The Taliban Doesn't Exist
Yes, you read that correctly. What am I talking about? In this video I’ll tell you what I mean by that. Also, my response to the breakdown of peace talks and what we need to do going forward.
Transcript of above video.
This is a little bit longer of a video that I like to make but it’s important. I want to address the news over the weekend that peace talks with the Taliban broke down. Of course they did. First of all True and everlasting peace cannot be negotiated with a thuggish and brutal regime hellbent on acquiring absolute power with an appetite for bloodshed and an evil thirsting for destruction. The so-called peace talks broke down over the weekend when the “Taliban” committed yet another atrocious attack that killed innocent civilians while also claiming the life of an American soldier. I say “Taliban” because it is time the mainstream of America knows the real truth about the “Taliban”. They don’t exist. Yeah you heard me correctly, the Taliban doesn’t exist. Sure there is a group by that name that rose to regional infamy after they brutally took over Afghanistan and then rose to global infamy after 9/11 when they poorly chose to harbor Osama Bin Laden and his cowardly band of jihadists ignoring the United States of America’s ultimatum to cooperate fully and deliver the terrorists responsible for the murder of 3,000 innocent American citizens. But the Taliban as we envision them simply don’t exist.
You see, throughout the history of the United States we have always had an easily identifiable enemy. A single united force that we could easily define to the American people. Starting with the British in the American revolution on down to the Axis Powers Nazi Germany and the Empire of Japan in WWII. Yes, other conflicts haven’t been as clear as the ones I just mentioned. The enemy we fought in Vietnam for instance wasn’t as identifiable as WWII and other wars. But the Taliban, is much harder to explain. The closest thing I can liken them to is an American street gang. Imagine the United States Government trying to negotiate an end to all gang violence in America. Who would you negotiate with? If you could somehow reach a peace deal with say the Bloods in Los Angeles, would the Crips in that city fall in line and honor that deal? Of course not. I use these two gangs as examples only because they are the most widely known. I mean no ill will towards them and by no means am I implying that they are comparable with an international terror organization. The situation Is even more complex than that analogy because even the Bloods and Crips have hundreds of different factions or sets spread out across the nation. Those factions don’t answer to one supreme leader. It’s the same with the Taliban, it’s really just a bunch of loosely connected criminal factions that America has bunched together for the purpose of fighting an enemy we can put a face and a name to. And to be fair, for the most part those loosely connected factions have largely been united in their fight against their common enemy which of course is the American military lead coalition. But that is hardly always the case.
Much of what I did in Afghanistan as a Psychological Warfare Specialist dealt with that reality. Some of our biggest successes came by employing various psychological warfare tactics to sow distrust and division between various Taliban factions who had united solely to fight us their common enemy. But by being aware of previous feuds and sources of discontent between the various factions, we were able to turn them against each other on several occasions and watch as they killed each other while we sat back safe and sound and enjoyed the show. Essentially having them do our job for us. So, I have always been skeptical of peace talks with a mythical Taliban.
Recently, just as this mythical Taliban was close to a deal with the Trump administration, a certain Taliban faction, one that most likely wasn’t too keen on the idea of peace with the infidels, undermined the progress by conducting an attack that killed an American soldier. President Trump then called off the imminent peace deal on Twitter saying that the Taliban admitted to the attack. President Trump then posed the question, QUOTE “What kind of people would kill so many in order to seemingly strengthen their bargaining position? They didn’t, he continued... They only made it worse! If they cannot agree to a ceasefire during these very important peace talks, and would even kill 12 innocent people, then they probably don’t have the power to negotiate a meaningful agreement anyway. How many more decades are they willing to fight?” CLOSE QUOTE
Therein lies the conundrum. The Taliban leadership engaging in peace talks doesn’t speak for every Taliban faction, but that same leadership could never admit that on the world stage, so they accept responsibility for the attack regardless of how much it weakens their position. They would be in a much weaker position if the world knew they couldn’t control all those factions any more than an average Blood gang faction could control a Crip faction and vice versa. So President Trump is right, when he said, “If they cannot agree to a ceasefire during these very important peace talks, and would even kill 12 innocent people, then they probably don’t have the power to negotiate a meaningful agreement anyway, how many more decades are they willing to fight?”.
The real question is how many more priceless young American soldiers are we willing to sacrifice in the land that is aptly named the graveyard of empires? Too many of our best and brightest have died fighting the Taliban. Too many have been wounded, maimed, lost limbs, lost eyesight, too many have suffered traumatic brain injuries and have been mentally scarred from multiple combat deployments, myself included. I believed wholeheartedly in the mission, it was and still is an honorable mission. The great people of Afghanistan want and deserve peace, prosperity and freedom. They are wonderful people. It is a beautiful country with an amazing culture and a rich history and great values that they live by.
The mission is an honorable mission the problem is, we have never since the 2001 invasion, made an honorable attempt to accomplish the stated mission or anything close. The Taliban that existed in 2001 and every day since then could have been completely eradicated with the proper level of troops and resources, we could have killed them all quickly and efficiently, but nowadays we only fight politically correct wars, we could have done the people of Afghanistan a great service and it would have taken a year or two at most. We could have made sure that Afghanistan never became the terrorist safe haven that it was and still is today, but we didn’t, we did the bare minimum while wasting trillions of dollars in treasure and rivers full of our own blood for a fool’s errand all along. I have several theories for why this is the case, the leading theory being that a quick and efficient, get the job done and get out kind of operation doesn’t benefit the military industrial complex. The Billions and maybe Trillions of dollars in government contracts over the 20-year period of warfare in Afghanistan fuels much of the policy decisions. Cronyism is the culprit their and Republicans and Democrats share the blame equally, it’s the political establishment that are behind it all. We have always sent our troops in to harms way with both hands tied behind their backs only endangering them even more. The ridiculous rules of engagement that we adhere to in combat speaks to that.
During my first combat tour to Afghanistan during the surge, we were severely hindered by the decision to outlaw airstrikes in residential areas. What was even more ridiculous is we announced that to the world. That rule of engagement not only limited the effectiveness of ground troops but got good men killed and wounded for no good reason. We couldn’t drop bombs on the enemy if they were in compounds. The enemy took advantage of that and only attacked us from civilian houses, I watched as they forced themselves into homes and fired upon us knowing full well that we couldn’t drop bombs on them. I’ll never forget the images in my mind of those cowards taking hostages and using women and children as human shields while moving from one compound to the next shooting at us while we sat helplessly because of some idiotic political decision to appease whatever Taliban figure the US government was negotiating with at the time through back channels. Some representative of the Taliban hierarchy that couldn’t even speak for each Taliban faction. It was ridiculous then and it’s even more so today.
My friends and I sacrificed more than you will ever know fighting for something that was never really attainable with the limitations our own politicians burdened us with. It pains me to say this, but we need to leave, we need to get out, we need to stop pretending that peace is just one negotiation away. It’s time the citizens of the United States know that the Taliban as we have come to envision them don’t exist and have never existed. The sooner we come to terms with that, the better we will all be!
Response to Recent Mass Shootings/ Gun Control
I wanted to share my thoughts about the recent incidents in Texas and Ohio. I condemn, in the strongest terms possible, the absolute hateful evilness witnessed in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH recently.
In the wake of such heartbreaking tragedies, I call on all of us to resist the urge to politicize these senseless acts of violence and resist the urge to demonize a whole group of people based on the actions of two deranged criminals.
The shock that is felt after such traumatic experiences and the grief that endures from the loss of so many precious lives is shared by every single one of us, regardless of political ideology. I pray that we can find it within ourselves to view each other as fellow human beings and that we can simply acknowledge that commonality and attempt to console each other during this time. Shared painful experiences have a way of unifying even the greatest of divides.
My heart aches for the loss of so many innocent lives. I pray that those affected will be comforted in their time of inconceivable pain. I pray we can emerge from such experiences united as fellow human beings and fellow Americans.
Pause for a moment before launching the political debate and partisan talking points. When the appropriate time comes, those involved need to take the time to educate themselves about facts and engage in reasonable and rationale dialogue without purely emotional responses driving the conversation. Solutions are only found when emotions are checked at the door.
God bless us all.
None of this matters in my opinion. Evil is evil. I wish we could simply legislate our way out of this, but we can’t. Criminals, by their very nature, don’t follow the law.
Stop looking to elected officials to save us from this insanity. Start with yourself and your sphere of influence. No matter how small or large. Be a positive influence in the lives of others. Love one another, be respectful and courteous when in disagreement. Be adults and take responsibility for your actions. When wrong, promptly admit it and do better next time. Stop listening to typical politicians and the news media who are driving this division and contention for personal gain.
Stop seeing fellow Americans as the mortal enemy and start seeing them as FELLOW AMERICANS. Tone down the rhetoric, words matter. Stop being a keyboard warrior. Don’t do or say anything online that you wouldn’t have the guts to do or say in real life.
It isn’t too late for this country to unite again. I still believe we have more that unites us than divides us. It takes real leaders on both sides to remind the nation of that often.
Identify REAL leaders and VOTE them into office PERIOD.
Personally I have serious issues with the "Red Flag Gun Laws" or "Gun Violence Restraining Orders". While the premise sounds like common sense, things like this are always used for ulterior motives.
What is to stop a vindictive person from making a false report that they fear for my safety and the safety of those around me? The idea that the authorities could confiscate my guns even temporarily violate several of my constitutional rights listed in the Bill of Rights.
Many Republican lawmakers including the Governor of Arizona and the President of the United States have voiced their support for these measures. Several states already have them on the books. I fear this will be pushed through without the proper level of debate and study something like this deserves. I don't believe any version of this law could guarantee due process. Therefore I would have to oppose this idea.
My Response To Republicans That Support Red Flag Laws