The state of Afghanistan after years of WAR?

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Picture taken during my first Deployment in 2002-2003

As we prepare to depart Afghanistan after 13 years of WAR what has been accomplished? The initial foray into Afghanistan was primarily to oust the Taliban who had been harboring Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda. Within just a few weeks US SOF and Intelligence assets along with the Northern Alliance pushed the Taliban from Afghanistan into Pakistan. Bin Laden was purported to have been in the Tora Bora region then slipped through the hands of US and ally forces. Hamid Karzai was then instated and later elected to the Afghan Presidency. In the next few years it was relatively quiet. The process to build the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police began.

The Taliban safe in the borders of Pakistan our supposed allies, began to build their insurgency. Aided by a corrupt Afghan Government which did more to line their own pockets than build a productive country the Taliban began to re-emerge. The exact timeline is difficult to say as many would be insurgents just kept quiet for a while biding their time. Plus it’s hard to tell insurgent Taliban from run of the mill warlords and their relatives.

President Obama then ran for election on the idea the Iraq was the wrong war and Afghanistan was the good war. A surge was sent. To what end it’s hard to say since at the same time the same administration also set a timeline for withdrawal. Thus effectively muting the surge and we lost many lives and limbs for a very unclear message.

Now Karzai openly opposes our efforts by not signing an agreement to maintain a small number of US/ISAF forces to continue training the ANSF (Afghan National Security Forces) and maintaining an on the ground intelligence capability. Karzai brags of releasing known Taliban and Al Qaeda prisoners while telling the world it’s none of the US’s business what the Afghanistan government does. He has in recent years continually blamed the US as we have worked side by side with Afghan forces for deaths as the results of these operations. All the while we’ve been funding this very same administration and country.

So, after 13 years of war we find a country that has increased its ANSF(Afghan National Security Forces) forces to over 300,000 thousand strong yet it’s still unable to maintain itself. I don’t want to downplay the huge change in the ANA which has improved greatly. However, we have an ally that we don’t trust nor does it trust us. A government listed as one of if not the most corrupt in the world. All done right under our noses as we were unwilling to lead but rather be led. The region is less stable than it was in 2003 and chaos reigns nearby. Pakistan is nearly and all out enemy now, Iran is on the march toward nuclear weapons, Syria and Libya all are leaning toward the Islamist. I hold out hope for Egypt although had we promoted liberty rather than appease the Muslim Brotherhood they may have avoided much violence. Democracy for the sake of Democracy isn’t the same as liberty.

President Obama seems to wish a complete withdrawal and just end this situation regardless of the consequences to the region.

This is only one sign of our complete loss of any coherent foreign policy. A policy guided by either incompetence or indifference. The United States right now seems unable to believe in itself or it’s ideals. So as the slogan goes “lead or get the hell out of the way”, we seem to be taking the get the hell out of the way path. Once again leaving others to pay the price for our half-hearted measures and many veterans wondering what was the point.

Yes Osama is now dead, well we are told anyway, but are we safer?

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College and sexual assault

Are Sexual Assaults on the rise in University’s? If you were to listen to the special interests groups then it’s a resounding yes. But do the facts stand up to this meme? Well according to nearly all the leading advocacy groups 1-4 college women will be assaulted in their university careers. Damn! That sounds bad. Why would women continue to go to schools where this happens?

One of the leading reports often sighted is the BoJ report “The Sexual Victimization of College Women”. Yet notice how the research was conducted.

Exhibit 3 reports the extent of rape found in the NCWSV study. As shown, 2.8 percent of the sample had experienced either a completed rape (1.7 percent) or an attempted rape incident (1.1 percent). The victimization rate was 27.7 rapes per 1,000 female students.

Some scholars believe that the failure of women to define a victimization as a rape calls into question whether researchers have truly measured the crime of rape. Others suggest, however, that the true prevalence of rape is best measured by carefully worded questions on victimization surveys, such as NCWSV.

Women may not define a victimization as a rape for many reasons (such as embarrassment, not clearly understanding the legal definition of the term, or not wanting to define someone they know who victimized them as a rapist) or because others blame them for their sexual assault.

Are they suggesting women too dumb to know what rape is?

You see folks it’s not about actual crime but how questions are worded.

But here’s a concept. What if we made schools a place for learning and not social experimentation. What if rules were enforced and males and females had separated dorms and strict rules on being in the other’s dorm rooms. Obviously if we believe the latest studies women are at risk among men in college. So, why do we continue to allow them to live with (COED rooms and COED floors) and around men?

When actual sexual assault is encountered like a real rape conviction then the student ( s ) should be expelled and never allowed to return.  Of course that is after a prison sentence.  You see actual sexual assault is a crime.

College today is ranked by students more for the party’s than academics. The left has encouraged this exact behavior for decades now. Free love folks, it has a price. Drunkenness has a price. Civilized people don’t behave as many college student today act. Not that they are alone in this. American society in general continues to throw off the rules of civilized society and it shows everywhere.

Of course it’s all in the wording and definition of sexual assault.

Men here this, if you plan on college remember you are the enemy and will be targeted. They will set you up with an atmosphere that promotes sexual misconduct and then attack you. Only you (men) are capable of being the responsible one in a sexual encounter.  Well unless your on the football team or the professor.

The Obama administration has gotten into the act by creating a Task Force to protect Students from sexual assault. How? Well it’s a task force damn it. That’s how.

Obama planned to sign a presidential memorandum Wednesday creating a task force to protect students from sexual assault, with a new White House report declaring that no one in America is more at risk of being raped or assaulted than college women. The report, “Rape and Sexual Assault: A Renewed Call to Action,” says that 1 in 5 women have been sexually assaulted at college but that only 12 percent of student victims report the assault.

I don’t support rape which is a crime that deserves severe consequences or men acting as asses.  In fact I think social manners need to be re-introduced to our country.  It’s been the radical feminist (among other leftist groups) and their enablers that have created much of the environment we see today that promotes rude and dangerous behavior.  Young men have no idea how to act.

I don’t believe these studies, yet, I do see a problem in colleges and university’s where students are required to study little and party lots. Have you taken a college course lately? They are not very difficult (ok maybe engineering courses are a bit tougher). I believe this is by design.

More of the same

Contractor hired to fix Healthcare.gov reportedly has history of problems

The Washington Post reports that the U.S. Postal Service Inspector General’s Office recommended this past June that the agency consider terminating more than $200 million in contracts with Accenture. The recommendation cited an "absence of business ethics" by the firm, including a 2011 settlement with the Justice Department to resolve allegations of "kickbacks" and "bid-rigging" in federal contracts. Accenture, which paid $63 million to resolve the claims, denied the allegations.

Naturally!

Super Bowl domination

What happened to the Denver Bronco’s?  I tuned in as a die hard Oakland Raider fan, stop laughing, to see Denver lose, but I never imagined the complete domination Seattle gave the Bronco’s.  I guess the first play was a sign.  As the Denver center snapped the ball passed a stunned Payton Manning and Seattle scored a safety the tone was set.

Now as a Raider fan I certainly wanted Denver to lose but damn, even I was feeling a bit down for Denver near the end.

Final: 43-8 Seattle 

Halftime show:

I never heard of Bruno Mars before but he actually did a good job.  For the first time in over a decade I liked the half time show.  Although the Red Hot Chili Peppers have much better songs than the “give it away” bit. 

Super Bowl Commercials:

Did anyone else notice the Super Bowl commercials this year were really lame.  Although I did like the Tebow nocontract T- Mobile commercial. 

Why are fewer people going to football games?

I’ve seen this question in number of articles lately.  The first answer is often that the home experience is much better now with large screen TV’s,  tivo and the like.  The chart below is why I don’t go to football games.  Yes, my home experience is better, or better on the pocketbook. 

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Now add the prices of the concessions.  Apparently there are a hell of a lot of people make considerably more money then I am.

$4.50 average drink

$5.00 average hotdog

$7.00 average beer

I guess that’s not bad considering the price of concessions at the movies.

Department of Justice firearms report 93-11

In 2013 the DoJ released this report of firearms and violence.  I don’t recall how much press it received at the time of release.  I don’t recall much.  I suppose with the push for more gun control the press decided it wasn’t that important.  Was it?  Granted it’s a government report and I question anything from the big G. 

But it is interesting.  Take a look and make up your own mind.  Remember these numbers when the DoJ makes gun related statements.

The two biggest threats to the US are an oversized government and a press that is more interested in sensationalism and profits than facts.  The real news is tough to find regardless of your politics.

http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/fv9311.pdf

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Hat tip: DOJ Report: Firearm-Related Murders Down 39% Since 1993