Former Army Lt. Col. Allen West joined Fox News’ Kimberly Guilfoyle to discuss Taliban insurgents’ recent boasts of beating the U.S in the war in Afghanistan. He conditionally agreed with their claim and cited Carl von Clausewitz, who said, “war is the imposition of one’s will upon another.”
“We in no point in time have imposed our will on the Taliban,” West said. “We have not vanquished the enemy from the battlefield, there have been no capitulation.”
“When we look at Afghanistan, it is not a war in and of itself. The real war against Islamic totalitarianism, Islamofascism, jihadism and terrorism continues on,” West continued. “Afghanistan was just a combat theatre of operation in that greater war.”
Guilfoyle steered the conversation saying that the fight is not over, contrary to the Taliban’s boasts.
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“You’re absolutely right, and the thing is we’re not just fighting a tactic and terrorism, we’re fighting against an ideology,” West said, “and again we have not delegitimized that ideology.”
Commenting on the catch-and-release program of the Obama administration–releasing the five Guantanamo Bay prisoners back to Afghanistan–West outlined what his procedure would be regarding the Middle Eastern terrorists.
“First and foremost I would move away from this sense of nation building and occupation style warfare, we would be focused on strike operations,” West began as he listed his four strategic imperatives. “We would deny the enemy any sanctuary, we would go after his ideology through a dedicated information operation, we would cut off his support of man material and financial support and last but not least we would cordon him off and reduce his ability to have any sphere of influence.”
“That’s the type of strategic level imperatives that we need to have.”
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