“Where we have to deal with these folks is going to be in Afghanistan.” — Barack Obama
Leading from behind by following public opinion again, Barack Obama is making good on his promise for a complete military drawdown.
“This drawdown will continue,” he said, promising to complete his retreat by next year. “Our war in Afghanistan will be over.”
But what Obama fails to understand is that America’s effort for winning the peace will be in vain, so long as the Taliban are free to continue their own war from Afghanistan.
Obama Entangles Security
Missing from Obama’s rhetoric is any mention of the diabolical Haqqani network, a Foreign Terrorist Organization the Taliban claim as their own.
Labeled the most deadly insurgent group in Afghanistan, the Haqqani network is more important to the sustainment of al‐Qa’ida than any other element in their global war, or jihad, thus making the Taliban central to al‐Qa’ida’s goal, as explained by the National Counterterrorism Center:
Al-Qa‘ida’s declared goal is the establishment of a pan-Islamic caliphate throughout the Muslim world. Toward this end, al-Qa‘ida seeks to unite Muslims to fight the West, especially the United States.
Because of his hasty retreat, Obama may in fact be creating conditions for America’s eventual defeat, entangling the military, intelligence, and diplomatic communities in a more dangerous network of global conflict.
Mackinder’s Fulcrum for Prosperity
In a 1943 essay, geographer Halfrod Mackinder described, “A great feature of global geography: a girdle.”
He said, “It begins as the Sahara desert, is followed as one moves eastward by the Arabian, Iranian, Tibetian, and Mongolian deserts.”
Mackinder went on to describe why he believed the global economy could be lifted with this girdle in a fulcrum made of Russia.
But what may be most striking, in retrospect, is not only how this fulcrum has Afghanistan near its center, but also how it correlates with the same areas in which al-Qa’ida is trying to expand its terrorist network.
Road to Safety, Happiness
What seems most likely to effect greater safety and happiness for posterity?
A victory that continues to fight for individual freedom in Afghanistan, where a diabolical network of folks now wait for the American military to retreat under Obama’s command.
After more than four years lost to Obama’s disastrous leading from behind, the time has come for real presidential leadership, dedicated to final victory in spite of all terror.
UPDATE — Aug. 3, 2013, 9:24 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top U.S. officials met Saturday to review the threat of a terrorist attack that led to the weekend closure of 21 U.S. embassies and consulates in the Muslim world and a global travel warning to Americans.
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