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Afghanistan Bounties: Pot, Meet Kettle (and Turn Off the Stove!)

Afghanistan Bounties: Pot, Meet Kettle (and Turn Off the Stove!)

    By Thomas L. Knapp “American intelligence officials have concluded that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces in Afghanistan,” claims the New York Times. More controversially, the authors write that US president Donald Trump was briefed on the assessment (he denies it) and the piece’s […]

A Soldier’s Story

A Soldier’s Story

    By Michele Weslander Quaid On Memorial Day, and always, we remember, honor, and teach about those who have served in the military and sacrificed for our freedoms, and for the families they left behind. Today, I share with you a story that is very personal to me and my daughter, Sophia. It is […]

US, Taliban Sign Deal Aimed at Ending War in Afghanistan

US, Taliban Sign Deal Aimed at Ending War in Afghanistan

BY IVAN PENTCHOUKOV The United States signed a peace agreement (pdf) with Taliban militants on Feb. 29, aimed at bringing an end to 18 years of bloodshed in Afghanistan and allowing U.S. troops to return home from America’s longest war. As part of the deal, the U.S. would withdraw 4,400 of 13,000 troops in the next 3-4 months, with the remainder pulling […]

Two US Service Members Killed In Southern Afghanistan

Two US Service Members Killed In Southern Afghanistan

Mary Margaret Olohan |Social Issues Reporter . A roadside bomb killed two U.S. service members and injured two more in Southern Afghanistan, the United States military announced Saturday. The U.S. military did not identify the service members in keeping with Defense Department rules, The Associated Press reported, but the Taliban immediately took responsibility for the attack. A Taliban spokesman said […]

Afghanistan: Oh, When Will We Ever Learn?

Afghanistan: Oh, When Will We Ever Learn?

  by Thomas L. Knapp “U.S. officials failed to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan throughout the 18-year campaign,” the Washington Post’s Craig Whitlock reports, “making rosy pronouncements they knew to be false and hiding unmistakable evidence the war had become unwinnable.” Whitlock bases that claim on a collection of candid, confidential interviews […]

Trump Makes Surprise Visit To Troops In Afghanistan On Thanksgiving

Trump Makes Surprise Visit To Troops In Afghanistan On Thanksgiving

  AMBER ATHEY WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT . President Donald Trump made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Thanksgiving, serving a turkey dinner to the American troops stationed overseas. The trip comes about one year after he made a similar unannounced visit to service-members in Iraq, his first to an active war zone. The president was previously […]

Afghanistan: In Search of Monsters to Not Destroy

Afghanistan: In Search of Monsters to Not Destroy

  by Thomas L. Knapp America, John Quincy Adams said in 1821, “goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own.” That’s as good a summary ever spoken of the non-interventionist position. US Senator […]

Craig And Fred: How A Marine Rescued A Stray Dog In Afghanistan

Craig And Fred: How A Marine Rescued A Stray Dog In Afghanistan

William Davis | Contributor      Battling the Taliban in Afghanistan might sound like a strange way to find a new friend, but that is what Marine Craig Grossi did. Grossi met a bug-covered stray dog and the rest is history. He brought Fred back with him to the United States and the two […]

John Bolton versus the International Criminal Court: A Simple Solution

John Bolton versus the International Criminal Court: A Simple Solution

  By Thomas L. Knapp In a September 10 speech to the Federalist Society, National Security Advisor John Bolton offered “a major announcement on US policy toward the International Criminal Court.” The US government, per Bolton, considers the court “fundamentally illegitimate. … We will not cooperate with the ICC. We will provide no assistance to […]

Don’t Be Alarmed But China Could Be Building A Military Base In Pakistan

Don’t Be Alarmed But China Could Be Building A Military Base In Pakistan

  By LAWRENCE SELLIN, Retired Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve | 3:30 PM 01/01/2018   In a mid-December op-ed at The Daily Caller, I questioned what appeared to be signs of Chinese militarization of Pakistan, in particular, and in the Indian Ocean, in general. . In the last few months, there have been persistent reports of […]

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