According to Barack Obama, he was elected to “end wars.” Funny thing is that here we are 67 days, 8 hours, 20 minutes, and 10 seconds, according to my countdown clock as I write, away from his tenure as president ending and the world is in a more chaotic and tumultuous state. And to think, the one so-called foreign policy achievement, the Iranian nuclear deal, is nothing more than a 1938 Neville Chamberlain redux. Oh, and remember Joe Biden claiming Iraq would be one of Obama’s greatest accomplishments? And that whole thing about Yemen being a shining example of Obama’s counterterrorism plan — yeah, those Iranian-backed Houthi rebels shooting missiles at our Naval vessels are a fantastic example of our weakness and stupidity these past years.
And the little toy called the reset button — well, Putin has indeed reset things back to once-defeated Soviet Union style cold war footing.
But nowhere can one see Obama’s failure more than in Afghanistan, a place where I spent two and a half years of my life. Once, the Taliban had been driven out of Afghanistan, not fully defeated, but limited in their goals and objectives. Now, they have control of the most territory in Afghanistan since their 2001 ousting. And still to this date, no one has been held responsible in the Obama administration for the incident known as Extortion 17, a massive loss to the US Navy Special Operations community. There are those who believe a connection exists between weapons running by the Obama administration in Libya to that CH-47D Chinook aircraft being shot down…the right kind of SecDef would ascertain what happened there.
However, what’s happening in Afghanistan right now is cause for concern…we are still losing our men there. And to think, Obama declared “combat” operations over — perhaps someone should send him over to see why the Taliban did not get his tweet, #kumbayawithnobelpeaceprizewinner.
As reported by CNN, Four Americans were killed in an apparent suicide bomb attack early Saturday at Bagram Airfield, the largest US base in Afghanistan, US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said.
Two of those killed were service members, and two were contractors, he said, adding he was “deeply saddened” by the news.
The explosion also wounded 16 other US service members and one Polish soldier participating in the NATO mission, Carter said in a statement.
The Taliban claimed responsibility in a tweet praising the “strong attack” on Bagram Airfield.
In a statement, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said a suicide bomber had targeted “a sports ground where more than 100 military officers, important people and soldiers were busy exercising.”
The attack on the airfield had been planned for four months, he said.
A NATO coalition official told CNN that the bomber, who is presumed dead, detonated the suicide bomb vest on a sidewalk near where people were preparing for a run.
The base was under lockdown, and additional security measures were instituted at all other locations in Afghanistan for the United States and coalition allies, the official said.
The US Embassy in Kabul will be closed Sunday, except for emergency consular services, as a precautionary measure, the State Department said. In a tweet, the department cited the “serious threat violence, kidnapping and hostage taking.”
Carter offered his condolences to the families of those killed and said the injured were getting the best possible care.
“Force protection is always a top priority for us in Afghanistan, and we will investigate this tragedy to determine any steps we can take to improve it,” he said. “For those who carried out this attack, my message is simple. We will not be deterred in our mission to protect our homeland and help Afghanistan secure its own future.”
First of all, let me express my sincere condolences to the families who lost a loved one as well as the wounded.
Now, SecDef Carter, let me explain something, it’s very obvious to those of us who’ve been in combat zones that force protection was not a top priority for you in Afghanistan. How in the heck can a suicide bomber get near U.S. troops preparing to “exercise” — in other words, getting ready to do PT? Investigate this tragedy?! This is not a freaking crime scene on the streets of some American city; this is a combat zone and it was an attack. And when you’re attacked, you don’t issue empty rhetoric like, “For those who carried out this attack, my message is simple. We will not be deterred in our mission to protect our homeland and help Afghanistan secure its own future.” You send a clear message that we’re going to find you and kill you.
This has been the problem with the Obama administration, weakness and words. And here we are sixty-seven days to go with Obama, and our men are still losing their lives. But this didn’t happen in a combat operation or patrol; it happened where these men and women believe they are safe, secure, on their base — and Bagram is larger than some towns in the United States.
We have a new president, and part of the transition is to quickly announce someone to be the new SecDef, and that first 100-day plan has to be created. This must include a focused series of strike operations and engagements that send a clear and immediate message to the enemies of the state, especially Islamic jihadists. We MUST regain the initiative. What we do not want to happen is to have the enemy here or abroad, do as they did early on in the George W. Bush administration — 9-11. It’s imperative to anticipate the enemy and thwart them. This must not be about nation building but rather inflicting a relentless, and ruthless (that’s all they comprehend), level of pain against the enemy that will dampen their enthusiasm while bolstering that of our allies.
Here we are all these years later and the Taliban is so emboldened that they would plan and execute a suicide bomber attack on Bagram Airbase — totally unconscionable! The American people voted for this to end, and it can happen only with Defense civilian leadership more interested in strategically defeating the enemy than sex change operations for people suffering from gender dysphoria.