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  • #31

    Originally posted by S Landreth View Post
    Biden is doing a great job

    Biden at day 240 – approval is at 45.7%

    IQ45/Trump at day 240 – approval was at 38.8%

    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer


    • #32
      Trump quoted as saying he'll be the next President

      Originally posted by Mr Tinkles View Post
      Biden doing worse than Trump

      It's a fact!



      • #33

        Originally posted by S Landreth View Post
        Biden is doing a great job

        Biden at day 240 – approval is at 45.7%

        IQ45/Trump at day 240 – approval was at 38.8%

        Keep your friends close and your enemies closer


        • #34
          28 U.S. citizens depart Afghanistan on Qatar Airways flight

          The State Department on Saturday confirmed that a Qatar Airways charter flight left Kabul on Friday with 28 U.S. citizens and seven lawful permanent residents on board.

          The big picture: Friday's flight is the third such airlift by Qatar Airways since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, AP reports.

          Over the past week, more than 300 foreign nationals and U.S. green card holders and Afghans with special visas have left Afghanistan, per AP.

          The flight comes as concerns mount over the future of Afghanistan under Taliban rule, especially for women and girls.

          The Taliban on Saturday reopened Afghan secondary schools for only boys.

          What they're saying: "We are grateful to Qatari authorities, who continue to coordinate these flights with us. We will continue to help U.S. citizens and Afghans affiliated with the U.S. government to depart Afghanistan," State spokesman Ned Price said in the statement.

          "The international community welcomes the Taliban’s cooperation on these flights, and we will continue our engagement so that U.S. citizens and Afghans enjoy full freedom of movement."

          U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad wrote in a tweet on Friday: "Grateful that more Americans were able to leave today on a Qatar Airways flight. We welcome this development."

          "As President Biden said, there is no deadline for Americans remaining in Afghanistan. We remain committed to get them out if they want to come home.":
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          • #35
            Originally posted by Mr Tinkles View Post
            Trump quoted as saying he'll be the next President

            Is there actually any unhinged delusional narcissist that you aren't stupid enough to suck the ball-sacks of?

            It's noticeable on TD that all the low-IQ morons are Trumptards, it's not a coincidence, and the same old true on here I see.


            • #36
              The Joe Biden administration,………looking after everyone.

              CDC recommending 21-day waiting period after measles vaccine for Afghan flights: report

              The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reportedly recommending that the Biden administration impose a 21-day waiting period following the measles vaccination before Afghan evacuees board flights to the U.S.

              The recommendation comes after the Biden administration last week temporarily paused flights with Afghan evacuees from entering the U.S. after four diagnosed cases of measles were detected among newly arrived Afghan nationals.

              The order stopped flights that were transporting evacuees from Ramstein Air Base in Germany and Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar, according to Politico.

              Two more cases have since been reported among Afghans who recently arrived in the U.S. According to a memo viewed and cited by Politico, 127 people are in quarantine at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico because of exposure to the disease.

              The CDC is now recommending that Afghan evacuees do not enter the U.S. until they develop immunity from the measles vaccine, Politico reported on Monday, citing two people with direct knowledge of the matter.:

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              • #37
                Biden to raise refugee admissions cap to 125,000

                The Biden administration will raise the refugee admissions cap to 125,000 for the next fiscal year beginning in October, the State Department confirmed in a statement Monday.

                Why it matters: The move comes as the U.S. contends with resettling tens of thousands of Afghan refugees stateside, and as the world faces "unprecedented global displacement and humanitarian needs," the department wrote.

                Afghan refugees arrive at Dulles International Airport after being evacuated from Kabul.

                The new commitment is in line with Biden's 2020 campaign promises.

                Earlier this year, Biden raised the cap to 62,500 for the current fiscal year, following harsh criticism of an initial decision to keep admissions numbers low.

                The big picture: A State Department report out Monday breaks down the new figures. The new caps are expected to be:

                40,000 refugees from Africa
                35,000 from the Near East and South Asia
                15,000 from East Asia
                15,000 from Latin America and the Caribbean
                10,000 from Europe and Central Asia
                10,000 slots for an unallocated reserve to be used if needed in any region.

                What they're saying: "A robust refugee admissions program is critical to U.S. foreign policy interests and national security objectives, and is a reflection of core American values," the statement says.

                Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) lauded the announcement, tweeting, "I applaud the Biden Administration for setting a target of 125,000 refugee admissions in the next fiscal year—a target my colleagues and I have been advocating for since April.":
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                • #38
                  Biden claims "era of relentless war" is over in first UN speech

                  Addressing the UN General Assembly for the first time since taking office, President Biden laid out his vision for how the U.S. will confront what he characterized as a "decisive" next decade in human history.

                  Why it matters: In the face of unprecedented global challenges — the pandemic, climate change, rising authoritarianism — Biden made a case for multilateralism, democratic values, the rule of law and empathy for common struggles.

                  The big picture: Under the backdrop of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, Biden heralded the end of an "era of relentless war" and promised that the next era would be defined by "relentless diplomacy."
                  • "U.S. military power must be our tool of last resort, not our first, and should not be used as an answer to every problem we see around the world," Biden said. "Bombs and bullets cannot defend against COVID-19 or its future variants."
                  • He pledged to devote U.S. resources not to fighting "the wars of the past," but to the challenges "that hold the keys to our collective futures."

                  Those challenges include:
                  • Ending the pandemic by vaccinating the world and developing new global mechanisms for stopping future pandemics. Biden hailed America's role in delivering more than 160 million vaccine doses to other countries — calling each one "a little dose of hope" — and said the U.S. would announce new commitments at Wednesday's global COVID-19 summit.
                  • Addressing the "borderless" climate crisis with a new U.S. pledge to double public financial assistance to developing countries, including money to help them adapt to present-day climate impacts.
                  • Managing great power competition by revitalizing alliances like NATO and developing new ones like the Quad. Without mentioning China or Russia, Biden said that the U.S. would always stand up for its allies, but stressed it is "not seeking a new Cold War or a world divided into rigid blocs."
                  • Shaping the rules of the world on 21st-century issues like "trade, cyber and emerging technologies."
                  • Facing the threat of terrorism with an updated toolkit, by targeting support systems, countering propaganda and working with local partners "so that we need not be so reliant on large-scale military deployments."

                  Biden also focused a considerable portion of his speech on human rights and civil conflicts — urging the world to "never allow ourselves to give up on the possibility of progress."
                  • Biden reiterated his support for a two-state solution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, committed the U.S. to continue pushing for peace in Ethiopia and Yemen, and said the world would hold the Taliban accountable to its commitments to the people of Afghanistan.
                  • He praised democratic and anti-corruption movements in countries like Belarus, Myanmar and Cuba, and in his only explicit reference to China, condemned the targeting of religious minorities in the northwest region of Xinjiang.

                  Between the lines: Biden's speech was a resounding rejection of the "America First" rhetoric that the UNGA hall had grown accustomed to after four years of President Trump.
                  • But some allies have found themselves questioning the new president's credibility in the wake of the chaotic U.S. exit from Afghanistan and a new diplomatic rift with France, which threatens to boil over into broader tensions with the European Union.
                  • "We must again come together to affirm that the inherent humanity that unites us is much greater than any outward divisions or disagreements," Biden concluded. "We must choose to do more than we think we can do alone so that we accomplish what we must together."


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                  • #39
                    Biden is still doing wonderful work
                    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer


                    • #40
                      Biden did the right thing in leaving Afghanistan

                      Top generals testify before Congress on Afghanistan withdrawal, in 180 seconds:

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                      • #41
                        Charter flight with Americans, other evacuees from Afghanistan leaves UAE for US

                        A charter plane carrying more than 100 American citizens and lawful permanent residents departed Thursday morning for the United States after being temporarily held for vetting in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

                        The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) initially denied the landing rights in the U.S. for the flight, which is carrying 117 passengers, including 59 children.

                        After evacuating from Afghanistan to the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi, the passengers were held and vetted, according to Reuters.

                        "The processing of those passengers has been completed and they have already departed for the United States on a commercial aircraft (Etihad) this morning," the UAE foreign ministry told Reuters Thursday.

                        A DHS spokesperson said in a statement that had to be "verified before departure to the U.S. to ensure all passengers are screened appropriately.”

                        There are 28 U.S. citizens aboard the flight, along with 83 green card holders and six holders of U.S. special immigration visas granted to Afghans who worked for the U.S. during the 20-year war, according to Bryan Stern, the founder of Project Dynamo, one of the organizations helping evacuate individuals from Afghanistan.:

                        Keep your friends close and your enemies closer


                        • #42
                          Baby seen handed over wall to Marine in Afghanistan living with her family in Arizona

                          The baby who was seen in a viral video being handed to a soldier over a wall near the Kabul international airport during the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan is now living with her family in Arizona.

                          A nine-second video of a U.S. Marine lifting a baby up over the wall to get her to safety during the Afghanistan evacuations went viral, highlighting the desperation of Afghans and U.S. allies to flee the country following the Taliban's rapid takeover.

                          The 16-week-old girl named Liya, only 17 days old when she was lifted over the wall, was evacuated to Arizona with her mother and her father, Hameed, AZ Family, a site affiliated with CBS 5, reported.:

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                          • #43
                            Americans, allies stranded in Afghan airport have been evacuated

                            All Americans stranded in the Mazar-e Sharif airport in Afghanistan have been evacuated and have landed in Qatar, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) announced Thursday and a senior State Department official has confirmed.

                            The big picture: With the Kabul airport closed, people instead went to the Mazar-e Sharif airport. Blumenthal had been vocally frustrated with the administration about the delay in evacuating people from the country.

                            What they're saying: "Although the nearly 800 men, women and children on these two planes have now managed to escape to freedom, there remain hundreds just like them throughout Afghanistan," Blumenthal said in a statement to reporters.

                            "There are countless interpreters, journalists, development workers and civil rights advocates who are in severe danger because they sided and worked with U.S. troops, diplomats and organizations," the senator added.:

                            Keep your friends close and your enemies closer


                            • #44
                              Taliban: U.S. will give humanitarian aid but withhold recognition

                              The U.S. will send humanitarian aid to Afghanistan even as the Biden administration continues to withhold formal recognition of the Taliban, the group's leaders announced on Sunday, AP reports.

                              Of note: State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in an emailed statement that the two sides discussed the U.S. providing "robust humanitarian assistance, directly to the Afghan people" during talks in Qatar that concluded Sunday.

                              The U.S. delegation stressed that the Taliban "will be judged on its actions, not only its words," Price added.

                              Why it matters: Since the takeover, the U.S. has faced a conundrum as to how to aid Afghan people, who are facing a humanitarian crisis, without inadvertently enriching the Taliban.

                              This was the first in-person meeting at a senior level conducted between the two sides since the U.S. withdrawal.

                              What they're saying: Price said the U.S. delegation focused during this weekend's Doha talks "on security and terrorism concerns and safe passage for U.S. citizens, other foreign nationals and our Afghan partners, as well as on human rights, including the meaningful participation of women and girls in all aspects of Afghan society."

                              For the record: The Taliban has been vocal throughout the weekend, including announcing on the first day of the talks that it would not be working with the U.S. to contain the extremist elements in the country.

                              In contrast, U.S. representatives have mostly remained quiet.

                              The State Department did not immediately respond to Axios' request for clarification on whether the U.S. officials had reached an agreement to send aid, or whether this was just discussed.:

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                              • #45
                                Taliban press Biden to release frozen Afghan assets as economy shrivels

                                With the Afghan government and economy starved of cash, the Taliban are pressing their claim to the roughly $8 billion in Afghan foreign reserves that have been frozen by the U.S.

                                Why it matters: Afghanistan is barreling into a humanitarian crisis, and donor countries and international institutions have cut off the aid that accounted for some 75% of the previous government’s budget.

                                The U.S., EU and others are providing humanitarian assistance through third parties on the ground, but experts fear the economy is shriveling up due in part to a dire cash shortage.

                                “Right now, with assets frozen and with development aid paused, the economy is breaking down,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres said this week. Between $7 billion and $8 billion of the roughly $9 billion in frozen Afghan assets are held in the U.S.

                                Those reserves are the “No. 1 issue” on the Taliban’s agenda in talks with foreign interlocutors, according to a source familiar with those discussions.

                                Taliban representatives asked the U.S. to unfreeze the funds last weekend in the first meeting between the sides since the U.S. completed its withdrawal on Aug. 31.

                                The other side: The Biden administration appears set to leave the Afghan assets in limbo for some time.

                                State Department spokesperson Ned Price said Tuesday that the reserves are among the “carrots and sticks” the U.S. has to influence the Taliban, and decisions on such issues will be based on the Taliban’s “conduct.”

                                A senior administration official told Axios that the funds couldn’t be released “with the snap of a finger” due to the fact that the U.S. has not recognized the Taliban government, the existing terrorism sanctions against the group and its leaders, and the legal cases in which "several groups of plaintiffs are seeking to attach the funds."

                                The official wouldn't specify which litigation, but the families of 9/11 victims have brought lawsuits against Afghanistan for harboring al-Qaeda.

                                “Releasing the reserves is no guarantee Taliban will actually use it effectively to solve problems,” the official added. “The Taliban was in control in the '90s and was not a responsible economic steward and they have shown zero evidence they will be responsible stewards now.”

                                “The administration is in a real pickle here,” says Laurel Miller, a former top State Department official on Afghanistan and now director of the Asia program at the International Crisis Group.

                                “On the one hand, there is certainly an argument, technically speaking, for not releasing the assets to a government that is not recognized,” Miller says.

                                “There is also a political argument that may be the largest obstacle, that no matter what the facts are about who these assets belong to, it could be construed as giving billions of dollars to the Taliban.”

                                “On the other hand, the fact that these assets are frozen is one of the factors that is doing damage to the Afghan economy, because there is a liquidity crisis. There is a lack of cash in the Afghan banking system,” Miller notes.

                                State of play: The UN is urgently seeking additional funding and warning that the crisis will deepen as winter approaches. Already, only 5% of Afghan households have enough to eat.

                                Between the lines: The senior U.S. official argued that the reserves are a “separate issue” from the U.S. response to the humanitarian crisis and that releasing them would “not solve the lasting economic challenges Afghanistan is facing.”:

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