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  • 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 you’re 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: We’re 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 America’s various Administrations starting humming that irritating song from the Disney studios, “It’s a Small World After All”. It’s NOT a small world. It’s 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 Navy’s ingenious – and audacious – use of its newly acquired Russian missile boats that played a huge role in India’s 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 we’ve 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...
  • A Republican Agenda for Real Change

    10/09/2011 10:07:57 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 26 replies
    CATO / Forbes ^ | 2011-10-03 | Doug Bandow
    The desperate search for an acceptable Republican Party presidential candidate continues. Republican leaders apparently are pushing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who previously said no, to jump into the race. The GOP's frustration is palpable. Mitt Romney has been running for four years but generates little enthusiasm. Rick Perry was an instant front-runner before losing much of his support after unimpressive debate performances. Michelle Bachmann briefly streaked across the political firmament but now barely registers in the polls. Newt Gingrich committed political seppuku shortly after announcing his candidacy. Ron Paul's support is fervent but limited. However, the real Republican problem...
  • McCain: Money in Afghanistan 'has gone to Taliban' (McCain says nation building a "noble effort")

    09/16/2011 12:37:15 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 9 replies
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2011-09-16 | Geneve Sands-Sadowitz
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said misspent and wasted U.S. funds to both Iraq and Afghanistan, where some taxpayer dollars have gone to the Taliban, are "disturbing." "What is disturbing was the recent inspector general's report that some 20 to 30 billion dollars both in Iraq and Afghanistan have been wasted and misspent, and in the case of Afghanistan in some cases the money has actually gone to the Taliban. Now that is not an acceptable use of the taxpayer's dollar," said McCain on Fox News's "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren" Thursday. McCain clarified that he was unsure of...
  • End of the Marshall Plan

    09/11/2011 11:07:58 AM PDT · by Feckless · 9 replies
    Vanity | 9/11/2011 | Feckless
    The 10th anniversary of 9-11 also marks 10 year of the Bush Doctrine, not counting 2+ plus years of the Obama Appeasement and Contrition Doctrine. The Bush Doctrine, as has every other Doctrine since WWII, was heavily influenced by the Marshall Plan. This is the “nation building” that comes at such a dear cost, both in treasure and blood. The Marshall Plan served our nation and the world well. It prevented anarchy and chaos in the lands of our former foes and helped stem the slide into Soviet domination by much of Western Europe. It gave the world two robust...
  • Giuliani assails Obama on terrorism [Republican Response 9/10/11]

    09/10/2011 10:16:25 AM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 60 replies
    YahooNews ^ | Sept. 10, 2011 | Staff
    Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, speaking for his fellow Republicans ten years after the September 11th attacks, denounced President Barack Obama's handling of national security on Saturday. Giuliani, giving the party's weekly address, notably blasted Obama's decision to withdraw some 33,000 US troops from Afghanistan by September 2012 and bring home all combat forces by 2014. "Perhaps the most dangerous impulse we've developed since September 11 is impatience demonstrated by the calls to put our armed forces on timetables," said the former mayor, hailed for his take-charge response to the attacks. ...And he blasted "the inappropriate decision-making and...
  • Afghans Rage at Young Lovers; A Father Says Kill Them Both

    07/30/2011 6:52:26 PM PDT · by Palter · 39 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 30 July 2011 | JACK HEALY
    The two teenagers met inside an ice cream factory through darting glances before roll call, murmured hellos as supervisors looked away and, finally, a phone number folded up and tossed discreetly onto the workroom floor. It was the beginning of an Afghan love story that flouted dominant traditions of arranged marriages and close family scrutiny, a romance between two teenagers of different ethnicities that tested a village’s tolerance for more modern whims of the heart. The results were delivered with brutal speed. This month, a group of men spotted the couple riding together in a car, yanked them into the...
  • Palin's Foreign Policy Embraces Instinct, Shuns Doctrine (Long)

    05/07/2011 4:30:00 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 35 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | May 6,2011 | Scott Conroy
    In a speech at Colorado Christian College earlier this week, Sarah Palin laid out a five-point set of standards by which the United States should commit its troops to military action. Bearing the palpable influence of her new foreign policy adviser -- Peter Schweizer, a scholar at the conservative Hoover Institution who has been on SarahPAC's payroll for less than three weeks -- Palin's criteria for military action seemed at first glance to be less aggressive than the hawkish foreign policy she has consistently espoused. As recently as February, Palin had been among the first prominent Republicans calling for a...
  • Sarah Palin gave 5 points for American Military Action at Tribute to the Troops in Colorado

    05/02/2011 10:20:36 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 110 replies
    Tuesday May 5, 2011
    Palin Doctrine? Sarah Palin spoke at a Tribute to the Troops at Colorado Christian University. "The Soldier fights not because he hates what's in front of him. But because he loves those and what's behind him!"....G.K. Chesterton 1. We should only commit our forces when clear and vital American interest are at stake.2. IF we have to fight, we fight to win. We use overwhelming force, we only send in our troop into war with the objective to defeat the enemy as quickly as possible: We do not send in our military to stretch out the mission with an open-ended...
  • McCain: Libyan rebels seek U.S. recognition, might pay for war costs

    04/23/2011 6:24:26 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 35 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 2011-04-23 | Byron York
    (snip) "I reminded them that Kuwait and Saudi Arabia reimbursed us after Operation Desert Storm," McCain says. "They said they'd be glad to discuss that.(snip) "They're very good people," he says. "Mainly well-educated, a number of women in the [Transitional National Council] -- very normal, dedicated people." (snip) McCain dismissed concerns that rebel forces include some veterans of al Qaeda. "I'm sure that there may be some element there, but I guarantee you that they didn't rise up because they wanted to be al Qaeda fighters," McCain says. "They rose up because they wanted to throw off the yoke of...
  • McCain: Libya Rebels Need Recognition, Aid

    04/23/2011 3:47:31 PM PDT · by TexasCajun · 30 replies ^ | Friday, 22 Apr 2011 02:50 PM | Bloomberg News
    The U.S. and its allies should provide more air support and financial aid to Libyan rebels, Senator John McCain said in Benghazi after President Barack Obama sent armed Predator on missions over the nation. Those seeking to oust Muammar Qaddafi’s regime are “patriots who want to liberate their nation, they are not al- Qaeda,” McCain told a press conference today in the rebel capital city. The Arizona Republican said North Atlantic Treaty Organization states need to “urgently” increase close air support for rebel ground operations. He also said the rebels’ Transitional National Council should receive some of Qaddafi’s frozen assets...
  • Palin Reflects on Libya, Trip to Israel

    03/23/2011 10:49:19 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 27 replies
    Former Alaska governor on Obama and coalition strategy against Qaddafi, the bus bombing in Jerusalem and her Middle East trip
  • White House: Helping install 'a democratic system' is goal in Libya

    03/22/2011 12:29:07 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 36 replies ^ | 03/22/11 | Sam Youngman
    The White House suggested Tuesday the mission in Libya is one of regime change, despite emphatic statements from President Obama and military brass that the goal is not to remove Moammar Gadhafi from power. According to a White House readout of a Monday night call between Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the two leaders "underscored their shared commitment to the goal of helping provide the Libyan people an opportunity to transform their country, by installing a democratic system that respects the people’s will." The term "installing" suggests the goal of regime change. In an e-mail, White House...
  • White House: Helping Install "A Democratic System " Is Goal In Libya

    03/22/2011 1:21:43 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 44 replies ^ | March 22,2011 | Sam Youngman
    The White House suggested Tuesday the mission in Libya is one of regime change, despite emphatic statements from President Obama and military brass that the goal is not to remove Moammar Gadhafi from power. According to a White House readout of a Monday night call between Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the two leaders "underscored their shared commitment to the goal of helping provide the Libyan people an opportunity to transform their country, by installing a democratic system that respects the people’s will."
  • On the NRO Libya Editorial, I Respectfully Dissent

    03/17/2011 8:55:07 AM PDT · by ventanax5 · 38 replies
    National Review ^ | Andrew c. McCarthy
    I respectfully dissent from Wendesday’s NRO editorial, which urges that the United States go to war with Libya. The editorial doesn’t put it that way. Indeed, it doesn’t call for President Obama to seek a congressional declaration of war, or at least an authorization for the use of military force, as the Bush administration understood was required before commencing combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. In this case, complying with the Constitution is almost certain to result in a resounding “no” vote from the people’s representatives — and if you think getting the Patriot Act reauthorized was uphill, figure getting...
  • My President, Sarah Palin, Speaks As Obama Dithers: Here’s to Libya’s Freedom

    02/22/2011 9:09:12 PM PST · by MaxCUA · 13 replies
    It’s a little perplexing looking at the White House today. There was a statement on the horrible earthquake in New Zealand, and certainly our hearts go out to all those affected by this horrible natural disaster. But nothing on the slaughter in Libya? The protests in many places in the Middle East affect regimes that have cooperated with the U.S. on issues from peace with Israel, fighting al Qaeda, hosting our military forces, or cooperating against Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Gaddafi’s Libya is different. For four decades, this tyrant has held power. Gaddafi was Osama before Osama hit the scene. He...
  • Defector admits to WMD lies that triggered Iraq war

    02/15/2011 11:17:01 AM PST · by speciallybland · 89 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 02/15/2011 | Martin Chulov
    The defector who convinced the White House that Iraq had a secret biological weapons programme has admitted for the first time that he lied about his story, then watched in shock as it was used to justify the war. Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, codenamed Curveball by German and American intelligence officials who dealt with his claims, has told the Guardian that he fabricated tales of mobile bioweapons trucks and clandestine factories in an attempt to bring down the Saddam Hussein regime, from which he had fled in 1995. "Maybe I was right, maybe I was not right," he said. "They...
  • Why Are Our Soldiers Dying?

    02/11/2011 6:25:01 AM PST · by IbJensen · 13 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 2.11.11 | Hal G.P. Colebatch
    I still, just, support the war in Afghanistan. I still regard the probable consequences of withdrawal in defeat by the Western powers as highly undesirable. I even believe that, for troops in proper strength and with proper equipment, the difficulties of campaigning there can be overrated. As Kipling put it in the 19th century, a raw British regiment, after suffering an ignominious retreat, returned to discover that "an Afghan being attacked is much less formidable than an Afghan attacking." But I wish our governments would make some more efforts to explain why we are there, why we are supporting the...
  • Obama is Losing in Afghanistan

    01/17/2011 6:25:03 AM PST · by Notary Sojac · 22 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 17 Jan 2011 | Jed Babbin
    Out of a misplaced sense of loyalty to their former president, Republicans have bound themselves to President Obama's counterinsurgency-cum-withdrawal strategy. They've done so because Obama's is an extension of George W. Bush's nation-building strategy, which we have pursued in Afghanistan since 2001 and in Iraq from 2003. That strategy has failed. The Iraqi government remains dysfunctional. Moqtada al-Sadr has returned to ensure instability and -- with others' help -- eventual dissolution. In Afghanistan the Karzai government cannot -- and in many instances refuses to -- establish the local governance to replace the Taliban where military gains are made. It's time...
  • Sen. Graham Wants U.S. in Afghanistan Permanently

    01/04/2011 6:56:44 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 43 replies
    The New American ^ | 2011-01-04 | R. Cort Kirkwood
    Liberal Republican Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, known in conservative anti-immigration circles as Sen. Grahamnesty, says the United States must maintain a permanent “presence” in Afghanistan. He proposes this imperial outpost because he believes it will prevent the Taliban, the ruling political party in the graveyard of empires when Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaida terrorists struck the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, from returning to the country. Taliban fighters, however, who operate from bases in Pakistan with covert Pakistani support, are still in Afghanistan. The remarks raise the question of what Graham thinks United States can gain from...
  • The Manhattan Project Of Illegal Immigration (America has an ambitious nation-building project)

    01/03/2011 7:09:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/03/2010 | Victor Davis Hanson
    We all are familiar with the debates surrounding illegal immigration: absolute versus flexible laws; amnesty versus deportation or earned citizenship; closed versus open borders; entitlement dependency versus work no one else will do. We also know the debates over the causation of this perfect storm that has resulted in 12 to 15 million illegal aliens residing in the United States. Was it the Right’s desire for cheap labor or the Left’s wish for more constituents, or both? Was it abetted by the middle-class habit of wanting inexpensive nannies, housekeepers, and gardeners, and facilitated by the professional Latino elite’s dream of...
  • Inside the Ring - Afghanistan debate

    03/26/2009 8:52:28 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 257+ views
    Washington Times ^ | March 26, 2009 | Bill Gertz
    The Obama administration has conducted a vigorous internal debate over its new strategy for Afghanistan, expected to be unveiled by the president in a speech Friday. According to two U.S. government sources close to the issue, senior policymakers were divided over how comprehensive to make the strategy, involving an initial boost of 17,000 U.S. troops. On the one side were Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Deputy Secretary of State James B. Steinberg, who argued in closed-door meetings for a minimal strategy of stabilizing Afghanistan that one source described as a "lowest common denominator" approach. The goal of these...
  • White House Spent $23M of Taxpayers' Money on Fight to Legalize Abortion in Kenya

    07/22/2010 7:13:00 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies ^ | 7-22-10 | Tess Civantos
    A Republican lawmaker is accusing the White House of “unconscionable” and “illegal” acts for its role in Kenya's referendum on a new constitution, which would legalize abortion in the country for the first time. Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey cited a report by the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID, that estimated that more than $23 million in U.S. taxpayer funds have been spent on the referendum. Smith and other conservatives have complained that at least some of that money has been spent in support of the proposed constitution, possibly violating U.S. law. “Under no circumstances should the...
  • The Civilian Expeditionary Force: Obama Says 'Burden' Can’t be All on the Military

    06/30/2010 4:46:34 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 58 replies · 1+ views ^ | 06/30/2010 | Sunlen Miller
    During his town hall in Racine, Wisconsin today President Obama spoke about the civilian expeditionary force within his National Security Strategy. “We just got to be smart about using all the elements of American power, not just one element of American power,” he said. The president pointed to Iraq and Afghanistan where military personnel are having to engage in work that he said really should be civilian work– like building schools and bridges -- because of under-resourcing on the civilian side “The problem is -- is that we don't have a civilian effort that has always matched up to the...
  • Biden pledges long-term relief on 'Little Haiti' visit

    01/17/2010 8:53:26 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 14 replies · 612+ views
    AFP ^ | 01/16/10
    US Vice President Joe Biden visited leaders of the US-Haitian community in Miami Saturday, promising "every available asset in the federal government" would be geared to relieve the "incredible crisis" in the quake-hit nation. * * * "Every available asset in the federal government is being put in place," he added, saying US President Barack Obama "does not view this as a humanitarian mission with a life cycle of a month." * * * "We are not trying to go back to the days before the earthquake, that's not enough in Haiti. We need to go beyond that point and...
  • Soviets' Afghan Ordeal Vexed Gates on Troop-Surge Plan

    11/27/2009 6:45:25 AM PST · by BGHater · 5 replies · 601+ views
    WSJ ^ | 27 Nov 2009 | YAROSLAV TROFIMOV
    The future of the war in Afghanistan was on the line as Gen. Stanley McChrystal met with Defense Secretary Robert Gates in a secret rendezvous at a Belgian airbase in August. Gen. McChrystal, the top Western commander in Afghanistan, pushed for more U.S. troops to roll back the spreading Taliban-led insurgency. Mr. Gates, officials say, was skeptical. A quarter-century ago, he was a top Central Intelligence Agency officer aiding the anti-Soviet rebels in Afghanistan, and he remembered how a 1985 decision by the Soviet Union to widen that earlier war had failed to turn the tide. In a speech to...
  • [Tenn.] GOP Congressman: Afghanistan is a 'medieval' country [nation-building could take "decades"]

    09/29/2009 4:56:44 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 16 replies · 870+ views
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2009-09-29 | Jordan Fabian
    Nation-building in Afghanistan is a tough proposition for the United States since it is a "medieval" country, Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) told a local editorial board on Monday afternoon. The freshman lawmaker said that the a rebuilding project similar to what the U.S. undertook in Iraq would unlikely to achieve success in Afghanistan because the latter is "medieval" and the former is a "20th century country." Roe added that winning "the war" there would take "decades." He emphasized that the government needs to re-evaluate the mission there and define victory in the conflict against Taliban and al-Qaeda insurgents. "I believe...
  • US faces 'nation-building' choice on Afghanistan

    09/21/2009 12:50:31 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 623+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 9/21/09 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – Democratic US Senator Jim Webb said Monday the United States had reached a "turning point" on Afghanistan, after a top general warned the war could be lost without more troops. "We have reached a turning point in Afghanistan as to whether we are going to formally adopt nation-building as a policy," Webb, a member of the Senate's Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees, said in a brief statement. His comments came after US and NATO commander General Stanley McChrystal's blunt assessment, in a classified report obtained, and partially published, by the Washington Post, adds an explosive element...
  • Cato report says Afghan 'victory' unlikely

    09/15/2009 4:04:32 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 19 replies · 836+ views
    UPI ^ | 2009-09-15
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. military can pull most of its troops from Afghanistan in the next year as "victory" is not a realistic outcome, a report by the Cato Institute says. Malou Innocent and Ted Galen Carpenter in an authoritative report on the conflict in Afghanistan note that "a definitive, conventional 'victory' is not a realistic option." Washington said its strategy in Afghanistan is focused in part on denying al-Qaida and other militants the opportunity to establish a safe haven in the embattled nation. The authors, however, opine that denying a sanctuary to terrorists does not require...
  • George Will Abandons the War Party

    09/12/2009 2:11:19 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 75 replies · 2,296+ views
    Charleston City Paper / Campaign for Liberty ^ | 2009-09-12 | Jack Hunter aka Southern Avenger
    A year ago this week, I wrote the following concerning liberal Democrat Joe Lieberman being invited to speak at the 2008 Republican National Convention and conservative Republican Ron Paul being shut out: "If you are pro-gun control, pro-socialized healthcare, pro-choice, pro-amnesty, all of these liberal positions can be tolerated so long as you are pro-war. If you are a staunch conservative on virtually every issue, if you're not pro-war, you're no longer welcome in the Republican Party." The name of my piece was "The War Party" and that's exactly what the GOP was in September 2008. What a difference a...
  • How an aggressive foreign policy helps America

    07/05/2009 9:11:10 PM PDT · by UberAmericanPatriot1967 · 9 replies · 489+ views
    American Solvent ^ | June 23, 2009 | Zeleke D. Snyder
    In recent times, that is, during June of 2009, President Barack Obama has recoiled at efforts at fighting the oppressors in Iran. He has allowed the political situation in Iran to escalate into the crisis it is today. At the time of this writing, protests in the streets have broken out over the rigged election. The red flags should have been flying in the Commander in Chief’s face already. Iran has been advancing their nuclear weapon program at a dangerously rapid rate, constantly waving the fact at the West. The rest has been very well documented. Political corruption has been...
  • Iraq redux? Obama seeks funds for Pakistan super-embassy

    06/02/2009 7:27:21 AM PDT · by BGHater · 6 replies · 323+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | 27 May 2009 | Saeed Shah and Warren P. Strobel
    The U.S. is embarking on a $1 billion crash program to expand its diplomatic presence in Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan, another sign that the Obama administration is making a costly, long-term commitment to war-torn South Asia, U.S. officials said Wednesday. The White House has asked Congress for—and seems likely to receive—$736 million to build a new U.S. embassy in Islamabad, along with permanent housing for U.S. government civilians and new office space in the Pakistani capital. The scale of the projects rivals the giant U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, which was completed last year after construction delays at a cost of...
  • Report: U.S. Considers Attacks on Somali Pirates' Land Bases

    04/13/2009 11:26:22 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 48 replies · 1,613+ views
    FOX News ^ | 4/13/2009 | Staff
    Defense officials said the U.S. military is considering attacks on Somali pirate bases on land and aid for the people there to help stop the hijacking of ships off Africa's coast... The plan would include helping Somalia create their own coast guard and create security forces...

    11/21/2008 10:06:00 AM PST · by johnwcassell · 5 replies · 350+ views
    John W. Cassell's MySpace Blog ^ | 21 November, 2008 | John W. Cassell
    At 0230 I typed the words THE END into my manuscript of UNCERTAIN PARADISE: 1973 ***The Latter Days***. It was electronically submitted to my publisher...the contract is signed. I told my wife I was within ten or so pages of finishing it yesterday morning. Her reaction: "Hmmmm." After nearly thirty years of marriage I was able to translate: wake me up when we're rich. She's got to be kidding. Barack Obama mentions a book and it's a best seller. He'll never read my stuff. Part One of Uncertain Paradise: 1973 deliberately left several threads unresolved. That is, after all, what...
  • Standard Warfare May Be Eclipsed By Nation-Building

    10/05/2008 7:27:29 PM PDT · by neverdem · 58 replies · 950+ views
    Washington Post ^ | October 5, 2008 | Ann Scott Tyson
    The Army on Monday will unveil an unprecedented doctrine that declares nation-building missions will probably become more important than conventional warfare and defines "fragile states" that breed crime, terrorism and religious and ethnic strife as the greatest threat to U.S. national security. The doctrine, which has generated intense debate in the U.S. military establishment and government, holds that in coming years, American troops are not likely to engage in major ground combat against hostile states as they did in Iraq and Afghanistan, but instead will frequently be called upon to operate in lawless areas to safeguard populations and rebuild countries....
  • We Are All Georgians

    08/13/2008 9:31:57 PM PDT · by flyfree · 18 replies · 137+ views
    wsj ^ | August 14, 2008 | JOHN MCCAIN
    For anyone who thought that stark international aggression was a thing of the past, the last week must have come as a startling wake-up call. After clashes in the Georgian region of South Ossetia, Russia invaded its neighbor, launching attacks that threaten its very existence. Some Americans may wonder why events in this part of the world are any concern of ours. After all, Georgia is a small, remote and obscure place. But history is often made in remote, obscure places.
  • Bush’s mistake in Iraq was not to go, but to stay: Jonas

    07/17/2008 5:04:44 AM PDT · by Clive · 22 replies · 52+ views
    National Post and Canwest News Service ^ | 2008-07-17 | George Jonas
    TORONTO -- No wonder George W. Bush isn't looking as sprightly as he did when he landed aboard the USS Lincoln five years ago. Then it was all "Mission Accomplished," as the banner strung across the flat-top behind him proclaimed. After just a few weeks of warfare, the Taliban had evaporated in Afghanistan and Saddam's regime had collapsed in Iraq. In 2003, Mr. Bush could have retired from the field as victor, but he wanted to bring democracy to the region and stayed. Now he will probably have to retire a loser. Five years ago, at the high noon of...
  • Bush a Convert to Nation Building

    04/06/2008 10:04:05 PM PDT · by kellynla · 14 replies · 110+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Apr 7, 2008 | David R. Sands
    In October 2000, presidential candidate George W. Bush famously derided the concept of nation building and the suggestion that the U.S. military should take the lead in building up failed states. "Maybe I'm missing something here," Mr. Bush said in a debate with Democratic rival Al Gore. "I mean, are we going to have some kind of nation-building corps from America? Absolutely not." Almost eight years later, U.S. interagency "provincial reconstruction teams" are trying to rebuild the economy and government in Afghanistan and Iraq. The U.S. Army's just-revised field manual puts military post-conflict "stability operations" on a par with fighting...
  • Thompson on War and the ’08 Campaign

    11/02/2007 6:41:40 AM PDT · by Josh Painter · 23 replies · 69+ views
    HUMAN EVENTS ^ | 11/02/2007 | Jed Babbin
    JB: Mr. Giuliani said: “We need a hybrid army, we need to look at nation-building as part of what we have to teach our military.” Nation-building? Do you agree with that? FT: Well I wouldn’t call it nation-building... You don’t build other nations. Sometimes if the ingredients are there you can assist other nations in doing some good things. JB: Well that gets to the heart of the difference between some of us conservatives and the neo-cons... Can you define for us, who really is the enemy? ...FT: The enemy is radical Islamic fundamentalism. Iraq is a part of a...
  • GOP candidate Paul calls for elimination of income tax, central bank

    10/09/2007 7:06:32 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 84 replies · 1,211+ views
    One News Now ^ | October 8, 2007 | Jim Brown
    Anti-war presidential candidate Ron Paul says his campaign is about "restoring the vanishing American dream." And he is criticizing what he calls "the cartel controlling the banking and monetary system" in the United States. Fresh off his third-quarter fundraising surprise of $5 million, Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul says the libertarian "revolution" he has started is growing across America. Paul told conservative activists at the "Defending the American Dream Summit" in Washington, DC, that the conference would be more aptly called the "Defending the Vanishing American Dream Summit." The Texas congressman said his Republican rivals often talk about a "flat...