What a disaster Obama’s foreign policy has been.
Today, the Taliban is larger than it was before George W. Bush launched the war on terror. Not only that, we have a new foe on our hands: ISIS, which has been gaining territory at an unprecedented rate.
But if you listened to Barack Obama, you’d get the impression that everything is A-OK. The Islamic State isn’t even Islamic, he tells us. I’m sure ISIS would be shocked to learn that in fact, they even titled a section in their latest propaganda magazine “Dabiq” “Why We Hate You & Why We Fight You,” which explains quite explicitly that they’re religiously motivated.
The Taliban distanced itself from ISIS back in 2013, for a number of reasons. ISIS members accidentally beheaded a Taliban member that they mistook for an enemy, and the Taliban considered their brutality too inhumane even for them. Now, years later, the two terror groups that once declared a Jihad against each-other are forming a temporary allience.
Via Fox News
Islamic State and the Taliban, after more than a year of fierce combat, have forged a patchwork cease-fire across much of eastern Afghanistan that has helped both insurgencies regroup and counter U.S.-backed efforts to dislodge them.
Until several months ago, Islamic State fought bloody battles with local Taliban units over fighters and territory in several provinces. The long-running Taliban insurgency has sought to stamp out its smaller rival, which only emerged in 2014. Afghan and U.S.-led coalition forces took advantage of the conflict, engaging the militants on multiple fronts to push them back and reclaim territory they held.
But recently, Afghan officials say, the two insurgencies have worked out local deals to stop fighting each other and turn their sights on the government. The upshot is that Islamic State has been able to focus on fighting U.S.- backed Afghan forces in Nangarhar province and shift north into Kunar province, establishing a new foothold in a longtime Taliban and former al Qaeda stronghold.
Meanwhile, the Obama administration no longer thinks that the Taliban is a credible threat.
Via Front Page Mag
Karzai confirmed that the Obama Administration actually told him that the Taliban, which provided al Qaeda its base of support for September 11, was not an enemy of the U.S. He said:
Last year, during my visit to Washington, in a very important briefing a day before I met U.S. President [Barack Obama], his national security adviser Tom Donilon, and senior White House officials, generals, and intelligence officials, the national security adviser met with me. He told me: “The Taliban are not our enemies and we don’t want to fight them.”
Of course he doesn’t want us to think the Taliban is a threat, when he’s responsible for their resurgence.