When Will We Admit Afghanistan is Unwinnable

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Afghanistan has become little more than an after thought for many of us. It barely registers on a list of people’s concerns anymore, and I must admit, that most of the time, this includes me.

But I read a short piece just yesterday about 200 soldiers returning to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, from Afghanistan. They were assigned to 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. They have been serving in Afghanistan for nine months, providing counter-rocket, artillery and mortar coverage to Afghan forces.

And lest you think this may be part of a draw-down of forces, think again. They are being replaced by the 1st Infantry Armored Division Sustainment Brigade out of Fort Bliss, Texas.

This again brought to the forefront, a question I’ve been asking for years – why? We are heading into our 18th year of this – to what end?

As a former member of the military, I know why we fight – I know why we volunteer. At least I know why I did. We do so out of sense of patriotism. It is an honor to serve. But as a civilian, many years removed from service, I can sit back and question the rationale of this never-ending conflict. read more

The Black Hole that is Afghanistan

Since 2001, we’ve spent roughly $2 trillion in Afghanistan – not to mention 2,400 U.S. military killed and over 23,000 wounded. It’s a steep price for these results. We should have learned from the Soviets.

from the Washington Free Beacon: 

Nearly Half of Afghanistan Under Terrorist Control as U.S. Pours Billions Into Country

The Afghan government has lost control of nearly half the country to terrorist forces, the lowest levels of control since government officials began tracking the situation in November 2015, according to the latest oversight report.

The Special Investor General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, or SIGAR, noted a significant decline in the Afghan government’s ability to govern the district, a decline of about 16 points. Total Afghan government control stands at 55 percent, the lowest number since November 2015. Insurgent control and influence over key regions has risen about 5.5 percent, according to the report, which highlights the U.S.-backed government’s growing inability to retain influence in areas it once maintained control of. read more

Foreign Policy is about Substance and Deeds – Not Words

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Fareed Zakaria said on CNN Sunday that the United States should conduct foreign policy in accordance with its interests and values.

He was of course deriding Donald Trump’s style of foreign policy. And surprise, surprise, Fareed was critical of Trump’s handling of it.

He, like all other leftists, just can’t seem to wrap their collective pin-heads around the Trump way.

Zakaria says that, “America’s foreign policy should not be based on personalities. Donald Trump’s worldview seems utterly rooted in his likes and dislikes of other leaders – from Kim Jong Un to Angela Merkel to MBS [Mohammad bin Salman].”

In other words, from the left’s vacuous vantage point, Trump favors whom he appears to like and vice versa. read more

Profiles in Treason – John Kerry

Guest post by John C. Velisek USN (Ret.)
for the Common Constitutionalist

Once again, losing presidential candidate, failed Secretary of State and the main proponent of the disastrous Iran Deal is attempting to make himself relevant. John Kerry, a charter member of the Deep State under Obama, continues to operate as if the electorate of this country did not elect Donald Trump as the President.

Delusional in every aspect, Kerry feels he is still Secretary of State and is conducting shadowy, illegal foreign policy that he can neither impose. Kerry, in concert with the “Death to America” Iranian mullahs, Kerry has once again turned his back on the American people and American policy, promising the American hating, PLO leading Mahmoud Abbas everything he wants, and going so far as denigrating our President as an eight-year-old child.

Abbas declared to the PLO central Council a few days ago that the Oslo Peace accords were dead. He has insulted our country and our President, called for suspending recognition of Israel, rejecting any role for American in the peace talks.

Kerry, throughout his military and public service career, has never respected our country or the American people. The latest confrontation started when the President moved the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. But as reported in the Jerusalem Post, Kerry has maintained contact with Abbas and other PLO officials.

Kerry met with Mahmoud Abbas and Hussien Agha in London. He also visited with Foreign Minister Javad Zarif to discuss plans to preserve the Iran nuclear deal. There is also information that Kerry is meeting with European leaders such as German leader Frank-Walter Steinmeier, EU official Federica Mogherini andFrench President Emmanuel Macron – pleading with these leaders to defy the sanctions that have been imposed on Iran. read more

Security Clearances Didn’t Mean a Thing in the Obama Era

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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The other night on his radio show Mark Levin made a great point about security clearances.

For the past few days and well into the future, the left has and will continue to wail over John Brennan being stripped of his security clearance.

All the hacks, including many Obama era intelligence buffoons, who by sheer coincidence now work for CNN, the Collusion News Network, have tried to convince whomever they can just how essential it is for former intelligence officials to retain their clearances in order to be able to advise their successors. The left is treating the privilege of being granted access to top secret material as some sort of right in perpetuity.

Let’s not discuss that it is the right and ultimate responsibility of the President to approve, vacate or revoke clearances.

Let’s instead concentrate, as Mark suggests, on just what the former intelligence geniuses did when they were part of our government, with full security clearances and unfettered access of all the worldwide intelligence at their disposal. read more

John Brennan – Communist Pot Calling the Kettle Black

from the American Spectator:

John Brennan’s anti-Trump tweets grow more and more maniacal. His latest tweet holds that Donald Trump’s Russian diplomacy in Helsinki “rises to & exceeds the threshold of ‘high crimes & misdemeanors.’ It was nothing short of treasonous.”

That tells people all they need to know about the unseriousness of the left’s impeachment drive, not to mention exposing once again the demented malice behind the Obama administration’s spying on the Trump campaign.

The unhinged criticism is also hilariously rich, given that John Brennan, who supported the Soviet-controlled American Communist Party, meets the textbook definition of a useful idiot for the Russians. read more

Trump – the Sour Patch President

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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The world may actually melt down due to Donald Trump’s harsh words of our intelligence community and at the same time, praise of Vladimir Putin.

As an aside – isn’t it funny how the left are all of the sudden the greatest boosters of the American intelligence community, when back in the Bush era the left couldn’t lambast them enough for dragging us into the Iraq war under false pretences. Yet now they’re unassailable. Just thought that illuminating.

Back to that fiend Trump.

There’s a TV commercial that’s been airing recently – either on Netflix or Amazon. Anywho, it’s for a candy. They call it Sour Patch candy. My kids used to eat it. The commercial describes the candy as, “first they’re sour, then they’re sweet.” First the candy, which is animated in the commercial, does something bad (sour), but then follows up by doing something good (sweet). That’s Trump.
And this silly candy analogy could very well have described the day between the two leaders. Trump could have taken Putin to the woodshed during their private meeting, and then followed up the lashing with effusive public praise. How the heck do we know? read more