It’s hard to know what’s true anymore.
The phrase, “fake news” has become an accepted part of our lexicon. So-called “fact-checkers” are all over social media. Views that go against the state-sanctioned narrative are censored and de-platformed even when they are stating facts.
As I write this, we are watching the tragedy in Afghanistan unfold before our very eyes. Leading up to the final withdrawal of our troops from the country, we heard daily press briefings from the Secretary of State, military generals, the White House Press Secretary and the President himself. But, sadly, none of them seemed to get their stories straight.
Just a week ago, we were told that 10,000 to 15,000 American citizens were in Afghanistan; and that there were AT LEAST 250,000 Afghans who we wanted to get out because they worked with, and helped, the United States. Then we were told that we’ve evacuated 116,700 people out of Kabul and that there were only about 350 Americans who “want to leave" remaining. Pentagon spokesman, John Kirby, seemed to have NO idea how many are left in Afghanistan; so, when asked that very question in a press briefing, he punted the question to the State Department, who also had no idea.
The news as of yesterday was that the last plane has left Afghanistan and 200 citizens and thousands of Afghans who helped us are stranded behind enemy lines. A report from a senior U.S. source reports that door-to-door executions are taking place and that even military service dogs were left behind.
We found out last week that our State Department actually gave the Taliban a list of names of those wanting to get through the Kabul airport gates. Given the history of the Taliban torturing and executing their enemies, this list has become known as a “kill list.” When questioned about the “kill list,” Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, first denied that we gave the Taliban any names. But now he has admitted that we did, and he goes on to explain why we had to give the Taliban a list of names.
The spin, the lies, and the misinformation are breathtaking; and the news out of Afghanistan is devastating. It feels like we’re watching a train wreck in slow motion. I don’t recognize my country anymore and my heart hurts as I write this post today.
But if there was ever a time for patriots to stay steady, it's now.
Stay STEADY in the face of pervasive and all-encompassing fear.
Stay STEADY in the strength of our convictions that right will prevail.
Stay STEADY in the knowledge that peace on earth IS possible.
Stay STEADY in the belief that humanity, when joined together, is an unstoppable force for good.
Stay STEADY in the belief that truth, justice and light WILL triumph.
Stay STEADY in the faith that God is in control.
Please join with me in praying for Afghanistan.
Pray for America.
Pray for the world.
True patriotism is not manifested in short, frenzied bursts of emotion. It is the tranquil, steady dedication of a lifetime. – Adlai Stevenson
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