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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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Whack-a-Mullah

Another target to acquire, Mr. President:

The new head of the Pakistani Taliban, Mullah Fazlullah, has ruled out peace talks with the government, vowing revenge for his predecessor’s death.

Mullah Fazlullah? That can’t be his real name, can it? What’s his wife’s name, Banana Fana?

Oh yeah, go ahead and laugh:

Mullah Fazlullah was named the new leader six days after Hakimullah Mehsud was killed in a drone strike.

Mullah Fazlullah is a particularly ruthless commander whose men shot the schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai.

Okay, his bad-ass bona fides are legit. But how many eyes does he have? You can’t be a real mullah with both your eyes intact.

That’s what I’m talking about. Stare ‘em down, Omar. He’s got Bette Davis eye.

Anyhow, the Pakistani Talibani are hardly feeling forgiving toward President Obama for wasting their latest Mehsud:

“The talks about peace between Pakistan and Taliban leaders is just a trap of enemies and to distract the masses. All political parties that are part of government are considered to be our enemies.”

Shahidullah Shahid, another spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, or Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP), told Agence France-Presse news agency: “Holding peace talks is not even an issue to discuss – this government has no authority, it is not a sovereign government, it is a slave, a slave of America.

“Holding peace talks is a waste of time.”

Mehsud was killed when missiles struck his vehicle in the North Waziristan region on 1 November.

The Pakistani government reacted angrily. Interior Minister Chaudry Nisar Ali Khan said that the drone strike was “not just the killing of one person, it’s the death of all peace efforts”.

Hard to see how he’s wrong. I’m all for greasing these goons, but I’d like to think it’s part of a greater strategy. We take out a grandma here, a wedding party there, for every trophy we bag. And then another one pops up, fully sighted no less! As the song goes, is that all there is?

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Why We Blow Up Grandmas

With sympathy and respect to the Waziristan family who traveled to Washington to testify how an American drone wasted grandma when they went out to pick okra (as we reported), this is why:

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The U.S. ambassador to Islamabad was summoned to Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry on Saturday, a day after Pakistan Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud was killed by a U.S. drone strike.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry did not explain why the envoy was summoned. A U.S. State Department official confirmed the meeting to CNN but would not disclose details about it.

The State Department official would not discuss U.S. operations in Pakistan but stressed the Pakistan Taliban’s 2009 attack on a U.S. base in Afghanistan and claims of responsibility for a failed attempt to bomb Times Square in New York.

Mehsud, who had a $5 million U.S. bounty on his head for his alleged involvement in the 2009 attack , was killed in a drone strike in northwestern Pakistan on Friday, senior U.S. and Pakistani officials told CNN.

He was buried overnight, though the body was burned beyond recognition, Taliban sources said. The organization was scheduled to meet Saturday to pick a new leader, the sources said.

Saleem Mehsud, a journalist who is close to the Mehsuds and familiar with the Pakistan Taliban, told CNN on Saturday that the central shura, or council, of the Pakistan Taliban has approved Sheheryar Mehsud as its new chief.

Sheheryar Mehsud is from the Jangara area of South Waziristan and belongs to the Shabikheil sub-tribe within the larger Mehsud tribe, he said. That’s the same sub-tribe that Baitullah Mehsud, who led the Pakistan Taliban before Hakimullah Mehsud, belonged to.

I think I see their problem. (Have you seen Deliverance?) Their gene pool is more like a puddle.

Still, the family might have a point. There’s no shortage of Mehsuds to take over the Pakistani Taliban; but they had only one grandma. Nailing a terrorist leader isn’t going to put okra on their table.

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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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The Enemy of My Enemy Is… Wait, What?

Scorecards! Get your scorecards! Can’t tell the terrorists without a scorecard!

Taliban fighters from Pakistan say they have united with al Qaeda forces in Syria to fight the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The commander of the Pakistan Taliban, Abdul Rashid Abbasi, has told CNN that the first batch of fighters has arrived in Syria and established a command and control center to launch operational activities alongside Syrian rebel fighters. Abbasi, a close associate of Pakistan Taliban head Hakeemullah Mehsud, told CNN that 120 fighters are already in Syria.

The Taliban commander went on to say that another batch of fighters made up of 150 men will arrive in Syria this week.

“We shall be sending more volunteers, but cannot give exact numbers at this moment, but we will provide whatever support is needed by our Syrian brothers,” Abbasi told CNN.

Syrian rebels, whom we (sort of) support, are fighting alongside Taliban mercenaries, whom we (most certainly) do not. At the behest of Al Qaeda. (You don’t even have to ask.) President Obama, the Great Uniter.

Meanwhile, Jamo no mo’:

A senior Syrian official, Mohammed Darrar Jamo, has been shot dead in the southern Lebanese town of Sarafand.

Mr Jamo, a supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, was attacked early on Wednesday morning as he entered his house.

Lebanese sources say gunmen opened fire on him but left his wife, who was with him at the time, unharmed.

The attack is being seen as the latest sign of how the conflict in Syria is threatening to destabilise Lebanon.

Ya think?

How many times have we laughed at the notion of the Arab Spring as a liberation or a democratic awakening? That one never gets old. In reality, it’s just another excuse for a people in no need of one to kill each other.

Whatever floats your boat.

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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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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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Other Failures You Might Have Missed

Afghanistan (ever heard of it?):

A spate of violent attacks in Afghanistan spurred on by an anti-Muslim video made in the Unites States, as well as continued attacks on coalition forces by their Afghan partners, is putting a tumultuous start on the first step of the U.S. handover of authority to the Afghan government.

The attacks come at a sensitive time as the United States removes the last of the more than 30,000 surge troops the Obama administration rushed in to quash an increasingly powerful Taliban insurgency in southern Afghanistan in 2010.

Those remaining troops are scheduled to be out of the country by the end of this month, bringing the U.S. troop level down to about 68,000 in addition to other NATO allies and Afghan forces.

First, how many of us are aware that even after we “bring the boys home”, we’re leaving 68,000 boys and girls there? That’s ObamaLogic.

More than 50 coalition troops were killed between January and mid-August in instances where uniformed Afghans turned their guns on allied troops.

“We are absolutely resolute in our commitment to the objectives of our campaign, but … on the path to achieving those objectives we will make adjustments as we go,” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey said Tuesday while traveling in the Middle East.

But while some say the surge was a boon to security – “The surge ordered by President Obama…had a huge positive impact on security,” the former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Ryan Crocker, said Monday during a speech – others say the end of the surge may have been a bit short-sighted on its departure timeline.

“I think the violence is going to escalate as the numbers (of surge troops) dwindle,” said Shuja Nawaz, director of the South Asia Center at the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based policy analysis organization. “With the surge troops there the U.S. was in a position to go on the offensive,” he said.

Of course the violence is going to escalate! This is Afghanistan! The only time the violence abates is when they stop to reload. Obama may have “inherited” the problem of Afghanistan, but is there a single place in the world that has improved under his watch? Besides the golf course at Andrews Air Force Base?

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USA & Afghanistan: BFF

We [heart] Kabul (what, did Bhutan turn us down?):

The United States has given Afghanistan the status of “major non-Nato ally”.

The designation, which includes countries such as Australia, Egypt and Israel, gives preferential access to US arms exports and defence co-operation.

The announcement was made by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on an unannounced visit to Afghanistan.

It comes ahead of a major donors’ conference in Japan, which is due to discuss aid to Kabul after most Nato-led troops leave the country in 2014.

That’s all well and good, but if it doesn’t come with airfare to anywhere else in the world, including Fukushima, it ain’t worth the toilet paper its written on:

A shot rings out, but the burqa-clad woman sitting on the rocky ground does not respond.

The man pointing a rifle at her from a few feet away lets loose another round, but still there is no reaction.

He fires a third shot, and finally the woman slumps backwards.

But the man fires another shot.

And another. And another.

Nine shots in all.

Around him, dozens of men on a hillside cheer: “God is great!”

Officials in Afghanistan, where the amateur video was filmed, believe the woman was executed because two Taliban commanders had a dispute over her, according to the governor of the province where the killing took place.

Both apparently had some kind of relationship with the woman, said Parwan province governor Abdul Basir Salangi.

“In order to save face,” they accused her of adultery, Salangi said.

Then they “faked a court to decide about the fate of this woman and in one hour, they executed the woman,” he added.

Both Taliban commanders were subsequently killed by a third Taliban commander, Salangi said.

“We went there to investigate and we are still looking for people who were involved in this brutal act,” he said.

I hope the poor woman live long enough to know that her nation was one of America’s bestest friends! That and a yak would have made a nice dowry.

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