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  • Why are we still shedding our soldiers’ blood for pedophiles?

    01/25/2018 7:24:36 AM PST · by Perseverando · 25 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | January 24, 2018 | Daniel Horowitz
    “The full extent of child sexual assault committed by Afghan security forces may never be known.” After 15 years of failure and undefined missions in Afghanistan, this administration claimed to finally have discovered an innovative idea. Let’s invest even more American lives in propping up the Afghan security forces, they suggested, as if we weren’t doing that for the past 15 years. But who are the Afghan forces, and how are they really distinguishable from the Taliban, or at least enough to justify the human and capital cost of a deeper investment? A new inspector general report paints a grim...
  • Report: More than 150 Afghan officers training in America have gone AWOL

    10/21/2017 7:07:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/21/2017 | Rick Moran
    According to a report from the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, 152 soldiers from the Afghan army who had been selected for special training in the United States have gone AWOL while on U.S. soil. Fox News: According to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, 13 of the 152 who had gone AWOL were still at large as of March 7 of this year. Seventy of the 152 had fled the United States; 39 gained legal status in the U.S.; and 27 were arrested, removed or in the process of being removed from the U.S. Three no longer...
  • US must retreat from Afghanistan for there to be ‘peace’, Taliban leader says

    08/31/2017 9:57:03 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 54 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | 30 August 2017 | Thomas Joscelyn
    The Taliban released a statement attributed to its emir, Hibatullah Akhundzada, earlier today. The propaganda message was clearly crafted with a Western audience in mind. Like other statements published by the jihadist group, Akhundzada’s message should be subjected to scrutiny and not taken at face value, especially given that parts of it are directly contradicted by the Taliban’s own words and deeds. Akhundzada explains that “peace” is only possible if the US and its Western allies, referred to as “occupation” forces, retreat from the country. “The main obstacle in the way of peace is the occupation,” Akhundzada’s statement reads. “Peaceful...
  • 5 Dead, 8 Injured In Kabul Explosion Near U.S. Embassy

    08/29/2017 9:48:00 AM PDT · by vikingd00d · 12 replies
    One America News Network ^ | August 29, 2017 | OAN Newsroom
    At least five people are dead and eight injured following an explosion near the U.S. Embassy in the Afghan capital of Kabul. An explosion was set off at the entrance of a bank near Massoud Square Tuesday, which is an area that houses the U.S. Embassy and several other diplomatic buildings. The attack occurred while many people were trying to withdraw money for the upcoming Muslim holiday. While no one has yet to claim responsibility, unconfirmed reports say the explosion was set off by a suicide bomber.
  • Historically Has Any Empire Won A War Of Counter Insurgency?

    08/23/2017 7:19:07 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 91 replies
    Historically speaking has any Empire won a war of counter insurgency? I'm hearing this talk about Afghanistan, and do not know the answer? I think the odds are not good when you think of the American Revolution, Vietnam, Kashmir, Pakistan, Afghanistan, etc.. and an added bonus the "rules of engagement". For the record, I am very strong President Trump supporter. Love the guy and will support him 100%. Just looking for good answers. Thanks!
  • Trump’s ‘America First’ Base Unhappy with Flip-Flop Afghanistan Speech

    08/22/2017 8:21:40 AM PDT · by The Numbers · 58 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Aug 21st | Adam Shaw
    President Trump’s “America First” base was the biggest loser of Trump’s speech on Afghanistan Monday night, and many quickly expressed their disappointment at the business-as-usual address from the president who had once promised to limit American intervention abroad and focus on nation-building at home. Trump’s speech, in which he pledged to increase the number of troops in the 16-year-war, was the first since the departure of Chief Strategist Steve Bannon and confirmed the fears of many on the right that without a strong nationalist voice in the West Wing, the President would revert to the same old fare that Americans...
  • With Afghanistan Address, Trump Pleased Long-Time Rivals And Upset Allies

    08/22/2017 12:01:11 PM PDT · by TBP · 26 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8/22/2017 | ALEX PFEIFFER
    President Donald Trump’s commitment to an indefinite war in Afghanistan Monday night received praise from rivals such as Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, but left conservatives like Ann Coulter disappointed. Trump criticized the Afghanistan war before entering office. However, in his nation-wide address he said he will not give an end date for the conflict and wouldn’t talk about potential troop deployments. There are roughly 8,400 American service members in Afghanistan and it was widely reported Trump will deploy an additional 4,000 troops. Shortly after the speech, Sen. Graham said on Fox News, “I am very pleased with this...
  • This pic convinced Trump to keep US troops in Afghanistan

    08/22/2017 10:55:08 AM PDT · by bryan999 · 110 replies
    National ​security adviser HR McMaster used a 1972 photo of Afghan women wearing miniskirts to help convince President Trump to stay the course in Afghanistan, according to a report on Tuesday. ​McMaster showed the president a black-and-white photograph of three women walking down a Kabul street in miniskirts to ​convince him that Western culture had once thrived in Afghanistan and could again, the Washington Post reported. The photo was among the arguments the president’s staff used to make the case that he should not pull troops from Afghanistan – the site of America’s longest war, the newspaper said. In a...
  • Is Trump's Agenda Being Eclipsed?

    08/22/2017 7:40:52 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 26 replies
    Townhall ^ | August 22, 2017 | Pat Buchanan
    I have not become the King's First Minister in order to preside over the liquidation of the British Empire," said Winston Churchill to cheers at the Lord Mayor's luncheon in London in November 1942. True to his word, the great man did not begin the liquidation. When his countrymen threw him out in July 1945, that role fell to Clement Attlee, who began the liquidation. Churchill, during his second premiership from 1951-1955, would continue the process, as would his successor, Harold Macmillan, until the greatest empire the world had ever seen had vanished. While its demise was inevitable, the death...

    08/21/2017 6:07:50 PM PDT · by kvanbrunt2 · 178 replies
  • MARK LEVIN: President Trump's speech was very solid

    08/22/2017 1:41:47 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 30 replies
    Mark Levin Twitter ^ | 8:07 PM - 21 Aug 2017 | Mark Levin
    Mark R. Levin‏Verified account @marklevinshow President Trump's speech was very solid 8:07 PM - 21 Aug 2017 803 Retweets 3,607 Likes
  • President Trump address on Afghanistan text

    08/22/2017 1:18:24 AM PDT · by iowamark · 13 replies
    Donald Trump Facebook ^ | August 21 2017 | Donald J. Trump
    Vice President Pence, Secretary of State Tillerson, members of the Cabinet, General Dunford, Deputy Secretary Shanahan, and Colonel Duggan. Most especially, thank you to the men and women of Fort Myer and every member of the United States military at home and abroad. We send our thoughts and prayers to the families of our brave sailors who were injured and lost after a tragic collision at sea, as well as to those conducting the search and recovery efforts. I am here tonight to lay out our path forward in Afghanistan and South Asia. But before I provide the details of...
  • McCain praises Trump's Afghan speech: 'Big step in right direction'

    08/22/2017 1:12:05 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 21, 2017 | Rebecca Kheel
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who has spent months bashing President Trump for delaying a new Afghanistan strategy, on Monday night praised him for “taking a big step in the right direction” after his address on the path forward. “I commend President Trump for taking a big step in the right direction with the new strategy for Afghanistan,” the Senate Armed Services chairman said in a statement. “The unfortunate truth is that this strategy is long overdue, and in the interim, the Taliban have made dangerous inroads. Nevertheless, I believe the President is now moving us well beyond the prior administration's...
  • I hope Trump is right (and I’m wrong) on Afghanistan

    08/21/2017 11:18:28 PM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 41 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 21, 2017 | Ralph Peters
    In outlining his vision for applying “principled realism” to the war in Afghanistan, President Trump Monday night insisted there will be no precipitous American withdrawal. Though he didn’t specify the number, Trump will be sending additional troops — likely up to 4,000 — to Afghanistan. That would boost our commitment to just above 12,000 men and women in uniform. And they’ll be expected to accomplish what 140,000 US and allied troops couldn’t achieve at the peak of our engagement, when the Taliban was considerably weaker. We all must hope that, by a miracle, the new strategy of enhanced training for...
  • Full Transcript and Video: Trump’s Speech on Afghanistan

    08/21/2017 10:29:08 PM PDT · by be-baw · 22 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 21, 2017 | New York Times
    President Trump addressed the nation on Monday from Fort Myer military base in Arlington, Va., to lay out his military plans for Afghanistan. Following is the full transcript of those remarks, as released by the Federal News Service.
  • Why Afghanistan matters: The U.S. cannot let this battered land fall to terrorists

    08/21/2017 6:01:18 PM PDT · by Innovative · 39 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Aug. 21, 2017 | Editorial Board
    There are places in the world so potentially volatile that the U.S. cannot leave them to the ebb and flow of geopolitics. The Korean Peninsula and the Middle East come immediately to mind. Afghanistan also belongs on that list — something President Donald Trump has finally come to realize, seven months after taking office. The Los Angeles Times reports that Trump is poised to authorize sending roughly 4,000 more U.S. troops to the South Asian country, the site of the longest war in America's history. Like their countrymen already in Afghanistan, these Americans won't be a combat force. They'll carry...
  • LIVE THREAD & STREAM: President Trump Addresses the Nation on Afghanistan 8/21/17-9 PM EST

    08/21/2017 5:41:24 PM PDT · by HokieMom · 624 replies
  • Trump will address the nation on path forward on Afghanistan

    08/20/2017 3:18:05 PM PDT · by JP1201 · 40 replies
    CAMP MOREHEAD, Afghanistan (AP) — Signaling that the U.S. military expects its mission to continue, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan on Sunday hailed the launch of the Afghan Army’s new special operations corps, declaring that “we are with you and we will stay with you.”
  • Trump to make announcement on strategy for Afghanistan (4,000 more troops)

    08/20/2017 2:59:51 PM PDT · by springwater13 · 91 replies
    President Trump has decided on a strategy for Afghanistan that also takes a broad approach toward tackling competing interests in South Asia, CBS News' Margaret Brennan reports. The White House released a statement on Sunday saying that Mr. Trump will address the nation's troops and the American people on Monday evening from Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia, "to provide an update on the path forward for America's engagement in Afghanistan and South Asia." Officials expect Mr. Trump to announce a strategy that meets the requests of commanders in the field, allows for the deployment of around 4,000 more U.S. troops,...
  • Trump to announce Afghanistan plan Monday in TV address

    08/20/2017 2:37:02 PM PDT · by be-baw · 70 replies
    Axios ^ | August 20, 2017 | Jonathan
    President Trump will address the nation on his Afghanistan war strategy tomorrow at 9 p.m. from Fort Myer in Arlington, VA. It's one of the most consequential decisions of his presidency, and it comes after Trump met with his national security team on Friday at Camp David . Defense Secretary James Mattis said on Sunday, per Reuters: "I am very comfortable that the strategic process was sufficiently rigorous and did not go in with a pre-set position." The stakes: Should Trump order a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, advisers believe he'd all but ensure the Taliban completes its takeover...