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  • 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...
  • Cable News Networks (FOX, CNN, MSNBC, etc) Think Syria Attack May Be Underway

    04/06/2017 6:12:03 PM PDT · by Strac6 · 179 replies
    FOX cut away from O'Reily and went live with Shep at :48 after the hour. Dropped all commercials. Other nets are going with all talking heads, but not following the show formats promoted earlier tonight. It's now still 4:10 AM in Syria, plenty of time for cruise missiles to impact if they had been fired from US ships in Med. Nothing confirmed, but "the natives are restless"
  • CENTCOM chief: 'Vital US interests at stake' in Yemen

    03/31/2017 1:09:00 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 28 replies
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  • New War In Africa? Al-Shabab In Somalia Must Be Dealt With, US General Says

    The U.S. military has requested that the White House grant it more freedom in its approach to fighting a terror group that has been wreaking havoc in North Africa in recent years, Military.com reported. Aggressions by the al-Shabab militant group in Somalia could erupt into an all-out war, but the head of U.S. Africa Command was looking for ways to avoid turning the country into a "free-fire zone," he said Friday. Specifically, Marine Gen. Thomas Waldhauser was looking for "a little bit more flexibility" to "process targets in a more rapid fashion," he told reporters at the Pentagon. That "flexibility"...
  • The Never-Ending War in Afghanistan

    03/13/2017 1:14:55 PM PDT · by Theoria · 32 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 13 March 2017 | Andrew J. Bacevich
    Remember Afghanistan? The longest war in American history? Ever? When it comes to wars, we Americans have a selective memory. The Afghan war, dating from October 2001, has earned the distinction of having been forgotten while still underway. President Trumps Inaugural Address included no mention of Afghanistan. Nor did his remarks last month at a joint session of Congress. For the new commander in chief, the war there qualifies at best as an afterthought assuming, that is, he has thought about it all. A similar attitude prevails on Capitol Hill. Congressional oversight has become pro forma. Last week Gen....
  • A Memo to the Next President on Winning in Afghanistan

    12/11/2016 11:18:56 PM PST · by jcon40 · 25 replies
    War on the Rocks ^ | Dec 9, 2016 | Joseph Collins
    Mr. President-Elect: Neither you nor Secretary Clinton said much in the campaign about the war in Afghanistan. I dont blame you. Its a complex issue, and there was no electoral payoff in it. In the last four years, Americas policy in practice has been to not lose in Afghanistan with the least amount of expenditures possible. Washingtons uncertain trumpet has encouraged the Taliban to fight harder and for Pakistan to help them. In the ensuing chaos, both al Qaeda and the self-proclaimed Islamic State have stronger positions in Afghanistan than they did just a few years ago. This is, in...
  • The Afghan War Quagmire

    09/18/2016 9:19:14 PM PDT · by Theoria · 15 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 17 September 2016 | The New York Times
    Eight years ago, President Obama pledged to wind down the war in Iraq and redouble efforts to defeat the Taliban in Afghanistan. As president, I will make the fight against Al Qaeda and the Taliban the top priority that it should be, he said during a campaign speech. This is a war that we have to win. Lasting peace, Mr. Obama said, would depend on not only defeating the Taliban but helping Afghans grow their economy from the bottom up. He added, We cannot lose Afghanistan to a future of narco-terrorism. Now, at the twilight of his presidency, these goals...
  • Islam, 'Mindslaughter,' and the Catastrophic 'Lewis Doctrine'

    08/31/2016 7:34:44 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 3 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 22 Aug, 2016 | ANDREW G. BOSTOM
    The following is the text of a speech delivered August 21, 2016 at the American Freedom Alliance conference in Los Angeles entitled: Islam and Western Civilization: Can They Co-Exist? Col. Douglas MacGregor is a respected military strategist who was a heroic tank commander during the 1991 Iraq war. As the Gen McChrystal scandal broke in 2010, Col MacGregor, who attended West Point with McChrystal, and was angered by the US militarys disastrous Iraq and Afghanistan nation building efforts, commented accurately: The idea that we are going to spend a trillion dollars to reshape the culture of the Islamic world is...
  • Trump to lay out plan for combating radical Islamic terrorism

    08/15/2016 4:02:12 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    CNN ^ | August 15, 2016 | Jeremy Diamond
    (CNN)Donald Trump on Monday will lay out his strategy for defeating radical Islamic terrorism, painting the fight as an ideological struggle on par with that of the Cold War. In Ohio, the Republican presidential nominee will lay out proposals to combat ISIS and prevent terrorist attacks in the US, including banning individuals from countries with heavy terrorist footprints where the US government cannot adequately vet visa applicants and increasing cooperation with willing Middle Eastern allies, a senior Trump campaign official said. Trump is also set to make clear in his prepared remarks that the US will abandon any ambitions for...
  • Woodrow Wilson Center: Giant Number of Refugees Are Result of Climate Change

    06/25/2016 8:48:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 24, 2016 | 5:05 PM EDT | Penny Starr
    During an event at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars on Thursday to discuss how women are disproportionately affected by climate change in developing countries, Jane Harman, president and CEO of the center, said that many of the refugees around the globe today are being displaced by climate change. Harman said it is in the interest of the United States to build resilience in these countries to prevent migration and even terrorism. It seems to me that the U.S. has a direct interest in building government capacity, which will build resilience in the countries youre talking about, Harman said....
  • Cruz: No More Nation Building [VIDEO]

    10/18/2015 8:47:25 AM PDT · by Isara · 35 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/18/2015 | Steve Guest
    Ted Cruz says that in Afghanistan, “I don’t believe we should be engaged in nation building.”Cruz, appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday, blasted Barack Obama’s Afghanistan decision, insisting, “It’s a recognition that what the President has been saying for years, that Al Qaeda is decimated was never true. That it was political spin.” “The reality is we live in an incredibly dangerous world and sadly the failures of the Obama/Clinton foreign policy have made the dangers greater,” Cruz claimed.Todd later asked Cruz, “If you become President though, you’re gonna keep this policy in place of keeping those troops there...
  • Sowell: Who Lost Iraq?

    06/08/2015 11:15:40 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 42 replies
    Creator Syndicate ^ | June 9, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    After the pro-Western government of China was forced to flee to the island of Taiwan in 1949, when the Communists took over mainland China, bitter recriminations in Washington led to the question: "Who lost China?" China was, of course, never ours to lose, though it might be legitimate to ask if a different American policy toward China could have led to a different outcome. In more recent years, however, Iraq was in fact ours to lose, after U.S. troops vanquished Saddam Hussein's army and took over the country. Today, we seem to be in the process of losing Iraq, if...
  • CIA, FBI agents 'advising Ukraine government': report

    05/04/2014 8:23:27 AM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 31 replies
    AFP via Yahoo ^ | 5/4/2014 | AFP
    Berlin (AFP) - Dozens of specialists from the US Central Intelligence Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation are advising the Ukrainian government, a German newspaper reported Sunday. Citing unnamed German security sources, Bild am Sonntag said the CIA and FBI agents were helping Kiev end the rebellion in the east of Ukraine and set up a functioning security structure.
  • Guest Post: Were Not In (Ar)Kansas Anymore, Hillary!

    09/01/2013 8:13:03 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 4 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | September 1, 2013
    As the US is on the verge of generating yet another self-inflicted wound in the Middle East, and another worldwide blow to its already depleted moral authority, many will wonder what prompts this sort of destructive behavior. While most everyone has a view, and while it is likely such easily predictable disasters stem from a combination of factors, there is one that is often overlooked. What is that one? Cultural Insensitivity. Somewhere along the way Americas various Administrations starting humming that irritating song from the Disney studios, Its a Small World After All. Its NOT a small world. Its a...
  • US wants to keep 9 bases in Afghanistan, Karzai says

    05/09/2013 7:37:33 AM PDT · by haffast · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 5-9-2013 | KATHY GANNON
    KABUL -- The U.S. wants to keep nine bases in Afghanistan after American combat troops withdraw in 2014 and the Afghan government will let them as long as it gets "security and economic guarantees," President Hamid Karzai said Thursday in his first public offer in talks about the future relationship between the two uneasy allies. U.S. officials have made no final announcement about how many troops might remain in Afghanistan after 2014, although they have said as many as many as 12,000 U.S. and coalition forces could remain to train and advise Afghans and continue counterterrorism operations against al-Qaida and...
  • Striking at sea: How the Styx strategy paid off

    01/10/2013 1:08:43 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Russia & India Report ^ | January 7, 2013 | Rakesh Krishnan Simha
    Striking at sea: How the Styx strategy paid off January 7, 2013 Rakesh Krishnan Simha The latest in the series of 1971 war stories describes the Indian Navys ingenious and audacious use of its newly acquired Russian missile boats that played a huge role in Indias victory. In the summer of 1971 when Babru Bhan Yadav returned after a year of naval training in Vladivostok, Russia, he carried with him a secret that he could not tell even his family. Yadav had been made the Squadron Commander of the 25th Missile Squadron based at Mumbai. Under his command...
  • Afghanistan Most Corrupt

    12/05/2012 5:49:31 PM PST · by PaleoBob · 7 replies
    RAWA ^ | December 5,2012 | PaleoBob
    Congrats to the Bush and Obama administrations for their turn at nation-building. They've created a modern Corruptocracy where once there was only savagery and warlords. Quite an achievement.
  • Proof Positive - In My Opinion (who created Innocence of Muslims)(Obama)

    09/20/2012 10:33:42 PM PDT · by TigersEye · 145 replies
    Youtube ^ | Sept. 20, 2012 | Montagraph
    Proof Positive - In My Opinion True Source Found For "Innocence of Muslims." (Obama)This is a Youtube video produced by user Montagraph who speculated that "Innocence of Muslims" was a false flag op. So did I. He has done a lot of work tracing numerous websites connected to the original uploading of the now famous video. His narrative starts out very slow but give it a chance. He does explain it all in detail and has sourced it all with URLs below his vid. Montagraph declines to say that his evidence is definitive so you be the judge. The internet...
  • Geraldo And Kilmeade Get Into..Argument Over Afghanistan: They Will Never Evolve Into Americans

    03/16/2012 11:37:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 40 replies · 1+ views
    Mediaite ^ | March 16, 2012 | Alex Alvarez
    Geraldo Rivera stopped by the set of Fox & Friends early Friday morning, where he weighed in on the future of our war in Afghanistan and entered into a heated debate with host Brian Kilmeade in the process. ....................................................... Are we going to create an Afghanistan, California? asked Rivera. What are we going to do there? These are people, he continued, for whom the Holy Book is their whole lives, and the deaths of children is just a passing event. They will never evolve into Americans, he added after Kilmeade asked what happens when the people weve been trying...
  • Americans Weary of Nation Building

    03/12/2012 1:20:37 PM PDT · by trappedincanuckistan · 49 replies
    IBD ^ | March 9, 2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Americans left, right, Democrats and Republicans are all sick of thankless nation-building in the Middle East. Yet democratization was not our first choice, but rather a last resort after prior failures. The U.S. had long ago supplied Afghan insurgents, who expelled the Soviets after a decade of fighting. Then we left. The country descended into even worse medievalism under the Taliban. So after removing the Taliban, who had hosted the perpetrators of 9/11, we promised in 2001 to stay on. We won the first Gulf War in 1991. Then most of our forces left the region. The result...