I have to wonder what elementary school drop-out is up at NATO running things and making decision? It does not take even a High-school diploma to figure out this is not a good idea or will turn out well.
Taliban militants, who have shunned violence, are being provided monthly cash incentive of £100, besides being given amnesty for all crimes such as murdering children, beheadings and hanging women.
“Members of the Taliban who give up their fight are being paid £100 a month and will be allowed to keep their guns in a new initiative to end the insurgency,” the Sunday Telegraph newspaper reported.
Paying the Taliban not to fight is like giving a rapist free hookers so he doesn’t rape innocent women. Sure it will accomplish what you want in the short term, but over time it will become too expensive and you make them dependent on you.
Once we cut off the payments then they will go back to doing what they have to in order to survive, which means attacking us or the Government of Afghanistan. You cannot buy your way out of a problem like this.
This morning, one of the editors from the Guardian UK contacted me to let me know about the video at the link below. I must say that I am flattered they thought of me enough to reach out and let me know about this.
Unfortunately there is no way to embed their video so you have to go to the link to view it and I encourage you to do so. The video is a compilation of footage shot by Sean Smith while he was with the British Army during Operation Panther Claw. It shows some great footage of what our coalition partners are going through and how they can get as frustrated with the ANA as the US forces can.
This video is worth the 10 minutes of time it takes to watch it.
I am proud to say that I consider Mary Ann Phillips and Shelle Michaels friends. I really donâ€™t know Michael Yon that well but am friends with many that do and I am a big fan of his writings and his book.
The story in the link below is a must-read. Especially if you would like a little bit of good news coming out of Afghanistan. This is a good-news story. It shows to what ends of the earth our US forces will go to save a life, and not even an American life. You can see by the speed they used to mobilize, and what they through at this problem to get the British soldiers to Germany alive that there was never a â€œhey who is paying for thisâ€ moment.
I can read this and plainly see as if I was there, that people had a mission and they stuck to it.
This is also a great testament to Soldierâ€™s Angels and the awesome work they do. Bouhammer.com supports them directly with sales from the Bouhammer Gear Store and supports their Project Valour-IT initiative with the Twitterbird shirt. Now you will see why they are one of only four charities that I put my support behind.
Three Air Force aircraft along with multiple aircrew, aeromedical evacuation teams, and agencies from around the world gave a British soldier a fighting chance at life in late July after the soldier sustained multiple gunshot wounds and had his blood supply replaced more than 10 times at a military hospital in Afghanistan.
According to officials, the soldier sustained multiple wounds to the abdomen and chest, and was transfused with 75 units of blood and another 75 units of platelets.
Emergency surgery was conducted to repair the Soldiersâ€™ liver and lung. After being stabilized by the medical teams on the ground, the patient’s respiratory condition worsened and doctors determined that the patient had to be moved to upgraded care in Germany.
So the other day the Taliban conveniently left out a code of conduct in some houses that our forces raided saying how they need to be more careful not to hurt or kill civilians.
Suicide attacks should be used only at high and important targets … Utmost efforts should be made to avoid civilian casualtiesâ€¦
Thankfully most outside of Afghanistan realize this is just a ploy on the ill-informed people of Afghanistan. I hope most inside Afghanistan donâ€™t believe it because they are still operating under the normal modus operandi and there are several who are calling them out, like right here.
The booklet makes clear that Taliban forces should â€œtry their best to avoid killing local people,â€ he noted. â€œWell, let me tell you that the reality on the ground doesnâ€™t reflect this at all,â€ Tremblay said, noting that insurgents have killed 450 innocent Afghans and injured more than 1,000 others since January.
And in fact some in the supposed â€œTalibanâ€ organization are going as far as saying that they will not disrupt the elections and will allow them to happen, but everyone is throwing the BS flag on this one.
Including some of their own people who have come out and stated they are focusing on the elections and how to disrupt them.
The Taliban urged Afghans on Thursday to stay away from the Aug. 20 elections, threatening to block the roads to polling stations and dismissing the balloting as an "American process."
Just this evening we are seeing reports of five rockets slamming into downtown Kabul at daybreak. Does that sound like a code of conduct to protect innocent civilians? No, because protecting innocent civilians goes into the face of what they are trying to accomplish. What the Taliban wants to do is to scare the civilian populous to think that the Afghanistan government and all of the coalition members combined cannot provide them safety and security. The Taliban wants to make the people think there is no safety, that having coalition members all over the place does no good, and that the Government has no control.
It is in their best interest to kill as many innocents as they can. It is also in their best interest to do as much as they can between now and August 20th to make the people of Afghanistan as afraid as possible from going to the polls. The Taliban are bullies, and the Afghan people are the pencil-necked little weakling that always gets shaken down for lunch money. If the weakling sees the bully on the sidewalk and if he knows that if he goes outside he will get beat up, then he wonâ€™t go outside.
If the Afghan people think there are IEDs, bombs and be-headings waiting for them if they try to vote, then they wonâ€™t vote. Overall it is a child-like mentality, but a very effective strategy.
It is one that we need to counter, but I am not sure how that can be done in time. Even if all the forces were focusing on getting ready for the elections and helping to protect the people, I am not sure we have enough troops there to do it. But to be honest, not all the forces are focusing on that. A large contingent of Marines, British and Afghan forces are engaged in some major battles and operations in the south. In the East most, if not all, coalition forces are looking for a soldier that is in the enemyâ€™s custody. Yes, even though you have heard nothing else on the MSM about it lately, Bowe Bergdahl is still missing and still in the enemyâ€™s control.
There is no movie made in Hollywood or anywhere else that can accurately replicate what you will see here. This is some really good helmet cam footage of British Infantry soldiers taking the fight to some Taliban and sending them home to 72 Virginians.