TUESDAY PDB – AFGHAN CRISIS: Taliban Deadline? Biden Cows to Taliban – Sending Afghan Allies to Their Deaths, Horrible Afghan Abandonment Encouraging US Enemies, Russia Build More Super Warships

Americans and Afghans at the Kabul airport looking to evacuate the country / Screenshot via ABC's Good Morning America

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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 – Petraeus questions US ability to counter terrorism after Afghanistan’s fall. Biden faces pressure to extend Afghanistan evacuation mission as Taliban warns against doing so. Afghan fiasco raises hard questions for Europe.

Now we know why Biden wants all U.S. troops out of Kabul in a week.

Afghan aftermath: Will Pacific states see weakened US?

Iran resumes fuel exports to neighboring Afghanistan.

The Afghan who won’t surrender to the Taliban.

SERIOUSLY?! Red wristbands for unvaccinated troops now part of JRTC’s COVID mitigation.

Putin launches construction of new nuclear subs and warships.

And MORE.

READ TODAY’S PDB BELOW:

Biden’s Afghan Disaster

The Taliban’s Aug. 31 ‘red line.’ Now we know why Biden wants all U.S. troops out of Kabul in a week.

Biden faces pressure to extend Afghanistan evacuation mission as Taliban warns against doing so. The United States faced mounting global pressure on Monday to extend its evacuation mission in Afghanistan past President Biden’s Aug. 31 deadline, despite a Taliban warning against doing so.

Taliban says it won’t accept extension to Biden’s Aug. 31 Afghanistan withdrawal deadline. The Taliban said there will be “consequences” if Biden extends his Afghan withdrawal deadline.

Petraeus questions US ability to counter terrorism after Afghanistan’s fall. The “harsh reality” of the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban raises question on how closely Washington can keep an eye on Islamic extremism, David Petraeus, a former top commander in the Middle East and a former CIA director, said on Monday.

AMERICA IS BACK? Afghan fiasco raises hard questions for Europe. Once again, the United States has dragged its NATO allies into an embarrassing mess they had warned against, bringing calls for more autonomy. But the price of independence is steep.

House Republicans seek answers on US weapons seized by Taliban. Two Republicans on the House Oversight Committee are requesting the Pentagon detail its plans to recover or destroy billions of dollars worth of U.S weapons now in the hands of Taliban fighters following the fall of Afghan national security forces.

Afghanistan Crisis

Kabul airport mission expands into city as evacuation deadline nears. With 5,800 troops on the ground and flights leaving on average every hour, the U.S. for the first time on Sunday exceeded its previous daily evacuation ceiling, flying out just under 11,000 Americans, third-country nationals and vulnerable Afghans, the deputy director of the Joint Staff for regional operations told reporters on Monday.

TRANSCOM boss vows to ramp up what is already one of the largest airlift operations in history. The head of U.S. Transportation Command, the military organization spearheading the massive humanitarian evacuation effort in Afghanistan, said Monday he expects to ramp up flights out of the country even further as the Aug. 31 deadline to withdraw all American troops and Afghan allies approaches.

The Afghan who won’t surrender to the Taliban. Ahmad Massoud leads the resistance in the province of Panjshir. Can he and his fighters hold out?

China Threat

NO KIDDING – US VP Harris says China intimidates to back South China Sea claims. U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris on Tuesday accused Beijing of coercion and intimidation to back unlawful claims in the South China Sea, her most pointed comments on China during a visit to Southeast Asia, which she said was critical to U.S. security.

Afghan aftermath: Will Pacific states see weakened US? A trio of Indo-Pacific analysts told Breaking Defense that any discussion of Chinese messaging needs to acknowledge the Chinese are fast and brilliant at shaping a clear and intriguing message. It’s no surprise the Global Times editorial went up in less than 24 hours after the Taliban entered Kabul.

China’s top priority in Afghanistan is stability, experts say. The U.S. must move past blame for Afghanistan to focus on the threat from China, one expert says.

Russia Threat

Putin launches construction of new nuclear subs and warships. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday launched the construction of new nuclear submarines and other warships, part of a sweeping military modernization effort amid tensions with the West.

Iran Threat

Iran resumes fuel exports to neighboring Afghanistan. Iran resumed fuel exports to Afghanistan a few days ago following a request from the new Afghan government, which feels empowered by the U.S. withdrawal to buy the sanctioned nation’s oil more openly, an Iranian official told Reuters.

North Korea Threat

US withdrawal from Afghanistan: The view from Pyongyang. For North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, the view from Pyongyang has definitely improved from the Kim regime’s perspective of splitting the ROK-US Alliance.

Pentagon Watch

With Pfizer approval, COVID-19 vaccine to become mandatory for troops. The Pfizer vaccine will be the first to become required for service members.

SERIOUSLY?! Red wristbands for unvaccinated troops now part of JRTC’s COVID mitigation. Troops involved in the 54th Security Force Assistance Brigade’s current training rotation at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana, have a new uniform item — a red or green wristband denoting their COVID-19 vaccination status.
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.

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LISTEN UP…S OMEONE Needs to Be RESPONSIBLE for the TERRORISTS Getting HOLD of AMERICAN WEAPONTRY. THERE is NO WAY the AUG 31 DEADLINE to BE MET. The TERRORISTS have Got to ALLOW AMERICANS to Leave AFGHAN. Do NOT PUT UP with TERRORISTS Injur ing or KILLING AMERICANS. WIPE THEM OUT. From SamuraiQueen. 😄😄😄

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sam
1 month ago

Democrap sleepy Joe Biden, the Incompetent in Chief, has always made the wrong decisions for 50 years!

grinnie
1 month ago

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Edward Overpeck
1 month ago

Biden is guilty, if he had personally pulled the triggers of those weapons, and this is variably true, since he left the weapon at the Taliban’s hands to do with as they want. Don’t we have a law against such action, remember no one is above the law, plus the fact that he is a traitor to the American people, the countless live and blood will be upon his hands, no matter what he says and Almighty God sees what is going on and judgement day is soon at hand. He will go down in history as one of the mass murders along with Hitler and all the likes of them, what a horrible legacy to leave behind. God help this country while we still have a country. All his actions were in destroying this great land of ours, nothing good. Who needs an enemy, when we have one in the highest office of the USA America.


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