…And Nobody Saw It Coming? Really?

| October 24, 2021

This may cheer up some of you: Afghanistan’s economy depended heavily on the cash the US sank into it. Once we left, the money was cut off, and guess what? The Afghan economy is not just teetering, it is crashing into oblivion.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/afghanistan-heading-towards-collapse-faster-than-expected-swedish-minister-warns/ar-AAPRvc5?ocid=mailsignout&li=BBnbfcL

From the article:  DUBAI, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Afghanistan is heading towards economic collapse that risks spiralling the country into a new political crisis, Sweden’s minister for international development cooperation warned on Saturday.

Afghanistan has been plunged into crisis following the collapse of the Western-backed government and Taliban take over in August, which was met with an abrupt end of billions of dollars in assistance to its aid-dependent economy.

“My concern is that the country is on the brink of collapse and that collapse is coming faster than we thought,” Per Olsson Fridh told Reuters in Dubai, warning that economic freefall could provide an environment for terror groups to thrive.

The 27-country European Union, which includes Sweden, has increased humanitarian aid to Afghanistan since the Taliban swept back to power but has halted its development assistance, a measure taken by many other countries and the World Bank. – article

The rest of the article is explicit: Sweden will not give a red cent to the Taliban, and negotiations for aid will be taking place in Qatar, per the article.

Did anyone else wonder how quickly the whole thing would begin to collapse in on itself? Anyone? Bueller?

 

Category: Afghanistan, Taliban

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Jeff LPH 3, 63-66

I was under the impression that the US was going to give billions in aid to the Taliban and haven’t heard anything about it for awhile.

Sapper3307

So Stone Age,,again?

Hack Stone

Billions and billions of US dollars was enough to lift Afghanistan from the 14th Century to the 16th Century, and now it is all pissed away. Now they will revert to 15th Century if they are lucky.

Anonymous

They’re gonna party like it’s 799…

David

I am sure the US drug using community will send them billions as usual.

Sapper3307

China will get the poppy fields up and running 110%.

Thunderstixx Thunder

Actually, that is probably more than true regarding the Chicoms and their behavior over the past few years.
I can imagine that they will give tons of aid to the tangoes and help support them in their terror against the United States.

ArmyATC

“…Per Olsson Fridh told Reuters in Dubai, warning that economic freefall could provide an environment for terror groups to thrive.”

No! Really? Thank you for that CPT Obvious. It would appear that Mr. Fridh doesn’t consider the Taliban and ISIS as terrorist groups.

Atlanticcoast63

…Not a problem; I’m sure Allah will do them a solid and front them a few bucks till payday.

All kidding aside. Let them starve and freeze in the dark.

KoB

Not one (1) more Dime of American Taxpayer money!

Not one (1) more drop of American Blood! NO MORE!

A firing detail is being assembled to fire a twenty one (21) gun Salute at 1300 hrs EDT (12 noon CDT) Sacred to the Memory and in Honor of PFC Andrew Meari and the unveiling of His Memorial Highway Marker. Stand by. Denise, we’re here for you.

Hatchet

Can’t be there in person but the Missus and I are sending prayers of strength and healing for Denise and the rest of the participants of this sacrosanct event.

https://repbatinick.com/2021/05/11/batinick-joint-resolution-creating-the-pfc-andrew-meari-memorial-highway-adopted-in-the-house/

&

https://obits.postandcourier.com/us/obituaries/charleston/name/andrew-meari-obituary?pid=146529563

Hatchet

Dear Taliban, you wanted your country’s Independence – you got it!

Now you want more money to buy more ammo and gear, fund beating your women and screwing your Bacha-boys?

Plain English – FUCK OFF.

Tašakor/Dera Manana

AW1Ed

They’ll just have to fall back on their main exports- opium and terror. Seems to have worked for them since the eighteenth century or so.

Berliner

Why is it Governments, here in the US and abroad, don’t know how to stop throwing good money after bad. Maybe I should invest in pallets (hello Barrack Hu$$ein Obama!) if they’re going to keep this up.

26Limabeans

I’m surprised it took this long.
Perhaps future aid will be funneled through Sweden wink wink..cough..ahem..

timactual

The only thing that kept that clusterfuck going for 20 years was billions of dollars in cash and military support. WTF did our fearless leaders think was going to happen without it? This is why the founding fathers, in their wisdom, wanted a limited government–they knew a big government would eventually fuck up everything it touched. Who says money can’t buy happiness? I am sure a lot of contractors and consultants and Afghan politicians are… Read more »

MarineDad61

… And nobody saw this coming, either?

[Mahjabin Hakimi was slaughtered in Kabul as Taliban troops searched for female sports players.]

[Taliban beheaded female volleyball player,
posted photos online]
https://nypost.com/2021/10/21/taliban-beheaded-afghanistan-volleyball-player-coach/

5JC

I woke up this morning and was all out of fucks. I went by the PX to get some more but due to the port problems in LA and uh, um, eh up, some other port they were fresh out.

A Proud Infidel®™

YOU AND ME BOTH, only I ventured out to the corner of our garden where we grow fucks to give and ALAS, it was barren, so oh well!

SFC D

I didn’t even plant any fucks this year. Demand is too high. And since I didn’t have enough fucks for everybody, nobody gets any.

STSC(SW/SS)

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaawn.

Roger Borroel

The last report was that the Taliban was giving U.S. money to the families of suicide bombers, because of their service to the new government.

5JC

This isn’t new.

Groups have always paid for suicide bombers. You didn’t think they were doing it for free did you? On top of that they normally get them drunk/ high first and then place tamper proof switched on their SVEST or chain them to their VBIED just in case they decide to change their mind.

A Proud Infidel®™

Not just that, they’ll also place remote triggers for the bombs linked to radio control or a cell phone in case the hadji driving the VBIED gets cold feet.

Roger Borroel

Mr. Biden could have had an easier time of getting more people out of that country, if the Afghan army had no folded like a bag of chips! The regular people there did not fight at all too, just handing everything over to the Taliban like slaves. Wise ancient saying: ‘Those who do not fight for freedom, deserve no freedom!’ Any mistake made at the time was NOT Mr. Biden’s fault, but the people who… Read more »

Commissioner Wretched

Donald Trump lives rent-free in your head, doesn’t he?

Roger Borroel

He had it better at his Chicago condo, where rap singer Kelly lived at…the parties they had!

UpNorth

Any mistake made at the time was Mr. Biden’s fault, like giving up a functioning, secure military airfield. That was one of the beginning fuckups of Joey the Douche. FIFY.

A Proud Infidel®™️

I see that you let the liberal media do your thinking for you!

5JC
A Proud Infidel®™

Ooh, do we once again have a turbo-butthurt flaming squirrel of a chew toy coming about?

GAME ON!!!

ChipNASA

Move over, gangway, make a hole…

ArmyATC

Sure, Trump has some blame for what happened. But that debacle called a withdrawal that caused civilian and military deaths, abandoning a strategic airfield, and turning over millions of dollars worth of military equipment is a “great feat for Mr. Biden?” Dude, I would say that I want some of what you’re smoking, but I don’t like cat turds.

AW1Ed

Roger, Welcome to moderation jail. This isn’t to muzzle opinions, but to warn a troll. The progressive and libertarian members who post here are, for the most part, literate and articulate their points well. They expect disagreement, and are rarely disappointed. They are not banned, or even moderated for their views. You however are adding nothing to the discussions, and are doing that badly. This will go one of three ways. I hope you chose… Read more »

Roh-Dog

As someone who’s often unacceptably hostile as a self-protection mechanism for having stunted ego formation, I REALLY need him here, Ed.

Don’t do this to me, man. I NEEDS my fix.

AW1Ed

Your chew toy has been released to comment.

KoB

Maximus “…at my signal unleash Hell.”

Have fun Roh-Dog. I try not to feed the trolls. Strength and Honor!

Roh-Dog

I’m pleasantly distracted by Salty Cracker’s ReeEEeE Stream.

I’m super grateful for Ed’s continued leadership and your attempt to elicit a response, but (Said out profound love and respect) fuck you guys.

I’m busy.
(Seriously love Salty on Sunday. Needed morale boost before Monday morn’n)

Roh-Dog

Have you noticed this turd has used ‘laff’ as a stand in for laugh 3 times now, usually in a sentence or thought with ‘Dems’…?

I’m not sure if its broken or a bot. Something about this individual don’t seem ‘right’. Concerned more than pissed at this point.

You know how to reach me.

nobunny

So are we arguing with a high tech gizmo or a low tech troll?

A Proud Infidel®™

“Your chew toy has been released to comment.”

Yeah, GAME ON!!!

Roger Borroel

I’ve added greatly to the discussions, but they were different perspectives than you guy’s conservative daily fodder. ‘Chew boy’? You cavemen always make me laff…! You guys are like living in the sticks…OK! I guess I’m outnumbered!

SFC D

Outnumbered, outwitted, outsmarted, the list is endless. Welcome to TAH.

rgr769

AW, I am wondering why you posted Roger Dodger’s name in the clear. Unless the poster stole Roger’s actual name as his handle, the real Roger Borroel is all over the interwebs and has written several books, including a couple on his experiences in the Viet of the Nam. He did lie in his response to my query about his service. I asked for his MOS and he cited an officer four digit MOS for… Read more »

rgr769

And for the benefit of those unfamiliar with how this forward observer thing works: The artillery battery has several F.O. teams, each has a trained forward artillery observer and a radio operator. The teams are temporarily attached to supported units. The infantry battalion, anyway in RVN, had four rifle companies. An F.O. team from the Arty. battery would be attached to the company to adjust artillery fire when the unit was in the bush/jungle. In… Read more »

AW1Ed

By the time I was on to him he had, ahh, already contributed to a several posts. Not much point in editing his name after that.

Hatchet

Roger Borroel says: October 24, 2021 at 9:48 pm – I’ve added greatly to the discussions, but they were different perspectives than you guy’s conservative daily fodder. Added greatly? Nope. Your ‘opinion’ of Biden shows you as glaringly deficient of any form of comprehension and utterly absent of any literacy skills to express such. *shrug* Res ipsa loquiter aka Let a Moron be a Moron… – ‘Chew boy’? You cavemen always make me laff…! You… Read more »

A Proud Infidel®™

Hey Bro, ease up for a moment or three and enjoy an Adult beverage or three while we wait for the dumb critter to waltz into the ambush!!!

ChipNASA

I see that ole Roger fancies himself much like Major Powers in Heartbreak Ridge, cept without the Rank. Roger, I think you’re way out of your league but you’re just too stupid and prideful to know such. Speaking of Roger, I *DO* hope he comes back and leaves his (skid) mark. Someone is about to git a solid “Rogering” and it ain’t none of us, righty Mr GED?!?!? (yeah, go look at the lawsuit linky… Read more »

OWB

Did somebody suggest that we get GED’s? Seriously?? Yeah, well, that’s not gonna happen. Why? Because they aren’t needed. Would guess that whatever the top 25 or so universities in the country might be, few, if any, are not represented among the commenters here. Probably with undergrad as well as advanced degrees. Could be wrong, of course. (Not that we need to do an actual roll call on that. I won’t but could name quite… Read more »

A Proud Infidel®™

Me not college grad, but I have job skills that make me earn more than a lot of jobs that require maters Degrees, I bet that “Roger” is yet another perpetual underachiever that projects his own feelings onto everyone else like whatshisface from UC Berzerkely!

rgr769

DuckDuckgo him and you will find all about the real Roger, assuming he is our poster. But based upon comments posted on the web, I am reasonably certain, our commenter is him.

rgr769

I have a B.S. in political science, but not from a top 25 university, and a law degree, but also not from one of those ivy league law schools. I attended the evening division of my law school and worked at a private law firm during law school. But I had no student debt. I went to law school to learn a way to make a living to support my family, as there weren’t any… Read more »

SFC D

I’m a high school grad. Bottom of my class. Not because I’m stupid, because I was lazy. If you get mostly A’s on exams but turn in no assignments, your grades suck. My college career was short but spectacular. I’m lucky in that I grew up working around and with some quality people. Farmers, ranchers, cowboys, men that could do whatever they set their mind to and could fix anything. Later on I had some… Read more »

AW1Ed

Living well is the best revenge.

ChipNASA

Mid-March baby here SFC D Now I’ll remember that we’re the end of the Kennedy generation as well as “Boomers”. I got paper that said I’m good as BS but it’s really a checkbox added to my same AFSC/MOS x2, from the Air Force, 602 Traffic Management and 605/2T2, Air Transportation, Port DAWG. I’ve loved being a box 📦 kicker and label licker, pax herder. Problem solver and general “Go To” guy on so many… Read more »

Hatchet

I’m a high school graduate and like SFC D, was also bottom of my class. Got completely fuct off with school after grade eleven so I left and got a job with a decent-paying moving company. Despised working weekends so I saved a for while and decided to sign up for a few college-level night classes to prepare for technical school(like Dad, eventually a Radio College of Canada grad). Shortly afterwards, signed up for a… Read more »