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Afghanistan in Peril
Taliban Rising?

Another crisis that the Obama Administration thought it had successfully relegated to the back burner appears to be furiously bubbling up again. Three rockets slammed into Kabul yesterday, according to Reuters:

Initial reports said one rocket had landed near Masoud Square close to the entrance to the U.S. Embassy, another hit the nearby area of Shirpur while a third landed further away near the city centre, Kabul police officials said.

Sirens could be heard in the area but no details were immediately available on any casualties or damage.

The explosions took place hours after a suicide attack on a military patrol near Bagram air base killed six NATO soldiers, including Americans, and just over a week after an attack on a Spanish embassy guesthouse in the Afghan capital.

The Taliban has been consolidating its gains in the south of Afghanistan at a steady clip, having all but taken the city of Sangin in Helmand province in the past 24 hours. Most of the government buildings in the city, as well as the city’s bazaar, were overrun in an offensive yesterday after fighters besieged the city over the weekend. The police headquarters in the city was said to be holding out, but its defenders were low on ammunition and food. Around 60 American Special Forces and around 30 British SAS fighters have been in pitched combat in and around the city, with NATO airstrikes likely forthcoming.

When Obama came to office, he promised to pull out of Iraq and focus on fighting the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, which he said was the necessary war, the one we needed to win. And yet Afghanistan is currently another example of the dangerous world Obama will leave behind. Unless things change pretty dramatically next year, some thick and urgent dossiers will await the next inhabitant of the Oval Office. The world the President is preparing to leave behind him increasingly doesn’t look like the one he promised on the campaign trail in 2008.

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  • Beauceron

    “When Obama came to office, he promised…”
    Yes, well. He has lied about a lot of things, hasn’t he?

    • Dale Fayda

      And pretty much everyone, aside from some of the useful idiots in the commentariat (David Brooks, Walter Russell Mead, et al) knew Obama was lying. Conservatives knew he was lying – that’s why they voted against him; liberals knew he was lying – that’s why they voted for him.

      • Andrew Allison

        Oh please, recent posts clearly indicate that our host has seen the light. And just to be clear, the reason he got elected was purely racist.

        • Dale Fayda

          No argument on the “racist” part, but there was no shortage of white liberals in both parties who in 2008 thought that “Obama was above it all, kind of like God”.

          If WRM ever did “see the light”, he’s more than a fews days late and more than a few bucks short on that front.

          • Andrew Allison

            By racist I meant not just Blacks who voted for him merely because he was Black, but white liberals who did the same. It’s ungenerous not to acknowledge the acknowledgement of having made a mistake.

          • Dale Fayda

            That’s what I understood you meant. However, their sheepish and reluctant mea culpas don’t even begin to mitigate the negative impact their Obama worship in 2008 has had on this country. And don’t forget – Obama still has a year left and he’s armed with his mighty “pen and phone”, so who knows…

          • PhonecardMike

            He is armed with something more powerful than the pen and phone, 2 idiots leading Congress that are afraid to confront him.

    • Suzyqpie

      Well yes, Historic Pres Obama was the first President in History to be the recipient of the prestigious Lair Of The Years Award…..for his most famous lie, “If you like your health care plan you can keep your health care plan.”

  • Suzyqpie

    America choose your next President very carefully. Whoever is charged with the task of cleaning up the debris field left in the wake vortex of Obama will have an Herculean task….

    • FriendlyGoat

      But the part of Hercules will not be played by the Republican president you hope for. Very ordinary Midwestern kids will be asked to go off and sacrifice their limbs and lives in the land of Islam while your would-be mythology hero concentrates on tax cuts for the wealthiest people in the country. Bet on it, Susy. The plot line never changes.

      • Jim__L

        I’m sad. =( Apparently you didn’t read my post about how pretty much every Republican president in the last 50 years (with the possible exception of GWB) has raised taxes.

      • Suzyqpie

        I fully support Pres Obama proclamation to withdraw from Iraq, Afganistan, and the whole of the ME in totality. Bring all American military in the ME home. Leave no advisors, provide no “aid” humanitarian or military, no trainers, and no presence at all. Which is exactly what Pres Obama’s pledged to do in 2008. Pres Obama won two elections based on his commitment to get the heII out of Islam and Pres Obama failed. Tax cut for the wealthiest, oh yeah them. The wealthiest are the Donor Class of the Political Class of WDC Rs & Ds.
        When the Ds held all of the power in WDC did they change the tax code that favors the wealthiest No. When the Rs held all of the power in WDC did they change the tax code, No. Are you getting the pattern repetition here………..

        • FriendlyGoat

          I was just going by the various tax “plans” favored by GOP candidates in their rhetoric. It’s not like all these guys aren’t promising big cuts for the top end.

        • PhonecardMike

          I would support that if they would enforce the borders and beef up background screening of all refugees.

          We don’t need any of these “alleged” refugees. Muslims fleeing a civil war of their religion is not my problem nor concern.

          Refugees from the South need to be stopped and returned so they can wreak havoc on their country. Who know maybe they will begin to fix it or openly ask for our assistance.

      • Suzyqpie

        Hey FG, a little off topic, but I wanted to get your take on this Mike Lillis quote……..
        “The dynamics surrounding Sanders’ campaign present Democrats with an uncomfortable question: If the candidate trumpeting the party’s agenda most loudly and clearly is considered unelectable, what does it say about the agenda, itself?” Quote Mike Lillis

        • FriendlyGoat

          My take on that is that it could be equally applied to Donald Trump or Ted Cruz. Some Dems think Bernie is a tad nuts and therefore unelectable. From what I understand, MOST establishment Republicans now have a nagging fear about their top two for similar reasons.

          • Jim__L

            /shrug. Establishment types always think that anyone who isn’t willing to sell his soul to be an establishment type is a bit nuts. “You’re trying to take shortcuts! You’re not doing it right! You’re not paying your dues! You haven’t surrendered to the same degrading brown-nosing I’ve lowered myself to for the sake of a whiff of power, and dammit if I have to do it everyone else has to do it too!”

            The serial cuckold Hillary is practically an archetype here.

          • FriendlyGoat

            Establishment Republicans do not care about anything whatsoever except winning tax cuts, deregulation and union busting. The problem they are sensing is that either of their top two current front runners will blow their White House dreams with a very big thud.

            Even with all the ways Hillary is being attacked, she looks entirely reasonable by comparison to the policy talk from Donald and Ted. We cannot know what events will occur in the next 11 months, but as of now, your guys are coming off as complete nuts—– to the delight of a small but nutty base, to the embarrassment of more mature Republicans and to the amusement of Democrats.

          • PhonecardMike

            As a retired military officer and a member of the “nutty base”, I will take Donald or Ted over the Dimocrats or Rinos any day.

            Hillary would be a disaster.

          • FriendlyGoat

            I’ll take that to mean you would accept Hillary over Jeb or Marco, so I have to like that. If your side wins, I hope it’s Donald over Ted.
            Merry Christmas.

          • PhonecardMike

            Should the improbable happen, I probably would. We know Hillary is a liar, now if we could get a Congress with a backbone to become the opposition it would be a respectable 4 years.

  • massjim

    Yea but by the time he leaves office he will have cured his slice and improved his putting. Sheesh, what else do you expect?

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