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Pentagon, DOD Suddenly Realize They Left People Behind

NBC News reports, “The Pentagon does not have a good accounting of how many DOD civilians still have immediate family members in Afghanistan.”

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Almost three months after the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Pentagon has come to the realization that Americans left behind need to get out. According to NBC News, “The Pentagon is stepping up efforts to get family members of U.S. troops out of Afghanistan, creating a database of the dozens who are trapped there.”

Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Colin Kahl is asking military personnel and Defense Department civilians with immediate family members who remain in Afghanistan but want to leave to email his office. The email must include names along with “passport, contact and other personal information about the members so they can be added to the database.” The security of this database should come into question, especially when in August news that the biometrics system with our Afghan allies’ information fell into the hands of the Taliban. 

Still, with all of the identifiable information, how are these family members going to be rescued? NBC News reports, “The Pentagon does not have a good accounting of how many DOD civilians still have immediate family members in Afghanistan.” Also, according to one official, “The U.S. military will not have a role in actually getting the people out of the country.” 

Since the withdrawal took place, private citizens have come together to try to evacuate the friends, families and allies that the Biden administration left behind. The Biden administration has even been called out for taking credit for some of these successful missions in which they not only did not assist but actually tried to stop.  

NBC News writes, “A defense official said the memo shows ‘a more deliberate effort at the DOD level’ to keep track of how many people are impacted. The official said there is real momentum to help get immediate family members out. ‘There is an increased desire to make sure that as we make this push that we have every situation accounted for,’ the official said, adding that they are trying to ‘expand the reach’ to make sure DOD personnel and their families are getting help.”

Where was this sense of urgency two and half months ago when these family members first went into hiding? Why wasn’t there a “deliberate effort” with “real momentum” and an “increased desire” to immediately help rescue those we left behind? Adding names to a database now, after the completed withdrawal, is unproductive especially since the U.S. military will have no role in evacuating the family members left in Afghanistan. 

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  1. ScienceABC123

    November 10, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    Translation: DOD: “We’ve been focused on identifying white supremists in the military. You can’t expect us to be watching out for our people too.”

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Trump: Tanks to Ukraine could escalate to use of ‘NUKES’

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Former President Donald Trump stated bluntly on Truth Social,  “FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES. Get this crazy war ended, NOW. So easy to do!”

Trump was referring to the escalation of war in Ukraine. He, like many other commentators and lawmakers, are warning that the decision to continue sending weapons – and now tanks – could potentially lead to the use of “nuclear weapons.”

It’s mission creep and it’s dangerous, they say.

Why? Because Russian President Valdimir Putin has indicated in two different speeches that he would use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, if needed. Those warnings are not just bluster but a very real possibility.

And the escalation of war is visible.

Russia launched 55 missiles strikes across Ukraine Thursday, leaving 11 dead. The strikes come one day after the United States and Germany agreed to send tanks to Ukraine in an effort to aide the country. 47 of the 55 missiles were shot down according to Ukraine’s Air Force command.

Eleven lives were lost and another 11 were injured additionally leaving 35 buildings damaged in the wake of the attacks. According to The New York Times, Denys Shmyhal, said in a post on Telegram. “The main goal is energy facilities, providing Ukrainians with light and heat,” he said.

Ukraine is now demanding that they need F-16 fighter jets. In a post on twitter Ukrainian lawmaker, Oleksiy Goncharenko said, “Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.”

The US has abstained from sending advanced jets in the chances that a volatile decision could foster more dangerous attacks like former President Trump’s post on Truth referred to. If the US did authorize the decision to lend Ukraine the F-16 jets Netherlands’ foreign minister, Wopke Hoekstra, would be willing to supply them. According to The New York Times, Hoekstra told Dutch lawmakers, “We are open-minded… There are no taboos.”

F-16 fighter jets are complex to work on, they are not the average aircraft that can be learned in a matter of weeks. It can take months for pilots to learn how to fly these birds. European and US officials have the concern that Ukrainian forces could potentially use the jets to fly into Russian airspace and launch attacks on Russian soil.

Western allies are trying to avoid such a provocation, because that could lead to nuclear warfare in reference to what Putin has said he would do to defend his country.

 

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