Saturday, May 6, 2017

Is The White House Taking Its Eyes Off The Ball In Afghanistan?


Michael Kugelman, Foreign Policy: The Mother of All Terrorist Groups Isn’t the Islamic State

The Trump administration is taking its eyes off the ball in Afghanistan. The real threat is still al Qaeda.

On April 13, the U.S. military dropped a huge bomb on caves and tunnels used by Islamic State fighters in eastern Afghanistan. The resulting blast reverberated several miles away, reportedly killed dozens of terrorists, and exposed the poverty of U.S. policy in Afghanistan.

The “mother of all bombs” was devastating — but it was used against the wrong target, for the wrong reasons. Analysts and Trump administration officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, have suggested that the bomb was targeted more at intimidating North Korea and Syria than battlefield objectives in Afghanistan.

It’s true that Islamic State-affiliated militants in Afghanistan have claimed a series of attacks over the last few years — including, most recently, a hit on a NATO convoy in Kabul on May 2 that killed eight civilians. Still, they’ve struggled to carve out a major presence in the country. They’ve alienated locals with their savagery and made the Taliban look gentle in comparison. Punishing and sustained U.S. strikes, often undertaken jointly with Afghan forces, have already killed their leaders and badly degraded their ranks.

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WNU Editor: The Taliban and Al Qaeda do appear to be on a roll .... Another District In Afghanistan Has Fallen To The Taliban.


RussInSoCal said...

Honestly, the majority of the American public has taken their eyes off of Afghanistan. If you were to ask ten US citizens what the course should be in AFG, six of them would tell you that they couldn't give one shit about Afghanistan in any way, shape or form. They would say, "Get our boys outta there and maintain enough wide surveillance to detonate a confab of Taliban or ISIS when ever the need arises."

The country isn't saveable. The goal now should be simply to prevent it from being useful to the enemy.


Aizino Smith said...

Dismember Pakistan
Create Pashtunland
Dismember Afghanistan
Dismember Iran. The Baluchis and Azeris and Turks want their portions

All those countries are artificial.

If we took apart Pakistan since they back stabbed us, other countries might not be so keen to cause trouble.

I am sure the Mordvinians want independence as well as the Muslims of Kazan. Don't leave out the Yakuts or Manchus

Anonymous said...

just cut their food and water supply. they all will die off within a month. problem solved :)