Blessings on you and your family, and from all the Huckabee staff! These are the top stories that ran this week on our website.
Today's newsletter includes:
- Bible Verse of the Day - 1 Corinthians 10:31
- Biden State Dept. refuses Americans at Kabul airport
- "8/31": What President Biden has done is a disgrace
- America The Beautiful
- America Deserves Better Than This
- More Afghanistan news AND some thoughts on accountability
- So, let's talk about impeachment
DAILY BIBLE VERSE
31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31
Biden State Dept. refuses Americans at Kabul airport
By Mike Huckabee
Of all the disturbing and heartbreaking stories coming out of Afghanistan this weekend, this might be the most infuriating of all.
Two highly trusted sources, investigative reporter Lara Logan and Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL who lost an eye in an IED explosion in Afghanistan, are independently reporting that over the past few days, Americans have been turned away from entering the Kabul airport. Logan tweeted this on Saturday: “Most Americans don’t understand what’s happening in Kabul – been on this all night with no end. US citizens are fighting through enemy lines to get to the airport. When they show their blue passport to 82nd [Airborne] soldiers at the gate, many are turned away and sent back to the Taliban.”
Later, she tweeted, “All that stands between these Americans and safety/home is the US govt and military.”
President Biden had supposedly sent the 82nd Airborne to Kabul to facilitate the mass evacuation. What in blazes is going on there?
Dan Crenshaw tweeted, “America, all you need to know is this: Biden is not letting US citizens through the airport gates. It has been impossible to get anyone through for the past 24 hours. This administration has been lying about their intent to save Americans. Unforgivable.”
Also unexplainable, in a sane world with a sane Commander-in-Chief. But that’s not what we have.
Weirdly, the Biden White House is also trying to say that ISIS-K is the enemy, not so much the Taliban. One Green Beret and others in a position to know report that they’re really one and the same. I was on the same track a few days ago when I called this “a distinction without a difference.”
Bryan Preston at PJ MEDIA wrote at greater length about this.
We don’t know how many Americans are stranded in Afghanistan. Some reports have said 350, but it could be thousands more. The Biden administration says it’s evacuated “thousands,” but it never says how many of these are Americans.
The State Department, officially in charge of the evacuation effort, apparently is not helping. If soldiers are turning away Americans, it is on their order, not the Pentagon’s. Texas Rep. Ronny Johnson tweeted this on Saturday: “I am furious!! My team has been on the phone all day trying to get AMERICAN CITIZENS out. They have been just outside the airport numerous times, but the State Department WILL NOT help them.”
Congress won’t be looking into this anytime soon. Speaker Pelosi has adjourned them.
American citizens aren’t the only ones being turned away at the airport gates. As reported in THE NEW YORK TIMES, students and alumni from the American University of Afghanistan were, too. This came after about 600 of them had gathered at a safe house and boarded buses to take them, they thought, to freedom. After waiting for several hours, they were told that evacuations had been called off. An email told them to return home. (“Home”?) Because the U.S. troop deadline for evacuation is August 31, it said, the U.S. military was turning from evacuating civilians to getting its own personnel out.
Think that’s bad? Oh, it’s much worse. They're terrified for their lives now, as they also also learned the U.S. military, “following protocol,” had shared a list of their names and passport information with the Taliban who were guarding the airport checkpoints. Their identities are now known, and there's no way to evacuate.
The Taliban have already taken over the American University campus. The staff got out in time and are now safely in Doha. The president of the school says they’re committed to “ensuring all students would finish their degrees remotely.”
Well, isn’t that nice. And how are these students going to be receiving their degrees? Posthumously?
Brad Slager at RedState.com has an excellent commentary on the total incompetence surrounding the withdrawal.
Reading this, though, I have to wonder: Is this level of incompetence due to Biden’s lack of cognitive faculties, leading him to be fatally singleminded and stubborn about his arbitrary pull-out date, or is he actually an all-out traitor to his country? If he were the latter, what would he be doing differently? The one other possibility is that he is so monumentally stupid that...well, I have to wonder if even Joe Biden is THAT monumentally stupid.
It gets even crazier: As Nick Arama at RedState reports, at a time when military aircraft are at such a premium that commercial jets are being called into service, President Biden approved the use of a military plane by Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm to fly last Monday to a nonessential diplomatic summit in Ukraine. Why the frivolous waste of a military craft when it was so badly needed for the evacuation? This makes about as much sense as anything else going on right now.
Also, recall the Marine officer who was relived of duty within hours of criticizing military leaders for the deaths of 13 service members last week? Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller had tweeted: “I have been fighting for 17 years. I am willing to throw it all way to say to my senior leaders, I demand accountability.” In case you missed that story, here’s a review.
Scheller has given an interview with the NEW YORK POST. They also spoke to his dad, who proudly called him “a Marine’s Marine.” Here’s the link; highly recommended reading.
Although we praise Scheller to the skies for having the courage to do what even Biden’s generals couldn’t do but should have, we do have one small quibble with something he said, relating to the age of his superiors. “The baby boomer’s turn is over,” he told the POST. “I demand accountability, at all levels. If we don’t get it, I’m bringing it.”
Speaking as a baby boomer, I would say that most Americans my age are appalled at what is transpiring and want to “bring it,” too. Much of my readership, including many veterans, would be considered part of the “baby boomer” generation, and we are just as horrified as he is and also demand accountability. I would not be surprised if some of those officials, say, from the State Department, giving orders behind the scenes are closer to his age.
That said, Scheller, who received a Combat V for Valor and a Bronze Star, has exhibited perhaps an even rarer form of bravery by standing up to his superiors when such action was badly needed. He’s a hero for daring to say that the U.S. should never have abandoned the strategic Bagram Air Base. Some of his fellow officers, even though they were supportive, have urged him to take his video down. But over 30,000, some of whom served under him, have liked and commented on it.
Saturday, Michael Goodwin in THE NEW YORK POST asked the question, “What if Biden and his administration really are every bit as bad as they look?
Finally, in her grief, the mother of one of the Marines killed at the airport checkpoint has spoken out. We’ll just let her tell you in her own words what she thinks of the current Commander-in-Chief.
"8/31": What President Biden has done is a disgrace
By Mike Huckabee
All right, this is JUST IT. The breaking point.
Whoever at the White House, State Department and/or Pentagon comes forward to try to put a good spin on "8/31" by saying we met “the deadline” and are “out of Afghanistan after 20 years” can just, pardon the expression, pound sand. We're NOT all out. Don’t even bother trotting somebody out to try to clean up for the mentally AWOL Commander-in-Chief in one of your increasingly ridiculous press briefings. You still have some partisan loyals in the media trying to cover for you, but in defending this President you are a pathetic joke. You know perfectly well that we ALL wanted to be out of Afghanistan, Trump included, and we were going to be, and he would've gotten us out in a way that at least made strategic sense. But this latest development is, pardon the expression again, the straw that broke the camel’s back.
What finally did it –- what irreparably broke the hearts of me and my staff –- is this image from yesterday, in which the Taliban are flying over Kandahar in one of the Black Hawk helicopters we used to own, which President Biden left for the terrorists along with $90 billion worth of other military prizes as if it were Christmas in August. Yes, we’d already seen them joyriding in a Black Hawk, but this is the first case we’ve seen of them taking one up and dangling what appears to be the body of a man hanged by the neck. Is the man dead? We don't know.
The WESTERN JOURNAL reports that it is indeed a dead body and describes this as “a giant middle finger to the Western world that has battled terrorism for the past two decades.”
The video was shared by the TALIB TIMES; it’s from a Twitter account claiming to share “official news” from “the Islamic Emirate Afghanistan.” (I assume that’s what we’re supposed to call it now.) The caption reads, “OUR AIR FORCE!”
And who was this man? WAS he dead, or being tortured, or what? Maybe he was one of our interpreters or guides. Maybe a young student at American University, after our State Department refused to admit them to the airport. Maybe just some poor schlub whose beard was too short or who was standing in the wrong place at the wrong time. Or maybe he was a happy Taliban fighter, very much alive, getting his kicks and celebrating the 8/31 defeat of the Americans.
Some have interpreted this video as appearing to show a member of the Taliban “on patrol” over Kandahar. We don’t know, but it would be the strangest patrol ever.
Here are more details on the massive array of equipment the Taliban now have, thanks to President Biden. Indiana Rep. Jim Banks, who assembled the list, said the Taliban now has “more Black Hawk helicopters than 85 percent of the countries in the world.” Each helicopter cost the taxpayers $6 million, and there is so much more we bought them. We've armed our own enemy to the teeth!
The administration has been trying to fool us into thinking the Taliban are “negotiating,” working with us, fulfilling our interests by going after ISIS-K, the “real” terrorists who blew up 13 of our service members at the Kabul airport checkpoint. That, as I've said, is a distinction without a difference. They are all terrorists and all want Americans dead. If the Taliban and ISIS really were enemies, the Taliban wouldn’t have released the approximately 2,000 ISIS fighters we’d detained at Bagram Air Base.
Note to Biden administration: Just stop insulting our intelligence. Calling ISIS-K the “real” terrorists to take the heat off the Taliban reminds me of O.J. Simpson’s lawyers saying he would dedicate himself to finding the “real” killer of Nicole.
And who flew this helicopter? It’s not as if some 7th-century Taliban soldier climbed aboard this ultra-sophisticated piece of equipment and somehow knew how to take it up and circle it over Kabul, dead-or-alive person in tow. Are we sure EVERY American helicopter pilot got out? Or maybe the pilot is an Afghan trained by us and now held captive. We don’t know, and, even worse, we can’t trust the White House to tell us.
Western media have been mostly banned from Afghanistan.
Well, they did allow some media people because they wanted the world to see them take over and declare victory over America.
There's no telling the horrors that will go on. Those particularly in danger include Americans left behind, Afghan women and girls, interpreters and others who helped American soldiers, and Christian missionaries. We don’t know how many thousands of people this might be.
President Biden, when asked about any of this, says he’s “not supposed to take any questions” on Afghanistan. (What??) Then he walks away. Can you IMAGINE what the reaction would be if Trump were in office and he did that? They’d use it to push their fake “Russia” narrative and say Vladimir Putin had instructed him not to answer.
Here’s something else we can’t forgive Biden for, if the allegations are true: leaving our service dogs behind in Afghanistan. I’m not comparing this to the loss of 13 service members, but these dogs mean so much to the soldiers who depended on them. Some owe their lives to these dogs. Here’s the press release from American Humane, an organization that brings home retired military working dogs and pairs service dogs with veterans.
American working dogs left there by our military face a grim future: certainly death and perhaps torture. We’re looking for additional verification that these dogs have indeed been left behind in the crush to evacuate. Our leaders like to talk about “who we are”; this certainly is not it.
Something else: the airlift out of Kabul was supposed to rescue those who helped us, but it turned into such a free-for-all that Afghans weren’t vetted before boarding the planes. Here’s just one unfortunate example.
Of the 2,000 rescued Afghans being held at Wisconsin’s Fort McCoy, not a single one had an SIV, or Special Immigrant Visa. And according to the WASHINGTON TIMES, only “a tiny fraction” of those evacuated have been Americans.
But here's a ray of hope: An organization of retired U.S. generals and admirals called “FLAG OFFICERS 4 AMERICA” has HAD IT every bit as much as we have and is demanding accountability in the form of the resignation of the two top generals, the highest military advisers to President Biden (who should have resigned in the first place rather than carry out his disastrous orders), Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Mark Milley. Know what I call those resignations? A good start.
They’ve also written a spectacular letter expressing what they think of the modern “woke” military and weighing in on a number of national security issues, including Biden’s fitness to serve. If anything will make your day, it’s this letter and the long, long list of signatories. Here it is, in pdf form to share far and wide.
America Deserves Better Than This
By Mike Huckabee
With Americans stranded in Afghanistan, the credibility of the United States is shredded by our inept exit there. And now we’ve suffered the worst loss of American military personnel in 11 years and the first casualty in Afghanistan since Feb of 2020. It is so bungled that the British Parliament did something it had never in its history done—it voted to censure the President of the United States. Think about that. Joe Biden has continued to pretend world leaders are standing with him, but not one world leader has said a public positive word. In fact, it’s been the opposite. The Germans have said that Biden has virtually destroyed NATO, the French—yes the FRENCH—have lectured us about “moral responsibility” to the people being held hostage there by the Taliban terrorists. Even the Belgians have condemned the way this mess has been handled.
And how has President Biden responded? By stepping to a microphone, screaming into the teleprompter words someone else wrote and he has trouble reading, boasting about Democrats going on a wild shopping spree with your tax dollars to spend 3.5 TRILLION dollars on give-a-ways to try and buy some more voters. It’s clear Joe Biden wants to talk about his domestic agenda so we won’t pay attention to the collapse in Afghanistan. We’re not about to forget about those Americans stranded in Kabul, but I’ll oblige him and talk about his equally disastrous domestic plan.
He insists that we keep paying people to not work and indefinitely extending unemployment benefits to people who refuse to take one of the jobs being offered by desperate employers who are having to close restaurants, lumber mills, and construction sites. As long as Uncle Joe will pay people more money to get up at the crack of noon and watch Netflix than to work, people will take the government hand-out. I think instead of giving non-workers an extra $300 to sit on their ample backsides and stay away from work, we ought to give that $300 as a bonus to the people who actually showed up for work! We tax the wages of the workers, but not the welfare of the lazy. I don’t begrudge people who can’t work, but I have no sympathy for those who simply won’t work and are willing to let others lift THEIR loads while the only thing they lift is their federally subsidized forks. Take the taxes off those who are sweating through hot summer days on the job, and if a person is capable of working and won’t take a job, cut the benefits to zero.
And Biden’s energy plan has resulted in your gas to get to work costing $1-2 dollars a gallon more than it did just a year ago. He killed an American pipeline and the thousands of jobs that died with it, but he turned around and approved the Russians’ pipeline which gave them great riches at our expense. He has turned our Southern Border into a free-flowing firehose of human beings rushing into America without us having a clue who they are, whether or not they are drug runners, human traffickers or criminals, and not seeming to care whether they have been vaccinated, wear a mask, or socially distance. While Democrats are shutting down churches for fear of Covid, they turn a blind eye to illegal immigration. Tell your pastor if you have an idiot for a governor or mayor who is forcing your church to close, have him announce that the church will “identify” as the Southern border, and tell the masses to come on in!
I’m not sure we’ll hold out until the 2022 elections, but if we miraculously do, please think about who you vote for in the next election. Because if you keep sending socialists and socio-paths to serve in Congress and on your school board, then you’ll deserve the mess. But frankly, I’ll never vote for people who hate this great country because I believe we ALL deserve better!
More Afghanistan news AND some thoughts on accountability
By Mike Huckabee
There are so many stories out of Afghanistan that are heartbreaking and infuriating that I hate to have to relate them, but sadly, this is the news under President Biden. So in the hopes that this message will actually penetrate his thick border wall of arrogant, defensive stubbornness, I will share these stories:
Among the people Biden left behind to fend for themselves are 24 Sacramento school children who were prevented by the Taliban from reaching the airport and who are now in hiding.
There’s also a report of a pregnant American woman who was trying to get past a checkpoint with her husband when she was kicked in the stomach by the Taliban. She’s now in hiding as well.
And then there’s the story of the Afghan interpreter who actually helped save Biden’s life in 2008 when he and two Senators were in a helicopter that was forced to land in a remote valley due to a snowstorm.
After years of service and helping our soldiers in over 100 firefights, he and his wife and four children are in hiding from the Taliban because their efforts to get out were blocked by bureaucracy. He has a message from his hiding place: “Hello, Mr. President. Save me and my family. Don’t forget me here.”
I hope you’ll join me in praying for the safety of everyone who's been left behind, and for our President to stop congratulating himself on his "extraordinary success" and do something to help all these people, if it’s not already too late.
I would also suggest that the motto of the Biden Administration be “Accountability? What’s that?” if it didn’t have so much competition from “Competence? What’s that?”
But to show just how desperate the Democrats are to doge accountability for the four-alarm dumpster fire that Biden created in Afghanistan, House Democrats blocked efforts by Republican members who are Afghan war vets to introduce a bill requiring the White House to present a plan to bring the Americans Biden left trapped in Afghanistan safely home. Michigan Rep. Debbie Dingell, who was presiding over the chamber, gaveled them out of session, not only blocking the legislation but also their efforts to read the names of the 13 service members who were killed in last week’s suicide bombing at Kabul airport into the Congressional Record.
Dingell shut down House debate as some members shouted at her, “How can you not read the names?” and “Turn your back on your country!”
I will remind you that these are the same House Democrats who arranged the equivalent of a State Funeral for a Capitol Police officer who died after the January Capitol riot that they’re trying to gin up into an actual insurrection attempt, even though he really died of a stroke unrelated to the protest. Yet they won’t even allow the names to be read of military veterans who really did give their lives fighting genuine violent terrorists in the service of their country.
I could tell you what I think about this and the remedy for it, but Stephen Kruiser at PJ Media saved me the trouble by writing an article titled, “Banish Democrats From Office Until They Elect Some Non-Commie Adults.”
Kruiser traces the recent history of the Dem leadership and how it’s separated from regular working Democrats to become an insane, juvenile, far-left madhouse motivated almost entirely by spite against Trump and Republicans. He notes that their adult toddler tantrum has gone from tedious to disturbing to now having a body count, and that’s enough. What must be done? He answers:
“Should we make it to November 2022 relatively intact, it is imperative that American voters who don’t live in the coastal commie bubbles (or Chicago) rise up and make sure that this current crop of Democratic party rulers isn’t allowed anywhere near any kind of power again.
The 2021 Democratic elite are a metastasizing cancer that is rapidly killing a lot of the good in America. Cut that you-know-what out.”
By the way, he makes it clear that he’s not calling for one party rule, only that the voters rid the Democrats, and all of us, of their current insane, America-hating cult. Maybe then, moderate adults like Sen. Krysten Sinema can once again fill the leadership of the Party instead of being a rare outlier whom the leaders are trying to destroy for standing in the way of them destroying the country.
So, let's talk about impeachment
By Mike Huckabee
At this point, we’ve been all through the reasons President Biden is unfit to serve. Here’s some welcome news: after the debacle in Afghanistan (no matter how much lipstick Biden’s strategists try to put on that pig), a new Rasmussen poll of likely voters shows that 52 percent believe Biden should resign over his disastrous handling of the withdrawal. They see he’s simply not capable. And the world sees that, too.
There’s a song that gets played at weddings a lot; it goes, “The more I see you...the more I want you.” The “Biden” version is more appropriate for a divorce: “The more we see him...the less we want him.” One way his campaign experts got people to vote for the man was essentially to hide him until after those votes had been cast (well, counted). Why, he was “Mr. Moderate,” so much more measured and likable than Trump, they said. It’s much easier to like an unlikable person when you hardly ever see him.
And now that he has to take center stage occasionally, we can hardly believe what we see. I’ve always thought his political views were as wrongheaded as could be, but now something really is wrong with his head. Biden seems like the empty husk of a man, and perhaps that’s what he really is.
This is not a partisan thing, but a national tragedy. If we’re honest with ourselves, we all know. And the Afghanistan disaster has brought home to us all what a huge job it is to be President of the United States. It’s the biggest job there is, and mistakes and lapses in judgment get people killed. Mistakes also upset the critical balance of power around the world that since World War II has allowed us the assumption that we would always live in freedom. That sense of security is being shaken now.
A take-down can also come from within, which naturally makes us curious about some who support a clearly unfit President. We also wonder who all those Afghans were who got airlifted to America. Apparently, about 110,000 are NOT the ones who were helping our soldiers. Is our President as clueless about this as he seems to be about most things?
The Constitution provides a few ways to remove a President who isn’t fit to serve. There’s the 25th Amendment, which may be invoked by Cabinet members if and when the decision has been made to put Kamala Harris in the Oval Office. (Shudder. That’s the downside to unseating Biden.) There’s impeachment in the House, of course; we have more than enough familiarity with that process, though we’ve never witnessed conviction in the Senate, which would also be required. No matter how much Republicans in the House or Senate talk about it, it’s empty chatter unless the GOP takes control of the House in 2022 and then there are enough Republican members courageous enough to actually push it. And even IF the Senate were to flip to the GOP in 2022, it’s highly doubtful there would be 2/3 of the members willing to vote to convict. We do have guys like Romney there, who voted to impeach Trump, but would never likely vote a Democrat out. Heck, he might not be invited back on MSNBC if he did that!
Or, the President could be forced to resign. I’m sure there are powerful inducements. Make him an offer he can’t refuse.
Unfortunately, there’s no way to have a “do-over” --- even if fraud is proved --- or a recall election as they’re currently doing for the California governorship. The framers of our Constitution apparently didn’t think about what to do if a President who’s spectacularly unfit to serve is still supported as a political puppet by those who are charged with unseating him. I guess they figured that at that point, only another revolution would suffice. Truly, I can hear Thomas Jefferson saying that very thing.
Dan Bongino, in his Wednesday podcast, made the case that we simply must immediately impeach President Biden, period. He called the people keeping him in office “disgusting filth.” The final straw for him was the REUTERS story that broke Tuesday about Biden pressuring the Afghan president to lie about the situation on the ground there in exchange for continued air support. He wanted Americans and the rest of the world to hear a positive report, “whether it is true or not.”
This act on Biden’s part is just obscene in two ways: 1) it’s deeply dishonest, and 2) it’s a quid pro quo, the very thing Democrats impeached Trump for even though that allegation was false. In Biden’s case, the official transcript of the call proves he did it. As Bongino correctly noted, if Republican leaders discovered a Republican President had done this, they would push for impeachment themselves. (Or, I would add, they'd pressure him to resign, as the GOP did with Nixon.)
Watch how White House press secretary Jen Psaki deflects a question about this during her Wednesday briefing. She never addresses it, ignoring what Biden asked the Afghan president to do and talking instead about the “crisis of leadership” in Afghanistan. We need to be concerned about our own crisis of leadership.
Bongino warned that Democrats might assess Biden harshly right now, but it’s because they know his actions were so bad they have to say something critical now to protect their reputations later. They aren’t serious and will still cover for him. “Just give it a couple weeks,” Bongino said. “The Democrats’ story will change completely. They’ll focus on…‘the successful airlift.’”
Heck, they won’t even allow questions to Biden about Afghanistan. They’re VERY protective...
Mark Levin was unsparing towards Biden and his top generals on Wednesday’s HANNITY, invoking George Patton, Omar Bradley and George Marshall. “No Commander-in-Chief has ever ordered any general to leave citizens behind,” he said. The Taliban “have our equipment, they have our people, they have our allies, they are going to threaten us, they’re working with the Communist Chinese...Putin...the Iranians.”
“Listen to me America,” he implored. “Can you hear the screams of the people of Afghanistan tonight?...They’re begging for help!” This is going on, he said, while the administration is celebrating. “My God, I’ve never been more disgusted with the top brass and the government of the United States than I am right now!”
“...Joe Biden lied to us over and over, and over again. This is a humiliation for our country,” he said. “This is part of our history that can never be wiped away.”
“And most of all, Joe Biden, you’ll have blood on your hands for the rest of your life.”
I say Mark Levin sums up the need to impeach President Biden quite well, don’t you? In addition to the things we’ve already mentioned, Biden has certainly offered aid and comfort to the enemy. On the other hand, his administration is now hesitant to even CALL the Taliban the enemy. Not kidding…
Republicans must be resolute on this. I understand that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is considering political realities when he says no to impeachment, but we must express our thorough disgust and disapproval in every way available to us, including calls for resignation or impeachment, even if in the end we can’t pry an unfit President from office. Full articles of impeachment should be drawn up, kept and, if need be, added to, in the likely event that the House and Senate flip next year.
Then we’d have to accept the fact that IF we could get through an impeachment trial and articles of impeachment referred to the Senate, it will would not likely result in Biden being ousted. Only IF he (or whoever it is who “instructs” him) resigned for the good of the country (like Nixon), would he likely be shown the door. Which reminds us that on at least one thing, Barack Obama was right: “Elections have consequences.” So those Never-Trumpers who betrayed their own convictions about sanctity of life, taxes, regulations, energy independence, Israel, America as exceptional, and big government snooping to vote for Biden hopefully are now repentant of what they have done to America, the world, and specifically to those Americans STRANDED (yes, Jen Psaki—STRANDED) in Afghanistan and left to rot by the man the TDS-folks thought was so caring, compassionate, and competent.
This time it wouldn’t be a political show trial. This is for for real. We can’t go down in history as the party that just stood quietly by.