- Bible Verse of the Day - Romans 8:28
- An international party for the Taliban --- on September 11
- Good news for a change
- A thought-provoking article
- America The Beautiful
- Most PC Nation On Earth Nominee, 2021
- Meet the leaders of the "new" Taliban
DAILY BIBLE VERSE
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
An international party for the Taliban --- on September 11
By Mike Huckabee
Yesterday, we brought you the story of Oklahoma Rep. Markwayne Mullin, who went on FOX NEWS’ SPECIAL REPORT in an interview with Bret Baier to talk about the effort he was involved in to help Americans still trapped in Afghanistan. Trapped, stranded, held hostage, use whatever words you prefer.
If you missed the original interview, here it is. Check out some of the recent comments, too, some of which will renew your faith in the American spirit.
If you don’t know the story, people had started calling the congressman wanting help getting out, he said, or getting out their loved ones or people who had helped them in Afghanistan as interpreters, etc. There were 20 who needed evacuation, but after he made some phone calls, he found out they needed some government entity, such as the State Department, to sponsor their flight. That’s the only way a plane could get in. But no such entity, he said, would sponsor them.
But then he was told a member of Congress can sponsor a flight. For example, if the State Department wanted to stay out of it, knowing not to touch it, this would give them cover. (Remember that useful old phrase, “plausible deniability”?)
Rep. Mullin explained that he was asked to go along when the “Tier One” operators –- Special Forces people experienced in this sort of thing –- were repeatedly denied a flight in. They felt he, as a congressman, could be an asset. He had no military background himself, he said, and “wasn’t trying to be a cowboy.”
When they got to the airport, all they could do was circle, for an hour, and he thinks this was the doing of the State Department, “100 percent.” Five requests to land were denied. And during this time, they lost contact with one American citizen, her father and her two-year-old son, who had been slated for rescue along with her father and two-year-old son.
But now that you’re caught up, here’s something that’s been escaping attention in the American press but that looks to us to be potentially quite significant. During this interview, Rep. Mullin happened to mention, seemingly in passing, that he’d been told of a “very sensitive” upcoming visit on September 5 by both “Putin and the Chinese government.” Wait a minute --- China, Russia and the Taliban all getting together? What was that about?
We found no news reports specifically about a meeting on September 5, but several reports in the foreign press do describe an upcoming “celebration” for the Taliban’s new government. We found little in the American press on this, but according to a story in THE GATEWAY PUNDIT --- taking information that first appeared in AL-JAZEERA and Russia’s TASS NEWS –- the Taliban have just announced that they invited Turkey, China, Pakistan, Iran, Russia and Qatar to participate in a ceremony announcing their new government in Afghanistan.
Apparently a representative for the Taliban gave the story to AL-JAZEERA on Monday, bragging that the Taliban would create “a regime that will be accepted by the global community and the Afghan people.” I suppose if the alternative is to be beheaded, you'll accept it, all right.
According to plan, the big international party to ring in the new official interim Taliban government will reportedly take place on...(drum roll, please)...September 11. (When else?) And if that weren’t in-your-face enough, four new ministers in this new government happen to be former Gitmo detainees who were traded for captured U.S. service member Bowe Bergdahl. The whole list of terrorists --- I mean government ministers and other officials --- is listed here.
Their statement reads, “The Islamic Emirate [NOTE: I think that’s what we’re supposed to call Afghanistan now if we want our Americans back] will take serious and effective steps towards protecting human rights, the rights of minorities as well as the rights of underprivileged groups within the framework of the demands of the sacred religion of Islam.” Never mind that the “framework” nullifies the entire first part of that sentence.
Here’s a write-up of the new government “inauguration” in ONE INDIA.
(Incidentally, we learned something while perusing ONE INDIA. We’ve all been hearing a lot from the administration lately about how the Taliban is not the same as the “real” terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda and the Haqqani Network, but don’t believe it. They’re all the same.)
But back to our main story. This big celebratory “do” isn’t the only international meeting going on concerning Afghanistan. Here’s the write-up from Japanese news service ANI on the upcoming G7 foreign ministers’ meeting to discuss the crisis in Afghanistan, particularly as pertaining to human rights, although we can see from the above statement that the Taliban have that covered. Over 20 nations are expected to take part, including Russia and China, though they are not members of the G7. The extent of America’s participation in this meeting isn’t clear, although Secretary of State Tony Blinken said he would be traveling to Germany to co-host with the German foreign minister. Other foreign ministers will be joining online.
For what it’s worth, Russia is denying participation in the G7 meeting, according this report in REUTERS.
As there’s so little media coverage, my research staff and I are just feeling our way here. Putting the puzzle pieces together to get an idea of what’s really going on as alliances are forged in that part of the world, it's easy to feel like the blind men trying to describe an elephant. What we get in the media is just one tiny part. And the American press is strangely quiet about all this –- they want to move on and talk about vaccines and climate change, just as Biden does –- and we certainly can’t trust the administration to tell us, as we know they’ve been lying.
In fact, in an update to the Rep. Mullin rescue story, we’ve now learned that the White House actually blocked private rescue flights out of Afghanistan that would have landed in third countries. According to FOX NEWS, “the State Department explicitly stated that charter flights, even those containing American citizens, would not be allowed to land at Defense Department (DOD) airbases.” And as for who will be allowed to depart, including Americans, the Taliban are calling the shots.
Mullin isn’t the only one who’s been finding out about this.
Rep. Mullin returned for a must-see follow-up interview Tuesday evening on FOX NEWS PRIMETIME. He told host Rachel Campos-Duffy that embassies in that part of the world had been instructed by Washington DC not to assist his rescue party “in any way.” He said that the State Department’s assertion that the Taliban had been working with them to get people out is a lie.
He lays this all at the feet of President Biden, saying he never would have considered going over there if Biden hadn’t failed so spectacularly.
Right now, of course, there’s still one immediate concern, and it’s getting Americans evacuated. Six planes chartered by Glenn Beck’s charity, are still sitting on the tarmac in Mazar-i-Sharif. There are other planes as well, also grounded.
Good news for a change
By Mike Huckabee
Meet RightForge, the web hosting company that’s fighting back against cancel culture and Big Tech censorship of non-leftist speech.
This is vitally important because even if new social media sites or browsers arise to challenge Google, Facebook and Twitter, they can’t do it if the server companies cut them off the Internet, the way Amazon Web Hosting did to Parler (even though most of what’s been described as “planning” of the imaginary insurrection of January 6th was done on Facebook and Instagram, not Parler.) Or the way GoDaddy just shut down a Texas pro-life site.
Sadly, with leftist tech giants only becoming more emboldened since the Democrat takeover, a separate online infrastructure is likely the future, and the only way to preserve free speech. An added side benefit: the more people who abandon Big Tech for companies like RightForge, Rumble or Parler, the smaller Big Tech gets. And that can only be a good thing for America and the world.
A thought-provoking article
By Mike Huckabee
Kevin D. Williamson has a thought-provoking article at National Review Online about why liberal media outlets like Rolling Stone that accuse conservatives of spreading “disinformation” are so quick to trumpet transparently fake stories, from Jussie Smollett to the Ivermectin overdose hoax.
They also give lots of attention to any dubious accusation against a Republican or a member of a class or group they don’t like, from fraternity members to Catholic school boys. Yet they ignore real offenses, such as rape and sexual abuse, if the accused is a Democrat or the victims aren’t in social classes they can relate to (poor urban blacks, say, instead of white college students), or the victims are in cities run by Democrats, so that reporting on the epidemic of that crime might reflect badly on their favored politicians.
Their “news coverage” isn’t about the facts, or what’s newsworthy. It’s about politics and social class and whether the story raises or lowers the status of their cultural enemies. For instance, the Ivermectin story made rural people (i.e., Trump voters who won’t take the COVID vaccine) sound like idiots, so they blasted it all over, and never mind that it was an easily-debunked hoax.
Another of many examples he cites: NPR will run countless stories on forgiving college loan debt, but nothing about school vouchers that would help poor, inner city blacks go to good schools and get out of poverty. And who works at NPR? Hint: it's not poor, inner city blacks.
A couple of quotes that will make you want to read more:
“These stories don’t get published because nobody knows how to prevent that from happening — these stories get published because nobody cares, because these stories serve the purposes of a particular narrow cultural agenda and flatter the prejudices of a particular narrow set of educated and generally affluent American professionals…A note to our progressive friends: This is your version of Q-Anon — falling for obvious, ridiculous lies because you want to believe the worst about people you hate.”
America The Beautiful
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Most PC Nation On Earth Nominee, 2021
By Mike Huckabee
Most PC Nation On Earth Nominee, 2021: a known ISIS terrorist/Islamic extremist was let into New Zealand as a refugee. He was allowed to stay for years, despite making it clear to anyone who would listen that he considered non-Muslims to be enemies and planned to kill locals by stabbing a bunch of them. To try to get the violence out of him, he was ordered to live at a mosque. Last Friday, he finally went on that stabbing spree, injuring seven people while shouting “Allahu Akbar” before he was shot to death.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declared that the mass stabbing had nothing to do with any religion, culture or ethnicity, but was the act of an individual. But New Zealanders know what to blame: sharp objects. Many stores have now removed knives and even scissors from their shelves.
I guess they don’t have to remove their Prime Minister because under no circumstances could she be described as “sharp.”
Meet the leaders of the "new" Taliban
By Mike Huckabee