Sen Diane Feinstein (D-CA) comes out of the liberal political halls of San Francisco. Home of the hippy movement in the 1960s and the gay movement in the 1980s, there may not be a more liberal major city in the United States than the home of Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman’s Warf. She served as San Francisco’s mayor from 1978 to 1988 following the assassination of former mayor George Moscone. In 1992, Feinstein won a seat in the US Senate where she continues to serve today.
Currently, Feinstein is the Chairperson of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Feinstein and Rep Mike Rogers (R-MI, Chairperson of the House Intelligence Committee) recently made a fact finding trip to Afghanistan. They learned for themselves the state of affairs, especially concerning the Taliban. Their conclusion from that trip on the strength of the terrorist organization differs greatly from the one President Obama painted after his trip to Afghanistan.
After President Obama met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai last week, he reported that they had broken the Taliban’s momentum and that the tide had turned against them. However, Feinstein and Rogers said that the information that they were able to gather indicates that the Taliban is stronger now than when Obama took office and from when he sent an additional 33,000 troops to the region.
They also identified the Haqqani Network, a Taliban ally as being a major threat to the Afghan government and US forces fighting in Afghanistan and believe the organization should be listed by the US government as a terrorist organization. The Haqqani Network was originally supported by the Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence and the US CIA back in the 1980s during the Soviet war in Afghanistan.
In the 1990s, Maulvi Jalaluddin Haqqani and his son Sirajuddin Haqqani became the leaders of the groups that had now turned militant against the US and Afghan governments and have been fighting alongside Taliban forces. They are believed to be operating on both sides of the Afghan – Pakistan border.
Feinstein and Rogers believe that once the Haqqani Network has been officially listed as a terrorist organization that the US needs to take swift and decisive action in disrupting their operations, especially since they believe the Haqqani Network is responsible for nearly 500 of the 1,800 US troop fatalities in Afghanistan.
In referral to the strengthened Taliban and their Haqqani Network allies, Rogers stated,
“We ought to have a hard discussion about saying listen, war is when one side wins and one side loses, and if we don’t get to that calculation of strategic defeat of the Taliban, you’re not going to get to a place where you can rest assured that you (U.S. troops) can come home and a safe haven does not reestablish itself.”
The problem is, President Obama has already established a safe haven for the Taliban, Haqqani and al-Qaida by signing the pact with Karzai stating that the US will not launch any attacks across the Afghan border. The Haqqani, as well as the Taliban and al-Qaida have been provided a safe haven from US attacks or retaliation and as long as they have that safe haven to operate out of, there will be no peace or safety for US troops in Afghanistan.
It seems Obama is trying to short sell the war in Afghanistan in order to justify his pact with Karzai. In this case, the short sell only means more danger and more deaths of US soldiers, thanks to their worthless Commander-in-Chief.