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Today's newsletter includes:
- Bible Verse of the Day - Romans 12:2
- Spinning Afghanistan
- Were U.S. working dogs left behind? Depends on who you ask.
- "8/31" follow-up: The Gov. answers questions and concerns
- America The Beautiful
- Hurricane Ida Update
- Making Noise Works
DAILY BIBLE VERSE
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
By Mike Huckabee
Reuters released bombshell transcripts of a phone call President Biden had on July 23 with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in which Biden told Ghani that they needed to change the perception that the Taliban was rapidly advancing, “to project a different picture,” “whether it is true or not.”
This seems to indicate that all his talk about it being unlikely that the Taliban would take over and that their quick advance was unanticipated was so much banana oil.
Read the full story at the link, and then ask Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats why, if Trump deserved to be impeached just for asking Ukraine’s President about an investigation into Biden family corruption, Joe Biden doesn’t deserve to be impeached over a phone call in which he leaned on Afghanistan’s President to tell a lie that led to disastrous and deadly consequences including the loss of Afghanistan and 13 dead American service members.
By Mike Huckabee
We all know the media take their marching orders from the Democratic Party, but it will be interesting to see if they’re willing to march off a cliff with their viewers by lining up with the head-dizzying spin that President Biden is trying to apply to his cataclysmic botching of the Afghanistan withdrawal.
Will they really look into cameras and try to convince us, as Biden did in his presser Tuesday, that this historic debacle was an “extraordinary success”? Or that his Administration was ready for anything that happened due to its contingency planning? Or that the only alternatives were his way (bugging out on the Taliban’s timetable and leaving our own people, our allies, $80 billion worth of weaponry and the entire nation under their control) or “forever war”? (FYI: under his definition of war, we had lost one soldier in the past 18 months; under his extraordinarily successful withdrawal “plan,” we lost 13 in one day.)
The speech reminded me of Leslie Neilson in “The Naked Gun” standing in front of a building exploding into flames and telling the crowd, “Keep moving! Nothing to see here!” Maybe CNN will be okay with that, since they’re famous for a reporter standing in front of a burning city and claiming the protest is “mostly peaceful.” You know, guys, if we can tell it’s baloney with our own eyes, it’s not effective propaganda.
Also, note to Biden: Biological sex is binary. Afghanistan was not. You actually had multiple options there. You simply chose the worst, most tragic and most idiotic one. And you can’t simultaneously claim victory and blame Trump, the Afghan President and the Afghan army for your failure.
If this is his idea of an extraordinary success, I shudder to think how he’d define a massive failure. On the other hand, maybe he’d consider having a secure border to be a massive failure, since it certainly seems to be the opposite of his goals.
Were U.S. working dogs left behind? Depends on who you ask.
By Mike Huckabee
On Tuesday, we commented on a story from an organization called American Humane, which works to rescue military working dogs and place veterans with service dogs, about U.S. military dogs being left behind in Afghanistan. We didn’t know if it was true and said we’d try to find other sources confirming this. Tuesday evening on Tucker Carlson’s show, he said the SPCA had confirmed that the Biden administration has chosen to leave the dogs behind.
“In the end,” the SPCA said, “the dogs and their caretakers were explicitly NOT allowed to board military aircraft, and numerous private charter aircraft were not granted access to the airport, either.”
If this is true, about 200 of these very special dogs are presumably doomed by the decision to leave them behind. But the U.S. military is saying this claim is “erroneous.”
A spokesperson for U.S. Central Command, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Karen Roxberry, said in an email that the “priority mission was the evacuation of U.S. citizens, SIV [Special Immigrant Visas] and vulnerable Afghans,” but she also stated that reports about leaving dogs behind were in error. She said the photos circulating online (perhaps including those Tucker had on his show, showing dogs in carriers) were not of dogs under the care of the U.S. military but rather the Kabul Small Animal Rescue.
So what’s the story? And what dogs were in the custody of Kabul Small Animal Rescue, and what happens to them? Honestly, we can't say for sure. Those are probably shelter dogs and former pets of evacuees, and they likely face cruelty and extermination by the Taliban, who think of dogs as unclean and typically kill them. But the government insists all the military dogs were evacuated, that none were left behind.
Let's hope that’s true. I wish we could take our government at their word, but these are also the people who said no American would be left behind.
"8/31" follow-up: The Gov. answers questions and concerns
By Mike Huckabee
From Gary L. P-G:
Question: I've read we had about 2,500 troops left in Afghanistan, intelligence and logistical support. If this is the case, why was there over $85B of equipment there? Were we going to leave it regardless? It doesn't make sense to have that much equipment there for 2,500 non-front-line fighting troops. Please answer in either your morning or evening newsletters, I read both.
From the Gov:
Gary, that highly sophisticated equipment provided logistical and air support for the Afghan army. Now that it’s in the hands of the Taliban, our guess is that they will use captive Afghan soldiers who had been trained by us on the equipment to train THEM how to use it.
Also, that base was of huge strategic importance. We should not have relinquished it –- have you looked at it on a map? It’s right across the border with China, a good spot to keep as heavily armed as it was. Every bit of that equipment should have been evacuated. Hang the “expense,” which, believe it or not, was one reason given for leaving it there. Another reason was the time constraint, which was bogus, too.
From Nitha V:
I am disappointed in you, Mike Huckabee. I believe I looked at all the videos included in your morning edition (Aug 31). I did NOT see a human body hanging from his neck. What I saw was the helicopter preparing to land a person onto the roof of some building. the body was hanging from the helicopter with attached around the mid section. The body was moving around and landed on the building; the person certainly was not dead. Maybe you looked at different videos. Please do not inflame people like this. What the Taliban does is bad enough without adding fuel to the fire.
From the Gov:
Unlike numerous news/opinion sites, we were careful NOT to come to any conclusions about whether the person at the end of that rope was dead or alive. (As of this writing, some sources are still reporting that he was dead.) We made it clear that there were multiple possibilities. Whatever the explanation, we were still inflamed, simply because one of our Black Hawks had been flown over Kandahar, pressed into service by the Taliban. And, oh, yes, there will be many hangings and beheadings, whether this was one of those atrocities or not.
USA TODAY has reported that this man was a Taliban fighter (one of the possibilities we had mentioned) being lifted by a Black Hawk to the top of the tall building housing the former governor’s office in Kandahar to plant a Taliban flag. Again, still infuriating.
From Sanford W:
What Biden has done is beyond a disgrace. It’s TREASON. Besides betraying our armed forces and stranded American citizens he has provided “AID AND COMFORT TO THE ENEMY.”
From the Gov:
Sounds like an impeachable offense to me.
TALIB TIMES? For a moment there, I'd read TLAIB TIMES, and thought you were going to sneak a word in about how many times Rashida Tlaib has condemned America and praised foreign terrorists. Whew!
From the Gov:
David, you get to do it for me today.
From Lawrence F (excerpt):
It may be too soon to start listing the lessons of our 20 years in Afghanistan, but a couple are so obvious they need stating now.
First, we left the Afghan military unequipped to go on without us, knowing that every few years the American electorate chooses some buffoon who knows nothing about military operations or foreign policy and will end a military operation disastrously...Granted, none of the earlier surrenders –- even Iraq –- were as disastrously fouled up as this latest one.
In 20 years, we trained Afghan pilots, special operations soldiers and infantrymen, but i am unaware of one single truck or aircraft mechanic trained by us. So when Sleazy Joe, without consultation with any allies and ignoring the advice of his military advisors, decided to suddenly end the contract to maintain aircraft and vehicles for the Afghan security services, the Afghan military who we had re-created in our image, were immobilized. Then he had the gall to say they were unwilling to fight, in spite of the 77,000 Afghans who gave their lives in what should be our battle against terrorists.
Lesson Two is, don't let either the left or the right infiltrate and politicize our military. When Republicans...control the White House and both houses once again. we need to have a thorough housecleaning of our senior military ranks, and we need to teach cadets at West Point, Annapolis and Colorado Springs the tradition of a non-political military. The current crop of political hacks in the top ranks is disgusting.
Finally we need to inculcate in the Washington civil service the concept that foreign policy is not a tricycle for children to learn how to ride; it is not a toy that a new administration takes off the shelf and "re-designs" without consultation with everyone. One of the impeachable offenses Joe Biden has committed is ignoring our allies. Public law (yes, when the NATO treaty was ratified by Congress, it became part of public law) requires consultation with our allies, and Sleazy Joe ignored them and his military advisors and waltzed off into rainbow flag la-la land all by himself.
From Mike H (excerpt):
Mike, thank you again for your honest, forthcoming commentary, day in and day out. That said, there are not words that can be said here to tell you the inter RAGE I am feeling against this CLOWN Biden, who I will not call President...If I see him on television, I will shut it off. Why? ...Not only can I not stand the sight of him but I know that if his lips are moving, if he is breathing, he is lying, spinning or covering up whatever it is that he is thinking or alluding to. I am very sure from conversations I have had with many, many people that they are feeling the same way...Biden, Harris, Schumer, Pelosi and their cohorts must be [out of power] ASAP. This is DEAD serious. These horrible Democrats are destroying this country!!!!!
From the Gov:
Thank you, Mike, for expressing what millions are feeling. I think you and all my readers would appreciate this passionately felt monologue from Tammy Bruce on Tuesday’s FOX NEWS PRIMETIME (sorry, there are a few seconds of Biden’s face in there). She speaks forcefully for all of us who love America and are disgusted by what is happening before our eyes.
From Anne T (excerpt):
Since the woke people are always comparing things to the Civil War or 9-11, as in worse than, etc., I would call this Afghanistan situation the saddest since those times. What can be sadder than people like me raised with pride in my country, raised by the “greatest generation” than to see this kind of ineptness, lack of leadership, cruelty, irresponsibility snd total incompetence from our government?
The idea that we left Americans in country when we knew we were going to leave, and also left many of those who helped us, is unbelievable. You folks who voted for this because you don’t like mean tweets and only watch mainstream media are guilty of gross negligence. You knew, as well as I knew, that Mr. Biden was failing mentally and that Kamala is grossly unqualified...Each of you bears some responsibility for what will happen to the women of Afghanistan and to the rape of little girls by disgusting men.
Dear Lord, please help me to forgive these people...I also blame Trump to a certain extent...It wouldn’t have taken him much to moderate his rhetoric to some extent and push him over the voting line. God bless America and please help us to get out of this pit.
From the Gov:
Before the election, one of our writers contributed a piece, “The speech I wish President Trump would give,” about that very thing. Sadly, Trump never gave a speech like that. Even so, support for him in key states that Biden “officially” won by a few thousand votes was enormously strong, and we still don’t know the real election story. I can never forgive those who knew what sort of person Biden really was and worked to get him into office anyway, by hook or by crook.
America The Beautiful
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Hurricane Ida update
By Mike Huckabee
Hurricane Ida has left behind a wide swath of total devastation from high winds and flooding. But there are also remarkable stories of everyday Americans acting heroically to save those in its path.
Here are two true Huck’s Heroes: Nashville-based Christian helicopter pilot Joel Boyers and his co-pilot and fiancée Melody Among, who braved dangerous weather and high voltage power lines to save 17 people from the flooding. But Joel’s not looking for praise. He thinks he’s the one who should be thanking the people he saved. Joel said, “I literally prayed just days before this that God would give me some meaning in my life, and then I end up getting this call.”
If you don’t have a helicopter, you can still help brave Christians help the victims of the hurricane by donating now to Samaritan’s Purse at http://www.samaritanspurse.org.
Making Noise Works
By Mike Huckabee
An Illinois judge in a custody case who barred a mother from seeing her son because she wasn’t vaccinated against COVID (her doctor advised against it due to her history of dangerous adverse reactions) reversed that decision after it got a lot of media attention. He has now recused himself from the case.