AFGHANISTAN

May 23 09:37

British defence minister on Afghan visit calls for troop withdrawal

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The "coalition of the willing" is about to devolve into "the coalition of the non-existent" in Afghanistan.

May 23 09:35

'Go For Broke' U.S. Campaign In Kandahar Faces Array Of Challenges

The Obama administration's campaign to drive the Taliban out of Afghanistan's second-largest city is a go-for-broke move that even its authors are unsure will succeed.

The bet is that the Kandahar operation, backed by thousands of U.S. troops and billions of dollars, will break the mystique and morale of the insurgents, turn the tide of the war and validate the administration's Afghanistan strategy.

There is no Plan B.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The complete absence of any depth of true planning and critical thinking regarding the US occupation of Afghanistan has been nothing if not consistently spectacularly flawed.

The Russians are laughing their collective heads off, watching the US make the same mistakes in tactics and judgment that the old Soviet Union made during their occupation of this country.

What the US should do is go home, declare victory, and negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul regarding the rights to the pipeline installations which would enable the West to control Eurasian oil; but of course, that would be logical.

May 23 06:55

US Military Fail In Sick Opium Poppies Case

Afghanistan is the largest drug farm on Earth, with more than 90 percent of the world's poppy plantations. But now the killer crop has met its match - a mysterious disease. Afghan farmers blame the government and foreign forces for poisoning their main source of income. RT's military analyst Yevgeny Khrushchev says the U.S. is actually failing to take advantage of the situation...

May 22 16:09

Time for Barack Obama to choose paranoia or sanity

Paul J. Balles views the various doctrines that have guided US foreign policy since World War II, from the Truman to the Bush doctrine. He says that President Obama will have to decide to keep or scrap the Bush doctrine, which “Israel and its supporters in America desperately want it misused against Iran”.

May 22 08:40

Oh, and by the way...we're still at war

With all of the time and effort spent on covering the Gulf oil disaster, let's not forget there are two ongoing wars.

May 21 20:51

Pentagon Plan to Beef Up Afghan Base Near Iran May Rile Regime

The Defense Department is requesting $131 million in its fiscal year 2011 budget to upgrade Shindand Air Base so it can accommodate more commando helicopters, drone surveillance aircraft, fuel and munitions.

“Whatever U.S. intentions, the Iranian regime will see it as a threat -- as another American effort to surround Iran with U.S. military forces,” Pollack said in an interview.

“The Iranians are almost certainly going to assume that a beefed-up intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance presence is really about spying on them,”

May 21 18:06

Gordon Duff: The Karzai Rebirth

TRIBAL LEADERS SEEING MATURITY AND CHANGE IN KARZAI

US DRUG POLICY, SPENDING AND CORRUPTION STILL MAJOR FAILURES

“Gordon, Karzai finally quit smoking.” This was the call from Kabul last night, a town filled with journalists, intelligence analysts and the “best and brightest” of our government, military and civilian. “Gordon, the man has changed, it may be too late, but he is reaching out to the Pashtuns, and sounding like someone worthy of trust, not like the Karzai we have known for so many years.”

May 21 10:17

U.S. Troops in Afghanistan Drinking Unsafe Water

Every year there are new reports of abuses being heaped on American troops in the field. They were provided with cheap and unnecessarily heavy body armor instead of lightweight titanium layered Kevlar. They were issued canvas-covered Humvees. There were unconscionable delays in deploying armored Humvees and in ordering 1970’s vintage MRAPs. They have to fight with jam-prone M-4s and live on bases blanketed by toxic burn pit smoke.

Now the method used to "purify" our troops’ drinking water is being severely criticized by organizations no less than the World Health Organization and the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What this article documents is how completely expendable our men and women in uniform are to this government.

May 21 10:01

Grim milestone: 1,000 Americans dead

On Tuesday, the toll of American dead in Afghanistan passed 1,000, after a suicide bomb in Kabul killed at least five United States service members. Having taken nearly seven years to reach the first 500 dead, the war killed the second 500 in fewer than two. A resurgent Taliban active in almost every province, a weak central government incapable of protecting its people and a larger number of American troops in harms way all contributed to the accelerating pace of death.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question thinking Americans have to ask themselves, 9 years on, is why are we in Afghanistan?

1. Afghanistan has absolutely nothing to do with the security of the United States. It is a broken, dysfunctional country with a puppet government, propped up by US military might, steeped in corruption with complete and callous disregard for the welfare of its own people.

2. There were two outcomes to be accomplished through the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, both for private profit. The first was control of the drug trade (mission accomplished here), and the second was to "pacify" Afghanistan to the point where pipelines could be installed with which to control Eurasian oil (not remotely close on this one).

As you will recall, as late of August of 2001, the Bush administration was negotiating pipeline rights with the Taliban, but considered the price "too high". Then, conveniently, came 9/11, and we were off and running to "punish" Afghanistan with our invasion and occupation.

It should be mandatory that the parents, friends,and loved ones of every soldier who has died or been maimed for life in this immoral and illegal military misadventure, should be informed by their Congressional Representatives as follows:

"Your loved one died (or was maimed) to insure control of the drug trade, which has pretty well been accomplished, and to pacify the Afghan people enough to be able to install the pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil, which we have not accomplished. Therefore, American kids are going to keep fighting, getting maimed, and dying until the latter outcome is achieved."

One wonders if that would finally wake the American people up, and what, upon that awakening, and moment of complete clarity, they would do with the rage they would be feeling upon understanding the real reason American kids are fighting, getting maimed, and dying in Afghanistan.

May 21 09:29

Federal Appeals Court Bars Bagram Detainees From Civilian Trials

Detainees at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan cannot use U.S. courts to challenge their imprisonment the way detainees in Guantanamo Bay have, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

The United States is holding the detainees at the military prison on Afghan territory through a cooperative arrangement with Afghanistan, three appeals court judges said in a unanimous decision turning aside the request of a Tunisian and two Yemeni prisoners.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder if these men will receive a trial at all, either via US Military tribunal, or Afghani military tribunal, or if the ultimate outcome will be having them rot in indefinite detention.

May 20 17:19

Ray McGovern : US, Israel Challenged on Iran

The times may be a-changin’ — at least a bit — with the United States and Israel no longer able to dictate to the rest of the world how crises in the Middle East must be handled, though the new reality has been slow to dawn on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her neocon friends in Congress and the U.S. media.

They may think they are still in control, still the smart ones looking down at upstarts like the leaders of Turkey and Brazil who had the audacity to ignore U.S. warnings and press ahead with diplomacy to head off a possible new war, this one over Iran.

May 20 17:15

PHILIP GIRALDI : Shaping the Story on Iran

There have been recent reports that Iran has enabled the travel of al-Qaeda leaders to Afghanistan and Pakistan where they will be able to confront and kill American soldiers. If you think you have heard the story before, you have, in another context. In the earlier rendition it was Saddam Hussein who was hand-in-glove with al-Qaeda, helping the group in its nefarious planning to attack the United States and kill Americans. Saddam, who was in reality only a threat to his own people, was on the receiving end of a barrage of fabricated information claiming that he was secretly developing weapons of mass destruction and clandestinely dealing with the terrorists who were responsible for 9/11. Or so the story goes.

May 20 17:06

Jeff Gates : Who Wants this American Dead?

Why kill Anwar al-Awlaki, an American who inspired the Times Square Fizzler and advised the Crotch Bomb Sizzler?

This Islamic preacher is “out there.” No doubt about it. So is Christian preacher John Hagee.

Hagee promises his flock a Rapture that will beam them up to Heaven. But not just yet. First God’s Chosen People must recover Jerusalem.

Remind me: isn’t the status of Jerusalem THE most contentious and volatile issue in the entire Middle East?

Hagee is much loved by the Likud Party wing nuts that have never shown any desire for peace with an indigenous population that has been ethnically cleansed, imprisoned and provoked with impunity for six-plus decades.

May 20 09:52

PHILIP GIRALDI : Shaping the Story on Iran

There have been recent reports that Iran has enabled the travel of al-Qaeda leaders to Afghanistan and Pakistan where they will be able to confront and kill American soldiers. If you think you have heard the story before, you have, in another context. In the earlier rendition it was Saddam Hussein who was hand-in-glove with al-Qaeda, helping the group in its nefarious planning to attack the United States and kill Americans. Saddam, who was in reality only a threat to his own people, was on the receiving end of a barrage of fabricated information claiming that he was secretly developing weapons of mass destruction and clandestinely dealing with the terrorists who were responsible for 9/11. Or so the story goes.

May 20 09:46

Ray McGovern : US, Israel Challenged on Iran

The times may be a-changin’ — at least a bit — with the United States and Israel no longer able to dictate to the rest of the world how crises in the Middle East must be handled, though the new reality has been slow to dawn on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her neocon friends in Congress and the U.S. media.

They may think they are still in control, still the smart ones looking down at upstarts like the leaders of Turkey and Brazil who had the audacity to ignore U.S. warnings and press ahead with diplomacy to head off a possible new war, this one over Iran.

May 19 15:04

Taliban attack key U.S. base in Afghanistan

Insurgents launched a brazen pre-dawn assault Wednesday against the giant U.S.-run Bagram Air Field, killing an American contractor and wounding nine troops in the second Taliban strike at NATO forces in and around the capital in as many days.

May 19 03:25

Bill for Afghan War Could Run into the Trillions

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz and Harvard professor Linda Bilmes estimated that the long-term costs - taking into account the costs of taking care of wounded soldiers and rebuilding the military - of the war in Iraq will ultimately cost three trillion dollars.

Intriligator suggested that a similar calculation for the costs of the war in Afghanistan would indicate a long-term cost of 1.5 to 2.0 trillion dollars.

"Why are we putting money into Afghanistan to fight a losing war and following the Soviet example rather than putting money into [our] local communities?" he asked.

May 18 22:59

US death toll in Afghanistan tops 1,000

The massive suicide bombing that ripped through a NATO convoy in Kabul Tuesday claimed the lives of five more US soldiers, a Canadian officer and a dozen Afghan civilians.

The attack demonstrated the failure of more than eight years of US-led occupation, not to mention that of the puppet government of President Hamid Karzai, to secure even the center of the Afghan capital. It also marked a grim milestone for American forces, bringing the total number killed in action in “Operation Enduring Freedom” to the 1,000 mark.

May 17 11:38

Nato turns to militias in Afghanistan battle

Elite American and Nato military units in Afghanistan have discreetly turned for help from the "private armies" of warlords and tribal leaders as a controversial tactic in the war against the Taliban, it can be revealed.

Working alongside both US intelligence and special force agencies, irregular Afghan militia groups are increasingly being blamed for theft, corruption, targeted assassinations. They have also been accused of involvement in raids aimed at killing the Taliban but in which innocent men, women and children have been killed.

May 17 10:34

Disease 'to cut Afghan opium by up to 70%'

A mystery disease infecting opium poppies in Afghanistan could cut this year's illicit crop in some areas by up to 70 percent, an official said Sunday.

The disease has led authorities to expect a "significant" reduction in opium production this year, with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) saying this week that the output could fall by up to 25 percent.

Daud Daud, Afghanistan's deputy interior minister for counter-narcotics, said that "in some areas up to 70 percent of the crops have been destroyed" by the disease.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh dear what will the US drug lords do now! :)

It will be inyteresting to see the same US Government that worked so hard to justofy allowing the opium to grow to now justify spending US tax dollars to cure the plant disease.

I still think that the Russians may have done this when the US refused to stop the flow of heroin from Afghanistan into Russia.

Good for the Russians!

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May 17 09:29

Gordon Duff: Can 1% Stop The Global Criminal Syndicate?

CAN A REAL GLOBALISM BASED ON TRUTH AND HONOR SAVE THE WORLD?

I was asked during an interview on Al Jazeera the question that every Muslim lives with every day, “How can a small country like Israel control America.” My answer was simple. Imagine a friend comes to you screaming, “Someone stole my house!” You ask him what happened. His response; “I put my house up for sale, I asked $200,000 dollars. A man came to the door and said he wanted my house. He gave me $200,000 bucks and now I have no home.”

May 17 09:00

Afghanistan issues arrest warrant for US officer

AN AFGHAN prosecutor has issued an arrest warrant for an American special forces commander over allegations that a police chief was murdered by a US-trained militia.

May 16 16:20

Special Nakba Day show! on Truth Jihad Radio

Editors Note: Those who might be turned off by the word “JIHAD” thanks to the Zionist propaganda war against the noble word “jihad” which is an extreme example of Islamophobic bigotry; if one considers how they have kidnapped perfectly rational English words like “holocaust” and anti-Semite” and what they have done with them, what chance do you think anyone would have with trying to untangle the distortion in which they have ensnared foreign words like “Jihad?”

Jihad, means struggle — the struggle to become a better person and to make the world a better place.

Franklin Lamb speaks about NAKBA to Kevin Barett on the
Truth Jihad Radio Show, Sat. 5/15/10, American Freedom Radio

(archived here)

May 16 13:04

US Aid Hurts Afghans

The White House tells us that we are releasing funds to rebuild Afghanistan. The reality, however, is that very little of the money actually will benefit the Afghan people. We are told that our nation is being very generous, mostly as a balm to our collective conscience to convince us to give our stamp of approval for that war which so far has cost over $260 billion in U.S. taxpayers' money. 1 This deception also helps to put a happy face on this war so that our attention is diverted from the people who are dying and wounded there.

May 15 10:47

GORDON DUFF: ASSASSINATION IN DUBAI, ISRAELI’S WARNING TO THE WORLD

THE POLITICS OF MURDER

With 447 members of congress, every single one of them swearing they know nothing of Israel’s enormous nuclear arsenal, vowing eternal allegiance to Israel over the United States and virtual control of newspapers, electronic news media, thousand of internet news sites, movies, magaizines and television shows, the ability to spin anything from assassination to mass murder into a “poor threatened Israel” yarn has endangered the life of every public figure in the world who stands up for their beliefs.

447 members of congress led by Senators Charles Schumer and Lindsay Graham along with Josef Lieberman and “Hanoi John” McCain are not among them.

May 15 10:06

Afghans Protest Deadly NATO Night Raid

Hundreds of protesters brandished sticks, threw stones and burned an American flag Friday in eastern Afghanistan as they accused NATO forces of killing civilians in an overnight raid, but the alliance said eight insurgents were killed in the attack.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Afghans "do not hate us because we are free"; they hate us because we are killing their brothers, sons, wives, daughters, and friends in the name of "pacifying" the country enough to enable the installation of pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil for private profit.

May 15 07:33

McChrystal: Beheadings of Our Allies Simply to Be Expected

REPORTER: [I]n Marja there are reports -- credible reports -- of intimidation and even beheading of local people who work with your forces. Is that your intelligence? And if so, does it worry you?

GEN. MCCHRYSTAL: Yeah. It absolutely is things that we see. But it's absolutely predictable.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the US recruits Afghanis to help them, knowing that it may well mean their deaths by beheading.

Was not beheading the traditional British punishment for treason against ones own people by aiding an enemy in time of war?

May 14 14:12

Pakistani MPs urge NATO oil halt

A number of Pakistani lawmakers have introduced a motion that calls for a ban on oil supplies to US-led NATO forces stationed in neighboring Afghanistan.

May 14 09:36

McChrystal Terms Afghan War ‘A Draw’

Some six months into the “McChrystal Plan” the US had dramatically increased its military presence in Afghanistan and President Obama has claimed they are making “undeniable” progress. To Gen. McChrystal though, the war is still “a draw.”

And even McChrystal’s claims of a draw are questionable, based on his insistence that the Taliban’s momentum has been stopped. This is not well supported by recent data, however, which has shown a rising death toll, rising numbers of Taliban IED attacks, and ever increasing numbers of civilian killings.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are losing this war, just as we lost in Viet Nam, because we absolutely do not have the moral high ground here, just is we did not have the moral high ground in Viet Nam.

May 14 08:48

Taliban recruiting sees surge after Times Square bomb failure, says leader

"We've got more publicity from this one failed bombing in New York than from more than 100 bombings in Afghanistan," a high-ranking militant in the Afghan Taliban told Newsweek

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Notice that this guy allegedly making such a statement is never sourced, which leads me to believe that this was simply a fabrication, engineered to strike more fear and terror in the hearts of the Americans who read it.

First of all, the "Bandini Bomber" was a total failure, and failures do not inspire membership surges.

We've been in Afghanistan for 9 years now, and one primary objective (for private profit) has still not yet been accomplished.

That outcome was the "pacification" of the Afghan people to such a degree to allow pipelines to be installed with which to control Eurasian oil.

The Afghan people know that their country is cursed by geography, in terms of being an ideal place to install such pipelines.

The Afghan people do not hate us "because we are free";they hate Americans because we are killing their wives, mothers, brothers, sisters, and friends in the pursuit of this outcome, and want their country back, out from under the yoke of US/NATO occupation.

If American and NATO leadership were really smart, they would declare victory, go home, and negotiate with whatever government was left standing for the pipeline rights.

Russia and China are deal-making at an unprecedented pace, to insure the energy sufficiency they need, without firing a shot.

May 13 16:47

Blight devastates Afghan poppy crop; prices soar

Afghanistan's opium yield is likely to drop as much as 30 percent this year because blight is destroying fields full of poppies in the south — driving up prices amid a countrywide push to grow legal crops, a U.N. official said Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now, let's see. Russia is suffering thousands of overdose deaths every year. Russia asks the United States to halt the flow of opium coming from Afghanistan and the US refuses, saying that those poor farmers would not have any means to earn a living without opium. Of course, those farmers got along just fine when the Taliban shut down the drug trade. And we have photos of US soldiers actually protecting those poppy fields!

And all of a sudden a "blight" hits those poppy fields!

Kinda makes you wonder!

May 13 14:31

Are the bombers in Iraq Al-Qaeda, the CIA or Israel?

Christopher King argues that it is likely that the American CIA – or Israel acting on its behalf – is responsible for recent atrocities in Iraq, in order to extend and consolidate the occupation, just as it is probable that the Times Square bomber was, wittingly or otherwise, acting for the CIA or Israel, to justify the US military intervention in South Asia.

May 13 09:52

Sympathy for the Oval: Seeking Shreds to Cover the Naked Truth of Power

This is what you support when you support Barack Obama. It does not matter if you think his opponents in the factional infighting to control a blood-soaked empire and its war machine are "worse" than he is in some measure. When you support him, when you defend him, when you excuse him, it is arbitrary murder that you are supporting. It is the absolute negation of every single principle of enlightenment and human rights professed by liberals, progressives -- indeed, by honorable people of every political stripe -- for centuries.

May 13 08:41

Obama tentatively backs peace talks with Taliban

Karzai also is looking for Obama to endorse a peace plan that carries a politically risky element: Reconciling with some of the Taliban's leaders. To date, the administration has been cool to the idea. With the Afghanistan war is already unpopular at home, many Americans are likely to be further dismayed at the thought of making amends with figures who killed hundreds of U.S. troops.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Karzai understands, at the end of the day, that the only way to bring peace to Afghanistan (and secure his own personal safety) is to cut a deal with the Taliban.

If in fact Obama has any shred of horse-sense, he will applaud the plan and work with Karzai to move it forward.

We will, then, hopefully, declare victory, go home, and negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for the rights to installing the pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil, just as the Bush administration attempted to do with the Afghan government as late as August of 2001.

May 13 08:10

Pentagon expanding Guantánamo-like prison in Afghanistan

n a little-noticed filing Wednesday, the US Army announced it is soliciting bids for the expansion of the US prison at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.

The announced request for proposals says the Army seems a "build contract for three (3) new detention housing units to be located directly adjacent to the existing detention facility at Parwan. The three new detention housing units include one (1) Special Housing Unit (SHU) and two (2) Detention Housing Units (DHU)."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Your tax dollars at work, folks.

May 13 07:55

Fungus hits Afghan opium poppies

Poppy cultivation and opium production in Afghanistan have decreased sharply, according to a United Nations report.

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime says cultivation has dropped 22% in a year and opium production by 10%, with the biggest falls in Helmand province.

Yet again nature teach the Plutocracy a lesson on who is calling the shots...

May 12 21:29

Jeff Gates : Is the “Times Square Terrorist” More Field-based Warfare?

Best Story Wins

This brief overview of “field-based warfare” brings us to the latest incident in New York again featuring in a starring role Mullah Omar as leader of the “Pakistan Taliban.”

But first a brief review of three recent events.

Read the Full Article here:

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/05/jeff-gates-is-the-%E2%80%9Ctimes-squa...

May 12 09:15

Helmand's poppy growth surges

Not only does the fertile desert soil push up bumper yields once irrigated from deep wells, but Khan says a strong Taliban presence there deters attempts by the authorities to implement eradication.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yeah, right, the Taliban are protecting the opium. Suuuuuuuuure.

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May 12 09:11

'Broken promises' send Afghan fighters back into arms of Taleban

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, sometimes non-existent, rewards, a scathing new report has claimed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently the "progress" made in Afghanistan consisted of buying off the enemy, then the checks bounced and things are worse!

May 12 08:05

US troops executing prisoners in Afghanistan, journalist says

The journalist who helped break the story that detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq were being tortured by their US jailers told an audience at a journalism conference last month that American soldiers are now executing prisoners in Afghanistan.

I'll tell you right now, one of the great tragedies of my country is that Mr. Obama is looking the other way, because equally horrible things are happening to prisoners, to those we capture in Afghanistan," Hersh said. "They're being executed on the battlefield. It's unbelievable stuff going on there that doesn't necessarily get reported. Things don't change.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There has been absolutely no changes between the Bush and Obama Administrations; simply a terrifying continuity, all at the expense of the people whose countries we occupy, and at the expense of the American people.

May 11 09:43

Taliban shoots down NATO chopper

A NATO helicopter supporting Afghan and international troops in southern Afghanistan has been forced to make an emergency landing after being hit by the Taliban.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When the Afghan freedom fighters started shooting down the Soviet helicopters, it was the beginning of the end for the USSR!

May 11 07:33

David Swanson, Did You Say $33 Billion?

As it turns out, however, not everyone is quite as enthusiastic about the surge as Washington. NATO allies have not provided the expected number of trainers for the Afghan police and military in the expected period of surge time. They're dragging their feet over a war that is far less popular and more controversial in Europe than here. Because the almost hopeless task of standing up a vast, effective Afghan military (which that impoverished country has no way of affording) and an incorruptible police force (an oxymoron when it comes to Afghanistan) is considered so crucial to Washington's war strategy, the Pentagon has stepped in. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates recently announced a further micro-surge. It seems that 850 U.S.

May 10 11:24

Afghan Mothers Face Worst Conditions in the World

Does it take a rocket scientist to figure out that the occupying Afghanistan is not working – and is not improving the conditions of Afghan women and children? With a foreign policy based on occupation rather than aid to the most vulnerable, surging special forces instead of midwives and water treatment, we get it all wrong.

May 10 11:18

Afghanistan's My Lai Massacre

here was, however, a massacre recently that was not a mistake - a massacre, which, while it only involved fewer than a dozen innocent people, bears the same stench as My Lai. It was the execution-style slaying of eight handcuffed students, aged 11-18, and a 12-year-old neighboring shepherd boy who had been visiting the others in Kunar Province on December 26.

Sadly, no principled soldier with a conscience like pilot Thompson tried to save these children. No observer had the guts of a Bernhardt to report what he had seen. No Ridenhour among the other serving US troops in Afghanistan has investigated this atrocity or reported it to Congress. And no American reporter has investigated this war crime the way Hersh investigated My Lai.

May 10 08:39

U.S. Special Forces Slaughter Family In Afghanistan, Attempt Cover-Up

On Feb. 12, a family in Khataba, Afghanistan, held a party to celebrate the birth of a baby boy. Just hours after they went to sleep, U.S. Army Special Forces assaulted the house. They kicked down the door, rushed to the roof and began shooting at everybody below.

The site that had so recently been a scene of dancing and celebration was now a pile of bodies and a river of blood.

May 09 10:53

American Military Burn Pits Pose Risk to Future Generations of Afghans

The American military continues to operate burn pits in Afghanistan eighteen months after the U.S. Congress banned their use. See the February 1, 2010, article by Lindsay Wise and Lise Olsen of the Houston Chronicle. They used the burn pit at Camp Taji in Iraq as an example. It continues to open-burn 120 tons of waste each day. This provides a glimpse as to the volume of waste that is being illegally burned on American bases every day. Multiple that times hundreds of bases and posts in Afghanistan, and factor in that it has occurred every day for the past nine years and the scope of the problem becomes evident.

May 09 07:32

Afghanistan's Karzai to ask Obama for billions more to fight Taliban

Afghan President Hamid Karzai will ask for billions more in aid when he travels to Washington next week on a trip aimed at improving relations with Barack Obama.

May 08 04:47

US takes the war into Pakistan

The CIA was given authority on Wednesday to expand strikes by unmanned aerial vehicles against low-level combatants, even if their identities are not known. Obama had previously said drone
strikes were necessary to "take out high-level terrorist targets".

May 07 13:13

Karzai Seeks Deal with Taliban

When President Karzai of Afghanistan arrives in Washington next Wednesday, will President Obama applaud Karzai’s efforts to negotiate a peace settlement with the Taliban, or will he tell the Afghanistan president to sit down, shut up, and remember that he’s supposed to behave like a U.S.-installed puppet?

Wars end with deals, and it looks like Karzai understands that. Does Obama?

May 07 11:55

Mothers: ending war is the source of Mother’s Day. War is illegal. Mothers: demand justice, peace

*hyperlinks and video live at source*

Ending unlawful US wars is similar to the work of the Civil Rights Movement: both are functions of transformative civic education inside and outside of classrooms, transformative media communication, and transformative political education and policy. Both are founded upon honor and enforcement of historical legislative victories. For Civil Rights, the 1868 14th Amendment to the US Constitution promised equal protection under the law and was willfully ignored.

May 06 11:17

DECLARATION OF COLONEL v. LAWRENCE B. WILKERSON (RET.)

As a related matter, my investigation into the Abu Gbraib detentions
revealed that some 50-60% of those imprisoned in Abu Ghraib were probably innocent. They
were swept up in combat operations and gotten off the battlefield by imprisoning them — an
understandable tactic by military forces operating with too few assets to accomplish the mission,
always the case in Iraq. No real records existed of evidence or facts that incriminated them, just
as had happened at Guantánamo Bay.

May 05 12:07

Funny Ahmadinejad Comment!

I love the way Ahmadinejad turns US foreign policy back on itself!

May 05 09:44

Obama’s Military Intentions

There’s more war in America’s future — a great deal more, judging by the Obama Administration’s reports, pronouncements and actions in recent months.

May 05 08:10

German troops face pitched battles in Afghanistan as insurgency spreads

German troops are fighting the first pitched battles witnessed by the Bundeswehr since 1945 in the face of a growing Taleban insurgency in the north of Afghanistan.

A spokesman for the German forces in Kunduz told The Times this weekend: “It was intensive fighting in April. The situation is not stable and not secure. It has been deteriorating for more than a year.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More "progress" in Afghanistan, I see.

May 04 12:48

From Waziristan to New York - Juan Cole

It is a measure of the inter-connected character of our globalized world that the security of New York may be tied to events in distant, rugged and mysterious South Waziristan, Pakistan– a remote area even most Pakistanis know little about. And, US security may depend more on school-building and improving lives in South Waziristan than on unmanned drone attacks on militants.

May 04 09:04

US deploys 1000s drones in Afghanistan

The US is deploying thousands of drones in Afghanistan, raising suspicions as to whether the move is aimed at monitoring militants or targeting another country.

May 04 05:29

Is the War in Afghanistan Justified by 9/11?

“Whereas it is widely recognized that the US-led war in Afghanistan is illegal under international law, because it was never authorized by the UN Security Council, most Americans have believed that it was morally justified as a response to the 9/11 attacks, and many believe it is still justified as a necessary means to prevent another attack originating from that region. My lecture will present evidence showing that both of these beliefs are untrue, so that the 9/11 Truth Movement and more traditional Peace and Anti-War groups should be able to combine forces to oppose this illegal and immoral war.” - David Ray Griffin

David Ray Griffin speaks to a full house in Chicago, IL on April 27, 2010

May 03 08:17

Afghan Govt Reports Surge in Civilian Deaths

The usually conservative figures on civilian deaths coming from the Afghan government showed 173 civilians died in the most recent month, a 33% rise year over year from 2009.

Another significant portion of those deaths, though one not explicitly included in the Afghan government’s news conference, was civilians killed by NATO troops. Though there were not any of the major air strikes in the past month, several high profile shootings have left NATO’s reputation in the nation in serious disrepair.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Afghani people do not "hate us because we are free"; they hate us because we are murdering their husbands, wives, children, family and friends, all in the name of ultimate private profit.

The invasion and occupation of Afghanistan has absolutely no relationship to US or world security; it has everything to do with the installation of pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil, and the control of the drug trade from which so many profit so wonderfully well.

Remember; as late as August 2001, the Bush administration was negotiating with the Taleban government over the fees for the installation of those pipelines, but deemed those fees "too high".

Apparently, the cost in blood and money of such an invasion and occupation was thought to be "cheaper" for both the current administration and the previous administration.

Of course, it would never be their kids who would get blown to bits or maimed for life in this war for private profit.

May 03 01:48

Times Square bomb hoax, Israeli intel group shows it’s hand Gordon Duff

ISRAELIS BLAME TALIBAN GROUP, ONE THEY HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH FOR YEARS

Who would have believed it? Only days after a warning of an Israeli “false flag” bombing against the US “in the works” a massive car bomb is discovered in Time Square! Better yet, though no intelligence organization in the world could discover anyone claiming responsibility for this embarrassing failure, SITE Intelligence, a group rumored as the “voice of the Mossad” has placed the blame on the Pakistani Taliban.

May 01 13:09

UK politicians fail the Afghanistan, economics and banking tests

Christopher King argues that Britain’s leading politicians lack the courage to acknowledge the only moral conclusion to the Afghan fiasco – withdrawal – and lack the vision, integrity and competence to tackle the country’s economic and banking crises.

May 01 09:07

Pentagon Report: Still Not Enough Troops in Afghanistan

In what is rapidly becoming the ultimate example of a mission that grows to exceed whatever resources it is given, the Pentagon’s latest report on Afghanistan is warning that they still don’t have enough troops to cover even half of the “key districts” in the nation, let alone the rest of the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just where those additional troops will come from without the reinstitution of a draft in the US.

Obama, through his escalation of troop strength here, has made this war his war; I wouldn't bet against him reinstituting some kind of national draft at some point.

May 01 08:49

Afghanistan forces face four more years of combat, warns Nato official

British and other foreign troops deployed in Afghanistan face a "very tough" time ahead and can expect to be engaged in a combat role for three or four more years, Nato's most senior civilian official in the country said today.

Mark Sedwill, a former UK ambassador to Afghanistan, warned of further troop deaths in the region, saying: "We cannot allow judgment of success to be the absence of casualties."

He said the "bumper sticker" message for the next British government had to be that "a stable Afghanistan is a safer world".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One doesn't know whether to laugh or cry, reading this drivel. But one thing is crystal clear here; the powers that be, in their collective, pathological hubris, have obviously decided that this immoral, unwinnable war will continue, creating an even more horrendous costs in blood and money.

Afghanistan was stable - albeit disfunctional - under the Taliban, before the invasion and occupation began.Afghanistan never has been - nor ever will be - any credible threat to the safety and security of the US or the world.

TO THOSE ADULTS IN THE HALLS OF POWER WHO STILL HAVE SOME SHRED OF CAPACITY FOR CRITICAL THINKING LEFT: THE REASONABLE, LOGICAL CHOICE HERE IS TO DECLARE VICTORY, GO HOME, AND NEGOTIATE WITH WHATEVER GOVERNMENT IS LEFT TO SECURE THE PIPELINE ROUTES WITH WHICH TO CONTROL EURASIAN OIL.

And while you are at it, please explain to the families and friends of the fallen, who love and mourn those soldiers killed or maimed for life, that this war had nothing to do with US or world security, but everything to do with the private profits to be made through control of both the oil and the drug trade.

You owe them at least the honest reasons as to why the US and NATO are "staying the course" in Afghanistan.

Apr 30 09:48

Fahad Hashmi And Terrorist Hysteria In US Courts

In America’s post-9/11 zeal for elevating terror suspects to the status of supermen, existentially threatening the very life of the United States in an unprecedented manner (rather than managing one massive attack on the US through the intelligence agencies’ inability to communicate with one another), Guantánamo, Bagram, Abu Ghraib andthe CIA’s torture dungeons are not the only places where the rule of law was shredded.

Apr 30 09:43

Seven Deadly Sins In Afghanistan

If we could establish that funding an escalation of war in Afghanistan was illegal, immoral, against the public will, economically catastrophic, counterproductive on its own terms, and a cynically motivated intentional failure, well then nothing would change. Unless people use that information in pressuring their representatives to vote No. Because most of this is pretty easily known. Nonetheless I think it's a good place to start, so let me take these points one at a time.

Apr 29 23:40

5 more "terrorists" created today; Afghans Protest After NATO Kills Father of Five

The official statement reads largely the same as the others do. “An individual with a weapon” is spotted during the raid and after being determined a threat “was shot and killed.” Other than a protest in Jalalabad nothing was unusual.

Apr 29 13:51

Pakistani Taliban leader 'alive'

Hakimullah Mehsud, the Pakistani Taliban leader believed to have been killed in a US drone attack earlier this year, may still be alive, Pakistani intelligence officials have said.

Apr 28 08:19

'When we understand that slide, we'll have won the war:' US generals given baffling PowerPoint presentation to try to explain Afghanistan mess

'When we understand that slide, we'll have won the war,' General Stanley McChrystal, the US and NATO force commander, remarked wryly when confronted by the sprawling spaghetti diagram in a briefing.

Apr 27 18:00

US military escalates its dirty war in Afghanistan

The New York Times reported Sunday that American special forces units are operating in and around the Afghan city of Kandahar, assassinating or capturing alleged leaders and militants of the Taliban resistance ahead of the major US-NATO offensive scheduled for June.

The real motive for the article is to introduce the audience of the New York Times and broader public opinion to the reality of the dirty war that the Obama administration is presiding over in Afghanistan. Assassination, or alternatively, detention without trial under the harshest conditions, is the preferred method of the US military to suppress resistance to the neo-colonial agenda of US imperialism.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There were two outcomes expected from the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan:

1. The control of the drug trade from which so many here have profited so handsomely. On that, the US and NATO officials might well say (if they had the courage to actually tell the truth), "mission accomplished."

2. The installation of pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil.

This "pipe dream" (pun intended) is no where closer to reality than when we originally invaded Afghanistan.

And please note; neither outcome had anything to do with the security of the US; it had everything to do with the waging of war for the ultimate goal of creating private profit

Apr 27 14:44

The Real War Reporters

A good friend noted recently how little we hear of Iraq and Afghanistan in the news anymore, and further noted the deafening silence regarding those ongoing wars from what he described as "dishwater left-leaning political activists" whose disengagement from the issue, according to him, makes them full of something I can't repeat in print. That bogus disengagement, he asserts, stems from the fact that Obama is in office now, so everything must be OK. It isn't, of course, but it is hard to miss the fact that we haven't heard much about the wars, or the protesters, since a couple of Januarys ago.

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.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"..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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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