Bob Owens

The saddest truth in politics is that people get the leaders they deserve

Treason at 1600: Obama denies airpower to U.S. forces in Afghanistan

Written By: Bob - Sep• 28•12

Bring them home now. Barack Obama has betrayed our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines in Afghanistan, denying them the use of close air support. Pack more small arms ammo, boys. The only air support you’ll getting is the dust-off taking your bodies back to base.

A man inspired and mentored by the terrorist who plotted to bomb a non-commissioned officers dance at Fort Dix has now found his own unique way to get American soldiers killed: deny them the mobility, confine them to base, and strip away the close air support that provides the U.S. a critical advantage against an enemy that knows the terrain like the back of his hand.

I wish I could say I was surprised, but all I feel now is rage.

First, because of the recent green on blue incidents or “insider threats” as the new buzz phrase dictates, all coalition forces in Afghanistan have completely stopped partnering with the ANA, AUP, and ALP in order to prevent the death of anymore CF casualties by ANSF or Taliban disguised as them. This is also greatly spurred by President Karzi’s indifferent attitude and lack of action to take measures to prevent further insider attacks.

Second, because of this massive change in policy (and complete change in mission) all U.S. forces are forbidden to actively patrol their AO and are to remain on their respective COPs/FOBs. There are only a few exceptions to this rule and they all pertain to “hardening” highway 1 in our AO. We have received orders that clearly state that all CF will no longer be allowed to drop air to ground munitions within the country of Afghanistan. This preempts Karzi’s announcement that will be made shortly that states the above mentioned order, making it a tactical directive that he is ordering.

The soldier that wrote this letter goes on to note that the Obama Administration has confined our men to their combat outposts (COPs) and Forward Operation Bases (FOBs). The country has been conceded to the Taliban on orders from the Obama Administration.

Worse, our  feckless Commander in Chief has effectively abandoned our soldiers in-country, with no mission, no mobility, and no supporting firepower. The Close Air Support wing of America’s combined arms doctrine—which has saved countless lives—has been done away with in an entirely political move. He has made our military sitting ducks, allowing the Taliban to set up ambushes like that which attempted to kill Britain’s Prince Harry.

If I were Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta I would have resigned in a very public display of disgust before implementing such an order, but he’s a political beast and not a ma of character nor honor.

This is treason, calculated to needlessly sacrifice American military personal in wartime, hoping to deny the Taliban a few “civilian” casualties that might cause “distractions” just before the election.

I’m beginning to think that the only thing Barack Hussein Obama excels at is getting Americans needlessly killed to advance his political career. I can only imagine what our soldiers feel towards him, and wonder what so many Secret Service members—quite a few of which are operators—feel about protecting a man that is callously setting their brothers up to die.

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  1. twolaneflash says:

    My son is awaiting a bird to fly him out of A’stan with his SFODA team after 9 months in hell, handcuffed. When he told me the replacement team was in place, my despair for the new team was far heavier than the relief of mine being out of combat. Dear God in Heaven, put a bubble of Grace and Mercy around them all.

    • Shirley says:

      From your lips to God’s ear! Best wishes to you and your son. I hope you will tell him that Americans support him,

  2. Dusty says:

    What are we doing in a place where we are unwanted and unsafe? As a veteran I can see why Active Duty personnel and many of us veterans are running away from the nitwit in the White House. Every single skirmish should be reported in the media in very accurate and horrid detail so the nation can see the leader in action! This administration is so out of touch with the use of military force and so protective of the Mohammedans one must wonder if the person at the top isn’t truly one of them.

  3. RiverRat says:

    Welcome to the new version of Johnson’s Vietnam…believe me, I was running boats on Vietnamese rivers in ’68 without air support.

  4. Orion says:

    Can you imagine how we must feel about the folks who say they are going to vote for this man? Especially when they’re our own family?


  5. JH in Texas says:

    I’d be careful about linking to anything Michael Yon is writing nowadays. He did some good things early on but his ongoing feud with Soldiers Angels and some other things he’s written has made me think he’s gone around the bend. This story may very well be true, but it may very well not be. I’m doing some research with some people who are there, and some who just came back to see what I can find out.

    • J says:

      Leaving judgments concerning Mike out of the picture, this sort of thing has happened before so there is precedent. And, to be fair, it (release authority for CAS/AWT moved to CINC and confined to the COPs/FOBs) happened under both President Bush and President Obama’s watch.

  6. RM says:

    Obama hates America and he hates our military. Everything he has done is done with the deliberate intent of weakening America to the point of our collapse. Our sons and daughters lives mean nothing to this man.
    God save our nation from this Administration and keep our Troops safe. Amen.

  7. captainfish says:

    How many times were we hounded by Pres Bush creating a new Vietnam in Iraq? Yet, when the current member actively pursues a surrender policy, the media and Republicans are silent.

    Where are the calls to hold this administration accountable? Where are the calls to end what has become our nations first Battlefield LOSS? Where are the calls, hyping the Democrat’s “This war is lost” calls in their support?

  8. William says:

    This is High Treason. The best solution is to IMPEACH Obama. Is there any Congressman standing who has the backbone to step up and demand his Impeachment??

  9. True Patriot says:

    We have no business in Afghanistan. Russia could not win it
    and there is no reason for us to be over there. They are 7th century savages so let them at each other. Not our guys
    My son just got back from 3rd tour BlackHawk Pilot but I feel so much sadness and heartsick for those being sent to be slaughtered. Illegal Communist Muslim Usurper Fraud Obama should be sent in their place and get his due reward.
    SOB must be removed. He is the evil filth that is not deserving to live in this country, much less be illegally in our WH, placed by the Braindead Zombies who like all good little sheep do what they are told.

    Dear God how much more is this nation to put up with??