{"193529":{"id":"193529","parent":"193040","time":"1628800030","url":"http:\/\/www.strategic-culture.org\/news\/2021\/08\/12\/americas-afghanistan-humiliation\/","category":"USA","title":"America's Afghanistan Humiliation","image":"","hub":"newsnet","url-explicit":"america-s-afghanistan-humiliation","admin":"newsnet","views":"143","priority":"3","length":"3758","lang":"en","content":"\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ci\u003EBy Rod DREHER\u003C\/i\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.voanews.com\/us-afghanistan-troop-withdrawal\/pentagon-us-airstrikes-afghanistan-having-effect-taliban\"\u003EFrom the Ministry of Information\u003C\/a\u003E:\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cblockquote\u003EU.S. airstrikes are helping to blunt Taliban advances across Afghanistan, although Pentagon officials warn American air power alone will not be enough to push back the insurgent offensive.\u003Cp\u003EFor weeks, the United States has been launching \"over-the-horizon\" strikes from its Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar and from its carrier strike group in the Persian Gulf, hitting Taliban targets with a heavy mix of AC-130 gunships and MQ-9 Reaper drones.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EBut there have been questions regarding the effectiveness of the strikes, with Taliban officials claiming the group has captured seven provincial capitals over the past five days, and tweeting Tuesday that an eighth capital, Faizabad, in Afghanistan's Badakhshan province, was about to fall.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\"We have every confidence that those strikes are hitting what we're aiming at and are having an effect on the Taliban,\" Pentagon press secretary John Kirby told reporters Tuesday, saying additional strikes have been carried out \"in just the last several days.\"\u003C\/blockquote\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EI don't believe the Pentagon. I think they are lying. The Afghan government has lost nine provinces in a week. The Pentagon has been lying to us for years about our prospects in Afghanistan. Why should we trust it now?\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.nytimes.com\/2021\/08\/12\/us\/politics\/taliban-afghanistan-us-embassy.html\"\u003EOh look, we are literally begging the Taliban not to hurt us now\u003C\/a\u003E:\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cblockquote\u003EAmerican negotiators are trying to extract assurances from the Taliban that they will not attack the U.S. Embassy in Kabul if the extremist group overruns the capital in a direct challenge to the country's government, two American officials said.\u003Cp\u003EThe effort, led by Zalmay Khalilzad, the chief American envoy in talks with the Taliban, seeks to \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.nytimes.com\/2021\/07\/12\/us\/politics\/us-diplomats-afghanistan-taliban.html\"\u003Estave off an evacuation of the embassy\u003C\/a\u003E as the fighters rapidly seize cities across Afghanistan. The Taliban's advance has put embassies in Kabul on high alert for a surge of violence in coming months, or even weeks, and forced \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/theprint.in\/diplomacy\/india-to-temporarily-close-mazar-e-sharif-consulate-in-afghanistan-evacuate-citizens-diplomats\/712381\"\u003Econsulates\u003C\/a\u003E and \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.aa.com.tr\/en\/asia-pacific\/as-fighting-rages-diplomatic-activities-take-hit-in-northern-afghanistan\/2294781\"\u003Eother diplomatic missions\u003C\/a\u003E elsewhere in the country to shut down.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EAmerican diplomats now are trying to determine how soon they may need to evacuate the U.S. Embassy should the Taliban prove to be more bent on destruction than a d\u00e9tente.\u003C\/blockquote\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EA reader who is a veteran of our Mideast wars writes:\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cblockquote\u003EIt isn't the Chinese that are kicking our asses. It is the Taliban that have completely shredded a government we spent trillion dollars to build up, and then lied about the progress and prowess of. And there will be no consequences for anyone, which is why the underlying issues won't be fixed - and then the Chinese will kick our ass.\u003C\/blockquote\u003E\u003Cp\u003ENope, no consequences for anybody. It will shock us all how quickly this is forgotten, as our ruling class gets us ready to start another war we can't win. Sure do wish we had listened to Pat Buchanan and the \"unpatriotic conservatives\" (in David Frum's wording) who tried to keep us out of that region. Well, at least this frees up our military brass to fight the only war they seems to be able to win now: the culture war against its own non-woke soldiers.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.theamericanconservative.com\/dreher\/america-afghan-humiliation\"\u003Etheamericanconservative.com\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ca href=\"http:\/\/www.strategic-culture.org\/news\/2021\/08\/12\/americas-afghanistan-humiliation\/\"\u003Estrategic-culture.org\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E"}}