NBC News: US on track for three-fold increase on bombing Afghanistan

| November 23, 2017 | 5 Comments

For some reason, Huffington Post and NBC News find fault with an increase this year in the number of bombs that the United States has dropped on Afghanistan over last year;

On Monday, NBC News reported that the U.S. Air Force was on track to triple the number of bombs dropped in Afghanistan in 2017 compared with last year.

As of Oct. 31, the U.S. had dropped 3,554 bombs on the country, the report said. That stands in contrast to the 1,337 bombs from all of 2016 and the 947 bombs dropped on Afghanistan in the entirety of 2015.

Trump announced earlier this year that the U.S. would expand its military presence in Afghanistan in an effort to wipe out the Taliban ? despite his “original instinct … to pull out” of America’s longest war.

Yeah, well, last year we weren’t doing too well in regards to securing Afghanistan compared to this year, either. If those bombs were dropping on civilian-occupied built-up areas, HuffPo and NBC might have a point, but those bombs fell in support of US and allied forces in their war against the forces of evil.

Gen. John Nicholson, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said on Monday that Trump had emboldened him with “new authority” to launch a bombing campaign against opium labs that have been lining the Taliban’s pockets with cash.

“In striking northern Helmand and the drug enterprises there, we’re hitting the Taliban where it hurts, which is their finances,” Nicholson told reporters in a teleconference, speaking from Afghanistan. “These new authorities allow me to go after the enemy in ways I couldn’t before.”

I guess that’s the problem – the opium users at the Huffington Post and NBC are worried that their pockets will take a hit when the market prices of dope rise.

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  1. AW1Ed says:

    Trump could cure cancer and the left would becry the loss of the oncologist’s jobs.

  2. Joe says:

    Afghanistan is the size of Texas. A few pinprick bombing runs more or less isn’t gonna make much of a difference one way or the other. They talk a good game while just kicking the can down the road.

    • Casey says:

      Which part of targeting opium farms did you not understand? They’re going after Taliban money with this.

      No one claims it will be 100% successful, but it will degrade their capability via reduced cash flow.

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