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‘War Machine’ Sheds Light On The Naiveté Of Nation-Building

July 7, 2017 by

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By Dakota Wood ~ “War Machine,” a newly released film produced by Netflix, is a satirical skewering of the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan. It stars Brad Pitt as a very thinly veiled version of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the senior commander of U.S./allied military operations in Afghanistan for a year, from June 2009 until June […]

Balochistan: A Wider Strategic Context In The Afghanistan Debate

June 10, 2017 by

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By Lawrence Sellin Ph.D. ~ Yes, the primary mission is still to protect the homeland by preventing Afghanistan from being used again as a safe haven for terrorists to attack the U.S. or our allies. And, yes, troop levels and the operational tempo have always been predicated on a single proposition, to buy enough time so […]

Pakistan Sees No Role For The U.S. In The Future Of Afghanistan

May 30, 2017 by

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By Lawrence Sellin Ph.D. ~ Pakistan sees no role for the U.S. in the future of Afghanistan If you want to understand the foreign policy of Pakistan, look to the Pakistani military. If you want to understand the views of the Pakistani military, look to the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and its new chief, Lieutenant General […]

What ‘The Mother Of All Bombs’ Means In Trump’s Foreign Policy

April 14, 2017 by

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By James Carafano Ph.D.~ Why did America just drop the mother of all bombs? There is the glib answer: Because we can. Then there is the technical answer: Because it was right for the job. The U.S. military on Thursday dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb, the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb, on an Islamic […]

Afghanistan War Ends – Taliban Claim Victory

December 30, 2014 by

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Way back in March of 2008, almost seven years ago now, I did something I rarely did. I left a comment at an Internet Blog Site, this site here in fact. I have a good friend who lives in Stockton in California, someone I had known for almost three years at that time, and we […]

Leaving Afghanistan, Repeating Iraq

December 30, 2014 by

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By Alan Caruba ~ You don’t have to be a soldier or diplomat to ask whether President Obama’s withdrawal of our troops from Afghanistan on December 31 is a good idea or not. Consider what happened when he withdrew our troops from Iraq in 2011. The answer to that is the Islamic State which filled […]

Leaving Afghanistan

December 26, 2013 by

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By Alan Caruba ~ On December 31, the United States is slated to begin removing its troops from Afghanistan. They have been there since shortly after 9/11 in 2001. At this writing, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has refused to sign a security agreement that would permit contingents of U.S. and allied troops there to train […]

Did Rules of Engagement Cost Navy SEALs Their Lives? – Video

November 19, 2013 by

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By act4america   ~  Automatic Captions follow: 0:00 the top of the hour ninety days after the death of Osama bin Laden a Chinook 0:03 helicopter loaded with US troops including 22 Navy SEALs 0:07 was shot down over Afghanistan and the parents a for those seals who lost their 0:11 lives on board 0:12 Aaron […]

Our Suicidal Middle East Policies

June 20, 2013 by

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By Alan Caruba ~ Take a look at the map of Afghanistan. It borders Pakistan, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and a tiny eastern tip borders China. It exists in the worst neighborhood of nations on planet Earth. A Reuters news story on June 18 reported that “Afghanistan will send a team for peace talks with […]

Afghanistan, the Definition of Madness

April 25, 2012 by

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By Alan Caruba ~ Why did George W. Bush invade Afghanistan? Answer: Occurring just after September 11, 2001 in which 2,977 Americans lost their lives, a CIA team was inserted into Afghanistan fifteen days later to begin a campaign against the Taliban who had allied with Al Qaeda and provided sanctuary for Osama bin Laden […]

Abominable Apologies

February 28, 2012 by

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By Alan Caruba ~ I will leave it to the historians to pinpoint when President Obama began to lose the 2012 election, but I think it occurred on June 4, 2009 when he gave a speech at Cairo University as part of his now-famed “apology tour” of the Middle East. At the time he said, […]

The Afghanistan Quagmire

June 19, 2010 by

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By Alan Caruba. The war in Afghanistan has been going on for more than eight years as of this writing. Over that period of time I have been against it, for it, against it, for it, and now I return to what my instincts and experience told me all along. It’s over. That war is […]

Lithium – The Future For Afghanistan

June 14, 2010 by

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AFGHANISTAN – THE SAUDI ARABIA OF LITHIUM. Afghanistan could be viewed as one of the most Godforsaken places on the Planet. Starting in 1979, the Russians waged war there and then ignominiously retreated 9 years and three months later. Then the Taliban waged a long and brutal war to take power. Then, in October of […]

Babbling About Afghanistan

December 1, 2009 by

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By Alan Caruba The President is going to address the nation about his plans for Afghanistan and if ever there was an exercise in futility, this is it. Obama’s spent, we’re told, a goodly amount of time deciding what to do about this “war of necessity”, but he has never really explained why it’s necessary. […]

Afghanistan, Bananistan

October 29, 2009 by

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By Alan Caruba Though it pains me deeply, I have to agree with President Obama’s reluctance to send more troops into Afghanistan. Perhaps he is thinking about the problems the Soviet Union encountered even though they had an estimated 100,000 troops there in the 1990s? Perhaps he is wondering why the United States has been […]

The Nobel Prize Committee Could Be Racists

October 12, 2009 by

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What the heck were the nirwits in Norway thinking? Don’t they realize how much they have disrespected the President Of The United States? There has been a worldwide backlash against this, and it is the Committee’s own fault. They pulled a massive blunder, and they gave Obama the wrong prize! Was there an element of […]

Defeating Ourselves In Afghanistan

October 8, 2009 by

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By Alan Caruba at Warning Signs It is a familiar question; why eight years after the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, haven’t we found Osama bin Laden? And now the greater question before the President and the nation is why are we still in Afghanistan? You are not likely to hear an answer from […]

What Is More Important? Universal Health Care Or The War In Afghanistan?

September 24, 2009 by

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The President appears to feel that we can either win the war in Afghanistan, or we can have universal health care.  But that we can’t do both. The top U.S commander in Afghanistan, General McChrystal, recently publicly stated that the U.S. needs to deploy more troops to Afghanistan. McChrystal has stated that some 40,000 additional soldiers […]

How Empires Die

July 21, 2009 by

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By Alan Caruba I recently read an interesting book by Christopher Kelly, The End of Empire: Attila the Hun and The Fall of Rome. Our popular image of Attila is that of a barbaric pagan, but Priscus of Panium set off to meet Attila in 449 AD and, as Kelly relates, “Attila turned out to […]

Geography Lesson

May 15, 2009 by

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A couple of days ago I did a cartoon map/lesson about America’s Occupied Territories. It was history and geography. Today’s cartoon is a map/lesson about the “Pakistan’s Problem”. Why did geography seem so boring in high school? And so important today? Read More Dry Bones by Yaakov Kirschen

Harder When You’re Responsible, Instead

May 7, 2009 by

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Andrew Bolt. TonyfromOz prefaces ….. These two videos highlight what can only be called double standards. The first video shows Obama the candidate before the election, railing on George Bush. Now that he is President, the situation is, how shall we best put it….. ‘different’. The second video highlights the comparisons when someone from the […]

Moderate Taliban

March 15, 2009 by

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According to the Chicago Sun-Times: Obama: US should reach out to Taliban moderates March 8, 2009 AP “President Obama raised the possibility Friday that his administration might be willing to reach out to moderate elements of the Taliban in Afghanistan to help stabilize the region — an approach similar to tactics used with Sunni militias […]

How George Bush Will Be Remembered

December 1, 2008 by

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BUSH THE LIBERATOR Andrew Bolt There’s an even chance he’ll get his wish – provided Barack Obama doesn’t fumble the ball: George W. Bush hopes history will see him as a president who liberated millions of Iraqis and Afghans, who worked towards peace and who never sold his soul for political ends. ”I’d like to […]

Good Versus Evil (Part 2)

August 31, 2008 by

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In yesterday’s Post I mentioned that the results of an independent inquiry found that Australian Commando’s have no case to answer for allegedly mistreating some Taliban fighters captured after an intense and long battle against a numerically larger force. At the online Australian ABC News website in today’s news, there is yet another report calling […]