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U.S. Drops the “Mother of All Bombs” on Afghanistan

A president who is intent on winning a war? What unique new concept.

The U.S. has dropped one if its largest non-nuclear bombs on a tunnel complex in Afghanistan, the U.S. military said, according to the Washington Examiner.

The use of the GBU-43/B is a first for the battlefield, and was dropped in Nangarhar province on Thursday. The target was a tunnel complex in Achin district being used by the ISIS-Khorasan group.

Known as the Massive Ordnance Air Blast, the bomb has been nicknamed “Mother of All Bombs.” Developed in 2003, the bomb has been tested but never used against an enemy. The bomb is 30-feet long and weighs 21,600 pounds.

After Eight Years, Obama Fails to Win Two Wars

Today’s news that Afghan forces trying to hold a provincial capital have been surrounded by the Taliban brings to mind an astounding fact: President Obama has been in power eight years, and he has failed in that time to win the two wars he was handed. To the contrary, Iraq, which was basically peaceful, became a war again and expanded into Syria, Libya and elsewhere as the opposition morphed into ISIS under Obama’s watch.

Afghanistan, which was supposed to be the good war in Obama’s opinion, remains besieged, we remain involved, and the war will simply be handed to Trump or Clinton.

The Taliban attack on the provincial capital “has exposed how thinly stretched Afghan security forces have become as they try to contain Islamist insurgents in other areas of the country,” according to Reuters.

I thought after Vietnam we were going to fight wars to win them, or not fight them at all. Obama’s vow was to “degrade” the Taliban. It was a half-measure.

His goal was not exactly to win the war. And in that, he’s succeeded.

Obama Bagram Afghanistan

Meantime, Russian jets are fearlessly buzzing ours, China is claiming the South China Sea without apparent repercussions, North Korea is expanding its nuclear capability, and Iran has been granted its own nuclear arms. And of course, al Qaeda is still very much around.

And Obama has gutted the military, with the latest report that he plans to delete another 25,000 soldiers from the army. Because, well, he’s made the world so safe! We can now focus our resources on recruiting food stamp recipients instead.

Is there any commander in chief with a worse record than Obama? No wonder we’re not respected around the world.

At least in eight years he fixed the economy.

Oh, wait, he didn’t do that either.

American University in Kabul Under Attack

American University in Kabul is under attack, according to various reports. There was at least one explosion, and gunmen reportedly stormed the campus.

CBS News is following the story closely, and you can find updates here.

UPDATE: At least one person is dead and 18 wounded in the attack, which was carried out by one or two gunmen. Hundreds of students and teachers were reported to have been trapped on the campus during the siege.

Obama Gets Smart About Afghanistan

Learning the lesson of Iraq, where President Obama withdrew all U.S. troops, with predictable results, the administration today announced that it has signed a bilateral security agreement with Afghanistan that will allow nearly 10,000 troops to remain in the country after the “withdrawal” that is supposed to occur this year. Ten thousand is also the minimum number… Continue Reading

Incomprehensible

By trading very senior and very dangerous Taliban leaders for a single U.S. soldier, President Obama has created grave peril for every American, and he has branded a “K” of the forehead of every U.S. serviceman and woman serving overseas. The “K” stands for “Kidnap me.” Because kidnapping gets results. Obama was correct to take vigorous… Continue Reading

Obama Makes Surprise Visit to Afghanistan

President Obama today made a surprise visit to Afghanistan to spend time with the troops and to be briefed directly on the situation on the ground. From the pool report: (Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan) President Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan for a Memorial Day weekend rally with US troops. Air Force One touched down at… Continue Reading

Rumsfeld: “Trained Ape” Could do Better on Afghanistan

Well, it would take some training, but yes, it’s possible. Bush Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said Monday night that a “trained ape” could have gotten a status of forces agreement with the Afghanis that would allow some U.S. troops to stay in country. What Rumsfeld is challenging here is the usual narrative that President… Continue Reading