The following is a transcript from the Pro America Report.
Welcome, welcome, welcome. Ed Martin here in the Pro America Report. Great to be together as usual. And it is another wonderful day. Wonderful day. Let’s be happy.
I was on, I did an interview with a radio show in Illinois, The crack of dawn on Wednesday morning, and I said I’m going to start being upbeat, positive. There’s lots of good things happening in people’s lives, and a lot of people are going back to school, for example, and it’s working out and people… there’s a lot of things. There’s a lot of things. I don’t want to be negative.
On the other hand, we have to talk about Crisis Afghanistan: Day 2. Crisis Afghanistan: Day 2, and we will talk. Let me say another thing. Let me pause again, back to my positive news. Later on in the program, I will talk about the great possibilities, not just of having laws that protect life, but of having people, growing respect for life through what are called the Heartbeat Bills.
And one of them that you’re hearing about it passed in Texas, went into effect and it’s going to have a huge impact. And there’s a great story behind it i’ll tell you. Janet Porter of Faith2Action, f2a.org, f2a.org is her website. Amazing Lady, and we’ll talk about that. But that’s a very positive thing, not only because the law is good for helping to stop abortion, but it’s also good because the Heartbeat Bill movement, the Heartbeat movement, is helping people realize what life is and how it matters and protecting it.
And good news, sort of, California election authorities with tax dollars are doing everything they can to try to steal the recall election for Gavin Newsom, which is a good sign in the sense that he’s losing and hopefully he will still lose, although they may still steal it.
And of course, Larry Elder continues to rocket up in his popularity. It’s even better than it was because people are get to know him, and he’s just a likable guy who’s a smart guy who happens to have basically the American dream embodied in everything he’s done. So that’s going great. There’s a lot of good things going on.
Then we move to Crisis Afghanistan: Day 2. And today, what, again, is the ongoing confusion in the messaging that the American people and the world are getting from the Biden White House. It’s almost impossible to track what they mean or what they’re saying. They have said they got everybody out who wanted to get out of Afghanistan.
Then we find out that there’s other people that couldn’t get to the airport that still want to get out. We have a translator, a man who did translation for Joe Biden when his helicopter went down in a valley, had to land because of a snowstorm. The translator is stuck there.
And we have this strange situation where the Press Secretary Jen Psaki and the Chief of Staff Ron Klain are saying, “oh, yeah, don’t worry. We’ll get him out. Tell him we’ll get him out.”
How? How? Are we going to start sending in troops? And the answer is no. The answer is no. What we’re doing is basically… we are on Crisis Afghanistan: Day 2 We have conceded that we now are blackmailing ourselves. If you can believe that. We’re telling the world and especially the Taliban, that we need to get our people out badly enough, that we will give you money – what does that, what do I mean?
Well, I mean, that Secretary of State Blinkin has said, we will give the Taliban aid. We will get out of the way of federal aid. We’ll make sure the federal aid flows if they just let these people out. So we have blackmailed ourselves in front of the world. We have let the world see.
Not only, we’ll talk in a few minutes with John Schlafly about the nearly $100 billion of military equipment. I think the number is 85 billion, but I don’t trust them when they tell us that. So let’s just call it a cool $100 billion. And more importantly, do you know how much stuff that is?
It’s not like fifty guns and twelve radar machines and four planes for helicopters. It’s literally thousands and thousands of weapons. It’s hundreds of thousands, if not millions of rounds. It’s all the kind of night goggles, it’s trucks. You know, one of the things that there was an article about that I saw it’s thousands and thousands of vehicles, all this kind of stuff, right?
Because we were basically living for 20 years in Afghanistan. So all of that, the message we’ve sent now on Crisis Afghanistan: Day 2 is you have hostages, yes, we’ll pay for them.
And the Taliban’s probably like we didn’t even ask yet. We keep telling the world we’ll let people out, but we didn’t even ask. But we’re telling them, No, we’ll give you the money. We’ll give you money, we’ll give you access, if you just will let our people out.
So we blackmailed ourselves, and it’s gonna cost us a fortune. The world doesn’t give them money without us giving the world money. In other words, if somebody says, oh, yeah, we’ll give you some aid, it’s all American money. We spend more money, spread it all around the world. It’s not… The EU is not gonna come bail them out.
And so the real question is this, we blackmailed ourselves. And now the question you have to ask yourself: is it possible that the Taliban on Crisis Afghanistan: Day 2, is it possible that they have enough control to actually live up to their side of the bargain? Because all it’s going to take is one incident where an American is, I don’t know, hurt, killed, I hope not. But by Al Qaeda, by ISIS-K, by whoever.
And we’re going to have this massive rush to figure out what to do. And be clear, the forces that want to have, you know, America kind of get back on top by punishing people, include all the media, a lot of the establishment that loves these forever wars, but a lot of the media, the media loves covering war. So if you get this sensational situation that happens because the Taliban – guess what? – doesn’t have the ability to really control their country, all of it, then we’re going to end up in a position.
And here’s the last part of this. So to finish with this, you do understand, don’t you? That the Taliban and the Afghanistan economy is based on only one thing, right? The largest portion of the economy – they’re not a Silicon Valley over there, they’re not manufacturing parts for Ford to use in the new Bronco – It’s almost entirely, the economy is based on opium, the poppy fields.
So we have a nation who claims (now the Taliban) that they’re religiously based and all that, but their entire existence is based on organized crime, meaning the drug trafficking from the opium, from the poppy fields to the opium and into Europe and around the world.
This should remind you of Mexico, where we have a Mexican government who is completely controlled, entirely controlled, dominated by the cartels at the border, the drug cartels at the border that are doing…eh trafficking in drugs on the Mexican border.
There’s no Mexican government at the border. It’s the cartels. They’re trafficking in drugs, trafficking in women and girls, illegal guns back and forth, mostly forth, are mostly coming out of America into Mexico.
And so now we have a Taliban government, that is it’s not a government that’s kind of gonna set up be like, “oh, we can just keep it. We just have a really good job. We got the Coca Cola bottling plant over there. We got this going here. We’ve got some Reese R&D going”… No, it’s opium.
And the opium traffickers are the ones with the money and the guns and the power and the influence. So now, once again, we’re negotiating with not terrorists, but organized crime. They may be terrorists too, by the way. But it’s organized crime.
Now, I did an interview earlier today – I am not someone who’s naive. I think when President Trump got in, one of the things that he did well was he said, “Look, I can’t make the North Korean President a perfect guy, but I can make it so he doesn’t mess with us. I can’t worry about whether the Chinese regime is totally morally corrupt, but I can make sure they don’t mess with us.”
In other words, you take the national leaders. You take the people in the world leadership from where they come. We can’t convert them all by waving our hand. So I’m not naive about the impact of having these folks be bad dudes.
But Crisis Afghanistan: Day 2, it looks like we blackmailed ourselves with organized crime. It’s amazing.
All right, we got to run. We got to take a break. We’ll come back and talk to John Schlafly and about what he wrote about in this week’s column. It’s Ed Martin here at the Pro America Report, back in a moment.