The Counter Culture Mom Show with Tina Griffin – Former USAF Pilot Bob Silvestri Forms 1776 Project to Teach Kids the Constitution 9/22/21


When Lt Col Bob Silvestri realized millions of our kids had no clue that our great nation was founded in 1776 with the signing of The Declaration of Independence and that our “unalienable” rights came from our Creator – not government – he decided to do something about it! The 1776 Project was born with the mission to teach our kids the constitution and “communicate the genius of our founding fathers to future generations.” When the CRT deception hit, Bob knew it was distinctly un-American and a direct threat to our civil liberties and encourages fighting any agenda that goes against our freedoms and liberties as Americans.

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A look at CRT through the eyes of our founding fathers

Critical Race Theory is a threat to the American way of life

The only solution to fight against CRT from a military strategist

How to preserve our nation from this ideology

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Australia Lets Kids Have “Friends Bubbles” if Parents Are Vaxxed

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Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales (NSW), which went into lockdown mode this summer with draconian restrictions and even more draconian measures to punish violators, has just allowed young people to get together with two other friends. That is, if all of the provided conditions of such meetings are met.

The establishment of the so-called friends bubbles was announced on Tuesday by the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian as a reward for the improved vaccination rate throughout the state. The measure took effect at noon on September 21, and covers people aged 18 years and under who live in stay-at-home areas and the so-called areas of concern across NSW.

Young people, who were not allowed to socialize other than online, are now granted permission to chose two friends and visit each other’s homes “for play and activity” if the following conditions are in place, per the NSW government:

  • Each child is allowed to have two designated friends come to their house. These two friends must always be the same, creating a three-person “friends bubble”;
  • All people older than 18 years in all the households must be fully vaccinated;
  • The friends must reside within 5km of each other or in the same Local Government Area (LGA); and
  • If parents/carers are dropping children off, they must not stay to interact with other parents or carers.

While the new policy may seem to many in a free society as unacceptable government overreach, Premier Berejiklian saw the measure as an act of care and compassion. She said, “Parents and children have had a difficult few months, trying to balance both work, often from home, as well as home schooling,” adding, “This change will hopefully make a big difference for families during the school holidays and allow young children and teenagers to catch up and reconnect with their friends.”

Berejiklian failed to mention that it was her government that has kept children disconnected from each other for no legitimate reason while actually hurting their health and wellbeing. Australia, and NSW in particular, has seen a rapidly rising number of mental disorders and suicides among all demographics, with a disturbing number of young people taking their lives during the lockdowns. It has been reported that children as young as five are being treated for anxiety.

Two top NSW government officials overseeing healthcare and education praised the premier’s move as a kind and wise gesture.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard noted that the government tried hard in balancing “between the best possible health outcomes, whilst easing the pressures on families and individuals living in lockdown.” Many would disagree, arguing that the “best possible health outcomes” would be achieved if the lockdowns were lifted altogether. After all, the experience of Sweden, which has never imposed lockdowns on its people and now sees zero COVID deaths, may be considered as an inspiring example in approaching the pandemic. But NSW and other Australian states are evidently choosing a completely different path.

Commenting on the announcement, Minister for Education and Early Childhood Sarah Mitchell claimed the “friends bubbles” will also benefit older students, allowing them to create a “study bubble” ahead of tests for their high-school graduation.

Neither of the officials expressed a concern that children of the unvaccinated parents would be excluded from the new rule.

Local media reports that NSW children met the news with excitement. One said, “It’s been very hard because since we’ve been in lockdown all school term, we haven’t been able to hang out and see all our school friends in person.” Others remarked on how sad it was to only be able to see their friends’ faces on a computer screen. Now, the “friends bubbles” will give them a chance to finally see their pals in person — well, at least a couple of them.

Australian outlet for parents Mamamia, however, pointed out the new policy comes with many caveats.

Some of the parents said they felt “awkward” that they would have to inquire about the vaccination status of other parents.

Others stated that the whole idea of rating friends goes against their belief of inclusivity and equality. One of the mothers stated: “We avoid language such as best/second best friend, and always try to be as inclusive as possible. I’m just not going to ask my children to rank their friends,” while adding that she is not at all comfortable with many of the children being left out and will not be participating in or creating any “bubbles.”

Also, while many of the children have playdates booked all week, the others don’t see anyone because all of their friends are busy seeing somebody else. Some of the friends don’t live in the same LGA. Some have unvaccinated or partially vaccinated parents. Some of the children are being rejected because they are not “popular enough.” In the end, for many children and their families, the “well-intended” measure has turned into an additional stressor.

The “friends bubble” policy comes as a part of the lifted lockdown restrictions announced earlier this week in preparation for NSW’s so-called Freedom Day, when the state reaches a 70-percent vaccination rate, and all vaccinated Aussies will be allowed to return back to normal. The Orwellian “Freedom Day” is predicted to come October 18.  



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How COVID Killed The Myth That Homeschooled Kids Lack Socialization

After more than a year of remote learning, students in New York City finally went back to school. Sadly, the city’s Department of Education fear of COVID-19 and servitude to teachers’ unions means that these schools will more closely resemble Siberian gulags than places of learning.

A recent opinion piece in the New York Post details the ridiculous lengths that many of Gotham’s schools are going to in order to defeat the virus, including “masked and distanced” recess, health concerns over many sports and other extracurricular activities that require “increased exhalation,” and the cancellation of field trips, group projects, and class parties. Despite returning to school, New York City kids are still forbidden from connecting meaningfully with their peers.

Ask any homeschooling parent to discuss the pushback that he’s received from friends and family over the years and he’ll tell you that the need for his children to be “properly socialized” has topped the list of concerns. “How will your kids learn to interact with different kinds of people if they don’t go to school?” these mostly well-meaning people ask, implying that learning at home will doom your children to a life of misanthropic isolation.

The long-standing myth that homeschooled children grow up to be socially awkward is easily debunked because it proceeds from the false (indeed, patently absurd) premise that, prior to the advent of mass public schooling in the mid-nineteenth century, children did not learn to get along with either their peers or other social groups.  This myth persists despite multiple studies that reveal that a majority of homeschooled children are just as well-socialized (or even better socialized) than their public school peers.  The socialization process is somewhat different for homeschooling parents, but these differences (largely in parental supervision and diversity of age range in social groups) are key benefits of homeschooling, not flaws.

For decades, members of the educational establishment have used the need for socialization to argue that kids are better off in government-run schools than being taught at home. Recent developments in American education during the Age of COVID, however, reveal that this argument is not just fundamentally flawed, but officially dead.

Newsflash: Masks and Social Distancing Make Socialization Difficult

Claims about the social benefits of modern K-12 education never made much sense to begin with. In this model, instead of organically meeting and interacting with others through a variety of community institutions (neighborhoods, churches, etc.), children spend most of their social time being forced to engage with a very small subset of individuals: those who were born within a few months of them. This artificial social situation exists nowhere else in American society; only in schools do we see such limits imposed on human interaction. As Sal Khan, the founder of Khan Academy, wrote in 2012, “There is nothing natural about segregating kids by age. That isn’t how families work; it isn’t what the world looks like and it runs counter to the way that kids have learned and socialized for most of human history…”

In response to COVID-19, most schools have doubled down on this artificiality by imposing further strictures on their young charges, such as mask mandates and social distancing. Leaving aside the question of whether such strictures are even necessary given the low risk that COVID-19 poses to children, there is little doubt that they interfere with the school’s supposedly important mission of socialization.

The masks touted as a sine qua non by the CDC and teachers’ unions block children’s recognition and understanding of vital nonverbal communication cues, especially at younger ages. Social distancing expectations limit their interaction in school-based nonacademic situations, such as recess and extracurricular activities. As for remote learning, the educational “nuclear option” against the spread of the virus, one need only look at the various pre-pandemic studies on the damaging effects of screen time on child development to see the problems with this approach to both education and socialization.

When parents speak up regarding these matters, the educational establishment usually replies with some variation on “Hey, kids are resilient.” This is certainly true, but the fact that the educrats are willing to blithely dismiss these legitimate concerns reveals that any claims about the vital role of schools when it comes to proper socialization are hollow at best.

Not All Socialization Is Healthy

But that didn’t stop the educrats from claiming otherwise in order to maintain their power over American children. As schools started to emerge from lockdown at the end of 2020, stories about the lockdown’s negative effects on the mental health of students began to appear. The social isolation caused by remote learning, these articles said, confirmed the important role of government-run schools in the proper socialization of students.

Yet as any student will tell you, not all social interaction is positive. Bullying (both physical and digital) is on the rise in our schools, resulting in a documentable correlation between the beginning of the school year and feelings of depression and even thoughts of suicide in students. Is such emotional turmoil really a sign that our schools are providing proper socialization?

Common sense suggests that a socially well-adjusted student should be able to weather temporary bouts of social isolation by relying on other mental resources. Given the struggles of students during the pandemic, what passes for socialization in schools is more of a crutch for students to lean on than a set of tools for preserving their mental health. Take that crutch away in a lockdown and the students collapse.

Homeschooled children are certainly not immune from depression or other forms of mental illness, but their situation allows for greater social stability and positive interaction in the face of COVID-19. Their social circle is founded not on a massive faceless institution, but on the more intimate confines of the home and family. The greater degree of control that responsible parents have over the social circle of their homeschooled children both expands the number and types of people they interact with while limiting negative socialization.

As homeschooling continues to grow, we should expect the educational establishment to continue to push aggressively for children to return to the “care” provided by government schools. Because these schools have clearly failed to provide opportunities for healthy and effective socialization both prior to and during the pandemic, homeschooling parents can feel free to ignore the socialization argument that educrats will inevitably put forward.

Robert Busek is a Catholic homeschooling father of six. He has taught history and Western Civilization in both traditional and online classrooms for almost 20 years. The views he expresses here are his own.





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Austin orders Air Force review of Kabul drone strike that killed 7 kids

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Monday instructed the US Air Force to conduct a 45-day review of the Aug. 29 drone strike in Kabul that killed US aid group worker Zemari Ahmadi and nine members of his family — including seven children — but none of the intended ISIS-K targets.

The Pentagon on Friday admitted the attack killed innocent civilians and that it was not a “righteous strike” that prevented an Islamic State bomb plot, as originally claimed.

Austin tasked Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall with selecting a senior officer “to study the degree to which any policies, procedures or targeting mechanisms may need to be altered going forward,” Kirby said.

The review also will “take a look at what levels of accountability might be appropriate and if so at what at what level,” he said.

Kirby said that the decision to launch the Hellfire missile that killed Ahmadi was made by a “strike cell commander” in Kabul.

The tragic error further marred the Biden administration’s departure from Afghanistan after nearly 20 years of war. Some allied nations learned of the Aug. 31 withdrawal deadline from news reports and the Taliban’s swift takeover of the country prompted a deadly rush to Kabul’s airport. Hundreds of US citizens and thousands of at-risk Afghans were left stranded, despite President Biden’s assurances.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has ordered an Air Force review of the Kabul drone strike that killed an aide worker and nine family members in Kabul.
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Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr., commander of US Central Command, said Friday that the civilians “were tragically killed” in the strike one day before the final US evacuation flights from Kabul.

The Pentagon initially said the strike was a successful mission to prevent another bombing of the Kabul airport after 13 US service members and at least 169 Afghans died in a suspected ISIS suicide attack on Aug. 26.

Zemari Ahmadi and nine family members — including seven children — were killed in the strike.
Zemari Ahmadi and nine family members — including seven children — were killed in the strike.
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Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, had staunchly defended the drone strike three days after it occurred, saying, “the procedures were correctly followed and it was a righteous strike.”

Ahmadi worked for 14 years as a technical engineer in Afghanistan for the Pasadena, Calif.-based charity group Nutrition and Education International, which feeds hungry Afghans. He had a pending application to move to the US as a refugee.

The scene of the deadly drone strike in Kabul on August 29, 2021.
The scene of the deadly drone strike in Kabul on August 29, 2021.
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The Pentagon said Friday it’s considering financial compensation to Ahmadi’s family. Relatives have said in interviews that they still want to leave Taliban-controlled Afghanistan and move to the US.

The US military separately said it killed two suspected members of the Islamic State group in eastern Afghanistan on Aug. 27 — though the Biden administration has refused to reveal their names.



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CNN interviews grieving kids who blame Tucker Carlson for their unvaccinated dad’s death from COVID

In an interview with CNN on Monday morning, a pair of teenagers who recently lost their unvaccinated father to COVID-19 said they blamed his death on misinformation about vaccines, specifically citing reporting from Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson.

Patrick Lane, a 45-year-old Boeing designer and father of two, died from COVID-19 late last month at around the same time the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave full approval to the Pfizer vaccine. Lane was reportedly healthy and had no underlying conditions. Yet even still, shortly after he was diagnosed, his health started quickly deteriorating.

Now his children, Katie and Evan, are making a public plea for others to get vaccinated. In their interview with CNN, the pair said that their father was not an “anti-vaxxer,” but was hesitant about getting the vaccine due to reporting he came across from right-wing media outlets.

“There’s multiple reasons, I think,” Katie said when asked why her dad had not gotten the vaccine. “One of which was some of the media that he ingested. He wasn’t by any means far-right. He was right in the middle, and he consumed media from both sides, and just some of the misinformation on one of those sides made him hesitant.”

“So he was going to wait for FDA approval, but by the time that Pfizer had been approved, it was already too late,” she added.


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Later in the interview, CNN “New Day” host John Berman circled back to the issue of who was spreading the misinformation that purportedly led to Lane’s death.

“Katie, you said from one media source, in particular, he was getting misinformation — he was getting information that led him to be hesitant on vaccines. Who? Who was he listening to?” Berman asked, in reference to an answer she had given last week to a local news outlet.

She replied: “He watched some Tucker Carlson videos on YouTube, and some of those videos involved some misinformation about vaccines, and I believe that that played a role.”

Evan insisted during the interview that his father was just waiting for the FDA to grant full approval to the vaccine. He claimed that if his father were alive now, he wouldn’t have any issues with getting the vaccine or advising others to do the same.

The children even claimed that their father’s final words to their stepmother were that he “wished that he was vaccinated.”





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Pfizer Claims Covid Jab is Safe For Kids Ages 5 to 11 (VIDEO)

Well, if Pfizer says so.

Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid jab is safe for kids ages 5 to 11, says the pharmaceutical giant.

Scott Gottlieb, the FDA Commissioner-turned-Pfizer-board-of-directors – AND CNBC contributor (who also happens to be selling a book about Covid) said he hopes to have the jab approved for children as early as the end of October.

“Subject to the FDA’s careful review, a vaccine for children ages 5-11 could be available as soon as the end of October,” Gottlieb said Monday.

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CNBC reported:

A smaller dose of Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine is safe and generates a “robust” immune response in a clinical trial of kids ages 5 to 11, the drugmakers announced Monday.

The data, which included more than 2,200 children, will be submitted to the Food and Drug Administration and other health regulators “as soon as possible,” the companies said. Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said last week the company could submit data on children ages 5 to 11 by the end of this month. If the FDA spends as much time reviewing the data for that age group as it did for 12- to 15-year-olds, the shots could be available in time for Halloween.

“Depending on how long the FDA takes to review the application, whether it’s a four-week review or a six-week review, you could have a vaccine available to children as early as probably by the end of October” or early November, Scott Gottlieb, a Pfizer board member and the former head of the FDA, told CNBC on Monday.

The companies tested a two-dose regimen of 10 micrograms — about a third the dosage used for teens and adults — administered three weeks apart. They said the shots were well tolerated and produced an immune response and side effects comparable to those seen in a study of people ages 16 to 25.





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Pfizer and BioNTech Say New Vaccine Safe for Kids 5-11yrs Old – The First TV

Vax manufacturers are seeing a good response from a smaller dosage.

With hundreds of thousands of children going back to school, many parents are relieved to hear that a vaccination for younger children is on the horizon. According to CNBC, “Children’s Covid cases remain disturbingly high with 243,000 new infections during the week ended Sept. 9. — the second-highest number of kids’ cases since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the most recent data from the American Academy of Pediatrics.”

“The [children’s vaccination] data, which included more than 2,200 children, will be submitted to the Food and Drug Administration and other health regulators “as soon as possible,” the companies said,” CNBC reports.

Not everyone thinks child vaccinations – or the incoming booster shots – are necessary. Buck Sexton shared the following on Twitter:

“The FDA booster decision feels like a head fake to give off the pretense of being deliberate and reasonable, while they get ready to jab 8 year old kids with vaccines they absolutely do not need- And then they will mandate the boosters for all anyway. Just wait.”





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Drag queen RuPaul at Emmys tells ‘kids out there watching’ that ‘you have a tribe that is waiting for you … come on to Mama Ru!’

Drag queen RuPaul in his Emmy Award acceptance speech Sunday night thanked “all of our lovely children on our show from all around the world … they are so gracious to tell their stories of courage and how to navigate this difficult life — even more difficult today.”

The host of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” — which took home Outstanding Competition Series — then added, “And for you kids out there watching, you have a tribe that is waiting for you. We are waiting for you, baby. Come on to Mama Ru!”


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Huh?

RuPaul reportedly has referred to performers on “Drag Race” as his children — so doing the same during his acceptance speech Sunday wasn’t necessarily out of the ordinary for the host. In addition, “Drag Race” competitors all are at least 19 years of age.

In a 2018 interview, RuPaul used similar language in referring to the “queens” who try out for “Drag Race,” saying that “they are teaching young people how to … find their tribe.” He also referred to “Drag Race” contestants as “kids.”

So, in light of all that, it’s fair to conclude that RuPaul — who is 60 — very well could have meant adults when he said, “And for you kids out there watching, you have a tribe that is waiting for you. We are waiting for you, baby. Come on to Mama Ru!”

But RuPaul didn’t make that clear to Emmys watchers. Indeed, Deadline reported that the host “dedicated his [Emmy] win to the LGBTQ community and queer youth.”

In addition — and this should come as no surprise — minors do watch “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

“I wasn’t myself at all. Nobody was gay, and I was an easy target for bullies. I felt abnormal,” Brandon Austin told Insider earlier this year in regard to his high school struggles. “Then, at 16, my best friend introduced me to ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race.'”

Insider’s piece — titled “By championing self-expression, ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ has encouraged a generation of young LGBTQ+ fans to come out” — also said that the TV show has been a fixture in the lives of Gen-Z watchers and “has been integral to their being out and proud about their identities.”

Austin added to the outlet that “seeing people being accepted for who they are made me realize that I am normal.”

And RuPaul is no stranger to interacting with underage drag queens — including Desmond Is Amazing, whose rise to fame has been extensively covered by TheBlaze.

Here’s the pair at RuPaul’s Drag Con NYC in 2017, in which the host tells the “gorgeous little queen” that he’s “the future of America”:


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Tucker Carlson: Maybe Gen. Milley Should Be Fired For Blowing Up A Bunch Of Kids And Lying About It? | Video

FNC’s Tucker Carlson teed off on Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the joint chiefs, over the drone strike that U.S. officials now admit killed ten innocent people in Afghanistan last month.

He characterized Milley as the poster boy for “the same kind of ‘Intelligence’ that led us to believe that German-educated Saudis would never fly airplanes into the World Trade Center.”

“If you fire Mark Milley for killing a bunch of kids unintentionally and then lying about it, maybe the accountability chain will start,” he said. “Maybe they don’t want to fire whoever left hundreds of American citizens behind in Afghanistan and lied about that.”

TUCKER CARLSON: As American forces were pulling out of Afghanistan this summer, Mark Milley the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff announced a new and highly innovative Intelligence partnership. The Pentagon, Milley explained would begin sharing classified information with the Taliban. Yes, the Taliban, the bearded religious extremists in man pajamas that for 20 years, we’ve been told pose a major threat to us in the United States. But no longer, they are our partners now.

The Biden administration really explained was even open to coordinating with the Taliban on counterterrorism strikes against our new enemy, a shadowy group that may or may not actually exist called ISIS-K.

GEN. MARK MILLEY, CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF: We don’t know what the future of the Taliban is, but I can tell you from personal experience that this is a ruthless group from the past and whether or not they change remains to be seen.

And as far as our dealings with them at that airfield or in the past year or so in war, you do what you must in order to reduce risk to mission and force, not what you necessarily want to do.

QUESTION: Any possibility of coordination against ISIS-K with them, do you think?

MILLEY: It’s possible.

CARLSON: Because when you’re fighting ISIS-K, no holds are barred.

So the first of Milley’s coordinated attacks against ISIS-K arrived three weeks ago. It was August 29th. That was just days after 13 American servicemen were killed in a bombing at the Kabul Airport, a date you remember well.

At the time, even Democrats were pointing out the obvious, Joe Biden is senile and totally incompetent. So, the administration at that moment desperately needed something to prove they are not senile and incompetent, they are instead decisive and strong. And what better way to do that than to kill people.

So that day, the U.S. military bombed a white Toyota in a residential complex not far from the Kabul Airport. The White House touted that strike as a demonstration of our over the horizon military capabilities in Afghanistan particularly against ISIS-K.

Now, Mark Milley who is pretty young to be senile, but often seems like it strongly agreed this was a good thing.

MILLEY: At this point, we think that the procedures were correctly followed and it was a righteous strike.

CARLSON: Did we say good thing? We meant righteous. That was a righteous strike, and everyone in Washington agreed. One unnamed U.S. Defense official described the attack to our Jennifer Griffin this way quote: “Multiple suicide bombers inside the vehicle struck by U.S. drone today in Kabul. Significant explosives in the vehicle led to secondary explosions. Bombers belonged to ISIS-K and they were en route to Kabul Airport.” End quote.

So it was perfect. All the bad people were dead. All those ISIS-K operatives and virtually every news organization in the country parroted this account. They were grateful to give poor old Joe Biden credit for something.

“The Washington Post” assigned five reporters to the story and they dug deep, they concluded — they concluded that Biden’s drone attack had hit quote, “An Islamic state target.”

On television where there’s mostly no reporting at all, they just read the paper and repeat it, not a single person seemed very skeptical of this.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Our ability to demonstrate effectively that we can strike such targets once the Intelligence cues them up, we can strike them from outside Afghan borders, which is a critical element of the Biden plan once we withdraw.

So this over the horizon capability was demonstrated. I thought it was effective.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You called this strike remarkable.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is a realization of what President Biden calls the over the horizon strategy.

FRANK FIGLIUZZI, FORMER F.B.I. ASSISTANT DIRECTOR FOR COUNTERINTELLIGENCE: The military event today is so much more than just a single drone strike. It is a projection of power. It is a message from the United States government that even though we’re leaving, we’re not done with counterterrorism operations.

Even though we’re going to have to do this as they say over the horizon from remote locations and it’s going to be far more challenging, we can still do it.

CARLSON: So keep in mind, every single one of the people you just saw speaking knew nothing — literally nothing about this drone strike other than what they read on Twitter. They were totally ignorant, and that did not prevent them, as it never does from trying to sound totally authoritative.

That’s our news coverage.

Soon however, a few people started to ask the obvious questions. For example, who exactly had the U.S. military killed? When asked, the Defense Department wouldn’t say. Oh, that might have been a tip.

DoD also would show no proof of those secondary explosions, the explosions that proved the vehicle was being driven by ISIS-K-suicide bombers. Instead, Mark Milley just assured the country those secondary explosions were real, they happened. We know, and the rest of us need to take his word for it.

That was exactly the line from The Pentagon’s top flak, known liar, John Kirby.

QUESTION: Two quick questions, if I may. On the strike against the vehicle, do you — the Central Command talked about secondary explosions I think in that, but do you actually have visual evidence that there were secondary explosions? Are you convinced that there were because that seems to be one of the potential contributing factors to civilian casualties?

So do you — are you certain there were secondary explosions?

REAR ADMIRAL JOHN KIRBY (RET.) PENTAGON PRESS SECRETARY: Yes.

QUESTION: Can you — I just have a follow-up on a different part of this. Can you say how you’re sure?

KIRBY: No.

CARLSON: Oh, liar. Not the first time, not the 50th time. Are you sure there were secondary explosions? Yes. How do you know for sure? I’m not going to tell you. And he never did.

Neither John Kirby nor anyone else at The Pentagon ever corrected that story, but “The New York Times” did, to their rare credit.

More than a week ago, “The New York Times” ran a piece revealing with video evidence that the Biden administration’s drones did not actually kill anyone from ISIS-K, whoever they are, assuming they exist. The drone killed a civilian aid worker and a car full of kids.

There were no bombs in the Toyota, they had bottles of water, which are very different from bombs in that they don’t explode, even secondarily.

Finally this afternoon, the Biden administration was forced to stop lying. So here’s General Kenneth McKenzie, the head of U.S. Central Command.

GEN. KENNETH MCKENZIE, JR., COMMANDER, CENTCOM: When we thoroughly review the findings of the investigation and the supporting analysis by interagency partners, I am now convinced that as many as 10 civilians including up to seven children were tragically killed in that strike.

Moreover, we now assess that it is unlikely that the vehicle and those who died were associated with ISIS-K or were a direct threat to U.S. forces.

CARLSON: Okay. After consulting with our interagency partners, all of whom get “The New York Times” delivered at home, we are admitting that we lied to you for weeks about what we actually did. It was not ISIS-K. There were no suicide bombers. There were no secondary explosions. It was kids and water bottles.

In his remarks today, most tellingly, General McKenzie declined to announce any consequences for this, either for the killing of children or for the lying about it for weeks. Now why is that? We think we know.

Back on September 1st, Mark Milley explained that the drone strike of August 29th wasn’t out of the ordinary, in fact, it followed the very same procedures as every other drone strike over the last 20 years in Afghanistan.

MILLEY: We had very good intelligence that ISIS-K was preparing a specific type vehicle at a specific type location. We monitored that through various means, and all of the engagement criteria were being met. We went through the same level of rigor that we’ve done for years and we took a strike.

CARLSON: Oh, we had very good Intelligence. Luckily, the same kind of Intelligence that led us to believe that German educated Saudis would never fly airplanes into the World Trade Centers or The Pentagon or a field in Pennsylvania. The Intelligence that told us the Berlin Wall wasn’t about to fall, the Intelligence had told us it was fine to give up Bagram Air Base because Kabul was safe. The government would stand that Intelligence.

So the drone strike of August 29th that killed a car full of children underwent and we’re quoting, “The same level of rigor that we have done for years.” Well, that’s not very reassuring, is it?

But you will not find a more revealing statement about our Pentagon leaders. It explains why no one has been punished for this disaster.

If you fire Mark Milley for killing a bunch of kids unintentionally and then lying about it, maybe the accountability chain will start. Maybe they don’t want to fire whoever left hundreds of American citizens behind in Afghanistan and lied about that. So you can’t start firing people just because they’re terrible at their jobs, obviously. So you can’t fire anyone. That’s the rule.



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Didn’t Take Long: ABC, CBS Lose Interest in Biden’s Botched Drone Strike on Kids

If a Biden blunder is too big to ignore completely, the liberal media will do the next best thing: move on as quickly as possible. On Friday afternoon, the Pentagon conceded a horrific addition to the President’s botched withdrawal from Afghanistan. An August 29th drone strike that was touted as killing ISIS terrorists actually killed ten civilians, including seven children. 

But while the networks initially covered this latest debacle over the weekend, ABC and CBS quickly moved on. Mondays are usually a time when the networks offer a reset for viewers who weren’t paying attention on Saturday and Sunday. However, only NBC’s Today on Monday offered a fresh story, amounting to 2 minutes and 26 seconds. ABC’s Good Morning America and CBS Mornings on Monday? Zero. 

 

 

Reporter Richard Engel on Monday explained, “Just before American troops pulled out of Afghanistan last month, the last U.S. military drone strike killed ten, including an aide worker and his seven children. Now following an investigation, the Pentagon admits it was a tragic mistake.” He added, “A New York Times investigation showed the target was care carrying water jug, not explosives. Now family members say their name has been unfairly associated with ISIS.” 

Nowhere in the segment, however, was any mention of President Joe Biden. On Sunday’s Today show, reporter Monica Alba offered a report on the President “facing setbacks and challenges.” She noted, “The White House has yet to comment on the startling admission Friday that the missile killed ten civilians and seven of them children instead of an intended ISIS target.” 

On Sunday’s Good Morning America, Stephanie Ramos tried to ask Martha Raddatz how this latest disaster impacts Biden: “Martha, for weeks we know the Pentagon called the drone strike in Kabul that killed civilians a successful mission despite the loss of life. Now they’re admitting it was a tragic mistake. What’s the fallout look like for the administration?” 

Here’s Raddatz’s full answer: Notice she never says the word “Biden.” 

 

 

This was such a horrific mistake. A tragic mistake, a horrific mistake. They had tracked this car of the aide worker. They were convinced it was a terrorist. They tracked the car for about eight hours. They said the car went to an ISIS facilitator’s home and then continued on, but there was also this incredible investigation by The New York Times. This was about a week ago they had gotten surveillance video from the ground. They had tracked this aide worker. What he did during that day, he was dropping things off. He was picking up colleagues, went all over Kabul, and then pulled into that compound, and that’s when the hellfire missile struck. Even after that investigation, days later, they were still standing by the story that this was as General Milley called it, a righteous strike, and that they had followed the rules of engagement. They still say they followed the rules of engagement, Stephanie, on how this was carried out, but it was clearly, clearly a bad hit. 

In the first 24 hours, all three networks covered the botched strike. On Friday night, as well as the Saturday morning and evening newscasts, NBC offered the most time: 6 minutes and 9 seconds. CBS followed with 5 minutes and 39 seconds and ABC was in last with 4 minutes and 17 seconds. ABC offered another 4 minutes and 8 seconds on Sunday. NBC managed an additional 25 seconds. 

The networks dropped the border crisis for months at a time. And less than three days after the killing of ten civilians, including then children, CBS and NBC already appear ready to move on. 

CBS abandoning this horrific story after just a few days was sponsored by Progressive. On ABC, it was Target. Click on the links to let them know what you thinks. 

A transcript of NBC’s coverage on Monday is below. Click “expand” to read more. 

Today
9/20/2021

HODA KOTB: The Pentagon facing growing fallout after admitting this weekend that a drone strike in the final days of the Afghanistan war killed an innocent family. NBC’s chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel is right here in studio and going to tell us how it happened. Hey, Richard. Good morning. 

RICHARD ENGEL: It’s good to be here. Sorry with such a sad story. This was the last act while U.S. troops were still in Afghanistan. I was there at the time. We were watching this very chaotic pullout. It was a stampede, a rush to the airport and then there was an attack and the U.S. really did believe that there was going to be a follow-on attack and thought that it was ISIS, stopping an imminent attack, but after initial reports from the family that said this wasn’t the case, just a bunch of innocent people and now an investigation from the Pentagon admitting there was a mistake. 

Just before American troops pulled out of Afghanistan last month, the last U.S. military drone strike killed 10. Including an aide worker and his seven children. Now following an investigation, the Pentagon admits it was a tragic mistake. 

GENERAL KENNETH MCKENZIE: This strike was taken in the earnest belief that it would prevent an imminent threat to our forces and the evacuees at the airport. But it was a mistake and I offer my sincere apology. 

ENGEL: The strike came as American troops were pulling out of Afghanistan and it was mayhem. The Taliban had just taken over Kabul and Afghans were rushing to the airport, desperate to flee the country with American soldiers. An ISIS suicide bomber seized the opportunity and attacked American troops guarding a gate, killing 13 service members and nearly 200 Afghans. Afterwards, the Pentagon was on high alert for another ISIS attack. Later, bombing a car saying repeatedly it stopped another ISIS bomber. 

GENERAL MARK MILLEY: At this point we think that the procedures were correctly followed and it was a righteous strike. 

ENGEL:  But right from the start, witnesses claimed the U.S. Got it wrong and killed civilians. A New York Times investigation showed the target was care carrying water jug, not explosives. Now family members say their name has been unfairly associated with ISIS and they want the U.S. to help them get out of Afghanistan. “we’re not criminals. We did nothing wrong. We’re just innocent civilians, he said. 



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