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2,197 and 557 billion

That’s the cost in blood and treasure to prop up Karzai and his corrupt, drug dealing regime. This is what BO called “the good war” then set up barriers to winning it.  Funny how silent the LSM is about what is happening in Afghanistan.

President Hamid Karzai recently ordered US Special Forces out of Wardak after accusing them of torture and murder in the province.

The orders – from the man the US installed as Afghan president all those years ago ­– came amid a string of anti-US rhetoric from him in recent months. Today was the deadline for those US troops whose job is to train Afghan soldiers and work with them to track down insurgents, to depart the province.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s pleading with Mr. Karzai on a visit yesterday to relent on Wardak apparently fell on deaf ears.

Or maybe Karzai didn’t hear him over his own insults against the US. Karzai blamed the US for conspiring with the Taliban to conduct two suicide bombings that claimed 19 lives on Sunday.

Billions in coalition money are flowing to the insurgency and paying for the bombs and bullets killing our soldiers.  Protection money is paid by outside contractors to assure the safe passage of convoys supplying the troops. As with most of the terror org, the drug trade helps fund them with the help of Karzai and his politically connected friends and family.

The US also believes the drug business to be one of the principal money makers for the Taliban. The US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), which investigates corruption in US spending in Afghanistan, said in his latest report out this month that Afghanistan produces about 90 percent of the world’s opium and that “the illicit drug trade also supports the insurgency.”

The report also found persistent and high levels of corruption in the Afghan police, judiciary, and among its elected leaders.

In February Iranian Press TV reported that, according to Afghan media, the Obama Administration is in contact with the Taliban in Qatar for peace talks. The Taliban agreed in January to have an office in Doha for peace talks.

Obama goes to Israel…violence escalates.

“The Palestinians have not said the final word yet, and we expect that there will be attempts to take advantage of the upcoming events, like the visit by Barack Obama, in order to continue the violence,” Israel public security minister Yitzhak Aharonovich was quoted as saying Monday by news outlet Arutz Sheva.

Hamas officials have warned that Obama’s visit will further fracture its relations with the Palestinian Authority and have even stated that a presidential visit to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount will be viewed as a declaration of war.

Hamas official Mushir al-Masri “called for a third intifada [or uprising] and for Egyptian assistance in the ‘resistance’ if Obama chooses to visit the Temple Mount,” the site of Muslim places of worship, Arutz Sheva reported on Friday.

Let’s face it, there isn’t enough space on this blog to list the missed opportunities and the myriad mistakes of the juvenile mishandling of foreign policy by BO. It’s a constant embarrassment.

open thread…

 

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12 Comments

  1. “President Obama on Monday met with representatives from numerous Arab-American groups at the White House ahead of his visit to the Middle East next week.”

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/287517-obama-meets-with-arab-american-leaders-ahead-of-middle-east-trip#ixzz2NKmtIIcW

    He’ll make a huge mess of this trip too.

    • Why am I imagining the Obamas, scurrying in such a hurry that they are still clutching their travel bags and Air Force 1 drinks, clamoring pellmell to Temple Mount as if they were going to miss a train? Clothes in disarray, wig ascew, gasping for air, knees battered by luggage, glancing around to see what damage they can cause.

      • Love the pic forming in my head as I read that… LOL

  2. So, basically nothing actually gets cut, zero sum game

    “Sen. Patty Murray’s new budget plan calls for raising tax revenues by nearly $1 trillion while cutting spending by roughly the same amount over the next decade, according to people familiar with the proposal.”

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/03/patty-murray-budget-1-trillion-in-new-revenue-88736.html#ixzz2NLHtytCB

  3. They were wrong….yes, indeed
    ““This is a joke. We’re wasting the president’s time and ours,” complained a senior White House official who was promised anonymity so he could speak frankly. “I hope you all (in the media) are happy because we’re doing it for you.”

    Another said the president was sincerely trying to find common ground with stubborn Republicans. “But if we do it,” the aide hastened, “it won’t be because we had steaks and Merlot with a few senators.”

    It takes exceptionally talented and self-confident people to run a White House, and there is no shortage of both attributes in the West Wing today. But resounding re-election victories have a way of converting confidence into hubris that no amount of talent can overcome.

    This may have been the case with the Obama White House, which declared from the start of his second term that Republicans wouldn’t compromise – not on the president’s terms, anyway. Obama and his team declared a “grand bargain” on the nation’s long-term debt impossible and publicly predicted that voters would blame Republicans alone for the imposition of sequestration cuts.”

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/politics/humility-or-cynicism-whatever-is-driving-obama-is-better-than-nothing-20130312

  4. 1.5 million to study why “Lesbians are fat”….here’s a clue…..eating too much makes anyone fat!! Ask MO. LOL 😀

    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/03/11/obama-admin-funding-1-5-million-study-to-find-out-why-lesbians-are-fat/

  5. No wonder Hamas is sabre rattling….diversion

    Omar al-Masharawi, an 11-month-old infant, was killed on Nov. 14, the first day of fighting. An Associated Press photograph showed Omar’s anguished father, Jihad al-Masharawi, clutching his slain child wrapped in a shroud. Palestinians blamed Israel, and the image was broadcast around the world and widely shared on social media.

    Now a report from the U.N. office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights says the baby was “killed by what appeared to be a Palestinian rocket that fell short of Israel.”

    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/03/11/un-report-rocket-that-killed-bbc-reporters-baby-was-fired-by-hamas-not-israel/

  6. Remember all that money donated to Haiti?

    Haiti’s nightmare: Missing billions in aid, rebuilding left to the women, and a president protected by baton-wielding thugs

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-2290251/Haitis-nightmare-Missing-billions-aid-rebuilding-left-women-president-protected-baton-wielding-thugs.html#ixzz2NLyh1UAX

  7. Tit for Tat diplomacy

    “The United States on Monday expelled two Venezuelan diplomats in retaliation for Venezuela’s having ordered two US military attaches to leave Caracas last week, a State Department official announced.

    http://www.france24.com/en/20130311-usa-expels-two-venezuela-diplomats

  8. HEH….

  9. I was called a ‘radical’ tonight by my mother, as was Rand Paul.
    “He’s moving too fast.” I was told. The kick in the head was she thought 0 wasn’t moving fast enough.
    Whoever in this world would have ever thought being conservative was being radical? Consarn that younger generation!

    • welcome to the club! Just keep pushing those narrow boundaries. The ONLY reason you’re considered “radical” is not confining yourself to “the box” labelers want to stick you in.

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