Recently we shared the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) testimony of U.S. Forces Commander in Afghanistan, General John Campbell, who, when asked by Rep. Bridenstine (R-OK) if he had authority to engage the Taliban replied, no.
As Written By Allen B. West:
If there’s one thing that angers me for certain, it’s knowing my combat brothers and sisters who’ve sacrificed so much are watching their hard earned gains in “da ‘Stan” be wasted. It is no different than what happened in Iraq. I spent two-and-a-half years after retiring as a civilian-military adviser to the Afghan Army down in Kandahar. I remember landing in Helmand province to meet with the newly arrived British Army representatives as we stood up the 3d Brigade of the Afghan 205th Corps and the building of Camp Bastion began.
My own nephew has deployed twice to Afghanistan, so what’s happening there is personal…not to mention my concerns for the young men who were our interpreter/translators.
But this story goes far beyond me; it will have ramifications for the next president, which means the outcome is truly in your hands.
As reported by Stripes.com, “A senior American general has proposed resuming offensive strikes against the Taliban, exposing a rift between the military and senior administration officials over the U.S. role in the war in Afghanistan, according to military officials.
Senior Pentagon officials complained that Gen. John F. Campbell, who commanded U.S. forces in Afghanistan until earlier this month, broke with standard military procedure when he forwarded his proposal in recent weeks directly to the White House without the backing of Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter. Campbell said he followed normal procedures in submitting his recommendations, which could draw the United States back into a broader air campaign against the Taliban.
This dispute comes as Afghan forces struggle to hold back resurgent Taliban forces, which have reclaimed some areas won at great cost during the U.S. troop surge. And many Taliban fighters think “they are operating from a position of strength,” according to Campbell, speaking recently to troops at an American base in Afghanistan.”
General John Campbell is a warrior of a breed not welcomed by the Obama administration. You see, General Campbell knows what’s happening on the ground and as a combat theater commander, you’d think the commander in chief would appreciate his thoughts and insights. But not in this current presidential administration, because his highness declared combat operations over, and to conduct “offensive” air strikes would be an admittance that Obama’s unilateral declaration was not translated into Farsi or Pashtu so the Taliban would acquiesce. They sadly did not get the memo.
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