Mr. Obama is about to lose the peace in Afghanistan as he pulls all American Forces out prematurely, according to his announced timeline.
A NY Times report from the ground (Afghan officials and tribal elders) shows the Taliban is making strides in district-after-district in outlying areas since the U.S. forces have begun to withdraw.
The Taliban is currently deciding if they need wait for the last Americans to leave or if can they make their move now. Aghan military and police do not appear to be strong enough to protect the country.
From the NY Times: “They are running a series of tests right now at the military level, seeing how people respond,” one Western official said, describing a Taliban effort to gauge how quickly they could advance. “They are trying to figure out: Can they do it now, or will it have to wait” until after the American withdrawal, the official added, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the coalition has officially ceded security control.
The Taliban are making gains in the rural south and dominate territory near crucial highways and cities that surround Kabul, the capital, in strategic provinces like Kapisa and Nangarhar.
This is taking place as an election crisis in unfolding in Afghanistan.
The Taliban are making early strategic gains and the Afghan forces are suffering heavy casualties. It is similar to the track Iraq has taken.
The Taliban is known as al Qaeda sympathizers, but in reality they are the same people with the same goals. We recently traded five of their key people for deserter Bowe Berghdahl.
Afghan forces are holding up well in the immediate vicinity of the country’s main cities but are being forced out of outlying districts and fight to stay alive.
Residents of Bati Kot District say the Taliban dominate a “crucial swath of territory that straddles the main highway leading from Kabul to the eastern border with Pakistan. Villagers are forced to “feed and house insurgents” or they will be killed.
American Special Forces are attempting to ferret out what they say are now better trained and better disciplined insurgents in several districts in Kapisa Province north of Kabul, which is directly connected to Kabul. The districts have become an “awesome safe haven” says an American Special Forces officer.
There is an “entire battalion of Afghan soldiers in the area” but the police are the ones dying. Local police in some areas are forced to make deals with the Taliban to stay alive.
Shamshapor Village, Askin Valley area of Alasay have become strongholds. The once-safe district of Jalalabad, east of Kabul has fallen. Significant parts of Logar and Wardak provinces are under frequent attack.
There was a “shocking surge of military and police deaths in 2013” with an unsustainable “100 soldiers and police officers dying every week.” The U.N. reported a 24% rise in civilian casualties for the first half of 2014 due to ground fighting and roadside bombs.
The breadth of the assaults early on in economically key areas like Nangarhar Province, where the most economically vibrant cities are located, have been breathtaking.
The location of some of these gains to Pakistan should be very concerning to Americans.
Obama’s spokesperson, Ben Rhodes said in 2013 that there would be a pullout in 2014 and they were mulling over whether to leave any troops behind. “We have an objective of making sure there’s no safe haven for al Qaeda within Afghanistan and making sure that the Afghan government has a security force that is sufficient, again, to assure the stability of the Afghan government and the denial of that safe haven,” Rhodes said.
“That’s what causes us to look for different potential troop numbers or not having potential troops in the country,” he continued.
Two months ago, in an update from the Rose Garden, Mr. Obama said he will bring the war to a responsible end. He said we went into Afghanistan out of necessity after 9/11. Democrats including Barack Obama have long said that Afghanistan was the right war and the “good war.” He said “we have prevented Afghanistan from being used to launch attacks against our homeland.”
He said that 2014 is the year we will “conclude our combat mission in Afghanistan.” He announced that Americans would only be in an advisory role as the last remnants of al Qaeda are weeded out. This is a false statement. Al Qaeda and the Taliban are the same people and they were not weeded out or on the run.
Then, unbelievably he laid out the plan for the terrorists. He would draw down to 9800 soldiers at the beginning of 2015 and cut it in half by the end of 2015 with only an embassy and security presence in 2016 as “we did in Iraq”. The international community – the worthless U.N. in other words – will support Afghanistan.
Money and diplomacy is what we offered Afghanistan instead. Furthermore, he added, we can now respond to the changing threat around the globe. None of which he is doing, were it even accurate. The threat hasn’t changed. He just doesn’t understand it.
He said he was committed to a sovereign, secure, stable and unified Afghanistan.
He said we would begin a new chapter of American leadership around the globe which apparently relies heavily on fundraising and tee times.
This is the speech:
Barack Obama, fundraiser-in-chief, is leaving Afghanistan as safe and secure as he left Iraq.
The Taliban has promised to one day launch a 9/11 style attack on U.S. soil as has ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Syria is the place where Obama said we must defeat Assad and which is now being consumed by the far worse ISIS or ISIL with our help.
MORE INFORMATION AT THE NY TIMES