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    Not gonna lie, if I was that guy, I would've left C4s all over the palace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pariston_hill View Post
    I bet there's some old CIA coot drinking his whisky and watching this unfold pondering if the investment the company did training the mujahidins was worth it or not.
    Again ?
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    It's really pretty sad. Afghanistan has been a poorly developed, wartorn and desperate country for over 40 years and it's not going to get any better anytime soon.

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    Man look at the sweet loot the US left for us:
    https://twitter.com/GravelInstitute/...198644225?s=20

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    Quote Originally Posted by Green_vs_Red View Post
    Again ?
    Come on the first time they had a raging boner over the prospect of getting those poppy fields for their black budget.

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    very unfortunate situation let's hope at least it doesn't devolve into a second syria
    Might be worse. A tad bit.
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    https://whatthefuckjusthappenedtoday...08/16/day-209/

    Day 209: "Crisis of confidence."

    1/ Biden said he stands behind his decision to withdraw from Afghanistan after the Taliban regained control over the country. During an address from the White House, Biden said the U.S. mission in Afghanistan was always “narrowly focused on counterterrorism, not counterinsurgency or nation-building.” Biden also said he did not move to evacuate people sooner to avoid a “crisis of confidence.” (Axios / NPR / Washington Post)

    2/ U.S. military commanders hid fatal flaws with the Afghan army and police forces for more than a decade. Those fears, rarely expressed in public, were ultimately borne out by the sudden collapse this month of the Afghan security forces, whose wholesale and unconditional surrender to the Taliban will go down as perhaps the worst debacle in the history of proxy warfare. (Washington Post)


    3/ The Biden administration is implementing the largest permanent increase in food stamps in the program’s history. The jump in benefits comes after a revision of the initiative’s nutrition standards that supporters say will reduce hunger and better reflect how Americans eat. (New York Times)


    4/ Texas COVID-19 hospitalizations have increased by 400% in the last month. As of Aug. 15, the state has reported around 2.8 million confirmed cases in 254 counties and 515,585 probable cases in 230 counties since the pandemic began. (Texas Tribune)


    5/ House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she is looking to advance the bipartisan infrastructure bill and a broader $3.5 trillion budget framework simultaneously. The plan to tie the bipartisan infrastructure bill with the budget resolution comes after a group of nine moderate Democrats told her last week they wouldn’t vote for a budget resolution until the bipartisan infrastructure plan passes the House and is signed into law. (CBS News)
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    the only upside to the afghanistan situation is the blob and the US media shitting themselves , the reactions are hilarious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by killerbee1000 View Post
    Nation building doesn't work.

    For twenty years, America has spent billions trying to prop up a paper regime and train and arm people who didn't want to fight,
    America did not such thing.

    Military contractors grifted 2 trillion dollars and got paid.

    Their goal was never legitimately to get things set up for when they left, no matter what they claimed.


    Man, just imagine if Al Gore had been elected president instead (like he actually was.) We might have put those trillions into infrastructure and the environment instead. We could have been in much better shape now.
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    Will Republicans be held to the same standards the next time they leave their states to avoid voting on legislation?

    https://www.rawstory.com/texas-supre...o-the-capitol/
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    https://whatthefuckjusthappenedtoday...08/18/day-211/

    Day 211: "A flood of bloodshed."


    1/ A Texas school district made face masks part of its dress code in order to get around Gov. Abbott’s anti-mask mandate order. Several school districts in Texas have sought to require masks amid an increase in COVID-19 cases. Gov. Greg Abbott has tried to ban mask mandates. (NBC News)

    2/ The Biden administration will use a federal civil rights office to deter states from banning universal masking in classrooms. The move, using the federal Department of Education’s civil rights enforcement authority, escalates the administration’s fight with Republican governors who are blocking local school districts from requiring masks to protect against the coronavirus. (New York Times)


    3/ The Biden administration announced that it will require nursing home staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition for those facilities to continue receiving federal Medicare and Medicaid funding. The new mandate, in the form of a forthcoming regulation to be issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, could take effect as soon as next month. (Associated Press / CNN)


    4/ The U.S. will advise most Americans to get booster vaccine shots eight months after they received their original dose. Nursing home residents and health care workers will most likely be the first to get booster shots, as soon as September, followed by other older people who were vaccinated last winter. The additional doses will be available to people eight months after they received their second dose. (New York Times / NBC News)


    5/ Afghan President Ashraf Ghani resurfaced in the UAE after fleeing Afghanistan, according to the Emirati government. Ghani left Afghanistan on Sunday evening with no announcement or clear reporting on where he was going. As the Taliban entered the presidential palace and declared the war “over,” Ghani said he fled to prevent “a flood of bloodshed.” (CNBC)


    6/ Federal officials pressed GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert over her apparent personal use of campaign funds. A letter from the Federal Election Commission to the treasurer of Boebert’s 2022 reelection campaign inquired about four Venmo payments totaling more than $6,000. (CNBC)


    7/ The New York Attorney General says the NRA must be dissolved after failing to clean up misconduct. In a court filing, AG Letitia James said the National Rifle Association hasn’t cleaned up rampant financial and managerial misconduct as it claimed over the past year, illustrating the need for the gun-rights group to be dissolved. (Bloomberg)


    poll/ 81% of voters surveyed support requiring every voter to show a photo ID to cast a ballot. Support for voter ID laws rose by 4 percentage points from March to July, and it increased by 13 percentage points among Black voters surveyed. (Honest Elections Project)
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    What does Ted Cruz do with his campaign money? Uses it to buy copies of his own book to boost sales and put him on top-seller lists, that's what.
    https://www.comicsands.com/cruz-camp...mD3QqI05kHPXF0

    Pathetic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Satsuki View Post
    What does Ted Cruz do with his campaign money? Uses it to buy copies of his own book to boost sales and put him on top-seller lists, that's what.
    https://www.comicsands.com/cruz-camp...mD3QqI05kHPXF0

    Pathetic.
    Another article I'd found on the matter suggested that sort of thing wasn't necessarily uncommon, but what made Cruz stand out is he bought way more books than is normally done here. I imagine that it's usually a case of buying copies you can give away or something.

    https://whatthefuckjusthappenedtoday.com/2021/08/20/day-213/


    Day 213: "Strategic ambiguity."


    1/ A North Carolina man who claimed to have a bomb in a pickup truck near the U.S. Capitol surrendered to law enforcement after an hours-long standoff on Thursday. The standoff was resolved peacefully after roughly five hours of negotiations, ending when Floyd Ray Roseberry crawled out of the truck and was taken into police custody. (Associated Press / CNBC / CNN)

    2/ Trump’s deal with the Taliban is drawing ire from his former allies. The former president and his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, are attacking President Biden over Afghanistan even as their own policy faces harsh criticism. (New York Times)


    3/ Rep. Lauren Boebert pushed to loosen drilling rules but failed to disclose her husband’s income from energy consulting. Boebert’s husband made nearly $1 million from energy consulting in the last two years, the Colorado Republican belatedly disclosed this week. (Washington Post)


    4/ Republican Rep. Diana Harshbarger failed to properly disclose more than 700 stock trades worth as much as $10.9 million in violation of federal transparency law. Harshbarger and her husband’s delayed disclosures involve trades in stocks of companies like Facebook, Walmart, Apple, and Lockheed Martin. (Business Insider)


    5/ The FBI says it hasn’t found much evidence that the U.S. Capitol insurrection was coordinated. Though federal officials have arrested more than 570 alleged participants, the FBI at this point believes the violence was not centrally coordinated by far-right groups or prominent supporters of then-President Trump. (Reuters)


    6/ The White House is backtracking after Biden appeared to say the U.S. would defend Taiwan against China. A senior Biden administration official said U.S. policy on Taiwan had not changed after Biden appeared to suggest the U.S. would defend the island if it were attacked, a deviation from a long-held U.S. position of “strategic ambiguity.” (The Guardian)


    poll/ 62% of Americans say the Afghanistan war was not worth fighting. 65% percent say they are extremely or very concerned about the dangers posed by domestic extremist groups, compared with 50% who are concerned about extremists from foreign countries. (Associated Press)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Satsuki View Post
    What does Ted Cruz do with his campaign money? Uses it to buy copies of his own book to boost sales and put him on top-seller lists, that's what.
    https://www.comicsands.com/cruz-camp...mD3QqI05kHPXF0

    Pathetic.
    This is also (very likely) how Trump Jr'.s book hit the best sellers list.
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    The fake audit in Arizona is going to have the announcement if its "results" delayed on account of a Covid outbreak amongst its personnel.
    Complicating things since 2009.

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    The fake audit in Arizona is going to have the announcement if its "results" delayed on account of a Covid outbreak amongst its personnel.
    A corresponding article (I haven't found one without the paywall yet)

    Report on Arizona ballot review is delayed after Cyber Ninjas chief and colleagues test positive for coronavirus – Doug Logan and two other members of the audit team are ill, state Senate President Karen Fann said.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/polit...242_story.html

    Meanwhile: https://whatthefuckjusthappenedtoday...08/23/day-216/

    Day 216: "Updated guidance."


    1/ The FDA granted full approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine, clearing the path to more vaccine mandates at hospitals, colleges, corporations and other organizations across the country. The vaccine is now officially approved for all people 16 and older, making it the first to move beyond emergency-use status in the United States. (New York Times / CNBC)

    2/ The Pentagon will require all military personnel to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is “prepared to issue updated guidance requiring all service members to be vaccinated,” according to Pentagon press secretary John Kirby. A timeline for when service members must receive the shot will be provided in the coming days. (The Hill)


    3/ New York City will require all public school teachers and staff to get vaccinated. About 148,000 school employees — and contractors who work in schools — will have to get at least a first dose by Sept. 27, according to an announcement from the mayor and the city health and education departments. (Associated Press)


    4/ The House committee investigating the Capitol riot plans to seek phone records from the day in question, including from members of Congress. The committee is poised to send notices to various telecommunications companies requesting that they preserve the phone records of several people, the first step in an investigatory process that could eventually lead to witness testimony. (CNN)


    5/ Democrats plan to vote to advance Biden’s $3.5 trillion budget package. Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s plan to move the bill in tandem with the Senate-passed infrastructure legislation is threatened by a rebellion by moderate Democrats, who have insisted that the $550 billion infrastructure bill get a speedy vote and be signed into law before they consider the larger piece. (NBC News)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ubiq View Post
    The fake audit in Arizona is going to have the announcement if its "results" delayed on account of a Covid outbreak amongst its personnel.
    Republicans and being unfathomably stupid no one does it better.
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    I've often wondered about that myself; seems like being supported by people who only want you there so the world can end in fire (with you going to Hell in the process) would be somewhat off-putting
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    Proud Boys Leader setenced 5 months in jail.

    .https://www.washingtonpost.com/local...374_story.html

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    Looks like the MSM got their wish. Biden approval drops to 41% in new poll.

    https://twitter.com/kkondik/status/1430188515334238210

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    The USA Today poll is an outlier.

    Both NBC and CBS polls that came out on Sunday show Biden basically at 50/50. Biden dropped another 9 points in one day. No way, No how.

    Even Rasmussen (always skewing right - adjusted by 538) has him at 47%. YouGov has Biden at 52%.

    And if the mainstream press would put more attention to the number of people that have been evacuated, that no American lives have been lost, and Trump's deal with the Taliban, the polls might look quite different. Of course ratings and crisis are what they prefer.
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