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Fri Aug 20, 2021, 07:06 PM

One thing is clear about Biden's Afghanistan policy

He’s shut down the taxpayer-funded, grifter’s cash spigot. Whatever your thoughts on Afghanistan, it’s been quite a cash cow for military contractors.

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Reply One thing is clear about Biden's Afghanistan policy (Original post)
dlk Aug 20 OP
Under The Radar Aug 20 #1
dlk Aug 20 #4
2naSalit Aug 20 #2
dlk Aug 20 #5
2naSalit Aug 20 #9
XanaDUer2 Aug 20 #3
brooklynite Aug 20 #6
Mr.Bill Aug 20 #8
dlk Aug 20 #10
dsc Aug 20 #13
dlk Aug 20 #7
totodeinhere Aug 20 #11
leftstreet Aug 20 #12
roamer65 Aug 21 #14
Caliman73 Aug 21 #15
totodeinhere Aug 21 #16
EX500rider Aug 21 #17
totodeinhere Aug 21 #18
totodeinhere Aug 21 #19
EX500rider Aug 21 #20
totodeinhere Aug 21 #21

Response to dlk (Original post)

Fri Aug 20, 2021, 07:15 PM

1. Yep $20 billion a year boost to the Afghan GDP too.

Afghan GDP in 1999 was $2 billion…. Talk about a recession on the horizon

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Response to Under The Radar (Reply #1)

Fri Aug 20, 2021, 11:13 PM

4. It will be a difficult transition for the country

I wonder of the Taliban has thought this through. Biden has frozen the country’s funds in US banks.

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Response to dlk (Original post)

Fri Aug 20, 2021, 07:22 PM

2. that's what I've been saying too...

They are going to scream bloody murder, as we see all over the news, and spew disinformation to keep us bickering about it which is one of their best weapons. All those dirty politicians, maybe that's why very few are speaking up. So many have been complicit for their entire careers. It is a reckoning of sorts, the other thing that will generate as much gnashing of teeth will be when we stop using fossil fuels to any great amount. Fasten yer seat belts, folks, and hang on.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #2)

Fri Aug 20, 2021, 11:14 PM

5. Putin's goal is to create chaos

Our hysterical media has done it’s part to assist in the project

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Response to dlk (Reply #5)

Fri Aug 20, 2021, 11:19 PM

9. They most certainly have.

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Response to dlk (Original post)

Fri Aug 20, 2021, 07:51 PM

3. I support Biden fully

things are starting off roughly, in A-gan, but he's working on fixing it and communicating what's going on.

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Response to dlk (Original post)

Fri Aug 20, 2021, 11:15 PM

6. So you're saying the military budget will be reduced?

Any actual evidence of that change?

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #6)

Fri Aug 20, 2021, 11:19 PM

8. Probably not, but there are better

less corrupt things to spend it on.

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #6)

Fri Aug 20, 2021, 11:20 PM

10. I'm thinking the military contractors have lost their cash cow in Afghanistan

That doesn’t mean the military budget will miraculously become smaller, at least not for the foreseeable future.

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #6)

Fri Aug 20, 2021, 11:27 PM

13. One can hope

but I imagine that Manchin and Sinema who scream about the deficit when we want to spend money on education or health care will conveniently forget about the deficit when we discuss defense spending.

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Response to dlk (Original post)

Fri Aug 20, 2021, 11:17 PM

7. Biden has the courage to do what's right, even it it's unpopular

He’s the leader we need at this chaotic time. I wonder if his son Beau, when he was alive, talked to his dad about what it was really like fighting these wars in the Middle East, and how that may have colored Joe’s views.

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Response to dlk (Original post)

Fri Aug 20, 2021, 11:22 PM

11. And now a lot of the military hardware that we spent billions on is in the hands of the Taliban.

And just you wait. I bet they will bring the Chinese in to show them how to operate it.

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Response to totodeinhere (Reply #11)

Fri Aug 20, 2021, 11:24 PM

12. Defense contractors are probably gleeful

Tons and tons of new equipment to sell the military

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Response to totodeinhere (Reply #11)

Sat Aug 21, 2021, 12:58 AM

14. Not if it's a burnt pile of rubble.

Once all the Americans are out, we need to start bombing it all.

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Response to roamer65 (Reply #14)

Sat Aug 21, 2021, 01:11 AM

15. I don't think anything was left behind that is worth bombing.

Anything that could compromise our military posture was removed as a priority. Anything left behind was old and obsolete. First generation Humvees, propeller driven ground attack aircraft, Old Blackhawks from the 80's, etc... Nothing that Russia and China don't already know about and haven't already reverse engineered.

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Response to Caliman73 (Reply #15)

Sat Aug 21, 2021, 12:07 PM

16. The main source of military equipment seized by the Taliban is equipment we gave the now

defunct Afghan government that their army abandoned as their army melted away.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/taliban-parade-new-weapons-seized-afghan-military-u-s-withdraws-n1273081

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Response to totodeinhere (Reply #16)

Sat Aug 21, 2021, 12:15 PM

17. Luckily most of it will not be maintained and break sooner or later.

And they will lack the skills & parts & $ to fix it.

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Response to EX500rider (Reply #17)

Sat Aug 21, 2021, 12:23 PM

18. Like I said, it would not surprise me if they bring in the Chinese to help them maintain

the equipment.

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Response to EX500rider (Reply #17)

Sat Aug 21, 2021, 01:57 PM

19. There is this from an article posted today.

A report last month by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) indicates that the U.S.-backed Afghan military possessed more than 150 aircraft.

Where Are Taliban Officials Getting The Money To Run Afghanistan?
They include four C-130 transport aircraft, 23 Brazilian-made A-29 "Super Tucano" turboprop ground-attack aircraft, 45 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, and 50 smaller MD-530 choppers. In addition, Afghan forces were given more than 30 military versions of Cessna single-engine fixed-wing aircraft.


https://www.npr.org/2021/08/21/1029449432/taliban-afghanistan-us-weapons-captured

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Response to totodeinhere (Reply #19)

Sat Aug 21, 2021, 02:39 PM

20. If less likely to keep those flying...or to have any skilled pilots in their ranks.

They may be able to keep the Cessna's going for a little while.

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Response to EX500rider (Reply #20)

Sat Aug 21, 2021, 03:21 PM

21. The Chinese are waiting in the wings to come in an run and maintain that equipment

for them. That is my opinion although I have no proof. We shall see.

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