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McCain slams Trump over Afghanistan, unveils his strategy to win war

RT | August 10, 2017

Senator John McCain has blasted President Donald Trump over a lack of strategy in America’s 17-year war in Afghanistan, and filed his own plan for the Senate to vote on. It involves more troops, more bombing and an enduring US presence in the country.

“Now, nearly seven months into President Trump’s administration, we’ve had no strategy at all as conditions on the ground have steadily worsened,” McCain, who is the chairman of the Senate’s Armed Services Committee, said in a statement Thursday. “The thousands of Americans putting their lives on the line in Afghanistan deserve better from their commander-in-chief.”

“We must face facts: We are losing in Afghanistan and time is of the essence if we intend to turn the tide,” he said.

McCain has filed his plan to win the war as a proposed amendment to the annual defense bill. The strategy calls for beefing up the number of US troops in Afghanistan, “significantly” increasing the use of US air power there, as well as getting rid of current withdrawal timelines placed on the military, according to a released copy of the legislation.

The Republican senator’s proposed amendment does not specify the number of additional troops to be sent to fight the war which has gone on for 17 years – longer than any other war the US has been involved in.

President Trump himself reportedly lashed out at top US military officials in a July meeting for losing ground in Afghanistan. “We are losing,” he said, according to an NBC report.

The president reportedly considered firing the commander of American troops in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson.

Nicholson had earlier said that a few thousand more troops were needed to gain an advantage over the resurgent Taliban. The Trump administration was weighing the deployment of 3,000-4,000 additional forces, according to lawmakers briefed on the plans.

When testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee in June, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said the administration would be prepared to brief lawmakers on a new Afghanistan strategy in mid-July. However, the new strategy has yet to come.

The US-backed government in Kabul controls about 60 percent of the country, while the Taliban are gaining ground.
Last week, the militants gained control of a key area in Afghanistan’s north Sari Pul province.

“We requested reinforcement from the central government, unfortunately couldn’t get any support, that is why the forces lost control of Mirzawalang,” Zabi Amani, a spokesman for the provincial governor, told AP.

Earlier this summer, the Taliban raided and seized the district of Jani Khel in Paktia province, south of Kabul. The fall of Jani Khel marked their third victory in just four days.

The Taliban also overran the Kohistan district in the northern Faryab province after storming its government’s headquarters, forcing local security forces to retreat to another base. Just hours after the capture of Kohistan, they seized the Taywara district in western Ghor province.

The US is estimated to have spent over $700 billion on military assistance, reconstruction and economic aid to Afghanistan in the past 17 years. … Full article

August 10, 2017 - Posted by | Illegal Occupation, Mainstream Media, Warmongering, Militarism, Timeless or most popular, War Crimes | ,

1 Comment »

  1. http://www.veteranstoday.com/2017/08/10/indirect-imperial-butchery-americas-disturbing-plan-to-privatize-the-longest-war/

    Truth be told from a comment:
    [“I feel sorry for those idiots who think they can get away with it this time. Let them privatize. LMAO. Mercenaries ‘R U.S. They just can not wait to start a war . . .what fucking drug is Betsy Devos (sister of Erikkk Prince) taking? Whatever it is, I wants me some of that! That fucked up family must have cornered the market on Deluginal*, buy some today!

    Somehow, without really knowing why, I don’t think this will benefit the rich, white men. Not this time. Fool these nations once, shame of them. Fool them twice . . . you’re coming home in a body bag.

    So if the U.S. Congress/Senate aren’t about to sign off on sending more young men to their death traps, good for them! But skirting around Congree/Senate to become a “privatized” army, how fucked up is that?!? The U.S. of A. makes up 5% of the world population. America does realize that, right?!? Does Betsy Devos realize that 95% of the REST OF THE WORLD are not Americans? You’d think as the Commissar of Education she’d know what a small percentage the U.S. of A. makes in the equation of “Whose NOT living in America?” Hmmmmm, the rest of the world!! Privatize all you want . . . but have the YOYO clause in your contract. You’re on your own. The USG, the UN, NATO, can not come in and bail your ass out when the shit hits the fan.

    What did Erikkk Prince do? Read Israhall’s “Privatizing An Army For Fun and Profit: For Dummies — The ISIS Edition” instructional?

    Question: Do we still have to “Thank” them for their service if they’re “privatized” and not really U.S. government toy soldiers?

    Oh my gosh . . . when does the blood letting stop?

    *Deluginal — pronounced Deloo-gin-all

    Deluginal helps Patients suffering with doubts and anxiety about how great their nation is. Take twice daily and see your Patriotism rise. Congress won’t sign off on sending in troops to Afghanistan? Wonder where you’re next big pharma stock dividend will come from? Try Deluginal. It’s been helping war hawks, war manufacturers, heroin suppliers, deal with those pesky “peace” people since 1965. Are you having second thoughts about dropping a bomb on a Yemani village filled with women and children? Wonder if you can keep Afghanistan barefoot and pregnant so you can glean billions off their main crop . . . those pretty opium poppies? Have doubts about your Christianity after you’ve closed that big multi-million deal with Lockheed and Loaded? Wonder if you’re “Patriotic” enough and flying your flag just isn’t doing it for you? Want to kill a lot of brown people, Muslims and/or just about anyone else who is not an American Christian — and not go to jail? Tried of hearing it’s not right to kill people in their homelands? Ask your doctor about Deluginal. Take one tablet and in minutes you’ll be feeling like the super-power you once thought U.S. was . . . you’ll never question being the LEADER of democrazy, again! After one week of Deluginal, you’ll be ready to hop on that B52 bomber and shell the shit out of . . . well, just about anything. Talk to your doctor today about Deluginal, and see if it’s right-wing, war hawkish for you!

    Is this a picture of Erikkk Prince? https://media.vanityfair.com/…/t-erik-prince-blackwater…

    Is it just me, or does he look like he’s holding an invisible penis in his hand?”]

    Comment by Wallflower | August 10, 2017 | Reply


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