Far-left AOC sidekick Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) says the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan is the result of a failed U.S. policy “going back to the 1980s when we backed the Taliban against the Soviets.”
That’s quite the statement. It’s also wrong. All of it.
See, the Taliban did not exist in the 1980s. It did not fight the Soviet Union. In other words, the United States didn’t back the Taliban in the 1980s against the Soviet Union. Instead, the Taliban emerged as a major faction in 1994.
That’s what this is: the horrible consequences of endless war and failed US policy going back to the 1980s when we backed the Taliban against the Soviets. Innocent people suffer the horrors of war while political leaders and arms-dealing corporations sit back and make billions.
— Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (@RepRashida) August 15, 2021
Just in case she tries to memory hole it, please screenshot Tlaib’s tweet. Twitter could install an edit feature exclusively for the Squad.
As FoxNews.com notes, “Tlaib appeared to conflate the Taliban with what was actually the Afghan mujahedeen, various rebel groups united against the Soviet army under Islamic ideology and supported by the United States.”
It’s hard to swing that hard and miss that embarrassingly. A blue check has not delivered a self-owning knockout that devastating since Joy Reid revealed she had yet to learn the meaning of 538.
Here's the thing: the reason there's a thing called @FiveThirtyEight is because 538 was the margin in FL when the Republican SCOTUS reversed the 2000 election during a recount, making Dubya the president. That's the kind of margin where races can flip. That's not what's up now.
— Joy-Ann (Pro-Democracy) Reid 😷 (@JoyAnnReid) November 10, 2020
The margin in Florida was 537 votes. 538 is, instead, the number of electoral college voters. Also, the SCOTUS didn’t reverse the election in 2000.
Actually, Reid’s tweet is worse than Tlaib’s.
They say never hit “send” if you are drunk. That’s good advice. However, you also shouldn’t hit “send” if you are an angry, radical leftist. That means both Rashida Tlaib and Joy Reid should lay off the “send” button for a while.
*Comment below with which tweet was worse. Or funnier. Here are some poll voters:
The Taliban did not exist in the 1980s, it did not fight the Soviet Union and it was not backed by the United States. You could fill a library with books about American screw ups in Afghanistan. No need to rely on fictions. https://t.co/x6QGROglPP
— Matthew Rosenberg (@AllMattNYT) August 16, 2021
Correct me if I'm wrong, but the Taliban was not around in the 80s.
— Damon A. Salvadore (@DamonSalvadore1) August 16, 2021
The Taliban was founded in 1994. https://t.co/qQqzodNmAN
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) August 16, 2021
It wasn’t the Taliban in the 1980s…if learning the complex history is too much time for members of Congress, they even have movies about this, like Charlie Wilson’s War and Rambo III…
— Seth Frantzman (@sfrantzman) August 16, 2021
There was no Taliban in the 1980s. https://t.co/c90GQOOaNQ
— Dr S Maitra (@MrMaitra) August 16, 2021