Posts Tagged ‘Afghanistan’

Screwed Up Deadly Priorities, And Crossing The Line *Open Thread*

October 5, 2021

I am here to report that the crazy is getting even crazier in our country. I just never know what I am going to see when I open my email in the morning but holy moly, have there been some things of late that continue to portray our country as on the brink of losing its collective mind.

Or worse, its soul. And that is what this first story I saw recently highlighted for me. Why? Because a Major General in the US Army, Christopher Donahue, the commander of the All American Division, made some decisions before leaving Afghanistan that surely cost lives. How did he do that? Well, he coordinated with the Taliban, and booted off a whole bunch of people all so he could bring home a “war trophy.” I am not kidding. The prevailing wisdom is that those people are surely dead now. From Redstate:

Unfortunately, everything isn’t quite as it may seem. During the last hours of the evacuation, according to troops under his command and as documented by photographs and witness statements, Donahue ordered all of the passengers aboard a C-17 transport plane to disembark so he could have a souvenir loaded onto the plane. That souvenir, or “war trophy,” was an inoperable Taliban-owned Toyota Hilux with a fully operational Russian ZU-23 anti-aircraft autocannon mounted in the bed. Once the Hilux was loaded passengers were allowed back on the plane, but, of course, there wasn’t room for all of them. According to troops on the scene, at least 50 people and perhaps as many as 100 people were left at Kabul to make room for the Hilux.

This Taliban-owned Toyota Hilux with Russian ZU-23 anti-aircraft weapon was loaded onto a C-17 during the last hours of the evacuation, displacing evacuees, witnesses say.

It is believed that many of those left behind have been or will be killed by the Taliban, in part because of information allegedly provided to Taliban commanders by Donahue himself. We already know that he was in direct contact with Taliban commanders that day; Gen. Frank McKenzie, commander of the US Central Command, said in a press briefing that:

“[O]ne of the last things [Donahue] did before leaving was talk to the Taliban commander that he had been coordinating with about the time that we were going to leave just to let them know that we were leaving.”

Multiple sources within the military and the intelligence community have revealed to RedState that Donahue’s coordination with the Taliban that day included more than simply letting them know that we were checking out early. These sources say that Donahue provided the Taliban with a full manifest of passengers aboard the flights including passport information, photos, and biometric information for those passengers. The flights included US troops, Afghans who were employed by the Department of Defense, key human intelligence (HUMINT) assets, and other SIV applicants and their families.

What the actual hell is wrong with this man? Why in God’s name would he: a. removed people then left them to certain death; and b. give up names, photographs, biometric information, etc., to the FREAKING TALIBAN?!?!?!

What part of TERRORIST ORGANIZATION do these higher ups in our military not understand?!?! I mean, for God’s sake, this is beyond outrageous. He wanted a TROPHY and booted people off a plane for it?! Yeah, he did, and there’s more on that:

One military intelligence source, who requested anonymity, told RedState:

“Some of those on the last planes out were key HUMINT assets. At least 50, likely as many as 100 were left behind after being removed from the flight. But the 50 were bonafide personnel that should have been evacuated. They will likely never be heard from again. The Taliban was given literally everything that would prevent any of those people from hiding or escape and evasion, and we know that there are a lot of ‘disappearings’ going on.” […] (Click here to read the rest.) 

Both actions are beyond reprehensible. There’s a whole lot of rigamarole on whether or not this was legal for Maj. Gen. Donohue to do, but I don’t give a DAMN about if he was allowed to do what he did. WHAT he did was appalling, both in terms of caring less for human life than he did for his trophy, and for colluding WITH THE ENEMY.

There’s more to this story, and it doesn’t make things better, in my opinion. I just can’t anymore with this story though, so check it out for yourselves HERE.

Then there is this kind of disturbing behavior we are seeing, the bullying, harassment, and threatening behavior of Leftists toward elected officials. It was toward two of their own, harassment in one case and possibly criminal in another.

I am referring to Democrat US Senators Joe Manchin (WV) and Krysten Sinema (AZ). Manchin’s was certainly harassment, no doubt about it. From Just The News:

The video was posted on social media three days after the posting of a video of activists confronting Manchin on his houseboat in Washington, D.C., about the $3.5 trillion bill, on which he wants the price tag lowered to $1.5 trillion and other issues.

“Senator, this is an investment,” a female kayaker yelled. “This is not giving out money, this is not spending, this is building the state that we both love.”

Manchin is seen at the stern of his boat talking to the activists, who were reportedly protesting outside of his boat all last week, saying he appreciates their input but neighbors are complaining, then offering to meet with them at his Capitol Hill office.

That was certainly problematic for the Senator, his family, and  neighbors, which is bad enough. But what happened to Sinema seems to qualify as criminal:

Sinema was confronted Sunday by immigration activists who followed her from a classroom at Arizona State University where she teaches to a bathroom while demanding the Arizona lawmaker take action on a “pathway to citizenship.”

(Click here to read the rest.)

Videotaping someone in a bathroom without their permission appears to be illegal, and these people must be held to account. This is most definitely unacceptable behavior no matter what side of the aisle a Senator is on.

Sinema ain’t having it, by the way. From the DailyWire:

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 30: Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) leaves a Democratic luncheon before heading to the U.S. Senate chamber at the U.S. Capitol on September 30, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Senate is expected to pass a short term spending bill to avoid a government shutdown.“Yesterday’s behavior was not legitimate protest,” said Sinema in a Monday statement. “It is unacceptable for activist organizations to instruct their members to jeopardize themselves by engaging in unlawful activities such as gaining entry to closed university buildings, disrupting learning environments, and filming students in a restroom.”

“In the 19 years I have been teaching at ASU, I have committed to creating a safe and intellectually challenging environment for my students. Yesterday, that environment was breached. My students were unfairly and unlawfully victimized. This is wholly inappropriate,” she added. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Ya damn skippy it’s inappropriate. Enough with this kind of haranguing by these Socialist bullies who infringe upon everyone with their childish demands.

I hope Manchin and Sinema continue to act like adults and not capitulate to these children.

As for me, I am sitting here shaking my head at what our country has become…

This is an Open Thread.