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Jul 27 17:49

8-Year-Long Ban on Sex Trafficking in War Zones Never Enforced

About 10 years ago, employees of Dyncorp International, a major defense contractor, were accused of buying and selling women throughout Eastern Europe.

Jul 27 17:00

Leaked files indicate U.S. pays Afghan media to run friendly stories

Buried among the 92,000 classified documents released Sunday by WikiLeaks is some intriguing evidence that the U.S. military in Afghanistan has adopted a PR strategy that got it into trouble in Iraq: paying local media outlets to run friendly stories.

Jul 27 10:53

US Treasury Running on Fumes

The White House is screaming like a stuck pig. WikiLeaks’ release of the Afghan War Documents "puts the lives of our soldiers and our coalition partners at risk."

What nonsense. Obama’s war puts the lives of American soldiers at risk, and the craven puppet state behavior of "our partners" in serving as US mercenaries is what puts their troops at risk.

Keep in mind that it was someone in the US military that leaked the documents to WikiLeaks. This means that there is a spark of rebellion within the Empire itself.

Jul 27 09:03

Afghanistan war logs: tensions increase after revelation of more leaked files

Tensions between the US, Afghanistan and Pakistan were further strained today after the leak of thousands of military documents about the Afghan war.

As members of the US Congress raised questions about Pakistan's alleged support for the Taliban, officials in Islamabad and Kabul also traded angry accusations on the same issue.

Further disclosures reveal more evidence of attempts by coalition commanders to cover up civilian casualties in the conflict.

Jul 27 08:09

With Wikileaks, They Want To Shoot The Messenger

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is in hiding. The U.S. authorities apparently want to shoot the messenger (hopefully only in a figurative sense).

U.S. National Security Advisor General James Jones released a statement alleging that the leaks "could put the lives of Americans and our partners at risk, and threaten our national security."

Excuse me, but the leaks are just shining a light on the reality of that war. And we already knew -- or suspected -- many of these "secrets".

Jul 27 00:19

Karzai Confirms: NATO Killed 52 Civilians in Friday Attack

Following up on reports emerging over the weekend, Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s office is confirming that a NATO attack in Sangin District of the Helmand Province struck a houseload of civilians hiding from a nearby battle, and that at least 52 civilians were killed.

Jul 26 19:10

It’s No Secret: Afghanistan Is a Quagmire

The tens of thousands of classified military documents posted on the Internet Sunday confirm what critics of the war in Afghanistan already knew or suspected: We are wading deeper into a long-running, morally ambiguous conflict that has virtually no chance of ending well.

Jul 26 19:03

Wikileaks says 4 Cdn soldiers killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan, not enemy action.

According to an incident report filed by the U.S. military unit, 205TH RCAG (Regional Corps Advisory Group), four Canadian soldiers were killed and seven others and an interpreter were wounded on Sept. 3, 2006, when a jet dropped a bomb on a building they occupied during the second day of Operation MEDUSA.

The Canadian military reported at the time that the four soldiers died in battles with Taliban forces.

Jul 26 15:31

FLASHBACK - The Afghanistan War was Planned Months Before the 9/11 Attacks

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Jul 26 11:02

We Arrest Pot Smokers, But Fund and Protect Opium Growers

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In the wasteful, failed war on drugs the hypocrisy of our government knows no bounds. We spend billions and billions of dollars to put lowly drug dealers and users in "for profit" jails, while our CIA, military, and large banks seem to be the real drug dealers. These institutions have a profit/funding motive not to end the insanity of prohibition. The photos below show your tax dollars hard at work:

Jul 26 09:40

Afghan war logs: inquiry launched into source of leaks

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How about an inquiry into the war crimes? How about an inquiry into just how we got tricked into this stupid war in the first place? How about an inquiry into why we don;t just call it quits and bring our kids home?

Jul 26 09:31

Wikileaks Mirrors

Find all the current Wikileaks Mirrors here. Helpful, if the main site - wikileaks.org - is down.

Jul 26 09:27

GORDON DUFF: HAS ANTI-SEMITISM MADE JEWS BOYCOTT THE WAR ON TERROR?

OVER 200,000 AMERICAN JEWS TRAINED AND ONLY 4,000 SERVE

According to the Department of Defense, only 4000 Jews serve in the American military. Over 200,000 American Jews have been trained at US expense by the IDF in Israel but only a handful defend Israel in the current wars in the military of the country of their birth, the United States of America. 40% of the world’s Jews live in Israel. 40% of the world’s Jews live in the United States with 2.2 million residing in New York City alone. If any nation has been the homeland of the Jews, it has been the United States.

Jul 26 09:25

5 Biggest Revelations of Wikileaks Documents

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There are some problems with the claims coming out of the documents. That tabloid-esque story about Osama arranging a marriage seems like the US propagandizing its own troops. Second, whatever the Taliban are shooting down US aircraft with, they are NOT Stingers left over from Charlie Wilson's war, because even with proper storage the shelf life of a Stinger rocket motor is only ten years. After that cracks develop and anyone dumb enough to use one will probably fly a lot further than the Stinger itself.

Jul 26 08:46

WHAT OUR CHILDREN ARE DYING FOR IN AFGHANISTAN

In Afghan fields the poppies grow.
Between the crosses.
Row on row.

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Rangers, here is your task today. Please copy this article and post it everywhere you see the US Government whining about the release of the Afghanistan Logs. Let the world know that it isn't national security or honor that is the issue, but the drug profits.

Jul 26 08:43

US ‘Strongly Condemns’ Mass Publication of Afghan War Docs

“The United States strongly condemns the disclosure of classified information by individuals and organizations which could put the lives of Americans and our partners at risk, and threaten our national security ,” Jones declared in a statement released by the White House.

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"Not to mention that opium." -- Official White Horse Souse

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In Afghan fields the poppies grow.
Between the crosses.
Row on row.

Jul 26 08:39

Afghanistan: The war logs

US intelligence records reveal civilian killings, 'friendly fire' deaths and shadowy special forces

Jul 26 08:03

Leak of Afghan War Documents 'Irresponsible,' Administration Says

The Obama administration condemned the unprecedented leak of thousands of classified documents on the Afghanistan war, saying website Wikileaks.org "made no effort" to contact the federal government before releasing them.

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Daniel Ellsberg did not contact the administration before releasing the Pentagon Papers. He would have been foolish to do so. The fact is that the US Government has started to act just like Israel. They wish to commit war crimes such as targeted assassinations and killing innocent civilians, but they do not wish their public image to suffer for it.

You need to read all these papers about the conduct of the war in Afghanistan, because you paid for all of this!

Jul 26 07:58

The Arrogance of American Power

What is America doing in Iraq and Afghanistan? It’s called “nation building.” What business is it of America to be building other’s nations? It’s really none of their business. It’s nothing more than the arrogance of power.

Jul 26 07:58

WikiLeaks: More US documents coming on Afghan war

U.S. special operations forces have targeted militants without trial, Afghans have been killed by accident, and U.S. officials have been infuriated by alleged Pakistani intelligence cooperation with the very insurgent groups bent on killing Americans.

Still, they also included unreported incidents of Afghan civilian killings and covert operations against Taliban figures.

Assange told reporters in London that what's been reported so far on the leaked documents has "only scratched the surface" and said some 15,000 files on Afghanistan are still being vetted by his organization.

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The new Pentagon Papers scandal.

Jul 26 04:18

TIM KING: Wikileaks Releases ‘The Afghan War Diary’

Salem-News.Com

We hope the impact will lead to a comprehensive understanding of the war in Afghanistan and modern warfare in general. - Wikileaks

(SALEM, Ore.) – WikiLeaks has done it again; over 90,000 documents from the war in Afghanistan have been released to the public. Wikileaks called, The Afghan War Diary (AWD), “An extraordinary compendium of over 91,000 reports covering the war in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2010.

“The reports, while written by soldiers and intelligence officers mainly describing lethal military actions involving the United States military, also include intelligence information, reports of meetings with political figures, and related detail.”

Jul 25 16:50

WikiLeaks' 92,000 "war logs" revealed, true or not

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* Sun, 25 Jul 2010 21:50:42 wikileaks: WikiLeaks' "war logs" are online. NYT: nyti.ms/dacIql Guardian: bit.ly/dlNzWx Der Spiegel: bit.ly/bpjIZk
Afghanistan war logs: Massive leak of secret files exposes truth of occupation
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* Sun, 25 Jul 2010 21:22:55 wikileaks: Afghan war logs: massive leak of secret files exposes hundreds of abuses bit.ly/9KJWfq
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Jul 25 12:40

Afghanistan: Condition Black

Many of the wounded are innocent Afghan civilians whose neighborhoods have become battlefields. In fact, Afghanistan Rights Monitor (ARM) (an independent and impartial Afghan rights group) reports that 1,074 civilians were killed and over 1,500 were injured in the first six months of 2010.

Jul 25 11:08

Almost Nine Years Later: Top U.S. officer warns Afghan war will get worse

More NATO troops will die in Afghanistan as violence mounts over the summer, but Washington's goal of turning the tide against the insurgency by year's end is within reach, the top U.S. military officer said on Sunday.

Jul 24 17:13

The arrogance of American power

Paul J. Balles argues that the continued presence of 1,000 American military bases outside the USA nearly two decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union is a symptom of the arrogance of power that threatens local communities and ultimately the USA itself.

”What is America doing in Iraq and Afghanistan? It’s called 'nation building'. What business is it of America to be building other’s nations? It's really none of their business. It's nothing more than the arrogance of power.”

Jul 24 14:18

How to create your very own terrorist state

Tim Coles takes us through 11 steps necessary to create a “terrorist state”. Using Yemen as a case study, he argues that these steps precisely match US and British policies in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran as well as Yemen to grow “very poisonous seeds”, some which have ripened while others are ripening.

Jul 24 11:04

NATO: Taliban claims to have captured 2 U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan

Two American soldiers went missing after driving off their base in Kabul on Friday afternoon, and the Taliban later claimed to have captured them in eastern Afghanistan, NATO officials said Saturday, the same day five U.S. troops were killed in the south.

Jul 24 07:44

US-led strike kills dozens of civilians

A US-led air strike has reputedly left dozens of civilians dead in Afghanistan, raising concerns about the growing number of civilian casualties in the country.

The late Friday bombardment took place in the city of Sangin in southern Helmand Province. Locals told Press TV that the attack has also injured seven children in Helmand Province.

Those injure were taken to the city's Central Hospital. Foreign forces and Afghan officials have yet to comment on the incident.

Jul 24 07:31

Afghan conference endorses indefinite occupation

The international foreign ministers conference held in Kabul Tuesday formally endorsed President Hamid Karzai's proposed 2014 target for Afghan forces to assume the lead responsibility for the country's security, while acknowledging that the foreign occupation will continue indefinitely.

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In Afghan fields the poppies grow.
Between the crosses.
Row on row.

Jul 24 07:08

Afghan bombing kills 5 U.S. service members

U.S. troop deaths have reached their highest levels of the nine-year war. Last month a record 60 Americans were killed in Afghanistan; the most recent fatalities bring the tally for July to more than 50.

Jul 23 12:10

Carl Herman interview: explaining war laws, lies; how Americans will end wars, restart US economy

*hyperlinks and interview live at source*

James Fetzer interviewed me on his radio show and podcast, The Real Deal, in discussion of the evidence to prove beyond any doubt current US wars are tragic-comic unlawful; Orwellian in the distance between the disclosed and verifiable evidence and the law. The article with links of documentation is here to prove all claims for war were known lies as they were told, with this information now uncontroversial but corporate media lying in omission in their failure to announce this to the American public.

These lies that levied war on US soldiers are treason; with escalated war policy under President Obama that includes threat to attack Iran based on similar lies that preceded war with Iraq.

Jul 23 11:21

Stop Calling Them Heroes

Consider a strange aspect of our wars since October 2001: they have yet to establish a bona fide American hero, a national household name. Two were actually "nominated" early by the Bush administration — Jessica Lynch, a 19-year-old private and clerk captured by the Iraqis in the early days of the American invasion and later "rescued" by Army Rangers and Navy Seals, and Pat Tillman, the former NFL safety who volunteered for service in the Army Rangers eight months after 9/11 and died under "enemy" gunfire in Afghanistan.

Jul 23 07:24

The secret private-sector government

The irony here is that the decision to declare enemy fighters in Afghanistan as "unlawful enemy combatants" -- which is what, in turn, "justified" denial of Geneva Conventions protections for them (at least until the Supreme Court ruled otherwise) -- was grounded in the fact that they do not, as Mukasey put it, "wear uniforms, follow a recognized chain of command, carry their arms openly." That's what made them, in the U.S. lexicon, not only "unlawful combatants" but even Terrorists. But, of course, exactly the same is true for our countless private contractors who are acting as combatants for the U.S. in multiple parts of the world; as Priest and Arkin document, they are so numerous and unaccountably embedded in secret government functions that they are literally "countless"

Jul 22 21:52

Maidhc Ó Cathail: Myth-Debunking Snopes Obscures Israel’s Role in 9/11

- Snopes.com toes the militarists’ line -

Snopes.com, officially known as the Urban Legends Reference Pages, has since its humble inception in 1995 come to be regarded as one of the most trusted debunkers of conspiracy theories on the internet. Described by one of its many fans – it apparently has over 6 million visitors per month – as “the grand-daddy of all fact-checking sites,” Snopes is downright cavalier, however, in its attitude to facts surrounding Israel’s role in the 9/11 attacks.

Jul 22 21:50

Operation Throw Rug: Pentagon Enters Afghan Carpet Trade

It may take decades before Afghanistan’s vast mineral wealth can start generating the big bucks. So in the meantime, the U.S. military is working to bolster another traditional Afghan industry: carpets.

The Pentagon and the Interior Department are about to issue a year-long, no-bid, $7 million contract to Adelphia, New Jersey’s Tremayne Consulting to turn Afghanistan’s storied, broken carpet business into an international powerhouse.

Jul 22 14:15

Psycopathy Legitimized

Perhaps the US should recognize that it has a second-rate military at phenomenal cost—an enormous, largely useless national codpiece. It is embarrassing. The Pentagon’s preferred enemies are lightly armed, poorly equipped peasants, which makes for a long war and thus hundreds of billions of dollars in juicy contracts for military industries. Yet the greatest military in history (ask it)  gets run out of Southeast Asia, blown up and run out of Lebanon, shot down and run out of Somalia, with Afghanistan a disaster in progress and Iraq claimed as an American victory rather than Shiite.Do the aircraft carriers intimidate North Korea? No. Iran? No. China? No. For this, a trilliaon dollars a year?

Jul 22 13:31

The secret private-sector government

The irony here is that the decision to declare enemy fighters in Afghanistan as "unlawful enemy combatants" -- which is what, in turn, "justified" denial of Geneva Conventions protections for them (at least until the Supreme Court ruled otherwise) -- was grounded in the fact that they do not, as Mukasey put it, "wear uniforms, follow a recognized chain of command, carry their arms openly." That's what made them, in the U.S. lexicon, not only "unlawful combatants" but even Terrorists. But, of course, exactly the same is true for our countless private contractors who are acting as combatants for the U.S. in multiple parts of the world; as Priest and Arkin document, they are so numerous and unaccountably embedded in secret government functions that they are literally "countless":

Jul 22 11:20

Kabul conference is surreal theatre featuring the defeated Western allies in competitive denial

We are watching history in the making in Afghanistan; but it is history of a certain stamp – the slow-motion unraveling of a disaster. The international conference meeting in a palatial hall in Kabul has all the unreality of similar doomed assemblies in the past. Think of the States General of France in 1789, the Duma in Russia in 1905 – you get the picture. Here we have high-ranking international diplomats and foreign ministers, the supposed "movers and shakers" of the world, but they have encountered the immovable and the unshakeable: the victorious Taliban and the treacherous warlords of Afghanistan.

Jul 22 10:56

Rebuild America, or Bomb Afghanistan? Bring our war $$ home!

The current war in Afghanistan costs in excess of $48,000 a minute.

Meanwhile, a National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform is talking about cuts to Social Security, Medicare and the home mortgage deduction to address the nation's growing budget deficit.

Jul 22 10:25

NATO Chief Disavows 2014 Drawdown Date, Insists War to Continue Indefinitely

The replacement of the July 2011 drawdown date with a more speculative 2014 date is scarcely completed, and already that date too is being disavowed by NATO Secretary General and Afghan War enthusiast Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

Jul 22 09:19

Hillary Clinton ADMITS that the US and Pakistan created the Mujahaddin

Needless to say, my jaw dropped when Hillary admitted with a straight face, that the US and Pakistan created the supposed enemies we now face.

This is obviously something that most of us knew, but to watch them admit it, and use it as a reason to stay there and or expand, is beyond insanity.

Jul 22 09:14

Photos Iraq babies born deformed depleted uranium — US Veterans becoming sick with DU — Children living lives with DU

In September 2009, Fallujah General Hospital, Iraq, had 170 new born babies, 24% of whom were dead within the first seven days, a staggering 75% of the dead babies were classified as deformed.

This can be compared with data from the month of August in 2002 where there were 530 new born babies of whom six were dead within the first seven days and only one birth defect was reported.

Doctors in Fallujah have specifically pointed out that not only are they witnessing unprecedented numbers of birth defects but what is more alarming is: "a significant number of babies that do survive begin to develop severe disabilities at a later stage."

Jul 22 08:29

Maidhc Ó Cathail: Myth-Debunking Snopes Obscures Israel’s Role in 9/11

Maidhc O'Cathail
Snopes purports to debunk a claim that “four thousand Israelis employed by companies housed in the World Trade Center stayed home from work on September 11, warned in advance of the impending attack on the World Trade Center.”

Jul 21 10:30

FLASHBACK - Afghans Trained by Blackwater Defect to Taliban

Jul 21 08:51

We will thrash Taliban: Obama

US President Barack Obama told that US will continue it's fight against the terrorist group Taliban, who killed innocent civilians in the US and the UK.

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Prove it, President Pussy.

Because your word is no longer sufficient, not after breaking your campaign promise to end the wars as your first act in office.

Second, your tough talk about about avenging the deaths of Americans is undermined by the fact that Israel attacked a US-flagged ship and American citizens in international waters, and you ... did ... absolutely ... nothing ... about ... it! So kindly can the bovine excrement, President Pussy, because we all know the real reason you are prolonging the war in Afghanistan.

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In Afghan fields the poppies grow.
Between the crosses.
Row on row.

Jul 21 07:18

The phony "withdraw" hype

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The troop levels haven't changed. The troop labels have changed.

Jul 20 22:16

Top Officials Reiterate Pledges to Continue Afghan War

On the eve of the latest policy conference, top US and NATO officials have arrived in Kabul to pledge their support to the continuation of the Afghan War, with promises of an unending commitment to propping up the Karzai government going forward.

Jul 20 10:13

Generation without future, a future without generations: the endless suffering of Afghan children

Do we really think that those children who survive and reach adulthood will be thankful to the western countries? Do we really think that Afghanistan will not become the greatest reserve of desperate people without a real future? And where there is no future, you need hope; hope that, as we know, radical interpretations of religion can easily offer. Our attempt to achieve security through bombs and useless killing today will be the reason for our continued insecurity tomorrow.

Jul 19 21:23

GORDON DUFF: Our Unreported Cold War With Israel

OUR UNREPORTED ”COLD WAR” WITH ISRAEL

9/11 was like Pearl Harbor to America, uniting many, awakening bitter skepticism in a few. Where Pearl Harbor began America’s official role in crushing the Fascist juggernaut that threatened to dominate the world, 9/11 had quite the opposite effect. America’s response to 9/11 was oppression at home and a tirade of frenzied phobic reactions around the world. No American institution suffered more than the military. The team of Cheney and Rumsfeld, together since the disastrous Nixon years, began a process of purging America’s military of talent and leadership, instead building a force to serve a sinister agenda of religious heresy and extremist politics.

Jul 19 13:40

Military war tactics return home with US gangs' soldiers

'Scary' growth of gangs in war zones
Chicago cop who served in Afghanistan and Iraq has warning: Gang members are coming home with military training
July 18, 2010
BY FRANK MAIN Staff Reporter
Stoleson, who stressed he was not speaking for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections or the Army, said it appears the problem is worse than ever. He warned that soldiers who return to gang life back home are especially dangerous because they know military tactics that they can use against the police and the public -- as a Marine did in 2005 when he killed a police officer and wounded three others in a California ambush.
"Gang members are coming home now with one or two tours," he said. "Some were on the field of battle."

Jul 19 09:17

Are We Replaying Iraq…In Iran?

By Lawrence Davidson

Jul 19 00:52

We, Defenders of the Mavi Marmara

While in Israeli custody I, along with everyone else was subjected to endless abuse and flagrant acts of disrespect. Women and elderly were physically and mentally assaulted. Access to food and water and toilets was denied. Dogs were used against us, we ourselves were treated like dogs.

Jul 19 00:09

Afghanistan — Can General Petraeus turn the tide in Kandahar?

By Khalil Nouri – Veterans Today

The southern city of Kandahar, the last Afghan territory to be handed over by the British in 1830, was also known as the center of greatest resistance to the Russian occupation in the 1980’s. Today it measures as the epicenter of intense political competition, drug trafficking and an operational nightmare for a U.S. led counterinsurgency campaign; once again proving its historic destiny as a make-or-break location for another Afghan war.

Jul 19 00:05

An American “Terrorist” in London

Ken O'Keefe
My 1984 reality is culminating with the United States and Israeli Governments treating me and/or charging me with being a “terrorist”. Americans worry not, you can sleep better at night knowing your “homeland” is being defended from the likes of me. And Israel, rest easy as well, it’s Ken O’Keefe and his Arab collaborators who are in the Mossad crosshairs.

Jul 18 19:56

An Exclusive Interview with Stephen Sniegoski, author of The Transparent Cabal

have not read the book, yet, but if this book is as comprehensive as Dr. Stephen Sniegoski’ says it is, then it will make a good weapon to carry into the battle.

Dr. Sniegoski

Jul 18 09:25

Petraeus promotes civil war in Afghanistan

President Obama and his military team recognize that it is less damaging at home, where there is almost no support for this endless occupation, to foment civil war in Afghanistan and pay desperate Afghans to slaughter each other as a means of reducing U.S. casualties.

U.S. taxpayers who are experiencing devastating cuts in state and local budgets, layoffs of municipal workers, soaring tuition hikes in public colleges—all because of budget shortfalls—will see billions of their tax dollars go to fund the occupation of Afghanistan and pay the salaries of poor Afghans so that they can shoot other poor Afghans.

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This is so sickly immoral, I just don't know where to start.

This war in Afghanistan has absolutely nothing to do with the safety and security of this country; it has everything to do with potential private profit from the installation of pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil, from the drug trade, and from unexploited mineral deposits.

Jul 18 08:11

UK to boost aid to Afghanistan - minister

Britain plans to increase aid to Afghanistan by as much as 40 percent, International Development Minister Andrew Mitchell said.

Jul 17 17:58

GORDON DUFF: TIME TO END AMERICAN OCCUPATION OF MIDDLE EAST

Even Imaginary Enemies Can Get Tired

For the last decade, America has been shuffling its entire military, including hundreds of thousands of private contractors, in and out of the Middle East on little more than a “snipe hunt.” Time for a reality check. Iraq never attacked the US. Reports say Al Qaeda may have fewer than 30 men in Afghanistan.

The Taliban has been asking for a cease fire for months. Turkey and Brazil negotiated a nuclear deal with Iran ending any possible threat, one we strangely, very strangely ignored. “Thermo-nuclear Israel’s” continual whining and manipulation is wearing thin. America’s economy, her Army and her suffering veterans demand an end to our Bush era phony war.

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Jul 17 17:20

NATO: Whoring Itself To American Imperialism

Where the US claims its presence in Iraq and Afghanistan is only temporary the massive infrastructures established in these countries in the form of military bases belies this claim. They are not dispensing “Enduring Freedom” but an enduring presence and Afghanistan and Iraq are only the most recent franchises in a global network of over 700 US military bases.

Imperialism is a very expensive game and has left America the most indebted country in the world. It is fighting foreign wars with borrowed money on borrowed time. It then becomes necessary to defray the costs of this cretinous extravagance by coercing allies, namely NATO, into being the whores of US imperialism all too willing to cough up cash and lives in a sorely corrupted cause for despicable motives.

Jul 16 18:05

Army reports record number of suicides for June

Soldiers killed themselves at the rate of one per day in June making it the worst month on record for Army suicides, the service said Thursday.

Jul 16 07:58

US taxpayers’ Afghan aid money buys rich Afghans’ Dubai villas

...Huge amounts of money [are] regularly being secreted out of Afghanistan by plane in boxes and suitcases. According to some estimates, since 2007, at least $3 billion (€2.4 billion) in cash has left the country in this way. The preferred destination for these funds is Dubai, the tax haven in the Persian Gulf. And, given the fact that Afghanistan's total GDP amounts to the equivalent of $13.5 billion, there is no way that the funds involved in this exodus are merely the proceeds of legal business transactions...

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"Relax. It; snot like it's my own money or anything." -- Official White Horse Souse

Jul 16 03:01

Female MP: Afghan leaders "do not believe in democracy

Neither do U.S leaders so what's the big deal??

Jul 15 11:52

Holbrooke: War cannot be won militarily

Before a July 20th donors conference in Kabul, US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, announces the Afghan war cannot be won militarily.

"As you said, Mr. Chairman, there is no military solution here, so as General Petraeus and General McChrystal said, you cannot win this war by killing every member of Taliban," Holbrooke, told US senators on Wednesday, Press TV reported.

Jul 15 08:08

Afghanistan Rights Monitor SLAMS Washington Spin About “Progress” in Afghanistan

Despite the high-profile spin in Washington and Kabul about progress made in Afghanistan, the Afghan people have only witnessed and suffered an intensifying armed conflict over the past six months. Contrary to President Barrack Obama’s promise that the deployment of additional 30,000 US forces to the country would "disrupt, dismantle and defeat" Taliban insurgents and their al-Qaeda allies in the region, the insurgency has become more resilient, multi-structured and deadly.

Jul 15 05:54

President Petraeus: The Neocons’ Choice

By Stephen Sniegoski – america-hijacked.com

Jul 14 09:16

The Beginning of the End? The Dwindling of Afghanistan's Coalition of the Willing

The British government’s decision to withdraw troops from Sangin in Helmand province marks a watershed in the relentless conflict in Afghanistan. The military mission has been very costly for the United Kingdom, with a third of the total casualties sustained in one district alone. More than a hundred lives of soldiers lost and many more wounded coming home is a sign of how difficult the mission has been. In a classic display of guerrilla tactics of asymmetrical warfare, the armed opposition has refused to fight a modern army equipped with high-tech weaponry on its enemy’s terms. Instead, the insurgents have fought on their terms, using rudimentary explosive devices and small weapons with devastating effect. Reaction of Afghans in Sangin will shock many in Britain.

Jul 14 08:13

America: hooked on war and getting poorer

With record foreclosures and child poverty at a shameful level, can we really afford to stay in Afghanistan and Iraq for 10 years?

Jul 14 07:33

Call the Politburo, We’re in Trouble (second article down)

Depending on just what you counted, there were anywhere from 700 to perhaps 1,200 or more U.S. bases, micro to macro, acknowledged and unacknowledged, around the globe. Meanwhile, the Pentagon was pouring money into the wildest blue-skies thinking at its advanced research arm, DARPA, whose budget grew by 50%. Through DARPA, well-funded scientists experimented with various ways to fight sci-fi-style wars in the near and distant future (at a moment when no one was ready to put significant government money into blue-skies thinking about, for instance, how to improve the education of young Americans).

Jul 14 07:17

It's Obama's war, all right

Afghan insurgent attacks killed six U.S. soldiers Saturday, bringing the total to 1,171 -- and counting. Eight years after achieving our initial war aims, disrupting al Qaeda and punishing its Taliban protectors, we have 94,000 troops in-theater, chasing "50 to 100" Al Qaeda operatives, "maybe less," says President Obama's CIA director.

Good news, though: Construction of Kabul's 900,000-square-foot Police Training Center is "progressing according to plan." After $27 billion spent, Afghan police are still "illiterate, corrupt, and trigger-happy," their instructors lament, but a spiffy new training complex can't hurt.

Enough. With American casualties mounting, it's clearer than ever that "Operation Enduring Freedom" has become a sickening waste of blood and treasure.

Jul 13 18:23

Even The Troops Are Waking Up

Jul 13 09:38

Rogue Afghan soldier attacks British troops, kills 3

The attacker escaped, and the motive for the assault in Helmand province is unknown. The incident could be deeply embarrassing for Kabul and Washington, renewing concerns about the infiltration of Taliban militants or sympathizers into Afghan security forces.

Jul 13 09:01

Obama: Tell Americans the Truth About Afghanistan

So why is the U.S. in Afghanistan? Obama owes Americans the truth.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The truth here, sadly, is that the US and NATO military are here for three reasons, all of them having to do with private profit, and none of them having to do with the safety or security of the US or NATO countries.

They are:

1. The installation of oil pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil (mission singularly unaccomplished here).

2. The control of the drug trade from which so many profit so handsomely (mission very much accomplished here, to the point that the Russian government is openly complaining about the cheap heroin flooding their country).

3. The control of Afghanistan's vast mineral wealth (mission bungled severely, in light of the fact that, as reported at:

http://article.wn.com/view/2010/06/29/Karzai_Japan_gets_priority_in_Afghan_mining/,

Karzai is giving Japan "...priority to explore and extract untapped mineral resources...")

So this means that every single US and NATO soldier who has been died or maimed for life in this meatgrinder has had this happen not to defend the security of their respective countries, but to extract wealth for private corporations from Afghanistan.

All the families and friends who mourn their dead, and grieve for those who have been maimed for life need to understand just why their loved ones have had this happen to them.

Jul 13 07:30

Guantánamo: The Definitive Prisoner List (Updated for Summer 2010)

Andy Worthington

The Guantanamo Files: The Story of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison. In Andy Worthington’s The Guantanamo Files, the whole story of the Cuban camp emerges as a ghastly experiment in which the terrorist suspects became guinea pigs in a vast experiment of methods to crack the human soul. [This] is a powerful, essential and long-overdue piece of research, providing the first real Who’s Who of those held at the Cuban base. –Stephen Grey, New Statesman

Jul 12 07:46

Afghanistan is a catastrophe. But we will have to wait for a new Chilcot to admit it

Our leaders would rather avoid embarrassment than be honest about the horrific futility of the wars we are fighting

Jul 11 09:00

US ‘realises it cannot win’ Afghan war

Some Pakistani officials are convinced that the United States’ ongoing military surge against the Taliban in Afghanistan is doomed, and that the diminishing western appetite for the war will position it as the key to a future political settlement, Pakistani analysts said.

Pakistan’s foreign policy leaders, notably its powerful army chief, consider the June 23 exit of Gen Stanley McChrystal as the commander of US forces in Afghanistan as indicative of a growing acceptance by the Obama administration that the conflict cannot be settled by force, they said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This was an unwinnable war from the beginning, with never enough military resources on the ground to create anything that would ever look like a military victory to a sensible human being.

At the end of the day, and after almost 9 years of blood and money spent, the US and NATO need to declare victory, bring their troops home, and negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for the oil pipeline rights.

Jul 10 15:47

Gen. Casey: America may be in Iraq and Afghanistan for another decade

The United States may still be in the Afghanistan and Iraq region for another ten years, according to Gen. George Casey.

“The types of conflict that we are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, and I think are likely to be fighting here for a decade or so, are focused on the people,” Casey, the army's Chief of Staff, said Friday night at the Aspen Institute's Ideas Festival.

“We are not going to succeed in either place by military means alone. You are only going to succeed when the people perceive there is a government represented by their interests, when there is an economy that can give them a job to support their families, when there are educational systems that can educate their family. All those things are essential to the long term success of the military operation.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Gen. George Casey: the US shouldn't be in either Iraq or Afghanistan for another 10 seconds, let alone 10 years!

We do not have the person power in terms of troops with which to manage these wars without reinstituting a draft, and the borrowing costs for these immoral and illegal wars without end will bankrupt this country.

Jul 10 06:48

Oh come ON now!!!!!!

Afghanistan's Taliban insurgents are training monkeys to use weapons to attack American troops, according to a recent report by a British-based media agency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Jul 10 04:17

Obama’s Gitmo – Torturing the rule of law

By Chase Madar
Source: orwellsdreams

President Obama may lack the nerve to stare down Liz Cheney or Bibi Netanyahu, but no one can deny that our commander in chief has the guts to take on a child soldier. Come August, a military commission in Guantánamo will try Omar Khadr, a Canadian national captured outside Kabul in 2002, when he was just 15 years old. This will be only the third Gitmo trial and the Obama administration’s first, and there won’t be anything kinder and gentler about it.

Jul 09 10:27

General: US Casualties in Afghanistan Will Continue to Rise

June’s devastating record death toll in Afghanistan, 103 NATO troops including 61 Americans, may just be the tip of the iceberg, according to second in command Lt. Gen. David Rodriguez.

Lt. Gen. Rodriguez’ comments suggest the toll is the new normal, and furthermore he cautions against drawing any conclusions about how badly the war is going based on the massive death tolls. “This is a contest of wills,” he insisted, adding that there was an “upward trajectory in the war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am waiting for the "body count" moments to begin on the corporate news regarding Afghanistan soon, just as happened in the unwinnable, immoral, and illegal war against North Vietnam.

Jul 09 09:37

Will America Free Omar Khadr From Gitmo?

BY DEBBIE MENON

Come August, a military commission in Guantánamo will try Omar Khadr, a Canadian national captured outside Kabul in 2002. He was a boy, aged 15 then. Now a burly, bearded 23-year-old who has spent one-third of his life at Guantanamo. He bears scant resemblance to the fresh-faced, teen, who had survived multiple gunshots wounds and several major surgeries. There must be some reason why this lad did not die from his wounds. A shotgun blast to the back with sufficient force to exit the chest is a pretty fatal event. Perhaps the Power that kept him alive this long will reveal His purpose in time.

Jul 09 08:24

FLASHBACK - The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight

Six billion dollars later, the Afghan National Police can't begin to do their jobs right—never mind relieve American forces.

Jul 09 08:19

Stolen US arms flood markets in tribal areas

Jul 09 05:48

Obama Selects General Who Likes Killing Muslims to Centcom

Gen. Mattis has the same habit of speaking his mind as McCrystal. Eric Garris writes today that Mattis was quoted back in 2005 as saying he finds pleasure in shooting and killing people in Afghanistan. “Actually it’s quite fun to fight them, you know. It’s a hell of a hoot,” Mattis said, prompting laughter from some military members in the audience, CNN reported on February 4, 2005. “It’s fun to shoot some people. I’ll be right up there with you. I like brawling.” Mattis, who commanded Marine expeditions in Afghanistan and Iraq, made the comments during a panel discussion in San Diego, California.

Jul 08 23:10

Survey: Corruption Doubled in Afghanistan Since 2007

Though it is almost unfathomable that it is even possible given how widespread corruption was in 2007, a recent survey by the Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA) organization shows that the level of corruption in Afghanistan has doubled since then.

Jul 08 10:29

Omar Khadr axes U.S. lawyers ahead of hearing

Accused war-criminal Omar Khadr has fired his American lawyers less than a week before his military-commission pre-trial hearings are slated to resume in Guantanamo Bay, one of his despondent attorneys said Wednesday.

Khadr, via a motion terminating his U.S. counsel and filed by his lawyers with the commission, said that he would either represent himself or boycott his trial.

"We have worked our hearts out on the case and were just eagerly looking forward to what we had planned to do," one of the lawyers, Barry Coburn, told The Canadian Press.

Prosecutors allege Khadr threw a hand grenade that killed Sgt. Chris Speer in Afghanistan in July 2002 when he was 15 years old. He faces a maximum life sentence on conviction.

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Jul 08 09:35

Afghanistan: Now it's America's war

General Dannatt talked of past failures and future pitfalls. "The intention when we went into southern Afghanistan was to try to get the country on its feet economically," he said. "We all know it didn't turn out that way. We spread our small resources thinly and that inevitably made the small number of British soldiers like flies in a honey pot. We got into this cycle of fighting.

"We have got to make sure that the general public in this country understand why we are in Afghanistan, what we are doing, and that the cost – while very, very tough for the families who lose loved ones – is worth the price we are paying. I don't want to see the figures get to 400 but realistically they probably will."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to General Dannatt: at least, have the moral decency and courage to tell the parents and friends of those who have fallen, or have been maimed for life, the truth.

The UK, the US, and NATO are in Afghanistan for potential profit from drugs, minerals, and the oil pipelines: this is why the UK's kids have been fighting, getting maimed, and dying.

This war has nothing to do with the safety or security of the US or the UK: it is simply a war, ultimately, for private profit.

Jul 08 06:33

Bombs away! Remember Cambodia

Aerial bombardment, a centerpiece of the US military effort in Afghanistan, has had a devastating impact on civilians there. Along with Taliban and al-Qaeda insurgents and suicide bombers, who have recently escalated their slaughter of the Afghan population, US and North Atlantic Treaty (NATO) aircraft have for years inflicted a horrific toll on innocent villagers.

Jul 08 06:33

Afghan probe excluded key witnesses

That implied that the US investigators would finally do what they had failed to do in an earlier investigation - interview the eyewitnesses. But three eyewitnesses who had claimed to see US troops digging bullets of the bodies of three women told Inter Press Service (IPS) they were never contacted by US investigators.

Jul 07 23:57

Steele Galvanizes Neocon Hawks

Michael Kinsley famously defined a gaffe as “when a politician inadvertently tells the truth.” That being the case, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele’s comment that the war in Afghanistan is unwinnable definitely qualifies as a gaffe.

Jul 07 22:13

IRAQ IS AMERICA’S GAZA

Iraq is America’s Gaza and, like Gaza, it cries for justice to a world which would rather ignore its plight as well as America and Great Britain’s role in this murderous error of judgement . Our karmic debt, like Israels with Gaza , is immeasurable:

Jul 07 11:23

Civilian Casualties Create New Enemies, Study Confirms

Yes, we needed economists to tell us this. A new working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research finds “strong evidence for a revenge effect” when examining the relationship between civilian casualties caused by the U.S.-led military coalition in Afghanistan and radicalization after such incidents occur. The paper even estimates of how many insurgent attacks to expect after each civilian death. Those findings, however intuitive, might resolve an internal military debate about the counter-productivity of civilian casualties — and possibly fuel calls for withdrawal.

Jul 07 11:10

Despite Rift, Israel Gets More U.S. Aid Than Iraq

State Department budgets show that since 2008, Israel's place in U.S. foreign spending has remained undiminished. The fiscal year 2011 budget contains a proposed $3 billion for Israel. All of this money is appropriated for foreign military financing, a program that helps foreign countries to purchase weapons and defense equipment produced in the United States., as well as military training. This $3 billion comprises 42 percent of the total assistance to the Near East region.

Jul 07 08:54

Helmand in a Handbag

Inside reports have it that Afghan President Hamid Karzai, thefraudulent head of state of the second most corrupt country in the world, has “lost his confidence in the capability of either the coalition or his own government to protect this country.” That’s probably why he’s told us to bugger off and is looking to strike his own deal with the Taliban and arch-rival country Pakistan.

Jul 07 08:48

ME, GENERAL PETRAEUS & THE ISRAEL LOBBY

MJ Rosenberg

Some readers think I exaggerate the influence of the lobby. I don’t — I used to work at AIPAC and on its favorite stomping ground, Capitol Hill. The latest evidence of the fear and trembling produced by the Israel lobby was evidenced last week when it was revealed that General David Petraeus was upset and worried by a column I wrote in March.

The old adage “politics stops at the water’s edge” does not apply to the Middle East.

When it comes to all matters relating to Israel, foreign policy is politics. It is absolutely impossible to imagine US policy toward Israel not being intertwined with politics and political fund-raising.

Jul 07 06:41

NATO airstrike accidentally kills five Afghan troops

NATO mistakenly killed five of its Afghan army allies in an airstrike Wednesday while they were attacking insurgents in the country's east, officials said.

Three American soldiers were also reported killed Wednesday in a roadside bomb in the south.

An Afghan defence official condemned the latest "friendly fire" deaths, which came at a time when international troops are trying to improve co-ordination with Afghan security forces in hopes of handing over more responsibility for security to them nearly nine years into the war.

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That's a great way to gain their confidence.
NATO = North Atlantic Terrorist Organization

Jul 07 03:00

The Real Sin of Michael Steele

"This was a war of Obama's choosing. This is not something the United States has actively prosecuted or wanted to engage in."

Strictly speaking, Republican Party Chair Michael Steele was way off base when he made this remark at a closed-door meeting of party contributors in Connecticut.

For the war began in 2001 under George W. Bush and was backed by almost all Americans, who collectively cheered the downfall of the Taliban and the rout of al-Qaida from its sanctuary in Afghanistan.

Yet, Steele was not entirely wrong.

Jul 06 20:35

Duel of the Machiavellians: Obama vs. Petraeus

By Stephen J. Sniegoski

While Obama is often portrayed as a political neophyte finding himself confronting situations that are way over his head, his choice of General David H. Petraeus to replace General Stanley A. McChrystal was in some ways a masterful political stroke, though it does not seem to have achieved all that might have been intended.

Jul 06 11:51

U.S. and Afghan forces launch major assault in eastern province of Konar

A force of about 700 U.S. and Afghan troops launched a major assault along Afghanistan's border with Pakistan in an attempt to destroy a growing insurgent haven and blunt rising violence in the area, senior Army officials said Monday.

Jul 06 07:55

US builds 13 secret bases for war with Russia

Jul 06 07:45

What do we lose if we "lose" in Afghanistan?

Our mission in Afghanistan is doomed. Another thousand American soldiers will die but their courage and sacrifice won't change the terrible truth: That war is lost.

If even Michael Steele stumbles to that conclusion, you know the game us up. It's all over, over there.

When we finally leave Afghanistan, we'll count up the cost in precious blood and wasted treasure and the price will be very high.

But the cost of losing? Not much. Our enemies left Afghanistan nine years ago; the fight's not there anymore. And here in America things will be pretty much the same, win or lose.

Jul 06 07:23

US taxpayers’ Afghan aid money buys rich Afghans’ Dubai villas

What you might not have heard is that your hard earned taxpayer dollars are also being used to buy well-connected Afghans posh villas in Dubai.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Gee, isn't that great, while American infrastructure crumbles, and homeless Vets are sleeping in our streets?!?

Jul 05 18:31

Is Petraeus McChrystal’s Replacement or Obama’s?

By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS

Our petulant president’s ego can’t handle a general letting off steam. Neither can any of the spoiled children who comprise “our” government in DC, the capital of the “superpower.”

Generals have to fight wars that civilians start, either from the incompetence of their diplomacy or the arrogance of their hubris. Generals have to get young troops killed because of the stupidity or ambition or corruption of civilian government officials.

All McChrystal did was to let off steam. A real president would have realized that and let it go.

Don’t get me wrong. McChrystal is a militarist, and I am pleased to see him gone.

However, McChrystal didn’t restart America’s aggression against Afghanistan. Obama did.

Jul 05 16:33

On July 4th, from What Did America Declare Its Independence?

Remember Iraqi WMD? Iraqi ties to Al Qaeda? Iraq’s yellowcake uranium from Niger? Iraqi meetings in Prague? Iraqi mobile biological weapons laboratories?

All those facts are now known to be false. Yet Americans were deceived to do what? Believe. Ground Zero of the True Believers was Washington, DC where those sworn to protect us instead took us to war in Iraq—relying on false beliefs.

Jul 05 10:40

Afghan War: Petraeus Expands U.S. Military Presence Throughout Eurasia

While speaking outside NATO headquarters in Kabul on July 4, General Petraeus stated "We are in this to win." Only four days before, the deadliest month of the war for NATO forces ended and with it the lives of over a hundred foreign soldiers.

Petraeus's 150,000 U.S. and NATO troops are not going to turn the tide in America's longest, and NATO's first ground, war. Nor will the conflict be shortened by pulling more nations, with almost a third of the world's already embroiled, into the Afghan vortex.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Again, one wonders just how Petraeus is going to define "winning", because this war is unwinnable militarily.

Jul 05 10:03

Petraeus Vows Victory During Afghan Ceremony

During a public ceremony at NATO’s headquarters, Gen. David Petraeus cemented his role as the new commander of the Afghan War with a formal assumption of command and an upbeat statement about the prospects of the increasingly disastrous war.

“We are in this to win,” Petraeus declared at the ceremony, “we have arrived at a critical moment.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just by what measurement Petraeus will be defining this "victory", nearly 9 years on.

Jul 05 06:58

Fareed Zakaria Criticizes 'Disproportionate' Afghanistan War On CNN

Fareed Zakaria criticized the Afghanistan war in unusually harsh terms on his CNN program Sunday, saying that "the whole enterprise in Afghanistan feels disproportionate, a very expensive solution to what is turning out to be a small but real problem."

His comments followed CIA director Leon Panetta's admission last week that the number of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan may be down to just 50 to 100 members, or even fewer.

"If Al Qaeda is down to 100 men there at the most," Zakaria asked, "why are we fighting a major war?"

Zakaria noted that the war is costing the U.S. a fortune in both blood and treasure. "Last month alone there were more than 100 NATO troops killed in Afghanistan.," the CNN host said.

Jul 04 21:31

Managed News: Inside The US/NATO Military Industrial Media Empire

We face what appears to be a military industrial media empire so powerful and complex that truth is mostly absent or reported in disconnected segments with little historical context. A case in point: The London Times reported on June 5, 2010, that American troops are now operating in 75 countries. Has President Obama secretly sanctioned a huge increase in the number of US Special Forces carrying out search-and-destroy missions against Al-Qaeda around the world?

Jul 04 15:14

Black voice of sanity writes:The Obama Presidency: An Unfolding Disaster

The Obama Presidency: An Unfolding Disaster
Written by Larry Pinkney
Friday, 02 July 2010 04:35
Barack Obama is in fact, shrewdly facilitating and overseeing the dismantling, not of the U.S. corporate / military empire, but rather of the economic and political human rights and legitimate needs of everyday Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow peoples in this nation. It is for this purpose that the corporate / military establishment and the corporate media ensured that Barack Obama was installed in the White House. This is an increasingly obvious disaster not for the wealthy elite who already have homes, villas, gated mansions, yachts, and cushioned financial holdings all over the world. It is however, a horrible disaster for everyday common folks in this nation and around this planet.

Jul 04 09:20

As US fights, China spends to gain Afghan foothold

The emerging alliance is giving Kabul an alternative to its sometimes strained ties with the West. The two neighbors share a narrow, mountainous border, the Wakhan Corridor, and links that date back centuries to the caravans of tea, spices and other riches that traveled the Silk Road.

Afghanistan is "well aware that the U.S. is likely to only be a temporary ally so it's looking for a longer-term partner in the region. China would be an obvious choice," said security analyst Christian Le Miere, editor of Jane's Intelligence Review.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

While the US has been waging wars to attempt to secure energy, China has been making deals to achieve the very same outcome, without firing a shot.

Jul 04 05:13

Veterans Today Opposes U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan

By Jeff Gates

What news outlets can our military trust? Fox News? CNN? The New York Times? For a nation dependent on informed consent, where can we as veterans turn for the real facts?

Weak on Defense and Bill of Rights, Not During War Time

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is untrustworthy, weak on defense and supports the Bill of Rights only with conditions. With our military imbedded in foreign conflicts on false premises, her wartime appointment must be rejected.

Jul 04 04:31

PHILIP GIRALDI: Executive Privilege

The removal of General Stanley McChrystal from command provided President Barack Obama with the perfect opportunity to review the entire Afghan war strategy and declare it a failure. That he did not do so means that the war now belongs fully to the president and he, in typical Washington fashion, will insist on something that he can describe as “mission accomplished.” The fighting will continue until Washington runs out of money and soldiers and is forced to craft together a phony peace settlement before leaving with its tail between its legs. The whole world knows that United States foreign policy has become little more than a pathetic joke, a fact that is also becoming increasingly clear to many Americans who do not live inside the Washington beltway bubble.

Jul 04 00:43

GORDON DUFF: SURROGATE WARFARE, KILLING AMERICANS FOR FUN AND PROFIT

THE MYTH OF DEMOCRACY, GOVERNMENT BY ORGANIZED CRIME

Jul 04 00:12

PUPPET GOVERNMENT: NEW VIDEO, “SIMPLE CARD TRICKS FOR WAR”

By GORDON DUFF

SIMPLE CARD TRICKS FOR WAR

By Puppet Government Productions

A hard hitting new video debunking the continuing puppet show in Washington DC, and the “doubletalk” complicity of President Obama in continuing the phony “war on terror.”

A Must Watch:

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/07/puppet-government-new-video-%e2%80%9c...

Jul 03 23:17

Thousands of new war vets mentally unstable with PTSD/TBI, drugged

Nearly 8,000 New Vets Suffer from PTSD, Over 7,000 Suffer from TBI, Over 4,000 Suffer from Both
07/01/2010
“After being redeployed multiple times to Iraq and Afghanistan, thousands of New York veterans are suffering from PTSD and TBI and many are not even aware of it,”.... Additionally, Senator Gillibrand is expressing concerns over the increased reliance on psychotropic medication to treat TBI, which has nearly tripled, increasing from approximately 100,000 prescriptions to more than 300,000, with no clear evidence as to its effectiveness."

Jul 03 11:14

The hidden hand of Joe Biden

When President Barack Obama announced in the Rose Garden last week that he had sacked Gen. Stanley McChrystal, he also made a point of telling his fractious Afghanistan team that he welcomed “debate” but would not abide “division.”

The poster child for that all-for-one approach was standing directly on the president’s right: Vice President Joe Biden.

On Afghanistan, Obama’s most problematic foreign policy issue, Biden has earned the president’s respect and confidence by being both private skeptic and public cheerleader for administration policy. With a combination of subtlety and discretion that belie his reputation as a glad-handing chatterbox, Biden has parlayed the tricky dual role into a steady — if somewhat improbable — path to power in the Obama White House.

Jul 03 10:52

General Petraeus in Afghanistan warns of tough mission

A brass band played as guests munched on burgers, corn-on-the-cob, popcorn and ice-cream cones

Jul 03 07:57

67 Americans who will not be celebrating the 4th of July

67 Americans will not be celebrating the 4th of July, and 67 families will grieve a loved one this holiday, because of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Jul 02 16:30

US Billions for War/ Israel/Banks, None for Medicaid, Americans' Welfare

US Congress withholds billions from Medicaid, jobless benefits
Tom Eley
World Socialist Web Site
Thu, 01 Jul 2010 12:49 EDT
"A consensus has emerged in the ruling class, signaled by Obama's three-year freeze on discretionary social spending, that costs not related to the military and the ongoing bailout of the finance industry must be curtailed. In contrast, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has guaranteed passage of another $33 billion bill by summer recess - this one a short-term funding bill for the war in Afghanistan.
By last Friday, 1.2 million workers had lost unemployment benefits since the beginning of June. By this weekend, the figure will swell to 1.63 million, and by mid-July the number will reach two million. "

Jul 02 15:46

Cut Social Security to Fund the War?

In a remarkable interview with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, House Republican Leader John Boehner explicitly called for cutting Social Security in order to pay for the war in Afghanistan.

Jul 02 11:12

Counter-insurgency down for the count

And so it goes round and round, this ill-oiled war machine, generating ever-more incentives for almost everyone involved - except ordinary Afghans - to keep on keeping on. There's a little something for quite a few: government officials in the US, Afghanistan and Pakistan, for-profit contractors, defense intellectuals, generals, spies, soldiers behind the lines, international aid workers and their Afghan employees, diplomats, members of the Afghan National Army and the police and the Taliban and their various pals and the whole array of camp followers that service warfare everywhere.

Jul 02 11:04

'Surge'' smoke follows Petraeus to Afpak

The myth of Petraeus' "successful surge" in Iraq could not but linger on. The Pentagon never managed not to profit by selling a public relations operation to a gullible American public. Petraeus actually "won" the war in Iraq by disgorging Samsonites full of cash to selected strands of the Sunni resistance who were fiercely fighting the US occupation, while at the same time shielding the American military inside remote bases.

Yet the civil war only diminished because the Shi'ites achieved a brutal, large-scale ethnic cleansing of Baghdad (and that showed to the Sunnis that the next best option was to cash in). Petraeus was peripheral at best during this whole (bloody) process. But he was stellar in selling to the US the notion of "victory".

Jul 02 10:02

June Was Deadliest Month for U.S. Troops in Nine-Year-Long War in Afghanistan

As of July 1, 59 U.S. military fatalities were reported in Afghanistan for June, making June the deadliest month overall for American troops since the war started in October 2001, according to CNSNews.com’s tally.

Jul 02 09:03

Karzai Approves Plan for Taliban Reintegration

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has approved a plan intended to win over Taliban foot soldiers and low-level commanders, according to NATO officials and an aide to the Afghan official overseeing the effort at Taliban reintegration.

Taliban commanders and spokesmen have publicly disclaimed interest in joining the government in hard-line statements, and say that they have no reason to do so because they believe they are winning the fight against Western and Afghan forces.

But NATO officials say interest is growing. “We’re already seeing small and relatively isolated pockets of reintegration occurring in various places in the country,” said the officer leading NATO’s reintegration team, Maj. Gen. Phil Jones.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The only way the Taliban leadership will come on board with this plan is for US and NATO forces to leave immediately, and from the looks of it, that will happen when pigs fly.

The "...small and relatively isolated pockets of reintegration occurring in various places in the country...", described by NATO's Gen. Phil Jones, will not lead to the end of violence in Afghanistan.

Jul 02 08:38

UK General Blames Pakistan, Iran for Afghan Attacks

A day after the door closed on NATO’s deadliest month yet in Afghanistan, Britain’s Major General Gordon Messenger is pointing the finger clearly at Pakistani and Iranian officials for the rising number of IED attacks.
Maj. Gen. Gordon Messenger

According to Maj. Gen. Messenger, the British military has “evidence” that the funding for the IED attacks and even some of the components used in the more advanced such devices are coming through both Pakistan and Iran, with some reports suggesting that the militaries and intelligence communities of those two nations are behind it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but IF the evidence here was tangibly real, Major General Messenger would be screaming it from the rooftops.

The Afghan people want their country back. They are furious with an invasion and occupation (ultimately, for potential private profit from oil, minerals, and drugs), and want the chance to rebuild their country.

The US and NATO have saddled these people with a monstrously corrupt government, which is almost worse than the Taliban in terms of taking care of its citizens; there is no transparency, functional infrastructure, no real education, no jobs, and a standard of living which has declined appreciably since the invasion and occupation.

All these elements taken together can make make insurgency look attractive, because people believe that there is no other option to making their lives at least a little more tolerable.

We should declare victory, leave Afghanistan, and negotiate with whatever government is left stand in Kabul for the oil and mineral rights.

It certainly wouldn't be any more costly, in blood and money, than the continued military occupation of Afghanistan would be.

Of course, that would be logical.

Jul 02 05:22

Afghanistan - Obama's War for Israel

Afghanistan - Obama's War for Israel
July 1, 2010

Bruce Riedel is Obama's chief adviser on the war in Afghanistan and the father of the ill-advised "surge", which calls for tens of thousands more U.S. troops to be sent to the failing campaign. Riedel is employed in a Mossad-funded think tank run by an Israeli friend of Ehud Barak. Is this the "change" Americans really wanted?

Jul 01 13:01

US takes stock of 'withering' Afghanization

The system designed to track the success of Afghan police training is deeply flawed, says a report by the United States Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). Some 67 out of 101 Afghan National Police (ANP) units rated capable of working independently had regressed within a year, said the report published on Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It was the same with "Vietnamization", too.

Jul 01 09:10

Taliban rule out negotiations with Nato

"We do not want to talk to anyone - not to [President Hamid] Karzai, nor to any foreigners - till the foreign forces withdraw from Afghanistan.

"We are certain that we are winning. Why should we talk if we have the upper hand, and the foreign troops are considering withdrawal, and there are differences in the ranks of our enemies?"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

From its inception, and now, nearly 9 years on, this war is unwinnable from a military perspective.

Iraq is not Afghanistan, and I rather doubt that Petraeus will actually be able to "...change the widespread perception that the war..." here is unwinnable.

One has to ask oneself, after all the blood and money spent, how the US and NATO will ultimately measure "victory" here.

Jul 01 09:04

Petraeus: Withdrawal timeline does not mean "switching off the lights"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When is a withdrawal not really a withdrawal?

Jul 01 06:43

The Cancer of Democracy

As far as human rights groups were concerned the Obama administration got off to a flying start with the executive orders pledging to close Guantanamo and restricting all US personnel to using interrogation techniques delineated in the 2006 Army Field Manual on Interrogations.

Unfortunately this was high point and it has been downhill all the way ever since. While the Executive Order put an apparent end to waterboarding and CIA black sites the 2006 Interrogations Field Manual is itself far from unproblematic.

There is nothing in the manual to prevent the reintroduction of the so-called "frequent flyer" technique of constantly waking and rewaking an individual after only a few minutes sleep so that no effective rest is gained at all.

Jun 30 23:55

Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban: The rule of the Zionist McCarthyism Dominating the Corridors of Power in Washington

The Zionist McCarthyism dominating the corridors of power in Washington, with the inquisitions held by the Zionist lobby with its legendary financial capacities capable of buying consciences and blackmailing politicians and journalists

Jun 30 18:09

GORDON DUFF: CIA HINTS, BIN LADEN DEAD SINCE “EARLY 2000?s”

CIA TRIES TO PREPARE AMERICAN PUBLIC FOR TRUTH ABOUT BUSH/BIN LADEN DECEPTION

Jun 30 17:12

GORDON DUFF: HERO OF GAZA FLOTILLA GOES HEAD TO HEAD WITH BIASED BBC “ISRAELI FIRSTER”

VETERANS TODAY WRITER Ken O’Keefe ON BBC “HARD TALK”

WATCH THE SPARKS FLY….

Jun 30 09:55

Senator Carl Levin Fiddling With War While Detroit Burns

There was, however, one heated exchange the media missed because it happened just after the hearing ended. As Senator Levin was leaving the room, CODEPINK members, just back from the U.S. Social Forum in Detroit, confronted the Senator from Michigan. “Senator, how can you spend $33 billion more for an unwinnable war when your hometown of Detroit is falling apart?” said CODEPINKer Tighe Barry, who is from Detroit. “Shame on you, Senator. We need jobs in Detroit, not more bombs in Afghanistan,” said Joan Stallard.

It was the only time the Senator lost his cool. Shaking his finger at the protesters, he yelled, “I live in Detroit. You don’t know what you’re talking about. Detroit’s problems have nothing to do with the war.”

Jun 30 09:32

President Obama's Secret: Only 100 al Qaeda Now in Afghanistan

Jun 30 09:29

Did 9/11 Justify the War in Afghanistan?

Using the McChrystal Moment to Raise a Forbidden Question

By Prof. David Ray Griffin

Global Research, June 25, 2010

There are many questions to ask about the war in Afghanistan. One that has been widely asked is whether it will turn out to be “Obama’s Vietnam.”1 This question implies another: Is this war winnable, or is it destined to be a quagmire, like Vietnam? These questions are motivated in part by the widespread agreement that the Afghan government, under Hamid Karzai, is at least as corrupt and incompetent as the government the United States tried to prop up in South Vietnam for 20 years.

Jun 30 08:42

Bring Them Home Now Endless Occupation?

The idea that the U.S. government can turn Afghanistan into a unified, stable, liberal country is absurd. It has no such tradition, and it is situated in a region where its neighbors have their own agendas that coincide with some Afghan factions and conflict with others.

Of course, creating a unified, stable, liberal country is not the actual objective of the U.S. political and military planners, despite what they say for public consumption. Rather, the goal is to achieve dominant influence in the Middle East and Central Asia, whose resources and proximity to Russia and China make the area of paramount interest to those who insist that America has been anointed to lead the world.

Jun 30 07:52

The “Hitler” option in Afghanistan

There is every indication that the change in command is the result of growing dissatisfaction with McChrystal’s counterinsurgency methods, which have failed to dislodge the Taliban-led guerrilla forces that control the bulk of southern and eastern Afghanistan. It presages a drastic increase in the level of US military violence, and especially the scale of civilian casualties among the Afghan population. Their "crime" is to sympathize with and support the anti-US insurgency.

Petraeus is already, according to one media report, preparing to modify the rules of engagement to allow for greater use of force.

Jun 30 07:11

Taliban attack Nato base in Afghanistan

Insurgents have attacked Nato forces in eastern Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note the use of the word "insurgents" to describe the Afghani; like they are not supposed to be there whereas the NATO forces, who are the foreign invaders, are "defending" themselves.

Jun 30 07:09

US Attorney General on surprise Afghanistan visit

US Attorney General Eric Holder arrived in Kabul on Wednesday for meetings with Afghan and US officials to improve law enforcement ties and battle corruption, the US Justice Department announced.

"Fighting corruption and supporting the rule of law in Afghanistan are top priorities for this administration, and we will continue to assist the Afghan government in creating and sustaining the effective criminal justice system to which the Afghan people are entitled," Holder said in the statement datelined Kabul.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is only cosmetic, primarily for US domestic consumption, and will do absolutely nothing to stem the tide of cheap heroin coming from Afghanistan.

Jun 29 08:27

Corruption Suspected in Airlift of Billions in Cash From Kabul

KABUL—More than $3 billion in cash has been openly flown out of Kabul International Airport in the past three years, a sum so large that U.S. investigators believe top Afghan officials and their associates are sending billions of diverted U.S. aid and logistics dollars and drug money to financial safe havens abroad.

The cash—packed into suitcases, piled onto pallets and loaded into airplanes—is declared and legal to move. But U.S. and Afghan officials say they are targeting the flows in major anticorruption and drug trafficking investigations because of their size relative to Afghanistan's small economy and the murkiness of their origins.

Jun 29 08:15

U.S., Afghan forces launch assault along Pakistani border

A force of about 700 U.S. and Afghan troops launched a major assault along Afghanistan's border with Pakistan in an attempt to destroy a growing insurgent haven and blunt rising violence in the area, senior Army officials said Monday.

The assault represents one of the largest in eastern Afghanistan in the past several years and reflects growing concern among U.S. commanders and Afghan leaders that Taliban insurgents are seeking to intensify pressure in the east as troops prepare for a tough summer of fighting in the south.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And, as has continued to happen throughout the almost 9 years of this brutally immoral and illegal war, the more innocent civilians we kill, the more we literally shove those left standing into the waiting arms of the Taliban.

When those elements of rampant governmental corruption, lack of infrastructure, no chance for a decent education or job come together to create a witch's brew of despair, that is what makes insurgency look attractive to some, because they think they have no other option.

The US has a long track record of backing various thugs internationally, because they are looked upon as "our thugs" who can and will protect US business interests, even at the expense of the welfare of their own people.

And almost every time, the US gets caught completely off guard when the people in those countries governed by such a thug, decide they have had enough, and revolt against the US-backed thugocracy in power.

US and NATO leadership, in their Afghanistan "strategy" (if one can even call it that) appear to be doing the same thing over and over again, yet expecting a different outcome.

Jun 29 07:57

New Big Screen Documentary Exposes Pat Tillman Cover-Up

A new documentary set to hit the big screen this summer lifts the lid on the cover-up behind the death of Pat Tillman, the pro-football star who gave up a lucrative career to fight in Afghanistan and Iraq before preparing to return to the U.S. as an anti-war icon, at which point he was killed in a so-called friendly fire incident that more closely resembled a deliberate assassination.

Whether or not the documentary delves into the question of whether Tillman’s death was a targeted act of murder remains to be seen, but the evidence strongly indicates that Tillman was deliberately assassinated in order to prevent him from becoming an anti-war icon and derailing public support in the United States for the ongoing occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Jun 29 07:43

Mullen: Omar could be part of Afghan settlement

The top U.S. military official said last night that Taliban leader Mullah Omar could conceivably be part of a political settlement in Afghanistan, which he called the only way to bring peace to the tortured central Asian nation, battered by three decades of war.

"A political solution ... is the only solution" in Afghanistan, Adm. Mullen said, addressing the Aspen Security Forum in Aspen, Colo. "It's hard to say ... who would be a part of that, and I wouldn't do that."

But he added, "It's hard to rule out that political entities who are now the enemy might be a part of that."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What Mullen is saying is totally logical; which is why the White House, State Department, and Pentagon will probably reject the notion out of hand.

And the fact that the Kandahar offensive has been delayed because "...One third of the extra troops allocated by President Obama following his review of Afghan strategy last year still had not arrived..." is chillingly telling.

Jun 29 06:57

Obama's PROMISE To End The Iraq War - Oct. 27, 2007 - "You Can Take That To The Bank"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bumped to the top as John McCain states in the Patreus confirmation that we are i Afghanistan until we win (same comment LBJ made about Vietnam).

Jun 28 22:55

LA TIMES - IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN: American casualties total 500,000, counting injury and disease, writer claims

Jun 28 22:48

Kucinich: We are losing our nation to lies about the necessity of war

Jun 28 22:20

James Petras: War Crimes in Gaza and the Zionist Fifth Column in America

This book not only provides a detailed account and illustration of Israeli war crimes in Gaza but equally important it provides a comprehensive analysis of the reasons why more and more people are recognizing that the US Congress and White House are zionized occupied territory.

FROM THE PREFACE

Jun 28 18:32

German Defence Minister questions role of Nato in Afghanistan war

Germany is arguing for the aims of Nato's operations in Afghanistan to be significantly scaled down and wants the alliance to adopt criteria to ensure that it never commits itself to a similarly open-ended mission in future.

This was the message conveyed by the German Defence Minister, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, during a lecture at a London think-tank yesterday.

Defence Minister, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, has spoken of the difficulties of 'selling' the Afghan mission to a sceptical German public

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to German Defence Minister, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg: you can no more "sell" Germany's mission in Afghanistan than can your US counterpoint US Secretary of Defense Gates to the American people.

Thinking Germans, like thinking Americans, understand that the occupation of Afghanistan has absolutely nothing to do with the alleged "war on terror", and everything to do with the potential profits available from drugs, oil pipelines, and mineral rights.

The four criteria for NATO involvement ze Guttenberg puts forward are completely logical, and were no where to be found when NATO began its mission in Afghanistan.

Jun 28 15:52

Remember Vietistan?

The debacle over General Stanley McChrystal dramatizes how military thinking dominates United States policy - look at how much of the budget the Pentagon commands - as well as the utter hopelessness of achieving anything but draining defeat from the US occupation of Afghanistan. This lesson should have been learned after Vietnam. As Yogi Berra said, it's "deja vu all over again”.

Jun 28 10:51

Afghanistan, the 50-Year War

First of all, the reality of Al Qaeda is fairly tenuous. It may stem from a "list" of Arab militant activists that the CIA kept in the 1980s and 1990s. Second, without state funding there cannot really be an Al Qaeda. It is a dominant social theme – a fear-based promotion, if you will – that terrorist organizations can exist as free-floating cells within the larger body politic.

Jun 28 09:23

Quagmire? Nine years on, Americans grow weary of war in Afghanistan

A recent Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters finds that just 41 percent “now believe it is possible for the United States to win the nearly nine-year-old war in Afghanistan.” More to the point, a plurality of 48 percent now say ending the war in Afghanistan is a more important goal than winning it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The war in Afghanistan has not been about any kind of "war on terror" because Afghanistan is not a threat to the US.

This has been a war on people, cursed with the really bad luck of living over a country whose resources - and access to resources - the US government has decided belongs to them.

This has always been about potential profit from oil, drugs, and mineral rights, and never about Afghanistan being a threat to the US.

The US government and NATO should declare victory, bring their troops home, and negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for the oil pipeline and mineral rights.

Of course, that would be logical.

Jun 28 08:33

Britain will not defeat Taliban and should open talks, says head of Army

Britain and its allies will not defeat the Taliban with military force and should soon open peace talks with insurgents in Afghanistan, the head of the Army said yesterday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Isn't that what McCrystal got fired for saying?

Jun 28 08:30

Karzai officials seen hindering bribery probes

Top officials in President Hamid Karzai's government have repeatedly derailed corruption investigations of politically connected Afghans, according to U.S. officials who have provided Afghanistan's authorities with wiretapping technology and other assistance in efforts to crack down on endemic graft.

Jun 28 08:08

Panetta says Afghan insurgents show no real interest in reconciliation talks

CIA Director Leon Panetta said Sunday that U.S. officials have not seen "any firm intelligence" that insurgent groups in Afghanistan are interested in reconciliation, and he dismissed reports that a top militant leader is open to a Pakistan-brokered agreement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Have you noticed how the people who actually live in the lands we have invaded are the "insurgents"; like they are somehow not supposed to be there, while our own barbarian hordes are never described as being the foreign invader?

Jun 28 07:57

General McChrystal couldn’t fake it anymore

The world we live in, is like a big school, the day we stop learning, is the day we die.

And as students in the big school of life, we all know that in every class room there are students who tend to act out or misbehave. There are students who are trouble makers by nature, or maybe suffer from (ADHD) attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. But those don`t worry me as much as the student who suddenly misbehave after being the topnotch kid of his class, I’m talking about the four- star General, Stanely McChrystal who suddenly started mocking his civilian leaders, and showed disrespect to the American political and military administration.

Jun 28 07:44

Graft fears as massive cash sums fly out of Kabul: WSJ

More than three billion dollars in cash has been flown out of Kabul in recent years amid fears that ill-gotten gains from corruption and narcotics are being stashed overseas, a report said Monday.

The Wall Street Journal said the cash -- more than the Afghan government collects in tax and customs revenue annually -- is legally declared and packed into suitcases or cargo pallets on flights out of Kabul International Airport.

"A lot of this looks like our tax dollars being stolen. And opium, of course," a US official who is investigating corruption and Taliban financing told the newspaper.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Told ya! :)



In Afghan fields the poppies grow.

Between the crosses.

Row on row.

Jun 28 07:10

Obama's PROMISE To End The Iraq War - Oct. 27, 2007 - "You Can Take That To The Bank"

Jun 27 22:52

Bushbama Slams ‘Obsession’ With Ending War in Afghanistan

Speaking today in the wake of the G20 Summit, President Barack Obama criticized what he called “a lot of obsession” about ending the war in Afghanistan and withdrawing some 100,000 American troops from the nation.

Jun 27 13:59

Karzai holds secret talks with Taliban

Afghan president Hamid Karzai has reportedly met with the Taliban's most senior commander Serja-eddin Haggani in Kabul as UK calls for peace with the militants.

The report said the meeting was mediated by Pakistan's spy agency, the Inter-Services intelligence (ISI).

Jun 27 13:16

Speaking out against injustice, disinformation and bigotry

Paul J. Balles recounts how every time he spoke out against injustice, disinformation and bigotry – the Vietnam war, the Palestine-Israel conflict, the aggressions against Iraq and Afghanistan – he was told to shut up. But he will never shut up.

”It's my patriotic duty ... to criticize my own country where there's injustice, inhuman cruelty, bigotry, brainwashing or disinformation inadequately revealed in any major media.”

Jun 27 11:25

Public Souring on the Afghanistan War

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Public Souring on the Federal Government that has lied us into all the wars fought for Israel in which our children continue to die.

Jun 27 08:59

Colbert Rips Rationalizations for Afghanistan War [HD]

Jun 27 08:26

Afghan forces must show progress 'within five years': G8

Afghan government forces must make concrete progress towards assuming more responsibility for the security of their country "within five years", the G8 group of nations said Saturday.

A summit statement from the leaders of the world's major industrialized nations called on Kabul to "expand the capacity of the Afghan National Security Forces to assume increasing responsibility for security within five years."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but have the members of the G8 collectively gone totally barking mad, to issue this statement?!?

If the US and NATO haven't been able to accomplish these outcomes nearly 9 years on in this occupation, how the sam hill can you possibly believe that they can be achieved in another 5 years?!?

Jun 27 08:10

"We're f*#!ing losing this thing."

General McChrystal's resignation has distracted the media from the real story found in the explosive Rolling Stone article:

"...[W]e're f***ing losing this thing." --Staff Sergeant Kennith Hick

General McChrystal's inner circle knew better than to get us into this war.

Jun 27 07:53

Gordon Duff: America, Apartheid Or Apocalypse?

To millions of Americans, the “end times” seem to be on us.

The BP disaster in the Gulf may leave 25% of America virtually uninhabitable, eco-systems destroyed for sure but maybe much more, a destroyed sea floor, toxic gas clouds moving inland and warnings of something worse, a geological disaster of biblical proportions sitting offshore like a ticking time bomb. Millions of American believe the president is a foreign born Muslim, a puppet of the terrorists while millions believe he is working for Israel. Every speech, every state visit, everything done is seen to support one side or another, sometimes both. The destruction of the American presidency is only part of it, part of a program of racial division, fear, hate and a descent into class warfare and violence.

Jun 27 07:46

Balles: Sometimes they tell me to shut up

Born and raised in America, I learned that my country was built on outstanding principles propped up by a great constitution. When I saw those principles violated and the constitution ignored, I complained. At times, I was told to shut up.

The Vietnam War was well underway when I started teaching at a California university. I learned as much as I could about the war, believed it was wrong and joined the protesters. My untenured position was at risk for joining the peaceniks.

I also learned that Arabs and Israelis were more alike than different when expressing their antagonism toward each other. One of each happened to be in a class I was teaching. Each would sidle up to me, separately and at different times, to explain what was wrong with the other.

Jun 27 07:41

America is a state of mind

BY DEBBIE MENON

THE events that have unfolded in the past decade, we would never have thought would have occurred 10 years ago. Elements of changes in world power, focus upon the Middle East, battle cries of holy wars, nuclear threats, thousands of innocents taken in a single morning, and the list goes on.

Now, I am battling the impulse to generalize my anger at to “be prejudiced” against all Americans in general.

How can that be? I definitely know that most Americans are decent, good hearted, peaceful people who, while gullible perhaps, do not generally advocate the mass murder of others in the name of war on terror or war on anything. But in my emotions they are and my heart aches and I am angry at “Americans”.

Jun 26 18:10

American’s Need to Pay Attention and Get Some Skin in the Game

MFSO says “Seize the Moment” – Veterans Today

The reverberations from General McChrystal’s interview in Rolling Stone are just beginning. It will likely gain more attention as the 24-hour news outlets dig in to cover it from every conceivable angle. The circumstances that have been revealed by General McChrystal’s lapse in judgment reflects more than an out-of-control general in Afghanistan. It’s about a failed strategy that puts young men and women – our family members – at risk.

This is an opportunity to get our voices included in the discussion. As military family members who have loved ones who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, our perspective has impact!

Jun 26 13:55

David Ray Griffin: Afghanistan War obviously illegal; 9/11 “justifications” all lies. 2 of 2

*hyperlinks live at source*

Dr. David Ray Griffin walks readers through the “emperor has no clothes” obvious facts that US war in Afghanistan is illegal. In addition, Dr. Griffin explains, documents, and proves that all 9/11-related “reasons” are also all lies. The first part of Dr. Griffin’s lecture on this topic concludes the part one article. Additional parts are here on Dr. Griffin's website.

My explanation, documentation, and proof that current US wars are as close to lawful as a baseball pitch ten feet over everyone’s head is close to a strike is in this academic paper:

Open proposal to higher education

My citizen appeal with comprehensive aspects of unlawful wars and unconstitutional policies:

Government by dicts

Jun 26 09:42

Militarism and Democracy: More on the McChrystal Affair

First, let’s begin with the video that the Pentagon might have wanted to make this past Wednesday, 23 June, 2010, regarding President Barack Obama replacing General Stanley McChrystal after the comments the latter made to Rolling Stone.

This video reflects the preferred order of events among militarists, and among those who–not so quietly anymore–wish for a transfer of political power to the military. It is also a blunter statement of the nature of U.S. power around the world.

Jun 26 09:33

Petraeus May “Ease Restrictive” War Rules In Afghanistan

The new appointed US commander in Afghanistan General David Petraeus faces complaints over so-called “restrictive policies” which place the occupation troops’ lives “at risk” in the war-torn country.

These policies were laid down by Petraeus’s predecessor General Stanley McChrystal, and are seen as stressing to “save civilian lives and leave US occupation forces at greater risk.”c

Jun 26 07:53

Why the Taliban is winning in Afghanistan

After the jirga was over, one of the tribal elders came over and we chatted for a while over a glass of green tea. "Last month," he said, "some American officers called us to a hotel in Jalalabad for a meeting. One of them asked me, 'Why do you hate us?' I replied, 'Because you blow down our doors, enter our houses, pull our women by the hair and kick our children. We cannot accept this. We will fight back, and we will break your teeth, and when your teeth are broken you will leave, just as the British left before you. It is just a matter of time.'"

What did he say to that? "He turned to his friend and said, 'If the old men are like this, what will the younger ones be like?' In truth, all the Americans here know that their game is over. It is just their politicians who deny this."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Those who do not understand history are doomed to repeat it.

This is precisely what is unfolding for US and NATO troops in Afghanistan right now.

Jun 26 07:44

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.

Jun 26 07:43

Taliban switch to long-range fire in fight against UK troops

Royal Marines deployed in Sangin in southern Afghanistan, where British troops have suffered a high rate of casualties in recent weeks, are facing a growing threat from long-range rifle fire as Taliban fighters change their tactics, a senior British officer revealed today.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Sir, are they allowed to do that????"

Jun 26 07:32

McChrystal Past, Present and Future?

n diplomatic language, we find that the U.S. Ambassador believed as early as November 2009 (and probably much earlier) that Afghanistan had been cooked down by the Bush and Obama regimes into a bubbling fetid pit of American despair. Our Afghanistan recipe exceeds the Vietnam Conflict in terms of time and money, is a cesspool of waste and wasted lives, ours and theirs, and Al Qaeda doesn’t even live there anymore. Karzai is a puppet and a crook, rivaled in corruption only by his drug-dealing brother. As Hastings puts it, "Spending hundreds of billions of dollars on the fifth-poorest country on earth has failed to win over the civilian population, whose attitude toward U.S. troops ranges from intensely wary to openly hostile."

Jun 26 07:25

Awash With Fictional ‘Success,’ Deployment Sets Petraeus Up for a Big Fall

It is not lost on many people that the war in Afghanistan is a very different war than the one in Iraq, but the reality is that the Obama Administration has been trying to shoe-horn the Iraq strategy onto Afghanistan since the president took office, escalating the war over and over and watching with endless optimism as the conflict continues to get worse.

But having gone from the failing general in Iraq to a modern day savior of the endless warfare state, the myth of the general’s competence has landed him into the most unenviable position possible, the commander of the Afghan War, which is steadily spiraling out of control.

Jun 26 06:39

The Global Political Awakening and the New World Order

The Technological Revolution and the Future of Freedom, Part 1
by Andrew Gavin Marshall at Globalresearch.ca.

There is a new and unique development in human history that is taking place around the world; it is unprecedented in reach and volume, and it is also the greatest threat to all global power structures: the ‘global political awakening.’ The term was coined by Zbigniew Brzezinski, and refers to the fact that, as Brzezinski wrote:

For the first time in history almost all of humanity is politically activated, politically conscious and politically interactive. Global activism is generating a surge in the quest for cultural respect and economic opportunity in a world scarred by memories of colonial or imperial domination.[1]

Jun 25 22:05

David Ray Griffin: Afghanistan War not even close to legal; 9/11 “justifications” all lies. 1 of 2

*hyperlinks and video live at source*

Dr. David Ray Griffin walks readers through the “emperor has no clothes” obvious facts that US war in Afghanistan is illegal. In addition, Dr. Griffin explains, documents, and proves that all 9/11-related “reasons” are also all lies. The first part of Dr. Griffin’s lecture on this topic concludes the article. Additional parts are here on Dr. Griffin's website.

My explanation, documentation, and proof that current US wars are as close to lawful as a baseball pitch ten feet over everyone’s head is close to a strike is in this academic paper:

Open proposal to higher education

My citizen appeal with comprehensive aspects of unlawful wars and unconstitutional policies:

Government by dicts

Jun 25 11:12

Did 9/11 Justify the War in Afghanistan?

This question has thus far been considered off-limits, not to be raised in polite company, and certainly not in the mainstream media. It has been permissible, to be sure, to ask whether the war during the past several years has been justified by those attacks so many years ago. But one has not been allowed to ask whether the original invasion was justified by the 9/11 attacks.

Jun 25 09:29

U.S. State Department pays Blackwater company thugs millions in Afghanistan while Afghan teachers starve

This contract is disappointing news for people who hoped that the U.S. administration and Pentagon were serious about supporting Afghan society’s great needs beyond wildly expensive military actions. Billions flow to American war profiteers—both over-paid State employees and civilian contractors— and a woefully inadequate amount goes for Afghan healthcare, utilities, education, transportation, and judicial system.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US and NATO invasion and occupation has never been about bettering the lives of Afghan citizens; it has always been about the potential for private profit from drugs, oil, and minerals.

Jun 25 08:12

War bill could clear next week

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Thursday said she would try to pass the Afghanistan war spending bill before the July recess, a piece of legislation that may be split into two to ease passage.

“The president is the commander in chief, and we all stand by him in the decision that he made in terms of who would be in command in Afghanistan,” she said. “So we’ve trusted him before, we trust him now; its just a question of where people stand on our involvement in Afghanistan.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The warmongers in Congress will undoubtedly pass this funding bill.

Demonstrating himself to be the antithesis of the "change" upon which he campaigned so adroitly, President Obama has absolutely become the US's Warmonger-in-Chief.

Thinking Americans understand that this alleged "war on terror" is, at the end of the day, a war on people cursed to live over resources, or access to those resources, that the US government deems as theirs.

Jun 25 07:45

McChrystal’s Ouster May Embolden Pakistan’s Diplomatic Efforts

Afghan officials say that General Parvez Kayani has personally offered to broker a deal between Karzai and the Taliban’s leadership, the Quetta Shura, while Pakistani intelligence officials underscore the growing belief that the US military cannot win in Afghanistan.

US officials are expressing concerns about this, saying it “creates a bigger breach between us and Karzai,” but this sort of double-dealing is nothing new in the politics of the region, and with the US openly losing faith in Karzai it is perhaps only natural that he is warming up to other potential backers: it is quite obvious he would not survive in his position long without somebody propping him up.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder, with the war going so catastrophically badly, and Karzai realizing he's in a grand fight for his political life, if the US isn't planning some kind of gung-ho, "isn't war grand!" replacement of Karzai in the not to distant future.

Hamid, if I were you, I would keep that Kevlar body suit handy at all times right now.

Such a rapprochement between the Taliban and the Karzai government is absolutely the last thing the US and NATO want to see right now, because the Taliban wants the US and NATO forces out of Afghanistan immediately.

In light of the fact that a military "victory" in Afghanistan is impossible, the US and NATO should declare victory, bring the troops home, and negotiate with whatever government is still standing for the oil pipeline rights with which to control Eurasian oil.

Of course, that would be logical.

Jun 25 07:38

Petraeus Expected to Tone Down Attempts to Avoid Civilian Deaths

Gen. Petraeus is going to review the policy Gen. McChrystal called “courageous restraint,” a euphemism for a collection of orders deigned to reduce the number of civilians killed by US soldiers.

But Gen. Petraeus’ “review” of the policies is nothing resembling an effort to make the restraint more effective. Rather, officials say he is looking to remove some of those restrictions, how many remains to be seen. In effect, he will making policy changes explicitly to put more Afghan civilians’ lives in jeopardy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The more civilians the US and NATO butcher in this war, the more those who are left standing will embrace the Taliban insurgency.

Almost 9 years in, the US and NATO have managed, brilliantly, to do the almost unimaginable; taken a broken, dysfunctional tribal country, saddled it with a corrupt puppet government, and made things even worse for the country's people than they ever were before the invasion and occupation.

Jun 25 07:29

Obama Disavows July 2011 Afghan Drawdown Date

The date was little but an excuse to convince opponents of the surge to withhold judgement on the war at any rate, but its new role as the “beginning of a transition phase” has downgraded it to complete irrelevance, as officials have been claiming for years that they have been encouraging the Afghan government to take “more and more responsibility” to no real effect.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US is never leaving Afghanistan.

Jun 25 06:44

Is Petraeus McChrystal’s Replacement or Obama’s

Petraeus is an evolved form of general. He “won” in Iraq by paying protection money to the Sunnis who were effectively resisting the US occupation. Petraeus figured out that it was far cheaper and more efficient to put the Sunnis on the US military payroll and to pay them to stop fighting, which is how the war between the Sunnis and the Americans ended. To keep the Americans out of the ongoing large scale sectarian violence that continues to slaughter Iraqis, the US military was confined to remote bases.

If history is a guide, the Afghans will also accept Petraeus’ protection money, and Petraeus has just enough time to buy the Afghan war before the next presidential election.

The Afghans will, of course, take the money and wait us out, just as the Iraqis are doing.

Jun 24 22:58

GORDON DUFF: NO LIGHT, NO FREEDOM, THE GHOST OF 1967

WATCHING DARKNESS DESCEND IN THE INFORMATION AGE

Today the Israeli news service sent out an email broadcast, 87 US Senators affirmed unquestioning support for Israel in the wake of worldwide condemnation for Israeli actions against the Freedom Flotilla. In Australia, Prime Minister Rudd, after strongly admonishing Israel for counterfeiting Australian passports for use in political assassinations was removed from office, victim of a relentless media campaign orchestrated from Tel Aviv. How does this tell us we no longer live in democracies, the US, Australia, Britain, Germany and Canada?

Jun 24 09:36

Buy-Bull Bangers: Regular, or Extra-Crispy?

It is a compelling set of facts, isn't it? If I were a believer I would have no choice but to conclude that the big guy in the sky is really, REALLY, pissed off at the US and its allies.

Jun 24 07:58

More of the Same Promised in Petraeus’ Afghanistan

Gen. Petraeus is an extremely convenient replacement, because if there is one US military commander with ample experience in transmitting false hope to the Congress, it is surely him. In fact in his role as Centcom Commander Petraeus has been regularly called upon to predict that the situation will worsen in Afghanistan but that some improbable victory would emerge at some indeterminate point down the road, if only everyone believes hard enough.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ultimately, there will be a "Saigon Moment" in Kabul, where the US government will need to declare victory, bring its troops home, and negotiate with whatever government is left standing for the oil pipeline and mineral rights.

The only question is, when?!?

Jun 24 07:06

GORDON DUFF: THE AFGHANISTAN CIRCUS, McCHRYSTAL LEAVES THE CENTER RING

DID PAT TILLMAN REACH OUT FROM THE GRAVE?

Why would a general want to leave a command, especially one as challenging as Afghanistan? Think of it, no more meetings with President Karzai. Picture yourself, sitting in Kabul. Still in Kabul, looking south at failure. Long ago, when Paul Wolfowitz and Karl Rove, called “Dog Boy and Turd Blossom” by President Bush, were selecting the worst possible weaklings and con men to act as American puppets, the new governments of, first Afghanistan and then Iraq, the names Hamed Karzai and Ahjmed Chalibi were, not just the short list, they were the only list.

Jun 23 23:50

GORDON DUFF: ISRAELI AMBASSADOR ADMITS ROGUE OPERATIONS, SPYING AND WORSE

ISRAELI AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED STATES, MICHAEL OREN “WE DON’T SPY ON AMERICA, ROGUE ISRAELI GROUPS DID IT”

“…we’re talking about an event that was run by a rogue organization in the Israeli intelligence community” (Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren on the Jonathan Pollard spy case)

Jun 23 14:49

Army probes claims of US funds flowing to Afghan insurgents

Criminal investigators are examining allegations that Afghan security firms have been extorting as much as $4 million a week from contractors paid with U.S. tax dollars and then funneling the spoils to warlords and the Taliban.

If the allegations are true, the U.S. would be unintentionally financing the enemy and undermining international efforts to stabilize the country.

The payments reportedly end up in insurgent hands through a $2.1 billion Pentagon contract to transport food, water, fuel and ammunition to American troops stationed at bases across Afghanistan. To ensure safe passage through dangerous areas, the trucking companies make payments to local security firms with ties to the Taliban or warlords who control the roads.

Jun 23 11:41

General Stanley McTerror: The Shocking Admissions

If one were to look closely at the massive media coverage around the now infamous and notorious quotes emanating from U.S. Army General Stanley McChrystal, commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, and those of his aides, speaking to Michael Hastings of Rolling Stone, one should start to notice a pattern. It is a familiar one, an important statement of mainstream American ways of not seeing.

Jun 23 10:46

Obama picks Petraeus to replace McChrystal

A source tells The Associated Press that President Barack Obama will name Gen. David Petraeus to succeed Gen. Stanley McChrystal as top war commander in Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bad sign when the "Yes men" get the top jobs.

Jun 23 09:24

Termination Notice: McChrystal Sideshow Masks Murderous Reality

Some people seem to think that the question of which uniformed goober is in charge of the imperial bloodbath in Afghanistan is a vitally important issue, worthy of endless exegesis. It is not. It is a meaningless sideshow. What does matter, vitally, deeply, urgently, is the imperial bloodbath itself, and the fact that it will go on, and on, no matter what Barack Obama does or doesn't do about Stanley McChrystal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The real issues here are as follows:

1. The US and NATO are losing what was from the get-go an unwinnable war by any military standards.

2. We are on the absolutely wrong side of history here, and do not have the moral high ground in any way.

3. Our young men and women in military are being put in harm's way daily in a war, ultimately, for private profit in terms of oil, drugs, and minerals.

4. This immoral and illegal war has absolutely nothing to do with the security of the American people, and this administration - and by now, the American people- understand this clearly.

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