WASHINGTON, August 5, 2014 – On Tuesday, we lost a senior officer to the enemy. General Harold J. Greene was killed at Camp Qargha, murdered by one those America is paying to protect. The death was inexcusable and totally preventable.
The Afghans are responsible for security at those bases. After the number of insider attacks it is absolute lunacy to let them have control of any base American personnel are on. The Afghans don’t vet their people, they have non-existent security and many of the Afghan “soldiers” will switch over to the Taliban as soon as America exits.
Afghanistan is not worth a single American life nor is it worth another dollar. How simple can this be?
In 2001, when America went to Afghanistan, almost every American supported that war. Even liberals supported that war. Many of them were in New York City and saw 9/11 first hand. American forces supported the Northern Alliance and quickly routed the Taliban.
That is where America went wrong. Instead of naming our enemy, then President George W. Bush bought into that “religion of peace” garbage. Instead of setting up a friendly regime, prepositioning a few bases there to keep the enemy out and telling the new leaders, “Don’t make us come back;” the Bush administration had to engage in nation building.
We sank billions if not trillions into that miserable sandbox. While the Bush team managed to get the Taliban on the ropes, as soon as Obama came into office, the mission became a simple one: lose without Obama being blamed.
When America goes to war and sends its young men and women to the battlefield and asks them to make unimaginable sacrifices, the sole goal should be victory.
Obama’s goal is a defeat that cannot be blamed on him. The consequences of his incompetence are unimaginable.
One America is gone; the Afghan National Army will make the Iraq Army look like the world’s greatest army. Those who do not desert will be quickly defeated in battle. Then the Taliban will be back.
Once America goes, it can never come back to Afghanistan, even if Islamists use it as a base to strike America. Ignoring the fact there may be no willingness from the American people to go, there is another huge considerate.
Obama is not only running the clock out in Afghanistan, he is running the clock out against Iran. When America went into Afghanistan in 2001, there wasn’t much Iran could do about it. Soon Iran will have nuclear arms and then Iran will be able to do something about it.
With Afghanistan under Iran’s nuclear umbrella, the Islamist terrorists will have a base from which they can strike at the west with impunity.
The handwriting is already on the wall. Everyone, including the Taliban knows America is leaving this year. Obama’s Defense Department has imposed such draconian rules of engagement that our men and women in uniform are little more than targets for the Taliban. And an American Major General was killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, as America winds down in Afghanistan, Major General Harold Greene became the most senior officer killed in Afghanistan. He was yet another wasted life in Obama’s war. Unfortunately, he will not be the last casualty whose blood is on Obama’s hands.