America as pawn: The Bergdahl Caper and the fight for Afghanistan’s post-American future

Interesting times.

 

Getting the band back together: Omar and the boys.
Getting the band back together: Omar and the boys.

New post up at Liberty Unyielding.  Enjoy!

Why Obama’s Afghanistan strategy is bad faith with our troops

Paying the price of “Success without victory.”

Allen West made an appeal this past weekend that has gone viral on the Web, on behalf of Army 1LT Clint Lorance, who has been sentenced to 20 years for the “murder” of two Taliban scouts in Kandahar Province in 2012.

West refers – correctly – to the following untenable deficiencies in the conditions under which our troops have to operate in Afghanistan:

According to our ridiculous Rules of Engagement, soldiers in a combat zone are told to hold their fire unless there is evidence of hostile action or direct hostile intent. …   Continue reading “Why Obama’s Afghanistan strategy is bad faith with our troops”

U.S., setting example for Israel, releases Taliban terrorists

Release the prisoners!

On 28 July, Jonathan Tobin asked, at Commentary, if the U.S. would release terrorist killers as a precondition for talks – the measure Secretary of State John Kerry was demanding of Israel.

A couple of days later, in an almost supernaturally handy turn of events, we had the answer: yes.  The U.S. did exactly that at the end of July, agreeing to release five Taliban terrorists we’ve been holding at Guantanamo, in order to jumpstart the initiative – mainly ours – for talks with the Taliban.

Daniel Greenfield points out at FrontPage that in June, Continue reading “U.S., setting example for Israel, releases Taliban terrorists”

U.S. in Afghanistan: Of course we negotiate with terrorists

Be afraid.

In a sign of the surreality into which we have descended under the Obama administration, the media have been reporting with a straight face that the U.S. will shortly begin talks with the Taliban in Doha, Qatar, and that President Obama calls the agreement for the talks an “important first step toward reconciliation.”

To recap: in October 2001, U.S. forces entered Afghanistan to depose the terrorist Taliban regime, which had given the 9/11 attackers some of their most important support.  From that day to this, the Taliban have not changed their stripes.  They are still terrorists.  They intimidate and murder Afghan and Pakistani civilians, in their quest to retain a brutal control over territory in both nations.  They regularly attack U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan.  Their interest in “reconciliation” is exactly what it has been since 2001: an interest in regaining control of Afghanistan, ideally without having to meet NATO forces in battle.

The announcement of talks with the Taliban coincided with a rocket attack by the Taliban on the U.S. air base at Bagram, in which four of our servicemen were killed.  The Taliban promptly Continue reading “U.S. in Afghanistan: Of course we negotiate with terrorists”

Iran, Qaradawi, Qatar … and Admin

Bad moons rising.

[Note:  the ancient system I am using failed to keep the hyperlinks in the pasting process for posting this piece.  To see the links, please visit the same post at Hot Air/Green Room.  My apologies for all ugliness in the text.]

First, the admin. I appear to be experiencing the “System Check” malware on my primary (fast) computer, and can therefore not, at the moment, publish the better, in-depth post I was planning to prepare over the last couple of days. A system diagnostic is running to verify that the problems being reported by the “System Check” dialogue box are not actually there. The procedure to remove the malware looks like it will take some time. So, unfleshed-out comments only, for now.

Iran

The Iranian regime is posturing for the region. The Iranians do intend Continue reading “Iran, Qaradawi, Qatar … and Admin”