Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist
The reader my begin to wonder exactly what does this topic have to do with the election of Elizabeth Emken to the United States Senate in 2012. Quite simply it is illustrative of the entire incompetence of Senator Diane Feinstein, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Hillary Clinton’s Statement while demonstrating that democrats do not have the intestinal fortitude to fight jihadists. They don’t understand the enemy and as a result should not be in positions of power when our troops are taking it to jihadists in their own back yard.
As the report today filed below by the Chicago Tribune indicates the Taliban can be defeated. It leaves the reader to ponder if a requirement of being the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee is to be awake during meetings.
Perhaps Mrs. Feinstein thinks negotiation with the Taliban as our State Department and Afghan President Karzai is the way. This has been going on since June 18 of last year and where is the progress?
Now as the NY Times reports our State Department is in violation of the U.S. stated position of not negotiating with terrorists. Can you seriously consider releasing their prisoners in negotiations for one of ours as the path to victory?
Negotiation with jihadists has not and will not be productive. It’s important that you begin to learn that their stated goal is subjugation of the entire world to the will of Allah and in doing so making the U.S. Constitution irrelevant.
The efforts in negotiating with Tehran have been less than stellar unless you are counting giving Ahmadinejad more time to enrich fissionable material which he we surely use in a peaceful manner.
Wake up Senator, please someone get her some very strong coffee. The continuous efforts of your chums led by Senate Majority Leader, “Run up the white flag, Harry Reid said. “The war had been lost.”
Perhaps you missed the bombing killing seven immediately following President Obama’s secret and unneeded trip, (make that taxpayer campaign stop and photo-op), in Afghanistan.
Perhaps it is also good for the entire country that you will be driven from office in upcoming November. You see senator; the plan for victory is not to give the enemy our playbook regarding our rules of engagement, and the date of our departure.
Perhaps I’m being unduly harsh and should close with saying your party and its anti-war contingent should not be in office when the United States is at war. Fortunately in an orderly fashion this coming November you and many members of your party along with the failed policies of Barack Obama will be soon retired.
(See Complete article from the Chicago Tribune below)
WASHINGTON The Taliban can be defeated militarily in Afghanistan but the job is not done, a key U.S. senator said on Sunday, noting that the insurgents still control more than a third of the populated areas of the country and have a “safe harbor” in Pakistan.
Senator Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, told “Fox News Sunday” that Pakistan is key to defeating the Taliban in both countries and expressed frustration that Pakistan has failed to deprive them of a safe haven in the rugged mountain areas along its Afghan border.
“Militarily, I think the Taliban are not going to beat us,” she said. But the Taliban “have a safe harbor in Pakistan and the Pakistanis are doing nothing to abate that safe haven,” Feinstein said.
What “the Taliban has done is insinuate itself in a shadowy presence, with shadow governors. They controlled over a third of the land that people live. They expanded into the north, into the northeast,” Feinstein said.
“And while we were there in one province, they closed 14 schools in 17 districts and then they killed five education officials and wounded others,” she told Fox News.
“And now, there’s this latest assassination of someone who’s been a leader in the Peace Council,” she said.
Gunmen shot dead a top Afghan peace negotiator in the capital Kabul on Sunday, dealing another blow to attempts to negotiate a peace deal with the Taliban.
Maulvi Arsala Rahmani, 68, was one of the most senior and important members on Afghanistan’s High Peace Council, set up by President Hamid Karzai two years ago to liaise with the insurgents. The Taliban denied involvement in the killing.
“What this does is demonstrate to many of us that the Taliban is just waiting to come back” when U.S. troops leave the country over the next few years, Feinstein said.
The Taliban “are taxing the poppy in the south to the tune of $125 million, which in 2011 – this is the United Nations figure – went to support their operations.”
“The question comes ‘can they come back?'” said Feinstein, who visited Afghanistan as part of a congressional team last month. She said Karzai had assured her he would not allow the Taliban to return to power.
Feinstein said assurance by the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, General John Allen, that the number of trained Afghan troops will reach 362,000 was “very positive.”