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Welcome, welcome, welcome. Ed Martin here on the Pro America Report, and we got a lot to cover. We’ve got some great interviews. I want to encourage you, by the way, to go back and listen to that Dean Reuter interview. I listened to it again earlier today on The Hidden Nazi, a book. What a book! What an interesting man, interesting interview. Check that out.
We will also talk in a few moments with to our old friend, David Horowitz. David Horowitz. He’s got a new book “I Can’t Breathe,” and it is, of course, as usual, with him. Really good and really interesting. And so we will talk with him. The book that is just out October 5, I Can’t Breathe: How a Racial Hoax is Killing America. All right.
But first, let’s talk about the news that should be written. It won’t be because they’ll go on to other stuff. But on Tuesday, all day, there was testimony before the United States Senate, and it was Milley, General Milley. And it was also Secretary Austin, who’s a retired general, who’s now the Secretary of Defense.
Now the first detail is this: both men conceded, admitted that they gave repeated instructions to President Biden, not instructions – they gave him advice. They gave him their thoughts on what should happen in Afghanistan. And they said we should leave some people there.
Now, here’s why this matters. I actually think this is important for you to understand, as we say this. Joe Biden did multiple interviews where he said nobody gave me the advice to keep people there. Nobody told me that was as an option. And so either he’s lying or forgot. Either way, I’m going to surprise you, I don’t mind… because the President has to be in charge, not the military guys. And even though Secretary of Defense Austin is now considered a civilian, he’s actually a retired army guy who served at the highest levels of one of the defense contracting boards and all. So it’s not exactly – he’s a military guy. He comes out of the military side of the defense industry.
So you have to Generals – Milley and Austin – giving Biden advice about staying in Afghanistan and needing 2500 troops to do it. And Biden says he didn’t hear… no one gave him that advice. Let me tell you my thoughts. My thoughts are if you’re a swamp creature, you say whatever you want, and actually you count on the fact that your underlings will back you up. And so it doesn’t matter. He just didn’t want to have to answer the questions. He didn’t want to have to tell the truth. He just lied about it.
And again, I don’t mind it in the sense that all politicians lie. And I think Joe Biden is a total swap politician, so he’s lying all the time, and he expects other people to cover for him. But also, I don’t mind that the generals were overruled. I think that’s a good thing. And so, was there lots of advice? Sure. But there was probably lots of advice to Trump, too. There was reports that Trump ordered withdrawal by January 21. So It would be done on his watch. And then that was withdrawn because he was told it’s just not practical.
So I’m sure there’s lots of advice. At a certain point, The commander in chief has to be the one that decides. And I think that’s fine. And the fact that Joe Biden either forgot or didn’t know or lied, it doesn’t really matter to me. I don’t care that much. I mean, I care more how incompetent it was. And I do care more that sometimes people will tell you, do it my way.
And when you say no, I’m doing it my way. They kind of they kind of slow walk it and do it poorly. That’s a thing, right? In bureaucracy, someone says, Well, this is the way we should do it. And they say, Well, we don’t want to do it that way. And then they do it when you say, no, I’m doing it this way. Anyway. They slow walk it and mess it up. That’s certainly what it looks like.
Those two, the Secretary of Defense, Austin, and General Milley were basically saying it was a mess, but we told them to do it a different way, so don’t blame us. Now that part of it, if I was Joe Biden, I’d be mad. I’d be mad. But again, Joe Biden should be in charge. He was.
All right, now, but here, let’s get to the next part of this, which is really stunning to me. The next part of this is the simple fact that, can you believe it? Secretary Austin was asked, Are there people, how many American citizens are still left behind in Afghanistan? And he told them less than a hundred people, American citizens are still behind in Afghanistan who want to get out. In other words, we have a hundred or less, some number just under a hundred hostages, because if they want to get out, why can’t they get out?
What is it about the Taliban that says that they can hold our American citizens? And why isn’t Joe Biden saying, release them now? I mean, again, it’s not like there’s not a million, not a million. That’s too many. It’s not like there’s 50 or 100. There are 50 or 100 civilian aircraft that would fly in and get them right now. There are special forces retired guys that have been wanting to do that, done some of it.
But think about that. Secretary Austin, the Defense Secretary, sits there and says to the U.S. Senate in a public briefing, there are somewhere less than a hundred American citizens still sitting in Afghanistan who want to get out.
What you need to know is that couldn’t be a weaker moment in American life, American leadership. To have to admit in a setting as if it’s like, I don’t know, you know, “we got new carpet over at the Pentagon, and we got a couple more new aircraft and we’re going to promote some people. And we had 87 retirements, and we’ve got a graduating class at West Point or whatever. Oh, and yeah, we got 100 or so American citizens who want to get out of Afghanistan and can’t get out.”
How crazy is that for us to concede? And it’s not like it was yesterday. It’s now four weeks ago? Whatever we needed to do for the Taliban to say, hey, guys, let our people free. Shouldn’t we have done by now? Shouldn’t that have already happened by now?
I mean, I don’t, I can’t believe then with a straight face again, like it’s. “Oh, yeah, we got this. We got that. What time is it? Oh, it’s about 01:00. Oh, it’s about 02:00. What? Hey, Secretary Austin, we’re gonna take a break in a few minutes. Okay. Good. Oh, by the way, how many citizens are still left behind in Afghanistan? Oh, we’ve got about 100 that want to get out that aren’t being allowed to get out, that are being held hostage.”
Really? Isn’t that a bigger deal? It isn’t that a bigger deal than people are sort of letting on or saying it sure feels like it to me. It sure feels like it to me. And I have to tell you, I cannot believe that we’re not going to see more coverage of that right there.
Of what’s of what’s happening there. That should be the number one story. Now it may make it on some of the may make it on some of the, on some of the conservative talk stations. They may cover it, but I kind of doubt it. I kind of doubt it. I think we’re seeing people ignoring, the media ignoring, anything that’s detrimental and that is as bad as it gets.
And what you need to know is the idea that we’re in a place where that’s acceptable is just stunning. It’s stunning. And there were lots of other aspects of the testimony that, I don’t know, it was kind of choppy, and I thought it was the Democrats had canned questions that were just going to basically try to make their guy look good. And then the Republicans had some, put them on the spot.
Missouri Senator Hawley had some good questions. There was some, Senator Inhofe had a few good questions. There were a few different ones, but nothing that was groundbreaking there otherwise.
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