President Obama is trying to defeat ISIS in Iraq (and maybe Syria), but ISIS might
be setting up a new franchise in Afghanistan.
Militant Islamic fighters in Afghanistan who are linked to the Taliban have said they would join forces with Isis, should it manage to create an Islamic caliphate.Remember when President Bush forgot Afghanistan to fight a war in Iraq without defeating terrorism in Afghanistan?
Well, the Taliban haven't forgotten.
For more than three weeks, the Taliban has increasingly attacked Afghan security officials in an attempt to take back strongholds it occupied before U.S.-led forces entered the country in 2001. The uptick in Taliban assaults comes just four months before the U.S. is supposed to begin withdrawing its troops from the country.Obama has said he would delay his plans for a complete pullout of troops until 2016.
The attacks are part of the massive campaign launched by the Taliban in May, after the U.S. announced it would begin withdrawing its troops by the end of the year. According to local media reports, the campaign spans across the entire country, from Kunduz to Kabul to Helmand province.
On the other hand, Obama has also said he would withdraw all American forces from Afghanistan by December without a new force agreement.
After 12 years the Taliban are still strong enough to topple the weak Afghani government, which by the way, is having an increasingly more troublesome political power fight that is threatening to lead to ethnic unrest.
Officials and diplomats fear it could trigger conflict along ethnic lines, on top of the insurgency.Lately the news stories from Afghanistan are about what has gone missing. For instance, more than 200,000 guns.
"Announcing the results based on fraudulent means endangers the whole process and takes the country deeper into crisis. It is in no one's interest. It will divide Afghanistan," Mohaqeq said.
Last Friday the Inspector General of the DOD found something else missing - $3.3 Billion.
it looks like no one knows what happened to yet another $3.3 billion, earmarked for the sustainment of the Afghan National Security Force (ANSF).That's "yet again" because in March of 2013 it was reported that only 10% of the $100 Billion spent to rebuild Afghanistan could be accounted for.
In fact, the Pentagon really had no idea what the contractors they hired were doing in Afghanistan.
However, the GAO was able to account for $360 million - which wound up in the hands of the Taliban.
If you think that is bad, consider this.
US military intelligence now fear as much as 25% of Afghan security forces are Taliban or al Qaeda operatives and sympathizers, which means we may be arming and training an army of some 87,500 enemy infiltrators with easy access to US personnel and intelligence. The massive infiltration puts the entire Afghanistan exit strategy at risk.Politically Obama could walk away from Iraq right now and no one would blame him. But if Afghanistan goes back into the hands of the Taliban, or worse, ISIS, then he would be on the hook.
Thirteen years after toppling them, we’re training the Taliban to retake Afghanistan.
3:06 PM PT: For the sake of accuracy, the meme of "Bush taking his eye off the ball in Afghanistan to invade Iraq" is a generally accepted meme in the Democratic world.
Whether you agree with that meme or not, that is how it got sold to the American public and it will be accepted that way when the Republicans talk about Obama.
I'm not talking about right or wrong. I'm talking about politics.