Afghanistan

Biden: Uneasy, Gross, and Confused

Joe Biden’s actions toward women, as documented in numerous photographs, videos and published recollections are indeed bizarre and discomfiting, but what should really make Americans feel “uneasy, gross and confused” are Lunch Bucket Joe’s 40+ years of being wrong on every issue and using shameless lies and the politics of personal destruction to promote himself.

The Indispensable Rep. Louie Gohmert

All too often we must ask CHQ readers to call Congress to protest some anti-conservative action by the so-called leaders of the Republican Party. Today we urge CHQ readers and friends to call Rep. Louie Gohmert’s office (1-866-220-0044) to thank him for his steadfast conservative leadership and especially for his successful efforts to gain the release of Sgt. Derrick Miller. (Pictured above Mrs. Renee Miller, mother of Sgt. Derrick Miller and Rep. Louie Gohmert)

Which Mitch McConnell Will Show Up To Defend The Unborn?

We applaud Senator McConnell and over forty other Republicans for co-sponsoring S.130 the “Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act”, but whether the bill ever gets a vote depends entirely upon which Mitch McConnell shows up – the somnolent one who caves to every Schumer threat of a filibuster or the aggressive one who is muscling through S.1 to limit the President’s options in Syria and Afghanistan.

Trump Clips Pelosi’s Wings

Can you imagine the late President George H.W. Bush, former President George W. Bush, the late John McCain or failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney sending that letter to Nancy Pelosi? What conservatives of all stripes having been waiting for for decades is a leader who will fight the Uniparty consensus in Washington, and Donald Trump has proven to be that leader.

Some Good Fake News For A Change

Last week the internet was awash in articles claiming that former Secretary of the Navy and Democratic Senator James Webb was under consideration to be the next Secretary of Defense. This turned out to be fake news, which is the best fake news we’ve heard in a long time, because Webb would have made a terrible Secretary of Defense.

Mattis Resignation Not To Be Feared

General James Mattis deserves our respect and appreciation for his many years of service to our country, but as Secretary of Defense his departure is not to be feared, and should be viewed as an opportunity to undo the remaining vestiges of Obama’s damaging influence on our military culture and to chart a new course in the war Islam has declared on the West.

Why America Is Losing The War In Afghanistan

The war in Afghanistan isn’t a regional or tribal conflict, it isn’t a war on “terrorism,” it isn’t a war on narco-warlords (even though 90% of the worlds illicit opium originates there); it is a war between the values of Islam and the values of the Western Enlightenment, and if you refuse to understand it and fight it on those terms the war in Afghanistan will never be over and certainly never be won.

Lessons from Germany's 'Spring Offensive'

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

In our time, America has never quite determined its strategic aims in the nearly 17-year-old Afghan war. Is it to crush the Taliban? To build a democracy in Afghanistan? To rid the country of terrorist havens? To stop the opium trade? To make Afghanistan economically and militarily self-sufficient? To simply not lose? All these and more have been mentioned as American goals. The final battles of World War I will have their 100th anniversaries this year. But the lessons of how Germany almost won and then suddenly lost are ageless.

The Folly Of Peace Without Victory In Afghanistan

The Taliban in Afghanistan and ISIS in Syria and Iraq, and its offshoots elsewhere around the world, do not desire any kind of “peace” except the peace of the Ummah – the peace of the worldwide reign of Islam.

Is Senator Rand Paul Right About Afghanistan?

“I think the Afghan war is long past its mission. I think we killed and captured and disrupted the people who attacked us on 9/11 long ago. And I think now it's a nation building exercise... I think after 15 years and a trillion dollars that it's time for them to take over their country.” Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)

A Free Kurdistan Is In America's Strategic Interest

An independent Kurdish state is in America’s strategic interest in our ongoing proxy war against Iran. Starting with diplomatic recognition and support we should be prepared to render whatever assistance is necessary to preserve Kurdish independence.

The Generals Surge Into Afghanistan

Michael Ledeen, PJ Media

The Taliban are vigorously supported by Iran, yet our Afghan strategy does not discuss it. I don’t believe it’s possible for us to dominate Afghan fighting without defeating the Iranians. We must put an end to Iranian training and arming of Taliban terrorists. This can’t be done without cutting off the Taliban killers from the Islamic Republic. Indeed, there is a better way.

Afghanistan Is President Trump’s War Now: Fighting Without Purpose Or End

The president presented escalation as a means to redeem the lives of those who have already died. Economists call this the fallacy of sunk costs. Those who have died cannot be resurrected. The best way to honor the dead is to send no more to die needlessly.

In Afghanistan, End the Trump-Obama Taliban Fantasy

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

We are now 16 years down the road, and our government still refuses to be clear-eyed about sharia-supremacist ideology. We’ve lost thousands of valiant lives and wasted trillions of dollars trying to better the lot of people who hate us. Our nation, moreover, has no appetite for the formidable war effort it would take to pursue actual victory against our enemies and their sponsors. We should not inch up our forces in Afghanistan.

Is Trump’s Agenda Being Eclipsed?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Today we hear talk of upping and extending the U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, of confronting Iran, of sending anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons to Ukraine to battle pro-Russia rebels in the east. Can the new custodians of Trump’s populist-nationalist and America First agenda, the generals and the Goldman Sachs alumni association, be entrusted to carry it out?

Trump's mission in Afghanistan lacks a mission

Editors, Washington Examiner

Trump sensibly said our parameters would be "conditions," not dates. But the conditions of stability and no more terrorists are not attainable in Afghanistan, which has been dysfunctional for more than just one generation. Trump and Mattis need a clearer goal, something between let it descend into chaos and stability. Without a clearer, attainable goal, Trump is sending men off to kill and die in a war where victory is unattainable.