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Welcome, welcome, welcome. Ed Martin here on the Pro America Report. And we have got some work to do today to catch up on the long weekend. I hope you had a great weekend, everybody. And it’s good to be together.
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All right. Today we have to do a Crisis Afghanistan update. I think it’s day nine. Crisis Afghanistan: Day 9. And here’s what we have now. The Taliban announced their cabinet and no surprise, it’s all male.
So there used to be a women’s cabinet. I don’t know what it did… women’s affairs? That’s gone. And also someone on the Taliban, on the Taliban cabinet is wanted by the FBI.
So again, let me make two points on this. One: these are not nice people. They’ve announced that they’re going to call themselves the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan or whatever it is. These are Islamic fundamentalists. These are people who are against our values, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. And we should feel badly about this.
We should say to ourselves, this is terrible. These are rotten, rotten positions, rotten ways to look at the world that they have, et cetera, et cetera.
And then the second point I want to make is don’t get fooled. Do not get fooled by the growing media onslaught saying we must somehow do something to solve the problem in Afghanistan. It can’t be our problem anymore. These are not mutually exclusive positions to have.
Number one, it’s terrible to have the Taliban create the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and to treat people terribly and to be anti west and to be anti Christian and to be anti everything. This is not what we can have that position and have the following position. It can’t be our problem.
It cannot be our problem, except in so far as it impacts America’s interest – not our preference. America’s preference. You watch — the media now is going to spend and big tech is going to spend a disproportionate amount of time telling us the sad stories of people in Afghanistan.
I do feel bad. As a Christian, I feel terrible for anyone who’s suffering, however, as an American and as someone who has to recognize that you have to have a balance in what you can do about people having a bad time – it can’t be our problem. Except if it impacts our national interest.
And when people say, and they’re doing it all the time. They’re saying, how can Americans be so lacking in generosity that they’re not concerned about this? I’m concerned about all that. I’ll pray about all that I’m willing to – look, I’m willing to even put on the internet like the old days when we had radio Free Europe and we had a Voice of America would be broadcasting behind the Iron Curtain messages of prosperity and Western ideals. I’m for all that.
What I’m not for is the growing drum beat for America to solve all the problems of the world. And so when you hear, I think it was Biden who first said the phrase “over-the-top capability.” I think that’s the phrase “over-the-top.” I think it’s so funny. That’s what it is “over-the-top.” But OTP, I love it.
OTP – over the top capability, meaning we can send a drone from a ship and bomb a terrorist cell. We can look by satellite at a lot of things that don’t look right and take care of it. I’m for all that. I mean, I’m not for when Biden blew up whatever that bus or whatever was. Maybe it was, in fact, a suicide bomber. Although the fact that we’ve never been told who it was and what they were doing makes you think it was probably just a mistake, and they don’t want to be caught.
But even still, I’m willing to have those kinds of conversations about the difficulty of leading an “over-the-top” protect America’s interest kind of program. But what I’m not willing to do is watch the drumbeat of stories about… And again, here’s another set of… we have to be willing to have statements that are in some tension and understand that they’re possible.
Here’s a statement: we, and by we I mean America, we’re incredibly dishonorable as to some of the people who served with us in those wars, whether every other person looks like claim that they were a translator. But there probably are and were real people who helped us and they got left behind. That was a miserable thing to do.
And it lands on Joe Biden and our military, whatever else. It was not a good thing. And the second point still stands. We can’t fix it unless it’s in our national interest. It’s no longer in our national interest to go back and solve, because one thing about it is right now we’re being told everybody’s a translator, everybody’s a refugee. We’re not allowed to vet them. We’re not supposed to vet them. It would be unfair to vet them.
It’s Crisis Afghanistan, is becoming ridiculous, and we have to be stronger. We have to be the people that understand again, pray for them, care for them, philanthropic aid for them. Possibilities again, of education or a communication like Voice of America did. That was very effective. If you talk to people that were living in the predecessor locations like Czechoslovakia, the Czech Republic before it was a Czech Republic, they would say, oh, man, Voice of America, the pamphlets and all.
We want to do what we can to help people as fellow people. But we cannot be the policeman of the world. And you’re watching the ramping up of the military industrial complex as well as the media to try to make us feel so badly about what happened that we’re going to solve the problem for everybody. We cannot do that.
And that’s the next part of crisis Afghanistan is the effort to try to talk us into more conduct in Afghanistan, more spending in Afghanistan, perhaps more military in Afghanistan. There should be nothing done unless it’s clearly in our national interest. This is something, by the way, that Joe Biden did say in one of his speeches, he was trying to distract from the miserable job he did.
But he did say in one of those speeches, you know, we’re gonna be worried about our national interest. Well, that’s good. I’m not sure that he should have worried about our national interest when he man mishandled the exit because it gave us a terrible black eye, which is a terrible thing for our country. But still he’s right about that statement. I’m all for that statement that we should be about our national interest.
Now, one last thing about this. We’re also being distracted and being told to look on to the next thing, whether it’s floods or hurricanes, you know, Joe Bidens up in the Northeast, I think earlier on Tuesday, looking at the hurricanes and all we’re told to look away.
There are Americans still there. There are Americans still there, and we ought not be hemmed in by the politics of this White House. We ought to get the Americans out. There’s plenty of ways to get the Americans out. And it’s going to just take iron will by the President and others to say, Get them out, or you’re going to have a world of hurt.
I mean, again, we have to have some leaders that are willing to be a bit more energetic than it seems like they’ve been so far. But we can’t get caught.
Crisis Afghanistan: Day 9 – getting drawn in and drawn back in and you’re watching the drum beats of war. It’s really, really terrible to watch. We need to be careful about it. And we need to be respectful of what’s happening in terms of our military who have been put in this tough position.
Someone, a commentator said over the weekend, our military is so great. It’s so strong, it’s so well trained, even if they’re doing some silly stuff. And their leaders are saying… it’s still the envy of the world. But it just goes to show who’s in charge matters, who’s in charge matters more than people realize the in this kind of situation. And who’s in charge to give the orders, who’s in charge to make sure that things are done? That’s the real test of America’s mettle.
And that’s what we have to be thinking about. Again, you know, you talk about change of leadership in this country. It’s a long way off to have another presidential race, but at least a presidential campaign will make it so that people get a chance to see what’s happening and respond to what has happened and try to change course.
And frankly, one thing that will happen is if there’s an election, if there’s a presidential election, whether it’s Biden or Kamala Harris running for President, they’ll have to talk about what they’ll do, at least try to get on record about how they would go about things differently because Americans are demanding that.
All right, so that’s what I’ve got for today. Hey, we’ve got an important interview coming up with Cleta Mitchell. Cleta Mitchell is a well known attorney. Been around the legal circles as an election expert. People don’t realize – she’s well known.
She served as a Democrat state rep in Oklahoma as a young woman, a lawyer. And then she became a Republican, a conservative. And all these years later, has, for maybe two and a half decades, been one of the key lawyers people go to to talk about elections, how things work.
Well, she’s leading some efforts on election integrity. It’s very valuable, very valuable. And you’re going to want to hear this interview coming up with Cleta Mitchell, so tune in there.
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