Reporter Lara Logan: Administration Lying About Taming the Taliban

October 8, 2012 at 2:13 pm (Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Apologists, CBS, Chris Stevens, Lara Logan, Libya, Obama Administration, Taliban, Terrorists, War on Terror)

CBS reporter Lara Logan stepped out of the role of journalist, and into the role of American citizen screaming about her government’s lies regarding the enemy her country faces – the Taliban.

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

“I chose this subject because, one, I can’t stand, that there is a major lie being propagated . . .” Logan declared in her native South African accent. 

The lie is that America’s military might has tamed the Taliban. 

“There is this narrative coming out of Washington for the last two years,” Logan said. It is driven in part by “Taliban apologists,” who claim “they are just the poor moderate, gentler, kinder Taliban,” she added sarcastically. “It’s such nonsense!”

Logan then goes on to rip what she calls “Taliban apologists” in Washington who have tried to falsely portray the enemy as ‘kinder’ and ‘gentler’.

“It’s such nonsense,” she added.

Logan believes the false narrative is an attempt by the administration to get America out of the longest war, but that it only provides a false sense that the perils of the enemy are in the past.

It’s a rather frightening account from somebody in the know.

Logan concludes, “Our enemies are writing the story, and there’s no happy ending for us.”

Advertisements

Permalink Leave a Comment

Donations Sought For Soldier, Husband, Father of Two Killed in Afghanistan

August 12, 2012 at 5:39 pm (#War, Afghanistan, Hero, Heroes, Kennedy's Angels, Killed In Action, Purple Heart, Taliban, Thomas Kennedy, Tommy Kennedy, West Point)

Thomas Kennedy was recently killed in action serving in Afghanistan.  He was a 35-year-old West Point grad who leaves behind a wife and two kids.

Via Journal News:

The news came mid-week that another suicide bombing in Afghanistan had stolen the lives of coalition troops in Afghanistan. It was soon discovered that New City native Maj. Thomas “TK” Kennedy was one of three Americans killed. His death came amid a week in which three other attacks were perpetrated upon coalition troops by those wearing Afghan military uniforms.

The losses underscore the peril faced by coalition troops, even as most international troops are set to depart in 2014, some 10 years after a U.S.-led invasion targeting Taliban rule and al-Qaida. According to the Associated Press, 30 coalition service members have been killed by those in Afghan uniform — either in disguise or among those who have been trained by coalition forces. It is a marked increase in such violence. Add to those losses the toll from ongoing attacks, like the one that killed Kennedy and his cohorts, by insurgents.

It is a reminder that every day, every hour, our military men and women continue to face grave risk, even as the war occupies less and less space in the national conversation. Their deaths are a deep loss to our nation, our community, and, most of all, the service members’ families. Maj. Kennedy leaves a wife, Kami, twins who turn 2 next month, his father, mother and brothers.

The 35-year-old West Point graduate was just three weeks into his first Afghanistan assignment, although he had completed tours in Iraq. He had earned dozens of medals and service medals — posthumously, a Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart.

The family is requesting donations in Tommy’s name to help support his two beautiful angels.

Please consider visiting the Kennedy’s Angels web page… 

Permalink Leave a Comment

US Releasing Terrorists While American POW Remains in Taliban Hands

May 8, 2012 at 9:49 am (Afghanistan, Americam, Bowe Bergdhal, Exchange, Hero, Peace, POW, President Obama, Taliban, Terrorist)

Yesterday, we covered a report by the Washington Post indicating that the United States is engaged in an absurd peace negotiation tactic with the Taliban – releasing terrorists captured on the battlefield in the hopes that they’ll keep a promise to never commit acts of violence again.

The following is an excerpt:

The US has been secretly releasing captured Taliban fighters from a detention center in Afghanistan in a bid to strengthen its hand in peace talks with the insurgent group, the Washington Post reported Monday.

The “strategic release” program of high-level detainees is designed to give the US a bargaining chip in some areas of Afghanistan where international forces struggle to exercise control, the report said.

Under the risky program, the hardened fighters must promise to give up violence and are threatened with further punishment, but there is nothing to stop them resuming attacks against Afghan and American troops.

Bethany Mandel over at Commentary Magazine has a heartbreaking report on the story of Sergeant Bowe Bergdhal, the only American prisoner of war currently in Taliban hands.

Mandel properly questions just what the hell our government is thinking, releasing Taliban operatives without so much as a thought about exchanging for Bergdhal.

Mandel:

Besides a general easing of tension which this policy is trying to foster, there is one very real concession that the president has seemed to ignore in his concessions to the devil (they’re only called deals if you get something in return, which we have not).

On June 30, 2009, almost three years ago, Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl of Idaho was kidnapped by the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network. He is the only prisoner of war currently held by the Taliban and recent video releases seem to indicate that he is being kept alive for ransom by the group. A month after his capture the president issued a statement, explaining that he was “heartbroken” over Sgt. Bergdahl’s situation and vowed to bring him home. In three years, this seems to be the only public statement made by the President about Bergdahl.

Please read the rest of her report which includes a story about Bergdhal’s courageous attempt to escape from his captors, and a fury-inducing story about a US attempt to exchange Taliban prisoners for British POW’s.

Mandel closes with this thought:

In 2008 it was Barack Obama’s policy not to engage with terrorists under any circumstances. In 2009, his administration was comfortable exchanging American prisoners for British hostages. In 2012, it has become clear it was the long-standing policy of the administration to release American-held terrorist prisoners while asking for nothing in exchange, not even an American POW.

Doug Ross has a headline which describes this policy perfectly – Un-Freaking-Believable!

He adds:

An American POW has has been held by a Taliban-affiliated terror group for almost three years. And he is never mentioned while Barack Obama releases high-level Taliban detainees from Gitmo in exchange for… their promises not to commit more acts of terrorism.

Keep Sergeant Bergdahl in your prayers.

And contact the House Foreign Affairs Committee at (202) 225-5021 to express your outrage.

Please dial that number or call your representative.  Tell them that if the government is willing to release terrorists, they damn sure better get an American hero in return.

Photo courtesy of Doug Ross

Permalink Leave a Comment

US Secretly Releasing Taliban Fighters Because They Promise to Play Nice

May 7, 2012 at 1:23 pm (Afghanistan, Peace, Peace Talks, Promise, Taliban, Terrorist)

How … um … gutsy.

Isn’t it a fascinating glimpse into a liberal’s mindset when secretly detaining enemies of the United States is considered outlandish, but secretly releasing them is a non-story?

From Fox News:

The US has been secretly releasing captured Taliban fighters from a detention center in Afghanistan in a bid to strengthen its hand in peace talks with the insurgent group, the Washington Post reported Monday.

The “strategic release” program of high-level detainees is designed to give the US a bargaining chip in some areas of Afghanistan where international forces struggle to exercise control, the report said.

Under the risky program, the hardened fighters must promise to give up violence and are threatened with further punishment, but there is nothing to stop them resuming attacks against Afghan and American troops.

“Everyone agrees they are guilty of what they have done and should remain in detention. Everyone agrees that these are bad guys. But the benefits outweigh the risks,” a US official told the Post.

What could possibly go wrong with this strategy?

It is stunning ignorance to release terrorists based on a promise to not commit further acts of violence.

Read the rest…

Permalink Leave a Comment

Authorities Warn of ‘Lone Wolf’ Threat on Anniversary of Bin Laden Death

April 26, 2012 at 11:00 am (Al Qaeda, Al Shabaab, Anniversary, FBI, Little Girl, Nidal Hasan, Osama Bin laden, Pakistan, Taliban, TSA)

And by lone wolf, we mean somebody fully integrated into the radical Islamic religion, may carry a business card stating that he/she is a ‘Soldier of Allah‘, and has continual correspondence with high-ranking overseas members of the Taliban.  Like that other famous ‘lone wolf’ Major Nidal Malik Hasan.  The important thing to remember here is that it will have nothing to do with radical Muslims. Nothing.

Via the New York Post:

Just days before the one-year anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death, US authorities are warning that while there is no specific, credible threat to the US homeland they remain concerned “lone wolf” terrorists could use the date to avenge the former al Qaeda leader.
In an intelligence bulletin issued late Wednesday, the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and US Northern Command note that terrorist groups such as al Shabaab in Somalia, northern Africa’s al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and the Pakistani Taliban have called for revenge against the United States for killing bin Laden during the May 1, 2011 raid on his hideout in Pakistan.
The bulletin says al Qaeda or its affiliates would view an attack “on this anniversary as a symbolic victory,” especially in the wake of losses suffered by al Qaeda through US drone attacks and other efforts overseas.
In addition, according to the bulletin, authorities remain concerned that so-called “lone wolf” extremists not already identified “will execute attacks with little or no warning on or about the anniversary of bin Laden’s death.”

Meanwhile, the TSA is doing everything in their power to hunt down these lone wolf suspects, issuing bulletins for citizens to be on the lookout for these extremists:

Permalink Leave a Comment

Taliban Commander Turns Himself In, Tries to Collect Reward Money

April 18, 2012 at 7:23 am (Afghanistan, Matthew Baker, Mohammad Ashan, Reward, Taliban)

One U.S. official called him the Taliban equivalent of the Home Alone burglars.  Which is an insult to the Home Alone burglars, but hilarious nonetheless.

Via the Washington Post:

Sometimes, capturing a Taliban commander requires vast resources and complex operations. Last week in eastern Afghanistan, it required neither.
Mohammad Ashan, a mid-level Taliban commander in Paktika province, strolled toward a police checkpoint in the district of Sar Howza with a wanted poster bearing his own face. He demanded the finder’s fee referenced on the poster: $100.
Afghan officials, perplexed by the man’s misguided motives, arrested him on the spot. Ashan is suspected of plotting at least two attacks on Afghan security forces. His misdeeds prompted officials to plaster the district with hundreds of so-called “Be on the Lookout” posters emblazoned with his name and likeness.
When U.S. troops went to confirm that Ashan had in fact come forward to claim the finder’s fee, they were initially incredulous.
“We asked him, ‘Is this you?’ Mohammad Ashan answered with an incredible amount of enthusiasm, ‘Yes, yes, that’s me! Can I get my award now?’” recalled SPC Matthew Baker.

A biometric scan confirmed that the man in Afghan custody was the insurgent they had been looking for.

Read the rest here…

Permalink Leave a Comment

Former Terrorist Defense Attorney Promoted to Number 3 Ranking Official at Justice Department

March 5, 2012 at 12:38 pm (Eric Holder, Gitmo, Guantanamo Bay, J. Chrisitian Adams, Justice Department, Taliban, Terrorist, Tony West)

Not only did he defend admitted American terrorist John Walker Lindh, but Tony West is specifically in charge of developing U.S. policy pertaining to Guantanamo inmates. 

Conflict of interest?

Via Fox News:

A former Justice Department attorney who blew the whistle on his department’s policies is now questioning the promotion of a former defense attorney for an American terrorist to the No. 3 spot at the Justice Department — specifically charged with crafting U.S. policy on Guantanamo detainees.

J. Christian Adams, once an elections lawyer who accused the Justice Department of racial bias in its decision to not prosecute a voter intimidation case involving the New Black Panther Party, said Tony West’s promotion from assistant attorney general for the Civil Division to acting associate attorney general is one more step toward letting radicals run the Justice Department.

“The most dangerous thing is that West is overseeing Gitmo policy. It’s not that he’s just some guy at the Justice Department licking envelopes,” Adams told Fox News on Sunday.

Judicial Watch, a government watchdog group, noted that in Holder’s announcement of West’s promotion, he “conveniently omitted” West’s role as the defense attorney for convicted Al Qaeda terrorist John Walker Lindh, who is serving a 20-year prison sentence after being captured in Afghanistan in 2001 while fighting with the Taliban.

“He actually pleaded guilty to aiding the Taliban and carrying explosives while fighting U.S. troops in the region,” Judicial Watch noted of Lindh.

Permalink Leave a Comment

VIDEO: Joy Behar Compares Law Requiring Ultrasound to the Taliban

February 16, 2012 at 9:41 pm (Abortion, Afghanistan, Baby, Joy Behar, Kardashian, Suicide Bomber, Taliban, Ultrasound)

Covering something that comes out of Joy Behar’s mouth makes one feel a little dirty.  Analyzing Behar is like analyzing a Kardashian, only Behar isn’t that smart.  If science could somehow harness energy from the brainwaves that come out of this dolt’s head, we might be able to light a small birthday candle.

But trudge through the muck we must, to deliver such wisdom unto the masses…

Via NewsBusters:

The shrill, extremist comments coming from the co-hosts on The View continued, Thursday. Liberal comedienne Joy Behar trashed Virginia for passing abortion restrictions, saying the new law makes the state like “the Taliban.”

Behar highlighted legislation requiring women, in some cases, to have an ultrasound before getting an abortion, decrying the move as “invasive.” She then hyperbolically shrieked, “It’s like, what are we? What is this, the Taliban now? What are we, in Afghanistan? Where are we exactly in this country?”

No Joy, the law would be like the Taliban if the law required the baby to be trained from birth to one day serve as a suicide bomber, while the mother herself was aborted via a machete to the head.

Behar added, it’s “so frickin’ intrusive to a woman’s body.” 

Imagine how frickin’ intrusive it is for the baby.

Permalink Leave a Comment

Remembering Daniel Pearl

February 1, 2012 at 10:23 am (Daniel Pearl, Extreme, Islam, Jewish, Jihad, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, KSM, Taliban, Terrorist, Waterboard)

This is a great piece from Yid With Lid regarding the ten year anniversary since Daniel Pearl was brutally murdered.  It is a reminder of the kind of extremism we have been fighting in the Middle East, and here at home (remember the honor killings, the Buffalo TV producer who decapitated his wife?).

Next time you’re appalled by the thought of waterboarding (not torture) or how our government handles interrogations, do just one thing before you speak…

Remember Daniel Pearl

The prisoner surrounded by cowardly men covering their faces, looked at the camera and said, “My father is Jewish, my mother is Jewish, I am Jewish.” just before Khalid Sheikh Mohammed brutally hacked his head off in front of the whole world. Today, ten years after that horrific day, the memory of how Daniel Pearl was murdered still resonates in the hearts of many people in this country. Pearl was lured into his capture for one reason, he wanted to give the terrorists an opportunity to tell their side of the story–he was killed for one reason—he was a Jew.

It is sad that Daniel Pearl’s murder is relegated into the deep crevices of our collective memories. It is also sad that many among us view the man who hacked of Pearl’s head, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, is considered a martyr by liberal Americans because he was blind-folded and showered with water–they call that torture. They remember the killer’s water boarding, but do not remember his act of brutally murdering this American, leaving his wife a widow and causing his son (who was born months after his death) to be born without his father.

I ask you…which one act was really torture, water boarding, or having ones head hacked off with a knife. And by knife I do not mean the swift executioners blade, but literately cut off with back and forth movements as one would slice off a piece if steak. I also ask, was the recent revelation of soldiers possibly urinating on the bodies of dead Taliban fighters anywhere as disrespectful as posting a video of Pearl’s murder ending with Khalid Sheikh Mohammed holding up the young man’s head in triumph?

Please read the rest here…

Permalink Leave a Comment

Peace Talks With Taliban Shockingly Fall Through

January 30, 2012 at 10:00 am (Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay, Jihad, Pakistan, President Obama, Qatar, Taliban, Vali Nasr)

Oh those wily jihadists, they must have had their fingers crossed.

Earlier this month we reported on the release of high-ranking Taliban officials in exchange for a promise to start peace negotiations:

This must be Winning The Future and can therefore be filed under WTF?!


The Guardian is reporting that the U.S. has agreed to release top-ranking officials from the Taliban in exchange for a promise to start peace negotiations.  Never mind that AK-47 behind the purple curtain.

I repeat – The Obama administration is releasing high-level terrorists caught on the battlefield, in exchange for a promise.

Shockingly – at least to White House officials – the Taliban may have reneged on their end of the bargain.

Via MSNBC:

Talks between the Afghan Taliban and the United States in Qatar almost failed as the Taliban leadership reportedly refused to accept the U.S. demand of a ceasefire before  swapping prisoners.

Sources in the Afghan Taliban said the Taliban had set up an office in Qatar hoping that it would help in a prisoners’ swap, especially for their five top commanders held at the Guantanamo Bay base since 2002.

The Taliban sources said their talks with the U.S. had been going for the past few years in exchange for an American soldier, Bowe Bergdahl, captured by Taliban militants in Afghanistan’s Paktika province in June 2009, bordering Pakistan’s South Waziristan. 

Remember this statement from a former Obama adviser at the time this agreement was made?

“To take this step, the [Obama] administration have to have sufficient confidence that the Taliban are going to reciprocate,” said Vali Nasr, who was an Obama administration adviser on the Afghan peace process until last year. “It is going to be really risky. Guantánamo is a very sensitive issue politically.” 

Read the rest here…

Permalink Leave a Comment

Next page »