Since the beginning of time, armies have destroyed their weapons rather than have them fall into enemy hands. Even David. He buried his stash of rocks before meeting Goliath on the battlefield. But, Joe Biden decided to do something completely different and he left the weapons there for the Taliban. It was the single biggest transfer of arms of all time. It’s true. Joe Biden has built the Taliban Back Better.
— Lucas Webber (@LucasADWebber) August 9, 2021
Afghanistan faces an all-out civil war, but with the Taliban’s weapon advantage, I’m afraid there can be but one result. The United States left behind tens of billions of dollars worth of munitions. They will claim they left them for the Afghanistan forces, but their collapse was predictable and that should have been taken into consideration. The Taliban now controls more area than they did before we invaded them 20 years ago and now they are much better armed.
The Hill looked at just how much gear may be in play. Its findings are both eye-watering and extremely worrying.
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Between 2003 and 2016, the United States transferred 75,898 vehicles, 599,690 weapons, 162,643 pieces of communications equipment, 208 aircraft, and 16,191 pieces of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment to Afghan forces, according to a 2017 Government Accountability Office report.
From 2017 to 2019, the United States also gave Afghan forces 7,035 machine guns, 4,702 Humvees, 20,040 hand grenades, 2,520 bombs and 1,394 grenade launchers, among other equipment, according to a report last year from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR).
As of June 30, Afghan forces had 211 U.S.-supplied aircraft in their inventory, a separate SIGAR report said.
At least 46 of those aircraft are now in Uzbekistan after more than 500 Afghan troops used them to flee as the government in Kabul collapsed over the weekend.
One of the reasons that Afghanistan was lost so quickly was because Joe Biden denied the Afghanis maintenance service on their aircraft. That won’t be a problem for the Taliban who will ink a deal with China for that and China has the ability to build their own replacement parts. They won’t have to worry about breakdowns as the Afghanis did.
According to Rep. Jim Banks, the gear goes well beyond guns and trucks.
Stunningly, Banks said the Taliban is now in possession of “more Black Hawk helicopters than 85 percent of the countries of the world.”
While the weapons are extremely concerning, Banks said the U.S. technology left behind will be devastating to the Afghan people in the hands of the Taliban.
“They have night vision goggles, body armor, and unbelievably, the Taliban now has biometric devices which have the fingerprints, eye scans and biographical information of all of the Afghans who helped us and were on our side over the last 20 years,” he explained.
Congratulations go out to Biden for being the largest weapons dealer to terrorists of all time.