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Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) blasted the Biden administration for not effectively vetting Afghan refugees. Instead, very few of the refugees accepted had Special Immigrant Visas. The Tennessee senator appeared on Fox Business’ Evening Edit Monday to talk about these refugees.
“These are individuals who have not been vetted. There is a very specific vetting process for our special immigrant visa holders,” Blackburn said. “But look, out of the people that they got out, that they were bragging about this as an extraordinary success, only 3% were visa holders. . . . And now, they’re trying to vet them on the back end.”
Meanwhile, Blackburn claims, some of these refugees haven’t toeing the law. She claims there are “men that are bringing in child brides. We have heard of these assault cases,” Blackburn said. “We know that that [an] indictment has been issued.”
But there’s no help from the Afghanistan government to vet these refugees. “You cannot call 1-800 Taliban and find out if somebody is who they claim to be,” Blackburn said. “Because your government institutions, your processes are basically nonexistent in Afghanistan, because the Taliban’s a terrorist group.”
Then on Tuesday, Blackburn tweeted that “Tennesseans are angry. We deserve answers regarding the failure in Afghanistan.” As a result of serving on the Senate Committee on Armed Services, she has the opportunity to question those leaders in charge of the withdrawal. In addition, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Join Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Mark Milley and U.S. Central Commander General Kenneth McKenzie appeared for the hearing.
You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.
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Trump: Tanks to Ukraine could escalate to use of ‘NUKES’
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.”
Morning. Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.
— Oleksiy Goncharenko (@GoncharenkoUa) January 26, 2023
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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