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(Vocativ)   Apparently, the Taliban are broke. Thanks Obama   (vocativ.com) divider line 101
    More: Interesting, Taliban, guerrilla warfare, Mullah Yaseen, Quetta, military operation plan, Fighting American, Inter-Services Intelligence  
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2014-02-05 12:40:05 PM
And yet I still can't exchange Iraqi Dinar for USD.
 
2014-02-05 12:43:09 PM
So. . . the Bush tax cuts finally took hold?
 
2014-02-05 12:43:22 PM
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2014-02-05 12:44:08 PM
memestorage.com
 
2014-02-05 12:44:43 PM
He's just making it easier for them to pull themselves up by their bootstraps.
 
2014-02-05 12:45:26 PM

RedPhoenix122: And yet I still can't exchange Iraqi Dinar for USD.


And yet we still have the NSA, TSA, et al.

Thanks Obama
 
2014-02-05 12:46:09 PM
Wealthy Arab donors, Afghan businessmen and even Pakistan's powerful and secretive spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence directorate, have all reduced or stopped funding, each for their own reasons.

The money dried up because the United States stopped shipping literal pallets of cash directly to our enemies, stopped sending on convoys supplying them with staples they could turn for a profit and stopped bombing the shiat out of weddings so the local populace had one less reason to be enraged at us.

But yeah, maybe those other things actually did it.
 
2014-02-05 12:46:53 PM
Ran out of camels?
 
2014-02-05 12:46:57 PM
So now they can't do two chicks at once?!?!?!?
 
2014-02-05 12:48:20 PM

ChipNASA: So now they can't do two chicks at once?!?!?!?


They can't afford the bomb vest to do so
 
2014-02-05 12:49:42 PM
When you spend money training guys that eventually go blow themselves up, it's financially a net loss.
 
2014-02-05 12:50:47 PM
So... Talibums?
 
2014-02-05 12:50:55 PM

Philip J. Fry: Wealthy Arab donors, Afghan businessmen and even Pakistan's powerful and secretive spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence directorate, have all reduced or stopped funding, each for their own reasons.

The money dried up because the United States stopped shipping literal pallets of cash directly to our enemies, stopped sending on convoys supplying them with staples they could turn for a profit and stopped bombing the shiat out of weddings so the local populace had one less reason to be enraged at us.

But yeah, maybe those other things actually did it.


Well, the Taliban aren't really Al Qaeda, and those trying to (re)establish governance over regions require something resembling legitimacy.  Losing major foreign support does in those fledgling(or collapsing) movements.  I have no doubt some members of the taliban can "live off the land" and rely on their sympathizers and black markets like you say, but it's not enough support to actively hold territory against a standing army.

//This is why the Union blockades of the confederates are ultimately what won the civil war.
///It's also part of why "2nd amendment solutions" are a pipe dream.
 
2014-02-05 12:51:35 PM

Philip J. Fry: stopped bombing the shiat out of weddings so the local populace had one less reason to be enraged at us.


What? No we didn't. We have upped the drone strikes if anything
 
2014-02-05 12:52:33 PM
Regan, (may his Alzheimers be upon us) already pioneered this tactic 25 years ago.

Obama, as he is wont to due is riding upon the Gipper's long, lustrious coat tails of freedom.
 
2014-02-05 12:53:26 PM

Philip J. Fry: Wealthy Arab donors, Afghan businessmen and even Pakistan's powerful and secretive spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence directorate, have all reduced or stopped funding, each for their own reasons.

The money dried up because the United States stopped shipping literal pallets of cash directly to our enemies, stopped sending on convoys supplying them with staples they could turn for a profit and stopped bombing the shiat out of weddings so the local populace had one less reason to be enraged at us.

But yeah, maybe those other things actually did it.


The United States stopped bombing the shiat out of weddings?
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/drone-strikes- ki lling-more-civilians-than-us-admits-human-rights-groups-say/2013/10/21 /a99cbe78-3a81-11e3-b7ba-503fb5822c3e_story.html
 
2014-02-05 12:56:02 PM

Maybe they can connect with a zombie Reagan for some of that trickle down!!!



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2014-02-05 12:56:06 PM
It's tough being a religious zealot bent on imposing your religion on a whole country, but deprivation goes with the job.
 
2014-02-05 12:56:24 PM

machoprogrammer: Philip J. Fry: stopped bombing the shiat out of weddings so the local populace had one less reason to be enraged at us.

What? No we didn't. We have upped the drone strikes if anything


You would be wrong.  Link
 
2014-02-05 12:57:17 PM

Philip J. Fry: stopped bombing the shiat out of weddings so the local populace had one less reason to be enraged at us


Lay down with dogs, wake up with shrapnel in your ass...
 
2014-02-05 12:57:29 PM
Not sure what you all read, but headline translates to me as "batshiat crazy radical army for hire, cheap."
 
2014-02-05 12:59:10 PM
weknowmemes.com
 
2014-02-05 12:59:36 PM

MaliFinn: Not sure what you all read, but headline translates to me as "batshiat crazy radical army for hire, cheap."


The should go to Syria, crazies have money waiting for them there
 
2014-02-05 12:59:49 PM

Mad_Radhu: Philip J. Fry: stopped bombing the shiat out of weddings so the local populace had one less reason to be enraged at us

Lay down with dogs, wake up with shrapnel in your ass...


Yes, because everyone attending a wedding approves of the opinions of everyone else present.

//I can't even imagine if I had to be morally responsible for the dumb things my cousins believe in, much less my best friends' new wife's cousins.
 
2014-02-05 01:01:35 PM

MaliFinn: Not sure what you all read, but headline translates to me as "batshiat crazy radical army for hire, cheap."


I thought some of them are fighting in Syria.  Got to go where the paymaster says.  Here's hoping Syria grinds on for a decade or more.
 
2014-02-05 01:02:38 PM
Here comes the cheap Heroin!
 
2014-02-05 01:02:41 PM
Also, I love the look of that RPG the guy has, with all the nicks on the head of it, like he's been dragging it across the desert for a decade and ran it over with a jeep at least once, and isn't sure if it actually works... just a prop piece they've been dragging out for photo ops since the 70s
 
2014-02-05 01:04:03 PM
Why don't they just increase their debt ceiling?
 
2014-02-05 01:04:21 PM
have they considered praying to their God for a loan?
 
2014-02-05 01:04:42 PM
FTA:
People familiar with the Taliban's finances say the organization's main sources of revenue have dried up.Wealthy Arab donors, Afghan businessmen and even Pakistan's powerful and secretive spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence directorate, have all reduced or stopped funding, each for their own reasons.

well, there is still all that money they get supplying the raw opium for the international heroin trade, but something tells me that ends up in the hands of "Taliban" Warlords like Heykatmar, and doesn't trickle down to anyone doing the actual fighting

BTW I just read the comments and I am now stuck blind by their sheer idiocy.  Good thing I know how to touch type
 
2014-02-05 01:07:21 PM

INeedAName: When you spend money training guys that eventually go blow themselves up, it's financially a net loss.


I'm just imagining a Jewish accountant somewhere pointing that out.
 
2014-02-05 01:08:19 PM
He says he has left the front lines. As much as he wants to rejoin the jihad, he doesn't dare go back until he repays the $2,000 he owes his neighbors. He's not afraid to die, he says. What scares him is the idea that he might die with an outstanding loan. "Anytime I'm out there, I could be martyred," he says. "And God does not forgive anyone-even a martyr-who dies without paying his just debts."

 You know, if the US military would just team up with a few of America's sleazier credit card companies, and rent-to-own places and/or payday lenders;  I can see a real easy way to end this war and provide a win-win for everybody involved-on our side at least
 
2014-02-05 01:08:57 PM
Actually you can probably praise Bush about this mostly (see look I am saying good things about the other side when they deserve it). The anti-terrorism laws he put in to place that froze cash for terrorist organizations and made it much harder for them to get money through legitimate means was probably one of the biggest things he did to actually hurt terrorist organizations.
 
2014-02-05 01:11:58 PM
It's too bad that most of these foot soldiers have no idea why the United States was there in the first place.
 
2014-02-05 01:12:47 PM
Don't read the comments of that article. It's 100% pure derp. It will explode your brain.
 
2014-02-05 01:14:36 PM

Corvus: The anti-terrorism laws he put in to place


Those laws predate Bush.  I mean, the changes were basically "If you(a bank that operates in the US) suspect that the newly opened account is suspicious and may be used for drug money or terrorist funding, you are required to freeze their assets and report it to the feds"
 
2014-02-05 01:22:09 PM
Obama bad.
 
2014-02-05 01:26:31 PM

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Why don't they just increase their debt ceiling?


Apparently they did and as with most, they don't have the funding to pay it back.
 
2014-02-05 01:28:21 PM

Corvus: Don't read the comments of that article. It's 100% pure derp. It will explode your brain.


So... the big reveal is that republicans think Obama is pro-terrorist?  I mean a lot of them think that he's the literal incarnation of human evil spawned to take over the world, it's not like being wrong is any problem for them.
 
2014-02-05 01:31:45 PM

ikanreed: Corvus: Don't read the comments of that article. It's 100% pure derp. It will explode your brain.

So... the big reveal is that republicans think Obama is pro-terrorist?  I mean a lot of them think that he's the literal incarnation of human evil spawned to take over the world, it's not like being wrong is any problem for them.


So, Corvus, was right. It just found it's way to Fark.

/brain explosion.
 
2014-02-05 01:32:13 PM

ikanreed: Corvus: Don't read the comments of that article. It's 100% pure derp. It will explode your brain.

So... the big reveal is that republicans think Obama is pro-terrorist?  I mean a lot of them think that he's the literal incarnation of human evil spawned to take over the world, it's not like being wrong is any problem for them.


I have no idea how anyone could look at the Obama Administration's record on terrorism and say they are "soft on terrorism", unless the sum total of their analysis is "He's a blah person and his name sounds kinda Muslin to me, so he must love them turrists."
 
2014-02-05 01:32:25 PM

ikanreed: Corvus: Don't read the comments of that article. It's 100% pure derp. It will explode your brain.

So... the big reveal is that republicans think Obama is pro-terrorist?  I mean a lot of them think that he's the literal incarnation of human evil spawned to take over the world, it's not like being wrong is any problem for them.


Yes even though reality is that he took out OBL and Bush gave up on him. He actually surged troop levels in Afghanistan their fantasy world is that he is "pro-terrorist".

I wanted to make an account just so I could have replied "Boy you guys are really butt hurt that Obama took out Osama Bin Ladin and Bush gave up on him".
 
2014-02-05 01:33:07 PM

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Why don't they just increase their debt ceiling?


If only they had a way to remove ceilings...
 
2014-02-05 01:34:44 PM
Well, they made you broke first.
One Hellfire Missile is about $70k, and I have seen a million FLIR videos of one or two dickbags going splat with one. Could you imagine a government willing to spend $70k on ONE person, for say healthcare or education? Makes me shudder....
 
2014-02-05 01:36:10 PM

Carn: Obama bad.


Fire! BAD!
 
2014-02-05 01:39:26 PM

uber humper: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Why don't they just increase their debt ceiling?

If only they had a way to remove ceilings...


what would they do with all the cats?
 
2014-02-05 01:39:38 PM

Corvus: I wanted to make an account just so I could have replied "Boy you guys are really butt hurt that Obama took out Osama Bin Ladin and Bush gave up on him".


Yeah, that kind of rhetorical tactic doesn't work.  It doesn't even really succeed at making them angry.  It's not like you're going to trip them up into saying something brain-dead and retarded.
 
2014-02-05 01:41:16 PM

Isitoveryet: uber humper: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Why don't they just increase their debt ceiling?

If only they had a way to remove ceilings...

what would they do with all the cats?


www.lolhome.com

Maybe that's how to remove the ceiling
 
2014-02-05 01:42:11 PM

ikanreed: Corvus: Don't read the comments of that article. It's 100% pure derp. It will explode your brain.

So... the big reveal is that republicans think Obama is pro-terrorist?  I mean a lot of them think that he's the literal incarnation of human evil spawned to take over the world, it's not like being wrong is any problem for them.


Well what makes me laugh is the fact that all of the evil things Obama is doing that continues from the Bush legacy (NSA searches, drone strikes, keeping Gitmo opened [though he was blocked on that by pussy politicans who think closing Gitmo means the prisoners there will be running around freely in their state!]) are stuff that the general amount of Republicans who are pundits, politicians, or news people, would praise another Republican president for if elected after Obama's term is over. It's only "evil" until their guy is the one running things, than it's "patriotic" to never question the Republican president's actions or motives behind those actions. Point out the evil things that both sides do and help fix them Republicans, don't just give empty rhetoric to attempt to get reelected.

/of course who am I kidding, of course they'll continue on as usual and not do anything actually constructive for this country
 
2014-02-05 01:43:06 PM

ikanreed: Corvus: I wanted to make an account just so I could have replied "Boy you guys are really butt hurt that Obama took out Osama Bin Ladin and Bush gave up on him".

Yeah, that kind of rhetorical tactic doesn't work.  It doesn't even really succeed at making them angry.  It's not like you're going to trip them up into saying something brain-dead and retarded.


I know it doesn't change minds but it would of just made me happy.
 
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