Our Role In Afghanistan

    So, according to reports, the US government is negotiating with the Afghan government with regards to the role of our military in their country. If you remember, over a year ago, the administration said that we would be out of Afghanistan, leaving a small contingent. Evidently, now they are trying to finalize the terms.

    The yet unsigned agreement calls for a contingent of American troops to remain in Afghanistan in a security and training capacity. The agreement says that although there may be a need to conduct missions against Al-Qaeda, Afghan officials do not want American forces to have the ability to arrest or search homes or other real estate properties.  They also want the troop numbers to be between 10,000 and 15,000 personnel, while the administration claims the number will be around 6,000 to 8,000.

    Current rules of engagement under which our men and women operate basically puts targets on their backs. Soldiers and Marines under fire must get permission to return fire. If insurgents are seen entering a building or home, our troops can’t fire on the structure until it is certain there are no innocents in the building. Unfortunately, the insurgents don’t operate under the same ROE. They don’t even care if they kill some of their own people during a firefight. In the end, they’ll blame it on the Americans.

    This plan will keep billions of taxpayer money going to fund and equip the Afghan military, which is thoroughly infiltrated by insurgents. It places the American troops mostly defending outposts, the positions of which are known by those insurgents. This agreement for all intents and purposes places our troops in the position of hostages to the Afghan government to ensure future payments and equipment, possibly indefinitely. This administration even helps the enemy by giving millions of dollars to companies to build in Afghanistan, even though they are known to fund terror groups.

    The Afghans want one more thing. They want an official apology from the President of the United States for anything they think any American may have done at anytime that might be construed as offensive to any Afghan. This is being considered by this administration. It is, after all, one of the few things Barack Hussein Obama does well; apologize for American Exceptionalism wherever it remains uncrushed by his administration!

    It is time (or way past time) for our troops to be pulled out of Afghanistan and let Karzai and his Afghan leadership sink or swim. There should be no further funding to their government or no other shipments of arms unless paid for by them. Let the Afghan government be concerned with winning the hearts and minds of their own people. The policy of the United States should be if we must send in our troops to help another country, they should be given the rules of engagement that allows them to win decisively, then come home!

    With regards to the apology, I’m an American and never have I apologized for that. I served in Vietnam and never apologized for that (nor will I ever). I served in the US Marines for 25 years and am proud of my service and have never felt apologetic for that service. I’m positive those who have served in Afghanistan, as well as Iraq, feel the same pride. The administration should never apologize for the men and women  who serve our Armed Forces. He should apologize TO those in the military. Perhaps he could start with the families of those he helped kill in Benghazi and those he helped kill during Extortion 17!

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