Obama poised to essentially surrender Afghanistan
I think it might have been George Santayana who quipped, “those who fail to learn from history are doomed to hear this quote over and over again.”
And so here we are as the International Forces Commander in Afghanistan, Marine Corps General Joseph F. Dunford Jr. meets with President Obama to propose his plan for a residual force in Afghanistan after 2014. Interestingly enough, General Dunford was joined by US Central Command Commanding General, US Army General Lloyd Austin. General Austin was the Commander of forces in Iraq who proposed his plan for a residual force in that combat theater of operations – and we see how that ended up.
As reported in the LA Times, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan will argue for keeping about 10,000 troops in the country after this year, “a subject that has exposed a fissure between some of President Obama’s top advisors and the Pentagon.” Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. is recommending U.S. troops stay to help train Afghan forces and conduct counter-terrorism operations against Taliban insurgents and al-Qaida-linked militants.
Coming on the heels of former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’ revelations in “Duty” regarding the distrust between the Obama administration and senior generals, the final decision will be interesting.
Lest we forget, when General McChrystal was the commander on the ground in Afghanistan, his requests for a troop “surge” operation were arbitrarily decreased by President Obama — and Obama summarily announced when the surge operation would end during his speech at the US Military Academy at West Point.
In order to placate Obama – and allow him to save face, General Dunford says the 10,000 should pull out by 2017, when Obama leaves office, according to two officials, confirming a Wall Street Journal report.
But, not to be outdone, that astute purveyor of military strategy, Vice President Joe Biden reportedly says:
The insurgency has been contained after 13 years of war and that Afghan security forces are strong enough to preserve security in urban and other key areas. He also says a stable Afghanistan is no longer critical to halting terrorist attacks against the United States, one official said.”
Biden and others in the Obama administration believe 1000 to 2000 troops would be sufficient, but anyone with common sense realizes those numbers would not be capable of any training or counter-terrorism mission and certainly hard-pressed for self-defense.
Read it all at Allen B West.
A possible terrorist assault on a California power station last April, which got little publicity, was a very serious breach that reveals how vulnerable the nation is, counterterrorism experts say.
“This is very serious . . . This was a trial run for a terrorist attack,” said Fred Fleitz, a former CIA analyst and FBI agent who is now chief analyst for the global intelligence forecaster LIGNET.
“We now have something called a smart grid system, where our electric grid is linked to other grids over the Internet and by computers, and a major attack on one part of the grid could cause a devastating outage that could put tens of millions of Americans in the dark,” Fleitz told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.
Much more on this found HERE.
Can you spot a pattern of war around the world? The media can’t. The government can’t. Even a lot of people can’t. And Muslims of course who are the initiators and aggressors of wars around the world for 14 centuries are the ones loudest in denial and refuse to look at their own conduct.
Jon Gabriel at Ricochet writes a sad ballad of frustrated entrepreneurship and victorious “community organizing” in Portland, Oregon, where grocery chain Trader Joe’s wanted to open a store in a struggling area, but the local shakedown artists and power brokers had other ideas:
The company selected two acres along Martin Luther King Blvd. that had been vacant for decades. It seemed like the perfect place to create jobs, improve customer options and beautify the neighborhood. City officials, the business community, and residents all seemed thrilled with the plan. Then some community organizers caught wind of it.
The fact that most members of the Portland African-American Leadership Forum didn’t live in the neighborhood was beside the point. “This is a people’s movement for African-Americans and other communities, for self-determination,” member Avel Gordly said in a press conference. Even the NAACP piled on, railing against the project as a “case study in gentrification.” (The area is about 25 percent African-American.)
After a few months of racially tinged accusations and angry demands, Trader Joe’s decided it wasn’t worth the hassle. “We run neighborhood stores and our approach is simple,” a corporate statement said. “If a neighborhood does not want a Trader Joe’s, we understand, and we won’t open the store in question.”
This was followed by a darkly comical last-ditch attempt by confused “community organizers” to shout a few more shakedown demands – “affordable housing, mandated jobs based on race, and a small business slush fund” – at the departing backs of the Trader Joe’s team. Now there will be zero jobs, mandated by race or otherwise, but at least the “integrity” of the neighborhood will be saved from “gentrification.”
Much of this is eerily similar to the reasons given by international activists to thwart job creation in the Palestinian territories by the Israeli company that manufactures SodaStream kits. In that case, there were concerns that the “national aspirations” of the Palestinians would be compromised by accepting good jobs from the sinister “occupiers.” That story also featured local members of the affected community who wanted those jobs and spoke highly of the company that offered them, but were ignored by their kleptocrat leaders and self-appointed international caretakers.
Much more to read HERE.
Just a week after Ann Coulter roasted Abortion Hussy for dumping, abandoning, giving up her kids (some from another dude) to the man she was to leave the day after he paid for her Harvard education, we find out the she is illegally pulling the same crap with her campaign donors.
I guess Wendy Davis just can’t make it without a man.
(American Glob) Remember Texas, she’s just a poor single mother who lived in a trailer. Or maybe not… The Washington Free Beacon just published a rather damning report… Puttin’ on the Ritz Embattled Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis has spent more than $131,000 in campaign funds to pay for luxury apartments in Austin, Texas, since her election to the Texas State Senate in 2008, according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis. While such use of campaign funds is legal in Texas, the amounts involved and properties rented may undermine Davis’s campaign persona of a working class single mom, observers tell the Free Beacon. Davis, whose permanent address is …Keep Reading
February 5, 1919 — Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, and D.W. Griffith join forces to create United Artists.
This day in Chaplin History – United Artists is formed – the big studios were threatening to combine into on big super power and cut out the competition – Artists such as these would have had no say in how much they could make.