TUESDAY PDB – AFGHAN CRISIS: Biden’s Drone Strike Mistake, Democrats Blame Trump for Biden Chaos, Biden Fails to Get US Hostages Released, Marxist Takeover of Military? Trump Says Russia and China Examining US Helicopters Left Behind

resident Donald Trump conducts a meet and greet with the staff and families of US Embassy Buenos Aires along with Secretary Michael R. Pompeo in Argentina, 30 November 2018. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

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

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Pentagon Watch

Army refuses to say whether officer’s resignation letter citing ‘Marxist takeover of the military’ is real. After a supposed resignation letter from an Army lieutenant colonel criticizing the U.S. military’s vaccine mandates and related “ideologically Marxist takeover of the military” made the rounds on social media and was viewed by tens of thousands of people, the Army has decided to say nothing about it.

Biden’s Afghan Disaster

Pentagon defends deadly drone strike in Kabul. A New York Times investigation, with video analysis and interviews at the site, has cast doubt on the U.S. military’s account.

Family of U.S. hostage held by Taliban calls for envoy’s firing. The family of Mark Frerichs on Monday urged U.S. President Joe Biden to fire his chief Afghanistan peace negotiator, charging that the envoy has done little to win the release of the last American believed to be held hostage by the Taliban.

Democrats shift blame for Afghanistan withdrawal chaos to Trump. As Democrats in the United States scramble to defend the Biden administration against growing criticism for the country’s chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, a new tactic is emerging: highlighting former President Donald Trump’s role.

US politicians duel over Afghanistan war’s disastrous legacy as Afghans face starvation. On the day when the United Nations warned Afghans were facing starvation in a country on the verge of total collapse, Washington’s political rivals were fixated on wringing political gain from the chaotic end to the longest US war.

AFGHAN EVACUATION

Blinken vows Afghanistan evac mission will continue, but lawmakers skeptical. The Secretary of State faced partisan criticism for the Afghan withdrawal in the first oversight hearing since all U.S. troops left the country last month.

Pentagon: Pause in Afghan evacuee flights to US extended 7 days due to measles. The U.S. initially halted the U.S.-bound flights on Friday when the measles cases were first discovered.

National Security

Study criticizes post-9/11 reliance on war-zone contractors. Up to half of the $14 trillion spent by the Pentagon since 9/11 went to for-profit defense contractors, a study released Monday found.

OF COURSE, THEY ARE. Trump claimed without evidence that China and Russia are examining helicopters the US abandoned in Afghanistan to steal their secrets. Former President Donald Trump has claimed, without providing evidence, that China and Russia were seizing helicopters abandoned by the US military in Afghanistan and plundering their secrets.

REALLY?  FOR HOW LONG? Top US spy says Somalia, Yemen, Syria and Iraq represent greater terrorist threat than Afghanistan. Afghanistan is no longer the US’ top concern among international terrorist threats to the American homeland, the nation’s top spy said at an intelligence and national security conference in Washington on Monday.

Russia Threat

As ‘Zapad’ military drills heat up, signs of a lasting Russian footprint in Belarus. Russian President Vladimir Putin has personally presided over the large-scale Zapad-2021 military drill, conducted by the Russian and Belarusian armies.

Iran Threat

Israeli minister says Iran giving militias drone training near Isfahan. Israel’s defense minister accused Iran on Sunday of providing foreign militias with drone training at an airbase near the city of Isfahan, a month after Tehran came under global scrutiny over a suspected drone attack on an Israeli-managed tanker off Oman.

US pulls missile defenses in Saudi Arabia amid Yemen attacks. The U.S. has removed its most advanced missile defense system and Patriot batteries from Saudi Arabia in recent weeks, even as the kingdom faced continued air attacks from Yemen’s Houthi rebels, satellite photos analyzed by The Associated Press show.

Military

War in Afghanistan ended much as it began ― with U.S. Marines defending a runway. The Marines on that MEU were the first conventional troops to land in Afghanistan. Twenty years later, roughly 1,200 Marines with the 24th MEU were once again in Afghanistan defending a runway, but this time the mission was different.

Congress wants answers on how DoD is solving a hypersonic weapons detection gap. WASHINGTON — Concerned with a gap in the military’s ability to detect low-flying hypersonic weapons, lawmakers want the Pentagon to deliver a progress report on efforts to fill it, particularly through commercial solutions, according to the House Armed Services’ markup of the fiscal 2022 defense policy bill.

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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.

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TheMadMan
TheMadMan
13 days ago

Listen all of you stupid Democrats Joe Biden is the so-called President now by Voter Fraud. Donald Trump has nothing to do with whatever that liar and chef is doing to The United States.

Murphmeister
Murphmeister
13 days ago

Biden: The withdrawal was excellently done. Blame Trump.

STEVEN Spatola
STEVEN Spatola
13 days ago
Reply to  Murphmeister

Then you should have been the last Democrat out. Maybe missing your head, compliments of the friends of Slo Joe, the Taliban.

Michael Bluemke
Michael Bluemke
13 days ago

20 years from now, and especially after PRESIDENT TRUMP’S next 4 years in office, in 2024, the msm and the democrats/COMMUNISTS WILL BLAME TRUMP FOR THERE OWN CATASTROPHIC FAILURES, AS THEY DO NOW!!! COME ON 2022 &2024!!!

sandra
sandra
13 days ago

The Left is so pathetic. They lie and lie blaming Trump for their screwup
in Afghanistan. Every time the boobs blame Trump, they are just making
it more obvious that they were totally responsible for the debacle. They
are so ridiculous and impotent. Every time they open their mouths they lie.


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