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After disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, UK parliament holds Biden in contempt

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By Jenny Goldsberry

After the fallout from U.S. troops’ withdrawal from Afghanistan the UK parliament held President Biden in contempt. Now, Biden is facing disapproval from across the pond, and within his own American people. The British Parliament has censured Biden in contempt over Afghanistan, both Tory and Labour are united against him. 

Tom Tugenhat, Tonbridge and Malling MP blasted Biden for claiming that the “Afghan forces are not willing to fight for themselves.” He is a veteran himself, who saw many Afghan soldiers die for their cause.

“To see their commander in chief call into question the courage of men that I fought with, to claim that they ran, is shameful,” Tugenhat said on the parliament floor Wednesday. “Those who have never fought for the colors they fly should be careful about criticizing those who have.” According to Tugenhat, armies don’t win wars, nations do.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson echoed that sentiment Friday, tweeting his appreciation for the troops. “We owe the brave people who worked side-by-side with us in Afghanistan a debt of gratitude,” Johnson wrote. Now the country is working to evacuate people.

Meanwhile, as all this was going on, despite their shared missions, Biden screened calls from Minister Johnson for 36 hours. According to a report from the Daily Telegraph, Biden didn’t contact Johnson until 5 PM EST Tuesday. For Johnson, it was 10 PM his time. So Biden addressed the nation before he called the prime minister back.

Read the full article here.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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More Deadly Fentanyl Has Been Seized at U.S. Borders Than Heroin For First Time in History

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History has been made in the worst of ways. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data shows 2021 was the first time in American history that federal law enforcement seized more of the deadly drug fentanyl than heroin at our borders.

Data shows 11,200 pounds of fentanyl was seized in 2021 compared to 5,400 pounds of heroin. The numbers were double that of 2020’s fentanyl seizures. 319,447 pounds of marijuana, 190,861 pounds of methamphetamine, 97,638  pounds of cocaine and 10,848 pounds of ketamine were also seized in 2021.

Taking the 2022 fiscal year into account, 2,158 pounds of fentanyl has already been seized. 277 pounds of heroin have also been seized in the same time period. The Washington Examiner reports:

Not only were fentanyl seizures at the highest level ever recorded, but fentanyl overdoses within the United States also hit new highs, indicating the success that transnational criminal organizations had in pushing their deadly products to the public. A DEA investigation this fall found a direct link between criminal drug organizations in Mexico and fentanyl-related overdose deaths.

Many drug users are unaware they are taking the substance because street drugs are being laced with fentanyl, making even the most dangerous of illicit drugs deadly.

The Examiner adds, “Because just a few grains of the substance is all it takes for a user to feel its effect, its value per ounce is higher than other drugs, such as cocaine or methamphetamine. For example, the DEA states 2 milligrams is enough to kill someone who inhales, consumes, or injects it.”

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) additionally “seized 20.4 million pills that were fake versions of prescriptions and pumped full of fentanyl. The pills were enough to kill every American, according to the DEA.”

Due to small dosages of the drug being so potent, “it also makes it significantly easier for the criminals transporting it to sneak into the country.”

The Examiner also reported on the deadly drug’s connection to Wuhan, China:

Mexican cartels purchase the ingredients for fentanyl from labs in Wuhan, China . The cartels will produce the fentanyl from those ingredients and push it into the U.S. Chinese-based financiers launder the profits for the cartels out of the U.S., back to China, and on to Mexico.

The cartels are in the business of selling whatever drug brings in the most money and is easiest to produce. Through the decades, federal law enforcement at the U.S.-Mexico border has seized millions of pounds of drugs — most of which was marijuana.

Over the past five years, marijuana seizures have significantly declined as U.S. states legalized recreational cannabis and legal grow operations began in the U.S. Because marijuana can only be grown in certain climates, similar to cocaine, it made drugs such as fentanyl and methamphetamines more attractive because they can be produced anywhere, any time.

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