By Elise Cooper
Do Americans feel safer today than they did four years ago? Considering the many dangers in today’s world: riots in Muslim nations against U.S. interests, a U.S. ambassador and three others dead at the hands of jihadists, an undetected Russian submarine in restricted U.S. waters, and China launching intercontinental ballistic missiles to possibly achieve a first-strike nuclear capability against the U.S.
Meanwhile, President Obama has created an atmosphere of appeasement and indecision regarding national security.
I, for one, do not and haven’t for 4 years. And our Troops are feeling a bit skeptical about all this too, as they aren’t sure if they are going to be shot in the back of the head in the dark by a “friendly”.
I’ve seen the government do some stupid things in my lifetime but this administration is beyond the pale.
There are reasons to continue to fight for the First and Second Amendments and this administration is top of the list.
“This week, the ongoing effort in Afghanistan marked an important milestone: the United States military has completed drawing down the surge forces President Obama committed in December of 2009, reducing our presence by 33,000 troops on schedule. As we reflect on this moment, it is an opportunity to recognize that the surge accomplished its objectives of reversing Taliban momentum on the battlefield, and dramatically increased the size and capability of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF). This growth has allowed us and our ISAF Coalition partners to begin the process of transition to Afghan security lead, which will soon extend across every province and more than 75 percent of the Afghan population. At the same time, we have struck enormous blows against al Qaeda’s leadership, consistent with our core goal of disrupting, dismantling and defeating al Qaeda and denying it a safe-haven.
“It is important to underscore that even as our surge troops return home, there are roughly 68,000 Americans who remain in a tough fight in Afghanistan, alongside their NATO and Afghan partners. We are a nation at war. But the international community is also strongly united behind our shared strategy to transition to Afghan security control, which will be completed by the end of 2014.”
The 33,000 additional U.S. troops that President Barack Obama ordered to Afghanistan to tamp down the Taliban attacks nearly two years ago have now left the country, but a new wave of deadly insider attacks and a reassessment of how NATO troops partner with Afghans have raised questions about how well the military strategy is working.
Australian Brig. Gen. Roger Noble, deputy to the alliance’s operations chief, acknowledged earlier this week that the attacks are rattling the troops.
“It strikes right at the heart of our resolve,” he said. “It’s one thing to be killed in action by the insurgents. It’s quite another to be shot in the back of the head at night by your friends.”
Panetta, however, has rejected suggestions that the strategy is failing, and on Friday he said “we have turned the corner,” in Afghanistan and have successfully been able to build up the Afghan security forces so they can take the lead in security for large sections of the country.
Panetta is pathetic. Is that the same type of “corner” they speak of regarding the economy’s recovery? I hope not.
Could we please put everything on hold until we get a grown up in office who stops this apologetic appeasement nonsense?
(Find my happy place. Find my happy place.)
You know, when people do the same thing over and over again, such as burning down buildings and raging violently and lethally, despite others trying to win their hearts and minds, it’s time to look at the whole situation and make decisions accordingly. Unfortunately, it’s up to the government to do this.
So, how’s that government war on poverty and drugs working out? Hell, we can’t even protect our own borders here!
Time to stop spinning our wheels and having our kids in uniform shot or blown up for people who have no concept of our version of freedom. If we’re not going to take out our enemy once and for all and/or change their behavior, let’s stop this death by a thousand cuts (or IEDs). It’s not like we don’t have the capability to correct a lot of this nonsense.
And if this administration and pathetic excuse for a Congress doesn’t get their collective shite together, we aren’t going to have much of a Military to carry out anything to protect us from anyone very soon.
The second detachment of 30 U. S. Marines has arrived Thursday on the ground in Yemen’s southern province of Lahj to back security forces and deal with counter- terrorism issues in the country’s south, a senior government official told Xinhua.
Around 30 special Marines forces arrived at al-Anad military air base, situated in the south of the country, to conduct a joint training operation with counter-terrorism forces of Yemen, the local government official said on condition of anonymity.
Earlier this week, the Yemeni parliament unanimously rejected the presence of any foreign military forces on its soil for any reasons, demanding an immediate departure of the U.S. Marines forces.
The announcement of the Marines’ arrival has provoked an angry response from many conservative Yemenis, including clerics and political activists, who view it as a clear breach to the Yemeni Constitution and the Islamic rules and vow to stage more protests.
Will they be allowed to have bullets in their rifles?