Obama’s Hearts and Minds Approach Leads to Increase in Taliban Murders

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Whether it was drone strikes or air raids, liberal war and counterterrorism experts were obsessed with the idea that we were having so much trouble because we were alienating Afghans by causing civilian casualties.

The Hearts and Minds approach crippled the fight against the Taliban by denying air and artillery support to American soldiers, failed to win over anyone and dramatically increased Afghan civilian casualties… At the hands of the Taliban.

Via Religion of Peace

Civilians are bearing the brunt of the violence in Afghanistan. According to a U.N. report released Tuesday, more than 3,000 civilians have been killed and wounded in the first five months of this year. A fifth of those were children.

The head of the U.N. Assistance Mission to Afghanistan, Jan Kubis, said the situation in the country has worsened, with civilian casualties up 24 percent compared to the same period last year. He said insurgent attacks are responsible for three quarters of those casualties, and targeting civilians is unacceptable.

It’s acceptable for the Taliban and the only force capable of stopping them decided that the best way to do it was to let the Taliban use them as human shields in order to win their hearts and minds.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    “It’s acceptable for the Taliban and the only force capable of stopping them decided that the best way to do it was to let the Taliban use them as human shields in order to win their hearts and minds.”

    Bush did it.

  • DogmaelJones1

    Jihadis have two sure-fire ways of winning their own hearts and minds: they can tear out the heart of an enemy, as was done in Syria, or claim someone’s head with a beheading. And don’t anyone tell me that Obama doesn’t know what’s going on. He approves.