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UN-SPUN: On The Ground in Afghanistan with Ben Owen

“I’m not bringing politics into this.  This has been a failure of government as a whole”.

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As Secretary of State Antony Blinken plays a game of partisan patty-cake in front of Congress this week, the daunting task of evacuating Americans, our allies, and our assets from Afghanistan continues.

But the performative antics of the men and women of Congress are just that:  Antics.  The soundbites and the spin are all there, as per the usual, helping to fuel this donkey-and-elephant show and feed the mainstream media’s appetite for ratings.

The truth about Afghanistan is not going to be written in the halls of Congress, and Americans are now beginning to understand that the record produced by Congress has, and will forever be, massaged and molded to the whims of Washington DC herself – complete with the spin and sensationalism that has melded entertainment and politics in a way that will bring only suffering sometime in the not-so-distant future.

On the ground in Afghanistan is a different story entirely.  One of sacrifice, betrayal.  Duty and honor.  Of righteous, dangerous work that must be completed at all costs.

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The men and women doing that work tell a different story than those pontificating in front of the cameras 7,000 miles away, and they are eager to let their experience be known.

One of those men in Ben Owen, Founder of Flanders Fields, an organization whose mission to support veterans in need has been extended to include a robust and dangerous effort to evacuate all who require it in Afghanistan.

Owen’s take on the situation does not square with the tall tales being bandied about on The Beltway.

“Some of the story is getting out there, but depending on the outlet, it’s wildly inaccurate or missing critical details”, Owen tells me.  He then cites a dire and specific example of the mainstream media’s erroneous reporting.

“WSJ did a write up about the ~300 orphans who got in the gate and then had to leave.  I sent the authors an email to correct an error in fact, that the reality was the 284 orphans were entirely inside the wire, (the hardest place to get and the final hurdle to get on a plane), but the commander ‘didn’t like the way’ our guys brought them in and ejected them all from [the airport]”.

This hinderance to the work of Flanders Fields hasn’t sat well with veterans advocate, who rebukes the idea that the deadline of August 31st was a problem.

“Truthfully, we could have had all the American citizens and green card holders out by 8/31 if we hadn’t had the situation at the gates blocking entrance as a rule.  I became entirely unable to get any of my families, even AMCITs through the gates for a full 72hrs prior to pull out”.

Then, almost unbelievably:

“Leading up to that, planes were leaving empty, paid for flights with far less than half capacity on them.  If the airport had actually been functioning as an airport, (allowing people who had flights to board planes), we likely could have seen a far greater number–if not all–of the AMCITs evacuated, and far higher percentage of the at risk persons as well”.

And those people are of a paramount importance not only to Owen and those who are assisting him in the effort, but as a matter of principle for the American reputation.

“We made a commitment to our interpreters, their families, the women of the AUP, and countless others that we would take care of them.  America needs to band together and make good on that promise.  Anyone who is vetted, confirmed, an ally, an orphan, etc—we need visas and a resettlement plan in place ASAP.  The private sector is able and willing to facilitate anything we can, but we can’t grant visas”.
As for the partisan politicking currently filling the air inside the Capitol, Ben Own has little use for it so long as there is work to do in Afghanistan.
“The criticism of the US Gov is justified, wholly and entirely.  This is coming from a veteran, a patriot, somebody who wishes to see all partisanism removed from this.  I make a living appealing to conservatives, and I’ll be the first to tell you, I’m not bringing politics into this.  This has been a failure of government as a whole”.

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Chris Cuomo Preparing Massive Lawsuit Aimed at Former Employer

But CNN INSTANTLY put the kibosh on it!

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Things over at CNN have been rough in recent days, and they certainly aren’t smoothing out anytime soon.

The infotainment network is facing an onslaught of trouble of late, thanks largely to the actions of Chris Cuomo – formerly the top draw at the station – thanks to his inappropriate actions in regard to his brother’s sexual assault scandal during his time as the Governor of New York.

Cuomo has since been fired, and a war of words has erupted between he and his former employer.  Just yesterday it was reported that CNN was rebuking Cuomo’s claims that they were aware of the poor behavior of their primetime star.

Today, Cuomo is setting himself up to sue CNN.

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Fired CNN host Chris Cuomo is set to sue the network if it balks at paying him at least $18 million to cover what’s left on his contract, sources told The Post on Monday.

Cuomo, 51, has hired lawyers and is preparing to file the lawsuit over the remainder of the four-year contract he signed last year — after a bitter back-and-forth about what the network knew of his secret efforts to aid his embattled brother, then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo, said sources familiar with the matter.

His contract was reportedly worth $6 million annually, leaving between $18 million and $20 million that he would be owed, sources said, adding that Chris Cuomo would also likely seek damages.

The network was not entertained by the idea.

But CNN has “no intention of paying [Chris] Cuomo a penny,” an insider said.

“If he gets a settlement, there would be uproar,” the source added.

Cuomo has also left his SiriusXM radio program this week, leaving the longtime anchor with no audience to complain to.

Things over at CNN have been rough in recent days, and they certainly aren’t smoothing out anytime soon. The infotainment network is facing an onslaught of trouble of late, thanks largely to the actions of Chris Cuomo – formerly the top draw at the station – thanks to his inappropriate actions in regard to his brother’s sexual assault scandal during his time as the Governor of New York. Cuomo has since been fired, and a war of words has erupted between he and his former employer.  Just yesterday it was reported that CNN was rebuking Cuomo’s claims that they were aware of the poor behavior of their primetime star. Today, Cuomo is setting himself up to sue CNN. Fired CNN host Chris Cuomo is set to sue the network if it balks at paying him at least $18 million to cover what’s left on his contract, sources told The Post on Monday. Cuomo, 51, has hired lawyers and is preparing to file the lawsuit over the remainder of the four-year contract he signed last year — after a bitter back-and-forth about what the network knew of his secret efforts to aid his embattled brother, then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo, said sources familiar with the matter. His contract was reportedly worth $6 million annually, leaving between $18 million and $20 million that he would be owed, sources said, adding that Chris Cuomo would also likely seek damages. The network was not entertained by the idea. But CNN has “no intention of paying [Chris] Cuomo a penny,” an insider said. “If he gets a settlement, there would be uproar,” the source added. Cuomo has also left his SiriusXM radio program this week, leaving the longtime anchor with no audience to complain to.

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CNN SHAME: Don Lemon Now Accused of Feeding Information to Jussie Smollett

How long until Lemon is fired?

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CNN has spent a great deal of time and resources attempting to convince the nation that they are a real news station, but to no avail.

The infotainment corporation has been in a near-constant state of editorial retching, spewing forth a vast number of strange angles and concocted soundbites that sound far more hard-hitting in print than they do when they are over-acted by one of their on-air talking heads.

But worse still is the fact that CNN anchors are now inserting themselves directly into the news, lampooning any claim of credibility that they may have had left.

Chris Cuomo’s attempts to use his media resources to help his brother escape his sex assault scandals cost him his job.

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Nowhere are concerns that Don Lemon may soon face similar admonishment on account of how he became a part of Jussie Smollett’s bizarre case.

Jussie Smollett, on trial for allegedly staging a hate crime against himself, testified Monday that he had correspondence with CNN’s Don Lemon during the early parts of the Chicago Police Department’s (CPD) investigation into the incident.

Smollett, 39, testified that he received a text from Lemon, supposedly relaying information that the CPD didn’t believe Smollett’s account of what happened, Fox News’ Matt Finn reported from the Windy City courthouse.

As of this writing, there has been no official word from CNN on the matter.

Lemon is also facing charges of sexually assaulting a man in a bar, in which the television personality is alleged to have shoved his fingers down his pants and then forced the victim to smell them, while making incredibly offensive statements about the man’s sexuality.

 

CNN has spent a great deal of time and resources attempting to convince the nation that they are a real news station, but to no avail. The infotainment corporation has been in a near-constant state of editorial retching, spewing forth a vast number of strange angles and concocted soundbites that sound far more hard-hitting in print than they do when they are over-acted by one of their on-air talking heads. But worse still is the fact that CNN anchors are now inserting themselves directly into the news, lampooning any claim of credibility that they may have had left. Chris Cuomo’s attempts to use his media resources to help his brother escape his sex assault scandals cost him his job. Nowhere are concerns that Don Lemon may soon face similar admonishment on account of how he became a part of Jussie Smollett’s bizarre case. Jussie Smollett, on trial for allegedly staging a hate crime against himself, testified Monday that he had correspondence with CNN’s Don Lemon during the early parts of the Chicago Police Department’s (CPD) investigation into the incident. Smollett, 39, testified that he received a text from Lemon, supposedly relaying information that the CPD didn’t believe Smollett’s account of what happened, Fox News’ Matt Finn reported from the Windy City courthouse. As of this writing, there has been no official word from CNN on the matter. Lemon is also facing charges of sexually assaulting a man in a bar, in which the television personality is alleged to have shoved his fingers down his pants and then forced the victim to smell them, while making incredibly offensive statements about the man’s sexuality.  

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