Report Shows Afghanistan Plan is Working

first_imgBy Dialogo November 01, 2011 The Defense Department’s latest report to Congress on Afghanistan details steady progress and shows the plan there is working, a senior defense official speaking on background told reporters in Washington D.C. The Report on Progress Toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan — commonly called “the 1230 report” for its citation in the law that requires it — is the latest congressionally mandated report card on Afghanistan to Congress. The reports, which have charted the state of security in Afghanistan, began in 2008. “We have been describing the situation on the ground as it is,” the official said. In June 2008, the report said the Taliban had regrouped. In January 2009, the report said conditions had deteriorated and continued to do so in June 2009. The April 2010 report said the decline in security had stopped and the November 2010 report said there were modest gains in security. “In this report, we’re saying there are important security gains [and] reversed violence trends in the country, except the area along the Pakistani border,” the official said. The bottom line is the plan President Barack Obama rolled out in December 2009 is working, the official added. “It was about reversing that deterioration, it was about reducing violence through a combination of military and civilian surge working together on the group in Afghanistan,” he said. “Where we’ve been least successful is in [Regional Command] East, where we put the fewest [surge] troops and where the safe havens in Pakistan are.” The Afghan security forces have been crucial to the progress, the official said, noting these forces are increasing in numbers and quality. Two years ago, few people enlisted in the Afghan army or police. Now, he added, the Afghan government turns away thousands who can’t meet the new higher standards required by the security forces. “Their performance is the key to our ability to continue the withdrawal … by the end of 2014,” he said. Afghan forces are in the lead in seven areas of the country covering 25 percent of the population, the official said. Afghan President Hamid Karzai said he will announce the next areas to transition to Afghan responsibility Nov. 2 during a meeting in Istanbul. Afghanistan still has problems, the official said, noting the insurgents there are resilient. But, he added, the insurgents have been significantly weakened. The safe havens in Pakistan are a major stumbling block, the official said, but in all other areas of the country and by almost any measure, he added, conditions in Afghanistan have improved.last_img read more

Dem policies based on intimidation

first_imgThe German Nazi Party was, more precisely, the National Socialist Party. It’s obvious that in the United States in 2016, the nationwide socialist party is the Democratic Party. One of its contestants for the presidential nomination was an avowed socialist and the other advocated very much the same policies.The Italian fascists and the Nazis both rose to power by intimidating any opposition by orchestrating mobs, which shouted down and attacked those whom they feared. They both demonized the perceived wealthy and promised to redistribute their assets to their adherents.Like the Nazi and fascist parties, the Democrats argue they’re for taxing the few and helping the many, If one looks at statistics, the correlation of high rates of poverty, water and air pollution, failing infrastructure and uncontrolled gun violence with long periods of Democratic governance is evident.The assertion that they’re helping these people may be judged by the words of one who was for the poor. Jesus said (Matthew 7-20) “By their fruits ye shall know them.”Art HenningsonScotia There has been a concerted effort by leftist groups to suppress speech in the United States. They shout down, intimidate and physically attack those with whom they disagree. “Resist,” said Hillary. They label speakers with whom they disagree as “racist,” “KKK,” “Nazis” or “fascists.” Views with which they differ are called “hate speech.”Curiously, it’s the Democratic Party that advocates discrimination based on one’s appearance, heritage, language or perceived race. Black- and brown-skinned people are also favored over pink and yellow skin in hiring, college admissions and even in decisions by correction officials.From a historical perspective, slavery was supported almost unanimously by Democrats in both the North and the South prior to 1861. The “Jim Crow” laws and segregation were created in the South by governments controlled by Democrats. In practice, the KKK was the military arm of the Southern Democratic Party. These Democrats, like Black Lives Matter and the Antifas, call people fascist, but they act like fascists themselves. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinioncenter_img More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…last_img read more

Bangkok calls EOM bids

first_imgBANGKOK Metropolitan Rapid Transit Authority has invited bids for supply of electrical and mechanical equipment for its initial 22 km heavy metro route from the city centre near Hua Lampong to Bang Sue via Asok, Huai Khwang and Lat Phrao. The aim is to award the contract on the basis of an equip, operate and maintain (EOM) concession, of sufficient length for the supplier to recover its investment. Draft documentation was released on December 4, with bids due back by the end of the month.MRTA has already awarded a contract for construction of the 11 km southern section between Hua Lampong and the depot at Rama IX Road to a consortium led by Germany’s Bilfinger & Berger (RG 12.96 p777). Detailed design and project management for this section is being undertaken by Maunsell Consultants of Great Britain. The twin running tunnels will be bored through soft alluvial soil using earth pressure balance TBMs, with the nine stations built by top-down construction within diaphragm walls. olast_img read more