While the mainstream media is busy peddling lies about Trump and Russia, there are some other important issues they’re failing to cover.
In particular is the ongoing war in Afghanistan that seems to have been completely forgotten.
That’s because reporting on the bad situation in the war-torn country would undermine the narrative they crafted about Obama successfully winning the war and bringing our troops home.
But the reality is that Obama just wanted the credit for “ending the war” and recklessly ignored his general’s recommendations to maintain a sizable fighting force there.
As reported at the Conservative Tribune, Defense Secretary James Mattis highlighted the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Tuesday.
Mattis spoke bluntly and delivered the harsh truth on the current state of the war, saying things aren’t looking too good for the US.
He said we are “not winning” in Afghanistan, but that all that could change with the right strategy and policy.
At the moment, the Afghan government only controls about 60 percent of the country–which is ten percent less than the previous year.
To blame is a resurgence of the radical Islamists willingness to fight, which has seen the Taliban regain strength, and ISIS and al Qaeda expand operations as well.
According to Politico, Senator McCain was fairly aggressive in his questioning of Mattis, as he demanded to know why the Trump administration had yet to devise a new strategy to combat the reinvigorated Islamists.
“We want a strategy, and I don’t think that’s a hell of a lot to ask,” stated McCain.
“We’re now six months into this administration. We still haven’t got a strategy for Afghanistan. It makes it hard for us to support you when we don’t have a strategy. We know what the strategy was for the last eight years: Don’t lose.” That wasn’t much of a strategy.
“We are not winning in Afghanistan right now,” replied Mattis, but “we will correct this as soon as possible.”
“I believe by mid-July, we’ll be able to brief you in detail,” added Mattis.
“We’re putting it together now and … there are actions being taken to make certain that we don’t pay a price for the delay. But we recognize the need for urgency, and your criticism is fair.”
McCain’s criticism isn’t wrong, however, it’s strange that he was perfectly fine with Obama’s terrible troop drawdown, leaving our remaining forces ill-equipped, and the subpar “don’t lose” policy.
Nevertheless, the war in Afghanistan has become the “forgotten war,” despite the continued battles and sacrifices from our brave men and women.
The media has moved on from it and let it fade from the public’s consciousness. But radical Islamists haven’t forgotten and are fighting with a fierce resolve that will be difficult to break.
But as Mattis said, in a month, the US could turn things around. All it will take is proper support and a new strategy.
Source: Conservative Tribune