Jordan Candler / August 27, 2021

Friday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Ronny Jackson, Joe Biden, Lloyd Austin, and more.

Insight: “Whereas each man claims his freedom as a matter of right, the freedom he accords to other men is a matter of toleration.” —Walter Lippmann (1889-1974)

For the record I: “I’m old enough to remember when the Democrats impeached Donald Trump for making a phone call.” —John Hayward

For the record II: “If President Trump can be impeached over a phone call, then the time has come to IMPEACH Biden for gross negligence in Afghanistan. Americans deserve better. We deserve better than someone who willfully IGNORES the WORST crisis in decades.” —Congressman Ronny Jackson

The bottom line: “Every president since Bush has had to deal with this really difficult decision — Obama, Trump. But Biden is the only one who really followed through with the stupidest possible option. And now we’re paying in blood for it.” —Congressman Dan Crenshaw

Forewarning: “What we now have is a new epicenter of jihadist terrorism that is a going to be a grave threat to the world.” —former National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster

Having your cake and eating it too: “I bear responsibility for, fundamentally, all that’s happened of late. But here’s the deal: You know — I wish you’d one day say these things — you know as well as I do that the former president made a deal with the Taliban.” —Joe Biden

Chickens coming home to roost: “God, forgive me if I’m wrong … but no one’s being killed right now [in Afghanistan].” —Joe Biden last week

Too little, too late: “On behalf of the men and women of the Department of defense, I express deepest condolences to the loved ones and teammates of all those killed and wounded in Kabul today. Terrorists took their lives at the very moment these troops were trying to save the lives of others. We mourn their loss. We will treat their wounds. And we will support their families in what will most assuredly be devastating grief. But we will not be dissuaded from the task at hand.” —Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin

Dezinformatsiya: “Thursday’s bombings in Kabul come as Republicans push to turn the crisis into an albatross for the president. Yet several factors threaten to undermine that effort.” —Politico in a Democrat damage control piece titled, “GOP faces hurdles in push to make Afghanistan matter in the midterms.”

A trip down memory lane: “[Jihadis] are not to target visits by US Vice President Biden. … Obama is the head of infidelity and killing him automatically will make Biden take over the presidency for the remainder of the term, as it is the norm over there. Biden is totally unprepared for that post, which will lead the US into a crisis.” —Osama bin Laden, May 2010

Non compos mentis: “We don’t have time for complication. We don’t have time for bureaucracy. We’re gonna have to move very very quickly in this [climate] crisis and break through a lot of the crap that has existed for years.” —Senator Bernie Sanders (Memo to Sanders: Afghanistan might be on fire, but it ain’t because of climate change…)

Grand delusions: “I know that day I saved countless lives.” —Capitol Police Officer Michael Byrd, who killed Ashli Babbitt

And last… “Joe Biden has blood on his hands. The buck stops with the President of the United States. This horrific national security and humanitarian disaster is solely the result of Joe Biden’s weak and incompetent leadership. He is unfit to be Commander-in-Chief.” —Congresswoman Elise Stefanik

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