The Obama administration has failed once again in the Middle East.
First was when his administration prematurely pulled out our troops in Iraq, which controversially lead to the rise of the Islamic State, or ISIS.
Then our involvement in Syria was a disaster.
Now we’re losing the 15-year war in Afghanistan, as new reports suggest the Taliban is winning.
According to the Washington Post, an unnamed senior administration official said the war in Afghanistan is at an “eroding stalemate” and that the war is “tipping in the Taliban’s favor.”
This new report and analysis comes as the Taliban expands its influence across the country, with the Jihadist group controlling more now than they ever did prior to the U.S. military engagement in their country.
The Washington Post reported:
“Despite the widening of U.S. air support, the White House believes that the war in Afghanistan is tipping in the Taliban’s favor.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity to speak frankly about Afghanistan’s deteriorating security situation, a senior administration official called the situation in the country an ‘eroding stalemate.’
President Barack Obama has reportedly decided to extend the time U.S. airstrikes will be assisting the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), which includes police and army units, in their fight against the Taliban.
Though unannounced at the time, the new strike permissions were meant to be a temporary boost for the Afghan security forces as they fought into the fall, however, according to senior military and administration officials, the airstrikes will continue into the future.
The Taliban has been widening its offensive across Afghanistan.”
Taliban fighters most recently began making concerted efforts to overtake the capital, Farah, and they began offensives near Helmand and Lashkar Gah.
In fact, all of Helmand – the southern Afghanistan province that borders Pakistan – is in danger of falling into the hands of the Taliban.
Brig. Gen. Charles Cleveland, the spokesman for the U.S. mission in Afghanistan, told the Washington Post:
“What we believe we’re seeing right now is the Taliban trying to make an effort before the end of the year to achieve their 2016 strategic objective of capturing a provincial capital.”
Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was one who described the Taliban’s hold as a “stalemate.”
And a new 108-page Pentagon report submitted to Congress in June also noted that the ANDSF, which continues to face capability challenges,
“will need to demonstrate resiliency and steady improvement to achieve more than a stalemate against the insurgency in the year ahead.”
As Americans, we’d hope that’s true.
But the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction – a watchdog agency appointed by Congress – reported that the Afghan government has lost its control in nearly a third of the country.
The Obama administration has now allowed two of the deadliest terrorist groups in the world to gain an unprecedented amount of power – which it goes without saying – now opens the American people to even more deadly terrorist attacks.
Do you think the Obama administration failed in the Middle East?