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This Has Been a Rough Week for President Biden
Sam Pearson 8/19/2021 1:32 PM

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This has been a rough week for President Biden who, despite a brief appearance at the White House in which he blamed others for his colossal mismanagement of our country's withdrawal from Afghanistan, has remained secluded at Camp David — and the hits just keep coming. In a stinging rejection issued Monday, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) denied Biden's request for more oil, saying that its member countries "and its allies, including Russia" — conveniently — think markets "do not need more oil than they plan to release in the coming months, despite U.S. pressure to add supplies to check an oil price rise," according to sources who spoke to Reuters. Appearing weak on the world stage is already proving to be a drag on the Biden agenda, and now it's set to impact Americans at home as gas prices continue to rise thanks to record-setting inflation on Biden's watch that sent him begging for more oil after killing several domestic projects that would have kept the United States energy-independent. One of Biden's first acts as President was to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline, a move that killed thousands of union jobs, halted an infrastructure project already underway and pushed the United States back into dependency on foreign energy sources, made worse when Biden further exacerbated U.S. dependency by halting leases for oil and gas drilling on federal lands.

The worst part of this really bad week was of course the absolute collapse of Afghanistan as a nation as it fell back into the hands of the Taliban. One may ask, “just who are the Taliban?” Well, the Taliban refer to themselves as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is a Deobandi Islamist movement and military organization in Afghanistan, currently waging war (an insurgency, or jihad) within the country. Since 2016, the Taliban's leader has been Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada. In early June2021, the Taliban was estimated to have 75,000 fighters.

As far as support goes, Taliban are predominantly from one tribe - the Pashtuns. While they are the largest tribe in Afghanistan (roughly 60% of the population), all Pashtuns by no means support the Taliban.

I have worked with Afghan citizens predominantly in the northern part of the country. In this region I saw and heard of very little support for Taliban, though I know some was out there. A big indicator though is the style of religion that people engage in. Taliban are a very strict crowd. They believe things like you must have a beard, cannot listen to music (except their religious chants), women should not engage in education, and sport is frowned upon. As a large percentage of the population engage in these things (or shave) it is probable that they don’t support the religious extremism of Taliban, even secretly.

In addition, Afghanistan has a very high voter turn-out for elections. An activity that Taliban are against, and which is relatively dangerous to participate in.

I don’t really know the entire situation in the south. ie Kandahar will have a much higher percentage of Taliban supporters. But overall, they do not have the support of anywhere near the majority of the populace, or even the majority of Pashtuns.

They just have guns, so they are louder than others and get on Western TV more. President Biden as Commander in Chief of US armed forces greatly underestimated the religious movement that the Taliban represent in Afghanistan.

The US military senior leaders act as megaphones rather than filters for the President, it is in their job description.

When the plan to pull out of Afghanistan went from the Trump plan to the Biden plan there was significant decrease in capability. 

Under the Trump plan we planned on keeping control of Bagram and Kandahar airfields. Therefore, we could provide rapid support to Afghan’s national defense force while at the same time maintaining a low risk environment for US Civilians and troops.

The Biden plan is what we are executing. It was no plan at all, just not the "Trump" plan. So as US troops departed and Afgani troops not supported (Exactly like South Vietnam only worse) the Taliban could rapidly acquire bases and all equipment left behind which included small arms and shoulder fired ADA. This has made Afghanistan a very dangerous place, just as President Biden's handlers intended.

The intent of Biden's handlers is to take down the United States, Afghanistan is just one part as a terrorist launching pad. The southern border, racial division and generational debt are the three primary pillars of the globalist calling the shots during this administration.

Well, I guess that it is not all bad, the Taliban have promised President Biden that they will continue the good will to women and minorities so long as they follow the strictest form of Sharia law on the planet.



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Sam Pearson
Sam Pearson is a retired Army Colonel with a variety of experience in both government and private sectors. As arguably one of the World's foremost military logisticians, he has been responsible for the on time delivery of supplies and services worth billions of dollars. After service in Southwest Asia, he was hand picked to support logistics operations in support of earthquake relief operations in Haiti. Pearson now serves as a consultant and volunteer mentor for students seeking their doctorates in advance statistical analysis.




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