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Currently were in the middle of what could be called the largest finger-pointing, blame game, we’ve ever seen in the United States. Republicans and Democrats are blaming each other for the dramatic pictures that we are seeing out of Afghanistan. American troops are pulling out after 20 years. President Joe Biden has decided that it is time for our troops to come home. We must understand that Donald Trump had already negotiated with the Taliban and set in stone that the American troops were coming home. Of course, it was possible for Joe Biden to reverse this decision and escalate the conflict.

We’ve been in Afghanistan for more than 20 years. We spent over $2 trillion. Thousands of Americans have died. Tens of thousands of Americans have been wounded/injured. Isn’t that enough?

What went wrong? In order to answer this question, I think is important for us to go back to the beginning. We were attacked on September 11 by Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda. Al Qaeda was being shielded by the Taliban in Afghanistan. We decided to go after Osama bin Laden. In December 2001, we had Osama bin Laden cornered in the Tora Bora mountains. We had the Taliban on the run. We had additional assets in the area. For some reason, as far as I know the exact reason has never been pinpointed, we did not deploy additional assets in order to capture Osama bin Laden. Osama bin Laden slipped into Pakistan. Shortly thereafter, we turned our attention to Iraq.

Killing or capturing Osama bin Laden the Tora Bora mountains would’ve ended our military involvement in Afghanistan. Our troops would have come home. There would’ve been no discussion about nationbuilding. Instead, we would’ve discussed mission accomplished.

Overall, I think that we fell into a trap. We continued to throw good money after bad. We just “knew” that another surge would fix the problem. We didn’t want our prior blood, sweat and tears to be for nothing. We didn’t want to be labelled as a quitter. We … should have come home over a decade ago. That’s the real truth. There was no “good” time. No matter when we decided to come home there were going to be problems. There was going to be the problem of a Afghan military that simply wasn’t up to the task. We entered a lose – lose situation.  This is the truth.

By |2021-08-17T11:08:41-04:00August 17th, 2021|Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Bin Laden, Bush Administration|0 Comments

Missile Strike Against Syria

Last night President Trump ordered a missile strike against limited targets within Syria. The strikes were carried out by United States, United Kingdom and France. I have several questions?

Just a couple of days ago the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told Congress that he “believes” that there was a chemical attack in Syria. What is changed? What changed his belief to something that is more concrete? Does this strike really change anything? Did we really stop Syria’s ability to use chemical weapons against its own people?

More from NYT:

The United States and European allies launched airstrikes on Friday night against Syrian research, storage and military targets as President Trump sought to punish President Bashar al-Assad for a suspected chemical attack near Damascus last weekend that killed more than 40 people.

Britain and France joined the United States in the strikes in a coordinated operation that was intended to show Western resolve in the face of what the leaders of the three nations called persistent violations of international law. Mr. Trump characterized it as the beginning of a sustained effort to force Mr. Assad to stop using banned weapons, but only ordered a limited, one-night operation that hit three targets.

“These are not the actions of a man,” Mr. Trump said of last weekend’s suspected chemical attack in a televised address from the White House Diplomatic Room. “They are crimes of a monster instead.”

Shortly after the attack, the Syrian presidency posted on Twitter, “Honorable souls cannot be humiliated.”  (more…)

By |2018-04-14T11:12:28-04:00April 14th, 2018|Foreign Affairs|Comments Off on Missile Strike Against Syria

Weekend Update – David Cassidy, Zimbabwe, Egypt

I don’t know, there’s something about the death of David Cassidy that is curious, haunting and thought-provoking. If you are one of those people who were born between 1955 and 1965, you grew up in an era where there were one maybe two TVs in the house. If you lived in a relatively big city, you had 3 to 5 television channels. Everybody watched the same shows. At night, from approximately seven to approximately nine PM everybody watched TV. One of the most popular TV shows was the Partridge family starring Shirley Jones and David Cassidy. The whole premise of the show was somewhat contrived and crazy. This was a family, without a father, that traveled the country in a school bus making a living as a singing group. David Cassidy, because of his looks and demeanor, was the “perfect” teen idol. I’m sure that I could write volumes just on the TV show itself. The death of David Cassidy for thousands of people is somewhat sad. He really was a heartthrob at the time. He had one megahit called, I Think I Love You which reached number one on the Billboard charts. He was never able to replicate that success. From my standpoint, this was one of the worst examples of soulless, bubblegum music ever produced. It goes into the same category as The Hustle, Rock the Boat and Muskrat Love. David always struggled with his success. He seemed to have mental health issues all of his life. RIP, David Cassidy.

Zimbabwe strongman steps down. It is really unclear to me what this really means.

Huge terrorist attack in Egypt. The exact reason for this senseless killing is unclear. This is simply sad.

Megastar Uma Thurman who had to big hits produced by Harvey Weinstein’s production company speaks out.

Cat hair used to catch a bomber?

By |2017-11-25T08:17:33-04:00November 25th, 2017|Domestic Issues, Entertainment, Foreign Affairs|Comments Off on Weekend Update – David Cassidy, Zimbabwe, Egypt
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