While the epicenter of radical Islamic terrorism has shifted over to Syria in recent years, there are still many nations suffering from the presence of these murderous thugs.
The mayhem and carnage that’s engulfed Syria has rightfully taken up most of the world’s attention, but there’s another country that still holds incredible importance in the battle against Islamic terrorism.
As reported at Western Journalism, Defense Secretary James Mattis made a surprise visit to the war-ravaged nation of Afghanistan on Monday.
Once the focal point of the War on Terror, Afghanistan hasn’t been in the headlines much in recent years, since the US has mostly disengaged from the nation.
But with an uptick in activity by the Taliban and ISIS training grounds starting to spring up, Mattis thinks it’s important that America do more to engage these groups on the ground.
Furthermore, there have ben reports that the Russians have been supplying the Taliban with weaponry, and Mattis was asked about it by a reporter upon his arrival.
He said, “We’ll engage with Russia diplomatically. We’ll do so where we can, but we’re going to have to confront Russia where what they’re doing is contrary to international law or denying the sovereignty of other countries.”
“For example, any weapons being funneled here from a foreign country would be a violation of international law,“ he added.
Mattis is letting the Russians know that if reports are true, they’d better stop or else face the consequences of breaking international law and endangering US lives.
Mattis specifically visited Afghanistan to speak with Gen. John Nicholson, America’s top general in Afghanistan.
Nicholson has said that several thousand more American troops could be necessary to break the stalemate into which the war has devolved.
A sentiment that is shared by Mattis.
It’s simple, more troops are needed, but Obama was never keen to provide them.
With Trump, there’s hope that finally someone will actually listen to the advice of their generals.
When Obama took office, he tried to take credit for “ending the war” in Afghanistan by pulling US forces out faster than necessary.
But he also refused to listen to his generals that repeatedly told him the US should station more troops in the country than what the White House wanted.
The drastic drawdown created a vacuum for the Taliban and Islamic radicals, which has caused the war to devolve into a stalemate.
Now, the Trump administration will have to pick up the pieces of Obama’s failed policies.
“We are under no illusions about the challenges associated with this mission,” Mattis said, and the citizens of America shouldn’t be either.
The war in Afghanistan is still not over, but now we have the opportunity to end it under Trump.
By heeding our experienced generals’ advice, the barbaric Taliban and ISIS supporters can be permanently purged and peace restored to the nation.
Source: Western Journalism