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Today’s SPECIAL EXTENDED AFGHANISTAN CRISIS EDITION PDB includes a variety of critical issues such as – 72 hours at Camp David: Inside Biden’s lagging response to the fall of Afghanistan. Biden rattles U.K. with his Afghanistan policy. Final inspector general report details all the ways the U.S. failed in Afghanistan.
The Taliban has access to US military aircraft.
Withdrawal from Afghanistan forces allies and adversaries to reconsider America’s global role.
China’s Afghanistan taunt. Beijing’s propagandists suggest Taipei will face Kabul’s fate.
New US Air Force secretary wants to ‘scare China.’
China’s military conducts assault drills in seas near Taiwan.
Marines successfully fire new NMESIS anti-ship weapon during live exercise.
Cobra blood is off the training menu for US troops, radical PETA says
READ TODAY’S PDB BELOW:
Biden’s Afghan Disaster
Congress to investigate failures in Biden Afghanistan withdrawal plans. The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold hearings on the missteps sometime this fall.
Intelligence warned of Afghan military collapse, despite Biden’s assurances. Even as the president was telling the public that Kabul was unlikely to fall, intelligence assessments painted a grimmer picture.
Biden wanted to leave Afghanistan. He knew the risks. Generals and diplomats warned about a pullout, but the president told his team the U.S. was simply providing life support for the Kabul government while neglecting more pressing issues.
72 hours at Camp David: Inside Biden’s lagging response to the fall of Afghanistan. Marine One lifted off Friday at 1:36 p.m. for Camp David bearing a leader headed on a long-planned August vacation: President Biden, clad in a black baseball cap and a light-blue short-sleeved shirt, carried a lone piece of luggage and was accompanied by his wife and a small retinue of staff.
Biden rattles U.K. with his Afghanistan policy. Britain was the second-largest supplier of troops to Afghanistan, and the United States’ rapid withdrawal from the country has left some embittered.
Withdrawal from Afghanistan forces allies and adversaries to reconsider America’s global role. President Biden’s decision to withdraw from Afghanistan has triggered a globe-spanning rethink of America’s role in the world, as European allies discuss their need to play a bigger part in security matters and Russia and China consider how to promote their interests in a Taliban-led Afghanistan.
The Taliban has access to US military aircraft. Now what happens? Numerous photos have surfaced on social media of Taliban fighters posing with Black Hawk helicopters, A-29 attack planes and other aircraft from the Afghan air force fleet.
NATO scrambles to complete Afghanistan evacuations ‘as soon as possible.’ NATO allies around Europe are sending military aircraft to Afghanistan in ongoing efforts to pull its own citizens, and vulnerable Afghans, out of the country.
Final inspector general report details all the ways the U.S. failed in Afghanistan. While progress was made, there was little faith that they could sustain without a U.S. presence.
The new US Air Force secretary wants to ‘scare China.’ Less than three weeks into his term as Air Force secretary, Frank Kendall has big plans for the service.
China’s military conducts assault drills in seas near Taiwan. Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said in a statement it had fully grasped and assessed the situation in the sea and air, and was prepared to respond in each respect.
Counterpoint: New arms sales send the wrong signal on Taiwan. To avoid enflaming tensions in the Taiwan Strait, the U.S. needs to halt sales of weapons to Taiwan.
Coast Guard patrols from Japan for fisheries violators. An HC-130J Super Hercules that stayed a short time on the Yokota flight line seemed like a good fit for this Air Force airlift hub in western Tokyo.
Marines successfully fire new NMESIS anti-ship weapon during live exercise. The Marine Corps’ new anti-ship missile capability has been developed rapidly thanks to its use of proven subsystems from other programs of record.
Cobra blood is off the training menu for US troops, PETA says. The radical animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals declared victory this week after the practice of drinking the blood of cobras was axed from the multinational Cobra Gold military exercise in Thailand.
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