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We May Have Left Afghanistan, Mr. President, But We Are Still at War
by Pete Hoekstra
September 23, 2021
This article originally was published by the Gatestone Institute.
- I never liked that term, “war on terror.” Terrorism is a tactic; it is not the enemy we fought every day. The term has done more to confuse us than enlighten us.
- [O]ne can see why the phrase “war on terror” became the widely accepted nomenclature. It was neutral. Gone would be the difficult references connecting the terrorist movement to Islam and Muslims. The need to define good Muslims versus bad/extremist Muslims would be eliminated. We would just paper over the difficult discussions that needed to take place but did not.
- The terrorists, and their Islamist apologists in the West, actually used our response to their benefit. They widely labeled those who tried to connect al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations to Islamic dogma as Islamophobes and anti-Muslim.
- It did not matter that the terrorists invoked Quranic passages as justification, or that groups such as ISIS and others explicitly state that their ultimate objective is a global Muslim state governed by religious law.
- President Biden can say what he wants but that does not mean it is so. The other side has a say in this. And as we saw as we were leaving Kabul, the jihadists spoke clearly, they are still at war with us. If the crack team of foreign advisers that the president is relying on, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, advised him that the United States is no longer at war, the world is in serious trouble.
On Tuesday, Joe Biden presented his first United Nations General Assembly speech as president. I labored through almost 32 minutes of the speech when a most profound announcement was proclaimed: “I stand here today for the first time in 20 years with the United States not at war.”
It was an odd boast, considering how the United States left Afghanistan and what it means for the future.
Our retreat from the Afghanistan battlefield left behind thousands of friends and allies and billions of dollars’ worth of equipment.
We were never at war with Afghanistan. Our enemy was – and continues to be – individuals who take inspiration from a strict interpretation of Islam and employ terrorist tactics to press their cause.
Politically, we left the country as we found it – led by the same Islamist radicals who controlled the country 20 years ago. Despite what the Taliban might say, U.S. intelligence estimates that al-Qaeda could be fully reconstituted in Afghanistan in a year or two.
What happens after that? The president’s UN speech did not look forward. If anything, his inaccurate statement that we are no longer at war anywhere in the world indicated his belief that the war on terrorism is over.
I never liked that term, “war on terror.” Terrorism is a tactic; it is not the enemy we fought every day. The term has done more to confuse us than enlighten us. Nine days after the 9/11 attacks, President George W. Bush told Congress that those who attacked us were:
- “a collection of loosely affiliated terrorist organizations known as al-Qaeda.” It “is to terror what the Mafia is to crime.”
- “terrorists (who) practice a fringe form of Islamic extremism.”
- “a fringe movement that perverts the peaceful teachings of Islam.”
- “traitors to their own faith, trying, in effect, to hijack Islam itself.”
Bush recognized that he had to put some context with the word terrorist so that the world would better understand the threat we were facing as well as the tactics that they would employ.
“Our war on terror begins with al-Qaeda,” he said, “but it does not end there. It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated.”
We are still a long way from that goal, which means the threat to the homeland endures.
Reflecting on Bush’s speech, one can see why the phrase “war on terror” became the widely accepted nomenclature. It was neutral. Gone would be the difficult references connecting the terrorist movement to Islam and Muslims. The need to define good Muslims versus bad/extremist Muslims would be eliminated. We would just paper over the difficult discussions that needed to take place but did not.
The terrorists, and their Islamist apologists in the West, actually used our response to their benefit. They widely labeled those who tried to connect al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations to Islamic dogma as Islamophobes and anti-Muslim.
It did not matter that the terrorists invoked Quranic passages as justification, or that groups such as ISIS and others explicitly state that their ultimate objective is a global Muslim state governed by religious law.
For much of the last 20 years, the lack of clarity as to who the enemy was and why they attacked us has eluded us. It has made it difficult to focus on what needed to be done and what victory might look like.
So barely a month after the U.S.’s disgraceful disengagement in Afghanistan, the president of the United States can declare that we are not at war. Words have meaning. The president cannot just declare that the war on terror is over and walk away. The enemy still exists. Those individuals described by President Bush in 2001 are still out there. Today, they are reinvigorated by their perceived success in Afghanistan. They are better equipped than any terrorist organization in the world because of what was left behind in Afghanistan, and they continue to be inspired by their view of the religion they are attempting to hijack, Islam.
No, President Biden can say what he wants but that does not mean it is so. The other side has a say in this. And as we saw as we were leaving Kabul, the jihadists spoke clearly, they are still at war with us. If the crack team of foreign advisers that the president is relying on, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, advised him that the United States is no longer at war, the world is in serious trouble.
The jihadists have not surrendered; they have not gone away. As a matter of fact, the world is a much more dangerous place than what it was just a few short months ago. The jihadists will be back. When they strike us again, let us hope that our leaders provide the necessary clarity this time around to identify the enemy and defeat them once and for all.
Ambassador Pete Hoekstra (retired), served 18 years in Congress and was Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence from 2004-07. He is a Senior Fellow with the Investigative Project on Terrorism.
The Peoples’ Republic of China War Against the United States
Colonel (US Army Ret) Andrew P. O’Meara Jr.
This message shares information that shows how the Biden regime has misrepresented the COVID crisis to deceive and use the pandemic for political purposes.
Background: The Peoples’ Republic of China (PRC) made a declaration of the Peoples’ War against the USA in retaliation for Trump Trade policies that embarrassed the PRC and revealed their dishonest trade policy. The declaration has been followed by biological warfare attacks employing the COVID 19 virus. These aggressive operations have been accompanied by PSYOPS and cyber-warfare to overturn the results of the 2020 elections. We know that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) bribed the Biden family, making the POTUS an agent of the CCP. Biden’s policy that has emerged collaborated with Communist China to harness American policy and operations to PRC interests, which explains the disastrous American withdrawal from Afghanistan.
We have learned from email traffic released by whistle-blowers that the Democrats collaborated with the CCP to develop the Wuhan virus, or COVID 19. It is the same virus that has been used by the CCP to wage biological warfare against the USA. The attacks have inflicted great harm and constitute a genocidal war crime that has morphed into a worldwide pandemic.
Recent evidence obtained by Project Veritas demonstrates the Biden administration’s use of the COVID pandemic for domestic political purposes. The messages following this message reveal Project Veritas evidence of the use of the COVID virus to advance the domestic policy of the Democrats. (This information should receive the widest possible dissemination.)
We have hard evidence that has exposed the conspiracy to use the pandemic for political purposes. Connecting the dots with the Project Veritas evidence we see the logic that drives the Biden COVID 19 narrative.
- The winning strategy for defeating Trump in the 2020 election hinged on stealing the vote using mail in ballots.
- Massive absentee balloting was essential in amassing sufficient fraudulent ballots to overturn the Trump landslide that resulted in 74,000,000 votes for Trump.
- The pandemic provided the justification for massive mail in voting.
- The Dems must maintain these pandemic conditions that produced the flood of mail in and absentee ballots to deliver a Democrat victory in subsequent elections.
- The Pandemic lockdown must be maintained in place through November 2022, if not November 2024 elections, to allow the Dems to flood the ballot boxes with millions of fraudulent ballots.
The continuation of the Pandemic scare demands a continued high death rate. Thus, therapeutics are forbidden to treat the virus. HCQ and Ivermectin are driven from the market. The use of the defective vaccines that have taken the lives of thousands of Americans is necessary to preserve the fiction that the Biden administration is doing all in its power to control the Pandemic. Thus, the bad news about the harmful effects of the vaccines must be concealed by not reporting the actual cause of death.
The following Democrat strategy to justify COVID Lockdown and win the elections has emerged:
- Conceal the harmful effects of the vaccines and show the success of Biden’s strategy using vaccine mandates.
- Deny the use of therapeutics (Ivermectin and HCQ) that save lives and reduce the severity of the virus.
- Deny the true cause of death to present the optics of the worst possible Pandemic scare.
- Maintain the highest COVID death rate sustainable.
- Demand the continued use of masks and social distancing, as well as the vaccine mandate and lockdowns.
- Deny voters the right to vote in-person to justify the mail-in voting requirement.
- Maintain the Pandemic lockdown thru the elections.
The message traffic in the following emails provides clear evidence of the Biden deception, collusion, and active measures to maximize the number of Americans killed by the virus. It is a treasonous strategy that sacrifices American lives to enhance the opportunities for a Democratic victory through voter fraud.
Andrew P. O’Meara, Jr., Colonel, USA Retired
Author of Liberty Vs. Tyranny
Released and Distributed by the Stand Up America US Foundation
The extract that follows is taken from Part 1 of the Project Veritas assessment of the Biden administration’s handling of the COVID Pandemic.
Project Veritas released the first video of its COVID vaccine investigative series today featuring an interview with U.S. Health and Human Services [HHS] Insider, Jodi O’Malley, who works as a Registered Nurse at the Phoenix Indian Medical Center in Arizona.
O’Malley told Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe about what has been going on at her federal government facility. She recorded her HHS colleagues discussing their concerns about the new COVID vaccine to corroborate her assertions.
Here are some of the highlights from today’s video:
- Dr. Maria Gonzales, ER Doctor, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “All this is bullshit. Now, [a patient] probably [has] myocarditis due to the [COVID] vaccine. But now, they [government] are not going to blame the vaccine.”
- Dr. Gonzales: “They [government] are not reporting [adverse COVID vaccine side effects]…They want to shove it under the mat.”
- Deanna Paris, Registered Nurse, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “It’s a shame they [government] are not treating people [with COVID] like they’re supposed to, like they should. I think they want people to die.”
- Jodi O’Malley, Insider and Registered Nurse, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: The COVID vaccine is “not doing what it’s purpose was.”
- O’Malley: “I’ve seen dozens of people come in with adverse reactions.”
- O’Malley: “If we [government] are not gathering [COVID vaccine] data and reporting it, then how are we going to say that this is safe and approved for use?”
- O’Malley: I’m not afraid of blowing the whistle “because my faith lies in God and not man…You know, like what kind of person would I be if I knew all of this — this is evil at the highest level. You have the FDA, you have the CDC, that are both supposed to be protecting us, but they are under the government, and everything that we’ve done so far is unscientific.”
- O’Malley: “At the end of the day, it’s about your health, and you can never get that back — and about your freedom, and about living in a peaceful society, and I’m like, ‘no.’ No. This is the hill that I will die on.”
We encourage more brave whistleblowers like Jodi O’Malley to come forward with information on the COVID vaccine by emailing VeritasTips@protonmail.com.
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The Real Extremists – SECDEF Austin & CJCS Staff Mark Milley
Their Lemmings of the Left
By Ed Haugland
U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley testify during a hearing before the House Committee on Armed Services on June 23, 2021, in Washington, D.C.
So, we’ve seen Milley proclaim his concern for understanding “white rage.” We’ve also seen this hypocrite partisan proclaim how he worried about President Trump – a duly elected President – was going off the rails. So, what gives this single, political partisan, moron the right to then bypass his chain of command, and spend his time talking to the left-wing ideologues like Pelosi, Schumer, and the Chinese military Communists about how to stop the President from doing something he, nor anyone else was contemplating?
Furthermore, we previously saw this sorry partisan general “apologize” for standing with the President, as Trump showed resolve and will to ensure American’s safety against the massive left-wing riots, anarchy, arson, assaults, and assassination of cops – the so-called “summer of love” that resulted in over two $$$BILLION dollars in damage. Remember, the church next door to the White House was burning due to arson, riots, and anarchy in D.C. Yet Milley, along with a dim-witted Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, exemplified weakness, spinelessness, and political correctness as typical bureaucrats by not only repeating the false narrative of the left but becoming the false narrative.
Esper, obviously bought into the false narratives of the left in undermining Trump with an apology. Milley, after his recent acknowledgments regarding his actions during the Trump administration, now seems to be more of a willing partisan, left-wing, narcissist as he totally ignored his oath to the Constitution, ignored his chain of command, and took it upon himself to “save” America from a duly elected President. Taking actions that were likely treasonous, without letting the Acting Secretary of Defense Miller, or his boss, the President of the United States, know that he was purposefully suborning the Constitution.
The only remedy for this schmuck of a political hack general is a trial for treason, absolute treason, and criminal insubordination. Milley should be stripped of his role, rank, and pension. He should be tried, prosecuted, and given his treasonous behavior – potentially hung by his neck until dead – for his actions.
We should also consider his acolyte McConnel, the current Chief of Staff of the Army, who so quickly buried his head up the rear end of the Biden administration by seeking to find the “extremists” in the ranks to be of questionable integrity. His actions unfortunately were so quickly echoed by the now obvious politically biased and left-leaning Association of the United States Army (AUSA). It was stunning how quickly AUSA fell in line with the PC propaganda and disinformation, which strongly suggests the current legion of generals in our Army are not apolitical, and at a minimum, politically correct star chasers who’ve lost their ability and integrity to lead.
Even the sorry hypocrite, loser, and whinner LtCol Vindman – who testified basically that his feelings were hurt because a sitting President didn’t follow his amateur and ill-advised script in talking to an ally. Vindman, half brain dead, still realized Milley’s actions were and are unconstitutional and that the political CJCS broke the chain of command.
Let’s add to this deck of jockers Lloyd Austin, the current Secretary of Defense – whom the President never seems to remember his name. Probably because Biden probably still doesn’t realize that he’s black. Nevertheless, old Austin, like his political neophyte general Milley, spent the first half of the administration pushing Critical Race Theory and looking for “extremists” in the military ranks.
Sadly, the only task they had at hand to identify the “real extremists” in the military – was to look in the mirror. Austin and Milley exemplify the real extremists. They are left-wing ideologues. They seem to not care about the constitution, the all-volunteer force, but rather seek to push politically correct crap that divide our military, sow distrust, undermine the chain of command, undermine our constitution, and do so while abandoning tens of thousands of allies, Americans, and Afghanistan civilians who served or supported our efforts.
It is surreal watching how our DoD, CIA, ODNI, FBI, DOJ, IRS, DOS, and the federal executive branch is weaponized – not unlike the fascist and communists – to undermine America’s security, destroy our relationship with NATO and our allies, and position their heads up the back-end orifices of our adversaries like Iran, China, Russia, and the Taliban.
The Biden Administration, and his lemmings of the left like Austin, and a disgusting hypocrite and likely traitor Milley, all deserve only one award – the brown star award! For there are no great set of lemmings of the left, true exemplars of hypocrisy, who strive so hard to attach themselves to the rear exit of those in power. Five stars – that is five brown stars – are awarded to acknowledge such an attachment to the crap hole of power, vice supporting that which they took an oath to uphold and defend – our constitution.
© 2021, Edward L. Haugland, All Rights Reserved
Stopping the Next Historic Attack
A flag hangs outside of the Pentagon prior to wreath-laying ceremony with President Joe Biden, first lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff scheduled to take place later this afternoon at the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial on Sept. 11, 2021 in Arlington, Virginia. (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)
By Dr. Peter Vincent Pry Monday, 13 September 2021
On Sept. 11, 2001, in the wake of the terror attacks that collapsed the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York, the United States Pentagon, and that could have hit other targets if not for the brave passengers of United Airlines Flight 93, frightened Americans wondered “What’s next?”
For the generation that witnessed these events that launched a decades-long Global War on Terrorism, the tragic genesis is known simply as “9/11” — both the date of the terror attacks and, ironically, the call number for emergencies.
As we were reminded of this weekend on the 20th anniversary of the attacks, 9/11 is becoming history that needs to be explained, much like “Pearl Harbor” or “World War II,” to each new generation as we move further away from the date of the tragedy.
Dangerously, the Biden administration and Washington elites who lived through 9/11 and were taught about Pearl Harbor have forgotten the national security lessons from both events.
Pearl Harbor happened because of a failure of strategic imagination due to the false belief that Japan would not dare attack the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Until Japan’s air raid on Pearl Harbor actually struck on Dec. 7, 1941, the consensus among Washington experts was that such an attack couldn’t happen — because aircraft carriers had never been used to sink a fleet of battleships before, so it would not happen now.
9/11 happened because of a failure of strategic imagination due to the false belief that terrorists would not dare attack the U.S. homeland. Until al-Qaida hijacked U.S. airliners and flew them into buildings, the consensus among Washington experts was that such an attack could not happen — because it had never happened before, and so would not happen now.
The same complacency, cocksure overconfidence, lack of common sense, and willful blindness that produced Pearl Harbor and 9/11 once again dominate thinking in Washington. The Afghanistan debacle is symptomatic of an incompetence that can kill millions of Americans.
Below is a partial list of future historic attacks waiting to happen due to failure of imagination:
Russian conquest of European NATO is regarded in Washington as a virtual impossibility because: a few thousand U.S. troops in the Baltics and Poland are supposedly a “trip wire” providing extended nuclear deterrence; U.S. conventional forces are supposedly technologically superior to Russia’s and can be projected across the Atlantic to save NATO; and NATO is supposedly unbreakable, so strong are the ties that bind Europe and Washington.
Yet analyses by both the Department of Defense and RAND find that Russia can overrun NATO’s frontline states in Eastern Europe in 72 hours. Russia has an at least 10-to-1 advantage over the U.S. in tactical nuclear weapons, that could easily destroy U.S. and allied nuclear weapons based in Europe, as well as blast through U.S. and allied conventional forces to quickly reach the English Channel.
Would Germany and France’s progressive, anti-nationalist, and environmentally “woke” political leaders even fight when the first Russian nuclear EMP attack turns-off the lights across Western Europe?
China’s conquest of Taiwan and nuclear war with the U.S. is regarded in Washington as a virtual impossibility because: China supposedly does not yet have enough sealift capability to invade Taiwan; the U.S. Navy and U.S. nuclear superiority provide extended deterrence to Taiwan; and China’s nuclear “No First Use” policy promises they will not make a surprise nuclear attack.
Yet China may be able to conquer Taiwan with missile and air strikes — including nuclear strikes if necessary — the way the U.S. forced the surrender of Imperial Japan in 1945 from the air, including use of A-bombs, without having to invade.
The U.S. intelligence community estimated in January that China has only 200 nuclear warheads, while the U.S. with 1,400 nuclear weapons supposedly has clear superiority.
However, recently satellites discovered China is building 350-400 missile silos, probably for their DF-41 ICBM carrying 10 warheads. Now analysts warn China could in a few years have 3,000 nuclear weapons and clear superiority over the U.S.
China also recently threatened, if even a single Japanese soldier or ship comes to defend Taiwan, China will suspend its “No First Use” pledge and force Japan to surrender with nuclear strikes on their home islands, to be followed by occupation.
Will the U.S. risk nuclear war with China to defend Taiwan?
“Climate change” is the “new World War II” according to Washington elites.
Yet real existential threats like cyberwarfare, solar and manmade EMP are neglected.
On May 7, Russia’s cyber-attack on Colonial Pipeline turned-off gasoline to the eastern U.S. — including to east coast military bases that would project power to defend NATO.
The Biden administration’s impotent non-response to this cyber-attack, an optimistically named executive order “Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity,” ducks responsibility, urging private sector utilities and industries to protect themselves from cyberwarfare.
Biden’s suspension of Trump’s executive order “Securing the U.S. Bulk-Power System” re-opens the door to importing equipment critical to U.S. electric grids from China — inviting Beijing to “turn off the lights” in America, as they did to India’s city of Mumbai (population 20 million) in October of 2020.
Will Washington never learn the lessons of Pearl Harbor and 9/11?
Dr. Peter Vincent Pry is executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, served as Chief of Staff of the Congressional EMP Commission, Director of the U.S. Nuclear Strategy Forum, and on the staffs of the Congressional Strategic Posture Commission, House Armed Services Committee, and the CIA. He is author of Blackout Warfare (2021) and The Power And The Light (2020).