Does Biden read intelligence reports? Why does he keep lying?
WASHINGTON – Another lie told by US President Joe Biden about Afghanistan and al-Qaeda in the country was told by him on Friday, August 20, 2021. Biden again defended the correctness of his decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan, saying that the United States had complied. their Afghan mission by eliminating al Qaeda.
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“Look, let’s put this in perspective. What interest do we have in Afghanistan at a time when al Qaeda is gone? We went to Afghanistan with the clear goal of getting rid of al Qaeda and also eliminating Osama bin Laden. And we did.” said the president.
However, Pentagon spokesman John F. Kirby later denied the president’s statement, telling a news briefing: “We know that al Qaeda, like ISIS, is present in Afghanistan and we have talked about it for a long time.” According to Kirby, the United States believes that the number of al-Qaeda members in Afghanistan is not “too large, although we do not have accurate data.” However, his statement raises the following question: Does the Pentagon still have a high capacity to gather intelligence on the ground?
Asked to explain Joe Biden’s statement, Kirby said he said: “the level of al-Qaeda’s presence in Afghanistan is significant enough to worry the United States.”
Three days ago, BulgarianMilitary.com published an analysis of the situation in Afghanistan after the Taliban seized power. In it, we mentioned a statement days earlier by French President Emmanuel Macron, who, with intelligence and NATO intelligence, confirmed that al-Qaeda had returned to Afghanistan. “Terrorist groups are present in Afghanistan and will seek to profit from the destabilization. The United Nations Security Council will therefore have to provide a responsible and united response,” Macron said.
In addition to NATO, the UN also has a report claiming that the al-Qaeda network is being re-deployed in Afghanistan thanks to the Taliban. An article published in the NYT, citing a U.S. military intelligence source, said there were currently at least 20 terrorist groups in Afghanistan. That’s 17 more than in 2001 when an American soldier set foot on Afghan soil.
But Biden’s lies began long before this sentence, 24 hours ago. Nearly a month and a half ago, Joe Biden told a White House news conference that 300,000 Afghan soldiers, well trained and equipped, would not allow the Taliban, who numbered “barely” 75,000, to take over the country. The statement was also very strange, as a report by the same US military intelligence claimed that Kabul would fall in six months and that the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan would appear.
Joe Biden lied in quoting figures for the Afghan army. A journalistic investigation shows that according to documents, the Afghan army is 300,000, but in reality, it is much less, as corruption in the country is huge and the number of servicemen is deliberately written. This was done by the Afghan authorities to steal the salaries of Afghan soldiers who are “dead souls”.
Joe Biden also lied about “a very well-armed Afghan army.” It’s not really like that. The Afghan Air Force has several Brazilian fighter jets and helicopters. They are better on the ground – thousands of Humvees and hundreds of M1117 Guardian armored security vehicles. However, all this equipment today goes into the hands of the Taliban. Along with all the humiliating withdrawal of Americans from Afghanistan, the United States is not only leaving the country but will arm the Taliban. We don’t understand where Joe Biden saw a completed mission?
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