As Afghanistan’s military folded up like a cheap lawn chair, and U.S. forces inexplicably abandoned Bagram Air Base and skedaddled out of the country, courtesy of their commander in chief, the Taliban terrorists wasted little time in collecting weapons — including U.S. arms, military aircraft, and armored vehicles. No word on whether or not they sent a “Thank You” card to hapless Joe Biden.
While The Wall Street Journal pointed out the obvious, on Friday — the Taliban’s new weapons cache changes the dynamic, giving the brutal Islamist extremists’ new and more deadly capabilities — the question is, just what, exactly did Biden leave behind? Other than a reported 15 thousand desperately stranded Americans, now at the mercy of those ruthless extremists, of course?
In a word, journalist and Fox News contributor Miranda Divine calls it “sickening.”
— Miranda Devine (@mirandadevine) August 20, 2021
As the WSJ reported, the emerging evidence of the Taliban’s weapons hall is indeed sickening.
Scores of videos have emerged of Taliban fighters rejoicing near abandoned American helicopters, carrying U.S.-supplied M24 sniper rifles and M18 assault weapons, stacking other small arms and materiel in unending piles and driving Humvees and other U.S.-made military trucks.
The Taliban have seized airplanes, tanks and artillery from Afghan outposts and from evacuating U.S. personnel, revealing one of the heavier costs of a U.S. troop withdrawal amid a collapse of Afghanistan’s government and army.
Mumbles™ Biden continues to have zero regrets about his decision and says he’d do it again.
According to government auditors, as noted by the WSJ, the vast number of weapons the U.S. sent to Afghanistan’s military and police over a 13-year period is staggering.
The U.S. sent nearly 600,000 small arms, 76,000 vehicles and 208 airplanes to Afghanistan’s military and police from 2003 to 2016, according to a 2017 Government Accountability Office report, one of the few such compilations.
The most recent quarterly report of the U.S.-led military coalition documented deliveries of 174 Humvees, nearly three million rounds of ammunition, and nearly 100,000 2.75-inch rockets during the period.
The U.S. has also transferred anti-tank missiles, automatic grenade launchers, mortars and rocket-propelled grenades to Afghan forces. In all, Washington has spent more than $80 billion over 20 years on the Afghan forces, government auditors have said.
As Axios noted, the Taliban are no doubt, not the only really bad guys interested in those U.S. weapons.
U.S. officials are concerned that, in addition to the Taliban using the weapons against civilians, the equipment could be seized by ISIS or handed over to China or Russia. https://t.co/bjhzEhreBS
— Axios (@axios) August 19, 2021
The seized equipment includes more than 2,000 armored vehicles, and up to 40 aircraft, reported Reuters, citing an intelligence assessment. “Everything that hasn’t been destroyed is the Taliban’s now,” one U.S. official told Reuters. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, confirmed the intelligence assessment to Reuters.
“We have already seen Taliban fighters armed with U.S.-made weapons they seized from the Afghan forces. This poses a significant threat to the United States and our allies.”
Yet, in the understatement of understatements, Pentagon
buffoon spokesman John Kirby — AKA: “Mr. Obvious” — said, earlier this week, as noted by the WSJ:
“We obviously don’t want to see our equipment in the hands of those who would act against our interests, or the interests of the Afghan people.”
Um, Mr. Obvious? Just one question.
If “we” don’t want to see our weapons in the hands of those who would act against our interests or the interests of the Afghan people, then why the hell did we leave all those weapons behind?
At the least, why didn’t we destroy them?
Or did Joe send along a friendly note to the Taliban, asking them, pretty please with sugar, to please refrain from snagging our weapons and using them against our interests or those of the Afghans?
— Prolific News (@ProlificGlobal) August 16, 2021
As the WSJ reported, in a letter sent Wednesday to embattled Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, 25 Republican senators requested an inventory of U.S. military equipment provided to the Afghan Armed Forces in the last year, the amount disabled before the U.S. withdrawal, and Taliban seizures.
OK — everybody, now! Begin holding your breath.
As horrific as the images and videos we’ve seen this week from Kabul have been, we ain’t seen nothin’, yet.
Courtesy of Joe Biden.
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