Tag Archives: Afghanistan

Poetic Justice

BOOM! … Russia Who?

To divert attention from Russia, Trump’ll do anything he can.
It’s been that way since his administration began.
But diverting attention
Just entered a new dimension
When Trump dropped the biggest bomb ever on Afghanistan.

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Olbermann: Donald’s Bombs Are Stunts


Pentagon Says 44 Afghan Soldiers Have Escaped in U.S.

44Number of Afghan troops visiting the United States for military training who have gone missing in less than two years, presumably in an effort to live and work illegally in America, according to Pentagon officials, Reuters reports. Although the number of disappearances is relatively small – some 2,200 Afghan troops have received military training in the United States since 2007 – the incidents raise questions about security and screening procedures for the programs.


U.S. to Leave 8,400 Troops in Afghanistan


Number of American troops President Obama said on Wednesday that he planned to leave in Afghanistan, “deferring a decision to cut the deployment to 5,500, and underlining that the United States will remain militarily entangled there for the foreseeable future,” reports the New York Times


Bergdahl Case Encourages Taliban to Kidnap More Americans

Definitely. It’s better to kidnap one person like Bergdahl than kidnapping hundreds of useless people. It has encouraged our people. Now everybody will work hard to capture such an important bird.

— A senior Taliban commander, quoted by Time, when asked whether the Taliban would be inspired to kidnap others after the prisoner swap with the United States.

Poetic Justice

Welcome Home, Bowe

Of prisoner exchanges, we’re not a big fan,
But to leave no soldier behind, you do what you can.
So the deal was made
And we applaud the trade —
Hell, one of ours is worth AT LEAST five Taliban.

Poetic Justice

Brutus of Kabul

We’ve been waaay too long in Afghanistan.
And even though Karzai says he’s still our man,
It’s long past time to go,
Because now for sure we know
He’s been in secret peace talks with the Taliban.


War in Afghanistan the Most Unpopular U.S. Military Action


Of Americans opposed the war in Afghanistan with just 17% in support — making it the most unpopular war in U.S. history, a new CNN/ORC poll finds. Pollster Keating Holland: “Opposition to the Iraq war never got higher than 69% in CNN polling while U.S. troops were in that country, and while the Vietnam War was in progress, no more than six in 10 ever told Gallup’s interviewers that war was a mistake.”


Obama Weighing a ‘Zero Option’ for Afghanistan


Number of U.S. troops President Obama is considering leaving in Afghanistan after 2014 because of the administration’s frustration with Afghan President Karzai.

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Dumb and Dumber Vs. Obama on Afghanistan

Mitt Romney, chanelling Sarah Palin when it comes to the difficulty of forming coherent sentences, and vividly demonstrating that he hasn’t been paying attention:

Certainly it’s time on a regular basis to review our mission there, and not to make decisions based upon some actions by a crazed gunman. We don’t determine our foreign policy based on something of that nature, but of course from time to time we have to assess what the process is there. I’m very disappointed that the president has not over the last year or two talked about what’s happening in Afghanistan, what progress is being made, describing a time table, or why his timetable makes sense or not.

Rick Santorum, hysterically demonstrating that he is an idiot (the “enemy,” had nothing to do with the recent killings by the U.S. troop), but he pays more attention than Romney:

The president putting a timeline in place has made a very winnable operation very, very difficult. It continues to unravel because the president has given something to the enemy that we should have been able to deny them, which is hope.

Pres. Barack Obama, calmly demonstrating once again that he is the only adult in the room.

I have put us on a path where we are going to have this war over by the end of 2014. That our troops will be coming out, but will be coming out responsibly. We don’t rush for the exits in a way that could end up leading to more chaos and more disaster not just for Afghanistan and the Afghan people but also for the entire region and for our own security and safety.