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Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reacts to the U.S. sending troops to Afghanistan on ‘The Story.’

Former Secretary of state Mike Pompeo called out the Biden administration for what he described as poor planning and poor execution of a U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, which may lead to the nation’s capital of Kabul to fall to Taliban insurgents within next three months.

Pompeo, who helped plan and execute the early days of the shift toward withdrawing troops from the country after 20 years there, told “The Story” he and President Donald Trump made sure there were multiple, enforceable “models of deterrence” that would prevent the potential disaster that may await the current White House.

“[It] looks like they have not been able to execute this,” he said. “Strategy depends on planning and execution. Looks like there’s a bit of panic. I hope that they have the right number of folks and get them there quickly. I hope we can protect Americans in the way the Trump administration had every intention of doing.”

Pompeo said Trump made clear to top Taliban negotiator Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar that there would be stiff and abrupt consequences if any Americans were threatened or hurt going forward.

“If you threatened an American, if you scared an American, and certainly if you hurt an American, we would bring all American power to bear to make sure that we went to your village, to your house,” he recalled Baradar being told.

“We were very clear about the things that we were prepared to do to protect American lives. Since we began those negotiations in the beginning of 2020, there wasn’t a single American killed by the Taliban when that was going on. We had established a deterrence model. I hope we haven’t lost that for the Americans still on the ground there in Kabul.”

Pompeo said the true concern in Afghanistan is not the Taliban per se.  The primary fear is a return of Taliban rule will return Afghanistan to being a likely “hotbed” for Al Qaeda and ISIS, as it was before September 11, 2001.

“The threat is not from the Taliban. It’s from the fact that the Taliban will play footsies with terrorists like Al Qaeda,” he said, adding that to date, there are an estimated 200 or fewer Al Qaeda terrorists in the country. 

“President Trump made very to me, the State Department that our mission set was clear. We wanted to make sure that we always had the conditions-based analysis that would protect America, at least reduce the risk that there could be an attack from that place,” he said.

Earlier Thursday, the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Mike Rogers of Alabama, warned that Biden is risking a “Saigon moment” – in reference to the U.S. departing Vietnam as the North Vietnamese Army rolled onto the Presidential Palace property on April 30, 1975.

“For months, I have pressed President Biden for a plan to avoid the very situation that is now happening in Afghanistan. Now, American lives are at risk because President Biden still doesn’t have a plan,” Rogers said in a statement.

“Weeks ago, President Biden promised the American people that we would not have a Saigon moment in Afghanistan. Now, we are watching President Biden’s Saigon moment unfold before us.”

A senior White House official told Fox News that Biden held a meeting about the move Wednesday night, tasking his principals, and then met with them again Thursday morning. The defense secretary and National Security Adviser also briefed Biden Thursday morning, and he gave the order. The president separately engaged the secretary of state to discuss diplomatic strategy, the official said.

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Kamala Harris SLAMS Biden In New Book.. Implies His Administration Is Racist

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In New York Times Reporters Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns’ new book  “This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future” the authors paint a negative picture of President Biden’s relationship with his Vice President, Kamala Harris.

The book, which is set to release soon, alleges that Harris was frustrated with Biden when he appointed her ‘Immigration Czar’, saying that she desired a more ‘softball’ assignment such as maintaining diplomatic relations with Nordic countries.

The book also claims that Biden’s ‘white inner circle’ looked down on Harris, implying that Biden and his top officials are racist.

Martin and Burns also claim that the now famous picture of Harris in black Converse sneakers that was featured on the cover of ‘Vogue’ was seen as ‘belittling’ by her office.

The Daily Mail Reports–

“Kamala Harris was not happy with Joe Biden appointing her to address the southern border crisis, wanting a more softball foreign policy assignment, and thinks the president’s ‘white inner circle’ looks down on her, according to claims made in a new book.

During an April meeting with Congressional Black Caucus leaders, Biden praised Harris and said she would do ‘a hell of a job’ handling immigration.

‘The vice president corrected him at once,’ New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns wrote in their new upcoming book This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future.

‘Excuse me,’ she said, ‘it’s the Northern Triangle — not immigration.”

The book also explains that the first minority and female vice president felt belittled by Biden’s white staff.

‘Some of Harris’s advisers believed the president’s almost entirely white inner circle did not show the vice president the respect she deserved,’ they wrote.

‘Harris worried that Biden’s staff looked down on her; she fixated on real and perceived snubs in ways the West Wing found tedious,’ they added, according to excerpts published by Politico on Tuesday.

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BREAKING: Zelensky Claims That Biden Intentionally Provoked Putin In To Invading Ukraine In SHOCKING Interview

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Last month, Russia launched an invasion against Ukraine that has killed tens of thousands of people to date and brought mass destruction to almost every major Ukrainian city.

One of the primary reasons that Putin invaded Ukraine was his fear that the country was re-aligning with the West and could join NATO, further encircling Russia militarily and putting the hostile military alliance directly on his country’s western border.

Ukraine has had aspirations to join NATO since 2008 when it became a part of the alliance’s MAP program which would have put it on track to join at a later point.

According to President Zelensky, President Biden wanted him to pretend that there was a chance Ukraine could be admitted to NATO to antagonize Russia.

During the interview, Zelensky said that NATO and EU countries told him that Ukraine would not be admitted to either the European Union or NATO, but ‘publicly, the doors would remain open’. 

WATCH:

Its very likely that a public admission from EU and NATO countries that there was little interest in admitting Ukraine could have prevented an invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

Leaked diplomatic cables in 2008 more or less predicted the Russian invasion of Ukraine by explaining that NATO enlargement in to Ukraine or Georgia would be a ‘red line’ for Russia, yet the US and NATO countries have refused to give Russia reassurances that they would not admit Ukraine to NATO.

” Following a muted first reaction to Ukraine’s intent to seek a NATO Membership Action Plan (MAP) at the Bucharest summit, Foreign Minister Lavrov and other senior officials have reiterated strong opposition, stressing that Russia would view further eastward expansion as a potential military threat. NATO enlargement, particularly to Ukraine, remains “an emotional and neuralgic” issue for Russia, but strategic policy considerations also underlie strong opposition to NATO membership for Ukraine and Georgia. In Ukraine, these include fears that the issue could potentially split the country in two, leading to violence or even, some claim, civil war, which would force Russia to decide whether to intervene.” Said then U.S Ambassador to Russia William Burns.

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Joe Biden: ‘I May Be Irish, But I’m not Stupid’

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President Joe Biden celebrated St. Patrick’s Day on Thursday, joking about his Irish heritage during a speech on Capitol Hill.

“Father, before I begin — bless me, Father, for I’m about to sin,” he said as he began his speech by crossing himself and addressing the priest in the room. “I, well, I just want you to know, I may be Irish, but I’m not stupid.”

Biden was referring to his decision to marry his wife, Jill.

The president attended the annual Friends of Ireland Luncheon hosted by Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Capitol Hill.

He appeared wistful by the spirit of the bipartisan event, expressing his desire for more events with both Republicans and Democrats.

“We should have more times like this where Democrats and Republicans get together, and we actually not only agree on one thing, but we remind ourselves we actually like each other,” he said, prompting laughter and applause.

The president delivered a rambling speech, recalling his Irish heritage and multiple sayings from members of his Irish family.

“My grandfather, Ambrose Finnegan, used to say — and I mean this — he’d say, ‘Joey, if you’re lucky enough to be Irish, you’re lucky enough,’” Biden recalled.

“My dad’s expression was, ‘Family is the beginning, the middle, and the end,” he added afterward.

He also recalled a simple slogan from his mother.

“My mom’s expression, for real, was, ‘Joey, get up. Just get up. Get up,’” he recalled.

He also remembered another favorite saying from his mother.

“My mother’s expression, gotten from her grandfather, was, you know, ‘As long as you’re alive, you have an obligation to strive. And you’re not dead until you’ve seen the face of God.’

He focused on the importance of the Irish understanding of equality, quoting his dad.

“My dad’s: ‘No one is better than you, and you’re no better than anyone else,’” he recalled. “Not a joke.”

After his speech House Speaker Nancy Pelosi offered an Irish toast to the president before he left, but not before he recalled another saying from his grandmother.

“Well, my grandmother had one. She said, ‘May those who love us, love us. And those who don’t, may they turn their ankle, so we know they’re coming by their limp,’” he grinned.

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