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(Vocativ)   Apparently, the Taliban are broke. Thanks Obama   (vocativ.com) divider line 16
    More: Interesting, Taliban, guerrilla warfare, Mullah Yaseen, Quetta, military operation plan, Fighting American, Inter-Services Intelligence  
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2014-02-05 12:50:55 PM  
3 votes:

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 01:08:19 PM  
2 votes:
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 12:46:09 PM  
2 votes:
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 03:15:42 PM  
1 votes:

Magorn: 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


I like it. I always thought that, after 9/11, we should have just told a student loan collection agency that Osama had welched on Stafford Loans from the mid-90s and let nature take its course there.

We don't always do a good job of finding our true experts and letting them ply their trade.
2014-02-05 01:34:44 PM  
1 votes:
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 01:28:21 PM  
1 votes:

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 01:14:36 PM  
1 votes:

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 01:07:21 PM  
1 votes:

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 01:04:42 PM  
1 votes:
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 01:04:03 PM  
1 votes:
Why don't they just increase their debt ceiling?
2014-02-05 01:02:38 PM  
1 votes:
Here comes the cheap Heroin!
2014-02-05 12:56:24 PM  
1 votes:

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 12:56:02 PM  
1 votes:

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



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2014-02-05 12:53:26 PM  
1 votes:

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 12:49:42 PM  
1 votes:
When you spend money training guys that eventually go blow themselves up, it's financially a net loss.
2014-02-05 12:46:53 PM  
1 votes:
Ran out of camels?
 
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