WEDNESDAY PDB – AFGHAN CRISIS: Investigating Biden’s Afghan Failures, Most Americans Expect US Return to Fight in Afghanistan, DOD Lies About Drone Strike? Book Fiction?: Trump/Milley/China/Nukes, Suing Biden’s Pentagon over Politicizing DOD Boards

Mark Miley gives a statement to the press / DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando

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Pentagon Watch

Sean Spicer joins lawsuit against DOD, Navy, Naval Academy over Board of Visitors. Former Trump press secretary Sean Spicer has joined a lawsuit against the Department of Defense, Navy, Army, Air Force and service academies over the inability for advisory boards to meet.

Biden’s Afghan Disaster

62% of Americans believe US troops will have to return to Afghanistan to fight terrorism: poll. According to new poll released by Quinnipiac University, 62% of Americans think US forces will have to return to Afghanistan to fight terrorism.

Democratic senator says Afghanistan failure is ‘tainting America’s reputation around the world.’ Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut on Tuesday told reporters that the US government’s failure to evacuate all Americans and Afghan allies from Afghanistan is hurting the country’s reputation.

Republican taps CNN reporter to investigate Biden’s Afghanistan withdrawal. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) has hired a former CNN journalist to serve as an investigator for the House Foreign Affairs Committee as it probes President Biden’s withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan this summer.

GOP lawmaker threatens to delay Biden national security nominees over Afghanistan. A Republican senator is vowing to delay President Joe Biden’s nominees to the State Department and Pentagon unless Secretary of State Antony Blinken and national security adviser Jake Sullivan resign over the administration’s handling of Afghanistan.

Lawmakers threaten to subpoena SECDEF over Afghanistan mistakes. Lloyd Austin is scheduled to appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee later this month to discuss the Afghanistan withdrawal.

Rand Paul grills Blinken on whether drone strike hit aid worker or ISIS-K: ‘You’d think you’d kind of know before you off someone.’ GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky on Tuesday posed tough questions to Secretary of State Antony Blinken over a drone strike that killed 10 Afghan civilians, including seven children, pressing the top US diplomat on whether the Biden administration was fully aware of who was being targeted.

New York Times and Washington Post investigations cast doubt on Pentagon’s account of Kabul drone strike. The Times went to great lengths to reconstruct the target’s final day, using surveillance camera footage and satellite images and other methods to buttress traditional interviews.

Al Qaeda could rebuild in Afghanistan in a year or two, U.S. officials say. Earlier in the year, top Pentagon officials said Al Qaeda could reconstitute in two years, then told lawmakers after the fall of the Afghanistan government they were revising that timeline.

National Security

New Woodward/Costa book: Trump secret memo ordering withdrawal from Afghanistan blindsided national security team. Just eight days after the 2020 election, then-President Donald Trump was so determined to end the war in Afghanistan during his presidency that he secretly signed a memo to withdraw all troops by January 15, 2021, according to a new book, “Peril,” from journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa.

DISINFORMATION? Milley warned defense leaders that Trump could order an unwarranted nuke strike: book. The claims are part of a new volume on the final days of the Trump presidency by journalist Bob Woodward.

China Threat

US Coast Guard cutters shadowed Chinese warships sailing near remote US territory in Alaska. Four Chinese navy vessels were recently spotted operating in waters near Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, the US Coast Guard said in a statement Monday.

Russia Threat

Is Russia’s defence chief emerging as Putin’s possible successor?
Even though Vladimir Putin was first elected Russia’s president in 2000, he is currently serving his “zero” term – according to the law that “nullified” his three previous presidencies and the current one.

Africa 

US suspends military support to Guinea after Special Forces-trained troops launch coup on their day off  The Defense Department has suspended military assistance to the African country of Guinea after Guinean special operations forces used their day off from being trained by American Green Berets to overthrow their government.

France warns Mali against Russian Wagner mercenary deal. French Defence Minister Florence Parly has warned Mali against a deal with Russian private security group Wagner amid claims the country’s military government is close to hiring 1,000 mercenaries.

Military

Afghanistan veterans struggling with mental health. Approximately, 775,000 US Armed Services members served at least 1 deployment in Afghanistan; a new survey of 1250 of these veterans found that 70% of them have struggled with their mental health since serving in Afghanistan.

Marines advancing anti-ship missile as part of force modernization plan. The Marine Corps is moving forward with developing a ship-killing missile that’s central to a long-range restructuring of the military, the branch said Tuesday.

The future of special operations may look a lot different than the GWOT aesthetic we’ve come to know. There’s a lot more to special operations than beards and tactical gear.

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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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charles A wilkins
charles A wilkins
2 days ago

Biden has not been good for the American family, maybe the illegals, Biden has not been good for our energy reliance systems maybe the Russia energy industry, Biden has not been good for our farmers/food chain supply, but great for China’s food chain and industry. United Kingdom and Australia should be concerned about Biden interest, as much as they are about the Chinese. The current way Biden has treated our allies, our borders, crime, corruption should be a warning for the future events. United States is set to announce a new alliance with Australia and the United Kingdom that will focus on sharing advanced technologies in an effort to combat Chinese aggression. Hope all our Generals feel the same way as well as Hunter Biden who represents the biden retirement plan.

joe
joe
2 days ago

The incompetent in Chief, senile Joe Biden, has become a climate change expert while sitting in the WH basement!

Stevon
1 day ago

Biden has complete confidence in Milley and He should, as they both are willing to commit Treason against the United States!

Robert W
1 day ago
Reply to  Stevon

Leavenworth has plenty of empty cells for them!!!!!!


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