Remember when the Chinese Resident Chou Bia-Dung promised the American people that his organized crime gang administration would be the most transparent in US history? Yeah… I remember that too.
But for whatever bizarre reason, one of the more liberal news organization, Politico, is reporting that in a phone conference with House leaders, the Secretary of Defense (and ex-commander of CENTCOM) Lloyd Austin has confirmed that Taliban jihadists have been beating American citizens still trapped in Kabul.
As reported by Politico’s Andrew Destrderio, Heather Caygle and Lara Seligman (emphasis mine);
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told lawmakers Friday that Americans trying to leave Afghanistan have been beaten by Taliban fighters, according to several people who participated in a briefing call with Austin and other top officials.
Austin’s remarks to House members appeared to directly contradict President Joe Biden’s assessment from minutes earlier, in which Biden said the U.S. was not aware of Americans having trouble getting through Taliban checkpoints and to the airport in Kabul — the only evacuation point in the country for Americans and Afghan allies.
During the briefing call, Austin called the reports of Taliban beatings “unacceptable,” but did not elaborate on efforts to ensure Americans’ safe passage to Hamid Karzai International Airport in Afghanistan’s capital city.
“We’re also aware that some people, including Americans, have been harassed and even beaten by the Taliban,” Austin said on the call, according to multiple sources. “This is unacceptable and [we] made it clear to the designated Taliban leader.”