AFGHANISTAN

Mar 19 11:24

Report Afghanistan War as an example of waste, fraud and abuse on the White House's economic recovery website

We also know that there will be no economic recovery here at home as long as we're spending $100 billion a year on another war that isn't making us any safer - the war in Afghanistan.

That's why we're asking you to report the Afghanistan War as an example of waste, fraud and abuse on the White House's official economic recovery website, Recovery.gov, today. Simply scroll down to the field marked "What" and paste this message into the text box:

"I'd like to report the waste of billions of dollars of our national wealth in Afghanistan on a war that doesn't make us safer. It's fraud to portray this as a war that increases our security, and it's abusive of U.S. troops and local civilians to drag out this war any longer. End the war so we can have real economic recovery."

Mar 19 09:45

US/NATO Death Squads Killing Indiscriminately in Afghanistan

The London Times reported on March 13 that American special forces, accompanied by Afghan police, entered a housing compound near Gardez, in Paktia province on February 12. They killed a local police commander named Daoud, his brother and three women, two of whom were pregnant. His 15-year-old son was also shot.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Afghan people do not "hate us because we are free"; they hate us because we are killing their families and friends for the private profit to be obtained after they have been "pacified" enough to enable the installation of pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil, and establish control over the drug trade, an outcome which has already been achieved.

Mar 19 09:32

Taliban controlling Marjah by night

Militants are regaining control of Marjah, residents have reported, less than a month after Western military officials claimed to have seized the Afghan town from the Taliban.

Marjah is now home to an occupation force numbering more than one Nato soldier or Afghan police officer for every eight residents.

But militants are stepping up an underground campaign against officials loyal to the Western-backed Karzai regime.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So this is what "victory" by the US and NATO forces looks like in Marja!?!

Watch for this pattern to be repeated in all of the next major US/NATO targets, like Kandahar.

Mar 19 09:22

Video: Putting a price on Afghan life

In Afghanistan, if foreign troops kill an innocent civilian by accident, families may receive compensations of around $2,500.

But there is no fixed system for compensation - something that Stanley McChrystal, the top US general in Afghanistan, is now calling for.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Warning: these are horrendous, graphic images.

But please remember: these are your tax dollars at work to insure private profit for pipeline installation companies, and for druglords.

Mar 19 08:45

NATO Eyes Massive Offensive in Northern Afghanistan

Yesterday top commander General Stanley McChrystal revealed that the invasion of Kandahar Province, the centerpiece of this year’s offensives in Afghanistan, has already begun. But this year’s offensives will not end there, according to NATO’s ISAF Chief of Staff General Bruno Kasdorf.

Gen. Kasdorf says that the alliance is also planning a military offensive against northern Afghanistan, centered around the Kunduz Province. The offensive is scheduled to begin sometime later this year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am waiting for the words "body count" to again creep into the corporate media's characterization of these attacks, as happened during the Viet Nam War, to lull the American people into thinking that the US and NATO are actually "winning" here.

The war is militarily unwinnable; we never did, nor do we have now, the troop strength to win this militarily.

What the US and NATO should do is declare victory, go home, then negotiate with whatever government is left standing about the installation of the pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil.

Russia and China have been fighting their energy wars with deals, not guns, and have been very successful in their endeavors.

The second desired outcome, the control of the drugs from which so many profit so handsomely, has already been accomplished.

In fact, it has been accomplished to the degree that Russian officials are opening complaining that NATO has created an "undeclared war" against it because of the cheap heroin flooding the drug market place, most of it coming from Afghanistan.

http://www.prisonplanet.com/nato-waging-undeclared-war-on-russia-moscow.html

None of the reasons the US and NATO are in Afghanistan have to do with any existential threat from the Afghan people against the US or NATO: they have everything to do with private profit, but nothing to do with actual geopolitical security.

Unfortunately, no US congressman, State Department or White house official will ever have the "male attributes" to tell families or friends of those who have died or been maimed for life in this military misadventure what the price of their sacrifice was actually intended to achieve.

Mar 18 11:49

Soaring IED attacks in Afghanistan stymie U.S. counteroffensive

Taliban fighters more than doubled the number of homemade bombs they used against U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan last year. Military officials say low-tech bombs have stymied a $17 billion U.S. counteroffensive.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We used to see that in Vietnam where a $50 mortar filled with old tin cans could confuse up a $4 million terrain-following radar and crash a $30 million aircraft!

Mar 18 10:29

Soaring IED attacks in Afghanistan stymie U.S. counteroffensive

Taliban fighters more than doubled the number of homemade bombs they used against U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan last year, relying on explosives that are often far more primitive than the ones used in Iraq.

The embrace of a low-tech approach by Taliban-trained bombmakers -- they are building improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, out of fertilizer and diesel fuel -- has stymied a $17 billion U.S. counteroffensive against the devices in Iraq and Afghanistan, military officials say. Electronic scanners or jammers, which were commonly deployed in Iraq, can detect only bombs with metal parts or circuitry.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This war is unwinnable.

The Russians are laughing their heads off at the US and NATO right now, for making the same stupid mistakes as did the old Soviet Union.

Mar 17 10:44

Afghanistan violence escalates as US forces prepare Kandahar assault

More than eight years after the US-led invasion, the inability of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) to maintain control over Afghanistan’s second largest city demonstrates the continuing crisis confronting the occupation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More "progress" in Afghanistan, I see.

Mar 17 10:40

U.S. Troops To Serve Under 150,000-Troop NATO Command

A top U.S. military official in Afghanistan says a major restructuring is under way to bring virtually all American forces in that country under NATO command.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic, I see.

Mar 17 08:36

Expecting Gen. McChrystal to Reduce Afghan Civilian Casualties is Like Asking Ted Bundy to Cut Sex Harassment in the Workplace

Just check out the town of Marjah, largely destroyed over the last few months in order to “save” it from a handful of Taliban fighters. Over 30 civilians died in that American show of force, and the message of those deaths was clear: allow the Taliban to operate in your town, and we’ll kill you--not just your men, but your wives and your children, too.

Mar 17 08:24

Would US Troops Fire On Americans?

The question often has been asked, especially during these last few years, if American military troops would indeed fire upon American citizens if so ordered by Washington. The answer? Have no doubt America, because it's already happened.

Mar 17 08:14

US Military Created Private Spy And Murder Squad In Afghanistan

A long-time US military official used Pentagon funding to establish a private intelligence and assassination network in Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to a report Monday in the New York Times. The network was shut down after the CIA station chief in Kabul objected to a competing military-backed intelligence operation, the newspaper said.

Mar 16 21:08

Treason in America Conference: stating the painfully obvious to save America

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If evidence of treason by American political “leadership” was obvious, do you have the integrity and courage to follow your heart and mind’s most virtuous expression of what you should do about it as an American citizen?

Mar 16 18:11

Supporting the War Instead of the Troops

Most congressional action regarding Afghanistan has concerned continued funding for the conflict. Thus, members of Congress have cloaked their support for an increasingly unpopular war in terms of financial support of the troops. But last week’s resolution had nothing to do with funding or defunding the war, but rather dealt directly with the wisdom of an open-ended commitment of U.S. troops (and hundreds of billions of tax dollars) in Afghanistan. Members opposing the resolution had to make their case for the ongoing loss of American lives as well as the huge expenditures required for an intractable conflict.

In my opinion, this was an impossible case to make.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This war is unwinnable, period, end of discussion.

The only people actually "winning" are the drug dealers, and those large corporations providing contract mercenaries, contractors, and supplies for the troops.

Mar 16 14:54

One dead in attack on US base in Kabul

The US military did not give details of the Monday attack on Bagram Air Field. It also did not say whether the victim was from the military personnel or a civilian at the base.

Mar 16 07:49

Crime Families, Buggery and Boat Riding Dreams

I happen to mention this debacle with The Pope because it fits in with a few other alarming events that aren’t on the hilltops with ten foot horns but which are going to be making a lot of noise sooner or later. One of these is the capture of someone reputed to be the Taliban’s #2 guy. Apparently the Afghan government is very angry about this because this Talibani had a promise of safe passage and was engaged in strategic talks; please forgive my linking to a Zionist manufactured news site. It’s what I could find handy and sometimes they tell the truth just to keep the borderline mentalities guessing.

Mar 15 07:47

Matthew Hoh: Marjah Operation Not Accomplishing Anything in Afghanistan

Matthew Hoh, the former senior U.S. civilian representative in Zabul province, Afghanistan, says that civilian deaths in Marjah caused by Operation Moshtarak were unnecessary and that the operation isn't accomplishing anything. Hoh points to the installation of an outsider ex-con as the head official in Marjah as evidence that despite U.S. rhetoric to the contrary, Operation Moshtarak is not empowering local people. Hoh says the local Afghans view the U.S. forces as occupiers, and their presence in large numbers following President Obama's decision to send more troops will cause more people to take up arms against the foreign forces.

Mar 14 12:24

Frontline: Behind Taliban Lines

In this video Frontline covers the growing insurgency in northern Afghanistan. In the footage you’ll see how the Taliban and their allies in the German controlled sector of the country are increasing their power and influence throughout the Helmand region.

Mar 13 08:20

Afghanistan: NATO’s Graveyard?

he painful truth is that NATO may be suffering from a terminal illness. Its current mission in Afghanistan, the alliance’s most significant and far-flung muscle-flexing to date, might be its last. Afghanistan has been the graveyard of many an imperial power from the ancient Macedonians to the Soviets. It now seems to be eyeing its next victim.

Mar 13 08:14

Evidence Mounts NATO Report Lied on Afghan Civilian Killings

The February 12 night raid against a house party in Afghanistan’s Paktia Province remains shrouded in mystery, but NATO’s official story appears to be crumbling as even NATO officials concede that the claims made were not strictly true.

NATO’s official statement claimed at the time that the raid on the home led to a “fire fight” against “several insurgents” who were killed, before NATO made a “gruesome discovery” of bound and gagged bodies in a nearby room.

NATO is conceding now that all of the slain people were civilians killed in the raid. NATO communications direct Rear Admiral Greg Smith also admitted that they had no real evidence that the men slain at the home had ever fired a shot against the NATO forces.

Mar 12 17:27

Congress continues treason: votes 356-65 to levy more unlawful war against US soldiers in Afghanistan

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My headline is legally accurate, and the side of history you want to be on when America finally recognizes our government and corporate media’s fascism.

The definitions of political terms, relevant laws, and facts are simple; the problem is American’s cognitive dissonance to recognize the “Big Lie” at home rather than in a history book of some other place in some past time.

Mar 12 09:54

Russia criticizes U.S., NATO over Afghan drug trafficking fight

Russia's envoy to NATO has sharply criticized the alliance's shift away from fighting drug trafficking in Afghanistan, saying the resulting surge in heroin smuggling is endangering Russia's national security.

In an interview late Thursday, Dmitry Rogozin also highlighted the lack of cohesion within NATO, saying Moscow is worried about declining public support in Europe for the war.

"(Russia) is losing 30,000 lives a year to the Afghan drug trade, and a million people are addicts," Rogozin said. "This is an undeclared war against our country."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Where there is control of the drug trade,there is also the control of where the drugs wind up.

That is one way to destabilize a country without firing a shot.

Mar 12 07:38

Chasing Windmills: American reality in Afghanistan

The efforts of American forces to defeat the Taliban in Afghanistan are being hampered by rampant corruption. Key information about foreign troops is being leaked to insurgents by locals who still support them. And Paula Slier reports, without the trust of the people they cannot work together.

Mar 11 09:16

War Is Over (If They Mean It)

Sixty-five congress members, including 60 Democrats and 5 Republicans, voted to end the occupation of Afghanistan on Wednesday. But 356 congress members, including 189 Democrats and 167 Republicans voted to keep the war going. The vote followed three hours of debate created by Congressman Dennis Kucinich’s introduction of a privileged resolution.

Mar 11 09:12

Decade Of The Drone: America’s Aerial Assassins

2010 is the last year of the new century and millennium and is the tenth consecutive year of the United States’ war in Afghanistan and in the 15-nation area of responsibility subsumed under Operation Enduring Freedom. In early March American military deaths in the Greater Afghan War theater – Afghanistan, Cuba (Guantanamo Bay), Djibouti, Eritrea, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, the Philippines, Seychelles, Sudan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Uzbekistan and Yemen – surpassed the 1,000 mark.

Mar 11 07:43

Five Minute Speech in Support of Kucinich's Afghanistan Resolution

Mar 10 22:34

House Rejects Bid to End Afghan War

The House voted down a challenge to President Obama's conduct of the war in Afghanistan Wednesday, rejecting a measure that would have compelled U.S. armed forces to leave the country within 30 days.

Mar 10 09:10

Ahmadinejad calls US bluff on counter-terrorism

Iran's president says the US must explain what its troops are doing in Afghanistan, as catching terrorists only requires intelligence work not military deployments.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made the comment in a joint press conference with his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai in Kabul on Wednesday morning.

The Iranian president was responding to a question about the recent arrest of Jundallah leader Abdolmalek Rigi.

“Rigi is supported by the same people [and] governments, who have ill intentions for the government of Afghanistan and the Iranian nation. Rigi was a terrorist, who along with his associates killed more than 140 people,” said Ahmadinejad.

Mar 10 04:18

Iran leader: US playing `game' in Afghanistan

Taking aim at the U.S., Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Wednesday that it's the United States that is playing a "double game" in Afghanistan, fighting terrorists it once supported.

At a press conference in the Afghan capital, Ahmadinejad was asked to respond to U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who earlier in the week accused Tehran of "playing a double game" by trying to have a good relationship with the Afghan government while undermining U.S. and NATO efforts by providing some support to the Taliban.

Tehran has said it supports the Afghan government and denies allegations that it helps the Taliban.

Mar 09 07:35

Civilian casualties mount as war drones on

As our air war against terrorists accelerates — with strikes by pilotless drone planes, helicopters, et al. — unintentional civilian deaths and serious injuries mount. A Feb. 22 Wall Street Journal report from Kabul begins: “U.S. Special Operations Forces (hunting down Taliban) ordered an air strike that killed at least 27 civilians, and the soldiers may not have satisfied rules of engagement designed to avoid the killing of innocents, Afghan and coalitions officials said.”

Mar 09 05:50

The Obama Killing Machine In Afghanistan

How the U.S. makes friends!

Mar 08 19:01

Afghanistan: NATO's Graveyard? Is the Transatlantic Alliance Doomed?

Celebrating its 60th birthday this year, NATO is looking peaked and significantly worse for wear. Aggressive and ineffectual, the organization shows signs of premature senility. Despite the smiles and reassuring rhetoric at its annual summits, its internal politics have become fractious to the point of dysfunction. Perhaps like any sexagenarian in this age of health-care crises and economic malaise, the transatlantic alliance is simply anxious about its future.

Frankly, it should be.

Mar 08 17:18

Fiction of Marja as City Was U.S. Information War

For weeks, the U.S. public followed the biggest offensive of the Afghanistan War against what it was told was a "city of 80,000 people" as well as the logistical hub of the Taliban in that part of Helmand. That idea was a central element in the overall impression built up in February that Marja was a major strategic objective, more important than other district centres in Helmand.

It turns out, however, that the picture of Marja presented by military officials and obediently reported by major news media is one of the clearest and most dramatic pieces of misinformation of the entire war, apparently aimed at hyping the offensive as a historic turning point in the conflict.

Mar 08 08:21

SAS in Afghanistan suffers worst losses for 60 years

BRITAIN’S special forces have suffered the worst blow to their fighting strength since the second world war, with 80 members killed or crippled in Afghanistan.

Serious injuries have left more than 70 unable to fight, while 12 have been killed. It means the forces have lost about a sixth of their full combat capacity.

Mar 07 05:44

Kucinich Forces Congress to Debate Afghanistan

The Pentagon doesn't want Congress to debate Afghanistan. The Pentagon wants Congress to fork over $33 billion more to pay for the current military escalation, no questions asked, no restrictions imposed for a withdrawal timetable or an exit strategy.

Mar 06 18:44

Canada wanted Afghan prisoners tortured: lawyer

Federal government documents on Afghan detainees suggest that Canadian officials intended some prisoners to be tortured in order to gather intelligence, according to a legal expert.

If the allegation is true, such actions would constitute a war crime, said University of Ottawa law professor Amir Attaran, who has been digging deep into the issue and told CBC News he has seen uncensored versions of government documents released last year.

Mar 05 15:48

German company accused of drug smuggling in Afghanistan

I don’t want to sound like an online gambling center operator, but who wants to bet against me on this:

The company in question, Ecolog, won’t be touched; NATO will make it swoooshhhhh disappear, and continue its ‘real’ business with our Langley guys in Afghanistan (and elsewhere).

Mar 05 12:44

Canadian troops told to ignore child rape by Afghan allies.

As reported last fall in the Ottawa Citizen newspaper, Canadian military chaplins and some soldiers have been complaining as far back as 2006 that Afghan security forces have been sodomizing young boys on their base. These military whistle-blowers charge that the military brass has been ignoring or burying their complaints, fearing the bad publicity they could generate.

The paper reports that Canadian military police have also complained, as reported by Brig.-Gen. J.C. Collin, commander of Land Force Central Area, that they were being told "not to interfere in incidents in which Afghan forces were having sex with children."

Mar 05 11:37

Kucinich orders Afghan War debate, vote: “Trillions for war, no money for Americans!”

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Congressman Dennis Kucinich invoked a procedural rule to help protect Americans from endless war to compel members of Congress to debate and vote whether to continue US war in Afghanistan.

The war in Afghanistan is unlawful in Orwellian degree; tragic-comic in its violations of US war laws (useful analogy to well-understood laws for individual self-defense here). Although the laws of war are crystal-clear, complicit corporate media lies by omission and commission to explain what these laws have meant for 65 years and how they apply to unlawful US invasion of Afghanistan:

Mar 04 15:58

Afghan survivors: Women waved scarves to try to stop NATO air attack

After seeing the gruesome aftermath of that rocket strike, survivors of the NATO attack told McClatchy Newspapers, women jumped from the second car and frantically waved their head scarves to try to stop the attack.

Mar 04 15:32

Kucinich to Force War Debate on House Floor on Wednesday

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today introduced H. Con Res. 248 a privileged resolution with 16 original cosponsors that will require the House of Representatives to debate whether to continue the war in Afghanistan.

Mar 04 11:07

Marine reportedly killed by opium-fueled private contractors

Pentagon originally said Marine killed in combat

The Pentagon confirmed late Tuesday that it is investigating the death of a 24-year-old Indiana Marine after he was shot to death in Afghanistan, allegedly by several US-paid private security contractors.

The contractors, according to a fellow Marine in Afghanistan who communicated with an investigative reporter in Chicago, were Afghanis who were found with "copious amounts of opium" and had been paid by the United States as guards.

Mar 04 10:18

Afghans Trained by Blackwater Defect to Taliban

Remember when Sarah Palin said that "the surge principles that have worked in Iraq need to be implemented in Afghanistan." Well...as Ms. Palin would say, many Afghans working for the Afghan security forces are now switching sides and are now defecting to the Taliban.

Guess who trained many of them? Blackwater!

Mar 03 06:14

What Our Children Are Dying For In Afghanistan

Mar 02 09:16

Oops, Our Bad!

Among the worst Orwellian deceptions being exposed by the Pentagon’s Marjah offensive is the ludicrous notion that we’re fighting a war in Afghanistan in order to protect Afghan civilians. The recent U.S. Special Forces air strike in the Marjah area that killed 27 or more civilians, including four women and a child, is a prime example of a cognitive disconnect that has been endemic in U.S. military operations throughout our misnamed war on terrorism.

Mar 01 15:42

NATO Poised for Enormous Kandahar Offensive

When NATO began its invasion of the Marjah farming region, the general consensus among analysts was that the offensive, the single largest operation since the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan against a relatively anonymous little town in the middle of nowhere, was mostly a “PR” invasion to sell the continued to an increasingly skeptical Western public.

But it is increasingly clear that wasn’t the whole story. Officials are now making it very plain that the invasion of Marjah was a “test” of a new strategy, that will be put into practice on a much larger scale with the invasion of Kandahar.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wow! An even BIGGER "Charlie Foxtrot!"

Mar 01 10:51

Afghanistan bans coverage of attacks, will detain offending journalists

"Afghanistan announced a ban on news coverage of Taliban strikes on Monday, saying such coverage only emboldened the Islamist militants..."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This strikes me as the sort of desperation move the side that is losing the war makes to keep the bad news from the general public.

Mar 01 07:21

A Majority of the German Population want Soldiers to Pull Out of Afghanistan: Germany's Left Party Expelled from Bundestag

Germany's Left Party was expelled from the Bundestag yesterday after its members held up signs bearing the names of Afghan civilians killed in a German-ordered airstrike last September.

The protest came in the middle of a parliamentary debate on extending Germany’s nine-year military mission to Afghanistan by a further year.

Some 429 MPs voted for and 111 against the new mandate – 16 fewer votes in favour than last time – allowing troop numbers to be increased by 850 to 5,350.

The opposition Green Party abstained and, after being re-admitted, the Left Party MPs contributed to the 111 votes against the mandate.

Feb 28 14:05

America and world economic meltdown: the mystery of the Afghanistan war

Christopher King argues that “a situation exists in which it may be in the interests of the United States to seek a ‘cold war’ situation with Russia and China as a pretext for defaulting on its external debt, attacking Iran, taking direct control of all Middle Eastern oilfields and effective control of Europe”.

Feb 28 09:14

Occupiers responsible for heroin surge in Russia

The head of Russia's federal drug control agency has lambasted the US-led forces for failing to stamp out drug production in Afghanistan.

Victor Ivanov blamed US President Barack Obama's administration for not doing enough to destroy opium poppy crops and curb the production of heroin in Afghanistan, the BBC reported on Saturday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Those who control drug production in Afghanistan also control where the drugs, like heroin, wind up.

Feeding a country's drug addiction is another way of destabilizing that country.

Feb 28 07:53

The Picture

I want you to look very closely at this picture and try and keep it in your minds eye. This was a perfectly healthy twenty two-year-old young man who in the service of his country got half of his head blown off. I think that’s important, I think that’s newsworthy. Let me tell you how newsworthy I think it is. I think that it’s more important than chocolate cake recipes and far more important than comic book reviews. It is more important than who fell and who's swell at the winter Olympic games.

Feb 27 16:30

Killing Enthusiasm: President Obama's Afghanistan Strategy Turns Off Young Voters

President Obama should rethink the Afghanistan war for lots of reasons. The war isn't making us more secure. It's costing us billions (soon to be trillions) of dollars. It's costing us jobs. The war causes massive human suffering for both Afghans and Americans. We can now add another reason for the president to rethink the Afghanistan war: it's hurting his party's re-election efforts among a key constituency.

Feb 27 15:48

US Winds Down Afghan Assault But 'Bigger One On The Way'

US-led forces were Saturday winding down one of their biggest offensives yet in Afghanistan, but an official said it was a mere prelude to a larger assault in the works on the Taliban bastion of Kandahar.

The two-week Operation Mushtarak ("Together") had symbolically culminated Thursday when authorities hoisted the Afghan flag in Marjah.

Feb 27 07:04

US Steps Deeper Into Afghan Quagmire

With the ongoing attack on Marjah, the US military began its first major assault on a Taliban controlled town in Afghanistan and simultaneously entered a new and expanded phase of the war. The resulting military victory was predictable but the side effects of civilian casualties and property destruction won't allow the coalition forces to win any local "hearts and minds," nor increase the acceptability of the Karzai regime. ''

Feb 27 06:40

US Eyes Massive Offensive in Kandahar

Reiterating previous comments, several officials in the Obama Administration say that they will soon launch a massive offensive against Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province.

While the agricultural community of Marjah had some value to the Taliban, it was mostly by virtue of it being entirely out of the Karzai government’s control since the 2001 US invasion. Kandahar, on the other hand, is the Taliban’s “heartland,” and resistance is likely to be enormous.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The assault on Kandahar will result in a bloodbath, with US and NATO forces killing everything that moves.

Feb 26 11:11

Paul Craig Roberts: US pushing for nuclear war; “leadership” treasonous for duping US into wars

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“The morons in Washington are pushing the envelope of nuclear war. The insane drive for American hegemony threatens life on earth. The American people, by accepting the lies and deceptions of "their" government, are facilitating this outcome.”

“Some other agenda is being served that we are not being told.” – Paul Craig Roberts

Paul Craig Roberts is one of the most respected conservative voices in the nation. He is the former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, and was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal. He has held numerous academic appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

Feb 26 09:44

Afghanistan capital Kabul hit by suicide attack

Explosions and gunfire in the centre of the Afghan capital, Kabul, have left at least 17 people dead, officials say.

The attack took place in an area of hotels and guesthouses popular with foreigners. Up to nine Indians, a Frenchman and an Italian were killed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US and NATO can't even keep Afghanistan's capital safe; what does that say for keeping the rest of the country safe from attacks like this?

The answer is, they can't.

Feb 26 08:16

Scahill: Blackwater used shell company to defraud US government

Blackwater set up a shell company to "defraud the government" by leading it to believe it wasn't contracting with the notorious security contractor, investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill says.

"In Afghanistan, they set up this shell company, Paravant, in collaboration with mammoth war giant Raytheon, which held the prime contract" for training Afghan security forces, Scahill told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Ain't it fun to be us!" -- Xe

Feb 26 08:15

Blackwater Took Hundreds of Guns From U.S. Military, Afghan Police

Employees of the CIA-connected private security corporation Blackwater diverted hundreds of weapons, including more than 500 AK-47 assault rifles, from a U.S. weapons bunker in Afghanistan intended to equip Afghan policemen, according to an investigation by the Senate Armed Services Committee. On at least one occasion, an individual claiming to work for the company evidently signed for a weapons shipment using the name of a “South Park” cartoon character. And Blackwater has yet to return hundreds of the guns to the military.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If I were South Park, I would sue.

PS If anyone from South Park is reading this I am still trying to get a "Sexual Harassment Panda" plush toy! :)

PPS If anyone from South Park is reading this I think I would make a great South Park character! :)

Feb 26 02:33

Afghan Senators Demand Execution of Foreign Troops;

Pajhwok News Agency reports that on Tuesday, the Afghanistan senate deplored the foreign airstrikes that killed 21 innocent civilians in the province of Daikundi on Sunday, and demanded that NATO avoid any repetition of this sort of error.

But some senators went farther, demanding that NATO or US military men responsible for the deaths be executed. Senator Hamidullah Tokhi of Uuzgan complained to Pajhwok that the foreign forces had killed civilians in such incidents time and again, and kept apologizing but then repeating the fatal mistake: "Anyone killing an ordinary Afghan should be executed in public."

Feb 25 08:22

Nato admits that deaths of 8 boys were a mistake

A night-time raid in eastern Afghanistan in which eight schoolboys from one family were killed was carried out on the basis of faulty intelligence and should never have been authorised, a Times investigation has found.

Ten children and teenagers died when troops stormed a remote mountain compound near the border with Pakistan in December.

At the time, Nato claimed that the assault force was targeting a “known insurgent group responsible for a series of violent attacks”. Officials said that the victims were involved in making and smuggling improvised explosive devices. But Western sources close to the case now agree that the victims were all aged 12 to 18 and were not involved in insurgent activity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are killing more kids than actual enemy troops!

Feb 24 08:50

Karzai Moves to Eliminate UN Oversight in Future Elections

In a move that will further cement his long-term hold on power, Afghan President Hamid Karzai issued a decree earlier this month giving him unilateral control over appointing the entire Electoral Complaints Commission, eliminating all UN oversight over future elections.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So much for "... bringing democracy to Afghanistan" !!!

Feb 24 08:24

Gates Calls European Mood a Danger to Peace

“The demilitarization of Europe — where large swaths of the general public and political class are averse to military force and the risks that go with it — has gone from a blessing in the 20th century to an impediment to achieving real security and lasting peace in the 21st,” he told NATO officers and officials in a speech at the National Defense University, the Defense Department-financed graduate school for military officers and diplomats.

A perception of European weakness, he warned, could provide a “temptation to miscalculation and aggression” by hostile powers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Sec Def Gates: unlike in the US, governments of European countries, on occasion, do need to listen to their constituents.

And the constituents of those governmental leaders do not want to see their members of their families serving in the military fighting, getting maimed, and killed for the sake of private oil and drug profits, which were the outcomes desired for the US/NATO invasion and occupation of Afghanistan.

The control of the burgeoning drug trade and its geographical distribution, has been accomplished; "pacification" of the Afghan people, to the point of being able to install the pipelines to control Eurasian oil, has not, which is why we are still in this sordid military mess in Afghanistan 8 years on.

Feb 24 06:39

Conquest and Censorship

After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William the Conqueror’s army buried its fallen comrades, but left the corpses of the English defenders to rot in the fields where they lay.

Such is the brutal nature of war: the victor inflicts all manner of suffering and humiliation on the vanquished.

What the United States is doing in Iraq and Afghanistan is only marginally differen

Feb 23 20:05

MoD criticised after 3,900 state-of-the-art battlefield radios go missing, raising fears they are now being used by the Taliban

The Ministry of Defence has been criticised after thousands of battlefield radios went missing - raising fears they have fallen into the hands of enemy fighters in Afghanistan.

The Commons' Defence Select Committee said it was 'unacceptable' more than 3,900 state-of-the-art Bowman digital communications systems - or 11 per cent of the total handed out - had vanished.

Feb 23 13:07

US war embezzlement visualized: 4-minute video banned from Congress testimony: “Iraq for Sale”

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Robert Greenwald, the creator of Brave New Films, testified to the House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Defense about war profiteering. He planned to show a 4-minute excerpt from his film, “Iraq for Sale,” as a more powerful communication than his mere speaking but was blocked by a majority vote of those in favor of the Iraq war.

The powerful and revealing 4-minute video is below.

Following is a 3-minute CBS News story of then Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld admitting the Pentagon “lost” $2.3 trillion dollars:
That’s $23,000 for every US household,
or embezzling $1,000,000 from a military project 2,300,000 times,
or embezzling a million dollars a day for 6,300 years,

Feb 23 09:02

U.S. Special Operations Ordered Deadly Afghan Strike

U.S. Special Operations Forces ordered an airstrike that killed at least 27 civilians in southern Afghanistan and the soldiers may not have satisfied rules of engagement designed to avoid the killing of innocents, Afghan and coalition officials said Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The lives and safety of the Afghan people are totally irrelevant to the current military strategy, no matter how cosmetic the language used here about "protecting the Afghan people" is continually repeated, as didGeneral Mc Chrystal said in his televised address.

The desired outcome of "pacifying" the Afghan people until pipelines can be installed here with which to control Eurasian oil for private profit, is still absolutely no where in sight, eight years on.

So, the killing of women, kids, the medically infirm, non-combatants and the elderly will continue to grind on, unabated, until that outcome has been achieved, which may well be never.

Feb 23 08:41

Eight die in Afghan bombing as US loses 1,000th soldier

A bomb strapped to a bicycle exploded near a busy bus terminal in Afghanistan, killing eight people Tuesday as the death toll of US troops in the Afghan war surpassed the grim milestone of 1,000.

McChrystal went on television to apologise for a mistaken NATO air strike on Sunday that killed 27 civilians.

In the video he expresses "extreme sadness" and says foreign forces are in Afghanistan "to protect the Afghan people".

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Memo to US General Stanley McChrystal: you understand, the Afghan people understand, and the world understands that the statement about foreign troops being in Afghanistan "to protect the Afghan people" is a complete, utter, and abominably transparent lie.

The US and NATO are in Afghanistan for two reasons, and two reasons only.

The are:

1. to "pacify" the Afghan population to the degree necessary to install the pipelines with which to to control Eurasian oil for private profit, and

2. To control production and the flow of drugs from which so many profit so handsomely.

The second outcome seems to have been well accomplished, to the point where the Russian government was complaining stridently last year about cheap heroin flooding the market in their country, destroying the lives of their kids (when you control the drugs, you control where the drugs wind up).

http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2009/06/28/627475/flood-of-afghan-heroin-fuels-drug.html

The first outcome is still absolutely no where in sight, which is why, 8 years on, we are at the painful milestone of 1,000 Americans killed in battle here.

Feb 22 17:58

Winning their hearts and minds

(Reuters) - A NATO airstrike in Afghanistan mistakenly killed 27 civilians, the government said on Monday, hurting a campaign to win over the local population and defeat Taliban insurgents.

Feb 22 12:44

New York Times Publishes Column By War Machine Employee Demanding US Stop Thinking About All The Innocent Afghans Killed And Ramp The F**k Up The Bombing

Glenn Greenwald of Salon uncovers a brutal mindfuck of gruesome pro-civilian bombing positive influence in the pages of the New York Times. A defence corporation employee demands the US blow more money terror bombing the civilian populace of Afghanistan.

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"Kill them all; let God sort them out!" -- Attributed to various, including Pope Innocent III and Saint Dominic.

Feb 22 11:23

Hamid Karzai takes control of Afghanistan election watchdog

The Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, has unilaterally taken control of the country's top electoral watchdog, provoking outrage from western diplomats, the Guardian has learnt.

The Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC), which forced Karzai into a runoff election after it disqualified nearly 1m fraudulent votes in last year's presidential election, previously included three foreign experts named by the UN.

However, according to a new presidential decree published today, Karzai will have the exclusive power to appoint all five panel members.

Feb 22 10:35

US to launch major campaign in Afghanistan in next 18 months

US and NATO forces are all set to roll out an "intensive 18-month" ground campaign in Afghanistan to stamp out Taliban and al-Qaeda militants, top US generals have said warning the insurgents that Marjah offensive was just the start.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US has been in Afghanistan longer than all of WW2. The US has been in Afghanistan as long as the USSR. Last week's "intensive operation" was supposed to end Wednesday with the capture of the Taliban stronghold and Friday they announced it will be another month before they are done.

And now it is 18 months.

You know, continuing to bash your own head with a two by four doesn't prove you are brave, only persistent to the point of stupidity.

Feb 22 10:30

The Warlord's Tune

After weeks of training you will make your debut dancing before a crowd of men. Many are former warlords who helped the Karzai Government make its way to power. Others might be powerful businessmen.

Feb 22 07:17

Nato Strike Kills 33 Afghan Civilians;Government Protests

The body count rises!It's up to 33 civilians now,including women and children!

Feb 22 07:09

Nato airstrike kills 27 civilians in Afghanistan

Nato forces in southern Afghanistan bombed a civilian convoy, killing 27 people including women and children and injuring many more, Afghan officials said.

The airstrike in a remote part of Oruzgan province yesterday capped a bloody week for Afghan civilians that has seen some 60 innocent people killed by Nato weapons.

Feb 22 07:06

Afghan government condemns Nato air strike that killed 27

The botched bombing on Sunday was the third mistaken strike in a week and threatened to further strain relations between the Nato powers and President Hamid Karzai's administration.

General Stanley McChrystal, the senior coalition commander in Afghanistan, apologised personally to the president hours after the deaths, but the council of ministers on Monday condemned the attack.

It said initial reports had suggested four women and a child were among the dead after the attack on three vehicles in Gujran district of Daykundi, travelling to Kandahar.

Feb 21 18:26

CIA wants Baradar sent to Afghanistan

Senior US officials, who spoke to various media outlets on the condition that they are not identified, said the Americans were not satisfied with the interrogation and wanted to take charge.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Friday that once Pakistani agencies completed their investigation, Mullah Baradar could be handed over to his country of origin, which is Afghanistan, but not to the US.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

By the time Baradar is "interrogated" by the CIA, it will be a miracle if he's still alive.

Baradar is the one guy who might have been able to create some degree of reconciliation between the Karzai government and the Taliban.

It is pretty obvious the US is going to do its best to prevent that from happening.

Feb 21 18:20

At last one EU country has the guts to pull out of Afghanistan

t was so uplifting to see the Government of the Netherlands make a decision to pull out of Afghanistan. This is the first major NATO partner to make such a decision and hopefully this will paint a very clear picture to the other EU members that this war has nothing to do with democracy or terrorism.

The people have a last seen what hides behind this unnecessary war and realize that its basis was formed on a pack of lies. We again see that the true reason for going to war was greed for economic growth and to get their hands on the oil and gas reserves in the Middle East Region.

Feb 21 18:09

Field commanders who tried to warn McChrystal penalized

According to sources quoted today by McClatchy newspapers, two field commanders warned Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal repeatedly about a worthless Afghanistan outpost that was too costly to defend.

The field commanders are now facing penalties after two high-level military investigations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Reprimanded and penalizedfor telling the truth?!?

Unflipping believable.

Feb 21 01:29

NYT 'Mystery' Op-Ed Calls for More Afghan Civilian Deaths

On Thursday the New York Times made an astonishing editorial choice, for which its editors owe the public an explanation: it published an op-ed by an obscure and poorly identified author attacking General Stanley McChrystal for his directive last July that air strikes in Afghanistan be authorized only under "very limited and prescribed conditions." The op-ed denounced an "overemphasis on civilian protection" and charged that "air support to American and Afghan forces has been all but grounded by concerns about civilian casualties."

Feb 20 18:57

Mullah’s arrest is ‘own goal’ for US

While this was the first time Pakistan had acted against the Taliban leadership, Afghans involved in western-backed attempts to start talks with the Taliban to end the war were furious, warning that the arrest might have ruined chances of negotiations.

“It’s a spectacular own goal [for the US],” said one official. “They want to wreck talks,” said a close aide to Afghanistan’s president, Hamid Karzai.

“Mullah Baradar was independently in contact with the Afghan government to find a way for reconciliation and the Pakistanis knew that from their secret agents.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Terrific: what happens to the one guy who could possibly have pulled off some degree of reconciliation with the Taliban?

He gets arrested.

So, the war keeps grinding on, day after horrendous day, not only for US and NATO troops, but for terrified Afghani non-combatants who fear for their lives every day.

Unflipping believable.

Feb 20 15:07

Dutch government falls over Afghanistan: no comment from NATO chief

Christopher King expresses the hope that the fall of the Dutch government over participation in the US-led aggression in Afghanistan could be the start of a trend that will see Europe regain its independence from the USA.

Feb 20 08:21

Dutch troops to pull out of Afghanistan by the end of year after coalition falls

Dutch troops will almost certainly be withdrawn from Afghanistan this year following the collapse of the coalition government in The Hague.

The government fell because of a dispute between its main partners over how long its soldiers should stay in the war.

Feb 20 02:41

The Dutch government has collapsed over disagreements on extending troop deployments in Afghanistan.

After marathon talks, Christian Democratic Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende announced that the Labour Party was quitting the government.

Just under 2,000 Dutch service personnel have been serving in the southern Afghan province of Uruzgan since 2006, with 21 killed.

Feb 19 08:46

In Kabul, doubts about the Marjah offensive

"I don’t think this district is strategically very important for bringing peace and security to the whole country," she told me. "The Taliban are very scattered, it’s not an organized war. It’s not going to work with such a massive military operation."

Out on the streets of Kabul, there is, at best, cautious optimism. Jaweed, a university student, told me he hopes the Taliban are defeated, but worries about what will happen when the fighting stops. "I am not one hundred percent sure about this offensive, because our security forces aren’t up to defending the country properly."

His concern is that, despite the coalition’s pledge to hold on to Marjah, the Taliban will simply re-emerge when attention turns elsewhere.

Feb 19 07:42

US-NATO Aggression to ‘Win Hearts and Minds’

Anyone aspiring to write or edit textbooks for the Department of Education should study U.S. news-wire reports. Rarely will you see imperial aggression being so expertly spun into peaceful liberation within the context of U.S. exceptionalism.

Take for example a February 13, Associated Press report, "US troops fight, then work to win hearts and minds," where the editor mourns the mission:

[I]n the revised U.S. war strategy, the fight against the insurgents is as important as winning the allegiance and confidence of Afghan citizens. For American soldiers here, their days are often a mix of winning hearts and minds and fighting a determined enemy.

How many of those "determined enemies" are actually "insurgents"?

Feb 18 10:09

Afganistan: If the enemy vanishes -- kill civilians

Since the assault was always intended to be as much a publicity stunt as serving any military objective, Barack Obama and Gordon Brown will certainly be pleased at how the media has snapped into line and acted as stenographers for Nato press releases.

The truth is, most of the few hundred Taliban fighters in Marjah vanished well before the much touted offensive began, not being stupid enough to face up to 15,000 of the most heavily armed troops on the planet.

Much of what we've seen on the TV screens looks like random firing into empty space to give the cameras footage for the evening news bulletins.

Feb 18 10:04

Afghan offensive will take another month, general says

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And only last Monday the White House declared the offensive would be finished ... yesterday.

Feb 18 09:19

US forces bogged down by Taliban forces

The biggest offensive undertaken by US-led forces in the nine-year war involves 15,000 troops. It is also the first big test for US President Barack Obama's new "surge" strategy for Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US forces cannot win this battle without heavy civilian casualties, which will certainly assist the Taliban in their recruitment efforts.

Feb 18 09:00

All Systems Go: No Dysfunction in Profitable Afghan Enterprise

A fresh dispatch from the imperial satrapy of Bactria brings word that the Pentagon has ended the eyeblink-brief "suspension" of one of its super-duper missile systems following the "unfortunate" slaughter of 12 civilians, including five children, in the opening hours of the all-out media blitz -- sorry, the "largest military operation of the Afghan war" -- now being inflicted on the city of Marja.

Feb 18 08:57

American unmanned spy plane shot down in Khost

Feb 17 14:17

Taliban Bombs Hinder "Long Term" Afghan Offensive

US-led occupation troops waging a huge offensive against the Taliban in southern Afghanistan risked becoming bogged down Tuesday, running into pockets of resistance as the nightmare of the homemade bombs is chasing the occupation troops.

US and Afghan military officials said remote-controlled bombs were hampering the progress of the assault on Marjah in the Nad Ali district of the southern province of Helmand.

Feb 16 22:52

Taliban In Secret Talks With U.S., Afghanistan

Some Taliban leaders are initiating third-party talks that could lay the groundwork for progress between the U.S. and Afghan governments and the Taliban insurgents. In the video below, Charles Sennott of international news site GlobalPost.com reports on how moderate Taliban leaders are engaged in shuttle negotiations, and have been in contact with Mullah Mohammad Omar, the spiritual leader of the Taliban.

Feb 16 15:41

Mullah Baradar: friend or foe?

The Afghan authorities confirmed on Tuesday reports that the Taliban’s second-in-command, Mullah Baradar, has been arrested in Pakistan. But while the West considers the capture of such a ‘big fish’ a strategic victory, our correspondent points out that he was also the key to a possible diplomatic solution to the conflict.

Feb 16 15:22

Afghan Taliban’s Top Military Commander Is Captured - Maybe

The Afghan Taliban’s top military commander, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, was captured near Pakistan’s biggest city of Karachi in what may be the most significant blow to the eight-year insurgency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 


the Taliban are saying that whoever the Pakistanis just shopped to the US, it isn't Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.

Obama needs good news, and there is no doubt that the story of the capture of a top commander would be a blow to the morale of the Afghani freedom fighters, so the potential for a mis-identification based on wishful thinking cannot be ignored.

I have no doubt that with enough waterboarding, this man will admit to being Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, or even Jack The Ripper.

Feb 16 13:05

Flashback to October 2001

After a week of debilitating strikes at targets across Afghanistan, the Taliban repeated an offer to hand over Osama bin Laden, only to be rejected by President Bush.

Feb 16 08:48

US-Led Invasion ‘Bogged Down’ in Marjah

US forces continue to press forward in the Marjah region of Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, put are said to be struggling mightily with home-made bombs and sniper fire, and were able to advance only 500 yards yesterday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

During yesterday's radio show, CNN was proclaiming how the Taliban was being driven from their stronghold, victory was imminent, and military operations in Marjah would be over in another 2 days.

Of course, the reason for such reckless predictions is that Obama needs a victory in one of the wars before he thinks he can start a new war with Iran and not have the American people storm the White House with tar, feathers, and a rope.

The US has been in Afghanistan for 8 years, two years longer than all of WW2, just as long as the USSR and if this escalation fails to achieve a decisive victory, the public perception that this is just another Vietnam and that the US Government were fools to fall into the same trap that the USSR did, will only grow.

Remember, the principle of Odious Debt is that We The People are NOT obligated to repay the money borrowed for any of these wars.

Feb 15 16:59

WHAT OUR CHILDREN ARE DYING FOR IN AFGHANISTAN

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MENTIONED ON THE RADIO SHOW

Feb 15 15:12

Five civilians killed in Nato rocket attack in Afghanistan

Incident follows death of 12 civilians after stray Nato rockets were fired in Helmand yesterday

Feb 15 15:09

US fears being bogged down in Marjah as snipers hit major offensive

US Marines and Afghan troops were making slow progress as they came under attack from snipers on the third day of a major offensive to seize the Taleban’s stronghold in southern Afghanistan.

Multiple firefights broke out in different areas in and around Marjah, the last militant stronghold in the country’s most violent province, Helmand. The US troops leading Operation Moshtarak — “Togetherness” — advanced only 500 yards today. Marine units twice tried to capture the town’s central bazaar, only to be pushed back.

Feb 15 14:58

The Ethnic Cleansing Of Afghanistan

As I write this, two NATO rockets have just slaughtered around a dozen innocent Afghan civilians during the latest military assault in the war torn country.

Ordinary Afghan men, women and children are paying the blood price for a war launched by politicians from the West.

Feb 15 14:52

Hawkish Cheney backs Obama's Afghan war effort

The former US Vice President Dick Cheney, assuming a rare posture, has backed President Barack Obama praising his plan for the US war in Afghanistan.

“I’m a complete supporter of what they are doing in Afghanistan. I think the president made the right decision to send troops in. I’m not a critic, in terms of how they’re dealing with that situation,” Cheney told the prominent weekly news program.

Feb 15 08:46

Civilian Killings by US Cast Pall on NATO’s Marjah Offensive

The Battle of Marjah was supposed to be the centerpiece of the Obama escalation, showcasing NATO’s firepower against the farming community while emphasizing strategic changes designed to limit civilian casualties.

This has failed on both fronts, with troops encountering heavy resistance and making slow progress in occupying the town, and even more importantly an embarrasingly high profile mishap involving US forces.

Feb 15 07:58

Taliban 'forced from strongholds'

The BBC's Frank Gardner, in Kandahar, says the homemade bombs have been planted in far greater numbers than Nato had anticipated.

Operation Moshtarak - targeting Taliban strongholds in southern Helmand province - has entered its third day.

Earlier, the Nato commander apologised after rockets killed 12 civilians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, nobody has been forced from anything. In a repeat of the same strategy that wore out the Soviets, the Taliban simply leave their bases and merge in with he general population, leaving the surge to waste time and money shelling empty buildings and tripping overt the booby traps. The US will declare victory and leave and the Taliban will repair their bases and the war will go on.

Feb 15 07:56

Military Resistance 8B9: The Death At Every Corner Crawl - 15 February 2010

Military Resistance 8B9

Inside Marjah, Marines Encountered “What They Called The ‘Death At Every Corner’ Crawl”

“Basically, If You Hear The Boom, It’s Good. It Means You’re Still Alive After The Thing Goes Off”

“As Marines Pushed Deeper Into Town, Gunfire Forced Them To Take Cover In Buildings And Compounds Not Yet Cleared Of Booby Traps”

“They Know How To Use Our ROE Against Us”

“A Top Marine Commander In The South Predicted It Could Take 30 Days To Clear Marjah”

Feb 14 18:32

US rockets slam into Afghan home, killing 12

Two U.S. rockets slammed into a home Sunday outside the southern Taliban stronghold of Marjah, killing 12 civilians after Afghanistan's president appealed to NATO to take care in its campaign to seize the town.

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"Those guys over there; the ones we wanted to hit with the rockets? They are the terrorists, remember? We're the good guys. Okay? Good guys here, terrorists over there, bloody bits blown up by our rockets are 'collateral damage'. Oh yes, they only hate us for our freedoms." -- Official White Horse Souse

Feb 14 17:11

Helmand Offensive Starts; Obama’s First War As US President

In the name of “assisting Afghanistan’s government to assert its authority in central Helmand”, thousands of US-led occupation troops launched a major offensive against Taliban before dawn on Saturday, the first since US President Barack Obama ordered more troops to Afghanistan, NATO said.

Feb 13 11:03

WHAT OUR CHILDREN ARE DYING FOR IN AFGHANISTAN

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Feb 13 11:02

US Launches Massive Attack On Taliban Despite Olympic Truce

In ancient Greece, the Olympics festival were a sacred time of truce. For the duration of the games, the conflicts between cities such as Sparta and Athens were resolved within the Stadiums, not on the battlefields. When the founder of the modern Olympics, Pierre De Coubertin, organized the 1896 Olympics in Athens he had the very same intention.

Pierre De Coubertin re-originated the idea that while the Olympics can instill a sense of national pride, the games’ goal must be to promote cooperation between the world’s nations and promote peace. Well, apparently the Obama administration, and more specifically General McChrystal- the commander in Afghanistan- forgot to read Pierre De Coubertin’s memo.

Feb 13 10:33

US Poised to Commit War Crimes in Marjah

"If [NATO forces] don't avoid large scale civilian casualties, given the rhetoric about protecting the population, then no matter how many Taliban are routed, the Marjah mission should be considered a failure," said an analyst with the International Crisis Group.

Today, AFP reported, military helicopters dropped leaflets over Marjah as radio broadcasts "warned residents not to shelter Taliban ahead of a massive assault." Doesn't this suggest that the invading US forces may regard any civilian alleged to be "sheltering Taliban" as a legitimate target, including women and children?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This offensive is guaranteed to accomplish two outcomes; to kill a lot of innocent non-combatants, and radicalize those left standing into the waiting arms of the Taliban.

Feb 13 07:49

The Empire Falls Back

Conquest is thought necessary by nation-states like Rome, forgetting that an imperially ambitious nation substitutes conquest for real productivity. Instead of employing persons, Rome seized their farms and sent them off on wars of aggression and conquest. Obvious examples are Dacia and Gaul both of which Rome invaded for 'gold'. More recently, George W. Bush attacked and invaded Iraq for its oil. Little has changed but names and commodities. If you are still inclined to believe the Bushco cover story, please tell me how many bona fide terrorists were captured by Bush and cite a scintilla of evidence that they were anything but Iraqis defending their nation, their homes and families, against an aggressor, a thief, a war criminal.

Feb 13 07:39

Taliban Spokesman Says Afghan Insurgents Still Holding Out In Marjah, Dismisses NATO Claims

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The war in Afghanistan has lasted more than 8 years, more than two years longer than WW2. We have been in Afghanistan for about the same time the USSR was, with no end in sight other than that our economy is bankrupt (as happened to the USSR).

That the news is touting a new intense surge in "pacification" (in Tacitus' sense of the word) proves that little real military success has occurred in the last 8 years. 700 military camps spread across Afghanistan are still unable to control the place.

The last military commander to successfully conquer and hang onto Afghanistan was Alexander the Great and he only kept it three years. Afghanistan is called the graveyard of empires and our empire is trapped in it like a dying mammoth sinking into the La Brea tar pits.

Feb 12 10:55

Abraham Lincoln: Defend the US Constitution from unlawful tyrants within our government

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Presidents Day weekend includes honoring the birthday of Abraham Lincoln for most Americans. He is considered among the top writers in our world’s history for eloquent and powerful precision. He is revered by Republicans as the father of their political Party. His commitment to the nation “of the people, by the people, for the people” is revered by all.

Feb 12 08:26

Offensive looms in Helmand province US military noose tightens on Afghanistan town

Thousands of US Marines and Army troops have moved into position on the outskirts of Marjah, a town in central Helmand province, identified publicly by the Pentagon as the first major target of the offensive authorized by President Barack Obama.

The town is the largest population center under Taliban control and has been dubbed a "Taliban stronghold" in the US media in order to excuse in advance what are likely to be massive civilian casualties. Press reports citing military sources claim that up to 1,000 "militants" are making a stand in Marjah, lacing the roads and fields with land mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This has been so hyped by the corporate media that if feels as if we're going to be going back to the "body count" reporting of the Viet Nam era.

You have to wonder how many women, kids, the medically infirm, and the elderly will be gunned down in this impending US/NATO "victory".

And I would almost bet one worthless US cent on the following; because this battle has been so thoroughly announced in Afghanistan, many of the Taliban have already fled, to pick up their weapons another day.

And the second relatively safe bet?!? That this attack will radicalize those left standing even further into the orbit of the Taliban.

Feb 12 07:46

US to Launch Fallujah-style Attack in Afghanistan

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"They created a desolation, and they called it peace." -- Tacitus

"Kill 'em all. Let God sort them out!" -- Attributed to Saint Dominic, Pope Innocent III, and other holy men.

Feb 11 12:52

Totally Occupied: 700 Military Bases Spread Across Afghanistan

Nearly a decade after the Bush administration launched its invasion of Afghanistan, TomDispatch offers the first actual count of American, NATO, and other coalition bases there, as well as facilities used by the Afghan security forces. Such bases range from relatively small sites like Shinwar to mega-bases that resemble small American towns. Today, according to official sources, approximately 700 bases of every size dot the Afghan countryside, and more, like the one in Shinwar, are under construction or soon will be as part of a base-building boom that began last year.

Feb 11 10:09

Civilian Casualties in Marjah “Inevitable” as Largest Military Operation of Afghanistan War Begins

Okay, let’s put these two things together. Nicholson is telegraphing he’s letting the air strikes off the chain and that he intends to use rapid, furious attacks in Marja, and somehow that is supposed to lead to reduced civilian casualties. Well, that would be great if we didn’t already know that the single greatest cause of U.S.-caused civilian casualties was airstrikes in support of troops involved in intense firefights.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Air strikes in densely populated Afghani civilian areas guarantee two things, and two things only: a lot of dead and maimed non-combatants, and the radicalizing of those left standing even further against the Karzai government, and the US/NATO occupation.

Feb 11 09:18

NATO Urges Civilians to ‘Stay Put’ as Helmand Invasion Looms

Hundreds of civilians have already fled Marjah, and the Afghan government insists it has made preparations to feed up to 6,000 displaced families. But with the Helmand region containing over 100,000 civilians, the largest NATO offensive since the 2001 invasion could easily overwhelm this capacity.

This has led NATO and the Afghan government to urge Marjah’s civilian populace to “stay put” while the troops mass along the outskirts of their region. They insist civilians “will not be harmed,” but with an enormous number of foreign troops primed for action and the Taliban planting explosives anywhere and everywhere, a significant civilian toll seems inevitable.

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These people know precisely what's coming, and for NATO and the Afghan government to make such a statement is a consummate insult to their intelligence.

Feb 10 11:44

Lesley Docksey: “Why we are in Afghanistan” – David Miliband rewrites history

One would have thought the public had heard enough of history being rewritten to suit politicians when Tony Blair appeared at the Iraq Inquiry and, among other things, pushed the old, discredited conflation of Al Qaeda, 9/11 and Iraq. Presumably he still thinks that if he utters an untruth often enough people will believe him.

But now, the UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband is rewriting the history of Britain’s involvement in Afghanistan, both in the media and at public meetings. On 5 February he appeared at a meeting in Taunton, Somerset, UK, there to answer the public’s questions on “Why we are in Afghanistan”.

Feb 10 10:50

US may send more troops to northern Afghanistan

Feb 09 21:38

Beware The People Weeping,When They Bare The Iron Hand

For they killed him in his kindness,
In their madness and their blindness,
And his blood is on their hand.

There is sobbing of the strong,
And a pall upon the land;
But the People in their weeping
Bare the iron hand;
Beware the People weeping
When they bare the iron hand.

Feb 09 09:47

Most Afghan police recruits fail drug testing

LASHKAR GAH-When British trainers administered random drugs tests to 25 Afghan police recruits at a base in southern Helmand province, most of them failed.

Feb 08 09:56

MONDAY’S OBAMATOON ~~ OLD AFGHAN PROVERB

Feb 07 20:26

Hush Little Babies (from Truth Rocker)

Warning: Pictures that will make you ashamed to be an American. (Your tax dollars at work)

Although this may be an unpopular statement - in light of the limelight and fawning over our "Special" forces - a body count is a superannuated and disgusting measure of "success" to any thinker.

When I see images like those in this blog post - it is very very very very very hard for me to sympathize with military families or "contactors" families crying about their breadwinners having to take a dirt nap.

I'm sorry.

Feb 07 12:39

Hitchens Has No Clothes: A response to ‘Vidal Loco'

In his February Vanity Fair hitpiece, Christopher Hitchens argues that the post-9/11 world has driven Gore Vidal ‘Loco’ – the signs, he says, were always there, but 9/11 and events thereafter ‘accentuated a crackpot strain that gradually asserted itself as dominant.’

Hitchens begins his missive with Gore’s take on 9/11 itself, in which he ‘insinuated or asserted that the administration had known in advance of the attacks on New York and Washington and was seeking a pretext to build a long-desired pipeline across Afghanistan.’

Feb 07 11:01

Taliban reject Karzai reconciliation offer

Afghanistan's Taliban rejected President Hamid Karzai's latest attempt to reach out to them as "futile" and "farcical" on Sunday, but said they were open to talks to achieve their goal of an Islamic state.

"This is not the first time that the Kabul regime and the invading countries want to throw dust into the eyes of the public of the world by announcing reconciliation in words and, in practice, make preparation for war," said a statement posted in English on the Afghan Taliban's website, alemarah.info.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Taliban are smart enough to recognize they don't have to "reconcile" with Karzai's government; all they have to do is to wait.

The Karzai government, so befouled with its own corruption, will ultimately collapse, and the US will have its "Saigon moment" and leave.

At that point, the US will, again, have to negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for rights to the oil pipelines.

Please remember: as late as August of 2001, the Bush administration was negotiating for rights to the pipelines with the Taliban government, but thought the price demanded was "too high".

Apparently, the Bush administration thought that a war, and the cost in blood of our brave military, and in money, was somehow "cheaper" than negotiations in the long-run.

It has not been cheaper for those young men and women who have died, or been maimed for life, in the pursuit of private profits for the oil companies.

It has not been "cheaper" for the families and friends who mourn them, or - for those still alive and badly injured - are desperately seeking help from a Veterans Administration system which routinely ignores them, makes them wait, and provides substandard care.

Of course, these people are completely expendable to the powers that be in Washington..and the corporations which profit so handsomely from war.

Feb 07 10:36

Karzai considers introducing Afghan conscription

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has told a conference of the world's top defence officials in Germany that he is considering introducing conscription.

The Afghan president said at the summit in Munich he wants to build an army and police force of 300,000 by 2012.

His comments come as US-led forces are poised to launch a major offensive in Helmand province against the Taliban.

Feb 04 11:25

The Planned End of The Republic

I don't care what agency they are with, what country they are from, or what traitorous pen stroke our bogus appointed rulers create in the way of Executive Orders, ANYONE that tries to disarm law abiding Americans should be SHOT ON SIGHT. And if you don't, if you allow them to takes us out one at a time while hiding in the basement instead of attacking the attackers, you deserve the chains they have waiting.

http://tshtf.blogspot.com/2010/02/end-of-republic.html

Feb 04 08:51

Classify Afghan drugs as global threat: Russia

Moscow: There are around two million drug abusers in Russia who depend on opiates and another three million take cannabis, hashish and synthetic drugs, according to the Russian Federal Drugs Control Service.

Of them 90 percent take Afghanistan's drugs, mainly heroin.

"It is necessary to engage the UNSC and to classify the production of drugs in Afghanistan, which is abnormal by its scale, as a global threat to peace and security," Ivanov said, adding this evil should be "equated to terrorism by its menacing potential”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When specific groups control the drug trade, they also control where the drugs wind up.

It's interesting to note that under the watch of the Taliban, the cultivation of the opium poppy was almost completely eradicated.

Suddenly, after the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, the cultivation and production of opium poppies soared.

To say that there cannot possibly be a connection between the occupation and soaring heroin production here is preposterous.

And for anyone screaming, "this can't be so!", please remember: elements of the US government has a sordid reputation for involvement in the drug trade, as happened in the "golden triangle" area of southeast Asia during the Viet Nam war, and with Iran Contra.

Feb 03 18:16

Afghan 'Geological Reserves Worth a Trillion Dollars'

Afghanistan, one of the world's poorest countries, is sitting on mineral and petroleum reserves worth an estimated one trillion dollars, President Hamid Karzai said Sunday.

Feb 03 08:21

Obama’s surge: killing spree on both sides of AfPak border

These raids are being carried out in advance of what is anticipated to be a major US offensive in the Marjah region of Helmand province, a Taliban stronghold where some 10,000 Marines have been deployed. The offensive is expected as early as the end of this week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ignorance should be painful.

You cannot win what is essentially a ground war from the air.

You can, however, manage to kill a lot of innocent people, and radicalize those left standing into the waiting arms of the insurgents.

This is precisely what is happening in the Af/Pak war.

Feb 03 07:56

US, Karzai Clash on Unconditional Talks With Taliban

On the surface, it would seem unlikely that Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who presides over a politically feeble government and is highly dependent on the U.S. military presence and economic assistance, would defy the United States on the issue of peace negotiations with the leadership of the Taliban insurgency.

But a long-simmering conflict between Karzai and key officials of the Barack Obama administration over that issue came to a head at last week’s London Conference, when the Afghan president refused to heed U.S. signals to back off his proposal to invite the Taliban leaders to participate in a nationwide peace conference.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With all his faults and corruption, Karzai realizes that the only way any true stability is going to be achieved in Afghanistan is by including the Taliban into the government, rather than marginalizing and demonizing them.

Feb 02 06:23

Light At the End of the Afghan Tunnel

That light could be the Taliban Express!

Feb 02 03:45

Vietnam Replay on Afghan 'Defectors'

U.S. and NATO officials are offering bribes drawn from a billion-dollar “Peace and Reintegration Trust Fund” to get Taliban fighters to defect. Taliban leaders have condemned the buyout strategy as a “trick” and warn that offers of reconciliation will be futile unless all foreign troops leave Afghanistan.

Feb 01 13:47

Afghanistan: Record winter casualties for US-led occupying forces

Last month 44 US and coalition troops were killed in Afghanistan—the bloodiest month of fighting recorded in the country’s winter season since the 2001 invasion. In previous years, the freezing temperatures and snowy conditions have seen a lull in the conflict between the US and NATO led International Security Assistance Force and anti-occupation guerrillas.

Feb 01 09:33

US kills baby, 4 other civilians in Afghanistan

US forces have killed at least five people, including a baby, during a night raid which they say has been aimed at targeting militants in central Afghanistan.

The NATO alliance has confirmed the death of the baby and expressed regret for what it called a tragic loss of innocent life.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More willing the hearts and minds of Afghan civilians, I see.

Feb 01 07:39

US casualties in Afghanistan provoke rage and frustration

On a base near Marjah, a Taliban stronghold in Helmand province, Marines are grieving the deaths of a sergeant and corporal killed by the remote-controlled bombs that have become the scourge of the long-running conflict.

Commanders try to keep the men's rage in check, aware that winning over an Afghan public wary of the foreign military presence and furious about civilian casualties is as important as battlefield success.
"It causes a lot of frustration. My men want revenge - that is only natural," says First Lieutenant Aaron MacLean, 2nd Platoon commander of the 1st Battalion, 6th Regiment Charlie company.

Feb 01 07:30

Obama seeks $33 billion for Afghanistan troop rise

President Barack Obama will ask the Congress on Monday for an additional $33 billion in the current 2010 fiscal year to fund a troop increase in Afghanistan, the White House said.

Obama announced in December he was adding 30,000 more U.S. troops to the Afghan war effort to join the 68,000 already fighting a resurgent Taliban.

The $33 billion request would come on top of about $130 billion that Congress has already approved for the Afghanistan and Iraq wars through September 30, 2010.

Feb 01 07:12

US casualties in Afghanistan provoke rage and frustration

A hunger for revenge is palpable among US Marines as casualties grow on the frontline of the battle against the Taliban in southern Afghanistan. 'My men want revenge - that is only natural,' says First Lieutenant Aaron MacLean.

Jan 30 09:07

NATO troops clash with Afghan allies

NATO troops clashed with their Afghan allies in a so-called "friendly fire" incident on Saturday, calling in air strikes that killed four Afghan soldiers and stoked anger among villagers.

Jan 30 08:45

Taliban 'buy out' fund to cost hundreds of millions

An international fund amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars will be established this week in a bid to buy off Taliban leaders in Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Tribute?

Did we lose and nobody told us??????

Jan 29 08:31

Taliban squad seizes hotel in Helmand

A Taliban suicide squad seized a hotel in Helmand on Friday, triggering gun battles with security forces in the capital of the British-garrisoned province.

Just a day after London's summit on Afghanistan, gunmen wearing suicide vests occupied the unfinished hotel yards from the governors' offices and around two miles from the headquarters of British military and aid efforts in Afghanistan.

Jan 29 08:15

Obama’s Secret Prisons

Sometime in the last few years, Pashtun villagers in Afghanistan’s rugged heartland began to lose faith in the American project. Many of them can point to the precise moment of this transformation, and it usually took place in the dead of the night, when most of the country was fast asleep. In the secretive U.S. detentions process, suspects are usually nabbed in the darkness and then sent to one of a number of detention areas on military bases, often on the slightest suspicion and without the knowledge of their families.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Afghans do not hate us "because we are free".

Jan 29 07:04

Afghanistan is Not the Right War

Corbett Report

If history has taught us anything, it is that we need to beware those populist politicians who claim to be men of peace by nature but men of war by necessity. The most violent wars this planet has ever seen, the most brutal regimes that have ever sought to repress their own citizens, the most genocidal schemes have always been nurtured under the leadership of politicians who offer war, violence and domination as a way of achieving peace.

Jan 29 07:03

Taliban Conduct Commando Raid In Lashkar Gah

Raging gun battles have taken place between NATO-backed Afghan troops and well equipped insurgents who assaulted UN and government buildings in the city of Lashkar Gah...

Jan 28 08:59

NATO head says Taliban will not win

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The USSR said exactly the same thing.

Jan 28 07:53

France risks diplomatic row after snubbing Obama's call to send more troops to Afghanistan

Nicolas Sarkozy has ruled out sending any more French soldiers to Afghanistan, in an apparent snub to Gordon Brown.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Do we have to start calling them "cheese-eating surrender monkeys" again?

Jan 28 07:30

Obama Ignores Key Afghan Warning

He adds, "We have not yet conducted a comprehensive, interdisciplinary analysis of all our strategic options. Nor have we brought all the real-world variables to bear in testing the proposed counterinsurgency plan. …

"This strategic re-examination could either include or lead to high-level U.S. talks with the Afghans, the Pakistanis, the Saudis and other important regional players — including possibly Iran."

Extraordinary. Here is the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan bemoaning the fact that, as the President approaches his decision on a large troop increase, there has still been no comprehensive analysis of the wider issues that remain "unaddressed" in McChrystal’s proposal.

Jan 28 07:18

Embattled US troops take cynical view of progress in Afghanistan

None of this happened in the southern badlands of Afghanistan where the Taliban are exacting a seemingly relentless death toll from mostly US and UK forces, but in Bala Murghab, in Badghis province in the far north-west.

A backwater in the war in Afghanistan, nine miles south of the border of Turkmenistan, it has been neglected for years by both Nato and the Afghan government. But it is places like Bala Murghab, in a supposedly more secure corner of the country, that expose the immense difficulties the country has ahead of it in building self-reliant ­security forces and persuading a new breed of increasingly competent Taliban fighters to lay down their arms.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are in Afghanistan to achieve two outcomes, and two outcomes only; to install oil pipelines, with which to control Eurasian oil, and the control over the drug crops, from which so many profit so handsomely.

Jan 28 07:10

Taliban: Buyout Futile Without Foreign Pullout

The Taliban statement condemned the measure as a “trick” designed to divide the force, and said that offers of reconciliation were futile without a withdrawal of foreign troops. The Taliban’s suspicions are actually in keeping with some official comments from British and American officials, who have said that the measure is indeed about “weakening” the Taliban’s leadership by bribing off its support. Others however maintain the deal is about getting the Taliban on board to rebuild the war torn nation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Taliban are many things, but they are not stupid.

They understand that the reason this scheme is being touted at all is that the US and NATO are losing, bigtime, in Afghanistan.

Jan 28 07:03

Pak bid to push India out of Kabul

Pakistan has revived an eight-country grouping to counter US pressure for giving India a greater role in war-torn Afghanistan's
reconstruction, according to a media report on Tuesday.

Following an initiative spearheaded by Islamabad, Afghanistan's neighbours met in Turkey seeking a "single voice" before a London conference to set a timetable for handing security over to Afghans and find ways to negotiate peace with the Taliban.

"The aim of the meeting is to find a single voice in the region to take to the London conference," said a western diplomat attending the gathering in Istanbul on Tuesday. "The aim is to help Afghanistan stand on its own feet in the medium and long-term."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Until the corruption in government is a thing of the past in Afghanistan, there is no clear way to move this agenda forward.

Unfortunately, right now, all the aid the West may pledge will simply go into the pockets of governmental officials, without ever reaching the people it was intended to help.

Jan 28 06:21

Afghanistan to need Western help for up to 15yrs: Karzai

Afghanistan will need support from the West for up to 15 years, President Hamid Karzai warned Thursday ahead of a major international conference on his strife-torn country in London.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: this will give Karzai and his cronies enough time and money to get their nest eggs in order, and leave on the lam to enjoy a quiet life in some far off shangri-la.

Meanwhile, the poorest of the poor in Afghanistan will most probably get nothing from Western aid money, and life will go on without any substantive improvement in their lives.

And the Taliban, come to the conference table?!? They don't have to!

We're barely able to hold on to Kabul, and the Taliban has developed parallel governmental structures to that of Karzai's government, and they are actually working.

Jan 27 01:31

DAILY MAIL: BLACKWATER, US MILITARY WORKING FOR TALIBAN DRUG LORDS

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has been briefed by the Pakistani Military High Command that they are being overwhelmed by highly trained and extremely well armed militants in the border regions and terrorists operating across the country. We have been told by the highest sources that Blackwater/Xe and other US based mercenary groups have been actively attacking police, military and intelligence organizations in Pakistan as part of operations under employment of the Government of India and their allies in Afghanistan, the drug lords, whose followers make up the key components of the Afghan army.

Jan 26 16:22

Nato says Afghanistan conference will raise millions to pay Taliban

Anders Fogh Rasmussen said it was necessary to "establish a trust to finance the reintegration programme" that would persuade the militants to lay down their weapons.

The Afghan president Hamid Karzai, who will pledge to tackle government corruption, will present a plan to reconcile senior Taliban leaders at tomorrow's meeting.

But the proposals will require huge amounts of money to pay for new jobs, pensions, land and even fund the relocation of senior militants abroad.

Jan 26 07:24

US must shift strategies in Afghanistan: Soviet war veterans

The United States is repeating the mistakes that the Soviet Union
disastrous near decade-long war there harbours deep lessons for Western forces.

"It is now (nearly) nine years since the coalition invaded Afghanistan and nothing has changed," said retired Lieutenant General Ruslan Aushev, 55, who served five years in Afghanistan during the Soviet occupation there from 1979-1989.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Those who do not learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them.

Jan 25 08:13

Troop surge 'could bring peace' with Taliban': McChrystal

The NATO commander in Afghanistan said his troop surge could lead to a negotiated peace with the Taliban, in an interview published on Monday ahead of a major conference this week on the war.

US General Stanley McChrystal also told the Financial Times he hopes his allies will leave Thursday's meeting in London with a "renewed commitment" to the increasingly bloody conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Is General Mc Chrystal barking mad?!?

This "surge" is not going to bring the Taliban to the table. They will not have to come to any table, because the US and NATO troops are losing, and will continue to lose. The Taliban has set up parallel governmental entities, and those entities are functioning, unlike those of the Karzai government.

Even with the surge of troops and contract mercenaries, we do not, nor have we ever had enough boots on the ground to win a successful ground ground campaign.

The continued aerial assaults guarantee two things, and two things only.

These are: 1. the killing of one heck of a lot of innocent civilians, and 2. the radicalizing of those left standing even further against the US, NATO, and the Karzai government, which Afghanis see as the US's and NATO's appointed puppet.

The level of corruption in the Karzai regime is legend. Payoffs of governmental officials is the only way to get something done. Opium production has soared after the US/NATO invasion and occupation.

And,as reported here yesterday:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jan/24/afghanistan-elections

They have even had to postpone their parliamentary election after the farce last year, coupled with alleged "lack of funds" to hold them.

All the Taliban has to do is continue their war of attrition. At the end of the day, for US and NATO forces, their will be a "Saigon Moment", just as there was for the old Soviet Union.

At that point, the US and NATO will need to negotiate with whatever government is left standing for the rights to the pipeline routes, which has been the unachieved objective of this 8 years - and counting - military misadventure.

Jan 25 08:04

U.S. commander sees eventual Taliban peace deal

The commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan said he hopes increased troop levels will weaken the Taliban enough for its leaders to accept a peace deal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Soviets thought so too.

In fact, as I recall, the US had the same strategy in Vietnam.

Jan 25 06:39

United States must 'shift strategies' in Afghanistan

"It is now (nearly) nine years since the coalition invaded Afghanistan and nothing has changed," said retired Lieutenant General Ruslan Aushev, 55, who served five years in Afghanistan during the Soviet occupation there from 1979-1989.

However, Aushev, who was made a Hero of the Soviet Union after being wounded on his third Afghan deployment, admitted that Nato and US troops face a fiercer enemy today than did Soviet troops.

Jan 25 01:06

War Is Sin

Truthdig
War Is Sin
Posted on Jun 1, 2009
By Chris Hedges
The crisis faced by combat veterans returning from war is not simply a profound struggle with trauma and alienation. It is often, for those who can slice through the suffering to self-awareness, an existential crisis. War exposes the lies we tell ourselves about ourselves. It rips open the hypocrisy of our religions and secular institutions. Those who return from war have learned something which is often incomprehensible to those who have stayed home. We are not a virtuous nation. God and fate have not blessed us above others. Victory is not assured. War is neither glorious nor noble. And we carry within us the capacity for evil we ascribe to those we fight.

Jan 24 09:27

'Israel seeks more involvement in Afghan war'

Foreign forces in Afghanistan will use unmanned Israeli drones more extensively in the US-led war, an Israeli paper said, citing the regime's desire to be more involved in the war.

The Jerusalem Post reported Thursday that Germany will become the fifth country whose troops in Afghanistan will operate Israeli drones as of next week.

The German military is expected to take delivery of an undisclosed number of Israeli-made surveillance-geared Heron unmanned drones, the newspaper said.

Jan 24 08:56

Delay to Afghan polls will ensure better preparations, UN envoy says

The top United Nations official in Afghanistan has welcomed today''s decision to postpone the country''s parliamentary elections by four months, saying it will give election authorities more time to prepare for the polls.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: "After the embarrassment of HAMAS winning the elections in Gaza, we are going to make sure ALL the voting machines are rigged to hand Afghanistan to our chosen puppets before we let the suckers vote!"

Jan 24 07:33

Afghanistan postpones parliamentary election

Afghanistan announced on Sunday that it is postponing parliamentary polls for four months, days ahead of crunch talks on the war-torn nation in London, saying it was unsafe to go ahead amid a spiraling Taliban insurgency.

The announcement, five months after the presidential election descended into a ballot-stuffing farce, will deepen global concern that graft and logistical problems are undermining democracy in one of the world's poorest and most corrupt nations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine my (absence of) surprise!

Jan 24 03:44

Wars Without Heroes

Can a CIA operative who pushes the joystick button to launch hellfire missiles by a Predator or a Reaper drone to kill mostly innocent people in mud hamlets in FATA be called a war hero? If such an operator is killed, as were the seven in Khost recently, how would he be eulogised; how would his requiem sound like? Similarly, if Worldwide XE mercenaries known as the defence contractors, whose strength in Afghanistan exceeds regular US troops, are killed, how would they be honoured with medals of valour?

Jan 23 08:17

Gates: Taliban Part of ‘Political Fabric’ of Afghanistan

Just days after declaring the Taliban “insidious” and a “cancer” on Afghanistan that needs to be eliminated, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates insisted that the group was part of the “political fabric” of Afghanistan that needed to be willing to take a legitimate role going forward.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: the US and NATO are losing, big-time, in Afghanistan.

Jan 23 07:55

Israeli drones take over skies of Afghanistan

While Israeli soldiers can't fight in the war in Afghanistan, Israeli drones can. Starting next week, five NATO member countries will be operating unmanned aerial vehicles produced in the Jewish state in anti-Taliban operations in the Central Asian country.

Jan 22 08:26

Karzai to pay Taliban to lay down their arms

Afghan President Hamid Karzai unveiled an ambitious Western-funded plan Friday to offer money and jobs to tempt Taliban fighters to lay down their arms in an effort to quell a crippling insurgency.

Another taxpayer funded bailout

Jan 22 08:08

US recognizes Taliban as Afghan political force

The US Secretary of Defense has recognized the Taliban as part of what he describes as the political fabric of Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So ... we can quit the war and bring our kids home now, right? Right? Right?

Oh, yeah, I forgot!

Jan 21 17:27

Resources for US Soldiers and Vets

Get health and legal information for active-duty soldiers, war veterans, and families dealing with traumatic brain injury, PTSD, and substance abuse.

Jan 20 09:49

My Children Were Tortured;This Trial Is A Sham

Pakistani citizen Aafia Siddiqui has told jurors at her trial that she was held in a secret prison in Afghanistan, her children were tortured, and the case against her is a sham.

“Since I'll never get a chance to speak," she said in the courtroom. "If you were in a secret prison, or your children were tortured…"

She insisted that she knew nothing about a plan to carry out terrorist attacks on targets in New York, The New York Daily News reported.

"Give me a little credit, this is not a list of targets of New York," she said. "I was never planning to bomb it. You're lying."

Jan 20 09:22

UN Report Claims Bribes Equal to Quarter of GDP

Need a driver's license in Kabul? $180 will get you one within hours. $60,000 will get you out of jail in Afghanistan. A new UN study shows just how rampant corruption has become in the war-torn country. Indeed, bribery is equal to a quarter of the Afghan GDP.

Jan 20 09:14

"It's a perfect war. Everybody makes money."

It’s payday in the villages of Zanda Khel and Shobo Khel, so the Indiana National Guard Agribusiness Development Team (ADT) remains vigilant. The ADT is paying a group of farmers for their work on a series of small rock dams, designed to reduce soil erosion and improve irrigation. But this area is a Taliban stronghold and there is a lot of cash involved — tens of thousands of dollars.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please remember; this is, ultimately, not the US military's money; it isn't the government's money; these are your tax dollars.

There, now: doesn't that make you feel ever so much better about this war?!?

Jan 20 09:11

We're Executing Gitmo Prisoners and Calling It Suicide

It’s hard to know where to begin with this profoundly important story by Scott Horton, for next month's Harper’s Magazine, but let's try this: The three "suicides" at Guantánamo in June 2006 were not suicides at all. The men in question were killed during interrogations in a secretive block in Guantánamo, conducted by an unknown agency, and the murders were then disguised to look like suicides. Everyone at Guantánamo knew about it. Everyone covered it up. Everyone is still covering it up.

Jan 20 08:55

Shot in the foot: Propaganda fear as our troops in Afghanistan are given U.S. guns carrying secret Bible codes

British soldiers in Afghanistan are to be issued with guns inscribed with references to passages from the Bible - risking handing a propaganda victory to Muslim extremists.

The sights for the Sharpshooter assault rifle, bought this week to boost the fight against the Taliban, are etched with the characters JN8:12.

This is a reference to chapter 8 verse 12 in the book of John, which reads: 'When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life".'

Jan 19 14:41

Hamid Karzai demands US hand over gunmen who killed children

President Karzai’s security chiefs have demanded that America should hand over the gunmen behind a night raid in eastern Afghanistan that government investigators and the United Nations say killed at least eight schoolchildren.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh Hamid; you are SOOOOOOOO funny!

Jan 19 09:15

FLASHBACK - US 'lost track of Afghan weapons'

The US military has failed to keep track of thousands of weapons shipped to Afghanistan, leaving them vulnerable to being lost or stolen, a report says.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, let me see if I have this straight.

We the taxpayers fork over half of what we earn mostly to support the buying of weapons which we don't agree to, to fight wars we do not approve of. The Pentagon "loses" the guns, and now they are in the hands of the opposing force and being used to kill our kids that we3 didn't want there in the first place.

That about sum it up?

Jan 19 09:10

Smuggled US Arms Flood Pak Tribal Belt

“We have various kinds of US-made arms, which we procure from Afghan arms smugglers”, an arms dealer from the town of Darra Adamkhel in Pakistan’s western frontier province (NWFP) told IslamOnline.net.

Jan 19 09:09

Arms Sent by U.S. May Be Falling Into Taliban Hands

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Go back and study how Charlie Wilson bought black-market Russian weapons to arm the Mujaheddin against the USSR, in order to give the US "deniability."

Is "someone" playing the same game back at us today?

Jan 19 07:27

US troops issued with gun sights carrying coded references to Bible passages

Troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan are firing weapons with coded inscriptions including 2COR4:6 and JN8:12, which related to verses in the books of Second Corinthians and John respectively.

The secret markings do not sit comfortably US government rules forbidding its forces from spreading any religious faith during deployments to the two Islamic-majority countries.

Jan 18 06:56

Five dead as Taliban militants strike across Kabul

KABUL (AFP) - Taliban gunmen and suicide bombers attacked buildings across the heart of Kabul on Monday, triggering fierce gun battles with security forces and killing at least five people including a child.

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Translation: The good guys are fighting off the U-SUK insurgent forces.

Jan 18 04:55

Taliban Attack Presidential Palace

To hell in a hand basket!

Jan 18 02:02

More Dead Afghans: Franken is “Cautiously Optimistic”

Turn them upside down and they all look alike. Democrats and Republicans that is. When Bush and the neocons ruled the roost, Democrats complained about the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. Now that their man is in office, Democrats support Obama’s criminal expansion in Afghanistan.

Jan 17 17:09

Maimed Afghan hero tells Gordon Brown to bring troops home from 'unwinnable' war

Tom James’s heroic decision to attend a comrade's funeral despite his own horrific injuries from Afghanistan inspired the nation.

The 20-year-old fusilier is determined to return to duty with the Army and fight again for his country.

Yet in a heartfelt interview he has described the war against the Taliban as hopeless - and said British troops should be brought home. Gordon Brown, he suggests, is simply afraid to admit defeat.

Jan 17 10:05

Taliban increasingly targets civilians in eastern Afghanistan

One major challenge that remains is the Taliban targeting innocent civilians, Army Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Schloesser said during a videoconference with reporters at the Pentagon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 
Would George Washington have targeted innocent American civilians? No, of course not. Washington NEEDED the support of his fellow citizens against a foreign invader and the same applies here. The Taliban is fighting the US, not their neighbors and friends. Of course, the US, probably killing as many innocent civilians as they are down in Pakistan, would love to pin the blame on the Taliban specifically to sabotage their popular support. But a moment's thought reveals that such a claim just does not make any real sense at all. Whenever you see or hear a report that the insurgents in any war are killing their own people, just ask transfer the story to Washington and the boys and ask if it would make sense there. Would they really kill their own people? What possible benefit would they gain? Then, when you realize that Washington and his boys do not benefit from killing their fellow colonials, ask who does benefit from such a story being put out.
Jan 17 10:01

Civilian Casualties Soar; Key Afghan Metric Headed In Wrong Direction

The rising number of innocent Afghan casualties constitutes a major failure for the American forces if judged by the standards set out by General Stanley McChrystal in the summer of 2009, when he testified before Congress.

American success in Afghanistan should be measured by "the number of Afghans shielded from violence," not the number of enemy fighters killed, he said at the time.

According to the UN report, it is the Taliban that is killing more and more civilians. Civilian deaths at the hands of American-led forces actually declined dramatically last year. But as Wood wrote, "the perception among most Afghans is that the United States is responsible when Afghans are killed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What McChrystal said was simply for US public consumption, and had nothing to do with the realities on the ground in Afghanistan.

Either:

1. The US and NATO will simply go on maiming, mutilating, and killing Afghans either until the nation is "pacified" enough for the pipelines to be installed to control Eurasian oil,

OR:

2. We leave, very much like the armies of the old Soviet Union did, ultimately negotiating with whatever government is left standing to lease the pipeline rights. There is no middle ground here.

And let's think about that statement in the UN report that "...it is the Taliban that is killing more and more civilians."

First, there appear to be zero statistics the UN brings to bear to back up that claim.

And secondly, if the Taliban is trying to build consensus among the Afghan people that they're the "good guys" in this conflict, would the logical extension of that consensus-building process be slaughtering their own!?

Jan 17 09:21

AIVD speaks against claims Washington Post

The secret service AIVD said this morning that prompted the assertion by the Washington Post is wrong. "There are no over the past two years in Amsterdam attacks foiled," said a spokesman.

Jan 17 09:12

We can't defeat Taliban: Army chief

The fight against the Taliban will not be won by military means alone, one of the most senior British commanders in Afghanistan has said.

The Afghan people must be persuaded to reject the insurgency and take responsibility for their own security, said Lieutenant Colonel Nick Kitson, Commanding Officer 3rd Battalion The Rifles Battlegroup.

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The fight against Washington's army will not be won by military means alone, one of the most senior British commanders in the colonies has said.

The American colonials must be persuaded to reject the insurgency and take responsibility for their own security, said General Lord Cornwallis, Commanding Officer British Expeditionary Force and Knight Companion of The Most Noble Order of the Garter.

Jan 17 08:24

Civilian Casualties Soar; Key Afghan Metric Headed In Wrong Direction

The rising number of innocent Afghan casualties constitutes a major failure for the American forces if judged by the standards set out by General Stanley McChrystal in the summer of 2009, when he testified before Congress.

American success in Afghanistan should be measured by "the number of Afghans shielded from violence," not the number of enemy fighters killed, he said at the time.

That's a reasonable measure, since no matter who's actually causing the violence, the people hold the coalition forces and central government responsible -- as veteran combat reporter David Wood wrote on Friday for Politics Daily.

Jan 16 15:17

Iran says US, UK, Canada assist Afghan drug trade

A senior Iranian anti-drug official has accused the US, Britain and Canada of playing a major role in Afghanistan's lucrative drug trade.

On the sidelines of an anti-drug conference in Tehran, deputy head of Iran's Drug Control Headquarters Taha Taheri said that Western powers are aiding the drug trade in Afghanistan.

"According to our indisputable information, the presence of the United States, Britain and Canada has not reduced the dug trade and the three countries have had major roles in the distribution of drugs," IRIB quoted Taheri as saying on Thursday.

Jan 16 07:40

The Untold Story of Afghanistan

Despite the aforementioned situation and the eight years of comparable failure that preceded the weeks described above, the Obama administration is sending at least 30,000 more US troops into the Afghan fray. In addition, there will be an untold number of mercenaries added to the numbers of occupying troops. Like his imperial predecessors in Washington, London and Russia, Barack Obama is convinced that his army can somehow shape Afghanistan into a nation that will do the bidding of the empire he leads.

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... or hang onto the place until the next opium poppy crop gets harvested!

Jan 16 07:39

Iran says US, UK, Canada assist Afghan drug trade

"According to our indisputable information, the presence of the United States, Britain and Canada has not reduced the dug trade and the three countries have had major roles in the distribution of drugs," IRIB quoted Taheri as saying on Thursday.

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No kidding.

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Jan 16 07:36

Japan Ends Naval Support for Afghan War

Japan’s defense minister ordered the nation’s naval ships to return from the Indian Ocean on Friday, fulfilling a pledge by his government to end an eight-year refueling mission in support of the war in Afghanistan.

Jan 16 07:35

US Troops Shot Civilian Protesters in Afghanistan’s Garmsir District

Shootings Came at Protest Against Shooting of Civilians the Day Before

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But the US wants to be oh so careful about not harming those opium farmers!

Jan 16 07:34

CHEAP AFGHAN HEROIN FLOODING INTO THE UNITED STATES

A lethal combination of rock bottom prices combined with a spike in the potency and availability of heroin on Massachusetts streets has led to a startling increase in the number of heroin-related deaths in recent years.

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Relinked in light of yet another announcement that US troops will NOT be harming the opium poppies in Afghanistan.

Jan 16 07:33

WHAT OUR CHILDREN ARE DYING FOR IN AFGHANISTAN

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Relinked in light of yet another announcement that US troops will NOT be harming the opium poppies in Afghanistan.

Jan 16 07:30

Afghan surge troops won't target drug crops

Thousands of extra Marines pouring into Afghanistan's opium-growing heartland will go after those who process drugs but not those who grow the crop, the commander of U.S. Marines in the area said.

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So, the overt explanation is that we don't want to harm the poppy farmers, but in theory arresting or killing the poppy farmer's customers is harmless, right?

Folks, we went through this during Vietnam.; The only opium processors being arrested are the competition for American drug criminals.

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