Trump was Right about Russian Bounties Claims – Team Biden Admits ‘Low-Moderate’ Confidence

U.S. Army Pfc. Aaron Birmingham, an infantryman with 1st Platoon, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Task Force Duke, from Alpena, Mich., keeps on eye on a wadi in Andar, Afghanistan, April 21. Photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Guffey via (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/) Flickr

When then President Trump refused to be bullied by unconfirmed and unreliable press claims that Russian military intelligence paid bounties to Taliban fighters to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan, partisans bashed Trump mercilessly. They used these claims to accuse him during the 2020 campaign of being in Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s pocket, piling on to all the other unfounded Russia collusion accusations.

However, on Thursday, the Biden administration made clear that the Intelligence Community (IC) still only has “low to moderate confidence” in its CIA intelligence on alleged Russian bounties for U.S. troops.

As Candidate Joe Biden though, he treated the unverified claims as fact during the campaign just a few short months ago. “I don’t understand why this president is unwilling to take on Putin when he’s actually paying bounties to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan,” Biden said of President Trump during the Oct. 22 presidential debate, reported NBC News.

Trump refused to react against Russia on the unreliable reporting because his military and intelligence advisors assessed that since it was based mostly on detainee reports, without corroboration from other sources, it was not at a level of confirmation that they were comfortable with.

U.S. intelligence officials have previously been duped by unreliable detainee reporting, particularly when Ibn Shaikh al-Libi who was captured in Afghanistan in 2001 advanced claims that Saddam Hussien planned to provide chemical weapons and training to Al Qaeda.

As I wrote in September, even after Gen. Frank McKenzie, commander of the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) responsible for U.S. troops in Afghanistan told NBC News that he doubted the veracity of the stories, Biden and the press continued to recklessly hound Trump on the issue.

McKenzie said: “It just has not been proved to a level of certainty that satisfies me,” adding, “We continue to look for that evidence…I just haven’t seen it yet.”

But it wasn’t only General McKenzie who had doubts. As I wrote, NBC News stated that this “consensus view among military leaders, underscores the lack of certainty around a narrative that has been accepted as fact by Democrats and other Trump critics.”

Now, the Biden administration is confirming what Trump and his supporters already knew, the reporting was likely bogus, or at least not credible enough to justify a knee jerk reaction. And Trump was right and responsible not to react.

In a National Security Council (NSC) press call with reporters Thursday, a senior Team Biden official admitted as much when he said:

The United States Intelligence Community assesses with low to moderate confidence that Russian intelligence officers sought to encourage Taliban attacks against U.S. and coalition personnel in Afghanistan in 2019, including through financial incentives and compensation.

Despite this ‘low to moderate’ confidence in the reporting by the Intelligence Community, the Biden White House still cited “Reported Afghanistan Bounties” as a factor in its new sanctions against Russia on Thursday. Though it downplayed this in public statements. ADN

Paul Crespo

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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IH8LIBS
IH8LIBS
3 months ago

Lie Lies you can’t believe a word democrats say…

Dan
Dan
3 months ago

Declare the dumbocraptic party a terrorist organization. Outlaw the dumbocraptic party.

Roland
3 months ago
Reply to  Dan

I would be happy just seeing there criminal activities prosecuted.

Old Gringo
Old Gringo
3 months ago

This is the MO of the Democrats aided by the MSM…First they claim that Trump or any other conservative or Republican is guilty of this or that transgression…knowing full well there is no truth to their allegation or allegations…whether is be a half truth or a lie it makes no difference to those with a conniving mind…It is their agenda which they wish the weak at mind to absorb…They know that if they can tell a lie and then repeat it enough times those same people will come to believe it…It’s make no difference when they apologize or admit they erred in their reporting…which is always after the fact…By the time they admit to their mistake most of those people who heard or read their original false claims will have already come to believe it…This is how the Democrats and the MSM do their dirty work…the damage has already been done no matter their retraction or confessions which is only one small dormant footnote lost some where within the pages of time.

IH8LIBS
IH8LIBS
3 months ago
Reply to  Old Gringo

Explained crystal clear in Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals”. The lefts bible…

Lin
Lin
3 months ago
Reply to  Old Gringo

If it was just MSM it wouldn’t be so bad, problem is at present there is not ONE mainstream ‘news’ outlet that isn’t doing the same thing, including the big three that run local news stations. They are almost worse because when they do not use the outright lies they present the same agenda through innuendo and verbiage.

luigi64
3 months ago

F***k these democrats. Bunch of Idiots and Liars.

cozycalico
cozycalico
3 months ago

I am afraid Biden will get us into a war. He has no idea what he is doing.He will believe anything the Dems tell him.

Kevin
3 months ago

Hitler could depend on the media’s support, in part due to intimidation. The Communist Soviet Union government had Pravda to carry their agenda through propaganda and outright lies. The far left socialist liberal Democrat party has the entirety of our mainstream media to lie, manipulate and suppress anything that could do harm to the power the Democrats have seized. The media is guilty of election interference, race baiting through continuous lies, for example “hands up don’t shoot” – hands were actually grabbing the officers gun through the door when it discharged. Or “shot in her bed while sleeping, no knock warrant” police knocked and announced their presence giving her boyfriend time to grab a weapon and discharge the first shot, then leaving her standing in her hallway to receive return fire meant for him. Then we have the suppression of the Biden crime family activities, especially pertaining to Hunter with big daddy standing next to him. The truth is if the media gave 5% of the attention to this as they dedicated to the Ridiculous Russian collusion lies we, without a doubt would have the right and best administration in the White House instead of the horribly incompetent and corrupt one we’re stuck with.

American Experiment Failed
American Experiment Failed
3 months ago

“vindicated”? After they stole an election?? You people are too fucking stupid to be free. You deserve the bondage you’ve so richly earned by sitting on your fat asses. A quick read through the comments will reveal why America is where it’s at today.

Richard Hennessy
Richard Hennessy
3 months ago

So between Biden and President Trump, who was the more responsible concerning the unfounded allegations discussed herein. Hint: it wasn’t Screamin’ Joe Biden.

Kevin
3 months ago

Screaming? Confused mumbling is more accurate.

Tony Winters
Tony Winters
3 months ago

Isn’t it amazing how the original story, true or not gets Front Page Headlines in Bold Four Inch Font but when the story is proven wrong the retraction is stuffed on the back page somewhere near the garage sale ads.


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