Wow, this is really working.
A new NATO report leaked to the BBC says that our allies in Pakistan are basically running the Taliban war against us in Afghanistan. Here are a few excerpts:
The leaked report, derived from thousands of interrogations, claims the Taliban remain defiant and have wide support among the Afghan people . . .
The report alleges that Pakistan knows the locations of senior Taliban leaders . . .
It quotes a senior al-Qaeda detainee as saying: “Pakistan knows everything. They control everything. I can’t [expletive] on a tree in Kunar without them watching.”
“The Taliban are not Islam. The Taliban are Islamabad.” . . .
In a damning conclusion, the document says that in the last year there has been unprecedented interest, even from members of the Afghan government, in joining the Taliban cause.
It adds: “Afghan civilians frequently prefer Taliban governance over the Afghan government, usually as a result of government corruption.”
The report has evidence that the Taliban are purposely hastening Nato’s withdrawal by deliberately reducing their attacks in some areas and then initiating a comprehensive hearts-and-minds campaign.
This is the result of President Obama’s Afghanistan strategy, which amounts to announcing our retreat and then following through by starting to remove troops.
Obama, the Taliban has correctly reasoned, cannot be counted on to fight. But he can be counted on to withdraw.
Obama said the intention of his decision to actually broadcast the limit to U.S. time in Afghanistan was to get the Afghanistan government to shape up. Instead, he’s done EXACTLY WHAT I PREDICTED almost two years ago, which is to embolden the Taliban. Instead of reforming and becoming a model warrior-government worthy of Sparta, the Afghani fiefs are trying to figure out how to end up on the side of the eventual winners.
What’s more, Obama has utterly failed to leash Pakistan, which gets $1.5 billion in annual U.S. aid. That means every man woman and child – yes, including the infant you saw in the park the other day – is sending five dollars each year to Pakistan.
I’m, sorry, let me offer the correct pronunciation, like our president is always so careful to do.
WE ARE ACTUALLY PAYING OUR ENEMY TO MAKE WAR ON US.
The parents of our boys and gals fighting in Afghanistan are paying taxes so that Islamic extremists can kill their children.
I understand that Pahkeestan plays us along and throws us some bones on the al Qaeda front. But at some point, certain basic principle have to come into play – like common sense, for example – and the Pahkeestanis have to get the message that we’re finished with their nonsense.
That is, cut them off.
If you want a good laugh in the morning, read what our Senate Democratic foreign policy maven – and possible second term Obama Secretary of State – Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) said about Pahkeestan nine months ago, in May 2011.
All of that, I believe, can change. I’ve had some early conversations with high level officials of Pakistan. There’s an indication to me there is an enormous amount of introspection going on and some very deep evaluating within Pakistan. I know for a fact they are thinking of a government inquiry outside of the military. For the first time there is major criticism in Pakistani papers of the intelligence network and military in Pakistan.
So I see this as a time for us to be careful, to be thoughtful, to proceed deliberately but determinedly in order to lay on the table the things that we know have to change. The relationship with the ISI, the double dealing, the attitude and frankly wastefulness of resources towards India. The question of cooperation with respect to Afghanistan.
I see opportunity in all of this to sort of punch a reset button and frankly serve our interests and theirs much more effectively.
ANOTHER RESET BUTTON!!
When will people learn? There’s been a fire sale on reset buttons since September 1938, when Neville Chamberlain and Adolf Hitler stood joyfully side to side and pressed away together.