As the United States and NATO are actively pursuing an end to the war in Afghanistan and an end of combat operations in 2013, soldiers are still being killed in the war torn country. Hamid Karzai is pursuing direct talks with Taliban leaders. What is not clear, is whether the Taliban top leadership is involved in the peace talk pursuit.
The U.S. Administration is deliberating on moving up to five Gitmo detainees to a prison in Qatar as a gesture of good will. The danger with all these announcements by the United States and NATO is that the Taliban has been handed a timetable and just has to wait for the departure of NATO in 2014. There is also serious concern that Afghan Security Forces are capable to conduct operations against insurgents. Knowing the history of Afghanistan, it is hard to fathom that the Taliban would be satisfied with
The Middle East is a time ticker, waiting to go off. With the violence in Syria and the United Nations inability to act because of vetoes by Russia and China, it seems that the hands of Western nations are tied. Iran has also shown total disrespect for the global community. George W. Bush, called the United Nations a “debating society” and this seems to be exactly what is happening. The UN Security Council is dysfunctional with the ability of any permanent member to veto any resolutions. The world looks on as people get massacred in Syria and Iran develops a nuclear weapon. Israel feels threatened and perhaps feels that it has been left to its own vices. Israel may be forced to
strike Iran to prevent it from having nuclear weapons. If it happens the world will, no doubt, condemn Israel. Can you blame Israel though?
According to the Department of Defense latest report on U.S. casualties in Afghanistan, three more soldiers were killed in action and 28 wounded soldiers. As you celebrate on this Superbowl weekend, remember those that are in the front lines and will not be watching the Superbowl. Advertisers spend millions on 30 second spots, while wounded warriors are suffering throughout the U.S. Take a moment this week to remember those that are covering the front lines for America, Lest We Forget.
Below are this week’s updated DoD casualty figures:
Op Enduring Freedom Total Deaths KIA Non Hostile WIA
Afghanistan Only 1779 1479 295 15310
Other Locations 102 12 90
DoD Civ Casualties 3 1 2
Worldwide Total 1879 1492 387 15310
Accumulated 2012 Casualties:
KIA Non Combat Deaths WIA
16 23 153