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By Jenny Goldsberry
Top Pentagon officials knew about the attack Hamid Karzai International Airport about 24 hours before it happened. According to a report from Politico Monday, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin warned world leaders around the world to prepare for an imminent “mass casualty event.” Pakistan’s ISIS K ultimately committed the suicide bombing.
The news organization received detailed notes from three classified phone calls. That Wednesday, at about 4:30 PM in Afghanistan, Austin relayed his concerns.
“I don’t believe people get the incredible amount of risk on the ground,” Austin said then.
Later, at about 12:30 AM in Afghanistan, officials talked about the high risk at Abbey Gate. This was the gate Americans were instructed to gather at to enter the airport. They attempted to close it, but their British allies needed it open for the accelerated evacuation of their personnel. Previously, they had been based out of Baron Hotel.
Politico’s source released these notes much earlier, but the Department of Defense prevented them from publishing them any sooner than Monday.
Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby called it an “unlawful disclosure” in a statement. “As soon as we became aware of the material divulged to the reporter, we engaged Politico at the highest levels to prevent the publication of information that would put our troops and our operations at the airport at greater risk,” Kirby said. “We condemn the unlawful disclosure of classified information and oppose the publication of a story based on it while a dangerous operation is ongoing.”
The White House did not comment to Politico.
Since then, two ISIS K targets were killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation.
Read the full article here.
You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.
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Biden administration marches blindly to disastrous Iran deal
The Biden administration is marching blindly to a nuclear deal with Iran, with some experts believing that a deal is imminent. There are several reasons why such a deal would likely be a disaster.
The Deal will Not Stop Iran from Getting A Bomb
While the White House’s stated goal is preventing Iran from ever acquiring a nuclear weapon, Robert Malley, the US Special Envoy to Iran, acknowledges that the Iran deal will allow Iran to get a nuclear bomb by 2031. Malley’s assessment is echoed by both Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz, and a letter from over 5,000 senior Israeli military officials to President Biden. So, what is the point of the deal if Iran can still get a bomb?
Statements from Iran itself should make it clear that Iran has malicious intent. An adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei recently admitted that Iran has the “technical capability” to make a nuclear bomb, which is the opposite to Iran’s long-held posture that its nuclear ambitions are for peaceful purposes only. And a video posted in two telegram channels linked to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps stated that Iran’s ballistic missiles can turn “New York into hellish ruins.” So, why should we believe that this deal will bring peace with Iran?
The Deal Would Further Erode Nuclear Nonproliferation
A nuclear Iran would result in “Egypt, Saudi Arabia and other Sunni states” to seek nuclear capabilities to counter Iran, according to the Israeli letter. And this is a valid concern. In 2020 there were reports that China may be building a nuclear processing facility in Saudi Arabia to assist the latter in producing yellowcake.
Saudi Arabia has invested heavily in Pakistan’s nuclear program, and can order nuclear weapons from that country if it so chooses, according to a BBC article from 2013. The article sites Amos Yadlin, who is a former head of IDF Military Intelligence, as stating that in response to Iran becoming a nuclear power, “the Saudis will not wait one month. They already paid for the bomb, they will go to Pakistan and bring what they need to bring.” And South Korea and Russia have just signed a $2.25 billion deal to construct a nuclear power plant for Egypt. The UAE’s first nuclear power plant has been hooked up to its electric grid since 2020. Iran has threatened the UAE multiple times, and funds attacks on the UAE through Iran’s proxies. It seems that Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the UAE would seek to develop nuclear weapons if Iran does so.
The Deal Would Unfreeze Funds that Will be Used for Terror
The Iran deal will unfreeze funds that Iran will then use to finance terrorism all over the world, according to the Israeli letter. A letter from House Republicans and Democrats to President Biden estimates the total value of such sanctions relief to be $1 trillion over 10 years, and similarly estimates that these funds will allow Iran to “be an enormous danger to Americans at home and abroad, and to our allies.”
The Deal Creates a Windfall to Russia
And lastly, Russia will get a windfall in this deal, according to the House letter. Under the deal, Russia will be able to enrich Iran’s uranium. Russia will also be the judge of Iran’s compliance with the deal, and the US and Europe would not have such a right. Further, Russia will get at least $10 billion (presumably from Iran) to build Iran’s nuclear infrastructure.
The nuclear deal with Iran as currently imagined will result in a huge foreign policy loss for the United States. The deal will not stop Iran from getting a bomb, would erode nuclear containment in the region, would give significant funds to Iran to in turn finance terror worldwide, and would greatly advantage Russia. But despite these glaring flaws, the Biden administration continues to pursue this disastrous deal.
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