Handing over weapons to one's enemy is not ideal. Yet due to the nature of the United States' withdrawal from Afghanistan, the USA did just that. I guess I shouldn't say the "USA" there. Since
didn't gift the Taliban American weapons.
didn't gift the Taliban American weapons. At least not directly. There's a meme going around essentially saying if you're a taxpayer, you've funded the Taliban. Kind of true. Memes aside, who DID bequeath weapons to the Taliban was
and his band of merry dimwits. Since American weapons are rather effective, the question of safety for Americans and other nations was brought up in light of the tribal Taliban now having cutting edge weaponry. NBC's Peter Alexander lobbed the question at
, who dodged left, right and center.
A rough summation below. Not word for word. Paraphrasing with creative license.
Peter Alexander: "Did the US accomplish its objective knowing that some people got left behind?"
Jen Psaki: "We evacuated 120,000 people including 6,000 Americans. We're still committed to the people who didn't leave, either because they wanted to, or didn't want to, stop asking me for specifics on those people still there. It's not like we have spreadsheets or access to social media posts or even are friends with people at Facebook or Instagram who might be able to help us search using hashtags. Who's to say. We saved more than 120,000 lives and now you should give us ice cream."
Alexander: "We're leaving a crapton of weaponry to the Taliban, giving them all kinds of ways to hurt us in the future. What say you, are Americans in danger?"
Psaki: "Three points, Peter. The military is aiming to reduce the weapons on the ground, it's part of their effort. Also, we wanted to leave some to the local Afghan military who might want to fight the Taliban or ISIS-K. Or not fight, we're not sure yet what they want to do. But we wanted to leave them some toys in case they decided to do something. Rather a convenient answer, eh? Hopefully that's confusing enough and you won't follow up noticing I didn't really answer your question, a bug was in my face."
NBC's @PeterAlexander: "Is the U.S. more or less safe today than we were before the Taliban took over?"\n\nPsaki: "Well, again, we are not going to do anything that is going to allow terrorists to grow or prosper in Afghanistan or any terrorist organization." (4/4)pic.twitter.com/DchcM7wUDW
Peter Alexander: "So you're going to limit some access to weaponry. Fine. But are Western interests now more at risk because the Taliban has access to all this weaponry?"
Jen Psaki: "The world will be watching, we have access to the global marketplace so maybe we can outbid them for our own stuff. The trick is to constantly hit refresh the closer you get to the closing bid time, it's like you've never used eBay must I explain everything? But we didn't want to leave the Taliban with any equipment despite what I just said about leaving some weapons to the Afghan army. But we have a lot of leverage because we prevent terrorist attacks in other countries and since it's hard for you to prove something that didn't happen, you'll have a hard time proving my last statement. So I think we're okay since after today we'll go back to reporting on COVID and bashing DeSantis and y'all will forget about this in a couple of weeks."
Alexander: "Jen, one more time. Is the US more or less safe than we were before the Taliban took over?"
Psaki: "Just trust in
. We're going to stop terrorism, c'mon man."
If you still trust this administration, share your drugs with the rest of us. The entire above exchange was an exercise in insanity masked in frustration. Psaki skirted the questions, instead offering excuses that barely made sense. I'm starting to think her monotone delivery is meant to confuse people, so whatever she says sounds the same as what she said before. I'd say it might be genius but it's not working. Fewer and fewer Americans have faith in Biden and his administration. The withdrawal was a disaster with real-world implications we're only beginning to see.
This is probably going to get a lot worse before it gets better. Like hemorrhoids. It might only get better with a different president, and no not one who cackles at inapprorpiate times.