The New York Times reported Sunday that American special forces units are operating in and around the Afghan city of Kandahar, assassinating or capturing alleged leaders and militants of the Taliban resistance ahead of the major US-NATO offensive scheduled for June.
The real motive for the article is to introduce the audience of the New York Times and broader public opinion to the reality of the dirty war that the Obama administration is presiding over in Afghanistan. Assassination, or alternatively, detention without trial under the harshest conditions, is the preferred method of the US military to suppress resistance to the neo-colonial agenda of US imperialism.
There were two outcomes expected from the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan:
1. The control of the drug trade from which so many here have profited so handsomely. On that, the US and NATO officials might well say (if they had the courage to actually tell the truth), "mission accomplished."
2. The installation of pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil.
This "pipe dream" (pun intended) is no where closer to reality than when we originally invaded Afghanistan.
And please note; neither outcome had anything to do with the security of the US; it had everything to do with the waging of war for the ultimate goal of creating private profit