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US ‘experts’ who created Afghanistan mess should be fired for malpractice

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Imagine a surgeon who repeatedly operates on the wrong organ, or a pilot who misses a landing time and time again, maiming and killing scores of passengers. We would revoke their professional licenses, without delay. 

Why then do we tolerate the so-called national security “experts” at the helm of the US government, who pursue, for decades, ruinous policies that cost trillions in hard-earned taxpayer money and countless American lives? 

The Afghanistan collapse has proven that the US government’s ignorance of foreign cultures and mindsets can no longer be tolerated. After 20 years of immense effort by American warfighters, intelligence personnel, diplomats and aid workers to turn Afghanistan into what Westerners consider a normally functioning society, it has reverted to the same chaotic and brutal place that it has been for centuries. 

It is reasonable for Americans to ask: Will anyone in the US government be held accountable for sinking $2 trillion and sacrificing more than 6,000 of our fellow citizens’ lives to achieve what was unachievable in the first place? 

The reason America had to spend 20 years in Afghanistan involves a profound lack of foreign cultural expertise in the intelligence and national security communities, in which I proudly served as an intelligence officer and specialist in Russian doctrine and strategy. Failure to understand the adversary, as Sun Tzu taught us — whether it’s Afghani insurgents or Russia conducting unrestricted cyber warfare and sabotaging our elections — results in unrealistic policy goals and deficient warfighting strategies, and ultimately leads to defeat. 

US planners failed to anticipate how the insurgents in Afghanistan might adapt, fight and stymie the world’s most sophisticated and technologically advanced military. The insurgents’ employment of essentially homemade improvised explosive devices (IEDs) enabled them, the weaker side, to prevail over US forces. IEDs were responsible for 60 percent of all American fatalities and half of the total US casualties in Afghanistan, and they mitigated US advantages in resources, technology and ground combat. 

Homemade improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were responsible for 60 percent of all American fatalities and half of the total US casualties in Afghanistan.
Homemade improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were responsible for 60 percent of all American fatalities and half of the total US casualties in Afghanistan.
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The US government “experts” ignored four fundamental issues while engaging in a protracted conflict in Afghanistan: how corrupt the Afghan government bureaucracy is; how hard the Taliban-inspired insurgents — whose Afghan identity is wrapped up in resisting foreign invaders — would fight; how resourceful a weaker power can be when faced with a more powerful opponent; and how alien the Western concepts of democracy, women’s rights and the like, are for a tribal, patriarchal Afghan culture. These are not complicated issues to wrap your brain around. 

With proper expertise and by taking stock of the Soviet quagmire in Afghanistan in the previous century, America could have avoided the exorbitant losses incurred by the longest war in US history. Instead, after the American military quickly achieved its initial objective of defeating the Taliban in Afghanistan, the establishment continued to press on with the usual, and doomed, mission of nation-building, security assistance, and training and equipping the incapable Afghan army. 

What’s worse is that the government bureaucracy went to great lengths to conceal its incompetence behind the rubric of classified information, an approach which I experienced first-hand. My former agency, the DIA, censored significant portions of my book, which reveals the deficiencies of the intelligence community in its understanding of Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russian threat to America. 

Once-confidential government documents about Afghanistan contain impressions from 400 direct participants in the Afghan war, ranging from generals to diplomats. They lay bare the stark contrast between the actual situation on the ground and the mischaracterizations and outright lies presented by government officials to Americans for almost two decades. 

Taliban fighters stand guard along a road in Herat on August 19, 2021, amid the group's military takeover of Afghanistan.
Taliban fighters stand guard along a road in Herat on August 19, 2021, amid the group’s military takeover of Afghanistan.
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Washington think tanks and “Beltway bandit” consulting firms are bursting at the seams with “experts” who mucked things up for America by conjuring up “pie-in-the-sky” policy ambitions and wrongheaded warfighting strategies. These unelected bureaucrats rotate in and out of the government, dragging our country into endless and unwinnable wars that spill blood and waste our treasure. Few, if any, of these “professionals,” as they like to call themselves, are held accountable for creating crisis after crisis across the globe. 

At this point, no matter how well-meaning the establishment’s desire to remake the world in America’s image by removing every tyrant, every terrorist, and every sign of injustice and poverty, the relentless pursuit of unachievable outcomes is no longer an innocent mistake. 

It is reckless. And it’s professional malpractice. 

Rebekah Koffler is a former Defense Intelligence Agency officer and author of the new book “Putin’s Playbook: Russia’s Secret Plan to Defeat America” (Regnery), out now. @rebekah0132.

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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
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“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
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The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
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Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
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The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
New York DMV

There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
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He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

Source: NYS DMV

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