POL State Dept is preparing for a potential Tony Blinken resignation

Cacheman

Let's Go Brandon!
Blinkin signed off on this and I'm reading this is what a possible resignation is about.

Will he lie about it to Congress on Tuesday?





EXC: Joe Biden's State Dept Halted a Trump-Era 'Crisis Response' Plan Aimed at Avoiding Benghazi-Style Evacuations Just MONTHS Before Taliban Takeover.
by Raheem J. Kassam

7-9 minutes


Joe Biden’s State Department moved to cancel a critical State Department program aimed at providing swift and safe evacuations of Americans out of crisis zones just months prior to the fall of Kabul, The National Pulse can exclusively reveal.

The “Contingency and Crisis Response Bureau” – which was designed to handle medical, diplomatic, and logistical support concerning Americans overseas was paused by Antony Blinken’s State Department earlier this year. Notification was officially signed just months before the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan.

“SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED,” an official State Department document from the Biden State Department begins, before outlining the following move the quash the Trump-era funding for the new bureau.

The document is from the desk of Deputy Secretary of State Brian P. McKeon, confirmed in March by the United States Senate.


Evidence of the pause in the program by Biden’s State Department.

The document is dated June 11, 2021, though The National Pulse understands the decision to pause the program may have come as early as February, both undermining the original Trump-era date for the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, and certainly giving the Taliban time to threaten American assets and lives on the run up to Joe Biden’s September 11th date of withdrawal.

The subject line reads: “(SBU) Contingency and Crisis Response Bureau,” and the body of the document recommends:
“That you direct the discontinuation of the establishment, and termination of, the Contingency and Crisis Response Bureau (CCR), and direct a further review of certain associated Department requirements and capabilities.”

It goes on:

“That you direct the discontinuation of the establishment, and termination of, CCR, consistent with the applicable legal requirements, necessary stakeholder engagement, and any applicable changes to the Foreign Affairs Manual and other requirements.”

The document reveals the recommendations were approved on June 11th 2021.

Speaking exclusively to The National Pulse, former President Donald J. Trump blasted Biden’s irresponsible move:

“My Administration prioritized keeping Americans safe, Biden leaves them behind. Canceling this successful Trump Administration program before the withdrawal that would have helped tens of thousands Americans reach home is beyond disgraceful. Our withdrawal was conditions-based and perfect, it would have been flawlessly executed and nobody would have even known we left. The Biden execution and withdrawal is perhaps the greatest embarrassment to our Country in History, both as a military and humanitarian operation.”

In a lengthy article in Vanity Fair from May 2021, the Contingency and Crisis Response Bureau (CCR) – also referred to in overlap with a predecessor/partner bureau called “OpMed” is described as a “little-known team of medics and miracle workers—hidden deep within the U.S. Department of State.”

“Even before COVID reared its head, OpMed was finding ways to do all sorts of things, serving as the hidden hand behind daring and often dangerous operations to rescue Americans from peril abroad,” the article states, before going on to quote Secretary of State Tony Blinken on the importance of the program’s goals.

“The Bureau of Medical Services’ Directorate of Operation—or ‘OpMed,’ as we call it—is a lifeline for the Department of State and the American people… Though perhaps lesser known outside of the Department, it’s vital to our operations. That’s because OpMed provides the platform and personnel to save American lives around the world, especially in times of crisis. During the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, OpMed was integral to our evacuation and repatriation of 100,000 Americans to the United States as countries began locking down their borders.”


But The National Pulse understands that career officials inside the State Department objected to the Trump-era aim of creating a Contingency and Crisis Response bureau with the express purpose of avoiding a future Benghazi-style situation for Americans overseas.

Instead, Biden’s team revoked the funding and the approval for the plan, even as the COVID-19 crisis reasserted itself, and and Afghanistan withdrawal loomed.

Vanity Fair reported in May:

“OpMed emerged from the ashes of Benghazi, where, on September 11, 2012, militants attacked the U.S. consulate, killing America’s ambassador to Libya, an information management officer, and two CIA contractors. The day’s events rocked the national security establishment and prompted years of recrimination, congressional hearings, and blue-ribbon commissions.

When the dust more or less settled, several findings emerged: First, Pentagon officials had long warned their counterparts at the State Department about the “tyranny of distance” in Libya and other parts of North Africa. Second, CIA medics on the scene in Benghazi played an indispensable role in saving the lives of gravely wounded diplomatic security personnel.

Finally, an interagency panel of experts concluded that, in light of the “grossly inadequate” response time to evacuate the injured from Benghazi, “State must ensure it has the capability to rapidly deploy crisis responders and evacuate […] personnel in harm’s way.”

“Responsibility for internalizing these lessons and bolstering the department’s ability to treat its own fell in no small part to William Walters, who had joined State in December 2011 in what for nine months had largely been a role in search of a mission: managing director of operational medicine. He had served with the Army’s most elite special operations unit and held the euphemistic title of deputy command surgeon for sensitive activities at the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC).

“They wanted a guy who understood the Pentagon but could also wear cuff links,” he said with a laugh, recalling the clash of cultures. And yet Doc Walters, as he is known in the corridors of Foggy Bottom, quickly emerged as a contrarian (in a department that values consensus) and an egalitarian (in an organization that’s been a bastion of elitism since 1789).”


A 2022 State Department Budget Justification document presented to the U.S. Congress earlier this year notes on page 22: “The Department has paused implementation of Op Med (CCR) pending a policy review.”

On August 15th, Biden’s State Department was forced to issue a humiliating statement warning U.S. citizens that the Embassy in Kabul would be unresponsive to their requests for help.

At the time of publication, Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said the U.S. military is attempting to move 5,000 to 9,000 people to safety per day, according to the Associated Press.

The news flies in the face of Joe Biden’s claims that his government planned for “every contingency” in the war-torn country.

The National Pulse also understands no Congressional notification was sent to the United States Congress, as is required, upon the pause.
 

Griz3752

Retired, practising Curmudgeon
So when you consider:

PLUS:
Blinken, as well as other Biden transition team members Michele Flournoy, former Pentagon advisor, and Lloyd Austin, Secretary of Defense, are partners of private equity firm Pine Island Capital Partners,[56][57] a strategic partner of WestExec.[58] Pine Island's chairman is John Thain, the final chairman of Merrill Lynch before its sale to Bank of America.[59] Blinken went on leave from Pine Island in August 2020 to join the Biden campaign as a senior foreign policy advisor.[57] He said he would divest himself of his equity stake in Pine Island if confirmed for a position in the Biden administration.[58]

During the final stretch of Biden's presidential campaign, Pine Island raised $218 million for a Special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), a public offering to invest in "defense, government service and aerospace industries" and COVID-19 relief, which the firm's prospectus (initially filed with the U.S. SEC in September and finalized on November 13, 2020) predicted would be profitable as the government looked to private contractors to address the pandemic.[57] Thain said he chose the other partners because of their "access, network and expertise".[50]

In a December 2020 New York Times article raising questions about potential conflicts of interest between WestExec principals, Pine Island advisors, including Blinken, and service in the Biden administration, critics called for full disclosure of all WestExec/Pine Island financial relationships, divestiture of ownership stakes in companies bidding on government contracts or enjoying existing contracts, and assurances that Blinken and others recuse themselves from decisions that might advantage their previous clients.[50]
ttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antony_Blinken#Pine_Island_Capital_Partners


It starts to raise some serious issues of Conflict of Interest, actual competencies or plain old revenge at the cost of American & allies Lives; at the very least, if none of those, how about focus on the task?

Lovely to see how the Dems castigated the GOP for such activities but very quickly followed the same path as soon as they had a chance.

I'm going to try to get full details on the DJT Evac program but if tony-boy killed a viable alternative to the HKIA shit show, it might be time for a return to at least full on tar-and-feathering or the Rack. There's a bunch of unnecessary deaths & injuries plus a lot of anguish and ongoing issues we can attribute to such an act.

And what did it cost the US to get that one charter flight from A'stan into the air yesterday?
 
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Griz3752

Retired, practising Curmudgeon
Blinken is the designated fall guy and being thrown under the bus... Not that I'm saying he doesn't deserve it. Just that he will be blamed for it all...
But that's he standard pro forma isn't it? And w/ his feet in the financial world plus 'consulting' after a brief period of being pilloried in the press, maybe even in a court action (which I doubt) I'm sure he'll be reconstituted in another highly profitable (for him) format
 

Creedmoor

Tempus Fugit
But that's he standard pro forma isn't it? And w/ his feet in the financial world plus 'consulting' after a brief period of being pilloried in the press, maybe even in a court action (which I doubt) I'm sure he'll be reconstituted in another highly profitable (for him) format
He’ll score a big advance on a book deal like all the rest. Or start making art to sell.
 

Countrymouse

Country exile in the city
They ALL hate Trump so much that if he told them they needed to breathe, they'd suffocate themselves to death just to prove him wrong.

Sure wish he'd have thought of trying that..........
 

Night Breeze

Veteran Member
You will next see Blinkin as a weekend guest host on CNN, MSNBC or Fox. More big bucks for reading prepared scripts that will probably be written by his replacement at State Department. Will the circle be unbroken?
 

TheSearcher

Are you sure about that?
Blinken is the designated fall guy and being thrown under the bus... Not that I'm saying he doesn't deserve it. Just that he will be blamed for it all...
It would be good if a Republican lawmaker ran with Blinken's guilt and pushed more action up the chain. That is, accept his guilt, but not the sole guilt.
 

DennisD

Senior Member
He’ll score a big advance on a book deal like all the rest. Or start making art to sell.
Another grift strategy is to take up fiction co-writing. Both Clintons are into this: Bill w/James Patterson and now Hillary is teaming w/ Louise Penny.
Amazing the literary talent in that family!
 

vector7

Veteran Member
Send him to Afghanistan to live out the rest of his life.
And take these people with him.
The Architect of JoeBama and the DNC/DS shows his face...

Alex Soros: In Pelosi we trust! Was good seeing @SpeakerPelosi this weekend.
Image

We already knew you were pulling her strings.
View: https://twitter.com/HandsomeSean1/status/1435984432947679235?s=19


^^^This should scare the life out of Americans!

I was already scared. This is a confirmation.
View: https://twitter.com/fireti/status/1436042942850949120?s=19



Flashback: Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meet with members of the National Security Council, including Susan Rice, John Kerry (second and third from left), and Tony Blinken in December 2014. (Pete Souza / White House)

Same exact people running things now.
 

summerthyme

Administrator
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Another grift strategy is to take up fiction co-writing. Both Clintons are into this: Bill w/James Patterson and now Hillary is teaming w/ Louise Penny.
Amazing the literary talent in that family!
Well, there are two authors on my "don't bother" list now. Shame... I enjoyed Patterson.

Summerthyme
 
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