This is why a strong White House, with a president who carries a big stick, is needed.
The Taliban has been a thorn in America’s side for 15-plus years, carrying out and threatening to carry out attacks on U.S. troops stationed in the area since the September 11 terrorist attacks, when the then-White House took swift action to fight terrorism.
Well, thanks to President Obama, the situation’s grown only more dangerous for America’s military. Why?
As Breitbart reports: “The security situation has significantly worsened since President Barack Obama declared an end to the U.S. combat mission in December 2014, as he dramatically reduced the American military footprint in the country.”
America’s maintained a presence in Afghanistan since October 2001, due to a U.S. declaration of war on terrorism and the Taliban for giving aid to al Qaeda terrorists during the September 11 attacks. By that December, the Taliban was considered crumbled, and America’s war on terrorism then shifted focus to Iraq.
But Obama took office in 2009 and since, the Taliban has seen a resurgence.
“The Taliban’s reach in Afghanistan is now greater than at any point since their regime was overthrown nearly 15 years ago,” Breitbart wrote. “In 2015, the Taliban was the chief perpetrator in the world of terrorist attacks, carrying out 1,093 individual attacks that resulted in 4,512 fatalities, according to the U.S. State Department.”
Coincidentally, the listing of the Taliban as the “world’s most prolific terrorist group” by federal authorities came just a few months after Obama called for an end to the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan.
As such, America’s $15 billion is tax dollars to fight the Taliban and nation build has been wasted. And America’s military is seeing overseas’ threats they haven’t experienced in years.
From Breitbart: “U.S military deaths have increased nearly four-fold, from the 558 that took place before Obama was inaugurated for office in 2009 to 2,240 now, a Pentagon tally shows. Meanwhile, the injuries have increased about seven-fold, from 2,702 under the previous administration to 20,1afghanistan68 now. That means there have been 1,682 U.S. military deaths (about 75 percent of all) and 17,466 injuries (nearly 90 percent) in Afghanistan under Obama’s watch.”
Most of the deaths due to terrorism have taken place on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, an area considered a sanctioned zone for terrorists.