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He Almost Had Me

It starts so well:

Zaid Jilani, a former blogger with the left-wing think tank Center for American Progress, explained this week how the Obama administration frequently tries to censor the progressive organization’s content when it departs from the White House’s agenda.

Do tell:

“One of the controversial topics that was very constrained in our writing at ThinkProgress in 2009 was Afghanistan.,” he wrote. “CAP had decided not to protest Obama’s surge, so most of our writing on the topic was simply neutral — we weren’t supposed to take a strong stand.”

That was tough for Jilani, a strong opponent of the war. And as congressional opposition to the war increased over time, he found he was able to criticize the White House more directly.

But in 2011, one post went too far.

Jilani had just published a story — “one of the most successful things [he] had ever written at that point” — which indicated troops levels at the end of Obama’s Afghan “surge” would actually be higher than at any point in the George W. Bush administration. And it came complete with a graph, which congressional opponents of the war took into committee hearings on Capitol Hill.

The Obama administration was furious.

“Phone calls from the White House started pouring in,” Jilani claimed, “berating my bosses for being critical of Obama on this policy . . . Soon afterwards all of us ThinkProgress national security bloggers were called into a meeting with CAP senior staff and basically berated for opposing the Afghan war and creating daylight between us and Obama.”

You think this doesn’t go on at CBS, NPR, etc., etc? Ha! That’s why we call it the Democrat-Media Complex.

He wasn’t done, either:

“It confused me a lot because on the one hand, CAP was advertising to donors that it opposed the Afghan war,” Jilani noted. “In our ‘Progressive Party,’ the annual fundraising party we do with both Big Name Progressive Donors and corporate lobbyists (in the same room!) we even advertised that we wanted to end the war in Afghanistan.”

“What that meeting with CAP senior staff showed me was that they viewed being closer to Obama and aligning with his policy as more important than demonstrating progressive principle, if that meant breaking with Obama,” Jilani explained.

“Essentially, they were doing the same thing to us RT [Russia Today] America is telling its American producers to do now — align with your boss, who is the president of the country.”

Obama = Putin. Perfect. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

So where’s the problem?

The blogger eventually left his post at CAP, citing “reasons of other censorship and dealing with both corporate sponsors and that institution’s fealty to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).”

Great. Super. Just when I thought I had a soul brother, he shivs me with his scimitar.

PS: “Fealty”? Get over yourself.

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George W. Who?

After five years of Obama, it’s almost as if Bush never happened:

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has urged residents of the embattled city of Fallujah to force out insurgents linked to al-Qaeda who have taken control there.

Mr Maliki said if the people expelled what he called terrorists, they would be spared military action.

Iraqi forces are preparing to recapture the city, which has been out of government control for days.

Hundreds have already fled shelling and air strikes by government forces.

Mr Maliki called on “the people of Fallujah and its tribes to expel the terrorists” so “their areas are not subjected to the danger of armed clashes”, state television reported.

The former Iraqi national security adviser, Mowaffak al-Rubaie, has told the BBC it was impossible to defend all of Iraq from attacks by the al-Qaeda-linked militants the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, known as ISIS.

At least Obama kept his promise to get our boys out!

Where else did he say he’d do that?

A young Afghan girl has been detained wearing a suicide vest in southern Afghanistan, officials say.

She was held on Sunday night in Helmand province, as she tried to carry out an attack on border police, an interior ministry spokesman told the BBC.

The girl, reported to be as young as eight and thought to be the sister of a prominent Taliban commander, is said to be in a state of shock and confusion.

Police told the BBC she was encouraged to carry out the attack by her brother.

Awww, sweet!

Al Qaeda and the Taliban terrorizing innocent Muslims across Asia and the Middle East, especially little girls: it’s almost like the years 2001-2009 never existed!

More on the Al Qaeda-ization of Iraq:

The climactic battles of the American War in Iraq were fought in Anbar Province, with U.S. forces at great cost retaking the city of Fallujah at the end of 2004 and Ramadi, the provincial capital, in 2006-07. The latter success was sparked by an unlikely alliance with tribal fighters that turned around what had been a losing war effort and made possible the success of what became known as “the surge.” By 2009, violence had fallen more than 90%, creating an unexpected opportunity to build a stable, democratic and prosperous country in the heart of the Middle East.

It is now obvious that this opportunity has been squandered, with tragic consequences for the entire region. In recent days the Iraqi army appears to have been pushed, at least temporarily, out of Fallujah and Ramadi by al Qaeda in Iraq militants. A battle is raging for control of Anbar Province with some tribal fighters supporting the government and others AQI. Mosul, the major city of northern Iraq and a longtime hotbed of AQI activity, could be next to fall. If it does, AQI would gain effective control of the Sunni Triangle, an area north and west of Baghdad the size of New England.

AQI’s control would stretch beyond the Sunni Triangle because its offshoot, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, dominates a significant portion of Syrian territory across the border. This creates the potential for a new nightmare: an al Qaeda state incorporating northern Syria and western Iraq.

We’ve had tens of thousands of troops in Germany, Japan, South Korea, etc. for how many decades? And this limp-di*ked loser can’t manage to keep won what thousands gave their lives to win?

Hard as it may be to concede, this failure may be the worst, the most inexcusable, of his myriad failures.

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You Were Saying?

Spoke (or wrote) too soon:

An Indian author whose memoir about her dramatic escape from the Taliban became a Bollywood movie was shot dead by militants in Afghanistan, police said Thursday.

Sushmita Banerjee, also known as Sushmita Bandhopadhya, was killed outside her home in Paktika province, according to Dawlat Khan Zadran, the police chief of eastern Paktika province.

He said suspected Taliban insurgents broke into her house Wednesday night, blindfolded and tied up her husband, and fled with Banerjee.

Her body was found Thursday, dumped outside a madrasa, or religious school, in the outskirts of Sharana city, the provincial capital.

“She had around 20 bullet holes in her body,” Zadran said.

In 2003, her book was made into a Bollywood film, “Escape from Taliban.” Bollywood movies are extremely popular in Afghanistan.

Well, this will make a hell of a sequel.

The Taliban are the Mounties of the Hindu Kush: they always get their woman—and riddle her with bullet holes.

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Army Refuses To End Contracts With Al Quaeda Aligned Companies

They insist that the companies receive “due process”!

How quaint. American citizens can barely receive due process any more.

The U.S. Army is refusing to suspend contracts with dozens of companies and individuals tied to Al Qaeda and other extremist groups out of concern for their “due process rights,” despite repeated pleas from the chief watchdog for Afghanistan reconstruction.
In a scathing passage of his latest report to Congress, Special Inspector General John Sopko said his office has urged the Army to suspend or debar 43 contractors over concerns about ties to the Afghanistan insurgency, “including supporters of the Taliban, the Haqqani network and al Qaeda.”
Sopko wrote that the Army “rejected” every single case.
“The Army Suspension and Debarment Office appears to believe that suspension or debarment of these individuals and companies would be a violation of their due process rights if based on classified information or if based on findings by the Department of Commerce,” Sopko said, summing up the Army’s position.

Our government is a mystery, wrapped in an enigma. Who could possibly understand this?

- Aggie

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That and a Kopek

Hey, whoopie, glad to hear it: Malala addresses the UN.

A Pakistani teenager nearly killed by Taliban gunmen for advocating that all girls should have the right to go to school gave her first formal public remarks Friday at the United Nations. It also happened to be Malala Yousafzai’s 16th birthday.

“Today, it is an honor for me to be speaking again after a long time,” she said. “Being here with such honorable people is a great moment in my life.”

She looked out at an audience of hundreds of children from around the world and U.N. members, including Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and told them that she was wearing a pink shawl that once belonged to Benazir Bhutto, the two-time prime minister of Pakistan who was killed in 2007 in a suicide attack at a political rally.

“I don’t know where to begin my speech,” she said. “I don’t know what people would be expecting me to say. But first of all, thank you to God for whom we all are equal and thank you to every person who has prayed for my fast recovery and a new life. I cannot believe how much love people have shown me.”

The symbolism of her speech is truly amazing. The symbolism of Benazir Bhutto’s shawl is more so. The article reminds us of what happens to women in that society if they get too big for their burkas.

This is what happens:

After the U.S.-led Operation Enduring Freedom toppled the militant Taliban regime 12 years ago, girls’ schools reopened, burqas were no longer compulsory and many women went back to work. So when the Afghan government last week appointed a former Taliban official as a commissioner on the newly established independent human rights commission, many were shocked.

Abdul Rahman Hotak, nominated for the post by Afghan President Hamid Karzai, was the editor of Taliban newspaper “Afghan Sunrise” and worked for the group’s education directorate during its rule – an alarming choice, some say, for someone tasked with championing the rights of women who were denied so many freedoms under the Taliban.

Hotak also opposes Karzai’s proposed Elimination of Violence Against Women law (EVAW), which would make domestic and public violation against women punishable by law. Criticized for being un-Islamic, it has been languishing in Afghanistan’s parliament since 2009.

And then there’s this:

A Pakistani Taliban group on Saturday banned the use of “tight or thin” clothes both for men and women in the holy month of Ramzan and warned of one month imprisonment for not fasting.

The Ramzan code of conduct guidelines was issued in a pamphlet after the Mullah Nazir Taliban Group held a shura meeting in Wana headquarters of South Waziristan Agency.

Tight or thin clothes have been banned for both men and women during the holy month, the pamphlet stated.

“We warn the shopkeepers and tailors with severe punishments (for violating the rule). Fine up to Rs 50,000 would be imposed on those found guilty,” the pamphlet read.

As Malala shows us (and Aesha before her), there is justice for women living under the Taliban. Just not while they’re living under the Taliban. Here among the infidels, we protect and treasure women (as indeed we do men). There, not so much.

[I]n June, a suicide bomber blew up a bus carrying 40 schoolgirls as it made its way to an all-girl campus in Quetta. Fourteen female students were killed.

“Dear sisters and brothers,” she said, “we realize the importance of light when we see darkness. We realize the importance of our voice when we are silenced. In the same way when we were in Swat, we realized the importance of pens and books when we saw the guns.

“The extremists were and they are afraid of books and pens,” she said.

“The power of education frightens them. They are afraid of women. The power of the voice of women frightens them.”

Beautiful, Malala, but just remember: fourteen girls’ voices will never be heard again. Who’s frightened again?

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Take a Number

The line to bitch-slap the President of the United States of America forms to the right. No cutting, China!

US and Afghan officials say they are committed to talks with the Taliban, despite an assault on a CIA station and government buildings in Kabul.

Who wrote that, Fox Butterfield? We’re suing for peace because they they won’t stop attacking us, not despite it. And don’t think the Taliban don’t know it.

Taliban militants launched the attack with gunfire and bombs early on Tuesday.

Security forces repelled them, but four insurgents and three guards died

Analysts say the Afghan Taliban have showed no sign of abating their assault on security targets, despite last week’s announcement that they had set up an office in Doha in the Gulf state of Qatar for peace talks.

Good God, are they tone deaf?

White House spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement that Mr Obama and Mr Karzai spoke over the phone on Tuesday, and were still committed to the planned talks.

“The leaders reaffirmed that an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process is the surest way to end violence and ensure lasting stability in Afghanistan and the region,” he said.

“They reiterated their support for an office in Doha for the purpose of negotiations between the High Peace Council and authorised representatives of the Taliban.”

Of all the mealy-mouthed contortions of the truth ever uttered by that meek weasel of a man, that has to be the mealiest-mouthed.

How was your day, dear?

Okay, I guess. I had to make reference to “lasting stability in Afghanistan” and “authorised representatives of the Taliban”. But otherwise, not so bad.

Oh sweetie. Have a martini.

I think I will. Two. Six.

Why do I always think of Pirates of the Caribbean when I hear about the “authorised representatives of the Taliban”.

Most of them are missing an eye and/or a limb.And they haven’t bathed since… they haven’t bathed.

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Judge, Jury, and Texecutioner

Oh, well, as long as you had a reason

Fort Hood massacre suspect Army Maj. Nidal Hasan argues that he sought to protect Taliban leaders during a shooting rampage at the sprawling Texas military base that killed 13 people.

Representing himself against murder charges, Hasan explained his “defense of others” strategy at a pre-trial hearing on Tuesday without offering details, according to a statement from the military base.

That prompted the military judge overseeing the long-delayed court-martial to give him a day to present any facts to underpin his case, the statement said.

Judge Col. Tara Osborn will at that time consider Hasan’s request for a three-month delay to further prepare his arguments.

A devout Muslim who opposed the war in Afghanistan, Hasan is charged with opening fire on military personnel at Fort Hood in November 2009. Thirteen people were killed and more than 30 others were hurt.

There’s something wrong there. The story declares that Nidal Hasan is a devout Muslim, but also reports that he killed 13 people. That can’t be right, can it?

And how can he help the Taliban (in Afghanistan and Pakistan) from Ft. Hood (Killeen), Texas?

But that does give me an idea. President Obama gets all squeamish about judicial niceties for terrorists and enemy combatants in American custody, but happily vaporizes them from the air if they are “free-range” terrorists and enemy combatants. That goes for Americans too. So, what if prison authorities give Major Hassan an extra free period in the exercise yard, and President Obama gets the control stick for a Hellfire Missile-armed Predator Drone? Let nature take its course.

We don’t even need to wait for a verdict. Anwar al-Awlaki, an American, was never tried; neither was his (late) son.

This is not “a modest proposal”, as Jonathan Swift once made. We already do this all the time—well, President Obama does—and I’m not complaining. What’s another extrajudicial killing?

PS: Fearing pushback from our more sensitive readers, perhaps we can just free Major Hassan across the Rio Grande in the “impressive progress” (™Barack Obama) of modern Mexico. Same result.

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Obomber: Drone Stikes Up, Way Up

Was there ever a President who enjoyed war as much as Barack Obama? And how ’bout his base? They just can’t get enough of the drone strikes.

KABUL, Afghanistan — One morning recently, a teenager named Bacha Zarina was collecting firewood on her family’s farm in eastern Afghanistan. About 30 yards away, as relatives recall, two Taliban commanders stood outside a house.

A missile screamed down from the sky, killing the two men instantly. Two chunks of shrapnel flew at Bacha Zarina and lodged in her left side.

Her family took her to the nearest hospital, a half-hour drive away, but she died en route, an accidental victim of the rapidly escalating U.S.-led campaign of drone strikes in Afghanistan. She was 14 or 15 years old.

Score! The Democrat War On Women continues! Obomber is winning!!

The U.S. military launched 506 strikes from unmanned aircraft in Afghanistan last year, according to Pentagon data, a 72 percent increase from 2011 and a sign that U.S. commanders may begin to rely more heavily on remote-controlled air power to kill Taliban insurgents as they reduce the number of troops on the ground.

Though drone strikes represented a fraction of all U.S. air attacks in Afghanistan last year, their use is rising even as American troops have pulled back from ground and air operations and pushed Afghan soldiers and police into the lead. In 2011, drone strikes accounted for 5 percent of U.S. air attacks in Afghanistan; in 2012, the figure rose to 12 percent.

It’s a double!! Obomber is so hot. He’s a killing machine. USA! USA! USA!

Do I sound bitter? It’s because I recall absolutely vicious criticism leveled at Israel when they used drones to take out leadership of the suicide terror network – not the flunky soldiers, but the leaders. Where are the outraged voices of academia, the news media, the UN, other world leaders? Where are the cartoons of a naked Obama devouring dead Afghan babies (like the Chris Brown cartoon that won that best political cartoon award in Britain, showing Ariel Sharon doing just that). I want to see that cartoon and I want to honor the creator in Congress. America has become a civilian killing machine because America doesn’t want to sacrifice troops. And because America elected a democrat and they can kill with impunity. All well and good. But remember this next time you hear Israel accused of brutality.

- Aggie

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Obama Pulling Plug On Afghanistan?

In 2014

This should be taken with a grain of salt, since it was written by a journalist, but it appears that we are turning Afghanistan over to the Taliban on 2014.

The Obama administration is considering the possibility of removing all U.S. troops in Afghanistan after the NATO combat mission officially finishes at the end of 2014, White House officials said Tuesday.

The comments by Ben Rhodes, the White House’s deputy national security adviser, come as the Pentagon and White House mull over the number of troops that could be left in Afghanistan after 2014 to fight insurgents and train Afghan security forces.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai and President Obama are scheduled to meet on Friday in Washington.

Rhodes said the administration is considering a range of options, with one scenario having no U.S. troops there. The range, according to defense officials, had until recently been between 6,000 to 15,000 U.S. troops possibly remaining in the country, based on an assessment by the U.S. top commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen.

“We have an objective of making sure there’s no safe haven for al Qaeda within Afghanistan and making sure that the Afghan government has a security force that is sufficient, again, to assure the stability of the Afghan government and the denial of that safe haven,” Rhodes said.

“That’s what causes us to look for different potential troop numbers or not having potential troops in the country,” he continued.

I’m agnostic on this. Would al Qaeda really try another September 11th-type terror attack after what they’ve been through? Possibly. Do the Afghans deserve more American sacrifice when they cannot seem to get their act together? Doubtful. And the public is certainly fed up with war.

- Aggie

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How You Going to Keep Them on the Opium Farm After They’ve Seen Paris (Texas)?

How do you say “I’ve got your back” in Pashto (Via Jungle Trader)

They have been branded “traitors” by the Taliban, which has said for years that it will kill any Afghans working for the NATO-led coalition.

With the majority of U.S. and NATO-led troops set to leave the country in 2014, many Afghans working in support positions look ahead with trepidation.

Their fears appear to be well-grounded.

Scores of Afghans working for foreign military forces have already been targeted by the Taliban. On November 14, in the latest such killing, the Taliban shot dead two Afghan interpreters working for NATO troops near Kabul. Their bodies were left next to their cars. There have been other killings and many others have received death threats warning them to quit their jobs or face a similar fate.

One U.S. initiative is called the Afghan Allies program. It was created in 2009 in a bid to boost the number of visas available to Afghan workers employed by the U.S. government. It has allocated 7,500 spaces for Afghans and their families to emigrate to the United States over five years. But so far, only 293 cases have been processed. And since 2010, only 31 cases have received the green light.

To be fair, the US has to process these claims carefully, so as not to import someone only pretending to be with us. But who’s going to help us in the future if we discard past sources like so much goat poop?

Obama can’t get out of Afghanistan fast enough—can’t say as I blame him—yet his shortsightedness leaves many people (collaborators, women) in grave peril. I’m not sure I do, but does anyone else care?

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Fo Po

The title is short for Foreign Policy, but is pronounced Faux Pas. Which is the only way to describe Obama’s missteps overseas.

I understand Foreign Policy will be the subject of the third debate, which Obama thinks is his specialty. (What doesn’t he think is his specialty?) Even though I won’t watch (Bloodthirsty Puppy’s ears don’t clean themselves!), I can’t wait.

Libya, which was supposed to take “days not weeks”, nineteen months later is Obama’s Somalia.

How ’bout Iran?

On September 25, 2012, at the U.N. General Assembly the president’s double-speak on Iran included this: “Iran . . . has failed to take the opportunity to demonstrate that its nuclear program is peaceful . . . time is not unlimited.”

Here is a timeline of the Obama administration’s Iran policy, as the world’s most dangerous nation and leading state sponsor of terrorism moves inexorably towards acquiring the world’s most dangerous weapon.

“My expectation would be that if we can begin discussions soon, shortly after the Iranian elections, we should have a fairly good sense by the end of the year as to whether they are moving in the right direction.” President Obama, May 18, 2009, Washington, D.C.

“The opportunity will not remain open indefinitely.” Secretary Clinton, July 15, 2009, Washington, D.C.

“We are not going to keep the window open forever.” Secretary Clinton, July 22, 2009, Bangkok, Thailand.

“The Iranians may simply try to run out the clock.” Defense Secretary Robert Gates, July 27, 2009.

“Our patience is not infinite. We’re not willing to let this go on forever.” State Department spokesman Ian Kelly, September 14, 2009, Washington, D.C.

“To resolve this issue will require Iran to come to the table and discuss in a clear and forthright way how to prove to the international community that the intentions of their nuclear program are peaceful. . . . The question is going to be whether in these discussions they show themselves moving clearly in that direction.” President Obama, March 6, 2012, Washington, D.C.

“That window is closing.” President Obama, March 25, 2012, Seoul, Republic of Korea.

Time is short.” President Obama, March 26, 2102, Seoul, Republic of Korea,

”That window is closing. . . . Now, the clock is ticking. . . . We’re not going to have these talks just drag out in a stalling process. . . . We haven’t given away anything — other than the opportunity for us to negotiate ” President Obama, April 15, 2012, Cartagena, Columbia.

“We will not engage in an endless process of negotiations.” U.N. ambassador Susan Rice, September 20, 2012, New York.

“Iran . . . has failed to take the opportunity to demonstrate that its nuclear program is peaceful . . . time is not unlimited.” President Obama, September 25, 2012, New York.

What? Huh? I must have nodded off. Believe it or not, I cut that short.

No wonder Ahmadinejad is so happy. We elected a eunuch as our president. Much as he boasts about it—and much as that boasting helped hasten the demise of Chris Stevens—Navy Seals killed Osama, not Ramb-Obama.

Thank God, Obama (not to be redundant) has Egypt and Afghanistan to point to:

CBS’ Lara Logan, a 60 Minutes correspondent who was sexually assaulted while reporting on the protests in Tahrir Square in February 2011, told a Chicago audience over the weekend that not only is AQ not “on its heels,” it’s making a comeback, along with the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan — and that those saying otherwise are propagating a “major lie”:

“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 stepped way out of the “objective,” journalistic role. The audience was riveted as she told of plowing through reams of documents, and interviewing John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan; Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and a Taliban commander trained by al-Qaida. The Taliban and al-Qaida are teaming up and recruiting new terrorists to do us deadly harm, she reports.

She made a passionate case that our government is downplaying the strength of our enemies in Afghanistan and Pakistan, as a rationale of getting us out of the longest war. We have been lulled into believing that the perils are in the past: “You’re not listening to what the people who are fighting you say about this fight. In your arrogance, you think you write the script.”

Logan hopes that America will “exact revenge and let the world know that the United States will not be attacked on its own soil. That its ambassadors will not be murdered, and that the United States will not stand by and do nothing about it.”

Obama is all about revenge, you’ll see. Touch a feather on Big Bird’s head, for example, and ElmObama will come after you like Cookie Monster on a restricted calorie regimen.

But what does Lara Logan know about the thoughts and habits of radicalized Muslims?

Is the Taliban tamed? Let’s ask someone who knows:

Concerns intensified Thursday over the condition of a Pakistani teen activist shot by the Taliban after a doctor said she was in “critical” condition and officials planned to move her to a different hospital.

Authorities said they will transport Malala Yousufzai, 14, from the military hospital in Peshawar to one in Rawalpindi.

Malala is in “critical” condition, said Lt. Col. Junaid Khan, the head of neurosurgery at the Peshawar hospital. A day before, surgeons removed a bullet lodged in her neck.

And we haven’t even gotten around to the subject of Israel yet. But the day is young.

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Obama’s Transcripts Revealed!

It’s really more of a correspondence school, but they’re thinking of holding him back a grade:

Military’s Own Report Card Gives Afghan Surge an F

The U.S. troop surge in Afghanistan ended last week. Conditions in Afghanistan are mostly worse than before it began.

That conclusion doesn’t come from anti-war advocates. It relies on data recently released by the NATO command in Afghanistan, known as ISAF, and acquired by Danger Room. According to most of the yardsticks chosen by the military — but not all — the surge in Afghanistan fell short of its stated goal: stopping the Taliban’s momentum.

Of course, that’s not ISAF’s spin. The command notes that enemy attacks from January to August 2012 are slightly lower, by 5 percent, from that period last year; and that the past two Augusts show a reduction in attacks of 30 percent. But the more relevant comparison is to 2009, when Afghanistan looked like such a mess that President Obama substantially increased troop levels. And compared to 2009, Afghanistan does not look improved.

Obama wouldn’t be the first leader to have his hopes and dreams dashed in the Hindu Kush. But he may be the first not to be held accountable.

And he would certainly be the first not to be held accountable after he dithered for months in devising a strategy that just happened to be the same one George Bush employed in Iraq (except Bush’s worked)!

Is it too much to ask that a president (this president) be liable for his decisions?

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