Obama Sets Pakistan a target to declare Final Victory in War against Terror

The word surge implies certain brevity, but according to President Obama’s withdrawal plans, announced Wednesday, it will end up taking two and a half years from the day the president ordered his Afghanistan surge to bring home those extra 33,000 U.S. troops sent to that country.

U.S. involvement in the war, if everything goes according to the plan, will not end until 2014—no, that isn’t a typo. The longest war in US history isn’t scheduled to end for another three years. That is when “this process of transition will be complete, and the Afghan people will be responsible for their own security,” Obama said Wednesday.

The president plans to reduce troop levels by just 10,000 by year’s end. Next summer, Obama promises, a full 33,000 servicemen and -women should be home. 

After the successful stealth raid at Osama bin laden compound in Abbotabad; Obama looks forward to declare a Final Victory in War against Terror—in Pakistan.

 White House Video Link of Speech:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/2011/06/22/president-obama-addresses-nation

 Transcript of Obama’s speech

Good evening. Nearly ten years ago, America suffered the worst attack on our shores since Pearl Harbor. This mass murder was planned by Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda network in Afghanistan, and signaled a new threat to our security – one in which the targets were no longer soldiers on a battlefield, but innocent men, women and children going about their daily lives.

In the days that followed, our nation was united as we struck at al Qaeda and routed the Taliban in Afghanistan. Then, our focus shifted. A second war was launched in Iraq, and we spent enormous blood and treasure to support a new government there. By the time I took office, the war in Afghanistan had entered its seventh year. But al Qaeda’s leaders had escaped into Pakistan and were plotting new attacks, while the Taliban had regrouped and gone on the offensive. Without a new strategy and decisive action, our military commanders warned that we could face a resurgent al Qaeda, and a Taliban taking over large parts of Afghanistan.

For this reason, in one of the most difficult decisions that I’ve made as President, I ordered an additional 30,000 American troops into Afghanistan. When I announced this surge at West Point, we set clear objectives: to refocus on al Qaeda; reverse the Taliban’s momentum; and train Afghan Security Forces to defend their own country. I also made it clear that our commitment would not be open-ended, and that we would begin to drawdown our forces this July.

Tonight, I can tell you that we are fulfilling that commitment. Thanks to our men and women in uniform, our civilian personnel, and our many coalition partners, we are meeting our goals. As a result, starting next month, we will be able to remove 10,000 of our troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year, and we will bring home a total of 33,000 troops by next summer, fully recovering the surge I announced at West Point. After this initial reduction, our troops will continue coming home at a steady pace as Afghan Security forces move into the lead. Our mission will change from combat to support. By 2014, this process of transition will be complete, and the Afghan people will be responsible for their own security.

We are starting this drawdown from a position of strength. Al Qaeda is under more pressure than at any time since 9/11. Together with the Pakistanis, we have taken out more than half of al Qaeda’s leadership. And thanks to our intelligence professionals and Special Forces, we killed Osama bin Laden, the only leader that al Qaeda had ever known. This was a victory for all who have served since 9/11. One soldier summed it up well. “The message,” he said, “is we don’t forget. You will be held accountable, no matter how long it takes.”

The information that we recovered from bin Laden’s compound shows al Qaeda under enormous strain. Bin Laden expressed concern that al Qaeda has been unable to effectively replace senior terrorists that have been killed, and that al Qaeda has failed in its effort to portray America as a nation at war with Islam – thereby draining more widespread support. Al Qaeda remains dangerous, and we must be vigilant against attacks. But we have put al Qaeda on a path to defeat, and we will not relent until the job is done.

In Afghanistan, we’ve inflicted serious losses on the Taliban and taken a number of its strongholds. Along with our surge, our allies also increased their commitments, which helped stabilize more of the country. Afghan Security Forces have grown by over 100,000 troops, and in some provinces and municipalities we have already begun to transition responsibility for security to the Afghan people. In the face of violence and intimidation, Afghans are fighting and dying for their country, establishing local police forces, opening markets and schools, creating new opportunities for women and girls, and trying to turn the page on decades of war.

Of course, huge challenges remain. This is the beginning – but not the end – of our effort to wind down this war. We will have to do the hard work of keeping the gains that we have made, while we drawdown our forces and transition responsibility for security to the Afghan government. And next May, in Chicago, we will host a summit with our NATO allies and partners to shape the next phase of this transition.

We do know that peace cannot come to a land that has known so much war without a political settlement. So as we strengthen the Afghan government and Security Forces, America will join initiatives that reconcile the Afghan people, including the Taliban. Our position on these talks is clear: they must be led by the Afghan government, and those who want to be a part of a peaceful Afghanistan must break from al Qaeda, abandon violence, and abide by the Afghan Constitution. But, in part because of our military effort, we have reason to believe that progress can be made.

The goal that we seek is achievable, and can be expressed simply: no safe-haven from which al Qaeda or its affiliates can launch attacks against our homeland, or our allies. We will not try to make Afghanistan a perfect place. We will not police its streets or patrol its mountains indefinitely. That is the responsibility of the Afghan government, which must step up its ability to protect its people; and move from an economy shaped by war to one that can sustain a lasting peace. What we can do, and will do, is build a partnership with the Afghan people that endures – one that ensures that we will be able to continue targeting terrorists and supporting a sovereign Afghan government.

Of course, our efforts must also address terrorist safe-havens in Pakistan. No country is more endangered by the presence of violent extremists, which is why we will continue to press Pakistan to expand its participation in securing a more peaceful future for this war-torn region. We will work with the Pakistani government to root out the cancer of violent extremism, and we will insist that it keep its commitments. For there should be no doubt that so long as I am President, the United States will never tolerate a safe-haven for those who aim to kill us: they cannot elude us, nor escape the justice they deserve.

My fellow Americans, this has been a difficult decade for our country. We have learned anew the profound cost of war—a cost that has been paid by the nearly 4500 Americans who have given their lives in Iraq, and the over 1500 who have done so in Afghanistan – men and women who will not live to enjoy the freedom that they defended. Thousands more have been wounded. Some have lost limbs on the field of battle, and others still battle the demons that have followed them home.

Yet tonight, we take comfort in knowing that the tide of war is receding. Fewer of our sons and daughters are serving in harm’s way. We have ended our combat mission in Iraq, with 100,000 American troops already out of that country. And even as there will be dark days ahead in Afghanistan, the light of a secure peace can be seen in the distance. These long wars will come to a responsible end.

As they do, we must learn their lessons. Already this decade of war has caused many to question the nature of America’s engagement around the world. Some would have America retreat from our responsibility as an anchor of global security, and embrace an isolation that ignores the very real threats that we face. Others would have America over-extend ourselves, confronting every evil that can be found abroad.

We must chart a more centered course. Like generations before, we must embrace America’s singular role in the course of human events. But we must be as pragmatic as we are passionate; as strategic as we are resolute. When threatened, we must respond with force – but when that force can be targeted, we need not deploy large armies overseas. When innocents are being slaughtered and global security endangered, we don’t have to choose between standing idly by or acting on our own. Instead, we must rally international action, which we are doing in Libya, where we do not have a single soldier on the ground, but are supporting allies in protecting the Libyan people and giving them the chance to determine their destiny.

In all that we do, we must remember that what sets America apart is not solely our power – it is the principles upon which our union was founded. We are a nation that brings our enemies to justice while adhering to the rule of law, and respecting the rights of all our citizens. We protect our own freedom and prosperity by extending it to others. We stand not for empire, but for self-determination. That is why we have a stake in the democratic aspirations that are now washing across the Arab World. We will support those revolutions with fidelity to our ideals, with the power of our example, and with an unwavering belief that all human beings deserve to live with freedom and dignity.

Above all, we are a nation whose strength abroad has been anchored in opportunity for our citizens at home. Over the last decade, we have spent a trillion dollars on war, at a time of rising debt and hard economic times. Now, we must invest in America’s greatest resource – our people. We must unleash innovation that creates new jobs and industry, while living within our means. We must rebuild our infrastructure and find new and clean sources of energy. And most of all, after a decade of passionate debate, we must recapture the common purpose that we shared at the beginning of this time of war. For our nation draws strength from our differences, and when our union is strong no hill is too steep and no horizon is beyond our reach.

America, it is time to focus on nation building here at home.

In this effort, we draw inspiration from our fellow Americans who have sacrificed so much on our behalf. To our troops, our veterans and their families, I speak for all Americans when I say that we will keep our sacred trust with you, and provide you with the care, and benefits, and opportunity that you deserve.

I met some of those patriotic Americans at Fort Campbell. A while back, I spoke to the 101st Airborne that has fought to turn the tide in Afghanistan, and to the team that took out Osama bin Laden. Standing in front of a model of bin Laden’s compound, the Navy SEAL who led that effort paid tribute to those who had been lost – brothers and sisters in arms whose names are now written on bases where our troops stand guard overseas, and on headstones in quiet corners of our country where their memory will never be forgotten. This officer – like so many others I have met with on bases, in Baghdad and Bagram, at Walter Reed and Bethesda Naval Hospital – spoke with humility about how his unit worked together as one – depending on each other, and trusting one another, as a family might do in a time of peril.

That’s a lesson worth remembering – that we are all a part of one American family. Though we have known disagreement and division, we are bound together by the creed that is written into our founding documents, and a conviction that the United States of America is a country that can achieve whatever it sets out to accomplish. Now, let us finish the work at hand. Let us responsibly end these wars, and reclaim the American Dream that is at the center of our story. With confidence in our cause; with faith in our fellow citizens; and with hope in our hearts, let us go about the work of extending the promise of America – for this generation, and the next. May God bless our troops. And may God bless the United States of America.

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Pak Military under its Seasonal US Pruning

 

All the states in the world, they have their militaries but in Pakistan, its military has a state of its own and is virtually in command and control of its rein. The present day civilian democratic facade seen erected there, serves a phony facade just to facilitate the safe sailing of military through the troubled waters on the high seas of American imposed War on terror in this region; where Pak military acts as US proxy.

But the irony is that facade and the mask of democracy since put up there is not entirely Pak military’s own idea. This bears its origin in CIA overall plan to create US anchorage in this region and to be in control of Central Asia, where as Pak military as a US subservient is executing the planned operation as a facilitator. Pak military, a recipient of large scale US perks also sees its own survival in it.

Some three years back when General Pervez Musharraf was asked to step aside; the master mind of masked facade of democracy, General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani, then the chief of ISI (commonly known as creator of NRO); was handed over the rein of the state.

Whereas US is very much paying the costs of Pak military operations conducted in the area; it also pays and supports the makeup of the facade…of democratic government in Pakistan which is obviously made of impotents and corrupt to their core stooges like Asif Ali Zardari, feeding on US aids and other perks and largesse.

The present day cuts and trims seen, unleashed and applied by CIA through its subversive onslaught against Pak military and its command leaving Pak military humiliated in the eyes of masses and its position undermined— is just a seasonal pruning of a proxy—- to cut and keep it to its size.

 Lately the 139th Corps Commanders conference press release of 9th June 2011 is the most distressing communiqué ever came out from the offices of ISPR speaking the frantic state of mind of battered bunch of generals giving all but the tales of colossal military failures and the setback of recent events. It’s every single sentence is so revealing of US intelligence entrapment as how the CIA that once the company of which our military used to cherish at every step; all of a sudden US was seen simply walking away from that relationship, leaving the entire set up of ISI and its net work, lying flat on all its four limbs down in one single CIA blow of  Abbotabad stealth raid operation. Later other incidents, of Mehran Naval base Karachi, torturing and killing of Journalist Saleem Shahzad, Killing of young boy by Rangers and the Akhroatabad incident, only they kept on adding to the list of failures.

Bara shour Suntay they Hathi Ki Dum Ka- Jo Dekha tou Bas ek Dhagia Tangi thi

It is not difficult to ascertain that the military command of Kayani lately seen showing its somehow potent muscles will eventually be sidelined and may be dumped as a spent cartridge—– like his predecessor—- Pervez Musharraf.

 Question is that; where is that Virtue of wisdom, sincerity, benevolence, courage and strictness of the command which is known to have always stood up firm and steadfast? 

They way Habib Jalibs would have described the situation;

Apney naheen logo Yeh gernail, Yeh  Lagharay; Yeh Zardaray

Who says it’s not War?

 It is war; a war against terrorism; which has now fully engulfed our land in Pakistan. Terrorism was initiated by Al Qaeda while they were in Afghanistan and when were hunted down by US after US invasion they fled to Pakistan in disguise as refugees.

Since Pakistan did not take it serious to thwart their anchorage here; so Al Qaeda saw a golden opportunity to grow its further influences in the society and even in military forces.  

Ironically Pakistan is the land of hypocrites and mercenaries. They love to sleep with enemy and may not dither even to betray their own home land. This is old traditional and cultural out set especially of some of the tribes of the North Western province. Al Qaeda took a full advantage of it and they too infiltrated among the ranks and files of Pak Armed forces and inculcated their influence. Earlier incident of attacking Musharraf by Pak Air force personals and recent Mehran naval base attack are glaring examples of it. Reportedly there is thousands of serving military personals radicalised by Al Qaeda required to be plucked out of armed forces. Anyhow with the death of OBL and now the killing of turn coat traitor like (old navy commando) Ilyas kashmiri… this org is said to be dying.

On the other hand; CIA too (from the very start)became active and by keeping a track of above said cultural trend found in FATA area of betrayal; created…Tehrik e Taliban of Pakistan—TTP. This org is not anything which may be said as parallel to Al Qaeda etc (and we must not get confused here or get bogged down.) TTP is a sole CIA brain child; fully trained, supported and funded by CIA.

TTP is part of US greater plan to deplete Pakistan and deplete it so much that it remains at US feet for its survival that it should forget going about and swinging with china. US presence in Pakistan serves US strategic interest to stop China in expanding its influence in the region and going about as next super power of the world.

In US-China Tussle; Pakistan is future battle ground.

 In nutshell TTP is meant to thwart Pakistan to go and unify with China for coming days and times. In creation of TTP, Fazlur of JUI the traitor is the culprit who conspired. Received millions from CIA and when during Musharraf era JUI had their government in NWFP, let TTP fester in Malakand -Swat area till we found that it was grown into monster.

 Koi aour tou naheen hey; passey Khanjar aazmaee

Humeen Qatal ho rahey hain; Humeen Qatal kar rahey hain

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Saleem Shahzad: the man who knew too much

It is learnt that Saleem shahzad had a gunshot wound that he got few days back in a scuffle at a hotel and had some ribs broken and possibly lung punctured. It is generally believed that since man set off from home to go for an interview by Naseem Zohra at Dunya TV station. Soon after he left home, he was picked up. Since he did not reach TV station so it is believed that in order to bar him from giving yet another set of revelations that earlier man had spilled enough of beans in his Asia times article about Meharan Naval base fiasco; so possibly to bar him, ISI must have picked him up. They might have not killed him but in the process of manhandling of person to simply deny him to appear at TV station; owing to the chest wounds he was already suffering; he scum to those wounds plus the usual ISI thrashing…. Then is the ugly tale of disposal of his dead body which was ditched in canal near Jhelum and later found downstream at Rasul head works, some 150 kms away from his home near Mandi Bahudin.

This is one side of the story as we are lead to believe. But here, this may not be the case that only ISI be blamed to pick on him.

• What about the very people who attacked him earlier and left him wounded and on the day wether he was going to TV station or not; they had a repeat visit?

• What about the other intelligence agencies like IB and others or even the Islamabad Police?

• What about that he had already said in his article that he will be revealing next in Asia Times that how the militants of TTP, Al Qaeda and other Extremist groups are recruited and trained?

• If we believe that hirelings of TTP the brain child of CIA who work for CIA and are carrying out all sort of subversive acts on our land; they fearing their further exposures just eliminated the man.

• What about the simple fact leading to his elimination; that man knew too much?

Whatever the reasons:

 The death of Saleem Shahzad shows that if ‘Demoralization’, ‘Destabilization’, ‘Crisis (anarchy)’ and finally the ‘Surrender’ are the four stages of fall of a nation through subversion that Pakistan is subjected to….. Unfortunately Pakistan has crossed all the stages but one— where it has reached the point of— No Return.

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