President Donald Trump has given us all patriotic Americans a very happy and thankful Thanksgiving week.
U.S. and Afghan forces have launched a series of attacks this week on narcotics laboratories in southern Afghanistan. What may very well be marking the start of what could become a very long and expanded air war in the area under President Trump. The initial strikes began Sunday and lasted most of the week.
This is said to have represented the first significant use of new legal authorities granted by the Trump administration in August that enable the Pentagon to target Taliban revenue streams, said Army Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr., the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan. Previously the U.S. military conducted strikes only when facing an imminent threat or working directly with the Afghans, but sadly this method which was made in order to reduce collateral damage didn’t work because the Muslim Terrorists know very well how to exploit the weaknesses the US makes for its self by bowing down to pressure from the politically correct crowd in the US and abroad. Luckily for us, President Trump knows this and is ready to do what’s right, not just what’s politically correct for our enemies who aren’t governed by any doctrine from the Geneva Convention.
Strikes on Taliban opium facilities first major use of new bombing authorities in Afghanistan
U.S. and Afghan warplanes bombed 10 Taliban-controlled opium production facilities in Helmand province Sunday in the first major use of new White House-approved authorities to target the insurgents’ revenue stream, the top U.S. general in Afghanistan said Monday.
American B-52 bombers and stealth F-22 Raptor fighter jets struck eight drug labs where the Taliban was producing narcotics, including heroin, from the vast poppy fields that it controls in the region, said Army Gen. John Nicholson. The Afghan air force struck two other facilities with their American-provided A-29 Super Tucano attack planes and Afghan commandos conducted a raid on a prison in a mission tied to the operation dubbed Jagged Knife.
Nicholson said the operation would continue to target much of the Taliban’s 400 to 500 other heroin-producing facilities throughout the coming weeks.
“This is going to be steady pressure that is going to stay up,” he told reporters at the Pentagon from his headquarters in Kabul. “We’re not going to let up.”
The strikes were conducted under new rules granted in August as part of President Donald Trump’s reworked strategy for south Asia including Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. The strategy includes boosting American forces in Afghanistan by some 3,000 troops to the roughly 14,000 there now.
The new authorities also allow the United States to target the Taliban directly with airstrikes. In recent years, American warplanes could only strike the Taliban if it was in support of an Afghan security forces operation or to protect U.S. or NATO troops. Among the tools that Trump provided Nicholson was the ability to launch strikes such as those attacks Sunday designed to cripple the Taliban’s narcotics network, which accounts for the bulk of its funds, the general said.
The Taliban is believed to take in about $200 million yearly from poppy cultivation and opium production, Nicholson said.
The insurgents have used the funding to achieve battlefield gains. They are now said to control more territory than at any other time since a U.S.-led invasion ousted the Taliban from power in 2001.
Washington has provided $8.6 billion for counternarcotic efforts in Afghanistan since 2002, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, or SIGAR. Still, the area used for poppy cultivation in the country has continued to grow.
This year, opium production in Afghanistan reached a record high, a report released last week by the Afghan government and the U.N. said.
The report said production jumped from about 5,300 tons last year to 9,900 tons so far in 2017.
“It is high time for the international community and Afghanistan to reprioritize drug control,” said Yury Fedotov, executive director of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime.
Nicholson said the counternarcotics operations were part of the U.S.-backed Afghanistan security forces’ plans to continue offensive operations against the Taliban throughout the winter, a time of year when fighting has traditionally lulled in the country.
The strategy seeks to push the Taliban toward reconciliation talks within two years. Nicholson said the Afghans aim to control about 80 percent of Afghanistan’s nearly 36 million people by 2019.
As of August, the government controlled or influenced only 56.8 percent of the country’s 407 districts, a 1 percent decline during the past six months and a more than 6 percent decline from the same period last year, according to the most recent SIGAR report. The Taliban controlled or influenced 13 percent of the population, a 2 percent increase in its territory from the previous six months, the same report found. The rest of the nation is contested.
Nicholson pushed back Monday on concerns about the Taliban’s gaining influence. The areas where the insurgents gained control were in rural regions, he said, adding the advances occurred before Trump granted the new war authorities in August.
“We didn’t see the enemy attempt to take cities like they did,” Nicholson said. “They did go after some district centers, but when they did they undertook heavy casualties. … These new authorities give me the ability to go after the enemy in ways that I really couldn’t before, and it’s freed us up now to use airpower the most effective way going forward.”
The attacks Sunday included the first use of the advanced F-22 fighters for strikes in Afghanistan.
While the B-52s dropped 500 and 2,000 pound bombs to obliterate opium facilities, the F-22s were used to fire smaller, more precise munitions.
“We used an F-22 Raptor aircraft that can carry 250-pound bombs and hit direct targets,” Nicholson said.
The twin-engine, stealth aircraft had been engaged in anti-Islamic State missions in the Middle East. But the plane had not been used operationally in Afghanistan until now.
With the United States dropping fewer munitions on ISIS in Iraq and Syria last month than it had since November 2014 and operations against the terrorist group in those countries winding down, Nicholson said he has more resources available to fight in Afghanistan.
“We’re beginning to see the effects of a shift of resources, which will increase over the course of the winter going into the spring,” he said, adding the United States expected to continue to expand its bombing campaign in Afghanistan next year.
“We’ve dropped more munitions this year [in Afghanistan] than in any year since 2012,” Nicholson said. “These new authorities give me the ability to go after the enemy in ways that I couldn’t before.”
This is how you treat your enemies. Back in the Bush 43 and Obama days soldiers were only allowed to fire if fired upon, which needless to say put our troops in added danger. If a terrorist would shoot at them and he would throw his weapon under a car they were no longer allowed to shoot at him. Now, thanks to our new president we can shoot first and ask questions later. That’s the way it should have been since 9/11/2001. Something tells me this new ramped up war will last a very short time and we will be the victors, after 16 long years of tieing our right arms when we have the upper hand.
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The Little Known History Of Our WW II Women Code Breakers
American women are badass!
Most everyone knows about the Navaho code talkers, those Indians who used a version of their own language to transmit tactical information between units in the Pacific theater during WW II. Indeed, several were feted in the Oval of the White House.
But were you aware of the women WW II code breakers? Most haven’t. So here it is.
First of all, code breakers were those patriots whose sole job was to decode enemy intelligence messages and transmit the information to our troop commanders.
It all began shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. There were two operations in effect. In the spring of 1942, the Navy began sending out recruiting letters to the top men and women at the elite colleges they were attending.
In early meetings, the women were given
A brief introduction to the arcane history of codes and ciphers, along with numbered problem sets they were to complete every week.
Those who answered enough of their given problems correctly and completed a subsequent course were hired to work in the Navy’s Washington, D.C., headquarters in the spring of 1942.
At the same time, the Army was doing the very same thing.
The common attributes of the chosen women? They all were all
Adept at math or science or foreign languages, often all three. They were dutiful and patriotic. They were adventurous and willing. And they did not expect any public credit for the clandestine intelligence work they were entering into.
The difference between the women hired by the Navy and Army was the latter: The Army sent the women to serve outside the U.S. and some were sent them to
Australia and the Pacific Islands, and even with Gen. Douglas MacArthur when he occupied Tokyo after the war.
The success of these code breakers was phenomenal.
U.S. and British penetration of the Nazi Enigma cipher that German Admiral Karl Donitz used to direct his U-boat commanders helped bring about the total elimination of the Nazi submarine threat.
Other women helped create “dummy traffic”: fake radio signals that helped fool the Germans into believing the D-Day invasion would take place in Norway or the Pas-de-Calais region of France—rather than on the beaches of Normandy.
So why didn’t we find out about these patriots sooner? They were all sworn to secrecy. They couldn’t tell anyone what they were doing. And it was only recently that the book entitled, Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II was published.
Now here is the most interesting tidbit about the story of the women code breakers. From Liz Mundy, the book’s author:
After the war, the Army and Navy code-breaking operations merged to become what is now the National Security Adminstration (NSA) — and it was women who helped found the field of clandestine eavesdropping, and in many cases who shaped the early culture of the NSA.
So now you know about the little-known history of our WW II women code breakers.
Anti-Trump West Point Grad Makes SICK Threat Before Army-Navy Game – Pissed Cadets Make Him Pay
Thanks to 8 years of Barack Hussein Obama infiltrating our White House, young people now think that Communism and Marxism is the hip new thing, where brainless millennials now openly celebrate the massacre of millions of innocents and the idiotically wear Che Guevara shirts, while lecturing the rest of us on concepts of “freedom” and “equality.” Obama fanboy and West Point graduate Spenser Rapone made headlines several months ago after outing himself as hardcore Communist, where he expressed extreme anti-American views and decided to write “Communism will win” on the inside of his hat, plastering the image all over social media.
Ever since being ousted as a Communist and an enemy of our country, this West Point graduate has been constantly taking to social media to vomit his extremist views into the universe. He openly called Defense James Mattis “the most “evil, vile f***”, and called for political violence against the right, referring to President Trump as a “fascist.” Rapone also attacked Vice President Mike Pence in a tweet from August: “Holy s*** what world do these people live in? “Mediocre and conservative?” Pence is a fucking medieval, cold-blooded killer.”
For reasons that defy all logic, not only was the newly-commissioned officer allowed to stay in the military, but will now go on to command military units as an officer, indoctrinating Soldiers with the very same views that our government put people to death for during war during the Cold War. While being a Communist might be acceptable behavior at West Point in the year 2017, this Communist punk was never prepared for the nasty surprise he got over the weekend during the Army-Navy game, that no doubt has his Che Guevara boxers in a gigantic wad.
Even though West Point appears to have low standards for the officers they’re commissioning, thankfully, most young people in our military don’t share these same views, and Navy cadets over the weekend wanted to ensure that the communist scumbag got the message loud and clear that communism will never be accepted behavior in our military.
“Midshipmen from the Naval Academy taunted their West Point cadet rivals at the Army-Navy Game in Philadelphia on Saturday with chants and signs mocking them over avowed communist 2nd Lt. Spenser Rapone. Rapone is a 2016 West Point grad who posted photos of himself in uniform with messages promoting communism,” The Gateway Pundit reported. “The signs which said, “Communism Won’t Win” and “NOT COMMUNIST” were posted to Twitter by Marine vet Julio Rosas who is a staffer with the Independent Journal Review and by an unaffiliated viewer.”
— Justin Cook (@jbgcook) December 9, 2017
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) December 9, 2017
It’s good to see our future officers taking a stand against communism and openly mocking Rapone as he seeks to indoctrinate others with his extreme anti-American sentiments. According to a source who counseled Rapone for his social media activity, he revealed there are “almost certainly” other cadets who either held or still hold similar views to the avowed Communist.
It’s inconceivable that someone who has openly expressed such hostile views towards our President and towards our government would be allowed keep their commission in the military. Senator Marco Rubio has been on a warpath in recent weeks to get the officer’s commission revoked, where he requested that the United States Army “immediately nullify Rapone’s commission and pursue all available disciplinary options under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.”
“I respectfully request the United States Army immediately nullify Rapone’s commission and pursue all available disciplinary options under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Rapone should be required to pay back in full the cost of his education and the United States Military Academy should consider revoking his degree,” Senator Rubio’s letter reads.
“It is extremely concerning that someone who so often expressed such hostile views towards the United States’ system of government was able to obtain a commission,” Senator Rubio continued, referencing 2LT Rapone’s anti-American social media postings. “Rapone’s revolutionary ideas were harbored long before he was commissioned as an Army Second Lieutenant. Were West Point administrators or faculty aware of his views and behavior?”
What the hell is going on in our military where it’s now acceptable behavior for our military leaders to openly oppose our government and call for violence for the very same Commander-in-Chief that they’ve sworn an oath to? Are we really so weak as a country that political correctness is now the key factor in every decision made by our leaders? Just 5 years ago, this idiot would’ve been tossed out on his ear, and prosecuted with every single disciplinary action possible under UCMJ for his communist views. Now this idiot will not only get off scot-free, but now will be allowed to command military units, while making decisions through the lens of his Communist goals for our country, while throwing the message in our faces that “communism will win.”
H/T [Veteran AF]
Thank Our Military Servicemen And Women But Praise Our Heroes
With the continuing wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other places across the globe, well-meaning citizens are increasingly calling all of our military servicemen and women as well as veterans: heroes.
One could draw an argument that this began with President Bush and the beginning of these current conflicts after the voracious attack by Muslim extremists on 9/11. As a veteran, President Bush visited the troops in the field during unannounced trips and continued his actions by visiting wounded military men and women in the hospital – again without the press.
Without a doubt, this overt display of patriotism by the American public is something that we see more frequently now that President Trump is in office. Indeed, the former candidate and now president, has made it a mission of his to keep his and America’s attention on our military.
Most Americans appreciate Trump’s actions. However, it is now obvious that too many people, pundits, and even military organizations are calling all active duty military as well as veterans “heroes”. Many of us veterans think the word reduces the significance of those whose actions have proven themselves to actually be heroes.
Perhaps this comes from one of the definitions of a hero. Dictionary.com defines hero as
A person who, in the opinion of others, asspecial achievements, abilities, or personal qualities and is regarded as a role model or ideal.
However, take a look at a second definition of a hero from Dictionary.com:
A person noted for courageous acts or nobility of character.
Please don’t get misunderstand: our soldiers really appreciate your kind gestures and appreciation. Indeed, please feel free to thank them for their service, dedication to their mission, and let them know that you appreciate the sacrifice they are making to their personal and their families lives by choosing to serve our country. However, be aware that the definition of a hero should be anyone who has performed a courageous act of valor for someone else without regard for his or her own safety or life.
For instance, consider those firefighters who entered the smoking buildings of the twin towers in New York City right after the attacks by Muslim jihadists. How about the passengers on Flight 93 who intentionally fought off their attackers resulting in its crashing in a Pennsylvania field, all of whom perished because of their actions?
Then, of course, there are those courageous servicemen and women about whom you’ve read of their receiving the Silver Star or Medal of Honor medals. These are the highest medals available to be given by our military. All of these people deserve to be called heroes!
President Trump recently called veterans ”This Country’s Greatest National Treasure”. This is a perfect description that many of us veterans easily accept.
Just remember: when our military men and women go about the job to which they committed themselves, they are not heroes and they will gladly accept your thanks for their service. However, many of us do ask that you lavish your praise upon our true heroes.
They’re the ones that really deserve it!
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