Frank Talk About Inconvenient Truths

It’s refreshing when an Administration has principle officers and assistants who both speak their minds and speak clearly. LTGEN H. R. McMaster, USA, currently serving as President Trump’s National Security Advisor, is an excellent case in point.

McMaster Points To Obama’s ‘Premature Disengagement’ For Current Afghan Mess

By SAAGAR ENJETI, the Daily Caller News Foundation

National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster cast blame for the dire current situation in Afghanistan on the previous administration’s handling of the war effort, while speaking at a Center for New American Security conference Wednesday.

The national security advisor’s comments came during an answer to a question as to how increasing the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan can change the tide of the war. McMaster pointed to former President Barack Obama’s “precipitous withdrawal” from Iraq and subsequent development of the Islamic State as an example of what the Trump administration intended not to do in Afghanistan.

The Taliban have made unprecedented gains across Afghanistan since the end of the U.S. combat mission in 2014, controlling nearly a third of the population. The U.S. backed Afghan National Security Forces have borne massive casualties in the last two years of fighting and continue to suffer from major systematic problems.

Well yes. The dhimmocrats in general and the previous [mal]Administration in particular have demonstrated a notable penchant for pissing away the victories our servicemen paid a full blood price to earn. It seems the current administration will not perpetuate the earlier derelictions of duty.

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  • jim_m

    The left loves our military. But only when they are dead.

    • Not even then.

      • jim_m

        Well, at least they stop spitting on them for the most part.

        • A small step in the right direction.

          • jim_m

            Many steps. Usually they switch to dancing on their graves or standing on them to advance their hate filled agenda.

      • Vagabond661

        Well, then they vote Democrat…

  • Paul Hooson

    I will certainly agree that the Obama Administration has treaded too carefully in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq. Part of this was a concern about American public opinion which has little appetite for long term military actions. Another factor was a concern that too large of an American footprint often only proves counterproductive by creating a local resentment by foreign involvement. And, a third real concern was to keep a smaller effective, but safe from capture force from ever becoming prisoners. A real nightmare would have been the ISIS or Taliban captures of American servicemen gruesomely murdered in execution videos. The Taliban proved effective by capturing Russian soldiers and executing them in propaganda videos which horrified the Russians despite the censorship of the Communist system, where the press still managed to inform the public of these horrors. ISIS burned a captured pilot from Jordan to death in a cage.

    The worst thing for any war effort against the Taliban or ISIS would have been captured American prisoners being executed in horror propaganda videos. Terrorists are good at one thing…creating terror.

    • jim_m

      Who cares if they resent you? The Germans hated Americans after WWII. WinningA war is not about making friends. It is about killing the enemy and forcing everyone else to respect you if nothing else.

      No one respected Obama. He was viewed universally as a pussy and an ignorant novice who could be duped by even the dumbest of foreign leaders. He started with the assumption that the US was wrong no matter what and that we owed everyone reparations and that our absence meant everyone would be better off. He was wrong in every count.

      He goes down as the worst US president and the worst world leader outside of any number of dictators(the kind of people he sucked up to and admired). He advanced despotism in every corner of the globe and very well may have engineered the doom of western democracy.

      • Paul Hooson

        I personally know of an Army Captain who suffered a serious head wound when one of the Afghan soldiers he was instructing decided to turn against the American trainers and Afghan soldiers and blew off a suicide bomb. I know other soldiers from the Iraq War, but none from Syria. – The problem is that too large of an American footprint only created more resentment against the U.S. and would only further fuel the growth of terrorism of some type, in addition to creating dangers of possible American prisoner or hostage captures. Sending in local soldiers to most firefights seemed the best path politically, and for the safety of American advisers.

        Syria is a serious problem because ISIS did control about 75% of the country until more recently. Assad was reduced down to being largely the mayor of Damascus until the Russians backed him up, losing cities and towns to the North and South of Damascus to the prodemocracy rebels. Assad did have Hezbollah allies in an area in Northeast. Mr. Trump has supported ending the American support for the prodemocracy rebels, yet these same rebels are effective at combating ISIS as well as Assad. Mr. Trump somehow believes that Russia and Assad can be trusted to combat ISIS, although most of their combat has been against the prodemocracy rebels.

        • Walter_Cronanty

          So, Trump’s policy of “ending the American support of the prodemocracy rebels” is manifested by shooting down Syrian aircraft for dropping munitions on US backed rebels – something feckless Obama never did, a policy your preferred candidate would have continued? Is that what you’re saying?

          A U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet shot down a Syrian Su-22 on Sunday after the Soviet-era fighter-bomber dropped munitions near U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces fighters, U.S. Central Command officials confirmed.

          The strike was believed to be the U.S. military’s first air-to-air kill involving manned aircraft in nearly two decades. The last known such instance was when a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon shot down a Serbian MiG-29 in 1999 during the Kosovo campaign.

        • Walter_Cronanty

          Yeah, Trump is really going soft on ISIS, Paul:

          Mattis Announces New DoD Authority to Act Quickly Against ISIS, Focus on Killing Foreign Fighters

          …Defense Secretary James Mattis said the U.S. is going to focus on killing remaining foreign fighters in the Islamic State. “Because the foreign fighters are the strategic threat should they return home to Tunis, to Kuala Lumpur, to Paris, to Detroit, wherever. Those foreign fighters are a threat,” he said. “So by taking the time to deconflict, to surround and then attack, we carry out the annihilation campaign so we don’t simply transplant this problem from one location to another.”

          “I’ll leave that to the generals who know how to do those kind of things. We don’t direct that from here,” he added. “They know our intent is the foreign fighters do not get out, I leave it to their skill, their cunning, to carry that out.”

          The other policy change going into effect after defense officials presented recommendations to President Trump, Mattis said, is the president “delegated authority to the right level to aggressively and in a timely manner move against enemy vulnerabilities.”


        Yeah, unlike the respect Trump is garnering around the world.

        He will cause us to lose business as other countries don’t understand what on Earth is going on here on a daily basis. We don’t really compete with China, yet, but we do chase the same business as Germany, South Korea, Japan, etc.

        Is it possible that a president is viewed as a lame duck after only six months? The GOP members of Congress have suggested that the President stay out of the health care debate, mostly because they found out how little he knew about the subject, in addition to the fact that his endorsement is no longer viewed as being helpful.

        • Retired military

          Funny how the same folks who are saying that Trump will never get reelected have the remarkable track record of having said that Trump will never get elected in the first place.

        • jim_m

          Stop reading fake news. Trump knows a lot on the economics of healthcare. That is actually relevant.

          Trump’s endorsement is more valuable than you think. You pals are still 0 for 5 against him.

          Germany is a dead nation as Merkel has sacrificed it’s sovereignty to the false gods of multiculturalism and flooded the nation with muslims seeking to create a new caliphate.

          US economic fortunes are not tied to politics but to taxation. If Trump reduces tax rates companies will come running into the US. Obama did his utmost to cripple US companies and make the US the most unfavorable place to o business for everyone except his Chicom allies.

    • Retired military

      Unfortunately liberals want the terrorists to like and respect them.

    • Wild_Willie

      Obviously Paul, you are not a veteran.
      Another way to state your message is “The safest way to wage war is either run away or stay far away.” War is bloody. War is at times messy. Both sides sometimes make tactical error’s. If you want to win, do as GW said and listen to your generals. It can only help to stop making excuses for the inept inexperienced Obama. ww


        Unless, of course, you have a president that knows more than the generals.

        • Jwb10001

          Are you talking about LBJ?

          • Or BHS for that matter…

          • Jwb10001

            didn’t LBJ declare war on poverty? He must have meddled too much in that war too.

          • Sky__Captain

            No, Buster is talking about 0bama.

          • jim_m

            Yep. Obama said that he was better at every job than anyone in his administration. Reckless conceit is what lead him over the cliff and brought this nation to the brink of disaster.

          • Jwb10001

            tomato, tomaaato

  • twolaneflash

    Democrats lose wars. They’re even worse at losing the peace.