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Even as U.S. intelligence estimates warned of a pending collapse after Biden’s hasty and reckless Afghan withdrawal, an urgent July State Department memo shows that administration officials were cautioned about the Taliban’s lightning advance. This shows that President Biden was either lying in his public statements about being surprised by the Taliban’s victory, as I have written, and CNN agreed, or he is too out of touch to know the difference.

 

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported that due to the dire situation on the ground, 23 American staffers of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul signed the CONFIDENTIAL July 13 cable, and urgently rushed to deliver it to Team Biden in Washington, DC, via a special ‘dissent’ channel.

WSJ notes that the “dissent channel is a formal mechanism of the State Department that allows foreign service officers to raise concerns about current policy. It was established during the Vietnam War as a result of concerns that contrary views were being ignored.”

The urgent cable was reportedly sent to Biden’s Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Director of Policy Planning Salman Ahmed. Blinken reportedly received the cable and reviewed it shortly after receipt.

The WSJ notes that:

The existence of the confidential State Department cable adds to an expanding debate involving the White House, Pentagon and intelligence services over what U.S. officials understood about assessments of Afghanistan’s stability.


U.S. military and intelligence officials, struggling with the fallout from the rapid collapse of Afghanistan’s government and armed forces, have sparred over U.S. intelligence assessments regarding the country’s stability.

President Biden in July had said that a collapse of the government and a Taliban takeover were “highly unlikely,” pointing to the large numbers of Afghan National Security Force members, their U.S. training and modern equipment, including an air force.

On Wednesday, in an interview with ABC News, Mr. Biden said that “the idea that somehow there’s a way to have gotten out without chaos ensuing, I don’t know how that happens.”

The Biden deception, or cluelessness, about the rapid Taliban advance being unexpected extends to his Defense Department and Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the JCS at the Pentagon, has said that rapid collapse of the U.S.-supported Afghan government and army was never anticipated.

“There was nothing that I or anyone else saw that indicated a collapse of this army and this government in 11 days,” Milley stated on Wednesday.


Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Joe Bidencheats
Joe Bidencheats
1 month ago

Joe Biden needs to stop sniffing ( Obama wife )BIG Mikes’s hair and wake up

Dan Tyree
Dan Tyree
1 month ago

Retard joe would surrender to the taliban. He’s a loony chicken shit

MD Anthony
MD Anthony
1 month ago
Reply to  Dan Tyree

Which Joe are you talking about?
The one with ear lobes or the one wit no ear lobes – we are being played

Jane C Dewberry
Jane C Dewberry
1 month ago

Golly, gee, just what did these Pentagon officials and our top military leaders think would happen? That the Taliban would calmly sit back and sip tea while the US pulled out? Like any conquering force, they took advantage of the huge opening Biden* gave them and picked up the ball and ran with it, leaving the USA with egg on their face. This is what happens when you put pseudo-intellectuals in charge of anything. They are so sure their right about everything, but they end up failing at everything

Leftshot
1 month ago

“This shows that President Biden was either lying in his public statements about being surprised by the Taliban’s victory, as I have written, and CNN agreed, or he is too out of touch to know the difference.”

Either way he is unfit to be President and should resign immediately or be removed under the 25th Amendment.

Dan Tyree
Dan Tyree
1 month ago
Reply to  Leftshot

If you’re going to call him President Biden put the word fake before president

vinnie
vinnie
1 month ago
Reply to  Dan Tyree

Pretender Biden will work or PINO (president in name only)

MD Anthony
MD Anthony
1 month ago
Reply to  Leftshot

Considering that Biden like his master Obama is also entirely incapable of telling the truth….why do you ask if he is lying?