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Apr 27 09:25

US Helicopter Shot Down in Afghanistan: 13 Americans Dead

A low flying U.S Apache helicopter was reportedly shot down by the Taliban while hovering over Safid Khak district of Afghanistan’s Farah province in the late morning hours of the Sunday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When the Mujaheddin started being able to shoot down the Soviet helicopters, the USSR's defeat became certain.

Apr 26 09:13

American military creating an environmental disaster in Afghan countryside

The American military presence in Afghanistan consists of fleets of aircraft, helicopters, armored vehicles, weapons, equipment, troops and facilities. Since 2001, they have generated millions of kilograms of hazardous, toxic and radioactive wastes. The Kabul Press asks the simple question:

"What have the Americans done with all that waste?"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The short answer is, we have left that waste which is going to poison the countryside - and the people - of Afghanistan for decades.

Apr 26 08:41

Afghans May Block NATO Offensive in Kandahar Over Civilian Deaths

An official for the Afghan government today reiterated the threat to block the NATO offensive against the major southern city of Kandahar, warning that the alliance would have to guarantee that civilians would be protected in the offensive.

Whether or not the Afghan government will have any actual say of the matter is unclear, however, and US forces seem to be stepping up attacks in the area in anticipation of the June offensive.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There will be a moment when the US and NATO will have to declare victory, and come home, no matter whether any true "victory" can said to have been won (except for the drug lords, and the companies providing mercenaries and supplies).

The invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, nearly 9 years on, is no closer to achieving the goal of installing the pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil - for private profit - than it was when the war started.

At the end of the day, the West is going to have to leave, and negotiate with whatever Afghan government is left standing for the pipeline rights, just as the Bush administration was attempting to do as late as August of 2001.

Let us hope, this time, however, that the cost in blood and money from this obscene and immoral military fiasco will have taught the US government that negotiation is always a better option than war.

Apr 26 08:30

Indo-Pakistan proxy war heats up in Afghanistan

"This is a delicate game going on here," said Daoud Muradian, a senior adviser to the Afghan Foreign Ministry. He spoke wearily about how Afghanistan, a mountainous crossroads linking South Asia, the Middle East and Central Asia, has for centuries often been little more than a stage for other countries' power struggles. "We don't want to be forced to choose between India and Pakistan."

For both India and Pakistan, Afghanistan is an exceedingly valuable prize.

Apr 26 08:05

UN orders staff in Afghan city to stay indoors

The United Nations has ordered its staff in Kandahar to stay indoors, a UN official said Monday, due to the rapidly deteriorating security situation in the volatile city in southern Afghanistan.

Foreign UN staff working in Kandahar, which has been hit by a recent wave of targeted killings claimed by Taliban militants, have already been relocated to Kabul, said UN spokesman Dan McNortan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More "progress" in Afghanistan, I see.

Apr 25 20:02

Fuel Trucks Attacked in Afghanistan

Twelve trucks, most of them carrying fuel to a NATO base in eastern Afghanistan, were burned by an angry crowd early Sunday less than 30 miles from Kabul, according to local officials and NATO reports. The attack was thought to be in retribution for two raids by a joint Afghan-American force over the weekend, Afghan officials said.

Apr 25 10:12

Rethink Afghanistan

Recently we released a video exposing a devastatingly gruesome night raid. U.S. and allied special forces in Afghanistan murdered 2 civilian men, 2 pregnant women and a teenage girl in Gardez. They then tried to hide their crime!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This may be the motive behind what appears to be a staged attack on Afghani school children intended to demonize the Taliban; to take the heat off of the US for war crimes.

Apr 25 09:08

Taliban accused of using poison gas on schools

Officials accused extremists of launching a poison gas attack yesterday that caused dozens of schoolgirls to collapse with headaches and nausea as they waited in line for a Qur'an reading at their school in northeastern Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am very suspicious of this story. Why would the Taliban (a word which means students) attack school children, knowing that this would destroy local public support for them? This is like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson opening fire on an American school in the war against Britain. Does it make any sense?

Apr 24 09:34

Afghan ‘Exit Strategy’ Won’t Involve Removing Any Troops

Amazingly, initial indications are that the “exit strategy” won’t involve actually removing any troops, but instead will hand over select provinces to the Karzai government while keeping the NATO troops there too for support. This “handover” is expected to last decades, though officials were quick to note it was “not calendar-driven.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine my (absence of) surprise!

Apr 24 09:29

German troops in Afghanistan call on Angela Merkel to explain why they're at war

German soldiers are wearing their hearts on their sleeves - in the form of a badge that protests their country's involvement in the war in Afghanistan.

Some troops have taken to wearing the cloth accessory that states - ironically - 'I fight for Merkel' in a bid to persuade the German Chancellor Angela Merkel to explain exactly what they are fighting and dying for.

Four more troops were killed, and five badly injured, in Afghanistan last week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the German men and women serving their military in Afghanistan: I will tell you precisely why you are fighting in Afghanistan, even if Chancellor Angela Merkel will not.

This is because our American military are fighting for precisely the same reasons you are.

This war has absolutely nothing to do with security, for Germany, or the US, or NATO, or for any of the countries whose military are participating in this.

Afghanistan has never been, nor will ever be, a threat to any country. It is dirt-poor, with a (still) dysfunctional, corrupted government which only rarely cooperates at perhaps the tribal, rather than national, level.

So the massed military presence in Afghanistan has absolutely nothing to do with global security.

It has everything to do with two very specific outcomes which were expected from the invasion and occupation of this country, and both for private profit.

The first was to "pacify" the Afghan people enough to install the pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil. Almost 9 years on, the country is still far too unstable to have this happen.

The second was to control the drug trade from which so many profit so handsomely. This outcome has succeeded magnificently.

In fact, it has succeeded to the point where the Russian government has complained about the cheap Afghani heroin which is currently flooding Russia. (Remember; when the drug trade is controlled, where the drugs wind up is also controlled).

http://in.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE62R0QH20100328?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews

So in summation, what you and your colleagues are fighting, getting maimed for life, and dying for, are:

1. The installation of pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil, and:

2. Control of the drug trade, which, by the way, the Taliban had almost completely eradicated.

Apr 23 10:24

U.S. military suffers major defeat in Korengal Valley, forced to retreat

The U.S. military has retreated from a base in the remote Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, after spending over four years trying to hold the ground. The U.S. forces even negotiated the terms of their defeat, paying the resistance fighters and leaving them the base fully intact with buildings, fuel, generators and military equipment, in order to be allowed a peaceful retreat out of the valley.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is no "shift in strategy"; it is a bloody military catastrophe for the US, which never learned the lessons of the old Soviet Union, when they had to pull their soldiers out of Afghanistan.

There were two outcomes intended from the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan. One has happened to amazing effect, and that is the control over the illegal drug business, from which so many profit so handsomely.

The other was to "pacify" the Afghan people to the point where the pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil could be installed. Almost 9 years on, this outcome is not closer to fruition than at the point when this insane and illegal war began.

If the US and NATO had any shred of rationality, they would declare victory, leave, and negotiate with whatever government was left standing about the pipelines.

Of course, that would be logical.

Apr 23 10:16

Taleban defectors 'are rejoining insurgency'

Almost a quarter of the low-ranking Taleban commanders lured out of the insurgency in southern Afghanistan have rejoined the fight because of broken government promises and paltry rewards, a scathing report on reintegration claims.

Nato plans to spend more than $1 billion (£648 million) over the next five years tempting Taleban foot soldiers to lay down their arms.

But research by a Kabul-based thinktank warns that those efforts could make matters worse by swelling the ranks of the insurgency, exacerbating village level feuds and fuelling government corruption.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable; your tax dollars at work, folks!

Apr 23 10:11

Afghanistan: Another massacre as a bloody summer looms in Kandahar

A car carrying an Afghan police officer and three teenagers was blasted with machine gun fire by NATO troops on Monday, allegedly because it came "too close" to a convoy traveling along a highway in the eastern province of Khost. All four occupants were killed.

After protests by the local Khost authorities and Afghan president Hamid Karzai, the ISAF admitted that all four were civilians and that no weapons had been found in the vehicle. According to the father of two of the boys who were killed, the teenagers were returning from a volleyball game.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More "winning of hearts and minds" in Afghanistan, I see.

Apr 23 08:40

Wikileaks Video Revisited: What Needs To Happen Now

And here's something else I want.

I want someone on Capitol Hill to give a shit.

So far (and I've done a bit of calling around) I haven't heard any member of Congress express any intention of holding an oversight hearing into the matter -- or even asking any questions at all.

Apr 21 20:08

German troops in Afghanistan call on Angela Merkel to explain why they're at war

German soldiers are wearing their hearts on their sleeves - in the form of a badge that protests their country's involvement in the war in Afghanistan.

Some troops have taken to wearing the cloth accessory that states - ironically - 'I fight for Merkel' in a bid to persuade the German Chancellor Angela Merkel to explain exactly what they are fighting and dying for.

Apr 21 11:35

U.S. Soldier on 2007 Apache Attack: What I Saw

In July 2007, McCord, a 33-year-old Army specialist, was engaged in a firefight with insurgents in an Iraqi suburb when his platoon, part of Bravo Company, 2-16 Infantry, got orders to investigate a nearby street. When they arrived, they found a scene of fresh carnage – the scattered remains of a group of men, believed to be armed, who had just been gunned down by Apache attack helicopters. They also found 10-year-old Sajad Mutashar and his five-year-old sister Doaha covered in blood in a van. Their 43-year-old father, Saleh, had been driving them to a class when he spotted one of the wounded men moving in the street and drove over to help him, only to become a victim of the Apache guns.

Apr 21 09:55

The Afghan War: "No Blood for Opium"

The Hidden Military Agenda is to Protect the Drug Trade

Apr 20 21:51

NATO Troops Kill Four Afghan Students

Afghan government officials today confirmed that an overnight NATO shooting in the Khost Province left four students, one of them as young as 11 years old, dead. The Afghan Education Ministry confirmed that all four were students, but other reports suggest the eldest, an 18 year old, may have been working as a police officer as well.

NATO confirmed the shooting but was quick to insist that two of the children were (ahem...) “known insurgents” and the other two were (rolling eyes) “suspected insurgents.” Initial claims said the attack came at a “checkpoint” but later it was revealed the vehicle was on the open road and simply hadn’t stopped when a military convoy flashed its lights at them.

Apr 20 11:35

US military base under Taliban control

Apr 20 10:51

Bush Insider Reveals Guantanamo Deception: Hundreds Of Innocents Jailed

Colonel Lawrence B. Wilkerson, Chief of Staff to U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, provided shocking new testimony from inside the Bush Administration that hundreds of the men jailed at Guantanamo were innocent, the top people in the Bush Administration knew full well they were innocent, and that information was kept from the public.

Apr 20 10:47

Guantánamo Habeas Week: Exposing Torture, Misconceptions And Government Incompetence

In an attempt to raise awareness of the importance of the rulings being made in US courts on the habeas corpus petitions of the prisoners held at Guantánamo (as authorized by a significant Supreme Court ruling in June 2008), I’m devoting most of my work this week to articles covering the 47 cases decided to date (34 of which have been won by the prisoners), as a series entitled, "Guantánamo Habeas Week."

Apr 19 14:45

Leaving Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan: our education by collateral murder

Christopher King considers the evidence which indicate that murder of civilians and state-sponsored terrorism are tools of US policy in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and argues that unless Britain leaves Afghanistan immediately, it will not recover morally or economically and will not be on the path to control its destiny.

Apr 18 09:35

Liberation's Lies

The litany of war crimes in the name of "liberation", "ridding the country of tyrants", spreading "democracy", has become the language of blackest satire. Even death has been "rebranded". The shredded, dismembered, decapitated, incinerated, old and young, are not "lost", "mourned", "passed on", "in a better place", ''with their God". They are a : "a mistake (s)", "collateral damage", a "regrettable incident."

It has to be wondered what the Afghans thought, after nine years of seeing their country men, women and children, casually splattered towards infinity, by these invading adherents to the sanctity of life and death.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The people of Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan do not hate us "because we are free"; they hate us because we are killing their moms, dads, families, brothers, sisters, and friends, and all in the name of wars ultimately) for profit.

Apr 17 11:06

America and the Dictators From Ngo Dinh Diem to Hamid Karzai

This scenario is obviously a description of the Obama administration’s devolving relations with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul this April. It is also an eerie summary of relations between the Kennedy administration and South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem in Saigon nearly half a century earlier, in August 1963. If these parallels are troubling, they reveal the central paradox of American power over the past half-century in its dealings with embattled autocrats like Karzai and Diem across that vast, impoverished swath of the globe once known as the Third World.

Apr 17 09:29

US Afghan commander: 'We have too many contractors'

We have created in ourselves a dependency on contractors that is greater than it ought to be," General Stanley McChrystal told an audience of French officers and military experts at France's defence university in Paris.

"I think we've gone too far. I think that the use of contractors was done with good intentions so that we could limit the number of military. I think in some cases we thought it would save money. I think it doesn't save money."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder, with the US military overstretched beyond belief, where Mc Chrystal believes he is actually going to get the military troops to replace the civilian contractors!

Apr 16 07:14

Assault force killed family by mistake in raid, claims Afghan father

Originally Nato said that the “assault force” was hunting a group of men suspected of making and smuggling improvised explosives — the Taleban’s deadly roadside bombs — although it denied that the troops were under its command. Now it believes that most of the victims were innocent. “Ultimately we did determine this to be a civilian casualty incident,” a Nato official told The Times.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Our bad. Sorry. We feel terrible. Really! Just terrible."

Apr 15 16:26

Family of rendition victim begins legal action against Government

The family of a man secretly held by the Americans in an Afghanistan detention centre after his arrest by British forces six years ago has begun legal action against the UK Government to help secure his release.

Apr 15 11:21

US soldiers will die to keep the heroin flowing....

Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s half brother Wali has been the source of no small controversy over the past several years. Simultaneously one of the most corrupt and influential politicians in the nation, reportedly a key player in the drug trade and on the CIA payroll, Wali Karzai has come under renewed scrutiny as NATO’s attention has turned to his stronghold of Kandahar.

Apr 15 10:15

In Turnabout, US Warms to ‘Drug Kingpin’ Wali Karzai

It was less than a month ago that the Pentagon was declaring Wali Karzai’s very presence a serious threat to the Kandahar invasion. But Hamid Karzai insisted his half brother would stay regardless of concerns and it appears the US has backed down.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US doesn't want to lose its stranglehold on the drug trade, from which so many profit so handsomely.

In fact, that outcome of controlling the drug trade is working out so well that Russian Officials are stating that an "undeclared war" is being waged against that country, because of all the cheap, illegal Afghan heroin which is flooding their country (when the drugs are controlled, where those drugs wing up are also controlled.)

http://www.rferl.org/content/Russia_Says_Afghan_Heroin_Habit_Threatens_Security/1505645.html

Apr 15 09:20

Obama insists US making progress in Afghanistan

President Barack Obama hit back at claims the United States had stalled in Afghanistan and vowed foreign forces would not be needed "in perpetuity", in a rare Australian TV interview aired on Thursday.

Obama, speaking to public broadcaster ABC's 7.30 Report in Washington, also backed President Hamid Karzai to lead Afghanistan into the 21st century, dismissing recent controversies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Progress" in Afghanistan?!?!?

Every day, this President appears more and more unplugged from reality on every issue he talks about, and that is more than a little unsettling.

Apr 15 09:10

Contractor Deaths Accelerating in Afghanistan as They Outnumber Soldiers

Of the 289 civilians killed since the war began more than eight years ago, 100 have died in just the last six months. That's a reflection of both growing violence and the importance of the civilians flooding into the country along with troops in response to President Obama's decision to boost the American presence in Afghanistan.

The latest U.S. Department of Defense numbers show there are actually more civilian contractors on the ground in Afghanistan than there are soldiers. The Pentagon reported 107,292 U.S.-hired civilian workers in Afghanistan as of February 2010, when there were about 78,000 soldiers. This is apparently the first time that contractors have exceeded soldiers by such a large margin.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, we are probably looking at the number of both civilian and military deaths accelerate in Afghanistan.

Apr 14 13:32

BAD PUPPET KARZAI TOON

Apr 14 10:42

US: No troops flights for now through Kyrgyzstan

Apr 14 05:23

War Crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan

War crimes, massacres, and, as Al Jazeera properly calls it, "collateral murder," are all part of the US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001.

The release last week of the Wikileaks video, thirty-eight grisly minutes long, of US airmen casually slaughtering a dozen Iraqis in 2007 -- including two Reuters newsmen -- puts it into focus not because it shows us something we didn't know, but because we can watch it unfold in real time. Real people, flesh and blood, gunned down from above in a hellish rain of fire.

Apr 13 13:32

The 'Obama doctrine': kill, don't detain

George Bush left a big problem in the shape of Guantánamo. The solution? Don't capture bad guys, assassinate by drone

Apr 13 09:12

WikiLeaks plans to post a new controversial video this time showing US massacre of Afghani civilians

Now, this new clip about to be released will show previously classified footage from US warplanes that had been tapped to bomb Taliban positions in Farah province, Afghanistan last year.

Adds the UK Telegraph: "The Afghan government said at the time that the strikes by F-18 and B1 planes near Granai killed 147 civilians. An independent Afghan inquiry later put the toll at 86."

"Video footage of the strike could prove highly damaging to the Nato-led coalition if it showed pilots failing to safeguard civilian lives," the paper continues.

Apr 13 08:16

Behind the Afghan Fraud

However, the White House gathering suggests that the administration may be searching for a way out before the 2012 elections. With the economic crisis at home continuing, and the bill for the war passing $200 billion, Afghanistan is looking more and more like a long tunnel with no light at the end.

Certainly our allies seem to have concluded that the Americans are on an exit path.

Apr 13 06:48

More civilian deaths in Afghanistan

Another deadly day in Afghanistan after western troops opened fire on a bus in the southern city of Kandahar. Afghan authorities are once again looking for answers from NATO, while survivors say four civilians were killed in the attack. NATO says the incident occurred as international troops tried to ward off an oncoming vehicle.

Apr 13 06:46

Afghan killings spark anti-US protests

Within hours, scores of Afghans had blocked the main highway out of Kandahar city with burning tires, chanting "Death to America," and calling for the downfall of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, himself a Kandahar native.

"The Americans are constantly killing our civilians and the government is not demanding an explanation," said resident Mohammad Razaq. "We demand justice from the Karzai government and the punishment of those soldiers responsible."

Apr 13 06:24

Hamid Karzai, R.I.P. A prediction

The war in Afghanistan, which George W. Bush started and Barack Obama pledged to win, is over – and we lost. No one realizes this, quite yet, but give them time – because the fruits of our defeat are already a veritable cornucopia. And the reason can be summed up rather neatly in two words: Hamid Karzai.

Apr 12 11:23

THE PUPPET TRIES TO CUT HIS STRINGS

As Henry Kissinger once rightly observed, it is often more dangerous being America’s ally than its enemy.

Watching Washington’s growing anger Afghan president Hamid Karzai, one recalls the unhappy endings of such former US allies as South Vietnam’s Diem, Iran’s Shah, Indonesia’s Suharto, Nicaragua’s Somoza, and Pakistan’s Zia ul-Haq.

Washington has been loudly hinting it would like to oust Karzai, but so far it has not managed to identify a suitable replacement who commands any respect or tribal support from Afghans.

Apr 12 09:49

Hamid Karzai, R.I.P.

Karzai is either going to change his tune, or else find himself the victim of an "accident": a military coup is not out of the question. If I were the CIA station chief, I’d release those photos of Karzai toking on a hashish pipe. And if I were Karzai, I’d send my resume to Gucci, and get out of town fast. Because "the chicest man on the planet" wouldn’t do well at Bagram.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The writer misses one critical point in this article.

There were two outcomes to have come out of the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan.

The first was control over the drug trade, which the Taliban had nearly obliterated.. That mission has been accomplished to the point where the Russian government is stating that there is an "undeclared war" against it because of all the cheap, illegal heroin which is flooding their country from Afghanistan (when you control the drug traffic, you control where it winds up)

The second goal, which is proving to be painfully illusive 9 years on in this war, is the "pacification" of Afghanistan to the point where pipelines can be installed with which to control Eurasian oil.

This is the reason that the US and NATO leadership have their collective knickers in a twist; if Karzai survives this attempt at reconciliation, he may well demand that US and NATO leave far earlier that they want to, without those pipelines being built.

Should that scenario unfold, it puts the US precisely back in the position it was in 9 years ago, when as late as August of 2001, the US was negotiating with the Taliban for the rights to the pipeline routes, but thought that the price the Taliban was demanding was "too high."

Apr 12 07:34

WikiLeaks plans to post video showing US massacre of Afghani civilians

Adds the UK Telegraph: "The Afghan government said at the time that the strikes by F-18 and B1 planes near Granai killed 147 civilians. An independent Afghan inquiry later put the toll at 86."

"Video footage of the strike could prove highly damaging to the Nato-led coalition if it showed pilots failing to safeguard civilian lives," the paper continues.

Apr 12 07:08

'No guarantee' British troops in Afghanistan will able to have their say in UK election

British soldiers serving in Afghanistan may not have their votes counted in the General Election, the Government has confessed.

Justice minister Michael Wills has admitted there is 'no guarantee' ballot papers filled out on the battlefield will reach the UK in time for 6 May.

Apr 12 07:05

Afghan fury after Nato troops open fire on bus full of civilians, killing four people

International troops opened fire on a bus carrying Afghan civilians today, killing four people and setting off anti-American protests by furious locals.

Witnesses said the bus, which was travelling in Kandahar province's Zhari district, had pulled over to allow an American convoy to pass when gunfire broke out.

The shooting left another 18 people wounded, 12 of whom were taken to a military hospital.

Apr 11 11:13

Plumbing the depths ...

The Globe claims to have inside information on the torture of Afghan prisoners that conveniently places the blame squarely on the Afghans themselves. Who knows how much of it is true? As usual, all of the sources are unnamed except for a mysterious Mr. Khalid, a "former governor" who is now "gone" and apparently exists only in the memory of unnamed Canadian soldiers.

The final couple of paragraphs contain some of the most blatant blarney you'll ever read; it attempts to intimate that it was true-blue Canadian politeness that kept our military from knowing what brutal things those savage and ignorant Afghans were doing to our prisoners

Apr 11 10:07

Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, threatens to block Nato offensive

The president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, has cast doubt over Nato’s planned summer offensive against the Taliban in the southern province of Kandahar, as more than 10,000 American troops pour in for the fight.

Karzai threatened to delay or even cancel the operation — one of the biggest of the nine-year war — after being confronted in Kandahar by elders who said it would bring strife, not security, to his home province.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Between Karzai's reluctance and the potential loss of the Manas air base in Kyrgyzstan, the US is losing control over Afghanistan!

Apr 11 09:42

Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, threatens to block Nato offensive

The president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, has cast doubt over Nato’s planned summer offensive against the Taliban in the southern province of Kandahar, as more than 10,000 American troops pour in for the fight.

Karzai threatened to delay or even cancel the operation — one of the biggest of the nine-year war — after being confronted in Kandahar by elders who said it would bring strife, not security, to his home province.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How Karzai intends to delay or cancel the operation is a really good question, but the fact that he even made that statement is a very clear indication that Karzai has perhaps had a moment of clarity about the long-term effects of the US/NATO occupation.

This was is, and has always been, unwinnable militarily, 9 horrendously bloody years on.

At the end of the day, the US and NATO will, at some point, have to declare victory, and come home; the only other alternative is killing every Afghan man, woman, and child left standing.

That potential early exit of US and NATO troops may very well have to be before the pipelines can be installed with which to control Eurasian oil.

This scenario has the US and NATO panicked, because this was one of the two outcomes which were to have been accomplished during the occupation (the other being the control of the drug trade, from which so many profit so handsomely).

If Karzai has gotten it into his head that foreign troops must leave sooner rather than later (unless he gets "neutralized" by the West, which is a very definite possibility at this point), he will do that to achieve the best reconciliation possible with all factions of Afghan society, including the Taliban.

At that point, the US is going to have to negotiate with whatever government is left standing for the rights to the pipelines, just as George W. Bush was doing with the Taliban as late as August of 2001.

That administration thought that the price demanded by the Taliban was "too high". Then, we had 9/11, followed by the invasion and occupation of this country, which has left the actual installation of those pipelines no closer to reality than it was in August of 2001.

Apr 10 09:45

Can the US Triumph in the Drug-Addicted War in Afghanistan? Opium, the CIA and the Karzai Administration

Perhaps the best example of such CIA influence via drug traffickers today is in Afghanistan itself, where those accused of drug trafficking include President Karzai’s brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai (an active CIA asset), and Abdul Rashid Dostum (a former CIA asset).4 The drug corruption of the Afghan government must be attributed at least in part to the U.S. and CIA decision in 2001 to launch an invasion with the support of the Northern Alliance, a movement that Washington knew to be drug-corrupted.

In this way the U.S. consciously recreated in Afghanistan the situation it had created earlier in Vietnam.

Apr 09 11:13

American GIs & The Uniform Code of Military Justice

The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) applies to all members of the Uniformed services of the United States: the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps, and Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.

There are many people who argue that there are no laws during war – well,apparently there are.

Apr 09 08:46

The Cover-Ups That Exploded

Meanwhile, in Afghanistan, the U.S. military has finally admitted that Special Forces troops killed two pregnant Afghan women and a girl in a February, 2010, raid, in which two Afghan government officials were also killed. Brilliant reporting by Jerome Starkey of The Times of London has blown apart the U.S. military’s cover-up story that the women were killed by knife wounds administered several hours before the raid.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You pay for this when you sign a tax check.

Apr 09 08:43

Wikileaks to release new video showing murder of scores of Afghan civilians

Apr 09 06:34

Opium and the CIA: Can the US Triumph in the Drug-Addicted War in Afghanistan?

Alfred McCoy’s important new article (TomDispatch, posted on Global Research, April 5, 2010) deserves to mobilize Congress for a serious revaluation of America’s ill-considered military venture in Afghanistan. The answer to the question he poses in his title – “Can Anyone Pacify the World's Number One Narco-State? – is amply shown by his impressive essay to be a resounding “No!” . . . not until there is fundamental change in the goals and strategies both of Washington and of Kabul.

He amply documents that

• the Afghan state of Hamid Karzai is a corrupt narco-state, to which Afghans are forced to pay bribes each year $2.5 billion, a quarter of the nation’s economy;

Apr 08 16:17

UK troops trained by firing at ‘replica mosques’

A political and religious uproar has erupted in Great Britain over news that the British Army trained troops for the Afghanistan mission by having them fire on replica mosques.

Apr 08 09:10

US-NATO War Plan Undermined? Kyrgyzstan Upheaval Endangers US Route to Afghanistan

The US military is keeping a wary eye on the uprising in Kyrgyzstan, as it may affect a US military base in the Central Asian nation that supplies troops in Afghanistan, the US daily New York Times reported Thursday.

Opposition leaders had criticized the US for courting an authoritarian president while also hailing democracy, a situation they called embarrassing.

That same opposition movement now appears set to take over power, placing the future of the base in doubt. Kyrgyz media had previously reported that the US planned to expand its presence in the country, which dates back to 2001.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If the new Kyrgyzstan government demands that this base be shut down in the near term, one has to wonder just how the Obama administration will respond.

Apr 08 08:08

As Tensions Grow, US Alleges Karzai ‘Drug Abuse’

Tit-for-tat mean spirited allegations seem to be the order of the day as the relationship between the Obama Administration and Afghan President Hamid Karzai continues to worsen. The latest allegation, coming from former US envoy Peter Galbraith, is that Karzai’s recent outbursts are a consequence of the “impulsive” president’s “drug abuse.”

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One has to wonder if Karzai is on track to get "neutralized" by the US and/or NATO before he can proceed with a true reconciliation with the Taliban.

Such a move may well mean a renewed Afghan government insistence on a rapid draw-down of foreign troops in Afghanistan, far before the installation of those pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil can be accomplished.

Apr 08 07:57

NATO Admits U.S. Forces Killed Innocent Pregnant Women in Afghanistan

U.S. Special Operations commandoes in February mistakenly killed five Afghans, including two pregnant women, and then tried to cover up their mistake.

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"But you know, we cannot rule out the possibility that one of those unborn fetuses might have joined Al Qaeda and helped smuggle an Iranian nookular bomb into Disneyland somewhere down the road, so really, this is a good thing!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 07 11:40

“After Hiroshima & Nagasaki, There Was Fallujah.”

When did it begin, all this “We take your [call/problem/question] very seriously”? With answering-machine hell? As you wait endlessly, the company or government agency assures you that they take seriously whatever reason you’re calling. What a kind and thoughtful world we live in.

Apr 07 09:43

Afghan president Hamid Karzai 'mental stability' questioned

Afghan president Hamid Karzai's "mental stability" is in doubt, America's former top diplomat at the United Nations mission to Afghanistan has claimed.

In an interview with a US cable television network Peter Galbraith, the former UN deputy head of mission in Afghanistan described Mr Karzai as "emotional" and "off balance," and called for President Obama vastly to limit his power to appoint officials until he proved himself a reliable partner to the US.

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It didn't take long for that to happen!

The question is, however, just what Obama can actually do about Karzai at this point, other than attempt to have him "neutralized", which is a distinct possibility at this juncture.

Apr 07 09:07

White House Won’t Say if Karzai Is Still an Ally

Speaking today on the growing rift with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, White House Press Secretary refused to answer direct questions of whether or not the US still considers Karzai an ally, saying only that “Karzai is the democratically elected leader of Afghanistan.”

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"..democratically elected leader of Afghanistan."

One doesn't know whether to laugh or cry at that statement, given the horrendous amount of fraud which took place in this "election" in order to keep Karzai in office.

However, that no one in the US government, apparently, saw this U-turn in Karzai's behavior toward the US and NATO coming does not speak well of the decision-making processes which put him into the leadership role here in the first place.

Karzai could well demand a withdrawal of US and NATO troops way before Afghanistan can be "pacified" to the point where the pipelines can be installed with which to control Eurasian oil, and that's a very scary thought for the people who would, theoretically, have profited from this.

Apr 07 07:29

NATO Kills At Least Four Civilians in Helmand Air Strike

The NATO problems with civilian killings in Afghanistan are much documented. So much embarrassment has been caused by the repeated, massive civilian tolls that Gen. Stanley McChrystal has ordered that no air strikes be called in unless they are certain that no civilians are in the area. The policy seems to be doing very little.

Apr 07 07:28

'More Nasty Surprises' To Come from Afghanistan

On Friday, three German soldiers died in Afghanistan and Bundeswehr troops killed six Afghan troops in a deadly "friendly fire" incident. Meanwhile, Afghan President Hamid Karzai is continuing to criticize Western forces in his country. German editorialists see the moves as a sign of Karzai's growing weakness in Afghanistan.

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Puppets never have strength of their own.

Apr 07 07:25

US War-Fighting Numbers to Knock Your Socks Off

For all the sand Iraq did have, from the point of view of the U.S. military it didn’t have the perfect type for making the miles of protective "blast walls" that became a common feature of the post-invasion landscape. So, according to Stephen Farrell of the New York Times, U.S. taxpayer dollars floated in boatloads of foreign sand from the United Arab Emirates and Qatar to create those 15-ton blast walls at $3,500 a pop. U.S. planners are now evidently wondering whether to ship some of the leftover walls thousands of miles by staggeringly roundabout routes to Afghanistan at a transportation cost of $15,000 each.

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Importing sand into Iraq???? And at taxpayer expense!!!!!

The biggest threat to the American way of life isn't Al Qaeda and it isn't the Taliban; it is the US Military!

Apr 07 07:18

As Iraq Threatens to Come Apart, US Problems in Afghanistan Mount

Washington once again finds itself dangerously entangled with the hostile policies, nationalistic interests and supporters, and personal ambitions of a foreign figure whom it counted on to serve American interests.

This time it is in Afghanistan, the latest in what, alas, must be described as America’s quasi-imperial foreign military adventures. This is a country to which the United States, at stupendous cost, and with stupendous effort, is transporting the greater part of the huge logistical and war-fighting apparatus it has deployed over the last seven years in Iraq. It occurs at just the moment when Iraq’s situation – which none (save the surviving admirers of George W. Bush) dare call victory – is threatening to come apart.

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"Invade them! ... Again!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 07 07:03

U.S. military goes hungry in Afghanistan

The United States Military is in the midst of a troop surge in Afghanistan, but the surge has caused the ratio of resources to troops to widen. Many American Forward Operating Bases are experiencing food and water shortages.

Apr 06 08:59

How Americans are propagandized about Afghanistan

What is clear -- yet again -- is how completely misinformed and propagandized Americans continue to be by the American media, which constantly "reports" on crucial events in Afghanistan by doing nothing more than mindlessly and unquestioningly passing along U.S. government claims as though they are fact.

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The corporate media has long since lost any trust they might have had from thinking Americans, because they simply regurgitate what the White House, Pentagon, and State Department tell them is the way to spin any story, and refuse to tell the truth.

Apr 06 08:54

Could Karzai Become an Enemy of the West?

Tensions between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the Obama Administration seem to be growing by the minute, with a weekend speech in which Karzai threatened to join the Taliban fueling resentment on both sides.

Karzai’s faux-outrage at Western interference is nothing new, but the first indication that this rift could be moving beyond rhetoric came today, when Karzai canceled a planned visit to a NATO base in Kandahar province, a move US officials are calling a “victory for the Taliban.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And the folks in the State Department, Pentagon, and White House never saw this coming?!?

Karzai could well shock his Western allies by demanding a "Status of Force Agreement" which would have US and NATO forces out of the country very quickly and far before those pipelines have been installed with which the US was hoping to control the flow of Eurasian oil!

Apr 06 08:19

Iran rejects US claim of arms aid to Afghan militants

Iran has rejected accusations by the top US military commander that it is providing weapons to the militants in Afghanistan.

The US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen claimed in a Kabul news conference that Iran has shipped arms to Taliban militants in Kandahar.

In a statement released on Monday, the Iranian Embassy in Kabul rejected the charges as “recurring allegations” and a sort of “fabrication” by the US in order to justify its defeat in Afghanistan.

Apr 05 10:37

How Americans Are Propagandized About Afghanistan

On February 12 of this year, U.S. forces entered a village in the Paktia Province in Afghanistan and, after surrounding a home where a celebration of a new birth was taking place, shot dead two male civilians (government officials) who exited the house in order to inquire why they had been surrounded. The Pentagon then issued a statement claiming that (a) the dead were all "insurgents" or terrorists, (b) the bodies of three women had been found bound and gagged inside the home (including two pregnant women, one a mother of 10 children and the other a mother of six children, and a teenage girl), and (c) suggested that the women had already been killed by the time the U.S. had arrived, likely the victim of "honor killings" by the Taliban militants killed in the attack.

Apr 05 09:48

U.S. angered by claims it rigged Afghan elections

Apr 05 08:34

Karzai Slams West, Threatens to Join Insurgency

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has often resorted to playing the “anti-West” card in speeches when his popularity seems to be flagging, as an effort to distance himself from the international occupation forces which keep him in power. But after what could charitably be called a “cool” reception in Kandahar, a city his family and tribal affiliates dominate, the attempts are starting to whif of desperation.

Apr 05 08:13

U.S. Admits Role in February Killing of Afghan Women

The admission immediately raised questions about what really happened during the Feb. 12 operation — and what falsehoods followed — including a new report that Special Operations forces dug bullets out of the bodies of the women to hide the true nature of their deaths.

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Your tax dollars at work in Afghanistan, folks.

Apr 05 08:08

US special forces 'tried to cover-up' botched Khataba raid in Afghanistan

US special forces soldiers dug bullets out of their victims’ bodies in the bloody aftermath of a botched night raid, then washed the wounds with alcohol before lying to their superiors about what happened, Afghan investigators have told The Times.

Apr 05 08:01

No joke: Karzai threatens to join the Taliban

Karzai also warned that the Taliban insurgency could become a legitimate resistance movement if foreign meddling in Afghan affairs continues, the Journal said, citing participants in the talks.

During the talks, Karzai, whose government is supported by billions of dollars of Western aid and 126,000 foreign troops fighting the Taliban, said he would be compelled to join the insurgency himself if the parliament does not back his bid to take over Afghanistan's electoral watchdog.

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Should this happen, it would be the ultimate, bitter irony, almost 9 years and counting, with all the blood and money which has been spent here, essentially for private profit.

American and NATO diplomats might dismiss this as grandstanding, but I wouldn't necessarily bet that it is.

Apr 05 07:41

U.S. and Allied Forces: We Killed Those Pregnant Afghan Women After All

The two men, who were later determined not to be insurgents, were shot and killed by the joint patrol after they showed what appeared to be hostile intent by being armed. While investigators could not conclusively determine how or when the women died, due to lack of forensic evidence, they concluded that the women were accidentally killed as a result of the joint force firing at the men.

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The US forces seem to be following the advice of Pope Innocent III, "Kill them all. Let God sort them out!"

Apr 04 08:14

Afghan upper house backs Karzai anti-US decree

The Afghan parliament's upper house has voiced support for President Hamid Karzai in limiting the role of foreigners in the five-seat election fraud watchdog.

In a Thursday speech to Afghan election commission workers in Kabul, Hamid Karzai blamed foreign powers for the fraud that occurred during last years elections.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable.

Apr 04 08:05

Heroin 'tsunami' sweeping Russia

Russian officials accuse Nato troops of refusing to destroy poppy fields in Afghanistan, which account for around 90% of the world's heroin supply.

The head of Russia's drug control agency described Russia's heroin problem as a "tsunami" sweeping over the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When elements control the drug trade, those elements also control where the drugs wind up.

It can cause massive destabilization of a country without firing a single shot.

Apr 04 07:52

Taliban Retake Control, Momentum In Northern Marjah

Just a few weeks since the start of the operation here, the Taliban have “reseized control and the momentum in a lot of ways” in northern Marja, Maj. James Coffman, civil affairs leader for the Third Battalion, Sixth Marines, said in an interview in late March. “We have to change tactics to get the locals back on our side.”

“You shake hands with them, but you don’t know they are Taliban,” Colonel Sakhi said. “They have the same clothes, and the same style. And they are using the money against the Marines. They are buying I.E.D.’s and buying ammunition, everything.”

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More "progress" in Afghanistan, I see.

Apr 04 07:27

NATO’s Afghanistan: The Champion of Drugs Production

We really have to take our hats off to NATO. This clique of arms lobbyists and defender of jobs for the boys invaded Afghanistan in 2001 on the pretext that Osama bin Laden was using the country to attack western interests. Almost a decade after the Taleban declared war on drugs production, NATO’s Afghanistan is not only the world’s largest producer of opium but now, of hashish also.

Apr 03 10:53

NATO’s Afghanistan: The Champion of Drugs Production

We really have to take our hats off to NATO. This clique of arms lobbyists and defender of jobs for the boys invaded Afghanistan in 2001 on the pretext that Osama bin Laden was using the country to attack western interests. Almost a decade after the Taleban declared war on drugs production, NATO’s Afghanistan is not only the world’s largest producer of opium but now, of hashish also.

Apr 03 09:25

US sees Afghan reconciliation drive lasting years

U.S. and NATO advisers in Afghanistan have urged President Hamid Karzai not to rush into deals with insurgents as part of a national reconciliation process that they envision lasting several years, Western officials said on Friday.

Karzai plans to hold a "peace jirga," or assembly, to promote reconciliation with insurgents starting May 2. Pakistan and some insurgent groups have started jockeying for position in anticipation of negotiations, however far off they appear to be, officials said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US is terrified that the Karzai government, in its reconciliation and coalition mode, will be far more likely to demand a quick exit from the US and NATO before the pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil can be installed.

Should this happen, the US government will then be right back in the situation in which it found itself in Afghanistan as late as August 2001, when the Bush administration was negotiating with the Taliban government for pipeline rights, but considered the price "too high". Then, rather conveniently, came 9/11, followed by the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan.

Mar 31 08:40

Hamid Karzai's election decree overturned by Afghanistan parliament

Hamid Karzai's attempt to seize control of Afghanistan's electoral watchdog was overturned this morning by the country's parliament, which voted overwhelmingly to throw out a presidential order that enraged diplomats.

In what one observer described as a "sea of red cards", MPs in the lower house rejected a controversial decree by Karzai in February which unilaterally rewrote Afghan election law in advance of parliamentary poll in September.

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Look for Karzai to find some way to do an end-run around the Afghan Parliament on this one.

Mar 31 07:21

Pacified Populations

If the U.S. public looked long and hard into a mirror reflecting the civilian atrocities that have occurred in Afghanistan over the past 10 months, we would see ourselves as people who have collaborated with and paid for war crimes committed against innocent civilians who meant us no harm.

Two reporters, Jerome Starkey of the Times UK and David Lindorff of Counterpunch.org, have persistently drawn attention to U.S. war crimes committed in Afghanistan. Makers of the film Rethink Afghanistan have steadily provided updates about the suffering endured by Afghan civilians. Here is a short list of atrocities that have occurred in the months since Gen. McChrystal assumed his post in Afghanistan.

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The people of Afghanistan do not "...hate us for our freedoms"; they hate us because we are murdering their wives, husbands, brothers, and sisters.

The invasion and occupation of Afghanistan was to have brought about two outcomes, one of which has already been accomplished, and that was control over the drug trade, from which so many profit so handsomely.

The second was "pacifying" the Afghan people to the point where pipelines could be installed with which to control Eurasian oil.
That goal, nearly nine years on, has yet to be achieved, and may well never be achieved.

If the US Pentagon and state department employed people with any degree of intelligence whatsoever, they should have the US declare victory, go home, and negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul. Please remember; as late as August of 2001, the Bush administration was negotiating with the Taliban regarding the pipeline rights, but felt that the Taliban's offer was "too high".

Apparently, the price of our kid's lives claimed in the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan was "cheaper" for both the Bush, and now the Obama administration.

Mar 31 06:57

Navy Surveillance Plane Crashes in Northern Arabian Sea

The U.S. Navy said that an E-2C Hawkeye surveillance plane crashed Wednesday afternoon in the northern Arabian Sea after a mechanical malfunction forced the crew to bail out.

The Navy said in a statement that it had rescued three crew members and was searching for a fourth.

Mar 31 06:32

Afghanistan Is The World's Top Hashish Producer

Afghanistan is not only the world's largest supplier of opium, it also is the global leader in hashish production, the United Nations said Wednesday.

"While other countries have even larger cannabis cultivation, the astonishing yield of the Afghan cannabis crop ... makes Afghanistan the world's biggest producer of hashish," UNODC chief Antonio Maria Costa said in a statement.

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"Hey, they've got to lead the world in something!" - official white horse souse.

Mar 31 06:27

Afghanistan as a Drug War

Since Afghanistan now grows the opium poppies that provide more than 90% of the world’s opium, the raw material for the production of heroin, it’s not surprising that drug-trade news and war news intersect from time to time. More surprising is how seldom poppy growing and the drug trade are portrayed as anything but ancillary to our Afghan War. Fortunately, TomDispatch regular Alfred McCoy has been focused on the drug trade -- and the American role in fostering it -- in Southeast, Central, and South Asia for a long time.

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Mar 30 08:20

Atrocities In Afghanistan

If the U.S. public looked long and hard into a mirror reflecting the civilian atrocities that have occurred in Afghanistan, over the past ten months, we would see ourselves as people who have collaborated with and paid for war crimes committed against innocent civilians who meant us no harm.

Mar 30 03:02

Turkey in Afghanistan: Obama Sneaks into Kabul to Beg Karzai to Clean Up His Act

How pathetic a scene was this: The president of the United States, commander- in-chief of the mightiest war machine the world has ever known, sneaking into one of the poorest countries in the world and meeting with the corrupt leader of that country, where he has committed 100,000 troops to battle, to beg with that corrupt leader to “clean up” his corrupt and profoundly inept government.

Mar 29 15:44

How Neutral Is American Neutrality In The Middle East?

The recent dueling positions of long time friends and all time allies Israel and America over the construction of 1,600 new apartments in east Jerusalem has obviously hit the headlines worldwide. This has lead to a few high dramatic enactments including the Vice President Joe Biden being reported to be ‘embarrassed;’ Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton calling the Israeli land policy ‘provocative’ and termed it as not in Israel’s long-term interests and undermined U.S. credibility as a neutral mediator. At this juncture it is really worthwhile to examine the claims of America as the neutral broker in the long standing Israeli Palestine conflict.

Mar 29 13:36

Russia: U.S. Aiding Afghan Drug Trade

Russia has accused the United States of "conniving" with Afghan drug producers by not destroying opium crops as U.S. troops advance in Helmand Province, one of the major opium growing regions.

Mar 29 10:40

Obama in Afghanistan

What a pathetic joke. The only thing missing was the plastic turkey.

But then again, at least there was a turkey there.

Mar 29 09:50

Obama's Bagram Fly-In: What He Didn't Visit

Still, the most jarring part of the Obama fly-in to Bagram was the part of the base he (apparently) didn't visit: the secret prison we've been running there for years. It's Gitmo on steroids.

The Obama some of us want to believe still exists would have at least acknowledged the unpleasant truth. The Obama who does exist just gave the troops a boilerplate pep talk, "never quit" and all, and flew into the dawn.

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Memo to Harry Shearer: "The Obama some of us want to believe still exists..." never existed in the first place.

The man has broken every campaign promise he made to the American people and the world, and moved from "hope and change", domestically and internationally, to "shock and awe" faster than the speed of light.

He is a President of the corporations, by the corporations, and for the corporations, backed by the best Congress that money can buy - anybody's money.

And to think for a millisecond that he would put an end to the torture Bush institutionalized during his regime as president?!?

Simply laughable; torture is now as American value as mother and apple pie.

Mar 29 07:41

Tighter Rules Fail to Stem Deaths of Innocent Afghans at Checkpoints

American and NATO troops firing from passing convoys and military checkpoints have killed 30 Afghans and wounded 80 others since last summer, but in no instance did the victims prove to be a danger to troops, according to military officials in Kabul.

“We have shot an amazing number of people, but to my knowledge, none has ever proven to be a threat,” said Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, who became the senior American and NATO commander in Afghanistan last year.

Mar 29 07:21

Barack Obama tells troops in Afghanistan: 'we will get the job done'

Mr Obama urged President Hamid Karzai to tackle the widespread corruption in his government and invited the Afghan leader to visit Washington on May 12.

Air Force One landed in Bagram airfield north of the Afghan capital after dark before a helicopter designated Marine One too him to Mr Karzai's palace in Kabul. White House advisers said that Mr Karzai had known of the visit since Thursday and had been invited to talk in Washington in May.

Mr Obama, whom aides had said was at Camp David when in fact he was making the nearly 13-hour flight, was due to be briefed by Gen Stanley McChrystal and to deliver a speech to American troops.

Mar 29 06:31

US casualties double in Afghanistan

The number of US troops killed in Afghanistan has roughly doubled in the first quarter of 2010 compared with the same period last year.

According to Pentagon figures, some 77 American service members have been killed so far in 2010, the Associated Press reported on Saturday.

This is while, the figure stood at 41 in the same period a year ago.

Mar 28 11:56

Barack Obama visits Afghanistan

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Obama just finished a speech live from Afghanistan, talking about blah blah blah 9-11 blah blah blah terror blah blah blah 9-11 to thunderous applause, which is weird because the speech was live and looking at the clock, they woke those poor soldiers up in the middle of the night to sit in that audience and listen to the boss pretend to explain why they have to go on getting blown into bloody bits.

Mar 28 11:17

I Must Be Weird

I turn on the television and look at the talking heads telling us what to think, what to wear, what to believe and what to say and and I see the pedicures, manicures, 200 dollar hair cuts, 1000 dollar suits, protected by body guards all the while trying to CONvince us they are like we are and I just want to choke the living shit out of the likes of Sean Hannity, Bill O'rielly, Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh on and on to what must be infinity and it really pisses me off, but I don't know.. I Must be Weird.

Mar 28 11:06

The Pentagon is using Haiti as a Training Ground for Afghanistan

A recent report in Stars and Stripes reveals the nature of the US military operation in Haiti. Combat units from Iraq and Afghanistan have been deployed in Haiti under the banner of a humanitarian operation. Conversely, Haiti is also being used as a military training ground for forces without in-theater combat experience.

According to the Stars and Stripes report (March 14, 2010): "Marines deployed to Haiti to render emergency aid following January’s devastating earthquake are already training for the fight in Afghanistan."

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How convenient for the US military.

Mar 28 07:40

British forces to withdraw from Helmand under new US plan for Afghanistan

The proposal, which would have to be approved by a new British government, is facing stiff resistance. Whitehall officials fear that a pull-out from Helmand, where nearly 250 British troops have been killed since 2006, would be portrayed as an admission of defeat.

Under the plans, British forces would hand over their remaining bases in Helmand to the US Marines as early as this year.

Such a move could bring back unhappy memories of the 2007 withdrawal from Basra in southern Iraq, which provoked jibes about British forces being bailed out by the Americans.

Mar 27 09:43

An Unaccustomed Truth: American Commander Admits Afghan Atrocities

One can only assume that the regular editors of the New York Times were all out at a party, or left early for a weekend in the Hamptons, or something -- but somehow, the paper published a front webpage story that stated -- without the usual thousand excuses and extenuations -- that American troops are routinely slaughtering Afghan civilians at checkpoints. What's more, the story unequivocally ties the civilian killings to the "surge" ordered by the noble Nobel Peace laureate, Barack Obama.

Mar 27 09:39

Russia blasts NATO's reluctance to eliminate opium

NATO has rejected Russian calls for it to eradicate poppy fields in Afghanistan. Moscow says Afghan heroin kills 30,000 Russians a year.

According to statistics provided by Ivanov, Russia was the single largest consumer of heroin in 2008.

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Remember; under Taliban rule, opium poppy cultivation was nearly eradicated.

When there is a control of the drug trade, there is also a control over where it winds up.

When a surge of illegal drugs hits a country, it is one way to destabilize that country without firing a single shot.

Mar 27 09:28

NATO won't destroy Afghan poppy fields

NATO has rejected an appeal made by Russia for eradication of opium fields in Afghanistan, arguing that the sole source of income in the region cannot be removed.

Addressing a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council on Wednesday, head of Russia's Federal Drug Control Agency (FSKN) Victor Ivanov said "Afghan opiates led to the death of 1 million people by overdose in the last 10 years, and that is United Nations data. Is that not a threat to world peace and security?"

Mar 27 09:21

US killed Afghan civilians, lied, got caught, attacked reporter. US military: refuse unlawful wars

*hyperlinks live at source*

US-led forces added the murders of pregnant women to the recent murders of school children in Afghanistan. US military officials were forced to admit they lied in their report that Afghan “bad guys” murdered five civilians when Timesonline reporter Jerome Starkey went to the scene and documented that all evidence and witness testimony was that US-led forces murdered innocent civilians in a night raid. Unanimous testimony included Afghan government officials, police chiefs and survivors of the attack. The United Nations and New York Times investigated and corroborated Mr. Starkey’s reporting.

Mar 27 08:21

Botched raid in Afghanistan covered up by NATO

According to journalist Jerome Starkey, writing for The Times UK, at first no one claimed responsibility for the killings. A US official in Kabul refused to identify the force involved, citing “utmost national and strategic security interests”.

A subsequent Times investigation revealed that the gunmen were U.S. military and Afghan police conducting a raid directed at suspected Taliban insurgents. More than a dozen survivors, officials, police chiefs and a religious leader interviewed at and around the scene of the attack maintain that the perpetrators were U.S. and Afghan gunmen.

Mar 25 12:01

NATO rejects Russia's demand to destroy Afghan poppy fields

Afghan opiates led to the death of 1 million people by overdose in the last 10 years, and that is United Nations data. Is that not a threat to world peace and security?' Ivanov asked journalists after the meeting.

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OF course, the indelicate question will not be put to NATO leadership, which is: who is really profiting from the sale of these drugs?!?

It sure as heck is not the typical Afghan opium farmer.

Mar 25 11:54

US Downplays Hopes for Afghan Reconciliation

With the Karzai government entering into face-to-face peace talks with the insurgent faction Hezb-e Islami earlier this week, the United States seems to be going out of its way to downplay the chance of any diplomatic resolution of the ongoing war.

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates warned that the timing for peace talks was all wrong, because the Taliban leaders aren’t convinced that they’re going to lose the war.

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Memo to US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates: when, sir, will you consider the timing "right" for reconciliation talks to proceed?!?

How many more of our brave young men and women in uniform will need to continue to fight, get killed, or maimed for life for a war where the outcomes are only to produce private profit for corporations?!?

And that begs the question: why is the the US in Afghanistan in the first place?

There are two outcomes, one of which has already been accomplished. The other is still illusive.

The first outcome, about which we can well say, "mission accomplished", is the control of the drug trade, from which so many profit so handsomely.

The second outcome had to do with "pacifying" Afghans to the point where the pipelines could be installed with which to control Eurasian oil. That, outcome, nearly 9 years on in Afghanistan, appears as elusive as ever.

Gate's position here makes utterly no sense whatsoever, when the only tangible, possible way to stop the violence is for the US to invest in this reconciliation, not try to stop it.

Wouldn't that make for greater security, the kind of security which would make possible the installation of those pipelines?!?

Forgive me: I was just being logical here.

Mar 25 11:24

Curbing Taliban opium trade could cut support

Curbing the Taliban's multimillion dollar opium poppy business was a major goal of a military operation to seize this former insurgent stronghold. With the town in NATO hands, the Marines face a conundrum: If they destroy the crops and curb the trade, they lose the support of the population — a problem for which they have no easy solution.

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So now that the US/NATO forces control Marjah, what do they also control?!?

They now control the drug trade, which includes where the drugs wind up.

As reported on 12 March, 20910 in

http://www.realclearworld.com/news/ap/international/2010/Mar

"Russia's envoy to NATO has sharply criticized the alliance's battle with drug trafficking in Afghanistan, saying it has led to a surge in heroin smuggling that is endangering Russia's national security."

"Russia "is losing 30,000 lives a year to the Afghan drug trade, and a million people are addicts," Rogozin said. "This is an undeclared war against our country."

Coincidence?!? I think not. The introduction of cheap, illegal drugs to a country is one way of destabilizing a country without firing a shot.

Mar 25 09:57

NATO rejects Russian call for Afghan poppy spraying

NATO Wednesday rejected Russian calls for it to eradicate opium poppy fields in Afghanistan, saying the best way for Moscow to help control the drug would be to give more assistance against the insurgency.

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Mar 24 11:15

The Afghan Ant Hole:The New US-NATO Offensive will run into Trouble

Will these campaigns in Marja, Kandahar and Kunduz subdue the Taliban and bring them to the negotiating table, the newly professed strategy of the occupiers? It should not be forgotten that Karzai himself was a member of the Taliban government from 1995-98, before Unical hired him as an insider to try to clinch an oil pipeline deal. His effortless transition to US protege suggests he was probably already on the US payroll, along with his less reputable colleague Osama bin Laden. Though Karzai sees negotiations as the only way out, comments by other ex-Taliban officials who have cast their lot with the occupiers, however reluctantly, are not encouraging.

Mar 24 10:32

U.S. & NATO Are Supporting Afghan Drug Industry

The US military says it is using a new approach to fight drug production in Afghanistan, but Julian Mercille, lecturer at University College, Dublin, believes both they and NATO have in fact been supporting the industry.

“The bulk of the income from drugs is captured by other players like traffickers and the police and people in the government. So the problem is that the US and NATO have empowered a lot of people who are involved in drugs in government and the police forces,” says Mercille. “That is one reason why the US and NATO have directly caused the drastic increases in drug production in Afghanistan.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Control of the drug trade means controlling where the drugs ultimately wind up, like the cheap heroin to which many young Russian people have become addicted.

Mar 23 12:07

Taliban fighters training in Iran, U.S. officials say

Iran is helping train Taliban fighters within its borders, according to U.S. military and intelligence officials.

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Translation: The latest escalation in Afghanistan has turned into a disaster for the US and they need somebody to blame for it.

Mar 22 22:03

US’ “Greatest Generation” won WW2 against wars like the US fights today in Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran…

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The sacrifice and victory of the “Greatest Generation” was codified in the US-created treaty of the UN Charter: invading other nations, Wars of Aggression, would be unlawful.

The spirit and letter of these strict limits to lawful war are clear: war is only allowed if, and only if, it is in self-defense from an armed attack from a nation’s government and/or authorized by the UN Security Council (UNSC). Self-defense from individual attacks of terror is unaffected by the UN Charter.

Mar 22 10:15

Afghanistan Karzai reveals talks with Afghan rebels

Hamid Karzai has held face-to-face talks with active insurgents representing one of the most violent rebel leaders operating in Afghanistan, the Afghan president's office said today.

According to the organisation's spokesman Haroun Zarghoun, the delegates presented a 15-point plan, including a call for foreign troops to withdraw from Afghanistan within six months, starting in July. Six months after that an interim government would be appointed and preparations made for fresh elections.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US and NATO will not allow this to happen, period, end of discussion.

The pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil have not yet been installed, and this was one of the primary outcomes desired by the US from the moment of the US and NATO invasion of Afghanistan.

Mar 21 12:58

Vets, families, states’ law enforcement: Prosecute US govt. for murder in unlawful, lying US wars

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All reasons to go to war with Iraq were lies, and known to be lies at the time they were told. We know this because the evidence is disclosed by our own government and proves beyond doubt that the reasons were known lies. If you don’t already know this as factual and independently verifiable, read here before proceeding. That link will also prove beyond doubt that war with Iraq was unlawful.

Mar 21 09:51

U.S. Turns a Blind Eye to Opium in Afghan Town

The effort to win over Afghans on former Taliban turf in Marja has put American and NATO commanders in the unusual position of arguing against opium eradication, pitting them against some Afghan officials who are pushing to destroy the harvest.

From Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal on down, the military’s position is clear: “U.S. forces no longer eradicate,” as one NATO official put it. Opium is the main livelihood of 60 to 70 percent of the farmers in Marja, which was seized from Taliban rebels in a major offensive last month. American Marines occupying the area are under orders to leave the farmers’ fields alone.

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Translation: American and NATO commanders have not been put"... in the unusual position of arguing against opium eradication."

The control and distribution of Afghan drugs, from which so many profit so handsomely, was one of the expected outcomes of the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan.

And please note that before the US/NATO invasion and occupation, the Taliban had managed to almost completely eradicate opium poppy production.

Do you believe that it was merely coincidence that after the US and NATO invaded Afghanistan, opium production soared?!?

As reported in:

http://hubpages.com/hub/Afghanistan-Opium

"The spread of opium has not been curtailed since the United States invaded Afghanistan. In fact, the spread of opium, which is typically processed into heroin, has actually increased since the United States invaded Afghanistan. “In 2004, according to the United Nations, opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan rose by two-thirds, climbing to 320,000 acres and producing a yield of 4,200 metric tons (a metric ton equals 2,205 pounds)” (Williams, 2005, p. 58)"

This exponential growth can hardly be attributed to "coincidence".

And when the drug trade is controlled, where the drugs wind up is also controlled.

In fact, that part of the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan is working so magnificently well that, as reported on 12 March 2010 in:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/afghanistan/2010-03-12-russia-us-nato_N.htm

"Russia's envoy to NATO has sharply criticized the alliance's shift away from fighting drug trafficking in Afghanistan, saying the resulting surge in heroin smuggling is endangering Russia's national security."

"(Russia) is losing 30,000 lives a year to the Afghan drug trade, and a million people are addicts," Rogozin said. "This is an undeclared war against our country."

Rogozin is absolutely correct in his assessment.

Mar 21 09:35

US weighs more troops for north Afghanistan: official

US commanders may send an additional 2,500 troops to fend off the Taliban in northern Afghanistan, a region that had been relatively peaceful until recently, a defense official said.

US officers were conferring with German commanders leading Regional Command North about shifting some the forces in a US troop buildup to the north instead of the south, the official told AFP.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We do not now, nor have we ever had, 8 years on in this sordid military misadventure, anywhere near enough troops on the ground to achieve a military "victory" in Afghanistan.

Mar 21 09:34

U.S. Turns a Blind Eye to Opium in Afghan Town

The effort to win over Afghans on former Taliban turf in Marja has put American and NATO commanders in the unusual position of arguing against opium eradication.

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Mar 20 10:21

Night Riders: Afghan Atrocity and American Values

If you are an American -- or indeed, any denizen of "Western Civilization" whose security and values are supposedly being "defended" on the far-flung fields of the Terror War -- then take a good, long look at what is being done in your name, with your money.

"Covert troops who killed two pregnant women and a teenage girl in eastern Afghanistan went on to inflict "cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment" on the survivors of a botched night raid, a report by the UN said.

The family of the victims in Paktiya province have accused Nato of trying to cover up the atrocity after an investigation by The Times revealed that two men, who were also killed, were not the intended targets of the raid. One was a police commander and his brother was a district-attorney."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The people of Afghanistan do not "hate us because we are free"; they hate us because we are killing their wives, bothers, sons, daughters, and sisters, all in pursuit of the following US geopolitical objectives.

1. To install the pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil (haven't done very well with that bit, eight years on).

2. To control the drug trade, from which so many profit so handsomely. (On this objective, one can well say, "mission accomplished". In fact, this has been going so well that Russia has claimed that the US and NATO are waging an undeclared war against it by not doing anything to prevent cheap heroin from reaching Russia, as reported here:

http://www.prisonplanet.com/nato-waging-undeclared-war-on-russia-moscow.html

So, you have two parallel outcomes - both for profit - which are the real reasons for the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan.

NATO and the US are murdering innocent people here with impunity; then when a raid goes bad, attempting to cover up the damage, then lie about it.

This war is immoral and illegal (to say nothing of bankrupting this nation), and will ultimately have its "Saigon moment" when the US will have to retreat, declare victory, and leave, just as did the old Soviet Union.

Mar 20 07:44

The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight

Six billion dollars later, the Afghan National Police can't begin to do their jobs right—never mind relieve American forces.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So now, does that mean that US troops will be in Afghanistan indefinitely?!?!?

Mar 19 11:24

Report Afghanistan War as an example of waste, fraud and abuse on the White House's economic recovery website

We also know that there will be no economic recovery here at home as long as we're spending $100 billion a year on another war that isn't making us any safer - the war in Afghanistan.

That's why we're asking you to report the Afghanistan War as an example of waste, fraud and abuse on the White House's official economic recovery website, Recovery.gov, today. Simply scroll down to the field marked "What" and paste this message into the text box:

"I'd like to report the waste of billions of dollars of our national wealth in Afghanistan on a war that doesn't make us safer. It's fraud to portray this as a war that increases our security, and it's abusive of U.S. troops and local civilians to drag out this war any longer. End the war so we can have real economic recovery."

Mar 19 09:45

US/NATO Death Squads Killing Indiscriminately in Afghanistan

The London Times reported on March 13 that American special forces, accompanied by Afghan police, entered a housing compound near Gardez, in Paktia province on February 12. They killed a local police commander named Daoud, his brother and three women, two of whom were pregnant. His 15-year-old son was also shot.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Afghan people do not "hate us because we are free"; they hate us because we are killing their families and friends for the private profit to be obtained after they have been "pacified" enough to enable the installation of pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil, and establish control over the drug trade, an outcome which has already been achieved.

Mar 19 09:32

Taliban controlling Marjah by night

Militants are regaining control of Marjah, residents have reported, less than a month after Western military officials claimed to have seized the Afghan town from the Taliban.

Marjah is now home to an occupation force numbering more than one Nato soldier or Afghan police officer for every eight residents.

But militants are stepping up an underground campaign against officials loyal to the Western-backed Karzai regime.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So this is what "victory" by the US and NATO forces looks like in Marja!?!

Watch for this pattern to be repeated in all of the next major US/NATO targets, like Kandahar.

Mar 19 09:22

Video: Putting a price on Afghan life

In Afghanistan, if foreign troops kill an innocent civilian by accident, families may receive compensations of around $2,500.

But there is no fixed system for compensation - something that Stanley McChrystal, the top US general in Afghanistan, is now calling for.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Warning: these are horrendous, graphic images.

But please remember: these are your tax dollars at work to insure private profit for pipeline installation companies, and for druglords.

Mar 19 08:45

NATO Eyes Massive Offensive in Northern Afghanistan

Yesterday top commander General Stanley McChrystal revealed that the invasion of Kandahar Province, the centerpiece of this year’s offensives in Afghanistan, has already begun. But this year’s offensives will not end there, according to NATO’s ISAF Chief of Staff General Bruno Kasdorf.

Gen. Kasdorf says that the alliance is also planning a military offensive against northern Afghanistan, centered around the Kunduz Province. The offensive is scheduled to begin sometime later this year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am waiting for the words "body count" to again creep into the corporate media's characterization of these attacks, as happened during the Viet Nam War, to lull the American people into thinking that the US and NATO are actually "winning" here.

The war is militarily unwinnable; we never did, nor do we have now, the troop strength to win this militarily.

What the US and NATO should do is declare victory, go home, then negotiate with whatever government is left standing about the installation of the pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil.

Russia and China have been fighting their energy wars with deals, not guns, and have been very successful in their endeavors.

The second desired outcome, the control of the drugs from which so many profit so handsomely, has already been accomplished.

In fact, it has been accomplished to the degree that Russian officials are opening complaining that NATO has created an "undeclared war" against it because of the cheap heroin flooding the drug market place, most of it coming from Afghanistan.

http://www.prisonplanet.com/nato-waging-undeclared-war-on-russia-moscow.html

None of the reasons the US and NATO are in Afghanistan have to do with any existential threat from the Afghan people against the US or NATO: they have everything to do with private profit, but nothing to do with actual geopolitical security.

Unfortunately, no US congressman, State Department or White house official will ever have the "male attributes" to tell families or friends of those who have died or been maimed for life in this military misadventure what the price of their sacrifice was actually intended to achieve.

Mar 18 11:49

Soaring IED attacks in Afghanistan stymie U.S. counteroffensive

Taliban fighters more than doubled the number of homemade bombs they used against U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan last year. Military officials say low-tech bombs have stymied a $17 billion U.S. counteroffensive.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We used to see that in Vietnam where a $50 mortar filled with old tin cans could confuse up a $4 million terrain-following radar and crash a $30 million aircraft!

Mar 18 10:29

Soaring IED attacks in Afghanistan stymie U.S. counteroffensive

Taliban fighters more than doubled the number of homemade bombs they used against U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan last year, relying on explosives that are often far more primitive than the ones used in Iraq.

The embrace of a low-tech approach by Taliban-trained bombmakers -- they are building improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, out of fertilizer and diesel fuel -- has stymied a $17 billion U.S. counteroffensive against the devices in Iraq and Afghanistan, military officials say. Electronic scanners or jammers, which were commonly deployed in Iraq, can detect only bombs with metal parts or circuitry.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This war is unwinnable.

The Russians are laughing their heads off at the US and NATO right now, for making the same stupid mistakes as did the old Soviet Union.

Mar 17 10:44

Afghanistan violence escalates as US forces prepare Kandahar assault

More than eight years after the US-led invasion, the inability of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) to maintain control over Afghanistan’s second largest city demonstrates the continuing crisis confronting the occupation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More "progress" in Afghanistan, I see.

Mar 17 10:40

U.S. Troops To Serve Under 150,000-Troop NATO Command

A top U.S. military official in Afghanistan says a major restructuring is under way to bring virtually all American forces in that country under NATO command.

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Re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic, I see.

Mar 17 08:36

Expecting Gen. McChrystal to Reduce Afghan Civilian Casualties is Like Asking Ted Bundy to Cut Sex Harassment in the Workplace

Just check out the town of Marjah, largely destroyed over the last few months in order to “save” it from a handful of Taliban fighters. Over 30 civilians died in that American show of force, and the message of those deaths was clear: allow the Taliban to operate in your town, and we’ll kill you--not just your men, but your wives and your children, too.

Mar 17 08:24

Would US Troops Fire On Americans?

The question often has been asked, especially during these last few years, if American military troops would indeed fire upon American citizens if so ordered by Washington. The answer? Have no doubt America, because it's already happened.

Mar 17 08:14

US Military Created Private Spy And Murder Squad In Afghanistan

A long-time US military official used Pentagon funding to establish a private intelligence and assassination network in Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to a report Monday in the New York Times. The network was shut down after the CIA station chief in Kabul objected to a competing military-backed intelligence operation, the newspaper said.

Mar 16 21:08

Treason in America Conference: stating the painfully obvious to save America

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If evidence of treason by American political “leadership” was obvious, do you have the integrity and courage to follow your heart and mind’s most virtuous expression of what you should do about it as an American citizen?

Mar 16 18:11

Supporting the War Instead of the Troops

Most congressional action regarding Afghanistan has concerned continued funding for the conflict. Thus, members of Congress have cloaked their support for an increasingly unpopular war in terms of financial support of the troops. But last week’s resolution had nothing to do with funding or defunding the war, but rather dealt directly with the wisdom of an open-ended commitment of U.S. troops (and hundreds of billions of tax dollars) in Afghanistan. Members opposing the resolution had to make their case for the ongoing loss of American lives as well as the huge expenditures required for an intractable conflict.

In my opinion, this was an impossible case to make.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This war is unwinnable, period, end of discussion.

The only people actually "winning" are the drug dealers, and those large corporations providing contract mercenaries, contractors, and supplies for the troops.

Mar 16 14:54

One dead in attack on US base in Kabul

The US military did not give details of the Monday attack on Bagram Air Field. It also did not say whether the victim was from the military personnel or a civilian at the base.

Mar 16 07:49

Crime Families, Buggery and Boat Riding Dreams

I happen to mention this debacle with The Pope because it fits in with a few other alarming events that aren’t on the hilltops with ten foot horns but which are going to be making a lot of noise sooner or later. One of these is the capture of someone reputed to be the Taliban’s #2 guy. Apparently the Afghan government is very angry about this because this Talibani had a promise of safe passage and was engaged in strategic talks; please forgive my linking to a Zionist manufactured news site. It’s what I could find handy and sometimes they tell the truth just to keep the borderline mentalities guessing.

Mar 15 07:47

Matthew Hoh: Marjah Operation Not Accomplishing Anything in Afghanistan

Matthew Hoh, the former senior U.S. civilian representative in Zabul province, Afghanistan, says that civilian deaths in Marjah caused by Operation Moshtarak were unnecessary and that the operation isn't accomplishing anything. Hoh points to the installation of an outsider ex-con as the head official in Marjah as evidence that despite U.S. rhetoric to the contrary, Operation Moshtarak is not empowering local people. Hoh says the local Afghans view the U.S. forces as occupiers, and their presence in large numbers following President Obama's decision to send more troops will cause more people to take up arms against the foreign forces.

Mar 14 12:24

Frontline: Behind Taliban Lines

In this video Frontline covers the growing insurgency in northern Afghanistan. In the footage you’ll see how the Taliban and their allies in the German controlled sector of the country are increasing their power and influence throughout the Helmand region.

Mar 13 08:20

Afghanistan: NATO’s Graveyard?

he painful truth is that NATO may be suffering from a terminal illness. Its current mission in Afghanistan, the alliance’s most significant and far-flung muscle-flexing to date, might be its last. Afghanistan has been the graveyard of many an imperial power from the ancient Macedonians to the Soviets. It now seems to be eyeing its next victim.

Mar 13 08:14

Evidence Mounts NATO Report Lied on Afghan Civilian Killings

The February 12 night raid against a house party in Afghanistan’s Paktia Province remains shrouded in mystery, but NATO’s official story appears to be crumbling as even NATO officials concede that the claims made were not strictly true.

NATO’s official statement claimed at the time that the raid on the home led to a “fire fight” against “several insurgents” who were killed, before NATO made a “gruesome discovery” of bound and gagged bodies in a nearby room.

NATO is conceding now that all of the slain people were civilians killed in the raid. NATO communications direct Rear Admiral Greg Smith also admitted that they had no real evidence that the men slain at the home had ever fired a shot against the NATO forces.

Mar 12 17:27

Congress continues treason: votes 356-65 to levy more unlawful war against US soldiers in Afghanistan

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My headline is legally accurate, and the side of history you want to be on when America finally recognizes our government and corporate media’s fascism.

The definitions of political terms, relevant laws, and facts are simple; the problem is American’s cognitive dissonance to recognize the “Big Lie” at home rather than in a history book of some other place in some past time.

Mar 12 09:54

Russia criticizes U.S., NATO over Afghan drug trafficking fight

Russia's envoy to NATO has sharply criticized the alliance's shift away from fighting drug trafficking in Afghanistan, saying the resulting surge in heroin smuggling is endangering Russia's national security.

In an interview late Thursday, Dmitry Rogozin also highlighted the lack of cohesion within NATO, saying Moscow is worried about declining public support in Europe for the war.

"(Russia) is losing 30,000 lives a year to the Afghan drug trade, and a million people are addicts," Rogozin said. "This is an undeclared war against our country."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Where there is control of the drug trade,there is also the control of where the drugs wind up.

That is one way to destabilize a country without firing a shot.

Mar 12 07:38

Chasing Windmills: American reality in Afghanistan

The efforts of American forces to defeat the Taliban in Afghanistan are being hampered by rampant corruption. Key information about foreign troops is being leaked to insurgents by locals who still support them. And Paula Slier reports, without the trust of the people they cannot work together.

Mar 11 09:16

War Is Over (If They Mean It)

Sixty-five congress members, including 60 Democrats and 5 Republicans, voted to end the occupation of Afghanistan on Wednesday. But 356 congress members, including 189 Democrats and 167 Republicans voted to keep the war going. The vote followed three hours of debate created by Congressman Dennis Kucinich’s introduction of a privileged resolution.

Mar 11 09:12

Decade Of The Drone: America’s Aerial Assassins

2010 is the last year of the new century and millennium and is the tenth consecutive year of the United States’ war in Afghanistan and in the 15-nation area of responsibility subsumed under Operation Enduring Freedom. In early March American military deaths in the Greater Afghan War theater – Afghanistan, Cuba (Guantanamo Bay), Djibouti, Eritrea, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, the Philippines, Seychelles, Sudan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Uzbekistan and Yemen – surpassed the 1,000 mark.

Mar 11 07:43

Five Minute Speech in Support of Kucinich's Afghanistan Resolution

Mar 10 22:34

House Rejects Bid to End Afghan War

The House voted down a challenge to President Obama's conduct of the war in Afghanistan Wednesday, rejecting a measure that would have compelled U.S. armed forces to leave the country within 30 days.

Mar 10 09:10

Ahmadinejad calls US bluff on counter-terrorism

Iran's president says the US must explain what its troops are doing in Afghanistan, as catching terrorists only requires intelligence work not military deployments.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made the comment in a joint press conference with his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai in Kabul on Wednesday morning.

The Iranian president was responding to a question about the recent arrest of Jundallah leader Abdolmalek Rigi.

“Rigi is supported by the same people [and] governments, who have ill intentions for the government of Afghanistan and the Iranian nation. Rigi was a terrorist, who along with his associates killed more than 140 people,” said Ahmadinejad.

Mar 10 04:18

Iran leader: US playing `game' in Afghanistan

Taking aim at the U.S., Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Wednesday that it's the United States that is playing a "double game" in Afghanistan, fighting terrorists it once supported.

At a press conference in the Afghan capital, Ahmadinejad was asked to respond to U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who earlier in the week accused Tehran of "playing a double game" by trying to have a good relationship with the Afghan government while undermining U.S. and NATO efforts by providing some support to the Taliban.

Tehran has said it supports the Afghan government and denies allegations that it helps the Taliban.

Mar 09 07:35

Civilian casualties mount as war drones on

As our air war against terrorists accelerates — with strikes by pilotless drone planes, helicopters, et al. — unintentional civilian deaths and serious injuries mount. A Feb. 22 Wall Street Journal report from Kabul begins: “U.S. Special Operations Forces (hunting down Taliban) ordered an air strike that killed at least 27 civilians, and the soldiers may not have satisfied rules of engagement designed to avoid the killing of innocents, Afghan and coalitions officials said.”

Mar 09 05:50

The Obama Killing Machine In Afghanistan

How the U.S. makes friends!

Mar 08 19:01

Afghanistan: NATO's Graveyard? Is the Transatlantic Alliance Doomed?

Celebrating its 60th birthday this year, NATO is looking peaked and significantly worse for wear. Aggressive and ineffectual, the organization shows signs of premature senility. Despite the smiles and reassuring rhetoric at its annual summits, its internal politics have become fractious to the point of dysfunction. Perhaps like any sexagenarian in this age of health-care crises and economic malaise, the transatlantic alliance is simply anxious about its future.

Frankly, it should be.

Mar 08 17:18

Fiction of Marja as City Was U.S. Information War

For weeks, the U.S. public followed the biggest offensive of the Afghanistan War against what it was told was a "city of 80,000 people" as well as the logistical hub of the Taliban in that part of Helmand. That idea was a central element in the overall impression built up in February that Marja was a major strategic objective, more important than other district centres in Helmand.

It turns out, however, that the picture of Marja presented by military officials and obediently reported by major news media is one of the clearest and most dramatic pieces of misinformation of the entire war, apparently aimed at hyping the offensive as a historic turning point in the conflict.

Mar 08 08:21

SAS in Afghanistan suffers worst losses for 60 years

BRITAIN’S special forces have suffered the worst blow to their fighting strength since the second world war, with 80 members killed or crippled in Afghanistan.

Serious injuries have left more than 70 unable to fight, while 12 have been killed. It means the forces have lost about a sixth of their full combat capacity.

Mar 07 05:44

Kucinich Forces Congress to Debate Afghanistan

The Pentagon doesn't want Congress to debate Afghanistan. The Pentagon wants Congress to fork over $33 billion more to pay for the current military escalation, no questions asked, no restrictions imposed for a withdrawal timetable or an exit strategy.

Mar 06 18:44

Canada wanted Afghan prisoners tortured: lawyer

Federal government documents on Afghan detainees suggest that Canadian officials intended some prisoners to be tortured in order to gather intelligence, according to a legal expert.

If the allegation is true, such actions would constitute a war crime, said University of Ottawa law professor Amir Attaran, who has been digging deep into the issue and told CBC News he has seen uncensored versions of government documents released last year.

Mar 05 15:48

German company accused of drug smuggling in Afghanistan

I don’t want to sound like an online gambling center operator, but who wants to bet against me on this:

The company in question, Ecolog, won’t be touched; NATO will make it swoooshhhhh disappear, and continue its ‘real’ business with our Langley guys in Afghanistan (and elsewhere).

Mar 05 12:44

Canadian troops told to ignore child rape by Afghan allies.

As reported last fall in the Ottawa Citizen newspaper, Canadian military chaplins and some soldiers have been complaining as far back as 2006 that Afghan security forces have been sodomizing young boys on their base. These military whistle-blowers charge that the military brass has been ignoring or burying their complaints, fearing the bad publicity they could generate.

The paper reports that Canadian military police have also complained, as reported by Brig.-Gen. J.C. Collin, commander of Land Force Central Area, that they were being told "not to interfere in incidents in which Afghan forces were having sex with children."

Mar 05 11:37

Kucinich orders Afghan War debate, vote: “Trillions for war, no money for Americans!”

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Congressman Dennis Kucinich invoked a procedural rule to help protect Americans from endless war to compel members of Congress to debate and vote whether to continue US war in Afghanistan.

The war in Afghanistan is unlawful in Orwellian degree; tragic-comic in its violations of US war laws (useful analogy to well-understood laws for individual self-defense here). Although the laws of war are crystal-clear, complicit corporate media lies by omission and commission to explain what these laws have meant for 65 years and how they apply to unlawful US invasion of Afghanistan:

Mar 04 15:58

Afghan survivors: Women waved scarves to try to stop NATO air attack

After seeing the gruesome aftermath of that rocket strike, survivors of the NATO attack told McClatchy Newspapers, women jumped from the second car and frantically waved their head scarves to try to stop the attack.

Mar 04 15:32

Kucinich to Force War Debate on House Floor on Wednesday

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today introduced H. Con Res. 248 a privileged resolution with 16 original cosponsors that will require the House of Representatives to debate whether to continue the war in Afghanistan.

Mar 04 11:07

Marine reportedly killed by opium-fueled private contractors

Pentagon originally said Marine killed in combat

The Pentagon confirmed late Tuesday that it is investigating the death of a 24-year-old Indiana Marine after he was shot to death in Afghanistan, allegedly by several US-paid private security contractors.

The contractors, according to a fellow Marine in Afghanistan who communicated with an investigative reporter in Chicago, were Afghanis who were found with "copious amounts of opium" and had been paid by the United States as guards.

Mar 04 10:18

Afghans Trained by Blackwater Defect to Taliban

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

Guess who trained many of them? Blackwater!

Mar 03 06:14

What Our Children Are Dying For In Afghanistan

Mar 02 09:16

Oops, Our Bad!

Among the worst Orwellian deceptions being exposed by the Pentagon’s Marjah offensive is the ludicrous notion that we’re fighting a war in Afghanistan in order to protect Afghan civilians. The recent U.S. Special Forces air strike in the Marjah area that killed 27 or more civilians, including four women and a child, is a prime example of a cognitive disconnect that has been endemic in U.S. military operations throughout our misnamed war on terrorism.

Mar 01 15:42

NATO Poised for Enormous Kandahar Offensive

When NATO began its invasion of the Marjah farming region, the general consensus among analysts was that the offensive, the single largest operation since the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan against a relatively anonymous little town in the middle of nowhere, was mostly a “PR” invasion to sell the continued to an increasingly skeptical Western public.

But it is increasingly clear that wasn’t the whole story. Officials are now making it very plain that the invasion of Marjah was a “test” of a new strategy, that will be put into practice on a much larger scale with the invasion of Kandahar.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wow! An even BIGGER "Charlie Foxtrot!"

Mar 01 10:51

Afghanistan bans coverage of attacks, will detain offending journalists

"Afghanistan announced a ban on news coverage of Taliban strikes on Monday, saying such coverage only emboldened the Islamist militants..."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This strikes me as the sort of desperation move the side that is losing the war makes to keep the bad news from the general public.

Mar 01 07:21

A Majority of the German Population want Soldiers to Pull Out of Afghanistan: Germany's Left Party Expelled from Bundestag

Germany's Left Party was expelled from the Bundestag yesterday after its members held up signs bearing the names of Afghan civilians killed in a German-ordered airstrike last September.

The protest came in the middle of a parliamentary debate on extending Germany’s nine-year military mission to Afghanistan by a further year.

Some 429 MPs voted for and 111 against the new mandate – 16 fewer votes in favour than last time – allowing troop numbers to be increased by 850 to 5,350.

The opposition Green Party abstained and, after being re-admitted, the Left Party MPs contributed to the 111 votes against the mandate.

Feb 28 14:05

America and world economic meltdown: the mystery of the Afghanistan war

Christopher King argues that “a situation exists in which it may be in the interests of the United States to seek a ‘cold war’ situation with Russia and China as a pretext for defaulting on its external debt, attacking Iran, taking direct control of all Middle Eastern oilfields and effective control of Europe”.

Feb 28 09:14

Occupiers responsible for heroin surge in Russia

The head of Russia's federal drug control agency has lambasted the US-led forces for failing to stamp out drug production in Afghanistan.

Victor Ivanov blamed US President Barack Obama's administration for not doing enough to destroy opium poppy crops and curb the production of heroin in Afghanistan, the BBC reported on Saturday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Those who control drug production in Afghanistan also control where the drugs, like heroin, wind up.

Feeding a country's drug addiction is another way of destabilizing that country.

Feb 28 07:53

The Picture

I want you to look very closely at this picture and try and keep it in your minds eye. This was a perfectly healthy twenty two-year-old young man who in the service of his country got half of his head blown off. I think that’s important, I think that’s newsworthy. Let me tell you how newsworthy I think it is. I think that it’s more important than chocolate cake recipes and far more important than comic book reviews. It is more important than who fell and who's swell at the winter Olympic games.

Feb 27 16:30

Killing Enthusiasm: President Obama's Afghanistan Strategy Turns Off Young Voters

President Obama should rethink the Afghanistan war for lots of reasons. The war isn't making us more secure. It's costing us billions (soon to be trillions) of dollars. It's costing us jobs. The war causes massive human suffering for both Afghans and Americans. We can now add another reason for the president to rethink the Afghanistan war: it's hurting his party's re-election efforts among a key constituency.

Feb 27 15:48

US Winds Down Afghan Assault But 'Bigger One On The Way'

US-led forces were Saturday winding down one of their biggest offensives yet in Afghanistan, but an official said it was a mere prelude to a larger assault in the works on the Taliban bastion of Kandahar.

The two-week Operation Mushtarak ("Together") had symbolically culminated Thursday when authorities hoisted the Afghan flag in Marjah.

Feb 27 07:04

US Steps Deeper Into Afghan Quagmire

With the ongoing attack on Marjah, the US military began its first major assault on a Taliban controlled town in Afghanistan and simultaneously entered a new and expanded phase of the war. The resulting military victory was predictable but the side effects of civilian casualties and property destruction won't allow the coalition forces to win any local "hearts and minds," nor increase the acceptability of the Karzai regime. ''

Feb 27 06:40

US Eyes Massive Offensive in Kandahar

Reiterating previous comments, several officials in the Obama Administration say that they will soon launch a massive offensive against Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province.

While the agricultural community of Marjah had some value to the Taliban, it was mostly by virtue of it being entirely out of the Karzai government’s control since the 2001 US invasion. Kandahar, on the other hand, is the Taliban’s “heartland,” and resistance is likely to be enormous.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The assault on Kandahar will result in a bloodbath, with US and NATO forces killing everything that moves.

Feb 26 11:11

Paul Craig Roberts: US pushing for nuclear war; “leadership” treasonous for duping US into wars

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“The morons in Washington are pushing the envelope of nuclear war. The insane drive for American hegemony threatens life on earth. The American people, by accepting the lies and deceptions of "their" government, are facilitating this outcome.”

“Some other agenda is being served that we are not being told.” – Paul Craig Roberts

Paul Craig Roberts is one of the most respected conservative voices in the nation. He is the former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, and was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal. He has held numerous academic appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

Feb 26 09:44

Afghanistan capital Kabul hit by suicide attack

Explosions and gunfire in the centre of the Afghan capital, Kabul, have left at least 17 people dead, officials say.

The attack took place in an area of hotels and guesthouses popular with foreigners. Up to nine Indians, a Frenchman and an Italian were killed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US and NATO can't even keep Afghanistan's capital safe; what does that say for keeping the rest of the country safe from attacks like this?

The answer is, they can't.

Feb 26 08:16

Scahill: Blackwater used shell company to defraud US government

Blackwater set up a shell company to "defraud the government" by leading it to believe it wasn't contracting with the notorious security contractor, investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill says.

"In Afghanistan, they set up this shell company, Paravant, in collaboration with mammoth war giant Raytheon, which held the prime contract" for training Afghan security forces, Scahill told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Ain't it fun to be us!" -- Xe

Feb 26 08:15

Blackwater Took Hundreds of Guns From U.S. Military, Afghan Police

Employees of the CIA-connected private security corporation Blackwater diverted hundreds of weapons, including more than 500 AK-47 assault rifles, from a U.S. weapons bunker in Afghanistan intended to equip Afghan policemen, according to an investigation by the Senate Armed Services Committee. On at least one occasion, an individual claiming to work for the company evidently signed for a weapons shipment using the name of a “South Park” cartoon character. And Blackwater has yet to return hundreds of the guns to the military.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If I were South Park, I would sue.

PS If anyone from South Park is reading this I am still trying to get a "Sexual Harassment Panda" plush toy! :)

PPS If anyone from South Park is reading this I think I would make a great South Park character! :)

Feb 26 02:33

Afghan Senators Demand Execution of Foreign Troops;

Pajhwok News Agency reports that on Tuesday, the Afghanistan senate deplored the foreign airstrikes that killed 21 innocent civilians in the province of Daikundi on Sunday, and demanded that NATO avoid any repetition of this sort of error.

But some senators went farther, demanding that NATO or US military men responsible for the deaths be executed. Senator Hamidullah Tokhi of Uuzgan complained to Pajhwok that the foreign forces had killed civilians in such incidents time and again, and kept apologizing but then repeating the fatal mistake: "Anyone killing an ordinary Afghan should be executed in public."

Feb 25 08:22

Nato admits that deaths of 8 boys were a mistake

A night-time raid in eastern Afghanistan in which eight schoolboys from one family were killed was carried out on the basis of faulty intelligence and should never have been authorised, a Times investigation has found.

Ten children and teenagers died when troops stormed a remote mountain compound near the border with Pakistan in December.

At the time, Nato claimed that the assault force was targeting a “known insurgent group responsible for a series of violent attacks”. Officials said that the victims were involved in making and smuggling improvised explosive devices. But Western sources close to the case now agree that the victims were all aged 12 to 18 and were not involved in insurgent activity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are killing more kids than actual enemy troops!

Feb 24 08:50

Karzai Moves to Eliminate UN Oversight in Future Elections

In a move that will further cement his long-term hold on power, Afghan President Hamid Karzai issued a decree earlier this month giving him unilateral control over appointing the entire Electoral Complaints Commission, eliminating all UN oversight over future elections.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So much for "... bringing democracy to Afghanistan" !!!

Feb 24 08:24

Gates Calls European Mood a Danger to Peace

“The demilitarization of Europe — where large swaths of the general public and political class are averse to military force and the risks that go with it — has gone from a blessing in the 20th century to an impediment to achieving real security and lasting peace in the 21st,” he told NATO officers and officials in a speech at the National Defense University, the Defense Department-financed graduate school for military officers and diplomats.

A perception of European weakness, he warned, could provide a “temptation to miscalculation and aggression” by hostile powers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Sec Def Gates: unlike in the US, governments of European countries, on occasion, do need to listen to their constituents.

And the constituents of those governmental leaders do not want to see their members of their families serving in the military fighting, getting maimed, and killed for the sake of private oil and drug profits, which were the outcomes desired for the US/NATO invasion and occupation of Afghanistan.

The control of the burgeoning drug trade and its geographical distribution, has been accomplished; "pacification" of the Afghan people, to the point of being able to install the pipelines to control Eurasian oil, has not, which is why we are still in this sordid military mess in Afghanistan 8 years on.

Feb 24 06:39

Conquest and Censorship

After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William the Conqueror’s army buried its fallen comrades, but left the corpses of the English defenders to rot in the fields where they lay.

Such is the brutal nature of war: the victor inflicts all manner of suffering and humiliation on the vanquished.

What the United States is doing in Iraq and Afghanistan is only marginally differen

Feb 23 20:05

MoD criticised after 3,900 state-of-the-art battlefield radios go missing, raising fears they are now being used by the Taliban

The Ministry of Defence has been criticised after thousands of battlefield radios went missing - raising fears they have fallen into the hands of enemy fighters in Afghanistan.

The Commons' Defence Select Committee said it was 'unacceptable' more than 3,900 state-of-the-art Bowman digital communications systems - or 11 per cent of the total handed out - had vanished.

Feb 23 13:07

US war embezzlement visualized: 4-minute video banned from Congress testimony: “Iraq for Sale”

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Robert Greenwald, the creator of Brave New Films, testified to the House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Defense about war profiteering. He planned to show a 4-minute excerpt from his film, “Iraq for Sale,” as a more powerful communication than his mere speaking but was blocked by a majority vote of those in favor of the Iraq war.

The powerful and revealing 4-minute video is below.

Following is a 3-minute CBS News story of then Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld admitting the Pentagon “lost” $2.3 trillion dollars:
That’s $23,000 for every US household,
or embezzling $1,000,000 from a military project 2,300,000 times,
or embezzling a million dollars a day for 6,300 years,

Feb 23 09:02

U.S. Special Operations Ordered Deadly Afghan Strike

U.S. Special Operations Forces ordered an airstrike that killed at least 27 civilians in southern Afghanistan and the soldiers may not have satisfied rules of engagement designed to avoid the killing of innocents, Afghan and coalition officials said Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The lives and safety of the Afghan people are totally irrelevant to the current military strategy, no matter how cosmetic the language used here about "protecting the Afghan people" is continually repeated, as didGeneral Mc Chrystal said in his televised address.

The desired outcome of "pacifying" the Afghan people until pipelines can be installed here with which to control Eurasian oil for private profit, is still absolutely no where in sight, eight years on.

So, the killing of women, kids, the medically infirm, non-combatants and the elderly will continue to grind on, unabated, until that outcome has been achieved, which may well be never.

Feb 23 08:41

Eight die in Afghan bombing as US loses 1,000th soldier

A bomb strapped to a bicycle exploded near a busy bus terminal in Afghanistan, killing eight people Tuesday as the death toll of US troops in the Afghan war surpassed the grim milestone of 1,000.

McChrystal went on television to apologise for a mistaken NATO air strike on Sunday that killed 27 civilians.

In the video he expresses "extreme sadness" and says foreign forces are in Afghanistan "to protect the Afghan people".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to US General Stanley McChrystal: you understand, the Afghan people understand, and the world understands that the statement about foreign troops being in Afghanistan "to protect the Afghan people" is a complete, utter, and abominably transparent lie.

The US and NATO are in Afghanistan for two reasons, and two reasons only.

The are:

1. to "pacify" the Afghan population to the degree necessary to install the pipelines with which to to control Eurasian oil for private profit, and

2. To control production and the flow of drugs from which so many profit so handsomely.

The second outcome seems to have been well accomplished, to the point where the Russian government was complaining stridently last year about cheap heroin flooding the market in their country, destroying the lives of their kids (when you control the drugs, you control where the drugs wind up).

http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2009/06/28/627475/flood-of-afghan-heroin-fuels-drug.html

The first outcome is still absolutely no where in sight, which is why, 8 years on, we are at the painful milestone of 1,000 Americans killed in battle here.

Feb 22 17:58

Winning their hearts and minds

(Reuters) - A NATO airstrike in Afghanistan mistakenly killed 27 civilians, the government said on Monday, hurting a campaign to win over the local population and defeat Taliban insurgents.

Feb 22 12:44

New York Times Publishes Column By War Machine Employee Demanding US Stop Thinking About All The Innocent Afghans Killed And Ramp The F**k Up The Bombing

Glenn Greenwald of Salon uncovers a brutal mindfuck of gruesome pro-civilian bombing positive influence in the pages of the New York Times. A defence corporation employee demands the US blow more money terror bombing the civilian populace of Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Kill them all; let God sort them out!" -- Attributed to various, including Pope Innocent III and Saint Dominic.

Feb 22 11:23

Hamid Karzai takes control of Afghanistan election watchdog

The Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, has unilaterally taken control of the country's top electoral watchdog, provoking outrage from western diplomats, the Guardian has learnt.

The Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC), which forced Karzai into a runoff election after it disqualified nearly 1m fraudulent votes in last year's presidential election, previously included three foreign experts named by the UN.

However, according to a new presidential decree published today, Karzai will have the exclusive power to appoint all five panel members.

Feb 22 10:35

US to launch major campaign in Afghanistan in next 18 months

US and NATO forces are all set to roll out an "intensive 18-month" ground campaign in Afghanistan to stamp out Taliban and al-Qaeda militants, top US generals have said warning the insurgents that Marjah offensive was just the start.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US has been in Afghanistan longer than all of WW2. The US has been in Afghanistan as long as the USSR. Last week's "intensive operation" was supposed to end Wednesday with the capture of the Taliban stronghold and Friday they announced it will be another month before they are done.

And now it is 18 months.

You know, continuing to bash your own head with a two by four doesn't prove you are brave, only persistent to the point of stupidity.

Feb 22 10:30

The Warlord's Tune

After weeks of training you will make your debut dancing before a crowd of men. Many are former warlords who helped the Karzai Government make its way to power. Others might be powerful businessmen.

Feb 22 07:17

Nato Strike Kills 33 Afghan Civilians;Government Protests

The body count rises!It's up to 33 civilians now,including women and children!

Feb 22 07:09

Nato airstrike kills 27 civilians in Afghanistan

Nato forces in southern Afghanistan bombed a civilian convoy, killing 27 people including women and children and injuring many more, Afghan officials said.

The airstrike in a remote part of Oruzgan province yesterday capped a bloody week for Afghan civilians that has seen some 60 innocent people killed by Nato weapons.

Feb 22 07:06

Afghan government condemns Nato air strike that killed 27

The botched bombing on Sunday was the third mistaken strike in a week and threatened to further strain relations between the Nato powers and President Hamid Karzai's administration.

General Stanley McChrystal, the senior coalition commander in Afghanistan, apologised personally to the president hours after the deaths, but the council of ministers on Monday condemned the attack.

It said initial reports had suggested four women and a child were among the dead after the attack on three vehicles in Gujran district of Daykundi, travelling to Kandahar.

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