Secretary of Defense is Not New to Underestimating the Enemy

Staff Sgt. Lorie Jewell, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin is scrambling to understand how they could have underestimated the Taliban. One answer could be he was the one who helped underestimate ISIS posed.

According to Town Hall:

As Taliban fighters have seen success after success routing Afghan security forces amid the drawdown of U.S. combat troops after a two-decade-long presence in the country, many are asking why the Biden administration seems to have been caught off-guard by the Taliban’s ability to topple one provincial capital after another.

This reality sent the Pentagon and State Department scrambling to organize an airlift of American personnel while seeking to avoid comparisons to the 1975 fall of Saigon as the Taliban seems likely to isolate and take Kabul in the coming weeks.

Afghan security forces have numerous advantages, insisted Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby earlier this week while State Department Spokesman Ned Price rejected the idea that 3,000 combat troops being sent to airlift Americans out of Kabul was an “evacuation.”

According to The Atlantic’s report Lloyd Austin was the source of President Obama’s reference to ISIS as the “JV” team.

According to administration officials, General Lloyd Austin, then the commander of Central Command, which oversees U.S. military operations in the Middle East, told the White House that the Islamic State was “a flash in the pan.” This analysis led Obama, in an interview with The New Yorker, to describe the constellation of jihadist groups in Iraq and Syria as terrorism’s “jayvee team.” (A spokesman for Austin told me, “At no time has General Austin ever considered isil a ‘flash in the pan’ phenomenon.”)

But by late spring of 2014, after isis took the northern-Iraq city of Mosul, he came to believe that U.S. intelligence had failed to appreciate the severity of the threat and the inadequacies of the Iraqi army, and his view shifted.

Austin has denied this story, but when Congress investigated CENTCOM’s handling (or lack of handling) of ISIS, they arrived at several concerning conclusions about how Central Command, on Austin’s watch, handled intelligence about the seriousness of the threat posed by ISIS and the reality on the ground in Iraq.

History seems bound to repeat itself when the same men control the levers of decision-making within the government.



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charles A wilkins
charles A wilkins
3 months ago

Why are the Biden’s so corrupt?.. The Clintons got away with it? Selling off their position with the Government? Money,? Power,? Hate for the American people ? Hate for the American government ? Hate for our Flag,? Hate for the American way of life? Love of China,? Love of Russia,? Do they really think they are the elites of our Country,? They are the ruling Class,? Till we hold these traitor’s accountable, this nightmare will continue. Biden screwed up our energy’ created inflation, ruined our Southern Border, not even going to go into world events and the disasters he has created that are still ongoing, no leadership skills at all, total failure ,in everything he has done, fun and games writing executive mandates, now we are all going to have to pay the price for his incompetence.

AZtejas41
AZtejas41
3 months ago

Because they were elected, or so they say. They also bought off the DOJ with our money, so they can make the law do what they want. They also bought off the IRS, by the way, along with the rest of the swamp, also with our money. Then there is another item we tend to forget, Biden spent 47 years in government and knows where all the bones are buried. That is all he knows, but it is power in the right places.

dhd123
dhd123
3 months ago

When you have a politician that has been wrong on evey foreign policy decision for the last four decades, then he gets put in the WH, he chooses like minded imbeciles to surround himself, there isn’t one of them worthy to be dog catcher, and the wrong decisions keep flowing. I have zero respect for any of them, that includes the Sec Def and the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Bob
Bob
3 months ago
Reply to  dhd123

Especially Lloyd Austin and Gen Milley; both Obama acolytes. As this article proves, Austin is not fit to be in charge of anything military. Obviously, Gen Milley is in the same category as Austin because he is a “yes” man to whoever is in charge.

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