MONDAY PDB – 9/11 and AFGHAN CRISIS: Remembering 9/11 with Taliban Victory, Saving Those Left Behind, Biden’s Failed Retaliatory Drone Strike, Afghan Retreat and Taiwan Security, N. Korea’s ‘Nuclear’ Cruise Missile? Future of Unconventional Warfare

The 9/11 memorial in New York City / Photo by skinnylawyer from Los Angeles, California, USA via Wikimedia Commons

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Today’s SPECIAL EXTENDED 9/11 AND AFGHANISTAN CRISIS EDITION PDB includes a variety of critical national security issues.


Remembering 9/11

20 years after 9/11, America — and Afghanistan — have come full circle. Somber ceremonies marking the 9/11 attacks are a hallowed annual tradition, but as the 20th anniversary arrives with the Taliban suddenly back in control of Afghanistan, America’s enduring sense of loss is compounded by the realization that, in many ways, we’re back where we started.

US marks 20 years since 9/11, in shadow of Afghan war’s end. A nation remembers on the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

SERIOUSLY? George Bush warns of domestic extremism and ‘malign force’ dividing US in 9/11 speech. Former President George W. Bush decried homegrown violent extremism in a tribute to victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on Saturday, saying domestic terrorism poses a threat to the United States akin to that of foreign terrorists.

Biden’s Afghan Disaster

How equipment left In Afghanistan will expose US secrets. Even rendered inoperable, equipment now in the hands of the Taliban will yield troves of information about how the U.S. builds weapons and uses them.

Afghan pilots who sought safety in Uzbekistan begin U.S. transfer under new agreement. A group of Afghan Air Force pilots and their relatives who had fled the Taliban flew out of Uzbekistan this weekend after the U.S. and Uzbek governments reached an agreement on their transfer, people familiar with the matter said.

A mistaken Pentagon drone attack? Evidence builds that the U.S. killed 10 innocents on Aug. 29 in Kabul.


U.S. Defense, State officials will meet with rescue groups to help evacuate Americans, Afghan allies. The Pentagon and State need to work more closely with veterans to help rescue American and Afghan allies, the founder of one rescue effort says.

The Pentagon is evaluating its screening of Afghan evacuees for security risks. An inspector general project will look into how the Defense Department is involved in screening and tracking Afghan evacuees.

What we still don’t know about Americans in Afghanistan. The phrase “credibility gap” was popularized during the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson. Democratic Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas used it to describe his inability to get straight answers from LBJ and his minions on the escalating Vietnam War. To all subsequent presidents has come some charge of a credibility gap.

Those still left behind in Afghanistan. The U.S. isn’t doing nearly enough to free those who are trapped.

National Security

Losing small wars: Why US military culture leads to defeat. The US defeat in Afghanistan should be a wake-up call that it’s time to change that culture.

Unconventional warfare, 9/11 and the future of U.S. military power. As the United States and the military reflect on the end of the war and the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan it may be useful to return to the beginning on the 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001.

China Threat

What the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan means for Taiwan. There are many reasons to fear an impending Chinese attack on Taiwan: Intensified Chinese aerial activity. High-profile Pentagon warnings. Rapid Chinese military modernization.

North Korea Threat

S. Korea tests first ‘strategic’ cruise missile with possible nuclear capability. North Korea carried out successful tests of a new long-range cruise missile over the weekend, state media said on Monday, seen by analysts as possibly the country’s first such weapon with a nuclear capability.

Russia Threat

Whiteman B-2s integrate with Norwegian F-35s. A pair of U.S. Air Force B-2s integrated with Norwegian F-35s over the North Sea on Sept. 8 as part of a recent Bomber Task Force deployment.

Russia says construction of controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline to Germany is complete. Russia’s state-controlled gas giant said Friday it has completed the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany, a contentious project that Ukraine and the United States have strongly opposed.


29 Purple Hearts approved, 12 pending for Marines and corpsman who defended Kabul airport. The 11 Marines and corpsman who died in the attack also have had combat action ribbons approved.


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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. - - PAULCRESPO.COM

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8 months ago

I’m tired of our country losing and looking like idiots. How about you?

8 months ago

U dam right, I’m fed up the hidenbiden, stooge show. How long do we have to watch this clown and his circus of misfits, destroying america, taking away our constitutional rights. We have a bunch of incompetent,people not qualified for their jobs, that need to be removed for total incompetence. Impeach, or remove by force, if necessary, this senile,old,sockpuppet fool,pretending to be president is a joke,and so are all his minions, that planned the afghanistan debacle.pathetic. Getting our troops killed, something that should of never happened,they are to blame.

charles A wilkins
charles A wilkins
8 months ago

Biden murdered with his drone attacks, biden murdered the Afgan witdrawal,has biden done anything right since he’s been in office.Think he should be in jail for his dishonor of his sworn oath of office,It’s against our laws, since when does a handful of unelected biden officals, have the authority to leave 80 billion dollars worth of military gear behind on the battlefied? along with airports, enbassy, Allies and Americans on the battlefied in a war zone ? If Congress approved the funds for those items, why did Congress not have say in their dispatchment? They did not, which means biden has caused this entire debacle to occur, by ignoring his appointed officals. Which leads to my next question who does joe biden work for? not the Ameican people,we know who pays the biden’s right. It’s time for congressional review of this entire matter. What does Congress think they are getting paid to do? The American taxpayor will not forget.

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