Defense Secretary Mattis: “We Are Not Winning the War in Afghanistan”

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Secretary of Defense James Mattis said the United States was not winning the war in Afghanistan in Congressional testimony on Tuesday, vowing to offer a new strategy to lawmakers this summer that will call for the deployment thousands of additional troops to the country.

“We are not winning in Afghanistan right now. And we will correct this as soon as possible,” Mattis said in testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee, adding his view that the Taliban were currently “surging,” a development he said he wanted to address.

Mattis’ remarks underscore what some American commanders see as a grinding stalemate in the Afghan conflict, the longest-running war in American history, now in its seventeenth year.

In mid-May, the Pentagon was expected to present a series of options to the White House for how to proceed in the conflict, but an official announcement has not been made. While the plans varied, each would deploy somewhere between 3,000 and 5,000 new soldiers to Afghanistan.

The Army announced earlier last month that it would send 1,500 soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division to Afghanistan on an advise and assist mission planned for this summer. That deployment is separate from those contemplated by Pentagon for its new strategy.

Despite internal resistance to a large troop increase, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is reportedly pushing for a new troop surge. The new deployments would join some 29,000 private contractors and 8,400 American soldiers, who remain stationed in the country after a significant withdrawal in late 2016.

The Pentagon is now expected to convey options to the White House by mid-July.

The numbers do not paint a reassuring picture for the war. According to data released by the U.S Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, the Afghan government controls less than 60 percent of the country’s 407 districts as of Feb. 20, nearly 11 percent less than it did last year around the same time. The Taliban still controls large sections of territory, and the Islamic State has also begun to establish a foothold in the country.

Last month, a large truck bomb killed over 150 people and wounded at least 400 more in Afghan’s capital of Kabul, the deadliest attack in the city since the Taliban was ousted in 2001. The Taliban released a statement soon after the bombing denying responsibility, leading some to suspect that another group, such as the Islamic State, was responsible.

This only emphasizes the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, where such attacks have become commonplace.

To date, 2,300 Americans have been killed and over 17,000 wounded in Afghanistan since the war began 2001.

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  • NonYo Business

    Was this war meant to be won? Iraq, Libya, Egypt, Turkey, and now war drums for Iran and North Korea… The USA does not stand for Freedom. Not by a long shot.

  • gato felix

    Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah…memo to Sec. of Def. Mattis. “wars were not meant to be won” i’m sure he knows that but facts be damned!!!

  • angelo

    Mr. President Trump would not throw good money to bad in a poor or non return on investment enterprise. No sane American business would throw good money to bad. Only our government proves daily that spending has no tomorrow, with out a budget as the standard operating process.
    I voted for Mr. Trump because we wanted to be done with that sort of government that feeds the machine. The death machine. The lost cause machine.
    We need to step back and get our national interests at home in order before flushing more money in the middle east and SWA.
    In closing all these pro immigration, pro shariah and anti Trump folks should spend a few years in the countries that all the root cause problems originate from to get a clear understanding why you cannot buy peace or install democracy let alone a free market enterprise.
    Billions lost many dear Americans lost.
    Wake up. Get out. Get back to the business at hand at home today.
    The entire system needs attention from the grass roots up. We are all at fault for letting it go. Since when do we consider haters of the establishment a political cause. Wake up folks. You do not want to be walking around home like we have to walk around in Europe, Kabul or the sand box (all areas).

    • gato felix

      I’m so looking foward to the day when Americans stop using the word “we” all this warmongering going on these last 16 years has been at the hands of neo-cons, one world fisters er I mean firsters, those elite Bankers and Military types, that consider the people nothing more then commodities to be used and abused then discarded…so to use the word “we” implies all of us, not me I don’t want to belong in that “we” thank you very much!!!

  • Mike

    That is because these were never wars. These were political operations started by the CIA and the like from other countries that benefit from blood and death.

  • RandyJ/ProudSurvivor

    Winning today is defined by how long the war can be dragged out with the appearance that the “enemy” has been mostly subjugated. The “enemy” is never truly vanquished and will continue to read it’s ugly head-which is what made Islam such an attractive target. So what about an exit strategy? There’s no need for one as long as the venture remains profitable and quenches the blood lust of those calling the shots.

    • Cynical Old Bastard

      The lust for blood is one thirst that is apparently insatiable.

      Thus, myths and legends are born. Think about the Vampire myth for a minute and you’ll make the connection. An insatiable bloodsucker preying upon the common peasant folk over whom he/she/they rule?

      I mean… come on….

      • RandyJ/ProudSurvivor

        The whole of mankind is war fodder for the elites. We are a renewable resource and hence disposable. As long as they are in control, that’s how it will be.

        • Cynical Old Bastard

          That’s not entirely true, Randy. Mostly, but not quite.

          There are always a few left. 3 percenters or whatever kind of cool sounding name they call themselves this month or year. Even among those, the biggest part are simply a higher form of Sheeple following a different Shepherd.

          Meh. Doesn’t really matter anymore, does it?

          I think we’ve all pretty much accepted that we’re screwed. They want us dead and are quite willing to take up arms against us. I never did anything to those people and they want me dead. Christ! One of my favorite people in this town is a liberal. We have hilarious conversations and the shit just sort of melds together and comes out good. If not good, then at least hilarious. In other words… we get along just fine… and actually like to hang out with each other! But them other fuckers want us to die. Literally.

          I’m not really in favor of that decision and that might have some small reason to do with why I prep.

  • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

    Nobody has ever won a war in Afghanistan – why is anyone surprised that “we’re” not?

    • gato felix

      That’s the reason it’s know as the “graveyard of empires” the last one to “control” that country was Alexander the Great.

    • blue579

      The war in Afghanistan was never intended to be won, same as the Korean and Vietnam “wars” / UN Police Actions.

      Nick Rockefeller told Aaron Russo the war that followed a big future incident would be a war that never ended.

  • Cynical Old Bastard

    Ummm… okay then… sorry, Will… but we’re fighting Afghanistan too? What for this time? I just got the Syrian BS almost straightened out in my pea-brain.

    Fuck.

    Good Lord. i really need to buy a radio or something.

    • Will Porter

      Haha well naturally we MUST prop up the fledgling Afghan government to prevent the Taliban from governing the country, right? And if ISIS happens to emerge in Afghanistan, well SURELY we have to stay there to oust them, yeah?

      A commenter above used the apt title, the “graveyard of empires.” This is true, but it doesn’t mean Lockheed can’t make a buck while they dig our grave.

      • Cynical Old Bastard

        Heh-heh. Ohhh yeeaaaah… I forgot about all that other stuff. Must be my CRS disease (Can’t remember shit). Probably more likely that I see right through their Bullshit. It’s almost like when you wash your windows and get them so clean that birds fly into them.

        Yeah, that ‘graveyard of empires’ comment was @disqus_wwAQsCrpKT:disqus (great user name). Always has good, insightful comments. He’s one of us.

  • Tatiana Covington

    In other news: Sun comes up in east. Rain falls from clouds. Kids laugh at farts in school.

  • Jeri Brace

    Afghanistan is like Vietnam, it’s a quagmire without any kind of solutions at all.
    The US Government is too proud to put their tail between their legs leave & admit defeat so we keep wasting Money, munitions & valuable lives in our armed forces so these psychopaths in Washington can continue to bolster their ego. It took them this freakin long to finally admit it.

  • Nexusfast123

    The US mercenary army. Hard to tell the difference between regulars and the mercenaries. Never was a difference.

  • newty

    And those Bush offspring will lead the charge!

  • “We Are Not Winning the War in Afghanistan”

    Oh, poor Mr. Mad-Dog. We are so sorry and feel with you, Mr. Mad-Dog.

    That means surely more troops to “help”, bringing “freedom”, “democracy” and “gender equality” and other BS to Afghanistan, the country that the US nearly bombed to the ground because some cage people were said to have destroyed the twin towers with their carpet knifes? Right?

    • Phil_Ossifer

      They never seem to figure out the concept that, when you find yourself in a hole, STOP DIGGING. Cut our losses. Get our troops out of Shitcanistan, where they don’t belong, protecting poppy fields. Station them down on the U.S-Mexico border, where they do belong, repelling hostile invaders.

      • It’s their policy, it’s no failure.

  • SP_88

    We will never “win” the war in Afghanistan. It’s not possible. All we will ever do over there is protect government interests and corporate interests. Not to mention the drug profits.
    The enemy will never be defeated because we are the ones keeping the enemy going. It’s a self-serving war. And many Americans are supporting it because they believe the propaganda that ISIS is evil and we need to defeat them. But it’s all bullshit. ISIS is funded by us. We could end their existence at any time. But we don’t. Because we need them to perpetuate this war.
    These are the actions of a bunch of war criminals in Washington. They should all be tried for war crimes.

  • TrevorD

    “2,300 Americans have been killed and over 17,000 wounded in Afghanistan since the war began 2001.”
    For absolutely nothing apart from to line the huge pockets and the greed for power by so few. What a truly epic scandal.