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Feb 22 07:09

Nato airstrike kills 27 civilians in Afghanistan

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

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

Feb 22 07:06

Afghan government condemns Nato air strike that killed 27

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

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

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

Feb 21 18:26

CIA wants Baradar sent to Afghanistan

Senior US officials, who spoke to various media outlets on the condition that they are not identified, said the Americans were not satisfied with the interrogation and wanted to take charge.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Friday that once Pakistani agencies completed their investigation, Mullah Baradar could be handed over to his country of origin, which is Afghanistan, but not to the US.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

By the time Baradar is "interrogated" by the CIA, it will be a miracle if he's still alive.

Baradar is the one guy who might have been able to create some degree of reconciliation between the Karzai government and the Taliban.

It is pretty obvious the US is going to do its best to prevent that from happening.

Feb 21 18:20

At last one EU country has the guts to pull out of Afghanistan

t was so uplifting to see the Government of the Netherlands make a decision to pull out of Afghanistan. This is the first major NATO partner to make such a decision and hopefully this will paint a very clear picture to the other EU members that this war has nothing to do with democracy or terrorism.

The people have a last seen what hides behind this unnecessary war and realize that its basis was formed on a pack of lies. We again see that the true reason for going to war was greed for economic growth and to get their hands on the oil and gas reserves in the Middle East Region.

Feb 21 18:09

Field commanders who tried to warn McChrystal penalized

According to sources quoted today by McClatchy newspapers, two field commanders warned Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal repeatedly about a worthless Afghanistan outpost that was too costly to defend.

The field commanders are now facing penalties after two high-level military investigations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Reprimanded and penalizedfor telling the truth?!?

Unflipping believable.

Feb 21 01:29

NYT 'Mystery' Op-Ed Calls for More Afghan Civilian Deaths

On Thursday the New York Times made an astonishing editorial choice, for which its editors owe the public an explanation: it published an op-ed by an obscure and poorly identified author attacking General Stanley McChrystal for his directive last July that air strikes in Afghanistan be authorized only under "very limited and prescribed conditions." The op-ed denounced an "overemphasis on civilian protection" and charged that "air support to American and Afghan forces has been all but grounded by concerns about civilian casualties."

Feb 20 18:57

Mullah’s arrest is ‘own goal’ for US

While this was the first time Pakistan had acted against the Taliban leadership, Afghans involved in western-backed attempts to start talks with the Taliban to end the war were furious, warning that the arrest might have ruined chances of negotiations.

“It’s a spectacular own goal [for the US],” said one official. “They want to wreck talks,” said a close aide to Afghanistan’s president, Hamid Karzai.

“Mullah Baradar was independently in contact with the Afghan government to find a way for reconciliation and the Pakistanis knew that from their secret agents.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Terrific: what happens to the one guy who could possibly have pulled off some degree of reconciliation with the Taliban?

He gets arrested.

So, the war keeps grinding on, day after horrendous day, not only for US and NATO troops, but for terrified Afghani non-combatants who fear for their lives every day.

Unflipping believable.

Feb 20 15:07

Dutch government falls over Afghanistan: no comment from NATO chief

Christopher King expresses the hope that the fall of the Dutch government over participation in the US-led aggression in Afghanistan could be the start of a trend that will see Europe regain its independence from the USA.

Feb 20 08:21

Dutch troops to pull out of Afghanistan by the end of year after coalition falls

Dutch troops will almost certainly be withdrawn from Afghanistan this year following the collapse of the coalition government in The Hague.

The government fell because of a dispute between its main partners over how long its soldiers should stay in the war.

Feb 20 02:41

The Dutch government has collapsed over disagreements on extending troop deployments in Afghanistan.

After marathon talks, Christian Democratic Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende announced that the Labour Party was quitting the government.

Just under 2,000 Dutch service personnel have been serving in the southern Afghan province of Uruzgan since 2006, with 21 killed.

Feb 19 08:46

In Kabul, doubts about the Marjah offensive

"I don’t think this district is strategically very important for bringing peace and security to the whole country," she told me. "The Taliban are very scattered, it’s not an organized war. It’s not going to work with such a massive military operation."

Out on the streets of Kabul, there is, at best, cautious optimism. Jaweed, a university student, told me he hopes the Taliban are defeated, but worries about what will happen when the fighting stops. "I am not one hundred percent sure about this offensive, because our security forces aren’t up to defending the country properly."

His concern is that, despite the coalition’s pledge to hold on to Marjah, the Taliban will simply re-emerge when attention turns elsewhere.

Feb 19 07:42

US-NATO Aggression to ‘Win Hearts and Minds’

Anyone aspiring to write or edit textbooks for the Department of Education should study U.S. news-wire reports. Rarely will you see imperial aggression being so expertly spun into peaceful liberation within the context of U.S. exceptionalism.

Take for example a February 13, Associated Press report, "US troops fight, then work to win hearts and minds," where the editor mourns the mission:

[I]n the revised U.S. war strategy, the fight against the insurgents is as important as winning the allegiance and confidence of Afghan citizens. For American soldiers here, their days are often a mix of winning hearts and minds and fighting a determined enemy.

How many of those "determined enemies" are actually "insurgents"?

Feb 18 10:09

Afganistan: If the enemy vanishes -- kill civilians

Since the assault was always intended to be as much a publicity stunt as serving any military objective, Barack Obama and Gordon Brown will certainly be pleased at how the media has snapped into line and acted as stenographers for Nato press releases.

The truth is, most of the few hundred Taliban fighters in Marjah vanished well before the much touted offensive began, not being stupid enough to face up to 15,000 of the most heavily armed troops on the planet.

Much of what we've seen on the TV screens looks like random firing into empty space to give the cameras footage for the evening news bulletins.

Feb 18 10:04

Afghan offensive will take another month, general says

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And only last Monday the White House declared the offensive would be finished ... yesterday.

Feb 18 09:19

US forces bogged down by Taliban forces

The biggest offensive undertaken by US-led forces in the nine-year war involves 15,000 troops. It is also the first big test for US President Barack Obama's new "surge" strategy for Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US forces cannot win this battle without heavy civilian casualties, which will certainly assist the Taliban in their recruitment efforts.

Feb 18 09:00

All Systems Go: No Dysfunction in Profitable Afghan Enterprise

A fresh dispatch from the imperial satrapy of Bactria brings word that the Pentagon has ended the eyeblink-brief "suspension" of one of its super-duper missile systems following the "unfortunate" slaughter of 12 civilians, including five children, in the opening hours of the all-out media blitz -- sorry, the "largest military operation of the Afghan war" -- now being inflicted on the city of Marja.

Feb 18 08:57

American unmanned spy plane shot down in Khost

Feb 17 14:17

Taliban Bombs Hinder "Long Term" Afghan Offensive

US-led occupation troops waging a huge offensive against the Taliban in southern Afghanistan risked becoming bogged down Tuesday, running into pockets of resistance as the nightmare of the homemade bombs is chasing the occupation troops.

US and Afghan military officials said remote-controlled bombs were hampering the progress of the assault on Marjah in the Nad Ali district of the southern province of Helmand.

Feb 16 22:52

Taliban In Secret Talks With U.S., Afghanistan

Some Taliban leaders are initiating third-party talks that could lay the groundwork for progress between the U.S. and Afghan governments and the Taliban insurgents. In the video below, Charles Sennott of international news site GlobalPost.com reports on how moderate Taliban leaders are engaged in shuttle negotiations, and have been in contact with Mullah Mohammad Omar, the spiritual leader of the Taliban.

Feb 16 15:41

Mullah Baradar: friend or foe?

The Afghan authorities confirmed on Tuesday reports that the Taliban’s second-in-command, Mullah Baradar, has been arrested in Pakistan. But while the West considers the capture of such a ‘big fish’ a strategic victory, our correspondent points out that he was also the key to a possible diplomatic solution to the conflict.

Feb 16 15:22

Afghan Taliban’s Top Military Commander Is Captured - Maybe

The Afghan Taliban’s top military commander, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, was captured near Pakistan’s biggest city of Karachi in what may be the most significant blow to the eight-year insurgency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 


the Taliban are saying that whoever the Pakistanis just shopped to the US, it isn't Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.

Obama needs good news, and there is no doubt that the story of the capture of a top commander would be a blow to the morale of the Afghani freedom fighters, so the potential for a mis-identification based on wishful thinking cannot be ignored.

I have no doubt that with enough waterboarding, this man will admit to being Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, or even Jack The Ripper.

Feb 16 13:05

Flashback to October 2001

After a week of debilitating strikes at targets across Afghanistan, the Taliban repeated an offer to hand over Osama bin Laden, only to be rejected by President Bush.

Feb 16 08:48

US-Led Invasion ‘Bogged Down’ in Marjah

US forces continue to press forward in the Marjah region of Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, put are said to be struggling mightily with home-made bombs and sniper fire, and were able to advance only 500 yards yesterday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

During yesterday's radio show, CNN was proclaiming how the Taliban was being driven from their stronghold, victory was imminent, and military operations in Marjah would be over in another 2 days.

Of course, the reason for such reckless predictions is that Obama needs a victory in one of the wars before he thinks he can start a new war with Iran and not have the American people storm the White House with tar, feathers, and a rope.

The US has been in Afghanistan for 8 years, two years longer than all of WW2, just as long as the USSR and if this escalation fails to achieve a decisive victory, the public perception that this is just another Vietnam and that the US Government were fools to fall into the same trap that the USSR did, will only grow.

Remember, the principle of Odious Debt is that We The People are NOT obligated to repay the money borrowed for any of these wars.

Feb 15 16:59

WHAT OUR CHILDREN ARE DYING FOR IN AFGHANISTAN

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MENTIONED ON THE RADIO SHOW

Feb 15 15:12

Five civilians killed in Nato rocket attack in Afghanistan

Incident follows death of 12 civilians after stray Nato rockets were fired in Helmand yesterday

Feb 15 15:09

US fears being bogged down in Marjah as snipers hit major offensive

US Marines and Afghan troops were making slow progress as they came under attack from snipers on the third day of a major offensive to seize the Taleban’s stronghold in southern Afghanistan.

Multiple firefights broke out in different areas in and around Marjah, the last militant stronghold in the country’s most violent province, Helmand. The US troops leading Operation Moshtarak — “Togetherness” — advanced only 500 yards today. Marine units twice tried to capture the town’s central bazaar, only to be pushed back.

Feb 15 14:58

The Ethnic Cleansing Of Afghanistan

As I write this, two NATO rockets have just slaughtered around a dozen innocent Afghan civilians during the latest military assault in the war torn country.

Ordinary Afghan men, women and children are paying the blood price for a war launched by politicians from the West.

Feb 15 14:52

Hawkish Cheney backs Obama's Afghan war effort

The former US Vice President Dick Cheney, assuming a rare posture, has backed President Barack Obama praising his plan for the US war in Afghanistan.

“I’m a complete supporter of what they are doing in Afghanistan. I think the president made the right decision to send troops in. I’m not a critic, in terms of how they’re dealing with that situation,” Cheney told the prominent weekly news program.

Feb 15 08:46

Civilian Killings by US Cast Pall on NATO’s Marjah Offensive

The Battle of Marjah was supposed to be the centerpiece of the Obama escalation, showcasing NATO’s firepower against the farming community while emphasizing strategic changes designed to limit civilian casualties.

This has failed on both fronts, with troops encountering heavy resistance and making slow progress in occupying the town, and even more importantly an embarrasingly high profile mishap involving US forces.

Feb 15 07:58

Taliban 'forced from strongholds'

The BBC's Frank Gardner, in Kandahar, says the homemade bombs have been planted in far greater numbers than Nato had anticipated.

Operation Moshtarak - targeting Taliban strongholds in southern Helmand province - has entered its third day.

Earlier, the Nato commander apologised after rockets killed 12 civilians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, nobody has been forced from anything. In a repeat of the same strategy that wore out the Soviets, the Taliban simply leave their bases and merge in with he general population, leaving the surge to waste time and money shelling empty buildings and tripping overt the booby traps. The US will declare victory and leave and the Taliban will repair their bases and the war will go on.

Feb 15 07:56

Military Resistance 8B9: The Death At Every Corner Crawl - 15 February 2010

Military Resistance 8B9

Inside Marjah, Marines Encountered “What They Called The ‘Death At Every Corner’ Crawl”

“Basically, If You Hear The Boom, It’s Good. It Means You’re Still Alive After The Thing Goes Off”

“As Marines Pushed Deeper Into Town, Gunfire Forced Them To Take Cover In Buildings And Compounds Not Yet Cleared Of Booby Traps”

“They Know How To Use Our ROE Against Us”

“A Top Marine Commander In The South Predicted It Could Take 30 Days To Clear Marjah”

Feb 14 18:32

US rockets slam into Afghan home, killing 12

Two U.S. rockets slammed into a home Sunday outside the southern Taliban stronghold of Marjah, killing 12 civilians after Afghanistan's president appealed to NATO to take care in its campaign to seize the town.

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"Those guys over there; the ones we wanted to hit with the rockets? They are the terrorists, remember? We're the good guys. Okay? Good guys here, terrorists over there, bloody bits blown up by our rockets are 'collateral damage'. Oh yes, they only hate us for our freedoms." -- Official White Horse Souse

Feb 14 17:11

Helmand Offensive Starts; Obama’s First War As US President

In the name of “assisting Afghanistan’s government to assert its authority in central Helmand”, thousands of US-led occupation troops launched a major offensive against Taliban before dawn on Saturday, the first since US President Barack Obama ordered more troops to Afghanistan, NATO said.

Feb 13 11:03

WHAT OUR CHILDREN ARE DYING FOR IN AFGHANISTAN

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Feb 13 11:02

US Launches Massive Attack On Taliban Despite Olympic Truce

In ancient Greece, the Olympics festival were a sacred time of truce. For the duration of the games, the conflicts between cities such as Sparta and Athens were resolved within the Stadiums, not on the battlefields. When the founder of the modern Olympics, Pierre De Coubertin, organized the 1896 Olympics in Athens he had the very same intention.

Pierre De Coubertin re-originated the idea that while the Olympics can instill a sense of national pride, the games’ goal must be to promote cooperation between the world’s nations and promote peace. Well, apparently the Obama administration, and more specifically General McChrystal- the commander in Afghanistan- forgot to read Pierre De Coubertin’s memo.

Feb 13 10:33

US Poised to Commit War Crimes in Marjah

"If [NATO forces] don't avoid large scale civilian casualties, given the rhetoric about protecting the population, then no matter how many Taliban are routed, the Marjah mission should be considered a failure," said an analyst with the International Crisis Group.

Today, AFP reported, military helicopters dropped leaflets over Marjah as radio broadcasts "warned residents not to shelter Taliban ahead of a massive assault." Doesn't this suggest that the invading US forces may regard any civilian alleged to be "sheltering Taliban" as a legitimate target, including women and children?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This offensive is guaranteed to accomplish two outcomes; to kill a lot of innocent non-combatants, and radicalize those left standing into the waiting arms of the Taliban.

Feb 13 07:49

The Empire Falls Back

Conquest is thought necessary by nation-states like Rome, forgetting that an imperially ambitious nation substitutes conquest for real productivity. Instead of employing persons, Rome seized their farms and sent them off on wars of aggression and conquest. Obvious examples are Dacia and Gaul both of which Rome invaded for 'gold'. More recently, George W. Bush attacked and invaded Iraq for its oil. Little has changed but names and commodities. If you are still inclined to believe the Bushco cover story, please tell me how many bona fide terrorists were captured by Bush and cite a scintilla of evidence that they were anything but Iraqis defending their nation, their homes and families, against an aggressor, a thief, a war criminal.

Feb 13 07:39

Taliban Spokesman Says Afghan Insurgents Still Holding Out In Marjah, Dismisses NATO Claims

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The war in Afghanistan has lasted more than 8 years, more than two years longer than WW2. We have been in Afghanistan for about the same time the USSR was, with no end in sight other than that our economy is bankrupt (as happened to the USSR).

That the news is touting a new intense surge in "pacification" (in Tacitus' sense of the word) proves that little real military success has occurred in the last 8 years. 700 military camps spread across Afghanistan are still unable to control the place.

The last military commander to successfully conquer and hang onto Afghanistan was Alexander the Great and he only kept it three years. Afghanistan is called the graveyard of empires and our empire is trapped in it like a dying mammoth sinking into the La Brea tar pits.

Feb 12 10:55

Abraham Lincoln: Defend the US Constitution from unlawful tyrants within our government

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Presidents Day weekend includes honoring the birthday of Abraham Lincoln for most Americans. He is considered among the top writers in our world’s history for eloquent and powerful precision. He is revered by Republicans as the father of their political Party. His commitment to the nation “of the people, by the people, for the people” is revered by all.

Feb 12 08:26

Offensive looms in Helmand province US military noose tightens on Afghanistan town

Thousands of US Marines and Army troops have moved into position on the outskirts of Marjah, a town in central Helmand province, identified publicly by the Pentagon as the first major target of the offensive authorized by President Barack Obama.

The town is the largest population center under Taliban control and has been dubbed a "Taliban stronghold" in the US media in order to excuse in advance what are likely to be massive civilian casualties. Press reports citing military sources claim that up to 1,000 "militants" are making a stand in Marjah, lacing the roads and fields with land mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This has been so hyped by the corporate media that if feels as if we're going to be going back to the "body count" reporting of the Viet Nam era.

You have to wonder how many women, kids, the medically infirm, and the elderly will be gunned down in this impending US/NATO "victory".

And I would almost bet one worthless US cent on the following; because this battle has been so thoroughly announced in Afghanistan, many of the Taliban have already fled, to pick up their weapons another day.

And the second relatively safe bet?!? That this attack will radicalize those left standing even further into the orbit of the Taliban.

Feb 12 07:46

US to Launch Fallujah-style Attack in Afghanistan

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"They created a desolation, and they called it peace." -- Tacitus

"Kill 'em all. Let God sort them out!" -- Attributed to Saint Dominic, Pope Innocent III, and other holy men.

Feb 11 12:52

Totally Occupied: 700 Military Bases Spread Across Afghanistan

Nearly a decade after the Bush administration launched its invasion of Afghanistan, TomDispatch offers the first actual count of American, NATO, and other coalition bases there, as well as facilities used by the Afghan security forces. Such bases range from relatively small sites like Shinwar to mega-bases that resemble small American towns. Today, according to official sources, approximately 700 bases of every size dot the Afghan countryside, and more, like the one in Shinwar, are under construction or soon will be as part of a base-building boom that began last year.

Feb 11 10:09

Civilian Casualties in Marjah “Inevitable” as Largest Military Operation of Afghanistan War Begins

Okay, let’s put these two things together. Nicholson is telegraphing he’s letting the air strikes off the chain and that he intends to use rapid, furious attacks in Marja, and somehow that is supposed to lead to reduced civilian casualties. Well, that would be great if we didn’t already know that the single greatest cause of U.S.-caused civilian casualties was airstrikes in support of troops involved in intense firefights.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Air strikes in densely populated Afghani civilian areas guarantee two things, and two things only: a lot of dead and maimed non-combatants, and the radicalizing of those left standing even further against the Karzai government, and the US/NATO occupation.

Feb 11 09:18

NATO Urges Civilians to ‘Stay Put’ as Helmand Invasion Looms

Hundreds of civilians have already fled Marjah, and the Afghan government insists it has made preparations to feed up to 6,000 displaced families. But with the Helmand region containing over 100,000 civilians, the largest NATO offensive since the 2001 invasion could easily overwhelm this capacity.

This has led NATO and the Afghan government to urge Marjah’s civilian populace to “stay put” while the troops mass along the outskirts of their region. They insist civilians “will not be harmed,” but with an enormous number of foreign troops primed for action and the Taliban planting explosives anywhere and everywhere, a significant civilian toll seems inevitable.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These people know precisely what's coming, and for NATO and the Afghan government to make such a statement is a consummate insult to their intelligence.

Feb 10 11:44

Lesley Docksey: “Why we are in Afghanistan” – David Miliband rewrites history

One would have thought the public had heard enough of history being rewritten to suit politicians when Tony Blair appeared at the Iraq Inquiry and, among other things, pushed the old, discredited conflation of Al Qaeda, 9/11 and Iraq. Presumably he still thinks that if he utters an untruth often enough people will believe him.

But now, the UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband is rewriting the history of Britain’s involvement in Afghanistan, both in the media and at public meetings. On 5 February he appeared at a meeting in Taunton, Somerset, UK, there to answer the public’s questions on “Why we are in Afghanistan”.

Feb 10 10:50

US may send more troops to northern Afghanistan

Feb 09 21:38

Beware The People Weeping,When They Bare The Iron Hand

For they killed him in his kindness,
In their madness and their blindness,
And his blood is on their hand.

There is sobbing of the strong,
And a pall upon the land;
But the People in their weeping
Bare the iron hand;
Beware the People weeping
When they bare the iron hand.

Feb 09 09:47

Most Afghan police recruits fail drug testing

LASHKAR GAH-When British trainers administered random drugs tests to 25 Afghan police recruits at a base in southern Helmand province, most of them failed.

Feb 08 09:56

MONDAY’S OBAMATOON ~~ OLD AFGHAN PROVERB

Feb 07 20:26

Hush Little Babies (from Truth Rocker)

Warning: Pictures that will make you ashamed to be an American. (Your tax dollars at work)

Although this may be an unpopular statement - in light of the limelight and fawning over our "Special" forces - a body count is a superannuated and disgusting measure of "success" to any thinker.

When I see images like those in this blog post - it is very very very very very hard for me to sympathize with military families or "contactors" families crying about their breadwinners having to take a dirt nap.

I'm sorry.

Feb 07 12:39

Hitchens Has No Clothes: A response to ‘Vidal Loco'

In his February Vanity Fair hitpiece, Christopher Hitchens argues that the post-9/11 world has driven Gore Vidal ‘Loco’ – the signs, he says, were always there, but 9/11 and events thereafter ‘accentuated a crackpot strain that gradually asserted itself as dominant.’

Hitchens begins his missive with Gore’s take on 9/11 itself, in which he ‘insinuated or asserted that the administration had known in advance of the attacks on New York and Washington and was seeking a pretext to build a long-desired pipeline across Afghanistan.’

Feb 07 11:01

Taliban reject Karzai reconciliation offer

Afghanistan's Taliban rejected President Hamid Karzai's latest attempt to reach out to them as "futile" and "farcical" on Sunday, but said they were open to talks to achieve their goal of an Islamic state.

"This is not the first time that the Kabul regime and the invading countries want to throw dust into the eyes of the public of the world by announcing reconciliation in words and, in practice, make preparation for war," said a statement posted in English on the Afghan Taliban's website, alemarah.info.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Taliban are smart enough to recognize they don't have to "reconcile" with Karzai's government; all they have to do is to wait.

The Karzai government, so befouled with its own corruption, will ultimately collapse, and the US will have its "Saigon moment" and leave.

At that point, the US will, again, have to negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for rights to the oil pipelines.

Please remember: as late as August of 2001, the Bush administration was negotiating for rights to the pipelines with the Taliban government, but thought the price demanded was "too high".

Apparently, the Bush administration thought that a war, and the cost in blood of our brave military, and in money, was somehow "cheaper" than negotiations in the long-run.

It has not been cheaper for those young men and women who have died, or been maimed for life, in the pursuit of private profits for the oil companies.

It has not been "cheaper" for the families and friends who mourn them, or - for those still alive and badly injured - are desperately seeking help from a Veterans Administration system which routinely ignores them, makes them wait, and provides substandard care.

Of course, these people are completely expendable to the powers that be in Washington..and the corporations which profit so handsomely from war.

Feb 07 10:36

Karzai considers introducing Afghan conscription

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has told a conference of the world's top defence officials in Germany that he is considering introducing conscription.

The Afghan president said at the summit in Munich he wants to build an army and police force of 300,000 by 2012.

His comments come as US-led forces are poised to launch a major offensive in Helmand province against the Taliban.

Feb 04 11:25

The Planned End of The Republic

I don't care what agency they are with, what country they are from, or what traitorous pen stroke our bogus appointed rulers create in the way of Executive Orders, ANYONE that tries to disarm law abiding Americans should be SHOT ON SIGHT. And if you don't, if you allow them to takes us out one at a time while hiding in the basement instead of attacking the attackers, you deserve the chains they have waiting.

http://tshtf.blogspot.com/2010/02/end-of-republic.html

Feb 04 08:51

Classify Afghan drugs as global threat: Russia

Moscow: There are around two million drug abusers in Russia who depend on opiates and another three million take cannabis, hashish and synthetic drugs, according to the Russian Federal Drugs Control Service.

Of them 90 percent take Afghanistan's drugs, mainly heroin.

"It is necessary to engage the UNSC and to classify the production of drugs in Afghanistan, which is abnormal by its scale, as a global threat to peace and security," Ivanov said, adding this evil should be "equated to terrorism by its menacing potential”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When specific groups control the drug trade, they also control where the drugs wind up.

It's interesting to note that under the watch of the Taliban, the cultivation of the opium poppy was almost completely eradicated.

Suddenly, after the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, the cultivation and production of opium poppies soared.

To say that there cannot possibly be a connection between the occupation and soaring heroin production here is preposterous.

And for anyone screaming, "this can't be so!", please remember: elements of the US government has a sordid reputation for involvement in the drug trade, as happened in the "golden triangle" area of southeast Asia during the Viet Nam war, and with Iran Contra.

Feb 03 18:16

Afghan 'Geological Reserves Worth a Trillion Dollars'

Afghanistan, one of the world's poorest countries, is sitting on mineral and petroleum reserves worth an estimated one trillion dollars, President Hamid Karzai said Sunday.

Feb 03 08:21

Obama’s surge: killing spree on both sides of AfPak border

These raids are being carried out in advance of what is anticipated to be a major US offensive in the Marjah region of Helmand province, a Taliban stronghold where some 10,000 Marines have been deployed. The offensive is expected as early as the end of this week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ignorance should be painful.

You cannot win what is essentially a ground war from the air.

You can, however, manage to kill a lot of innocent people, and radicalize those left standing into the waiting arms of the insurgents.

This is precisely what is happening in the Af/Pak war.

Feb 03 07:56

US, Karzai Clash on Unconditional Talks With Taliban

On the surface, it would seem unlikely that Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who presides over a politically feeble government and is highly dependent on the U.S. military presence and economic assistance, would defy the United States on the issue of peace negotiations with the leadership of the Taliban insurgency.

But a long-simmering conflict between Karzai and key officials of the Barack Obama administration over that issue came to a head at last week’s London Conference, when the Afghan president refused to heed U.S. signals to back off his proposal to invite the Taliban leaders to participate in a nationwide peace conference.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With all his faults and corruption, Karzai realizes that the only way any true stability is going to be achieved in Afghanistan is by including the Taliban into the government, rather than marginalizing and demonizing them.

Feb 02 06:23

Light At the End of the Afghan Tunnel

That light could be the Taliban Express!

Feb 02 03:45

Vietnam Replay on Afghan 'Defectors'

U.S. and NATO officials are offering bribes drawn from a billion-dollar “Peace and Reintegration Trust Fund” to get Taliban fighters to defect. Taliban leaders have condemned the buyout strategy as a “trick” and warn that offers of reconciliation will be futile unless all foreign troops leave Afghanistan.

Feb 01 13:47

Afghanistan: Record winter casualties for US-led occupying forces

Last month 44 US and coalition troops were killed in Afghanistan—the bloodiest month of fighting recorded in the country’s winter season since the 2001 invasion. In previous years, the freezing temperatures and snowy conditions have seen a lull in the conflict between the US and NATO led International Security Assistance Force and anti-occupation guerrillas.

Feb 01 09:33

US kills baby, 4 other civilians in Afghanistan

US forces have killed at least five people, including a baby, during a night raid which they say has been aimed at targeting militants in central Afghanistan.

The NATO alliance has confirmed the death of the baby and expressed regret for what it called a tragic loss of innocent life.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More willing the hearts and minds of Afghan civilians, I see.

Feb 01 07:39

US casualties in Afghanistan provoke rage and frustration

On a base near Marjah, a Taliban stronghold in Helmand province, Marines are grieving the deaths of a sergeant and corporal killed by the remote-controlled bombs that have become the scourge of the long-running conflict.

Commanders try to keep the men's rage in check, aware that winning over an Afghan public wary of the foreign military presence and furious about civilian casualties is as important as battlefield success.
"It causes a lot of frustration. My men want revenge - that is only natural," says First Lieutenant Aaron MacLean, 2nd Platoon commander of the 1st Battalion, 6th Regiment Charlie company.

Feb 01 07:30

Obama seeks $33 billion for Afghanistan troop rise

President Barack Obama will ask the Congress on Monday for an additional $33 billion in the current 2010 fiscal year to fund a troop increase in Afghanistan, the White House said.

Obama announced in December he was adding 30,000 more U.S. troops to the Afghan war effort to join the 68,000 already fighting a resurgent Taliban.

The $33 billion request would come on top of about $130 billion that Congress has already approved for the Afghanistan and Iraq wars through September 30, 2010.

Feb 01 07:12

US casualties in Afghanistan provoke rage and frustration

A hunger for revenge is palpable among US Marines as casualties grow on the frontline of the battle against the Taliban in southern Afghanistan. 'My men want revenge - that is only natural,' says First Lieutenant Aaron MacLean.

Jan 30 09:07

NATO troops clash with Afghan allies

NATO troops clashed with their Afghan allies in a so-called "friendly fire" incident on Saturday, calling in air strikes that killed four Afghan soldiers and stoked anger among villagers.

Jan 30 08:45

Taliban 'buy out' fund to cost hundreds of millions

An international fund amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars will be established this week in a bid to buy off Taliban leaders in Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Tribute?

Did we lose and nobody told us??????

Jan 29 08:31

Taliban squad seizes hotel in Helmand

A Taliban suicide squad seized a hotel in Helmand on Friday, triggering gun battles with security forces in the capital of the British-garrisoned province.

Just a day after London's summit on Afghanistan, gunmen wearing suicide vests occupied the unfinished hotel yards from the governors' offices and around two miles from the headquarters of British military and aid efforts in Afghanistan.

Jan 29 08:15

Obama’s Secret Prisons

Sometime in the last few years, Pashtun villagers in Afghanistan’s rugged heartland began to lose faith in the American project. Many of them can point to the precise moment of this transformation, and it usually took place in the dead of the night, when most of the country was fast asleep. In the secretive U.S. detentions process, suspects are usually nabbed in the darkness and then sent to one of a number of detention areas on military bases, often on the slightest suspicion and without the knowledge of their families.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Afghans do not hate us "because we are free".

Jan 29 07:04

Afghanistan is Not the Right War

Corbett Report

If history has taught us anything, it is that we need to beware those populist politicians who claim to be men of peace by nature but men of war by necessity. The most violent wars this planet has ever seen, the most brutal regimes that have ever sought to repress their own citizens, the most genocidal schemes have always been nurtured under the leadership of politicians who offer war, violence and domination as a way of achieving peace.

Jan 29 07:03

Taliban Conduct Commando Raid In Lashkar Gah

Raging gun battles have taken place between NATO-backed Afghan troops and well equipped insurgents who assaulted UN and government buildings in the city of Lashkar Gah...

Jan 28 08:59

NATO head says Taliban will not win

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The USSR said exactly the same thing.

Jan 28 07:53

France risks diplomatic row after snubbing Obama's call to send more troops to Afghanistan

Nicolas Sarkozy has ruled out sending any more French soldiers to Afghanistan, in an apparent snub to Gordon Brown.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Do we have to start calling them "cheese-eating surrender monkeys" again?

Jan 28 07:30

Obama Ignores Key Afghan Warning

He adds, "We have not yet conducted a comprehensive, interdisciplinary analysis of all our strategic options. Nor have we brought all the real-world variables to bear in testing the proposed counterinsurgency plan. …

"This strategic re-examination could either include or lead to high-level U.S. talks with the Afghans, the Pakistanis, the Saudis and other important regional players — including possibly Iran."

Extraordinary. Here is the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan bemoaning the fact that, as the President approaches his decision on a large troop increase, there has still been no comprehensive analysis of the wider issues that remain "unaddressed" in McChrystal’s proposal.

Jan 28 07:18

Embattled US troops take cynical view of progress in Afghanistan

None of this happened in the southern badlands of Afghanistan where the Taliban are exacting a seemingly relentless death toll from mostly US and UK forces, but in Bala Murghab, in Badghis province in the far north-west.

A backwater in the war in Afghanistan, nine miles south of the border of Turkmenistan, it has been neglected for years by both Nato and the Afghan government. But it is places like Bala Murghab, in a supposedly more secure corner of the country, that expose the immense difficulties the country has ahead of it in building self-reliant ­security forces and persuading a new breed of increasingly competent Taliban fighters to lay down their arms.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are in Afghanistan to achieve two outcomes, and two outcomes only; to install oil pipelines, with which to control Eurasian oil, and the control over the drug crops, from which so many profit so handsomely.

Jan 28 07:10

Taliban: Buyout Futile Without Foreign Pullout

The Taliban statement condemned the measure as a “trick” designed to divide the force, and said that offers of reconciliation were futile without a withdrawal of foreign troops. The Taliban’s suspicions are actually in keeping with some official comments from British and American officials, who have said that the measure is indeed about “weakening” the Taliban’s leadership by bribing off its support. Others however maintain the deal is about getting the Taliban on board to rebuild the war torn nation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Taliban are many things, but they are not stupid.

They understand that the reason this scheme is being touted at all is that the US and NATO are losing, bigtime, in Afghanistan.

Jan 28 07:03

Pak bid to push India out of Kabul

Pakistan has revived an eight-country grouping to counter US pressure for giving India a greater role in war-torn Afghanistan's
reconstruction, according to a media report on Tuesday.

Following an initiative spearheaded by Islamabad, Afghanistan's neighbours met in Turkey seeking a "single voice" before a London conference to set a timetable for handing security over to Afghans and find ways to negotiate peace with the Taliban.

"The aim of the meeting is to find a single voice in the region to take to the London conference," said a western diplomat attending the gathering in Istanbul on Tuesday. "The aim is to help Afghanistan stand on its own feet in the medium and long-term."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Until the corruption in government is a thing of the past in Afghanistan, there is no clear way to move this agenda forward.

Unfortunately, right now, all the aid the West may pledge will simply go into the pockets of governmental officials, without ever reaching the people it was intended to help.

Jan 28 06:21

Afghanistan to need Western help for up to 15yrs: Karzai

Afghanistan will need support from the West for up to 15 years, President Hamid Karzai warned Thursday ahead of a major international conference on his strife-torn country in London.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: this will give Karzai and his cronies enough time and money to get their nest eggs in order, and leave on the lam to enjoy a quiet life in some far off shangri-la.

Meanwhile, the poorest of the poor in Afghanistan will most probably get nothing from Western aid money, and life will go on without any substantive improvement in their lives.

And the Taliban, come to the conference table?!? They don't have to!

We're barely able to hold on to Kabul, and the Taliban has developed parallel governmental structures to that of Karzai's government, and they are actually working.

Jan 27 01:31

DAILY MAIL: BLACKWATER, US MILITARY WORKING FOR TALIBAN DRUG LORDS

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has been briefed by the Pakistani Military High Command that they are being overwhelmed by highly trained and extremely well armed militants in the border regions and terrorists operating across the country. We have been told by the highest sources that Blackwater/Xe and other US based mercenary groups have been actively attacking police, military and intelligence organizations in Pakistan as part of operations under employment of the Government of India and their allies in Afghanistan, the drug lords, whose followers make up the key components of the Afghan army.

Jan 26 16:22

Nato says Afghanistan conference will raise millions to pay Taliban

Anders Fogh Rasmussen said it was necessary to "establish a trust to finance the reintegration programme" that would persuade the militants to lay down their weapons.

The Afghan president Hamid Karzai, who will pledge to tackle government corruption, will present a plan to reconcile senior Taliban leaders at tomorrow's meeting.

But the proposals will require huge amounts of money to pay for new jobs, pensions, land and even fund the relocation of senior militants abroad.

Jan 26 07:24

US must shift strategies in Afghanistan: Soviet war veterans

The United States is repeating the mistakes that the Soviet Union
disastrous near decade-long war there harbours deep lessons for Western forces.

"It is now (nearly) nine years since the coalition invaded Afghanistan and nothing has changed," said retired Lieutenant General Ruslan Aushev, 55, who served five years in Afghanistan during the Soviet occupation there from 1979-1989.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Those who do not learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them.

Jan 25 08:13

Troop surge 'could bring peace' with Taliban': McChrystal

The NATO commander in Afghanistan said his troop surge could lead to a negotiated peace with the Taliban, in an interview published on Monday ahead of a major conference this week on the war.

US General Stanley McChrystal also told the Financial Times he hopes his allies will leave Thursday's meeting in London with a "renewed commitment" to the increasingly bloody conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Is General Mc Chrystal barking mad?!?

This "surge" is not going to bring the Taliban to the table. They will not have to come to any table, because the US and NATO troops are losing, and will continue to lose. The Taliban has set up parallel governmental entities, and those entities are functioning, unlike those of the Karzai government.

Even with the surge of troops and contract mercenaries, we do not, nor have we ever had enough boots on the ground to win a successful ground ground campaign.

The continued aerial assaults guarantee two things, and two things only.

These are: 1. the killing of one heck of a lot of innocent civilians, and 2. the radicalizing of those left standing even further against the US, NATO, and the Karzai government, which Afghanis see as the US's and NATO's appointed puppet.

The level of corruption in the Karzai regime is legend. Payoffs of governmental officials is the only way to get something done. Opium production has soared after the US/NATO invasion and occupation.

And,as reported here yesterday:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jan/24/afghanistan-elections

They have even had to postpone their parliamentary election after the farce last year, coupled with alleged "lack of funds" to hold them.

All the Taliban has to do is continue their war of attrition. At the end of the day, for US and NATO forces, their will be a "Saigon Moment", just as there was for the old Soviet Union.

At that point, the US and NATO will need to negotiate with whatever government is left standing for the rights to the pipeline routes, which has been the unachieved objective of this 8 years - and counting - military misadventure.

Jan 25 08:04

U.S. commander sees eventual Taliban peace deal

The commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan said he hopes increased troop levels will weaken the Taliban enough for its leaders to accept a peace deal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Soviets thought so too.

In fact, as I recall, the US had the same strategy in Vietnam.

Jan 25 06:39

United States must 'shift strategies' in Afghanistan

"It is now (nearly) nine years since the coalition invaded Afghanistan and nothing has changed," said retired Lieutenant General Ruslan Aushev, 55, who served five years in Afghanistan during the Soviet occupation there from 1979-1989.

However, Aushev, who was made a Hero of the Soviet Union after being wounded on his third Afghan deployment, admitted that Nato and US troops face a fiercer enemy today than did Soviet troops.

Jan 25 01:06

War Is Sin

Truthdig
War Is Sin
Posted on Jun 1, 2009
By Chris Hedges
The crisis faced by combat veterans returning from war is not simply a profound struggle with trauma and alienation. It is often, for those who can slice through the suffering to self-awareness, an existential crisis. War exposes the lies we tell ourselves about ourselves. It rips open the hypocrisy of our religions and secular institutions. Those who return from war have learned something which is often incomprehensible to those who have stayed home. We are not a virtuous nation. God and fate have not blessed us above others. Victory is not assured. War is neither glorious nor noble. And we carry within us the capacity for evil we ascribe to those we fight.

Jan 24 09:27

'Israel seeks more involvement in Afghan war'

Foreign forces in Afghanistan will use unmanned Israeli drones more extensively in the US-led war, an Israeli paper said, citing the regime's desire to be more involved in the war.

The Jerusalem Post reported Thursday that Germany will become the fifth country whose troops in Afghanistan will operate Israeli drones as of next week.

The German military is expected to take delivery of an undisclosed number of Israeli-made surveillance-geared Heron unmanned drones, the newspaper said.

Jan 24 08:56

Delay to Afghan polls will ensure better preparations, UN envoy says

The top United Nations official in Afghanistan has welcomed today''s decision to postpone the country''s parliamentary elections by four months, saying it will give election authorities more time to prepare for the polls.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: "After the embarrassment of HAMAS winning the elections in Gaza, we are going to make sure ALL the voting machines are rigged to hand Afghanistan to our chosen puppets before we let the suckers vote!"

Jan 24 07:33

Afghanistan postpones parliamentary election

Afghanistan announced on Sunday that it is postponing parliamentary polls for four months, days ahead of crunch talks on the war-torn nation in London, saying it was unsafe to go ahead amid a spiraling Taliban insurgency.

The announcement, five months after the presidential election descended into a ballot-stuffing farce, will deepen global concern that graft and logistical problems are undermining democracy in one of the world's poorest and most corrupt nations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine my (absence of) surprise!

Jan 24 03:44

Wars Without Heroes

Can a CIA operative who pushes the joystick button to launch hellfire missiles by a Predator or a Reaper drone to kill mostly innocent people in mud hamlets in FATA be called a war hero? If such an operator is killed, as were the seven in Khost recently, how would he be eulogised; how would his requiem sound like? Similarly, if Worldwide XE mercenaries known as the defence contractors, whose strength in Afghanistan exceeds regular US troops, are killed, how would they be honoured with medals of valour?

Jan 23 08:17

Gates: Taliban Part of ‘Political Fabric’ of Afghanistan

Just days after declaring the Taliban “insidious” and a “cancer” on Afghanistan that needs to be eliminated, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates insisted that the group was part of the “political fabric” of Afghanistan that needed to be willing to take a legitimate role going forward.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: the US and NATO are losing, big-time, in Afghanistan.

Jan 23 07:55

Israeli drones take over skies of Afghanistan

While Israeli soldiers can't fight in the war in Afghanistan, Israeli drones can. Starting next week, five NATO member countries will be operating unmanned aerial vehicles produced in the Jewish state in anti-Taliban operations in the Central Asian country.

Jan 22 08:26

Karzai to pay Taliban to lay down their arms

Afghan President Hamid Karzai unveiled an ambitious Western-funded plan Friday to offer money and jobs to tempt Taliban fighters to lay down their arms in an effort to quell a crippling insurgency.

Another taxpayer funded bailout

Jan 22 08:08

US recognizes Taliban as Afghan political force

The US Secretary of Defense has recognized the Taliban as part of what he describes as the political fabric of Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So ... we can quit the war and bring our kids home now, right? Right? Right?

Oh, yeah, I forgot!

Jan 21 17:27

Resources for US Soldiers and Vets

Get health and legal information for active-duty soldiers, war veterans, and families dealing with traumatic brain injury, PTSD, and substance abuse.

Jan 20 09:49

My Children Were Tortured;This Trial Is A Sham

Pakistani citizen Aafia Siddiqui has told jurors at her trial that she was held in a secret prison in Afghanistan, her children were tortured, and the case against her is a sham.

“Since I'll never get a chance to speak," she said in the courtroom. "If you were in a secret prison, or your children were tortured…"

She insisted that she knew nothing about a plan to carry out terrorist attacks on targets in New York, The New York Daily News reported.

"Give me a little credit, this is not a list of targets of New York," she said. "I was never planning to bomb it. You're lying."

Jan 20 09:22

UN Report Claims Bribes Equal to Quarter of GDP

Need a driver's license in Kabul? $180 will get you one within hours. $60,000 will get you out of jail in Afghanistan. A new UN study shows just how rampant corruption has become in the war-torn country. Indeed, bribery is equal to a quarter of the Afghan GDP.

Jan 20 09:14

"It's a perfect war. Everybody makes money."

It’s payday in the villages of Zanda Khel and Shobo Khel, so the Indiana National Guard Agribusiness Development Team (ADT) remains vigilant. The ADT is paying a group of farmers for their work on a series of small rock dams, designed to reduce soil erosion and improve irrigation. But this area is a Taliban stronghold and there is a lot of cash involved — tens of thousands of dollars.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please remember; this is, ultimately, not the US military's money; it isn't the government's money; these are your tax dollars.

There, now: doesn't that make you feel ever so much better about this war?!?

Jan 20 09:11

We're Executing Gitmo Prisoners and Calling It Suicide

It’s hard to know where to begin with this profoundly important story by Scott Horton, for next month's Harper’s Magazine, but let's try this: The three "suicides" at Guantánamo in June 2006 were not suicides at all. The men in question were killed during interrogations in a secretive block in Guantánamo, conducted by an unknown agency, and the murders were then disguised to look like suicides. Everyone at Guantánamo knew about it. Everyone covered it up. Everyone is still covering it up.

Jan 20 08:55

Shot in the foot: Propaganda fear as our troops in Afghanistan are given U.S. guns carrying secret Bible codes

British soldiers in Afghanistan are to be issued with guns inscribed with references to passages from the Bible - risking handing a propaganda victory to Muslim extremists.

The sights for the Sharpshooter assault rifle, bought this week to boost the fight against the Taliban, are etched with the characters JN8:12.

This is a reference to chapter 8 verse 12 in the book of John, which reads: 'When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life".'

Jan 19 14:41

Hamid Karzai demands US hand over gunmen who killed children

President Karzai’s security chiefs have demanded that America should hand over the gunmen behind a night raid in eastern Afghanistan that government investigators and the United Nations say killed at least eight schoolchildren.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh Hamid; you are SOOOOOOOO funny!

Jan 19 09:15

FLASHBACK - US 'lost track of Afghan weapons'

The US military has failed to keep track of thousands of weapons shipped to Afghanistan, leaving them vulnerable to being lost or stolen, a report says.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, let me see if I have this straight.

We the taxpayers fork over half of what we earn mostly to support the buying of weapons which we don't agree to, to fight wars we do not approve of. The Pentagon "loses" the guns, and now they are in the hands of the opposing force and being used to kill our kids that we3 didn't want there in the first place.

That about sum it up?

Jan 19 09:10

Smuggled US Arms Flood Pak Tribal Belt

“We have various kinds of US-made arms, which we procure from Afghan arms smugglers”, an arms dealer from the town of Darra Adamkhel in Pakistan’s western frontier province (NWFP) told IslamOnline.net.

Jan 19 09:09

Arms Sent by U.S. May Be Falling Into Taliban Hands

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Go back and study how Charlie Wilson bought black-market Russian weapons to arm the Mujaheddin against the USSR, in order to give the US "deniability."

Is "someone" playing the same game back at us today?

Jan 19 07:27

US troops issued with gun sights carrying coded references to Bible passages

Troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan are firing weapons with coded inscriptions including 2COR4:6 and JN8:12, which related to verses in the books of Second Corinthians and John respectively.

The secret markings do not sit comfortably US government rules forbidding its forces from spreading any religious faith during deployments to the two Islamic-majority countries.

Jan 18 06:56

Five dead as Taliban militants strike across Kabul

KABUL (AFP) - Taliban gunmen and suicide bombers attacked buildings across the heart of Kabul on Monday, triggering fierce gun battles with security forces and killing at least five people including a child.

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Translation: The good guys are fighting off the U-SUK insurgent forces.

Jan 18 04:55

Taliban Attack Presidential Palace

To hell in a hand basket!

Jan 18 02:02

More Dead Afghans: Franken is “Cautiously Optimistic”

Turn them upside down and they all look alike. Democrats and Republicans that is. When Bush and the neocons ruled the roost, Democrats complained about the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. Now that their man is in office, Democrats support Obama’s criminal expansion in Afghanistan.

Jan 17 17:09

Maimed Afghan hero tells Gordon Brown to bring troops home from 'unwinnable' war

Tom James’s heroic decision to attend a comrade's funeral despite his own horrific injuries from Afghanistan inspired the nation.

The 20-year-old fusilier is determined to return to duty with the Army and fight again for his country.

Yet in a heartfelt interview he has described the war against the Taliban as hopeless - and said British troops should be brought home. Gordon Brown, he suggests, is simply afraid to admit defeat.

Jan 17 10:05

Taliban increasingly targets civilians in eastern Afghanistan

One major challenge that remains is the Taliban targeting innocent civilians, Army Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Schloesser said during a videoconference with reporters at the Pentagon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 
Would George Washington have targeted innocent American civilians? No, of course not. Washington NEEDED the support of his fellow citizens against a foreign invader and the same applies here. The Taliban is fighting the US, not their neighbors and friends. Of course, the US, probably killing as many innocent civilians as they are down in Pakistan, would love to pin the blame on the Taliban specifically to sabotage their popular support. But a moment's thought reveals that such a claim just does not make any real sense at all. Whenever you see or hear a report that the insurgents in any war are killing their own people, just ask transfer the story to Washington and the boys and ask if it would make sense there. Would they really kill their own people? What possible benefit would they gain? Then, when you realize that Washington and his boys do not benefit from killing their fellow colonials, ask who does benefit from such a story being put out.
Jan 17 10:01

Civilian Casualties Soar; Key Afghan Metric Headed In Wrong Direction

The rising number of innocent Afghan casualties constitutes a major failure for the American forces if judged by the standards set out by General Stanley McChrystal in the summer of 2009, when he testified before Congress.

American success in Afghanistan should be measured by "the number of Afghans shielded from violence," not the number of enemy fighters killed, he said at the time.

According to the UN report, it is the Taliban that is killing more and more civilians. Civilian deaths at the hands of American-led forces actually declined dramatically last year. But as Wood wrote, "the perception among most Afghans is that the United States is responsible when Afghans are killed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What McChrystal said was simply for US public consumption, and had nothing to do with the realities on the ground in Afghanistan.

Either:

1. The US and NATO will simply go on maiming, mutilating, and killing Afghans either until the nation is "pacified" enough for the pipelines to be installed to control Eurasian oil,

OR:

2. We leave, very much like the armies of the old Soviet Union did, ultimately negotiating with whatever government is left standing to lease the pipeline rights. There is no middle ground here.

And let's think about that statement in the UN report that "...it is the Taliban that is killing more and more civilians."

First, there appear to be zero statistics the UN brings to bear to back up that claim.

And secondly, if the Taliban is trying to build consensus among the Afghan people that they're the "good guys" in this conflict, would the logical extension of that consensus-building process be slaughtering their own!?

Jan 17 09:21

AIVD speaks against claims Washington Post

The secret service AIVD said this morning that prompted the assertion by the Washington Post is wrong. "There are no over the past two years in Amsterdam attacks foiled," said a spokesman.

Jan 17 09:12

We can't defeat Taliban: Army chief

The fight against the Taliban will not be won by military means alone, one of the most senior British commanders in Afghanistan has said.

The Afghan people must be persuaded to reject the insurgency and take responsibility for their own security, said Lieutenant Colonel Nick Kitson, Commanding Officer 3rd Battalion The Rifles Battlegroup.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The fight against Washington's army will not be won by military means alone, one of the most senior British commanders in the colonies has said.

The American colonials must be persuaded to reject the insurgency and take responsibility for their own security, said General Lord Cornwallis, Commanding Officer British Expeditionary Force and Knight Companion of The Most Noble Order of the Garter.

Jan 17 08:24

Civilian Casualties Soar; Key Afghan Metric Headed In Wrong Direction

The rising number of innocent Afghan casualties constitutes a major failure for the American forces if judged by the standards set out by General Stanley McChrystal in the summer of 2009, when he testified before Congress.

American success in Afghanistan should be measured by "the number of Afghans shielded from violence," not the number of enemy fighters killed, he said at the time.

That's a reasonable measure, since no matter who's actually causing the violence, the people hold the coalition forces and central government responsible -- as veteran combat reporter David Wood wrote on Friday for Politics Daily.

Jan 16 15:17

Iran says US, UK, Canada assist Afghan drug trade

A senior Iranian anti-drug official has accused the US, Britain and Canada of playing a major role in Afghanistan's lucrative drug trade.

On the sidelines of an anti-drug conference in Tehran, deputy head of Iran's Drug Control Headquarters Taha Taheri said that Western powers are aiding the drug trade in Afghanistan.

"According to our indisputable information, the presence of the United States, Britain and Canada has not reduced the dug trade and the three countries have had major roles in the distribution of drugs," IRIB quoted Taheri as saying on Thursday.

Jan 16 07:40

The Untold Story of Afghanistan

Despite the aforementioned situation and the eight years of comparable failure that preceded the weeks described above, the Obama administration is sending at least 30,000 more US troops into the Afghan fray. In addition, there will be an untold number of mercenaries added to the numbers of occupying troops. Like his imperial predecessors in Washington, London and Russia, Barack Obama is convinced that his army can somehow shape Afghanistan into a nation that will do the bidding of the empire he leads.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... or hang onto the place until the next opium poppy crop gets harvested!

Jan 16 07:39

Iran says US, UK, Canada assist Afghan drug trade

"According to our indisputable information, the presence of the United States, Britain and Canada has not reduced the dug trade and the three countries have had major roles in the distribution of drugs," IRIB quoted Taheri as saying on Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No kidding.

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Jan 16 07:36

Japan Ends Naval Support for Afghan War

Japan’s defense minister ordered the nation’s naval ships to return from the Indian Ocean on Friday, fulfilling a pledge by his government to end an eight-year refueling mission in support of the war in Afghanistan.

Jan 16 07:35

US Troops Shot Civilian Protesters in Afghanistan’s Garmsir District

Shootings Came at Protest Against Shooting of Civilians the Day Before

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But the US wants to be oh so careful about not harming those opium farmers!

Jan 16 07:34

CHEAP AFGHAN HEROIN FLOODING INTO THE UNITED STATES

A lethal combination of rock bottom prices combined with a spike in the potency and availability of heroin on Massachusetts streets has led to a startling increase in the number of heroin-related deaths in recent years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Relinked in light of yet another announcement that US troops will NOT be harming the opium poppies in Afghanistan.

Jan 16 07:33

WHAT OUR CHILDREN ARE DYING FOR IN AFGHANISTAN

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Relinked in light of yet another announcement that US troops will NOT be harming the opium poppies in Afghanistan.

Jan 16 07:30

Afghan surge troops won't target drug crops

Thousands of extra Marines pouring into Afghanistan's opium-growing heartland will go after those who process drugs but not those who grow the crop, the commander of U.S. Marines in the area said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the overt explanation is that we don't want to harm the poppy farmers, but in theory arresting or killing the poppy farmer's customers is harmless, right?

Folks, we went through this during Vietnam.; The only opium processors being arrested are the competition for American drug criminals.

Jan 15 21:38

Rising military suicides

More U.S. military personnel have taken their own lives so far in 2009 than have been killed in either the Afghanistan or Iraq wars this year, according to a Congressional Quarterly compilation of the latest statistics from the armed services.

As of Tuesday, at least 334 members of the military services have committed suicide in 2009, compared with 297 killed in Afghanistan and 144 who died in Iraq, the figures show.

Jan 14 09:46

Afghanistan: NATO Intensifies Its First Asian War

On January 8 the Washington Post provided North Atlantic Treaty Organization secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt a column in which the two, while deferring to their big brother in Washington - "The United States has played a central role in defending the values and the security of the Euro-Atlantic community" - nevertheless asserted that "Europe can deliver and can be a real partner for the United States. That is what is happening now in the global mission in Afghanistan."

Jan 14 08:21

US Drone Fired Missile Into a ‘Crowd of Suspects,’ Killing 13 Afghans

Exactly what made the reportedly unarmed crowd a “crowd of suspects” is unclear, but Marines that attacked the town at roughly the same time claim to have found ammunition and a “Taliban torture cell.” US forces seemed quite pleased with the attack on the crowd, declaring “we caught them with their pants down.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Every time we hit people with these drone attacks, we radicalize those left standing even further away from the Karzai government, and US and NATO forces.

Jan 13 08:30

13 Afghan demonstrators killed by NATO

Villagers in southern Afghanistan have claimed that Afghan and Nato forces killed 13 demonstrators after a group of people took to the streets to protest the alleged desecration of the Quran.

Haji Abdul Manan, one of the protesters, told the German Press Agency, DPA: "The people came out of their homes today to protest this action of foreign forces in a peaceful way, but the Afghan and international forces opened fire on us."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Winning more hearts and minds in Afghanistan, I see.

Jan 13 06:54

The Anatomy Of America's Defeat In Afghanistan

From the other side's point of view.

Jan 13 01:56

TRANSLATED: Pakistani Op-Ed: "the US is taking out its anger on us"

...A flagrant violation of Pakistan's sovereignty, these strikes speak volumes about the Obama Administration's unilateralist policies and military adventurism resembling the situation in Afghanistan where thousands of civilians have been crushed to death so far, thanks to a joystick controlled thousands of miles away in the US and raining missiles on a hapless population. Since the first strike in Damodola back in 2006, countless Pakistani civilians have lost their lives. Just the previous year, reports have it that around 700 people were killed in 44 strikes, only five of which had hit actual targets. What the US falsely reports as militants' compounds usually turn out to be houses belonging to innocent families having no connection with extremists.

Jan 12 07:43

Afghan "Dirty War" Escalates

Ten children murdered by U.S. Special Forces! The McCrystal Doctrine at work!

Jan 11 13:46

US injustice and arbitrariness as sources of terrorism

Paul J. Balles argues that post-9/11 arbitrariness and blind revenge by the USA lay behind acts of counter-vengeance by Al-Qaeda and likeminded groups, the latest of which was the attempt by a Nigerian man to bomb an American airliner over Detroit on Christmas Day 2009.

”What was the post-9/11 madness but blind revenge? What were the lockups at Guantanamo but revenge? What is joining Al Qaeda but revenge? Is revenge a legitimate response to an attack on America? Why isn't it equally appropriate for those who have suffered sadistic American brutality?”

Jan 10 13:08

CIA Attack 'Revenge For Mehsud'

The suicide bomber who killed eight people at a US base in Afghanistan said he was carrying out the attack in response to the death of Baitullah Mehsud, the Pakistani Taliban leader killed by a US drone.

In a video released to Al Jazeera on Saturday, Hammam Khalil al-Balawi is shown shooting a gun as he describes how the attack would target US and Jordanian intelligence agents.

Jan 10 09:28

Sunday Mirror journalist Rupert Hamer killed in Afghanistan explosion

The reporter, a 39-year-old father of three, was accompanying a patrol near Now Zad when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device.

The newspaper's photographer, Philip Coburn, 43, suffered severe injuries in the blast. The Ministry of Defence said he was is in a serious but stable condition

Gordon Brown, the prime minister, said: "I was deeply saddened by this tragic news, and my heartfelt thoughts and sympathies are with the families, friends and colleagues of Rupert and Philip.

Jan 09 12:23

Yemen – America’s second Afghanistan and third Vietnam

Uri Avnery considers the USA’s ill-conceived adventures in Afghanistan and Iraq, and their disastrous outcomes, and predicts a similar catastrophe if Washington embarks on another misguided adventure – this time in Yemen.

”Terrorism is nothing but an instrument of war. It is used by organizations that are vastly different from each other, which are fighting in vastly different countries for vastly different objectives. A war on ‘International Terror’ is like a war on ‘International Artillery’ or ‘International Navy’...

Jan 09 10:14

‘Afghan Insurgency Can Sustain Itself Indefinitely’: Top U.S. Intel Officer

Flynn’s December 23rd presentation on the “State of the Insurgency : Trends, Intentions and Objectives” may be the gloomiest public assessment of the war yet. The “loosely organized” Taliban is “growing more cohesive” and “increasingly effective.” The insurgents now have their own “governors” installed in 33 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces. And the “strength and ability of [that] shadow governance increasing,” according to the presentation. The Taliban’s “organizational capabilities and operational reach are qualitatively and geographically expanding.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At the end of the day, for American and NATO forces in Afghanistan, there will be a "Saigon Moment", when these military personnel will have to leave the country, just as the military personnel from the old Soviet Union had to leave.

Ultimately, the only people who will have "won" here are the corporations providing mercenaries and logistics services, and the drug lords.

And then, the US will have to negotiate with whatever government is left standing about the cost of installing the pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil, just as the Bush administration was doing as late as August of 2001.

Wars are never cheaper than negotiations.

Jan 09 09:59

Xe Services aims for $1 billion Afghan deal

Now called Xe Services, the company is in the running for a Pentagon contract potentially worth $1 billion to train Afghanistan's troubled national police force. Xe has been shifting to training, aviation and logistics work after its security guards were accused of killing unarmed Iraqi civilians more than two years ago.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Considering the nearly incestuous relationship between Blackwater/Xe and the CIA, I wouldn't bet against this happening.

Jan 08 09:48

Children’s deaths spark anti-US outrage in Afghanistan

While the precise cause of the explosion may be in dispute, the significance of this sudden, violent transformation of what was intended as a "hearts and minds" mission to win over the local population into a provocation igniting mass anti-US protests is clear.

It is a telling expression of the mounting popular hostility to foreign occupation and the growing crisis confronting the US military as the Obama administration embarks on its 30,000-troop escalation of the eight-year-old war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The worse these bombing attacks get, the more radicalized those left standing will become against the US/NATO occupation.

You cannot murder people's children, and expect that they will welcome you with flowers.

Those at the Pentagon who have signed off on the indiscriminate bombing of civilians in Afghanistan haven't quite gotten that bit straight, apparently.

Jan 08 06:18

West's Afghan War: From Conquest To Bloodbath

Jan 07 12:28

Afghan govt. demands arrest of US "death squad" who handcuffed, executed 8 children. US refuses

*hyperlinks and video live at source*

Kai Eide, UN Representative to Afghanistan confirmed the Afghan government’s investigative conclusions that US troops handcuffed and then executed eight students enrolled in grades 6 through 10 in a night raid on December 27, 2009. The US military and NATO responded the troops involved were non-official. The most likely source of para-military “non-official” troops in Afghanistan is Blackwater/Xe.

President Hamid Karzai demanded arrest of the US troops engaged in the break-in and mafia-style execution of their children. The US responded to the Afghan demand of January 1 by rejecting the findings of the Afghan government and UN with a vague promise of their own self-investigation at some later date.

Jan 06 19:56

Winning the War, 30 Taliban at a Time

Just how often has the U.S. and NATO killed the Taliban in groups of 30 during 2009? The answer may surprise you:

* Adnkronos, 12/07/2009: “Up to 30 suspected militants were killed in a NATO airstrike on a Taliban hideout in eastern Afghanistan close to the Pakistani border on Monday. The airstrike targeted the village of Sangar Dara in the mountainous Watapur district of Kunar province , the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said.”
* SF Chronicle, 12/04/2009: “Air strikes in two areas of the Mohmand border region killed 30 suspected militants, a military statement said. It said the strikes were “highly successful” but provided no further details, including whether any civilians were hurt.”

More here http://securitycrank.wordpress.com/2009/12/07/winning-the-war-30-talib...

Jan 06 18:10

US forces in Afghanistan ‘should expect up to 500 casualties a month’

US forces in Afghanistan should brace themselves for up to 500 casualties a month this year, a senior retired American general has warned.

The forecast comes from General Barry McCaffrey, formerly the most decorated general in the US Army, who has conducted field assessments of the US military performance in Afghanistan at the request of the US military since 2003.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please remember: the potential loss of even one more of our military or contract personnel in Afghanistan has absolutely nothing to do with the safety and security of the American people.

It has everything to do with both present, and potential, corporate profit.

The present profit is coming from the control of drug production here, from which so many profit so handsomely.

The future profit is expected to come from the installation of pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil, after the Afghans have been "pacified" to the point where this can happen.

Jan 06 09:25

US drone missiles slaughtered 700 Pakistani civilians in 2009

US drone missile attacks have claimed the lives of over 700 Pakistani civilians since Barack Obama took office a year ago, according to figures released this week by officials in Islamabad. The escalation of Washington’s AfPak war, now in full swing, will mean the slaughter of thousands more men, women and children in 2010.

The grim death toll was announced in the Pakistani English-language daily Dawn Monday, just as news of the latest strike by a Hellfire missile made its way from an impoverished village near the Afghanistan border.

The missile strike left dead and buried in the rubble of their home a Pakistani teacher and his nine-year-old son.

Jan 06 07:47

Teenager who was first British soldier to die in Afghanistan in 2010 told friends he was afraid he would die

The first British soldier to be killed in Afghanistan this year had told friends days before he feared he would die.

Private Robert Hayes, 19, had said Britain was involved in a 'pointless' war that would drag on for at least another ten years.

Jan 06 04:15

CIA Killings Spell Defeat in Afghanistan

Jan 05 21:21

Committing treason for a piece of the pie

Committing treason for a piece of the pie
By Peter Chamberlin
Jan 5, 2010, 00:23
In the greatest fraud ever perpetrated upon any force of patriotic fighting men in the history of the human race, over 2 million men and women have been sent to fight and die in wars where victory was never possible, by government mandate. This has been a hallmark of America’s wars, set by the first Pres. Bush in his Gulf war. No useful assets like Saddam Hussein (or the Taliban, for that matter) can be eliminated in our wars of conquest. We are only interested in reeling in those who think that they are beyond control, restoring the balance of power, the balance of terror.

Jan 05 08:47

Eight Americans Killed by Afghan Suicide Bomber Were CIA

At least eight Americans were killed and six others injured when a suicide bomber penetrated the heart of a heavily fortified complex in eastern Afghanistan, according to multiple U.S. officials in both Afghanistan and Washington, and and a Congressional source told ABC News they were all connected to the CIA.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, so this suicide bomber gets his intended targets and ONLY his intended targets, while the very expensive predator drone strikes are taking out 40 civilians for every intended suspect being targeted?

And the bomber is the "terrorist"???????

Jan 05 07:58

Pakistan worried U.S. buildup in Afghanistan will send militants across border

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess "Militant" is the new politically correct name for "refugee."

Jan 05 07:00

Surge In Casualties In Afghanistan Predicted

There is no concern shown for the thousands of Afghani men,women and children who will be murdered by these poorly trained U.S. troops. As soon as one shot rings out these "troops" who have no real training in infantry tactics will call in massive artillery fires and aerial bombardment and kill everything in sight!

Jan 04 16:00

Are U.S. Forces Executing Afghan Kids?

The Taliban suicide attack that killed a group of CIA agents in Afghanistan on a base that was directing US drone aircraft used to attack Taliban leaders was big news in the US over the past week, with the airwaves and front pages filled with sympathetic stories referring to the fact that the female station chief, who was among those killed, was the “mother of three children.”

But the apparent mass murder of Afghan school children, including one as young as 11 years old, by a US-led group of troops, was pretty much blacked out in the American media. Especially blacked out was word from UN investigators that the students had not just been killed but executed, many of them after having first been rousted from their bedroom and handcuffed...

Jan 03 08:10

Afghan War To Control Caspian Oil, Gas Routes

Let the high-minded causes of bringing peace, democracy, stability or anything but pain and pillage to Afghanistan and Pakistan be brought down like flags to half mast, and let us realize there are far baser motives of wealth, power, and geopolitical control rising. It,s not really rocket science and shouldn't be, especially for a Harvard constitutional lawyer, yes, our own Barrack Obama, President for Change.

Jan 03 07:34

Welcome To Orwell’s World

Welcome To Orwell’s World

By John Pilger

01 January, 2010
Newstatesman.com

In Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell described a superstate, Oceania, whose language of war inverted lies that "passed into history and became truth. 'Who controls the past,' ran the Party slogan, 'controls the future: who controls the present controls the past'."

Jan 02 09:38

Boy watches US forces shoot father in head

Discontent with the government and the occupation has inevitably fuelled support for the Taliban among the local population. Despite still being relatively secure compared with much of eastern Afghanistan, there has been growing rebel activity here in recent months as the insurgents edge closer and closer to neighbouring Kabul...

Jan 02 09:37

Boy watches U.S. forces shoot father in head

Recent reports indicate that a new stage may have been reached in the war in Afghanistan. Secret operations of CIA and special forces appear to have stepped up their infamous night raids, which have induced fear in much of the local population...

… According to witnesses, US troops entered a number of houses near the provincial capital, Mehtar Lam, in an overnight operation [on Dec 7/8]. The victims included Mohammed Ismail, whose 10-year-old son, Rafiullah, described what happened: “When the soldiers came to our house, my father asked them, ‘Who are you?’ Then they shot him in the head and told us, ‘Be quiet and tell us where the weapons are’.” ...

Jan 02 08:45

Pound of Flesh

Pound of Flesh
Meaning:
Something which is owed that is ruthlessly required to be paid back.
Reap what one sows: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head." In modern terms; what goes around comes around, aka you get what you deserve.

http://tshtf.blogspot.com/2009/11/pound-of-flesh.html

Jan 02 08:30

What Now?

Here we are. What now?

New Year. New Decade. New Hopes, dreams, expectations. What now? Change we can believe in is just around the next bend so all we have to do is sit here, have a beer and let good things happen. After all, the bowl games are on.

Jan 01 12:03

Hollywood, the Greatest Asset of Warmongers in our Propagandocracies

A new narrative is needed to open our eyes to the truth about war and occupation. But don´t look for Hollywood or other mainline media outlets, either corporate or state-owned, to provide us with such a narrative of truth.

Occasionally Hollywood changes its tune somewhat, but that´s only part of a new approach in the same old propagandocratic game. It is necessary to present some element of critical views to appeal to the disenchanted when the dominant narrative becomes too discredited. However the alternative narrative generally does not challenge the agenda of the elites in any fundamental way and simply serves to re-direct attention from the worst crimes of the state.

Jan 01 09:53

Obama and Afghanistan: America’s Drug-Corrupted War

In short, the impasse the U.S. faces in Afghanistan, in its efforts to support an unpopular and corrupt regime, must be understood in the light of its past relations to the drug traffic there – a situation which resembles the past U.S. involvement in Laos even more than in Vietnam. It is this sustained pattern of intervention in support of drug economies, and with the support of drug traffickers, that so depresses observers who had hoped desperately that, in this respect, Obama would bring a change.

The question remains: how many Americans, Afghans, and Pakistanis will have to die, before we can put an end to this drug-corrupted and drug-corrupting war?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it; apparently, this is precisely what is happening in Afghanistan.

Jan 01 09:21

US forces 'kill 8 children' in night raid on village in Afghanistan

Dec 31 12:59

Canadian House of Commons Shut down Until March.

OTTAWA–Furious opposition MPs accused Prime Minister Stephen Harper of muzzling the House of Commons after he moved for the second time in a little more than a year to suspend Parliament.

Mired in controversy over an alleged cover-up on the torture of Afghan prisoners and eager to increase the Conservatives' power in the Senate, the government is closing down Parliament until March 3, the Prime Minister's Office said Wednesday.

teresac comment: These bustards still get paid even though they don't have to show up at the office. Canadian tax dollars at work.

Dec 31 11:15

AP sources: CIA base chief killed in attack

WASHINGTON – The CIA said Thursday that seven of its employees were killed and six others wounded in a suicide bombing at a base in Afghanistan. The Associated Press has learned that one of them was the chief of the CIA's post in Afghanistan's southeastern Khost Province.

Dec 31 06:58

'Afghan soldier' kills CIA staff

Eight Americans working for the CIA have died in a bomb attack in Afghanistan, the worst against US intelligence officials since 1983.
A bomber wearing an explosive vest entered Forward Operating Base Chapman in Khost Province, near Pakistan.

Dec 30 18:30

Western troops accused of executing 10 Afghan civilians, including children

American-led troops were accused yesterday of dragging innocent children from their beds and shooting them during a night raid that left ten people dead.

Afghan government investigators said that eight schoolchildren were killed, all but one of them from the same family. Locals said that some victims were handcuffed before being killed.

Western military sources said that the dead were all part of an Afghan terrorist cell responsible for manufacturing improvised explosive devices (IEDs), which have claimed the lives of countless soldiers and civilians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If, in fact, US and NATO soldiers are dragging kids from their beds to kill them in cold blood, our policy in in Afghanistan has become absolute insanity, writ large.

You do not win the hearts and minds of the country, smarting under your military occupation, by killing their children in cold blood.

Dec 30 14:04

US citizens killed in Afghanistan

Eight Americans have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in south-eastern Afghanistan, US officials say

Dec 30 12:37

Western troops accused of executing 10 Afghan civilians, including children

Afghan investigators today accused US-led troops of dragging ten civilians from their beds and shooting them dead during a night raid. Officials said that eight children and teenagers were among the dead and all but one of the victims were from the same family.

The reports led to angry protests in Kabul and Jalalabad, with children as young as 10 chanting “Death to America” and demanding foreign forces leave Afghanistan.

Dec 30 12:17

cartoon: happy new year!

Dec 30 08:00

US congressmen press Afghanistan to delay election

U.S. Congressmen said Tuesday they are urging Afghan President Hamid Karzai to delay the next parliamentary ballot until electoral reforms are in place or risk American financial support for his government.

Karzai insists the elections must be held in May despite widespread concerns about their credibility, the U.S. legislators said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Karzai knows that the US and NATO are in too deep to simply walk away, which is why he is pushing for the May elections, no matter how rigged and corrupt they may be, like the transparently fraudulent elections last August.

The US and NATO can talk a good game, but having gone this far with "their man in Kabul", the options here are severely limited, particularly in light of the US "surge" which will happen in Afghanistan very shortly.

Dec 30 07:53

Afghans Increasingly Turning to Taliban’s Shadow Govt

Reports of a Taliban “shadow government” complete with its own court system are not new. Indeed, we’ve been covering the phenomenon for well over a year, and it has only grown as the group’s influence has gained.

Despite assurances from the Karzai government that they are in full control of the situation, the reality on the ground suggests they are not. Even NATO, the Karzai government’s international muscle, concedes that the Taliban is already setting up a “government in waiting,” ready to return to power the second the Karzai government crumbles.

Dec 30 07:25

Time is running out in Afghanistan

U.S. intelligence: 'Time is running out' in Afghanistan

As the U.S. and its allies try to overcome logistical hurdles and rush some 40,000 more troops to Afghanistan in 2010, intelligence officials are warning that the Taliban-led insurgency is expanding and that "time is running out" for the U.S.-led coalition to prove that its strategy can succeed.

The Taliban have created a shadow "government-in-waiting," complete with Cabinet ministers, that could assume power if the U.S.-backed government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai fails

Dec 30 07:17

Afghans burn Obama effigy over civilian deaths

Hundreds of university students blocked main roads in Jalalabad, capital of eastern Nangahar province, to protest the alleged deaths of 10 civilians, mostly school children, in a Western military operation on Saturday.

"The government must prevent such unilateral operations otherwise we will take guns instead of pens and fight against them (foreign forces)," students from the University of Nangahar's education faculty said in a statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Afghanis do not hate us "because we are free"; they hate us because we are killing their kids, wives, husbands, daughters, and friends to achieve the two following geopolitical outcomes, both for profit. These are:

1. Installing the pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil.

2. To protect and control the drug trade, from which so many profit so handsomely.

Dec 28 04:44

Have Americans Traded Freedom for Security?

Obama’s dwindling band of true believers has taken heart that their man has finally delivered on one of his many promises – the closing of the Guantánamo prison. But the prison is not being closed. It is being moved to Illinois, if the Republicans permit.

In truth, Obama has handed his supporters another defeat. Closing Guantánamo meant ceasing to hold people in violation of our legal principles of habeas corpus and due process and ceasing to torture them in violation of U.S. and international laws.

Dec 26 13:29

The US military is exhausted

Many from within the ranks are openly declaring that they have had enough, allying with anti-war veterans and activists in calling for an end to the US-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, with some active duty soldiers publicly refusing to deploy.

This growing movement of military refusers is a voice of sanity in a country slipping deeper into unending war.

The architects of this war would be well-advised to listen to the concerns of the soldiers and veterans tasked with carrying out their war policies on the ground.

Dec 26 08:14

The Shock Doctrine in Practice: Training for Civilian Surge

A former mental hospital in the woods is the staging ground for one of the biggest deployments of U.S. civilians since the Vietnam War.

Dozens of U.S. agriculturists, legal experts and development-aid administrators pass through elaborate mock-ups of foreign courtrooms and bazaars here each week -- part of training for nation-building work in some of Afghanistan's most unruly provinces.

The White House hopes to have 1,000 State Department, Treasury and Department of Agriculture personnel in Afghanistan by next month, up from 300 a year ago.

"We want civilian representation in every military deployment" across Afghanistan, said Paul Jones, deputy to Richard Holbrooke, the Obama administration's point man on Afghanistan. "Our mission is defined by how we build Afghan capacity."

Dec 26 07:29

Taliban Video of US POW Private Bowe Robert Bergdahl, on Christmas - 12-25-09

US condemns Taliban video of captive soldier

The US has condemned a Taliban video of an American soldier captured by the militants in Afghanistan last June as an affront to his family at Christmas.

Dec 25 09:05

CIA Operatives: Terror Attacks Imminent in the USA Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah ...

I wanted to get this out there; as I don't trust the people behind the US Government. Things are not headed in the direction they'd like, and there are many tell tale signs out on the Internet. The signs on the Internet in my opinion, comprise a few different aspects; they are intended to condition and desensitize us for what is about to happen to us. Others are designed to propagandize different groups of people. The people behind the government, and their policy makers need to regain control.

Dec 25 08:44

Department of Veterans Affairs Reports 73 Thousand U.S. Gulf War Deaths

More Gulf War Veterans have died than Vietnam Veterans:
The Department of Veterans Affairs, May 2007, Gulf War Veterans Information System reports the following:

Total U.S. Military Gulf War Deaths: 73,846
– Deaths amongst Deployed: 17,847
– Deaths amongst Non-Deployed: 55,999

Dec 25 02:01

Welcome to Pashtunistan: the aim of America’s secret war?

Pakistan’s conspiracy theorists have long held that the real object of Xe, acting on behalf of the CIA, is to destabilise Pakistan so as to have an excuse to take over or destroy its nuclear assets, because Israel and the US remain uncomfortable with a nuclear Pakistan. I have long disputed this theory, but am finding it increasingly difficult to continue doing so.

The Brazilian journalist Pepe Escobar has suggested that the US wants to leave behind a united Pashtunistan, consisting of Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province and Afghanistan, an independent Balochistan and a weak, truncated Pakistan.

Dec 22 10:19

Taliban Claims Control Over 80 Percent of Afghanistan

As the US attempts to strengthen its own government of choice in Afghanistan, they are in a race not just against time, but against Taliban forces which are increasingly setting up credible alternative governments.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Karzai's government has absolutely no credibility with the Afghan people, and that is the horrendously inconvenient truth for the US.

Dec 21 08:38

Pakistan’s Political Turmoil Threatens Obama’s Strategy

With the loss of immunity to corruption charges, President Zardari’s ruling faction is fading fast. Their already tenuous credibility is shot, and top officials are facing indictment.

While Zardari’s determination to fight for his office will likely keep him nominally in power for awhile, his ability to order the military into new wars is very much in doubt. President Obama’s demands to attack Balochistan, North Waziristan, etc, will likely seem like a low priority, if Zardari is able to push them through at all.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder if this is the proverbial "monkey wrench" in the Af-Pak war the Pentagon and State Department should have seen coming - but didn't.

Dec 20 20:16

Fascist US policy in Afghanistan: 50-to-1 ratio of money to kill versus money to help Afghans

*hyperlinks and video live at source*

The United Nations reports Afghanistan as the world’s most dangerous place for a child to be born. One out of four children die before their fifth birthday; 70% of the population do not have access to clean water.

Orwellian Peace Prize winner Obama’s response: spend at a 50-to-1 ratio to attack Afghans compared with money to help them.

Dec 20 16:25

AMAZING SPEECH BY WAR VETERAN

Dec 20 09:01

'We Will Stay in Afghanistan as Long as It Takes to Finish Our Job'

SPIEGEL: The displeasure among the populations of the NATO countries involved in the war is growing even more quickly than your commitment. About 70 percent of Germans favor a rapid withdrawal of their troops. How long can democratically governed nations wage a war opposed by a majority of their populations?

Rasmussen: I believe that people understand very well why we are in Afghanistan…"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen: thinking people around the world understand why the US and NATO are in Afghanistan, and these reasons have absolutely nothing to do with terrorism.

They are, bluntly put:

1. To install the pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil.

2. To protect the drug trad, from which which so many profit so handsomely.

These two reasons, taken together, make it very clear that this war is about private profit, and not for public safety, not even that of innocent Afghan nationals.

Dec 19 21:32

General defends court martial for pregnant soldiers

A US Army general in northern Iraq has defended his decision to add pregnancy to the list of reasons a soldier under his command could face court martial.

It is current army policy to send pregnant soldiers home, but Maj Gen Anthony Cucolo told the BBC he was losing people with critical skills.

That was why the added deterrent of a possible court martial was needed, he said.

The new policy applies both to female and male soldiers, even if married.

Dec 19 07:42

NuoViso: "War Promises" (Full lenth documentary)

Millions of people believe that evidence proves that Western intelligence services organized the hideous attacks on New York and Washington on 11 September 2001. Even the mainstream media have stopped defending the official version and now prefer to ignore the issue altogether.

Distrust in Western governments grows as the wars of aggression waged by the USA and NATO continue to be justified with these “false flag” operations. Ever harsher domestic laws are being passed to crush all outrage and resistance in Western populations;

Dec 19 07:22

Karzai to keep half of cabinet including warlords

Under intense pressure to reform, President Hamid Karzai plans to replace heads of two ministries linked to corruption while retaining several others favoured by the West, Afghan officials said yesterday. The cabinet lineup is an apparent bid to balance US demands and appease local power bosses who helped him win re-election.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a person, and a parliament so crooked these folks have to collectively screw their socks on in the morning, don't look for any true reform here.

The changes are cosmetic only. Unfortunately, the corruption will remain in place, no matter how many changes Karzai makes in his cabinet.

Dec 18 10:14

Even in cases the U.S. wins, Guantanamo evidence is suspect

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the United States is unlawfully imprisoning at Guantanamo a Yemeni once accused of training at an al Qaeda camp, just days after a different U.S. judge upheld the detention of another Guantanamo detainee who trained at the same camp.

But even in that order, the judge found the U.S. evidence was the result of coercion and abuse and should not be used “in any fashion, in any court.” The judge ruled that while the detention may have been legal, the government’s own records “do not give any evidence for his continued detention.” …

Dec 18 09:31

A surge at $57,077.60 a minute

The sum of US$57,077.60. That's what the United States is paying per minute. Keep that in mind - just for a minute or so.

After all, the surge is already on. By the end of December, the first 1,500 of 30,000 additional US troops will have landed in Afghanistan, a nation roughly the size of Texas, ranked by the United Nations as second-worst in the world in terms of human development.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There will be a point, in continuing to fund these immoral and illegal wars without end, that the US is going to wind up bankrupting itself.

Looking at the current economic climate, that moment may well come sooner rather than later.

Dec 18 09:21

Stunning Statistics About the War Every American Should Know

At present, there are 104,000 Department of Defense contractors in Afghanistan. According to a report this week from the Congressional Research Service, as a result of the coming surge of 30,000 troops in Afghanistan, there may be up to 56,000 additional contractors deployed. But here is another group of contractors that often goes unmentioned: 3,600 State Department contractors and 14,000 USAID contractors. That means that the current total US force in Afghanistan is approximately 189,000 personnel (68,000 US troops and 121,000 contractors). And remember, that’s right now. And that, according to McCaskill, is a conservative estimate. A year from now, we will likely see more than 220,000 US-funded personnel on the ground in Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable!

Dec 18 07:55

Eikenberry assures Afghans U.S. will stay beyond 2011

U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry Thursday further signaled that a strong American military presence will remain in Afghanistan long after July 2011, when President Obama plans to end his troop surge.

"After eight years of assistance to Afghanistan, many Americans and many members of Congress are impatient to see results," he said, while assuring that "our military commitment will not end or decline even as our combat forces [withdraw]."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This man is characterizing the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan as "assistance" ?!?!?

Is completely out of his mind?!?

There are only two reasons why the US and NATO are in Afghanistan, and Afghans and the world knows what they are:

1. To lay the pipelines to insure the control of Eurasian oil.

2. To control the drug trade from which so many profit so handsomely.

If in fact the US and NATO are staying in Afghanistan well after 201l, it will be because they have failed in creating enough stability to install the pipelines.

That second agenda is well and truly moving forward, with Afghan opium crops growing at record levels.

Dec 17 20:57

Islamic insurgents hack into CIA state-of-the-art Predator drones

Predator drones used by the CIA against Islamic militants have been hacked into by insurgents using nothing more sophisticated than a $25.95 (£16) off-the-shelf software, it was revealed last night.

Although the insurgents were not able to control the $20 million aircraft, typically armed with Hellfire missiles and flown over the battlefields of Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, they could watch live video feeds beamed back to US control stations through their electronic “eyeballs”.

The hackers’ success raises the disturbing possibility of the Predators being taken over and used to attack US or British forces, or perhaps even domestic targets.

Dec 17 11:28

Veterans Group Calls on Soldiers to Refuse Orders to Deploy to Afghanistan and Iraq

Dec 17 08:01

How ISAF Sought to Play Down the German Air Strike

Hectic video conferences and a flurry of telephone calls marked the day that followed the German air strike in Afghanistan on Sept. 4. SPIEGEL has obtained transcripts and classifed documents that provide a glimpse into how German and NATO officials sought to limit the damage to their reputations.

Dec 17 07:55

Afghan surge troops won't target drug crops

Thousands of extra Marines pouring into Afghanistan's opium-growing heartland will go after those who process drugs but not those who grow the crop, the commander of U.S. Marines in the area said.

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

Dec 16 17:35

Nato appeals to Russia for more help in Afghanistan

The head of Nato appealed to Russia for greater help with the war in Afghanistan yesterday as he sought to repair relations between the military alliance and Moscow.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen asked President Medvedev to supply helicopters and prepare pilots for the Afghan air force, and expand training for Afghan police in Russia. It was the first visit by a Nato leader since Russia’s war with Georgia last year caused the most serious rift in relations since the Cold War.

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That collective snickering sound you're hearing is that created by Russian leadership, trying not to laugh their heads off at how completely the US and NATO are making every single mistake that the old Soviet Union made during its occupation of Afghanistan.

Dec 16 16:43

Bloody fight looms for US marines in Helmand

Brigadier General Larry Nicholson, right in the khaki hat, talking to Afghan locals

Brigadier General Larry Nicholson, who commands 10,000 marines in Helmand, Afghanistan's deadliest province, said the reinforcements would be sent before next summer to take the town of Marja, which he called the militants' "end of the line".

"It's no secret we're going there. There's an inevitability that there's a date with destiny with Marja and we're moving towards that," said at Camp Leatherneck, the marines' sprawling headquarters in Helmand.

Dec 16 09:40

Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich: explaining their war opposition in two brief videos

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The “leadership” of the Democrats and Republicans collude for unlawful Wars of Aggression, torture, rhetoric for more unlawful war with Iran, the destruction of our treaty obligations, and the transfer of trillions of our tax dollars to banksters. By political definition in any textbook, the US is now fascist and not a constitutional republic.

Dec 16 08:45

Russian Blames West For Heroin Rise

The head of Russia's anti-narcotics federal agency says that British troops in Helmand Province are not doing enough to stem production of the world's deadliest drug.

"Sixty percent of all opiates in the world are produced in the area that the British forces are responsible for," said Viktor Ivanov.

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

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