Geller: Why We Are Bogged Down in Afghanistan

American Thinker:

Last Friday, I spoke at the Eagle Council in St. Louis, where both the speaker roster and the audience were full of stalwart, indomitable patriots. One of the patriots there was Mark Schneider, President of Gen IV Nuclear Inc. in Chesapeake, Virginia. He offered a disquieting insight into an important but overlooked reason why our lengthy military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have borne so little fruit.

Schneider was in the United States military from 1998 to 2018, years during which the primary threat that our nation faced was the global jihad, which was, after all, the reason why we had our forces in Iraq and Kuwait, as well as Afghanistan, in the first place. We had a long and fascinating conversation, but the most important takeaway was this: I asked him, “In all that time, from 1998 to 2018, were you given one class, or even one lesson, or were recommended one book, anything at all, that discussed Islam’s doctrine of warfare against and the subjugation of unbelievers?

No. Not one.

Instead, all his training revolved around not offending Afghans’ cultural sensitivities. Schneider went for detention operations; his cultural training included subjects such as “What is Ramadan?” He and other American personnel were told not to eat or drink during the day, even though none of them were Muslim. They were allowed to eat and drink during the day when they were on military bases, but not off; American personnel were discouraged from consuming food while off military installations. read more

22 Comments on Geller: Why We Are Bogged Down in Afghanistan

  1. …I wonder if a doctrine of not offending anyone’s Nazi beliefs during WWII would have led to a VE day in Germany, or if we’d still be busily trying not to offend this years’ Hitler Youth…

  2. You don’t win wars by being “sensitive”. How that simple concept has been lost on the military leadership is telling.

  3. Afghanistan isn’t worth the bones of a single Pomeranian grenadier.

    Whatever they are, they aren’t a threat to America.
    The place is a shit-hole – a crossroad to Central Asia – and Russia’s back door.
    Oh … hold on a sec …

    izlamo delenda est …

  4. Ummmm, perhaps we are not meant to win. We have been lukewarm about our combat resolve since vietnam. Either you wade in with the intention of beating them into submission or you stay the fook out.
    “Speaking the truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act.” Geo. Orwell

  5. gin blossom
    SEPTEMBER 17, 2019 AT 6:55 AM
    “You don’t win wars by being “sensitive”. How that simple concept has been lost on the military leadership is telling.”

    …it did not help that 8 of those years spent ostensibly fighting Islamic terrorists, that we had an Islamic terrorist as President.

    We could have experienced similar results in the PTO during WWII if a member of the Tojo faction in Japan had been our President in ’45. Greater East Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere, anyone?

  6. Whatever is going on in Afghanistan, it most definitely is not a war. Fact is, if we had the will, the Taliban would cease to exist. Since we don’t(at this point) WTF are we doing there?

    islam understands brute power. Period. Until they say no mas, it ain’t over. Looking back only a couple decades is necessary. When an unimaginable onslaught wasn’t unleashed on Mecca and the Saudi scum, tell me they weren’t laughing up their sleeves at us.

    On top of that, we(W) allowed several planeloads of said mentioned scum to fly out of the locked down airspace after 9/11.

  7. We shouldn’t be there if its just for show. Put a time limit on it and pack up and go home. Either its worth winning or its not.

  8. …quoting myself from earlier…
    “…or if we’d still be busily trying not to offend this years’ Hitler Youth…”

    After thinking about this, it occurred to me that we are currently doing exactly that, we just don’t CALL them that…

    “California Democrats who whipped up opposition to the weekend’s free speech rallies had little to say after radical leftist protesters, led by the antifa movement, attacked police and Trump supporters on Sunday in Berkeley, injuring six.

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who last week denounced the Patriot Prayer gathering in San Francisco as a “white supremacist rally,” had no public comment on the leftist violence.

    Neither did Rep. Barbara Lee of California, who joined other local Democrats last week at a press conference to condemn “bigotry and hate” ahead of what they called a “white nationalist rally in Berkeley.”

    Those familiar with recent right-of-center rallies in the Bay Area, Boston and Portland, Oregon, say it’s a familiar pattern: Democrats play to their base by hyping fears of neo-Nazis while ignoring or glossing over any leftist violence.

    “There has been nearly complete silence from Democrats regarding the violence of antifa in Berkeley and elsewhere,” said Cornell Law School professor William Jacobson. ”

  9. And only just this week Lindsey Graham went all knee-jerk reaction and called for airstrikes on Iran. This sick POS would have us embroiled in the Middle East forever. Graham has realized that Shitholistan is coming to an end and is looking for another venue. McCain looks up from his lake of fire in Hell and is surely smiling.

  10. They’re only a threat to our country if we let them in. If “somebody does something” we can reply long distance.

  11. GIN

    I was not “sensitive” when I killed Mao’s boys! But we still lost! Dick unconditionally surrendered. Doubt my word? Find Saigon on a post ’77 map!

    We have been a diaster there, and elswhere, the last 18 years because of “leadership”! Same with Nam!

  12. “Why We Are Bogged Down in Afghanistan”

    because the military industrial complex doesn’t enrich themselves if our sons (and now daughters) are not continuously dying on some foreign soil saving those that hate us from those that hate us.

    the military industrial complex doesn’t want to win wars. the US hasn’t won one since WWII.

  13. We now have nearly as many generals and admirals as we have line NCO’s (and many are women-affirmative action you know)! Half the the military budget in the future will be to pay for their grandiose and obscene retirement benefits!

  14. No coincidences – no paradoxes.
    We haven’t “fixed” the public schools in 75 years.
    “Higher” education exponentially sux.

    We’ve been “involved” in Afghanistan since 2001 (18 fukkin years) and you can bet your great Aunt Katy that it’s not a “mistake.”

    Political decisions are based on “cost and effect” or “profit and loss.”

    izlamo delenda est …

  15. President Trump is very smart, but he hasn’t learned to use reverse psychology on the Washington crowd just yet.
    If Trump said he wants to stay in Afghanistan indefinitely, maybe even ramp it up, the cries by the Democrat crowd to withdraw immediately would be deafening.


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