AFGHANISTAN

Jul 25 08:09

US stops giving militant death tolls in Afghanistan

The US military in Afghanistan has stopped releasing figures showing how many militants have been killed in fighting with US-led forces, officials said Friday.

Smith, who is revamping communications for the US military and the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, stressed US-led military operations were not aimed at killing insurgents.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember the "body count" days of the Vietnam War?

That was strictly for US domestic consumption, to assure the TV viewers that the huge human cost and tax burden to pursue that war was somehow justified.

And to make the statement that "..US-led military operations were not aimed at killing insurgents."?!?

I would like to remind Navy Rear Admiral Smith that the Afghans are not stupid. They know when their sons, daughters, mothers, and sisters and dads have been blown to smithereens to perhaps target one guy by a drone that someone was the target of that bombing.

The only thing further aerial bombardment of civilian populations is to further radicalize the Afghan people away from both the US and their government. In fact, Karzai's government is collectively believed to be so crooked they have to screw their socks on in the morning.

Jul 24 07:36

New US narco-strategy may pay Afghan farmers to grow nothing

One short-term component of the not-yet-approved plan would go so far as to pay Afghan farmers to simply grow nothing while NATO forces work to pry the country’s economy off the opium trade, an unnamed source told the Times.

No cost-estimates for this proposed counter-narcotics welfare were produced by the unnamed official.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How does this get funded from a country on the brink of federal fiscal bankruptcy?

One has to wonder: if there had really been a will toward eradication, it would have happened by now.

Jul 24 05:54

More than 150 UK casualties in a week in Helmand

Recent fighting in Afghanistan led to a record number of British casualties since the start of the war against the Taliban, with more than 150 badly wounded within a week, defence officials said yesterday.

Jul 24 03:40

Afghans turn to Taliban in fear of own police

U.S. and British troops have launched a campaign to seize control of Helmand province, about half of which was in Taliban hands, and restore Afghan government institutions.

But as they advance, they are learning uncomfortable facts about their local allies: villagers say the government's police force was so brutal and corrupt that they welcomed the Taliban as liberators.

Jul 24 03:28

More troops will die in Afghanistan, says Joe Biden

• US vice-president says war is in interests of UK and US
• British soldiers among 'bravest warriors' in world

Speaking in the deadliest month for British troops since the US-led invasion in 2001, Biden insisted that the current offensive against the Taliban in Helmand province was worth the effort and was a "prerequisite" to get the country ready for presidential elections next month.

Jul 24 03:07

Afghanistan: Dangerous illusions

Now look at the military situation through the enemy's eyes. Two major thrusts by US and British troops into territory the Taliban once dominated have resulted in record US and Isaf casualties: 31 US troops and 20 Isaf, 18 of them British, have been killed so far this month and many more grievously injured. The Taliban have lost men, but they have an endless supply of recruits. And they would be even less bothered by loss of territory. The battlefield has merely grown. History tells them to be patient. It tells them that they will return to the lands from which they have been ousted.

Jul 23 23:57

U.S. stops giving militant death tolls in Afghanistan

U.S. military officials in Afghanistan have halted the practice of releasing the number of militants killed in fighting with American-led forces as part of an overall strategy shift that emphasizes concern for the local civilian population's well-being rather than hunting insurgent groups.

The change is part of the focus on making the Afghan population feel "safer" and comes as U.S. commanders are taking new steps to avoid civilian casualties.

The changes come as the Obama administration is adjusting the U.S. role in Afghanistan. A troop buildup is expected to boost the number of U.S. military personnel in the country to 68,000 by year's end.

Jul 23 15:45

Is It Worth It?

Is It Worth It? The Difficult Case for War in Afghanistan

The war in Afghanistan has been nearly invisible to the American public since its initial combat phase ended in early 2002, but it has rapidly come once again into view. Indeed, the war is now poised to become perhaps the most controversial and divisive issue in U.S. defense policy.

Jul 23 09:55

War News for Thursday, July 23, 2009

Abu Ghraib:
#1: An Iraqi army Hummer vehicle was set on fire when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off near Baghdad, according to a local security source. “A roadside explosive device exploded in al-Haswa area, west of Abu Ghraib (20 km west of Baghdad), near an Iraqi army patrol, setting a Hummer vehicle on fire,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. There was no word on casualties, the source noted, adding that all roads leading to the scene of the blast were blocked.

Yusufiya:
#1: A roadside bomb targeting a U.S. military patrol killed one civilian and wounded two others in Yusufiya, 20 km (12 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

Hilla:

Jul 23 09:22

Obama Escalates Afghanistan Quagmire

It could be argued that the single biggest contributor to President Barack Obama’s election victory was voter dissatisfaction with former President Bush’s neoconservative warmongering foreign policy (which was embraced by Republican presidential candidate John McCain). Ironically, since taking office, Obama has turned out to be eerily similar in the warmongering department.

One has to wonder how long it will take the American public to wake up from their mainstream media-induced slumber to recognize that the man sold to them as a peace candidate is turning out to be just as bad of a warmonger, if not worse, than his much-maligned predecessor.

Jul 23 05:51

More Than 150 Casualties in a Week in Helmand

Nothing has changed since the days of Rudyard Kipling;The Afghanis still know how to kick the crap out of the Brits!

Jul 22 10:29

U.S. Deaths Hit A Record High In Afghanistan

A confluence of factors has contributed to July's toll, which is the highest for U.S. troops in Afghanistan in any month since the war began in late 2001. Among them: President Obama's new strategy ordering tens of thousands more U.S. troops to Afghanistan this year, a surge in offensive operations by both U.S. forces and the Taliban, and an increase in insurgents' use of powerful roadside bombs.

So far this month, 31 U.S. troops have died in Afghanistan, surpassing the record of 28 deaths in June 2008. Losses for the entire NATO-led coalition, including British, Canadian, Dutch and other forces, have also spiked this month, feeding growing unease over the war in those countries.

Jul 22 08:59

Feingold: Obama’s Afghanistan surge might backfire

“I continue to be concerned that the troop increase in Afghanistan will lead to more grim milestones like this one and will not have a lasting impact on our ability to deny al Qaeda a safe haven in that region,” Feingold added. “Indeed, I am concerned that the so-called surge may actually make matters worse by pushing militants into Pakistan, a nuclear-armed nation which is still not effectively dealing with terrorist sanctuaries in that country.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Between Clinton's remarks yesterday that the perpetrators of 9/11 have found safe haven in Pakistan, coupled with Feingold's remarks today, one has to wonder if the stage is being set for an outright invasion of Pakistan.

Of course, I would almost be willing to be that the current Pakistani leadership has been bought off by American "aid" to the degree that they can spend their remaining years in....Geneva or Paris, or maybe even Aspen.

Jul 22 07:37

Brown forces minister to retract parting shot on need for more helicopters in Afghanistan

A furious Gordon Brown today forced an outgoing minister to retract his admission that British troops in Afghanistan do need more helicopters.

Hours after outgoing Foreign Office minister Lord Malloch-Brown delivered the devastating final salvo, he was forced to rush out a statement this morning taking it back.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"I deeply regret any confusion my earlier statement may have made and hope that the Prime Minister will find it in his heart to forgive me and have these wires removed from my genitalia."

Jul 21 09:32

West ignores lessons of Soviet humiliation in Afghanistan

It was an agonising process that marked the beginning of the end of the Soviet empire and eventually the USSR itself. “How to get out of this racks one’s brains,” Gorbachev despaired to his fellow Soviet magnates in the spring of 1986. He told his generals later that year: “After all this time we have not learnt how to wage war there.”

When the last troops left on February 15, 1989, about 15,000 of their comrades had been killed. It was the only war the USSR lost. To Gorbachev, one vital issue was how to “spin” it correctly. As he wrote to his key aides during the last phase of the retreat, presentation was key: “We must say that our people have not given their lives in vain,” he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Those who stubbornly refuse to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

Unfortunately, many, many more Afghans, US, and NATO troops will be condemned to death because of that refusal to learn from history on the part of US military and civilian leadership

Jul 21 09:00

British troops relying on Russian supply aircraft

British forces are so short of helicopters in Helmand that they are hiring Russian civilian aircraft to transport supplies.

The Soviet-era Mi-8 and Mi-26 helicopters are flown by freelance Russia and Ukrainian pilots, who face the risk of being shot down by the Taliban. Their ageing aircraft also have a questionable safety record. Troops at UK forward operating bases rely heavily on the civilian helicopters to ferry in food, water, ammunition and other supplies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It must be painfully obvious to British soldiers in Afghanistan that they have become disposable to their government in this military misadventure.

Jul 20 13:35

Helicopter crash in Afghanistan kills 16 civilian contractors

This month, already the most lethal for Western troops in Afghanistan since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion, has seen an unusual increase in aviation-related incidents.

Jul 20 09:48

One Soldier & 10,00 Dead Bodies

Pfc. Bowe R. Bergdahl, 23, of Ketchum, Idaho was captured June 30th from the Paktika province in southeastern Afghanistan.

The facts of the story are as follows:
*Pfc. Bowe R. Bergdahl was captured June 30th from the Paktika province
*The Taliban has stated that they will kill him if foreign troops keep targeting civilians
*He was taken by members of the Taliban

The facts behind the Afghanistan war are as follow:
*2,118 innocent Afghan's died in 2008 — an increase of 40 percent, according to the U.N. Mission in Afghanistan
*The Defense Department of the United States has erased journalists' footage of civilian deaths in Afghanistan; and
*Refused to disclose an array of statistics on civilian casualties.

Jul 20 09:30

Fox News Military Pundit Calls Bowe Bergdahl "A Liar"

Jul 20 09:26

Fox News guest wants Taliban to kill captured American soldier

I couldn't believe my ears, but just minutes ago on "America's News HQ," guest pundit Ralph Peters suggested something to the effect that the Taliban should "save us the headache" and execute captured 23 year-old American soldier Bowe Bergdahl, because "it looks like" Bergdahl deserted his unit. While prefacing his comments by stressing that a military decision should not be made until all of the facts surrounding Bergdahl's capture are determined, Peters then ignored his own advice and encouraged the Taliban to kill this young man. Fox News' Julie Banderas was visibly shocked at the words coming out of Peters' mouth, but did not challenge any of his statements before awkwardly ending the segment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The war hawks need a dead (preferably tortured) bloody body to try to whip up American support for escalating the war in Afghanistan.

Jul 20 08:15

Gates: US Must Prove Afghanistan ‘Winnable’ in a Year

In an interview published today, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates declared that the American public is “pretty tired” of the seemingly endless war in Afghanistan, and said he believed that forces had to turn the situation around in a year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, SecDef Gates, just how do you define "winnable" here, when during the last 8 years, US and NATO forces have accomplished absolutely nothing, except bringing more misery on the already pretty miserable Afghan people?

And the US and NATO are supposed to "win" with just a little over 10% of the compliment the old Soviet Union had here to "pacify" Afghanistan with 500,000 pairs of boots on the ground?

Jul 20 02:06

The Insatiable American Thirst for Blood

The insatiable American thirst for blood is now in full bloom in this killing season as its drones continue to take the lives of men, women, and children in various parts of Pakistani FATA and its soldiers continue to dig deeper and deeper into Afghanistan. Although it is moving its soldiers out Iraqi towns, it is simply redeploying them. This continuous lust for blood is something that now defines America. Its war machine has become so blood thirsty that there is no end in sight of American occupation of Afghanistan, even though there is absolutely no moral or legal justification for its continuous operations in that war-ravaged land.

Jul 19 08:54

Gates: US public may stop backing Afghan war

The US defense secretary has admitted that the American public will likely stop backing the war in Afghanistan a day after a top US military chief said he can not see an end to the long-fought war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to SecDef Gates: thinking Americans have already stopped backing the war in Afghanistan (if they ever really did).

This has been about two things: the "pacification" of Afghan citizens for long enough to install the pipelines throughout the country, and the protection of the opium crops, from which so many profit so handsomely.

You've got an American puppet in power, swirling in a sewer of corruption which has even included his own brother's connections to the drug trade, a government so crooked that it has to, collectively, screw its socks on in the morning, and a people infinitely less better off than when the US and NATO invaded and occupied Afghanistan.

The options are very limited. Viet Nam should have taught both US civilian and military leadership that you cannot win what is essentially a ground war from the air; apparently, that bitter lesson has yet to be learned.

We can, of course, declare victory and go home. That might free up a little money for fixing our crumbling infrastructure.

We can attempt (and this will be impossible without the reinstitution of the draft) to overwhelm the Afghans with a number of troops which will crush the Taliban.

And when the old Soviet Union couldn't do this with 500,000 pairs of combat boots on the ground, how many troops do you think, SecDef Gates, you'd actually need to get the job done; 750,000? One million?!?

Those are pretty impressive numbers. But at the current military complement of about 68,000 troops - give or take - we're just a touch over 10% of the numbers the Soviet Union had here - when they failed.

We could declare a scorched earth policy, killing every single man, woman, and child left breathing in this country, and I am certain that this has been considered under some vilely euphemistic language, such as "final emergency pacification" of the Afghan population. However, coming from the country which so obnoxiously trumpets the values of human and civil rights and democracy (while observing those values in the breach), whatever shred of respect for this country any other country might have will have been utterly destroyed.

At the end of the day, what is needed here are not more bombs, but butter; Afghans deserve the right to create their own destiny, and a working infrastructure at every level (social, political, and economic) which will give them hope for a future.

The current US and NATO military strategy is making that absolutely impossible.

Jul 19 08:51

Now we are borrowing Russian helicopters to fight the Taliban

British frontline troops in Afghanistan are so short of helicopters and transport planes that they are being bailed out by the Russians.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1200620/Now-borrowing-Russian-...

Jul 19 08:15

Copter crash kills 16 in Afghanistan, NATO says

The helicopter was not shot down, ISAF said, adding that the exact cause of the crash was not known.

Jul 19 06:46

Captive G.I. on Video by Taliban

WASHINGTON (AP) — The American soldier who disappeared June 30 in eastern Afghanistan, and was later confirmed to have been captured, appears on a video posted Saturday to a Web site by the Taliban, two United States defense officials said.

The soldier is shown in the 28-minute video with his head shaved and the start of a beard. He is sitting, wearing a nondescript gray outfit. When one of his captors holds the soldier’s dog tag up to the camera, the name and ID number are visible.

The soldier, whose identity the Pentagon has not yet released, says his name, age and hometown on the video. American defense officials confirmed that the man in the video is the captured soldier.

(Video at the source link).

Jul 19 06:10

US air strikes kill Afghan civilians

Attacks by US warplanes this week killed up to six Afghan civilians, including a four-year-old girl, and left another 16 wounded. The incidents in Afghanistans southern Kandahar province have again underscored the grim human cost of the military escalation ordered by the Obama administration.

At least nine of the wounded reached the Kandahar City hospital. Photographs and television footage from the facility showed badly wounded women and children wrapped in bandages.

The Wednesday night attacks were prompted after a US foot patrol, apparently by special forces troops, drew fire from insurgents. The ground troops called for close air support, bringing in attack helicopters and other warplanes.

Jul 18 11:44

Obama's war

With Obama approaching the end of his sixth month in the White House, there is growing evidence that his administration is in only the first stages of what is shaping up to be a major and sustained escalation of the US war in Afghanistan.

Elected in large part because of the hostility of American working people to the militarist policies of the Bush administration, Obama and the Pentagon are waging an intensified and brutal counter-insurgency campaign that has the potential of dwarfing the carnage in Iraq and dragging on for another decade.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The muscularity of Obama's foreign policy (even with mercenaries, which comprise a sizable complement of military forces) cannot be sustained by the continuation of an all-volunteer military.

There will be a point where he will have to re-institute the draft.

Sound crazy?!?

As reported in:

http://www.sss.gov/reg5.htm

(Updated July 15, 2009)

"Since the inception of the High School Registrar Program in 1981, thousands of volunteers have been appointed as Selective Service High School Registrars. They provide an important civic service, ensuring that students are in compliance with the Military Selective Service Act which requires young men to register within 30 days of their 18th birthday. They provide a convenient alternative to registering at the post office, and they can assist men in registering on-line using school computers to connect to http://www.sss.gov. Anyone wishing to serve as a high school registrar can complete the online application."

Remember: all US young men between the ages of 18 through 25 must still register for the Selective Service, under US law, with draconian penalties and consequences if they don't.

We barely have enough military to fulfill their tasks around the world right now.

If there are not a massive number of new recruits for the all volunteer army, where will the rest of the person-power come from for further military deployments?

Jul 18 11:06

US air strikes kill Afghan civilians

Attacks by US warplanes this week killed up to six Afghan civilians, including a four-year-old girl, and left another 16 wounded. The incidents in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province have again underscored the grim human cost of the military escalation ordered by the Obama administration.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that despite protestations to the contrary by General Mc Chrystal, the Obama doctrine, when it comes to Afghan civilians is that of the Papal Legate at the siege of Montsegur against the Cathars.

When notified that there were women and children among the men, the Legate gave the order: "Kill them all: God will find his own".

Jul 18 10:15

U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan tests McChrystal's new order

Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, ordered American ground troops two weeks ago to avoid calling in airstrikes if civilian lives are at risk, in an effort to avoid casualties and to show the local population that U.S. forces are here to protect them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal: the Afghan people are not stupid.

They understand full well that the American and NATO presence in Afghanistan has absolutely nothing to do with "protecting" the people of Afghanistan: it is about "pacifying" the Afghan people to the degree necessary to install the pipelines for the oil companies, and protect the drug trade, from which so many profit.

Notice that the attempts at eradication of the opium poppy crop have been abandoned.

As reported in"

http://www.airforcetimes.com/news/2009/07/ap_afghanistan_poppies_071009/

on 11 July in the Air Force Times, Via AP:

"Convinced that razing the cash crop grown by dirt-poor Afghan farmers is costing badly needed friends along the front lines of the fight against Taliban-led insurgents, U.S. authorities say they are all but abandoning the Bush-era policy of destroying drug crops."

So, there you have it, General McChrystal: the Afghan people know precisely why the US and NATO troops are in Afghanistan. And so, by the way, do the American people.

Jul 18 06:56

Obama Covers Up A Dozen My Lais: Were 3,000 Afghans Murdered As U.S. Troops Stood By?

NEW YORK--"I've asked my national security team to...collect the facts," President Obama told CNN. Then, he said, "we'll probably make a decision in terms of how to approach it once we have all the facts together."

Probably.

Such was Obama's tepid reaction to a New York Times cover story about an alleged "mass killing of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Taliban prisoners of war by the forces of an American-backed warlord during the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan."

Jul 15 18:02

Private contractors replacing troops in Iraq, Afghanistan

If you thought the end of American intervention in foreign wars was nearing, think again. President Obama has been replacing soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan with private contractors—some 250,000 are currently deployed overseas—including Black Water (operating under another alias.)

Contractors are not subject to the same guidelines as our soldiers, and thus, have not been held accountable for the misdeeds they have afflicted upon civilian populations in the past.

Jul 15 16:49

Afghanistan war futility: "I know it must stop"

I might not know what this war’s ‘about’ ... but I know it must stop
Muriel Gray
The only trustworthy PR representatives on this assault are, as always, the magnificent British servicemen and women themselves....
These soldiers are the people who are on the ground trying to defend the weak, rout out the monsters, and help the Afghans build their own future. And they keep telling us it isn't working. They, surely, are the ones worth listening to. They don't want their colleagues to have died in vain, but the bereaved families have also made it abundantly clear that they don't wish to see any more fall in a conflict that has no foreseeable resolution.

Jul 15 13:58

July is deadliest for US-led forces in Afghanistan

July is shaping up as the deadliest month of the Afghan war for U.S.-led international forces, with the number killed already matching the highest full-month toll of the nearly eight-year conflict, according to figures compiled by The Associated Press.

As of Wednesday, at least 46 international troops, including 24 Americans, had been killed in Afghanistan this month, according to statements by the U.S. military and the NATO command. That matches the tolls for the two previous deadliest months — June and August of 2008.

The rate of deaths in July — about three a day — is approaching some of the highest levels of the Iraq war.

Jul 14 17:53

Taliban will let guns do their talking

Taliban leader Mullah Omar is now the focus of attention, with the Pakistan military reportedly saying that it is prepared to act as a middleman to help the administration of United States President Barack Obama in a "new diplomatic overture to find an end to the long-running conflict" in Afghanistan.

Mullah Omar, however, is not believed to be in any mood to talk. Over the past few months, he has consolidated his grip over the various scattered but powerful resistance groups across Afghanistan and in Pakistan's tribal areas. His ultimate objective, as it has been since the Taliban were ousted in the US-led invasion of 2001, is for military victory against foreign forces.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a land war which absolutely cannot be won from the air.

One would have thought that perhaps the lessons of the Viet Nam War would have been absorbed by the civilian and military leadership of the US and NATO by this point in history; obviously, they have not.

And that is one damned shame.

Jul 14 14:42

Afghanistan: Our troops are giving their lives to safeguard a rigged election

Hamid Karzai's appalling and corrupt regime is the West's guilty little secret, suggests Mary Riddell.

Jul 14 14:41

US commander in Afghanistan lobbies for more troops

Less than six months after Barack Obama ordered 21,000 additional American soldiers to Afghanistan, and barely two weeks into the first major offensive by the reinforcements, General Stanley McChrystal, the newly-appointed US commander, has launched a lobbying drive for a substantial further increase in troop numbers.

Jul 14 11:32

Neocon Rodeo

Imagine this headline "George Bush arrested and extradited to the Hague for crimes against humanity." Upon further reading, "Prosecutors say George Bush is allegedly guilty of mass murder for the atrocities of 911 where over 3000 innocent people were murdered." One would think, "justice is served," but lets take a journey down this phantasmal path and weigh the ramifications of this price of corruption.

Jul 13 18:17

Report: After brutal police rule, Taliban ‘welcomed as liberators’

In the wilds of Afghanistan, the civilian populace is increasingly turning to the Taliban for aid over U.S.-backed police forces, a published report revealed Monday. In some areas of the country, the situation has become so dire that some have began to see Taliban movements as ‘liberation’ rather than oppression.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If this is "victory" in Afghanistan, what the Sam Hill does failure look like?

Anyone in the State Department or Pentagon care to tell me, please?!?

After all the money and blood that have been spent in this campaign, is this the pinnacle of US and NATO accomplishment?!?!That the Taliban are now looking like the good guys to the Afghans?!?!

Jul 13 08:54

FLASHBACK - Karzai in move to share power with Hekmatyar, warlord wanted by US

ONE of Afghanistan’s most wanted terrorists is to be offered a power-sharing deal by the government of President Hamid Karzai as the country’s warlords extend their grip on power.

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, who is on America’s “most wanted” terrorist list, is to hold talks with the Kabul government within the next few weeks.

Hekmatyar is the leader of Hezb-i-Islami, which has been fighting Nato troops alongside the Taliban. The hardline group is responsible for many attacks in the eastern and central regions, including the massacre of 10 French soldiers in Sarobi last year. It controls Kapisa province, just 50 miles north of Kabul.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Then the US tried to kill Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, so the deal may be off.

But if Karzai is making deals like this, then we are losing in Afghanistan (just as every other conqueror has since Alexander the Great).

Jul 13 08:41

Dick Holbrooke - The Zionist Agent in Obama's Viet Nam

War weary Americans who hoped the new Obama administration would change U.S. policies in Iraq and Afghanistan and bring the troops home must be sorely disappointed. The only Americans coming home these days are those who have died in the senseless conflict. More troops are being sent to fight a war that is understood neither by the American public nor by the people doing the fighting.

Jul 13 08:18

It's not just Afghanistan; it's everywhere from Azerbaijan to Uzbekistan.

Central Asia has oil and gas.

And heroin.

Journalist Simon Reeve said of his trip to the Stans, such as Uzbekistan:

"Most people I met longed for a return to the financial security of Communism...

Jul 12 22:47

Afghanistan soldiers: ``This is a war we just can`t win and there`s no need for us to win it``

To be honest, the Taliban can move about pretty much as they please. Putting more troops on the ground will restrict them a little more, but will also mean more casualties for us.

Jul 12 14:59

4 US Marines killed in Afghan bomb blasts

"Great Britain has played an extraordinary role in this coalition, understanding that we cannot allow either Afghanistan or Pakistan to be a safe haven for al-Qaida, those who with impunity blow up train stations in London or buildings in New York."

"al Qaida" operatives supposedly hijacked planes and flew them into buildings in New York, they didn't blow the buildings up. Is this a Freudian slip?

See also: 9/11 Firefighters: Bombs and Explosions in the WTC

Jul 12 11:22

Escalation Scam: Troops in Afghanistan

The president has set a limit on the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan. For now.

That's how escalation works. Ceilings become floors. Gradually.

But "escalation" isn't mere jargon. And it doesn't just refer to what's happening outside the United States.

Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on July 7 that no limit has been set. Speaking to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, he sounded an open-ended note: "There is not a ceiling on troop levels in Afghanistan."

Mullen's comment was scarcely reported in U.S. media outlets. It has become old news without ever being news in the first place.

Jul 12 11:19

Report: Taliban captures district in E Afghanistan

Taliban made this achievement while a massive offensive, involving 4,000 U.S. Marines and 650 Afghan troops, has been going on since July 2 to restore government authorities in Taliban-held territories.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is completely impossible to win this war militarily.

And unfortunately, the knuckleheads at the Pentagon and the White House who allegedly "planned" the war in Afghanistan were collectively guilty of selective amnesia and magical thinking.

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

Viet Nam should have taught US military and civilian leadership that long ago, but apparently, that lesson hasn't been learned yet, condemning many more of our military (and innocent Afghan non-coms) to get killed or maimed in this endless, murderous campaign.

The total complement of US military forces here (not counting the mercenaries) is about 68,000 troops, give or take. The old Soviet Union couldn't "pacify" Afghanistan with 500,000 pairs of boots on the ground.

The government in Kabul is so arrogantly corrupt that Afghan citizens think their political figures are so crooked they have to screw their socks on in the morning.

Unfortunately, Afghanistan is cursed to be just the place of real estate which would be great for the implementation of pipelines across it, giving whoever controls those pipelines tremendous control of both the region, and the world's flow of oil.

So, the Powers that Be have decided that an infinite number of US and Afghan lives are worth that price, no matter how exorbitant that price may be in money and blood.

For these people, it's only taxpayers' money; and it's never their kids fighting, getting maimed, and dying on the front lines.

Jul 12 10:59

Afghans turn to Taliban in fear of own police

U.S. and British troops have launched a campaign to seize control of Helmand province, about half of which was in Taliban hands, and restore Afghan government institutions.

But as they advance, they are learning uncomfortable facts about their local allies: villagers say the government's police force was so brutal and corrupt that they welcomed the Taliban as liberators.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now, let me get this straight; the government cops, trained to some extent by the US and NATO were so brutal to their own people, that the Afghans are begging for the Taliban to come back?!?!?!?

Your tax dollars at work, folks: unflipping believable!!

Jul 12 10:01

UPDATE1-Taliban pushed back,long way to go -Obama

Tell that to the families of the dead Marines!

Jul 12 09:56

Drones Hardly Ever Kill Bad Guys

The foreign policy community’s favorite counterinsurgency adviser, or at least their favorite Australian one, David Kilcullen, told lawmakers last week that the drone strikes targeting Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters in Pakistan are creating enemies at a far faster rate than its killing them. According to statistics he provided, the success rate of the drone bombing campaign is extremely low: just 2 percent of bombs dropped have hit targeted militants. The other 98 percent? Those killed noncombatant Pakistani civilians, he said.

Jul 12 09:39

Obituary: Area Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

Jul 12 09:34

Afghanistan troops died 'for future of Britain'

David Miliband, the foreign secretary, acknowledges 'grievous few days' but says UK security depends on routing Taliban

I'll bet the Soviets said the same thing...

Jul 12 09:31

Gordon Brown plans troops surge in Afghanistan

Jul 12 09:31

Revealed: Brown's secret plan to cut Afghanistan force by 1,500

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Gordon can't make up his mind, apparently.

Jul 12 09:30

Report:Taliban Captures District in E. Afghanistan

Jul 12 09:20

AFGHANISTAN ~~ DOUBLE STANDARDS

FLASHBACK….. Remember 1979? Remember the invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union? Remember the outcry and crocodile tears in support of the people of that country?

FLASHBACK #2….. Remember 2001? Remember the invasion of Afghanistan by the United States? Where was the outcry and crocodile tears in support of that nation then?

There weren’t any…. because the crimes committed by US troops were hidden….. covered up…… LIED ABOUT!

Jul 12 09:19

U.S. Military Offensive Bogged by Afghan Road Mines

Jul 12 09:19

NATO/US liberate pre-pubescent boys to be used as sex toys by Afghan policemen.

But as they advance, they are learning uncomfortable facts about their local allies: villagers say the government's police force was so brutal and corrupt that they welcomed the Taliban as liberators.

"The police would stop people driving on motorcycles, beat them and take their money," said Mohammad Gul, an elder in the village of Pankela, which British troops have been securing for the past three days after flying in by helicopter.

He pointed to two compounds of neighbors where pre-teen children had been abducted by police to be used for the local practice of "bachabazi," or sex with pre-pubescent boys.

Jul 12 09:05

Four U.S. Troops Killed in Afghanistan Bomb Blast

Jul 11 08:33

U.S. Inaction Seen After Taliban P.O.W.’s Died

After a mass killing of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Taliban prisoners of war by the forces of an American-backed warlord during the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan, Bush administration officials repeatedly discouraged efforts to investigate the episode, according to government officials and human rights organizations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The 21st Century version of the Black Hole of Calcutta.

Jul 11 08:21

Military Escalation: From Afghanistan To the Caspian Sea and Central Asia

The Pentagon and its NATO allies have launched the largest combat offensive to date in their nearly eight-year war in South Asia - Operation Khanjar (Strike of the Sword) with 4,000 US Marines, attack helicopters and tanks and Operation Panchai Palang (Panther's Claw) with several hundred British engaged in airborne assaults - in the Afghan province of Helmand.

The American effort is the largest ground combat operation conducted by Washington in Asia since the Vietnam War.

Jul 11 08:08

Obama admin: No grounds to probe Afghan war crimes

Obama administration officials said Friday they had no grounds to investigate the 2001 deaths of Taliban prisoners of war who human rights groups allege were killed by U.S.-backed forces.

A former U.S. ambassador for war crimes issues, Pierre Prosper, told the Times that the Bush administration was reluctant to investigate the deaths, even though Dostum was on the payroll of the CIA and his soldiers worked with U.S. special forces in 2001.

Dostum was suspended from his military post last year on suspicion of threatening a political rival, but Afghan President Hamid Karzai recently rehired him, the Times reported.

Jul 10 16:10

U.S. Said to Have Averted Inquiry Into ’01 Afghan Killings

After a mass killing of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Taliban prisoners of war by the forces of an American-backed warlord during the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan, Bush administration officials repeatedly discouraged efforts to investigate the episode, according to government officials and human rights organizations.

Jul 10 12:45

U.S. Military Links Karzai Brother to Drugs

U.S. military documents, obtained by ABC News, list the brother of Afghanistan president Karzai as a "problem maker" in the pay of drug lords.

Wali Karzai is described in the documents as "receives money from drug lords as bribe to facilitate their work and movement."

The documents, marked secret, appear to be part of a "U.S. military targeting assessment" produced in January 2005. The documents were downloaded from a computer flash disc sold at an Afghanistan street bazaar for $200.

Jul 10 12:20

Karzai pardons five Afghan heroin traffickers

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has pardoned five heroin smugglers, at least one of them a relative of a man who heads Karzai's campaign for re-election next month, a source and a government spokesman said.

Jul 10 06:58

A War of Colonial Conquest in Afghanistan

Really disgusting!

Jul 09 17:20

Generals: More forces needed for Afghan offensive.

Senior U.S. generals said Wednesday that more Afghan and NATO soldiers are needed to expand the fight against a Taliban-led insurgency in southern Afghanistan, although current military plans make such increases unlikely.

Jul 09 17:09

Army Awards Afghan Deals to DynCorp and Fluor

DynCorp International Inc. and Fluor Corp. won Army contracts that could be valued at $15 billion over the next five years to build bases and other infrastructure for U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

The deals show how lucrative logistics contracts in Afghanistan will be, since the country has a far less developed infrastructure than Iraq. Each company could receive up to $7.5 billion, depending on the Pentagon's needs.

Jul 09 17:01

Escalation Scam:

Escalation Scam: Troops in Afghanistan

A few times since last fall, the Obama team has floated rising numbers for how many additional U.S. soldiers will be sent to Afghanistan. Now, deployment of 21,000 more is a done deal, with a new total cap of 68,000

In the spring and early summer of 1965, President Lyndon Johnson decided to send 100,000 additional U.S. troops to Vietnam, more than doubling the number there. But at a July 28 news conference, he announced that he'd decided to send an additional 50,000 soldiers.

Why did President Johnson say 50,000 instead of 100,000? Because he was heeding the advice from something called a "Special National Security Estimate"

Jul 09 13:31

Obama’s Rollback Strategy: Honduras, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan

The recent events in Honduras and Iran, which pit democratically elected regimes against pro-US military and civilian actors intent on overthrowing them can best be understood as part of a larger White House strategy designed to rollback the gains achieved by opposition government and movements during the Bush years.

Jul 09 13:12

You won't see THIS on FOX: Afghan Children Left to Die After US Bombings

Jul 08 02:49

Are Afghan Lives Worth Anything?

The Americans claim there were gunshots as they left. The villagers deny it. Regardless, American bombers swooped by the village just after the soldiers left and dropped a payload on one house. It belonged to Haiji Qadir, a pole-thin, wizened old man who was hosting more than forty relatives for a wedding party. The bomb split the house in two, killing sixteen, including twelve from Qadir's family, and wounding scores more.... The malek [chief] went to the province's governor and delivered a stern warning: protect our villagers or we will turn against the Americans.

That passage caught my eye because, to the best of my knowledge, I'm the only person in the US who has tried to keep track of the wedding parties wiped out, in whole or part, by American military action since the Bush administration invaded Afghanistan in November 2001.

Jul 07 12:21

The Enemy Has Gone To Ground

Jul 07 09:40

The wheels come off “the good war” in Afghanistan

It was utterly predictable that the wheels would come off the propaganda wagon trying to promote the "good war" with a troop "surge" in Helmand, not least because the Taliban were understandably not too keen to hang around to be incinerated by the horrific firepower used by the US and British military. They simply melted away.

Jul 07 06:50

Seven U.S. Troops Killed In Afghanistan

Jul 06 12:33

Taliban launch 'operation' against Marines

Taliban launch 'operation' against Marines
by Nasrat Shoaib Nasrat Shoaib – Mon Jul 6
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AFP) – Afghanistan's insurgent Taliban movement said Monday they had launched a guerrilla operation to thwart a major assault by newly deployed US Marines on their Helmand strongholds.
Operation Foladi Jal, Pashtu for "iron net", would teach the Marines "a lesson". Taliban spokesman Yousuf Ahmadi told AFP by telephone from an unknown location.

Jul 05 04:12

US Marines launch major operation in Afghanistan

To date, about 57,000 U.S. servicemen are now deployed in Afghanistan, but security situation there remain grin and stark, according to the U.S. Central Command, a theater-level unified combatant command unit of the U.S. armed forces set up in 1983 under the operation control of the US secretary of defense

Known as a “desert of death” in southern Afghanistan, Helmond province is the area where the Taliban insurgents and al-Qaeda forces have intensified or are beefing up attacks against the U.S. occupiers. Consequently, the stationed U.S. troops have suffered a lot of casualties from incessant attacks by Taliban and al Qaeda insurgents over the past six months owing to the lack of adequate support from Afghan security forces.

Jul 04 16:04

Obama sends marines to suppress population of southern Afghanistan

Contrary to campaign posturing our national policy is clearly intended to pacify, occupy and control Afghanistan;

"Disquiet in the military has clearly not been silenced. McClatchy Newspapers reported on Wednesday that National Security Advisor James Jones, who had just returned from Central Asia, had “started to hear rumblings that new commanders and officials being sent to Afghanistan would quickly urge another shift in strategy and more troops”. An unnamed senior officer allegedly told journalist Bob Woodward that at least 100,000 were needed."

Jul 04 13:57

UK media : Afghan combat truth suppression

Helmand: Operation Panther's Claw....British soldiers have been locked in close-quarters combat with the Taliban and fought long gun battles as they push north in Helmand province, the military has said.-- By Ben Farmer in Kabul BST 04 Jul 2009
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8134137.stm
Saturday, 4 July 2009 06:18 UK
UK forces 'encounter few Taliban'
British forces on a major operation in Afghanistan say they have encountered little resistance from the Taliban.Troops are moving into a large swathe of territory in Helmand province....

Jul 04 08:07

Independence Day and Occupation

On your Independence Day it might be worth giving a few minutes thought to those your nation and mine occupy in Iraq and Afghanistan. They've been reduced to the role of "collateral damage", told they should be greatful for being bombed into submission to our edicts, denied basic rights such as habeas corpus in our foreign prisons, tortured and abused, exposed to our dumb belief in The White Man's Burden.

Jul 04 05:33

Russia to Open Airspace to U.S. for Afghan War

(*after the bout they lost in Afghanistan , this is like Russia , the doorman , holding the door and saying "Right This Way" , for their old cold war friends and allies .)

Jul 03 15:44

Afghanistan: US Offensive, or Taliban Entrapment?

Afghanistan Offensive
Tara Mergener CBS News
Published: July 3, 2009
U.S. Marines are moving deeper into Taliban territory and the enemy is doing little to stop them....overall there’s been little resistance from insurgents.
http://www.canadaeast.com/rss/article/718102
Head of U.S. forces in Afghanistan says Taliban a dangerous, resilient enemy, Friday July 3rd, 2009
Bill Graveland, THE CANADIAN PRESS
...Petraeus warns,...."I think you have to recognize this is an enemy that is adaptable and at times is barbaric," ....

Jul 03 10:59

U.S. Faces Resentment in Afghan Region

The mood of the Afghan people has tipped into a popular revolt in some parts of southern Afghanistan, presenting incoming American forces with an even harder job than expected in reversing military losses to the Taliban and winning over the population.

Villagers in some districts have taken up arms against foreign troops to protect their homes or in anger after losing relatives in airstrikes, several community representatives interviewed said. Others have been moved to join the insurgents out of poverty or simply because the Taliban’s influence is so pervasive here.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Afghanistan is an occupied country, governed by American puppets who appear to their own population to be so crooked that they have to screw their socks on the morning.

Imagine that your kid, wife, husband, mom, dad, or other loved one or friend had been blown to smithereens in a US airstrike: would you want to skip toward the representative troops whose military did this with flowers in your hands?

Our options in Afghanistan are stark, and very limited.

We could declare "victory" and go home.

We could develop a robust reconstruction, sort of like the Marshall Plan after WW2, provide investment for real economic growth, encourage more real political dialogue and inclusion. When things stabilize enough that the pipelines can be constructed, we could then declare victory, and come home.

Or, we could kill every Afghan still breathing, behave like a complete butcher in the eyes of the rest of the world and any people of conscience left in this country, install the pipelines, declare victory, and come home.

Unfortunately, there are some in the halls of power in Washington who see that last scenario as truly preferable to the other two.

You cannot, absolutely, win what is essentially a land war from the air. The lessons of Viet Nam should have taught this country's military and political leaders this, but apparently the lessons have yet to be learned.

Those who do not understand the past, and learn from it, are doomed to repeat it - and fail again.

Jul 03 10:37

Taliban Slip Away From Afghanistan Surge Battle

Marine commanders said Taliban fighters seemed to have melted into the surrounding countryside rather than staying to fight the large U.S. force.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Taliban are most likely re-grouping to strike in another area, far away from where the 4,000 Marines are massed.

Jul 03 10:31

Taliban Seize US Soldier, ‘Sell’ to Militant Clan

It is being reported today that an unnamed US soldier and three Afghan soldiers were ambushed and captured Tuesday by the Taliban in Afghanistan’s restive Paktika Province. The military confirmed that the soldier was missing and believed captured.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I feel badly for the captured soldier, and can hardly begin to appreciate what their family is going through right now.

But this country betrayed that soldier long before he was ever captured, by torturing prisoners of war, and - for all practical intents and purposes - withdrawing from every human rights treaty to which it was ever a signatory.

Unfortunately, this soldier can expect no better treatment than the prisoners of war at Abu Ghraib received.

Jul 02 17:25

Captured American soldier: free reign to waterboard him.

After all, it isn't torture according to the US.

Jul 02 13:04

When Torture Kills: Ten Murders In US Prisons In Afghanistan

The interrogation and detention regime implemented by the US resulted in the deaths of over 100 detainees in US custody ? at least [see "Command?s Responsibility," a Human Rights First report from 2006, PDF]. While some of those deaths were the result of "rogue" interrogators and agents, many were caused by the methods authorized at the highest levels of the Bush White House, including extreme stress positions, hypothermia, sleep deprivation and others. Aside from the fact that they cause immense pain, that?s one reason we?ve always considered those tactics to be "torture" when used by others ? because they inflict serious harm, and can even kill people.

Jul 02 03:09

U.S. Launches South Afghan Offensive

Operation Khanjar, or "strike of the sword," began shortly after 1 a.m. local time when close to 4,000 Marines, backed by about 700 Afghan security personnel, moved by air and ground into villages in the Helmand River Valley, a major opium-producing region and Taliban stronghold.

Jul 01 17:27

Refusing to Comply: US Soldiers' Tactics of Resistance

Refusing to Comply: The Tactics of Resistance
in an All-Volunteer Military
Dahr Jamail, July 1, 2009
On May 1st at Fort Hood in central Texas, Specialist Victor Agosto wrote on a counseling statement, which is actually a punitive U.S. Army memo: "There is no way I will deploy to Afghanistan. The occupation is immoral and unjust. It does not make the American people any safer. It has the opposite effect."
"If we want soldiers to choose the right but difficult path, they must know beyond any shadow of a doubt that they will be supported by Americans." So said First Lieutenant Ehren Watada of the U.S. Army, the highest ranking enlisted soldier to refuse orders to deploy to Iraq.

Jul 01 16:09

U.S. Marines Launch Major Operation in Afghanistan

By Rajiv Chandrasekaran
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, July 1, 2009; 5:32 PM

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan, July 2 -- Thousands of U.S. Marines descended upon the volatile Helmand River valley in helicopters and armored convoys early Thursday morning, mounting an operation that represents the first large-scale test of the U.S. military's new counter-insurgency strategy in Afghanistan.

Jul 01 12:35

U.S.-built bridge is windfall ? for illegal Afghan drug trade

In August 2007, the presidents of Afghanistan and Tajikistan walked side by side with the U.S. commerce secretary across a new $37 million concrete bridge that the Army Corps of Engineers designed to link two of Central Asia's poorest countries.

Today, the bridge across the muddy waters of the Panj River is carrying much more than vegetables and timber: It's paved the way for drug traffickers to transport larger loads of Afghan heroin and opium to Central Asia and beyond to Russia and Western Europe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a repeat of Vietnam as well. Money allocated to support drug interdiction was used to construct a highway into the heart of the Golden Triangle, right up to Kuhn Sa's heroin factory. Whereas it had taken Kuhn Sa a week to caravan his heroin to the waiting Air America planes, the highway, funded with US tax dollars, allowed the journey to be made in just a few hours.

Jul 01 08:45

Opium crop haul just a hill of beans, admits MoD

Major Rupert Whitelegge, the commander of the company in charge of the area, tugged at one of the enormously heavy white sacks.

"They are definitely poppy seeds," he said emphatically.

Except they weren't. Analysis of a sample carried out by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation in Kabul for the Guardian has revealed that the soldiers had captured nothing more than a giant pile of mung beans, a staple pulse eaten in curries across Afghanistan.

Jun 28 10:42

U.S. announces revamp of Afghan drug policy

The U.S. envoy for Afghanistan, Richard Holbrooke, told The Associated Press that eradication programs weren't working and were only driving farmers into the hands of the Taliban.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ummm, Dick? The Taliban execute drug farmers. That is why prior to the US invasion, the opium trade had all but been wiped out in Afghanistan.

And if fighting opium is your goal, WHY ARE US SOLDIERS GUARDING THE POPPY FIELDS!

Jun 28 05:35

Pentagon 'rewrites' airstrike atrocity

WASHINGTON - The version of the official military investigation into the disastrous May 4 airstrike in Farah province made public last week by the Central Command was carefully edited to save the United States command in Afghanistan the embarrassment of having to admit that earlier claims blaming the massive civilian deaths on the "Taliban" were fraudulent.

The report reasserted the previous claim by the US command that only about 26 civilians had been killed in the US bombing on that day, despite well-documented reports by the government and by the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission that between 97 and 147 people were killed.

Jun 27 09:34

US Announces Shift In Afghanistan Drug Policy

The United States has announced a new drug policy for opium-rich Afghanistan, saying it was phasing out funding for eradication programs while significantly increasing its funding for alternate crop and drug interdiction efforts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, those making the huge profits from those opium poppies in Afghanistan have made their voices heard in the halls of power in various world capitals.

That's why we will never see decriminalization of drugs in this country: that would kill the profit from the sale of illegal drugs.

Jun 26 09:36

General: Troops needed as Afghan elections near

Despite the thousands of U.S. troops headed to southern Afghanistan this summer, a NATO commander said Thursday they'll fall short of the numbers historically needed to defeat insurgents.

Maj. Gen. Mart de Kruif said the influx of troops will let coalition forces pressure parts of the Taliban-infested region where extremists have not yet been pursued. That, in part, will spur more violence over the next few months, he said.

U.S. Gen. David Petraeus and other military experts say counterinsurgency warfare usually requires a mix of force that is 80 percent political and 20 percent military.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Toward the end of this year, we will have a total military compliment of 68,000 troops on the ground, just barely over 10% of the amount of troops the Soviet Union had here before they left in defeat and that was a military force of 500,000

The magical thinking, demonstrated in the military planning - if one can call the US campaign in Afghanistan "planned" - is inconceivably ignorant of the history of this region, the history of warfare, and is therefore doomed to fail spectacularly.

Ignorance and stupidity should be painful. The US military should have learned from the Viet Nam War that you cannot win what is essentially a ground war from the air, but apparently, the Pentagon leadership is collectively suffering from a full-on case of selective memory on this issue.

Jun 24 21:00

Bagram, the new Guantánamo

President Obama told us that this sort of thing has stopped. Well, it hasn't.

Jun 24 08:13

Mossad-Taliban whistleblower killed in Pakistan

A tribal leader who earlier defected from Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud and revealed the militants group's ties with the US and Israel has been shot dead.

Jun 22 22:04

US Remote viewing, drone bombing, civilian victims

Iraq, Afghanistan wars coordinated from afar
by Staff Writers
Tampa, Florida (AFP) June 19, 2009
In a windowless room at the sprawling MacDill Air Force Base, home to the US Central Command (CENTCOM), several dozen officers monitor developments across the Middle East, the Gulf and Central Asia 24 hours a day.
Despite all the high-level coordination, there are sometimes mistakes -- mistakes that often prove costly in places like Afghanistan and Pakistan, where the US air strikes are deeply unpopular.
US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have their own command posts and operations centers, but personnel at Creech Air Force Base near Las Vegas, in the western US state of Nevada, maneuver the pilotless Predator and Reaper drones that fly over Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Jun 22 08:36

FLASHBACK - Women used in huge voter fraud in Afghanistan

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Do you remember the corporate media making as big a deal about Iraq's admitted vote fraud as they are about the mere suspicion of vote fraud in Iran??

Jun 21 22:34

What Bush Told Blair Could End the Wars

In May 2005 we launched AfterDowningStreet.org to publicize the Downing Street Minutes. By June we'd had great, if fleeting, success. During the following months and years, mountains of new memos and statements emerged on the Iraq War lies, many of them more damaging than the Downing Street documents. But increasingly nobody cared, because evidence of crimes was less interesting once Congress had dropped the pretense that it might take action. The single most powerful, and yet largely ignored, document yet to emerge, might, now in 2009, finally, produce results. And, of course, it is our friends over in England who are, as always, two steps ahead of us.

Jun 21 09:17

After Deadly Attacks, No Finding of Blame

A military investigation into American air strikes in western Afghanistan on May 4 that killed dozens of Afghan civilians calls for additional training of United States air crews and ground forces. But the inquiry does not hold any military personnel culpable for failing to follow strict rules devised to avoid civilian casualties.

Jun 21 08:49

Intruder military plane awaits permission to leave India

The Indian Air Force forced an An-124 plane, en route from the U.S. military base in Diego Garcia to Afghanistan's Kandahar, to land on suspicions that it was a military plane flying on a civilian flight code. It landed at Mumbai airport at 10:40 p.m. local time (17:10 GMT) on Friday, according to an airport source.

Jun 21 06:54

Third U.S. Soldier Killed in Afghanistan In Single Day

I count 5 dead total yesterday counting the rocket attack on Bagram.

Jun 21 06:46

Bagram Air Base Attack Kills Two U.S. Soldiers

Jun 19 08:47

Letters Mullen: Unlikely Anyone Will Face Disciplinary Action Over Farah Killings

Admiral Michael Mullen says that while “there are additional changes we’re clearly going to have to make” in the wake of the massive civilian toll in last month’s air strikes in Afghanistan’s Farah Province, he does not expect anyone will face disciplinary action over the killings.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There will be no disciplinary charges, because this same kind of carnage will continue to happen, at an even more furious pace.

Why?!?

The military can't think of anything else to do, because they have no where near enough boots on the ground to pacify Afghanistan, nor will they, without the possible reinstitution of a draft in the US.

And right now, I wouldn't bet against that under Obama's watch.

The military and civilian leadership of this country has never intelligently integrated the major lesson of the Viet Nam war, which was that it is impossible to win what is a essentially a ground war from the air.

Jun 18 18:37

US military debates release of Afghan air strike probe

The release of a Pentagon investigation into deadly US air strikes in Afghanistan has been delayed amid an internal debate about what details of the report should be revealed, US officials said on Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: we are unlikely to ever see any details of these airstrikes revealed.

Were I a betting person, I would bet that we will see an increase in these kinds of strikes, with ever more collateral damage (i.e., the destruction of the lives of innocent civilians), because the Pentagon doesn't know what else to do.

The US is essentially trying to win what is a ground war from the air. We tried that tactic in Viet Nam; it didn't work then either.

One would think that the US civilian and military leadership would have learned that lesson, but apparently not.

Unfortunately, that doesn't augur well for the US military campaign in Afghanistan.

Jun 18 10:17

Video: Rethink Afghanistan - Civilian Casualties

The footage you are about to see is poignant, heart-wrenching, and often a direct result of U.S. foreign policy. In order to help the refugees whose lives have been shattered by U.S. foreign policy and military attacks, please provide aid through the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan. For more on Afghan civilian casualties, watch Director Robert Greenwald on MSNBC's The Ed Show.

Jun 18 08:29

Civilian Casualties Could End Airstrike Support

Rising anger over Afghan civilians accidentally killed in U.S. military bombing campaigns has prompted some U.S. officers to issue a stark warning to troops involved in airstrikes: If grave mistakes persist, they could lose armed air support—considered by most soldiers and marines to be an invaluable tool during battle. "Maybe they're just saying that to us as a scare tactic," says one U.S. military officer in Afghanistan. "But they are really serious about cutting these deaths."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If this statement was made for Afghan civilian consumption, it won't work... because Afghans have the horse-sense to know it can't work.

Air strikes are the blunt instrument in this war, and there is no way to separate civilian from insurgent when the bombs are targeted and launched.

There was a war a while back in American history, the Viet Nam war. It was there that civilian and military strategists should have learned that you cannot win what is absolutely a ground war from the air.

Apparently, that lesson has been stricken from all military and historical textbooks that are required reading for military leadership these days.

So, the bombing will continue; the civilian deaths will continue; the documentation of the carnage will continue; and we will continue to lose this war, because you cannot win a ground war from the air.

Jun 16 20:30

House passes $106 billion war funding bill

House passes $106 billion war funding bill

Jim Abrams, Associated Press Writer – 1 hr 38 mins ago

WASHINGTON – War-funding legislation survived a fierce partisan battle in the House on Tuesday, a major step in providing commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan the money they would need for military operations in the coming months.

The $106 billion measure, in addition to about $80 billion for military operations, provides for an array of other spending priorities, including $7.7 billion to respond to the flu pandemic and more than $10 billion in development and security aid for Pakistan and Iraq as well as countries such as Mexico and the nation of Georgia.

Jun 15 07:57

Obama Looses the Manhunters, Charisma and the Imperial Presidency

So, this is now truly Obama's war, about to be run by his chosen general, a figure from the dark side. Expect, then, from our sunshine president's men an ever bloodier secret campaign of so-called counter-terror (though it's essence is likely to be terror, pure and simple), as befits an imperial power trying to hang on to the Eastern reaches of the Greater Middle East.

The new crew aren't counterinsurgency warriors, but -- a term that has only recently entered our press -- "manhunters." And don't forget, President Obama is now presiding over an expanding war in which "manhunters" engaging in systematic assassination programs will not only be on the ground but, thanks to the CIA's escalating program of targeted assassination by robot aircraft, in the skies over the Pakistani tribal borderlands.

For those who care to remember, it was into counter-terrorism and an orgy of manhunting, abuse, and killing that the Vietnam era version of "counterinsurgency" dissolved as well.

Jun 15 07:35

NATO's new U.S. commander in Afghanistan vows to ensure security, development

The newly appointed commander of the U.S. and NATO-led peacekeeping forces in Afghanistan General Stanley A. McChrystal has vowed to accelerate security and development in the war-torn country, a statement of the alliance released here Monday said.

The general, according to the statement, has noted that, "the measure of effectiveness will not be (the number of) enemy killed, it will be the number of Afghans shielded from violence."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to General Stanley A. McChrystal: just how, sir, do you intend to accomplish this?!?

More no-bid reconstruction projects, like those in Iraq which (if they were ever built at all) fell apart at the seams when you sneezed at them?

With a government in Kabul so crooked and transparently corrupt that the Afghans believe government members screw their socks on in the morning?

With a total troop strength of only 70,000 military personnel in Afghanistan (plus the hired mercenaries), when the old Soviet Union couldn't pacify this country with 500,000 pairs of boots on the ground?

Without basic aid services, food and shelter, going to the poorest of the poor?

General, if this is the best we can do to protect Afghans from violence, we'd better leave, right the heck now.

Of course, the issue has never been that of the safety of Afghan citizens; it has been to get the country stable enough to lay the pipelines the large oil companies want to have in place in Afghanistan.

To say otherwise is intellectually dishonest in the extreme, sir, and a gross insult to the American people who ultimately pay your salary.

And for American taxpayers with a brain, the logical conclusion here is that the only people "winning" in Afghanistan right now are the arms dealers and the drug dealers.

That is completely unacceptable!

Jun 15 07:21

Film maker sets up web site to get around media censorship on Afghanistan.

The site, started by filmmaker Robert Greewald, contains a blog, video clips, articles etc. on the war in Afghanistan and the effects on the civilian population. Some of the video clips are part of a full length documentary, presently a work in progress.

http://www.rethinkafghanistan.com

Jun 14 10:18

British troops at mercy of Taliban surge

British troops fighting the Taliban are facing three times as many attacks as any other Nato force in Afghanistan amid spiralling violence across the country which has seen insurgent bombings and shootings rise by 73 per cent.

The details of the ferocity of the conflict emerged as Nato ministers meeting in the Netherlands acknowledged that the tide must be turned in the conflict. The US Defence Secretary Robert Gates stressed the urgent need to "shift the momentum", saying "the patience of the American people and Congress would wear pretty thin... if in a year or so it appears we are in a stalemate and we're taking even more casualties"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to SecDef Gates: regarding that statement about '.... "the patience of the American people and Congress would wear pretty thin... if in a year or so it appears we are in a stalemate and we're taking even more casualties": We the People have absolutely zero patience for continuing these wars without end, period, end of discussion!

Thinking Americans know that the only "winners" in this war are the weapons makers and the drug dealers. They are certainly not the Afghan people, with all the devastation and carnage we have heaped upon them.

And for people in Congress and the Pentagon, the entire Afghan population is simply "collateral damage", to be "neutralized" by any means necessary in order to make the place stable enough to install the pipelines the oil companies want to install here.

Sec Def Gates, you know, with absolute certainty, that we don't have any where near enough boots on the ground to successfully occupy Afghanistan, not even with all the contract mercenaries we have under contract.

We can't get more forces from NATO, because, at least to some degree, NATO countries' leadership listens to their people, and their people think that this war is insane.

The only way to possibly come up with a troop strength to begin to pacify Afghanistan would be for President Obama to re-institute the draft.

And frankly, at this point in time, I almost wouldn't bet against that possibility.

Jun 14 10:00

Afghanistan: Northern Supply Lines Under Attack

Due to the increasing attacks on the supply lines to Afghanistan from the port of Karachi in Pakistan through Quetta to Kandahar and through Peshavar to Kabul, the U.S. looked for new supply lines. These were found in the north.

Predictably those new supply lines are now coming under attack.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is obvious that there were absolutely no adults in the room when the campaign to attack and occupy Afghanistan was concocted.

Magical thinking, coupled with a complete ignorance of the Afghan people and their history, created a quagmire from which the US cannot possibly emerge "victorious", from a military perspective.

The old Soviet Union was unable to do this with 500,000 pairs of boots and the ground: the total US and NATO military strength is only a fraction of that.

Jun 14 08:51

Afghan villagers slain as they took cover

Tears streaming down her face, the Afghan woman sat in a corner of a room with no roof and broken windows, mourning 19 of her closest and dearest relatives. “They were parts of my heart,” she said.

Six weeks after American warplanes bombed her village in Farah province, on Afghanistan’s remote western border, mistakenly killing dozens of innocent women and children, the terror of the moment when the bombs fell and the ground erupted, turning one mud-walled house after another into rubble, still lives in her mind.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This fallout from the continuous indiscriminate killing civilians is going to further poison the minds of Afghans against the US and NATO, and make the Taliban almost look like the good guys.

This is the absolute opposite outcome from what the US and NATO have declared they want to happen.

The answer here is not, nor has it ever been a "military victory". The old Soviet Union tried to pacify this country with 500,000 pairs of boots on the ground, and failed utterly.The total troop strength of the US and NATO is far smaller than that, even with Obama's much-vaunted "surge".

What the Afghan people need is hope, a responsible government which provides for them to some degree, infrastructure, reconstruction, and aid which actually helps the people for which it was intended.

But unless and until the US and NATO can actually come up to the plate on these issues, the military campaign is, for all intents and purposes, doomed.

Jun 13 09:46

* Home * About Antiwar.com * Donate * Blog * US Casualties * Contact * Latest News * Letters As Gates Promises to Reduce Afghan Civilian Toll, NATO Kills More

During fighting in Afghanistan’s Kunar Province NATO forces fired artillery at civilians, killing two and wounding five others. NATO declined to provide further details about the killings, but said it was investigating the matter.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable.

How long do the knuckleheads in Washington think that Karzai can keep a lid on the natural tendency of people to want to retaliate against those forces which are killing their kids, brothers, wives, and grandfathers?

Tyrants and their enablers are only tolerated for just so long in human history; then, something snaps.

Ask the people of Romania about that: they have a very clear understanding of how that worked when their dictator Chauchescu was killed by a furious populace.

Jun 13 06:09

The Obama Enigma: Imperial Interventionism and Militarism

Those who thought that the election of Barack Obama as American President would mean a fundamental shift in U.S. foreign policy should have lost their illusions by now. Faces change but the system remains. When you want change, it's necessary to look beyond a single individual and evaluate the team he is working with ...or for. And the Obama team is what can be called a soft neoconservative team, all devoted to maintaining the military-industrial complex, [http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090610/pl_nm/us_arms_boeing] and all sold out with the ideology of permanent wars rather than permanent human progress.

Jun 12 15:00

Obama’s Afghan War

It is no secret that Obama has taken over the U.S peace movement.[xvi] For example, John Podesta’s ‘liberal think tank the Center for American Progress (CAP) strongly supports Obama’s escalation or surge in Afghanistan and Pakistan. MoveOn.org today serves as a full-time cheerleader of Obama’s policy agenda and is at best silent on Obama’s Afghan surge. More importantly, the established corporate media is largely silent about the continuing devastation perpetrated upon Afghan civilians by the Obama Afghan war. Only when a thoroughly egregious attack takes place as in Farah in early May 2009 when 97-147 civilians perished under U.S. "precision" bombs, is mention made.

Jun 12 13:38

Obama’s Afghan War

It is no secret that Obama has taken over the U.S peace movement.[xvi] For example, John Podesta’s ‘liberal think tank the Center for American Progress (CAP) strongly supports Obama’s escalation or surge in Afghanistan and Pakistan. MoveOn.org today serves as a full-time cheerleader of Obama’s policy agenda and is at best silent on Obama’s Afghan surge. More importantly, the established corporate media is largely silent about the continuing devastation perpetrated upon Afghan civilians by the Obama Afghan war. Only when a thoroughly egregious attack takes place as in Farah in early May 2009 when 97-147 civilians perished under U.S. "precision" bombs, is mention made.

Jun 12 07:26

You won't see THIS on FOX News: Starving Afghan Family Displaced by US Airstrike

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a man who obviously loves his family, which is starving to death after a US airstrike, and he is desperate to find them food and water.

Does this look anything like "victory" to you?!?!?!?

Jun 12 06:10

Why We NEED Torture "To Keep Us Safe"

Note: This essay is more appropriately titled something like "Send This to Everyone Who Still Believes that We Need Torture to Keep Us Safe". But if I used that title, no one who supports torture would read it.

Jun 12 04:51

US moving to appeal Bagram detention ruling

The Obama administration is moving to appeal a ruling that some detainees at a military air base in Afghanistan can use U.S. civilian courts to challenge their detention.

Jun 12 04:47

NATO data shows Afghanistan violence reaches record levels

Insurgent violence hit record levels in Afghanistan last week, reaching its highest level since 2001 as the commander of US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan warned Thursday that he expects "tough months" ahead.

Jun 11 08:04

Moves, Rhetoric Reveal Massive US Commitment to Afghanistan War

Visiting the Netherlands today, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates sought to use a visit to World War II era graves as a chance to press the nation’s NATO allies to observe World War II style unity in the conflict. Much of NATO has refused to commit additional troops to the seemingly endless war, despite administration pressures.

But the most telling aspect is the enormous collection of officers being picked by new US commander Lieutenant General McChrystal for the conflict. The 400-strong team will be committed to the war in Afghanistan for at least three more years, which is probably time for the administration to have to unveil at least two new major strategy changes given the war’s recent history.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to SecDef Gates, who appears to like to invoke history, but has absolutely no understanding of it: this military invasion and subsequent occupation of Afghanistan has absolutely no relationship to the events of World War II. Invoking this is a really gross error in judgment.

The US and NATO are attempting, with a far smaller contingent than the Old Soviet Union used (around 500,000 pairs of boots on the ground), to conquer this country militarily. The old USSR failed catastrophically in this endeavor: the US will, unfortunately, probably do the same.

We are not in Afghanistan to bring it's people "freedom and democracy"; we are in Afghanistan for the reasons reported in:

http://aangirfan.blogspot.com/2009/05/obamas-problem-with-gas.html

Which ran a story on 17 May , 2009, from which the following excerpts are taken:

"The Afghan War is about energy, heroin and military bases.

The USA would like to control the energy-rich former Soviet republics.

The USA wants to split Russia and China.

Afghanistan occupies a strategically important position.

Afghanistan is believed to be rich in natural gas, petroleum, coal, copper, chrome, talc, barites, sulfur, lead, zinc, and iron ore.

The heroin trade in Afghanistan uses U.S. dollars."

So, there you have it.

Jun 10 11:01

Afghan Official: US Soldier Threw Grenade Into Crowd of Civilians

The head of the provincial council of Afghanistan’s Kunar Province reported today that a US soldier had thrown the hand grenade that struck a crowd of civilians in a bustling market, killing two and injuring 56 others.

The crowd had gathered around a stalled American military vehicle when the grenade hit. The council chief said dozens of civilians had seen the soldier throw the grenade, calling it “a complete cruel crime against civilians.”

Jun 09 08:42

IVAW Member Victor Agosto Refuses Deployment to Afghanistan

"I’m not willing to participate in this occupation, knowing it is completely wrong."

Agosto, who returned from a 13-month deployment to Iraq in November 2007, is based at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas.

Jun 08 11:34

7,000 U.S. Marines Patrolling Southern Afghan Desert

Some 7,000 of the new U.S. troops ordered to Afghanistan are fanning out across the dangerous south this week on a mission to defeat the Taliban insurgency and to change the course of a war claiming American lives at a record pace.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the same place where a half million Soviet troops got their asses kicked.

Jun 08 10:46

Pentagon Quietly Sending 1,000 Special Operators to Afghanistan in Strategy Revamp

The Pentagon is sending 1,000 more special operations forces and support staff into Afghanistan to bolster a larger conventional troop buildup, and is revamping the way Army Green Berets and other commandos work to rid villages of the Taliban.

Jun 08 04:06

Taking Aim At the Taliban

"All this anger about civilian casualties by foreign forces--it's just like Baghdad before everything started going downhill,"

Jun 07 15:17

Green Berets slipped into Afghanistan on 9/12/01

May 17, 2009
Charleston native recalls days as Green Beret 'horse soldier'
Marchal slipped into Afghanistan on 9/12
By Kathryn Gregory
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The day after the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, more than two-dozen U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers slipped quietly into Afghanistan and teamed up with Afghan warlords to end the Taliban militia's reign over that country.
The mission of the 25 Green Berets who went behind enemy lines to help overthrow the brutal regime that harbored Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida terrorists is the subject of "Horse Soldiers," a new book by author Doug Stanton, due out later this month.

Jun 06 08:37

Afghanistan to 'try criminal foreign troops'

This is the first time that Afghanistan's parliament has decided to file a lawsuit against foreign forces based in the country and described them as "war criminals."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported in

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Court_of_Justice

"The United States withdrew from compulsory jurisdiction in 1986, and so accepts the court's jurisdiction only on a case-to-case basis. Chapter XIV of the United Nations Charter authorizes the UN Security Council to enforce World Court rulings, but such enforcement is subject to the veto power of the five permanent members of the Council."

Jun 06 08:12

Bill Moyers nails Obama on Afghanistan

Jun 04 16:53

US does not want to keep troops in Afghanistan: Obama

"Make no mistake: we do not want to keep our troops in Afghanistan. We seek no military bases there," he told an audience at Cairo University.

He added the US plans to invest 1.5 billion dollars each year over the next five years in construction and aid money to the displaced in Pakistan, and 2.8 billion dollars to help Afghans develop their economy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Ahem) a small memo to President Obama:

You've just made the statement:

"Make no mistake: we do not want to keep our troops in Afghanistan. We seek no military bases there,"

If this is true, then what the Sam Hill is going on with the massive construction project at Camp Leatherneck?!?

As reported inhttp://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iQsdQAuKzZl3hMgVzG60jVJVgRiQ,
7 May, 2009:

"It's been real busy," said Captain Jeff Boroway from the 25th Naval Construction regiment.

"This place was desert at the end of January. I mean nothing. And now you've got a 443-acre (179-hectare) secure facility," he told reporters.

They are also expanding another US base in the southern city of Kandahar."

Forgive me, Mr. President, but the establishment of 443 acre "secure facility" sounds like the absolute opposite of "we seek no military bases there" to intelligent Afghans.

And that statement about "aid"; if the current plan to pour 4.3 billion billion dollars into the Afghan and Pakistani infrastructure does as well as has previous aid efforts, we might as well just close up shop and go home.

As reported in

http://www.salon.com/opinion/feature/2009/01/15/afghanistan_jones/
in the article by An Jones in January of 2009, she reported:

"Whatever the truth of the matter, in the long run, it's not soldiers but services that count -- electricity, water, food, healthcare, justice and jobs. Had the U.S. delivered the promised services on time, while employing Afghans to rebuild their own country according to their own priorities and under the supervision of their own government -- a mini-Marshall Plan -- they would now be in charge of their own defense. The forces on the other side, which we loosely call the Taliban, would also have lost much of their grounds for complaint."

"Instead, the Bush administration perpetrated a scam. It used the system it set up to dispense reconstruction aid to both the countries it "liberated," Afghanistan and Iraq, to transfer American taxpayer dollars from the national treasury directly into the pockets of private war profiteers. Think of Halliburton, Bechtel and Blackwater in Iraq; Louis Berger Group, Bearing Point and DynCorp International in Afghanistan. They're all in it together"

Unless President Obama is actually able to hold collective corporate feet to the fire in terms of true accountability, the relief/reconstruction effort in Afghanistan is just as doomed to failure as were the relief/reconstruction efforts in Iraq.

And that's pretty ugly.

Jun 04 09:04

US objects to UN report on military killings

The Obama administration charged Wednesday that a U.N. investigator violated his mandate by accusing the U.S. of failing to properly investigate allegations of unlawful killings by American forces in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just as did his predecessor, Obama and his team want the massacres in Iraq and Afghanistan to just fade from (at least American) public view.

Philip Alston was very brave in refusing to let that happen.

Jun 04 07:12

Faulted firm gets Afghan aid work

Last month, the U.S. Agency for International Development awarded a $150 million cooperative agreement to a partnership led by DAI, a Maryland company whose past Afghanistan contracts have been criticized by USAID's inspector general. The program is to promote alternatives to poppy crops

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Whatever governmental and lobbying influences colluded to make this contract happen, after these guys have already failed miserably in a previous contract in Afghanistan, one has to wonder if there is any real interest in stopping the farming of opium poppies in Afghanistan, because it is such a financially lucrative cash crop from which so many profit.

And "supervision" or "accountability" on this?!? Don't bet on it.

Jun 03 18:53

Pakistan the world's most dangerous country: Kilcullen

"So I don't think people are necessarily see it as an occupation. I think they see the coalition as a little bit feckless and failing to deliver on promises of security and development and in fact the international development assistance is one of the biggest grievances that you hear Afghans talk about.

"They believe it's been ineffective and that they haven't got many benefits."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but the mind reels to hear Lt.Col Kilcullen make that statement ""So I don't think people are necessarily see it as an occupation."

The Afghans understand what an occupation is. they knew what was happening - and why - during the Soviet occupation, and the same can be said for the current occupation of Afghanistan by the US and NATO.

And these occupations have had nothing to do with the betterment of life for the Afghan people; it is about the imposition of pipelines by the oil companies, agreed to by the most pliant government the US can possibly install in Kabul.

When the Taliban was in power previously in Afghanistan, their price was too high.

Jun 03 15:51

The War Party Returns

Repudiated at the polls, they're back – in a new liberal guise

Jun 02 17:59

Nato commander Stanley McChrystal: 'We must gain support of Afghans'

Nato’s next commander in Afghanistan warned yesterday that the West could lose the war against the Taleban if it fails to gain the support of the Afghan people.

Civilian deaths in Afghanistan, especially from US airstrikes launched from unmanned drones, have already inflamed anti-American sentiment in parts of the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The total complement of US and NATO boots on the ground in Afghanistan is far less than the old Soviet Union had in this country (around 500,000 people, give or take) , only to have to leave, humiliated, with its tail between its legs.

Even with hired mercenaries, we still will not have enough boots on the ground to successfully occupy Afghanistan.

The US indiscriminate bombing of civilians has caused Afghans to see the Taliban as the good guys, and US and NATO forces as the bad guys.

The rank corruption of the Karzai government, coupled with our indiscriminate bombings of civilians, leaves many Afghans to believe that their lives cannot possibly get better better under the current circumstances.

And the alleged "reconstruction effort" ?!? In the words of Tony Soprano, "Fuggetaboutit!" What has been done (if it has actually been done at all) has been substandard, and awarded to many of the "usual suspects" who have underperformed and overcharged We the People for their services.

As reported in:

http://www.projectcensored.org/top-stories/articles/11-the-scam-of-reconstruction-in-afghanistan/

"A report issued in June 2005 by the non-profit organization Action Aid reveals that much of the US tax money earmarked to rebuild Afghanistan actually ends up going no further than the pockets of wealthy US corporations. “Phantom aid” that never shows up in the recipient country is a scam in which paychecks for overpriced, and often incompetent, American “experts” under contract to USAID go directly from the Agency to American bank accounts. Additionally, 70 percent of the aid that does make it to a recipient country is carefully “tied” to the donor nation, requiring that the recipient use the donated money to buy products and services from the donor country, often at drastically inflated prices. The US far outstrips other nations in these schemes, as Action Aid calculates that 86 cents of every dollar of American aid is phantom."

86 cents out of every dollar - chew on that for a moment.

Unless and until the aid actually gets to where it's supposed to go, with quality reconstruction projects providing money and training for Afghans, establish and protecting infrastructure (schools, hospitals, roads, water systems, etc.), nothing can change here.

So we have several choices here:

1. Declare "victory", and leave.

2. Stop the bombings, start reconstruction programs with real accountability, put Karzai on a short leash (he is, after all, our "cur" of a dictator), and give the Afghan people some hope for their future. With all the misery and devastation the US has caused, we owe this to the Afghan people.

3. Kill every single Afghan still breathing.

Shocked about that last one?? You shouldn't be.

There are some people in the military and congress (particularly those in congress who are "acquisitions" of the oil companies) would would absolutely prefer the third option in order to get the pipelines finally installed, with little or no opposition from the Afghan people.

Let us hope that we have some adults in the room in the Pentagon, Congress, and the White House who do understand what that second option would really cost this country, and the world.

Jun 01 12:03

Mysterious 'chip' is CIA's latest weapon against al-Qaida targets hiding in Pakistan's tribal belt

According to residents and Taliban propaganda, the CIA pays tribesmen to plant the electronic devices near farmhouses sheltering al-Qaida and Taliban commanders.

Hours or days later, a drone, guided by the signal from the chip, destroys the building with a salvo of missiles. "There are body parts everywhere," said Wazir, who witnessed the aftermath of a strike.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just out of idle curiosity, and considering the "false positives" now sitting in Guantanamo, how do we know these chips are being planted on real Al Qaeda, rather than a rival farmer whose goats are foraging on the wrong side of a fence?

Jun 01 11:35

Army Deploys Old Tactic in PR War

Body counts are back, reigniting the decades-old debate about whether victory in war can be judged by measuring the stack of enemy dead.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The lesson from Vietnam is ... no

May 31 20:37

17,000 US troops in Afghanistan by mid-July

The Obama White House says that the 21,000 additional troops are to reinforce security ahead of the August 20 presidential elections, and are to support the NATO-led troops which have struggled to fight an escalating insurgency there.

The surge in US troops in Afghanistan comes amid frosty relations between Kabul and Washington, over the US bombing of civilians about a month ago.

The raid which left some 150 people including 95 children dead is dubbed as the deadliest incident for Afghan civilians since the 2001 US-led invasion.

May 31 05:07

Convergence and Continuity: The American-Backed Terror Campaign in Iran

Thus the attack this week in Zahedan is an integral part of a wide-ranging campaign of American-supported terrorism inside Iran -- even if the "darksiders" in the U.S. security organs had no direct involvement or knowledge of this particular attack. When you are in the business of fomenting terror (see here and here), there's no need for micro-management. You co-opt the armed extremists who best serve your political agenda of the moment; you slip them guns, money, intelligence, guidance -- and then you turn them loose on the local populace.

May 30 09:33

Aid expert says only pennies of foreign aid reaching Afghans

Vicenzino, who is a strategic adviser for the Afghanistan World Foundation and a former official with the World Bank, said about 80 cents of every dollar goes back to donor countries, largely through the contractors doing the work.

"You have 20 cents left for Afghanistan and those 20 cents have to go through their layers of corruption. By the time any money reaches the ordinary citizen, you're lucky if you even have five cents ...."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that the "reconstruction" of Afghanistan is going just about as well as has the "reconstruction" in Iraq.

May 29 20:38

US Soldiers, routinely drugged, become homicidal /psychotic

U.S. military: Heavily armed and medicated
Prescription pill dependency among American troops is on the rise
By Melody Petersen, Tues., May 19, 2009
"Sending a person back to combat duty still under the influence of psychoactive drugs may be dangerous," he wrote."
http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/view/11079
U.S. troops in Iraq taking drugs to cope with stress, trauma
Steve Hammons, June 30, 2006
"In addition to psychotropic drugs, most troops are given the anti-malaria drug Lariam, which is known to cause severe psychiatric problems including suicidal and homicidal behavior."
"Like the scourge of methamphetamine use in the U.S. population, military personnel taking amphetamines risk impaired judgment, psychotic reactions, paranoia and homicidal behavior."

May 28 18:06

MoD admits use of controversial 'enhanced blast' weapons in Afghanistan

British pilots in Afghanistan are firing an increasing number of "enhanced blast" thermobaric weapons, designed to kill everyone in buildings they strike, the Ministry of Defence has revealed.

Its wider use was disclosed by John Hutton, the defence secretary, in answer to a parliamentary answer from Nick Harvey, the Liberal Democrat defence spokesman. "Given the MoD's reluctance to admit they were even going to use these weapons, they now seem to be getting rather more trigger-happy," Harvey said yesterday. "If these controversial weapons are being fired on a weekly basis in Afghanistan, we need to know that they are being used according to strict rules of engagement."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The most probably reality is that these weapons are being used indiscriminately, killing all - including women, kids, and the medically infirm - in their wake.

The Afghans do not hate the Brits, Americans, or NATO soldiers "because we are free"; they hate us because we are killing their wives, their husbands, their infants, their aunts and uncles, and friends, many of whom just want to stay out of the way of combat.

May 27 11:38

US killed 97 Afghan civilians in two days

A human rights group has confirmed that the United States used disproportionate force in its recent raids in Afghanistan and killed 97 civilians to get at two Taliban militants.

Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), which launched a probe into early May US-led air strikes in the country, announced Tuesday that 21 of the fatalities of the attacks were women and 65 were children.

May 27 11:12

UN wants 'flood of drugs' in Afghanistan to devalue opium

United Nations officials in Afghanistan are attempting to create a "flood of drugs" in the country intended to destroy the value of opium and force poppy farmers to switch to legal crops such as wheat.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That makes a great cover-story for those US troops guarding the poppy fields.

Nobody will believe it...

But it is a great cover story!

May 27 08:33

U.S. Miltary Takes Long-Term Lease With Option to Buy in Iraq & Afghanistan

Remember those campaign promises to bring a swift and honorable peace in the two wars that President Obama inherited? Forget about it.

May 26 10:02

Gates Says Taliban Have Momentum in Afghanistan

American public support for the Afghan war will dissipate in less than a year unless the Obama administration achieves "a perceptible shift in momentum," Defense Secretary Robert Gates said in an interview.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WHAT public support??????

May 25 07:30

Memorial Day - Map the Fallen in Google Earth

This is one of the most powerful poignant ways I´ve seen yet of showing who died where and when and where they lived.

This Memorial Day I would like to share with you a personal project of mine that uses Google Earth to honor the more than 5,700 American and Coalition servicemen and women that have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. I have created a map for Google Earth that will connect you with each of their stories—you can see photos, learn about how they died, visit memorial websites with comments from friends and families, and explore the places they called home and where they died.

http://www.mapthefallen.org/2009/05/for-past-two-years-ive-been-workin...

May 24 17:08

Security turnaround in Afghanistan in 18 months a must: Mullen

Admiral Michael Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the military solution was not enough but the buildup in US forces would be used to turn around the security situation.

President Barack Obama has approved deployments that would double the size of the US force in Afghanistan to 68,000 by the fall.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Admiral Mullen: the old Soviet Union couldn't do this with 500,000 pairs of boots on the ground, and by fall, we'll have a total complement of (drum roll, please) ......68,000 troops with which to accomplish security improvement?

I am willing to bet one whole cent that we will see a draft be reinstituted by the end of Obama's first term.

The very muscular foreign policy goals he's put forward cannot be brought about without a return to conscription, particularly now that he's potentially looking at military involvement against Pakistan and Iraq.

May 24 08:32

Airstrike kills construction worker, wounds 18 others near Afghan capital

An airstrike of international troops on Friday night killed a road construction worker and wounded 18 others in Afghanistan's Wardak province, some 70 km west of the capital Kabul, an official said on Saturday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More of NATO's operations to win the hearts and minds of the Afghans, I suppose.

May 23 16:16

US forces seize drugs from narco cartel competitors

Afghanistan: U.S. Forces Seize Almost 15 Tonnes of Narcotics Including Opium, Heroin and Morphine
May 22nd, 2009
Via: Reuters:
Afghanistan produces more than 90 percent of the world’s opium, most of it in the Taliban’s southern heartland. U.S. military officials have estimated the opium trade provides between $80 million and $400 million a year to the Taliban.

[It can be assumed that these narcotics will still get to market for whichever cartel the US soldiers are representing. UK/US distributors no doubt, but transported by US military aircraft and personnel to the major drug hubs of Europe. This haul isn't going to be destroyed, for sure. ]

May 23 00:02

Slouching towards balkanization

In the long run, Obama's AfPak strategy may acquire its own relentless, volatile momentum of addicting the military in Islamabad to make war on their own people - be they Pashtuns or Balochis. So Washington may in fact be setting the slow but inexorable march towards the balkanization of Pakistan. If Pashtun cousins on both sides of the border - 26 million in Pakistan, 13 million in Afghanistan - would eventually find an opening to form a long-dreamed-of Pashtunistan, Pakistan as we know it would break up. India might intervene to subdue Sind and Punjab, keeping both under its sphere of influence. Washington for its part would rather concentrate on exploiting the natural wealth and strategic value of an independent Balochistan.

May 22 17:28

Obama's War: Drunk, Bored Trigger Happy Mercenaries Kill Afghan Civilians

Blessed with immunity from the laws of any nation and a new company name mercenaries for the company formerly known as Blackwater are still hard at work, doing what mercenaries do.. getting paid, while corporate media protect us from the news.

May 22 09:13

US troop surge in Afghanistan 'could push Taliban into Pakistan'

The buildup of US troops in Afghanistan could force more Taliban fighters into neighbouring Pakistan, the chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff conceded last night.

Admiral Mike Mullen told the US Senate's foreign relations committee: "We can't deny that our success may only push them [the Taliban] deeper into Pakistan."

May 22 06:54

Obama's Murderous Guest

Besides ruining my country, I believe my aunt's husband, Pakistani President Zardari, orchestrated my father’s murder. Is Obama really going to offer him billions more when they meet?

Something rotten has arrived in Washington.

President Barack Obama will shake hands and stage Oval Office photo ops for the first time with the man who many believe stole billions from the Pakistani treasury, empowered Pakistan’s newly formed Taliban by imposing Shariah law without a vote or referendum, and whom I have publicly accused of orchestrating the murder of my father, Murtaza Bhutto, an elected member of parliament until he was killed in 1996.

Pakistan has been at war with its own people for a long time now—perhaps it’s only natural that we move on to terrorizing the world at large.

May 20 06:52

Picking Out A Headstone

R.I.P. American Empire!

May 19 10:54

NASA Confirms Gas, Minieral Reserves In Afghanistan

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Motive for Obama's escalation?

May 18 09:02

Buyer's Remorse: Is it too late to swap Obama for McCain?

Anyone who has ever wasted good money on a clunker only to drop the transmission 15 minutes after leaving the car-lot, knows the feeling. It's like a swift-kick in the groin followed by weeks of fist-pounding rage. It's called buyer's remorse; "Gawd, I wish I hadn't bought that piece of dogshite!"

There are probably a lot of former-Obama supporters feeling that same agonizing sense despair now that President Rainbow has done an about-face on every campaign promise he made. So much for "truth in advertising", eh?

What a disaster. Did anyone know it was gonna be this bad?

May 18 07:59

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

McChrystal’s rise to leadership is marked by his central role in directing special operations teams engaged in extrajudicial assassinations, systematic torture, bombing of civilian communities and search and destroy missions. He is the very embodiment of the brutality and gore that accompanies military-driven empire building. Between September 2003 and August 2008, McChrystal directed the Pentagon’s Joint Special Operations (JSO) Command which operates special teams in overseas assassinations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Change? What change? anyone see any change here?

May 17 12:28

STICK IT

Mentioned by Mike on yesterday's radio show. Boston Legal clip. If you are not angry by now then you are just brain dead.

May 16 09:37

Rumsfeld's renegade unit blamed for Afghan deaths

Special Forces group implicated in three incidents that claimed the lives of hundreds of innocent civilians / MarSOC was set up by former defence secretary despite opposition from within the Marine Corps.

MarSOC was created three years ago on the express orders of Donald Rumsfeld, US defence secretary at the time, despite opposition from within the Marine Corps and the wider Special Forces community. An article in the Marine Corps Times described the MarSOC troops as "cowboys" who brought shame on the corps.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Rumsfeld never imagined a non-combatant Afghan, Pakistani or Iraqi who wouldn't be better off dead.

May 16 08:52

Rumsfeld's renegade unit blamed for Afghan deaths

Special Forces group implicated in three incidents that claimed the lives of hundreds of innocent civilians / MarSOC was set up by former defence secretary despite opposition from within the Marine Corps

May 16 08:38

Even with Obama in charge, anti-war Democrats powerless

They weren't even allowed a vote on a plan. It was a setback because for years, anti-war lawmakers lacked the votes they needed to impose restrictions on former President George W. Bush's war in Iraq. Now, the president is a Democrat, and the Democrats have a 79-seat majority in the House of Representatives and 59 Senate seats, including two independents, which gives them their biggest margins since the early 1990s.

Nevertheless, the anti-war crowd remains as impotent as it was during the Bush years amid widespread support for President Barack Obama and a public that's preoccupied with economic issues and largely unperturbed by the escalating war in Afghanistan.

May 15 20:53

US Soldiers under great psychological strain

Killing of Comrades by 'Stressed Out' Soldier in Iraq: Inevitable?
By Greg Mitchell

NEW YORK (May 11, 2009) -- The slaughter of five comrades by a "stressed out" U.S. soldier in Baghdad is a true tragedy -- but should not come as a shock.
Paul Rieckhoff, head of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America said this afternoon: ... Many troops are under great psychological strain and are not receiving the treatment they need. Over 600,000 troops have served more than one combat tour since 9/11. Military suicide rates have hit record highs every year since 2003. Much more must be done to address troops' psychological injuries before they reach a crisis point."

May 15 13:29

U.S. air strike victims say Taliban long gone

Haji Sayed Barakat, who lost two children and his wife of 35 years in the May 4 attack, said Taliban militants were present in the area but had moved on two hours before the U.S. air strikes.

May 15 11:28

IVAW members lobby against more military funding for Afghanistan and Iraq

You can take action today

Urge your representatives in Congress to vote "NO" on a $94.2 billion supplemental wartime spending bill by emailing https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml
or calling. http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/mcapdir.html

Tell them no more blank checks for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With the revelation that prisoners were tortured into making false confessions that were the foundation for the war in Iraq, the fact is that this is and always has been an illegal war and the time to stop it is right now.

Nobody can make any argument as to why our young men and women should continue to be killed in Iraq.

There were no weapons of mass destruction.

Iraq had nothing to do with 9-11.
The only link between Al Qaeda and Iraq was a "confession" extracted under torture.
Al Qaeda appears to be a front group for CIA and Mossad.

Iraq has been ruined, which is what Israel so clearly wanted.

Mission accomplished.

President Obama (or Mr. Waffles, as we call him around here) has no option but to end the war and bring the kids home. Or he is an accessory to a continuing war crime.

May 15 09:35

The Writing on the Wall for Obama’s ‘Af-Pak’ Vietnam

It requires a spectacular leap of faith in a kind of superheroic American exceptionalism to imagine that the invasion of Afghanistan that occurred in November 2001 will end any differently from any previous invasion of that country. And it takes an elaborate exercise in self-delusion to avoid recognizing that the Taliban crisis in Pakistan is an effect of the war in Afghanistan, rather than a cause — and that Pakistan’s turmoil is unlikely to end before the U.S. winds down its campaign next door.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The level of magical thinking expressed here, coupled with an absolute naivete about the history of this region, is virtually guaranteed to lead to countless more deaths of American military troops, not to mention the huge numbers deaths of Afghan and Pakistani citizens.

At the end of the day, the US will re-experience its "Saigon Moment" in Afghanistan.

One only has to wonder just how long that will be - and how many more have to die - before it happens.

May 14 12:10

HAS AMERICA FORGOTTEN THAT THE SOVIET UNION WAS DEFEATED IN AFGHANISTAN?

I am somewhat confused over the Obama administrations recent firing of the US Afghanistan Commander and replacing him with a General who knowingly and intentionally filed and forwarded false reports in the Tillman death.

What amazes me even more is Obama's claims that Afghanistan is where we need to be. Has America forgotten that Russia was engaged in a war with the Taliban in Afghanistan for 9 years and was beaten into withdrawing their forces?

May 14 09:48

'US strike killed 95 children in Afghanistan'

Afghan officials reveal that 95 children are among the civilians killed in a US-led strike that is surrounded with the controversy over use of white phosphorous.

Afghan lawmaker Obaidullah Helali who headed a delegation investigating the booming in the western province of Farah confirmed the children's massacre on such a large scale.

The delegation also delivered condolence payments to the victims, ordered by President Hamid Karzai.

Nearly 150 civilians were killed last Tuesday when US warplanes dropped bombs on two villages in the Bala Baluk district in the western province of Farah.

Human rights and medical officials also accused the US forces of using flesh-eating chemical white phosphorus during the lethal strikes.

May 13 15:24

The Strategic Debate Over Afghanistan

After U.S. airstrikes killed scores of civilians in western Afghanistan this past week, White House National Security Adviser Gen. James L. Jones said the United States would continue with the airstrikes and would not tie the hands of U.S. generals fighting in Afghanistan. At the same time, U.S. Central Command chief Gen. David Petraeus has cautioned against using tactics that undermine strategic U.S. goals in Afghanistan — raising the question of what exactly are the U.S. strategic goals in Afghanistan. A debate inside the U.S. camp has emerged over this very question, the outcome of which is likely to determine the future of the region.
On one side are President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and a substantial amount of the U.S. Army leadership. On the other side are Petraeus — the architect of U.S. strategy in Iraq after 2006 — and his staff and supporters. An Army general — even one with four stars — is unlikely to overcome a president and a defense secretary; even the five-star Gen. Douglas MacArthur couldn’t pull that off.

May 13 09:59

Stanley McChrystal: A History Of Condoning Torture?

As Fred Kaplan noticed, the man Obama has just selected to be his new commander in Afghanistan has a history. It appears to involve some pretty horrifying toleration of rampant abuse and torture of prisoners

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Maybe that is why he was selected.

May 13 08:09

Did newly announced top Afghan general run Cheney's assassination wing?

Speaking to a University of Minnesota audience in March, Hersh called JSOC "a special wing of our special operations community that is set up independently. ... They do not report to anybody, except in the Bush-Cheney days, they reported directly to the Cheney office. ... Congress has no oversight of it. ... It’s an executive assassination ring essentially, and it’s been going on and on and on."

May 13 08:02

Stop ‘Helping’ Af-Pak

While much of the country’s attention is on other issues, a serious situation is developing in Pakistan that threatens to plunge us into another fruitless and bloody war. It is very frustrating to see that many who were so vehemently against the wars of the last administration have suddenly lost interest in foreign policy simply because we were promised change.

Those still paying attention know that nothing could be further from the truth. Very little has changed, except perhaps rhetoric, but what does that matter when the bombing missions are only getting deadlier? Rather than drawing down violent military interventions into the affairs of other countries, the new administration is escalating the foreign policy of the previous administration.

May 12 16:53

The AfPak Blues, US soldiers'/drones' civilian slaughter

Corpses of Kids By the Truckload
The AfPak Blues
May 12, 2009
By RICHARD NEVILLE
In 2008, according to the New York Times, American led coalition forces killed 828 civilians, ...
A few days ago, these same gutless idiots operating in the Western province of Farah, allegedly killed over 100 civilians and are trying to blame it on the Taliban. “No that’s not true” said an MP from the area, Mujammad Naeem Farahi, “and I am someone who supports the American presence”. US Defence Secretary Robert Gates promises to “make amends”. Look at the images. This isn’t flushing out militants. It’s a killing field.
And the murders continue in Pakistan, often hatched and executed from Creech Air Force base in Nevada, where the silent drones glide into the skies every few minutes armed to the teeth.

May 12 13:27

Commando attack on Taliban stronghold leaves 800,000 homeless

The fighting is inflicting a mounting human toll. The army estimates that 800,000 people have been left homeless by the latest fighting, bringing the total number of displaced people in North West Frontier province to more than 1.3 million. About four-fifths of those are thought to be sheltering with friends or relatives, particularly in Mardan and Swabi districts, while about 130,000 are living in tents.

While conditions in the hastily-erected camps are rough and hot, authorities have managed to ensure adequate food and water. But disgruntlement among the displaced is rising, and, combined with anger over civilian deaths caused by army shelling, analysts say the government is in danger of squandering a wave of public sympathy for the operation.

May 12 11:54

Saigon Again?

The problem with assessing President Barack Obama’s foreign policy after little more than 100 days is that it is nearly impossible to distinguish what has already become policy from approaches that might be termed more tentative. Does he really think that a continued American engagement in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, and on behalf of Israel serves the national interest? Maybe not. There are signs that a broad reassessment of U.S. policy is underway, though critics who have been rightly soured by eight years of George W. Bush’s blundering note that Obama appears to have embraced the interventionist formula that has proven so disastrous.

May 12 11:37

Hawks Divided: AfPak or Iran?

A potentially major clash appears to be developing between powerful factions inside and outside the U.S. government, pitting those who see the Afghanistan/Pakistan ("AfPak") theater as the greatest potential threat to U.S. national security against those who believe that the danger posed by a nuclear Iran must be given priority.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Any war will do, right now!" -- Official White Horse Souse

May 12 11:19

'Hidden general' to fight al-Qaeda

On Monday the general, Stanley McChrystal, was appointed to head the US forces in Afghanistan, a sudden switch that signals the US wants to drive its counterinsurgency efforts in the war-torn nation much, much harder.

May 12 08:57

Taliban rejects US claim it used white phosphorous ammunition

Qari Mohammad Yousuf, a spokesman for the Taliban, said the Islamist group did not use white phosphorous at all.

"We neither have nor use phosphorous. The Americans have used it in many operations and now want to attribute their tyranny to the Taliban," he alleged in a telephone conversation with the Reuters news agency.

Reuters reported last week that US military doctors had treated an eight-year-old girl with white phosphorous burns. The US military said it believes that no rounds had been fired by Western forces near her house when she was hurt, and that a mortar fired by militants may have been to blame.

However, the girl's father told Reuters that the house was hit by a volley of artillery fired by Western troops.

May 11 20:02

Flashback:Brzezinski, CIA, Afghanistan, Bin Laden,Muslim Terrorism

Ex-Security Chief Brzezinski's Interview makes clear:
The Muslim Terrorist Apparatus was Created by US Intelligence as a Geopolitical Weapon
Published 15-21 January 1998
"Zbigniew Brzezinski:" ... I wrote president Carter, in essence: "We now have the opportunity to provide the USSR with their Viet Nam war." Indeed for ten years Moscow had to conduct a war that was intolerable for the regime, a conflict which involved the demoralization and finally the breakup of the Soviet Empire."

http://emperors-clothes.com/articles/jared/madein.htm
Osama bin Laden: Made in USA
by Jared Israel
[Written 28 August 1998. Posted 13 September 2001]

May 11 14:05

US sacks top military commander in Afghanistan

The top US military commander in Afghanistan was sacked today after both the Pentagon and the White House decided that “fresh thinking” was needed to win the war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The last military commander to succeed in conquering and hanging onto Afghanistan was Alexander the Great.

... and he only kept it for three years.

May 11 13:08

CIA and ISI together created Taliban, says Zardari

In a new revelation, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has said that the CIA of the United States and his country's ISI together created the Taliban.

May 11 06:30

Becoming What We Seek to Destroy

The bodies of dozens, perhaps well over a hundred, women, children and men, their corpses blown into bits of human flesh by iron fragmentation bombs dropped by U.S. warplanes in a village in the western province of Farah, illustrates the futility of the Afghan war. We are not delivering democracy or liberation or development. We are delivering massive, sophisticated forms of industrial slaughter. And because we have employed the blunt and horrible instrument of war in a land we know little about and are incapable of reading, we embody the barbarism we claim to be seeking to defeat.

May 11 05:52

US accused of illegal white phosphorus attack in Afghanistan

United States forces in Afghanistan are accused of illegally deploying white phosphorus against civilians following a firefight with Taliban militants, according to published reports.

White phosphorus is legal to use on a battlefield but illegal to deploy for any reason other than illumination. The chemical ignites on contact with the air. Human rights groups said using the substance in populated, civilian areas is a war crime, but the United States is not a signatory to any treaty which entirely bans its use.

“The American military denied using the incendiary in the battle in Farah province — which President Hamid Karzai has said killed 125 to 130 civilians — but left open the possibility that Taliban militants did,” reported the Associated Press. “

May 11 03:12

Obama’s Middle East Imperialism

The velvet gloves are off and the reality of Obama’s Middle East plans are being revealed: a bare-fisted pummeling of Afghanistan and Pakistan — with Iraq’s fate yet to be determined.

The media have been preparing this for months, with incessant talk about the alleged “troop drawdown” in Iraq, the “surge” in Afghanistan and the “immediate threat” that supposedly is represented by Pakistan.

May 10 10:52

Afghan students protest against civilian casualties

Chanting “Death to America!” and weeping as they prayed, hundreds of Kabul university students marched on Sunday in protest against U.S. air strikes last week that Afghan officials say killed more than 100 civilians

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More winning the hearts and minds of the Afghan people.............

May 10 10:20

Patrick Cockburn: Who killed 120 civilians? The US says it's not a story

I did not meet survivors but I did talk to a reliable witness, a radio reporter called Farooq Faizy, who had gone to Bala Baluk soon after the attack happened. He said that police and soldiers nearby were frightened of the Taliban and told him it was too dangerous to go on, but he spoke to some village elders, telling them: "Talk to us and we will tell the world." He says he was none too sure who was in control of the three villages – Gerani, Gangabad and Khoujaha – that had been hit and he was careful about what he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Afghan people do not hate us because we are free; they hate us because we are killing and maiming their children, their wives, their mothers, their fathers, and their loved ones.

Hamid Karzai has chosen a war lord wanted by the US to be a part of his government, because he is hopeful that this man can, through brute force of his militias, stomp down on the anger here.

Karzai is making a very bad judgment out of desperation.

Because at some point, the anger of the Afghan people at the US puppet regime he represents will not be able to be contained.

All he has to do is ask Russians who were part of the Afghanistan campaign led by the old Soviet Union. The Soviets couldn't contain the country with 500,000 men.

May 10 10:09

Karzai in move to share power with warlord wanted by US

ONE of Afghanistan’s most wanted terrorists is to be offered a power-sharing deal by the government of President Hamid Karzai as the country’s warlords extend their grip on power.

Hekmatyar is the leader of Hezb-i-Islami, which has been fighting Nato troops alongside the Taliban. The hardline group is responsible for many attacks in the eastern and central regions, including the massacre of 10 French soldiers in Sarobi last year. It controls Kapisa province, just 50 miles north of Kabul.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Talk about irony; but it is obvious that Karzai feels that he has to "make a deal with the devil" in order to stop at least some of the violence in Afghanistan prior to the elections.

The big question is, will Hekmatyar jump at this opportunity, or say, "Golly, thanks no: we're winning!"?!?!

May 09 16:16

A giant US military base emerges in Afghanistan

"It's been real busy," said Captain Jeff Boroway from the 25th Naval Construction regiment.

"This place was desert at the end of January. I mean nothing. And now you've got a 443-acre (179-hectare) secure facility," he told reporters.

The escalation of the war against the Taliban has raised concerns among some in Obama's own party that the administration could be drawn into an open-ended mission.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Welcome to the next country we're never leaving, folks!!

May 09 16:12

Afghan girl's burns show horror of chemical strike

Life as 8-year-old Razia knew it ended one March morning when a shell her father says was fired by Western troops exploded into their house, enveloping her head and neck in a blazing chemical.

Razia and her family are the first known civilian casualties of its use in Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is too damned bad that there are no photos of the girl's original and current condition. And because she is being treated at an American hospital, no such photo will ever see the light of day, unless someone at the hospital gets very brave.

If such a photo existed, I would want everyone to see it, to know just what their tax dollars are purchasing in Afghanistan in this insane and endless war.

May 09 14:39

U.S. Used White Phosphorous in Afghanistan

Friday, May 8, 2009
U.S. Used White Phosphorous in Afghanistan
"Colonel Gregory Julian, a spokesman for the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, General David McKiernan, confirmed that Western forces in the country use the chemical"
[ http://uk.news.yahoo.com/22/20090508/twl-uk-afghanistan-phosphorus-exc... ]

May 09 10:37

Obama Readies Troops as Afghans Pile Up Body Parts

As rage spreads in Afghanistan after US bombing that killed up to 130 people, unnamed Pentagon officials are spinning another cover-up. Defiant Obama moves ahead with troop increase.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There will be a point in Afghanistan which will be the point of no return.

The possibility of a true military "victory" in this theatre does not exist. The old Soviet Union couldn't make that happen with over 500,000 pairs of boots on the ground.

When a guy can get up in the morning, go to work at decent wages, and he's able to take care of his family; when the kids are getting an education leading to a future where their dreams might be realized; when people's medical requirements can get taken care of; when there is a real participatory government without a whole lot of rampant, rancid corruption, is that guy suddenly going to pick up a gun, and start shooting governmental and military personnel?? Chances are, no.

When there is really a chance for people to do well, they are most generally going to want to go along with the process.

When that chance doesn't seem to exist, people become hopeless, and then angry, and then they become radicalized.

May 09 10:10

US balks at demand to end Afghan airstrikes

An end to air strikes in Afghanistan, demanded by President Hamid Karzai after scores of civilians were allegedly killed this week, would deprive Afghan troops of vital protection, a US official said Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These airstrikes are not enhancing US or Afghani military security; they are doing just the converse.

And by continuing these airstrikes, the US and NATO are collectively slouching toward their very own "Saigon Moment" in Afghanistan.

May 09 06:40

Indian RAW funded Swat terrorists:$650 million to destabilize Pakistan

India intelligence: “‘the aim of RAW is to keep internal disturbances flaring up and the ISI preoccupied so that Pakistan can lend no worthwhile resistance to Indian designs in the region.”

Many moons ago We discussed the Indian involvement in terror activities in Pakistan.

India a secret player in Afghanistan: Bases—Lashkargarh, Qushila Jadid,Khahak,Hassan Killies

We have reported on Indian intelligence services from our columnists in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Pakistan and USA. Now there are reports that Afghans have been captured admitting to the RAW activities.

May 09 04:36

Karzai urges US to stop air strikes - Most Americans Agree <=> The Fictitious War on Terrorism Has Fallen on Hard Times

BBC News - Afghan President Hamid Karzai has called on the US to halt air strikes in his country [...] Mr Karzai, who is in Washington, told CNN air strikes were "not acceptable".

May 09 00:47

Why We Fight .. U.S. Troops Die For Rapists

American soldiers serving in Vietnam wondered what they were fighting for. U.S. troops in Afghanistan don't have that problem. They know exactly what they're fighting for: rapists.

After President Obama's coming "Afghan surge" there will be 72,000 soldiers in Afghanistan. Their primary mission is to prevent Afghans from overthrowing the unpopular regime of Hamid Karzai, the former oil consultant installed by George W. Bush when the U.S. occupation began nearly eight years ago.

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