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Afghanistan Withdrawal Going About As Well As Any End To A Forever War Would

But wars are so easy to get into.

The US evacuation from Afghanistan is winding down to meet tomorrow's deadline to get all US troops out of the country, as set by President Biden. The giant C-17 transport planes are still flying out of Kabul's airport, but compared to the massive airlifts of last week, the US announced this morning that it had evacuated just 1,200 people in the previous 24 hours, bringing the total since the end of July to 122,300 evacuees. 116,700 of those evacuations occurred after August 14, when Kabul fell to the Taliban.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, said in a statement this morning that while the evacuation efforts by the US, the EU, and nongovernmental organizations has been "praiseworthy," the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan is only beginning:

"Around 3.5 million people have already been displaced by violence within the country – more than half a million since the start of this year," said Grandi.

"Most have no regular channels through which to seek safety. And in the midst of a clear emergency, with millions in dire need of help, the humanitarian response inside Afghanistan is still desperately underfunded," he added.

Grandi noted that some 2.2 million registered refugees are living in camps in Pakistan and Iran, many of them having been there for years. He noted that while the airlifts will soon no longer be on TV, the tragedy in Afghanistan "will still be a daily reality for millions of Afghans. We must not turn away. A far greater humanitarian crisis is just beginning." [UNHCR]

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Mike Pompeo Wants YOU To ... Look Over There!

He's never gonna be president.

Mike Pompeo is what happens when you have the warmongering of Henry Kissinger with one-fourth the evil competence. But his heat-seeking to be the next Trump-wannabe in 2024 might be derailed by his monstrous incompetence.

As detailed by William Saletan of Slate, Pompeo has been trying to see if he can lie like a common Nikki Haley about how safe Afghanistan was when he was the one negotiating with the Taliban despite the disastrous consequences we are currently experiencing.

Appearing on Maria Bartiromo's Fox News show "Sunday Morning Futures," Mike Pompeo lied about it on Sunday for the second week in a row.

Pompeo played all his hits:

There were the dogwhistles:

POMPEO: [Biden] is more focused on spending three and half trillion dollars on creating 'diversity' inside of our military ...

He waxed about the marvelous deal he made:

POMPEO: Remember this Maria: From the time we began our "peace and reconciliation," our conversations ... from the time we signed that deal in February 2020 ... not a single American was attacked by the Taliban in a serious way and there wasn't a single American killed.

Yeah, well, once we told them we'd leave immediately if they just stopped attacking us (mostly), we guess they were OK with that.

Pompeo also attempted to say our allies don't trust us, as if to imply they'd like it better if Trump was still the sheriff. You bet.

POMPEO: You need [...] only to go to the British Parliament or listen to Macron or Merkel. [...] All of them are concerned that they no longer can trust America as a partner and ally.

Of course, one only has to look at news articles from Trump's four years to see how our allies actually felt while Trump was being pen-pals with Kim Jong-un or defending Vladimir Putin or defending Prince Bonesaw of Saudi Arabia. Pompeo's sudden concern for Emmanuel Macron or Angela Merkel or the British Parliament might not be authentic!

But as, MSNBC's Medhi Hansan tweeted, the receipts are all archived and wont be easily forgotten:

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GOP Pretty Sure 20-Year Afghanistan Clusterf*ck Is Joe Biden's Fault, For Ending It

It's your Sunday show rundown.

Starting wars is easy. Ending wars, on the other hand, is a much trickier proposition. Especially ones with no clear objectives or clearly defined adversaries to declare an official end of conflict with. This is the position President Joe Biden and his administration find themselves in.

Despite the US occupying Afghanistan for 20 years and propping up a new government, it finally came time to bring our troops home. But, after spending billons to train the Afghan forces, it became immediately clear what a sunk cost fallacy it was, as they melted away within days. (Hit that link for a good explanation of the how and why of the collapse of the Afghan military.)

It's a tough decision that Biden will be held responsible for, as commander-in-chief.

But some of the people who are criticizing Biden now should take some fucking seats and responsibility for THEIR hand in this. Remember Donald Trump's peace agreement with the Taliban?

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Mike Pompeo Brings Super A-Hole Stepdad Energy To 'Fox News Sunday'

It's your Sunday show rundown!

Former Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo, was on "Fox News Sunday" this weekend.

Surprise, he was an asshole!

Chris Wallace had just interviewed current, competent Secretary of State Antony Blinken. We guess Pompeo thought it was his job to "rebut" whatever Blinken had just said. (It's Fox News, after all.)

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