Jordan Candler / September 2, 2021

Thursday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Matt Walsh, Jim Geraghty, Dan Rather, and more.

Insight: “Only the small secrets need to be protected. The big ones are kept secret by public incredulity.” —Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980)

“All through history, there have always been groups of people pointing to other groups of people and claiming that those people are not real people. In our age, the pro-abortion side makes this argument. And it’s just as wrong as it’s always been.” —Matt Walsh

“People who say they ‘follow the science’ are invariably authoritarian morons who have panic attacks at the notion that someone, somewhere may be exercising the rights of a free individual in contravention of the soulless herd.” —Buck Sexton

“The Taliban have now seized one of the greatest caches of advanced military equipment ever. If we ever must fight them again, we will be fighting an enemy that is using our own weapons against us.” —Jim Geraghty

“There’s nothing wrong with the administration attempting to pressure the Taliban into upholding commitments. It was trusting them with American lives that was insane.” —David Harsanyi

“How badly do Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats want to cover up this Afghanistan debacle? They just blocked Members of Congress from reading the names of the service members who sacrificed their lives in Afghanistan last week.” —Congressman Carlos Gimenez

“We took a moment of silence with pretty much all Republican veterans, then asked to be recognized to read names [of those killed]. [Democrat leaders] did not acknowledge us, and just closed the House down.” —Congressman Brian Mast, a combat veteran who was severely wounded in Afghanistan

“House Democrats just refused to recognize Republican veterans on the House Floor to read the names of our fallen service members in Afghanistan. That’s how far our nation has fallen.” —combat veteran Congressman Greg Steube

“Democrats just shut down the House Floor when Afghanistan veterans stood up to speak. Shameful.” —Congresswoman Mary Miller

Friendly fire: “[Biden] was conflating the withdrawal with the evacuation. The evacuation occurred because … they did not realize the Taliban would take over so quickly. They did not realize that the [Afghan government] would fall in 11 days and that’s why you ended up with this chaos.” —ABC News’s Martha Raddatz

Spin doctor: “We have just concluded the largest air evacuation of civilians in American history. It was heroic. It was historic.” —Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin

Non compos mentis: “I’m thinking about the Black, brown, low-income, queer, and young folks in Texas. The folks this abortion health care ban will disproportionately harm. Wealthy white folks will have the means to access abortion care. Our communities won’t.” —Congresswoman Cori Bush

Non sequitur: “It’s worth noting that many of the same people attacking the Biden Administration for leaving women’s rights behind in Afghanistan are eager to control women’s bodies and choices in the United States.” —Dan Rather

Dezinformatsiya I: “Republicans are wielding the issue as a political weapon against President Biden in the hope that it will damage the Democratic Party and help them recapture control of Congress next fall. But will Afghanistan matter to voters? Experts doubt it.” —NBC News

Dezinformatsiya II: “Biden’s poll numbers have fallen as the Afghanistan exit was engulfed by chaos and tragedy. Now, Republicans are seizing the moment in hopes of making it a defining issue ahead of the midterms.” —Axios

And last… “Compare Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats blocking the reading of the names of the 13 US servicemen killed in #Afghanistan with their obsequious kneeling and bowing to ‘Saint’ George Floyd. This is who these people are and they should never be entrusted with power again.” —Dinesh D'Souza

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