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Aug 27 10:51

“US soldiers find themselves being terrorists in Afghanistan”

As the US continues to step up war efforts in Afghanistan, the number of US soldiers refusing deployment to war zones is also increasing. On the ground, they find themselves being terrorists, says writer Dahr Jamail.

Aug 27 06:54

Admiral Mullen: US ‘Starting Over’ in Afghanistan

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Michael Mullen says that the Obama Administration’s massive escalation in Afghanistan is going to take another 12 to 18 months to “turn this thing around.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Turn this thing around," and "Starting over" does not sound like we are winning, does it? In fact, "Starting over" sounds like every American killed in Afghanistan to date has pretty much died for nothing.

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

Aug 27 06:23

Young Guantanamo Afghan to sue US

One of the youngest detainees held at the US detention centre in Guantanamo Bay will sue the United States for compensation, his lawyers say.

Mohammed Jawad was released and arrived in his native Afghanistan earlier this week. His family says he was 12 at the time of his detention in 2002.

Aug 26 19:40

UK suffered one casualty in Afghanistan for every vote

The British force in Helmand suffered one casualty for every Afghan vote in the area retaken from the Taliban during the bloody Panther's Claw offensive.

Aug 26 14:37

US Copter Loses Ballot Boxes as Afghan Vote Count Moves Slowly Forward

As the count for Afghanistan’s hotly disputed election trudges along at a snail’s pace, a bit of excitement happened when the US military admitted that it had misplaced 25 ballot boxes it was shipping from Paroon to Kabul. Actually it didn’t so much misplace them as it dropped them, off a helicopter, into what officials are describing as “the rugged mountains of Nuristan.”

Aug 26 07:55

“Afghan drug trafficking brings US $50 billion a year”

The US is not going to stop the production of drugs in Afghanistan as it covers the costs of their military presence there, says Gen. Mahmut Gareev, a former commander during the USSR's operations in Afghanistan.

Aug 25 16:58

Afghanistan: the wasted years and lives

When British troops went into Afghanistan in 2006 it was seen by many as the “good” war, in contrast to Iraq. I was not so sure. It was not just that we did not appear to know how to achieve victory. We did not even know how we would recognise a victory.

What would winning look like? Underpinning Afghan democracy? Stabilising the Karzai regime? Providing education and healthcare to the Afghan population, both male and female? Delivering law and order? Eradicating corruption? Creating a working economy? Crushing the drug trade? Protecting Pakistan from instability? Or simply defeating the Taliban and creating a stable state?

The truth is on the day of its second “democratic” election, after yeans of pain and more than 200 British deaths, we are no closer to any of these objectives.

Aug 25 16:54

Afghan vote fraud revealed

Senior western diplomats agree that most of the fraud appears to have been by Karzai supporters, but most of the polling stations where large-scale irregularities are alleged were beyond the reach of Afghan or international observers.

The European Union observer mission visited less than 5 per cent of the polling stations, most of them in the safest areas.

"It will be very difficult to pin-point widespread fraud with any accuracy," said John Dempsey, Afghanistan director of the US Institute of Peace.

Aug 25 09:07

PR firm screening reporters for Afghanistan embedding

Stars and Stripes reports that a U.S. public relations company involved with a discredited Iraqi exile group will screen journalists headed to Afghanistan to decide whether past coverage has portrayed the military positively.

The Rendon Group says it reviews reporters' recent articles and "and determines whether the coverage was 'positive,' 'negative' or 'neutral' compared to mission objectives." Any reporter wanting to "embed" with U.S. forces is subject to the background check. The company has been paid by the Pentagon since 2005.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just what lies and half truths are supposed to be spewed for public comsumption while the real story, (the fact that the US is in Afghanistan to get pipelines built, and protect the burgeoning drug trade) gets ignored.

Aug 25 09:03

US patience frays as Obama weighs Afghan troops

President Barack Obama will likely soon face a wrenching decision on whether to send more troops to Afghanistan, even as much of the US public has turned against the war and his own popularity has waned.

But Obama's hand-picked commander of US forces in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, is widely expected to call for even more troops in a formal review of the war-fighting strategy anticipated within the next two weeks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It will be interesting to see where these additional troops are supposed to come from.

One has to wonder if Obama will re-institute a draft of some kind.

Aug 24 17:48

Abdullah's supporters threaten to take up arms over 'rigged' election

With the results of Afghanistan's presidential election expected later today, supporters of the opposition leader, Abdullah Abdullah, delivered a grim message last night, threatening violence if their candidate loses.

Standing by the black marble grave of their fallen leader Ahmed Shah Masoud, two former mujahedin fighters said they still had their guns and warned that they had not forgotten how to use them.

Like most of Afghanistan's Tajik community, they had voted for Mr Abdullah, a former foreign minister of Tajik and Pashtun ancestry, who fought alongside their beloved Commander Masoud against the Soviet invaders and then the Taliban.

If the election is "stolen" by Hamid Karzai, the reaction would be violent, the former guerillas declared.

Aug 24 09:15

Democracy? We're just wasting brave lives on a country we'll never free

The contrast between the dutiful, courageous hearts of the soldiers, and the craven, slippery dishonesty of the politicians is so shocking that I dare not allow myself to think about it too much, in case I become too angry to speak or write.

But I cannot forgive any of them who do not now begin to demand our immediate withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Aug 24 09:12

Troops to be sent to Helmand, Afghanistan with just 6 weeks' training

Hundreds of soldiers from a leading infantry regiment are to be sent to the frontline in Afghanistan with just six weeks' specialised battlefield training - instead of the usual minimum of six months.

One senior source said: 'This is a panic measure as we do not have sufficient battle-ready troops.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder what the "panic measure" will be in the US when it is definitively understood that we don't have any where near the reserves in place to fulfill generals' requests for far more US troops in Afghanistan.

Aug 24 08:52

Polling Data Points to Landslide Karzai ‘Win’

Though the official results won’t be released for weeks, the raw polling station data being collected by media outlets and observers has incumbent Afghan President Hamid Karzai winning reelection in Thursday’s disputed election with an enormous margin of 72 percent to 23 percent over principal rival Abdullah Abdullah.

Official preliminary results are expected to be available in early September, with final results coming some time after that. Though the Independent Election Commission is theoretically in charge of overseeing the disputed vote, it should be noted they are appointed entirely by the incumbent president.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This was not an election; it was dramatic theatre, made to appear to be an election, when what actually happened was the re-appointment of the American-installed puppet to the presidency in Afghanistan.

And the biggest losers in this election were Afghan women, whose lot is now far more miserable, over all, than before the US and NATO attacked and occupied Afghanistan all those 8 years ago.

Aug 24 07:59

U.S. Military Says Its Force in Afghanistan Is Insufficient

American military commanders with the NATO mission in Afghanistan told President Obama’s chief envoy to the region this weekend that they did not have enough troops to do their job, pushed past their limit by Taliban rebels who operate across borders.

The possibility that more troops will be needed in Afghanistan presents the Obama administration with another problem in dealing with a nearly eight-year war that has lost popularity at home, compounded by new questions over the credibility of the Afghan government, which has just held an as-yet inconclusive presidential election beset by complaints of fraud.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder from precisely where these additional troops are supposed to come, given the current stress the US military is under with commitments in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Given the muscularity of Obama's foreign policy objectives, you have to wonder at what point a draft will be reinstituted in this country.

Aug 24 07:16

Hamid Karzai and Afghan elections

Aug 24 04:09

Quittin' time in Afghanistan

An election held under the guns of a foreign occupation army cannot be called legitimate or democratic.

This week's stage-managed vote in Afghanistan for candidates chosen by western powers is unlikely to bring either peace or tranquility to this wretched nation that has suffered 30 years of war.

The Taliban and its nationalist allies rejected the vote as a fraud designed to validate continued foreign occupation and open the way for western oil and gas pipelines.

The Taliban, which speaks for many of Afghanistan's majority Pashtun, said it would only join a national election when U.S. and NATO troops withdraw.

Aug 23 18:16

Afghan vs. Iran elections. Hmmmm.

Would it not be fun to challenge the same overthrow supporters in Iran to do the same in Afghanistan?

Afghan President Hamid Karzai's main challenger said on Sunday he had evidence last week's election had been widely rigged by the incumbent and that he had lodged more than 100 complaints.

Aug 23 11:06

Marines Fight Taliban With Little Aid From Afghans

American Marines secured this desolate village in southern Afghanistan nearly two months ago, and last week they were fortifying bases, on duty at checkpoints and patrolling in full body armor in 120-degree heat. Despite those efforts, only a few hundred Afghans were persuaded to come out here and vote for president on Thursday.

It all raises serious questions about what the American mission is in southern Afghanistan — to secure the area, or to administer it — and about how long Afghans will tolerate foreign troops if they do not begin to see real benefits from their own government soon. American commanders say there is a narrow window to win over local people from the guerrillas.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are an army of occupation in Afghanistan, which has just reinstalled a puppet government in the country, with many candidates who might truly represent the Afghan people, banished from even appearing on the ballots.

We are in Afghanistan for two reasons; the first, in which we are failing spectacularly, is the installation of pipelines to control Eurasian oil.

The second, at which the US government seems to be succeeding brilliantly, is protecting the Afghan drug trade, from which so many profit so well.

About to have a cerebro-vascular accident at that last statement, and find yourself clutching your head, and screaming, "how can this be? This cannot, cannot be what we have been paying (and will continue to pay) in blood and money to accomplish in Afghanistan!"

Think again, carefully.

As reported by Thomas Schweich in the New York Times, 27 July, 2008, "Is Afghanistan a Narco-State?"

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/27/magazine/27AFGHAN-t.html

"The plan was simple. The Afghan Poppy Eradication Force would go to Helmand Province with two battalions of the national army and eradicate the fields of the wealthier farmers — including fields owned by local officials. Protecting the eradication force would also enable the arrest of key traffickers. The U.S. military, which trained the Afghan army, would assist in moving the soldiers there and provide outer-perimeter security. The U.S. military would not participate directly in eradication or arrest operations; it would only enable them."

"But once again, Karzai and his Pentagon friends thwarted the plan. First, Anthony Harriman was replaced at the National Security Council by a colonel who held the old-school Pentagon view that “we don’t do the drug thing.” He would not let me see General Lute or Stephen J. Hadley, the national security adviser, when the force-protection plans failed to materialize. We asked numerous Pentagon officials to lobby the defense minister, Abdul Rahim Wardak, for immediate force protection, but they did little."

Schweich was certainly in a position to know; he was the former State Department Counter Narcotics officer in Afghanistan.

Also, as reported in Al Jazeera.net, 28 July 2008:

http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2008/07/2008724234833723652.html

"Drug production has skyrocketed since the US-led invasion that ousted the Taliban."

In 2007, nearly 200,000 hectares of land in Afghanistan was used to cultivate poppy - more than double the area in 2003 – and the country produced 93 per cent of the world's supply of opium, the raw material of heroin."

Chew on that for a while.

Aug 23 10:20

Could Afghanistan Become Obama’s Vietnam?

President Obama had not even taken office before supporters were etching his likeness onto Mount Rushmore as another Abraham Lincoln or the second coming of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Yet what if they got the wrong predecessor? What if Mr. Obama is fated to be another Lyndon B. Johnson instead?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The only people "winning" in Afghanistan are the defense contractors,the companies providing private mercenaries, and the drug dealers.

Aug 23 09:48

Afghan conflict serious, "deteriorating": Mullen

The top U.S. military officer on Sunday described the situation in Afghanistan as deteriorating but said the new commander on the ground had not yet requested additional troops.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported at on 14 Aug 2009 at:

http://www.politicsdaily.com/2009/08/14/defense-secretary-report-wont-request-more-troops-in-afghanist/

"Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top commander in Afghanistan, is set to submit an assessment on the war within the next few weeks. On Thursday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said at least one thing would be missing from the report: contrary to widespread speculation, the general won't include in it a request for more troops."

"The Los Angeles Times reports that Gates said requests for additional troops would be considered both "separately and subsequent" to the upcoming report."

What this means is that additional troops will ultimately be requested, but not at the time this report is issued.

And the question is, from where will these new troops be coming, given the stresses the US military is currently experiencing?

Aug 23 05:35

U.S. Shifts, Giving Names of Detainees to the Red Cross

The change begins to lift the veil from the American government’s most secretive remaining overseas prisons by allowing the Red Cross to track the custody of dozens of the most dangerous suspected terrorists and foreign fighters plucked off the battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Aug 22 20:20

Troops to be sent to Helmand, Afghanistan with just 6 weeks' training

Hundreds of soldiers from a leading infantry regiment are to be sent to the frontline in Afghanistan with just six weeks' specialised battlefield training - instead of the usual minimum of six months.

It is believed to be the first time the Army has allowed men to put their lives on the line with so little preparation for the tough fighting conditions against the Taliban.

The training cutback led to claims last night that soldiers' lives could be put at risk as a result.

Aug 22 20:17

Intimidation and Fraud Observed in Afghan Election

Reports of fraud and intimidation in Afghanistan’s presidential election continued to mount Saturday, with anecdotal but widespread accounts of ballot-box stuffing, a lack of impartiality among election workers and voters casting ballots for others.

A particular concern was the notably low turnout of women, who election observer organizations said were disproportionately affected by the violence and intimidation.

Aug 22 09:33

Afghanistan's Election Day: Don't Be Fooled By This Facade of Democracy

Among the people on the street, a common sentiment is, 'Everything has already been decided by the U.S. and NATO, and the real winner has already been picked by the White House and Pentagon.' Although there are a total of 41 candidates running for president, the vast majority of them are well known faces responsible for the current disastrous situation in Afghanistan.

Aug 22 09:26

Commentary: Drones and democracy

The facts are truly grim. According to a recent UNICEF report, an estimated 22 million Afghans, or 70 per cent of the population, live in poverty and substandard conditions. Some 40 per cent of children less than three years old are underweight and 54 per cent of children under five are stunted. Over 100,000 people -- most of them children and women -- remain displaced by conflict and drought.

But one thing cannot be disputed regarding US contributions to the people of Afghanistan: a lot of people have been ripped to pieces by botched drone operations; a lot of young minds have been moulded, through the tragedies that they endure and witness each day, to distrust this notion of "democracy".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The aerial bombing is guaranteed to do two things, and two things only; kill a lot of non-combatants, and radicalize those left standing even further away from the puppet Karzai government, and US occupation.

Aug 22 08:17

Lesson of Vietnam Lost in Afghanistan

Whatever “syndrome” we kicked, Vietnam’s primary lesson remains intact: American power is not without limits, both in terms of defeating an enemy and in terms of its domestic support. The primary lesson of Vietnam seems to be that it is a lesson lost. And now we have some of the same intractable problems in Afghanistan.

Gen. Stanley McChrystal and Special Envoy Richard Holbrooke recently called Vietnam War historian Stanley Karnow for advice. After the conversation, Karnow told the AP that the main lesson to be learned from Vietnam was that “we shouldn’t have been there in the first place.” We apparently don’t know what was said on the other end in Karnow’s talk with the general and the envoy, but McChrystal has asked for more troops.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder from precisely where General McChrystal thinks he is going to get those additional troops he's requesting.

The US military is already stretched to the breaking point, and stop-loss policies have already taken an extraordinarily grim toll on our men and women in uniform.

And for what?

To build the pipelines to control Eurasian oil, and to protect the drug trade from which so many profit so handsomely.

Tell that to the families and friends of the kids who have died here, or been maimed for life to achieve these outcomes.

Once Americans truly understand what the price paid in blood and money was really supposed to achieve in Afghanistan, the outrage resulting from that understanding will become uncontainable.

Aug 22 08:10

Ex-ISI Chief Says Purpose of New Afghan Intelligence Agency RAMA Is ‘to destabilize Pakistan’

But what, I asked General Gul, in his view, were the true reasons for the invasion of Afghanistan, and why the US is still there? “A very good question,” he responded. “I think you have reached the point precisely. It is a principle of war that you never mix objectives. Because when you mix objectives then you end up with egg on your face. You face defeat. And here was a case where the objectives were mixed up. Ostensibly, it was to disperse al Qaeda, to get Osama bin Laden. But latently, the reasons for the offensive, for the attack on Afghanistan, were quite different.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"because the Taliban had not complied with their desire to allow an oil and gas pipeline to pass through Afghanistan. "

Whihc is what I told oyu was the real deal way back HERE!

Aug 22 07:44

Afghanistan Contractors Outnumber Troops

The number of military contractors in Afghanistan rose to almost 74,000 by June 30, far outnumbering the roughly 58,000 U.S. soldiers on the ground at that point. As the military force in Afghanistan grows further, to a planned 68,000 by the end of the year, the Defense Department expects the ranks of contractors to increase more.

The Obama administration has sought to reduce its reliance on military contractors, worried that the Pentagon was ceding too much power to outside companies, failing to rein in costs and not achieving desired results.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Given the muscularity of Obama's foreign policy, one has to wonder if a time will come, in order to continue to support these wars without end, if there will be a reinstitution of the draft.

Given the current geopolitical situation, I wouldn't bet against it.

Aug 21 09:05

Obama’s Unspoken Trade-Off: Dead US/NATO Occupation Troops versus Dead Afghan Civilians?

Buried in the public relations blather of U.S. Marine legions "liberating" Helmand and Afghan (sham) "elections" as democracy-restored is an unspoken trade-off over who disproportionately dies in America’s modern wars in the Third World. Under George W. Bush, U.S politico-military elites chose to fight the Afghan war with minimal regard for so-called collateral casualties. But the soaring toll of killed Afghan civilians swayed world public opinion and stoked the Afghan resistance as grieved Afghan family members sought revenge. Enter Barack Obama. Faced with the prospect of NATO forces being withdrawn as restless NATO country citizens mobilized against the war, the Obama war machine took the decision to trade-off (mostly) lower-class U.S.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And please remember the reasons the US is in Afghanistan in the first place. They are:

1. To install the pipelines to control Eurasian oil.

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

Aug 21 09:02

Hamid Karzai teams claims presidential victory

THE head of Afghan President Hamid Karzai's re-election campaign said the incumbent was decisively leading the count and there would be no need for a second-round run-off.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember a couple weeks back when Karzai was trailing badly in the polls, and I predicted something "funny" would happen in the election to keep him in power?

Now you watch; the same ABCNNBBCBS that insisted that Ahmadinejad, who was LEADING in the pre-election polls, stole that election, will insist that Karzai (his excellency from UNOCAL) has won an incredible come-from-behind victory!

Aug 21 08:59

Mass abstention and vote rigging in Afghanistan election

Yesterday’s presidential election in Afghanistan featured massive abstention and blatant ballot rigging, underscoring the corrupt character of the entire exercise. Conducted under the guns of 100,000 foreign troops, the vote had nothing to do with democracy and was instead designed to provide a veneer of legitimacy for the US-led NATO forces’ increasingly bloody counter-insurgency campaign against those resisting the occupation.

Aug 21 08:42

In Afghanistan, Violence and Cynicism Keep Voter Turnout Low

The 2004 vote which swept Afghan President Hamid Karzai to power saw around 70 percent of the nation’s population showing up to vote. As Karzai seeks to extend his stay in office past his already-expired term, he went up against a ragtag collection of little-known opponents, and this time only around 40-50 percent of the nation’s voters showed up.

According to reports, the government’s attempt at media censorship during the election actually did more harm than good for turnout, as many cited the lack of dependable information about security as a decision to remain at home. When reports started emerging of the first bombings relatively early in the day, the moderate stream of voters became a weak trickle. Even keeping the polls open an extra hour did little to boost the turnout.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This isn't "democracy" in Afghanistan: it's about keeping a designated American puppet in control of the situation until the white house can think of something to do that doesn't look like complete, unmitigated defeat and disaster here.

Aug 21 08:40

C.I.A. Said to Use Outsiders to Put Bombs on Drones

From a secret division at its North Carolina headquarters, the company formerly known as Blackwater has assumed a role in Washington’s most important counterterrorism program: the use of remotely piloted drones to kill Al Qaeda’s leaders, according to government officials and current and former employees.

The division’s operations are carried out at hidden bases in Pakistan and Afghanistan, where the company’s contractors assemble and load Hellfire missiles and 500-pound laser-guided bombs on remotely piloted Predator aircraft, work previously performed by employees of the Central Intelligence Agency. They also provide security at the covert bases, the officials said.

Aug 21 08:38

Obama Vows To Finish Job After "successful" Afghan Vote

President Barack Obama said the U.S.-led forces must "focus on finishing the job" in Afghanistan after what he said appeared to have been a successful election in the country, Reuters reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This vote was simply cosmetic, a bit of kabuki theatre, played large; many of the ethnic minority candidates representing a huge load of Afghan voters, were simply banished from ballot cards.

And it doesn't matter which American puppet wins, Abdullah Abdullah or Karzai: the people of Afghanistan are still stuck with an American puppet running the show.

And precisely what Obama means when he talks about "... U.S.-led forces must "focus on finishing the job" in Afghanistan, one has to wonder how he expects to build the pipelines to control Eurasian oil, with such seething anger of the Afghan people against US and NATO forces, understanding that, for them, the American/NATO occupation of Afghanistan has only changed their lives for the worse.

Aug 20 08:43

Taliban's attacks threatens to keep turnout low in Afghanistan elections

There have been at least five explosions in Afghanistan's capital as Afghans head to the polls to elect their new president.

The Taliban's threat to scupper the country's second presidential and provincial elections seems to be paying off, with voter turnout apparently running low due to fears of violence and reprisals.

Incidents in Kabul include a rocket landing close to voters, a suicide attack, and a stand-off between Afghan police and five suspected Taliban suicide bombers.

Some polling stations have been closed due to scattered rocket and bomb attacks, affecting the vote for Afghanistan's new President.

Aug 20 08:40

British Chinook helicopter brought down 'by enemy fire' in Afghanistan on election day

A British helicopter crew escaped injury after their Chinook was forced to make an emergency landing in Afghanistan following an engine fire, the Ministry of Defence said today.

The Chinook, one of only a few of the valuable machines at the Army's disposal in Afghanistan, may have been brought down by enemy fire, the MoD admitted.

Aug 20 08:28

Afghanistan’s gunpoint election

By any measure, today’s presidential election in Afghanistan is a travesty. The poll takes place under conditions of a continuing foreign military occupation to prop up a puppet government that is notorious for its human rights abuses, corruption and failure to provide for the basic needs of the vast majority of the population.

Once the election is out of the way, the Obama administration and the Pentagon will push ahead with plans for a major escalation of the war. Tens of thousands of additional US troops have been put in place, and US commanders are preparing to call for many more to be sent to kill and be killed in this brutal neo-colonial war.

Aug 20 07:56

Karzai and Warlords Mount Massive Vote Fraud Scheme

Afghanistan’s presidential election has long been viewed by U.S. officials as a key to conferring legitimacy on the Afghan government, but Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his powerful warlord allies have planned to commit large-scale electoral fraud that could have the opposite effect.

Larry Goodson of the U.S. Army College, who was on the U.S. Central Command team that worked on a detailed plan for Afghanistan and Pakistan earlier this year, told IPS, "The reality is there is going to be a lot of cheating and fraud."

Goodson said the danger for the United States in the Karzai election plan is that it "could be perceived by Afghans as promoting the legitimization of someone who is widely perceived as illegitimate."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not that the US has much to talk about in terms of vote fraud in its own elections, but this bit of Kabuki theater masquerading as an election is simply a farce, and a bad one at that.

Thinking Afghans understand that whoever wins will be whoever the US is backing, and - as stunningly crooked as this guy is - the US's man in Afghanistan is Karzai, pure and simple.

Were I a betting person, I would not bet that there will be a runoff in this election, and that Karzai will get the percentage of alleged "votes" necessary to win.

Aug 20 07:15

Majority of Americans now oppose Afghan war: poll

On the eve of Afghanistan’s historic presidential election, a newly released poll shows Americans’ support for the war is fading.

The eight year conflict, which began after the US routed the Taliban from the country in 2001, has bogged down American forces and resulted in hundreds of servicemember deaths. In recent months, the Taliban have seen resurgent success. A US effort to capture Osama Bin Laden has failed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to the writer of this piece:

1. Osama Bin Laden is dead, and has been at room temperature for quite some time.

2. Thinking Americans understand that we are in Afghanistan to build the pipelines to control Eurasian oil, and protect the drug trade, from which so many profit so handsomely.

Aug 20 07:12

Afghanistan's Gunpoint Election

Demockracy in action!

Aug 19 10:17

US Is Picking & Choosing The Afghan Opium Trade Winners

Via Derrick Crowe, I see that accused war criminal and narco-warlord Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum has rejoined Karzai's government from exile in Turkey. In 2001, according to Physicians for Human Rights, he and his men stuffed thousands of prisoners into metal containers, suffocating most and shooting any who survived. Because he was on the CIA's payroll, the Bush administration discouraged any investigations even after the mass grave of the victims was discovered. Karzai trusts him to deliver more than 1 million Uzbeck votes in Thursday's election.

Yet recently the US military said it was going to hunt down fifty drug traffickers believed to be allied to the Taliban, leaving even supporters of the occupation going "wtf?".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The occupation is all about pipelines to control the flow of Eurasian oil, and protecting the drug trade.

That's what our American kids are fighting, getting permanently maimed, and dying for, plain and simple.

Aug 19 10:10

Obama lies to defend US War of Aggression in Afghanistan

One of the most important Constitutional duties of any US President is to follow the law to not unleash the world’s most powerful destructive force and to defend innocent civilians from such onslaught and misery. This is also one of the most important laws for citizens to understand and hold their political leadership accountable for ethical behavior and demand prosecution in its violation.

Aug 19 09:43

Fake Elections Won’t Bring Peace to Afghanistan

This week’s presidential election in Afghanistan will be an elaborate piece of political theater designed to show increasingly uneasy Western voters that progress is being made in the war-torn nation after seven years of US-led occupation.

Most Afghans already believe they know who will win the vote: the candidate chosen by the United States and its NATO allies.

Running phony elections is unworthy of the United States and demeans its values and traditions. The way to real peace and stability in Afghanistan can only be through a national consensus and negotiated settlement that includes Taliban and its allies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is all theatre, sound and fury, signifying nothing, and the Afghans, at the end of the day, will wind up with no more actual representation (and particularly, Afghanistan's women) than they have right now.

Aug 19 09:35

Robert Fisk: Why these deaths hit home as hard as the Somme

More than 200 soldiers dead in Afghanistan, and now Gordon Brown advises us that "the best way to honour their memory is to see the course through". I don't know which particular "course" Gordon has in mind – protecting democracy, training the Afghan army, defeating the Taliban, talking to the Taliban, or just fighting them so they don't turn up on British shores – but this is straight out of the George W Bush tear bucket.

Not so long ago, I seem to remember, Bush was telling us that we would be betraying the American dead in Iraq if we gave up the fight. We owed it to the dead to go on killing more Iraqis. And now we owe it to the dead to go on killing more Afghans. Who, of course, will go on killing us. Is there no end to this madness?

Aug 19 09:21

Just in Time for Election: Afghanistan Introduces Sweeping New Censorship

Thursday was supposed to be a busy day for journalists covering Afghanistan. The nation holds its long-delayed presidential vote in the face of an ever worsening security situation and multiple threats from militant groups to launch major attacks, which makes for a potentially explosive day.

But don’t expect to read about it. Taking a page out of the book of neighboring Iran, the Afghan government has decided to insistute massive censorship of what is allowed to be covered during Thursday’s vote, and officials have made it very clear; coverage of the various bombings which are expected will not be tolerated.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You've just got to love what Karzai's vision of "democracy in Afghanistan" looks like!

As a matter of fact, for thinking people, it looks like.... the absolute antithesis of real democracy!

Of course, to believe that these alleged "elections" are anything else than a setup to keep Karzai in power for another term is sort of like believing that the word "gullible" isn't in the dictionary.

Aug 19 05:07

Top 50 US War Criminals

The occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan have seen the United States target civilians, journalists, hospitals, and ambulances, use antipersonnel weapons including cluster bombs in densely settled urban areas, use white phosphorous as a weapon, use depleted uranium weapons, employ a new version of napalm found in Mark 77 firebombs, engage in collective punishment of Iraqi civilian populations -- including by blocking roads, cutting electricity and water, destroying fuel stations, planting bombs in farm fields, demolishing houses, and plowing down orchards -- detain people without charge or legal process without the rights of prisoners of war, imprison children, torture, and murder.

Aug 18 09:04

OBAMA’S WAR IN AFGHANISTAN ~~ “FUNDAMENTAL TO THE DEFENSE OF OUR PEOPLE” (TOON)

Aug 18 08:46

Bloodiest month for British troops as ministers defend Afghanistan campaign

Aug 18 08:40

Afghan election fraud is unearthed

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Who is behind in the polls? THAT is who has motive to cheat.

Aug 18 08:29

Obama: Afghan war secures America

US President Barack Obama says there will be no quick or easy victory over the Taliban, noting that the war in Afghanistan is crucial in protecting Americans from terrorism.

"This will not be quick, nor easy. But we must never forget this is not a war of choice, this is a war of necessity," he said. "If left unchecked, the Taliban insurgency will mean an even larger safe haven from which al-Qaeda would plot to kill more Americans," he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to President Obama; sir, please stop lying to the American people.

To say that this is a war of necessity, and not a war of choice would be laughable, if so many more people, Americans and Afghan nationals didn't have to continue dying.

The Bush administration attempted to negotiate with the Taliban in August of 2001, but thought that the price was too high in terms of installing the pipelines to control the flow of oil.

They obviously thought that a war would somehow be cheaper, and American blood and money was completely expendable to secure that objective.

The US-installed puppet government, lead by former UNOCAL executive Hamid Karzai, is so crooked its membership has to collectively screw its socks on. And this "election" in Afghanistan? That again would be laughable, except for the legacy it will leave for the Afghan people, which in general will continue to be misery, poverty, and want.

This was, Mr. President, absolutely a war of choice to "pacify" the Afghan population enough to install the pipelines to control the oil, and to protect the drug trade, from which so many profit so handsomely.

You know this, Mr. President, I know this, and every thinking American knows this.

So please; stop lying to us.

Aug 18 08:25

Obama: Afghan war secures America

US President Barack Obama says there will be no quick or easy victory over the Taliban, noting that the war in Afghanistan is crucial in protecting Americans from terrorism.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Aug 18 01:55

Fake Elections Won’t Bring Peace to Afghanistan

This week’s presidential election in Afghanistan will be an elaborate piece of political theater designed to show increasingly uneasy Western voters that progress is being made in the war-torn nation after seven years of US-led occupation.

Most Afghans already believe they know who will win the vote: the candidate chosen by the United States and its NATO allies.

Voting will mostly be held in urban areas, under the guns of US and NATO troops. The countryside, ruled by Taliban, who are often local farmers moonlighting as fighters, is too dangerous for this electoral charade. Over half of Afghanistan is under Taliban influence by day, 75% at night.

Aug 17 18:46

Torture 'turns British troops into targets'

The Government was accused of 'stabbing soldiers in the back' yesterday because of its alleged complicity in the torture of terror suspects by the U.S.

Human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith said Britain had made its own troops into targets in Afghanistan.

Aug 17 11:00

Afghan Poll Already “Stolen”: Analysts

Even before it kicks off, Afghanistan's showcase presidential election is likely "sold" and "stolen", analysts warned, stressing that a growing sense of disillusion amongst voters in the war-torn country is adding to the polls’ severe crisis of credibility.

Aug 16 18:48

The sacrifice and the shameful spin

For a man who admits to being 'no intellectual', our lumpen Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth has had a lot to say for himself in recent days. Predictably, most of it was not very clever.

In an article for this week's New Statesman magazine, he accused those who question our presence in Afghanistan and the level of blood sacrifice involved as 'defeatists'.

He went on to dismiss critics of troop and equipment shortages on the front line as 'people who misunderstand the nature of coalition warfare'.

Then yesterday, in direct contradiction of all military experts including the new head of the Army, General Sir David Richards, he told the BBC that we should be able to 'sort Afghanistan out within the next year or so'.

Aug 16 10:35

Top brass have 'no idea' how many troops have been wounded in Afghanistan

The Army has no idea how many of its soldiers have been wounded in Afghanistan, the top brass has admitted.

There are no accurate figures for the number of seriously injured soldiers in its ranks, according to the report prepared ordered by Sir Richard Dannatt, the chief of the general staff.

And many of those wounded in the line of duty are not receiving appropriate medical support. The news comes as the number of deaths surges past the 200 mark.

Aug 16 09:47

Much Of Afghan Drug Money Going To 'Our Friends'

We've been told again and again for years on end that the Taliban were running their operations off the opium trade, clearing as much as $400 million per year. Now, a Senate Foreign Relations Committee investigation says the proceeds are closer to $70 million.

But that's not the real news. The real news is what's missing: If our enemies aren't taking as much money as we thought to provide protection to the source of raw material for 90% of the world's heroin, then who is providing that protection?

Apparently, the answer is: our friends.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable, and I can almost guarantee you: you're not going to see this bit on any corporate news outlet.

For quite some time, this site has maintained that the two reasons we're in Afghanistan are to secure the pipelines (to control the oi), and protect the drug trade from which so many profit so handsomely.

Aug 16 08:47

Helping Rich White People Kill Poor Brown People (For Money)

Not only is there more than a suggestion of violence in any SAS deployment, but it is hardly good role modeling for “the lawmakers” to breach the government’s Defence Policy Framework, and to put armed forces personnel in a situation where they are likely to be complicit in torture (which is prohibited in NZ law) and implicated in killing civilians (which is apparently permitted, providing it takes place overseas).

Aug 16 08:40

Captain Removed After Slamming Afghan War

A British Army captain who anonymously wrote a scathing attack about the Afghan war has been removed from his unit, Sky News understands.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

'YOU WILL LOVE THIS WAR, DAMMIT!!!!!"

Aug 16 08:10

Who is funding the Afghan Taliban? You don’t want to know

Call it protection money, call it extortion, or, as the Taliban themselves prefer to term it, “spoils of war,” the fact remains that international donors, primarily the United States, are to a large extent financing their own enemy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Without an enemy, there is no reason for the US to remain!

Aug 15 08:47

U.S. forces kill Afghan security guards

JALALABAD, Afghanistan, Aug. 14, 2009 (UPI) -- U.S.-led coalition forces killed two Afghan security guards and six others in a raid in the eastern border province of Nangarhar, officials said Friday.

The U.S. military launched an overnight operation in the Spin Ghar district of Nangarhar following reports of plans of militant attacks meant to coincide with presidential and provincial elections.

Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, a provincial spokesman, said U.S. combat forces killed a border patrol officer along with a member of his family. An Afghan serviceman was among those killed by U.S. forces as well, the Pajhwok Afghan News agency reports.

Aug 15 08:12

7 die, 91 wounded in blast near NATO HQ in Kabul

A suicide car bomb exploded Saturday outside the main gate of NATO's headquarters five days before Afghanistan's presidential election, killing seven and wounding 91 in the biggest attack in the Afghan capital in six months.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, neither the US nor NATO control Kabul at this point.

Aug 15 07:26

Karzai to 'curb US-led troops' if reelected

President Karzai addressed thousands of his supporters at an election rally in Kabul on Friday. Afghan President Hamed Karzai vows more control over US-led troops in a bid to limit civilian casualties inflicted by indiscriminate counterinsurgent attacks if he is re-elected.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And if you cannot trust the man who helped CREATE the US war in Afghanistan, who can you trust!

Aug 14 15:34

Deadly contractor incident sours Afghans

The shooting deaths of Raheb Dost, 24, and another Afghan civilian by four gunmen with the company once known as Blackwater have turned an entire neighborhood against the U.S. presence here.

Aug 14 08:27

Afghanistan passes 'barbaric' law diminishing women's rights

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that Karzai has made a deal with Shia clerics to further insure his election victory by allowing this bill to become law.

Aug 14 08:21

Gates: It's A "Mystery" How Long US Forces Will Be In Afghanistan

"In the intelligence business, we always used to categorize information in two ways, secrets and mysteries," Gates, a former CIA director, told a Pentagon news conference.

He added: "Mysteries were those where there were too many variables to predict. And I think that how long U.S. forces will be in Afghanistan is in that area."

He said his top commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, is free to ask for whatever he needs, but Gates said when the general submits a revised war plan in the coming weeks it will not contain a request to expand the U.S. fighting force.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are no "mysteries" that an honest assessment of the situation cannot uncover.

And to describe the actual continued length of the American occupation of Afghanistan as a "mystery" is completely unacceptable to We the People.

The leadership in the Pentagon and civilian leadership knew several things before going in 8 years ago, as lessons allegedly learned from previous military misadventures:

1. You cannot win what is essentially a ground war from the air.
2. You cannot go in to a region like Afghanistan without a huge commitment of troops to actually occupy the country. The old Soviet Union failed in this with 500,000 pairs of boots on the ground.
3. You cannot set up a corrupt puppet government which appears to support US drone strikes indiscriminately killing civilians without radicalizing those left standing further against that government and the US.

And yet, this is precisely the outcome we have had in Afghanistan. The pipelines to control the oil (and about which we were actually negotiating with the Taliban in August of 2001) still cannot be put in place because of the volatility in the country.

Apparently, the Bush administration thought that a war of occupation would be "cheaper" than what the Taliban was asking for the deal.

Tell that to all the families and friends of people who have died, or been wounded physically and mentally to the point where they will never be able to function again in this conflict.

Aug 14 07:32

The Smell of Defeat

On the other hand, in Iraq, a senior American military advisor adopted the view that it is high time for America to “declare” victory and immediately leave. Not only that, but he also revealed the tense relationship between Iraqi and American officers after the U.S. withdrawal from Iraqi cities on June 30. The American advisor believes that U.S. troops have by now become guests in Iraq, and they will have to leave soon because their presence is unjustifiable and it is not going to improve the performance of Iraqis.

Aug 13 11:32

Pentagon to Obama: Send more troops or lose war in Afghanistan

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You will not bring our dead children back to life by throwing more live children onto the funeral pyre.

Aug 12 18:05

President Karzai’s supporters ‘buy’ votes for Afghanistan election

Several tribal leaders and local people in Helmand described a systematic attempt by supporters of Mr Karzai to collect or buy voter registration cards from local people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As though politicians in the US never attempt to rig an election!!!!!

Aug 12 07:44

Afghan drug lords: targeted until proven innocent

So first we expanded our forces in Afghanistan. Then we took on the challenge of prison reform there (ignoring the fact that America's own prison system is a national disgrace). And yesterday we learned that U.S. armed forces are putting suspected Afghan drug dealers on a "kill or capture" list. In other words, we are now extending the "war on drugs" to Afghanistan, ignoring the fact that this "war" (first announced by Richard Nixon four decades ago) hasn't led to victory. The new strategy also ignores some of the obvious lessons of that "war," and places the United States on some pretty dubious moral ground.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess this administration believes, by instituting this policy, that it looks like it's "doing something" in Afghanistan, while the situation on the ground gets worse and worse by the day for US and NATO troops.

Aug 11 09:35

Addicted to War: America's Brutal Pipe Dream in Afghanistan

Looks like the "Good War" in Afghanistan is morphing even more directly into the "Drug War" that the U.S. government has been waging all over the world -- and especially against its own people -- for almost 40 years now, with all the attendant aggrandizement of authoritarian powers and degradation of civil liberties and human rights.

As The Times reports, and Pentagon brass confirmed, the "continuity government" of the Obama Administration has drawn up yet another "hit list" of people to be arbitrarily assassinated: 50 "drug lords" allegedly associated with the Taliban. No doubt the many drug lords associated with the American-installed Afghan government -- and those cooperating directly with the Western occupation -- are exempt from this dirty laundry list.

Aug 11 08:44

US Commander Sees Economic Improvement as Key to Afghan Victory

An an interview with USA Today, the top US commander in Afghanistan General Stanley McChrystal expressed hope that the continually worsening violence in Afghanistan could be curbed if the US was able to improve the economy enabling them to find jobs.

The strategy isn’t exactly novel. Indeed, as with its massive ground offensive in the Helmand River Valley last month the US seems to be taking a page out of the Soviet Union’s playbook. Roughly eight years into its own failed occupation of Afghanistan the Soviets began to pump enormous amounts of money into boosting Afghanistan’s largely command economy in the hopes of buying off the insurgency with jobs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This policy bankrupted the old Soviet Union, as it is about to do to the US government.

We're got a broke, dysfunctional and corrupt government where the game is always rigged in the favor those allegedly representing the people of this country.

We the People have been pushed to our limit; that's why you are hearing such legitimate anger pouring out at these town hall meetings.

And US politicians seem to have their collective heads so intently shoved up a very warm, dark place, that they refuse to acknowledge that it is their spectacular failure of leadership which has brought this country to the brink of collapse.

Aug 10 13:03

Women just pawns in wars over opium, energy & power

Most people in western countries – including western feminists – get their opinions about Afghanistan from pro-war spin doctors and rarely if ever directly access authentic voices within Afghanistan.

Aug 10 09:05

Hamid Karzai's government using state resources to swing Afghan election

The United Nations said there is growing evidence that Hamid Karzai's government is abusing state resources to help him win this month's presidential election in Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

and I'll bet we don;t see a huge media stink about it like ABCNNBBCBS had for Iran!

Aug 10 03:51

Obamageddon

There are always "warnings" in the beginning, aren’t there? For some reason, however, they are never heeded. Instead, we just barrel ahead, undaunted, into the tall grass where ambush awaits us. War opponents predicted the Iraq invasion would prove unsustainable – and we were right. We said that, far from greeting us with cheers and showers of roses, the Iraqis would soon be shooting at us and demanding our ouster – and we were right. We said the rationale for war was based on a series of carefully manufactured and marketed lies – and that was the truth, now wasn’t it? Yet it seems we are caught in an endlessly repetitive nightmare, where the same prophetic voices are being drowned out by a chorus of "responsible" voices – to be followed by an all-too-familiar disaster.

Aug 09 21:35

Brit amputee prepared to go back to Afghanistan to settle "scores."

Sometimes I have this fantasy that adults are running things. Adults that have the best interests of their respective countries at heart. Not those who want to agitate feuds for profit. Then I come to my senses.....

A BRITISH soldier who had part of his leg blown off by a landmine is preparing to return to Afghanistan to settle “unfinished business” with the Taliban.

Private Matt Woollard, 20, is expected to be the first British infantryman to return to the front line after being fitted with a prosthetic limb.

Aug 09 06:45

Costly U.S. campaign expected in Afghanistan

Since the invasion of Afghanistan eight years ago, the United States has spent $223 billion on war-related funding for that country, according to the Congressional Research Service. Aid expenditures, excluding the cost of combat operations, have grown exponentially, from $982 million in 2003 to $9.3 billion last year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder precisely where this administration thinks the money is coming from to continue to fund these wars without end.

Taxpayers are broke, many jobless and homeless, with countries like China taking a critical look as to whether the US is ever going to be able to repay money already borrowed, and not many other countries internationally are very keen about loaning the US money either.

No thinking person in the US is in favor of this war. They know, as well as do the Afghans, what the real objective is; the installation of pipelines to control the world's flow of oil, and protection of the drug trade, from which so many profit so handsomely.

Aug 08 17:54

Karzai family's wealth 'fuelling insurgency'

Persistent allegations of corruption aimed at Hamid Karzai's family are undermining Western efforts in Afghanistan and feeding the Taliban-led insurgency, Washington policy-makers have warned.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Most Afghans believe that their leadership is so collectively crooked, they have to screw their socks on in the morning.

Aug 08 16:32

Three British special forces troops killed in Afghanistan

and a fourth critically injured when their patrol came under attack.

Aug 08 09:32

Barracks and Burger King: U.S. Builds a Supersized Base in Afghanistan

Anyone who thinks the Afghanistan troop "surge" is a temporary, one-time deal should watch the construction here of a vast new $17 million barracks building.

It's not temporary. It's three stories of concrete.

Eight years after American forces scattered the Taliban and effectively conquered Afghanistan, the United States is embarked on a frenzied $220 million building campaign at this sprawling and still expanding military air base. Just to meet the base's demand for fresh concrete, it has two of its own cement factories working full time.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Anyone thinking that the US will be out of Afghanistan any time soon has absolutely no connection with reality.

Aug 08 08:44

Depleted Uranium Ammunition in Afghan War: New Evidence

A classified German Army manual has thrown doubt over US and UK assurances that no depleted uranium munitions have been used in Afghanistan.

21 July 2009 – ICBUW = International Campaign to Ban Uranium Weapons

A military manual that was handed over to German campaigners has reignited allegations that the US used DU ammunition in Afghanistan. If true, it runs counter to repeated assurances given by the US military that no DU was used. The manual, a war-fighting guide for Bundeswehr contigents in Afghanistan is marked classified and for official NATO use only. It was written by the Bundeswehr’s Centre for Communication and published in late 2005.

Aug 07 08:14

Barracks and Burger King: U.S. Builds a Supersized Base in Afghanistan

Anyone who thinks the Afghanistan troop "surge" is a temporary, one-time deal should watch the construction here of a vast new $17 million barracks building.

It's not temporary. It's three stories of concrete.

Aug 07 05:50

Five U.S. Troops Killed In Afghanistan

No doubt in retaliation for the cucumber farmers.

Aug 07 05:45

U.S. Kills 5 Cucumber Farmers In Airstrike

Officials assumed farmers were loading munitions, not cukes.Winning hearts and minds,one cucumber at a time.

Aug 06 18:29

US faces huge bill for Afghan security

The US will have to provide billions more dollars in coming years to finance a huge increase in the size of Afghanistan’s security forces, officials and analysts warn.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"... "provide billions..." From WHERE?!?

China is anything but keen on loaning the US government more money, and We the People are flat broke, from all the taxes raised to pay for these wars without end, and the bailouts of companies which should have been allowed to fail.

Absolutely no one in congress is going to bail out We the People, that's for certain.

Aug 06 11:48

War News for Thursday, August 06, 2009

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: A roadside bomb hit a wedding party on its way to a ceremony in southern Afghanistan, killing 21 people including women and children, Afghan officials said Thursday. The large group of men, women and children heading to the wedding were riding a tractor in the Garmser district of Helmand province Wednesday morning when they were hit by a roadside bomb, provincial police chief Assadullah Sherzad said. The Afghan Interior Ministry said 21 people were killed and five others were wounded.

Aug 06 08:37

'Did Western troops come here to kill my children?' Afghan villagers' despair as three boys are killed in airstrike

Abdur Rahim, the father of the boys and uncle of the slain man, claimed he heard a pair of helicopters circling over his compound at 1:30 a.m. before they fired two missiles that hit his home. His brother and another son were wounded, he said.

'What was the fault of my innocent children? They were not Taliban,' Rahim said. "Did they come here to build our country or kill our innocent children?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Afghan people do not hate us "because we are free"; they hate us because we are systematically killing their kids, moms, aunts, and uncles, and friends with indiscriminate airstrikes.

Aug 06 08:07

Depleted Uranium Ammunition in Afghan War: New Evidence

A classified German Army manual has thrown doubt over US and UK assurances that no depleted uranium munitions have been used in Afghanistan.

Aug 04 18:28

Senators, Advisers Urge Obama to Double Afghan Forces

President Barack Obama and top U.S. military commanders are under pressure from senators and civilian advisers to double the size of Afghan security forces, a commitment that would cost billions of dollars.

In private letters and face-to-face meetings, these supporters of mounting a stronger effort against the Taliban seek to boost the Afghan National Army and police to at least 400,000 personnel from the current 175,000.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And just how more US "advisers" will be needed to train these Afghan security forces?!?

Aug 04 09:13

Beginning to Smell in Afghanistan

As the old saying goes, "guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days." Because we have no status-of-forces-agreement with Afghanistan, we cannot even pose as guests as in Iraq, let alone welcome ones. After almost eight years in Afghanistan, it is hard to exaggerate how pungent must be our odor to Afghans.

The United States has achieved our objectives in Afghanistan. We ought to declare victory and bring our combat forces home. Due to our tendency to look after the tactical details and miss the proverbial forest for the trees, this critically important strategic realization is in danger of being missed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, the US is not going to leave Afghanistan because one of the two major objectives has not yet been realized.

The drug trade, and flow of heroin, (from which so many profit so handsomely) is being protected.

Anyone remember the "Golden Triangle" from the Viet Nam days?

However, the pipelines (through which oil from the Middle East and Eurasia will be controlled) have not yet been installed because of the instability caused by the US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan.

And that may keep the US in Afghanistan nearly indefinitely until that objective is accomplished.

Aug 02 20:57

US/Kiwi troops in 'war crimes' row

Kiwi troops in 'war crimes' row
By JON STEPHENSON - Sunday Star Times
Last updated 05:00 02/08/2009
International legal experts say New Zealand broke the Geneva Convention and laws against torture when, from 2002, our elite SAS troops transferred 50-70 prisoners to the Americans at the Kandahar detention centre in southern Afghanistan.
The centre was known by US soldiers as "Camp Slappy", and prisoners there have described being severely beaten and tortured, drenched with water and left to freeze outside in winter.

Aug 02 09:30

US won’t stop deadly blitz in Afghanistan

The newly appointed commander of US-led troops in Afghanistan says he does not plan to halt controversial air strikes which have killed many civilians in the war-torn country.

Gen Stanley McChrystal emphasized the blitzes were necessary to protect troops taking part in ground operations across Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One is reminded of the response of the Papal Legate during the Catholic Church's prosecution of the Cathars during the siege of Montsegur in France.

When learning that women and children were with the men holding out against the Church's army, the Papal Legate's instructions were "kill them all: God will find his own."

You cannot win what is essentially a ground war from the air; American military and civilian leadership should have absorbed that very bitter and crucial lesson from Viet Nam, but apparently they have not.

The bombing of civilians is guaranteed to do do two things; radicalize those left standing even further away from the Karzai government, and causing local populations to refuse to offer any useful information to American troops, which seem to be consistently unable to protect them from the Taliban.

Aug 02 08:56

Afghanistan commander General Stanley McChrystal to call for more US troops

The top US commander in Afghanistan is on a collision course with the White House after it emerged that he plans to ask for more American troops to bolster dangerously under-resourced operations there.

Anthony Cordesman, of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, who spent a month in Afghanistan on behalf of the advisory board, argued that without a doubling in the number of Afghan troops the conflict could be lost.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In total, when all the troops get to Afghanistan, we'll have a full military complement of 240,000 if Mc Chrystal's request get approved.

That's just a little over half of what the old Soviet Union brought to bear to "pacify" Afghanistan; and they suffered a a catastrophic defeat anyway.

And, without the reinstitution of the draft in the US, coupled with a US military stretched to almost the breaking point, one has to wonder precisely where this added troop strength is supposed to come from.

Aug 01 19:34

Families of British troops waiting years for inquests

Families of service personnel killed in Afghanistan are being forced to wait more than two years for inquests to explain how their loved ones died.

Aug 01 09:38

July in Afghanistan: A Month of Worsts

As the US continues to commit more troops to the war, it takes more and more aggressive stances, like launching the Helmand River Valley offensive, the largest the nation has seen since the Soviet occupation. But it has little to show for its escalation, with attacks on the rise and deaths among both allies and bystanders reaching ever higher levels.

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has conceded that the US most show some sign of improvement in the nation within a year, or it risks long international support. There is certainly no sign that is going to happen, but the bigger question is: how much worse is it going to get in the mean time?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

You cannot win a ground war from the air; there should have been a bitter but crucial lesson from the Viet Nam War for US civilian and military leadership on that, but it has, apparently gone unlearned.

In another article on Afghanistan from the GLOBE AND MAIL, it is reported that "Tens of thousands more U.S. soldiers may soon be needed in Afghanistan to quell the raging Taliban insurgency, top American generals are preparing to tell President Barack Obama."

However, just where these troops are supposed to come from appears to be a big unknown.

One has to wonder if a draft will be reinstituted in this country to even begin to come up with the numbers potentially necessary to do the job.

The old Soviet Union couldn't "pacify" this area with 500,000 pairs of boots on the ground.

And the reasons the old Soviet Union was in Afghanistan are, essentially, the same reasons the US and NATO are there right now: the installation of pipelines, to control Eurasia's oil, and protect the drug trade, from which so many profit so handsomely.

We are coming, at some point to a "Saigon moment" in Kabul; the only question is when, and how many more American, Afghan, and NATO lives will be lost to this military misadventure. And the most ghastly reality about this war was that the Bush/Cheney administration decided that this war would be "cheaper" than actually paying the Taliban the price they demanded for the pipelines in August of 2001.

I want Bush and Cheney to go on national television, and make that decision perfectly clear to the moms, dads, kids, relatives and friends of our Vets who have died, become permanently physically or psychologically maimed for life, committed horrendous acts of violence upon coming home, or committed suicide as a result of this war. For once in their wretched lives, they should tell the American people the truth.

And a small memo to SecDef Gates: I know of no thinking American who understands the geopolitical outcomes desired here, and supports the US presence in Afghanistan; not one, period, end of discussion.

Aug 01 09:04

U.S. generals to demand thousands of additional soldiers for Afghanistan

Tens of thousands more U.S. soldiers may soon be needed in Afghanistan to quell the raging Taliban insurgency, top American generals are preparing to tell President Barack Obama.

A spate of apparently deliberate leaks - seemingly aimed at preparing public opinion for a second "surge" involving as many as three or four more brigades or 20,000-plus soldiers and Marines - culminated yesterday with several reports saying General Stanley McChrystal, who took command of U.S. and NATO forces in June, wants lots more troops.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With the US military stressed almost to the breaking point with current commitments around the globe, one has to wonder where these additional troops will come from.

And if you think that the reinstitution of the draft would never happen under this President's watch, think again.

The sheer muscularity of Obama's foreign policy objectives may well make it impossible for him to achieve them without this happening.

Jul 31 08:40

UN: 1000 Afghan civilians killed in 2009

A latest UN report shows that the number of Afghan civilians killed either in US-led airstrikes or Taliban attacks has risen beyond the 1000 in first half of 2009.

UN assistance mission in Afghanistan said Friday air strikes by the US-led forces were responsible for a higher number of civilian causalities in the war-torn country.

The mission warned that more civilians would likely be killed as militants try to battle a troop increase by the administration of President Barack Obama.

The UN also noticed that the number of civilians killed in conflict in Afghanistan has jumped 24 percent so far this year.

Jul 31 08:22

American surgeons called in to help with record number of wounded

American surgeons had to be drafted in to operate on British troops in Afghanistan as the military experienced its worst month for casualties since the Falklands War, senior medical staff disclosed.

Jul 31 07:05

McChrystal Preparing New Afghan War Strategy, Likely To Include More US Troops

The U.S. general in charge of turning around the war in Afghanistan is likely to recommend significant changes to U.S. and NATO operations, military officials and others familiar with his forthcoming report said. Those changes could include additional U.S. troops despite political headwind against further expansion of the war.

As Gen. Stanley McChrystal readies his assessment of the war, due next month, numerous U.S. officials and outsiders apprised of his thinking suggest McChrystal will request that more American troops, probably including Marines, be added next year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just precisely where, with US military commitments around the world stressed to the breaking point, Mc Chrystal believes he will find the added troop strength to fulfill his requirements here.

But we are seeing the beginnings of a massive escalation of the military campaign in Afghanistan.

There will be a point where the muscularity of this administration's foreign policy will force the reinstitution of some kind of a draft.

Jul 31 07:01

Dismantling the Empire

Three Good Reasons to Liquidate Our Empire.
Starting with Afghanistan.

Jul 31 06:57

US drones to target Taliban in Afghan war: report

The US military plans to use more drone aircraft to target Taliban militants in Afghanistan while focusing less on hunting down Al-Qaeda figures, the Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Look for the massive increase in civilian deaths because of this policy.

And at the end of the day, you still cannot win what is essentially a land war from the air.

Jul 31 06:48

Over 1,000 Afghan civilians killed this year: UN

Afghanistan's intensifying conflict killed more than 1,000 civilians in the first six months of 2009, an increase of nearly a quarter over the same period last year, the United Nations said Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The boost in troop numbers has very little to do with the spiraling death count.

As the use of drones continues in Afghanistan, this number of killed and injured could easily quadruple before the end of the year.

And just to remind you why we are in Afghanistan, and our young men and women are fighting and dieing; the installation of pipelines (Bush and his minions thought that an invasion and occupation would be "cheaper" than what the Taliban were asking for this in August of 2001), and the protection of the drug trade, from which so many profit so handsomely.

Jul 30 23:28

Psychopathic War Vets Come Home

The Horror: War vets 'can't turn it off' as they search and destroy Stateside
David Walsh
World Socialist Web Site
Wed, 29 Jul 2009 01:49 UTC
The atrocities US troops are committing in Iraq and Afghanistan, the inevitable product of neo-colonial war and occupation, are transforming a section of returning veterans into a genuine menace to society.

Jul 30 14:14

Flipping Enemies

Mr.DeBorchgrave is highly connected to the powers that be and even he does'nt think Afganistan is winnable.

Jul 29 18:36

Osama bin Boogeyman is DEAD - What is the Mission in Afghanistan?

So what is the mission in Afghanistan?

Jul 29 09:11

"Operation in Afghanistan is rooted in Israel"

The real reason why the U.S. continues its presence in Afghanistan is Iran the country which is an annoyance for Israel, said Karen Kwiatkowski, a writer and former U.S. Air Force officer.

Jul 29 06:37

American troops return from Iraq with 'criminal behavior'

Amid gloomy reports of high suicide rates in the US military, a new six-month study reveals what other consequences follow American deployments abroad.

A fact-based report published by The Washington Post in late May estimated that more than 20 percent of the US combat forces deployed to war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan return home psychologically damaged.

The report asserted that American soldiers suffer mostly from major depression and long periods of combat-related stress and show severe symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The trauma induced on American soldiers serving abroad is also the cause of an "exceptionally high rate of criminal behavior" that is, according to a new report, unleashed upon their return to their home towns.

Jul 28 11:33

Poll: Brits Say Afghan War "Unwinnable"

A majority of the British public believes the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan cannot be won and British troops should be withdrawn immediately, according to a poll commissioned by The Independent.

The results reflect a public wearied by near-daily headlines of troop deaths, scandals over how well those troops have been equipped for battle, and a prime minister whose credibility has shrunken dramatically during the past several months.

Jul 28 10:26

Cranks, Kleptocrats and Killers: The "Good War" on the Ground

"Almost eight years after the Taliban regime was toppled, our hopes for a truly democratic and independent Afghanistan have been betrayed by the continued domination of fundamentalists and by a brutal occupation that ultimately serves only American strategic interests in the region."

"You must understand that the government headed by Hamid Karzai is full of warlords and extremists who are brothers in creed of the Taliban. Many of these men committed terrible crimes against the Afghan people during the civil war of the 1990s."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The invasion and occupation of Afghanistan was never about freedom and democracy for the Afghan people: it was always about the installation of pipelines and protection of the drug trade, both of which make handsome profits for their owners.

Jul 28 09:28

Britain: Next Step in Helmand Operation Is Talks with Local Taliban

The prospect of seeking a rapprochement with lower level Taliban in an attempt to drive a wedge between them and their top leadership is nothing new: indeed US and Afghan officials had been talking openly about it last year. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has also made talks with Taliban a key part of his strategy if reelected. So far, however, those attempts have all met with failure.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These Taliban have absolutely no reason to talk: they are winning this war, and the US/British/NATO forces are losing.

Jul 27 09:56

Revealed: £12bn hidden costs of Afghan war

The soaring cost of Britain's military campaign in Afghanistan is laid bare today, as a comprehensive analysis reveals that the cost of fighting the Taliban has passed £12bn. An Independent on Sunday assessment of the "hidden costs" of fighting since the Taliban was ousted in 2001 reveals that the bill works out at £190 for every man, woman and child in the UK – and would pay for 23 new hospitals, 60,000 new teachers or 77,000 new nurses.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just how much money has been squandered in this military misadventure by the US which could have been used to repair our crumbling infrastructure.

Jul 27 09:33

British government urges Afghan talks with "moderate" Taliban

International Development Secretary Douglas Alexander told the BBC in an interview that it was becoming increasingly difficult for politicians to explain to the British people the 'tough message' of a rising death toll in Afghanistan.

'All of us have a responsibility not only to support our troops, but also make the case to the British people of reconciliation and reintegration,' Alexander said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to British Secretary Alexander: what you are proposing is completely logical, and communications, coupled with Karzai's willingness to apply a sharp stick in the rear of Afghan government corruption, might be a great start here.

Unfortunately, logic and the current US administration (as it was with this administration's predecessor) do not have an ongoing relationship.

Had this been the case, we never would have gone to war in Afghanistan in the first place. The Bush administration and the oil companies would have paid what the Taliban had asked, and installed the pipelines. Mission accomplished.

However, somehow in the magical thinking of the knuckleheads who "planned" this military misadventure, a military campaign (with its cost in blood, human devastation, and money) was somehow "cheaper" than paying what the Taliban were asking.

One has to shake one's head at this decision, given the history of the region, and the fact that even after the defeat of the Soviet Union, which had roughly 500,000 pairs of boots on the ground, that these planners actually believed that they could win what was essentially a land war from the air.

It didn't happen in Viet Nam; it is certainly not going to happen in Afghanistan.

Jul 27 04:59

The Time the N.Y. Times Forgot

The claim that there is no evidence that the CIA directly supported the Taliban and Al Qaeda is laughable, when in the same sentence it is explained exactly how they did it indirectly through Pakistan. The denial is the admission of guilt, how’s that for double-think?

Jul 26 08:39

Report: US commanders 'incompetent' over nine soldiers killed in Afghan battle of Wanat

After an initial Army investigation which was dismissed by critics in the military hierarchy as whitewash, Douglas Cubbison, a military historian was commissioned to produce a more honest assessment.

His report is directed squarely at US commanders in the field. It suggests that if they do not apply the Army's counterinsurgency doctrine and protect local populations, they could meet the same fate as their fallen comrades at Wanat.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

Jul 26 07:57

Iraq Veterans Find Afghan Enemy Even Bolder

“It was straight luck that we didn’t have a lot more guys hit,” said Sgt. Brandon Tritle, another squad leader in Company C, who cited the Taliban’s skill at laying down a base of fire to mount an attack.

“One force will put enough fire down so you have to keep your heads down, then another force will maneuver around to your side to try to kill you,” he said. “That’s the same thing we do.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Afghan people want their country back.

We do not have anywhere near the complement of military boots on the ground to win this.

We cannot win what is essentially a ground war from the air. We can kill (and further radicalize those who are left) women, kids, the elderly, and the medically fragile. But that's not "winning" this conflict.

The US puppet installed government is believed so crooked by the Afghan people that many believe these people have to screw their socks on in the morning.

There will be a "Saigon Moment" in Kabul. The question is, how many more of our military will have to die and get maimed before that happens.

And why are we there? For the installation of pipelines, and protecting the drug trade, which is so profitable for so many.

Anyone remember the "Golden Triangle" in Vietnam during the Vietnam War?

Jul 25 09:40

More troops will die in Afghanistan, says Joe Biden

More British and American troops will die in Afghanistan, but the war against the Taliban is in the national interests of both countries, the US vice-president, Joe Biden, said today.

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to VP Biden: stop lying to the American people, and to the long-suffering Afghans.

The purpose of this war of aggression is two-fold; to "pacify" the Afghan people so that the pipelines can be installed, and to protect the opium crops.

And before anyone starts screaming about how dare I suggest that our kids are dying to protect the drugs and drug dealers, consider this.

As reported in:

http://www.alternet.org/drugreporter/140183/drug_eradication_in_afghan...
icer/

"Officials in President Barack Obama's administration say they want to emphasize alternative crops and avoid aggressive eradication operations that could alienate Afghans."

Please remember that when the Taliban were in control before the American and NATO invasion, opium farming had been almost completely wiped out.

As reported in:

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines01/1115-06.htm

"In the book ''Bin Laden, la verite interdite'' (''Bin Laden, the forbidden truth''), that appeared in Paris on Wednesday, the authors, Jean-Charles Brisard and Guillaume Dasquie, reveal that the Federal Bureau of Investigation's deputy director John O'Neill resigned in July in protest over the obstruction. "

"They affirm that until August, the U.S. government saw the Taliban regime ''as a source of stability in Central Asia that would enable the construction of an oil pipeline across Central Asia'', from the rich oilfields in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan, through Afghanistan and Pakistan, to the Indian Ocean. "

But, confronted with Taliban's refusal to accept U.S. conditions, ''this rationale of energy security changed into a military one'', the authors claim."

Remember what we were getting force-fed on all the corporate news feeds in August, 2001?!?!

Gary Condit and Chandra Levy, 24/7, while the US government was planning the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan.

Apparently, the price to be paid in blood and money to pursue this military misadventure was considered a "bargain" by the Bush administration, relative to what the Taliban were asking for the pipeline rights.

Tell that to the parents, wives, or children of our soldiers who continue to come home, dead, in metal boxes, or catastrophically physically and/or mentally damaged in ways from which they will never recover.

Jul 25 09:05

US envoy warns of imperfect Afghan poll

President Barack Obama's special envoy said Friday that Afghanistan's upcoming presidential contest will be imperfect, but the country cannot be held to a democratic standard that even the U.S. struggles to achieve.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The ballot boxes will be stuffed in Karzai's favor.

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.

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