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Obama Sec. Defense: Biden’s Afghanistan Surrender Made Me Physically Sick – Video

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With many considering President Biden as just “Obama 2.0,” the odds of President Biden being criticized by an old Obama official seem about as likely as getting eaten by a polar bear.

But Robert Gates, who ran the Pentagon under President Obama and President George W. Bush, told CBS News in a “60 Minutes” interview that he was sick over the Afghanistan withdrawal.

“It was really tough. For a few days there, I actually wasn’t feeling very well. And I realized it was because of what was happening in Kabul,” Gates said.

But Gates went further to clarify that, even though any withdrawal is messy, Biden’s way of doing it was certainly one of the worst of the options available.

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“And — and I guess the other — the other feeling that I had was that it probably did not need to have turned out that way,” Gates said.

Biden’s initial optimism about the withdrawal was astounding. The Soviet Union and even Alexander the Great had issues withdrawing from Afghanistan, so that should have cued Biden to the fact that it would be no walk in the park to get American troops out.

“Once President Biden reaffirmed that there was going to be a firm deadline date, that’s the point at which I think they should have begun bringing those people out. You’d have to be pretty naïve not to assume things were gonna go downhill once that withdrawal was complete,” Gates said.

While Gates did also blame former President Donald Trump for some of the issues with the withdrawal, there is no excuse for Biden’s lack of foresight and planning.

“Certainly the military considers withdrawal the most dangerous part of an operation. But … they really had a lot of time to plan, beginning with the deal that President Trump cut with the Taliban. So that was in February of 2020,” Gates said.

Such criticism from Gates, who not only has worked in national security for decades but is also cozy with the Democrats, is a surprising betrayal to the establishment.

However, Gates was not alone in his criticism of Biden’s deadly naivete. The blundering withdrawal drew heavy fire from other Democrats as well. And it’s never a good sign to be so heavily criticized from your own side of the aisle, especially if you were practically hailed as the Christ after being elected over Trump.

Senator Bob Mendez (D-N.J.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released a statement filled with criticism of the whole debacle.

“In implementing this flawed plan, I am disappointed that the Biden administration clearly did not accurately assess the implications of a rapid U.S. withdrawal,” Mendez said.

However, Democrat critics have been careful to not wholly lay the blame at Biden’s feet for the withdrawal disaster. They made sure to mention that Trump was also at fault.

“The wholly inadequate agreement the Trump administration made with the Taliban did not get commitments for the Taliban to break ties with Al Qaeda, nor did it account for the day after our withdrawal,” Mendez said.

And the Washington Post made sure to heap the majority of the blame on Trump’s head in an op-ed headlined, “Trump & Co. engineered the pullout from Afghanistan. Now they criticize it.

And yet, it was Biden, not Trump who was actually responsible for the withdrawal. That is what it means to be the president. The buck stops with you, Biden.

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Epstein Pilot Drops Names of Who Flew on Jet, Including 2 Presidents and a Prince – But That’s Not All

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It was high living, Jeffrey Epstein-style.

Jurors in the sex-trafficking trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, sometime paramour and longtime associate of the deceased financier and convicted sex offender, got a glimpse this week of some of the circles Epstein traveled in before his death in a federal prison cell more than two years ago.

And as a former pilot on Epstein’s private jet testified, his acquaintances included some of the most famous men in the world.

It wasn’t just former President Bill Clinton who logged significant flying time on the plane known as “The Lolita Express.”

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How much time Clinton actually spent is a matter of dispute. He admits to being on four flights; flight records show at least 26.

Raise your hand if you automatically believe Bill Clinton about anything. (Your left hand.)

It wasn’t just former President Donald Trump, who banned Epstein from his estate in Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach County, Florida, and is known to have flown on the Epstein jet just once.

It wasn’t even just Prince Andrew of the British royal family whom pilot Lawrence Paul Visoski Jr. remembered flying around the world.

During his testimony Tuesday, according to the New York Post, Visoski also dropped the names of several well-known figures.

John Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth in space who later became a Democratic United States senator from Ohio, was mentioned, along with former Sen. George Mitchell, the Democrat from Maine best known for helping lead the 9/11 Commission into the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington in 2001 and forging a lasting, if occasionally tenuous, peace in Northern Ireland.

There were also big names from the world of entertainment like internationally known violinist Itzhak Perlman and — perhaps not so surprisingly — actor Kevin Spacey, a man with a reputation nearly as bad as Bill Clinton’s.

Having big names on board is probably par for the course when you’re a pilot for a man as wealthy as Epstein was before his death (if he wasn’t a billionaire, he was worth hundreds of millions, according to a Fortune article from 2019.)

But there’s no doubt the big names Epstein associated with are regretting their acquaintance with the man who pleaded guilty in 2008 to procuring a minor for prostitution as a way to settle accusations of multiple sex crimes.

While Maxwell’s trial — and Visoski’s testimony — provides liberals with a finger-pointing opportunity to claim Trump had an involvement with Epstein, the situation for Bill Clinton is worse.

His relationship with Epstein was closer (Epstein favored Democrats), he flew on Epstein’s plane much more often and, realistically speaking, his reputation for sexual misbehavior is not only worldwide, it’s a matter of historical record.

(In fact, it was just featured in the FX drama “Impeachment: An American Crime Story”).

It would be hard to find an honest American who would claim true surprise to hear of anything the 42nd president might have done when it comes to the fairer sex.

But for all of Epstein’s associates — very much including Prince Andrew — the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell on charges of procuring underage girls to satisfy the late financier’s unnatural sexual urges has to be opening up some very unwelcome cans of worms.

As Epstein showed before his “suicide” more than two years ago, the higher anyone flies, the farther, and harder, the fall.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

It was high living, Jeffrey Epstein-style. Jurors in the sex-trafficking trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, sometime paramour and longtime associate of the deceased financier and convicted sex offender, got a glimpse this week of some of the circles Epstein traveled in before his death in a federal prison cell more than two years ago. And as a former pilot on Epstein’s private jet testified, his acquaintances included some of the most famous men in the world. It wasn’t just former President Bill Clinton who logged significant flying time on the plane known as “The Lolita Express.” How much time Clinton actually spent is a matter of dispute. He admits to being on four flights; flight records show at least 26. Raise your hand if you automatically believe Bill Clinton about anything. (Your left hand.) Epstein’s pilot just said that Clinton flew on the plane many times. We know of 26 locations Clinton flew with Epstein. This is getting dangerous.https://t.co/XlIXoe8bir — Maxwell Trial Tracker (@TrackerTrial) November 30, 2021 It wasn’t just former President Donald Trump, who banned Epstein from his estate in Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach County, Florida, and is known to have flown on the Epstein jet just once. It wasn’t even just Prince Andrew of the British royal family whom pilot Lawrence Paul Visoski Jr. remembered flying around the world. During his testimony Tuesday, according to the New York Post, Visoski also dropped the names of several well-known figures. John Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth in space who later became a Democratic United States senator from Ohio, was mentioned, along with former Sen. George Mitchell, the Democrat from Maine best known for helping lead the 9/11 Commission into the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington in 2001 and forging a lasting, if occasionally tenuous, peace in…

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Photo: Here’s the Creepy Ghislaine Maxwell Moment Court Illustrator Caught – It Will Haunt You

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Jane Rosenberg, a court artist currently covering the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, captured a rather haunting image during a pre-trial hearing in New York City.

Maxwell currently faces several charges related to her alleged participation in the many sex crimes committed by notorious financier Jeffrey Epstein, who is now deceased.

According to Reuters, as court artists drew their sketches of Maxwell, she stared right back at them and, in turn, made sketches of the artists.

Rosenberg depicted this in one of her illustrations of the proceedings.

“Ghislaine Maxwell, the Jeffrey Epstein associate accused of sex trafficking, makes a sketch of court artists while seated between defense attorneys Bobbi Sternheim and Jeffrey Pagliuca, during a pre-trial hearing ahead of jury selection, in a courtroom sketch in New York City, U.S.,” Reuters wrote in its description of the illustration.

Apparently, this was not a first for Rosenberg.

The accomplished courtroom artist told The Western Journal that, during the trial of Lev Parnas — a Ukrainian-American businessman who was convicted on charges related to violating campaign finance laws — one of the co-defendants drew a sketch of her.

“Maybe I got more interesting looking since [the] pandemic?” Rosenberg told The Western Journal in an email.

As it turns out, Rosenberg had actually drawn sketches of Epstein as well during a few pre-trial hearings.

“There wasn’t a trial,” she told the New York Post. “So it was just a few hearings before he killed himself, or didn’t kill himself.”

Rosenberg noted that she’s very careful to make sure her drawings are not too judgemental.

“I have to hear the facts before I make a judgment on how I would vote,” she said.

Despite this, she told the Post what she thought of Epstein.

“He’s totally a sicko, weirdo,” she said.

Many of the crimes committed by Epstein — of which Maxwell is alleged to be a conspirator — appear rather sick by any standard.

On Wednesday, the first of Maxwell’s accusers — identified as “Jane” — gave graphic testimony related to the abuse she had allegedly suffered at the hands of both Epstein and Maxwell.

According to Jane, Maxwell not only groomed her for sexual abuse but also participated in the abuse herself.

“I was abused pretty much every time that I would go over to his house, and it all started to seem the same after a while — whether it was just him or there were other women involved, or me and Jeffrey and Ghislaine, it all started to seem the same,” Jane testified.

“After a while, you just become numb to it.”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Jane Rosenberg, a court artist currently covering the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, captured a rather haunting image during a pre-trial hearing in New York City. Maxwell currently faces several charges related to her alleged participation in the many sex crimes committed by notorious financier Jeffrey Epstein, who is now deceased. According to Reuters, as court artists drew their sketches of Maxwell, she stared right back at them and, in turn, made sketches of the artists. Rosenberg depicted this in one of her illustrations of the proceedings. I asked the courtroom artist — Jane Rosenberg — how it felt to have Maxwell draw her & if this had ever happened before “Oddly it happened in the last trial I sketched [Lev Parnas]. His co defendant was sketching me. Maybe I got more interesting looking since [the] pandemic?” pic.twitter.com/2u9wKxtJPa — Michael Austin (@mikeswriting) December 2, 2021 “Ghislaine Maxwell, the Jeffrey Epstein associate accused of sex trafficking, makes a sketch of court artists while seated between defense attorneys Bobbi Sternheim and Jeffrey Pagliuca, during a pre-trial hearing ahead of jury selection, in a courtroom sketch in New York City, U.S.,” Reuters wrote in its description of the illustration. Apparently, this was not a first for Rosenberg. The accomplished courtroom artist told The Western Journal that, during the trial of Lev Parnas — a Ukrainian-American businessman who was convicted on charges related to violating campaign finance laws — one of the co-defendants drew a sketch of her. “Maybe I got more interesting looking since [the] pandemic?” Rosenberg told The Western Journal in an email. As it turns out, Rosenberg had actually drawn sketches of Epstein as well during a few pre-trial hearings. “There wasn’t a trial,” she told the New York Post. “So it was just a few hearings before he killed himself, or…

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