Kansas City Afghanistan Turnabout FAIL News Gathering

Right now we share some of the more interesting items from today's news cycle starting with local reporting and then moving on to the big picture from both sides.

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Kansas City Veterans React To Afghanistan's Fall: 'I Think Everyone's Been Shocked'

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Paul Darling of Overland Park trained some of the Afghan National Security Forces himself. Now he's one of thousands of United States veterans of the war in Afghanistan trying to make sense of the Taliban's swift takeover of the country.

Afghanistan Loss could have been prevented several times over 20 years

Joe Biden has single-handedly shit on the graves of over 2500 dead soldiers and pissed on the boots of those injured. It is that simple. For all the mistakes that were made before he was sworn in by many others ironically, including him as VP, it was his "plan " that lead to the cluster fuck that we are witnessing today.

Kansas City councilwoman works to get friends out of Afghanistan

Kansas City councilwoman Teresa Loar is working to try to get friends out of Afghanistan.Loar worked in Afghanistan for two years on a State Department assignment and met a young girl during that time."She was selling her trinkets out in the streets - her bracelets and scarves," Loar said.Her name is Madina, and she is now a high school graduate.Loar texted her over the weekend asking about her family and if they have electricity.

'They are human beings': Local veteran speaks out on chaos in Afghanistan

WARRENSBURG, Mo. - The Taliban takeover of the capitol marks the end to a 20-year war in Afghanistan. It has a local military veteran making a plea as the U.S. Embassy in Kabul is evacuated, but civilians who've helped the U.S. over the last two-decades remain in fear.

Missouri politicians release comments on the situation in Afghanistan - ABC17NEWS

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ) Several state and local politicians have expressed their opinions on the situation in Afghanistan. Gov. Mike Parson (R) Like many Missourians, I am concerned about the rapidly deteriorating situation in Afghanistan.

'I stand squarely behind my decision': Biden holds firm on Afghanistan drawdown

He also repeatedly excoriated Afghanistan's elected leaders and military for not putting up more of a fight against the Taliban. He said that they in essence squandered the time and money America spent to build up its security forces. "We gave them every tool they could need," he said.

CIA analyst bashes MSNBC for supporting Biden's Afghanistan speech: 'I was appalled'

Former CIA analyst and MSNBC guest Matt Zeller criticized President Joe Biden's speech on the ongoing Afghanistan crisis amid praise for it from the liberal network's hosts. Biden addressed the nation from the White House on Monday over the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan after Biden's troop withdrawal.

U.S. Troops Kill Two Armed Afghans At Unsecured Kabul Airport, Thousands More Being Sent (Updated)

The airport has been overrun, with some Afghans clinging to departing transports. Now, the U.S. says it's sending thousands more troops to secure it. WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP via Getty Images U.S. troops at Hamid Karzai International Airport shot and killed two armed individuals in self-defense earlier today, according to the Pentagon.

Desperate Afghan 'Helpers' Cling to Planes as U.S. Abandons Them at Kabul's Airport

Less than 24 hours after the Taliban regained power in Afghanistan, scenes of chaotic desperation played out at Kabul's main airport as people climbed onto the wings and sides of departing military jets and clambered up gangplanks to try to get onto the last flights out of the capital.

Does the Great Retreat from Afghanistan Mark the End of the American Era?

History will surely note this absurdly ill-timed tweet. On Monday, August 9th, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul posed a question to its four hundred thousand followers: "This #PeaceMonday, we want to hear from you. What do you wish to tell the negotiating parties in Doha about your hopes for a political settlement?

Russia says Afghan president fled with 4 cars, chopper full of money

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country with four vehicles and a helicopter full of cash, the Russian embassy in Kabul said Monday. The embattled leader left the presidential palace in Kabul on Sunday to the insurgent Taliban fighters who had toppled his government.

Rep. Mike Waltz on Afghanistan: 'We are going to see Al Qaeda 3.0'

Rep. Mike Waltz (R-Fla.) slammed President Joe Biden's defense of his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan and warned that Al Qaeda would make a resurgence during a Monday evening interview on CNBC's "The News with Shepard Smith."

Billions spent on Afghan army ultimately benefited Taliban

WASHINGTON (AP) - Built and trained at a two-decade cost of $83 billion, Afghan security forces collapsed so quickly and completely - in some cases without a shot fired - that the ultimate beneficiary of the American investment turned out to be the Taliban.

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