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The Report on U.S. Officials Giving Taliban a List of American and Allied Afghans Makes Sense – The Lists Were Provided to Taliban by State Dept. and CIA

The Report on U.S. Officials Giving Taliban a List of American and Allied Afghans Makes Sense – The Lists Were Provided to Taliban by State Dept. and CIA

Two puzzle pieces help make sense of the Politico report about “U.S. Officials” giving the Taliban a list of American and U.S. Afghan names to allow through the checkpoints. {GO DEEP 1 and GO DEEP 2}  However, if you don’t understand the two dueling power teams -each attempting to position- it doesn’t make sense.

Remember, the State Dept (DoS) and CIA are one team.  The White House and Pentagon are another team.


♦ TEAM One – The Department of State is aligned with the CIA.  Their media PR firms are CNN, CNNi, and the Washington Post. Their ideology is favorable to the United Nations.  Their relationship with foreign actors generally drives their internal corruption.  References: Hillary Clinton, Clinton Global Initiative, John McCain, Qatar, Muslim Brotherhood, Samantha Powers, Susan Rice, Cass Sunstein, Brookings Institute, Lawfare, China-centric, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Council on Foreign Relations.

♦ TEAM Two – The White House is aligned with the Pentagon (DoD) and National Security Council (NSC).  Their media PR firms are domestic in nature. New York Times, Politico, etc.  Their internal corruption is generally driven by domestic influence.  References: Barack Obama, George Bush, Wall St, Big Banks, Multinational Corporations, Defense Contractors, FBI (state police), Judicial Branch, and community activists writ large.

Both teams are highly political. However, the State Dept/CIA team considers themselves above political changes, essentially the deeper Deep State.

With the DoS/CIA aligned with CNN/WaPo, when the Pentagon needs to defend their specific interests in crisis management, they must go elsewhere, hence Politico.

From the Politico article:

“U.S. officials in Kabul gave the Taliban a list of names of American citizens, green card holders and Afghan allies to grant entry into the militant-controlled outer perimeter of the city’s airport, a choice that’s prompted outrage behind the scenes from lawmakers and military officials.”

The move, detailed to POLITICO by three U.S. and congressional officials, was designed to expedite the evacuation of tens of thousands of people from Afghanistan as chaos erupted in Afghanistan’s capital city last week after the Taliban seized control of the country. It also came as the Biden administration has been relying on the Taliban for security outside the airport.

[…]  But the decision to provide specific names to the Taliban, which has a history of brutally murdering Afghans who collaborated with the U.S. and other coalition forces during the conflict, has angered lawmakers and military officials.

“Basically, they just put all those Afghans on a kill list,” said one defense official, who like others spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive topic. “It’s just appalling and shocking and makes you feel unclean.” (more)

So it’s fair to say the aggrieved party is the Pentagon in this scenario…. which aligns with Politico receiving the information from the military perspective.

Applying the dynamic of interests from the previous history between the teams, the State Dept. and CIA gave the Taliban the list.

Indeed, the quick dispatch of the problem of stranded Americans is a ‘toxically political’ priority issue for the State Department.  Additionally, the previous meeting between CIA Director William J Burns and the Taliban leadership now takes on a fulsome context.

It was a decision by the DoS and CIA to share the list and get the evacuation facilitated in the most expedient fashion possible.  However, it put the Pentagon, charged with Kabul airport security, in a slightly compromised position from a tactical perspective.

Both teams were responsible for the Afghanistan mess.  In the aftermath of the mess, and with the current situation in/around Kabul, each team is positioning to avoid scrutiny.  Scrutiny on either team runs the risk of identifying massive corruption, so the objective is to push the spotlight onto the other team.  State Dept. blames White House/Pentagon…. Pentagon/White House looking to avoid sunlight.

The Pentagon (arrows) is supposed to working in coordination with State (olive branch), but both institutions are corrupt regarding Afghanistan, so it’s a game of hot potato.   If the executive office weren’t corrupt, the eagle would have whiplash; alas, the White House was/is an active participant.  [So much for school civic ‘checks-n-balances’ eh?]

Externally, we see the executive-appointed heads of each faction battling for positions on behalf of their institution.  The media get to pick and choose which faction they will support.  CNN will support the State Dept.   ABC, CBS, NBC will lean slightly toward the White House/Pentagon.

Modify the focus of your review of events in/around Afghanistan to see the connective tissue between CNN, the State Department, and the CIA [strongest institution within the Intelligence Branch].  Then keep in mind, the Senate is in alignment with, and a facilitator for, the Intelligence Branch.  Consequently, the institution of the Senate will align with the interests of the State Department; and, by default, align with the CIA, intelligence community, and CNN/WaPo reporting.


The modern U.S. State Dept is an independent, bureaucratic, and massive foreign policy institution that does not accept any oversight.  They can accomplish their independent position by partnering with intelligence agencies.  The Dept of State uses the U.S. Intelligence Branch as a weapon against any individual or entity who would attempt oversight.

The deepest, swampiest part of the Deep State is protecting its interests against the outcome of a crisis in Afghanistan they collectively created.  The picture has now emerged of their plan to blame the White House and, by extension Joe Biden along with the Pentagon.

Cross-posted from The Conservative Treehouse

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