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    The U.S and its allies wasted billions of dollars building the wrong type of military in Afghanistan, fought against the wrong enemy, and gave the wrong, over-optimistic, assessment of progress, according to a former NATO official who was tasked last year with writing a 'lessons learned' report. John Manza's assessment remains classified. But in a public essay he offers a devastating assessment about how the West got things so badly wrong that American forces had to evacuate civilians from Kabul in chaotic scenes last year. 'Civilian leaders inside Washington's Beltway in particular also deserve much of the blame, as many political appointees at the departments of State and Defense were more concerned about protecting the sitting president's chances of reelection than they were about telling the truth about the lack of progress in Afghanistan,' NATO's former assistant secretary general for operations writes for the Atlantic Council. A year after the world watched in horror as fleeing Afghans clung to US planes taking off from Kabul airport, Afghanistan has receded from the front pages. Policymakers are focused on Russia and Ukraine, even...
    Before Uvalde gunman Salvador Ramos massacred 21 people at an elementary school, he was nicknamed 'school shooter,' terrorized women with graphic descriptions of violence and rape and even carried around a dead cat.  The details revealed in a report released Sunday by the House committee investigating the incident give the most complete picture of the 18-year-old shooter who carried out one of the worst mass shootings in Texas history, the Texas Tribune reported.  The blistering 77-page document also blasted 'system failures and egregious poor decision making' by nearly all those in power during the May 24 attack. It was released around midday Sunday as the victims' families met with officials to discuss the report and watch footage of the sick rampage through the school. Some of the litany of errors in the report are:  Cops failed to follow the active shooter doctrine imposed after the 1999 Columbine High School massacre by not engaging with Ramos; The school's safety protocol for keeping doors to classrooms locked and shut during school hours was not adhered to; Around 47 'lockdown' events when police chased migrants...
    Dave Coulier has revealed it took him a moment or two to realize he was the guy being described in Alanis Morrisette's scathing hit song You Oughta Know.  In an interview on Tuesday's episode of Sirius XM Faction Talk, hosted by Jim Norton and Sam Roberts, the 62-year-old comedian came clean about his first experience with the 1995 chart topping hit.  The actor had recently wrapped up his final season on Full House and was driving in his hometown of Detroit when he heard the song for the first time on the radio. 'And I'm like, 'Wow, this is a really cool hook.' And then I start hearing the voice. I'm like, 'Wow, this girl can sing.' Reveled: Dave Coulier, 62, revealed it took him a moment to realize he was The Guy being described in ex-girlfriend Alanis Morrissette's hit You Oughta Know Dave, recalled that Alanis, 48, had been writing songs for Jagged Little Pill during their two year relationship. They began dating in 1992 when the singer was 18 and Dave was 30. The couple broke up a few...
    A SON has written a brutal obituary where he accused his father of being narcissistic and abusive. Lawrence Pfaff Jr, of Jacksonville, Florida, penned the scathing piece about his father Lawrence Pfaff Sr, who passed away at the age of 81 on June 27. 2Lawrence Pfaff Jr penned a scathing obituary accusing his father of being narcissistic and abusiveCredit: WLTV 2Lawrence Pfaff Sr passed away in June at the age of 81Credit: Facebook Pfaff Jr revealed that he wrote the obituary a year before his father, who was from New York, died. He claimed that former NYPD cop Pfaff Sr “damaged” his adult children. In the obit, he alleged: “His love was abundant when it came to himself.” Pfaff Jr said it would be “challenging” to miss his father as he accused him of being narcissistic. read more lifestyle storiesHoliday hell My nosy neighbours make me feel so uncomfortable - they even ruined my holidayFAN-TASTIC Woman shares ice hack which gets any room cold during the heatwave He claimed that his late father was “incapable of love”. Pfaff Jr alleged...
    Two-and-a-half weeks after Inventing Anna premiered on Netflix, Vogue is calling out the hit series for '[blurring] the lines between reality and fiction in a peculiar way' — and in particular, the fashion bible is coming to the defense of fake heiress Anna Delvey's Vanity Fair editor pal Anna DeLoache Williams. Anna, whose real last name is Sorokin, allegedly conned Rachel out of $62,000 after promising to use her supposedly ample funds to pay for a first-class trip to Morocco — and then leaving Williams to foot the bill.  But Anna wasn't found guilty of larceny in relation to the incident, and Inventing Anna seems to imply that Rachel may have had it coming due to her greed and shallowness.   In a new piece titled 'Why Does Inventing Anna Turn Its Victim Into a Joke?', British Vogue editor Hayley Maitland takes issue with Netflix's portrayal of Rachel, accusing the series of confusing the villain with the victim — and misleading viewers about who Rachel really is. Vogue has come to the defense of Rachel DeLoache Williams, a former friend of fake...
    Prosecutors have labeled Ghislaine Maxwell a 'sophisticated predator' in their closing arguments this morning.  'She was a sophisticated predator who knew exactly what she was doing,' Assistant US Attorney Alison Moe told the jury Monday. 'She ran the same play book again and again and again.'  'She was a grown woman who preyed on vulnerable kids,' she added. 'Maxwell was the key to the whole operation.'  Prosecutors reiterated the allegations made during the weeks-long trial that Maxwell acted as Jeffrey Epstein's 'right hand' who caused 'deep' and 'lasting harm' to young girls.  Prosecutors have labeled Ghislaine Maxwell a 'sophisticated predator' in their closing arguments this morning 'She was a sophisticated predator who knew exactly what she was doing,' Assistant US Attorney Alison Moe told the jury Monday. 'She ran the same play book again and again and again'  Four of Maxwell's siblings - Kevin, Isabel, Ian and Christine - arrived to court to support their sister Monday Four of Maxwell's siblings -  Kevin, Isabel, Ian and Christine - arrived to court to support their sister Monday.  Epstein accuser Sarah Ransome...
    On December 4, CNN announced that Chris Cuomo had been “terminated…. effective immediately.” The former CNN host was fired after being inundated with accusations that he used his position as a CNN host to help his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, deal with the barrage of sexual harassment allegations he was facing. Never Trump conservative Tim Miller, in a humorous but scathing video for The Bulwark, has no problem with CNN firing Cuomo — but argues that he was no more unethical than Fox News’ Sean Hannity. In the video, Miller explains, “This week, documents from (New York State) Attorney General Tish James shed new light on Andrew’s Me Too scandal. They showed that Chris — who, remember, was ostensibly a newsman covering the story — was simultaneously running PR cleanup for his big brother. He even tried to covertly track down information about one of his accusers. So now, he’s out on his ass too. I understand wanting to provide a little brotherly advice, but this was over the line.” The anti-Trump conservative, however, points out that...
    They're two of the most well-known international stars set to be appear on the upcoming season of Big Brother VIP in Australia.  But according to Omarosa Manigault Newman, she didn't see eye-to-eye with Caitlyn Jenner, 71, while filming the Channel Seven series together.  Speaking on The Kyle and Jackie O Show on Wednesday, the 47-year-old former advisor to Donald Trump claimed Caitlyn was 'nasty' to her in the house, and even branded her as a 'Karen' to hosts Jackie 'O' Henderson and Kyle Sandilands. Not happy: According to Omarosa Manigault Newman, (pictured) herself and Caitlyn Jenner, 71, didn't exactly see eye-to-eye when starring together on the Channel Seven series 'Honestly, she didn't talk to me very much. She was very, very nasty to me,' Omarosa scathed. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Kyle Sandilands defends Grant Denyer after he was falsely... Married At First Sight's Jessika Power reveals the must-have... Channel Seven announces the premiere date for Big Brother... 'Who are these people?' Big Brother VIP's line-up is mocked... Share this...
    Britney Spears wrote a scathing Instagram caption on Friday, in which she told her relatives they should be worried if she ever gives an interview. As she continues to make strides in regaining her freedom, the star sent a clear message to those who profited from her 'abusive' conservatorship, controlled by her father Jamie, for the past 13 years. Two weeks after Jamie, 69, was removed as the conservator of Britney's estate, the mom-of-two wrote about how 'disgusted' she is with the legal system. Not happy: Britney Spears wrote a scathing Instagram caption on Friday, in which she told her relatives they should be worried if she ever gives a interview 'Lord have mercy on my family's souls if I ever do an interview!!!' she told her more than 35.4 million Instagram followers on Friday.    RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next 'There's a lot of things that scare me': Britney Spears says... EXCLUSIVE 'He was the one that got away': Jennifer Lopez's... Share this article Share In addition to stating she is 'staying clear'...
    On Saturday, September 18, a scathing Lincoln Project ad attacking Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was scheduled to air during ESPN's broadcast of a football game between the University of Texas and Rice University. But the ad was pulled at the last minute, and according to Guardian reporter Richard Luscombe, The Lincoln Project is trying to find out if Abbott's office somehow influenced the decision to pull the ad. "On Sunday," Luscombe reports, "the group said it intended to file a public records request with the University of Texas to see if Abbott's office influenced the decision to pull the ad." The Lincoln Project is a conservative group that has been vehemently critical of former President Donald Trump and his allies, and its anti-Abbott ad slams the Texas governor for his mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic. In an official statement, The Lincoln Project said, "Instead of focusing on the task of keeping Texans safe from the coronavirus pandemic, it appears Abbott and his advisers are focusing their time and energy on censoring their political opponent. We're not finished with Gov. Abbott."...
    Candace Ayers, 66, died from COVID-19 at HSHS St Johns Hospital in Springfield, Illinois despite being fully vaccinated The family of a fully vaccinated Illinois woman who died from COVID-19 has blamed the millions of unvaccinated Americans for her death. Candance Ayers, 66, of Springfield, was vaccinated with the Moderna shot in March along with her husband Terry before being infected with the virus. She died six months later, on September 3 at HSHS St. John’s Hospital. Her family published an obituary which stated: 'She was preceded in death by more than 4,531,799 others infected with Covid-19. 'She was vaccinated but was infected by others who chose not to be. The cost was her life.'  Her son Marc believes that his mother contracted the virus in July after she and his father went to visit a friend, whose husband died of COVID-19, in Mississippi, where the vaccination rate is only 42%, according to the state's health website.  Ayers's son Marc (above) was among family members who blamed the unvaccinated in his mother's obituary 'This all could have been...
    Timothy White, a 62-year-old Army veteran, was last seen on May 8. His decomposing body was found on June 12 An Army veteran whose badly decomposing body was found in the stairwell of his care home had been left there for a month, it emerged on Thursday, in a report which strongly criticized the facility's managers. Timothy White, 62, was found dead in June 2020 at Veterans' Affairs hospital in Bedford, Massachusetts - 15 miles north of Boston. He had moved into the facility about five months earlier, having struggled with homelessness prior to moving to the site, and had surgery on his hip that spring.  White was using a walker, but disappeared on May 8 in the grounds of the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital. The private nonprofit that managed White's building reported him missing to local police five days later, but White's body was not discovered until June 12 - wearing the same baseball cap, Red Sox jersey, and jeans he was last seen wearing in early May. He was found in a stairwell, 60 feet from...
    Cornel West announced he has quit his job at Harvard University Monday and said on Twitter the campus was in “decline and decay.” In his letter of resignation, dated June 30, West said he was resigning with “precious memories but absolutely no regrets” after four years of working at the university. “When I arrived four years ago- with a salary less than what I received 15 years earlier and with no tenure status after being a University Professor at Harvard and Princeton-I hoped and prayed I could still end my career with some semblance of intellectual intensity and personal respect,” West wrote. “How wrong I was!” This is my candid letter of resignation to my Harvard Dean. I try to tell the unvarnished truth about the decadence in our market-driven universities! Let us bear witness against this spiritual rot! pic.twitter.com/hCLAuNSWDu — Cornel West (@CornelWest) July 13, 2021 “I try to tell the unvarnished truth about the decadence in our market-driven universities,” West said. “Let us bear witness against this spiritual rot!” West accused the university of disrespectful treatment...
    It is not only in Belgium that the lights are red. In France too, the epidemic is racing, to such an extent that Jean Castex will announce this Thursday new measures in Île-de-France and in Hauts-de-France, the two most affected regions. A decision which was recorded on Wednesday during a “studious, but very cold” Defense Council. According to Le Figaro, Olivier Véran would have presented several more severe containment scenarios that were rejected by the various stakeholders. Even if no official announcement has yet been made, members of the government seem more seduced by the idea of ​​a lockdown that would only take place on weekends. During this same defense council, Emmanuel Macron would also have held his Minister of Health to account. According to Le Figaro, he would be “annoyed by the too slow rise in hospital costs on intensive care beds and the almost total absence of recourse to the private sector”. Before going to a hospital in Yvelines for an inventory of the situation, the president would also have asked Olivier Véran “urgently” “for more...
    Woody Allen has been spotted out for the first time in New York City just days after it was revealed an upcoming HBO documentary features his adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow describing how he allegedly 'touched her private parts' in a decades old never-before-seen home video.  The embattled filmmaker, 85, was pictured leaving his house on Manhattan's Upper East Side with his 50-year-old wife Soon-Yi Previn on Friday.  The couple braved the snow as they stepped out together for the first time since the trailer for the HBO documentary, which premieres on Sunday, emerged earlier this week.  Allen, who covered his face with a blue neck gaiter amid the COVID-19 pandemic, kept his head down as he left his home.  His wife, who donned a medical face mask and fur hat, followed closely behind him. It comes just one day after a downcast Soon-Yi was spotted leaving the couple's home alone.  Woody Allen, 85, was spotted leaving his house on Manhattan's Upper East Side on Friday morning The embattled filmmaker's 50-year-old wife Soon-Yi Previn followed closely behind as the pair left...
    by Adam Harrington, Megan Hickey CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago Office of the Inspector General on Thursday put out a scathing report of the city’s handling of civil unrest that erupted amid protests following the death of George Floyd – concluding that police were unprepared for what happened and there was virtually no plan in place to handle it. READ MORE: 4 Firefighters Injured While Responding To Large Fire In Bridgeport The report took the Police Department and the city to task for everything from a failure to follow mass-arrest procedures and document the use of force to a lack of organization and a general sense of confusion during the unrest. The report also documented numerous claims of mistreatment by police during the unrest. Read The Full OIG Report Here Looting, arson, and violence erupted downtown on the evening of Saturday, May 30 – prompting Mayor Lori Lightfoot to issue a citywide curfew and the city to raise all but one of the Chicago River bridges. The following day, the unrest spread to Chicago neighborhoods. The OIG report said police...
    While you may be lucky enough to have happy memories of an old relationship, these texts show that some exes are better left in the past. A hilarious online gallery collated by Baklol has published some of the most hilarious and brutal responses people from around the world have received when they tried to get back into contact with an ex.  The cutting messages include someone who told their ex not to stand too close to a radiator 'because plastic melts', and someone who replied to a former partner's request to come and pick up some of their stuff with a picture of their clothes on fire.  Here FEMAIL takes a look at some of the most toe-curling responses people have received from their former flames...  One savage ex replied to a former partner's request to come and pick up some of their stuff with a picture of their clothes on fire Another accidentally texted the wrong woman after a break up and was brutally corrected by their former flame who replied saying: 'Wrong ex a******' One...
    Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyBiden: 'Decent Republicans' willing to break from Trump Trump renominates Judy Shelton in last-ditch bid to reshape Fed National Review criticizes 'Cruz Eleven': Barbara Boxer shouldn't be conservative role model MORE (R-Utah) blasted President TrumpDonald TrumpWarnock defeats Loeffler in Georgia Senate runoff The Memo: Georgia voters deliver blow to Trump Eric Trump warns of primary challenges for Republicans who don't object to election results MORE and his supporters in a statement released on Wednesday in response to the Capitol being breached and temporarily occupied by violent rioters. “We gather today due to a selfish man’s injured pride and the outrage of his supporters whom he has deliberately misinformed for the past two months and stirred to action this very morning. What happened here today was an insurrection, incited by the President of the United States," Romney said. "Those who choose to continue to support his dangerous gambit by objecting to the results of a legitimate, democratic election will forever be seen as being complicit in an unprecedented attack against our democracy. They will be remembered...
    Mike Tomlin was brutal in his assessment of the Pittsburgh Steelers, despite maintaining their unbeaten start to the NFL season. The Steelers improved to 11-0 – the 13th team to achieve the feat in the Super Bowl era – courtesy of Wednesday’s hard-fought 19-14 victory over the Lamar Jackson-less Baltimore Ravens. It was a scrappy encounter at Heinz Field, where the clash went ahead after being rescheduled three times due to a coronavirus outbreak within the Ravens organisation. The Steelers stand alone in the NFL, but head coach Tomlin was far from impressed with his team’s performance. “It was really junior varsity, to be quite honest with you,” Tomlin said post-game. “It was in all three phases. We couldn’t run the ball effectively when we needed to. We dropped too many significant passes, very catchable, makable passes. We didn’t make significant plays in the special teams game. “Our kick-off coverage unit wasn’t good enough. We turned the ball over. We gave up big plays in critical moments on defense. Can’t have it.” Tomlin continued: “[The Ravens] converted a...
    CNN anchor Brianna Keilar cut away from White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany’s press briefing on Wednesday to accuse her of “lying” on behalf of President Donald Trump, before fact-checking McEnany’s claim that “the president never downplayed” the coronavirus. As McEnany defended Trump from allegations that he downplayed the coronavirus following revelations from Bob Woodward’s new book about the president, Keilar cut off the stream and said, “That was the press secretary at the White House lying. She said the president never downplayed the coronavirus. This is what the president said at the time.” Keilar then played a series of February clips of Trump saying about the virus, “When you have fifteen people, and the fifteen within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero, that’s a pretty good job we’ve done,” “It’s going to disappear one day, it’s like a miracle. It will disappear, and from our shores, it could get worse before it gets better, it could maybe go away,” and, “Stay calm. It will go away, you know it is going away,...
    Alex Wong/Getty Images President Donald Trump lashed out at former First Lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday in retaliation for the speech she gave against him at the 2020 Democratic National Convention. “Somebody please explain to Michelle Obama that Donald J. Trump would not be here, in the beautiful White House, if it weren’t for the job done by your husband, Barack Obama,” Trump said. “Biden was merely an afterthought, a good reason for that very late & unenthusiastic endorsement.” ….My Administration and I built the greatest economy in history, of any country, turned it off, saved millions of lives, and now am building an even greater economy than it was before. Jobs are flowing, NASDAQ is already at a record high, the rest to follow. Sit back & watch! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 18, 2020 Looking back into history, the response by the ObamaBiden team to the H1N1 Swine Flu was considered a weak and pathetic one. Check out the polling, it’s really bad. The big difference is that they got a free pass from the Corrupt...
    Maryland Republican Governor Larry Hogan tore into Donald Trump with a blistering op-ed on the president’s leadership throughout the coronavirus crisis. In a column for Washington Post, Hogan recalled numerous meetings earlier in the year where he and his fellow GOP governors were warned about the possible severity of the incoming pandemic. “I remember hearing many dire claims,” Hogan wrote. “This could be catastrophic…The death toll could be significant… Much more contagious than SARS…Testing will be crucial…You have to follow the science — that’s where the answers lie.” Throughout these recollections and his thoughts about how other countries prepared for Covid-19, Hogan noted that Trump spent months dismissing concerns about the disease, bragging about his performance in office, and falsely claiming “anybody” could get a test during the pandemic’s early stages. As the pandemic started to get worse, Hogan recalled Trump fluctuating between blaming the Obama administration, touting the federal government’s response some more, and eventually telling states it was their responsibility to gather enough tests for themselves. “It was hopeless, waiting around for him,” said Hogan. “Governors were...
    New York Times opinion writer Bari Weiss has announced she has quit in a scathing resignation letter that slams the newspaper for fostering an 'illiberal environment' and censoring centrist opinions. Weiss, who joined the Times in 2017, said the paper of record was among the media institutions now betraying their standards and losing sight of their principles as she accused them of only publishing stories that 'satisfy the narrowest of audiences'.    In her lengthy resignation later addressed to publisher A.G. Sulzberger and posted on her website on Tuesday, Weiss claimed that intellectual curiosity and risk-taking was now a 'liability' at the Times. The controversial editor and writer said the opinions of those on Twitter had become the newspaper's 'ultimate editor'. Weiss also accused the outlet of creating a 'hostile work environment' for employees that had anything other than left-of-center views.   She says this mentality has resulted in her being constantly bullied by coworkers who have called her a 'Nazi and a racist' because of her 'own forays into Wrongthink'.  New York Times opinion writer Bari Weiss has announced she has quit in a...
    The leadership of a home for aging veterans in Massachusetts where nearly 80 residents sickened with the coronavirus have died packed dementia patients into a crowded unit as the virus spread. The move was one of several 'utterly baffling' decisions that helped the disease run rampant, investigators said in a report released Wednesday. The superintendent of the Holyoke Soldiers' Home was not qualified to run a long-term care facility and 'substantial errors and failures' he and his team made likely contributed to the high death toll there, investigators found.  Among them was a decision prompted by staffing shortages to combine two locked dementia units, both of which already housed some residents with the virus. 'Rather than isolating those with the disease from those who were asymptomatic - a basic tenet of infection control - the consolidation of these two units resulted in more than 40 veterans crowded into a space designed to hold 25,' the report said. 'This overcrowding was the opposite of infection control; instead, it put those who were asymptomatic at even greater risk of contracting COVID-19.' ...
    The leadership of a home for aging veterans in Massachusetts where nearly 80 residents sickened with the coronavirus have died packed dementia patients into a crowded unit as the virus spread, investigators said in a report released Wednesday. The move was one of several "utterly baffling" decisions that helped the disease run rampant, the report said. The superintendent of the Holyoke Soldiers' Home was not qualified to run a long-term care facility and "substantial errors and failures" he and his team made likely contributed to the high death toll there, investigators found. Among them was a decision prompted by staffing shortages to combine two locked dementia units, both of which already housed some residents with the virus. Flags and wreaths honor veterans, April 28, 2020, on the grounds of the Soldiers' Home in Holyoke, Mass. Rodrique Ngowi / AP "Rather than isolating those with the disease from those who were asymptomatic - a basic tenet of infection control - the consolidation of these two units resulted in more than 40 veterans crowded into a space designed to hold 25. This...
    Donald Trump and his siblings coerced their father into cutting their niece and nephew out of his will then perjured themselves about it afterwards, explosive court papers seen by DailyMail.com claim. The allegations were made in 2000 by Mary and Fred Trump III, the children of the President’s dead brother Fred Jr, in a lawsuit for wrongfully terminating their health insurance. The bitter family dispute has come to the fore after it was revealed that Mary has written a tell-all - due out in August -  that will include 'harrowing and salacious' details about the Trump family.  According to the president, Mary has violated an non-disclosure agreement. In court papers obtained by DailyMail.com, Mary and her brother Fred challenged the will of family patriarch Fred Trump Sr, and alleged that the Trump family ‘maliciously’ ended their medical coverage. In an affidavit Mary claimed she discovered that in September 1991 Fred Sr, rewrote his will so it 'virtually disinherited' her and her brother. The new will divided the bulk of the inheritance among his living children, meaning Mary and Fred III...
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