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Nov 11 06:51

What Our Children Are Dying For In Afganistan

Nov 10 15:13

90,000 Casualties, but Who’s Counting?

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

It’s the number 89,457.

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

Nov 10 14:34

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

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

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

Nov 10 14:14

90,000 Casualties, but Who’s Counting?

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

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

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

It’s the number 89,457 [.doc].

Nov 10 10:58

Gorbachev Says Obama Should Start Afghan Withdrawal

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

Nov 10 09:25

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

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

Nov 09 23:15

Afghanistan’s Sham Army

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

Nov 09 15:40

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

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

Nov 09 13:31

Hillary’s Dope Deal?

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

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

Nov 09 09:09

ADMIRAL MULLEN ANNOUNCES AFGHANISTAN STRATEGY: PREPARE TO NONVIOLENTLY RESIST

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

Nov 09 08:44

David Swanson: End US Wars of Aggression by defunding them

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

Nov 09 08:26

War News for Monday, November 09, 2009

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

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

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

Nov 09 06:29

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

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

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

Nov 08 19:21

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

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

Nov 08 12:04

MILITARY RESISTANCE GUARD ISSUE: 7K5

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Nov 08 09:27

Obama leaning toward 34,000 more troops for Afghanistan

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

Nov 08 08:17

Fuel convoy hit in eastern Afghanistan

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

Nov 07 08:06

Afghan gov't says UN representative out of line

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

Nov 07 08:01

Rare virus poses new threat to troops

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

Nov 07 07:59

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

WHAT COMPLETE ARROGANCE; UNFLIPPING BELIEVABLE!

Nov 07 07:49

US fed up with troops dying to prop up Karzai

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Nov 06 15:54

Collateral Damage Is Murder

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

Nov 06 08:35

Public support for Afghan strategy plummets: poll

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

Nov 06 04:54

Chomsky: Obama Continues Bush Policy

Chomsky: Obama Continues Bush Policy

Sherwood Ross
Scoop
Thursday, November 5, 2009

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

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

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

Nov 05 22:22

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

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

Nov 05 17:28

SAS join search in Helmand for gunman who killed five soldiers

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

Nov 05 13:18

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

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

Nov 05 09:38

UN pulls out half its Afghanistan staff and threatens total withdrawal

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

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

Nov 05 09:36

Killing civilians triggers demonstration in S Afghan province

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

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INCLUDING THE CHILDREN?!?

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

Nov 05 08:50

Afghan Police Penetrated by Taliban at ‘Every Level’

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Nov 05 08:21

So Much for Europe

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

Nov 04 18:54

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

Nov 04 11:37

War News for Wednesday, November 04, 2009

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

Nov 04 09:28

US gives Karzai six-month ultimatum to stem Afghanistan corruption

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

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

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This will happen....when pigs fly.

Obama knows that.

This is just sound and fury, signifying nothing.

Nov 04 07:43

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

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

Nov 04 07:38

Afghanistan War: Killing a fly with a sledgehammer

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

Nov 04 05:11

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

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

AlterNet

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

Nov 04 04:52

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

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

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

Nov 03 18:11

Dual Citizenship -- Loyal to Whom?

Dual Citizenship -- Loyal to Whom?

by Dan Eden

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

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

Nov 03 08:19

TUESDAY’S TOON ~~ US AID TO PAKISTAN

Nov 03 08:10

Opium, Rape and the American Way

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

Nov 03 07:22

Victory (for a crooked, corrupt and discredited government)

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

Nov 03 05:20

Obama Is a Pawn of the New World Order

Obama Is a Pawn of the New World Order

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

Nov 02 09:15

US congratulates Karzai on 'historic' re-election

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

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

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Unflipping believable.

Nov 02 06:06

Afghanistan, Another Untold Story

Afghanistan, Another Untold Story

Only Leaves Out 9-11 Being an Inside Job

by Michael Parenti
December 7, 2008
GlobalResearch.com

Author's website: www.michaelparenti.org.

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

Nov 02 06:04

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

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

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

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

Nov 01 16:46

BUY NOTHING ON THE DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING

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

Nov 01 14:06

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

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

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

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

Nov 01 09:57

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

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

Nov 01 09:09

Occupiers involved in drug trade: Afghan minister

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Nov 01 08:51

Cross-border insurgents flood Afghanistan

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 31 16:03

U.S. combat injuries rise sharply

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

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

Oct 31 14:30

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

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

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

Oct 31 10:14

Who Is Osama Bin Laden?

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

Oct 31 09:13

Afghan boycott would not de-legitimise poll: Clinton

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 31 08:59

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

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

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

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

A one-candidate election?

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

Oct 31 08:00

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

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

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

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

Oct 31 07:34

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

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

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

Oct 30 12:35

What are US troops dying for in Afghanistan?

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

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

Oct 30 12:06

9/11 passport ‘found in Pakistan’

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

Oct 30 12:01

More Schools, Not Troops

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How about we start building schools HERE in the US?

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

It does not seem to be working.

Oct 30 08:10

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

Oct 30 08:03

Karzai as Diem Afghanistan as Vietnam

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

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

Oct 30 07:46

Drug-War Assassinations

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

Coincidence?!? I think not.

Oct 30 07:18

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Your tax dollars at work in Afghanistan, folks!

Oct 30 07:04

Obama holds crisis meeting on Afghanistan

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

War is never a cheaper solution.

Oct 30 06:54

Fraud fears grow as Afghan election body defies UN

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Way to go!

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

Oct 30 06:45

US not losing Afghanistan war: Clinton

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Oct 29 09:27

Afghanistan a Success – Time to Come Home!

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Oct 29 08:34

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

Get past the ad at the beginning of the vid.

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

Oct 29 07:00

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

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

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

Oct 29 04:32

NY Times: Afghan Opium Kingpin On CIA Payroll

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

Oct 29 04:08

U.S. Cedes Control of Nuristan Province to Taliban

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

Oct 29 02:14

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

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

Oct 28 20:31

'These people just want to be left alone'

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

Oct 28 09:07

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

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

Oct 28 08:47

US Quietly Slips Funds Into Military Bill to Pay Off Taliban

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

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

Oct 28 08:26

UN lashes out at US for drone strikes

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

Oct 28 08:16

Why Doesn't Hillary Clinton Fire Blackwater?

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

Oct 28 08:14

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now do you believe me?

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

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

Oct 27 23:10

UN staff killed in Kabul attack

The attack began at dawn on Wednesday

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

Oct 27 21:08

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

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

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

Oct 27 18:46

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

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

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

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

Oct 27 16:13

U.S. official resigns over Afghan war

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

Oct 27 11:29

War News for Thursday, October 27, 2009

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

Oct 27 09:14

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Oct 27 00:43

Americans pull strings in Afghan election

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

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

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

Oct 26 09:36

12 mln Afghans live under poverty line: ministry

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

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

The minister noted these children have been suffering from malnutrition.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More "progress" in Afghanistan!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 26 08:08

Afghan challenger considers runoff boycott

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Abdullah knows this.

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

Oct 26 06:17

Bleep NATO

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

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

Oct 26 02:44

Afghan crashes kill 14 Americans

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

Oct 25 15:42

Americans: You Did This

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

Terrorists,Terrorizers, Terrorism.

Who is the enemy here and who is the hero?

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

Oct 25 11:38

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Oct 25 10:58

Morale dips for American marines in Afghanistan

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 25 10:25

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 25 05:47

Morale Dips For American Marines in Afghanistan

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

Oct 24 21:23

What You Didn't Know About The War

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

Oct 24 17:59

Afghan Farmers Turn to Cannabis as Cash Crop

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

Oct 24 08:56

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Oct 24 08:50

NATO Ministers Endorse Wider Afghan Effort

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

Oct 24 07:22

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

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

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

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

Oct 23 14:42

Obama's Delay, or Why Israel Might Nuke Iran

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

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

So why then can’t Obama commit?

Oct 23 10:08

What You Didn't Know About The War

Oct 23 08:38

AFGHANISTAN: Virtually no safety net for war victims’ families

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

Oct 22 08:54

Afghanistan opium production reaches 6,900 tons

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Think again.

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

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

Oct 22 08:48

The three fallacies that have driven the war in Afghanistan

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

Oct 22 08:37

Russian anger over Afghan drugs

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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Oct 22 08:35

Afghan opium is most lethal drug worldwide

UN: Along with heroin, it funds insurgency.

Oct 22 07:52

Cheney: Stop the 'dithering' as troops face danger

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

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

Oct 21 03:25

Photos of Civilians Injured by US/NATO Forces in Afghanistan

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

Oct 20 20:36

Et Tu, CodePink?

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

Oct 20 20:24

Karzai Agrees, Runoff Vote to Be Held November 7

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

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

Oct 20 10:52

CNN Poll: Will Afghanistan turn into another Vietnam?

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

Oct 20 04:12

The Real Reason For More Troops In Afghanistan

Russia and China make deals,we make war!

Oct 19 21:09

Killing Innocent Afghan Civilians to "Save Our Troops"

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

Oct 19 14:22

Karzai 'stripped of outright win'

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

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

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

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

Oct 19 12:55

Obama Steps Up Drone Bombings Despite Civilian Deaths

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

Oct 19 10:24

Morale crumbling among US and British troops in Afghanistan

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

Oct 19 07:49

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Oct 19 07:35

Afghanistan: UN-backed panel submits findings on vote fraud

Oct 19 04:33

David Rohde's Insights Into What Motivates the Taliban

Oct 18 10:19

White House seeks to explain its hesitations on Afghanistan

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

The guy has got to be joking!

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

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

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

Oct 18 09:53

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

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

Oct 18 08:16

Afghan President Hamid Karzai may not accept results of recount

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable.

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

Oct 18 04:49

War is peace. Ignorance is strength

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

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

Oct 17 22:40

Ron Paul on Afghani-scam

(Pay attention to the usual fear-mongering from the gunvernment puppet at the very end of the video.)

Oct 17 17:04

Crisis looms in Kabul over Karzai election results

Britain and the United States are attempting to avert a political crisis in Afghanistan as fears mounted in Kabul that Hamid Karzai will refuse to accept the results of an official inquiry into massive electoral fraud that is expected to trigger a fresh round of voting.

Oct 17 10:27

CNN is reporting the deaths of four U.S. service members in a roadside bombing in an undisclosed location in Afghanistan on Thursday, October 15th.

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Members of Apache Company, 2nd Battalion 87th Infantry Regiment, part of the 10th Mountain Division's 3rd Combat Brigade, cover an injured U.S. soldier as a helicopter lands to evacuate the wounded after their armored vehicle was damaged by a roadside bomb in the Tangi Valley of Afghanistan's Wardak Province.

Oct 17 08:05

Foreign supporters in urgent talks to avoid second Afghan vote

TWO months after Afghans voted in a controversial presidential election they are still anxiously waiting to find out if another poll is needed - which could plunge the country into fresh chaos.

Afghan politicians and their international backers had been involved in days of vigorous horse-trading in the hope of averting a run-off, which many fear could further destabilise the fragile country.

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This isn't about "chaos" in Afghanistan: there's already enough of that to go around, thank you.

This is about public embarrassment on the part of the US that the massive fraud in this election was too blatant not to see.

The Afghan people are not stupid: they know that the fix was in long before the actual alleged "election" took place.

Oct 17 07:09

Don't believe anything till it is officially denied: Canada denies paying Taliban to safeguard troops

Oct 17 07:05

Officials: Gen. McChrystal Now Seeking 80,000 Additional Troops for Afghanistan

Now McClatchy Newspapers is citing officials in the Obama Administration and military as saying that the General’s “low-risk” option was actually even higher, asking for 80,000 additional troops for the war in Afghanistan.

The rub, however, is that with 68,000 US troops already in Afghanistan and 120,000+ still in Iraq, in addition to all of America’s assorted other imperial requirements around the world, the US military simply doesn’t have anywhere near the number of additional troops just lying around that the general wants to throw at the eight year long conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are only two ways for Obama to resolve this; fill the gap between troops available and those desired through the reinstitution of the draft, or hire more contract mercenaries.

There is no middle ground here.

Oct 17 04:52

Too Illegit To Quit

We ca'nt make Afghans accept Karzai now!

Oct 16 19:50

Video: Karl Schwartz explains the real reason for 9/11 and the invasion of Afghanistan

Investment Banker Karl Schwartz lays it out

1. The Caspian Sea Basin (Kazakstan, Turkmenistan etc.) holds between 11 and 12 TRILLION dollars in oil and gas resources

2. There are only three ways to get it out:

- East to China

- West through Iran, Russia, and Turkey to Europe

- South through Afghanistan and Pakistan

3. The Taliban who controlled Afghanistan before 9/11 made pipeline deals with non-US companies and refused to change them to give control of the region's resources to the US.

Oct 16 08:58

'Low-risk' Afghan option calls for troop levels U.S. may not have

The U.S. military can send only about 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan in the next three months without putting excessive strains on the Army and Marine Corps, but the top Afghanistan commander has said he needs more than twice that number to have the best chance of success, military and administration officials told McClatchy.

The low risk option, which McChrystal has said offers the best chance to contain the Taliban-led insurgency and stabilize Afghanistan, calls for 80,000 additional U.S. troops, while his medium risk option puts the number at 40,000 to 45,000, the officials said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It has been a mystery, even if Obama approves anywhere from 45,000 to 80,000 additional troops, precisely where these troops are supposed to come from, without a draft.

So, there are two possibilities: the draft gets reinstituted, or more hired mercenaries make up the shortfall.

There is no middle ground here.

Oct 16 08:01

US pays $400 per gallon for gas in Afghanistan

The stunning revelation emerged Thursday in a report by the Congressional Research Service, an arm of Congress that conducts non-partisan evaluations of projects and programs. The report says that part of the reason it costs so much to keep US forces in Afghanistan, is because the government is paying $400 per gallon of fuel.

$400 per gallon.

Why so much? The cost includes shipping, which sometimes includes the pricetag of a helicopter flight. Sending fuel by helicopter is woefully inefficient, because it uses up almost as much fuel as it carries.

Oct 16 07:57

The bottom line

The bottom line is: We went into Afghanistan because of 9/11 and 9/11 happened because we support Israel's brutal oppression of the Palestinians! So we are in there for Israel. I think it';s time to get out now.
Oct 16 07:31

US-led war in Afghanistan ‘unwinnable’

Oct 16 06:49

Italy 'bribed the Taliban all over Afghanistan': Fresh claims as row over death of ten French soldiers escalates

A Taliban commander and two senior Afghan officials have allegedly confirmed that Italian forces paid protection money to prevent attacks on their troops – despite strenuous denials from the country.

Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi yesterday insisted that his government ‘has never authorised or allowed any payment’ in response to a report in The Times.

But today the newspaper claimed Mohammed Ishmayel, a Taliban commander, said a deal had been struck last year to guarantee that Italian forces in the Salobi area east of Kabul, were not attacked by insurgents.

Afghan officials added they were aware of the protection payments being issued on behalf of Italian forces elsewhere in Pakistan as well, including Herat.

Oct 16 05:15

The US is expected to announce a significant surge of up to 45,000 extra troops for Afghanistan

The US is expected to announce a significant surge of up to 45,000 extra troops for Afghanistan after Gordon Brown said that 500 more British troops would be sent to the country.

Oct 15 13:20

United States to send 'up to 45,000 more troops to Afghanistan'

The US is expected to announce a significant surge of up to 45,000 extra troops for Afghanistan after Gordon Brown said that 500 more British troops would be sent to the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US Government is already denying this report.

But after Saddam's nukes, who can trust a damn thing they have to say?

Oct 15 10:51

WHAT OUR CHILDREN ARE DYING FOR IN AFGHANISTAN

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Oct 15 10:50

Obama Poised to Announce 45,000 Troop Escalation in Afghanistan

The Obama Administration has reportedly told the British government that it intends to announce an escalation of another 45,000 troops in Afghanistan, potentially as soon as next week.

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How many more of your children are you going to have to see killed and crippled in the Graveyard of Empires before you understand that the US Government is trying to kick off WW3 because of the long shot chance that WW3 can reverse the economic mess they've made (not to mention that Congress has invested almost $200 million of their own money in weapons companies and will get rich as hell on your taxes during a major global war).

Oct 15 09:46

Photos of Military Deaths in Afghanistan Banned

“Media will not be allowed to photograph or record video of U.S. personnel killed in action,” says a ground rules document issued Sept. 15 by Regional Command East at Bagram Air Field.

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"They are not really dead. They are away on 'indefinite patrol'!" -- Official White Horse Souse

BTW, can anyone confirm for me a persistent rumor that families receiving benefits from the US Government for killed/crippled family members are being told they will lose those benefits if they speak to the press or public protest the wars?

Oct 14 18:04

Obama 'may unveil Afghan surge'

US President Barack Obama may announce a substantial surge in US troops to Afghanistan, the BBC has been told.

Oct 14 10:28

Afghanistan: A War of Lies

Truth is war’s first casualty. The Afghan War’s biggest untruth is, "we’ve got to fight terrorists over there so we don’t have to fight them at home." Politicians and generals keep using this canard to justify a war they can’t otherwise explain or justify.

Oct 14 08:41

Saving Face and Losing Lives

We overthrew the Taliban government in 2001 with less than 10,000 American troops. Why does it now seem that the more troops we send, the worse things get? If the Soviets bankrupted themselves in Afghanistan with troop levels of 100,000 and were eventually forced to leave in humiliating defeat, why are we determined to follow their example? Most importantly, what is there to be gained from all this? We’ve invested billions of dollars and thousands of precious lives – for what?

Oct 14 08:09

The Wrong House: Ask Awal Khan About Obama's Prize

Khan was serving as an artillery commander in the Afghan National Army away from his home in the eastern province of Khost on April 8, when U.S. forces came knocking. In a case of "wrong house," they killed his 17-year-old daughter, Nadia, and his 15-year-old son, Aimal. They also killed his wife, a schoolteacher who taught villagers for free. They killed his brother and wounded another daughter.

After she thought the dust had cleared, Khan’s cousin’s wife walked outside. She was nine-months pregnant. She took five shots to the stomach. Her fetus died, but she lived. She might have some thoughts on Obama as a man who "created a new climate," as the Nobel committee claimed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The more innocent people the US and NATO kill and maim, the more the rest of Afghanistan is going to be solidly behind the Taliban.

And we seem to be doing a spectacularly marvelous job of killing innocents in Afghanistan, an outcome of occupation which appears to be escalating under Obama's watch.

The awarding of this year's Nobel Peace Prize to Obama was an obscene mockery of its original purpose and intention, and can never be taken seriously again by any thinking human being.

Oct 14 07:59

The Deceit of Depleted Uranium use in Afghanistan

Now we patiently wait for confirmation from our illustrious US, UK and NATO forces that they do use weapons containing uranium components in Afghanistan. Experts that have visited the region confirm that this is the case so how long do we have to wait for their acceptance or will they continue to tell more lies. I myself have sufficient evidence to prove the use of DU but one can live in hope that the military will eventually come clean...........it certainly doesn't look like they will, so I will release my evidence in Part 2 of this story.

Oct 14 07:25

Saving Face and Losing Lives

The truth is it is no coincidence that the more troops we send the worse things get. Things are getting worse precisely because we are sending more troops and escalating the violence. We are hoping that good leadership wins out in Afghanistan, but the pool of potential honest leaders from which to draw has been fleeing the violence, leaving a tremendous power vacuum behind. War does not quell bad leaders. It creates them. And the more war we visit on this country, the more bad leaders we will inadvertently create.

Oct 14 07:15

Backdoor Escalation

While the pundits and the public have been debating the whys and wherefores of whether Obama ought to give in to his generals and send more troops to the "Af-Pak" battlefield, the escalation is already a fait accompli – a nice Halloween surprise for all those "progressives" who still believe in their Dear Leader. Never has a political constituency been so willing to be deceived.

Oct 14 06:37

80,000 is the High Number of Troops Options in McChrystal's Request

ABC's Martha Raddatz reports: Among three different troop options currently before the President and his national security team, General Stanley McChrystal, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, as first reported here, favors the middle option, which recommends an increase of some 40,000 more troops. A source familiar with the document says that’s the minimum McChrystal believes is needed for a chance for success in Afghanistan.

Although the debate is really about the middle option, there is a much higher number included in the McChrystal options.

Other sources who have seen the request say the high number of troops requested is 80,000.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Even if President Obama goes with the "middle option" of 40,0000 more troops, without a draft, from where, and how quickly, can these troops be found, with this country's current military commitments already overstressed with current deployments?

When an unwinnable war becomes the focus of machismo and pride on the part of any national leader, things can go from really awful to spectacularly bad in a heartbeat, and that appears to be what is going on here.

The US is supporting a government so collectively crooked here that most Afghans believe the members of that government have to screw their socks on in the morning.

The heroin traffic is booming (something that did not, thank you very much, happen under the rule of the Taliban).

The Afghans want their country back. They understand that what has been going on now for the last 8 years has been an occupation. Given the current state of things, those pipelines originally planned by the previous administration to control Eurasian oil, are not going to get built.

So what now?

We exit Afghanistan as quickly as possible in the way that keeps our troops as safe as possible, under the circumstances.

We negotiate with whatever government is left standing about the pipeline routes, and get that done.

Invasion and occupation is never "cheaper" than a negotiation to achieve specific geopolitical outcomes.

One has to wish that those in power in this country weren't so damned pathologically incapable of learning from the lessons of history.

Oct 13 08:14

Obama approved 13,000 more troops to Afghanistan

In an unannounced move, President Barack Obama is dispatching an additional 13,000 US troops to Afghanistan beyond the 21,000 he announced publicly in March, The Washington Post reported Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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In Afghan fields the poppies grow.

Between the crosses.

Row on row.

Oct 13 01:56

Occupying Afghanistan Is Making Things Worse

President Obama is coming under attack from the Right for his reluctance to grant the request of General Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, for more U.S. troops. On the other side of the equation sits the majority of the American people, who are against sending more troops and in fact oppose this seemingly endless war that has now entered year nine.

Obama should go with the people and set a timetable to get our troops out of Afghanistan as soon as is practically possible, which should be less than one year. Their presence cannot contribute to bringing peace and security to that country, nor does it contribute to the security of the United States. In fact, the occupation of Afghanistan is making things worse on both counts.

Oct 13 01:47

The Taliban’s Toll

Forget opium poppies for a moment. The Taliban has another huge source of revenue, worth up to $1 billion a year, which generously supplements its heroin-trafficking income and the cash-flow from rich oil sheiks in the Persian Gulf.

This money comes from you.

Oct 12 09:00

Afghan outlook bleak as Taliban grabs territory

No one thinks Kabul will fall while American forces are here. But even top U.S. commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal's latest assessment says that without reversing insurgent momentum in the next 12 months, defeating the insurgency will no longer be possible.

The quiet truth whispered by soldiers in the field and aid workers in Kabul is that the Afghan government is not likely to ever control southern Afghanistan's wildlands, the foreboding territory beyond the provincial capitals.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If complete destabilization of Afghanistan was the objective, then the US and NATO can congratulate each other and say, "mission accomplished."

However, if this was not the objective of the military campaign in Afghanistan, every single soldiers' death and injury here have been for naught.

The knuckleheads in the previous administration thought that a war would be "cheaper" than negotiating with the Taliban for the pipeline routes, which they were doing as late as August of 2001.

So what should we do?

1. "Get out of Dodge" and leave Afghanistan as fast as safely possible for those troops remaining.

2. Negotiate with whatever government is left standing for the installation of those pipelines to control Eurasian oil.

3. Demand from all elements of US government that they learn the lessons of history, both cultural and military, before ever, ever putting one single US military person in harm's way.

4. Forcefully remind those in power that war is never "cheaper" than negotiations. Take a good look at all the energy deals Russia and China have made recently, without firing a single shot to make these happen.

Oct 12 07:19

U.N. official admits Afghan vote fraud

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Do you recall how ABCNNBBCBS ranted and railed about possible vote fraud in Iran (despite the lack of any evidence), and how they promoted the attempted coup as some kind of heroic attempt at freedom from the evil Ahmadinejad?

Well, now we have the elections in Afghanistan which restored US puppet Hamid Karzai (El Presidente from UNOCAL) to power an admitted fraud (with plenty of hard evidence to back it up) and I am waiting to see if ABCNNBBCBS makes the same big deal out of that vote fraud.

Probably not, but let's at least rub their noses in it.

Oct 11 09:30

Weapons failed US troops during Afghan firefight

In the chaos of an early morning assault on a remote U.S. outpost in eastern Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Erich Phillips' M4 carbine quit firing as militant forces surrounded the base. The machine gun he grabbed after tossing the rifle aside didn't work either.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There seems to be a bitter fight going on between supporters of the M4, made by Colt, and the HK416 made by Germany's Heckler & Koch.

Field tests seem to show the HK416 superior on the issue of reliability and parts lifetime, and the US Delta Forces have already switched over.

I mention this only because of a huge scandal that happened during Vietnam where Pentagon officers favored the M-14 over the then-new M-16, because the M-14 used the same 7.62 mm ammunition as the M-30 machine gun, making logistics simpler.

There were also, as later uncovered in the congressional investigation, some covert financial ties between the manufacturer of the M-14 and those officers promoting its adoption as the standard US infantry battle rifle.

The scandal happened when the M-16 was sent into field tests in Vietnam, but with ammunition intentionally manufactured to not conform to the original Armalite specifications. The wrong propellant was used, not only in the shape of the granules which altered the burn time, but in the high residue composition which increased fouling of the barrel. This led to a rash of breakages and jammings and quite a few young Americans were found dead in the Vietnam jungles with partly disassembled M-16s in their hands.

Tests showed that with the correct ammunition, the Armalite M-16 not only was reliable, but the .223 bullet tumbled on hitting the target, causing a more serious wound while staying within treaty limits on "legal" ammunition in war zones.

Congress blocked the Army's decision to go with the M-14 and investigated, found out that the field tests had been set up intentionally to fail and discredit the Armalite M-16 and hand the contract to the M-14 manufacturer, Springfield Armory. Congress over-rode the US Army and ordered them to deploy the much less expensive but more effective M-16.

The US Army "retaliated" by requiring the M-16 by changed by adding a "Forward Assist Plunger", that oddball and rather useless device sticking out of the upper receiver at an angle at the right-rear. It's inclusion increased the difficulty of manufacture of the M-16, the price, and is generally viewed by expert shooters as totally useless. The US Army rationale was that soldiers had a deep psychological need to feel a traditional bolt handle on their rifle, but most soldiers found it simply added weight for no good reason. On those very rare occasions when one needed to manually force the bolt closed, this is easily done with the thumb through the ejection port.

While the US Army, never able to admit error, still requires the forward assist plunger on all M-16 derived weapons, upper receivers without this dunsil are available from after-market suppliers for sport-owners of these rifles.

So, as we see another vested financial battle over weapons procurement shaping up, and we start seeing American kids dying with malfunctioning weapons, I have to wonder if history isn't repeating itself here.

Oct 10 20:37

Barack Obama ready to pay Afghan fighters to ditch the Taliban

The Obama administration is considering outbidding the Taliban to persuade Afghan villagers to lay down arms as it struggles to find a new approach to a war that is fast losing public and congressional support.

Oct 10 10:30

Alan Grayson Explains The Best Policy For Afghanistan: Just Leave People Alone

Grayson was one of the 32 members of Congress who stood up on June 16 and said "NO!" to more war funding. It's more than a promise; it's something he did.

Oct 10 08:45

U. S. 'sticker shock' on Afghanistan

As they review U. S. policy in Afghanistan for the second time this year, U. S. leaders face one nagging suspicion -- it may not be possible to crush al-Qaeda, defeat the Taliban and stabilize Afghanistan at a reasonable cost in blood, treasure or time.

Eight years after Washington went to war in Afghanistan in retaliation for the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States, officials and the public are struggling to agree on why their troops are still there, what they should be doing or even who they should be fighting.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why are we in Afghanistan?

1. To build the pipelines to control Eurasian oil. The war is being fought so that corporations can make more money.

2. To protect the drug trade, from which so many profit so handsomely. And please remember; when the Taliban were in control, opium poppy production all but disappeared.

After having negotiated with the Taliban up to as late as August of 2001, the Bush administration thought that a war would be "cheaper" than the price the Taliban was demanding for the pipeline routes.

So, what now?!?!?

Our options are very limited here. What we should do is declare victory, go home, and negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul about the pipelines.

Of course, that would be logical.

Oct 10 08:17

After Nobel nod, Obama convenes war council

Hours after being named a Nobel peace laureate, US President Barack Obama shouldered his duties as commander in chief and convened a war council for crucial talks on Afghan strategy.

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"We will create a desolation, and we will call it peace! I think that is original with me. Can we copyright that?" -- Official White Horse Souse

Oct 10 08:12

Camp Keating That Was Attacked is Abandoned

The remote U.S. outpost near the Pakistan border that was nearly overrun by insurgents last weekend has been abandoned and destroyed by American troops, military officials announced today.

Americans demolished the base, dubbed Combat Outpost Keating, just days after an all-day fight last Saturday in which eight American soldiers were killed and 24 wounded. U.S. military officials estimate that as many as 100 of the attackers were also killed in the battle, which was the bloodiest in Afghanistan in the past year.

Keating was destroyed so it could not be used by insurgents.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In other words, the Afghani freedom fighters succeeded in getting that base destroyed.

Oct 10 08:06

An Open Letter to the President and the American People about the War in Afghanistan

Recently the ongoing war in Afghanistan has fallen into the spotlight as the most hotly debated and important part of our nation?s foreign policy, and rightly so. As he took of?ce, President Obama called it “the good war” and has indicated he would do whatever is necessary to succeed there, but exactly what that means has recently become the topic of quite a good deal of debate and discussion between the White House?s national security team and the Pentagon. Many conservative news outlets have begun
dragging up every patriotic and sentimental reason why the President should immediately redouble his efforts in the region.

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Don't hold your breath.

Oct 10 07:59

Afghans Trained by Blackwater Defect to Taliban

Remember when Sarah Palin said that "the surge principles that have worked in Iraq need to be implemented in Afghanistan." Well...as Ms. Palin would say, many Afghans working for the Afghan security forces are now switching sides and are now defecting to the Taliban.

Guess who trained many of them? Blackwater!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The same thing happened in Iraq. Once trained, the Iraqi volunteers took their US supplied weapons and joined the other side.

YOU PAID FOR IT ALL!

Oct 10 07:45

CODE PINK: Women FOR the Occupation of Afghanistan

Oct 09 14:48

BREAKING, errr, same ol': 1500 dead civilians in Afghanistan in 09

The Peace Prize is bullshit. It obscures what actually has occurred under this president's term, and all the back-slapping around here is killing me.

Oct 09 12:03

FLASHBACK - Obama Has 250,000 'Contractors' Deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan and is Increasing the Use of Mercenaries

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Another one the Nobel people obviously missed.

Oct 09 11:58

FLASHBACK - Obama approves Afghanistan troop increase

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I guess the Nobel people missed this one.

Oct 09 08:23

Obama should win 'Nobel Prize for violence': Taliban

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said it was absurd to give a peace award to a man who had sent 21,000 extra troops to Afghanistan to escalate a war.

Oct 09 08:22

US, Afghan forces kill Afghan child in raid

The U.S. military says American and Afghan forces accidentally killed a child during a raid on a Taliban compound in eastern Afghanistan.

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They were dropping bundles of leaflets announcing that Obama had won the Peace Prize and one of them hit the kid.

Oct 09 05:33

UN: 1,500 Afghan civilians dead in 8 months

A United Nations report has noted that a total of 1,500 civilians have lost their lives in insurgency-hit Afghanistan from the beginning of the year to August.

The UN said in a new report that NATO air strikes were to blame for about a quarter of civilian deaths across the war-ravaged country over the past months.

Oct 08 17:59

Cameron: I will send more troops to Afghanistan

David Cameron today promised to send more soldiers to Afghanistan in a bid to bring the war to a speedier end.

The Conservatives want to deliver ‘pain for everyone’ in the UK in order to fund a futile face saving exercise in Afghanistan.

Oct 08 11:38

9th year of Afghanistan war: US ready to embrace facts of an illegal War of Aggression?

This is a hub article with linked titles and one paragraph summaries of all the articles I’ve written so far relevant to the US war in Afghanistan. The one point I suggest that you become powerful in articulating is that these wars are illegal (documentation clearly explained); US “leaders” of both parties have used our American labor to fund the most evil, destructive, and shameful crime a nation can commit, all under our flag and with our propagandized troops. We've been duped. This should motivate your passionate response for justice.

Oct 08 09:18

Dark Omens for the US in Afghanistan

Now officially in its ninth year since the invasion of Afghanistan, the U.S. should have little reason to recount, in Chalmers Johnson’s words, the Sorrows of Empire. By now everyone on the planet knows by heart the tragic tale. The U.S. invaded Afghanistan without a clear understanding of its goals and after eight years remains as torn as ever over defining them. It was hoped that the incoming Obama administration and its new AfPak strategy would finally end the drift toward quagmire, but that hope is fading fast. Last week, AfPak architect Bruce Riedel revealed in the Financial Times that “Pretty much six months has since gone by without a rigorous implementation of what was agreed to and that has only made a bad situation worse.”

Oct 08 09:00

On Afghan War’s Anniversary, US Troop Morale Plummeting

It was eight years ago today that the United States began its invasion of Afghanistan. At the time titled “Operation Infinite Justice,” the war, later rebranded as “Operation Enduring Freedom” has certainly been enduring, and many fear it will end up infinite.

But after eight full years of occupation, the exit strategy remains as elusive as ever, and chaplains are cautioning that the troops on the ground, 68,000 strong, are growing increasingly disillusioned with risking their lives in what is seen to be a futile and endless war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It doesn't take long for these soldiers, no matter how loyal they are both to the US and their military service, to realize that that we are absolutely on the wrong side of history with this war.

There were two objectives here; one was to "pacify" Afghanistan to the degree that pipelines could be placed to control Eurasian oil, and to protect and encourage the drug trade, from which so many profit so handsomely.

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize which of the two objectives has come to pass, 8 years on.

Oct 08 08:55

Army Officers Criticize Rebuke of Gen. McChrystal

Army officers gathered at a convention in Washington this week said senior White House officials should not have rebuked Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, for saying publicly that a scaled-back war effort would not succeed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

McChrystal may well have been pulling a "General Patton" on this, but there is every reason to believe he was simply trying to prove his case publicly for more troops.

Unless the mission is completely redefined there is no path for "victory" here, with the US and NATO military just continuing to do what hasn't worked, with the current troop strength.

But there is a growing anger in the military about how the war in Afghanistan is being conducted, and the hard reality that the Taliban is now resurgent, in spite of the best efforts of US and NATO military. The comparisons to Viet Nam are inescapable, eight years on.

Only if a complete destabilization of Afghanistan, coupled with a massive rise in the drug trade, was precisely what the Pentagon and the White House wanted here, can we say "mission accomplished" in Afghanistan.

Oct 08 08:41

American troops in Afghanistan losing heart, say army chaplains

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Maybe they are just tired of fighting and dying for opium, but of course the corporate media won't tell you that.

In Afghan fields the poppies grow.

Between the crosses.

Row on row.

Oct 08 08:03

Is Medea Benjamin Naive or Just Confused?

Benjamin: "And we want our troops to pull out. We just want to do it in a way that is not going to lead to a Taliban takeover that will put women back inside the home."

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Oh yeah. that is a great reason to allow more young Americans to get killed; to force Afghanistan women to lead American-style lives (take a good look around at how wonderful that is working out right now).

Code Pink is either smoking some of that opium coming out of "Americanized" Afghanistan or their opposition to the war was really opposition to Bush and now that this is Obama's war they are willing to look the other way!

Oct 08 07:58

Afghan Taliban say they pose no threat to the West

The Afghan Taliban pose no threat to the West but will continue their fight against occupying foreign forces, they said on Wednesday, the eighth anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion that removed them from power.

U.S.-led forces with the help of Afghan groups overthrew the Taliban government during a five week battle which started on October 7, 2001, after the militants refused to hand over al Qaeda leaders wanted by Washington for the September 11 attacks on America.

"We had and have no plan of harming countries of the world, including those in Europe ... our goal is the independence of the country and the building of an Islamic state," the Taliban said in a statement on the group's website www.shahamat.org.

Oct 08 05:48

UN data shows huge discrepancies in Afghan voter turnout

Voter turnout data kept confidential by the United Nations' chief envoy in Kabul after Afghanistan's disputed August presidential election show that in some provinces the official vote count exceeded the estimated number of voters by 100,000 or more, providing further indication that the contest was marred by fraud.

In southern Helmand province -- where 134,804 votes were recorded, 112,873 of them for President Hamid Karzai -- the United Nations estimated that just 38,000 people voted, and possibly as few as 5,000, according to a U.N. spreadsheet obtained by The Washington Post.

Oct 08 02:05

A War of Absurdity

That is the significance of Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s leaked report calling for a massive counterinsurgency campaign to make everything right about life in Afghanistan, down to the governance of the most forlorn village. The general’s report aims not at eliminating al-Qaida, which he concedes is barely existent in the country, but rather at creating an Afghan society that is more to his own liking.

It is a prescription, as the Russians and others before them learned, for war without end. That might satisfy the marketing needs of the defense industry and the career hopes of select military and political aspirants, but it has nothing to do with fighting terrorism. In the end, it would seem that some of our leaders need the Afghanistan battleground more than the terrorists do.

Oct 07 18:27

Charlie Wilson's Peace: Former Rep. Who Armed Mujahideen Calls for Withdrawal Before War in Afghanistan Becomes Another Vietnam

Oct 07 18:20

Obama Rules Out ‘Biden Option’ on Afghanistan

In a meeting designed to reassure the most hawkish elements of Congress that the war in Afghanistan isn’t going to undergo any sort of radical change, President Obama has reportedly assured that the so-called “Biden Option” is officially off the table.

A long time advocate of war in Afghanistan, and indeed most everywhere else, Vice President Joe Biden has reportedly come to the conclusion that the disastrous war in Afghanistan is no longer worth the effort and has been advocating more scaled back goals and a refocusing of attacks along the Pakistani border.

Oct 07 18:08

US considers Afghan strategy on eighth anniversary of conflict

On the eighth anniversary of the beginning of the war in Afghanistan, President Barack Obama is under more pressure than ever over which course of action to take. Last night, Obama held a meeting of key Republican and Democrat leaders in the White House in which he was urged by Republican congressional leaders to heed General Stanley McChrystal's call for more troops. Obama is expected to unveil a new strategy in the coming weeks. He has made it clear that the administrations policy towards Afghanistan will not entail a significant reduction of troops and a narrower counter-terrorist focus on al-Qaeda, a strategy that been linked with his vice-president, Joe Biden.

Oct 07 17:44

Code Pink, fearful of setbacks for women, rethinks call for U.S. troops to withdraw from Afghanistan

Now the left-wing activist group is rethinking its call for a deadline to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan. The reason: After a week spent in Kabul talking to female Afghan leaders, the group now understands their fears that a resurgent Taliban would probably target women and girls who have made tremendous progress since U.S. troops routed the fundamentalist militant group in 2002.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Yeah, yeah, sure, sure, that's a good reason to send more American soldiers to be killed; women's rights in Afghanistan, sure, sure! After all those soldiers are just icky-poo men anyway, right? Well, mostly. Yeah, yeah, sure, sure."

(Ahem)

Frankly, I don't buy this, and I am very disappointed in Code Pink.

I have to wonder if they might have been funded by the newly emergent recreational pharmaceutical industry in Afghanistan, because they sure sound like they are smoking opium here.

But more likely, Code Pink is willing to turn a blind eye on the wars because now they are Obama's wars instead of Bush's wars and that makes it all just hunky dory!

Oct 07 14:14

Top 15 Reasons to Get Out of Vietghanistan

Has your congress member committed to voting No on all war money, to cosponsoring Jim McGovern's bill for an exit plan, to cosponsoring Betty McCollum's bill to defund criminal government contractors, and to cosponsor Barbara Lee's bill to block funding for an escalation?

Have you asked them? Have you asked them face-to-face? Have you used the local media? Have you gone to their office, sat down, and refused to leave?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

EVERY WAR IS A WAR CRIME!

Oct 07 09:27

Obama to Afghan, Pakistani Govts: Occupation Will Continue

When he took power in January, President Obama seemed to have boundless enthusiasm for continuing and escalating the war in Afghanistan, spreading it into Pakistan, throwing more troops and money at it as the whims struck him.

Nine months later, he’s seen as hesitant to approve another massive escalation, or at the very least looking for an opportune moment politically to do so. It’s not hard to see why: the war is increasingly unpopular at home, and his previous escalations have yielded nothing but rising violence.

Oct 06 12:16

WHAT OUR CHILDREN ARE DYING FOR IN AFGHANISTAN

Webmaster's Commentary: 

POPPIES!!!!!
POPPIES!!!!!
POPPIES!!!!!
POPPIES!!!!!
POPPIES!!!!!
POPPIES!!!!!

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Oct 06 12:13

Afghanistan sitting on a gold mine. The real reason we’re fighting the war?

The US Geological Survey estimates there are 700 billion cubic metres of gas and 300 million tons of oil in Afghanistan. Afghan Mining Minister Mohammad Ibrahim Adel said there are also significant deposits of copper, iron, gold, coal -- as well as emeralds and rubies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And Opium.

Lots of Opium!

Oct 06 11:40

UN Watchdog’s New Rules Likely to Ensure Karzai Win

In a move that seems to virtually ensure the victory of incumbent President Hamid Karzai, the UN-backed Election Complaints Commission (ECC) has published its new rules for handling the massive voter fraud in August’s election.

Oct 06 11:39

McChrystal’s Ultimatum

Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s latest insubordination was an act of sheer petulance. We already know via unnamed reliable sources that McChrystal has threatened to resign if he doesn’t get the next wave of escalation in Afghanistan he wants. The sanctioned leak of his report on Afghanistan to Bob Woodward of the Washington Post and McChrystal’s 60 Minutes infomercial made it clear to everyone who hadn’t already noticed that he and his allies in the long-war mafia were waging information warfare against President Barack Obama, a campaign that has led to a call from the right-wing fringe for a military coup to solve "the Obama problem."

Oct 06 04:59

Greenwald Film on Afghanistan Destroys the Logic of the War, Leading the New York Times to Whine

Anyone who has actually seen the film knows that a string of former top intelligence officials, perhaps most significant among them the former head of the CIA's Counter-terrorism Center, Robert Grenier, are heard meticulously deconstructing the dominant justifications for the continued U.S. military presence in Afghanistan. What does Grenier know? Oh, he was just the CIA station chief in Islamabad, Pakistan, where he was one of the Agency’s top officials planning the U.S. invasion. Grenier, along with former CIA operative Robert Baer and other former intelligence officials, rebut in detail the claim that the war in Afghanistan is about fighting al Qaeda or making America safer, which Baer says bluntly in the film is “just complete bullshit.” The film also features Graham Fuller, the former CIA station chief in Kabul. (Click here to watch this part of the film)

Oct 05 13:20

Terrorists could seize nuclear weapons if we fail in Afghanistan, warns Army chief

General Sir David Richards, the new head of the British Army, has warned of the 'terrifying prospect' of losing the war in Afghanistan. General Richards told the London Sunday Telegraph if NATO failed in Afghanistan the risks to the western world would be 'enormous' and 'unimaginable', with the possibility of terrorists seizing nuclear weapons.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, how does letting the Taliban have Afghanistan back link to terrorists getting nuclear weapons, since there are none in Afghanistan?

Oct 05 11:18

Worst losses for a year as Taliban storm NATO outpost

It was the worst attack on NATO forces in 14 months, and one of the deadliest battles of the war. The London Times reported about 300 insurgents attacked a pair of isolated US outposts with machineguns, rockets and grenades. The battle lasted all day. US and Afghan soldiers finally repelled them, with the help of US helicopters and warplanes but at heavy cost.

Oct 05 09:55

Jirga threatens to support Afghan Taliban if drone attacks continue

A tribal Jirga of North Waziristan on Sunday threatened to support the Afghanistan-based anti-US groups, including the Taliban, if the US drone attacks were not stopped.

The elders said they would send volunteers and suicide bombers to Afghanistan to intensify the attacks on the US troops if the Americans did not change their policy of using drones to target the tribal people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Aerial bombardment is guaranteed to do two things, and two things only.

First, kill a lot of innocent human beings.

Second, to cause those still standing to become even further radicalized against the government allowing this bombardment to happen.

If throwing Afghanistan into more chaos and more miserable despair was the outcome of US and NATO forces wanted to achieve, then we can say "mission accomplished" here.

Oct 05 09:24

I was ordered to cover up President Karzai election fraud, sacked UN envoy says

The head of the UN mission in Afghanistan has been accused by his former deputy of ordering a systematic cover-up to conceal the extent of electoral fraud by President Karzai.

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