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John Brennan called out for ‘bashing Jews’ in tweet about Israel

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After former CIA director John Brennan published a recent opinion editorial, he tweeted to promote it but instead is facing backlash for his seemingly antisemitic comments. In his attempt to be “pro-Palestine,” others accuse him of ”bashing Jews.’

In his New York Times opinion piece, Brennan recommends a Palestinian movie to President Biden, in hopes that it would encourage the administration to recognize Palestine’s statehood. Previously, Brennan visited the Palestinian territories and Israel as a student at American University’s Cairo campus. Still, that experience did not help him know how to sensitively broach this topic.

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Many took issue with Brennan suggesting that Jewish people should have learned from their past. By tweeting that Jewish people “would not be the empathetic champions,” some interpreted that to mean that the Holocaust, or Shoah, victims and their descendants did not rise to “moral scrutiny.”

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Then, the non-profit organization Stop Antisemitism called out Brennan for “bashing Jews.”

Finally, most agreed that being for Palestine’s statehood and supporting Jewish people are not mutually exclusive. But the former CIA director made a complex situation appear as though it had a simple solution: Israel is the party at fault.

Brennan was the CIA director from 2013-2017. He has yet to respond to the blacklash. But he has woken up to a hailstorm.

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Taliban Holds Parade for 250 Newly Trained Soldiers with American-Made Weapons Left Behind

As the result of an ill-prepared withdrawal that went horribly wrong, the Taliban now holds a large stock of weapons and equipment left behind.

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On Sunday, Taliban forces held a very bone-chilling parade showing off their captured American-made armored military vehicles and Russian helicopters. The act was “a display that showed their ongoing transformation from an insurgent force to a regular standing army” writes CNN.

The Taliban are no longer terror insurgents fighting against American forces that had once freed Afghanistan from the Taliban. As the result of an ill-prepared withdrawal that went horribly wrong, the Taliban now holds a large stock of weapons and equipment left behind.

The parade was part of a graduation for 250 newly trained Taliban soldiers, said defense ministry spokesman Enayatullah Khwarazmi. CNN reports, “The exercise involved dozens of US-made M117 armored security vehicles driving slowly up and down a major Kabul road with MI-17 helicopters patrolling overhead. Many soldiers carried American-made M4 assault rifles.”

Tragically, much of the weaponry taunted in the parade by Taliban forces were supplied by the United States to the American-backed government in Kabul during the past two decades. The equipment was to aid an Afghan national force and make it capable of fighting the Taliban.

As forces fled Afghanistan, some of the military equipment provided by western forces was flown into Central Asian Countries in an attempt to avoid it landing in the hands of the Taliban. It remains unclear exactly how much of what did end up in Taliban control is still operational.

American troops destroyed over 70 aircraft and dozens of armored vehicles, as well as disabled air defenses before flying out of Kabul during the frenetic evacuation. CNN reports “Taliban officials have said that pilots, mechanics and other specialists from the former Afghan National Army would be integrated into a new force, which has also started wearing conventional military uniforms in place of the traditional Afghan clothing normally worn by their fighters.”

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