By Richard Pearson

The talking heads in Washington including government types, media mouthpieces and so-called experts are claiming the war in Afghanistan is over.  These people have lied so much that they are believing their own lies.  This war is not over.  This is an ideological war and there are no time limits on ideological wars.  This will only end when one side is totally crushed.

The Taliban is now the fifth or sixth most well-equipped army in the world thanks to Joe Biden.  In fact, the Taliban has more attack helicopters than the country of Australia.  Forbes magazine reports the Biden Administration is hiding audits of Afghan military equipment.  Wednesday, it was reported that the Biden Administration has scrubbed every website and listing of what military equipment has been left in Afghanistan.  I know you are totally shocked by the lack of transparency by the Biden Administration.  This list has been out there but in case you didn’t see it, here it is.  I am not sure if it is the complete list.  Just as bad, the enemies of the United States now have all of our latest technology.

American Aircraft, Equipment & Armored Vehicles

  • 2,000 Armored Vehicles Including Humvees and MRAPs
  • 75,989 Total Vehicles: FMTV, M35, Ford Rangers, Ford F350, Ford Vans, Toyota Pickups, Armored Security Vehicles etc.
  • 45 UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopters
  • 50 MD530G Scout Attack Helicopters
  • ScanEagle Military Drones
  • 30 Military Version Cessnas
  • 4 C-130s
  • 29 Brazilian made A-29 Super Tucano Ground Attack Aircraft
  • Heavy Equipment, Including Bull Dozers, Backhoes, Dump Trucks, Excavators

At least 600,000+ Small arms M16, M249 SAWs, M24 Sniper Systems, 50 Calibers, 1,394 M203 Grenade Launchers, M134 Mini Gun, 20mm Gatling Guns and Ammunition

  • 61,000 M203 Rounds
  • 20,040 Grenades
  • Howitzers
  • Mortars +1,000’s of Rounds
  • 162,000 pieces of Encrypted Military Communications Gear
  • 16,000+ Night Vision Goggles
  • Newest Technology Night Vision Scopes
  • Thermal Scopes and Thermal Mono Googles
  • 10,000 2.75-inch Air to Ground Rockets
  • Reconnaissance Equipment (ISR)
  • Laser Aiming Units
  • Explosives Ordnance C-4, Semtex, Detonators, Shaped Charges, Thermite, Incendiaries, AP/API/APIT
  • 2,520 Bombs
  • Administration Encrypted Cell Phones and Laptops ALL operational
  • Pallets with Millions of Dollars in US Currency
  • Millions of Rounds of Ammunition including but not limited to 20,150,600 rounds of 7.62mm and 9,000,000 rounds of 50 caliber.  I am unsure of how many rounds of 556 but I have heard over 60,000,000.
  • Large Stockpile of Plate Carriers and Body Armor
  • US Military HIIDE, for Handheld Interagency Identity Detection Equipment Biometrics

It has been reported that some Afghan pilots have flown 46 helicopters to Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.  The pilots took their families with them.  If they were caught by the Taliban, they would be killed.

I disagree that Joe Biden is incompetent because of his age.  Joe Biden has always been incompetent his entire political career and he has been weakening America and the American values since the first moment he was elected.  Those who supported him throughout his political career are equally guilty and we must hold them accountable.

Dove season started yesterday.  Be sure to check the IDNR rules regarding Eurasian collared doves and Ringed turtle doves.  While they are invasive species, the rules for Morning/White Wing doves still apply.  Dove hunters need to add one more rule to their safe gun handling rules and that is to keep your shotgun at 40 degrees or above while hunting.  The first season ends November 14, 2021; the second season is December 26, 2021, thru January 9, 2022.

Ammo Quest:  Ammo slipped down slightly in price online.  The only place I was successful in finding ammo in the store was at Scheels in Springfield.  I am sure there are others out there.  The steel case Russian ammo that Joe Biden has banned, actually makes up 35% of the American market.  To ban the imports of Russian ammunition and firearms isn’t a spit in the ocean as far as the Russian economy goes.  Yet, Biden claims he is using this ban to harm the Russian economy.  The ban is directly aimed at U.S. gun owners.

The National Rifle and Pistol Matches have concluded for 2021.  I am proud to say the ISRA teams and individual ISRA members did very well.  We are proud of all of you.  In the final days of the matches, the ISRA Gold Team took the National Championship Team for State Associations.  ISRA member Don Bauer is the National Grand Senior Champion.

If you want to be a good or even a great shot, join the ISRA.  The ISRA is a treasury of marksmanship knowledge.  That is what we are supposed to be and that is what we are.  From beginner to champion, the ISRA is the place for you.