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'Get in Taliban's Face!' CNN General Outraged at Leaving People Behind

August 26th, 2021 2:54 PM

On New Day, CNN military analyst retired Major General Spider Marks was outraged that the US government will be leaving Americans behind in Afghanistan, saying it goes against the "no man left behind" ethos of the US military. He says the US needs to "get in the face" of the Taliban, and tell them that all Americans and SIV holders will be evacuated, either with the Taliban's cooperation or…

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Scared of ISIS, Scarborough Backs Biden's 8/31 Deadline on Afghanistan

August 25th, 2021 1:03 PM

On Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough supports President Biden's decision not to extend the August 31st deadline for evacuating American citizens and Afghan allies from Afghanistan. Scarborough says he's worried about attacks by ISIS and the more radical elements of the Taliban. 

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Army Major to CNN: Good Chance Americans Will Be Trapped Under Taliban

August 24th, 2021 8:16 PM

A CNN New Day guest this morning was Army Reserve Major Matt Zeller. He is part of an informal network of military and intel people with previous Afghanistan experience who are now trying to help Afghan allies to evacuate. Asked to comment on whether an extension of the August 31st deadline for evacuation is desirable, Zeller said: "The reality is we do need more time [or] we're going to end…

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WashPost's Max Boot on Afghanistan: Trump and Pompeo 'Need to Shut Up'

August 23rd, 2021 12:50 AM

On Morning Joe, Washington Post columnist Max Boot says that Donald Trump and Mike Pompeo "just need to find a good opportunity right now to just shut up and stop criticizing" Biden's mishandling of the Afghanistan withdrawal. Boot argues that it was Trump and Pompeo who originally set the withdrawal in motion, and are now in no position to criticize what Boot admits is Biden's "very…

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ABC Slams Biden on Afghanistan—'Adrift From The Facts'

August 22nd, 2021 4:51 PM

The roundtable on ABC's "This Week" was rather rough on President Biden regarding his Afghanistan fiasco. It was encapsulated by senior national correspondent Terry Moran describing Biden as "adrift from the facts." Even NPR's Michel Martin called the withdrawal a "botched operation."

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MSNBC Military Expert Goes Defeatist: 'Nothing' We Can Do

August 20th, 2021 6:41 PM

MSNBC military analyst, Ret. Gen. Barry McCaffrey obliterated the admittedly fine line between being realistic and being defeatist on Friday's Stephanie Ruhle Reports where he asserted there is "nothing" we can do for those who fought beside us for 20 years.

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CNN Holds Biden Flack's Feet to the Fire on Evacuating Afghan Allies

August 20th, 2021 1:27 PM

CNN New Day co-host Brianna Keilar interviews Biden communications director Kate Bendingfield, and holds her feet to the fire on the issue of Biden's commitment to evacuating all the Afghan translators and other allies. At the end, after all of Bedingfield's evasions, Keilar told Bedingfield "this is not horseshoes," and continued: "I'm hearing in there that you are prepared to…

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CNN on Biden's Afghanistan Nightmare: If This Isn't Failure, What Is?

August 19th, 2021 1:30 PM

CNN correspondent Clarissa Ward, reporting from Kabul on the chaos at the airport where Afghans are trying to flee the country, in response to Biden's denial of failure asks, "if this isn’t failure, what does failure look like exactly?"

Willie Geist Yamiche Alcindor MSNBC Morning Joe 8-18-21
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Alcindor on Afghanistan: Biden 'Not Running Away From Responsibility'

August 18th, 2021 8:57 AM

On Tuesday's Morning Joe, after Willie Geist pressed Yamiche Alcindor hard, twice asking whether the Biden administration understood the gravity of the Afghanistan situation, Alcindor, of PBS and MSNBC, responded: "I think it’s been very clear to me in talking to White House officials that they understood the gravity. This is a 20-year war spanning multiple presidencies. And…

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CNN Historian: Afghan Airport Disaster to Become a 'Symbol of Hope'?

August 17th, 2021 5:30 PM

Plenty have people have compared the current situation in Kabul to Saigon in 1975, but on Tuesday, CNN presidential historian Douglas Brinkley became probably the first to suggest that may not be all bad. For Brinkley, the fact that people are scrambling to get onboard or hanging off the exteriors of C-17s might, one day, lead to them being seen as symbols of hope.

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NBC's Engel Blasts Biden: 100 Times Worse than Saigon

August 17th, 2021 12:20 PM

In all my many years of blogging MSM outbursts against Republican presidents, I've never seen anyone angrier Richard Engel about Biden's Afghanistan fiasco. Well, there was Keith Olbermann. But for present purposes, let's leave aside the clinically disturbed. In a piece with which Morning Joe opened today's show, Engel absolutely unleashed on the Biden administration. Rolling heartbreaking…

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Nets SLAM Biden as Failed Leader, Passed ‘Blame’ for Afghan ‘Disaster’

August 16th, 2021 8:17 PM

The major broadcast networks continued their welcome stance on Monday afternoon of holding President Biden accountable for the embarrassing collapse of Afghanistan and the peril Afghans and Americans have found themselves in. After Biden’s speech, ABC, CBS, and NBC lambasted it for having “missed the moment” in failing to “accept responsibility” for this “catastrophe” he’s caused and explain…

Mika Brzezinski Adrienne Elrod MSNBC Morning Joe 8-16-21
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MSNBC Hack on Afghanistan: Biden Couldn't Foresee, 'Boxed In' By Trump

August 16th, 2021 11:30 AM

Today's Morning Joe offered the spectacle of a stunning contrast between two Democrats, one principled, the other totally cynical, on the issue of Biden's Afghanistan fiasco. On the one hand, Mika Brzezinski. As anti-Trump as ever, but passionately blaming Biden for "leaving to die" Afghans who had helped America. Mika also said that as much as Trump can be blamed, ultimately, "Joe Biden made…

Richard Engel MSNBC The Sunday Show 8-15-21
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NBC's Engel on Afghan Collapse: 'I’m Not Shocked At All'

August 15th, 2021 11:44 AM

Richard Engel has described himself as "basically a pacifist." But when it comes to telling it like it is regarding the Afghanistan fiasco, NBC News' chief foreign correspondent is taking no prisoners today. When on his MSNBC show this morning, Ali Velshi asked Engel whether it is surprising "not that it is happening, as much as how fast it is happening," Engel flatly rejected the notion. "No…