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The Morning Briefing: The Odds on Biden Ever Getting Anything Right Are Horrible

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Happy Monday, dear Kruiser Morning Briefing friends. My cat and Alexa are talking about me behind my back. Mostly in English.

A week ago I decided that it was time for a health and fitness “re-calibration” that would involve some time away from my beloved beer and whiskey. I’m going in for a checkup soon and I don’t want my new doctor to have to lead with, “Well, you’re fat and your liver is suing for emancipation.” So I am working diligently on unfattening myself and going to couples therapy with my liver.

But, given the way things are going, the timing of it was atrocious. I may come out of this dry spell by going to Ireland and trying to sleep in a cask of Jameson.

I prefer to take the long view of things, which helps to keep my mood from being buffeted about by the news of the day, week, or even month. My capacity for doing so is obviously being tested right now. My faith in the Constitution and the Americans who aren’t commie idiots remains strong, however.

Still, Biden is quite the optimism damper.

During our VIP Gold Live Chat last Thursday, Bryan, VodkaPundit, and I were running over the myriad ways in which Joe Biden and his handlers screwed up the decision-making process regarding the withdrawal from Afghanistan. It’s truly stunning in scope. It’s so bad they were all probably wearing mismatched socks while “planning” this debacle.

My firm belief is that, even though these are dark days, we’re going to be just fine. Just not anytime soon. There is nothing on the horizon to suggest that this administration is ever going to get anything right.

In his latest “C’mon Now!” video, Bryan dissects the decision to abandon Bagram Air Base and hope for the best with the embassy in Kabul. That was the second domino to fall, following Biden’s initial brain-dead idea about getting out, which Matt recapped in a post yesterday:

Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.) blasted Joe Biden on Fox News Radio’s Fox Across America on Friday, blaming the botched withdrawal and terror attack on Joe Biden wanting a “photo op for September 11.”

Joe Biden announced in mid-April that all military forces would be withdrawn from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021—the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. At the time, Senator Chuck Schumer praised the revised timetable. “It’s refreshing to have a thought-out plan with a set timetable,” Schumer said.

The agreement reached between the Trump administration and the Taliban in February 2020 required the Taliban to end all attacks on our troops, refuse safe harbor for terrorists, and negotiate with Afghan leaders on creating a new government. As long as the Taliban lived up to these conditions, the United States would gradually withdraw. The plan was unanimously endorsed by the United Nations Security Council and resulted in tremendous stability, and the United States hadn’t suffered a single combat casualty in the country in eighteen months, even with a small presence of only 2,500 U.S. troops, the smallest military presence since military operations began in 2001. This was possible, former Vice President Pence explained earlier this month, because the Taliban understood “that the consequences of violating the deal would be swift and severe.”

The photo-op slam is more than valid — Democrats are addicted to grandstanding for the media — but there’s more at play. Team Biden is driven by a twisted, pathological compulsion to undo virtually everything Donald Trump did while he was president. There is never any assessment of whether the Trump policy in question was good for the country. If Trump did it, it needs to be undone. As we’ve seen more than once, these idiots don’t stick to any international agreements that Trump had in place.

What this administration has really succeeded in undoing is America’s credibility on the world stage. In seven months.

Joe Biden is too absent to care about his legacy. As I wrote last Friday, Doctor Mama Jill and some special interests are pulling the alleged president’s strings. They’re all motivated by spite. The good of the people hasn’t crossed one mind in this administration. Throw in the fact that none of them seem to be particularly adept at what they do and we’re staring down the maw of a beast that could swallow up all of our freedom.

I don’t think it will though. Sadly, we’re going to be staring for a while longer.

That’s going to be dark and difficult.

Kinda smelly too.

My New Thing

I’ve decided to do a weekly column called “The Worst of Times.” I’m going to mercilessly rip on a handful of hot takes from the Opinion section of The New York Times, hence the title. I’ll also do one a week from the challenged brain trust at The Washington Post. As I mention in this first installment, it’s a bit like a written version of my old Kruiser Control show on PJTV, but I’ll be mocking print media rather than the television hacks. Enjoy.

Everything Isn’t Awful

So very 21st century. Weird but nice.

PJ Media

[WATCH] Gen. Mark Milley’s Bagram Blunder Should End His Military Cosplay Act

He gets worse every day. VIDEO: Guess What Joe Biden Does When He Gets a Question About Afghanistan

Me: U.S. Used a Nasty New Hellfire Missile In Retaliatory Drone Strike on ISIS-K

VodkaPundit: Woke Army Sergeant Wants You to Know She’s Ready and Willing to Shoot You if Martial Law Is Declared

Capitol Police Officer Who Shot Ashli Babbitt Speaks (but Shouldn’t Have)

#TrueStory. Joe Biden’s Afghanistan Bugout Will Become a Terrorism Superspreader

#MeToo. Trust me, you want to see this. [WATCH] Daily Show Hilariously Mocks ‘Epic News Bro’ Chris Cuomo

Get Ready: Biden’s Approval Rating on COVID-19 Will Wane Faster Than Vaccine Immunity

VodkaPundit, Part Deux: COURAGE: Reporters Barred from Kamala Harris Remarks to Troops at Pearl Harbor

Senator Sasse: ‘There Was Clearly No Plan’ to Evacuate Americans From Kabul

Congressman: We Have Dead Servicemen in Kabul Because Biden ‘Wanted A Photo Op September 11’

But conservative xenophobia or something. Afghan Evacuated by US Detained for Potential ISIS Ties, Up to 100 Others Could Be on Watch Lists

Rock Legend Eric Clapton Says ‘This Has Gotta Stop’ In Anti-COVID Restrictions Anthem

Dan Crenshaw, Lara Logan Bring the Most Disturbing Reports Out of the Kabul Airport Yet

Natural Immunity for the WIN! Israeli Study Suggests COVID-19 Vaccine Policies Should Change Now

Taliban Demands Afghans Give Up Their Guns

Bad Words and Desperation: Democrats Flail to Keep January 6 Relevant

A Deserved ‘Moment of Truth’ for Public Schools as a Record Number of Parents Opt Out

IL Governor Pritzker Renegs on Promise to Give School Districts Control Over COVID Policy

Former SecDef/CIA Head Panetta: We ‘Have to Go Back’ to Afghanistan to Get ISIS-K

Cori Bush Is Enraged That SCOTUS Agrees With Biden on Eviction Moratorium

Military Brass Finally Fire Someone for Afghanistan Debacle … the Marine Who Called Them Out

Did Joe Biden Check His Watch During the Dignified Transfer Ceremony at Dover Air Force Base?

Harvard Has a New Chief Chaplain. There’s Just One Problem.

Travels With Charlie

Biden’s Bagram Blunder Surpasses Custer at Little Big Horn, Lee at Gettysburg

Townhall Mothership

Inmates running the asylum…Brace Yourselves. This College’s New COVID Restrictions Are Almost Too Insane To Be Real

Hurricane Ida Knocks Out All of Power for New Orleans

Shut it, fascist. Fauci: Mandating COVID-19 Vaccines for School Children Is a ‘Good Idea’

Blinken’s Claim All He Can Do ‘Is Take Responsibility for My Own Actions,’ May Explain Articles of Impeachment

Biden Diverted Military Jet Away for Outrageous Reason in Middle of Kabul Evacuation

Biden’s National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan Acknowledges Potential for Another Hostage Crisis, Calls Into Question Why We Have American Troops in Afghanistan at All

HOT TAKES: Former Obama Sec. Exploits Deaths of US Soldiers in Afghanistan to Attack Unvaccinated Americans

Orlando PD’s New Body Cameras May Impact Race Relations

Why Glenn Youngkin Needs To Take On McAuliffe’s Gun Control Agenda

Former Gang Member Says He Knows How To Reduce Violence

Why ALL Section 230 Reform Measures May Hurt Gun Rights

Over the line, Smokey: Sunday reflection

Gen. McMaster puts blame for Afghanistan disaster squarely on Biden – “self-defeat”

NY Dems: Cuomo needs to refund his campaign donations

BINGO. Welcoming Afghan helpers and concerns over terror threats are not mutually exclusive

Girl ain’t right in the head. Alyssa Milano takes Biden sycophancy to a delusional new level

WATCH: A guy doing a cartwheel video-bombed Jim Cantore’s live report from New Orleans

Only the Mets could find a way to screw up doing well. NY Mets *players* are now booing the fans after big hits ‘to let them know how it feels’

VIP

[VIDEO] Kruiser’s ‘Beyond the Briefing’—No Unity in a Time of Crisis in Biden’s America

The Kruiser Kabana Episode 146: Joe Biden Is Just the Tip of the Existential Threat Iceberg

VodkaPundit, Part Trois: Even the Soviets Managed to Achieve Something in the ‘Graveyard of Empires’ That Joe Biden Couldn’t—Or Chose Not To

Mother of Marine Killed in Kabul Unloads on ‘Piece of Crap’ Joe Biden

Donald Trump Warned Us What a Rushed Pullout of Afghanistan Would Like Back in 2017

Who’s Really Driving the Afghanistan Disaster? Here’s a Clue.

Is State Department Spokesman Ned Price Gaslighting All of Us?

Does He Mean It? Biden Tells Israeli Prime Minister Iran Will ‘Never’ Get Nukes

The Biden White House Covered Up a ‘Major’ Scandal Earlier This Year

VodkaPundit, Part Quatre: Trump and the Chicago Way: How We Used to Strike Back at Terrorists

Progressives Could Still Blow Up the Biden-Pelosi Agenda

The Relevance of the Reagan Doctrine in the Wake of Afghanistan’s Fall

GOLD I Don’t Feel Particularly Funny Today

GOLD As Everyone Knows, Biden’s Disastrous Afghan Exit Is Entirely Trump’s Fault

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