Thought for the day

"The more shocking a news story is, the more likely it's bullshit!" -- Michael Rivero

Just over a week after the first anniversary of our rushed withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released its much-anticipated report regarding the Afghan evacuation vetting process. While alarming, I think it’s safe to say the results were not surprising to any Americans.

Even less surprising was the White House’s reaction, which was identical to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) reaction, which of course, was agitation. It’s a wonder that Americans at large lack trust in the institutions that operate within the government.

The number of patients suffering from cancer has increased across the country, the Ministry of Public Health said, adding that more than 10,000 patients have been referred to cancer centers over the past five months.  

The rise of cancer cases comes as Afghanistan is facing a shortage of medical equipment in a weakened health sector that plunged into crisis due to the dire economic situation in the country.

According to the MoPH, the numbers of patients referred to the cancers centers are as follows:  

2,572 patients in Hamal 1401 (solar year)  

Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Amir Khan Muttaqi expressed criticism over reports of US drones that are flying above Afghanistan and called on Washington to stop the violation of Afghan air space.

Muttaqi called on the international community to put pressure on the US to stop violating Afghan airspace.

“This is against international norms and also against the Doha agreement. We have talked with the delegation of the US many times and we emphasized that the Afghan airspace must not be violated from now on,” he said.

The Pentagon's acting inspector general told two Republican senators he'll conduct a review regarding a whistleblower's allegations that the Biden administration evacuated and brought to the U.S. hundreds of individuals whose names appeared on a Defense Department watch list, Axios has learned.

The recent attack on the Russian embassy in Kabul was another shocking episode in the current wave of assaults against Russian civilians around the world. Daesh claimed responsibility for the crime, which raises a number of suspicions about possible cooperation between anti-Russian groups abroad, considering the links between Islamic terrorists, Western intelligence and Ukrainian neo-Nazis.

President Joe Biden is hoping to boost “chain migration” — whereby naturalized citizens can sponsor an unlimited number of foreign relatives for green cards — from Afghanistan even as he is accused of resettling unvetted Afghans across the United States.

"Biden should immediately reverse his executive order," said one humanitarian. "With millions of Afghans impoverished and starving, the U.S. must return to the Afghan people what is rightfully theirs."

Last August, America ended its 20-year military occupation of Afghanistan. During the waning days of the Afghan War, the US and its allies evacuated more than 100,000 Afghans. A year later, thousands of refugees languish in camps run by the US and its partners worldwide. Still, tens of thousands of people remain in Afghanistan who aided the nation-building effort and are seeking Washington’s approval to come to the US. 

 The Taliban jihadist terror organization celebrated the final withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan on Wednesday, the anniversary of the occasion, with fireworks and a celebration at Bagram Air Base, formerly America’s largest military facility in the country.