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  1. Reuters reporting that House Democrats reach tentative deal on Biden agenda https://reut.rs/3B5pd1W
  2. Actually in an NYT interview during the campaign, Biden did mention he was against the troops surge in the Obama administration but was overruled by the military brass and others in the Obama cabinet. He even said, he came to this conclusion after several trips to the rural parts of Afghanistan and seeing first hand that prolonged US deployment there didn’t make much sense anymore. There are also other reports of him being in favor of counterterrorism ops and not nation building. As to why the Taliban would care about killing Americans, it’s because they need the international community to recognize them this time around and most importantly they need funds… money frozen by the US and IMF.
  3. Although I’m not a fan of Friedman, this time he’s making sense: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/19/opinion/afghanistan-us-taliban.html
  4. And the Saudis funded the Taliban and all the fundamentalist madrassas around the world for decades. But this was a non-issue for Western powers till 9/11.
  5. I wouldn’t equate Massoud with Hekmatyar. Yes, Massoud was a warlord but he had principles. The man did not kill his enemies who surrendered… I read somewhere that he even punished his soldiers who killed fleeing or surrendering enemy fighters. He was not a mindless murderer like Hekmatyar who is the one who bombed Kabul with artillery provided by the Pakistanis. Massoud did not enter Kabul after the Najibullah government fell even though he had the largest army and was the dominant player. He waited on the outskirts of Kabul for all warring parties to reach a peaceful and power sharing agreement and even extended and olive branch to Hekmatyar who had tried to assassinate him previously. Although Tajik, even the Pashtuns admired Massoud, enough to observe a national holiday on the day he died. Even now, in Kabul, posters of him pop up during every election. I was reading about the man a few years ago… he was educated (an engineer), well read, and a poet. And although an Islamist, he practiced and propagated a tolerant form of Islam. Somehow I think he was strategically killed by the Taliban and Al Qaeda with the help of the ISI two days before 9/11 knowing full well if he was alive, the West may have had a leader who just may have been able to unite Afghanistan against the Taliban.
  6. The Taliban visited Texas in 1997 to discuss an oil pipeline through Afghanistan with an US oil company. I suspect the Taliban will try harder this time to get international recognition and legitimacy. The next republican president for all you know will call the Taliban an ally against evul Iran. The butcher MBS (Saudi crown prince), perhaps will not allow Saudi money to fund the Taliban anymore. If so, the Taliban will have to solely rely on Pakistan if they continue their hardline wahhabi/ salafi ideology. The Russians and Chinese may find the Taliban strategically convenient now but we’ll see how long that will last.
  7. Fully agree. Afghanistan is a tribal society and taming it can only come from within. With the exception of Kabul and some other urban areas, the country is run by tribal leaders. Things only got worse in the 80s when the US used the jihadis (funded by the Saudis and trained by the Pakistanis) to fight the Soviets. The Pakistanis supported the Taliban as they were Pashtun and were fighting the Northern alliance. There may have been a chance for Afghanistan if Ahmed Shah Massoud lived but he was assassinated by Al Qaeda with the help of ISI (Pakistani intelligence) two days before 9/11. The US bet on the wrong horse in Afghanistan. If they had helped the Northern alliance and supported Massoud, before the ISI propped up the Taliban, there may have been a chance.
  8. Yeah I think Grisham really wanted HHS. The whole drama with her rejecting Interior and then it getting leaked by the Biden camp, and then the Hispanic caucus complaining about it, didn’t bode well for her.
  9. Yeah I just started watching Disney Gallery: Star Wars: The Mandalorian. Didn’t know such a thing existed until now. Filoni’s passion is clearly visible in the Ep titled Legacy.
  10. Just came across this video. Don’t care much for the youtuber but listen to what Filoni says... this guy should have spearheaded the sequels not fu#%^ing Kathleen Kennedy or JJ Abrams. Filoni understands Star Wars and Lucas’ story. I know a lot of people hate the prequels, but it worked for me cause SW, for me, was always about the Skywalker family and the prequels brought it full circle. It showed the rise of a young, basically good person who had everything but fails because of his insecurities and fear. The prequels are a Shakespearean tragedy but then it folds well into the OT which gives the viewer hope. Luke was always the perfect Jedi because he was not detached or emotionally deprived like the others. He cared deeply for his friends, his father and finally his love for his father and his selflessness saved his father. Yoda and Obi Wan in the OT wanted Luke to kill Anakin because they thought that was the only way. Luke, on the other hand, from the very beginning wanted to save him. He thought like Padme, who with her dying breath told Obi Wan “there is still good in him”. From a Luke who loves and cares so deeply that he won’t kill his father despite said father being a mass murderer, we go to a Luke in the sequels who attempts to kill his sister’s son (who he’s a teacher/ mentor to as well) for something he thinks his nephew will do in the future. Just sheer madness. Anyway, sorry to hijack the Mandalorian thread. Just came across Filoni’s view on SW and was so disappointed that Disney didn’t make use of him for the sequels.
  11. This is the whole point of Lucas film making that many (myself included) liked. He didn’t care to give much exposition, he gave some backstory but did not elaborate. And this is the reason you have a generation after the OT who were obsessed with the SW EU for decades. In the prequels, I feel, he gave TMI.
  12. Whether people hate or like the prequels (I’m in the latter camp), one has to admit that Lucas was original. One need not like the Anakin backstory and the politics of the prequels to see that Lucas was ambitious in his themes and character arcs. JJ Abrams OTOH is a hack. All he did was recycle the OT in TFA. As for the third movie, I don’t know what the hell he’s doing... it’s all over the place, no continuity in character storylines or any storyline, no logic, and everyone and their grandmother has immense power.
  13. Who told you this? Enough with the Kasdan glorifying.
  14. Most likely Michigan certification did it. Another story being reported in the Post is that business leaders (Partner for New York City) put pressure. In a call on Friday, some of them discussed withholding campaign contributions from Georgia’s two Republican Senate candidates to motivate the party to push for the transition. Now that might have stirred Mitch McConnell.
  15. So now you decide who has decency and who doesn’t. What a load of crap for a non offensive, innocuous comment. And I’m supposed to care how it rubs you?
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