’t tell me that it was good for me, or that it had vitamin E, or any of that good stuff. She told me that if I ate my spinach, I would look like Popeye and be as strong as he was. Well, I hated spinach. But I really wanted to look like Popeye, and I wanted to talk like him too. So, I ate my spinach, and even though I gagged and barfed every time, I managed to keep it down. But, you know what, Sean? No matter how much spinach I ate, I just couldn’t look like Popeye, or talk like him. I ate and ate and ate, and gagged and threw up and gagged and barfed, and no matter how much I ate, I knew I was never going to be as strong as Popeye!
“Well, you know what, Sean? That made me mad. It made me mad that my mother lied to me when she told me spinach would make me strong like Popeye. The only thing eating spinach did for me, was make a wimp out of me. I got beat up by a girl when I wore my Popeye costume for Halloween when I was ten. God, that was so humiliating. I’ve never lived that down to this day, Sean.
“And you what else makes me mad, Sean? Biden’s vaccine mandates. He needs to tell us the benefits of the vaccines rather than scaring the sh – daylights out of us when he says ‘follow the science.’ He’s not following the science, Sean. If he was, he would admit that the science says wearing a mask doesn’t do anything to prevent the spread of COVID, and vaccines are a way for liberals to control those who doubt their effectiveness. He’s not. And the reason? Because he thinks when he eats beans, he doesn’t flatulate and produce gas like the rest of us. Because he’s the president, he thinks his sh – doesn’t stink. But it does. You know what they say about old people farts, Sean.”
“What? You never smelled the flatulence of an old person, Sean?”
“Not that I can recall, governor.”
“Well I can, and I can tell you it’s the worst smell on earth. My old granny could fart like the wind, and God did it stink! It was the worst stink on God’s green earth! It was so powerful, it could peel wall paper, it could wilt flowers, and it could literally kill. Why, I remember one time she bottled a gasser and used it to kill -“
“Alright, governor,” Hannity said, looking even more uncomfortable. “Let’s move it along here. I think we’re running short on time.”
“Alright, Sean. I just wanted to say that Biden’s vaccine mandates make me as mad as my mother telling me I could be strong like Popeye if I ate spinache, so mad that I want to tell him what I think of his mandates. Are you ready, Sean?”
“Ready for what, governor?”
Huckabee tooted. It was a long-winded blast that resembled the tooting of a freight train whistle heard from a distance. Shaking his head, Hannity covered his face with a hand, but it was clear that he was more amused than embarrassed.
“That’s exactly what I think of Biden’s mandates,” Huckabee said. “Oops! I think a little something came out there, Sean.”
On a recent broadcast of his radio show, the Great One told his audience of seven: “This is an American company,” Levin said in the nasally voice that his listeners never seem to get tired of hearing.
“It is founded by and run by an American patriot. His name is Mike Lindell. People think he’s either a drunk, a lunatic or a patriot. I happen to fall into the category that think he’s a patriot. He’s a patriot because he supports Trump. People are trying to take him out because they don’t like his products. Did you know that, Mr. Producer?”
Mr. Producer: “No, I didn’t. Huh, how about that?”
“That’s right, Mr. Producer. It has nothing to do with any of this election stuff and that totally made-up riot at the Capitol. And you know what? It’s not going to work. I’ll tell you that right now. His products are great. He has every right to give his opinion, and I don’t care if anyone doesn’t believe a word he says.
“I don’t care if people believe he’s a liar or a lunatic! I don’t care if he can’t prove a word he says! It’s his opinion. He should be allowed to state his opinion. Shouldn’t he, Mr. Producer?”
Mr. Producer: “Check.”
“And you know what? He’s right. His word should be enough! And we should support him by buying his products.
“I think his six piece towel set is great, by the way. You know what they say? They say Trumpy Bear Won, Not Sleepy-Joe in red, white and blue lettering. They’re billed as patriot towels. How’s that for true American Patriotism? They’re the best towels I ever owned. They get me cleaner and dryer than any towel I ever used. Not like those wimpy towels made by those other guys. I wouldn’t wipe my bottom with those. They remind me of that trash bag commercial making fun of the weaker bags. Wimpy, wimpy, wimpy.
“My wife loves My Slippers. What’s that, Mr. Producer?”
Mr. Producer: “She loves your slippers?”
“I don’t have a pair of slippers,” Levin said. “My wife has My Slippers.”
Mr. Producer: “Are you trying to tell me your wife stole your slippers and won’t give them back?”
“No, Mr. Producer, you misunderstand. My wife has a pair of My Slippers, another great product produced by My Pillow, which also have the words Trumpy Bear Won, Not Sleepy-Joe in red, white and blue bold lettering. But, you what I like best?”
Mr. Producer: “What’s that?”
“My Teddy Bear Pillow, because whenever I’m upset about something, I get to cry myself to sleep, like I did the night Trump lost the election, and it works every time.”
There have been many idiots at Fox News over the years. They’ve come and they’ve gone. But none of them have been as dumb as Rachel Compost-Duffy. She takes first prize in the category of stupid. Every time she appears on camera, she takes stupidity to a whole new level.
She recently criticized the so-called “vaccine mandate” – that really isn’t a mandate, since anyone is free to refuse a vaccine as long as they agree to get tested regularly – by the tyrannical Biden administration as an all out attack on freedom and the Constitution.
“Make no mistake,” she told the rubes, working them into a frenzy. “Joe Biden has declared war on freedom yesterday and took authoritarianism to a whole new level by forcing vaccines on millions of Americans. Biden threw the Constitution out the window as he issued medical mandates for federal employees, schools and even private businesses, but apparently Kamala Harris didn’t get the memo.”
She played a clip of VP Harris saying, “When people are able to make choices without government interference, for themselves in terms of well-being and the well-being of their family in consultation with whomever they choose – we are a stronger society.”
“Now the vice president wasn’t talking about the vaccines,” Compost-Duffy said, “as she supports those mandates. No, no, no, she was defending abortion and doubling down on the administrations war on the unborn. Now Kamala clearly doesn’t know what is going on at the White House and is incapable of staying on message. But don’t let her incompetence fool you. The Biden administration is fully aware of what they are doing and the malicious intent behind these mandates.”
Apparently it’s Compost-Duffy who hasn’t received the memo, and has no idea herself what is going on at the White House. Again, employees are free to refuse vaccination as long as they are tested, but Duffy neglects to mention this little fact.
Regarding VP Harris’s remarks. She made these at a meeting with the Gender Policy Council, which had nothing to do with vaccine mandates, but fighting unconstitutional laws currently being enacted in Texas and other states.
To Dimwits like Compost-Duffy, refusing to get vaccinated is a noble cause, resisting tyranny from a government, she believes, wants to control you through vaccines, masks, social distancing and lockdowns. The coronavirus, according to experts like her, came from China, so observing any of these health guidelines, will apparently turn us all Chinese.
However, banning abortion is not big government intruding in your privacy, is not government tyranny. The right to refuse to wear a mask so I can cough in your face and spread my germs all over you, without government telling me I can’t, is government tyranny, and trumps your right to an abortion, libtard!
As the coronavirus refuses to go away due to the stubbornness and stupidity of Republicans, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight to complained that Democrats have politicized masks for no reason.
The governor’s ratings approval have dropped faster than Floridians are filling up hospitals due to his executive orders banning mask mandates, which have been successfully blocked so far by a Tallahassee court.
“For the life of me, Tucker, I can’t figure out why politics have masks around it,” the governor complained to the host. “We’re currently in a pandemic that won’t go away because Democrats want everyone to wear masks all the time. It’s insane. We all know that masks are ineffective against the virus, because last year Dr. Fauci said that masks don’t work. He lied. First he said they work, and then he said they don’t work. I mean, who are we suppose to trust if they won’t tell us the truth?”
“Well, certainly not Dr. Fauci,” Carlson said. “He lied not only about masks, he lied about the vaccines too. We know for a fact that the vaccines have killed far more than COVID has.”
“We also have onions involved,” DeSantis said. “The same onions that wanted schools closed last year. Remember, we were in court last year at this time because they wanted to sue me to keep the schools closed. We were getting kids back into school because we understood – unlike those clueless libs – how important it was for parents and kids to be learning and all this stuff, instead of playing video games all day, which are also getting people killed.”
Tucker stared at him with that face that progressive commentators have made fun of countless times. “I think you mean, unions, governor.”
“No, I mean those sour pusses, those teachers that form those things that… you know, those what do ya call ’em, those clubs that fight for workers, those thing-a-ma-jigs…?”
Since becoming president, Joe Biden has come under full assault by the Republican party and it’s media lapdogs. Much of that assault is attacking him for everything he has done, whether it’s been successful or not, mostly to deflect from the fact that the former president, Donald J. Trump, was a massive failure.
Recently, Biden was able to accomplish something Trump was unwilling to do: getting America out of Afghanistan where it had been for twenty years. The withdrawal had its tragedies: American servicemen were killed in recent suicide bombings in the vicinity of the Kabul airport, as well as Afghan civilians. This likely would have happened had Trump initiated a withdrawal. But conservative media has been in defense mode for the former president, claiming a Trump withdrawal would have been smooth and successful without any deaths. Even Trump himself has made this claim.
As usual, they’re all full of it.
It was Trump who initiated the withdrawal from Afghanistan, by negotiating an agreement to withdraw all military by May of 2021. Joe Biden had the balls to carry through on that agreement. Trump knew this would happen under his presidency, which is why he didn’t do it. It would have shattered the confidence of the lapdogs who lick his boots and kiss his rear end.
In a Fox News op-ed, current chair of the RNC, Ronna McDaniel condemned the Biden administration for having the audacity of getting military troops and personnel from Afghanistan, as if it were a massive failure from start to finish. It wasn’t the war itself that was a massive failure, a war that saw the deaths of more than 2,000 American soldiers. No, that was acceptable to conservatives.
She begins her article by listing the names of the servicemen who lost their lives in the suicide bombing.
Their deaths are heart-breaking. They were also preventable. By haphazardly withdrawing from Afghanistan with no plan and no preparation, president Joe Biden put our troops in harm’s way. Thirteen American families have been devastated as a direct result of Joe Biden’s complete and embarrassing incompetence. There is no excuse for his failure.
By claiming that Biden had no plan for withdrawing from Afghanistan, shows her ignorance. Biden’s plan was to get as many Americans – servicemen, and personnel – out of Afghanistan before the deadline, and to prevent any future deaths of military men and women by prolonging a war with no end in sight. He could have just prolonged the inevitable – the Taliban taking over Afghanistan – by keeping thousands of troops and risking the deaths of hundreds or thousands more American soldiers – which, of course, would have been perfectly acceptable to conservatives like McDaniel who talk out of both sides of their mouths.
This would have happened even had Trump pulled out all U.S. troops from Afghanistan while he was still president. The Taliban would have taken over run the country just as they are now. There would have been suicide bombings – which conservatives would say we’re inevitable – and conservatives would be defending his decision to withdraw the military. Had any of this happened, they would have most likely blamed it on Obama.
Trump put U.S. troops in harm’s way by negotiating a deal with the Taliban, which included the release of thousands of Taliban prisoners. But, for some reason, McDaniel didn’t bother to mention this. I wonder why.
The man who claimed to plan for every contingency left the Taliban billions of dollars of American military equipment – including Blackhawk helicopters. And hundreds of American citizens remain trapped behind enemy lines. The president left American citizens to die in a terrorist-controlled war zone. The scale of Biden’s failure is nearly incomprehensible. It’s been reported that this pathetic excuse for a commander-in-chief even gave the Taliban a list of Americans remaining in Afghanistan, similar to how he commissioned this radical terrorist group to provide security for American citizens. Negotiating with terrorists and losing spectacularly – at the cost of American lives and an entire nation’s future – is unacceptable.
Did she find it unacceptable that Trump negotiated with these same terrorists? Did she – or any of his sycophants in the media or Congress – find it unacceptable when Trump agreed to the release of thousands of Taliban prisoners as part of his peace deal with them? I don’t know, but I doubt it.
It was Biden who specifically left all of that military equipment to the Taliban. It was all donated by Obama, obviously. No past Republican administration had anything to do with providing that equipment, and certainly no Republicans in Congress voted to authorized any of that equipment. It was all Joe Biden and Obama. He just handed everything over as one massive gift to the Taliban, wishing them a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year on his way out. Thanks, Obama!
Biden has failed the American people. He lied. He failed, and he has proven himself unfit to serve as our president. If Biden had an ounce of human decency, he would resign. Sadly, he doesn’t. He likely doesn’t fully understand the catastrophic, tragic events that he set in motion. In his few appearances throughout this crisis, he has appeared defiant and without remorse. Our enemies around the globe are taking note. This president is incapable of living up to the gravity of this crisis. Thirteen American soldiers should not have died as a direct result of Joe Biden’s leadership. This tragedy is completely his doing. He has failed our troops, he has failed the Afghan people, and he has failed America. Biden’s Afghanistan crisis proved beyond a doubt that he is not up to the task of leading this nation. He should resign immediately.”
It should be noted that McDaniel is a niece of Mitt Romney. Mitt begs to differ with his niece’s assessment of who shares the blame in this crisis.
In a recent interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Mitt said:
“Leaving Americans behind and leaving our Afghan friends behind who’ve worked with us would put upon us and will put upon us a moral stain. This did not have to happen. It was preventable. We didn’t have to be in this rush-rush circumstance with terrorists breathing down our neck. But it’s really the responsibility of the prior administration and this administration that has caused this crisis to be upon us and has led to what is without question a humanitarian and foreign-policy tragedy.
“If you focus on what we should do right now, recognize that we’re in the position we’re in right now because of terrible decisions made by two administration’s. One, the Trump administration negotiating directly with the Taliban, getting ready to invite them to Camp David, opening up a prison of 5,000 Taliban and probably ISIS-K individuals and letting them free. We don’t know whether some of them were involved in the attack that occured.
“These were decisions that led to what you’re seeing and the danger that exists at the airport. This should not have happened.”
While I don’t agree with much of what he said, Romney was right about one thing. It didn’t have to happen. It was indeed preventable. It would not have happened had we not been there in the first place. The last three administrations share an equal blame. The decision to invade a country with an outcome that was totally predictable – the deaths of American servicemen and women, the deaths of hundreds of Afghan citizens, terrorist attacks – was inevitable. It was preventable. The only thing left to do, was to get out.
It should also be noted, that as a die-hard Trump supporter, McDaniel dutifully played her role in convincing the rubes that Joe Biden and the Democrats unfairly stole the election from Trump. She parroted all of the rhetoric, and even participated in the laughable, embarrassing press conference with Kayleigh McEnany that Fox News refused to air.
The Detroit Free Press refers to McDaniel as one of Trump’s “propagandists” in his election fraud claim. From a recent article:
The tabulation of Michigan’s presidential votes unfolded exactly as veteran election watchers in both parties predicted it would, with Trump winning a majority of same-day votes, and Biden overtaking the president as absentee votes cast disproportionately by Democratic voters were counted.
Yet from the moment Trump’s early advantage began to narrow, Michigan native, McDaniel and state GOP chair ( Laura ) Cox began parroting the president’s assertion that untold thousands of absentee ballots had been fraudulently cast for Biden.
They credulously amplified false reports that corrupt Democrats had smuggled thousands of forged ballots into Wayne County’s counting center in the dead of night, that ballots had been illegally backdated, and that GOP observers had been systematically excluded from monitoring the vote count. Even as Biden’s advantage grew to an insurmountable 150,000 votes, both women urged Republican appointees on the Wayne County and state canvassing boards to withhold certification of Michigan’s election results.
The article also says, “Each bears a responsibility for perpetuating the lies and fueling the outrage that led inexorably to the Capitol rampage. Had they prevailed in their efforts to overturn the election results, those who attempted to derail certification would had effectively disenfranchised more than 81 million Americans, including the 2.8 million Michiganders who cast their vote for Biden.
In closing, it also should be noted that this is a person who defended the Trump administration’s pathetic handling and response to the pandemic. In an appearance on NBC News last September, she said this:
“The president was calm and steady in a time of unrest and uncertainty. And I think history will look back on him well and how he handled this pandemic.”
“I disagree that the president took political calculations in a global pandemic like we’ve never seen before that has decimated not just our country but countries across the world. Think of what would have happened if he’d have gone out and said: ‘This is awful. We should all be afraid. We don’t have a plan.’ It would have been a run on the banks. It would have been a run on the hospitals. It would have been a run on the grocery stores.”
Was she living on the moon at the time? This is exactly what happened. Millions of people lost their jobs as well.
During this interview, she criticized Democrats for politicizing the virus: “The president has led us through uncertain times with a Democrat party who’s politicizing a time of crisis when usually people come together.”
Pointing out that Nancy Pelosi had referred to the coronavirus as the “Trump Virus,” as he had called it the “China virus,” she said, “How is that not a disgusting thing, to say that people are being killed by the Trump Virus? This is something that is affecting every American, Republican, Democrat. I have lost friends to this virus. The president has lost friends to this virus. This is personal. So, to do that, is not in the best interests of this country We are already divided. Usually in crisis we come to together. Let’s show the best of America.”
McDaniel and Trump may have lost friends to the virus, but didn’t stop them from politicizing it, claiming that it was a manufactured crisis, downplaying it, that being asked to wear masks and follow health guidelines was a personal threat to their freedom. The fact that both of them contracted COVID because neither of them could be bothered to act in a responsible manner and wear masks in public, didn’t prevent them from politicizing it.
Unfortunately, Republicans have no interest in showing the best that America has to offer. They are not interested in coming together in unity. Their only interests are keeping the country divided, while ironically blaming the Democrats of being divisive – that wearing masks and following health guidelines are tyrannical, that Trump really won the election, and that their new voting laws are really all about keeping future elections honest and fair.
Ronna McDaniel has no right to criticize Joe Biden for his withdrawing from Afghanistan and the deaths of American soldiers, when she has shamelessly defended and made excuses for Trump’s pathetic handling of the pandemic, a president who failed to lead the American people by example, by convincing them that wearing a mask was the right thing to do, that listening to the experts was the right thing to do. He failed in his responsibilities to lead the nation in a time of crisis, and he failed the American people by refusing to accept that he lost an election.
He nearly succeeded in tearing this country apart, and all of his allies in Congress and in media who willingly played a part in attempting to tear this country apart with their lies and propaganda about the virus, the vaccines, and election fraud – they are all as guilty and as complicit in the deaths of the Americans who died due to those lies and propaganda. Many of these people were threatened with law suits. They have forfeited the public’s trust, they should no longer be given credibility, should not be given platforms to further spread their lies and propaganda. They should all be in prison, or at the very least, ostracized for what they did.
McDaniel should crawl back under the rock she so obviously lives under. After everything this woman has said and done in defense of a pathetic president who himself has no decency, McDaniel has proven that she has no decency. If she did, she would resign as RNC chair and crawl back under that rock in shame. Instead, Fox News and other news outlets continue to give her credence and a platform, as if she has anything important to say.
From the White House Tuesday, Joe Biden called the withdrawal of troops and personnel from Afghanistan, a success.
The invasion of Afghanistan began twenty years ago. It was but one response to 9/11; the other was the invasion of Iraq. Both of which, amounted to nothing good, but countless lost lives.
Twenty years later, the U.S. is no closer to defeating terrorism in the Middle East, or anywhere in the world for that matter. It’s an impossible task to complete.
“Last night in Kabul, the United States ended twenty years of war in Afghanistan. The longest war in American history. We completed one of the biggest air lifts in history with more than 120,000 people evacuated to safety…
“They did it knowing ISIS terrorists, sworn enemies of the Taliban, were lurking in the midst of those crowds, and still the women and men of the United States military, our diplomatic corps and Intelligence professionals did their job and did it well…
“Twenty service members were wounded in the service of this mission, thirteen heroes gave their lives…
“In April, I made a decision to end this war. As part of that decision, we set the date of August 31st for American troops to withdraw…
“Let me be clear, leaving Afghanistan the 31st, is not due to an arbitrary deadline. It was designed to save American lives. My predecessor, the former president, signed an agreement with the Taliban to remove US troops by May first, just months after I was inaugurated.
“So we were left with a simple decision… I was not going to extend a forever war, and I was not going to extend a forever exit…”
Congressional Republicans had some stupid shit to say in criticism of the withdrawal – which included impeaching Biden.
Dan Crenshaw on Fox News: “The war is clearly not ended. You can’t unilaterally end a war. It takes two to tango and these people will never stop fighting us. Their capabilities are still intact. We should retake more airfields throughout the country. It will take troops on the ground and a complete reassessment of our strategy. The military can do it. We need the will politically to do it.”
Former Trump Pentagon chief of staff, Kash Patel: “Air superiority is something we have always had in Afghanistan. And our predator program dominated the skies under president Trump, and we can do it again if we retake Bagram airfield because that is the center country ops.”
Rudy – melting hair dye and all – Giuliani on Twitter: “The terrorist attacks in Kabul were only possible because the Biden administration pulled out our troops, abandoned our air base and left massive armaments for the terrorists to kill us.”
Even Fox News pundits joined in the stupidity. Todd Starnes:
“For every American who is killed, a city in Afghanistan should be wiped off the earth.”
Fox contributor Johnny Jones: “I was an E6 in the Marine Corp and I’ll tell you, the dogs of war are hungry and it might be time to let them eat. I hate that… it’s not woke, but as we would say, stack the bodies up and let them see it.”
House Minority idiot, Kevin McCarthy – the Republican whom Nancy Pelosi recently referred to as a moron – in a statement, criticized Biden’s withdrawal as the “worst foreign policy disaster in decades.”
A worse foreign policy disaster was invading Afghanistan in the first place. Try telling this to a Republican without their brain imploding. To them, staying in Afghanistan indefinitely would have been a success, a success that would have no positive outcome, that would bring no end to terrorism in sight, but would make matters worse, and in the end, take the lives of many more Americans.
Sources: Associated Press, The Week, the Rev, Republican house.gov, Daily Beast.