Obama’s Middle East Mess Will Lead To Massacre, Crises For 2017 President

Numerous military sources report an impending disaster is just beyond the horizon.

Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, will fall to Taliban forces and thousands of Afghans who have supported U.S. forces since the occupation began in 2001 could face tremendous suffering.

And the worst part is Commander-in-Chief Barack Obama knows it’s coming, and he’s decided protecting his legacy is more important than protecting the lives of innocent Afghan and American soldiers.

The dire situation in Afghanistan, especially in the region surrounding Kabul, is well-documented. On April 22, Taliban leaders announced they would dramatically increase their military efforts in the region, warning all “foreign occupiers” their forces are growing. In the following weeks, numerous well-orchestrated attacks hit multiple strategic targets.

On May 14, 14 people were killed in an attack on a Kabul hotel. On May 17, the Taliban organized an assault on a European Union vehicle, killing three. On May 19, a massive suicide car bomb killed at least six people in the parking lot of the Afghan Ministry of Justice.

Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s public support has waned in recent months due to the increasing presence and power of Taliban forces and his inability to strike a peace agreement with the terrorist organization, which many say is demanding a role in the government.

Ghani’s administration insists the nation is not on the verge of collapse, but as recently as March 2014, Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., whom Obama nominated to be the United States’ next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff earlier this month, warned pulling troops out of Afghanistan would likely lead to the destruction of the U.S.-supported government in Afghanistan.

On May 13, John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, said in a speech before the Center for Strategic and International Studies, “The evidence strongly suggests that Afghanistan lacks the capacity—financial, technical, managerial, or otherwise—to maintain, support, and execute much of what has been built or established during more than 13 years of international assistance.”

Without further training and military support, Sopko warned, the $65 billion spent on the Afghan National Security Forces would be wasted.

Despite all of the signs indicating Afghan forces are not ready to take the reins on their own, Obama planned to continue reducing troops in 2015 down to 5,500, but was convinced to abandon the proposal after facing stiff opposition from military leaders.

Obama administration officials now plan to maintain current troop levels well into 2016, keeping just enough soldiers on the ground to prevent a collapse, but not providing enough military might to improve the dire situation.

In other words, Obama is no longer fighting to win, but he’s unwilling to face the political backlash that’s sure to come if Kabul falls to the Taliban the way much of Iraq has to ISIS. Obama is simply buying time until a new president takes office in 2017.

Meanwhile, U.S. soldiers continue to fight in a war they are destined to lose, and Afghans who have supported U.S. and U.N. forces must live their lives each day knowing their own military is ill-equipped to deal with future threats and that Taliban forces have slowly been building in regions surrounding Kabul.

Because of President Obama’s lack of leadership and lack of respect for the lives of all those involved in this tremendous struggle for freedom, thousands of innocent lives hang dangerously in the balance, and there’s no indication Afghans will be able to escape the very same horrific fate many in Iraq are now facing thanks to equally selfish decisions by Obama in that nation.

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FIRESTORM: What Obama Just Said About US Troops In Danger Overseas Inflames Critics

During a Memorial Day observance at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday, President Obama patted himself and his administration on the back for a supposed accomplishment that many critics immediately questioned. The White House Twitter feed was quick to share Obama’s comment that has fanned a firestorm of controversy.

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The president also remarked as he stood near the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington that “today is the first Memorial Day in 14 years that the United States is not engaged in a major ground war.” Critics were quick to pounce, noting that the war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, as well as against the Taliban in Afghanistan, continues. Many contend that it’s the absence of meaningful ground forces that is allowing ISIS to capture and control more and more territory in the Middle East. And it’s Obama’s drone war in Afghanistan that continues to hit Islamic radicals from the skies.

Announcing an end to a war by withdrawing forces before the enemy is defeated, according to many social media responders to the president’s self-serving declaration, is hardly a valid excuse for celebration. As Jim Geraghty wrote for National Review:

If you’re confused, President Obama declared “the end of the combat mission in Afghanistan” on December 28, 2014.

The opposition did not get that memo. April 10 [via The Boston Globe]: A 22-year-old member of the US Army from Whitinsville was killed in Afghanistan when an Afghan soldier attacked his American allies earlier this week.

On Twitter, the reaction by many was swift and stinging to Obama’s no-war declaration that failed to take into account the growing dangers in the Middle East and beyond that are still keeping our troops — and our allies — in harm’s way.

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And as CNN noted in a recent article on the “end” of the war in Afghanistan — where now the remaining U.S. forces have to be on the lookout for supposed friendlies who want to kill them, “It is a strange experience to be protected from those who America seeks to hand the country over to. But this is how the war ended. Not with ideological victories, or dramatic withdrawals, just the slow and deliberate stepping to one side.”

In addition, The Guardian observes that close to 10,000 U.S. troops remain in war-torn Afghanistan where the Taliban has not given up the fight to regain control of the country.

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Afghan Court Sentences Four Men To Death For Mob Killing Of Woman

An Afghan court sentenced four men to death by hanging on Wednesday for their roles in the mob killing of a woman in March.


Farkhunda, a 27-year-old Afghan woman, was killed March 19 after being accused of burning a copy of the Quran, although an investigation later determined she never did. The attack was captured on cell phone cameras and distributed across social media networks. Video shows Farkhunda being beaten, thrown from a roof, run over by a car, set on fire, and dragged to a river bank. Forty-nine suspects were accused of taking part in the mob, including 19 police officers.

Eight defendants were sentenced to 16 years in prison, and several others are scheduled to be sentenced on Sunday. Judge Safiullah Mojadedi dismissed the cases against 18 of the defendants. Prosecutors for the case said, “The 19 men still to be sentenced are policemen and that will be the interesting part of this trial because the Afghan law number 354 makes failure to render assistance a crime here and they too could be sentenced to jail.”

During the four-day trial, defense attorneys for the policemen argued that “the officers tried to do their job and called for reinforcements but reinforcements did not come.”

Farkhunda’s brutal killing has led to increased calls for the Afghan government to protect women from violence. After this vicious murder, many women and their families feel empowered to speak about the atrocities that happen to women in Afghanistan. Unfortunately, they also doubt any significant change will be made.

Mujub Ullah Farkunda, Farkhunda’s brother, told Al Jazeera News, “They have wasted our time. The trial only happened because of pressure from the government. The real perpetrators were not there.” He added, “The government didn’t arrest the real murderers. They arrested innocent people off the street and have hidden the real perpetrators. There were more than 100 people involved and they sentenced only 4 to death.”

Last February, former Afghan President Hamid Karzai refused to sign a law passed by parliament that some say could have denied women protection from domestic violence and forced marriage. In 2014, Amnesty International called on the Afghan Parliament to take all necessary measures to fully and effectively implement the 2009 Elimination of Violence Against Women law throughout the country.

The law criminalized some 20 acts of violence against women and girls, including domestic violence, underage and forced marriages, and the exchange of girls in marriage as part of a dowry or blood price (“baad”). It has made great strides in recognizing a woman’s human right to be protected from violence and harmful practices.

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Taliban Kills 17 Despite Peace Talks

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Despite peace talks, Taliban militants attacked police checkpoints late Sunday night in the remote Afghan province of Badakhshan, killing at least 16 policemen. The insurgents said in a statement to media that the assaults were part of their annual spring offensive, which began late last month. According to the Associated Press, a Taliban suicide bomber struck a bus carrying government workers in the capital, Kabul, on Monday morning, killing one person and wounding 13. The Taliban also claimed responsibility for that bombing.


The Taliban launched their annual spring offensive on April 24 with an attack on the northern city of Kunduz, amid calls from Afghan President Ashraf Ghani for the group to join the government. During talks, Afghan officials believe negotiations are heading in the right direction. An Afghan official familiar with both sides in the Qatar discussions said: “It is a good starting point. We will ask them to go ahead prudently and wisely to find a political solution rather than intensify military activity, which is causing the loss of innocent life.” The official spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the discussions have not been made public.

Peace talks were hosted by the government of Qatar and the Pugwash Council, a global conflict resolution group, on Sunday and Monday, billed as unofficial and “not supposed to be any sort of negotiation.” The council issued a statement of “common points” that emerged during the talks, the most significant of which was probably the toned-down Taliban position on foreign forces in Afghanistan.

“Everybody agreed that foreign forces have to leave Afghanistan soon,” the Pugwash statement said. But in noting an apparent retreat by the Taliban from its insistence on full withdrawal of outside forces before formal peace talks can begin, the statement observed that “some expressed concern that there should be an agreement among Afghan political forces before the departure of the foreign forces.”

Both sides agreed that the Taliban should open a political office in Doha, Qatar, which would serve as a place where future negotiations might take place–and that the Constitution of Afghanistan was up for discussion.This was the first time in which both parties seemed willing to publicize their points of agreement.

Despite the Taliban’s recent aggression, Afghan officials do not believe it will stall negotiations.

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AWESOME! Meet The Afghanistan War Vet Who’s Turning Her Sights On A Different Kind Of Killer

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She’s an Army combat veteran who served four years in the military as a weapons instructor and mechanic, a stint that included a tour in Afghanistan.

Now, Kinessa Johnson has taken on a new fight for a cause she passionately supports — combating poachers in East Africa who kill protected wildlife.

Johnson — whose striking photos showing her handling formidable weapons are circulated widely on the web — joined a group called VETPAW, Veterans Empowered To Protect African Wildlife.

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According to a report by a Seattle TV station not far from Johnson’s hometown of Yelm, Wash., “VETPAW is a nonprofit organization that works to help end the African wildlife poaching crisis by utilizing the skills of U.S. veterans to train park rangers and support their communities.”

In an interview with the station, Johnson said that, despite her military training and her depiction as a gun-toting war-fighter, the mission of VETPAW is not to hurt anyone, but to help those trying to stop the poachers.

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The VETPAW website notes that “nearly 100 elephants are slaughtered every day for their tusks. Without action, this iconic species, and others, will be gone from the wild within a decade.”

Says Johnson of her work protecting elephants and other endangered animals: “Our intention is not to harm anyone; we’re here to train park rangers so they can track and detain poachers and ultimately prevent poaching.”

An article on Johnson’s Africa mission by Liberty Cannon Media notes that Johnson is the only female currently deployed on the VETPAW team.

While some are making her out to be some hardcore war mongering death dealer, when you talk to her about her mission it’s a totally different story.

Behind that heavily tattoo’d bad-girl exterior is a heart made of gold and a sincere love and passion for her team, her job and the animals she is protecting.

If you’re interested in Kinessa Johnson’s work with VETPAW, you can follow her mission in East Africa through her regular posts on her Facebook page.

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