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Obama Wants To Bail On Afghanistan, The Vietnam Of His Presidency

The Left likes to END wars, not WIN wars. This is nothing more than an arrow in his quiver to say I got us out of both wars. Ending is not winning, especially for votes.

Jack Kelly – The war in Afghanistan may end this year in thinly disguised surrender.

“The Taliban per se is not our enemy,” Vice President Joe Biden said in an interview with Newsweek magazine Dec. 15.

We went to war in Afghanistan to oust the Taliban regime because it had sheltered al-Qaida. Perhaps Mr. Biden forgot.

A story in an Indian newspaper Dec. 29 suggests the reason for the vice president’s memory lapse. The Obama administration apparently is conducting secret negotiations with the Taliban and has recruited Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s leading jurist, to mediate them.

“Earlier this month, Mr. al-Qaradawi helped draw a road map for a deal between the Taliban and the United States aimed at giving the superpower a face-saving political settlement ahead of its planned withdrawal from Afghanistan, which is due to begin in 2014,” wrote reporter Praveen Swami, citing “Indian diplomatic sources.”

Picking Mr. al-Qaradawi, 84, to broker a peace deal is like choosing Benito Mussolini to mediate secret peace talks with the Nazis.

Mr. al-Qaradawi seeks the establishment of a worldwide caliphate ruled by Islamic law. And like other radical Islamists, Mr. al-Qaradawi advocates the destruction of Israel. But not even that is enough to satisfy his blood lust.

“Throughout history, Allah has imposed upon the [Jews] people who would punish them for their corruption,” Mr. al-Qaradawi said in a speech broadcast on al-Jazeera in 2009. “The last punishment was carried out by Hitler. By means of all the things he did to them … he managed to put them in their place. This was divine punishment for them. Allah willing, the next time will be at the hands of the believers. … Oh Allah, count their numbers and kill them, down to the very last one.”

In 2003, Mr. al-Qaradawi issued a fatwa justifying the killing of U.S. troops in Iraq. When the imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca opposed the killing of civilians, Mr. al-Qaradawi criticized him. Yet the Obama administration apparently considers Mr. al-Qaradawi to be a “moderate.”

Perhaps he is, compared to Mohammed Fazl, a senior Taliban official who’s been held at Guantanamo Bay since early 2002. Mr. Fazl is alleged to have overseen the murder of thousands of Afghanistan’s minority Shiite Muslims.

The Obama administration is contemplating turning Mr. Fazl and four other Taliban terrorists over to the Afghan government as part of an exchange of “confidence-building measures,” Reuters reported Dec. 29.

The proposed handover of Mr. Fazl and the others is not popular with those who are more concerned with U.S. security than with President Obama’s re-election.

“I can tell you that the hair on the back of my neck went up when they walked in with this a month ago,” Reuters quoted a “U.S. intelligence official” as saying.

The Taliban announced Tuesday that it will open a liaison office in Doha, Qatar, where Mr. al-Qaradawi is based. Afghan President Hamid Karzai gave the office his blessing and earlier praised Vice President Biden’s statement that “the Taliban per se is not our enemy.” So presumably he’d be open to a power-sharing arrangement — provided there are sufficient guarantees for his personal safety and for augmentation of the considerable fortune he’s accumulated since we installed him in office.

If Mr. al-Qaradawi is chosen as mediator it would suggest the Obama administration is far more interested in making a deal before the U.S. election this year than in what’s in the deal. The administration might be satisfied, it appears, with a public renunciation of al-Qaida by the Taliban (they don’t have to mean it), and private assurances that the Taliban won’t take over until after the election.

The losers would be those Afghans who don’t want to live under the thumb of a brutal reactionary theocracy, especially those who trusted us and sent their daughters to school. But they don’t vote in our elections.

Mr. Obama supported the war in Afghanistan during the 2008 campaign, but I suspect he did so only because he so vociferously opposed the war in Iraq and didn’t want people to think he was soft on national defense. His heart was never in it.

So I wish he’d decided to bug out sooner. About two-thirds of the 1,864 American servicemen and women who have been killed in Afghanistan have been killed since Barack Obama became president. They appear to have died in vain.

Ending the war, rather than winning the war?

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Al-Qaeda Ain’t Dead Yet – Just Diversifying

Posted by Fullcouch on Jan 6, 2012, 2:50pm

Many folks on the Left are saying al-Qaeda fallen by the wayside, or, weakened to the point no longer being a threat. Twenty-six  people murdered, and 60 maimed makes one beg to differ.

Guardian UK – Interior ministry says attack has all the fingerprints of terror group though opposition activists have expressed doubts government has blamed al-Qaida for a suicide bombing which reportedly killed at least 11 people in a Damascus suburb on another Friday of protests across the country.
Government officials and media said the unidentified bomber detonated an explosive belt next to buses carrying policemen in Midan, in the south of the capital, just before weekly anti-regime demonstrations were expected in the area.
The dead and more than 60 injured were said to be mostly civilians, according to the state news agency Sana. The interior ministry described the modus operandi and intention to cause mass casualties as having the “fingerprints of al-Qaida.”
Syria says al-Qaeda bombed Damascus

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Al-Qaeda Is Subcontracting Throughout The Middle East

Posted by Fullcouch on Jan 5, 2012, 9:35am

Contrary to liberal belief, al-Qaeda is alive and well. The organization is now in the franchise business. Asymmetrical war is well at hand.

Asia Times
– The recent series of deadly bombings in Baghdad and Damascus that killed scores of civilians and agents of state have brought the phrase “al-Qaeda” back into the reckoning.

The attacks occurred at the tail-end of 2011, a year in which the organization’s original kernel was deemed pulverized to irrelevance through American-led global military and financial efforts.

The United States military-bereft Iraqi government blamed “al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia” for ghastly serialized explosions that killed scores of citizens, mainly Shi’ites, on December 22.

Syrian authorities labeled the suicide car blasts, which claimed over 40 lives and ripped apart top intelligence offices manned by Alawite Shi’ite elites on December 24, as the handiwork of “the al-Qaeda terrorist network”.

These incidents, along with evidence of ongoing acts of violence being perpetrated by other radical Sunni Islamist outfits that carry the al-Qaeda tag such as “al-Qaeda in the Arabian peninsula’ (Yemen and Saudi Arabia) and “al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb” (Mali, Mauritania, Libya and Algeria) suggest that the franchises spawned from the slain Osama bin Laden’s original unit are rising, not losing.
al-Qaeda – Are they live, or are they Memorex?

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