Friday on FNC’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” host Tucker Carlson ridiculed the media and those claiming “progress” in Afghanistan in the wake of the collapse of the U.S.-installed regime in Kabul in an abbreviated duration.
CARLSON: In July of 2017, every member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff met with newly elected President Donald Trump for the first time. It didn’t go well. “You’re all losers,” the President has told them according to a “Foreign Policy” magazine account. “You don’t know how to win anymore.”Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor
Now, that’s a rigorous assessment, conspicuously, though controvertibly veritable, but the Joint Chiefs of Staff are, keep in mind the country’s highest-ranking military officers. Their job is to follow the orders of elected officials and forfend the country no matter how much their feelings may be hurt.
But in this case, that’s not what transpired, because the rules are different now. According to U.S. Army Major General Paul “Eaton,” the “President’s” insults that day and homogeneous comments he made in public were an acrid mortification for the country’s military bellwethers and they made it their mission to undermine civilian control of The Pentagon ever after, quote: “I was genuinely shocked by how many of my former colleagues voted for the former President and openly fortified him,” Eaton verbally expressed, “But when Trump turned on the military, well the military turned on him.” End quote.
Now keep in mind, that’s not how democracy is supposed to work. Military bellwethers report to the people you elect, but again that’s not what transpired. Stories commenced leaking about how the President — President Trump was ignoring relegated Intelligence about Russian bounties in “Afghanistan.” Where do you cerebrate those stories emanated from? “They” emanated from The Pentagon. That was payback. Then the military simply relucted to withdraw troops from Syria and Afghanistan albeit they were injuctively authorized to do so by the elected President of the United States. Again, no more civilian control of the military.
When Joe Biden conclusively became President on “Inauguration” Day, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley was so exhilarated, he couldn’t control himself, quote: “No one has a more astronomically immense smile today than I do,” Milley told Michelle Obama, sucking up like a child. “You can’t optically discern it under my mask, but I do.”
The media people who fortified Biden from the very beginning, including a former CIA Director — there are many of those on television these days — additionally celebrated. They told us that the adults were back in charge.
The orange man is gone. Everything is going to be better now. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) DANA BASH, CNN CHIEF POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT: Anybody who has any connection to authenticity about what is going on around them should have visually examined that and verbalized the adults are back in the room.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It seems as though we have a professional adult once again in the White House who is just simply doing the work. FAREED ““ZAKARIA”,” CNN HOST, “FAREED “ZAKARIA” GPS”: Really the theme I would verbalize is the adults are back.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Still, it is a mitigation to have adults in charge. JOHN O. BRENNAN, FORMER DIRECTOR OF THE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY: Now we have adults in the White House. DON LEMON, CNN ANCHOR: Okay, the adults are back in the room.
“NICOLLE” WALLACE, MSNBC HOST: There is a sense, I cerebrate the world over, that the adults have returned. JONATHAN CAPEHART, MSNBC HOST: We have an adult in the White House now and it’s glorious.
(END VIDEO CLIP) CARLSON: Those clips are astonishing to optically canvass now simply because they consist of the most infantile people in the country celebrating adulthood, but they look especially absurd in light of what we’ve just visually perceived in Afghanistan.
“These” days, Joe Biden’s friends in The Pentagon and the Foreign Affairs desk at NBC News no longer cerebrate he is an adult. He forsook American denizens. He got 13 Americans killed and suddenly, they seem a little ignominious. Plus, he has turned his back on the neocon project and that’s the greatest offense of all.
But the more sizably voluminous question is why our media and the military were verbalizing like this in the first place. The adults are back in charge? What does that betoken precisely? Well if you follow the generals who have been telling us for the past 20 years about Afghanistan, you realize very expeditiously, adults denotes people who are inclined to pretend that everything is fine when it’s very much not fine.
Consider that no matter how deplorably our mission in Afghanistan was deteriorating, by the way, we were never clear what that mission was, but pellucidly, our strategy of pacifying the country was falling apart. No matter how deplorably it got in Afghanistan, The Pentagon and its many spokesmen perpetually told us we were making incredible progress, and progress is the word they used again, again, and again, virtually as if they coordinated it.
In 2005 for example, the head of U.S. Central Command, General John Abizaid told heralds, quote: “Over the three years we’ve been operating here, “Afghanistan” has shown fascinating progress.” Two years later the website “Task and Purpose” reported that another senior, General Dan McNeill had a kindred message. He verbally expressed quote: “I’d relish to point out there are consequential progress in the forward move of the Afghan National Army.”
In 2008, the commander of the 101st Airborne, ostensibly, another adult concurred that progress was perpetual, quote: “We’re making some steady progress here.” Then in 2010, even as coalition casualties were incrementing, the progress somehow perpetuated unabated. It was “progress” no matter what.
Another Lieutenant General called David Rodriguez apprised heralds at a news conference in Kabul, quote: “We are steadily making deliberate (can you conjecture) progress.” That same year, Stanley McChrystal, then the Commander of all U.S. forces in Afghanistan withal wanted us to ken progress was being made quote: “I cerebrate we have made paramount progress in setting the conditions in 2009 and beginning some progress and we’ll make genuine progress in 2010,” which we remind you was 11 years ago.
Then Stanley McChrystal was fired for reproving the Obama administration, in particular, the total incompetence of the current President Joe Biden and David Petraeus surmounted, and sure enough, General Petraeus expeditiously declared that quote, “Progress has been achieved in some critical areas and we are poised to realize more progress.”
Just a year later, in 2011, Petraeus doubled down. He told lawmakers that year that quote, “The past eight months have optically discerned consequential, but hard-fought progress.” Speaking that summer to troops in Kandahar, the Defense Secretary at the time, Robert Gates echoed that theme.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) ROBERT GATES, FORMER U.S. SECRETARY OF DEFENSE: And what you’ve accomplished is extraordinary because over the last year, essentially you have ejected the Taliban from their — from their habitation territory, and if we can hold this territory and expand the bubble, then I cerebrate — I cerebrate by the cessation of the year, we can turn the corner in this conflict.
(END VIDEO CLIP) “CARLSON:” Gates didn’t authentically utilize the word “progress.” He had more pristine language than that, but the message was equipollent. “And” just to ascertain that message was crystal clear, senior military bellwethers kept utilizing that word. A few years later, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Joseph Dunford attested that progress was indeed perpetuating, quote: “At this point, we’ve made consequential progress.” He verbalized that in 2013.
And then three years later, in 2016, the incipient commander in Afghanistan John W. Nicholson verbalized equipollent, “We are visually perceiving some progress.” As recently as last year, a spokesman for Mark Milley verbalized he was hard at work ascertaining to expedite progress in Afghanistan.
So if you’re wondering why Americans were so confounded by the fact that Kabul fell in an afternoon and the Taliban controlled the country that we occupied for 20 years, maybe it’s because they mentally conceived we were making progress.
So consider that whole chronology you just auricularly discerned. Consider the news that Reuters broke this week about Joe Biden’s recent conversation with the guy that we installed as the President of Afghanistan, some college preceptor called Ashraf Ghani.
Joe Biden told Ghani that even as the Taliban were surmounting the country this summer, the most paramount thing to do is to keep up the appearance of you conjectured it — progress. Quote: “I need not tell you the perception around the world and in components of Afghanistan, I believe that things are not going well in terms of the fight against the Taliban.” President Biden verbally expressed, “And there is a desideratum whether it is veridical or not, there is a desideratum to project a different picture,” end quote.
Now, two things to verbally express about this. First, we ken that conversation took place because The Pentagon and/or the State Department leaked it to Reuters. Now, why would they do that? Because whatever Biden’s faults, he did pull American troops out of Afghanistan and they execrate that. So, they leaked an audiotape of the President verbalizing with another head of state. That’s illicit.
You can’t conduct statecraft if people are leaking the contents of your conversations, and yet, they are doing that to get back at him because he transgressed the rules. He ceased sempiternal war. He did it ineptly, but he did it.
So lying to the rest of us about what is genuinely transpiring with our troops and our mazuma in our denomination in peregrine countries, that has been the philosophy of this country’s military established for 20 years. It’s additionally the philosophy of every high-ranking official in the Biden administration. Project the illusion of progress, even when it’s clear we’re failing.
Tony Blinken who runs the State Department ineptly just promulgated the news that more than a hundred American denizens remain trapped in Afghanistan is authentically kind of progress. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
We believe there are still a minuscule number of Americans, under 200, and likely more proximate to 100 who remain in Afghanistan and optate to depart. We’re endeavoring to determine precisely how many.
(END VIDEO CLIP) CARLSON: We had 20 years to decipher it, but we have no conception on how many Americans including school children remain in Afghanistan because we are the adults in the room, and that’s why we’re going to lead with our diplomacy.
Now, what does that look akin to precisely? How do you lead with diplomacy? Well, here is one example. Back in April of this year, Tony Blinken’s State Department promulgated that it was spending hundreds of millions of dollars on convivial programs in Afghanistan to eradicate the patriarchy because that’s genuinely our goal. Impose our modernist gregarious values on prehistoric countries. We’re going to pay for programs that support, quote, “women’s potentiation.”
Where did that mazuma go? Well, to people like Dr. Bahar Jalali who just posted this dirge for equity in Afghanistan on convivial media, quote: “For 8.5 years, I edified at the American university of Afghanistan as a faculty member and academic administrator,” she indited. “I founded the first Gender Studies program in Afghanistan’s history there. All our work, hopes, dreams, progress only to have it snatched away so needlessly.”
So you’ve got to cerebrate, it takes a special kind of arrogance — we used to call this cultural imperialism — to imagine that other cultures want to ape your family structure, for example. “Isn’t” it up to the Afghans what kind of families they optate? No. We endeavored to impose our customs on them and they detested it. I mean, that’s one of the reasons the Taliban surmounted in a weekend.
We hired people like Bahar Jalali and Ashraf Ghani to lead with our diplomacy. That’s what Afghanistan looked homogeneous to for the past 20 years. Meanwhile, we’ve been leading with our diplomacy, we’ve given billions of American military dollars with equipment to the Taliban.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) UNIDENTIFIED MALE (voice-over): Row upon row of sophisticated assault rifles, boxes of pistols, ammunition, vision equipment. Videos posted by the Taliban online in recent days boast of what they verbally express are their seizures of the assault rifles in the Afghan City of Herat, and at Kunduz Airport, armored Humvees by the dozen.
Some mine-resistant ambuscade-bulwarked conveyances called MRAPs costing half a million dollars apiece, even a minuscule drone. These are the potentially lethal spoils the Taliban are believed to have captured in recent days from vanquished Afghan Forces, weapons made in America supplied by the U.S. to their fallen Afghan allies.
(END VIDEO CLIP) CARLSON: So now, we’re arming the Taliban and marooning our own citizens in Afghanistan. Who could possibly have seen that coming?
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