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Obama’s Rules of Engagement Are Killing Americans

By Jim Emerson, staff writer

The Narrative

This week U.S. Special Operations Forces were evacuated from Marjah in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan after spending the night in a compound surrounded by Taliban forces. The previous day more than a dozen Special Operations Force soldiers were in an ongoing battle with the Taliban, resulting in the death of one American soldier and the wounding of two others. RULES OF ENGAGEMENT AND OBAMA

Two HH-60 “medevac” helicopters attempted to land and extract the killed and wounded. One of the helicopter’s rotor blades hit the wall of the compound and was damaged. The second was waved off from landing due to heavy ground fire.  During the firefight an AC-130 gunship was called in for air support. A team of quick responders remain in the area guarding the damaged helicopter.

In recent weeks the Taliban have surged within the Helmand Province to retake the region. U.S. and Afghan troops were in the area to counter Taliban’s plans.

Harsh Criticism

In a Washington Post interview, former Navy SEAL, now Rep. Ryan Zinke (R), Montana accused the Obama administration of deliberately refusing tRULES OF ENGAGEMENT 2o provide close air support in a timely manner to assist the American Special forces in ground combat against the attacking Taliban fighters. He believes that air support and rescue efforts were delayed in the Helmand Province case due to Rules of Engagement concerns about collateral damage.

Upon contacting the troops, Rep. Zinke was told that ground and air support were delayed by hours because of concerns of collateral damage. The AC-130 Gunship that was dispatched was not allowed to fire on the enemy, but ordered to direct into a field instead. The purpose was to prevent killing any additional enemy combatants. If someone in the chain of command is more RULES OF ENGAGEMENT 3concerned about criticism from the liberal media than the safety of his own troops, he needs to find another way of making a living.

The Perfumed Princes of the Pentagon were quick to deny the charges made by Congressman Zinke. Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook, who never served, insisted “We don’t have any indication there was any delay here” or “that there was any delay whatsoever.”  He later said “every effort was made by the commanders to try to address this situation.” So who to believe: a lifelong spin doctor or the men who were engaged in the fight of their lives. Rep. Zinke is calling for a congressional hearing.

The congressman summed up Obama’s current rules of engagement, stating they RULES OF ENGAGEMENT 1are so restrictive “that when a unit is pinned down, available assets are not given the latitude to respond in a timely manner and it appears in this case that it cost lives.” Army Staff Sgt. Matthew McClintock, 30, of Washington State, was killed when his team was attacked by the Taliban terrorists.

Watching the Bear

By Jim Emerson, staff writer

Russia has modernized her hardware, professionalized her military and begun using the modern tactics in Iraq and Afghanistan that have been used for decades by Western nations. Putin has learned a great deal from the Afghan invasion and the wars in Chechnya. He has adopted American tactics, especially those employed in air operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Under Putin’s leadership the Bear has learned to no longer rely exclusively on overwhelming brute force to win a war.

In 2014, the Russians started a proxy war to regain eastern Ukraine and annexed Crimea. Ukrainian forces have been fighting Russian-trained soldiers using Russian equipment and capabilities. Ukraine’s military has suffered heavy casualties at the hands of separatists. The United States sent advisers to train the Ukrainians as well supplying them with more modernized equipment to fight the Russian-trained fighters.

The United States military in Europe has been watching the Russians and is incorporating their tactics into a Joint Multinational Training Command Center in Hohenfels, Germany. For the first time in decades the Intelligence community is monitoring how the Russians are using their new weapons and capabilities, helping decision makers figure out how to defeat Russia’s new tactics. They had to be impressed by the Russian version of “Shock and Awe.” The tactics being used in Syria involve striking supply convoys with bombers and cruise missiles.

Russia is using drones to gather real time intelligence about the enemy to adjust their own schedule, once an advantage enjoyed exclusively by the U.S. Now American troops will have to deal with and learn how to neutralize another threat. The Russians have improved their capabilities of intercepting and jamming drones. Now Americans must determine how to defeat Russia’s drones and Special Forces.

The American intelligence community hasn’t taken Russia’s training and equipment upgrades seriously since the end of the Cold War. But now they are paying attention. Russia is being closely watched and Western militaries are taking note, seeing how Putin deploys his country’s forces and conducts forward operations. America is also watching how the Russians are working with allies to fight rebel forces in Syria. American military training is being updated in order to provide the advantage to our forces against Putin’s military. Most likely they will fight the West in a manner similar to the way Americans fought in Iraq and Afghanistan before Obama took office.

Afghanistan Asking Russia for Help?

By Jim Emerson, staff writer

Obama’s failed leadership has created a vacuum which is being filled by Russian President Vladimir Putin. President Ashraf Ghani asked Russia for artillery, small arms and Mi-35 helicopters to bolster Afghan Security Forces. Since Obama is hell bent on retreating from the world, Russia will gladly take on the lead role in fighting terrorism and selling weapons to Arab allies. Afghanistan sees that Obama is ready to abandon them both militarily and financially which allows for the growth of its enemies, first the Taliban and now ISIS.

The Taliban is the main threat to the fragile Afghan government. The principal threat to the Taliban and main rival for control is the jihadist-expansionist Islamic State. ISIS will fight any opposition to their plan, at this point, most likely a plan to surround Iran. Whereas the Taliban wishes to restore its power in Afghanistan, ISIS wants to incorporate Afghanistan into the Caliphate. Russia is concerned that an unstable Central Asia will pose a direct threat to its own border. Putin’s strategy is to destroy ISIS in the Middle East before the terror group can reach the Russian homeland. China may have to join the fight if Pakistan should be invaded by ISIS forces from Afghanistan.

After seeing what Russian forces hope to accomplish in Syria, the Afghan government believes a potential alliance may finally solve the Taliban problem and drive out ISIS terrorists. They would consider assistance from their former enemy in order to fill the void caused by Obama’s retreat. Obama has pledged to leave behind 5,500 troops after January 2017, down from his earlier promise of 10,000. It’s hardly a surprise that Obama’s failed policy has left the country in one Hell of a mess.

The Iraqi people are also seeing an alliance with Russia as a possible savior. Outside of the Kurds they are taking on ISIS directly and effectively. The first American killed fighting ISIS was Master Sergeant Joshua L. Wheeler. Wheeler was killed when the U.S. military agreed to provide five helicopters and a number of ground troops to support a Kurdish-led mission to rescue 70 hostages. U.S. involvement was authorized because it was consistent with America’s mission to train, advise and assist Iraqi forces. However the Iraqis had hoped to see direct action which Obama will not authorize.

Afghanistan and Iraq aren’t prepared to go it alone. And as both countries are familiar with Russian weapons, they are willing to bank on Putin being a more reliable ally than Obama. In an extraordinary reflection on the reliability of Barack Obama, Afghan Prime Minister Abdullah would prefer to rely on Russia, his nation’s former enemy, than depend upon the American president when the chips are down.

Could there possibly be a more blatant expression of mistrust? As the Commander and Chief of the most powerful nation in the world, Barack Obama should be mortified by such treatment. Interesting the number of obscure definitions the hyper-arrogant Obama must apply to shame.

Bowe Bergdahl and the Taliban’s “Made for TV” release of a traitorous stooge

By Suzanne Eovaldi,  staff writer

“Boys are for pleasure, women are for babies,” former Navy SEAL Brandon Webb told CNN viewers as he explained that the Taliban propaganda film of Bowe Bergdahl’s release was carefully crafted to throw many cruel insults at America in order to flood the Middle East with the message that the Taliban had achieved victory over the great Satan! (1) 

The fact that Bowe Bergdahl had no beard, no facial hair was meant to convey the message to world audiences that he, i.e. America, had been emasculated, rendered weak, unable to win the battle for hearts and minds!  In the Afghan culture, thick beards and facial hair are signs of virility, masculinity on steroids.  Webb said the entire scenario was a deftly drawn propaganda event aimed to humiliate the United States, our fighting men in Afghanistan and to tell the entire world we have been defeated!

“It’s an insult to shake with the left hand,” an affront to the Taliban who knew to send this non-verbal message, even though our vulnerable Special Forces extraction team had to operate during the daylight, without protection of backup power of our military.  Our team had to keep their right hands free as they were meeting up with heavily armed Haqqani troops carrying grenade launchers and heavy duty assault rifles.  Had something gone wrong, our copter “would have been a bullet magnet!”  Again, the message the Taliban was sending to the Western world is, “we’re compassionate; Bergdahl is able to walk out on his own.”  But the propaganda payload sent to Arabic TV was that the clothed in white “Americans are weak, they’ve lost another war, we’ve won this one for Allah.”

The fact that the Taliban filmed the whole thing and CNN simply picked up the feed immediately sends a message that the terrorists were in control.

Now, let’s examine the message the Muslim world was picking up on in this film, as revealed by the hints of former Navy SEAL Webb.  Wiki defines Bacheh-baazi as a Persian word for “playing with kids; also a child, young man, kid; it is a slang term that is commonly used for sexual slavery and child prostitution.”  Bacha bazi was exposed in a 2010 documentary aired on PBS’s Frontline.  “These batchas or dancing boys are a recognised (sic) institution throughout” Afghanistan, Wiki continues. “Bacha bazi is one form of pederasty which has been prevalent in that area since ancient times.”  (2)  What has to be noted here is that no female soldiers were on the US extraction team, and that the closest visual of a feminine—or rather, effeminate–presence in the entire event was Bergdahl himself.  Think about the symbolism in our currently politically correct culture that the Afghanis are exploiting.

A clean-appearing, childlike male next to heavily armed, bearded, very virile Afghan males conveys. . .you connect the dots.  The left hand over the chest greeting the Special Ops rescue soldier gave was met equally with one from the other side, neutralizing slightly the handover.

The contrast between the appearance of Bowe Bergdahl and the Taliban soldiers who released him is very startling, especially given the look of Bergdahl in terrorist’s “proof of life” videos as he sits cross legged on a floor mat, eating out of a bowl in typical Middle Eastern meal tradition.  One sees these dining-on-the-floor scenarios all over the North African Imperial Cities in Morocco of Fez, Marrakech, Meknes, and Rabat. So any viewer with half a sense of travel in the Atlas Mountain regions should easily be able to recognize what’s going on in the Afghan mountain made-for-the-movies-agitprop. (3)

“Our government knows full well that he deserted…it looks bad and is a good propaganda piece for the Taliban.  They (U.S.) refuse to acknowledge it. . .What he did affected his family and his whole town back home who don’t know the truth. . .our movements, locations, tactics, weak points on vehicles, and other things for the enemy to exploit are just a few possibilities,” says an un-identified (for this post) soldier companion of Bergdahl. (4) “He failed his brothers.” So not only were the wise-to-Western-messaging Taliban able to exploit Bergdahl’s walk around the earth; they astutely manipulated his handover for television and the internet the world over!

SOURCES:  (1) Brandon Webb, CNN afternoon newscast, June 3, 2014  
(2)  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacha_bazi  
(3) agitprop . abbreviated from Russian agitatsiya propaganda (agitation propaganda), political strategy in which the techniques of agitation and propaganda are used to influence and mobilize public opinion/http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/9224/agitprop     
(4) http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3162450/posts

Obama destroys America’s credibility for political gain

By Jim Emerson,  staff writer

The Era of Obama’s Unintended Consequences

Fox News James Rosen reported that while Bowe Bergdahl was in captivity he converted to Islam and declared himself a mujahid. Mujahid means one who struggles for the sake of Allah. Not surprisingly, in recent years it was closely associated with Islamic extremists. Fox News obtained Secret situation reports or SITREPS that detail Bergdahl’s life in the hands Haqqani captors. His life over the last five years, according to the SITREPS, consisted of a progression from mistreatment to acceptance to eventually trusting Bergdahl with a loaded AK-47. (1)

In 2010 Bergdahl attempted to escape and disappeared for 5 days before being recaptured. He was confined in a custom built cage. In time he gained the trust of the Haqqani and his treatment improved.  Analysts have concluded that the change and allegiance to his captors would indicate he may have may have capitulated to Stockholm syndrome in order to survive. SITREPS doesn’t mention whether Bergdahl actively collaborated with the Haqqani or the Taliban while being held but it doesn’t excuse him from deserting his post and further endangering American soldiers by deliberately placing them  in harm’s way.

Negotiation for Bergdahl began a few months after he left his post and was captured. SITREPs indicate that Warlord Sirajuddin Haqqani first proposed a prisoner swap with the Americans through Pakistani political contacts. The Reports mention failed, July, 2010 negotiations between the Haqqani and the State Department at the end of which Bergdahl was relocated. It’s likely that negotiations for a prisoner swap occurred off and on until his release. The Haqqani had a valuable asset and knew that the United States would eventually cower to their demands.

Unintended Consequences

The prisoner exchange has encouraged the Taliban and the Haqqani to kidnap more U.S. service members and Americans in general now that the Obama administration is willing to negotiate with them. (2) An unnamed Taliban commander to Time Magazine “It’s better to kidnap one person like Bergdahl than kidnapping hundreds of useless people.” Now everybody will work hard to capture such an important bird.” Not only will terrorists get their Taliban brother/brothers back, but a deal with politically motivated crooks like Barack Obama might also be profitable as well. (3)

It’s quite likely that Bergdahl’s life was never in danger because he was too valuable to the Haqqani to lose or harm. Obama needed a distraction from myriad White House scandals and he got one.

Marco Rubio told Time Magazine that “[Obama] set a precedent that will encourage enemies of the United States to target American men and women in uniform and capture them in order to carry out a similar exchange in the future.” History may record this time as the era of Obama’s Unintended Consequences.

The Real losers

The people of Afghanistan who survived the reign of terror under Taliban rule are frightened that some of the monsters of their past are now free. They are now fearful of revenge courtesy of Mullah Obama.

Sources:
1.    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/06/05/exclusive-bergdahl-declared-jihad-in-2010-secret-documents-show/
2.    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/06/05/taliban-encouraged-to-kidnap-swap-more-us-soldiers-for-gitmo-prisoners-report/
3.    http://nation.foxnews.com/2014/06/04/report-obama-may-have-exchanged-money-taliban-prisoners-bowe-bergdahl