Very interesting and must read article in the Washington Post where Eliot Cohen, a distinguished military historian and scholar of civilian-military relations, and foreign policy adviser to Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney asks the important Ronald Reagan slightly modified question, Are you safer now than you were four years ago?
Has President Obama been a competent steward of U.S. national security?
Set aside the opening follies of this administration, such as the cringe-inducing “reset” button given to Russia’s foreign minister that yielded no cooperation but managed to produce anti-American venom from Vladimir Putin and the harassment of our ambassador to Moscow by thugs in Putin’s youth movement.
Set aside the hypocrisy of the Obama team’s scorn at former governor Mitt Romney’s lack of foreign policy experience, given that its own candidate, during his two years in the Senate prior to his presidential campaign, managed to produce one large goof: contemptuous certainty that the surge of U.S. troops to Iraq in 2007 would fail (VIDEO).
Set aside even the unseemliness of the president blaming America’s failures abroad on the George W. Bush administration while claiming credit for operations whose foundations were laid during the Bush presidency.
Disregard all this, and the answer remains no.
Yes, Obama ordered the killing of Osama bin Laden. So would any president who had him in American gun sights — imagine the furor if any commander in chief were to refrain from giving that order. But has Obama ended our war with Islamist extremists?
Read the entire article, quite enlightening and shows Obama for what he really is when it comes to foreign policy, a novice at best. Barack Obama’s greatest foreign policy accomplishments are those that he “inherited” from GWB. Its safe to say that Obama just adopted W’s drone attacks. The reason why BO does more is because he does not have the MSM claiming that innocent women and children are killed in missile attacks like W was at every strike. Some how the MSM never mentions that now. What a coincidence. Also, the tips that began the get Bin Laden efforts were started under W and dare I say, waterboarding.
Just a couple weeks before the Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and another terrorist arrest …
An al-Qaeda terrorist, believed to be a suicide bomber, has been detained after caught crossing through the Olympic Park and breaching security five times in one day in London. The man, who is of Somali origin and known only as CF is also suspected of fighting for the Al Qaeda group al-Shabaab.
This coming on the foot-heals of six people arrested, including White Muslim convert Richard Dart arrested last week. Previously, two Muslim converts were arrested in East London yesterday on suspicion of plotting an attack against the London Olympic canoeing venue.
The alleged al-Qaeda militant was caught crossing through the Olympic Park five times, breaking a ban imposed by the Home Secretary, The Sunday Telegraph has learned.
The 24 year-old has previously tried to get to Afghanistan, allegedly for terrorist training, and is suspected of fighting for the Somali Islamist group al Shabaab, which has been responsible for thousands of deaths, including those of Western aid workers. He is accused of trying to recruit other Britons to its cause.
A Home Office lawyer warned after his discovery in the Olympic area that the man – known as CF – wanted to “re-engage in terrorism-related activities, either in the UK or Somalia” and is “determined to continue to adhere to his Islamist extremist agenda”.
His detention is the most serious security alert yet to hit the Olympic Park.
One really has to wonder what al-Qaeda has in store for the Summer Olympics in London? Is this all just a ruse to make people nervous, was this individual performing reconnaissance mission for a potential terror attack? Will we have a peaceful games where the only stories will be what the athletes do on the track, in the pool and the gym or could this become a “bloody mess”?
Afghanistan: Taliban Publically Execute Woman Accused of Adultery … Because Islam is a Religion of Peace
Afghan Taliban publicly execute a woman accused of adultery by pumping 5 shots to her head. Because Islam is a religion of Peace, isn’t it. The Jawa Reports has the back story as to how the accusation and solution to the problem was carried out. NOW could not be reached for comment. A note to Barack Obama and Democrats … this is what a “war on women” looks like.
(Reuters) – A man Afghan officials say is a member of the Taliban shot dead a woman accused of adultery in front of a crowd near Kabul, a video obtained by Reuters showed, a sign that the austere Islamist group dictates law even near the Afghan capital.
In the three-minute video, a turban-clad man approaches a woman kneeling in the dirt and shoots her five times at close range with an automatic rifle, to cheers of jubilation from the 150 or so men watching in a village in Parwan province.
“Allah warns us not to get close to adultery because it’s the wrong way,” another man says as the shooter gets closer to the woman. “It is the order of Allah that she be executed”.
Putting the “Hussein” in Barack Hussein Obama …
President Barack Hussein Obama’s regime in cutting a peace deal with the Taliban . contemplates handing over Taliban GITMO detains to Afghanistan… So the Obama regime is considering sending Taliban terrorists to Afghanistan to a prison that will soon he taken over by the Afghan government this September. Good grief, how else is this President and his minions going to insult America? Promoting peace with the Taliban, are you frigging serious!!!
The Obama administration is considering a new gambit to restart peace talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan that would send several Taliban detainees from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to a prison in Afghanistan, U.S. and Afghan officials told The Associated Press.
Under the proposal, some Taliban fighters or affiliates captured in the early days of the 2001 U.S. invasion of Afghanistan and later sent to Guantanamo under the label of enemy combatants would be transferred out of full U.S. control but not released. It’s a leap of faith on the U.S. side that the men will not become threats to U.S. forces once back on Afghan soil. But it is meant to show more moderate elements of the Taliban insurgency that the U.S. is still interested in cutting a deal for peace. [...]
The Taliban have always been indifferent at best to negotiations with the Karzai government, saying the U.S. holds effective control in Afghanistan. The Obama administration has set a 2014 deadline to withdraw forces and is trying to frame talks among the Afghans beforehand.
Under the new proposal, Guantanamo prisoners would go to a detention facility adjacent to Bagram air field, the largest U.S. military base in Afghanistan, officials of both governments said. The prison is inside the security perimeter established by the U.S. military, and is effectively under U.S. control for now. It is scheduled for transfer to full Afghan control in September.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta would have to sign off on the transfer and certify that the men did not pose a danger. He would not confirm details of the new proposal at a Pentagon news conference Friday, but he said discussions continue to try to promote a peace deal.
Last week the remarkable comments came from a senior member of the Barack Obama State Department stating, “the War on Terror is over”. The comment left most Americans scratching their collective heads wondering how someone in the State Department could have such an out of touch opinion when it comes to the war on terror.
However, the American people by an overwhelming majority reject the notion that the war on terror against radical Islam is over. According to a recent Rasmussen poll, 79% of Americans believe that tjhe war on terror IS NOT OVER! There are only a delusional and misguided 11% who think that it is.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 11% of Likely U.S. Voters think the war on terror is over. Seventy-nine percent (79%) say that war, declared after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America, is not over. Another 11% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
So how could anyone in the Obama State Department think that the war on terror is over? Maybe its the same folks who wanted to change the term “global war on terror” to “Overseas Contingency Operation”.
There is a saying that we are supposed to learn from history, otherwise we are destined to repeat it. As stated at The Foundry,the worst thing that the United States could ever do is develop a mentality of complacency when it comes to the war on terror. We ask that important post 9-11 question, HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN?
The worst thing the United States could do now is adopt an air of complacency. Combating the continued threat of terrorism requires not only continued reliance on existing counterterrorism and intelligence tools, such as the PATRIOT Act, but also enhancing cooperation among federal, state, and local authorities, as well as mutual trust and partnerships with Muslim communities throughout the United States.
The fact that the U.S. has not seen a large-scale successful attack since 9/11 truly points to the success of our counterterrorism systems. Future success, however, requires that the nation continue to remain vigilant.
The beheaded body of British aid worker Khalil Rasjed Dale was found dumped along a road side in the southern Baluchistan province of Pakistan. A note was discovered with the corpse stating that the Red Cross (ICRC) aid worker had been killed because a ransom had not been paid, courtesy of the Taliban.
The beheaded corpse of a British aid worker has been discovered in the Pakistani city of Quetta almost four months after he was kidnapped.
The body of Khalil Rasjed Dale was discovered on a road outside the city in southern Baluchistan province with a note saying he had been killed because a ransom had not been paid.
Dale, who had been working for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), was kidnapped in January while driving near the organisation’s Quetta office.
What the Jawa Report said, SAVAGES!!!
Because obviously the war on terrorism is over as per the Obama Administration.
So was he or wasn’t he?
It is being reported that Pakistan Taliban Leader Hakimullah Mehsud was killed on January 12, 2012 in the North Waziristan tribal area by a US drone strike. Militant radio communications were intercepted indicating that the Taliban leader was recently killed. However, Pakistani Taliban spokesman Asimullah Mehsud denied the Taliban leader was killed.
Intercepted militant radio communications indicate the leader of the Pakistani Taliban may have been killed in a recent U.S. drone strike, Pakistani intelligence officials said Sunday. A Taliban official denied that.
The report coincided with sectarian violence — a bomb blast in eastern Pakistan that killed 14 people in a Shiite religious procession.
The claim that the Pakistani Taliban chief was killed came from officials who said they intercepted a number of Taliban radio conversations. In about a half a dozen intercepts, the militants discussed whether their chief, Hakimullah Mehsud, was killed on Jan. 12 in the North Waziristan tribal area. Some militants confirmed Mehsud was dead, and one criticized others for talking about the issue over the radio.
I wonder if this Taliban leader was one of Joe Biden’s Taliban that was not our enemy, per se?
Barack Obama Agrees To Release Taliban Leaders From Gitmo In Exchange For Taliban Opening Office In Qatar for Peace Negotiations
How many American and NATO military heroes died so that Barack Obama could release Taliban leaders from GITMO? Try and explain your way out of this one Obama. So Obama thinks he can negotiate peace talks with terrorists. How naive and dangerous could one individual be? Yet one more item to discuss in the 2012 Presidential election … Obama’s misguided foreign policy.
More from the Barack Obama administration that believe that the Taliban is “not the enemy” of the United States. Unbelievable, Barack Obama to release Taliban terrorist leaders from GITMO. Are you serious, Obama actually does believe that the Taliban are not our enemy. Commander in Chief, eh?
The US has agreed in principle to release high-ranking Taliban officials from Guantánamo Bay in return for the Afghan insurgents’ agreement to open a political office for peace negotiations in Qatar, the Guardian has learned.
According to sources familiar with the talks in the US and in Afghanistan, the handful of Taliban figures will include Mullah Khair Khowa, a former interior minister, and Noorullah Noori, a former governor in northern Afghanistan.
More controversially, the Taliban are demanding the release of the former army commander Mullah Fazl Akhund. Washington is reported to be considering formally handing him over to the custody of another country, possibly Qatar.
What Weasel Zippers said … JAW HITTING FLOOR.
The Gateway Pundit reminds us of those peaceful Taliban and friends of the United States …
On Wednesday December 28 the Taliban blew up 3 NATO soldiers in Afghanistan.
On Thursday December 29 the Taliban blew up 10 Afghan soldiers with a roadside bomb
More unreal and unbelievable comments from the mouth of the Obama Administration when it comes to terrorism. This time it’s Vice President Joe Biden who says in an interview with the Daily Beast, “the Taliban really isn’t our enemy.” How did these people ever get elected? Ok America, how are you feeling about Obama’s foreign policy again?
Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy. That’s critical. There is not a single statement that the president has ever made in any of our policy assertions that the Taliban is our enemy because it threatens U.S. interests. If, in fact, the Taliban is able to collapse the existing government, which is cooperating with us in keeping the bad guys from being able to do damage to us, then that becomes a problem for us.
As Weasel Zippers states, this might come as a surprise to the US troops fighting in Afghanistan. Clueless, or is this what folks like Biden and Obama really believe? You might want to ask yourself that question just before you vote in 2012. If the Taliban is not our enemy, maybe Barack Obama would like to explain why we are fighting the war in Afghanistan, per se?
Watch the VIDEO from RCP of White House Press Secretary Carney defending Biden: “The Elimination Of The Taliban Not The Issue”
Sadly, 13 American military heroes have been killed in Kabul, Afghanistan. According to NATO accounts, a Taliban terrorist suicide bomber rammed a van into a NATO bus killing 13 American military troops and four Afghans. This was the deadliest single attack against the US led coalition since the Taliban shot down a NATO helicopter on August 6 in an eastern Afghan province, killing 30 U.S. troops. A Taliban spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, claimed responsibility, saying that a suicide bomber named Abdul Rahman Hazarbos
A Taliban suicide bomber rammed a van into an armored NATO bus Saturday in Kabul, killing 13 American troops and four Afghans, U.S. and Afghan officials said, in the deadliest attack on coalition forces in more than two months.
The explosion, which occurred as the convoy was passing the American University, sparked a fireball and littered the street with shrapnel. Heavy black smoke poured from burning wreckage at the site.
The armored personnel carrier, known as a Rhino was sandwiched between of a convoy of mine-resistant military vehicles traveling on a four-lane highway frequently used by NATO forces in a southwestern section of the city.