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    Presidential Town Hall With Joe Biden - Sept. 17, 2020

    COOPER: This is Justin Gaval. He works in manufacturing. He's a Democrat.

    Justin, welcome.

    JUSTIN GAVAL, WORKS IN MANUFACTURING: Thanks, Anderson. Hello, Vice President.

    BIDEN: Hey, Justin.

    GAVAL: I come from the small coal mine town in Mahanoy City, just down the line here.

    BIDEN: I know Mahanoy City.

    GAVAL: I know you do.

    I'm an Army veteran, who served in Afghanistan 2013-2014. I want to know if you are elected, will you bring my brothers and sisters home, and our military involvement in these unnecessary, endless wars that don't have any end in sight?

    BIDEN: Yes, I--

    GAVAL: Thank you.

    BIDEN: Yes, I would. It's now public knowledge. I was opposed to the significant increase in our presence, at the time, in Afghanistan, and because I thought the only presence we should have is a counterterrorism presence, not a counterinsurgency presence.

    It was a big, big mistake to surge forces to Afghanistan
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    Costs of the Afghanistan war, in lives and dollars

    20 years………..


    American service members killed in Afghanistan through April: 2,448.

    U.S. contractors: 3,846.

    Afghan national military and police: 66,000.

    Other allied service members, including from other NATO member states: 1,144.

    Afghan civilians: 47,245.

    Taliban and other opposition fighters: 51,191.

    Aid workers: 444.

    Journalists: 72.


    Amount President Harry Truman temporarily raised top tax rates to pay for Korean War: 92%.

    Amount President Lyndon Johnson temporarily raised top tax rates to pay for Vietnam War: 77%.

    Amount President George W. Bush cut tax rates for the wealthiest, rather than raise them, at outset of Afghanistan and Iraq wars: At least 8%.

    Estimated amount of direct Afghanistan and Iraq war costs that the United States has debt-financed as of 2020: $2 trillion.

    Estimated interest costs by 2050: Up to $6.5 trillion.


    Amount Bilmes estimates the United States has committed to pay in health care, disability, burial and other costs for roughly 4 million Afghanistan and Iraq veterans: more than $2 trillion.

    Period those costs will peak: after 2048.

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      'We Will Hunt You Down And Make You Pay'

      • Pentagon says 2 'high-profile' ISIS targets killed in strike

      The Pentagon said Saturday that the U.S. military strike the day before killed two "high-profile" ISIS targets and wounded a third in the first known U.S. military action since Thursday's deadly suicide bombing at the Kabul airport.

      Maj. Gen. Hank Taylor, deputy director of the Joint Staff for regional operations, described the two targets in a press briefing as "planners and facilitators."

      Taylor added that officials would not release additional information on the targets' specific roles within the terrorist group or their level of involvement in the Thursday bombing.

      The bombing — the deadliest attack on U.S. forces in Afghanistan in a decade — killed 13 U.S. service members as well as at least 170 Afghans. ISIS-K, which operates in northeastern Afghanistan, claimed responsibility for the attack.

      U.S. Central Command initially said Friday that an "over-the-horizon counterterrorism operation" had killed a single target, described as an "ISIS-K planner."

      However, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said in the briefing Saturday that "as the assessments and information flowed over time, we were able to recognize that another was killed as well and one wounded."

      When asked if the strike was part of ongoing anti-terrorism efforts or an action in retaliation for Thursday's bombing, Kirby acknowledged it was "a little bit of both."

      "We have the ability to conduct over-the-horizon counterterrorism capabilities," he said, adding, "It's not a coincidence that it happened just a couple of days after we lost 13 brave service members.":

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        Landreth the Florida Man,

        Put this tripe in the Soap Box.
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        • #5
          'We Will Hunt You Down And Make You Pay'
          • US strikes vehicle loaded with explosives headed to Kabul airport

          A drone strike by the U.S. on Sunday targeted a vehicle in Kabul loaded with explosives that officials said posed an imminent threat to the airport amid the final days of a massive military evacuation effort of Americans and allies from Afghanistan.

          U.S. Navy Capt. Bill Urban said in a statement that the airstrike eliminated "an imminent ISIS-K threat” to the Hamid Karzai International Airport, referring to the Islamic State faction in Afghanistan.

          Urban called the strike an act of “self-defense” and said military officials were still assessing the possibility of any civilian casualties.

          “We are confident we successfully hit the target,” Urban said. “Significant secondary explosions from the vehicle indicated the presence of a substantial amount of explosive material.”

          The Associated Press reported earlier Sunday that "multiple suicide bombers" had been targeted in a vehicle that was headed to the airport.:

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          • #6
            Last US military plane out of Afghanistan ends America's longest war

            The last American planes have left Afghanistan, flying out of the Kabul airport shortly before midnight local time, the top U.S. general in the Middle East told reporters.

            The last C-17 left the airport at 3:29 p.m. ET and cleared Afghanistan's airspace, ending the United States's 20-year conflict in the country, U.S. Central Command head Marine Corps Gen. Frank McKenzie told reporters at the Pentagon.:

            over 123,000 people

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            • #7
              Pentagon confirms end of Afghanistan withdrawal
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              • #8
                Last US military plane out of Afghanistan

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                • #9
                  Secretary Blinken's remarks on our efforts in Afghanistan since August 14 and the way forward
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                  • #10
                    Department of Defense - The last American soldier to leave Afghanistan: Maj. Gen. Chris Donahue, commanding general of the @82ndABNDiv, @18airbornecorps boards an @usairforce C-17 on August 30th, 2021, ending the U.S. mission in Kabul.:

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                    • #11
                      President Biden on Tuesday offered a full-throated defense of his decision to withdraw the U.S. military from Afghanistan, saying the 20-year war was no longer serving the national interest of the United States.

                      Biden said it was the “unanimous recommendation” of his national security team and military commanders to leave Afghanistan by the Aug. 31 deadline. He rejected assertions that the withdrawal date was arbitrary.

                      “Let me be clear: Leaving Aug. 31 is not due to an arbitrary deadline. It was designed to save American lives,” Biden said in lengthy prepared remarks from the State Dining Room of the White House. “I was not going to extend this forever war, and I was not extending a forever exit.”

                      Biden characterized the chaotic evacuation effort as an “extraordinary success,” noting that the U.S. military and coalition forces evacuated more than 120,000 civilians from Afghanistan. He acknowledged that between 100 and 200 American citizens remain in Afghanistan and said the U.S. would work to help Americans and at-risk Afghans who still want to leave get out of the country as part of the diplomatic mission.

                      “We no longer had a clear purpose in an open-ended mission in Afghanistan,” Biden said, his voice rising as he delivered his speech. “After 20 years of war in Afghanistan, I refused to send another generation of America’s sons and daughters to fight a war that should have ended long ago.”:

                      Senate passes bill to expand assistance for Americans returning from Afghanistan

                      The Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that will increase funding available to provide temporary assistance to Americans returning from Afghanistan.

                      Why it matters: The bill — approved by the House last month — will allocate up to $10 million for fiscal years 2021 and 2022 to provide emergency repatriation assistance to individuals coming from Afghanistan, CNN reports.

                      Driving the news: Vice President Kamala Harris presided over a session of the Senate Tuesday during which the Emergency Repatriation Assistance for Returning Americans Act passed unanimously.
                      • Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) requested unanimous consent to pass the bill in the Senate.

                      What they're saying: Cardin said Tuesday the legislation increases "the funds that are available to take care of Americans who have been brought home from Afghanistan."
                      • "They've been uprooted, they were living in Afghanistan, so to take care of their necessities on a short-term basis. It might be housing, ... food, transportation, those sorts of issues on a short-term basis," Cardin said, per CNN.

                      The big picture: Passage of the bill comes less than one day after the final American soldier departed Afghanistan.
                      • The bill now heads to his desk for his approval.

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                      • #12
                        Bottom Line

                        Americans believe Biden did the right thing in withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Americans are as likely to view the whole 20-year experience in that country as a mistake as to say it was not, while recent polling shows the majority say involvement there was not worth it.:

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                        • #13
                          Last Sunday, President Joe Biden witnessed the repatriation of American service members killed in Afghanistan. As it has for the last 20 years, Delaware's Dover Air Force Base hosted dignified transfers. The solemn, quiet rituals are led by Dover’s chaplains — one of whom has witnessed the human cost of the Afghanistan war from its very first day. He spoke with Nick Schifrin before the withdrawal.
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                          • #14
                            US expects to admit more than 50,000 evacuated Afghans

                            At least 50,000 Afghans are expected to be admitted into the United States following the fall of Kabul as part of an “enduring commitment" to help people who aided the American war effort and others who are particularly vulnerable under Taliban rule, the secretary of homeland security said Friday.:

                            Blinken gives update on Afghanistan
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                              Biden asks for funding to help bring 95,000 Afghans to US

                              The Biden administration is planning to ask Congress for funding to bring some 95,000 Afghans to America and assist in resettling them — a sign both of U.S. commitments to allies and the likelihood that efforts to evacuate them will linger for months.

                              The White House is asking for $6.4 billion through a continuing resolution to fund ongoing efforts to get allies and other vulnerable Afghans out of the country.

                              A senior administration official said those funds would be used to help bring 65,000 Afghans to the U.S. by the end of September as well as another 30,000 who may come over the course of the next year.

                              “The U.S. government will continue to press the Taliban to uphold our commitment to ensure safe passage for those remaining Americans who want to leave and for Afghans who worked with and support us,” the official said on the call.

                              “The majority of the funds requested are for DOD and State to support overseas sites, like Ramstein in Germany, and sites in the United States as well as transportation for allies and partners between those overseas sites and the United States,” they said, referring to the departments of Defense and State.:

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