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.
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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.
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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.
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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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