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Our prediction that President Biden would come out in his late-day press briefing on Thursday and blame everyone but himself turned out to be, sadly, correct.

If you didn’t see it, imagine at the podium the weakest, most feeble, most pathetic excuse for a Commander-in-Chief you can dredge out of the recesses of your mind, and then somehow dial it back even weaker. The real thing was worse than that.

Think I’m exaggerating? The British news organization DAILY MAIL was merciless.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9931085/Joe-Biden-tense-forth-interesting-guy-Steve-Doocy-Fox-News.html

Yes, Biden did blame Trump, again: “I bear responsibility for, fundamentally, all that’s happened of late. But [editorial note: there’s always a “but”] here’s the deal: You know –- I wish that one day, you say these things –- you know as well as I do that [the] former President made a deal with the Taliban that we would get all American forces out of Afghanistan by May 1. In return, the commitment was made, and that was a year before.”

Biden keeps going back to that, when it’s clear to all of us watching that he didn’t have to follow that timetable at all. HE’S our Commander-in-Chief; it's not the head of the Taliban. WE’RE the superpower, not them. WE say when we leave. And President Trump certainly would not have conformed to some arbitrary deadline it if it meant leaving Americans and friends behind. Until now, I’ve always tried to conduct myself with enough class to avoid telling the President of the United States to shut his yap, but Biden is making that extremely difficult for me now.

Here’s the carefully-considered plan President Trump had for leaving Afghanistan that Biden scrapped, simply because it was a remnant of Trump’s administration. Kash Patel, Trump’s chief of staff at the Pentagon, wrote about it for the NEW YORK POST last week, and WESTERN JOURNAL summarizes it here. Highly recommended reading.

https://www.westernjournal.com/remember-trump-saved-americans-afghanistan-biden-said-no/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=empowerconservatives

Biden acknowledged during Thursday’s briefing that Americans would be left behind after August 31. Jen Psaki said later that we would “need to coordinate with the Taliban to get those people to the airport and out of the airport.” That's like "coordinating" with an alligator to help you cross the river.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/08/26/joe-biden-admits-americans-will-be-left-behind-in-afghanistan-after-withdrawing-troops/

Katie Pavlich has a good commentary on how Biden & Co. are talking about getting those Americans out who are still there after the deadline.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2021/08/26/psaki-after-august-31-us-will-coordinate-with-the-taliban-to-get-americans-out-n2594829

Actually, Biden didn’t blame Trump for EVERYTHING. He blamed his generals for the (incredibly stupid) decision to leave Bagram Air Base before the evacuation. The generals gave him bad advice, so what could he do?

Perhaps most shockingly of all (and I would think criminal), Biden didn’t deny reports that the Taliban were given a helpful list of Americans stranded in the region. To, uh, help them get to the airport? Yeah, that’s the ticket.

https://www.breitbart.com/asia/2021/08/26/jbiden-blames-generals-for-abandoning-bagram-air-base-admin-may-have-given-taliban-a-list-of-stranded-americans/

Clearly, Joe Biden is not fit to lead. The problem is, those around him don’t seem fit to lead, either, and somebody has to. That vacuum of leadership at the top might be the main thing keeping Biden in the Oval Office right now. Last night on Shannon Bream’s FOX NEWS show, Democrat strategist Kevin Walling, when confronted by Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley’s call for Biden’s resignation, said that “this President absolutely has the will to lead,” pointing out that “this weighs heavily on the President’s heart” because he had a son who served in combat. He “has the will to finish this mission out in the next five days.”

Ah, so Biden is still planning to wrap this up in five days? Apparently so.

Walling continued: “Any calls for any kind of resignation or impeachment of him or his team, really, uh, are a distraction from this core mission that he is set to accomplish, uh, in these next couple of days. No one in the wake of 9/11 called for George W. Bush...to resign. This is just party politics, when we need to focus on the mission, supporting the troops on the ground, paying tribute to those lives lost, and supporting this effort in the waning days in Afghanistan.”

Well, if anyone knows about party politics, it’s a Democrat strategist. Okay, Mr. Walling, let’s all focus on the mission now that it’s been botched, support the troops now that they face new and unnecessary dangers, pay tribute to the lives that Biden needlessly put in harm’s way and got killed, and support this effort to dig out of the deep quicksand we’re in, thanks to our feeble-brained Commander-in-Chief.

Also, it doesn’t exactly instill confidence in our President when he reveals he’s been “instructed” to call on reporters from a list his helpful aides have given him. Not kidding.

https://redstate.com/tladuke/2021/08/26/joe-biden-reveals-in-latest-press-conference-he-is-instructed-on-whom-he-can-call-on-n433261

You might be able to tell that I and my research team have completely had it with the “leadership” of this administration –- on many fronts, not just this one –- and we have plenty of company. Thanks to Joe Biden and the people who put him in office, America has lost lives, experienced humiliation around the world, shocked and dismayed our allies, seriously risked our own national security, and now faces critical decisions on how to move forward from this.

Starting off our round-up is Spencer Brown, writing for TOWNHALL, who said, “[Biden’s] failure to successfully or safely bring the United States out of Afghanistan is squarely the fault of President Biden.”

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/spencerbrown/2021/08/26/biden-remarks-on-kabul-attacks-n2594821

Paula Bolyard at PJ MEDIA said he “stumbled badly...sounding more defeated and confused than resolute.” The quotes she included really show how incoherent he was at times. She noted the bizarre way in which he linked the loss of his son Beau (who did serve in Iraq but who died of brain cancer) to this situation. It WAS strange.

“Sadly,” she wrote, “we have a Commander-in-Chief who doesn’t seem fully able to grasp the gravity of the situation and the enormity of the disaster he’s wrought.”

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/paula-bolyard/2021/08/26/biden-finally-addresses-terror-attacks-in-afghanistan-we-will-hunt-you-down-we-will-make-you-pay-n1473233

Nick Arama at RedState.com was unsparing in his description of this slow-motion train derailment.

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2021/08/26/biden-finally-acts-tough-in-emotional-but-empty-speech-gets-nailed-by-peter-doocy-n433248

Earlier in the afternoon, before Biden’s briefing, he had this excellent assessment.

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2021/08/26/joe-biden-is-mia-on-suicide-attacks-now-state-department-is-playing-the-coward-too-n433063

Donald Trump, Jr.’s, tweet after the briefing shows what the world is seeing right now: profound weakness.

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/matt-margolis/2021/08/26/donald-trump-jr-s-devastating-tweet-sums-up-how-horrible-bidens-address-to-nation-was-n1473244

Finally, I might have saved the best for last. Stephen Kruiser at PJ MEDIA says it all with his headline: “America is now actually the mess Dems pretended it was under Trump.” He tells us that he started writing it a few weeks ago as just a general commentary, before the evacuation of Afghanistan went bad. This new horror took his original point to the tenth power.

https://pjmedia.com/columns/stephen-kruiser/2021/08/25/america-is-now-actually-the-mess-dems-pretended-it-was-under-trump-n1470737?utm_source=piano&utm_medium=onsite&utm_campaign=582

You know, there aren’t many ideas from California that I give a thumbs-up, too, but in this situation, there’s one I dearly wish we could adopt (but we can’t): “recall election.” Do it over and get it right this time!

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has a revolt on her hands that’s endangering her party’s plans to saddle the American people with more bloated government and trillions more in debt. Nine “moderate” center-left House Democrats are refusing to back the $3.5 trillion “budget reconciliation” bill unless the $1.2 trillion “bipartisan” “infrastructure” bill passes first. Meanwhile, the far-left “Progressives” are refusing to back the “bipartisan” “infrastructure” bill (I’m going to run out of quotation marks) until they get the $3.5 trillion spending orgy bill passed.

https://www.westernjournal.com/pelosi-forced-scrap-key-vote-internal-revolt-moderate-democrats/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=huckabee

Personally, I’d be fine if they both canceled each other out and neither of these monstrosities passed. The Dems are desperate to shove them down our throats because they know their tiny House majority and Senate tie aren’t likely to survive the 2022 elections. But “moderate” Dems running in swing districts who have any hopes of being reelected don’t want to go on record as voting for that massive $3.5 trillion white whale of a bill before getting anything they want like the infrastructure bill.

Ironically, the $3.5 trillion bill may already be DOA because it needs all 50 Democrat votes in the Senate to pass, and Joe Manchin and Krysten Sinema have already come out against it. President Biden is pushing hard for it, but his stock is, to put it mildly, going down the toilet fast. The fact that in his latest appearance, he hawked this bill before bringing up the crisis in Afghanistan didn’t do the bill, or himself, any favors politically.

Here’s some more on the politics of all this from Rick Moran at PJ Media.

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/rick-moran/2021/08/24/house-delays-action-on-bidens-3-5-trillion-budget-bill-as-moderates-revolt-n1472213

In a 4-3 ruling, with the three liberal Justices opposed, the Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s order to the Biden Administration to reinstate the Trump “Remain in Mexico” policy, requiring asylum seekers to stay on the other side of the border while their applications are considered. Border states sued, arguing that Biden’s move had brought back “catch and release” inside the US and spurred a massive wave of illegal immigration that endangers their citizens’ health, safety and security.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/supreme-court-reinstates-trumps-remain-in-mexico-policy

Biden’s laughably-named “Department of Homeland Security” expressed disagreement with the ruling, saying, "DHS has appealed the district court’s order and will continue to vigorously challenge it. As the appeal process continues, however, DHS will comply with the order in good faith.”

That would be a refreshing change, to see the Biden Administration actually complying with a Supreme Court order. FYI, the appeals process normally ends when the Supreme Court rules against you.

In the meantime, if the DHS actually has any real interest in homeland security, they might ponder on whether there are any negative ramifications to the current policies of having an open border, releasing illegal border crossers inside the US, and encouraging America-hating jihadists all over the world by surrendering to the Taliban.

In a related story: If you forgot about the massive security problem represented by our porous border, that’s not by accident. Even though the illegal immigration crisis is worse than it’s ever been, the Biden lapdog media have been doing their best to wish it away by simply ignoring it. Newsbusters reports that coverage of the issue on the Big Three networks’ nightly newscasts has dropped by 96% since March, even as the crisis worsened.

https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/rich-noyes/2021/08/16/bidens-border-crisis-worse-ever-tv-coverage-drops-96-percent

The good news is that viewers are figuring out that they can’t rely on these sources to tell them the truth about what really matters, and they’re tuning out in droves.

https://redstate.com/bradslager/2021/08/24/some-very-odd-results-in-the-cable-news-ratings-following-the-afghanistan-implosion-n432227

In Sunday’s cable news ratings, normally a big day for news networks, Fox News had 16 of the top 17 shows, with CNN’s highest place being “CNN Newsroom” at #15. MSNBC didn’t place a single show in the top 30. It’s no wonder, considering the jaw-dropping ways they are trying to ignore, spin, rationalize or blame Trump for Afghanistan.

https://www.foxnews.com/media/cnn-mathew-dowd-biden-extremely-good-job-afghanistan

The Redstate.com article linked above includes a screenshot of a recent MSNBC web homepage that doesn’t mention Afghanistan at all. The big story isn't about American lives being in jeopardy but the host of “Jeopardy!” stepping down over some offensive jokes he made years ago.

I assume people who want to avoid offensive jokes are no longer watching MSNBC.

We had hoped to bring you updates from the White House and State Department this afternoon --- not that we trust anything they say, but we’d wanted to be able to report it --- but they’ve essentially gone silent. Their update earlier today was that there was no update. I am not kidding.

https://thelibertydaily.com/state-department-goes-into-hiding-following-kabul-airport-bombings/

But we do know that the situation keeps changing, hour by hour, and that it just keeps getting more grave. At the time of this writing, we can confirm that there two bombs were detonated. According to initial reports, four U.S. Marines were killed, but the death toll is now up to at least a dozen service members.

The suicide-bomb explosion closest to the airport entrance is described as a “complex attack.” The other explosion was outside the Baron Hotel, where Americans, Britons and Afghans had been told to gather in recent days in order to be evacuated. The only thing we’ve heard from the White House at this writing is that the President “has been briefed.” For more details on this poor excuse for an “evacuation,” here’s an excellent report.

https://www.q13fox.com/news/western-nations-warn-of-possible-attack-at-kabul-airport-amid-evacuation

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby did come out at 3PM Eastern Time to read a prepared statement and then take questions. He said they think there are “about a thousand” American citizens still in Afghanistan. He maintained that some of them do not want to leave. (!!!) He said they’ve screened “over 104,000 people.” He expressed pride in the actions of our service members and coalition partners and acknowledged that some evacuees have experienced “profound suffering.” In answer to a question, he said that, yes, they anticipated more attacks, perhaps rocket attacks. (Sure enough, later in the afternoon there were reports of another explosion.)

(We pause for this editorial comment: Hey, I thought the Taliban said they wouldn’t attack before the August 31 deadline! Does this mean they LIED? Ah, but, in breaking news, the attacks have been attributed not to the Taliban per se but to ISIS “K,” although this looks to us like a distinction without a difference.)

A bipartisan group of legislators has called on President Biden to extend his August 31 deadline to pull out U.S. forces. An excerpt from their statement: “As Democrats and Republicans, we stand united in our commitment to protecting U.S. citizens, diplomats, intelligence officers, and our foreign partners who are currently attempting to flee Afghanistan.” We’ll see if there’s any response to this from the White House, or if the President is just going to abandon all those people just to be able to say he obeyed the Taliban’s order.

https://www.dailywire.com/news/dozens-of-lawmakers-call-on-biden-to-extend-afghanistan-deadline-as-u-s-prepares-to-leave-thousands-behind

In another update just before our deadline, a reported 60 people have been killed in these bombings, including children.

Also, the White House announced mid-afternoon that our esteemed Commander-in-Chief will make an appearance later in the day, in which he will blame everyone but himself for this travesty. I made that last part up, but that's our prediction. We’ll have an analysis of that and full updates in our Friday morning newsletter.

In the meantime, our Thursday report wouldn’t be complete without this: Taliban fighters joyriding in a Black Hawk helicopter. Just a little something they picked up at Kandahar Airport.

Video appears to show Taliban taking joyride in US Black Hawk helicopter

https://nypost.com/2021/08/26/taliban-appear-to-take-joyride-in-us-made-helicopter-video/