On Saturday, Lucas Tomlinson, a Fox News correspondent, questioned Pentagon spokesman John Kirby about a prediction Kirby made only two days before the Taliban entered Kabul to accomplish their brute force takeover of Afghanistan.
During a press briefing, Tomlinson pressed Kirby about why he claimed, just two days before the Taliban overtook Afghanistan, that Kabul “is not right now in any imminent threat environment.”
“How could you get that so wrong?” he asked Kirby.
Instead of admitting he got it wrong, Kirby asserted that he was not wrong when he made the assessment, and unbelievably, went on to say that his statement was actually true.
In the greatest spur-of-the-moment spin I’ve ever heard, Kirby gave a response that should have left Tomlinson’s mouth open in shock, but I guess reporters are used to psychopaths like Kirby at this point.
“In the moment that I said it, Lucas, it was true,” Kirby said. “And I understand, I’ve seen the reactions out there on social media to what I said. In the moment that I said it, based on what we knew at the time, it was a true statement.”
“And, yes, two days later things dramatically changed— I readily admit that. Things moved very, very quickly, Lucas, and as you heard the chairman up here just a few days ago say that, you know, that there wasn’t any indication that, you know, that they had received that things could evolve as quickly as they did,” Kirby continued.
.@LucasFoxNews to John Kirby: "Two days before kabul fell, you said from that podium: 'The city is not right now in any imminent threat environment.' How could you get that so wrong?" pic.twitter.com/YiDturvMRb
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) August 21, 2021
All gaslighting aside, the point the reporter was making was Kirby got it all wrong. The facts show Kirby’s assessment was flawed, regardless of the “facts known at the time.” Those “facts” known at the time were not facts at all. In a word leftists will understand, the facts were “misinformation.”
When Tomlinson pushed back on Kirby’s answer by remarking that the Taliban had been seizing major cities across Afghanistan in the weeks leading up to the fall of Kabul, Kirby remained uncompromising that his statement, at the time, was accurate.
This time, in a non-mea culpa mea culpa, Kirby justified his assessment saying, “the threat is going to change and it could change literally by the hour.”
“But that’s not what you said on Friday … that it could be changing by the hour,” Tomlinson fired back. “You said there was no imminent threat of Kabul falling.”
Kirby responded, “That’s — again, I think I’ve answered the question.” Actually, he did not.
It’s a psychological problem when you can’t admit you were wrong and you have to go to lengths to maintain you were right when all the facts show otherwise. This is the spokesman for the Pentagon that the American people have to rely on for information for what’s going on in Afghanistan?
As the spinners of the Biden administration somewhat admit they were caught with their pants down by the rapid takeover by the Taliban, the US intelligence folks said they were warning for weeks that Afghanistan was deeply vulnerable to falling into the hands of the Taliban.
The Wall Street Journal reported about a State Department memo that warned of the inevitable fall of Afghanistan.
From the WSJ:
The classified cable represents the clearest evidence yet that the administration had been warned by its own officials on the ground that the Taliban’s advance was imminent and Afghanistan’s military may be unable to stop it.
The cable, sent via the State Department’s confidential dissent channel, warned of rapid territorial gains by the Taliban and the subsequent collapse of Afghan security forces, and offered recommendations on ways to mitigate the crisis and speed up an evacuation, the two people said.
The cable, dated July 13, also called for the State Department to use tougher language in describing the atrocities being committed by the Taliban, one of the people said.
That Democratic Party prank known as President Joe Biden promised just last month that Afghanistan would not fall to the Taliban.
“The Taliban is not the North Vietnamese army. They’re not remotely comparable in terms of capability. There’s going to be no circumstance where you see people being lifted off the roof of a embassy in the … of the United States from Afghanistan. It is not at all comparable,” Biden said.
Now the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban is being labeled as “worse than Saigon” because it is. The North Vietnamese were not intent on attacking the United States or any other country. They were intent on killing their own countrymen in a bloody civil war. The Taliban, like most Islamic terrorist groups, want to attack other countries, especially the United States and its allies, and now the Taliban have an entire country to bring in other terrorist groups from around the world to train on the military equipment that the Biden administration left behind.
We have right now the worst president with the worst people running the White House and the worst people running Congress and the worst people running the Pentagon at the absolute worst time in the world. It’s the perfect storm. It will take us decades to get back our reputation as a world leader. The Chinese and the Russians are going to have a field day taking over as leaders in the world community thanks to the crisis in Afghanistan that sits squarely on the shoulders of Joe Biden.
But at least we no longer have mean tweets, right?
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