AFGHANISTAN

Nov 29 10:37

In Afghanistan and at home, we're being driven off a cliff

Trying to understand this determination to stay the course no matter how unlikely the prospect of success, it might help to turn to a quip from one expert on Afghanistan, Rory Stewart, who heads the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard and has been consulted by several members of the Obama administration on what to do there. He has testified before Congress on Afghan policies, but wonders how much affect he's having.

Nov 29 10:32

Tajik Grip on Afghan Army Signals New Ethnic War

Contrary to the official portrayal of the Afghan National Army (ANA) as ethnically balanced, the latest data from U.S. sources reveal that the Tajik minority now accounts for far more of its troops than the Pashtuns, the country’s largest ethnic group.

The massive shift in the ethnic composition of ANA troops in recent years is leading to another civil war between the Pashtuns and a Tajik-led anti-Pashtun ethnic coalition similar to the one that followed the fall of the Soviet-supported regime in 1992, according to some observers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wonderful; more ethnic civil war eminently possible, courtesy of the US and NATO invasion and occupation of Afghanistan!

It might have been possible to have screw up this country even more than the US and NATO occupation has succeeded in doing, but it's pretty hard to imagine how.

And what is Obama poised to do to add insult to injury?!?!

Call for more troops, soon going into the 9th year of this bloody quagmire.

Isn't doing more of the same, but expecting a different outcome, one of the classic descriptions of insanity?!?

Nov 29 08:12

Osama bin Laden was within reach of US troops in Afghanistan

Bin Laden's escape laid the foundation for the reinvigorated Afghan insurgency and inflamed the internal strife now endangering Pakistan, it says.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee's Democratic majority prepared the report at the request of the chairman, Sen John Kerry, as President Barack Obama prepares to boost U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Nov 28 18:13

Matthew Hoh Speaks Grim Truth To Power

Hoh speaks grim truth to power.His message is that to pursue Afghan war policy in any guise--regardless of the troop level President Obama now chooses--will be utter folly,trapping America in an unwinnable civil war in the Hindu Kush,and only fueling terrorism.

Nov 28 13:01

Why it's impossible to support the war in Afghanistan

It's been eight years since the United States invaded Afghanistan. After all these years many Americans have lost sight of the alleged purpose of our invasion - to hunt for Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda.

What has also been lost is any government inquiry whatsoever into the accuracy of the "smoking gun" evidence that the Bush Administration presented as the final justification for invading Afghanistan - the peculiar "Osama bin Laden confession video".

Nov 28 10:13

NATO allies may commit 6,000 troops for Afghan war

NATO governments may increase their fighting forces in Afghanistan by up to 6,000 soldiers in response to President Barack Obama's expected call for tens of thousands of additional U.S. service members, diplomats said Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

6,000 NATO troops is just a tad more than half of what Obama and his generals requested. He was looking at getting at least 10,000.

What NATO has provided, in terms of troop commitment, is just a token amount, which was predicted here as the outcome of Obama's plea for more NATO troops.

Nov 28 08:43

Afghan war debate: How to pay for it?

Several powerful House committee chairmen are proposing a surtax on Americans to pay future war costs. The idea is unlikely to pass, but it illustrates the fiscal anxieties Obama will face if he asks Congress to write another big-ticket item into the budget -- especially for an increasingly unpopular war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If any of the knuckleheads in Congress are actually listening to their constituents (not just the ones with the money which gets them re-elected year after year), they will understand fully that the response of their constituents will be a united "Hell, no!" to more new taxes.

If they continue to ignore their constituents, there will be no more congressional incumbents re-elected, period, end of discussion.

But I do have an alternative suggestion.

Thinking people understand that the war in Afghanistan was to have two outcomes. The first was to install the pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil. The second was to control the drug trade, from which so many profit so handsomely.

Neither outcome had a damned thing to do with keeping We the People "safe from terrorists", and everything to do with profit.

So I suggest that those oil companies which will benefit from the pipeline installations in Afghanistan should pay for the costs of this war; it's just that simple. It's really their war, and not ours.

Nov 27 21:50

Washington's Blog: Instead of creating jobs for American, Obama spends in Afghanistan, Iraq

Washington’s Blog is one of my favorite sources for revealing facts and analysis in economics and policy. The recent post, Instead of fixing the US Economy or creating jobs for AMERICANS, Obama will spend the money in Afghanistan and Iraq, is so comprehensively brilliant in putting together the documentation that our wars are fraudulent and damaging to our economy, I’m reprinting it for you.

Needless to say, I recommend following Washington’s Blog for such insightful writing! Without further ado:

America is in the most severe unemployment crisis since - and perhaps including - the Great Depression.

Nov 27 11:31

Afghan children 'die from neglect'

Afghan refugees who fled the war-torn south have claimed they are so neglected by government in Kabul that their children are dying from hypothermia for want of the most basic supplies.

Families that left Helmand, Kandahar and other southern provinces to escape the fighting between US-led forces and a resurgent Taliban say the cold is much more lethal.

Living in a make-shift camp on the edge of Kabul, residents told Al Jazeera's James Bays that no government official has ever come to see how they have been forced to live.

The claim comes as UN officials say Afghan children are suffering disastrous levels of abuse and deprivation.

Nov 27 10:54

Europe backs Afghanistan strategy aimed at “regionalization”

The new strategy of "regionalization" is aimed at dividing Afghanistan into individual cantons—in a similar manner to what took place in Lebanon and the former Yugoslavia. Up to now the US-NATO occupation supported the government of Hamid Karzai and sold the process to the public as "democratization". However, occupation forces are moving increasingly to hand over power directly to regional warlords and their militias—on the assumption that such regional forces will follow the orders of their imperial masters. As soon as there is no more danger in a specific province, Guttenberg declared, then the international troops should be withdrawn from that area.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Your tax dollars at work, folks: don't you feel you're really "getting something back" from the US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan?

Didn't think so.

Nov 27 09:58

Taliban Slowly Re-establishes Presence in Northern Kunduz Province

Northern Afghanistan has long been a forgotten portion of the nation. The home of the rebel Northern Alliance that largely became the Afghan government after the 2001 US invasion, the region didn’t have a terribly strong Taliban presence to begin with. Now, however, they seem to be rapidly establishing themselves in the small but key Kunduz Province.

Germans, who had been told their mission was purely humanitarian in nature, have been increasingly realizing their soldiers are involved in a war ever since a September air strike ordered by a German colonel killed over 100 people, mostly civilians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A "humanitarian mission" does not include the killing of 100 non-combatants.

This keeps happening over and over again in Afghanistan;The US and NATO will have a site selected where the "bad guys" are supposed to be hiding, then bomb the hell out of the place, killing and maiming anyone else who happened to be at absolutely the wrong place at the wrong time.

One of the lessons we should have learned from the Viet Nam war is that you cannot, absolutely cannot, win what is essentially a land war from the air. It cannot be done, period, end of discussion.

You do not win hearts and minds by killing innocent civilians.

So every time the US and NATO orders another hit, they simply drive those left standing into the arms of the Taliban.

Nov 27 09:44

Taliban leader rejects peace talks, defies U.S. troops buildup

Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar on Wednesday rejected Afghan President Hamid Karzai's call for peace talks and scoffed at an expected U.S. troop buildup in a rare statement issued ahead of the Muslim Eidul-Adha, the biggest Muslims' annual religious festival.

In the statement posted in English on a Taliban website, the reclusive Taliban supreme commander also called on Afghans to support the Taliban and break off ties with Karzai's government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Taliban are in control of large parts of Afghanistan, in spite of what propaganda may be coming out of the White House.

The US and NATO can barely control Kabul, let alone the countryside.

What the US should do is declare victory, and withdraw.

Then, negotiate with any government left standing about the rights to the pipeline routes.

Of course, that would be logical.

The only folks "winning" in Afghanistan right now are the corporations providing hired mercenaries and supplies, and the drug lords.

Nov 26 07:07

The Cost of War

The numbers don’t lie. It is a fantasy to believe that Washington will somehow obtain a simulacrum of victory in Afghanistan and Iraq that will benefit America and its people. Apart from any other moral or practical considerations, the United States simply cannot afford to continue feeding an insatiable war machine. Extending the conflict to Iran will likely break the bank. Someone should speak the truth to President Obama, who is pledging to "finish the job" in Afghanistan, explaining that the best way to finish is to end the sorry debacle. The President should make the politically difficult but necessary decision to stop the bleeding and bring our soldiers home.

Nov 25 22:08

Thankful on Thanksgiving

While many Americans attempt to be thankful for anything in these trying and evil times, I am truly thankful there are people like Mike, who has created this site to fight for truth and decency against the murderous, hateful, worst examples of our species.

As we remember and reflect upon the gratitude we feel for the wonder that is in our lives, and the people whose talent, love, and inspiration guides us, this is for Mike Rivero, a true American hero and a beacon for the world.

Thanks MIke.

Joe

Nov 25 22:08

Thankful on Thanksgiving

While many Americans attempt to be thankful for anything in these trying and evil times, I am truly thankful there are people like Mike, who has created this site to fight for truth and decency against the murderous, hateful, worst examples of our species.

As we remember and reflect upon the gratitude we feel for the wonder that is in our lives, and the people whose talent, love, and inspiration guides us, this is for Mike Rivero, a true American hero and a beacon for the world.

Thanks MIke.

Joe

Nov 25 20:27

Obama joins Bush, Congress in War Crimes for false imprisonment, torture at Bagram Prison

The US invaded Afghanistan illegally; the country did not attack the US and their government volunteered to cooperate with extradition of any criminal suspects upon evidence of probable cause. The US refused to provide evidence, did not receive requisite UN Security Council authorization for military action required by US and international law, and illegally invaded in a War of Aggression.

Please pause to verify the fact that the US illegally invaded Afghanistan. When an invasion is illegal, the people fighting US troops are defending their nation against a hostile force. If China invaded the US on such pretext, Americans who did not defend our nation would be called cowards and traitors to the invading horde.

Nov 25 10:42

Afghan Army Turnover Rate Threatens US War Plans

One in every four combat soldiers quit the Afghan National Army (ANA) during the year ending in September, published data by the U.S. Defense Department and the Inspector General for Reconstruction in Afghanistan reveals.

That high rate of turnover in the ANA, driven by extremely high rates of desertion, spells trouble for the strategy that President Barack Obama has reportedly decided on, which is said to include the dispatch of thousands of additional U.S. military trainers in order to rapidly increase the size of the ANA.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That doesn't just spell "trouble" for Obama's strategy: it spells complete, catastrophic, disaster.

Nov 25 10:25

Robert Baer: What We're Up Against In Afghanistan Is A "War Of National Resistance"

"The people that want their country liberated from the West have nothing to do with Al Qaeda," Baer says. "They simply want us gone because we're foreigners, and they're rallying behind the Taliban because the Taliban are experienced, effective fighters."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The people of Afghanistan do not "hate us because we are free"; they hate us because we are an occupying military force, and they want us gone.

Nov 24 22:59

Dems want Americans to Pay forever taxes for Afghan War

House Democrats Eye War Tax
'Share the Sacrifice Act of 2010' Would Tax Americans to Pay for Afghan War
by Jason Ditz, November 24, 2009
Citing increasing concerns about the rising cost of the Afghan War, a group of House Democrats led by Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey (D-WI) have proposed a new tax on personal income.
Rep. Obey (D-WI)
The tax is being pressed forward as part of the “Share the Sacrifice Act of 2010,” which Rep. Obey and others say will ensure that all Americans share the onerous burden of continuing the seemingly endless conflict in Afghanistan.

Nov 24 21:25

Two NATO Commanders Wore Nazi Regalia In Afghanistan

It has just been discovered that two commanders of the Czech military working under NATO command used Nazi symbols on their helmets during their deployment in Afghanistan.

According to the daily Mlada fronta Dnes, the soldiers, identified as Hynek Matonoha and Jan Cermak, wore the symbols of the 9th SS panzer division Hohenstaufen and the SS Dirlewanger brigade respectively, which were probably the most infamous SS combat units of World War II.

Unaware of their sordid actions, Czech Defense Minister Martin Bartak decorated the soldiers for bravery on Friday after their return from Afghanistan.

Nov 24 13:41

Obama promises to 'finish the job' in Afghanistan

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In 2007, Obama promised to end the war and that we could "Take That To The Bank!"

Is that why the banks are wrecked?
Nov 24 07:02

Obama Promise To End The War, 2007 - "You Can Take That To The Bank"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Relinked in light of the announcement that Obama will commit an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan next week.

As far as I am concerned, we the American people are no longer morally obligated to listen to this liar or to pay his bills.

Nov 24 06:22

Heroin Addicts Pressure President To Stay The Course In Afghanistan

As the White House considers strategic shifts in the war in Afghanistan, heroin addicts across the nation called on President Obama Monday to stick with the current U.S. policy, which has flooded the world market with low priced narcotics."There's no need to change nothin, Joe Biden," said addict Reginald "Bones" Dillow, who when conscious is an outspoken proponent of the U.S. military strategy that has resulted in a 40 fold increase in opium production since the end of Taliban rule in 2001!

Nov 23 18:15

Your Candy Coated Massacres

"The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them,"
-George Orwell

There is no commiseration between myself and the impassive masses - my bitter words only sting and irritate those who are nothing more than accessories to the sugar-coated genocides perpetrated by the West.
The bobble-headed 'yes-men' and 'yes-women' who dress up in patriotic drag, the flag-whores and mainstream media congregants who have refused to acknowledge a single error in their ways for they see themselves as chosen ones - they are the true blot on the landscape of diplomacy.

Nov 23 11:22

Open Letter to Obama: Please Bring Our Troops Home Now!

Nov 23 09:16

US Plans to Copy Iraq Prison Strategy in Afghanistan

Iraq’s police have long complained that the US detention system, with its brutal reputation, amounts to a series of “terrorist factories” where innocent detainees and petty criminals are radicalized.

Brig. Gen. Quantock dismissed these claims and was quick to lay the blame on Iraq’s legal system. Yet if this is a problem in Iraq and will be doubly so in Afghanistan, one of the most corrupt and lawless nations on the planet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One of the classic definitions of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, yet expecting a different outcome.

Nov 21 10:19

How The USA Funds The Taliban

Welcome to the wartime contracting bazaar in Afghanistan. It is a virtual carnival of improbable characters and shady connections, with former CIA officials and ex-military officers joining hands with former Taliban and mujahedeen to collect US government funds in the name of the war effort.

Nov 21 09:18

Protecting Afghan Opium Fields, Bribing Taliban

Not content with savaging American taxpayers with two huge new financial burdens during an economic recession, in the form of health care reform and cap and trade, close allies of Barack Obama have proposed a new war surtax that will force Americans to foot the bill for the cost of protecting opium fields in Afghanistan, paying off drug lords, and bribing the Taliban.

Nov 21 09:06

U.S. Enlists Allies in New Surge

The Obama administration is in advanced talks with its North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies for a coordinated rollout of a new Afghan war strategy, which U.S. officials hope will include a commitment by European allies to send several thousand additional troops.

U.S. and European estimates of the new troops they may get from NATO allies vary from 3,000 to 7,000. Those would complement the additional U.S. forces Mr. Obama is considering; those options range from 10,000 to 40,000, but U.S. officials have said a combination of combat troops and training forces totaling 35,000 has gained the most momentum.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The more troops Obama is able to coax NATO countries out of, the fewer US troops will be sent, meaning that at least some will be in reserve for a potential upcoming US/Israeli led military attack against Iran.

However, the war in Afghanistan is very unpopular among citizens of NATO countries.

In NATO countries, unlike the US, politicians actually listen to their citizenry on issues like this.

It will be interesting to see what the total NATO troop commitment will be, other than a mere token force.

Nov 21 08:28

Gates: US Ready to Escalate Quickly in Afghanistan

As we have seen from the situation in Iraq, withdrawing American troops from a nation is a slow (almost glacial) and expensive process. Don’t worry however, as Secretary of Defense Robert Gates assures that the process of adding troops won’t be nearly so difficult, or at least not so slow.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Unfortunately, with Afghanistan, this will continue to come at a terrible price in blood and money.

This war has absolutely nothing to do with the safety of the American people.

It has everything to do with certain corporate, profit-driven agendas, which are:

1. the installation of pipelines to control the flow of Eurasian oil, and

2. the protection of the drug trade, from which so many profit so handsomely.

Every single family and friend of those who have been killed or maimed for life in this horrible, completely unnecessary war needs to understand the truth about why American forces are in Afghanistan.

Any member of congress who supported, and continues to support this war, should be sacked in the next election, pure and simple, because they have absolutely lost their credibility with the American people.

Nov 20 20:04

Get Out Of My Country

Malalai Joya was 27-years-old when she became the youngest person elected to the new Afghan Parliament.

She’s now suspended from Parliament for criticizing other MPs and accusing many of being warlords and criminals. She calls Afghanistan’s democracy a farce and says her country’s liberation is a lie. She has written a book called A Woman Among Warlords. Malalai Joya was in Toronto.

Nov 20 14:29

All Afghan detainees likely tortured: diplomat

Colvin said: "As I learned more about our detainee practices, I came to the conclusion ..they were .. counterproductive and probably illegal.”

Nov 20 08:07

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.

Nov 19 21:40

Taxi to the Dark Side

Not finished with the first part yet but here are some observations.....

US takes over USSR base in Afghanistan (reminds me of the song "Walking in your Footsteps" - http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x33v1y_the-police-walking-in-your-foo... )

Guy at 2:11 in a helicopter reminds me of that scene in "Full Metal Jacket" - "just don't lead them as much!"

Nov 19 21:37

Fort Hood Shootings a Shocker:Why Not U.S. War Crimes?

American lives are worth a lot. So when Americans get killed, it’s a big story. There are lots of editorials. Congressmen call for investigations. We want to find out what happened, why it happened, and how to make sure it never happens again.

The lives of foreigners, on the other hand, are pretty much worthless. Even when they die because Americans killed them, news accounts marking their deaths are short, sweet, and short-lived. Congressional investigations? No way. To the contrary! If anyone is inconsiderate enough to mention the killings of people overseas in a public forum, they get shouted down or simply ignored.

Nov 19 17:45

Thompson: Afghanistan war ‘already lost’

Fred Thompson, the actor and former Republican Senator, told listeners of his radio show Thursday that the war in Afghanistan is "already lost," and put the blame on President Barack Obama's delays in making a decision on a troop surge for the war effort.

Thompson's salvo "seem[s] to lay the groundwork for Republican opposition to further American engagement in Afghanistan," suggests Ben Smith at Politico, but the former presidential candidate's words have roiled some critics, who note that, during the Bush administration, Thompson was a fierce opponent of those who painted the war effort negatively.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Fred Thompson appears to be suffering from selective amnesia on this issue.

As late as August of 2001, the Bush administration was negotiating with the Taliban for pipeline routes, but the price was more than the Bush administration was willing to pay.

So the Bush administration, with enablers like Thompson, decided that a war would be "cheaper" than to continue these negotiations, and this is precisely what Thompson was championing during the previous administration.

I hope he winds up having to make that statement to the families and friends of those American military who have been killed or maimed in this colossal military misadventure that this was the "thinking" of the Bush administration on this.

The Bush administration refused to begin to think about starting with the number of troops on the ground which could possibly have successfully invaded and controlled Afghanistan (by some estimates, 500,000 troops would have been needed to achieve that.)

Instead, they put a relatively modest complement of troops on the ground here, and now the Taliban is back in a big way. US/NATO troops can barely hang on to the cities, let alone the countryside.

At this point, the only people "winning" are the drug dealers and the corporate providers of contract mercenary units.

Nov 18 15:14

Militants' possession of Israeli arms raises questions

Use of Israeli-made light arms by militants against security forces in Waziristan has raised several questions amongst many recently.

TheNation has learnt on good authority that militants are using Israeli-made light arms including “Uzi gun” and “Rapid-fire pistol” against security forces in North Waziristan as the operation Rah-I-Rast reached its final stage.

In addition to Israel-made sophisticated arms, militants are making use of the latest version of US-made M-16 carbine with laser designator and binoculars, Bulgarian and Czechoslovakia made Kalakov and M-4 carbine with a grenade launcher and laser designator, which is a unique weapon with the US marines.

Nov 18 10:19

Pakistan offensive displaces 268,000 people: UN

More than a quarter of a million people have fled Pakistan's latest military offensive against Taliban insurgents in the tribal South Waziristan region, the United Nations said Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"But we got three Taliban! Honest!!!"

Nov 18 09:48

Obama Promise To End The War, 2007 - "You Can Take That To The Bank"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OBAMA HAS FAILED TO KEEP HIS CAMPAIGN PROMISES. THAT MEANS HE HAS FAILED AS PRESIDENT. WE THE PEOPLE ARE NEITHER LEGALLY NOR MORALLY OBLIGATED TO OBEY THE DICTATES OR PAY THE BILLS OF A GOVERNMENT THAT REFUSES TO HONOR THEIR COMMITMENTS TO THE PEOPLE.

Nov 18 08:24

Democrats to Obama: Get Out of Afghanistan

Nov 18 07:07

Soviet lessons from Afghanistan

"We just need to be sure that the final result does not look like a humiliating defeat: to have lost so many men and now abandoned it all... in short, we have to get out of there."

Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev - the speaker of those words - was understandably alarmed.

It was June 1986, almost a year since he had taken the decision to start withdrawing Soviet troops from Afghanistan and hand over more responsibility to the government there.

But Soviet losses, already above 10,000, kept mounting.

With conflicting signals this week about the direction of Western policy in Afghanistan, there is a hint of the same kind of panic and indecision.

Nov 17 14:27

US lies (yes, dead-on lies) about war in Iraq, Afghanistan; continues crimes against humanity

Res ipsa loquitur translates in common use as “the facts speak for themselves.” I’m among hundreds of writers who document from our own government’s declassified information that all the reasons to go to war in Iraq and Afghanistan were known to be false at the time they were presented to the American public. Please verify this evidence for yourself here that your government “leaders” of both parties have lied and are lying about war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Nov 17 14:09

US Presses Pakistan to Escalate War

According to an unnamed US official, President Obama has sent a letter to Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari urging him to rally support for escalating his war across the nation. The letter reportedly claims that the Afghan war ‘depends’ on Pakistan doing so.

Nov 17 14:01

Islamabad: TTP leaders evacuated by mysterious airlifts

Mysterious airlifting of some Taliban elements from areas of Pakistan-Afghanistan border linking Waziristan have been reported by several sources and fears are growing that anti-Pakistan TTP terrorists are also being rescued by their “foreign allies” from across the border.

The unexplained movements of “un-marked” helicopters and aircraft have been reported since last few days along Pak-Afghan border and one source claimed that they were being transported to the Eastern Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Or it's a bug-out!

Nov 17 12:27

Occupying Countries Responsible of Global Hunger

Hezb’Allah warned that the tragic figures of the FAO-on the number of hungry people around the world-reveal the criminal face of the so-called materialistic culture of savage capitalism at present, holding responsible the world countries practicing and committing aggression, occupation and supporting it, with the US topping the list.

Hezb’Allah issued on Monday a statement in which it commented on the opening of the World Food Summit in Rome for fighting hunger, which afflicts more than one billion people around the world.

Nov 16 08:04

Gordon Brown: Britain can lead new world order

PRIME Minister Gordon Brown said on Monday Britain must play a comprehensive role in 'changing the world' as he defended the country's military mission in Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The New World Order appears to be the old British Imperialism, which already died one horrible death in Afghanistan.

Nov 16 07:58

Delegates to NATO join anti-war demo

Nov 15 08:58

Why we will lose in Afghanistan

Nov 15 06:23

Afghanistan: British troops in Helmand kill 80 Taliban in 10 days of fighting

More than 60 insurgents are thought to have been killed close to Patrol Base Waheed after the Taliban launched a series of "Kamikaze-style" attacks against British troops.

In the southern area of the district, which is also controlled by the Grenadier Guards, soldiers from the battalion's reconnaissance platoon killed an estimated 16 fighters in a carefully planned ambush last Saturday, although it is difficult for the British Army to be precise about enemy casualties.

Nov 14 22:33

Stealing Money, Selling Heroin and Raping Boys

An Afghan policeman earns around $120 a month. In return for this he is forced to do a more dangerous job than Afghan soldiers, some 1,500 policemen being killed between 2007 and 2009, three times the number of deaths suffered by the Afghan army. Compare this money and these dangers with that of a US paid consultant earning $250,000 a year -- and with the cost of his guards, accommodation and translator totalling the same amount again – lurking in his villa in Kabul. General Eikenberry is rightly sceptical about the dispatch of reinforcements to prop up a regime which is more of a racket than an administration. The troops may kill more Taliban, but they will also be their recruiting sergeants.

Nov 14 21:20

War in Afghanistan: Not in our name

Seven out of 10 Britons back The Independent on Sunday's call for a phased withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan as a landmark report by Oxfam this week exposes the real human cost of the war.

The powerful dossier by the aid agency reveals how women and children in Afghanistan are bearing the brunt of the ongoing conflict, undermining the international community's claims that they are the very people being helped by the West's activities.

Its contents will add to mounting concerns among the public, and in some quarters of the military and the House of Commons, that the US and the UK are fighting an ill-conceived and ill-judged war that has left as many as 32,000 Afghans dead and 235,000 displaced.

Nov 14 14:27

US forces arrive in Helmand with pledge to tackle opium production

British soldiers in Helmand were under orders to turn a blind eye to the drug industry for fear of driving opium farmers into the arms of the insurgents. Army commanders argued that if they were to secure the support of an ambivalent population, the troops had to avoid becoming embroiled in fighting a narcotics trade that employed hundreds of thousands of local people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Prior to the US invasion, the Taliban had all bur eradicated the opium production. So this idea that the Afghani farmers have nothing to do for a living if the drug trade goes away wears a little thin.

I think that the reason this story has appeared is that the blog-o-phere has called too much attention to the US troops guarding and protecting the opium in Afghanistan, paired with the sudden availability of cheap heroin in the US. Those of us old enough to recall the opium smuggling done by CIA/Air America in Vietnam easily recognize the familiar pattern.

Nov 14 14:20

Karzai accused of being soft on opium trade

US officials embarrassed the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, yesterday on the eve of his meeting with George Bush by leaking the contents of a memo that said he was "unwilling to assert strong leadership" in the country's war against heroin production.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

NO!

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Nov 13 20:09

Afghan opium fuels 'global chaos'

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

Nov 13 08:23

Taliban Establish Rival Government in Nuristan

In a sign that the Taliban’s de facto control over the Nuristan Province is becoming more and more formal, one of the commanders of the group’s forces in the province says the Taliban is setting up a rival government.

According to Dost Mohammed, the commander in question, the group has established its own judiciary and is appointing administrative officials, and is setting about to provide basic needs to the remote province’s residents.

Nov 13 05:26

How the U.S. Funds the Taliban

How the U.S. Funds the Taliban

By Aram Roston, The Nation
Posted on November 13, 2009, Printed on November 13, 2009
http://www.alternet.org/story/143898/

Welcome to the wartime contracting bazaar in Afghanistan. It is a virtual carnival of improbable characters and shady connections, with former CIA officials and ex-military officers joining hands with former Taliban and mujahedeen to collect US government funds in the name of the war effort.

In this grotesque carnival, the US military's contractors are forced to pay suspected insurgents to protect American supply routes. It is an accepted fact of the military logistics operation in Afghanistan that the US government funds the very forces American troops are fighting.

Nov 12 20:24

How the US army protects its trucks – by paying the Taliban

Insurance, security or extortion? The US is spending millions of dollars in Afghanistan to ensure its supply convoys get through – and it's the Taliban who profit

Nov 12 20:13

In Kabul's "Obama Market",U.S. Military Rations Are On Sale

In front of Tor's shop was a nearly waist high, three deep wall of boxed food,that apparently had been destined for military chow halls."I myself like the cookies and cakes,"Tor said.

MREs are not all they are selling in the "Obama Market".

Nov 12 18:48

DID ANYONE ACTUALLY BELIEVE THAT STUFF ABOUT BRINGING ‘FREEDOM’ AND ‘DEMOCRACY’ TO IRAQ?

We were told over and over again prior to and then during the war that killed hundreds of thousands, maybe over a million, displaced millions more, and completely gutted an entire nation that is still suffering daily that all of this suffering was in aid of bringing true democracy and freedom to Iraq. Now, the very foundation upon which democracy is built, freedom of the press, has been removed rendered all that suffering as worthless.

Nov 12 12:59

Who is Who in Afghanistan

The host opposes the war in Afghanistan, identifying different factions jostling
for power and looking at how the media won't cover Afghan opinion of the occupation.
He also proposes a great new money-making scheme for Wall Street.

click to listen

Nov 12 07:52

US envoy opposed to Afghan surge

The US ambassador in Kabul has written to the White House to oppose sending thousands more troops to Afghanistan.

In a leaked cable, Karl Eikenberry said President Karzai's government should first prove it would tackle corruption.

Nov 12 07:43

Obama Rejects all Four Afghanistan Plans

Multiple sources indicate Obama will reject all four plans he's had submitted to him.

Seymour Hersch suggests this may be Obama standing up on his own.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We are covertly funding the Mujahadeen to drive out the invading empire. No, wait, that was last time. We're the invaders, I mean, we're the liberators this time, right?" -- Official White Horse Souse

Nov 12 07:12

How We Got to Zero: General Eikenberry's Hail Mary

The United States ambassador to Afghanistan, who once served as the top American military commander there, has expressed in writing his reservations about deploying additional troops to the country, three senior American officials said Wednesday.

Nov 11 21:46

Afghan Red Crescent Slams NATO Raid

The Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) is complaining publicly today over a Saturday raid on one of its offices in Qalat by NATO forces.

NATO reportedly used explosive charges to break into the offices, and captured two of the group’s aid workers. The two were never charged and were released within 24 hours, according to the manager of the group’s media division.

Nov 11 16:30

Indefensible: MoD penpushers pocket £300m as British soldiers die in Afghanistan for lack of equipment

Ministry of Defence bureaucrats have pocketed nearly £300 million in bonuses while soldiers have been dying from lack of equipment.

The civil servants have seen 'good performance' payments - including rewards for saving money - double.

The pen-pushers also won extra cash for hitting targets for promoting diversity and improving health and safety.

In one shocking example, two mandarins collected bonuses of £17,000 each - more than a year's basic pay for a squaddie in Helmand.

Nov 11 07:21

THE LIE OF THE CENTURY

You should be more than angry. You should be in a rage. You should be in a rage no less than that of the families of those young men and women who have been killed and maimed in this war started with a lie.You need to be in a rage and you need to act on that rage because even as I type these words, the same government that lied about Iraq's nuclear weapons is telling the exact same lies about Iran's nuclear capabilities. The writing is on the wall; having gotten away with lying to start the war in Iraq, the US Government will lie to start a war in Iran, and after that another, and after that another, and another and another and another because as long as you remain silent, and as long as you remain inactive, the liars have no reason to stop.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

On Veteran's Day, let us mourn the 90,000 American lives lost in Iraq and Afghanistan, and remember just how the Government sent them to their deaths.

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Nov 11 06:51

What Our Children Are Dying For In Afganistan

Nov 10 15:13

90,000 Casualties, but Who’s Counting?

Usually, there is nothing more powerful than a personal story to pound home the cost of eight years of war overseas, but I think today there is something even more disturbing to bear.

It’s the number 89,457.

As of Nov. 9, that’s how many American casualties there were in Iraq and Afghanistan since Oct. 7, 2001

Nov 10 14:34

Ask a veteran: If Afghan war is illegal, US troops and public must refuse deployment

“An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it. Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self sustained.” - Mohandas Gandhi, Young India 1924-1926 (1927), p. 1285

CBS news reports that sources confirm the deployment of ~40,000 additional US troops in Afghanistan (two-minute video below). The most important context for troops, officers, and the US public to consider is that if the US war is illegal, we must all refuse deployment and any further engagement. All those with an oath to defend and protect the US Constitution are sworn to refuse such an illegal act (along with being viciously immoral).

Nov 10 14:14

90,000 Casualties, but Who’s Counting?

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to reflect new data on total casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Veterans Day arrives tomorrow, and with it, the anticipated harvest of heartbreaking anecdotes driving the press coverage and our ever wandering attention back to less desirable realities: the disfigured but persevering hero, the homeless warrior, the unemployable sergeant, the father or son or daughter who came home a stranger and cannot be reached.

Usually, there is nothing more powerful than a personal story to pound home the cost of eight years of war overseas, but I think today there is something even more disturbing to bear.

It’s the number 89,457 [.doc].

Nov 10 10:58

Gorbachev Says Obama Should Start Afghan Withdrawal

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"... before you make a total fool of yourselves the way we did!"

Nov 10 09:25

Where Will They Get the Troops? Preparing Undeployables for the Afghan Front

As the Obama administration debates whether to send tens of thousands of extra troops to Afghanistan, an already overstretched military is increasingly struggling to meet its deployment numbers. Surprisingly, one place it seems to be targeting is military personnel who go absent without leave (AWOL) and then are caught or turn themselves in.

Nov 09 23:15

Afghanistan’s Sham Army

American military advisers who work with the Afghan National Army, or ANA, speak of poorly trained and unmotivated Afghan soldiers who have little stomach for military discipline and even less for fighting. They describe many ANA units as being filled with brigands who terrorize local populations, exacting payments and engaging in intimidation, rape and theft. They contend that the ANA is riddled with Taliban sympathizers. And when there are combined American and Afghan operations against the Taliban insurgents, ANA soldiers are fickle and unreliable combatants, the U.S. advisers say.

Nov 09 15:40

White House Leans Toward Sending More Than 30,000 Troops to Afghanistan

Webmaster's Commentary: 


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

Nov 09 13:31

Hillary’s Dope Deal?

Shahzad would have us believe that our secretary of state, who is mostly known for being strident and abrasive, has, over a three-day period, managed to avert the demise of our republic by cutting the biggest dope deal ever with some of the biggest sleazebags ever.

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

Nov 09 09:09

ADMIRAL MULLEN ANNOUNCES AFGHANISTAN STRATEGY: PREPARE TO NONVIOLENTLY RESIST

This past Wednesday, Admiral Mullen (Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) announced that the Pentagon will seek additional war funds for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars in 2010. While he did not give a firm dollar amount, the New York Times reported that defense budget analysts are kicking around the number of $50 billion. The Times also reported that Jack Murtha, Chair of the Defense Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, indicated on October 30 that he expects the supplemental spending bill for 2010 to be in the range of $40 billion. The final dollar amount won't be known until the White House submits its "emergency" supplemental spending request to Congress, most likely around February 2.

Nov 09 08:44

David Swanson: End US Wars of Aggression by defunding them

David Swanson has the answer for immediate ending of US troops’ engagement in illegal wars: stop paying for them. The best support for our troops is to bring them home. Don’t believe me, ask your relatives and friends in service. Article includes a great video of David walking an audience through his new book and the gap between what we're promised for political leadership under the US Constitution and what we have in complete violation of limits under law.

Nov 09 08:26

War News for Monday, November 09, 2009

The British MoD is reporting the death of a British ISAF soldier in an IED attack near Sangin, Helmand province, Afghanistan on Saturday, November 7th. (note this was reported by Cervantes yesterday)

The British MoD is reporting the death of a second British ISAF soldier in an IED attack near Sangin, Helmand province, Afghanistan on Sunday, November 8th.

Nato is reporting the death of an American soldier in an undisclosed location in western Afghanistan on Saturday, November 7th.
MNF-Iraq is reporting the deaths of two soldiers in a helicopter crash in an undisclosed area in Salah ad Din Province on Sunday, November 8th.

Nov 09 06:29

Pentagon Pouring Your Money Into Afghanistan: Are They Preparing for a Very Long War?

Pentagon Pouring Your Money Into Afghanistan: Are They Preparing for a Very Long War?
By Nick Turse, Tomdispatch.com
Posted on November 9, 2009, Printed on November 9, 2009
http://www.alternet.org/story/143819/

In recent weeks, President Obama has been contemplating the future of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan. He has also been touting the effects of his policies at home, reporting that this year's Recovery Act not only saved jobs, but also was "the largest investment in infrastructure since [President Dwight] Eisenhower built the Interstate Highway System in the 1950s." At the same time, another much less publicized U.S.-taxpayer-funded infrastructure boom has been underway. This one in Afghanistan.

Nov 08 19:21

Remembrance Sunday: 'At least we knew what we were fighting for in 1944'

This year's commemorations were given added poignancy by events in Afghanistan.

Nov 08 12:04

MILITARY RESISTANCE GUARD ISSUE: 7K5

American soldiers serving in Afghanistan are depressed and deeply disillusioned, according to the chaplains of two US battalions that have spent nine months on the front line in the war against the Taleban.

Many feel that they are risking their lives — and that colleagues have died — for a futile mission and an Afghan population that does nothing to help them, the chaplains told The Times in their makeshift chapel on this fortress-like base in a dusty, brown valley southwest of Kabul.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is high time to end this catastrophically stupid military misadventure, and bring our soldiers safely home.

Nov 08 09:27

Obama leaning toward 34,000 more troops for Afghanistan

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... as the Russians laugh their asses off at us!

Nov 08 08:17

Fuel convoy hit in eastern Afghanistan

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This was a highly successful tactic the Afghanis used to starve the Soviet forces.

Nov 07 08:06

Afghan gov't says UN representative out of line

Pushing back against international criticism, Afghanistan's Foreign Ministry said Saturday that the top U.N. official in the country overstepped his authority by giving instructions on how to rid the government of corruption and warlords.

Nov 07 08:01

Rare virus poses new threat to troops

U.S. military officials sent a medical team to a remote outpost in southern Afghanistan this week to take blood samples from members of an Army unit after a soldier in the unit died from an Ebola-like virus.

Nov 07 07:59

Armed Forces reputation is at risk in Afghanistan, MoD chiefs warn

The long-term future and reputation of Britain’s Armed Forces is at risk unless progress is made in Afghanistan, the two most senior officials at the Ministry of Defence warn in an internal document seen by The Times.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

".....Future and reputation...."?!?!?

So these elements are much more important to these officials than the lives of the UK's soldiers, fighting an unwinnable war?!?

WHAT COMPLETE ARROGANCE; UNFLIPPING BELIEVABLE!

Nov 07 07:49

US fed up with troops dying to prop up Karzai

Tactical leaks on these internal deliberations suggest a radical repositioning of US policy, the result of which will be that McChrystal will not get all that he is asking for.

The objective is being wound back - from the Jeffersonian democracy sought by the former president George Bush to the creation of a state that is capable of protecting itself.

"Democracy?" asked a Kabul cabbie during a local television phone-in. "That's an American euphemism for occupation. We don't have patriotic leaders either - so, the people's hands are tied behind their backs."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We should withdraw, now, and negotiate with whatever government is left standing to install the pipelines necessary to control Eurasian oil.

You cannot win what is essentially a land war from the air, and the Afghan people do not want us there. We are not "protectors of their freedoms"; we are an occupying army, period, end of discussion.

Nov 06 15:54

Collateral Damage Is Murder

Collateral damage is nothing more than a euphemism for state-sponsored mass murder. It is the term given to people killed in military actions who were “not intentionally targeted.” In reality, this is pure propaganda. It has always been morally just to protect innocent people against aggressors. But, on the other hand, it has never been moral, nor has it ever been necessary, to bomb cities filled with innocent people.

Nov 06 08:35

Public support for Afghan strategy plummets: poll

The public is rapidly losing confidence that the war in Afghanistan can be won, after the killing of five soldiers by a rogue Afghan policeman, a new poll showed Thursday.

Nov 06 04:54

Chomsky: Obama Continues Bush Policy

Chomsky: Obama Continues Bush Policy

Sherwood Ross
Scoop
Thursday, November 5, 2009

Political activist Noam Chomsky says that although President Obama views the Iraq invasion merely as “a mistake” or “strategic blunder,” it is, in fact, a “major crime” designed to enable America to control the Middle East oil reserves.

“It’s (“strategic blunder”) probably what the German general staff was telling Hitler after Stalingrad,” Chomsky quipped, referring to the big Nazi defeat by the Soviet army in 1943.

“There is basically no significant change in the fundamental traditional conception that if we can control Middle East energy resources, then we can control the world,” he said.

Nov 05 22:22

Fort Hood shooting: Nidal Malik Hasan 'said Muslims should rise up'

Major Nidal Malik Hasan, who allegedly killed 11 people before being shot and wounded by police at Fort Hood, had said Muslims should "rise up" and attack Americans in retaliation for the US war in Iraq, a former army colleague said.

Nov 05 17:28

SAS join search in Helmand for gunman who killed five soldiers

A full-scale manhunt involving British special forces and Afghan police units is under way in Helmand to try to find the gunman responsible for shooting dead five soldiers in Nad-e Ali.

Nov 05 13:18

Congressman Massa: 2950 Days, 300 Billion Dollars and 911 Dead Americans

In this video New York Congressman Massa illustrates the losses from the Afghan war and how the conflict has affected our military and our economy. One of his key points is that the eight year long war has cost each American family over $3,950.00...

Nov 05 09:38

UN pulls out half its Afghanistan staff and threatens total withdrawal

The United Nations today temporarily pulled half its international staff out of Afghanistan and threatened that a complete and permanent withdrawal could follow.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Given the current state of conditions in Afghanistan, who can blame them?!?

Nov 05 09:36

Killing civilians triggers demonstration in S Afghan province

Meantime, spokesman of provincial administration Daud Ahmadi in talks with Xinhua confirmed the incident but said that all those killed were Taliban insurgents.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

INCLUDING THE CHILDREN?!?

More winning of the hearts and minds of the Afghani people, I see.

Nov 05 08:50

Afghan Police Penetrated by Taliban at ‘Every Level’

Officials say the police have been successfully infiltrated “at every level” by the Taliban, meaning even seemingly loyal police, today’s attacker served without incident for three years for instance, could be ticking time bombs just waiting for the order to attack.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is really, really time for the US and NATO to declare "victory" and go home, getting our troops out of there in the safest way possible.

Then, we should negotiate with whatever government is left standing for the rights to install those pipelines intended to control Eurasian oil.

Nov 05 08:21

So Much for Europe

NATO ministers were hot to trot for Gen. Stan McChrystal’s Afghanistan escalation scheme, but Europe isn’t likely to send any more troops to the fray. Opinion polls in most European countries show clear majorities in favor of withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso says, "Honestly in Europe there is not great enthusiasm for sending more troops to Afghanistan."

Nov 04 18:54

Bloody betrayal raises fresh doubts about Britain's campaign in Afghanistan

The killing of five British soldiers by an Afghan policeman raised fresh doubts yesterday about Britain’s mission in Helmand.

Senior political, diplomatic and military figures warned that public support for the British presence was in danger of collapse without a clear and freshly defined strategy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is no support for this war in the US either, at least among thinking Americans.

Going into the 9th year of this meatgrinder, the only people "winning" are the drug lords and companies which offer private mercenaries.

Why would anyone in their right mind believe that this war should continue for one more second?!?!?!?

Nov 04 11:37

War News for Wednesday, November 04, 2009

The British MoD is reporting the deaths of five British ISAF soldiers from a small arms fire-gun shot wounds incident in the Nad e-Ali district, Helmand province, Afghanistan on Tuesday, November 4th. The AP is reporting that an Afghani policeman, or perhaps two Afghani policemen opened fire on the British soldiers at a joint check point. Six additional British soldiers and two Afghani police were wounded in the attack.

Nov 04 09:28

US gives Karzai six-month ultimatum to stem Afghanistan corruption

President Karzai has six months to sideline his brother and reduce corruption or risk losing American support, Afghan officials have told The Times.

“If he doesn’t meet the conditions within six months, Obama has told him America will pull out,” said an official with access to Mr Karzai’s inner circle. “Obama said they don’t want their soldiers’ lives wasted for nothing. They want changes in Cabinet, and changes in his personal staff.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This will happen....when pigs fly.

Obama knows that.

This is just sound and fury, signifying nothing.

Nov 04 07:43

Robert Fisk: America is performing its familiar role of propping up a dictator

Could there be a more accurate description of the Obama-Brown message of congratulations to the fraudulently elected Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan? First the Palestinians held fair elections in 2006, voted for Hamas and were brutally punished for it – they still are – and then the Iranians held fraudulent elections in June which put back the weird Mahmoud Ahmadinejad whom everyone outside Iran (and a lot inside) regard as a dictator. But now we have the venal, corrupt, sectarian Karzai in power after a poll far more ambitiously rigged than the Iranian version, and – yup, we love him dearly and accept his totally fraudulent election.

Nov 04 07:38

Afghanistan War: Killing a fly with a sledgehammer

The conflict in Afghanistan becomes increasingly unpopular, a group of veterans came to Washington, DC to show lawmakers the perspective of soldiers and afghan civilians. Priya Sridhar talks to one of the former soldiers about U.S. options in Afghanistan.

Nov 04 05:11

Pipeline-Istan: Everything You Need to Know About Oil, Gas, Russia, China, Iran, Afghanistan and Obama

Pipeline-Istan: Everything You Need to Know About Oil, Gas, Russia, China, Iran, Afghanistan and Obama

AlterNet

By Pepe Escobar, Tomdispatch.com
Posted on May 13, 2009, Printed on May 13, 2009
http://www.alternet.org/story/139983/

Nov 04 04:52

U.S. officials fear Karzai can't keep anti-corruption pledge

U.S. officials are worried that the Afghan leader will have to award key posts to ethnic warlords and regional power barons who're linked to drug trafficking in exchange for their help in his re-election.

The U.S. concerns were heightened by the return from Turkey late Monday of Abdul Rashid Dostum, a notorious former communist general and a leader of the ethnic Uzbek minority who's alleged to have allowed the 2001 killing of as many as 2,000 Taliban and al Qaida prisoners, then having their mass graves dug up and their remains hidden in 2008.

Nov 03 18:11

Dual Citizenship -- Loyal to Whom?

Dual Citizenship -- Loyal to Whom?

by Dan Eden

Someone wrote and asked me, "Why are there Israeli- but not Mexican-American Dual Nationals?"

Well, here's my take on this. I'd also like your views and opinions.

Nov 03 08:19

TUESDAY’S TOON ~~ US AID TO PAKISTAN

Nov 03 08:10

Opium, Rape and the American Way

War banishes the just and the decent to the margins of society. And the weapons of war do not separate the innocent and the damned. An aerial drone is our version of an improvised explosive device. An iron fragmentation bomb is our answer to a suicide bomb. A burst from a belt-fed machine gun causes the same terror and bloodshed among civilians no matter who pulls the trigger.

Nov 03 07:22

Victory (for a crooked, corrupt and discredited government)

The election in Afghanistan has turned into a disaster for all who promoted it. Hamid Karzai has been declared re-elected as President of the country for the next five years though his allies inside and outside Afghanistan know that he owes his success to open fraud. Instead of increasing his government's legitimacy, the poll has further de-legitimised it.

Nov 03 05:20

Obama Is a Pawn of the New World Order

Obama Is a Pawn of the New World Order

It is obvious from Obama's appointments to positions regarding foreign relations that part of the deal with the "powers that be" is that he continue to promote the "fake war against terror", the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in order to secure the oil and natural gas resources and the continued stealing of the remaining resources of this country by the Federal Reserve Bank.

Nov 02 09:15

US congratulates Karzai on 'historic' re-election

The United States congratulated Hamid Karzai on his "historic" re-election as Afghan president and looks forward to working with him, the American embassy in Kabul said in a statement Monday.

The statement also welcomed the decision by the country's Independent Election Commission (IEC) not to hold a run-off election this weekend after Karzai's only challenger, Abdullah Abdullah, pulled out of the contest.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable.

Nov 02 06:06

Afghanistan, Another Untold Story

Afghanistan, Another Untold Story

Only Leaves Out 9-11 Being an Inside Job

by Michael Parenti
December 7, 2008
GlobalResearch.com

Author's website: www.michaelparenti.org.

Barack Obama is on record as advocating a military escalation in Afghanistan. Before sinking any deeper into that quagmire, we might do well to learn something about recent Afghan history and the role played by the United States.

Nov 02 06:04

Cheney's Chief Assassin Is Now Obama's Commander in Afghanistan

Cheney's Chief Assassin Is Now Obama's Commander in Afghanistan

By James Petras, Axis of Logic
Posted on May 18, 2009, Printed on May 18, 2009
http://www.alternet.org/story/140068/

“The Deltas are psychos…You have to be a certified psychopath to join the Delta Force…”, a US Army colonel from Fort Bragg once told me back in the 1980s. Now President Obama has elevated the most notorious of the psychopaths, General Stanley McChrystal, to head the US and NATO military command in Afghanistan.

Nov 01 16:46

BUY NOTHING ON THE DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING

just change date proposed in video to 11/27/2009

Nov 01 14:06

Father of soldier killed with Rupert Thorneloe says Gordon Brown is 'either a liar or clueless'

A grieving father whose son died alongside the most senior soldier to be killed in Afghanistan has called on the Prime Minister to resign.

Peter Hammond said Gordon Brown was either lying or incompetent when he insisted that a shortage of helicopters had not led to British deaths.

Mr Hammond, whose teenage son Josh died alongside Lt Col Rupert Thorneloe, said: 'Brown's either a liar or hasn't a clue about what's going on. He should do the right thing and quit.'

Nov 01 09:57

Accusing Election Fraud, Corruption, Karzai Opponent Withdraws From Election, Raising More Questions for USA

Accusing his opponent, Hamid Karzai of setting up a vote that could not be transparent, former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah withdrew from next weekend's run-off election. This, practically, hands Karzai a victory. But it also makes the questions about the corruption and legitimacy of the leadership of Afghanistan even more questionable

Nov 01 09:09

Occupiers involved in drug trade: Afghan minister

General Khodaidad Khodaidad said the majority of drugs are stockpiled in two provinces controlled by troops from the US, the UK, and Canada, IRNA reported on Saturday.

He went on to say that NATO forces are taxing the production of opium in the regions under their control.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There you have it, right from the proverbial horse's mouth.

Nov 01 08:51

Cross-border insurgents flood Afghanistan

The expansion of Islamic extremist groups across the Afghanistan-Pakistan region is “the worst I’ve seen it,” with Afghan insurgents receiving help from Iranian operatives and “very possibly” freelancing Pakistani intelligence agents, as well as a small but growing number of “deadly” foreign fighters, said Maj. Gen. Mike Flynn, director of intelligence for Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s headquarters here.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are essentially seeing the same thing happening here that happened when the old Soviet Union attempted to occupy Afghanistan, while the US was covertly arming and training the Taliban against them.

Right now, Russian governmental and military officials are laughing themselves silly that we refused to learn from the Soviet Union's monumental and catastrophic mistakes here.

The Afghans want their country back, and want an end to the occupation. This is a very clear reality, and has nothing to do with the drivel that "they hate us because we are free."

We invaded, and continue to occupy, Afghanistan for two reasons, driven by corporate profit.

The first was to control the drug trade (from which so many profit so wonderfully), and the second was to install the pipelines to control Eurasian oil.

The US and NATO have done spectacularly well on that first objective.

The drug trade, which was all but eradicated by the Taliban, is booming, and cheap heroin is flooding Russia and Eastern Europe.

On the second objective, the US and NATO are next to nowhere.

So, what does the US do at this point? Throw more troops into this meat grinder, and expect that this can solve the problem?

Unfortunately, the leadership at the Pentagon and the White House cannot get it through their collectively thick skulls that you cannot win what is essentially a ground war from the air.

There have been reports circulated that McChrystal wants 500,000 sets of boots on the ground within the next 5 years.

But one has to wonder; with US forces already stressed to the breaking point, where will the rest of those troops come from without the re-institution of a draft??

The longer we stay, the more deaths and casualties we will experience without any substantive gain.

What we need to do is leave Afghanistan now, providing for the safest possible movement of our soldiers out of the country, and negotiate a deal about the pipelines with whatever government is left standing. This is the only logical thing to do.

Of course, logic and the US government have rarely have a consistent on-going relationship.

Oct 31 16:03

U.S. combat injuries rise sharply

More than 1,000 American troops have been wounded in battle over the past three months in Afghanistan, accounting for one-fourth of those injured in combat since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001.

The dramatic increase in amputees and other seriously injured service members comes as October marks the deadliest month for U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Oct 31 14:30

Afghan challenger threatens to quit run-off unless demands are met

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah plans to call for his supporters to boycott the Nov. 7 run-off election between he and President Hamid Karzai, according to published reports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a monumental blunder on Abdullah's part; if he succeeds in getting his followers to do this, he has just handed Afghanistan back to Karzai, which is disastrous for the Afghani people.

Oct 31 10:14

Who Is Osama Bin Laden?

A few hours after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, the Bush administration concluded without supporting evidence, that "Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaeda organisation were prime suspects". CIA Director George Tenet stated that bin Laden has the capacity to plan ``multiple attacks with little or no warning.'' Secretary of State Colin Powell called the attacks "an act of war" and President Bush confirmed in an evening televised address to the Nation that he would "make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them". Former CIA Director James Woolsey pointed his finger at "state sponsorship," implying the complicity of one or more foreign governments.

Oct 31 09:13

Afghan boycott would not de-legitimise poll: Clinton

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Saturday that a boycott of the run-off election in Afghanistan by runner-up Abdullah Abdullah would not de-legitimise the poll.

Clinton, who was asked whether the outcome of a run-off with only one candidate would result in a legitimate government, said such situations are "not unprecedented" and occur in the United States and other countries.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Has this woman totally lost her mind?!?!?

A single-candidate election will scream far and wide that this was only window dressing to make it appear that Karzai had been re-elected, rather than re-appointed.

Should this happen, the world will understand very clearly what a complete sham this alleged "runoff" has been.

Oct 31 08:59

Afghan challenger threatens to quit run-off unless demands are met

Abdullah Abdullah was poised on Saturday to quit Afghanistan's run-off presidential election unless incumbent Hamid Karzai has a last minute change of heart and bows to a series of demands from his rival.

Officials in Abdullah's campaign team said the former foreign minister would announce he was pulling out of the November 7 contest on Sunday in the absence of any U-turn by Karzai on measures to combat fraud.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Abdullah Abdullah does pull out of the race, because he knows that the entire process will be more crooked than a dog's hind leg, then what?

A one-candidate election?

Or will Karzai just call the whole thing off, and proceed just as he has since the last since the last alleged "election"?!?

Oct 31 08:00

Colonel foresaw his own death: His memo to MoD warned helicopter shortage would cost lives... weeks later he was dead

The most senior soldier to be killed in Afghanistan foreshadowed his own death in a damning memo about the shortage of helicopters.

Lieutenant Colonel Rupert Thorneloe told his superiors that British troops would die because they were being forced to make trips by road.

Less than a month later, he was blown up by a roadside bomb.

Oct 31 07:34

U.N. Can’t Account for Millions Sent to Afghan Election Board

The United Nations cannot account for tens of millions of dollars provided to the troubled Afghan election commission, according to two confidential U.N. audits and interviews with current and former senior diplomats. (Read both audits.)

As Afghanistan prepares for a second round of national voting, the documents and interviews paint the fullest picture to date of the finances of the election commission, which has been accused of facilitating election fraud and operating ghost polling places. The new disclosures also deepen the questions about the U.N.'s oversight of money provided by the United States and other nations to ensure a fair election in Afghanistan.

Oct 30 12:35

What are US troops dying for in Afghanistan?

The CIA’s ties with Ahmed Wali Karzai raise “significant questions about America’s war strategy, which is currently under review at the White House,” the New York Times said Wednesday in reporting the connection.

This is putting it rather delicately. The ties between the Karzai brothers and the CIA are a further demonstration that “America’s war strategy” is a criminal enterprise pursued by criminal methods

Oct 30 12:06

9/11 passport ‘found in Pakistan’

Here is another perfect example of Pakistan government working to please the US by helping them justify everything that Obama and the rest have said about this being the “same Al Qaida group that attacked us.” This is pure fabrication, just like the 911 hijacker ids being found in near perfect condition in rubble that had basically disintegrated. The only thing that ties every player in this mess together is their CIA/ISI connections. They call their own network “Al Qaida,” pretending that it is something separate from the CIA.

Oct 30 12:01

More Schools, Not Troops

Dispatching more troops to Afghanistan would be a monumental bet and probably a bad one, most likely a waste of lives and resources that might simply empower the Taliban. In particular, one of the most compelling arguments against more troops rests on this stunning trade-off: For the cost of a single additional soldier stationed in Afghanistan for one year, we could build roughly 20 schools there.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How about we start building schools HERE in the US?

The US Government has spent trillions of tax dollars "projecting power" around the world.

It does not seem to be working.

Oct 30 08:10

Which statement best reflects your views on U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan?

Oct 30 08:03

Karzai as Diem Afghanistan as Vietnam

What the Americans seek, above all, is a "legitimate" puppet government, one they can sell to Congress and the American people over the next decade or so as they engage in a gigantic "nation-building" counterinsurgency sure to spill over the border into Pakistan.

In any case, let this serve as a lesson to aspiring would-be American sock puppets everywhere, who see a lucrative future in fronting for Washington: when you stumble, they’ll just kick you away and find another ambitious quisling to take your place faster than you can say "Ngo Dinh Diem."

Oct 30 07:46

Drug-War Assassinations

The U.S. government has now extended its assassination program to the drug war. According to the New York Times, the Pentagon now has an assassination list for suspected drug dealers in Afghanistan.

No arrests. No hearings. No attorneys. No judges. No trials. Just kill them.

Great! So now the occupation of Afghanistan has expanded not only to CIA drone assassinations but also now to Pentagon’s drug-war assassinations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These assassinations are only done to members of rival drug organizations, not those supported by the CIA.

And please remember; under the Taliban, the opium trade was nearly eradicated.

After the US and NATO occupation, the drug trade bloomed and thrived.

Coincidence?!? I think not.

Oct 30 07:18

‘U.S. Taxpayers Spent Hundreds of Millions of Dollars on a Fraudulent Election’

Speaking again on the subject of the August election in Afghanistan, former UN Deputy Mission Chief Peter Galbraith declared today that “U.S. taxpayers spent hundreds of millions of dollars on a fraudulent election,” insisting that “everybody kept sending money” but little effort was made to ensure accountability.

Indeed, a pair of confidential UN audits on the more than $300 million dollars spent on the August vote shows that a considerable portion of the expenses were unaccounted for and to this day tens of millions of dollars are effectively “missing.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Your tax dollars at work in Afghanistan, folks!

Oct 30 07:04

Obama holds crisis meeting on Afghanistan

The insurgents have killed dozens of US-led troops in the troubled southern and eastern provinces, where insurgency has skyrocketed over past few months and opium trade is booming with devastating global consequences.

It has been widely reported that opium production in Afghanistan has grown steadily and significantly since the US-led invasion of the country eight years ago.

American public opinion is already fragile on the war over the mounting US death toll in the war-torn country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Public opinion is not "fragile" regarding the support of this endless, pointless, and bloody war.

Americans are pissed off mightily at this cost in blood, and money.

There were two objectives in the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, and both for corporate profit.

They were: to control the drug trade, from which so many profit so handsomely, and to install pipelines with which Eurasian oil could be controlled.

The US and NATO have managed brilliantly on the first objective, but not on the second.

Cheap heroin is flowing in Europe and Russia, and someone is making one hell of a profit on this.

What we should do is declare victory, and go home.

Then,negotiate with whatever government is left standing for the rights to the pipelines.

As late as August of 2001,l the Bush administration was negotiating with the Taliban, but felt that the price was too high to pay, and that somehow, a war would be a "cheaper solution." to the problem.

War is never a cheaper solution.

Oct 30 06:54

Fraud fears grow as Afghan election body defies UN

The chances of another disastrous round of voting in Afghanistan's presidential race increased dramatically today after the country's election authority defied international pressure to cut the number of polling centres in order to reduce fraud.

To the fury of UN officials in Kabul, the so-called Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced that it planned to open 155 more polling stations – up from 6,167 to 6,322 – than during the first vote on 20 August, despite repeated claims by the UN that there would be a reduction.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So the US and NATO get their "run-off" election, with results even more disastrous and fraudulent than they got in the first one!

Way to go!

And no matter if Abdullah or Karzai wins, there will still be the nasty stench of illegitimacy surrounding the Afghan government for years to come.

Oct 30 06:45

US not losing Afghanistan war: Clinton

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday that the United States was not losing the war in Afghanistan, but acknowledged "the Taliban has momentum" in the eight-year-old conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Ambassador Clinton: the only folks "winning" in Afghanistan are the private mercenary firms and the drug lords!

Oct 29 09:27

Afghanistan a Success – Time to Come Home!

There is a reason the generals are not in charge of our country – by design, anyway. The Gateses and McCrystals of the world are the real barbarians, personally and professionally locked on a treadmill that demands ever more blood and more glory, at any cost. With the publicly accepted mission in Afghanistan accomplished, Americans cannot afford to entertain the vain fantasies of flag officers who fear nothing but their own oblivion, and will sacrifice any number of lives and all measures of treasure in pursuit of personal relevance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

While "Al Qaeda" is a fantasy concocted by the American government, and Osama bin Laden is dead, getting the heck out of Afghanistan right now is one of the most intelligent things the US could do right now.

Unfortunately, intelligent decisions and US government have rarely had an on-going relationship.

Oct 29 08:34

15 dead soldiers return home from Afghanistan, and 3 dead US Drug Enforcement Officers.

Get past the ad at the beginning of the vid.

Why were drug enforcement officers in Afghanistan in the first place?

Oct 29 07:00

20 Sobering Statistics/Reasons As To Why We Must End the Wars and Save More of Our Soldier Children and Middle Eastern Citizens From Suffering And Dying

Obama, eager to win some influence on health care reform with the Republican neocons, has begun to get approval from them for the escalation of the war in Afghanistan and the non-withdrawal withdrawal in Iraq.

How much longer will we allow the continuation of this trauma and destruction to the American citizenry as well as citizens of the Middle East? How many more fresh hells until we earnestly and massively protest? Our government not only sadistically and lawlessly tortured Middle Eastern detainees, it continues to betray and exploit its own patriotic youth, putting them in harm’s way to be traumatized mentally and physically, wounded and/or killed. They are trapped in hell. They are crying out for help or giving up to suicide, addiction, emotional illness.

Oct 29 04:32

NY Times: Afghan Opium Kingpin On CIA Payroll

But exposé serves as little more than a whitewash because it fails to mention decades-long U.S. agenda to support lucrative Golden Crescent drug trade

Oct 29 04:08

U.S. Cedes Control of Nuristan Province to Taliban

Nuristan is the former Kafiristan,setting of Rudyard Kipling's, "The Man Who Would Be King". The residents of this province are believed to be the descendants of Alexander The Great's soldiers.

Oct 29 02:14

America's Drug Crisis: Brought to You by the CIA

Next time you see a junkie sprawled at the curb in the downtown of your nearest city, or read about someone who died of a heroin overdose, just imagine a big yellow sign posted next to him or her saying: “Your Federal Tax Dollars at Work.”

Oct 28 20:31

'These people just want to be left alone'

Sean Smith spent a month embedded with the US Army's 501st Parachute Regiment in June this year. With inadequate vehicles, relations with Afghan security forces at a standstill and the constant threat of IEDs, the soldiers are losing heart for a fight they feel their presence is only prolonging.

Oct 28 09:07

Gary Webb on C.I.A. Trafficking of Cocaine

On December 10, 2004, he was found dead from two gunshot wounds to the head.[20] Sacramento County coroner Robert Lyons determined that it was suicide.

Oct 28 08:47

US Quietly Slips Funds Into Military Bill to Pay Off Taliban

What this ultimately means is that the US will be directly paying off elements of the Taliban seen as less ideological, something officials have been talking about for quite some time.

Sen. Levin is presenting it as a way to help “former Taliban fighters to protect their communities” but with the momentum going the Taliban’s way the supply of former Taliban is likely in short supply. In all likelihood much of the funding will go directly into the coffers of existing Taliban fighters in an attempt to convince them to switch sides.

Oct 28 08:26

UN lashes out at US for drone strikes

The United Nations has warned Washington about indiscriminate use of drone strikes in Pakistan and Afghanistan, saying that it may be breaking humanitarian law.

Oct 28 08:16

Why Doesn't Hillary Clinton Fire Blackwater?

As a candidate for president, Hillary Clinton pledged to ban Blackwater. In February 2008, she announced that she would sign on as the co-sponsor of a little-known bill put forward in the House by Representative Jan Schakowsky and in the Senate by Bernie Sanders. The Stop Outsourcing Security, or SOS Act, sought to end the use of armed mercenaries in US war zones. Clinton became the only other senator to sign on to the bill and the most important political figure in the US to call for such a ban on “Blackwater and other private mercenary firms in Iraq:”

Oct 28 08:14

Brother of Afghan Leader Is Said to Be on C.I.A. Payroll

Ahmed Wali Karzai, the brother of the Afghan president and a suspected player in the country’s booming illegal opium trade, gets regular payments from the Central Intelligence Agency, and has for much of the past eight years, according to current and former American officials.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now do you believe me?

The Taliban had all but eradicated the opium growers before the US invasion. So why is cheap Afghani heroin flooding into the United States?

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

Oct 27 23:10

UN staff killed in Kabul attack

The attack began at dawn on Wednesday

Six foreign UN employees have been killed and nine wounded in an attack in the Afghan capital, Kabul, the UN says.
Heavy gunfire and an explosion were heard at a guesthouse used by the UN, after militants entered the building.

Oct 27 21:08

Do you love humanity enough to stop illegal US wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran?

Most people claim the religious/spiritual/philosophical value of love to be highly important to their self-expression. Let’s explore the virtue of love and inquire into its application regarding current US wars.

An absolutely beginners’ test for love is if you care minimally enough to act in prevention of a violent attack against another person, with all likelihood that attack will cause severe pain and suffering upon the victim. Americans have been in the presence of such a test for the current wars with Iraq, Afghanistan, and rhetoric for more war in Iran. An important part of our understanding is being clear about the truth of our government’s claims justifying these wars as helpful for US national security and/or helpful for the countries’ populations we’ve invaded.

Oct 27 18:46

NY Times: Karzai's drug dealing brother on CIA payroll

KABUL, Afghanistan — Ahmed Wali Karzai, the brother of the Afghan president and a suspected player in the country’s booming illegal opium trade, gets regular payments from the Central Intelligence Agency, and has for much of the past eight years, according to current and former American officials.

The agency pays Mr. Karzai for a variety of services, including helping to recruit an Afghan paramilitary force that operates at the C.I.A.’s direction in and around the southern city of Kandahar, Mr. Karzai’s home.

The financial ties and close working relationship between the intelligence agency and Mr. Karzai raise significant questions about America’s war strategy, which is currently under review at the White House.

Oct 27 16:13

U.S. official resigns over Afghan war

"I have lost understanding of and confidence in the strategic purposes of the United States' presence in Afghanistan," he wrote Sept. 10 in a four-page letter to the department's head of personnel. "I have doubts and reservations about our current strategy and planned future strategy, but my resignation is based not upon how we are pursuing this war, but why and to what end."

Oct 27 11:29

War News for Thursday, October 27, 2009

The Washington Post is reporting the deaths of eight American ISAF "troops" in multiple complex bomb attacks in undisclosed locations in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, October 27th. One Afghani civilian was also killed and "several" other soldiers ware wounded in the attacks.

Oct 27 09:14

U.S. Official Resigns in Protest of Afghanistan War Policy

"I have lost understanding of and confidence in the strategic purposes of the United States' presence in Afghanistan," he wrote in the letter. "I have doubts and reservations about our current strategy and planned future strategy, but my resignation is based not upon how we are pursuing this war, but why and to what end."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Oct 27 00:43

Americans pull strings in Afghan election

Henry Kissinger once observed that being America's ally can be more dangerous than being its enemy.

Take poor Hamid Karzai, the amiable former business consultant and CIA "asset" installed by Washington as Afghanistan's president. As the U.S. increasingly gets its backside kicked in Afghanistan, it has blamed the powerless Karzai for its woes and bumbling.

You can almost hear Washington rebuking, "Bad puppet! Bad puppet!"

Oct 26 09:36

12 mln Afghans live under poverty line: ministry

Afghan Minister for Public Health Syed Mohammad Amin Fatimi has revealed that 12 million out of the total 30 million Afghans, including 3 million children, live under poverty line in the war-torn country, a local newspaper reported Saturday.

"Twelve million people, of these 3 million are children under five, live under poverty line in Afghanistan," daily Rah-e-Nejat quoted minister Fatimi as saying.

The minister noted these children have been suffering from malnutrition.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More "progress" in Afghanistan!

Eight years on in this war, and we can't even get food to starving kids?

Take a good, hard look at the little girl in this photo.

From the look of the dress she's wearing, caked in dirt, she's probably been scavenging garbage dumps to barely get enough in her system to stay alive for the next day.

It's very possible that her parents are dead or displaced, and she will never see them again. She may be desperately trying to fend for younger siblings she's trying to take care of.

Now, imagine for one moment, that this was your kid.

This is what US/NATO occupation looks like to 3 million Afghan children.

It is obvious that there were absolutely no considerations about improving the lives of the Afghan people with the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan.

The objectives were to control the drug trade (and its profit)and to control the flow of Eurasian oil through the establishment of pipelines.

The US and NATO have done brilliantly on the first objective (cheap heroin is flooding Europe and Russia), but have been completely impotent on the second.

Oct 26 08:08

Afghan challenger considers runoff boycott

The challenger to President Hamid Karzai is considering boycotting the upcoming runoff if his demands are not met to remove the leaders of Afghanistan's election commission who he believes are biased against him, campaign officials said Sunday.

Aides to Karzai said Sunday that they were extremely concerned about the reports that Abdullah might drop out of the race. The aides said that Abdullah is now threatening to boycott unless the government removes the three members of the election commission and negotiates a pre-election deal for a coalition government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is absolutely nothing the US can do to begin to infuse some sense of legitimacy into the Afghan government.

Abdullah knows this.

He is striking for the best possible deal he thinks he can get before the election.

Oct 26 06:17

Bleep NATO

Ludicrous Dick Cheney has asserted that the Obama administration’s "dithering" on what course to take in Afghanistan will "embolden" the evil ones. Everybody who can find the ends of their noses knows Dick Cheney is a dithering idiot; he’s never been right about anything. The only entity that has been emboldened is the Western alliance’s military industrial complex, led by the Pentagon, who are fighting not for the safety of their countries but for their own existence.

The Pentagon’s long-war grand strategy is good for everybody’s war business. The Afghanistan conflict is particularly suitable; it’s the kind of Orwellian war that can go on forever without getting too obnoxious, and in the case of America, it’s one that the Democrats, not the Republicans, have ownership of. Or at least it can be sold that way.

Oct 26 02:44

Afghan crashes kill 14 Americans

At least 14 Americans have been killed in a series of air crashes in Afghanistan, military officials say.
In the first incident, four US soldiers died and two were hurt when two helicopters collided mid-air in the south, Nato-led forces said.
In a separate incident seven soldiers and three civilians were killed in a helicopter crash in the west.

Oct 25 15:42

Americans: You Did This

Vietnam, Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Afghanistan,Iraq,and Pakistan.

Terrorists,Terrorizers, Terrorism.

Who is the enemy here and who is the hero?

The media, in all of it’s apathetic glory, has impaled truth and justice while spreading confusion and unsubstantiated disdain against people many of us do not even know.
This is all about winning to you people – waging and winning wars, killing and capturing hearts, bombing and breaking spirits. Imperialistic endeavors hell-bent on dividing and conquering peoples and places with no defined reason; general calls to end ‘terrorism’ with no validation.

Oct 25 11:38

Thousands gather in Kabul, burn effigy of Obama Afghans accuse US troops of burning Quran

At least one thousand Afghans took to the streets of Kabul on Sunday to protest against what they said was the desecration of a copy of the Quran by foreign troops during a raid last week.

As police fired into the air to break up the crowd, thick smoke rose above the crowd, who burned an effigy of American President Barack Obama and chanted anti-American slogans.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Afghan people do not hate us "because we are free"; they hate us because we are foreign occupiers with economic and political agendas which have nothing to do with the good of the Afghan people.

Oct 25 10:58

Morale dips for American marines in Afghanistan

In a remote part of Helmand troops are dismayed by the ambivalence of locals and a sense that the Taliban can outlast them.

“I’m not much for this war. I’m not sure it’s worth all those lives lost,” said Sergeant Christian Richardson as we walked across corn fields that will soon be ploughed up to plant a spring crop of opium poppy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, our troops are dismayed by the cold hard truth of why there are in Afghanistan.

The invasion and occupation of Afghanistan was to have two outcomes for corporate profit, and they were: the control of the drug trade, and the installation of oil pipelines to control Eurasian oil.

On the first outcome, one can say, absolutely, mission accomplished; cheap heroin is flooding the world, particularly Russia.

On the second, eight years into the US/Nato occupation of Afghanistan, no pipelines have been installed, because the country continues to be too volatile for that to happen.

We are not in Afghanistan to "protect its people" or bring "democracy"; we are there for the pipelines and the drugs, period, end of discussion.

Oct 25 10:25

Gen. McChrystal Makes Surprise Visit to NATO Ministers’ Meeting to Lobby for Escalation

Gen. McChrystal made an unscheduled appearance at the NATO Defense Ministers’ meeting in Bratislava, Slovakia to hold a behind-the-scenes lobbying session to convince the ministers of his plan.

The visit appeared to work as the general intended, as the alliance publicly embraced his strategy. Analysts say the NATO endorsement will almost certainly pressure Obama to back the strategy as well.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That McChrystal believes that he can make this kind of political end-run around Obama and the Obama administration means that he perceives Obama as weak, and someone who will ultimately sign off on more US troops to be maimed and killed in this immoral and illegal war without end in order to appear that he is "doing something" on Afghanistan.

Unfortunately, in this instance, McChrystal may well be right.

The original outcomes desired of the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan were to enhance corporate profit through the installation of pipelines to control the flow of Eurasian oil, and control of the drug trade, from which so many profit so handsomely.

This little exercise has certainly accomplished the second goal, but obviously not the first.

The only people, 9 years on, who appear to be "winning" this war are the private defense contractors and the drug lords.

And those outcomes, for We the People who have been forced to shell out our hard-earned taxes to pay for this continuing, blood-slathered folly, are absolutely unacceptable.

Oct 25 05:47

Morale Dips For American Marines in Afghanistan

In a remote part of Helmand province(opium central),Marines are dismayed by the ambivalence of locals and a sense that the Taliban can outlast them.

Oct 24 21:23

What You Didn't Know About The War

This video is mandatory viewing to all supporters of the war(s).

Oct 24 17:59

Afghan Farmers Turn to Cannabis as Cash Crop

In southern Kandahar province,nearly 3/4 of villages surveyed by the United Nations,said they would plant cannabis this spring.

Oct 24 08:56

U.S. forces kill four Afghans in car: police

Four Afghans, including a child and two women, were killed Saturday when U.S. forces opened fire on a car in southern Kandahar city, police said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More winning of the hearts and minds of the Afghan people, I see.

Oct 24 08:50

NATO Ministers Endorse Wider Afghan Effort

Defense ministers from NATO on Friday endorsed the ambitious counterinsurgency strategy for Afghanistan proposed by Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, giving new impetus to his recommendation to pour more troops into the eight-year-old war.

NATO’s support got no official reaction from the White House. But an administration official noted that an endorsement by defense ministers was not the same as an endorsement by the alliance’s political leadership.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More sound and fury on Afghanistan, most likely signifying....nothing on the part of other NATO countries in terms of increased troop commitments.

Because unlike what happens in the US, the politicians of other NATO countries actually have to listen to what their constituents are saying.

And what those constituents are starting to say, loudly - and with one voice - is that this war is immoral, illegal, and perhaps, totally insane.

Oct 24 07:22

Solider who refuses to return to Afghanistan leads thousands on anti-war march in London

A serving soldier today accused politicians of abusing the trust of the army and serving soldiers.

Lance Corporal Joe Glenton, who is facing a court martial for refusing to return to Afghanistan, made his comments before an anti-war demonstration in central London.

Lance Corporal Glenton is leading former colleagues, military families and anti-war protesters in the march, calling for British troops to be brought home.

Oct 23 14:42

Obama's Delay, or Why Israel Might Nuke Iran

So the generals are brewing, and the veterans are getting restive. Nine months after Obama’s inauguration, according to the Times, the military establishment is beginning to lose its patience with a president who has yet to commit to a coherent plan for Afghanistan.

Needless to say, Obama’s delay isn’t for lack of information, much less analysis. Last spring he sent an A-Team of military strategists and counter-insurgency experts to comb the Afghan countryside, while more recently it’s been a rare day that the editorial pages of the Washington Post, the New York Times or the LA Times have failed to roll out yet another version of What To Do.

So why then can’t Obama commit?

Oct 23 10:08

What You Didn't Know About The War

Oct 23 08:38

AFGHANISTAN: Virtually no safety net for war victims’ families

Ahmad Wali died in a bomb blast in Kandahar city on 25 August and Samim was killed in a suicide attack in Kabul on 15 September. Both men left grieving families with little capacity to cope on their own.

Wali and Samim’s families said they had received no support from the government or aid agencies apparently because both men were killed in explosions allegedly perpetrated by anti-government forces.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Welcome to the "living collateral damage" in Afghanistan, courtesy of this bloody and immoral war, the outcomes of which were:

1. to control the drug trade (mission accomplished on that one), and

2. to install the pipelines which were to control Eurasian oil (that objective is no where near in sight.)

Oct 22 08:54

Afghanistan opium production reaches 6,900 tons

Opium production rate has soared to 6,900 tons in Afghanistan in the past 10 years despite the presence of 100,000 foreign troops in the country for nearly eight years.

A report by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime said on Wednesday that Afghanistan produces 92 percent of the world’s opium that has devastating global consequences.

The UN report also noted that Afghanistan’s illegal opium production is worth 65 billion dollars.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Is this simply coincidence, the explosion of the opium trade after the US/NATO occupation and invasion?

Think again.

The money is lucrative, and control of opium production means controlling where the product actually winds up.

And one last bit; under the watch of the Taliban, opium cultivation was almost completely eliminated in Afghanistan.

Oct 22 08:48

The three fallacies that have driven the war in Afghanistan

Every military counter-insurgency strategy hits up against the probability that it will, in time, create more enemies than it kills. So you blow up a suspected Taliban site and kill two of their commanders – but you also kill 98 women and children, whose families are from that day determined to kill your men and drive them out of their country. Those aren't hypothetical numbers. They come from Lt. Col. David Kilcullen, who was General Petraeus' counter-insurgency advisor in Iraq. He says that US aerial attacks on the Afghan-Pakistan border have killed 14 al-Qa'ida leaders, at the expense of more than 700 civilian lives. He says: "That's a hit rate of 2 per cent on 98 per cent collateral.

Oct 22 08:37

Russian anger over Afghan drugs

Russia is highlighted as the country that bears the brunt of the ill-effects of the Afghan drug trade by a UN Office on Drugs and Crime report. The BBC's Stephen Eke reports on Moscow's growing concern about the problem.

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Oct 22 08:35

Afghan opium is most lethal drug worldwide

UN: Along with heroin, it funds insurgency.

Oct 22 07:52

Cheney: Stop the 'dithering' as troops face danger

"Make no mistake. Signals of indecision out of Washington hurt our allies and embolden our adversaries," Cheney said while accepting an award from a conservative national security group, the Center for Security Policy...

"The White House must stop dithering while America's armed forces are in danger," the former vice president said. "It's time for President Obama to do what it takes to win a war he has repeatedly and rightly called a war of necessity."

Oct 21 03:25

Photos of Civilians Injured by US/NATO Forces in Afghanistan

Photos of Civilians Injured by US/NATO Forces in Afghanistan:

Oct 20 20:36

Et Tu, CodePink?

As she wrote in the Guardian on July 25th, “You must understand that the government headed by Hamid Karzai is full of warlords and extremists who are brothers in creed of the Taliban. Many of these men committed terrible crimes against the Afghan people during the civil war of the 1990s. For expressing my views I have been expelled from my seat in parliament, and I have survived numerous assassination attempts. The fact that I was kicked out of office while brutal warlords enjoyed immunity from prosecution for their crimes should tell you all you need to know about the ‘democracy’ backed by NATO troops.”

Oct 20 20:24

Karzai Agrees, Runoff Vote to Be Held November 7

Obama Administration officials were crowing today after the announcement that Afghan President Hamid Karzai had, after days of heated negotiations, grudgingly agreed to a runoff vote, to be held November 7.

President Obama cheered the move as “an important step forward” and insisted that it strengthened the Afghan government. US officials were careful not to mention that the reason for the runoff was that over a million of Karzai’s votes were found to be fraudulent.

Oct 20 10:52

CNN Poll: Will Afghanistan turn into another Vietnam?

A slight majority of Americans think that the war in Afghanistan is turning into another Vietnam, according to a new national poll which also indicates that nearly six in 10 oppose sending more U.S. troops to the conflict.

Oct 20 04:12

The Real Reason For More Troops In Afghanistan

Russia and China make deals,we make war!

Oct 19 21:09

Killing Innocent Afghan Civilians to "Save Our Troops"

I begin with an uncomfortable fact: race/ethnicity matters in the execution of America's post-Korean wars in the Third World (whether in Indochina, El Salvador, Iraq, Somalia, or Afghanistan).
We see this in the differential value put on the lives of those "Others", as well as in the language/framing of official discourse and in the language of common U.S. soldiers (graffiti, inscriptions on bombs and missiles destined to rain down upon Afghanistan or Iraq like "Here's a Ramadan present from Chad Rickenberg", in e-mails [mentioning "Afghan ragheads"], at Abu Ghraib, use of the term 'Islamo-fascists', etc.).

Oct 19 14:22

Karzai 'stripped of outright win'

A panel probing fraud claims in the Afghan election has found Hamid Karzai did not gain enough valid votes for an outright win, the BBC understands.

Preliminary results from August's first round had placed Mr Karzai comfortably over the 50% plus one vote threshold needed to avoid a runoff.

But one poll monitoring group estimates that almost one million of Mr Karzai's votes have now been deemed invalid.

Poll rules say Mr Karzai must now face a runoff against his nearest rival.

Oct 19 12:55

Obama Steps Up Drone Bombings Despite Civilian Deaths

Based on a study just completed by the non-profit, New America Foundation of Washington, D.C., “the number of drone strikes has risen dramatically since Obama became President,” Mayer reports.

Oct 19 10:24

Morale crumbling among US and British troops in Afghanistan

Several reports from the frontlines of Afghanistan this month provide an insight into the growing demoralisation among US and British troops who have been sent to kill and be killed for the neo-colonial occupation. The articles suggest that many soldiers believe that the war is not justified and not worth dying for.

Oct 19 07:49

221 dead for what, a nation of Pashtun Cherie Blairs?

It is our futile, indefensible, bird-brained military operation in Afghanistan which provides British citizens as targets for Taliban killers.

If it has another purpose, you will not be able to discover what that is from the Government, which cannot make up its mind for more than five minutes what our troops are doing in Afghanistan.

Propping up the joke President? Protecting futile rigged elections? Banning the growing of opium poppies, which is permitted in Oxfordshire? Sponsoring a Cherie Blair-style sexual revolution among the Pashtuns, so all their women can become QCs?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Banning the growing of opium poppies?" Au contraire!

Oct 19 07:35

Afghanistan: UN-backed panel submits findings on vote fraud

Oct 19 04:33

David Rohde's Insights Into What Motivates the Taliban

Oct 18 10:19

White House seeks to explain its hesitations on Afghanistan

President Obama will not decide whether to sanction a troop surge for Afghanistan until the issue of whether the country has a credible government has been settled, the White House Chief of Staff said today.

Rahm Emanuel said that the question of whether to send 40,000 extra troops was important but that the biggest issue was whether Afghanistan had a legitimate and credible government that could work with the US and other countries seeking to stabilise it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sometimes, when certain statements come out of Rahm Emanuel's mouth, you really don't know whether to laugh or cry.

"...a legitimate and credible government..." in Afghanistan, right?

The guy has got to be joking!

Does he think he's sending some sort of "signal" to Karzai?? Neither a run-off nor power-sharing deal with Abdullah Abdullah can possibly legitimize this government.

And what would be hysterical at this point would be for Karzai to order US and NATO troops out, to keep himself in power, and develop some kind of power-sharing deal with the Taliban.

The monster the US has created, in engineering this corrupt puppet government in Afghanistan, may just about be ready to to turn on its master.

Oct 18 09:53

FRAUDULENT AFGHAN ELECTION RAISES ODDS AGAINST U.S. “SUCCESS”

Given the eight destructive years of the illegal U.S. occupation in Afghanistan, the indiscriminate bombings, the thousands of innocent people killed, arrested, detained without legal rights, and tortured, the use of polluting radioactive ammunition, the fraudulent election of puppet Karzai (previously a long-time U.S. resident), and the worsening conditions of daily life, plus the tragic losses to American troops stationed there, it ill behooves President Obama to pursue the war President Bush started one day longer. Afghanistan is now Obama’s War and Obama’s disgrace.

Oct 18 08:16

Afghan President Hamid Karzai may not accept results of recount

Afghan President Hamid Karzai may not accept the results of a recount of the summer's general election votes, adding a further twist to the already fraught post-poll political environment, and his supporters began mass demonstrations against "foreign interference" in the elections.

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Unflipping believable.

Just when you thought that the blatant corruption in the Karzai government couldn't possibly get worse........

Oct 18 04:49

War is peace. Ignorance is strength

In his latest column for the New Statesman, John Pilger draws on George Orwell's inspiration to describe the Call of Obama: "attractive to liberal sensibilities, if not to the Afghan children he kills".

Barack Obama, winner of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, is planning another war to add to his impressive record. In Afghanistan, his agents routinely extinguish wedding parties, farmers and construction workers with weapons such as the innovative Hellfire missile, which sucks the air out of your lungs. According to the UN, 338,000 Afghan infants are dying under the Obama-led alliance, which permits only $29 per head annually to be spent on medical care.

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