Salem Radio Network News Friday, September 17, 2021


Greg Clugston

SRN Correspondent Greg Clugston keeps you informed about all the news coming from the White House.

Biden: no deadline to evacuate remaining Americans in Afghanistan

Tue, Aug 31, 2021 at 5:24 pm
President Biden is defending his handling of the U-S military’s withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Two weeks ago, the president told ABC News that the U-S would stay in Afghanistan until all Americans were safely out. It was an unkept promise.
He now offers this message to Americans still in Afghanistan.
The president hailed the military’s airlift of tens of thousands and defiantly defended his decision to withdraw by August 31st.
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Biden forcefully defends Afghanistan evacuation, end of war

Tue, Aug 31, 2021 at 4:52 pm

President Biden is unapologetic about ending America’s 20-year military mission in Afghanistan.

Marking the close of U-S involvement in Afghanistan, the president used a White House speech to the nation to forcefully defend his decision to withdraw.
He described the airlifting of tens of thousands of people out of the country as an “extraordinary success,” saying 90 percent of Americans who wanted to leave were able to leave. But the president still faces stiff criticism for the chaotic way the evacuation was handled.
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Americans give Biden low marks for Afghanistan pullout

Tue, Aug 31, 2021 at 7:03 am
Americans give President Biden low marks on the military pullout from Afghanistan. A new Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll shows the majority of Americans disapprove of the president’s approach to withdrawing U-S military troops from Afghanistan. According to the national survey, 51 percent disapprove and just 38 percent approve. A full three-quarters of those surveyed said they wanted U-S forces to remain in the country until all American civilians could get out.
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Biden to address the nation following end of Afghanistan war

Tue, Aug 31, 2021 at 7:01 am
President Biden will address the nation following the conclusion of the war in Afghanistan. The president says he will discuss his decision not to extend the U-S military presence in Afghanistan beyond today. In a written statement yesterday, he said military commanders unanimously favored ending the airlift, not extending it. Mr. Biden believes ending the war on this timetable was the right move. But he faces criticism  for his handling of the final, chaotic evacuation, as well as questions about a possible terror threat being re-established in Afghanistan.
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Biden hails end of U.S. evacuation and military mission in Afghanistan

Mon, Aug 30, 2021 at 7:31 pm
President Biden is hailing the end of the U-S military presence in Afghanistan. After the last Air Force transport plane left the Kabul airport, the president marked America’s departure from Afghanistan after 20 years. In a written statement, he said military leaders unanimously recommended that the U-S end the airlift mission as planned. The president thanked commanders and troops for their work — and he called on Americans to join him in “grateful prayer” for the massive airlift, for the assistance of veterans and volunteers, and for families who are welcoming refugees here and abroad.
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America’s 20-year military mission in Afghanistan is over

Mon, Aug 30, 2021 at 6:53 pm
America’s longest war has come to a close.
After two decades, the U-S military mission in Afghanistan is over.
General Frank McKenzie is the head of U-S Central Command.
The troop withdrawal finished just ahead of President Biden’s August 31st deadline. General McKenzie said a few hundred American citizens were left behind, but he believes they will still be able to leave the country.
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U.S. flags lowered to honor service members killed in Afghanistan

Thu, Aug 26, 2021 at 7:22 pm
President Biden has ordered the U-S flag to be flown at half-staff.
Press Secretary Jen Psaki says the president issued the order out of respect for the U-S service members and other victims killed in Afghanistan this week.
The president referred to the fallen and wounded military members as “heroes,” saying they were “engaged in a dangerous, selfless mission to save the lives of others.”
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President Biden issues warning to terrorists in Kabul attack

Thu, Aug 26, 2021 at 7:06 pm

President Biden is vowing to “hunt down” those responsible for carrying out deadly attacks outside the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The president said he’s “heartbroken” and “outraged” over U-S service members being killed and he issued this warning to the perpetrators of the attacks.

In a speech to the nation, he vowed that the United States will not be intimidated and will continue its mission of evacuating Americans and others from Afghanistan.

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Biden mourns deaths of U.S. military members in Afghanistan

Thu, Aug 26, 2021 at 7:03 pm

President Biden is mourning the deaths of U-S service members in Kabul.

Expressing his sorrow over the American casualties, the president honored the fallen service members as “heroes.”

He said the U-S will not forgive or forget and vowed to “hunt down” the attackers. Meanwhile, Mr. Biden said the military will complete its evacuation of Americans and others from the Kabul airport.

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Biden vows to “hunt down” Kabul attackers, says evacuation continues

Thu, Aug 26, 2021 at 6:19 pm

President Biden says the U-S evacuation effort in Afghanistan will continue despite two deadly suicide bombings.

The president says that the United States will not be intimidated, even after attacks in Kabul killed 12 U-S service members and dozens of Afghan civilians.

Speaking in the East Room, the president honored the fallen Americans as “heroes” and vowed to avenge their deaths.

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Biden, Israeli PM meeting postponed after Afghanistan attacks

Thu, Aug 26, 2021 at 3:23 pm
President Biden has postponed his meeting with Israel’s prime minister because of developments in Afghanistan. Thursday’s Oval Office meeting has been rescheduled for Friday after the president focused on dealing with the aftermath of deadly explosions near the Kabul airport that killed U-S service members and Afghan civilians. Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is here in Washington on his first overseas trip since taking office. Bennett has said the top priority of the visit was to persuade President Biden not to return to the Iran nuclear deal. GC, the WH.
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Pentagon: Several U.S. military members killed in Kabul attack

Thu, Aug 26, 2021 at 1:28 pm
The Pentagon says several members of the U-S military were killed in today’s attack near the Kabul airport in Afghanistan. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby confirms that “a number of U-S service members” were killed in the attack and that several others “are being treated for wounds.” He did not say what troops were involved, but a U-S official says  Marines were killed. There also were casualties among the Afghan people. President Biden spent much of the morning in the Situation Room monitoring developments with his national security team.
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U.S. confirms Kabul explosions; Biden briefed on developments

Thu, Aug 26, 2021 at 12:44 pm
President Biden and top U-S officials have been closely monitoring today’s developments in Afghanistan. The White House says President Biden met with his national security team this morning, including the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and military commanders on the ground. A spokeswoman says the president will continue to receive updates throughout the day. Meanwhile, the Pentagon confirms that the explosion at the Abbey Gate near the airport in Kabul “was the result of a complex attack that resulted in a number of U-S and civilian casualties.” Defense officials also confirm at least one other explosion at or near the Baron Hotel.
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Israeli PM to raise Iran concerns in talks with Biden

Wed, Aug 25, 2021 at 5:48 pm
Israel’s new prime minister meets with President Biden in his first overseas visit since taking office.
The president will host Naftali Bennett for talks at the White House, says spokeswoman Jen Psaki.
Topping the list for the Israeli prime minister is Iran. Bennett has spoken out against the possibility of a new nuclear accord between Iran and world powers, and wants the U-S to help stop Iran’s aggression.
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White House on lawmakers’ visit: not the time to travel to Afghanistan

Wed, Aug 25, 2021 at 5:31 pm
The White House doesn’t sound pleased with the visit to Afghanistan by two members of Congress.
Press Secretary Jen Psaki didn’t publicly bash Democrat Seth Moulton and Republican Peter Meijer for their trip, but she made clear the travel guidance for all Americans.
She said the U-S military needs to be “laser focused” on the evacuations from Afghanistan, suggesting that the lawmakers’ visit unnecessarily diverted resources from that effort.
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U.S. working “aggressively” to evacuate Americans from Afghanistan

Wed, Aug 25, 2021 at 5:08 pm
The Biden administration says it is working “aggressively” to evacuate the remaining Americans from Afghanistan.
With under a week to go before U-S military troops leave Afghanistan, Secretary of State Blinken says as many as 15-hundred Americans may still await evacuation.
Blinken says the evacuation effort will continue after August 31st.
A White House spokeswoman said the U-S is looking at a range of options of how to do that without the presence of American troops.
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Supreme Court rules against Biden on immigration

Wed, Aug 25, 2021 at 12:39 am
The Supreme Court is ordering the “remain in Mexico” policy be reinstated. The high court said the Biden administration likely violated federal law in trying to end a Trump-era program that forces people to wait in Mexico while seeking asylum in the United States. Justices refused to block a lower court ruling that said the administration must make a “good faith effort” to restart the program. In response, the Department of Homeland Security said it regrets the Supreme Court’s position and would continue to challenge the order.
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Biden sticks with Aug 31 withdrawal deadline from Afghanistan

Wed, Aug 25, 2021 at 12:34 am
President Biden has decided not to extend the withdrawal deadline from Afghanistan.
In the face of critics both at home and abroad, the president says he will not extend the end-of-the-month deadline to finish a U-S-led evacuation of Americans, at-risk Afghans, and others.
He did, however, ask the Pentagon to come up with contingency plans.  Announcing his decision, the president said the longer troops remain at the airport in Kabul, the greater the risk of attacks by terror groups.
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Biden praises House voting rights bill, but Senate future is dim

Wed, Aug 25, 2021 at 12:11 am


President Biden is praising House passage of a voting reform bill that will likely be blocked in the Senate. After House Democrats narrowly passed the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, the president said it would protect a “sacred right” and called on the Senate to send the bill to his desk. However, its chances of Senate passage are slim because the measure does not have enough votes to overcome opposition from Republicans, who have excoriated it as “unnecessary” and a “power grab.”
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Evacuations from Afghanistan pick up after rocky start

Tue, Aug 17, 2021 at 10:24 pm
Evacuations from Afghanistan are picking up after a rocky start. Following chaos and death at the Kabul airport earlier this week, the White House says evacuations are moving forward. On Tuesday, the U-S military conducted 13 flights, evacuating approximately 11-hundred American citizens, U-S permanent residents, and their families. A White House official says a total of 32-hundred people have been evacuated from Afghanistan and they “expect those numbers to escalate.”
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COVID-19 vaccine booster recommendation expected soon

Tue, Aug 17, 2021 at 10:09 pm
We should learn more soon about the possibility of COVID-19 booster shots. Health officials will be holding a Wednesday press briefing and President Biden is scheduled to give remarks on the COVID-19 response effort — amid reports that the government will soon recommend an extra dose of the vaccine for all Americans eight months after they get their second shot. A booster is likely to be recommended because of the highly contagious delta variant and the original shots losing their effectiveness over time.
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White House: “significant” troops presence was needed to stop Taliban

Tue, Aug 17, 2021 at 3:44 pm
The White House says many more U-S troops would have been needed in Afghanistan to stop the Taliban. 
Facing questions about the Taliban’s return to power, national security adviser Jake Sullivan explained why President Biden refused to ramp up the number of U-S forces.
Sullivan said presidents must consider all costs and benefits and make tough choices. He said the U-S will remain vigilant against terror without a permanent military presence in Afghanistan.
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U.S. focused on evacuation of Americans, Afghan partners

Tue, Aug 17, 2021 at 3:42 pm
The Biden administration says evacuations from Afghanistan are the priority before the U-S military completely withdraws.
The president’s national security adviser says the main focus of the U-S government and military is helping evacuate Americans and allies who are still in Afghanistan.
But neither Jake Sullivan nor the White House press secretary would guarantee that evacuations would go beyond the August 31st withdrawal deadline. Sullivan did say that the Taliban have agreed to allow safe passage for civilians seeking to leave the country.
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George W. Bush calls for Afghans’ “safe passage” without delay

Tue, Aug 17, 2021 at 10:15 am

Former President George W. Bush is urging the U-S government to act quickly to help at-risk Afghans. Bush says the government has “the legal authority to cut the red tape for refugees” and he calls on the U-S to secure their safe passage “without bureaucratic delay.” In a joint statement with former first lady Laura Bush, the former president expressed a “deep sadness” over the events in Afghanistan. Bush, who launched the “war on terror” in Afghanistan after the September 11th attacks in 2001, also commended U-S troops, veterans, and diplomats for their years of courageous service.

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