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“You’ve got to take care of the floors. You know the floors of the forests, it’s very important,” Trump said amid the charred ruins of Paradise — his first stop on the tour.
Trump went on to explain that the president of Finland, whom he met on an overseas trip a week earlier, told him about raking the forest floors. “He called it a forest nation,” Trump said, “and they spent a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things, and they don’t have any problem.”
He didn't even bother to find out that the California fires were not in forests, but
were brush fires. Typical of him. Anything outside his own experience
pretty much doesn't exist.
Of course, Finland is nothing like California, as the Finns were quick to
point out on social media.
Trump's ignorance was embarrassing but also entertaining :)
Only if you like cringe comedy!
Yes. I loved it when he was ad libbing. He never had the faintest clue
what he was talking about, but that didn't stop him :)
By Roger Kimball
President Ice Cream’s Afghan meltdown
There is quite a lot of that Yes-No, Did-Didn’t, whiplashing these days
"'You have to hand it to the Taliban (or, if you are Joe Biden, the ‘Tally-bahn’): they are
both a persistent and an infernally clever lot.
As to their persistence, recall that George W. Bush assured us that, ‘thanks to our
military, our allies, and the brave fighters of Afghanistan…the Taliban regime is
coming to an end.’ That was in December 2001.
As of August 2021, they control the country and are as I write issuing ultimatums
to the President of the United States: everybody out by September 11, no, make that
August 31 — otherwise, there will be ‘consequences’.
There does seem to be a communications breakdown about radical elements in Afghanistan.
A few days ago, President Ice Cream said that al-Qaeda was ‘gone’ from Afghanistan, ergo
(he did not say ‘ergo’) we had no reasons to be there, getting al-Qaeda after the terrorist
attacks of 9/11 having been the original rationale for going into that godforsaken
country in the first place.
Alas, just a few hours later that day, the Pentagon spokesman John ‘no imminent threat’ Kirby
acknowledged that ‘al-Qaeda is a presence as well as Isis’ throughout Afghanistan.
There is quite a lot of that Yes-No, Did-Didn’t, whiplashing these days. Jen Psaki, the
President’s press secretary, told us that no Americans were ‘stranded’ in Afghanistan,
adding for good moralistic measure that it was ‘irresponsible’ to suggest such a thing.
Many observers close to the situation have a different assessment of what will happen; said
one, ‘it is unavoidable that Americans, Green Card holders and those who worked with us will be
left behind’. Hard cheese on those folks, but, as always, the Babylon Bee distributes solace,
explaining that ‘Americans Trapped By Taliban With No Rescue Plan Happy To Hear
They Are Not Stranded’.
Well, that’s what we used to call black humor in a satirical paper. For the people actually on
the ground, there is not a lot of humor. According to NBC,
‘Staffers reported being jostled, hit, spat on and cursed at by Taliban fighters at checkpoints
near the airport, it said, adding that criminals were taking advantage of the chaos while the
US military tried to maintain order “in an extremely physical situation”. Some staff members
reported that they were almost separated from their children, while others collapsed in a crush
of people and had to be taken to hospitals with injuries, the cable said. Others said they had
collapsed on the road because of heat exhaustion, it said. “It would be better to die under
the Taliban’s bullet” than face the crowds again, a staff member was quoted as saying in the cable.’
Everyone is feeling the strain. Our secretary of state, Anthony ‘Winkin and Blinkin’, for example,
could not remember who the departed president of Afghanistan was, confusing former
president Hamid Karzai with President Ashraf ‘Skedaddle’ Ghani. Here’s how to tell the
difference, President Ghani, who is now swanning around the United Arab Emirates, is
the one who left with $169 million of your tax dollars stuffed into bags, though to be
fair no one has counted the lucre Karzai may have appropriated in his 14 years in office.
No, like the poor according to the Gospel, it looks like we’ll have the Taliban (and maybe al-Qaeda
and Isis) always with us. It’s a good thing, then, isn’t it (is it?) that the organization seems
to be burnishing its image. Joe Biden likes ice cream. It turns out that the Taliban does too,
and we have the pictures to prove it. (I wonder what the Pashto word for ‘troll’ is?).
We have also just learned that Sharia loving group wants to take a bigger role on the
international stage, helping, for instance, to tackle the burning issue of climate change.
And you’ll be pleased to hear that the fancy-head-gear chaps can multitask, battling climate
change even as they execute wayward citizens and hustle women back into burqas.
Of course, it’s not only fancy head gear that the Taliban has to conjure these days.
Thanks to the generosity — never call it scandalous incompetence — of the US government,
we have bequeathed the Taliban hundreds of millions of dollars worth of grade-A military
hardware, making them ‘the most armed militant group today’ (actually, the most armed
in history). A partial inventory of our largess, not to say stupidity, includes 23 A-29 combat
aircraft. ($22.25 million a pop), three C-130 transport planes ($14 million each), and 33 H-60
Blackhawk helicopters ($6 million each). Then there are the 170 armored Humvees ($41.5 million),
thousand upon thousands of rockets and grenades and nearly a million rounds
of .50 caliber ammunition.
Why doesn’t Joe Biden just tell them to give all that stuff back, or else? Because Joe Biden
is not former Navy SEAL Jocko Willink. I wish he were, and I wish he’d say what Jocko says here..."
By Roger Kimball
Roger Kimball is the editor and publisher of The New Criterion, publisher of Encounter Books
and a contributing editor of The Spectator.