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Jan 28 07:53

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jan 28 07:30

Obama Ignores Key Afghan Warning

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

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

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

Jan 28 07:18

Embattled US troops take cynical view of progress in Afghanistan

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jan 28 07:10

Taliban: Buyout Futile Without Foreign Pullout

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Jan 28 07:03

Pak bid to push India out of Kabul

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Jan 28 06:21

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

Jan 27 01:31

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

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

Jan 26 16:22

Nato says Afghanistan conference will raise millions to pay Taliban

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

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

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

Jan 26 07:24

US must shift strategies in Afghanistan: Soviet war veterans

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jan 25 08:13

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Is General Mc Chrystal barking mad?!?

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

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

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

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

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

And,as reported here yesterday:

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

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

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

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

Jan 25 08:04

U.S. commander sees eventual Taliban peace deal

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Soviets thought so too.

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

Jan 25 06:39

United States must 'shift strategies' in Afghanistan

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

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

Jan 25 01:06

War Is Sin

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

Jan 24 09:27

'Israel seeks more involvement in Afghan war'

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

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

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

Jan 24 08:56

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jan 24 07:33

Afghanistan postpones parliamentary election

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine my (absence of) surprise!

Jan 24 03:44

Wars Without Heroes

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

Jan 23 08:17

Gates: Taliban Part of ‘Political Fabric’ of Afghanistan

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jan 23 07:55

Israeli drones take over skies of Afghanistan

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

Jan 22 08:26

Karzai to pay Taliban to lay down their arms

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

Another taxpayer funded bailout

Jan 22 08:08

US recognizes Taliban as Afghan political force

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Oh, yeah, I forgot!

Jan 21 17:27

Resources for US Soldiers and Vets

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

Jan 20 09:49

My Children Were Tortured;This Trial Is A Sham

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

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

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

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

Jan 20 09:22

UN Report Claims Bribes Equal to Quarter of GDP

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

Jan 20 09:14

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Jan 20 09:11

We're Executing Gitmo Prisoners and Calling It Suicide

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

Jan 20 08:55

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

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

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

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

Jan 19 14:41

Hamid Karzai demands US hand over gunmen who killed children

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh Hamid; you are SOOOOOOOO funny!

Jan 19 09:15

FLASHBACK - US 'lost track of Afghan weapons'

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, let me see if I have this straight.

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

That about sum it up?

Jan 19 09:10

Smuggled US Arms Flood Pak Tribal Belt

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

Jan 19 09:09

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Jan 19 07:27

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

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

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

Jan 18 06:56

Five dead as Taliban militants strike across Kabul

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

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

Jan 18 04:55

Taliban Attack Presidential Palace

To hell in a hand basket!

Jan 18 02:02

More Dead Afghans: Franken is “Cautiously Optimistic”

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

Jan 17 17:09

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

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

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

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

Jan 17 10:05

Taliban increasingly targets civilians in eastern Afghanistan

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

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

Civilian Casualties Soar; Key Afghan Metric Headed In Wrong Direction

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Either:

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

OR:

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

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

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

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

Jan 17 09:21

AIVD speaks against claims Washington Post

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

Jan 17 09:12

We can't defeat Taliban: Army chief

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Jan 17 08:24

Civilian Casualties Soar; Key Afghan Metric Headed In Wrong Direction

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

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

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

Jan 16 15:17

Iran says US, UK, Canada assist Afghan drug trade

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

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

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

Jan 16 07:40

The Untold Story of Afghanistan

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jan 16 07:39

Iran says US, UK, Canada assist Afghan drug trade

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No kidding.

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Jan 16 07:36

Japan Ends Naval Support for Afghan War

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

Jan 16 07:35

US Troops Shot Civilian Protesters in Afghanistan’s Garmsir District

Shootings Came at Protest Against Shooting of Civilians the Day Before

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jan 16 07:34

CHEAP AFGHAN HEROIN FLOODING INTO THE UNITED STATES

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jan 16 07:33

WHAT OUR CHILDREN ARE DYING FOR IN AFGHANISTAN

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jan 16 07:30

Afghan surge troops won't target drug crops

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Jan 15 21:38

Rising military suicides

More U.S. military personnel have taken their own lives so far in 2009 than have been killed in either the Afghanistan or Iraq wars this year, according to a Congressional Quarterly compilation of the latest statistics from the armed services.

As of Tuesday, at least 334 members of the military services have committed suicide in 2009, compared with 297 killed in Afghanistan and 144 who died in Iraq, the figures show.

Jan 14 09:46

Afghanistan: NATO Intensifies Its First Asian War

On January 8 the Washington Post provided North Atlantic Treaty Organization secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt a column in which the two, while deferring to their big brother in Washington - "The United States has played a central role in defending the values and the security of the Euro-Atlantic community" - nevertheless asserted that "Europe can deliver and can be a real partner for the United States. That is what is happening now in the global mission in Afghanistan."

Jan 14 08:21

US Drone Fired Missile Into a ‘Crowd of Suspects,’ Killing 13 Afghans

Exactly what made the reportedly unarmed crowd a “crowd of suspects” is unclear, but Marines that attacked the town at roughly the same time claim to have found ammunition and a “Taliban torture cell.” US forces seemed quite pleased with the attack on the crowd, declaring “we caught them with their pants down.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Every time we hit people with these drone attacks, we radicalize those left standing even further away from the Karzai government, and US and NATO forces.

Jan 13 08:30

13 Afghan demonstrators killed by NATO

Villagers in southern Afghanistan have claimed that Afghan and Nato forces killed 13 demonstrators after a group of people took to the streets to protest the alleged desecration of the Quran.

Haji Abdul Manan, one of the protesters, told the German Press Agency, DPA: "The people came out of their homes today to protest this action of foreign forces in a peaceful way, but the Afghan and international forces opened fire on us."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Winning more hearts and minds in Afghanistan, I see.

Jan 13 06:54

The Anatomy Of America's Defeat In Afghanistan

From the other side's point of view.

Jan 13 01:56

TRANSLATED: Pakistani Op-Ed: "the US is taking out its anger on us"

...A flagrant violation of Pakistan's sovereignty, these strikes speak volumes about the Obama Administration's unilateralist policies and military adventurism resembling the situation in Afghanistan where thousands of civilians have been crushed to death so far, thanks to a joystick controlled thousands of miles away in the US and raining missiles on a hapless population. Since the first strike in Damodola back in 2006, countless Pakistani civilians have lost their lives. Just the previous year, reports have it that around 700 people were killed in 44 strikes, only five of which had hit actual targets. What the US falsely reports as militants' compounds usually turn out to be houses belonging to innocent families having no connection with extremists.

Jan 12 07:43

Afghan "Dirty War" Escalates

Ten children murdered by U.S. Special Forces! The McCrystal Doctrine at work!

Jan 11 13:46

US injustice and arbitrariness as sources of terrorism

Paul J. Balles argues that post-9/11 arbitrariness and blind revenge by the USA lay behind acts of counter-vengeance by Al-Qaeda and likeminded groups, the latest of which was the attempt by a Nigerian man to bomb an American airliner over Detroit on Christmas Day 2009.

”What was the post-9/11 madness but blind revenge? What were the lockups at Guantanamo but revenge? What is joining Al Qaeda but revenge? Is revenge a legitimate response to an attack on America? Why isn't it equally appropriate for those who have suffered sadistic American brutality?”

Jan 10 13:08

CIA Attack 'Revenge For Mehsud'

The suicide bomber who killed eight people at a US base in Afghanistan said he was carrying out the attack in response to the death of Baitullah Mehsud, the Pakistani Taliban leader killed by a US drone.

In a video released to Al Jazeera on Saturday, Hammam Khalil al-Balawi is shown shooting a gun as he describes how the attack would target US and Jordanian intelligence agents.

Jan 10 09:28

Sunday Mirror journalist Rupert Hamer killed in Afghanistan explosion

The reporter, a 39-year-old father of three, was accompanying a patrol near Now Zad when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device.

The newspaper's photographer, Philip Coburn, 43, suffered severe injuries in the blast. The Ministry of Defence said he was is in a serious but stable condition

Gordon Brown, the prime minister, said: "I was deeply saddened by this tragic news, and my heartfelt thoughts and sympathies are with the families, friends and colleagues of Rupert and Philip.

Jan 09 12:23

Yemen – America’s second Afghanistan and third Vietnam

Uri Avnery considers the USA’s ill-conceived adventures in Afghanistan and Iraq, and their disastrous outcomes, and predicts a similar catastrophe if Washington embarks on another misguided adventure – this time in Yemen.

”Terrorism is nothing but an instrument of war. It is used by organizations that are vastly different from each other, which are fighting in vastly different countries for vastly different objectives. A war on ‘International Terror’ is like a war on ‘International Artillery’ or ‘International Navy’...

Jan 09 10:14

‘Afghan Insurgency Can Sustain Itself Indefinitely’: Top U.S. Intel Officer

Flynn’s December 23rd presentation on the “State of the Insurgency : Trends, Intentions and Objectives” may be the gloomiest public assessment of the war yet. The “loosely organized” Taliban is “growing more cohesive” and “increasingly effective.” The insurgents now have their own “governors” installed in 33 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces. And the “strength and ability of [that] shadow governance increasing,” according to the presentation. The Taliban’s “organizational capabilities and operational reach are qualitatively and geographically expanding.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At the end of the day, for American and NATO forces in Afghanistan, there will be a "Saigon Moment", when these military personnel will have to leave the country, just as the military personnel from the old Soviet Union had to leave.

Ultimately, the only people who will have "won" here are the corporations providing mercenaries and logistics services, and the drug lords.

And then, the US will have to negotiate with whatever government is left standing about the cost of installing the pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil, just as the Bush administration was doing as late as August of 2001.

Wars are never cheaper than negotiations.

Jan 09 09:59

Xe Services aims for $1 billion Afghan deal

Now called Xe Services, the company is in the running for a Pentagon contract potentially worth $1 billion to train Afghanistan's troubled national police force. Xe has been shifting to training, aviation and logistics work after its security guards were accused of killing unarmed Iraqi civilians more than two years ago.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Considering the nearly incestuous relationship between Blackwater/Xe and the CIA, I wouldn't bet against this happening.

Jan 08 09:48

Children’s deaths spark anti-US outrage in Afghanistan

While the precise cause of the explosion may be in dispute, the significance of this sudden, violent transformation of what was intended as a "hearts and minds" mission to win over the local population into a provocation igniting mass anti-US protests is clear.

It is a telling expression of the mounting popular hostility to foreign occupation and the growing crisis confronting the US military as the Obama administration embarks on its 30,000-troop escalation of the eight-year-old war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The worse these bombing attacks get, the more radicalized those left standing will become against the US/NATO occupation.

You cannot murder people's children, and expect that they will welcome you with flowers.

Those at the Pentagon who have signed off on the indiscriminate bombing of civilians in Afghanistan haven't quite gotten that bit straight, apparently.

Jan 08 06:18

West's Afghan War: From Conquest To Bloodbath

Jan 07 12:28

Afghan govt. demands arrest of US "death squad" who handcuffed, executed 8 children. US refuses

*hyperlinks and video live at source*

Kai Eide, UN Representative to Afghanistan confirmed the Afghan government’s investigative conclusions that US troops handcuffed and then executed eight students enrolled in grades 6 through 10 in a night raid on December 27, 2009. The US military and NATO responded the troops involved were non-official. The most likely source of para-military “non-official” troops in Afghanistan is Blackwater/Xe.

President Hamid Karzai demanded arrest of the US troops engaged in the break-in and mafia-style execution of their children. The US responded to the Afghan demand of January 1 by rejecting the findings of the Afghan government and UN with a vague promise of their own self-investigation at some later date.

Jan 06 19:56

Winning the War, 30 Taliban at a Time

Just how often has the U.S. and NATO killed the Taliban in groups of 30 during 2009? The answer may surprise you:

* Adnkronos, 12/07/2009: “Up to 30 suspected militants were killed in a NATO airstrike on a Taliban hideout in eastern Afghanistan close to the Pakistani border on Monday. The airstrike targeted the village of Sangar Dara in the mountainous Watapur district of Kunar province , the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said.”
* SF Chronicle, 12/04/2009: “Air strikes in two areas of the Mohmand border region killed 30 suspected militants, a military statement said. It said the strikes were “highly successful” but provided no further details, including whether any civilians were hurt.”

More here http://securitycrank.wordpress.com/2009/12/07/winning-the-war-30-talib...

Jan 06 18:10

US forces in Afghanistan ‘should expect up to 500 casualties a month’

US forces in Afghanistan should brace themselves for up to 500 casualties a month this year, a senior retired American general has warned.

The forecast comes from General Barry McCaffrey, formerly the most decorated general in the US Army, who has conducted field assessments of the US military performance in Afghanistan at the request of the US military since 2003.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please remember: the potential loss of even one more of our military or contract personnel in Afghanistan has absolutely nothing to do with the safety and security of the American people.

It has everything to do with both present, and potential, corporate profit.

The present profit is coming from the control of drug production here, from which so many profit so handsomely.

The future profit is expected to come from the installation of pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil, after the Afghans have been "pacified" to the point where this can happen.

Jan 06 09:25

US drone missiles slaughtered 700 Pakistani civilians in 2009

US drone missile attacks have claimed the lives of over 700 Pakistani civilians since Barack Obama took office a year ago, according to figures released this week by officials in Islamabad. The escalation of Washington’s AfPak war, now in full swing, will mean the slaughter of thousands more men, women and children in 2010.

The grim death toll was announced in the Pakistani English-language daily Dawn Monday, just as news of the latest strike by a Hellfire missile made its way from an impoverished village near the Afghanistan border.

The missile strike left dead and buried in the rubble of their home a Pakistani teacher and his nine-year-old son.

Jan 06 07:47

Teenager who was first British soldier to die in Afghanistan in 2010 told friends he was afraid he would die

The first British soldier to be killed in Afghanistan this year had told friends days before he feared he would die.

Private Robert Hayes, 19, had said Britain was involved in a 'pointless' war that would drag on for at least another ten years.

Jan 06 04:15

CIA Killings Spell Defeat in Afghanistan

Jan 05 21:21

Committing treason for a piece of the pie

Committing treason for a piece of the pie
By Peter Chamberlin
Jan 5, 2010, 00:23
In the greatest fraud ever perpetrated upon any force of patriotic fighting men in the history of the human race, over 2 million men and women have been sent to fight and die in wars where victory was never possible, by government mandate. This has been a hallmark of America’s wars, set by the first Pres. Bush in his Gulf war. No useful assets like Saddam Hussein (or the Taliban, for that matter) can be eliminated in our wars of conquest. We are only interested in reeling in those who think that they are beyond control, restoring the balance of power, the balance of terror.

Jan 05 08:47

Eight Americans Killed by Afghan Suicide Bomber Were CIA

At least eight Americans were killed and six others injured when a suicide bomber penetrated the heart of a heavily fortified complex in eastern Afghanistan, according to multiple U.S. officials in both Afghanistan and Washington, and and a Congressional source told ABC News they were all connected to the CIA.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, so this suicide bomber gets his intended targets and ONLY his intended targets, while the very expensive predator drone strikes are taking out 40 civilians for every intended suspect being targeted?

And the bomber is the "terrorist"???????

Jan 05 07:58

Pakistan worried U.S. buildup in Afghanistan will send militants across border

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess "Militant" is the new politically correct name for "refugee."

Jan 05 07:00

Surge In Casualties In Afghanistan Predicted

There is no concern shown for the thousands of Afghani men,women and children who will be murdered by these poorly trained U.S. troops. As soon as one shot rings out these "troops" who have no real training in infantry tactics will call in massive artillery fires and aerial bombardment and kill everything in sight!

Jan 04 16:00

Are U.S. Forces Executing Afghan Kids?

The Taliban suicide attack that killed a group of CIA agents in Afghanistan on a base that was directing US drone aircraft used to attack Taliban leaders was big news in the US over the past week, with the airwaves and front pages filled with sympathetic stories referring to the fact that the female station chief, who was among those killed, was the “mother of three children.”

But the apparent mass murder of Afghan school children, including one as young as 11 years old, by a US-led group of troops, was pretty much blacked out in the American media. Especially blacked out was word from UN investigators that the students had not just been killed but executed, many of them after having first been rousted from their bedroom and handcuffed...

Jan 03 08:10

Afghan War To Control Caspian Oil, Gas Routes

Let the high-minded causes of bringing peace, democracy, stability or anything but pain and pillage to Afghanistan and Pakistan be brought down like flags to half mast, and let us realize there are far baser motives of wealth, power, and geopolitical control rising. It,s not really rocket science and shouldn't be, especially for a Harvard constitutional lawyer, yes, our own Barrack Obama, President for Change.

Jan 03 07:34

Welcome To Orwell’s World

Welcome To Orwell’s World

By John Pilger

01 January, 2010
Newstatesman.com

In Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell described a superstate, Oceania, whose language of war inverted lies that "passed into history and became truth. 'Who controls the past,' ran the Party slogan, 'controls the future: who controls the present controls the past'."

Jan 02 09:38

Boy watches US forces shoot father in head

Discontent with the government and the occupation has inevitably fuelled support for the Taliban among the local population. Despite still being relatively secure compared with much of eastern Afghanistan, there has been growing rebel activity here in recent months as the insurgents edge closer and closer to neighbouring Kabul...

Jan 02 09:37

Boy watches U.S. forces shoot father in head

Recent reports indicate that a new stage may have been reached in the war in Afghanistan. Secret operations of CIA and special forces appear to have stepped up their infamous night raids, which have induced fear in much of the local population...

… According to witnesses, US troops entered a number of houses near the provincial capital, Mehtar Lam, in an overnight operation [on Dec 7/8]. The victims included Mohammed Ismail, whose 10-year-old son, Rafiullah, described what happened: “When the soldiers came to our house, my father asked them, ‘Who are you?’ Then they shot him in the head and told us, ‘Be quiet and tell us where the weapons are’.” ...

Jan 02 08:45

Pound of Flesh

Pound of Flesh
Meaning:
Something which is owed that is ruthlessly required to be paid back.
Reap what one sows: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head." In modern terms; what goes around comes around, aka you get what you deserve.

http://tshtf.blogspot.com/2009/11/pound-of-flesh.html

Jan 02 08:30

What Now?

Here we are. What now?

New Year. New Decade. New Hopes, dreams, expectations. What now? Change we can believe in is just around the next bend so all we have to do is sit here, have a beer and let good things happen. After all, the bowl games are on.

Jan 01 12:03

Hollywood, the Greatest Asset of Warmongers in our Propagandocracies

A new narrative is needed to open our eyes to the truth about war and occupation. But don´t look for Hollywood or other mainline media outlets, either corporate or state-owned, to provide us with such a narrative of truth.

Occasionally Hollywood changes its tune somewhat, but that´s only part of a new approach in the same old propagandocratic game. It is necessary to present some element of critical views to appeal to the disenchanted when the dominant narrative becomes too discredited. However the alternative narrative generally does not challenge the agenda of the elites in any fundamental way and simply serves to re-direct attention from the worst crimes of the state.

Jan 01 09:53

Obama and Afghanistan: America’s Drug-Corrupted War

In short, the impasse the U.S. faces in Afghanistan, in its efforts to support an unpopular and corrupt regime, must be understood in the light of its past relations to the drug traffic there – a situation which resembles the past U.S. involvement in Laos even more than in Vietnam. It is this sustained pattern of intervention in support of drug economies, and with the support of drug traffickers, that so depresses observers who had hoped desperately that, in this respect, Obama would bring a change.

The question remains: how many Americans, Afghans, and Pakistanis will have to die, before we can put an end to this drug-corrupted and drug-corrupting war?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it; apparently, this is precisely what is happening in Afghanistan.

Jan 01 09:21

US forces 'kill 8 children' in night raid on village in Afghanistan

Dec 31 12:59

Canadian House of Commons Shut down Until March.

OTTAWA–Furious opposition MPs accused Prime Minister Stephen Harper of muzzling the House of Commons after he moved for the second time in a little more than a year to suspend Parliament.

Mired in controversy over an alleged cover-up on the torture of Afghan prisoners and eager to increase the Conservatives' power in the Senate, the government is closing down Parliament until March 3, the Prime Minister's Office said Wednesday.

teresac comment: These bustards still get paid even though they don't have to show up at the office. Canadian tax dollars at work.

Dec 31 11:15

AP sources: CIA base chief killed in attack

WASHINGTON – The CIA said Thursday that seven of its employees were killed and six others wounded in a suicide bombing at a base in Afghanistan. The Associated Press has learned that one of them was the chief of the CIA's post in Afghanistan's southeastern Khost Province.

Dec 31 06:58

'Afghan soldier' kills CIA staff

Eight Americans working for the CIA have died in a bomb attack in Afghanistan, the worst against US intelligence officials since 1983.
A bomber wearing an explosive vest entered Forward Operating Base Chapman in Khost Province, near Pakistan.

Dec 30 18:30

Western troops accused of executing 10 Afghan civilians, including children

American-led troops were accused yesterday of dragging innocent children from their beds and shooting them during a night raid that left ten people dead.

Afghan government investigators said that eight schoolchildren were killed, all but one of them from the same family. Locals said that some victims were handcuffed before being killed.

Western military sources said that the dead were all part of an Afghan terrorist cell responsible for manufacturing improvised explosive devices (IEDs), which have claimed the lives of countless soldiers and civilians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If, in fact, US and NATO soldiers are dragging kids from their beds to kill them in cold blood, our policy in in Afghanistan has become absolute insanity, writ large.

You do not win the hearts and minds of the country, smarting under your military occupation, by killing their children in cold blood.

Dec 30 14:04

US citizens killed in Afghanistan

Eight Americans have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in south-eastern Afghanistan, US officials say

Dec 30 12:37

Western troops accused of executing 10 Afghan civilians, including children

Afghan investigators today accused US-led troops of dragging ten civilians from their beds and shooting them dead during a night raid. Officials said that eight children and teenagers were among the dead and all but one of the victims were from the same family.

The reports led to angry protests in Kabul and Jalalabad, with children as young as 10 chanting “Death to America” and demanding foreign forces leave Afghanistan.

Dec 30 12:17

cartoon: happy new year!

Dec 30 08:00

US congressmen press Afghanistan to delay election

U.S. Congressmen said Tuesday they are urging Afghan President Hamid Karzai to delay the next parliamentary ballot until electoral reforms are in place or risk American financial support for his government.

Karzai insists the elections must be held in May despite widespread concerns about their credibility, the U.S. legislators said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Karzai knows that the US and NATO are in too deep to simply walk away, which is why he is pushing for the May elections, no matter how rigged and corrupt they may be, like the transparently fraudulent elections last August.

The US and NATO can talk a good game, but having gone this far with "their man in Kabul", the options here are severely limited, particularly in light of the US "surge" which will happen in Afghanistan very shortly.

Dec 30 07:53

Afghans Increasingly Turning to Taliban’s Shadow Govt

Reports of a Taliban “shadow government” complete with its own court system are not new. Indeed, we’ve been covering the phenomenon for well over a year, and it has only grown as the group’s influence has gained.

Despite assurances from the Karzai government that they are in full control of the situation, the reality on the ground suggests they are not. Even NATO, the Karzai government’s international muscle, concedes that the Taliban is already setting up a “government in waiting,” ready to return to power the second the Karzai government crumbles.

Dec 30 07:25

Time is running out in Afghanistan

U.S. intelligence: 'Time is running out' in Afghanistan

As the U.S. and its allies try to overcome logistical hurdles and rush some 40,000 more troops to Afghanistan in 2010, intelligence officials are warning that the Taliban-led insurgency is expanding and that "time is running out" for the U.S.-led coalition to prove that its strategy can succeed.

The Taliban have created a shadow "government-in-waiting," complete with Cabinet ministers, that could assume power if the U.S.-backed government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai fails

Dec 30 07:17

Afghans burn Obama effigy over civilian deaths

Hundreds of university students blocked main roads in Jalalabad, capital of eastern Nangahar province, to protest the alleged deaths of 10 civilians, mostly school children, in a Western military operation on Saturday.

"The government must prevent such unilateral operations otherwise we will take guns instead of pens and fight against them (foreign forces)," students from the University of Nangahar's education faculty said in a statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Afghanis do not hate us "because we are free"; they hate us because we are killing their kids, wives, husbands, daughters, and friends to achieve the two following geopolitical outcomes, both for profit. These are:

1. Installing the pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil.

2. To protect and control the drug trade, from which so many profit so handsomely.

Dec 28 04:44

Have Americans Traded Freedom for Security?

Obama’s dwindling band of true believers has taken heart that their man has finally delivered on one of his many promises – the closing of the Guantánamo prison. But the prison is not being closed. It is being moved to Illinois, if the Republicans permit.

In truth, Obama has handed his supporters another defeat. Closing Guantánamo meant ceasing to hold people in violation of our legal principles of habeas corpus and due process and ceasing to torture them in violation of U.S. and international laws.

Dec 26 13:29

The US military is exhausted

Many from within the ranks are openly declaring that they have had enough, allying with anti-war veterans and activists in calling for an end to the US-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, with some active duty soldiers publicly refusing to deploy.

This growing movement of military refusers is a voice of sanity in a country slipping deeper into unending war.

The architects of this war would be well-advised to listen to the concerns of the soldiers and veterans tasked with carrying out their war policies on the ground.

Dec 26 08:14

The Shock Doctrine in Practice: Training for Civilian Surge

A former mental hospital in the woods is the staging ground for one of the biggest deployments of U.S. civilians since the Vietnam War.

Dozens of U.S. agriculturists, legal experts and development-aid administrators pass through elaborate mock-ups of foreign courtrooms and bazaars here each week -- part of training for nation-building work in some of Afghanistan's most unruly provinces.

The White House hopes to have 1,000 State Department, Treasury and Department of Agriculture personnel in Afghanistan by next month, up from 300 a year ago.

"We want civilian representation in every military deployment" across Afghanistan, said Paul Jones, deputy to Richard Holbrooke, the Obama administration's point man on Afghanistan. "Our mission is defined by how we build Afghan capacity."

Dec 26 07:29

Taliban Video of US POW Private Bowe Robert Bergdahl, on Christmas - 12-25-09

US condemns Taliban video of captive soldier

The US has condemned a Taliban video of an American soldier captured by the militants in Afghanistan last June as an affront to his family at Christmas.

Dec 25 09:05

CIA Operatives: Terror Attacks Imminent in the USA Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah ...

I wanted to get this out there; as I don't trust the people behind the US Government. Things are not headed in the direction they'd like, and there are many tell tale signs out on the Internet. The signs on the Internet in my opinion, comprise a few different aspects; they are intended to condition and desensitize us for what is about to happen to us. Others are designed to propagandize different groups of people. The people behind the government, and their policy makers need to regain control.

Dec 25 08:44

Department of Veterans Affairs Reports 73 Thousand U.S. Gulf War Deaths

More Gulf War Veterans have died than Vietnam Veterans:
The Department of Veterans Affairs, May 2007, Gulf War Veterans Information System reports the following:

Total U.S. Military Gulf War Deaths: 73,846
– Deaths amongst Deployed: 17,847
– Deaths amongst Non-Deployed: 55,999

Dec 25 02:01

Welcome to Pashtunistan: the aim of America’s secret war?

Pakistan’s conspiracy theorists have long held that the real object of Xe, acting on behalf of the CIA, is to destabilise Pakistan so as to have an excuse to take over or destroy its nuclear assets, because Israel and the US remain uncomfortable with a nuclear Pakistan. I have long disputed this theory, but am finding it increasingly difficult to continue doing so.

The Brazilian journalist Pepe Escobar has suggested that the US wants to leave behind a united Pashtunistan, consisting of Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province and Afghanistan, an independent Balochistan and a weak, truncated Pakistan.

Dec 22 10:19

Taliban Claims Control Over 80 Percent of Afghanistan

As the US attempts to strengthen its own government of choice in Afghanistan, they are in a race not just against time, but against Taliban forces which are increasingly setting up credible alternative governments.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Karzai's government has absolutely no credibility with the Afghan people, and that is the horrendously inconvenient truth for the US.

Dec 21 08:38

Pakistan’s Political Turmoil Threatens Obama’s Strategy

With the loss of immunity to corruption charges, President Zardari’s ruling faction is fading fast. Their already tenuous credibility is shot, and top officials are facing indictment.

While Zardari’s determination to fight for his office will likely keep him nominally in power for awhile, his ability to order the military into new wars is very much in doubt. President Obama’s demands to attack Balochistan, North Waziristan, etc, will likely seem like a low priority, if Zardari is able to push them through at all.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder if this is the proverbial "monkey wrench" in the Af-Pak war the Pentagon and State Department should have seen coming - but didn't.

Dec 20 20:16

Fascist US policy in Afghanistan: 50-to-1 ratio of money to kill versus money to help Afghans

*hyperlinks and video live at source*

The United Nations reports Afghanistan as the world’s most dangerous place for a child to be born. One out of four children die before their fifth birthday; 70% of the population do not have access to clean water.

Orwellian Peace Prize winner Obama’s response: spend at a 50-to-1 ratio to attack Afghans compared with money to help them.

Dec 20 16:25

AMAZING SPEECH BY WAR VETERAN

Dec 20 09:01

'We Will Stay in Afghanistan as Long as It Takes to Finish Our Job'

SPIEGEL: The displeasure among the populations of the NATO countries involved in the war is growing even more quickly than your commitment. About 70 percent of Germans favor a rapid withdrawal of their troops. How long can democratically governed nations wage a war opposed by a majority of their populations?

Rasmussen: I believe that people understand very well why we are in Afghanistan…"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen: thinking people around the world understand why the US and NATO are in Afghanistan, and these reasons have absolutely nothing to do with terrorism.

They are, bluntly put:

1. To install the pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil.

2. To protect the drug trad, from which which so many profit so handsomely.

These two reasons, taken together, make it very clear that this war is about private profit, and not for public safety, not even that of innocent Afghan nationals.

Dec 19 21:32

General defends court martial for pregnant soldiers

A US Army general in northern Iraq has defended his decision to add pregnancy to the list of reasons a soldier under his command could face court martial.

It is current army policy to send pregnant soldiers home, but Maj Gen Anthony Cucolo told the BBC he was losing people with critical skills.

That was why the added deterrent of a possible court martial was needed, he said.

The new policy applies both to female and male soldiers, even if married.

Dec 19 07:42

NuoViso: "War Promises" (Full lenth documentary)

Millions of people believe that evidence proves that Western intelligence services organized the hideous attacks on New York and Washington on 11 September 2001. Even the mainstream media have stopped defending the official version and now prefer to ignore the issue altogether.

Distrust in Western governments grows as the wars of aggression waged by the USA and NATO continue to be justified with these “false flag” operations. Ever harsher domestic laws are being passed to crush all outrage and resistance in Western populations;

Dec 19 07:22

Karzai to keep half of cabinet including warlords

Under intense pressure to reform, President Hamid Karzai plans to replace heads of two ministries linked to corruption while retaining several others favoured by the West, Afghan officials said yesterday. The cabinet lineup is an apparent bid to balance US demands and appease local power bosses who helped him win re-election.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a person, and a parliament so crooked these folks have to collectively screw their socks on in the morning, don't look for any true reform here.

The changes are cosmetic only. Unfortunately, the corruption will remain in place, no matter how many changes Karzai makes in his cabinet.

Dec 18 10:14

Even in cases the U.S. wins, Guantanamo evidence is suspect

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the United States is unlawfully imprisoning at Guantanamo a Yemeni once accused of training at an al Qaeda camp, just days after a different U.S. judge upheld the detention of another Guantanamo detainee who trained at the same camp.

But even in that order, the judge found the U.S. evidence was the result of coercion and abuse and should not be used “in any fashion, in any court.” The judge ruled that while the detention may have been legal, the government’s own records “do not give any evidence for his continued detention.” …

Dec 18 09:31

A surge at $57,077.60 a minute

The sum of US$57,077.60. That's what the United States is paying per minute. Keep that in mind - just for a minute or so.

After all, the surge is already on. By the end of December, the first 1,500 of 30,000 additional US troops will have landed in Afghanistan, a nation roughly the size of Texas, ranked by the United Nations as second-worst in the world in terms of human development.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There will be a point, in continuing to fund these immoral and illegal wars without end, that the US is going to wind up bankrupting itself.

Looking at the current economic climate, that moment may well come sooner rather than later.

Dec 18 09:21

Stunning Statistics About the War Every American Should Know

At present, there are 104,000 Department of Defense contractors in Afghanistan. According to a report this week from the Congressional Research Service, as a result of the coming surge of 30,000 troops in Afghanistan, there may be up to 56,000 additional contractors deployed. But here is another group of contractors that often goes unmentioned: 3,600 State Department contractors and 14,000 USAID contractors. That means that the current total US force in Afghanistan is approximately 189,000 personnel (68,000 US troops and 121,000 contractors). And remember, that’s right now. And that, according to McCaskill, is a conservative estimate. A year from now, we will likely see more than 220,000 US-funded personnel on the ground in Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable!

Dec 18 07:55

Eikenberry assures Afghans U.S. will stay beyond 2011

U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry Thursday further signaled that a strong American military presence will remain in Afghanistan long after July 2011, when President Obama plans to end his troop surge.

"After eight years of assistance to Afghanistan, many Americans and many members of Congress are impatient to see results," he said, while assuring that "our military commitment will not end or decline even as our combat forces [withdraw]."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This man is characterizing the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan as "assistance" ?!?!?

Is completely out of his mind?!?

There are only two reasons why the US and NATO are in Afghanistan, and Afghans and the world knows what they are:

1. To lay the pipelines to insure the control of Eurasian oil.

2. To control the drug trade from which so many profit so handsomely.

If in fact the US and NATO are staying in Afghanistan well after 201l, it will be because they have failed in creating enough stability to install the pipelines.

That second agenda is well and truly moving forward, with Afghan opium crops growing at record levels.

Dec 17 20:57

Islamic insurgents hack into CIA state-of-the-art Predator drones

Predator drones used by the CIA against Islamic militants have been hacked into by insurgents using nothing more sophisticated than a $25.95 (£16) off-the-shelf software, it was revealed last night.

Although the insurgents were not able to control the $20 million aircraft, typically armed with Hellfire missiles and flown over the battlefields of Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, they could watch live video feeds beamed back to US control stations through their electronic “eyeballs”.

The hackers’ success raises the disturbing possibility of the Predators being taken over and used to attack US or British forces, or perhaps even domestic targets.

Dec 17 11:28

Veterans Group Calls on Soldiers to Refuse Orders to Deploy to Afghanistan and Iraq

Dec 17 08:01

How ISAF Sought to Play Down the German Air Strike

Hectic video conferences and a flurry of telephone calls marked the day that followed the German air strike in Afghanistan on Sept. 4. SPIEGEL has obtained transcripts and classifed documents that provide a glimpse into how German and NATO officials sought to limit the damage to their reputations.

Dec 17 07:55

Afghan surge troops won't target drug crops

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 


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

Dec 16 17:35

Nato appeals to Russia for more help in Afghanistan

The head of Nato appealed to Russia for greater help with the war in Afghanistan yesterday as he sought to repair relations between the military alliance and Moscow.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen asked President Medvedev to supply helicopters and prepare pilots for the Afghan air force, and expand training for Afghan police in Russia. It was the first visit by a Nato leader since Russia’s war with Georgia last year caused the most serious rift in relations since the Cold War.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That collective snickering sound you're hearing is that created by Russian leadership, trying not to laugh their heads off at how completely the US and NATO are making every single mistake that the old Soviet Union made during its occupation of Afghanistan.

Dec 16 16:43

Bloody fight looms for US marines in Helmand

Brigadier General Larry Nicholson, right in the khaki hat, talking to Afghan locals

Brigadier General Larry Nicholson, who commands 10,000 marines in Helmand, Afghanistan's deadliest province, said the reinforcements would be sent before next summer to take the town of Marja, which he called the militants' "end of the line".

"It's no secret we're going there. There's an inevitability that there's a date with destiny with Marja and we're moving towards that," said at Camp Leatherneck, the marines' sprawling headquarters in Helmand.

Dec 16 09:40

Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich: explaining their war opposition in two brief videos

*hyperlinks and videos live at source*

The “leadership” of the Democrats and Republicans collude for unlawful Wars of Aggression, torture, rhetoric for more unlawful war with Iran, the destruction of our treaty obligations, and the transfer of trillions of our tax dollars to banksters. By political definition in any textbook, the US is now fascist and not a constitutional republic.

Dec 16 08:45

Russian Blames West For Heroin Rise

The head of Russia's anti-narcotics federal agency says that British troops in Helmand Province are not doing enough to stem production of the world's deadliest drug.

"Sixty percent of all opiates in the world are produced in the area that the British forces are responsible for," said Viktor Ivanov.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Dec 16 07:42

'Just War' Is Just Words by Ralph Nader

President Obama, the Afghan war escalator, received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway, and proceeded to deliver his acceptance speech outlining the three criteria for a "just war" which he himself is violating.

The criteria are in this words: "If it is waged as a last resort or in self-defense; if the force used is proportional; and if, whenever possible, civilians are spared from violence."

Dec 16 07:18

Nato's Rasmussen seeks Russia's help in Afghanistan

Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen is seeking greater Russian assistance for the war in Afghanistan, on his first official trip to Moscow.

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Russia will offer no more than token efforts. Russia is delighted that the USA fell into the Afghan trap, and knows that just as walking out of Afghanistan signaled the end of the USSR,
walking out of Afghanistan signals the end of the USA.

Dec 15 17:19

Navy and RAF pay the price to fund Afghan war

The RAF and Royal Navy will bear the brunt of swingeing cuts in defence spending to pay for the rapidly rising cost of the war in Afghanistan.

The Defence Secretary, Bob Ainsworth, also announced that 7,500 civil servants will lose their jobs and that the size of the armed forces would be slimmed down.

Dec 15 08:47

Kabul Suicide Bombing Kills At Least Eight

A suicide car bomber struck Tuesday near the home of a former Afghan vice president and a hotel favored by Westerners, killing at least eight people and wounding dozens in one of the safest neighborhoods in the city.

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If this Kabul neighborhood can be characterized as being "...one of the safest neighborhoods in the city", the rest of the city, and the country, must be absolutely in complete chaos.

Dec 15 08:15

Large explosion near hotel in Kabul

Dec 14 09:17

The Af-Pak Train Wreck

When President Barack Obama laid out his plan for winning the war in Afghanistan, behind him stood an army of ghosts: Greeks, Mongols, Buddhists, British, and Russians, all whom had almost the same illusions as the current resident of the Oval Office about Central Asia. The first four armies are dust. But there are Russian survivors of the 1979-89 war that ended up killing 15,000 Soviets and hundreds of thousands of Afghans as well as virtually wrecking Moscow’s economy.

Dec 14 08:54

Afghan promises to insurgents often empty

Mohammed's experience offers a cautionary tale: Four months after he gave himself up, the Afghan government has reneged on all its commitments, leaving him unemployed and his family of 10 with nowhere to live. Hunted by the Taliban and fearful of the U.S. military, he spends much of his time in hiding.

In a war in which everyone must pick a side, Mohammed regrets his choice.

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Your tax dollars are going to support what must be one of the most corrupt governments on the planet.

And if we keep pouring money into this corrupt government, chances are that no amount of US and NATO's "significant investments" will ever reach people like this man and his family.

Dec 13 10:04

Flashback: U.S. Navy, “Global Force for Good”

I am reminded of the Third Amendment. It states that “no Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.”

This has little relevance today — outside of what happened during Katrina — but it reveals what the founders thought about militarism and standing armies.

Madison wrote:

Dec 12 09:46

Blogger: US air strikes kill ‘exactly 30? enemies every time

When it comes to air strikes against the Taliban, there's something about the number 30, says the Security Crank blog.

The unnamed military affairs blogger has published a list of recent air strikes against militants in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and an amazing pattern has emerged: It seems that just about every time an air strike is reported in the news, the Taliban casualty figure cited is 30.

Citing the Moon of Alabama blog, which made a similar argument this spring, Security Crank linked to 12 news reports of separate air strike incidents since the start of the year in which the number of Taliban or insurgent casualties was reported to be 30, in most cases citing US military officials.

Not 29, not 31. Thirty.

Dec 12 07:52

OBAMA DOES A LOUIS XVI

American would not have won independence from Great Britain without generous military and financial support from France and its monarch, Louis XVI.

But France spent itself into bankruptcy supporting the American colonists. France’s financial ruin was a major cause of the ensuing French Revolution that cost the unfortunate Louis his head.

Dec 12 07:04

It’s Time to Leave Afghanistan

I have serious concerns, however, about the president’s decision to add some 30,000 troops and an as yet undisclosed number of civilian personnel to escalate our Afghan operation. This "surge" will bring US troop levels to approximately those of the Soviets when they occupied Afghanistan with disastrous result back in the 1980s. I fear the US military occupation of Afghanistan may end up similarly unsuccessful.

Dec 11 14:04

AFTER YEARS OF DECEIT: US OPENLY ACCEPTS BIN LADEN LONG DEAD

However, since we lost a couple of hundred of our top special operations forces hunting for bin Laden after we knew he was dead, is someone going to answer for this with some jail time?

Dec 11 10:35

Afghanistan: UK and US seek to cancel 2010 parliamentary election

Britain and America are seeking to cancel next year's parliamentary election in Afghanistan amid fears that it will distract from President Barack Obama's new strategy to bring security to the country.

The two allies are in dispute with European states over whether to fund and secure the elections in the spring or press for postponement until 2011, The Daily Telegraph has learned.

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Are you flipping kidding me?!?!?

Oh, the Afghan people are going to love this, if such a postponement takes place.

But then, the invasion and occupation were never about bettering the situation of the Afghan people, were they?

These actions were always about private corporate profit from controlling the flow of Eurasian oil, and controlling the flow of the drug trade.

Apparently for the US and UK, a silly parliamentary election will just "...get in the way" of achieving those outcomes.

Dec 11 09:51

McCaffrey: Afghan commitment up to 10 years

U.S. troops could be in Afghanistan for as many as 10 years at a cost of up to $300 billion and “thousands more American casualties,” according to the retired Army general who has penned a new independent report on challenges the military will face in the war.

But retired Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey concludes that the U.S. can, in the next five years, achieve three primary objectives: Create a viable Afghan security force that will allow for the reduction of an active U.S. combat role; create governance from the district level up that the population can support; and reduce official corruption by establishing a “parallel chain of financial custody and approval of resources” until the Afghan government is “operating unlike an active criminal enterprise.”

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Mc Caffrey's "rah-rah" propaganda not withstanding, thinking Americans understand that that the US is in Afghanistan for two reasons, and two reasons only.

These reasons have absolutely nothing to do with the safety and security of We the People, and absolutely everything for corporate financial gain.

Those reasons are:

1. To lay the pipelines to control Eurasian oil.

2. To protect the drug trade, from which so many profit so handsomely.

Those are the reasons why our kids are getting killed and maimed for life in Afghanistan.

Dec 11 00:25

Special Report: YEARS OF DECEIT: US OPENLY ACCEPTS BIN LADEN LONG DEAD

He has been dead since December 13, 2001 and now, finally, everyone, Obama, McChrystal, Cheney, everyone who isn't nuts is finally saying what they have known for years.

Dec 10 20:06

Ramping up Afghanistan war to control Caspian oil and gas transport routes

James Dorion, an energy expert, had written as early as September 10, 2001, in Oil & Gas Journal, “Those that control the oil routes out of Central Asia will impact all future direction and quantities of flow and the distribution of revenues from new production.” Could it be any clearer, given the US oil and gas interests in the Caspian Basin that Afghanistan was to be reined in, especially when Iran, which paralleled it north to south was not a pipeline option, giving its mutual hostilities with the US.

Dec 10 17:40

Progressives Still Love Obama

Most Americans, regardless of political party affiliation, believe in the right of the state to control their lives and those of people around the globe. It is a sad commentary that such retrograde ways of thinking persist in the 21st century and it is especially sad when so-called progressives care as little about the rights of their fellow human beings as do conservatives. Those beliefs have been on truly terrifying display ever since President Barack Obama announced his plan to escalate war against the people of Afghanistan.

Dec 10 10:42

Obama Far Outdoes Bush in Escalating War. The Numbers Will Surprise You

As Obama announced plans for escalating the war effort, it has become clear that the Obama Illusion has taken yet another horrifying turn. Before explaining how the Af-Pak surge is a direct attack on the US public, let’s peer through the illusion and look at the reality of the situation.

Now that the much despised George W. Bush is out of the way and a more popular figurehead is doing PR for Dick Cheney’s right-hand military leader Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who is leading his second AF-Pak surge now, and with long time Bush family confidant Robert Gates still running the Defense Department, the masters of war have never had it so good.

Dec 10 09:10

Obama's Rejection Speech

That was not a peace prize acceptance speech. That was an infomercial for war. President Obama took the peace prize home with him, but left behind in Oslo his praise for war, his claims for war, and his view of an alternative and more peaceful approach to the world consisting of murderous economic sanctions.

Dec 10 08:29

DNA evidence, 911, and the renewed hunt for Osama bin Laden

Scientists at Nucleix, an Israeli company, recently reported that they could, with access to profiles stored in one of the DNA databases, manufacture a sample of DNA without obtaining any tissue from that person.

Dec 10 07:52

Why Afghanistan?

Chris Bollyn article with some excellent links. 2nd story down.

Dec 10 06:13

Afghanistan: UK and US seek to cancel 2010 parliamentary election

Britain and America are seeking to cancel next year's parliamentary election in Afghanistan amid fears that it will distract from President Barack Obama's new strategy to bring security to the country.

The two allies are in dispute with European states over whether to fund and secure the elections in the spring or press for postponement until 2011, The Daily Telegraph has learned.

Dec 09 22:38

Kucinich calls on Congress to end wars in Afghanistan, Pakistan through War Powers Resolution

*hyperlinks and video live at source*

The Founders of the US Constitution intended that the power to wage war reside directly under the authority of the peoples’ representatives in Congress. The War Powers Resolution of 1973 (also known as the War Powers Act) has several provisions, but we’ll focus on this part in the section on Congressional Action:

"…at any time that United States Armed Forces are engaged in hostilities outside the territory of the United States, its possessions and territories without a declaration of war or specific statutory authorization, such forces shall be removed by the President if the Congress so directs by concurrent resolution."

A concurrent resolution of Congress requires a majority vote of the members of the Senate and the House.

Dec 09 11:55

Obama's War Speech: The Questions It Raises & The Answer That Must Be Given

On Tuesday, December 1, at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, President Barack Obama announced that he would send 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. He also called for 10,000 more NATO troops, which pushes the total U.S.-led forces to nearly 150,000, and he announced plans to step up the war on a number of fronts including (without being specific) in Pakistan. Obama has now tripled the number of U.S. forces in Afghanistan since he took office.

Dec 09 06:23

Afghanistan: Stanley McChrystal says Osama bin Laden must be killed to ensure al-Qaeda defeat

Gen Stanley McChrystal said bin Laden had become an "iconic figure" among terrorists.

He said President Barack Obama's deployment of 30,000 extra troops to Afghanistan meant success was possible.

But he said the mission was "undeniably difficult" and the next 18 months would be crucial.

Dec 09 05:49

Afghan Says Army Will Need Help Until 2024

KABUL, Afghanistan — President Hamid Karzai said Tuesday that Afghanistan would not be able to pay for its own security until at least 2024, underscoring his government’s long-term financial dependence on the United States and NATO even as President Obama has pledged to begin withdrawing American troops in 2011.

Dec 08 12:13

Ending unlawful US wars in Afghanistan, Iraq: Gandhi + MLK + prosecution ends US fall into fascism

The emperor has no clothes. The US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are unlawful; obvious when anyone takes less than one hour to understand applicable law. Rhetoric for war with Iran is also “emperor has no clothes” obvious lies (here for audio interview). America has fallen into fascism; a collusion among corporate interests for war graft, banksters taking trillions from taxpayers supervised by political pimps, and psychopaths who love torture and the pain of war. Corporate media lies to us to keep these crimes hidden as best that propaganda can try to conceal the bright light of truth.

Dec 08 07:33

Ramping up Afghanistan war to control Caspian oil and gas transport routes

The 800-pound gorilla standing in the auditorium at West Point is still waiting for an answer to why Obama made his surge-speech for 30,000 more troops and $30 billion to pay for them. That gorilla wonders “why” Obama pitched so hard for the US to stay and surge through Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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Here is one reason.

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

Dec 08 05:01

A Message From The Taliban Who Is Responsible for the Anarchy in Afghanistan?

Obama’s new strategy which is the result of the same mentality that wants to continue the occupation of Afghanistan by military means, will add to the anarchy prevailing in the country. In fact, Americans are responsible for the chaotic situation. They handed over power to notorious warlords, venal officials and mafia-linked governors;

Dec 07 17:10

Are Americans Too Broken for the Truth to ‘Set Us Free’?

Can people become so broken that truths of how they are being screwed do not “set them free” but instead further demoralize them? Has such a demoralization happened in the United States? Do some totalitarians actually want us to hear how we have been screwed because they know that humiliating passivity in the face of obvious oppression will demoralize us even further? What forces have created a demoralized, passive, disCouraged U.S. population? Can anything be done to turn this around?

Dec 07 16:49

Blowback and the United States, its abandonment of law and worse

Christopher King says that the United States has gone beyond lawlessness and inhumanity into pathologically vicious means of waging warfare. It has experienced blowback from its past actions and can expect more from its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Pearl Harbour attack was blowback and current Japanese objections to US base arrangements might be the commencement of blowback from Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Dec 07 14:53

How Many Afghans Will Die In Obama’s War?

n the media coverage of Barack Obama’s decision to escalate the war in Afghanistan, one question goes unasked and unanswered: how many thousands, tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands of Afghan civilians will die as a result of US military aggression?

The dispatch of an additional 30,000 US troops, reinforced by at least 7,000 more from other NATO countries, means a colossal increase in the level of violence. By the time the Obama surge is complete, the size of the US military force in Afghanistan will be triple the number stationed there in the last years of the Bush administration.

Dec 07 12:31

US war laws explained, why Afghanistan and Iraq wars are unlawful, how to end them

The laws of war are essential for citizens and legislators to master if humanity is to evolve beyond our violent history of war to enjoy civil communities. To bring these basic laws to life, we’ll touch on war’s history, explain the letter of US war laws, explain the philosophy/spirit of US war laws, and make the obvious conclusion once the laws are clearly understood that current US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are unlawful orders that our military must refuse and stop as demanded in their oath to the protect and defend the US Constitution.

Dec 07 11:25

Charlottesville AM Radio station 1450 in need of repair? - Plus guy on Stephanie Miller show thinks Osama bin Laden is dead

For now I can only say that crying FIRE in a crowded movie theater without a FIRE PRESENT is a bad thing for the public.

Dec 07 09:05

Who is responsible for the anarchy in Afghanistan?

Afghan Resistance Statement

The Afghans, particularly the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, have no agenda of meddling in the internal affairs of other countries and is ready to give legal guarantee if the foreign forces withdraw from Afghanistan.
But the Mujahideen are not ready to allow foreign bases in Afghanistan or trade on the independence of the country.

Ironically, after American invasion of Afghanistan, the country has been turned into a battle ground of rival intelligence agencies which are linked with the regime in Kabul and have hidden agendas against surrounding countries.

Bomb blasts in public places are the work of these agencies. The more the foreign troops stay in Afghanistan, the more such gruesome events will take place.

Dec 07 06:23

Ending Pakistan havens vital to Afghan effort: US

The United States said Sunday it was pressing Pakistan to move against Taliban and Al-Qaeda sanctuaries in its territory, saying success in Afghanistan depended on disrupting the cross-border safe havens.

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Translation: The US will invade Pakistan and wreck the place to block Russia from intervening when Israel orders the US to attack Iran.

Dec 07 05:48

Corrupt, untrained, underpaid, illiterate: the forces waiting to take over

The Afghan police and army are at the forefront of the strategy announced by President Barack Obama last week, which called for a “surge” of 30,000 new US troops in the country.

Nearly a brigade of the newcomers — 3,000-4,000 troops — would be trainers, and much of the rest would work with or mentor Afghan security forces. Obama proclaimed that the surge would mean that “more Afghans can get into the fight”.

Within 18 months, the Afghan army is scheduled to grow from 97,000 to 134,000, and the police force to double. From July 2011, Afghan forces will take gradual control of their own territory and the Americans will begin withdrawing.

At least that is the theory.

Dec 06 17:12

Afghanistan: John McCain says Barack Obama's 2011 departure date threatening war effort

Sen McCain, who has led criticism in Washington over the President's most controversial element said that senior administration officials had only contradicted each other when trying to explain how the timeline for the beginning of a US troop withdrawal would work in practice.

"Since the President made his speech we have not had further clarification, in fact we have had further contradiction," he sa

Dec 06 14:09

The Great Game: U.S., NATO War In Afghanistan Fifty or more countries in a single war theater

The crisis confronting the world is not only the war in South Asia: It is war itself. More particularly, the recklessness of the self-proclaimed sole superpower and the military bloc it heads in arrogating to themselves the exclusive right to threaten nations around the world with military aggression.

If that policy is not brought to an end by the real international community - the more than six-sevenths of humanity outside the greater Euro-Atlantic world (as it deems itself) - Afghanistan will not be this century's last war front but its first and prototypical one. Portents are of even worse to come.

Dec 06 13:47

Obama's War Rests on Dubious Assumptions

President Obama concludes by asserting that our country is different because we do not seek world domination. The majority of the American people want to believe this assertion. Unfortunately, the picture that is emerging of our role in the world does not particularly fit the image of the benign protector that we imagined ourselves in the years following World War II. Rather, the metaphor that comes to my mind is that described by George Orwell in his prophetic work, 1984. The world of its protagonist Winston Smith is one where his country is perpetually waging war in some frontier area of the world against an unspecified enemy. The people are constantly told that their country is on the verge of victory.

Dec 06 07:41

Little Known Facts About Afghanistan and Bin Laden

Evidence which has come out over the last couple of years makes it clear that top Bush administration officials knew that Saddam didn't have weapons of mass destruction and knew that Saddam had no connection with 9/11.

It is now reasonably obvious that the Bush administration was looking for an excuse to oust Saddam, and - in the words of the Downing Street Memo - “the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy”.

Dec 06 07:21

You're Doing One Hell of a Job in Central Asia, Barack!

Barack Obama et al. have apparently found the perfect model and game plan for winning in Afghanistan, Pakistan and the vast Eurasia massif – FEMA under Bush II in New Orleans after Katrina.

Dec 06 07:11

US surge greeted with fear by Afghans travelling on the road to Kandahar

Commander Yusef hunched his shoulders against the wind tearing down Highway One and warily scanned the snowy hills. Of course security had improved on the road he said, unconvincingly, as his men checked their weapons.

But he advised against joining the minibuses and overladen, hand-painted trucks which were driving farther south along Afghanistan's main highway.

Dec 06 02:17

Obama Lied: Taliban Did Not Refuse to Hand Over Bin Laden

Obama slipped past a real doozy Tuesday night when he said the Taliban refused to hand over bin Laden. It just ain't so. They tried three times to open negotiations for this, but Bush refused each time. He wanted to bomb people so bad it hurt.

Dec 05 18:11

Study: Elite papers marginalize public opposition to war

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting searches for missing debate on withdrawal and finds leading papers at odds with public views...
Both newspapers marginalized antiwar opinion to different degrees. Of the New York Times’ 43 columns on the Afghanistan War, 36 supported the war and only seven opposed it—five times as many columns to war supporters as to opponents...
In the Washington Post, pro-war columns outnumbered antiwar columns by more than 10 to 1:

Dec 05 17:29

Neocons Get Warm and Fuzzy Over ‘War President’

“Obama will have more than doubled the number of American troops in Afghanistan since he became president”
U.S. President Barack Obama’s plan for a 30,000-troop surge and a troop withdrawal timeline beginning in 18 months has caught criticism from both Democrat and Republican lawmakers.
But a small group of hawkish foreign policy experts – who have lobbied the White House since August to escalate U.S. involvement in Afghanistan – are christening Obama the new “War President.”

Dec 05 17:04

Making the TransAfghanistan Pipeline Safe for Democracy

Surprisingly, the newly elected President Obama continued to insist that he wanted to escalate the fighting in Afghanistan, even though this was now an unpopular position with all but the most idiotic members of the right wing, people who would never vote for Obama in a million years. Why?

Whenever something does not make sense in the United States, I follow this simple rule. Look for the money. Keep in mind that it takes hundreds of millions of dollars to run for president in this country, and no one raises that kind of cash from the nickels and dimes people extract from their piggy banks.

Dec 05 14:59

US Marines advance in southern Afghanistan

US Marines pressed into a remote Taliban stronghold on Saturday with their first major assault in Afghanistan since President Barack Obama earmarked 30,000 more troops to try to turn the tide on the Taliban insurgency.

Operation "Cobra's Anger," which involves 900 U.S. Marines and sailors, British troops and 150 Afghan soldiers and police, pushed into the Now Zad district of southern Helmand province, an insurgent stronghold depopulated after years of heavy fighting.

Dec 05 09:28

MESSAGE TO OBAMA: YOU CAN’T HAVE MUHAMMAD ALI

On November 19th, President Barack Obama wrote a stirring tribute in USA Today to the most famous draft resister in US history, Muhammad Ali. On Tuesday, Obama spoke at West Point, calling for an increase of 30,000 troops into Afghanistan, with a speech that recalled the worst shadings of George W. Bush’s “war on terror.”

Dec 05 09:28

You're Doing One Hell of a Job In Central Asia Barak

Barak Obama et al. have apparently found the perfect model and game plan for winning in Afghanistan and the vast Eurasian massif-FEMA under Bush II in New Orleans after Katrina.

Dec 05 09:26

NEW OBAMATOON ~~ AFGHANISTAN HERE WE COME

Dec 05 09:20

Obama with Blood on His Hands

For many Americans, the promise of the new Obama administration was that finally the United States would reject the neocon concept that America can ignore international law and use indiscriminate violence around the world to assert its interests.

That hope was largely snuffed out Tuesday when President Obama gave his hawkish generals and the neocon pundits most of what they wanted by expanding the eight-year-old Afghan War and guaranteeing more violations of the laws of war.

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Welcome to George Bush's third term, folks.

Dec 05 08:20

US not leaving Afghanistan in 2011, says top adviser

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And you can take THAT to the bank!!!!!!!!!

Dec 05 06:17

Obama Lied: Taliban Did Not Refuse to Hand Over Bin Laden

Obama slipped past a real doozy Tuesday night when he said the Taliban refused to hand over bin Laden. It just ain't so. They tried three times to open negotiations for this, but Bush refused each time. He wanted to bomb people so bad it hurt.

Dec 04 22:00

Orientalist Discourse And The ‘Irrational Savage’

There are those of us who choose to believe, and those who would love to have us believe, that it was specifically 9/11 and al-Qaeda that “gave Muslims and Arabs a bad name.” This notion is promoted among Muslims, non-Muslims, Arabs and non-Arabs alike. Obamawama is a keen cheerleader to this concept, as expressed during the infamous Cairo speech:

“The attacks of September 11 2001 and the continued efforts of these extremists to engage in violence against civilians has led some in my country to view Islam as inevitably hostile not only to America and western countries, but also to human rights. This has bred more fear and mistrust.”

Dec 04 21:57

When Will The United States Be Held Accountable For Torture?

Autopsy No: ME04-14;
45 year old white male detainee died while in US custody. Cause of death: Blunt Force Injuries and Asphyxia; Manner of Death: Homicide. Autopsy revealed deep bruising of the chest wall, numerous displaced rib fractures, bruising on the lungs, hemorrhage into the mesentery of the small and large intestine. Examination of the neck structures revealed hemorrhage into the strap muscles and fractures of the thyroid cartilage and hyoid bone. According to report provided by the US army CID, the detainee was shackled to the top of a doorframe with a gag in his mouth at the time he lost consciousness and became pulseless.

Dec 04 19:36

Obama's folly

Rather than trying to salvage Bush's policy in Afghanistan, the president should show real courage and just pull the plug.

Dec 04 11:58

Obama and the Same Old Bush Lies, for the Same Reasons

The war in Afghanistan is being escalated on false pretenses. There is zero chance to “win” the war with the “new” (which is the same old failed) strategy and everybody involved with it knows it. When Obama and McChrystal use the words “win” and “victory,” they are not using the same dictionary used by the rest of the human race. “Victory” to them, means that the greater undefined mission can continue, not come to an end.

Dec 04 08:41

Afghan war unpopular: Holbrooke

“I understand that the war is unpopular. It’s a long way off, and there’s the legacy of Iraq and Vietnam,” Holbrooke said. “Our core objectives in Afghanistan have not changed, but resources to achieve them have been increased,” he said, adding that success would depend on close cooperation between all 43 troop-contributing nations and countries such as Japan, which provide development aid to the government in Kabul.

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"Our core objectives in Afghanistan have not changed....."

The two "core objectives" had everything to do with corporate profit, and absolutely nothing to do with the welfare and security of We the People.

The were:

1. Building the pipelines through which to control Eurasian oil.
2. Controlling the drug trade from which so many profit so handsomely.

(And to everyone screaming "it can't be so!", reading that last statement, consider this.

Under the rule of the Taliban, opium production was almost completely eradicated. After the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, opium production soared, flooding the marketplace with cheap illegal drugs. Coincidence?!? Think again!)

Would you please explain this to the families and friends of those who have been killed or maimed for life, fighting for these "core objectives"?

How about explaining to all about to be deployed to this miserable and immoral war, and to their friends and families, the real reasons we are here?!?

Of course not. Because you have neither the honor nor credibility to tell the American people the honest, awful truth.

When the American people finally wake up and realize what the government's real objectives are in Afghanistan, their outrage and anger will be unstoppable.

Dec 04 07:32

Roads were safer in Afghanistan under the Taliban, British general admits

A senior British general heaped further pressure on Gordon Brown's strategy in Afghanistan today after be admitted the country's roads were safer under the Taliban.

Dec 04 07:17

US military suicides reach new high

The number of serving American military personnel who took their lives in 2009 has already exceeded last year’s record. These suicides are first of all tragic. Secondly, they indicate the immense psychological harm that the neo-colonial wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have inflicted on members of the armed forces.

Dec 04 07:17

Kucinich: Prolonging Afghan war a ‘threat to our national security’

Far from being a necessary part of the US's national security strategy, the Afghanistan war is actually a threat to it, says Ohio congressman Dennis Kucinich.

“America is in the fight of its life and that fight is not in Afghanistan -- it's here," Kucinich declared. "We are deeply in debt. Our GDP is down. Our manufacturing is down. Our savings are down. The value of the dollar is down. Our trade deficit is up. Business failures are up. Bankruptcies are up.

"“The war is a threat to our national security. We’ll spend over $100 billion next year to bomb a nation of poor people while we reenergize the Taliban, destabilize Pakistan, deplete our army and put more of our soldiers’ lives on the line."

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Occasionally, Kucinich is not only right; he is prophetic in his understanding of what incalculable damage this war (and all the other "police actions" the US is doing around the world) is doing here at home.

Dec 04 07:07

Kucinich: The War Is a Threat to Our National Security

"The war is a threat to our national security. We'll spend over one $100 billion next year to bomb a nation of poor people while we reenergize the Taliban, destabilize Pakistan, deplete our army and put more of our soldiers' lives on the line. Meanwhile, back here in the USA, 15 million people are out of work. People are losing their jobs, their health care, their savings, their investments, and their retirement security. $13 trillion in bailouts for Wall Street, trillions for war; when are we going to start taking care of things here at home?"

Dec 04 06:26

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

With New Surge, One Thousand U.S. Soldiers and $300 Million for Every One al Qaeda Fighter

Dec 04 06:13

Afghanistan: the clock is ticking for Obama as the Taliban bides its time

Now we know what the American President intends to do about Afghanistan, it is worth reflecting for a moment on what the enemy's strategy is likely to be. This is best summed up by a remark recently made by a Taliban sympathiser to a senior American official in Kabul: "You might have all the watches, but we have all the time." By this he meant that, for all the technological wonders available to Nato forces, from unmanned Predator drones to satellite imagery, the Taliban enjoys one great advantage against which the West simply cannot compete. Our leaders are subject to the fickle support of their electorate, while the Taliban are under no such constraints.

Dec 04 05:36

Ron Paul: Obama Is Preparing for Perpetual War

Ron Paul's thoughts on Obama troop surge and nation building.

Dec 04 05:16

Obama's Position on Iraq Troop Surge

Watch Bush, Biden and Obama talk about Iraq troop surge. When will people wake up to the fact that Obama is a pawn of the military,industrial,oil, private central banking complex.

Dec 03 13:25

Afghanistan Exit Strategy Delayed Again and Again

On one hand, one might think this is due to the fact that they're taking too long to translate the Russian plan for Afghanistan into English and they haven't even got to the exit strategy yet.

On the other hand, if a child can figure it out, why can't the simpleminded OB-One?

Afghanistan Exit Strategy

Well, there's an even simpler answer ... here

OB-One is sending another 30,000 troops to defend the heroine production because it's one of the few ways left for the US to make money.

Dec 03 11:23

How Many Private Contractors Are There In Afghanistan? Military Gives Us A Number

The latest figure on DOD contractors in the country is a whopping 104,100, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command tells TPM. That number, which is expected to grow, is already greater than the 98,000 U.S. troops that will be in the country after the new deployments.

Dec 03 10:56

We kill them, They kill us, Cycle repeats

So what is the solution? Strong leadership would help. We can forget the executive branch for now. That leaves your congressperson.

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