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CAN WE WIN IN AFGHANISTAN? BY DAN MCLAUGHLIN NATIONAL REVIEW
eventeen years ago on Oct. 7, the United States invaded Afghanistan in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. America is still at war with the Taliban in Afghanistan, with no victory in sight. The war has now dragged on so long that Americans born on or after Sept. 11 will shortly be old enough to fight in it; on the Taliban side, that milestone was passed a few years ago, and we are almost at the point where half the population of Afghanistan will have been born after September 11 (the median age in Afghanistan is 18.8 years, with 41 percent of the population age 14 and under, and 63 percent age 24 and under). In a majority-illiterate society, that means many young Afghans know only America at war in their country, and have no memory and possibly no knowledge of the terrorist attack on America that started it. The Taliban were not the only party responsible for aiding alQaeda as it planned the September 11 attacks, but they were the most
open about giving al-Qaeda sanctuary and alliance, to the point that the two organizations were effectively intertwined, and they were also the most unrepentant â€” as they remain to this day â€” about continuing to do so. No nation on earth could have tolerated such an attack without retaliating in force, and the armed forces of the U.S. and its NATO allies quite properly deposed the Taliban from power by the end of November 2001.
TALKING TO OURSELVES But the Bush administration was never able to finish the job, and as Thomas Joscelyn details exhaustively in The Weekly Standard, things got worse from there. The Obama administration, in pursuit of a â€œpeace processâ€? with the Taliban (especially after having prematurely declared that our war there was over), effectively negotiated against itself for years: â€œThe Obama administrationâ€™s dance with the Taliban is a nearperfect picture of diplomatic failure: The Taliban dangled the prospect of talks to extract concessions
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while offering nothing of value in return. At first, the United States and its allies fell for Taliban impostors. Secretary Clinton abandoned Americaâ€™s preconditions for the talks, recasting them instead as the goals of an imagined â€˜peace process.â€™ â€œJust for the opportunity to talk, Clintonâ€™s State Department agreed to have some Taliban figures removed from the U.N.â€™s list of sanctioned terrorists and to split the Taliban and al Qaeda designation lists under the phony assertion that the groups are wholly separate. A Taliban emissary who raised funds for al Qaeda paved the way for the opening of a political office in Qatar, which the Taliban used to embarrass the United States. The Taliban also secured the release of five of its hardened commanders, three of whom served the organization at its highest levels prior to being detained at GuantĂĄnamo. Throughout all of this, the Taliban never issued a single statement renouncing al Qaeda or terrorism â€” one of the few â€˜confidence-building measuresâ€™ sought by the American side.â€? The episode involving the opening of what amounted to a Taliban
fundraising office in Doha in in 2013 was a particularly humiliating fiasco. In part, this reflects one of the two major strategic dilemmas of the war: Because the Taliban continues to ally itself with alQaeda and identify their causes as a single movement towards a single goal, the United States cannot tolerate a return to Taliban control and dominance of the country, the same status quo ante that led to the 9/11 attacks. But at the same time, the Taliban have long positioned themselves as both a force for order (of a brutal kind) in a chaotic country and the representative of the Pashtun, the nationâ€™s largest ethnic group (an identification that still commands loyalty even as the movement has drawn on disaffected members of other ethnic groups). In short, the Talibanâ€™s leadership, command structure, and ideology argue for an American war of annihilation â€” but the support it draws from a large segment of the population, which isnâ€™t necessarily predicated on buying the whole ideology, argues for some negotiated accommodation. And 17 YEARS, continued on Page 9
â€˜HEART OF WARâ€™ TAKES READERS INSIDE PENTAGON BY ELISE COOPER MILITARY PRESS
â€œThe Heart of Warâ€? by Kathleen McInnis combines political drama with political satire. Using her extensive inside knowledge, she is able to create a realistic look at how the military machinery works while at the same time having well-developed characters. There are many tidbits about the Pentagon. In the beginning of the book, it was if the reader was taking a journey through the halls of the building, including the â€œFlag of Faces,â€? an off-kilter American flag that is actually a quilt where each square has a picture of those who died there on Sept. 11, 2001. â€œI wanted to allow the readers to understand what it is like â€” the little details that provide a sense of awe,â€? McInnis said. â€œThe Pentagon is full of people who are doing their damnedest to ensure that the president is given the best options. It is actually a very human place, filled with people that work every day with imperfect information, each with their own personal and professional struggles.â€? McInnis has worked in the Pentagon and think tanks on both sides of the Atlantic. With a PhD in war studies, she
Author Kathleen McInnis used her personal experience as inspiration for â€œThe Heart of War.â€?
now works for the U.S. Congress, helping to analyze international security and defense issues. But she is also a self-imposed â€œbase brat,â€? whose father worked extensively with national security issues. What the main character, Dr. Heather Riley, and the author have in com-
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ates from McInnisâ€™ real-life, since Heather had a brother, Jon, killed in Afghanistan by the Taliban. She goes to Washington hoping to save those serving with a plan to make sure the warlords and terrorists did not gain the upper hand, and to have someone like her as the guardian angel to those fighting terrorists overseas. A powerful quote, â€œWhat if a Pentagon bureaucrat was more concerned with buying multibillion-dollar aircraft than finding ways to make Jonâ€™s body armor grenadeproof.â€? â€œMy story is very different because I was not a â€˜peace-nik,â€™ as Heather was originally,â€? McInnis said. â€œIâ€™ve never had the kind of visceral discomfort with the military or the broader national security community â€” probably because I was raised around military bases. These arenâ€™t evil warmongers. They are just
mon is their PhDâ€™s and their professional experience of working at the Pentagon. â€œAll the characters reflect some part of the writer,â€? McInnis said. â€œHeatherâ€™s wide-eyed experience getting into the Pentagon and observing the obscurities are very real. We also have the same motivations, supporting the men and women serving and their families. Sometimes military force is necessary and Heather and I want to make sure we give those in the military what they need for the best chance of success including the right strategy. As a woman, you need an air of authority and confidence.â€? However, the rest of the story devi-
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Cruise seen on set of â€˜Top Gunâ€™ sequel â€˜TOP GUN: MAVERICKâ€™ SET FOR RELEASE NEXT YEAR Hollywood brought one of its most iconic characters back home to Coronado as film crews took over the main gate to Naval Air Station North Island. Actor Tom Cruise is revising his role as Navy pilot Pete â€œMaverickâ€? Mitchell from the mega-hit movie â€œTop Gunâ€? in a film expected out next year. On Oct. 8, security was extremely tight as film crews set up outside the main gate to the naval military installation at 4th and Alameda. After hours on standby, an NBC 7 San Diego camera crew caught Cruise, flanked by security and production staff, as he jumped on a motorbike and let open the throttle. Cruise and his smile Tom Cruise as Maverick signature could only be seen in â€œTop Gun.â€? for a few seconds before production staff put up a privacy tent that blocked the view of the set. The sequel first began filming in San Diego earlier this summer for just a few days. Filming took place at NAS North Island for a week, The Department of Defense and U.S. Navy confirmed for a previous article. The movie is scheduled for release in July 2019. Most locals can identify the San Diego streets and locations in the original 1986 film. The â€œYouâ€™ve Lost That Lovinâ€™ Feelingâ€? scene was filmed at Kansas City Barbeque on Harbor Drive. Parts of Liberty Station, which was formerly the site of Naval Training Center San Diego from 1923 to 1997, served as a backdrop for the original movie. Navy property on Point Loma and a stretch of Oceanside can also be seen in the original film.
NETFLIX DEBUTS â€˜MEDAL OF HONORâ€™ SERIES RECREATES INCREDIBLE ACTS OF VALOR Netflixâ€™s upcoming â€œMedal of Honor,â€? set to debut Nov. 9, chronicles the extraordinary lives and deeds of eight service members awarded the nationâ€™s highest commendation for valor. At first glance, it looks like a gutpunch of a documentary series, replete with visceral combat scenes and war stories recalled in painful detail. But the show seems to be just as much about the men who earned the medal as it is the medal itself. Through a mix of archival footage, cinematic recreations and commentary from historians, military leaders and veterans, the series follows the recipients into heavy combat and then back home, where emotional interviews with friends and family members â€” and, in some cases, the recipients themselves â€” complete the stories of how each Medal of Honor was earned and the breadth of sacrifices entailed. â€œWhen you read citations of (Medal of Honor) recipients, often times it would not be far fetched to think to yourself there is no way this person could have done this,â€? Mike Dowling, a Marine Corps veteran of Iraq and the
technical adviser for the series, said. â€œOnly they did do that, and their stories deserve to be told.â€? Dowling was one of a handful of military veterans who were involved in the production of the show, which premieres ahead of Veterans Day, either behind the scenes or as actors. â€œIt was important to this team that the veteran community be involved in helping tell these stories,â€? Dowling said. Three of the recipients featured in the series â€” Sylvester Antolak, Edward Carter and Vito Bertoldo â€” were
awarded the medal for actions in World War II; two â€” Hiroshi â€œHersheyâ€? Miyamura and Joseph Vittori â€” in Korea; Richard L. Etchberger in Laos in 1968; and two â€” Ty Carter and Clint Romesha â€” during the infamous 2009 Battle of Kamdesh in eastern Afghanistan. â€œEverything we did that day, we didnâ€™t do it because we hated the enemy,â€? Romesha says in a trailer for the series. â€œCombat is not a great thing to be in, and itâ€™s not a motivation to hate, by no means. Itâ€™s a motivation to love your brothers.â€?
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WHAT HAPPENS IF DURANT LEAVES THE WARRIORS? BY PATRICK MURRAY FORBES
he question of Kevin Durantâ€™s future with the Golden State Warriors will loom over their season like an unpleasant stormcloud. Marcus Thompson of The Athletic sparked off a new wave of â€œwhat will Kevin Durant do in the summerâ€? speculation with an article that said his gut feeling was that Durant would leave the Warriors next summer. Thompson is a hugely respected voice by the Warriors fanbase due to his history covering the team for many years. But as he was at pains to point out, this was his sense rather than any source-based reporting. The question of what Durant will do when he becomes a free agent will be a topic all year. No one knows what Durant will do, including Durant himself. The reality is that the Warriors can offer more money, a better chance at winning and the opportunity to play in one of the most exciting new arenas in the NBA once Chase Center opens. Add in Durantâ€™s well-publicized love of Silicon Valley and the off-court investment opportunities presented by living in the Bay Area, one of the best organizational cultures in the league, and a group of
Kevin Durantâ€™s free agency in 2019 has speculation flying that he could leave the Golden State Warriors.
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Durant may well have a bit of wanderlust, and is likely worn down by the constant social media vilification that has accompanied his move to Golden State from Oklahoma City two summers ago. Marcus Thompson is right to say that the Warriors offer is pretty much a known entity already, whereas other teams can offer a different experience.
THE GRASS IS GREENER
The trouble is itâ€™s one thing for eyes to stray, itâ€™s quite another to actually take the plunge and leave. On closer inspection, the opportunities may not be as enticing when they are actually there in front of him. The Knicks are heavily rumored due to the fact that Rich Kleiman, Durantâ€™s business partner, is a long-term fan. Or perhaps itâ€™s better to say a longsuffering fan. Any avid observer of New York basketball knows that itâ€™s an annual tradition for Knicks fans to be strung along with the hope of a marquee free agent, only to be dumped at the altar. At this point, itâ€™s kind of like Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown. Then thereâ€™s the matter of anyone who has tried to â€œsave the Knicks.â€? Leg-
endary coaches Lenny Wilkens, Larry Brown and Phil Jackson have all had their resumes tarnished with their spells at Madison Square Garden. Amare Stoudemire famously proclaimed â€œthe Knicks are backâ€? before injuries and the Carmelo Anthony trade pulled the rug from under him. Anthony himself lasted longer, but only because he was as adept at the Madison Square Garden power struggles as anyone, as Jeremy Lin may be able to attest to. Durant may be able to ignore all that and bank on the fact that he is on another talent level from anyone the Knicks have seen since Patrick Ewing, and maybe beyond that. But heâ€™s also never really played for a dysfunctional organization. The Thunder, for all the jokes Warriors fans like to tell about Russell Westbrookâ€™s stat-padding, created a stable environment that was conducive to winning. The Warriors have long moved on from their dismal days thanks to the change in ownership and presence of Steph Curry. The Knicks, on the other hand, have not had a stable organizational culture DURANT, continued on Page 11
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ARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. â€” After finishing his second Boston Marathon five years ago, Maj. Ken Parisi, a logistics specialist at Marine Corps Systems Command, wanted to tackle a new challenge â€” triathlons. He has completed four full-distance 140.6-mile races and 10 half-distance 70.3-mile races. He said this passion for triathlons gave him confidence and made him a better Marine. â€œI realized I got myself into something pretty big, so I did what all Marines would do â€” I made a plan, hired a coach, bought a bike, and then just actively and aggressively pursued my training plan until I crossed each finish line,â€? Parisi said. This fall, he participated in the Iron-
man 70.3 World Championship at Nelson Mandela Bay in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, placing in the top 25 percent of 4,500 competitors. The race included a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride and a 13.1-mile run. It was Parisiâ€™s first world championship race, and he had to overcome a few obstacles: It rained the entire race and his bike never arrived in time after he shipped it from the U.S. Luckily, he was able to rent a bike and was only six minutes short of his fastest time. He also beat his personal record in running by six minutes and matched his fastest swim time. â€œIt was an incredible experience competing with the best athletes and Olympians across the globe,â€? Parisi said. â€œI enjoy triathlons because they push me past my uncomfortable limitations into becoming a better athlete and a better Maj. Ken Parisi, a logistics specialist at Marine Corps Systems Command, crosses the finish line at the Ironman person. Iâ€™m more patient and confident World Championship at Nelson Mandela Bay in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, in September. He placed in the TRIATHLON, continued on Page 9
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In the 1990s computers became popular because they were cheaper and smaller than ever before. There was a computer in most households across America. Adults and their kids would use them on a daily basis. However, not everyone could afford a computer or had a chance to use one until later in life. Sonar Technician Surface 1st Class Reynaldo Reyes, stationed aboard USS Freedom (LCS-1), and his family were among them. His parents, who emigrated from Mexico, worked tirelessly to provide for their family. Reyesâ€™ dad worked two jobs, while his mom worked at her job and looked after him and his siblings. With money so tight, they couldnâ€™t afford luxury items such as a computer. It wasnâ€™t until he was about 13 his family scraped together enough money to buy a com-
puter. Growing up, Reyes experienced their struggles to better their family first hand, and he watched them struggle to learn how to use that computer. â€œMy parents struggled a lot just because they lacked the capability to understand how computers work,â€? said Reyes, a native of Santa Anna. â€œIt was all struggles that they definitely didnâ€™t need to go through or could have easily been surpassed because of understanding how the Internet works or how a computer works or how to type up a resume.â€? The Navy set Reyes on a new path, one he would have never imagined. As a result of his new opportunities, heâ€™s been able to start on his bachelorâ€™s degree, change his life and figure out what he wants to do with the rest of his life. Still, he never forgot where he came from and the challenges his family faced. He had a desire to help people who were less fortunate so he started volunteering in 2014. After thinking about the hardships he and his family went through, he wanted to do something with computers. After all, as a sonar tech, Reyes said he already works on what is basically an oversized computer. â€œI wanted to see what I could do with computers and see what programs were
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time interfacing with a computer. He had worked at a power plant in Mexico while supporting his wife and kids who have been living in San Diego. He told Reyes how he moved to San Diego to spend more time with his family. Once he moved, he tried to find a job doing the same thing he was doing in Mexico. He had all of his certifications, but it didnâ€™t mean anything to anyone unless he applied for the job online. With money running low, he lost his house and family. â€œI had to start from the actual start button. When he left, he came pretty close to losing it. He didnâ€™t know he lost everything in his life because of one hurdle,â€? Reyes said. â€œHe gave me and the other instructor a hug and told us how happy he was that he showed up to the class.â€? With all of Reyes experiences through his childhood and seven years in the Navy, he feels one of his greatest sense of accomplishments is helping people learn how to use computers. â€œIt makes me feel good, it makes me feel like, â€˜Alright, I did something great for the community so that way it is beneficial to everyone.â€™ Itâ€™s easier to track kids when you know what they are doing or how theyâ€™re doing. Itâ€™s easier to get a better job when you know how to apply for one. So whatever skills that I may teach, I am hoping that it carries them to the next level where they need to be with their lives.â€?
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the default position for some years now has been the latter. There is nothing wrong in principle with negotiating with bad actors like the Taliban, or even with doing so with few preconditions, but unilateral concessions just to â€œbuild confidenceâ€? are foolhardy and, in fact, have the imperatives of a successful negotiation precisely backwards. Anyone paying even modest attention to the American government knows that the Bush, Obama, and Trump administrations have all been more than willing since 2002 to find some minimally tolerable way to cut a deal â€” and honor it â€” to leave Afghanistan to the Afghans. It is already a huge and arguably dangerous concession for the United States to hold direct talks without the legitimately elected government of Afghanistan, which the Taliban refuses to recognize, but recognition of a post-war government that is acceptable to all parties can reasonably be the end goal, not the starting point, of negotiations. (And we still donâ€™t really have a practical sense of what, if anything, a post-war gov-
ernment that gives some concessions to the Taliban without restoring their ability to re-empower al-Qaeda would or could look like.) If Taliban leaders need more inducement to come to the table, send them a fruit basket. But the one non-negotiable precondition of any talks is that American confidence needs to be established that it is negotiating with someone who actually has authority to bind the opposing forces â€”
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including accepting responsibility for alQaeda breaches of any peace. If you arenâ€™t negotiating with someone who can effectively guarantee that the fighting and the terror will stop, and who is willing to be held responsible in concrete ways if they resume, then youâ€™re not negotiating at all; youâ€™re just debating.
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in myself and what I can do because of this sport.â€? Parisi said training for a full-distance Ironman consumes his off-duty time. He alternates between swimming and running one day, then biking and running the next day, training at least 14 to 18 hours a week. This does not include the time he spends on travel, preparation, cool down, stretching and calorie consumption. â€œOn Saturdays Iâ€™ll wake up at 5 a.m. and go for a 5- or 6-hour bike ride, follow it up with a run, try to get home early enough to have a late lunch or early dinner, go to bed, and then do another workout the following day,â€? he said. â€œIâ€™m a very goal-driven Marine and individual. I think if you are going to be a successful and competitive athlete, having realistic, identifiable and attainable goals is critical.â€? Parisi said he believes competing in distance triathlons has increased his endurance and strength, which makes him a
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partner with whom to negotiate, our efforts to do so just signal our lack of commitment to continue the war. And commitment to fight indefinitely the one thing the Taliban still has in spades: Itâ€™s their country, life is cheap to them, and in many ways the Taliban is better suited as an organization to being an insurgency against a foreign enemy than to actually running a nation at peace without stirring up its own internal enemies. But the Trump adminis-
tration is led by a president no more genuinely committed to the war than Obama was. Despite the best efforts of Trumpâ€™s national-security team and the presidentâ€™s grudging willingness to plod on, the administration has failed thus far to find a way to either leave an Afghan government willing and able to continue the war to the bitter end on its own, or to communicate to the Taliban that America truly has the will to bring them to heel no matter how long it takes. This is in part due to the other strategic dilemma in the war, one that has recurred through nearly every American war since 1945: the American desire to deal with Afghanistan piecemeal, without addressing the various roles of neighboring Pakistan and Iran â€” as well as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and other Gulf states â€” in the conflict. As
Joscelyn notes: â€œThough President Trump has been tougher on Pakistan than his predecessor, some of the Talibanâ€™s most senior leaders still patiently plot from the territory of our erstwhile ally. â€˜We can no longer be silent about Pakistanâ€™s safe havens for terrorist organizations, the Taliban, and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond,â€™ he said in his August 21, 2017, speech. â€˜Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with our effort in Afghanistan. It has much to lose by continuing to harbor criminals and terrorists.â€™ â€œIn keeping with this stern warning, the Trump administration has withheld funds, designated additional Pakistan-based facilitators as terrorists, and chastised Pakistani officials for inaction. It is possible that this has had some effect behind closed doors, but it certainly hasnâ€™t changed Pakistanâ€™s overall behavior. Moreover, America is generally unwilling to target senior Taliban leaders inside Pakistan. The last time the United States killed a Taliban leader inside Pakistan was in May 2016. This safe haven has been crucial, allowing much of the Talibanâ€™s leadership to operate with impunity.â€? So long as your enemy has a safe border to retreat behind, without being chased there, it is nearly impossible to win a war. Even Vietnam is now well exceeded by the length of the U.S. war in Afghanistan, and no end appears in sight. But the anniversary of the September 11 attacks is a grim reminder of the costs of simply admitting defeat.
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There once was this lady that could not have kids. She prayed to God for a baby, and God answered her prayer â€” but the child was just a head. So she decided to love the head just as much as any other kid. Well, when the head got older and older, he would sit on a pillow atop a stool, and look out across the street and watch the kids play kickball in the park everyday. Everyday he would get sadder and sadder knowing he could not play kickball, because he had no legs. So one night he prayed to God for legs and feet. The next morning he woke up to find he had legs and feet. He was so happy, he ran outside to play An ear full kickball. While he was playing kickball, the There was a man who was in a car acball kept going into the street. He got sadder cident. Because of the accident, he had to and sadder knowing he could not pick up have his ears amputated. The insurance the ball, because he had no arms and hands. company gave him money because of this
odd injury, and when he got the money he decided he was going to start a computer firm. But then the man realized that he had no clue how to run a business. He picked three candidates to run his firm, and he was going to pick the person he liked most. The first candidate was great. â€œIâ€™m almost sure Iâ€™m going to pick this guy,â€?said the man with no ears to himself. Then, at the end of the interview, the man asked the candidate one more question. â€œDo you notice anything about me?â€? said the man. â€œYeah, you have no ears.â€? With this, the man got mad and kicked him out. Then, he interviewed the second man, and he was even better than the first. The last question he asked the second man was: â€œDo you notice anything about me?â€? â€œYeah, you have no ears.â€? The earless man then kicked that man out of his house. The third candidate was better then the first and second men put together. No matter what, he was going to pick this man. The last question the man with no ears asked the third candidate was: â€œDo you notice anything about me?â€? â€œYes,â€?said the third person. â€œYouâ€™re wearing contacts.â€? â€œWhy, yes!â€? said the man. â€œYouâ€™re very right! How did you know that?â€? The man replied: â€œYou canâ€™t wear glasses if you donâ€™t have ears!â€?
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