America shuts Kabul airport as Dominic Raab is forced to turn to China and Russia for help in Afghanistan
I rarely agree with anything the former Prime Minister, Tony Blair, ever says, well in effect I never have, until now, when he talks about, Joe Biden’s ‘imbecilic’ retreat from Afghanistan.
For it is imbecilic, as while, military forces would have to be withdrawn eventually, it should not have been until all or most of the persons who wished to leave Afghanistan had already left. For to not do so, will as we have seen, cause panic and chaos leading to deaths and distrust in Western powers.
The decision to withdraw troops was originally from former President Donald Trump that should have been a clue as to how misguided it was, but Biden took what he thought was the easy way out and a vote winner. Well he won the vote in the US Presidential elections last, but could well lose the re-election in 2024, due to his decision to continue with the troop withdrawals.
Or could Biden be a reincarnation of Trump, not a good thought to have, but could be the answer to the obvious lack of thought behind the decision and the misguided continued decision to not see how misguided it was.
Source: Tony Blair slams Joe Biden’s ‘imbecilic’ retreat from Afghanistan
A World Health Organisation mission to study the covid pandemic’s origins in China, which announced in February that the possibility that the virus had escaped from a laboratory needed no further investigation,1 was put under pressure by Chinese scientists who made up half the team to reach that conclusion, the scientist who led the mission has said.Peter Ben Embarek, who led the scientists dispatched by WHO to Wuhan, told a Danish television documentary, broadcast on 12 August, that the Chinese scientists refused to even discuss the lab leak scenario2 unless the final report dismissed any need for further investigation.Having haggled about it until 48 hours before they left China, Ben Embarek said, his Chinese counterpart eventually agreed to discuss the lab leak theory in the report “on the condition we didn’t recommend any specific studies to further that hypothesis.”Discussing the team’s findings before leaving China, Ben Embarek told reporters that a lab leak was “extremely unlikely.” Asked by Denmark’s TV2 if that wording was …
Source: Covid-19: China pressured WHO team to dismiss lab leak theory, claims chief investigator | The BMJ
Some U.S. tech companies expressed disappointment with a ruling by a federal judge that blocked new applications to a program that protects immigrants who were brought to the United States as children from deportation.
Source: U.S. tech companies disappointed with DACA ruling, urge Congress to act | Reuters
Boris and his Government have made many mistakes leading to substantial failures during this COVID-19 pandemic, but the vaccine situation would appear to be the one and only success.
However, this does not discount the many failures.
Here it is the EU who have failed, but their over bureaucratic nature means they are unwilling to accept their failure and thereby are causing alarm and concern to an independent country (UK) to overcome this failure.
This can’t be allowed to happen and therefore the EU will have to backdown, something which is not akin to them.
If we were still in the EU none of us would have had any COVID-19 vaccinations, let alone being an European leader.
Unfortunately, the EU will not countenance any UK successes, the EU is showing isolationism and putting the EU first above all others, now where have I heard and seen something similar, well would you believe it, 4 years of President Trump in the US.
Source: Vaccines. The United Kingdom v a “rules-based organisation”. | Conservative Home
LONDON — The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed a structural vulnerability to biological attacks in the U.S. and Europe that requires urgent government action, multiple current and former national security and public health officials told NBC News.
Former officials in the U.S. and the U.K. warn that the devastating impact of the coronavirus on health care infrastructures and economies may act as a “neon light” for terrorist groups looking to unleash pathogens on Western nations.
The pandemic has shown that the West has trouble testing, tracking and treating a pandemic or sustaining a supply of protective equipment for health care workers. It has also raised questions about the security of pathogen research labs worldwide.
“Many of the very worst-case characteristics of an intentional event are also being seen in this naturally occurring pandemic,” said Dr. Robert Kadlec, the assistant secretary for preparedness and response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Kadlec, a retired Air Force colonel and surgeon who has spent much of the past two decades focused on biodefense policy and legislation inside the White House, the Defense Department and the Senate, helped the FBI with its investigation into the 2001 “Amerithrax” attacks. The perpetrator in the attacks, which killed five people and infected 17 others, used anthrax from a government lab. “We’ve come a long way in 20 years, and yet there is so much more that needs to be done,” he said.
Source: COVID-19 has shown U.S., U.K. are vulnerable to biological terrorism, experts say
DAVID DAVIES: When the US requests the extradition of a UK citizen, we effectively have no choice but to cough them up. Conversely, for the UK we have to demonstrate ‘probable cause’.
Source: DAVID DAVIS: It’s one rule for Americans and another for Britons | Daily Mail Online
The number of old people will increase, while the proportion of white Americans will continue to fall.
Source: 3 big ways that the US will change over the next decade : The Conversation
Hillary Clinton got the most individual votes from US citizens in 2016, but Donald Trump won the most electoral votes.
Source: Curious Kids: How come Donald Trump won if Hillary Clinton got more votes?