MONDAY PDB – AFGHAN CRISIS: Kabul Falls to Taliban, Biden’s Disaster Gets Worse: ‘Saigon on Steroids,’ US Troops Return for Chaotic Evacuation, China and Russia Joint Military Drills, Army Base Mandates COVID Shots for Families

U.S. Soldiers depart Forward Operating Base Baylough, Afghanistan / DoD photo by Staff Sgt. William Tremblay, U.S. Army/Released

FOR YOUR EYES ONLY – American Defense News (ADN) – in collaboration with the Center for American Defense Studies (CADS) – provides our readers the PDB:

Not the President’s Daily Brief, but almost as good – Paul’s Daily Briefing.

Today’s SPECIAL EXTENDED AFGHANISTAN CRISIS EDITION PDB includes a variety of critical issues such as – Biden’s Afghanistan surrender. The President tries to duck responsibility for a calamitous withdrawal. Afghan government collapses as Taliban sweeps in, US sends more troops to aid chaotic withdrawal. Anger, worry among members of Congress as Afghanistan government falls. Concerns over US terror threats rising, more troops deployed as Taliban takes over.

Disaster in Afghanistan will follow us home.

This one will hurt for a long time: US veterans’ despair as Taliban claim much of Afghanistan

See Russia and China launch joint military drills.

Marines in Hawaii try advanced base ops at Large-Scale Exercise 2021.

Missile Defense Agency dials up the speed in quest for hypersonic interceptor.

And MORE.

READ TODAY’S PDB BELOW:

Biden’s Afghan Disaster

Disaster in Afghanistan will follow us home. Biden’s heedlessness, on the cusp of a sweeping Taliban blitzkrieg that on Sunday saw them enter Kabul, will define his administration’s first great fiasco.

Biden’s Afghanistan surrender. The President tries to duck responsibility for a calamitous withdrawal.

Biden’s Afghanistan exit raises questions about his foreign-policy record. U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan could create a haven for terrorist groups, experts warn.

Biden administration scrambled as its orderly withdrawal from Afghanistan unraveled. By the middle of the week, as cities across Afghanistan were falling like dominoes to the Taliban and U.S. diplomats appeared increasingly at risk, President Biden’s plan for an orderly end to the United States’ longest war was quickly falling apart.

Afghanistan Crisis

Afghan government collapses as Taliban sweeps in, US sends more troops to aid chaotic withdrawal. Taliban fighters took control of Kabul on Sunday, delivering the militant Islamist group the prize it has long sought: authority over all of Afghanistan as the Western-backed government collapsed, President Ashraf Ghani fled, and the long-dominant American presence appeared to be coming to an abrupt and chaotic end after nearly 20 years.

More Marines arrive in Kabul to aid urgent embassy airlift amid Taliban advance. After an advance group of Marines arrived on Friday, more flowed into the Kabul international airport on Saturday.

‘Saigon on steroids’: The desperate rush to flee Afghanistan. Kabul airport descends into chaos as Afghan civilians besiege the terminal and Western countries scramble to evacuate personnel, in a dizzying coda to America’s longest war.

Anger, worry among members of Congress as Afghanistan government falls. Lawmakers received briefings early Sunday morning from administration officials on the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan.

This one will hurt for a long time: US veterans despair as Taliban claim much of Afghanistan. U.S. troops who deployed to Afghanistan over the past two decades say the Taliban’s rapid conquest of much of the country in the past week has left them stunned and dismayed.

Afghanistan’s collapse: Did US intelligence get it wrong? American intelligence sources say they correctly predicted the fall of Kabul.

Concerns over US terror threats rising, more troops deployed as Taliban takes over. Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told senators on a briefing call Sunday that U.S. officials are expected to alter their earlier assessments about the pace of terrorist groups reconstituting in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan takeover by Taliban worries governments in the region, Europe that chaos will spread. Pakistan and Iran are among countries most vulnerable to a wave of refugees, but European governments are also raising concerns.

The Afghan allies left behind. President Ashraf Ghani was able to flee Afghanistan on Sunday, preventing the spectacle of a public execution by the Taliban. But tens of thousands of other Afghans who assisted the U.S. over 20 years aren’t so fortunate and now face a potentially gruesome fate

National Security

See Russia and China launch joint military drills. Russia’s defense minister on Friday hailed joint war games with China this week as a sign of increasingly close military cooperation that should expand further.

Military

Marines in Hawaii try advanced base ops at Large-Scale Exercise 2021. During World War II, the Navy and Marine Corps locked arms during the years-long strategy of island-hopping toward Japan.

Navy displays ‘air wing of the future’ on upgraded carrier off Hawaii. The U.S. Navy exhibited the working parts of its Large-Scale Exercise 2021 on Saturday, a display of technology and sea power the Navy’s highest-ranking officer said makes its worldwide fleet too formidable and too diffuse to challenge.

Missile Defense Agency dials up the speed in quest for hypersonic interceptor. While the Missile Defense Agency hit the pause button on its effort to bring a defensive hypersonic weapon online, it’s now ready to move forward and is engaging industry in the first phase of the effort.

Pentagon Watch

No COVID shot? Fort Jackson BCT to require families to be fully vaccinated for graduation. Later this month, the Army will begin requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination from family members of Fort Jackson, South Carolina, basic combat training graduates who want to access the installation for family day and graduation ceremonies.

END of PDB

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.

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
8 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Max
Max
1 month ago

This is what you get when you get CORRUPT DEMOSHITS IN OFFICE….Biden and Harris need to pay for this BIG TIME!!!!!!!

oldefarte
oldefarte
1 month ago

While I’ve lots of criticism for George W. Bush’s mishandling of Afghanistan (after what was one of the most brilliant starts to a military campaign ever seen), and while Obama, at best, let things drift ever further into anarchy, for sheer misfeasance, incompetence, and idiocy, Joe Biden’s role in the Afghan debacle is hard to beat. He actually got us kicked out faster than Elphinstone got run out of Kabul in 1842. Yup, Joe Biden has now redeemed “Elphy Bey’s” reputation. He’s no longer the worst leader to ever take a hand at guiding Afghanistan’s destiny. Most historians would have thought that impossible, but they didn’t know Joe…

Ralph Porter
1 month ago

This is not this Fake President’s “first fiasco”. We have been invaded by about 1,000,000 Illegals carrying various diseases through a non-existent southern border. Lawless invaders from all over the world have been spread throughout the U.S. with drugs, weapons, and who knows what else. Also, our economy is under attack from the printing of “fiat” money representing less and less value. (Compare to 1920-1930’s Germany) Yet the Federal Govt. insists on paying people to sit at home and do nothing while the farmers are expected to feed them. This was mismanaged by a military that is under orders to fight “global warming”, and intelligence branches that ignored obvious weakness in strategy for the last 20 years. By the way, why have the intelligence services ignored the Biden family’s income from Chinese sources via kickbacks from other family members? Talk about fiasco’s!

unclejim
unclejim
1 month ago

Good Afternoon why why why that’s because they wouldn’t use President Donald J Trump plans and agreements and too boot they fighting equipment there because it was to much money to ship home so they left there instead of blowing everything up they didn’t now the taliban has the equipment so our men will be getting killed by our own weapons good going biden administration the Blood will be on there hands

Gardener fixer
Gardener fixer
1 month ago

This is what you get when you get CORRUPT AFGAN POLITICIANS who have stolen billions from us after we trained hundreds of thousands of their troops to hope they would defend their own country. Afgans are loyal to their tribes and not political parties. They have never cared about us. Corrupt leaders and a displaced military loyalty doomed the country. Success is leaving. Failure is to remain another 20 years.

Jawad
Jawad
1 month ago

THANK you, Mr. Biden. Now no nation will trust America’s promise of assistance ever again. Now the Taliban will drag this struggling nation back into the 9th century and press their youth, male and female, into depraved sex-slavery. Women will be shrouded up in burkhas to be seen and not heard, to remain barefoot, pregnant and uneducated. Good work, Mr. Biden. You and your goons make me ashamed of my country.

Gardener fixer
Gardener fixer
1 month ago
Reply to  Jawad

Biden has finally carried out Trumps plan for this country. Too bad many will suffer because Trump did not do it.

Skyhawk
Skyhawk
1 month ago

The Biden administration has shown the world that the US will not backup our commitments that were made to many Afghan supporters. Biden should be impeached for this flagrant abuse of the Afghan people.


People, Places & Things