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Nov 25 06:48

Is America on the path to 'permanent war'?

John Blake
CNN

When the president decided to send more troops to a distant country during an unpopular war, one powerful senator had enough.

He warned that the U.S. military could not create stability in a country "where there is chaos ... democracy where there is no tradition of it, and honest government where corruption is almost a way of life."

Nov 25 02:41

GORDON DUFF: AIPAC SPYING, WHY IS THE FBI LOOKING THE OTHER WAY?

HAS AIPAC MADE THE FBI THE “FBE,” FEDERAL BUREAU OF ESPIONAGE?

AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee), is a sham. The group has, over the years, destroyed anyone who has tried to have it named what it really is, a dangerous foreign lobby and nest of spies. AIPAC is the most feared organization in Washington and most powerful, above any law. A former employee of AIPAC, Steve Rosen, who AIPAC claims was a spy, more appropriately a “caught” spy, now claims his former employer does nothing but spy.

Nov 24 23:17

Killing 'Really Addictive:' Veteran's Essay Leads to Ban From Campus

Killing 'Really Addictive:' Veteran's Essay Leads to Ban From Campus
College Bars Iraq Veteran Pending Psychological Evaluation
By KIM CAROLLO, ABC News Medical Unit
Nov. 24, 2010
In an essay for a college English class, Charles Whittington Jr. opened up about his feelings about his time in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"Killing becomes a drug, and it is really addictive. I had a really hard time with this problem when I returned to the United States, because turning this addiction off was impossible," Whittington wrote in the essay for his class at the Community College of Baltimore County in Catonsville, Md.

Nov 24 08:40

Afghanistan: the pipeline factor

Of the many possible reasons for Canada to stay in Afghanistan — ending terrorism, liberating women, educating girls, spreading democracy, keeping NATO from failing — one dynamic is rarely discussed. The TAPI pipeline project has long been the elephant in the closet, quietly supported by Western powers. Countries expect to sign formal agreements in December, with construction to be completed by 2014 — a magic date for Ottawa too. The pipeline deserves attention, as it is likely to be a target for insurgents and a reason for ongoing military occupation.

Nov 24 07:42

The Specter of Defeat Haunts Lisbon

According to the US government, 41.8 million Americans now receive food stamps. Meanwhile, Washington is spending $7 billion monthly on its nine-year old occupation of Afghanistan, not to mention billions more on trying to build an obedient Afghan army and to pay off Pakistani politicians and general.

All the platitudes, doubletalk, synthetic optimism and fudging at the NATO summit could not conceal the fact that for all their soldiers, fighter aircraft, heavy bombers, tanks, helicopter gunships, armies of mercenaries, and wizardly electronic gear, the western powers are being slowly beaten by a bunch of lightly-armed Afghan farmers and mountain tribesmen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The only people "winning" in Afghanistan are the defense contractors and the drug lords.

Nov 24 06:51

Afghanistan war: US says violence reaches all-time high

Violence in Afghanistan has reached an all-time high, with clashes up fourfold since 2007, the Pentagon has said.

In a twice-annual report to the US Congress, the Pentagon said progress had been "uneven", with only modest gains against the Taliban insurgency.

The Pentagon also reported gains in security, governance, and development in key areas.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is no military resolution possible to this conflict. Saner heads and DC and Brussels understand this. But there will be no end to this war, because the US and NATO military cannot bear to bring themselves to admit that, after almost one decade on, they are no closer to resolving this conflict than when the occupation began.

So the killing, maiming, and dying will continue apace.

Nov 23 17:25

Veterans: Soviets in Afghanistan

More than 600,000 troops participated in the Soviet Union's decade-long war in Afghanistan, the USSR's largest military operation since the Second World War.

Yet for many in modern Russia, and in other former Soviet countries, the conflict is one they would rather forget and is regarded with humiliation.

Nov 23 09:23

Be under no illusion, Nato is in no shape to make progress in this graveyard of empires

If Iraq was bad, Afghanistan is going to be worse. Nothing said or done at the Lisbon conference, which is largely an exercise in self-deception, is going to make this better and it may well make it worse.

It is not just that the war is going badly, but that Nato's need to show progress has produced a number of counter-productive quick fixes likely to deepen the violence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The last military commander who was actually able to hold Afghanistan was Alexander the Great.

Nov 23 00:47

AL-QAEDA’S CHRISTIAN MASSACRE — AIDING AND ABETTING THE OCCUPATION OF PALESTINE

The massacre of Iraqi Christians at Our Lady of Salvation Church in Baghdad also makes one wonder about claims that the group has “a great sense of timing.” The slaughter of Catholic Mass-goers occurred just one week after church leaders from across the Middle East had forcefully condemned Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories.

Nov 22 09:43

Video: Kabul is no child's playground

Contrary to what the Nato spokesman says, Afghanistan is one of the worst places in the world for a child to live in. One in five children there will die before they reach the age of five due to a myriad of causes, ranging from everyday violence to widespread diseases.

Nov 22 09:02

US to spend $413 billion more on Afghan war

US soldier in Afghanistan walks past Afghan child. A decision by US President Barack Obama to extend the presence of American troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014 is likely to increase the remaining cost of the unpopular war to USD 413 billion.

On Saturday, NATO Secretary General said the US-led military alliance will remain in Afghanistan for as long as it takes to finish off its enemies there.

The newly defined deadline comes with a heavy price tag at a time when the US and many of its allies are facing increasing deficit cuts at home.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Terrific: while homeless Veterans sleep in our streets, our infrastructure is crumbling, and ever more Americans are jobless, this is the wisest use of taxpayer dollars the Federal government can come up with?!?!?

The only people "winning" in Afghanistan are the drug lords, and the defense contractors!!

Nov 22 06:55

The Pentagon vs. the truth about Pat Tillman

Leonard Lopate: When NFL star Pat Tillman decided to forego his lucrative football career in 2002 to join the military, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld wrote in a memo that the Pentagon should "keep an eye on him." So no one should be surprised that when Tillman was killed several years later in Afghanistan, the military turned his biography into a propaganda tool. Pat Tillman's life and the controversy surrounding his death are the subjects of the new film called "The Tillman Story," which [one critic] described as "a clear-sighted, emotionally steady documentary that chronicles the Tillman family's mounting rage at the military's misappropriation of the story." We're joined now by Amir Bar-Lev, the film's director. I'm very pleased that brings him to our show.

Nov 22 04:54

ROBERT FISK: AN AMERICAN BRIBE THAT STINKS OF APPEASEMENT

Three billion dollars for three months is one billion dollars a month to stop Israel's colonisation. That's half a billion dollars a fortnight. That's $500m a week. That's $71,428,571 a day, or $2,976,190 an hour, or $49,603 a minute. And as well as this pot of gold, Washington will continue to veto any resolutions critical of Israel in the UN and prevent "Palestine" from declaring itself a state. It's worth invading anyone to get that much cash to stage a military withdrawal, let alone the gracious gesture of not building more illegal colonies for only 90 days while furiously continuing illegal construction in Jerusalem at the same time.

Nov 21 21:23

Flashback: Taliban's Eradication of Poppies Is Convulsing Opium Market

The unexpected success of the Taliban in Afghanistan in eradicating three-quarters of the world's crop of opium poppies in one season is leading experts to ask where production is likely to spring up next.

The director of the United Nations Drug Control Program, Pino Arlacchi, said there was no chance that opium from other sources would compensate this year for the loss of Afghan crops, and the prices of opium and heroin will rise substantially, with opium already worth five to seven times its usual price.

Nov 21 21:18

Heroin shortage in UK is 'putting lives at risk'

Hospitals are treating a growing number of drug users who have overdosed on heroin mixed with other substances by dealers because of a huge shortage of the opiate across the UK.

One of the most severe heroin 'droughts' for five years has been reported in areas across the UK, including, London, Lancashire, Surrey, and Stockton-on-Tees.

The shortage has been linked not to seizures of the drug by law enforcement agencies but to a fungus that has blighted this year's poppy crop in Afghanistan, reducing it by half.

Nov 21 14:48

Think tank: 92% of Afghans never heard of 9/11

Fewer than one in 10 Afghans are aware of the 9/11 attacks and their precipitation of the war in Afghanistan, says a study from an international think tank.

A report (PDF) from the International Council on Security and Development (ICOS) shows that 92 percent of those surveyed had never heard of the coordinated multiple attacks on US soil on September 11, 2001. It also shows that four in 10 Afghans believe the US is on their soil in order to "destroy Islam or occupy Afghanistan."

Nov 21 08:04

The Murderous U.S. Government Explained

You will obey them -- or else. It is true for the brutalized inhabitants of Afghanistan, of Pakistan, of Iraq, of Yemen, of Somalia -- and now it is increasingly true for the inhabitants of the United States itself.

What the U.S. now does in Afghanistan it has done repeatedly around the world for over a hundred years.

Nov 21 07:49

NATO summit to embrace indefinite Afghan war

The New York Times, having been briefed by administration officials, on November 14 summed up Obama’s perspective: “By the end of 2014, American and NATO combat forces could be withdrawn if conditions warrant, although tens of thousands very likely will remain for training, mentoring and other assistance, just as 50,000 American troops are still in Iraq.”

In other words, Washington plans an indefinite presence of US occupation forces in Afghanistan. Even if “conditions warrant” that foreign troops are not required for direct combat by 2014—a prospect dismissed by virtually all analysts—the Pentagon will assert that an enduring presence is required to provide “training, mentoring and assistance.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If you ever believed,for one millisecond, that the US was ever going to leave Afghanistan, you'd better think again.

Nov 21 00:26

ANTHONY LAWSON: FRIENDS OF ISRAEL – ENEMIES INSIDE THE GATES (video)

VETERANS TODAY THANKS TONY LAWSON FOR ANOTHER OUTSTANDING EFFORT …SENIOR EDITOR, GORDON DUFF Ed: The worldwide popularity of Tony Lawson’s videos has done more to help American veterans and military understand the real issues that confront them and the very real moral failures that have brought America to its dire position in the world.

Nov 20 15:04

London Anti-War Demo - Ex Soldier returns Medal - Video

Yesterday 19 November 2010 Ex-soldier Joe Glenton, who was jailed for refusing to return to Afghanistan to fight in a war he believed to be unjustified, handed back his army medal to the Prime Minister's office in Downing Street, as a protest against the Afghanistan war.

Today 20th Nov. An anti-war Demo took place in London with more than 10,000 participants. Various speakers, the march and the protesting ex-soldier are in this video and sum up the prevailing public mood across the Western world.

Nov 20 09:34

NATO, U.S. Offer Different Views Over Afghan Combat Exit

NATO nations formally agree to start reducing troop levels in Afghanistan next year and hand over control of security to them in 2014 — but the U.S. and its allies appear to take conflicting views on when NATO combat operations would end.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obama is about to hold a press conference to inform us all why NATO should be ignored and the US pour yet more money and childrens' lives into Afghanistan to kill Muslims for Israel.

Nov 20 08:35

The Cowardice of America at War

"We were making inroads," said Capt. Nick Stout, Meari’s company commander.

No we weren’t. We were occupying their country—and they hate us. I was not crying for Meari, though God knows, he and his family deserve our tears. I was crying for my country, for the cowardice of our leaders who continue to send the same brave young men out again and again to die rather than admit they have no chance as strangers in a strange land.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As was the case in Viet Nam, the US government appears pathologically incapable of learning from its mistakes.

There will be a "Saigon Moment" in Kabul: it is only a question of when.

Nov 20 02:43

Press TV - NATO - 2014 withdraw of Afghan forces - Russia co-operating with NATO which is historic

1. Nato discusses Afghan
2. Russia co-operating with NATO - which is historic
3. Ecomomics - divergant approaches of Europe/US to the budget
4. Occupying forces to withdraw from Afghan by 2014 (rebadged as "training").

Nov 20 02:02

Pentagon blows up thousands of homes in Afghanistan Repeating the horrors of the Vietnam War

Borrowing a page from its infamous "pacification" effort in South Vietnam, where peasant villages were napalmed and burned to the ground to "save them from the communists," the Obama-ordered surge in Afghanistan has been secretly blowing up thousands of homes and leveling portions of the Afghan countryside.

As tens of thousands of U.S. troops have surged into southern Afghanistan, villagers have fled. Then the Petraeus-led occupation forces have determined which homes will be destroyed.

Nov 19 19:53

Pentagon blows up thousands of homes in Afghanistan Repeating the horrors of the Vietnam War

The Pentagon’s murderous rampage and terror campaign 40 years ago against South Vietnamese villages, in areas that were considered sympathetic to the resistance forces, used much of the same kind of explanation. In fact, the New York Times in a throw back to Vietnam quotes the Arghandab District Governor, who is working with the occupation forces: “We had to destroy them to make them safe.”

That this tactic is part of a high-tech terror campaign against Afghan villages and the people who inhabit them is evident even by the descriptions and accounts of western media outlets that are supporting the war.

Nov 19 10:56

Rense & Raja ZioUSA co-opts India on AfPak - video

With more mercenaries (aka "contractors") on the ground than military - Pakistanis are increasingly irate at the USA's War on Terror - haphazard - undefined - and a lot of killing sums it all up.

Jeff Rense talks to veteran journalist Raja Mujtaba (of opinion-maker.org) who knows the situation very well, and summarises the debacle as due to the Zionist control of the USA.

Nov 19 09:48

M-1 Abrams Destroyed in Iraq

More targets for the Taliban.

Nov 19 09:40

U.S. deploying heavily armored battle tanks for first time in Afghan war

The U.S. military is sending a contingent of heavily armored battle tanks to Afghanistan for the first time in the nine-year war, defense officials said, a shift that signals a further escalation in the aggressive tactics that have been employed by American forces this fall to attack the Taliban.

"We've taken the gloves off, and it has had huge impact," one of the senior officials said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder when the phrase "body count" is going to again creep into the corporate "newspeak" accounts of what is going on in Afghanistan.

And how in heaven's name can Petraeus begin to make the case the case to NATO that "...the military's strategy is working..." nine years on in this quagmire?!?

Are the US and NATO hellbent on destroying the entire country in order to "save" it?!? Apparently so: In the US/NATO strategy, "liberation" of Afghanistan appears to mean death to as many Afghans as possible.

Nov 19 08:53

Afghanistan has 'no military solution,' German envoy says

Germany has laid out the stark reality for Afghanistan in stronger terms than before, with its special representative to the conflict-riven country saying on Friday that the war could not be won militarily.

Nov 19 08:45

Hell is for Children

Somewhere in America, a seventeen-year-old boy is living the last year of his life.

Nov 18 11:05

French Defense Minister: "Afghanistan is a trap."

“Afghanistan is, I would say, a trap for all the parties involved there,” Juppe insisted, adding that France was determined to hand over control of French dominated regions to the Afghan government as soon as they could.

Nov 18 09:34

British Defense Chief: 30 to 40 Years of Afghanistan Occupation Ahead

The foreign policy bait-and-switch continues. First, President Barack Obama declared the end of combat in Iraq, withdrawing some U.S. troops but leaving many others behind, possibly for decades, and redefining their role as “advise and assist” — whereupon they continued engaging in combat. Now, with Obama having publicly stated his intent to begin withdrawing troops from Afghanistan next July, both Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Gen. David Petraeus are arguing for a long-term, if not permanent, U.S. presence in Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Continuing to pursue what does not work and has not worked is one of the classic signs of insanity.

And that is the word, right now, which best characterizes the US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan.

Nov 18 09:03

Guantánamo detainee Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani cleared of 284 terror charges

Barack Obama's plans to try accused terrorists in civilian courts experienced a major setback last night when the first former Guantánamo detainee to be tried in one was convicted on just one of 285 charges over the 1998 attack on US embassies in East Africa which killed 224 people.

Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, a 36-year-old Tanzanian, was found guilty of conspiracy to destroy US government buildings and property for helping an al-Qaida cell to buy a lorry and bomb parts in the attacks on the American embassies in Kenya and Dar-es-Salaam. But a US federal jury acquitted him of all the more serious charges of murder and conspiracy.

Nov 18 07:53

PHILIP GIRALDI: LIAR LIAR

Obama’s spin team made a heroic effort to turn a sow’s ear into a silk purse.

Nov 17 17:46

DHS Pedophilia: Body-Searching Children - No For The US Military, Yes For The TSA

You need to see the image caught of the TSA computer at the airport with the "My First Cavity Search" desktop screensaver - laughing in our faces!

Summary of his very powerful message: to avoid giving gross offense to the Afghan public, and to prevent the appearance of an uncontrolled security state, the US military forbids use on Afghan civilians of the very practices the TSA is now making routine for civilian travelers at US airports.

Nov 17 09:48

WHAT DID WIKILEAKS REALLY TELL US ABOUT IRAN?

By Ali Gharib

A source provides details to the American government about the nefarious activities of a Middle Eastern country. That information ends up in scores of secret U.S. government documents. Subsequently, the information winds up on the front pages of major newspapers, and is heralded by war hawks in Washington as a casus belli.

Sound familiar? It should, but perhaps not in the way you’re thinking. Here’s a hint: It’s not 2003, but 2010. This is the story of what happened recently to Iran in the wake of the latest WikiLeaks document release, where US military field reports from Iraq made their way into major national newspapers and painted the Islamic Republic as a force out to murder U.S. soldiers in Iraq.

Nov 17 07:19

Have (infinite) war, will travel

Anyone aware enough to think that Washington's goal is not to "win" the unwinnable AfPak quagmire but to keep playing its bloody infinite war game forever is now eligible for a personal stimulus package (in gold).

Let's review the recent evidence. All of a sudden, the White House, the Pentagon and the United States House of Representatives have all embarked on a new narrative: forget major US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2011; let's move the goalpost to 2014.

Nov 16 10:04

Britain's top soldier: al-Qaeda cannot be beaten

Britain's Chief of the Defence Staff General David Richards speaks on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, in London Nov 14, 2010. The West is fighting a war against al Qaeda in which its forces can contain Islamic militancy but cannot achieve a conventional military victory, Britain's most senior officer was quoted as saying on Sunday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We cannot beat Al Qaedfa because we bloody well cannot find them! Every time we think we have one of the blighters it turns out to be a phony! I am starting to wonder if there are any real Al Qaeda at all! Actually, can we erase that last part?"

Nov 15 08:26

Rocket Barrage Hits Ammo and Fuel Dump

Nov 15 07:38

Afghanistan - behind enemy lines

There are no al-Qa'ida fighters in Afghanistan any more. I have fought in the south and in the east as well as here. In seven years of operations I have not seen a single al-Qa'ida fighter. Not one."

Nov 14 08:16

Exclusive: Afghanistan - behind enemy lines

The most astonishing thing about this rebel district – and for Nato leaders meeting in Lisbon this week, a deeply troubling one – is that Chak is not in war-torn Helmand or Kandahar but in Wardak province, a scant 40 miles south-west of Kabul.

And yet Abdullah, operating within Katyusha rocket range of the capital – and with a $500,000 bounty on his head – has managed to evade coalition forces for almost four years. If Chak is in any way typical of developments in other rural districts – and Afghanistan has hundreds of isolated valley communities just like this one – then Nato's military strategy could be in serious difficulty.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This war has never been winnable, in a conventional military sense.

The question is, how many more Afghanis, Americans, and NATO troops will have to die before the leadership in Washington or NATO's leadership in Brussels finally understands this?

Nov 14 08:09

Its over: US NATO formally announcing ‘transition’ to Afghan withdrawal

he Obama administration and its NATO allies will declare late this week that the war in Afghanistan has made sufficient progress to begin turning security control over to its government by spring, months before the administration’s July deadline to start withdrawing U.S. troops, according to U.S. and European officials.

Even as it announces the “transition” process, which will not immediately include troop withdrawals, NATO will also state its intention to keep combat troops in Afghanistan until 2014, a date originally set by Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF true, this report indicates that the "withdrawal" will be just as cosmetic as was the alleged "withdrawal" in Iraq, where Americans are still getting killed and maimed for life.

If this happens, it will simply be a gimmick to trick the American people into thinking that the war is really going to be substantially concluded by the next presidential election, which it will not be.

Nov 13 15:42

PAUL BALLES: THE TORTURERS REVISITED

BUSH’S AXIS OF EVIL WAR

The Trial is a novel by Franz Kafka, first published in 1925. One of Kafka’s best-known works, it tells the story of a man arrested and prosecuted by a remote, inaccessible authority, with the nature of his crime never revealed either to him or the reader.

The theme developed a familiar ring to it following the imprisonment of “enemy combatants” in Guantanamo. Echoes of such places come from another Kafka story, “In the Penal Colony”, where everyone is guilty simply because they’re there.

Nov 13 12:59

Keiser Report ?94: Markets! Finance! Scandal!

This time Max Keiser and co-host, Stacy Herbert, look at the scandals of Americas economic Suez and neutering Iran. In the second half of the show Max talks to rare earths analyst, Kevin Kerr, about the state of this market controlled by China.

Nov 13 09:21

The torturers revisited

Paul J. Balles find echoes of Kafka in the US torture facility at Guantanamo in Cuba and a secret British detention centre near Basra, in Iraq.

Nov 13 03:11

Iranian-Backed Faction Threatens Civil War in Lebanon

An Iranian-backed Hezbollah leader said Friday he would foment a civil war in Lebanon if members of the organization are found guilty of attacking and killing former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri in a car bombing in Beirut in 2005.

Fox News, on its Web site, reported that word on the street in Lebanon is that the militant group, known to be supported by Iran, is liable to be indicted for the attack, which also left 22 other people dead.

Nov 12 09:49

Timetable Abandoned: U.S. And NATO To Wage Endless War In Afghanistan

"Ever since he took office two years ago, Obama has made the deadly drones a key instrument in his fight against the militants in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The drones are also being used liberally to target militants in Yemen and Somalia." [9]

The Afghan war in its tenth year has expanded into a far broader conflict, one which grows in both scope and lethality with each passing week and will escalate yet further before it begins to wind down, if it ever does.

President Obama's pledge last year to "draw down" U.S. and NATO combat forces from South and Central Asia - they are also stationed in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan - next year is now revealed to be the transparent political manipulation it was from the start.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Is there a scenario in which the US and NATO could actually "turn the tide" against these insurgents, given the absolute level of corruption of the governments of both Pakistan and Afghanistan?

Not probably without reinstituting the draft in the US, and putting 500,000 pairs of US boots on the ground in Afghanistan, and there are questions as to whether even such a show of force could make a difference, as the old Soviet Union found during their "military misadventure" in Afghanistan.

We will continue to stay in Afghanistan, and lose miserably, because this administration actually doesn't know what else to do, and doesn't want there to be a "Saigon moment" in Kabul.

The moral and ethical problem with this war, publicly funded and fought, is that it has been fought essentially for potential private profits. These were supposed to come from the installation of pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil (hasn't happened to date), and from the drug trade (which, after the invasion and occupation, has grown exponentially).

We have never had, and continue to not have, the moral high ground on our side. And because of this, ultimately, the US is destined to lose this war, after all the blood and money spent.

Nov 12 09:42

Herper's sellout - Canadian troops to stay in Afghanistan

Canadian troops will stay an extra three years in Afghanistan, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Thursday, though he promises they’ll no longer engage in combat missions and will instead focus on safer training missions.

Nov 12 07:54

Council on Foreign Relations panel advises Obama to scale back Afghan occupation

Influential US experts on Friday painted a grim picture of the Afghanistan war, calling on President Barack Obama to consider scaling back the military mission without signs of progress.

The task force of the Council on Foreign Relations largely backed the Obama administration's plan of intensifying military operations against the Taliban and starting a withdrawal in mid-2011.

But the panel -- led by Richard Armitage and Samuel Berger, top aides to presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton -- said the administration needed to take hard decisions after its own highly anticipated war review in December.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is no possible military solution here, only a political one.

The question is, how much longer do we stay in this immoral, illegal war, and how many more Americans and Afghanis have to die before that political settlement is reached?!?

Nov 11 16:49

FULL METAL JACKET PART II: The War Comes Home

Wednesday, November 10, 2010
FULL METAL JACKET PART II: The War Comes Home: PTSD Vets Causing a Rise in Crime
"The Army and Marines take young people and rob them of their human emotions so they can kill without remorse. From my experiences in the Army's Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training courses, they strip you down physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually and turn you into a killing machine."
"Are these PTSD damaged troops that return home only here in body? Is their mind still in 'combat mode,' ready to blast away at any perceived threat? Depression, anger, insomnia, nightmares, flashbacks, paranoia are among its symptoms. Its sufferers often fall into alcoholism and drug addiction, some beat or shoot their wives or girlfriends."

Nov 11 11:25

Miclic or How to Destroy an Afghan Neighborhood in Seconds

One Captain in the article about bulldozing Kandahar liked to use these.

Nov 11 10:47

Afghanistan War: Bulldozing through Kandahar

The U.S. military has destroyed hundreds of Afghan civilian homes, farm houses, walls, trees and plowed through fields and buildings using explosives and bulldozers in war-torn Zhari district, a practice that has begun to anger Afghan villagers.

To pay for the damage, the U.S. military here is giving Afghans compensation cards for the damaged property. Villagers take the cards to the Afghan government's district center at Camp Wilson, the main American base here. U.S. commanders said the system forces locals to work with their government — which is the overall goal of the operation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Even if compensation actually gets to the people whose properties have been destroyed, this "scorched earth" policy will be perceived (and justly) as revenge, complete with all the modern enhancements, against local Afghanis for not cooperating with the US/NATO occupation.

Nov 11 07:12

America’s Devolution Into Dictatorship

The United States Department of Justice (sic) routinely charges and convicts innocents with bogus and concocted crimes that are not even on the statutes book. The distinguished defense attorney and civil libertarian, Harvey A. Silverglate, published a book last year, “Three Felonies A Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent,” which conclusively proves that today in “freedom and democracy” America we have punishment without crime.

Nov 11 05:48

Amnesty Intl: US must begin criminal investigation of torture following Bush admission

Amnesty International today urged a criminal investigation into the role of former US President George W. Bush and other officials in the use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" against detainees held in secret US custody after the former president admitted authorizing their use.

In his memoirs, published yesterday, and in an interview on NBC News broadcast on 8 November 2010, the former President confirmed his personal involvement in authorising "water-boarding" and other techniques against "high value detainees".
"Under international law, the former President's admission to having authorized acts that amount to torture are enough to trigger the USA's obligations to investigate his admissions and if substantiated, to prosecute him," said Claudio Cordone, Senior Director at Amnesty International.
"His admissions also highlight once again the absence of accountability for the crimes under international law of torture and enforced disappearance committed by the USA."

Nov 10 08:53

White House To Start Publicly Moving Away From Afghan Withdrawal Date

The Obama administration has decided to begin publicly walking away from what it once touted as key deadlines in the war in Afghanistan in an effort to de-emphasize President Barack Obama's pledge that he'd begin withdrawing U.S. forces in July 2011, administration and military officials have told McClatchy.

The new policy will be on display next week during a conference of NATO countries in Lisbon, Portugal, where the administration hopes to introduce a timeline that calls for the withdrawal of U.S. and NATO forces from Afghanistan by 2014, the year when Afghan President Hamid Karzai once said Afghan troops could provide their own security, three senior officials told McClatchy, along with others speaking anonymously as a matter of policy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Were I a betting human being, I would not bet on the security situation in Afghanistan being any substantially better in 2014 than it is today.

What the Obama administration is doing here is making Afghanistan the next US president's mess to fix, and in so doing, sprinting away from his promise to the American people to begin a drawdown of troops in July of 2011.

Whatever elements of the political spectrum you embrace, please remember that in November of 2010.

Nov 10 06:04

OBAMA AND JIHAD AND HOW NOT TO FIGHT TERRORISM

Today there are few if any real experts who would deny that Bush and Blair’s approach to counter-terrorism made the two of them the best recruiting sergeants for violent Islamic fundamentalism in all of its forms and franchises.

Nov 09 09:05

Taliban call on US to send fact-finding team to Afghanistan

The Taliban called on the US Congress on Sunday to send a "fact-finding mission" to Afghanistan to investigate what they called the lies and propaganda spread by American military chiefs to prolong the war.

The Islamist militant group has been fighting for more than nine years to topple the Kabul government, which is backed by 150,000 US and NATO troops.

Nov 09 06:35

THE PARCEL BOMB PLOT—AL-QAEDA’S GIFT TO ISRAEL

Israel must be very grateful indeed for this latest terror scare. If Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula did not exist, they might have to invent it.

Nov 08 18:06

Obama and Jihad and how not to fight terrorism

Alan Hart reminds Western leaders that the principal cause of "terrorism" is injustice - the injustice that leads communities to tolerate and harbour "extremists" - and that at the core of the injustice that feeds political terror by Muslim and Arab groups is the double standard of Western foreign policy in the Middle East and beyond.

Nov 08 17:23

The Duff: Wholesale Treason, Why Israel Bought Congress

AIPAC Brags, "Unprecedented Control Over American Politics"

AIPAC, the Israel lobby used to, we don't exactly know but every politician in America is terrified of it for some reason, claims to have total control over the new congress. It isn't a "Jewish thing," AIPAC got rid of 6 Jews who were too "pro-American" for their tastes. The last thing it is about is the security of Israel, a regional bully, a small land of ICBMs, germ warfare labs and warehouses loaded with American munitions which they sell around the world.

Nov 08 07:25

Indian Boots in Afghanistan

Looking for some cannon fodder Mr. President?

Nov 07 08:55

413 Afghan parliamentary candidates charged with election fraud

The UN-backed Electoral Complaints Commission announced that 413 Wolesi jirga (Afghan lower-house) candidates, including 62 sitting parliamentarians, have been accused of committing fraud during elections held on September 18. The list of violators has been referred to the Attorney General's office for investigation and potential prosecution, member of a UN-backed watchdog panel Ahmad Zia Rafat told reporters at a press conference in Kabul on Saturday.

Nov 07 07:14

U.S. Won't Know Pace Of Afghan Drawdown For Months

The pace of a planned U.S. drawdown from Afghanistan due to start next July may not be entirely decided until shortly before it begins, Defense Secretary Robert Gates suggested Sunday.

Gains by opposition Republicans in congressional elections last week have raised questions about possible push-back on President Barack Obama's contested policy of starting to withdraw from the nine-year-old war in mid-2011.

Obama's Democrats strongly support setting a date to start withdrawing from the unpopular conflict but Republicans, who may now have a stronger say in policy, largely oppose it and may try to minimize any withdrawal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: the US is never leaving Afghanistan!

Nov 06 16:38

GORDON DUFF: YEMEN: AL QAEDA PRESENCE NOT CREDIBLE

“AL QAEDA” CALL FOR ATTACKS ON AMERICA, NOT ISRAEL, UNDER SUSPICION

The people of Yemen simply don’t believe in Al Qaeda or Osama bin Laden, and for good reason. When Abdullah al-Faqih, professor of political science at Sana University told the New York Times, “We cannot differentiate between what is propaganda and what is real…Some of what looks like Al Qaeda is really terror as a business.”

With early news stories being continually contradicted, bombs that weren’t really bombs heading out on flights that never existed, carrying packages for companies that don’t service Yemen, all heading for Chicago synagogues, part of the wildest “persecution complex” of all time, the whole “Al Qaeda/Yemen” thing has been little more than a “borscht belt” comedy act.

Nov 06 01:25

WIKILEAKS IS ZIONIST POISON

By Jonathan Azaziah

Undeniable facts about Zionism.

Disinformation is defined as ‘misinformation that is deliberately disseminated in order to influence or confuse rivals.’ It is used by governments to mislead and brainwash their citizen populations, instigate wars, and blackmail foreign regimes. It is the ultimate instrument of the media. The most effective disinformation is that which is comprised of falsehood as well as facts. Wikileaks, founded by Julian Assange, fits this description perfectly, right down to the letter.

Nov 05 20:13

What the wars are doing to the Soldiers - Video

18 Years old, fit and healthy, soon - premature ageing and tumours. Not too much of it in the mainstream news.

Nov 04 16:28

AIPAC LAUDS RE-ELECTION OF PRO-ISRAEL STALWARTS

Pro-Israel group AIPAC (American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee), hails success for supporters on both sides of the political divide, as well as election of three new Jewish members of Congress; polls shows 66 percent of U.S. Jews voted Democrat.

America’s largest pro-Israel lobby group on Wednesday hailed the results of midterm elections in the U.S. which saw staunch supporters re-elected to Congress on both sides of the party political divide.

Nov 03 16:42

YOU GET THE TRUTH ONLY FROM ‘FORMER’ OFFICIALS’ – DR. BOUTHAINA SHABAAN

Part of the tragedies of the peoples of Palestine, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Somalia, and the dangers threatening Iran, Sudan and Yemen, is caused by the cowardice of leaders and their succumbing to the dictates and temptation of Zionist money and the blackmail of Israeli media and not responding to their human conscience and the interests of their nations which they are supposed to represent.

Nov 03 07:48

ELECTION 2010: A DISASTER FOR PEACE

By Justin Raimondo (Antiwar.com )

The expected Election Day Republican “wave” that broke over our heads is a disaster for the anti-interventionist cause in the immediate sense – but there may be a silver lining.

The disaster is embodied in the various GOP warmongers who will be placed in key positions in Congress, and a good case could be made that among the worst of the worst will be the probable majority leader in the House: Eric Cantor.

Nov 03 06:35

UNANSWERED QUESTIONS IN THE YEMEN TERROR SCARE

By Barry Grey (Source: Global Research)

In what has become a regular feature of American public life—especially on the eve of major elections—the airwaves were taken over Friday by breathless reports of a new terror threat. It is impossible to determine how much is fact and how much is fiction in the ever-expanding claims being made regarding two packages from Yemen allegedly containing high explosives and addressed to two synagogues in Chicago.

But the very fact that the decision was made, undoubtedly at a very high level, to give such massive media coverage to the alleged plot—before any concrete details were being reported and entirely on the basis of unsubstantiated claims made by, for the most part, anonymous officials—is sufficient reason to adopt a highly skeptical attitude.

Nov 02 03:06

Afghan Police Unit Defects to Taliban

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/02/world/asia/02afghan.html

KABUL, Afghanistan — For months, American and Afghan officials have been promoting a plan to persuade masses of rank-and-file Taliban fighters to change sides and join the government. The tactic, known as “reintegration,” is one of the big hopes for turning the tide in the war.

Musa Khan Akbarzada, provincial governor in Ghazni, said a search was under way for missing officers.

Oct 31 17:34

GORDON DUFF: BOMBS, TERRORISM AND MANURE

“Worse still, the “terrorists” father, described by the press as a “Muslim banker” turned out to be a partner in an Israeli managed defense company and a close friend of the CIA.”

“Never was America, its freedoms and security less free and less secure as when Michael Chertoff was watching over us.”

We have seen it all before. Last Christmas, the “Crotch Bomber” was another “PETN/Yemen” terror fiasco. Press stories blamed Al Qaeda and were ready to build this into a new 9/11 except that reliable witnesses, Detroit area attorneys, saw the terrorist, no passport, no visa, escorted onto the plane. Before that, newspapers said the bomber had a diplomatic passport, a visa and had “evaded” security.

Oct 31 08:21

NATO Chief Slams Gorbachev’s ‘Negative’ View of Afghan War

In an interview with BBC today, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen slammed former Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev for calling the decade long NATO occupation of Afghanistan “unwinnable.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen: there will be a point, and hopefully in the not too distant future, when US and NATO forces will have to leave Afghanistan, and negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul at that time for the pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil, if that government in Kabul is willing to listen.

And please note: Rasmussen has absolutely zero experience in the military. According to his bio, listed here:

http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/who_is_who_56703.htm

His education has been in economics, and his has career has been in politics.

The cost in blood and money in this illegal and immoral warwas essentially to support a publicly funded war for private profits. Those private profits were to have come from the pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil, and from the drug trade in opium.

The drug trade has been so successful that Russian leaders have denounced the amount of it which is reaching Russia, and addicting their kids to the low-cost, very potent drug.

http://www.metronews.ca/toronto/world/article/670892--russia-complains-us-not-acting-on-afghan-drug-labs

"Russia claims that drug production in Afghanistan has increased exponentially since the U.S.-led invasion that overthrew the Taliban government in 2001. It says smugglers freely transport Afghan heroin and opium north into Central Asia and Russia, and onward to Western Europe. Afghanistan is the world's largest supplier of opium."

On a military level, almost one decade on, the war is unwinnable.Sane military leaders in both the US and NATO military understand this, but will not speak out because it will wreck their careers.

Every individual killed or wounded makes those left standing ever more eager to join the insurgency, and drive the occupation forces out.

The only people who are "winning" are the defense contractors, providing hired mercenaries, equipment, and logistical services, and the drug dealers.

That's a pretty damned dismal assessment of the situation, but an honest one.

Oct 31 02:18

The Company We Keep

President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, according to a New York Times report last week, admittedly accepts large cash payments from the Iranian government. The political and religious dynamics of the region are complex. Iran obviously has an interest in keeping the Taliban at a distance and at the same time countering Pakistan’s influence in the area. In this caldron of intrigue we have a huge American expenditure in treasure and blood aimed at keeping Afghanistan in our camp, so to speak.

Oct 30 21:19

Afghan President Karzai criticises US-Russia drugs raid

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has criticised the first joint operation by Russian and US agents to destroy drug laboratories in his country.

Mr Karzai said he had not been informed of Russia's participation - a sensitive issue in Afghanistan ever since the Soviet occupation ended 21 years ago.

He called it a violation of Afghan sovereignty and international law.

Oct 30 17:04

ON THE ISSUE OF OTHER PEOPLE’S NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY – DR. LAWRENCE DAVIDSON

The question I would like to ask both Ambassador Rice and Secretary Feltman is, when did the United States government start taking seriously any state’s sovereignty other than its own or its allies? Neither could answer this question seriously (at least not in public) for to do so would reveal that they are loyal agents of a government that practices a murderous hypocrisy

Oct 29 14:21

Bring me the head of Silvino Herrera: "Us vs. them" and "modern" myths of war and civilization

Against the background of the leaking of the USA's secret Iraq war crimes files by the whistleblower website WikiLeaks, Daniel Patrick Welch peers beneath the West's self-proclaimed cultural and moral superiority in the face of atrocities against innocent people all over the world.

"When we peel away all the layers of burning flesh, all the carefully constructed fiction of human progress and benefits of science and technology, we must face a reality perhaps even more grim. There simply is no 'us versus them'. The side claiming to represent progress has done more and done worse, using as low-tech and brutal methods as any on either side of the technological and cultural divide."

Oct 29 10:08

Towards Military Escalation? U.S. And NATO Drag Asia Into Afghan Quagmire

Not only are NATO member states continuing to enlarge the amount of troops for a war without a foreseeable end, but Washington and Brussels are intensifying joint efforts to recruit troops from nations that have until now avoided being pulled into the Afghan imbroglio.

With partners on every populated continent - Colombia has been tapped for troops to be deployed to Afghanistan and Egypt, a NATO Mediterranean Dialogue partner, has security personnel there - the North Atlantic Treaty Organization has proven an effective vehicle for the U.S. to establish, train, deploy and integrate a global expeditionary military force which has been used in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, with increasing emphasis on the last.

Oct 29 08:42

Billions in Afghanistan aid dollars unaccounted for: audit

Nearly 18 billion dollars earmarked for reconstruction in Afghanistan remain unaccounted for, snagged in a "labyrinth" of contract bureaucracy, a sweeping US government
audit has shown.

Oct 29 00:00

GORDON DUFF: BRUTAL OCCUPATION TROOPS OR SAVIORS, YOU CAN’T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS

AMERICA’S ARMY, A TALE OF MISUSE AND ABUSE –

“Yes, even without Wikileaks we always knew that such things were happening and now we know that altered versions of some of our reports and additional forgeries have been mixed in with documents meant to incriminate Iran.”

For nearly a decade, America has been, in the eyes of the world, the successor to Nazi Germany. Last week, nearly 77% of Australians polled (over 10,000 respondents) considered the 9/11 terror attacks an American “false flag” and that nation has troops in Afghanistan fighting alongside Americans. Imagine what nations that oppose American involvement think?

Oct 28 12:07

Federal Court Rules Details of Secret Prison in Afghanistan Can Remain Secret

Details about the United States’ largest prison in Afghanistan will remain secret, according to a federal judge’s ruling this week. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) had sought documents from the Department of Defense and the CIA about those held at Bagram Air Base, including information regarding citizenship, length of imprisonment, country where they were captured and circumstances of their capture.

Oct 28 07:06

PRESS CENSORSHIP ALERT: AUSTRALIA AND 9/11 (VIDEO)

Australian Trades Union President Kevin Bracken said said: “I believe the official story is a conspiracy theory that doesn’t stand up to scientific scrutiny.”“In my mind the buildings were imploded.“Aviation fuel doesn’t get hot enough to melt steel and no high rise steel frame building before or after September 11 has ever collapsed due to fire.”
Oct 28 06:38

ISRAEL IS RELIEVED NOT TO BE THE ONLY WAR CRIMINAL - GIDEON LEVY

The voice of joy, the voice of rejoicing is heard in Israel: The Americans and British have also committed for war crimes, not only us.

Oct 28 06:10

US not tracking spending on Afghan projects, audit says

The US government has spent about $55bn on rebuilding in Afghanistan since 2001 but cannot easily show how the money was spent, a government watchdog says.

The special inspector general's office for Afghanistan reconstruction talked of a "confusing labyrinth" of spending.

It said some 7,000 contractors received $17.7bn from 2007-09 but data prior to 2007 was too poor to be analysed.

Oct 28 02:56

PRESS CENSORSHIP ALERT: AUSTRALIA AND 9/11 (VIDEO)

Story and Video by Anthony Lawson and John Bursill — Veterans Today

AUSSIE HERO, TRADES UNIONIST, EXPOSES 9/11 COVER-UP

“Good on yer, Kev. You’re a bonza bloke and a real credit to the old country. You’re a Fair Dinkum Aussie and you’ve got my vote, any day.”…Anthony Lawson

JOURNALIST TONY LAWSON’S VIDEO

Oct 27 16:56

AUSSIE TRADES UNIONIST EXPOSES 9/11 COVER-UP

By Anthony Lawson –

Australian Union President Kevin Bracken says 9 11 was a conspiracy.
Bracken said:

“I believe the official story is a conspiracy theory that doesn’t stand up to scientific scrutiny.

“In my mind the buildings were imploded.”

“Aviation fuel doesn’t get hot enough to melt steel and no high rise steel frame building before or after September 11 has ever collapsed due to fire.”

Listen to an overbearing gatekeeper, Jon Faine, attempt to rubbish the genuine concerns of an Australian trades unionist, Kevin Bracken, in an attempt to stifle any debate about the many anomalies in the official 9/11 story.

Oct 27 13:36

Bagram prison worse than Guantanamo

The US military's Bagram detention facility in Afghanistan is hidden behind a wall of secrecy and considered by many to be more questionable than the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Debra Sweet, the director of The World Can't Wait explained that those held at Bagram are unidentified, who they are is not disclosed, and their charges are unknown.

Oct 27 08:37

NATO Talks Could Be Prelude to Russian Military’s Return to Afghanistan

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, so let me get this straight; The Russians, who got clobbered in Afghanistan, are now coming back in to help pull America's chesd5mnuts out of the fire?

Oct 27 08:31

Who's to blame for torture? Lawyers probe Wikileaks logs

LONDON — It has been one of the most bitter legal debates during the so-called war on terror – who's to blame for torture and how many degrees of separation does it take to dodge a lawsuit?

Lawyers say the answer may lie in recently leaked documents, which human rights groups and some Iraqi civilians hope will be a treasure trove of evidence that could prove U.S. and other coalition forces broke a cardinal rule of international law – handing over terror suspects when they had good reason to believe the detainees would be tortured.

Oct 27 08:27

The Source of America's wars, Neocons Zionists

Oct 27 06:11

Gorbachev: Nato victory in Afghanistan impossible

The former leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, has warned Nato that victory in Afghanistan is impossible.

Mr Gorbachev said that the US had no alternative but to withdraw its forces if it wanted to avoid another Vietnam.

As Soviet leader, he pulled his troops out of Afghanistan more than 20 years ago after a 10-year war.

Oct 26 18:44

Afghanistan: Russia steps in to help Nato

Russia has agreed to return to the war in Afghanistan at the request of the Western states which helped the mujahedin to drive its forces out of the country 21 years ago.

Oct 26 08:46

Holbrooke: " We cannot win this war militarily..."!

Richard Holbrooke, the U.S. special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan, is downplaying news reports of American “peace talks” with Taliban leaders, but he acknowledges that a “pure military victory” in Afghanistan “is not possible.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The last military commander to successfully conquer Afghanistan and hang onto it was Alexander the Great, and he only managed to keep it for three years.

Oct 26 06:58

JOHN ASHCROFT’S IMMUNITY AND THE U.S. LEGAL SYSTEM – DR. LAWRENCE DAVIDSON

That John Ashcroft is the criminal and al-Kidd his victim is certain. That is how the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals sees it. That court has refused to dismiss al-Kidd’s lawsuit against Ashcroft noting that the former Attorney General can be held personally responsible for action “repugnant to the Constitution.”

Oct 26 06:36

Karzai: Blackwater behind terrorism

At a press conference in Kabul, Karzai said that US security companies have been behind explosions that have claimed the lives of women and children.

The Afghan president added that they have caused "blasts and terrorism" in different parts of Afghanistan over the past months.

The Afghan president said his administration cannot even distinguish between the bomb blasts carried out by US security firms and those of the Taliban militants.

"In fact we don't yet know how many of these blasts are by Taliban and how many are carried out by them (US security companies)."

Oct 26 05:32

Afghan Leader Admits His Office Gets Cash from Iran

KABUL, Afghanistan — President Hamid Karzai acknowledged on Monday that he regularly receives bags of cash from the Iranian government in payments amounting to millions of dollars, as evidence mounted of a worsening rift between his government and its American and NATO supporters.

Oct 25 19:09

Ongoing Iran War Preparations? Arabian Sea: Center Of West's 21st Century War

The monumental expansion of arms sales and the buildup of naval and air power in the Arabian Sea region are unprecedented. They are also alarming to the highest degree.

A quarter of the world's nuclear aircraft carriers will soon be in the Arabian Sea.

The Nimitz class nuclear-powered supercarrier USS Abraham Lincoln arrived in the region on October 17 to join the USS Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, which in turn had arrived there on June 18 as part of a regular rotation.

The Charles de Gaulle, flagship of the French navy, the country's only aircraft carrier and the sole non-American nuclear carrier, will soon join its two U.S. counterparts. The U.S. possesses half the world's twenty-two aircraft carriers, all eleven supercarriers (those displacing over 70,000 tons) and eleven of twelve nuclear carriers.

Oct 25 11:30

Youngest Guantanamo detainee pleads guilty

Khadr, 24, was accused of throwing a grenade during a 2002 firefight in Afghanistan that resulted in the death of Army Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Speer, a Special Forces medic.

Translation:
After laborious torturous we got this (then 16 year old) child soldier to admit that he threw a hand grenade on a Invading Army.

Good job Pentagon!

Oct 25 08:17

Hamid Karzai admits office gets 'bags of money' from Iran

Hamid Karzai has admitted that his chief of staff collects "bags of money" containing hundreds of thousands of euros from the Iranian government each year.

The Afghan president told a press conference that the cash was used to pay his office expenses and that he was happy to take large sums from the main regional enemy of the US, Afghanistan's most important ally.

"This is nothing hidden," Karzai said. "We are grateful for Iranian help in this regard. The United States is doing the same thing. They're providing cash to some of our offices."

Oct 25 08:05

Israel Calls To Attack America

AL QAEDA SPOKESMAN ADAM GADAHN WORKS FOR THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT, END OF STORY

Adam Gadahn, the "American Taliban," the lisping, overweight bungler continually calling for the murder of Americans is really named Adam Perlman from a family highly influential in the Anti-Defamation League. The group distributing his threats, SITE Intelligence, contracted to the American government, is run by a former IDF member whose father was executed in Iraq as a Mossad terrorist. SITE Intelligence is the source of the Osama bin Laden tapes long proven to be, not only the wrong voice, but to resemble bin Laden so little as to have become a joke.

Oct 25 00:23

GORDON DUFF: GADAHN CALL TO ATTACK AMERICANS COMES FROM ISRAEL

AL QAEDA SPOKESMAN ADAM GADAHN WORKS FOR THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT, END OF STORY

“Israeli terrorist “clones” are responsible for most hard line rhetoric, threats and, if we investigated closely, have actually recruited terrorists and directly inspired, if not planned and executed, attacks on Americans…Gadahn is part of it, so is Wikileaks”

A call to arms, demanding Muslims in America and elsewhere begin a terror campaign, was spread around the world. The message, we are told, was found on a “secret website” by an Israeli company who put it in a press release.

Oct 24 18:59

THE ISRAEL LOBBY: TARGETING DEMOCRATS FOR ELECTION DAY DEFEAT

The fury of the “pro-Israel” lobby lately has truly been something to behold.

By MJ Rosenberg – www.informationclearinghouse

The good news is that Eric Cantor is right: American Jews (not him) are liberals and Democrats. But the “pro-Israel” establishment just follows lockstep behind Prime Minister Netanyahu who wants Republicans to win in November (he has a history of supporting the GOP) and President Obama gone in 2012.

Oct 24 16:31

I attended a Conservative 9/11 event with “US wars are unlawful” flyers. 6 of 6

*hyperlinks and video live at source*

This article series explains what happened when I interacted with participants of a 9/11 event to welcome home US soldiers and honor the victims of 9/11, then provides the e-mail exchange with the sponsoring group’s leadership.

Oct 24 15:07

Oregon: Art Robinson Questioned, Clueless on Afghanistan, Iraq Truth

Art Robinson Questioned (Ron Paul, Peter DeFazio, Federal Reserve, Afghanistan War, Unions)
October 8, 2010 · Posted in TOP News
Aaron Baker asks Dr. Art Robinson about Peter DeFazio’s television add accusing Art of receiving money from Wall Street and wanting to close down all public schools forcing children to be home schooled. www. youtube. com Aaron also asks questions on the Federal Reserve, Fort Knox, Department of Education, Iraq Afghanistan War, and the Unions.

Oct 24 14:47

Increasing European-Russian convergence: the Eurasian dimension

Christopher King argues that Britain and Europe should look eastwards, towards Russia and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, and abandon the deadly embrace of the United States if they are to realize their economic potential and regain their political independence.

Oct 24 09:22

Immigrant vets face deportation despite service

SAN FRANCISCO — Up to 8,000 non-citizens enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces every year and serve alongside American troops.

If they die while serving, they are given citizenship and a military funeral. If they live and get in trouble with the law, they can get be ensnared by a 1996 immigration law that greatly expanded the list of crimes for which non-citizens can be deported.

Oct 24 09:11

Pakistan resists US push to expand terror fight

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan's foreign minister says the country's military will deal with a key Taliban sanctuary along the Afghan border on its own timeline despite U.S. pressure.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi spoke Sunday after returning from Washington following the latest round of high level strategic talks with the Obama administration.

Oct 24 06:39

Afghan heroin kills 10X more than Taliban

The war in Afghanistan continues to wage on it may not be the largest problem facing the war torn nation. Russia and the United States are teaming up to take on the Afghan drug industry which has continued to spiral out of control. Earlier, Director of the Russian Drug Control Service Victor Ivanov was in Washington to push the Americans to help eradicate poppy fields in Afghanistan.

Oct 23 10:35

Double Agent Gadahn turns up the volume; calls for attacks in U.S.

CAIRO — A U.S.-born spokesman for al-Qaida on Saturday urged Muslims living in the United States and Europe to carry out attacks there, calling it a duty and an obligation.

In a 48-minute video posted on militant websites, Adam Gadahn directed his appeal to Muslim immigrants in what he called the "miserable suburbs" of Paris, London and Detroit, as well as those traveling to the West to study or work.

Oct 23 09:49

“150,000 troops eliminate mere 0.2 per cent of drug production in Afghanistan”

Afghans are practically left to deal with drug problem on their own, says Russia’s drug control chief, Viktor Ivanov.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is interesting to note that under the rule of the Taliban, opium poppy production was pretty much eradicated.

One has to understand that there was no coincidence between the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan and the soaring opium production which happened afterward.

The only people "winning" in Afghanistan are the drug lords, and the defense contractors providing mercenaries, materials, and logistics, and that's a pretty damned depressing, but honest assessment, almost one decade in.

Oct 22 12:11

Why We're Losing the War of Terror, er, I mean "on Terror"

Everyone knows that only Muslim-lovers and left-wing peaceniks want to stop the wars in Afghanistan and other Muslim countries, that terrorism is caused by Muslim ideology, and that we're fighting them "over there" so we don't have to fight them here.

Right?

In fact, as University of Chicago professor Robert A. Pape - who specializes in international security affairs - points out:
Extensive research into the causes of suicide terrorism proves Islam isn't to blame -- the root of the problem is foreign military occupations.

Wait, what? That can't be right!

But as Pape explains:

Oct 22 09:30

BURNING THE HOLY BOOKS IS A LOATHSOME ACT: PROF. JOHN HARE

John Hare: I think that burning the sacred book of another religion is a loathsome act. I think the same is true of destroying the sacred sculptures of another religion. It is not compatible with the teaching of Christianity, as I understand it, that we should behave in these ways. This is especially true when we recognize, as we should within the Abrahamic faiths, that we worship the same God.

Oct 22 09:21

How Permanent Are America’s Afghan Bases?

Despite a pledge from the Obama administration to begin its troop drawdowns next July, this ongoing base-construction splurge, when put together with recent signals from the White House, civilians at the Pentagon, and top military commanders, including Afghan war chief General David Petraeus, suggests that the process may be drawn out over many years. During a recent interview with ABC News Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz, for instance, Petraeus affirmed the president’s July 2011 timeline, but added a crucial caveat. "It will be a pace that is determined by conditions," he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We very likely will not be leaving Afghanistan in anything which could possibly be near-term.

And the only people "winning" this war?!?

The drug lords, and the defense corporations, which make billions in supplying hired mercenaries, equipment, and logistics.

Oct 22 08:16

U.S. Marines Pounded by Taliban This Week

These officers think they are still fighting WW2.

Oct 20 16:38

We can't rely on American intelligence, so why entrust hostages' lives to US forces?

Yvonne Ridley contrasts the bungled rescue attempt of UK aid worker Linda Norgrove, which resulted in her being killed by her American "rescuers", with her own successful release from Taliban captivity following local Afghan mediation. She argues that the lesson to be learnt is "never, ever, leave the fate of a British citizen in the hands of the Americans again".

Oct 20 09:52

The War On Terror. What is it really all about?

The bottom line answer is that the "war on terror" is about creating real terrorists. The US government desperately needs real terrorists in order to justify its expansion of its wars against Muslim countries and to keep the American people sufficiently fearful that they continue to accept the police state that provides "security from terrorists," but not from the government that has discarded civil liberties.

Oct 20 08:40

Forget about those crooked bankers; I got a WAR for you to watch before the election!!!!!!!!!!

But paring away rules restricting attacks near civilians is not enough, as Gen. Petraeus, who made air strikes the centerpiece of his Iraq War strategy, seems to be determined to find more ways to emulate that strategy in Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: Foreclosuregate is dragging the economy into the center stage of the upcoming election, so Obama has to start blowing up more brown people as a distraction.

Oct 19 16:36

Linda Norgrove – victim of UK's Afghanistan policy

Christopher King argues that the botched attempt by US troops in Afghanistan to rescue British aid worker Linda Norgrove, which resulted in her being killed by her American "rescuers", should be seen as an omen for the future of London's subservience to Washington: disaster for Britain.

Oct 19 11:42

Afghan detainee 'found dead'

A detainee being held by troops from the NATO-led force in Afghanistan was found dead in his holding cell, and an investigation is underway, the force said in a statement on Monday.

The man was captured during a military operation by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Saturday and was "found dead" the following day in his cell in Kandahar province, ISAF said in a statement.

It did not give any further details.

Prisoner abuse and deaths of detainees while in the custody of foreign troops is a sensitive subject for many Afghans after U.S. troops beat to death two prisoners in 2002 at the old Bagram prison at the U.S. Bagram Air Base north of Kabul.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"He was really, really depressed!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Oct 19 09:52

HOW DRUG MONEY IS BUYING OUR NEW CONGRESS

Republicans and “Tea Party” candidates are expecting to take over congress in a very few days, a “big win” totally underwritten with drug money. There is no secret about it.

By June, $200 million in “foreign” contributions had already come into the GOP and Tea Party and not one cent of it is accounted for. It is “corporate” money, money that doesn’t have to be American, doesn’t have to be legal, money that would put any normal American in prison for years if they had one cent in their pockets.

The $200 million is laundered drug money, much from Afghanistan but much also from Mexico, those drug money cartels that are buying America’s Southwest, the same cartels that did so well during the Bush years when the border with Mexico was open and totally unwatched.

Oct 19 00:57

GORDON DUFF: HOW DRUG MONEY IS BUYING OUR NEW CONGRESS

SUPREME COURT RULING A DRUG MONEY BARONS DREAM

Republicans and “Tea Party” candidates are expecting to take over congress in a very few days, a “big win” totally underwritten with drug money. There is no secret about it.

By June, $200 million in “foreign” contributions had already come into the GOP and Tea Party and not one cent of it is accounted for. It is “corporate” money, money that doesn’t have to be American, doesn’t have to be legal, money that would put any normal American in prison for years if they had one cent in their pockets.

Oct 18 22:59

MAIDHC Ó CATHAIL: Pentagon Author Exposes Zelikow’s Key Role in 9/11 Cover-Up

During a fact-finding mission to Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, Zelikow’s team was briefed by Shaffer on Able Danger, a DIA data mining project that had allegedly identified Mohammed Atta as a threat to the U.S. a year before 9/11.

Oct 18 13:10

How Drug Money Is Buying Our New Congress

Republicans and “Tea Party” candidates are expecting to take over congress in a very few days, a “big win” totally underwritten with drug money. There is no secret about it.

By June, $200 million in “foreign” contributions had already come into the GOP and Tea Party and not one cent of it is accounted for. It is “corporate” money, money that doesn’t have to be American, doesn’t have to be legal, money that would put any normal American in prison for years if they had one cent in their pockets.

Oct 18 11:50

Dirty War in Afghanistan

In the past year, those strikes have killed more than 300 people (perhaps as many as 700) who are invariably described by the U.S. news media as suspected insurgents, or militants, or terrorists, or jihadists – or as collateral damage, people killed by accident. There is never any distinction made between Afghan nationalists fighting the U.S. occupation of their country and real terrorists who have inflicted intentional violence against civilians to achieve a political objective (the classic definition of terrorism).

Oct 18 11:27

Pervasive Fraud: A Quarter of Afghan Votes to Be Thrown Out

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By golly, we have brought American-style Democracy to those people!!!

Oct 18 08:48

Report Shows Drones Strikes Based on Scant Evidence

A new report on civilian casualties in the war in Pakistan has revealed direct evidence that a house was targeted for a drone attack merely because it had been visited by a group of Taliban soldiers.

The report came shortly after publication of the results of a survey of opinion within the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan showing overwhelming popular opposition to the drone strikes and majority support for suicide attacks on U.S. forces under some circumstances.

Meanwhile, data on targeting of the drone strikes in Pakistan indicate that they have now become primarily an adjunct of the U.S. war in Afghanistan, targeting almost entirely militant groups involved in the Afghan insurgency rather than al Qaeda officials involved in plotting global terrorism.

Oct 18 02:36

JEFF GATES: HATE MONGERS AMONG US (4 PART VIDEO)

By Jeff Gates

I write to share with you four recent YouTube videos (links below) prepared by a colleague who added photos, film footage and humor to a series of analyses published last month titled “The Hate Mongers Among Us” — chronicling how Zionists create serial conflicts while profiting off the misery of both sides.

Oct 17 16:12

THE UNITED STATES FIGHTS AND PAYS FOR ISRAEL'S WARS - MAIDHC O'CATHAIL

Charles Freeman recently stated, “Only a peace process that is protected from Israel’s ability to manipulate American politics can succeed.” So, to paraphrase the neocons, the road to Jerusalem leads through Washington. As long as the Lobby holds sway inside the Beltway, Israel can do what it likes in the West Bank and Gaza.

Oct 17 05:33

MUSLIMS NEED TO COUNTER GROWING ISRAELI NAZISM, WEST WON’T DO THE JOB FOR THEM

In the final analysis, the US is a little whore that is tightly controlled by the Jewish lobbies. Didn’t Sharon tell Shimon Peres that “We control America and the stupid Americans know it?”

Oct 16 21:40

WikiLeaks' Biggest Document Dump Yet Coming Monday: What to Expect

(Oct. 15) -- It's happening again ... only bigger.

On Monday, the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks will release nearly 400,000 pages worth of classified U.S. Army documents on the war in Iraq, making it the single largest military leak in U.S. history. The number of documents will dwarf the 77,000 pages of sensitive material on the war in Afghanistan that WikiLeaks released in July.

Oct 16 17:30

Pentagon author exposes Zelikow’s key role in 9/11 cover-up

Maidhc Ó Cathail views recent evidence provided by a former US intelligence official indicating that Philip Zelikov, executive director of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States, had deliberately withheld key evidence from the 9/11 Commission.

Oct 16 14:55

Troops 'overwhelmed and cannot defeat Taliban'

THE Taliban have ''overwhelmed'' foreign troops and cannot be defeated by military means, one of Australia's top combat soldiers has warned.

Brigadier Mark Smethurst says securing Afghanistan could take decades, but success is uncertain without a fundamental change in strategy.

Oct 16 13:57

'Black Jail' Mystery: New abuse scandal points at secret US Afghan prison

The facility dubbed the 'Black Jail' is thought to be located at Bagram airbase. The U.S. military denies the detention centre even exists.

Philip Giraldi, a former CIA officer, says Obama's administration is worse than his predecessor, when it comes to detainees in Afghanistan.

Oct 16 13:56

GORDON DUFF: WHEN WILL THE CRIMES OF 9/11 END?

DISINFORMATION, SPYING, INTIMIDATION, THE BIGGEST COVER-UP IN AMERICAN HISTORY

There are so many theories around regarding 9/11, with government paid “shills” coming up with a new and crazier version almost weekly. For every pronouncement about Al Qaeda and hijackers the government makes overtly, they make ten pronouncements about space aliens and cosmic death rays on the internet.

We know they do it, they have been caught repeatedly. These are the actions of a police state.

I am not ready to comprehensively discuss all the reasons that 9/11 is such a disgusting subject. Suffice it to say that the naked lies the government has foisted on the public for so long are both irrational and patently insane. This is where Khalezov shines. He has a way of cutting through the manure.

Oct 16 13:15

Only 37% of Americans Support Afghan War

The other 63% work in the Pentagon

Oct 16 12:24

MAIDHC Ó CATHAIL: Pentagon Author Exposes Zelikow’s Key Role in 9/11 Cover-Up

In an interview on the Fox Business Network, a retired U.S. intelligence officer accused the official in charge of the 9/11 Commission of a cover-up of intelligence failures leading up to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

Appearing on the political talk show Freedom Watch, Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, a former Defense Intelligence Agency officer and the author of Operation Dark Heart, a much-hyped new book on the war in Afghanistan, spoke about his mid-October 2003 encounter with Dr. Philip Zelikow, then executive director of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States.

Oct 16 02:23

PENTAGON AUTHOR EXPOSES ZELIKOW'S KEY ROLE IN 9/11 COVER-UP

Parenthetically, the “Mohammed Atta” identified by Able Danger may have been an imposter operating under a stolen identity, as occurred in the assassination of a senior Hamas official in Dubai. In an interview with a German newspaper, reported by the Guardian, Mohammed Atta’s father claimed that his son had nothing to do with the attacks and was still alive a year after 9/11.

Oct 16 01:10

The War On Terror

The bottom line answer is that the “war on terror” is about creating real terrorists. The US government desperately needs real terrorists in order to justify its expansion of its wars against Muslim countries and to keep the American people sufficiently fearful that they continue to accept the police state that provides “security from terrorists,” but not from the government that has discarded civil liberties.

The US government creates terrorists by invading Muslim countries, wrecking infrastructure and killing vast numbers of civilians. The US also creates terrorists by installing puppet governments to rule over Muslims and by using the puppet governments to murder and persecute citizens as is occurring on a vast scale in Pakistan today.

Oct 15 21:31

GEORGE GALLOWAY FLIES TO TORONTO AFTER FEDERAL COURT DECISION

By James Clark — rabble.ca

Eighteen months ago, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney blocked then-British MP George Galloway from Canada, labeling him a terror supporter and a national security risk. At the time, Galloway was scheduled to appear in four Canadian cities on a speaking tour called “Resisting War: from Gaza to Afghanistan.”

This week, after Federal Court Justice Richard Mosley issued his 60-page decision on the matter, Galloway and his supporters were fully vindicated.

Oct 15 18:36

FRANKLIN LAMB: AHMEDINEJAD IN LEBANON

Qana near the border with Palestine;
He came, he saw, he conquered.

By Franklin Lamb — My Catbird Seat –

As he watched the Iranian President blow kisses to cleaning workers at Beirut’s airport during his departure for Iran early this morning, a Lebanese Christian historian commented “This Persian’s glory at the moment is arguably greater than Caesars following Rome’s second conquest of Britain”.

The throngs were cheering, waving, and shouting their admiration. Local media used descriptive words like “rock star, rapturous, massive affection,” to describe his reception.

Oct 15 11:58

FLASHBACK: USAF Pilots Given Amphetamines

"If they can't work around the scheduling, and people have to "work" extended hours,then dextro-amphetamine is approved," said Betty Anne Mauger, a public affairs officer with the USAF Surgeon General.

Oct 15 11:25

FRANKLIN LAMB: AHMEDINEJAD IN LEBANON

Qana near the border with Palestine; He came, he saw, he conquered.

By Franklin Lamb — Veterans Today

As he watched the Iranian President blow kisses to cleaning workers at Beirut’s airport during his departure for Iran early this morning, a Lebanese Christian historian commented “This Persian’s glory at the moment is arguably greater than Caesars following Rome’s second conquest of Britain”.

The throngs were cheering, waving, and shouting their admiration. Local media used descriptive words like “rock star, rapturous, massive affection,” to describe his reception.

Oct 15 10:46

Soldier silenced for testimony in Afghan killings probe

First, Justin Stoner blew the whistle on his platoon. Now, the Army apparently wants to silence him.

In photos obtained by CNN, Stoner sports bruises and abrasions on his back, chest and near his neck -- the marks of a beating inflicted by fellow soldiers as payback for reporting their rampant hashish use, the Army said.

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From the time of the Crusades, the world has known what people high on hashish are capable of doing, as they are not inhibited by any moral considerations whatsoever.

In fact, the word "Assassin" comes from originally from the Arabic word "Hashashin" which translates as "trained killer".

It is possible that this is only the tip of the iceberg, in terms of other possible atrocities committed by US troops; if this is how the Afghans perceive all American military, there is absolutely no way the US can ever "win hearts and minds" here

Oct 15 08:06

17 NATO Troops Killed in Afghanistan in Last 3 Days

Oct 14 10:43

Afghan civilian war injuries double in Kandahar conflict

Wounded patients flooding into hospitals, says Red Cross, while fighting is stopping the sick getting basic medical care

The number of Afghan civilians hospitalised for serious war wounds has doubled in 12 months in Kandahar, the focus of an ongoing US-led campaign against Taliban strongholds.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are fighting a war herewhich cannot be won militarily.

Every time an innocent civilian is killed or maimed, courtesy of US and NATO firepower, it is simply pushing those left standing into the waiting embrace of the insurgency.

The Afghan people do not "hate us because we are free": they hate us because we're killing and maiming their moms, grandfathers, sisters, cousins, and aunts.

They see the US and NATO as occupying forces, and they want their country back.

Oct 14 08:01

British aid worker had ESCAPED Taliban captors and was in foetal position when elite troops detonated grenade

A British aid worker who died during a botched raid on the compound where she was being held hostage had escaped her captors and was hiding when a U.S. grenade killed her.

Linda Norgrove was cowering in a foetal position when troops detonated the deadly grenade.

Now an elite U.S. commando is facing disciplinary action over the death of the 36-year-old after it emerged he failed to tell his commanding officers he had used a grenade.

Oct 14 07:34

9 Years of U.S. Lies and Failures in Afghanistan

This month sadly marks the date of the U.S.-UK invasion of Afghanistan. Most people are coming to the realization that there is something wrong with the picture in the post September 11,2001 delusion where Americans just sat back and let DC pretend to Defend America without even asking why the U.S. and UK had been planning to attack Afghanistan well before that date.

Oct 14 05:20

The Taliban has an air force? Witnesses report seeing surrounded Taliban forces rescued by chopper.

Helicopter Rumour Refuses to Die
Many Afghans believe foreign forces providing support for insurgents in the north.

“Just when the police and army managed to surround the Taleban in a village of Qala-e-Zaal district, we saw helicopters land with support teams,” he said. “They managed to rescue their friends from our encirclement, and even to inflict defeat on the Afghan National Army.”

This story, in one form or another, is being repeated throughout northern Afghanistan. Dozens of people claim to have seen Taleban fighters disembark from foreign helicopters in several provinces. The local talk is of the insurgency being consciously moved north, with international troops ferrying fighters in from the volatile south, to create mayhem in a new location.

Oct 14 04:54

Sibel Edmonds: Friends-Enemies-Both? Our Foreign Policy Riddle

The problem is this: without the Cold War excuse our foreign policymakers had a real hard time justifying our joint operations and terrorism schemes in the resource-rich ex Soviet states with these same groups, so they made sure they kept these policies unwritten and unspoken, and considering their grip on the mainstream media, largely unreported. Now what would your response be if I were to say, on the record, and if required, under oath:

Between 1996 and 2002, we, the United States, planned, financed and help execute every single major terrorist incident by Chechen rebels (and the Mujahideen) against Russia

Between 1996 and 2002, we, the United States, planned, financed and help execute every single uprising and terrorism related scheme in Xinxiang (aka East Turkistan and Uyghurstan)

Between 1996 and 2002, we, the United States, planned and carried out at least two assassination schemes against pro Russia officials in Azerbaijan

Oct 13 19:05

In Afghanistan, the Handwriting Is on the Wall

At the other end of the equation, modern armies and sophisticated equipment consume huge quantities of everything from peanut butter to electric batteries. All that body armor and those computer consoles, not to mention shells and rockets, adds up to great weight and volume. Many posts can be reached only by helicopter. Aviation fuel is at a premium, gasoline an equally daunting necessity -- not just for vehicles but for the electric generators that power American bases. Requirements in fact rule out certain kinds of equipment -- few Abrams tanks are in the theater, for example -- vehicles that measure gas consumption in gallons per mile. Concerned about the price of gas for your car? It costs $400 to put one gallon of gas on the ground in certain places in Afghanistan. In 2009, according to Pentagon estimates, allied forces were consuming over half a million gallons of gasoline per day, a figure that nearly doubled before the new "surge" troops began reaching the country. During the Vietnam war the Pentagon calculated that every soldier in-country represented $7,000 in the war budget. For Afghanistan that figure is $1,000,000.

Oct 13 14:43

Crash in Afghanistan Shows US Double-standard in Dealing with Weapons Smugglers

The crash of a Transafrik International Hercules L-100 (C-130 military designation) cargo plane, tail number 5X-TUC, while flying from the U.S. airbase at Bagram, Afghanistan to Kabul, killing all 8 crew aboard, points to the double standard of the United States in contracting military air services to companies linked to arms smuggling.

Oct 13 09:12

Six Foreign Troops Killed in Afghanistan Attacks

Six foreign troops were killed in 3 separate attacks in Afghanistan on Wednesday......

Oct 13 08:56

Petraeus Ushers in Dramatic Increase in Afghan Air Strikes

Petraeus had been a major proponent of air strikes in Iraq despite the danger to the civilian population, and given that his entire strategy seems to be to shoehorn Iraq into Afghanistan wherever possible (and in many cases where it isn’t possible) it is perhaps unsurprising to see the increase in attacks, and the growing number of resultant civilian casualties in Petraeus’ Afghanistan.

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One has to wonder when the phrase "body count" will re-emerge on corporate news coverage of this war, as it did during the Vietnam War.

Oct 13 08:54

Red Cross: Civilian Toll Soars in Southern Afghanistan

A new report by the International Committee of the Red Cross warned today that civilian casualties are soaring in Southern Afghanistan, and that those directly wounded are a comparatively minor part of the problem.

The statement also warned that the escalation of fighting and deteriorating security across the nation is making it more and more difficult to maintain presences in Afghanistan. Death tolls in the war have been at record levels this year, in the wake of the December escalation of the NATO occupation.

The Red Cross report comes at a particularly inopportune time for NATO, as they issued their own report today claiming that the civilian death toll in the war was in “sharp decline.”

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Right now, I would be rather inclined to believe the Red Cross report, rather than that of NATO.

Oct 13 08:08

'We were ready to negotiate for Linda Norgrove when rescue bid began' claim

A delegation of Afghan elders tasked with negotiating the freedom of British hostage Linda Norgrove was close to the mountain hut where she was being held when US special forces launched the rescue mission that resulted in her death, Afghan officials said yesterday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Little too much of that "John Wayne" approach to the problem.

Oct 13 07:04

Americans want end to an insane war

Instead of eliminating or curbing terrorism, the US has let the monster of terrorism spread from Afghanistan to every corner of the world. Instead of making the world secure it has made it unsafe. It has become the longest and costliest war and still there is no light at the end of tunnel. The war has bled US economy white, shattered its image of invincibility, smeared its prestige, made life of every American vulnerable and cast a gloom. Situation has gone so bad that American strategists have run out of options. There is no clear cut strategy how to wind up the war and ensure safe return of 150000 foreign troops

Oct 13 06:58

Whitewash fear for Afghanistan kidnap inquiry as MPs express concern about chief investigator

Fears were mounting last night that the inquiry into the death of kidnapped aid worker Linda Norgrove during a U.S. rescue mission will turn into a ‘whitewash’.

MPs and military experts are concerned that the investigation to establish how Miss Norgrove was killed is being led by U.S. special forces chief Major General Joseph Votel.

Oct 13 03:06

They Hate Us For Our Occupations

In 2004, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld commissioned a task force to study what causes Terrorism, and it concluded that "Muslims do not 'hate our freedom,' but rather, they hate our policies": specifically, "American direct intervention in the Muslim world" through our "one sided support in favor of Israel"; support for Islamic tyrannies in places like Egypt and Saudi Arabia; and, most of all, "the American occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan" (the full report is here). Now, a new, comprehensive study from Robert Pape, a University of Chicago political science professor and former Air Force lecturer, substantiates what is (a) already bleedingly obvious and (b) known to the U.S.

Oct 12 09:58

Hamid Karzai confirms talks with Taliban

President Hamid Karzai confirmed today that his government has been in informal talks with the Taliban on securing peace in Afghanistan "for quite some time" - the latest in a series of high-level acknowledgements of contacts with the insurgent group.

Oct 12 08:02

Opium crop grows near troop base

MORE than half the fields surrounding the main Australian base in Afghanistan are being used to grow opium poppies, as coalition forces struggle to ween locals off the lucrative crop.

Locals question why troops and police have failed to crack down on the semi-open sale of the poppies, according to the report of a respected non-governmental organisation.

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When the Taliban was in control,the opium trade was shut down. Possession or sale was a death-penalty crime. Now that the US is in control of some regions of Afghanistan, the opium poppies are flourishing and heroin once again pours into the streets of America.

Oct 12 02:04

PHILIP GIRALDI: THE RETURN OF SANDY BERGER

General Jones was initially taken on by the Obama Administration because of his reputation as an independent thinker who would provide the best advice based on actual national security priorities. He has done that and, together with Admiral Mike Mullen on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has advised caution regarding possible conflict with Iran, placing him at odds with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Donilon, who has no actual experience in national security or foreign policy formulation apart from working on several staffs, is a lawyer by training and a Washington lobbyist.

By Philip Giraldi

Oct 11 10:00

Canadian military ordered out of UAE

Bye-bye Dubai: MacKay confirms Canadian military ordered out of UAE

Oct 11 08:35

Aid worker Linda Norgrove may have been killed by US troops

British aid worker Linda Norgrove may have been killed by a grenade thrown by US troops trying to rescue her from Taliban kidnappers in Afghanistan, David Cameron said today.

Oct 11 08:32

JEFF GATES: ‘The Hate Mongers Among Us’ [VIDEOS]

In this latest Criminal State Series — ‘The Hate Mongers Among Us,’ the author of Guilt By Association, Jeff Gates, pretty much sums it up — All well-timed agent provocateur stunts designed to advance the latest narrative — and all traceable to the identical ideological core and as usual, the power of association is once again deployed to wage war on the U.S in plain sight — with the usual suspects blaming the U.S., many of them alleged “progressives.” Brilliant war-waging strategy—in a typically psychopathic sort of way.

Oct 11 08:21

Taliban capture US base in Afghanistan

Taliban militants have claimed that they have driven US troops out of a military outpost in Afghanistan's northeastern Kunar Province.

They also said that the Americans fled the military outpost in Kunar's Marawara district in helicopters on Monday.

A senior Taliban commander said the group is now in full control of the district where the outpost is located.

Oct 11 07:02

Linda Norgrove: aid worker 'killed by friendly fire'

It had initially been reported that Miss Norgrove died after her rebel captors detonated a suicide vest as American troops closed in on them.

The victim's parents have demanded a full explanation for the events surrounding her capture and failed rescue, amid claims that her release could have been negotiated.

Oct 11 05:24

Tom Donilon: The Last Best Hope to Help Obama Make Vital Strategic Leaps

By Steve Clemons –

Recently I met with David Rothkopf, Foreign Policy blogger and one of Washington’s premier chroniclers of American national security personalities and architecture, for lunch and discussed with him who President Obama’s next National Security Advisor should be.

While the Obama administration has had some serious strategic trip-ups, particularly in Israel-Palestine deal making, the fact is that Donilon’s furious, competent pace has kept the country and the White House afloat and kept the system from taking on too much water and getting bogged down.

Oct 10 16:30

GORDON DUFF: UPCOMING ELECTION, FOREIGN CRIMINAL SYNDICATES BUYING AMERICA’S GOVERNMENT

FLASH: FOX NEWS EXPOSES 9/11 COVER-UP (VIDEO)

“The Supreme Court created a new “corporate” nobility where, in place of “divine right” , a sub-human species, a parasitic class, congress, lobbyists, the Pentagon, the organs of state security, all bowing and scraping to their masters in China, Israel, Saudi Arabia and London. They have attached themselves like leeches, sucking the life out of America.

…the Bush presidency was illegal and all acts under his authority are, according to the constitution as written, “null and void.” If only we could bring the thousands, the millions who died because of this genuinely criminal act back to life.“

Oct 10 10:23

US on an Afghan road to nowhere

Taking longer to achieve less than we initially intended is also costing far more than anyone ever imagined. In 2003, White House economic adviser Lawrence Lindsey suggested that invading Iraq might run up a tab of as much as US$200 billion - a seemingly astronomical sum. Although Lindsey soon found himself out of a job as a result, he turned out to be a piker. The bill for our post-9/11 wars already exceeds a trillion dollars, all of it piled atop our mushrooming national debt. Helped in no small measure by Obama's war policies, the meter is still running.

So are we almost there yet? Not even. The truth is we're lost in the desert, careening down an unmarked road, odometer busted, GPS

Oct 09 17:01

Americans hate flowers

The Nightmare: The Iraq Invasion's Atrocities, Unearthing the Unthinkable

I thought again of the Iraqi child, whose parents had a beautiful garden, who showed a friend and I her drawing book, before the invasion. One picture had an abundance of flowers, carefully colored, in numerous hues, on the side were American soldiers - shooting at the flowers. "Why are the soldiers shooting the flowers?" We asked. "Because Americans hate flowers", she replied solemnly. It was a deeply saddening moment, that she represented so many children, who saw American as representing only wrath, fear and deprivation. She knew nothing of those Americans who had worked tirelessly to reverse the situation. If she has survived, she will be a young adult. She is unlikely to have changed her views.

Oct 09 16:52

Reaping what you sow: how US policies breed terror

Paul J. Balles argues that rather than blame the reactions of "extremists" on Islam, Americans ought to look at their own unjust and murderous policies in the Middle East and Afghanistan as causes of “terrorism”.

Oct 09 13:06

The Karzai Family Fortune, Courtesy of U.S. Taxpayers

The average Afghan — and, indeed, the average American — may be deriving very little benefit from the United States’ continued occupation of Afghanistan and the billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars that continue to be poured into that country, but in both countries the well-connected make out quite handsomely. In Afghanistan, the key to prosperity and power, it seems, is having the surname of Karzai, as in President Hamid Karzai.

“In recent years,” the New York Times’ James Risen reports, “dozens of Karzai family members and close allies have taken government jobs, pursued business interests or worked as contractors to the United States government, allowing them to shape policy or financially benefit from it.”

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Your tax dollars at work, folks.

And apparently, there is absolutely zero Congressional oversight as to how the money for these projects get spent.

Oct 09 13:01

Afghanistan: War without end

There is a clear and pressing need to end the monumental folly of prosecuting a war in Afghanistan.

The war could continue simply because its momentum is now unstoppable.

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And who actually wins, in this war without end?

Not the citizens of the US or NATO countries; indeed, we are collectively less safe than we were before the war against Afghanistan was initiated.

It is not the Afghan people, desperately poor, and dealing with a dysfunctional, corrupt government, the members of which are so crooked they have to screw their socks on in the morning.

From the inception of this war to the present, the only people "winning" have been the huge defense contractors which provide hired mercenaries, supplies, and logistics, and the drug dealers.

That is an ugly, and dismal, assessment, considering all the blood and money spent here; but it is the truth.

Oct 09 09:42

NATO Commander: New Europe Threat Justifies Afghan War

US Admiral James G. Stavridis, the current head of EUCOM who also holds the needlessly pompous title of NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander for Europe discussed the largely nebulous terror threat against Europe, insisting it justifies the ongoing war in Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but is this man absolutely barking mad?!?

What this war is and has always been about is potential private profit from a publicly funded war. The spoils were to have been from the installation of pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil, drug profits, defense contractors' profits, and profits from the huge mineral resources which abound here.

Nearly 10 years on, the profits being seen from this war have primarily gone to the defense contractors and drug dealers.

As reported at:

http://www.nationalpriorities.org/2009/1/11/Cost-of-war-tallies-through-FY2010

The cost of war in Afghanistan from 2001 to present is over three hundred fifty-three billion (with a B), and escalating rapidly.

The war has been of absolutely no benefit to the American people in terms of enhancing the security of this country, nor has it created any degree of stabilization in Afghanistan; in fact, it has done just the opposite.

People in Afghanistan and beyond don't "hate us because we are free": they hate us because, on a daily basis, they are seeing their wives, kids, friends, and loved ones being exterminated or maimed for life who are not in any way insurgents.

But what this approach has done (as it inevitably would) has been to push those left standing into the waiting embrace of the insurgents.

There is one classical definition of insanity, and that is repeating the same thing, again and again, and expecting a different outcome.

It appears that the White House, State Department, and Pentagon are in absolute lock step in doing this in their policies toward Afghanistan. They are locked in a militarily unwinnable situation, but don't know what to do, except to keep doing what has not worked for almost a decade.

Of course, for the DOD and Pentagon, perpetual war guarantees one thing: perpetual funding.

What this country needs is a Department of Peace, which would be tasked as to how to achieve geopolitical outcomes without resorting to war.

Of course, that would be logical.

Oct 09 08:31

Kidnapped British aid worker killed in Afghanistan in failed rescue mission by U.S. special forces

A British aid worker captured in Afghanistan last month has been killed in a failed rescue mission.

Foreign Secretary William Hague confirmed today that Linda Norgrove, 36, was killed by her captors during a raid thought to have been carried out by by U.S. special forces and Afghan troops on Friday night.

Oct 09 05:49

NATO Air Strike Kills 6 Security Force Members in Afghanistan

Protest in Khost Province as NATO pledges investigation.

I guess not being able to do drone driveby shootings in Pakistan, has the NATO commanders frustrated. Gotta kill somebody!

Oct 08 18:44

Empire Going Mad

The sky over Pashtun Afghanistan would be dark with manned and unmanned coalition aircraft-targeting not only terrorists but, as necessary, the new Taliban government in all its dimensions.

Oct 08 15:29

GORDON DUFF: UNRELINQUISHED POWER, THE MILITARY COUP WE NEVER SAW

“9/11 WAS ONLY ONE OPERATION…”

“Initially, groups, Zionists, “banksters” and con men of all kinds rushed to the side of the neocons, seeing them as “hapless bumpkins” both naive and “on the make.” It was believed that, behind every “family values” type was a thief, a child molester or an ambitious “sell out” looking to exploit the stupidity of those around them and prey on fear and ignorance…and to a large extent, this has been correct.”

Oct 08 12:00

Al-Qaeda or Al-Tricko? 'US cries wolf to rev up world for dominance war'

European intelligence officials and senior Pakistan diplomats have accused the U.S. of crying wolf after it issued a terror alert for Europe earlier this week. The UK's Guardian newspaper goes on to allege the actual purpose of the alert was to justify a recent increase in drone attacks inside Pakistan. American-German historian F. William Engdahl, says the timing of the terror alerts has led to a questioniong of U.S. motives...

Oct 08 09:19

PRESIDENT OBAMA ADDRESSES THE NATION …. TEN YEARS OF A SENSELESS WAR

Nine years ago today we invaded the nation of Afghanistan. I’d just turned 40. I had a Discman and an Oldsmobile and had gotten really into LiveJournal. That was a long time ago. It was so long ago, does anybody remember why we’re even there? I think everyone wanted to capture Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice. But he got away sometime in the first month or so. He left. We stayed. Looking back now, that makes no sense.

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Oct 08 07:03

U.S. is lining the Taliban's pockets by spending millions of dollars on private security in Afghanistan

Heavy US reliance on private security in Afghanistan has helped to line the pockets of the Taliban with millions of dollars.

It also threatens the safety of coalition troops because contractors often do not vet local recruits and wind up hiring warlords and thugs, US Senate investigators said.

Oct 08 06:57

US-Afghan war unconstitutional

After the attacks on September 11, 2001, the United States declared war against Osama Bin-Laden and Al-Qaeda. October 7, marked the 9th anniversary of the United States invasion into Afghanistan. The question remains all these years later, why is the United States still in Afghanistan almost a decade later? A panel of Phyllis Bennis a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and Iraq War veteran Adam Kokesh agree that imposing the US view of big government on the world is wrong and there is a failure of American foreign policy throughout the world.

Oct 07 23:59

THE CRIMINALITY OF NUCLEAR DETERANCE

By Francis A. Boyle to My Catbird Seat –

The world is at the precipice of another world war. Today the United States government is threatening to attack Iran under the completely bogus pretext that they might have a nuclear weapon, which the International Atomic Energy has said is simply not true. If they attack Iran with the Israelis, a British think-tank has predicted they could exterminate 2.8 million Iranians! They are fully prepared — the Americans and the Israelis — to use tactical nuclear weapons.

Oct 07 22:02

The Long War: Year Ten

Happy Anniversary, America. Nine years ago today -- on October 7, 2001 -- a series of U.S. air strikes against targets across Afghanistan launched the opening campaign of what has since become the nation’s longest war.

Oct 07 16:11

Report: US Contractors Hired Iranian Spies, Taliban, Warlords To Guard US Troops In Afghanistan

A scathing Senate report says US contractors in Afghanistan have hired warlords, "thugs," Taliban commanders and even Iranian spies to provide security at vulnerable US military outposts in Afghanistan. The report, published by the Senate Armed Services Committee, says lax oversight and "systemic failures" have led to "grave risks' to US forces, including instances where contractors have employed Afghan subcontractors who were "linked to murder, kidnapping and bribery, as well as Taliban and anti-coalition activities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And I would be willing to bet you real money that the contractors who received those contracts greased a lot of governmental palms to get them!

You'd think that the physical, informational, and institutional safety of our men and women in uniform in Afghanistan would be of paramount importance; obviously it isn't, and these people were - and are - expendable to this Administration.

Had Levin and his group actually been paying attention to this issue (in light of the fact that he has served on the Armed Services Committee since 2007), this bloody wouldn't have happened in the first place.

Oct 07 15:59

STEPHEN WALT: Why defense spending won’t go down much

Q. How can you tell when William Kristol is giving bad policy advice?
A. His lips are moving. Or he’s typing. Or he’s writing an open letter for a bunch of hawks to sign. Or launching some new letterhead organization.

Oct 07 15:10

Afghanistan Not as Safe as Projected

The situation for Swedish troops in Afghanistan might not be as safe as the military has previously admitted, according a Swedish newspaper investigation. While politicians at home are talking about a stabilization of the situation, troops in the country come under attack more often than ever.

Since May this year Swedish troops have been involved in at least 30 serious battles and 15 bomb attacks have been directed against Swedish troops in northern Afghanistan, writes Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet.

According to the newspaper, officials at the Swedish Armed Forces are trying to keep information about the increasingly volatile situation from the public, referring to “every bullet fired” as “political dynamite.”

Oct 07 07:57

US publicly criticises Pakistani efforts against terror

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/8046987/US-pub...

The White House has made an unprecedented public criticism of Pakistani efforts against terror, accusing Islamabad of avoiding "direct conflict" with the Afghan Taliban and al-Qaeda militants.

In a report being sent to Congress this week, the Obama administration also admitted that the US troop surge in Afghanistan has so far achieved only modest success.

Oct 07 07:10

The war in Afghanistan today enters its 10th year

The war in Afghanistan today enters its 10th year, with little sign of an end.

Extra American troops may now be in place, but public support for the campaign is slipping rapidly, with about two-thousand NATO troops killed in the conflict. It's a critical time for the U.S.-led campaign, as it struggles to turn around the fight against the Taliban, ahead of the expected withdrawal of international forces next year. Afghan officials continue to back the coalition's efforts, but even they admit that after all this time there's still no tangible result. And, as RT's Paula Slier reports, the online antics of American soldiers are hardly helping matters.

Oct 07 07:07

NATO Under Attack: Over 50 tankers burn in new twin strikes in Pakistan

Gunmen have set fire to at least 55 fuel tankers and killed a driver in two separate attacks on NATO convoys taking supplies to coalition forces in Afghanistan. The strikes in southwestern Pakistan are the latest in the string of attacks since the country closed a key border crossing point almost a week ago after a NATO helicopter attack...

Oct 06 22:08

White House voices support for talks with Taliban

President Barack Obama supports recent attempts by the Afghan government to open peace talks with Taliban leaders, but still wants the insurgents to renounce violence and their support of al-Qaida, the White House said Wednesday.

Oct 06 22:05

Obama Backs U.S. Lead in Afghanistan Till 2014

2014 is the new 2011

This won’t make President Obama’s anti-war base very happy: The White House sent word late last night that Obama is backing Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s goal of having Afghan forces lead security operations there — in 2014.

Oct 06 20:43

MAIDHC Ó CATHAIL: Al-Qaeda’s Suspect Humanitarianism

Is bin Laden’s concern for flood victims a ruse to destabilise Pakistan?

AP’s sole source for the 11-minute tape, with the oddly contemplative title “Reflections on the Method of Relief Work,” is SITE Intelligence Group. The U.S.-based group, which purportedly “monitors jihadi forums,” provided AP with a copy of the message that it claims was posted on unnamed “Islamic militant websites.”

There are questions, however, about whether SITE Intelligence is the most objective source of information about terrorism.

SITE co-founder Rita Katz, an Israeli Defense Forces veteran, is an Iraqi-born Jew,

Oct 06 19:08

Kenneth O’Keefe, Former U.S. Marine Criticizes Lies Behind U.S. Helping Israel

Can we believe that those people who are defending themselves in their homeland are the terrorists and we somehow are innocent?” he said. “It is exactly the opposite. We are the terrorists and we are funding state-sponsored terrorism.”

Oct 06 10:15

Pentagon: More War Will Promote Reconciliation

Speaking today at a Defense Department briefing, Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell insisted that there was no chance in the near term for reconciliation with the Taliban and that the only thing that could promote such a move was more conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity!

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