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Majority of Afghan interpreters left behind: Senior State Dept. official


Reported By Anugrah Kumar, Christian Post Contributor| Thursday, September 02, 2021

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Taliban fighters atop vehicles with Taliban flags parade along a road to celebrate after the US pulled all its troops out of Afghanistan, in Kandahar on September 1, 2021 following the Talibans military takeover of the country. (Photo by JAVED TANVEER / AFP) (Photo by JAVED TANVEER/AFP via Getty Images) | JAVED TANVEER/AFP via Getty Images

While the United States has evacuated more than 123,000 people out of Afghanistan, the majority of Afghan interpreters who are at risk of Taliban reprisal for helping the U.S. and up to 200 Americans have been left behind, a senior State Department official and other government officials said.

“The majority of” Afghan visa applicants haven’t been evacuated, a State Department official, who has not been named, told The Wall Street Journal. Among them is an Afghan interpreter who was part of a 2008 mission to rescue Joe Biden, who was a senator at the time, and two other Democrat senators when their helicopter made an emergency landing in blinding snow in a valley 20 miles southeast of Bagram Air Field, the Journal said, adding that the man is now in hiding.

Over 20,000 Afghans had applied for visas when the U.S. decided to withdraw troops from their country. When including their family members who would also need to escape the Taliban, the number rises to around 100,000 Afghans who might be eligible for relocation, the Journal estimates.

The State Department estimates that up to 200 Americans who wanted to leave have also been left behind.

At least 24 Sacramento-area students are also confirmed to be stranded in the South Asian country. The Sacramento Bee quoted San Juan Unified school district staff as saying that 24 students, down from the initial estimate of 150 students, had not returned to campuses since the start of the 2021-2022 school year.

“Our office has been in close contact with the San Juan Unified School District, and have urgently flagged the students’ information with the State Department and Department of Defense. We have not received an update from the State Department or the DOD,” Sacramento Congressman Ami Bera’s office said in a statement.

Among the stranded Americans is a pregnant American from California, whom Taliban militants kicked in the stomach as she tried to flee Kabul with her husband and father, Fox News reported.

“She was kicked in the stomach, but she was kicked in the stomach well after — as she got through the first checkpoint where she remained for hours, waiting for those people at the south point to supposedly come out and get her,” U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., was quoted as saying.

“It wasn’t until it was clear they’d closed, [that] they weren’t taking anyone else for quite a while, that finally she accepted that she was going to have to go back and hide in her apartment,” Issa added.

The U.S. and its allies evacuated more than 123,000 people out of Afghanistan in the final weeks of the mission.

Human rights group ADF International has also urged the international community to address the “dire plight” of religious minority communities in Afghanistan, including 10,000 Christians who are now “at extreme risk of being targeted with deadly violence.”

Following the drawing down of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, the Taliban quickly seized control of much of the country, eventually taking the capital Kabul last month and forcing the government to flee. In response to the unexpected speed at which they retook the nation, tens of thousands of Americans, Afghan allies, and others desperately tried to leave the country.

Last Thursday, a suicide bombing outside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul killed 10 U.S. Marines, two Army soldiers and one Navy Corpsman, along with as many as 170 civilians, most of whom were awaiting their evacuation. The explosion came less than a week before the Aug. 31 deadline to withdrawal all U.S. troops from the South Asian country. 

In response, the U.S. purportedly killed two high profile terrorists from ISIS-K — one “planner” and one “facilitator,” in a drone strike in Afghanistan.

The withdrawal marked the end of the war in Afghanistan, which spanned nearly two decades. In an appearance on Sinclair Broadcast Group’s “The National Desk” last Monday, Adam Andrzejewski, the CEO of the nonprofit transparency organization OpentheBooks.com, noted that the war effort has cost American taxpayers $83 billion.

Today’s Politically INCORRECT Cartoon – Yet Poignant


Poignant = poign·ant [ póynyənt ]

  1. causing sadness or pity: causing a sharp sense of sadness, pity, or regret

  2. sharply perceptive: particularly penetrating and effective or relevant

  3. sharply painful: causing acute physical pain

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A House of Cards – Abandon Hope, All Ye Who Enter Here


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For final confirmation that Washington, D.C. is unsalvageable, look no further than its obsession with its own deconstruction—the hit Netflix series House of Cards.

Kevin Spacey essentially plays the anti-Christ, and the ruling class just can’t get enough of seeing through its own mirror darkly. Oh, I know he technically plays Congressman-turned Vice President-turned President Underwood, but he’s really giving us the anti-Christ portrayal every Left Behind movie failed to muster.

Using a ruthless and cunning (and often entertaining) display of realpolitik, Spacey is able to elevate himself all the way to the presidency without ever winning an election. He is evil incarnate, an agent of chaos just like the devil himself, and many of the most powerful people in our nation’s capitol can’t get enough of it. One of his biggest fans is the President of these United States.

“Underwood is getting a lot of things done,” Obama said. “I wish things were that ruthlessly efficient.”

Ironically, some of the things Spacey’s Underwood gets done is the breaking of the teachers’ union, and the first substantive cuts in entitlement spending since the dawn of the Welfare State. Two things Obama would never stand for, but many of his conservative opponents would cheer.

But maybe it’s not what’s Underwood is doing that Obama likes, but the way Underwood goes about doing it that attracts the president? Underwood has no regard for the rule of the law, the Constitution, common human decency, decorum, fairness, or any semblance of honesty. Sound familiar?

But unlike Obama, who actually has some ideological non-negotiables (albeit the wrong ones), Underwood has none. He will betray any constituency or any ally, no matter how loyal, in order to get what he ultimately wants—power for power’s sake. Spacey’s Underwood is the very embodiment of the anti-Christ figure many Christians believe will arise at the end of days. He has no problems working with either side to set them up to betray them later, just as many Christians believe the anti-Christ will do the same with Israel in the last days.

And his wife is almost as bad.

Played by Robin Wright Penn, Mrs. Underwood isn’t patterned after any First Lady I know of. She’s more like a black widow spider. She even uses a sexual assault from her past to cover for all the abortions she’s had, simply because she didn’t want to be a mom. The only thing that sets her slightly apart from her villainous husband is that she actually feels bad for their vicious maneuvering every now and then. Although her guilt lasts but for a fleeting moment, of course.

Along the way every amoral cliché you can imagine is vividly portrayed:

Pro-lifers are screamers and dirty bombers. A lost girl finds contentment in the lesbian lover she meets at their evangelical church. A female reporter having an affair with Underwood has sex with him while calling her dad on Father’s Day. The reputable D.C. reporter who breaks the scandal wide open has a Middle Eastern name. Republican actor Gerald McRaney basically plays the Koch Brothers. Native American tribal leaders are little more than wannabe gangsters. The Tea Party are reactionaries that stand in the way of progress. Underwood himself is a bisexual graduate of a prestigious South Carolina military academy, and so on and so on.

It’s easy to say the show leans Left, but it brutally pans the Left just the same as the Right. No one is unscathed. Conservatives are almost unfathomable to the show, but liberals are often depicted as betraying whatever cause they originally came to Washington, D.C. for. You root for no one, but rather for a giant mushroom cloud to eviscerate the whole lot of them. Sort of an apocalyptic control-alt-delete button. The show would more appropriately be titled Drain the Swamp.

I’m not sure what’s more nihilistic, the plot lines or the fact the very culture House of Cards is self-parodying seems to be loving it? I can’t imagine any other human endeavor enjoying its own broadcast media deconstruction as much Washington, D.C. seems to be enjoying theirs.

And the ruling class wonders why it’s so hated and vilified by everyday Americans.

Throughout history, ruling classes have not responded so approvingly to such biting satire of their heinous exploits. But ours is now a culture so far gone, they’d prefer to shamelessly own it and revel in their nakedness instead.

Perhaps our republic has become the real “House of Cards?”

About Steve Deace

Steve Deace barely made it out of community college in one piece, and then loosely attended a real college for a while. We say he only attended because there’s no record of him actually accomplishing anything while he was there, or at least anything he wants to tell his three children about before they’re 21 years old. By the grace of God he managed to find a woman that would put up with him, his wife Amy who daily exhibits the patience of Job. Because he’s not that educated, Deace actually believes the Bible is literally true and the Constitution isn’t a living, breathing document. He also knows way more about superheroes, Star Wars & Star Trek, and college football than any man not living under a vow of perpetual virginity in his mom’s basement should. He’s also the author of Rules for Patriots: How Conservatives Can Win Again

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