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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 Obama’s problems with Afghanistan stem from Karzai going off his

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Bye, Bye, Afghanistan

Having failed to defeat the Taliban, we are declaring victory and getting out. And here’s the victory, as articulated at the NATO Summit today in Chicago by President Obama: “Our Forces broke the Taliban’s momentum.” So that’s what war is about: breaking the enemy’s momentum. As a resident of Washington’s Northern Virginia suburbs, I was rooting for the Washington Capitals hockey team to defeat the

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Officials Suggest Timing of Trip Not Due to Raid Anniversary

Senior administration officials are trying to minimize the link between President Obama’s trip today to Afghanistan and the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama Bin Laden, saying the timing was “driven” by other factors. According to the pool report from Afghanistan: Senior administration officials said the timing of the trip was driven by the negotiations over the Strategic Partnership Agreement and by the desire

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Obama Makes Surprise Visit to Afghanistan

On the anniversary of the killing of Osama Bin Laden, President Obama is in Afghanistan where he will sign a new partnership agreement with Afghan President Karzai, according to reports. The agreement will lay out terms for the U.S.-Afghan relationship after the 2014 deadline for the withdrawal of combat forces. Obama is currently in Kabul and will speak to the nation at 7:30 pm ET

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The MSM Begins to See Obama’s Afghan Debacle

Well, now things have gotten really bad. When both the New York Times and the Washington Post are highlighting the failure of your Afghanistan policy, then your Afghanistan policy is a failure. President Obama thinks that somehow the Taliban won’t realize that what we’re involved in is a rather brisk retreat from Afghanistan. We’re losing the war, and we’re fleeing, because Obama’s “surge” was tentative

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Obama Hits the Right Note on the Afghan Killings

Updated 4:52 pm ET President Obama this afternoon issued a statement of condolence on the apparent killing of Afghan civilians by a U.S. soldier. Have a look. I am deeply saddened by the reported killing and wounding of Afghan civilians. I offer my condolences to the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives, and to the people of Afghanistan, who have endured

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Is Salvadore Dali Running Our Afghan War Effort?

Please, someone remove me from this Absurdist Art Project. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney went on at length Monday about how our goal in Afghanistan was to defeat al Qaeda. Except, except, THERE ARE NO AL QAEDA FIGHTERS IN AFGHANISTAN. None to speak of anyway. This strategy would come as above-the-fold news to our soldiers, who think they are fighting the Taliban. But the

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Top Ten Alternatives to Apologizing to Afghanistan

With President Obama, the United States was supposedly getting a worldly figure who had lived in other lands and understood the foreign brain. Turns out Obama has little knowledge of how other cultures think, which is why he believes bowing, offering the hand of friendship, and apologizing to overseas savages works. Such activities, as any veteran of the schoolyard playground will tell you, breed only

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Carney Sends Afghans Our “Severe Apologies”

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today offered “severe apologies” to Afghans for the burning of Korans by U.S. soldiers, suggesting kowtowing by the U.S. government to Afghanistan over the incident was necessary to avoid attacks on U.S. troops. “One of the reasons that it’s appropriate to express our severe apologies for this incident is the kind of reaction that it could cause that risks

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Korans Destroyed by U.S. Troops in Afghanistan

U.S. troops “improperly disposed” of Korans in Afghanistan, with a number having been burned, according to reports starting to come out of the country. Get ready for some problems. A few thousand Afghanis are already protesting outside Bagram Air Base. I think it’s possible President Obama will have to appear to make a statement. Here’s the commander of U.S. troops in Afganistan, who has already

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Obama Afghan Retreat Plan Gets Results! Bad Ones!

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

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