Aboard a medical helicopter, Cpl. Andrew Smith of the Marines was treated by Sgt. Jaime Adame, top, an Army medic, after being seriously wounded in an attack in Helmand Province on May 15, Corporal Smith ultimately recovered from his injuries. Credit Kevin Frayer/Associated Press
As a serious hawk following 9-11, I backed President Bush’s attack on the mountains and caves of Tora Bora.
What inside intelligence did I have?
Doesn’t it go without saying that if a foreign enemy attacks the United States we go to war?
In this case, the picture is muddled because Saudi’s flew the planes into the twin towers that horrible morning.
Of course, the were backed and funded by Osama bin Ladin’s Taliban.
McCain ould not be more disingenuous when he discusses who is funding ISIS (Source)
Moving right along, what’s wrong with a stalemate?
Is it to be the United States future policy to meddle into civil wars in the Middle-East?
Does Afghanistan have anything we want or need?
Obama screwed the situation up even more than in the earlier years.
We must not lose sight of the Blue on Green Shootings that are still happening in Afghanistan, while always remembering Afghan Soldiers are Muslims first, not the best of warfighters, but love to kill Americans in cold blood. (Source)
The brave little bastards do this when U.S. or coalition troops are sleeping, or if awake sneaking up on them and shooting them in the back of the head. (Source)
KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan worker on a military base opened fire and killed three NATO troops, military officials said Saturday, bringing the toll to six more Western military fatalities in 24 hours at the hands of ostensible allies.
It’s time to get out, as in tonight, spend no more blood and lives in an “Overseas Contingency Operation,” that will not be won.
Sure, I could be wrong and I’m asking our readers in the comment section to explain to me exactly how! Thanks, J.C.
By John McCain and Lindsey Graham
March 13, 2017
John McCain (R-Ariz.) is chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is a member of the committee.
On Sept. 11, 2001, al-Qaeda terrorists murdered 3,000 innocent civilians on American soil while under the sanctuary of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. In response to that attack, U.S. and NATO forces deployed to Afghanistan to hunt down those responsible and ensure that Afghanistan would never again be a haven for terrorists.
Since then, more than 2,000 Americans and more than 1,000 troops from our NATO allies have given their lives to that mission. (Source)
But after more than a decade-and-a-half of war, Gen. John W. Nicholson, commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan, told the Senate Armed Services Committee last month that the war in Afghanistan is in a stalemate.(Source)
President Trump and his administration must treat Afghanistan with the same urgency as the fight against the Islamic State, or this stalemate risks sliding into strategic failure.
Seriously? Trump is a bigger risk by getting sucked in deeper into this quicksand.
This month, two simultaneous suicide attacks by the Taliban in Kabul killed at least 16 people and wounded more than 40.
In northern Afghanistan, the Taliban overran another district.
These setbacks came on the heels of disturbing losses across the country.
Nicholson recently confirmed an inspector general report that the Afghan government controls or influences jus 57% of the country’s districts, down from 72 percent just over a year ago.
Make no mistake: Afghans are fighting ferociously to defend their country from our common enemies.
At the same time, we must recognize that the United States is still at war in Afghanistan against the terrorist enemies who attacked our nation on Sept. 11 and their ideological heirs.
We must act accordingly.
Unfortunately, in recent years, we have tied the hands of our military in Afghanistan.
Instead of trying to win, we have settled for just trying not to lose.
Time and time again, we saw troop withdrawals that seemed to have more to do with U.S. politics than conditions on the ground.
The fixation with “force management levels” in Afghanistan, as well as in Iraq and Syria, seemed more about measuring troop counts than measuring success.
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Authorities were also tightly restricted. Until last summer, our military was prohibited from targeting the Taliban, except in the most extreme circumstances, taking the pressure off the militants and allowing them to rebuild and re-attack.
Indeed, while we were fighting the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, authorities in Afghanistan were so restrictive that it took an entire year before U.S. forces were finally given authority to strike the group’s fighters in Afghanistan.
While we have settled for a “don’t lose” strategy, the risk to U.S. and Afghan forces has only grown worse as the terrorist threat has intensified.
The Taliban has grown more lethal, expanded its territorial control and inflicted heavy casualties on Afghan forces.
And it is reportedly doing so with help from Iran and Russia, who want nothing more than to see the United States fail in Afghanistan.
The Islamic State is trying to carve out another haven from which it can plan and execute attacks.
Moreover, U.S. efforts to confront these terrorist threats are continually frustrated by terrorist sanctuaries in Pakistan used to attack across its border and kill U.S. forces. Deteriorating relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan only make this problem more difficult.
President Trump has an important opportunity to turn the page, seize the initiative and take the fight to our terrorist enemies.
To do this, the United States must align ends, ways, and means in Afghanistan.
The U.S. objective in Afghanistan is the same now as it was in 2001: to prevent terrorists from using the country’s territory to attack our homeland. (I’ve seen no intelligence reports indicating the have the capability) Thin about it?
How are they going to get here, with what weapons, this is just more bullshit to sell us on continually fighting wars.
We seek to achieve this objective by supporting Afghan governance and security institutions as they become capable of standing on their own, defending their country and defeating our common terrorist enemies with less U.S. assistance over time.
Doing this successfully requires the right number of people in the right places with the right authorities and the right capabilities.
Our assessment, based on our conversations with commanders on the ground, is that a strategy for success will require additional U.S. and coalition forces and more flexible authorities.
It will also require sustained support of the Afghan security forces as they develop key capabilities, especially offensive capabilities such as special operations forces and close air support needed to break the stalemate.
The United States has been at war in Afghanistan for nearly 16 years.
Weary as some Americans may be of this long conflict, it is imperative that we see our mission through to success.
We have seen what happens when we fail to be vigilant.
The threats we face are real.
And the stakes are high, not just for the lives of the Afghan people and the stability of the region, but for America’s national security.