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Jun 21 08:14

US Officials Dispute, Downplay July 2011 Afghan Pullout Date

Yet in an interview on Fox News Sunday, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates insisted that the pullout “absolutely has not been decided” upon. Gates added that he hadn’t even heard of Biden’s quote to the contrary and refused to address it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I told you they were BSing you again!

How long will you continue to live with a government that lies to you about everything!

Jun 21 00:16

The U.S. War Addiction: Funding Enemies to Maintain a Trillion Dollar Racket

Four ways to see the true drivers of current wars around the world.

Jun 20 22:43

How to Win a War When Losing? Dialogue with Taliban…

By Debbie Menon

No, dialogue is NOT a solution! It is merely another, quite common, much overused, abused, and never quite successful method of attempting, or pretending to attempt, to find or describe a solution; and it is usually compromised by bad faith on the part of one, two or all parties. Furthermore, it takes the bad faith of but one participant to thoroughly compromise it, and turn it into a strategic tool for forestalling the search for a solution, perpetuating the status quo, or worse.

History has demonstrated this.

Jun 20 09:55

Central Command chief reassures Senate on July 2011 “withdrawal” date: No US military exit from Afghanistan

In congressional testimony this week, Gen. David Petraeus, commander of American forces in the Middle East and Central Asia, made clear that the July 2011 timeline announced last December by President Obama to begin withdrawing US troops from Afghanistan could be extended.

He further stressed that the date did not imply either a rapid drawdown of troops or an early end to the nearly 9-year war. On the contrary, Petraeus and other top officials, including Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, used congressional hearings to underscore Washington’s commitment to the indefinite military occupation of Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine my (absence of) surprise.

Jun 20 07:26

Sorry, Trillions in Unmined Mineral Wealth Is Not a Reason to Keep Occupying Afghanistan

Our leaders are now boldly selling wars as commendable instruments of such profit-focused imperialism.

Jun 20 00:55

New York Times Planted Story on Afghan Mineral Wealth Designed to Prolong US Occupation, Spur Neocon-Backed Petraeus Presidential Candidacy

To provide a new and spurious economic looting argument for making the US occupation of Afghanistan virtually endless, and to advance the candidacy of General David Petraeus as the principal neocon warmonger candidate for president on the Republican ticket in 2012 – these are the purposes of the story planted in the June 13, 2010 New York Times under the byline of James Risen, who is acting as stenographer for the neocons in the great tradition of his predecessor Judith Miller. In retrospect, this article may well be seen as the opening gun of an overt push to place General Petraeus in the White House in 2012 as the new Field Marshal von Hindenburg.

Jun 19 11:19

FLASHBACK - Obama: troops just air raiding villages and killing civilians

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bad when Bush did it, apparently okay now that Obama is the boss.

Jun 19 08:58

General Petraeus Starts Moving the Goalposts on Afghanistan Withdrawal

Responding to a question from HASC Ranking Member Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), Petraeus said that yes, he supports the July 2011 date as the beginning of a process. But, he complained, that date was based on a projection from last Fall. He said we'll do everything humanly possible (well, everything humanly possible within the constraints of a brutal, costly strategic frame that's not working) to achieve those conditions. When asked by McKeon whether July 2011 was based on conditions and not just a date on the calendar, he said, "That's correct." And, when asked whether he'd recommend delaying the withdrawal if those conditions didn't materialize, he confirmed it.

America, get ready for this excuse:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: the US is never getting out of Afghanistan!

Jun 19 07:32

US Might ‘Assassinate’ Wikileaks Founder who ‘confirms’ it has new video of US massacre in Afghanistan

Jun 19 07:17

Violence Up Sharply in Afghanistan, Report Finds

Violence in Afghanistan increased substantially over the past three months, most of it due to attacks by “anti-government forces,” the United Nations said in a report released here Saturday.

Especially alarming were increases in suicide bombings and assassinations, as well as a near-doubling of roadside bombings compared to the same period in 2009, according to the quarterly report of the U.N. Secretary General to the Security Council.

Jun 18 16:24

GORDON DUFF: THE CARDBOARD LOTHARIOS

ANALYZING STAGED WORLD CONFLICT

In 2006, North Korea exploded a plutonium based nuclear weapon, an unsuccessful test of either a “found” nuke in poor repair, or something poorly designed. America had predicted that they were at least five years from this capability, we always hear the same story, everyone is five years from having nuclear weapons. On May 25th, 2009, North Korea exploded its second bomb, its first clearly identifiable nuclear weapon, a “Hiroshima sized” bomb, tiny by US standards. What we didn’t say is that the signature of this bomb had been seen before.

Jun 18 11:57

Alert Issued for 17 Afghan Military Members AWOL From U.S. Air Force Base

nationwide alert has been issued for 17 members of the Afghan military who have gone AWOL from a Texas Air Force base. The foreign military officers were training to become pilots in Lackland Texas, reports FoxNews. The Afghan officers and enlisted men have security badges that give them access to secure U.S. defense installations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This feels like a set-up for a new staged "False Flag" attack. Israel is desperate for some event to demonize Muslims again and Obama needs an event to rebuild support for the Afghanistan war, and the Us Government as a whole needs a new major war or they head into the November campaign season running on the economy and the oil disaster and protecting a foreign nation that attacks Americans in international waters.

Jun 18 11:46

The Afghan puppet government is crumbling before our eyes. We must talk to the Taliban

As one of the tribal elders from the village of Jegdalek asked me: 'How many times can they apologise for killing our innocent women and children and expect us to forgive them?

'They come, they bomb, they kill us and then they say: "Oh, sorry, we got the wrong people."

'And they keep doing that.’

The British soldiers of 1842 met the same reaction in their day.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is time for the US, the UK, and NATO to get out of Afghanistan now, declare victory, bring their troops home, and negotiate with whatever government is left in Kabul for the pipeline and mineral development rights.

Jun 18 09:37

Pentagon complains of ‘negative’ picture of Afghan war

The Pentagon on Thursday said US-led forces are making headway against the Taliban, despite what it called an overly gloomy portrayal of the war shaped by media coverage.

US and NATO troops have taken back territory from insurgents over the past year and bolstered security across the country, but the progress has often been "overshadowed" by violence in southern provinces, press secretary Geoff Morrell said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Press Secretary Morrell: there is absolutely no public confidence that this campaign can be won in a military sense, period, end of discussion.

Thinking Americans understand that this campaign has absolutely nothing to do with the safety and well-being of American citizens.

They understand fully that this is a war for private profit, from three areas: the installation of pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil, Afghanistan's mineral riches, and profits from the drug trade.

Our young men and women who are fighting, getting maimed for life, and dying (well over one thousand now) are in Afghanistan to accomplish those ends, and we never have had, or will have, enough boots on the ground to make a true military victory possible.

After 9 years at enormous cost in blood and money, we need to go home, declare victory, and negotiate with whatever Afghan government is left standing for the pipeline and mineral rights.

The only thing the US/NATO occupation has actually accomplished is the resurgence of the drug trade, which the Taliban, under their watch, had completely obliterated. In fact, cheap heroin flooding the market in Russia has become a problem of such magnitude that Russian officials are complaining bitterly to US and NATO officials about the real lack of action to battle the drug trade (when drugs are controlled, where they wind up is also controlled. It's a method of destabilization which doesn't require the firing of a single bullet.)

Jun 17 10:15

The War on Afghanistan is a Profit driven "Resource War".

The war on Afghanistan is a profit driven "resource war".

Under US and allied occupation, this mineral wealth is slated to be plundered, once the country has been pacified, by a handful of multinational mining conglomerates. According to Olga Borisova, writing in the months following the October 2001 invasion, the US-led "war on terrorism [will be transformed] into a colonial policy of influencing a fabulously wealthy country." (Borisova, op cit).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, that's what our kids are fighting, getting maimed, and dying for in Afghanistan: the potential profits to be realized from oil, minerals, and drugs.

I wish the people in Congress, the White House and the Pentagon had the "male attributes" to tell every single grieving friend and family members of those killed or maimed in this war the truth: they don't, of course.

Jun 17 08:05

Patience is urged in Afghanistan

Senior Pentagon officials urged patience Wednesday as U.S. troops begin operations to stabilize the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, and Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of U.S. forces in the Mideast, returned to Capitol Hill to offer a full-throated endorsement of President Obama's order to pull out of Afghanistan starting next summer

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Admiral Mullen and President Obama: the American people have absolutely lost their patience this immoral and illegal war.

We have collectively experienced that moment of clarity where we understand fully that the US is not at all involved in an alleged "war on terror"; we are involved in a war against people who are either cursed by living over resources the US government considers theirs, or on transit routes to and from resources the US government considers theirs, as is the case in Afghanistan.

I would like to point out that, nearly 9 years on, the US military is no closer to "pacifying" Afghanistan to the point where the oil pipelines can be installed with which to control Eurasian oil than we were at the beginning of the process.

Karzai is talking reconciliation with the Taliban as the only way forward here, and (thug that he is) he has the intelligence to understand that. The Taliban want the US and NATO out of Afghanistan immediately.

This means that the US and NATO will most likely need to withdraw from Afghanistan far sooner than they want to; and for all the blood and money spent, the US is no closer to the installation of those pipelines than was the Bush administration in August of 2001, when it was negotiating with the Taliban for the pipeline rights.

Our brave young men and women who have fighting, getting maimed for life, and dying in Afghanistan, have not been fighting for the security of the United States: they have been fighting, getting maimed, and dying for the potential private profit coming from drugs and oil.

Jun 17 08:01

"The War is Worth Waging": Afghanistan's Vast Reserves of Minerals and Natural Gas

The 2001 bombing and invasion of Afghanistan has been presented to World public opinion as a "Just War", a war directed against the Taliban and Al Qaeda, a war to eliminate "Islamic terrorism" and instate Western style democracy.

The economic dimensions of the "Global War on Terrorism" (GWOT) are rarely mentioned. The post 9/11 "counter-terrorism campaign" has served to obfuscate the real objectives of the US-NATO war.

The war on Afghanistan is part of a profit driven agenda: a war of economic conquest and plunder, "a resource war".

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Jun 16 22:59

Wikileaks ‘confirms’ it has video of US massacre in Afghanistan

Jun 16 22:57

Wikileaks ‘confirms’ it has video of US massacre in Afghanistan

"The clip will show previously classified footage from US warplanes that had been tapped to bomb Taliban positions in Farah province, Afghanistan last year," the paper said. "The Afghan government said at the time that the strikes by F-18 and B1 planes near Garani killed 147 civilians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'll bet fro the point of view of the Afghan civilians, there isn't a whole lot of difference between the USA and the USSR. Both engaged in indiscriminate mass murder.

Jun 16 22:57

Wikileaks ‘confirms’ it has video of US massacre in Afghanistan

"The clip will show previously classified footage from US warplanes that had been tapped to bomb Taliban positions in Farah province, Afghanistan last year," the paper said. "The Afghan government said at the time that the strikes by F-18 and B1 planes near Garani killed 147 civilians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'll bet fro the point of view of the Afghan civilians, there isn't a whole lot of difference between the USA and the USSR. Both engaged in indiscriminate mass murder.

Jun 16 22:51

Afghanistan: The Longest Lost War

Despite almost a decade of warfare, including an invasion and occupation, the US military and its allies and client state armed forces are losing the war in Afghanistan. Outside of the central districts of a few cities and the military fortresses, the Afghan national resistance forces, in all of their complex local, regional and national alliances, are in control, of territory, people and administration.

Jun 16 10:22

Hoyer hints support for Afghanistan is slipping

The majority leader has been one of the most ardent supporters of President Barack Obama's handling of the war on terror and military campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq, but he noted things haven’t gone as smoothly as the party had hoped.

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Memo to Steny Hoyer: there is no support whatsoever on the part of the American people for this war in Afghanistan.

And Senator, please understand: thinking Americans have already had their moment of clarity about current US military misadventures around the planet, including Iraq and Afghanistan.

The understand that what has been going on here is not a "war on terror", but a war on people sitting over geostrategically placed hunks of real estate with resources, or transport routes to and from those resources, which the US government wishes to claim for its own.

In Iraq, the issue was oil, and who was going to control it. After completely destroying the country's infrastructure, generating internecine civil war between Sunni and Shiite Muslims, and showering the place with depleted uranium, the US still has no control of Iraq's vast oil wealth.

As reported Dec 14, 2009 at:

http://news.antiwar.com/2009/12/14/despite-sense-of-entitlement-us-companies-lose-iraq-oil-auctions/

"Despite Sense of Entitlement, US Companies Lose Iraq Oil Auctions"

In October, oil billionaire T. Boone Pickens expressed annoyance at the fact that US oil corporations were being asked to compete with foreign companies for oil contracts in Iraq.

“They’re opening them up to other companies all over the world… we’re entitled to it,” Pickens insisted, warning that after six plus years of American occupation “we leave there with the Chinese getting the oil.”

And who now actually looks like they're going to be developing a lion's share of Iraqi oil?

As reported on 27 April, 2010 at:

http://www.investorsiraq.com/showthread.php?143163-Iraq-oil-development-swift-despite-politics&s=1d081417dc504212ef891c21f1129fb5&p=1000499#post1000499

The major oil companies are starting to move forward at a very high speed. Oil companies are tendering huge contracts and making commitments in the market," said Kjetil Tonstad, Statoil's vice-president for International Exploration and Production, Middle East. "Execution is going full speed ahead despite the political situation."

"Norway's Statoil and Russian partner LUKOIL would increase output to 120,000 barrels per day (bpd) at Iraq's West Qurna phase two oilfield in 2012, Tonstad said. That was the level set by Iraq for first commercial production at the field.
The consortium has already started issuing tenders for work at the field, he said. He declined to give further details.
Lukoil and Statoil sealed the 20-year deal to develop the West Qurna Phase Two, a 12.9 billion barrel oilfield in the south, in an auction in December."

And what about Afghanistan? The invasion and occupation of Afghanistan had two outcomes which were desired by both the Bush And Obama administrations. The first (completely unfulfilled, nearly 9 years on) was the "pacification" of the Afghan people in order to install the pipeline routes with which to control Eurasian oil.

Karzai, corrupt thug that he is (but no idiot) is talking about reconciling with the Taliban to begin a tentative peace process. The Taliban want US and NATO troops out now. So, we are left, 9 years on, at the point where we are ultimately going to have to negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for the oil pipeline rights, just as the Bush administration was attempting - unsuccessfully - as late as August of 2001.

The Bush administration thought the Taliban government's asking price was "too high", but, to their way of thinking, an invasion and occupation's price, in blood and money, was not.

The second outcome, which can absolutely be characterized as "mission accomplished" is control of the drug trade, which the Taliban had almost completely exterminated. In fact, that bit has gone so magnificently well that Russia is publicly complaining about the cheap Afghan opium, flooding their streets, and addicting their kids. And when drug production is controlled, where the drugs wind up is also controlled. Pouring cheap drug into a country a method of destabilizing that country without firing a shot.

So in conclusion, Senator: pull the funding for these immoral, illegal wars, bring our troops home, and treat them the respect, practical necessities, and excellent medical services they deserve for having risked life and limb not for the security of their country, but ultimately for private oil or drug profits.

Jun 16 07:21

James Petras: Afghanistan – The Longest Lost War

Introduction:

Despite almost a decade of warfare, including an invasion and occupation, the US military and its allies and client state armed forces are losing the war in Afghanistan. Outside of the central districts of a few cities and the military fortresses, the Afghan national resistance forces, in all of their complex local, regional and national alliances, are in control, of territory, people and administration.

Jun 15 20:49

WikiLeaks Founder Has Massacre Video

After several days underground, the founder of the secretive website WikiLeaks has gone public to disclose that he is preparing to release a classified Pentagon video of a U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan last year that left as many as 140 civilians dead, most of them children and teenagers.

Jun 15 18:21

General Petraeus briefly collapses during Senate hearing

General returns to Senate room after recess; hearing is then adjourned.

A spokesman says the top U.S. commander in the Mideast became dehydrated. He had been answering questions on plans to draw down troops in Afghanistan.
Reporting from Washington —

By Julian E. Barnes

Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top American commander in the Mideast, appeared to faint Tuesday while testifying before the U.S. Senate.

As he was being questioned by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Petraeus slumped over, looked dazed and was assisted by aides who rushed to his side. A few seconds later, he quickly sat upright again and then left the room under his own power.

Jun 15 09:30

GORDON DUFF: FOX IN THE HENHOUSE, CAN WE TRUST ISRAELI SECURITY COMPANIES?

DID ISRAEL GIVE US THE DISEASE TO SELL US THE CURE?

“Would you go to a doctor who worked in a germ warfare lab? Would you hire a check forger to work in a bank? Would you hire a child molester to watch your kids? Well, we have hired Israel to watch our ports, our nuclear facilities, our airports and much more, a country we know for certain will give us a phony video, an altered container scan or a falsified radiation reading if it serves their purpose.”

Jun 15 09:27

U.S. Man Arrested for 'Hunting' Bin Laden

An American construction worker who was arrested with a sword, a pistol and night-vision goggles in northwestern Pakistan told investigators Tuesday that he wanted to kill Osama bin Laden to avenge the 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S.
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HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

Jun 15 08:03

General Petraeus collapses during hearing

McCain was responding when the senator stopped talking suddenly and aides began crowding around Petraeus.

Jun 15 01:19

Afghanistan Mineral Riches: Beware the Hype

That this story has gotten front page placement in the country's top newspaper has Mother Jones' Kevin Drum, OTB's Doug Mataconis, and others questioning the timing. Ambinder, noting the on-the-record quotes from the highest levels of the U.S. military, goes so far as to characterize this as "a massive information operation."

Aside from the fact that the news isn't actually new and that there's good reason to believe that the potential benefits are being wildly exaggerated for political reasons, we should also be skeptical of the idea that Afghanistan is going to suddenly leap forward several centuries into modernity by virtue of a natural resource find

Jun 14 22:20

Minerals in Afghanistan worth $1 trillion, U.S. says

Medlin said the U.S. is making every effort to quickly help the Afghans with the necessary tools they need to facilitate commercial development of the mines.

Jun 14 18:59

GORDON DUFF: “DANCING ISRAELI” FILM STUDIOS PRESENT: FAKED ATTACK VIDEOS

ANOTHER “DANCING ISRAELI” FILM PRODUCTION

..SEE PEOPLE WALK THROUGH STEEL LIKE GHOSTS

BUSTED! I didn’t believe they would be that stupid. You could see the cursor moving in the picture. I saw a man handed a metal bar. Then he walked through, just like a ghost, a solid steel protrusion from the deck, the size of an ashcan. This thing would have stopped a truck but the Fox News “fighters” on the Mavi Marmara were like ghosts. In fact, the “steel bar thugs” were exactly that, or more appropriately, cartoons.

Jun 14 18:40

Discovery’ of Afghan riches a pro-war PR scam?

The ‘discovery’ of Afghanistan’s minerals will sound pretty silly to old timers,” a "retired former senior US official" tells Politico's Laura Rosen. “When I was living in Kabul in the early 1970’s the [US government], the Russians, the World Bank, the UN and others were all highly focused on the wide range of Afghan mineral deposits. Cheap ways of moving the ore to ocean ports has always been the limiting factor.”

So why is this news now? To many, the story's timing suggests a Pentagon public relations campaign designed to extend public support for the war with the hope that, in time, Afghanistan may be able to raise itself out of abject poverty.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This smells like a campaign to try to give the US public a reason to believe that prolonging this war has any kind of an upside for the US, which it does not.

At the end of the day, the money will be going to private corporations with Afghans seeing precious little of it, while more of our troops come home maimed for life, or in body bags, for perhaps years to come.

Jun 14 11:12

War Profit NOT just oil and gas --> U.S. Discovers $1T USD Worth of Lithium, Other Mineral Deposits in Afghanistan

According to a report in The New York Times, senior American government officials are quoted as saying that a massive mineral deposit has been discovered in Afghanistan which holds $1T USD in lithium, iron, copper, cobalt, and gold deposits.

The lithium deposits are expected to exceed those of Bolivia, the world's largest current producer of lithium. Bolivia contains over 9 million tons of extractable lithium, according to recent estimates. Lithium prices currently are at around $6,700 USD per ton and have doubled over the last few years. That places the net value of the lithium deposits alone at around $60B-$100B USD. An internal Pentagon memo states that Afghanistan may become the "Saudi Arabia of lithium."

Jun 14 10:17

GORDON DUFF: ISRAEL LEAVES TRAIL OF LIES IN AFGHANISTAN

The second time this week, the London Times has run articles submitted by Israeli intelligence, irresponsible, inaccurate and intended to bring chaos. The first article claimed that US sources had verified Saudi Arabia’s intention to allow Israeli planes to use their territory for an attack on Iran. The government of Saudi Arabia issued a strong denial in hours. Today’s Israeli press release, carried as a news article by the London Times is far more sinister but also leaves a trail. We are putting the London Times in for the Yellow Journalism Award of the Week, something usually reserved for Fox News.

Jun 14 10:07

Kandahar? Kandahar? What's Kandahar?

Don’t look now, but President Obama’s Afghanistan strategy is collapsing on his head.

The troops that Obama added to the war in 2009 were supposed to head south into Helmand and Kandahar. Instead, the whole war is going south. Fast.

Jun 14 09:57

Narcotics: The Best-Known Afghan Business

The US-led invasion of Afghanistan has bred unprecedentedly favorable conditions for the country's drug business which is presently flourishing in the NATO-controlled oasis. While the Taliban banned opium cultivation, the Western coalition brought unchecked freedom to Afghanistan, the result being that opium production in the country has grown more than 40 times over since 2001.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember; where there is control of the drug trade in a country, where those drugs wind up is also controlled.

Jun 14 09:08

Afghanistan has a Trillion Dollars in Minerals, Why the Leak Now?

One has to wonder, and this is pure speculation, that the U.S. is possibly trying to head off a dump by Wikileaks of cables which openly discuss the huge mineral deposits, since it appears Wikileaks is in possession of a lot of cables out of that region. Such a cable dump would be extremely embarrassing if it contained official cables discussing the vast resources without any public indication that such huge mineral resources existed in the region. Note that NYT also reports that the U.S. just recently briefed Afghan President Karzai. There is something driving this sudden transparency about the vast wealth in Afghanistan. My guess is that it is Julian Assange and his Wikileaks.

Jun 14 09:01

Afghanistan's 'Vast Riches Of Minerals' Highlighted By Pentagon

"The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials," the New York Times' James Risen reported on Monday.

Opponents of the war have questioned whether Monday's Times story is the Pentagon's latest attempt to persuade an increasingly frustrated American public that Afghanistan is worth the costs in blood and treasure.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I want to see the actual hard science here.

But if this is true (and that's one big if), these discoveries mean that the US and NATO will never leave Afghanistan, no matter how many soldiers are maimed for life or killed, again, in the pursuit of private profit.

Jun 14 06:50

Depleted Uranium from Afghanistan affecting mental health of children in India

Confirming Punjab's worst fears and TOI reports, a document from Germany's Microtrace Mineral Lab has revealed that hair samples of 80% of 149 neurologically-disabled children, mainly from Punjab's Malwa region, have high levels of uranium. The report also establishes the presence of dangerous heavy metals in water.

The presence of the radioactive element has strengthened doubts that depleted uranium used by US tanks in Iraq and Afghanistan was travelling through air, reaching not just Punjab but Delhi as well.

Jun 14 06:36

U.S. Discovers Est. $1 Trillion of Minerals in Afghanistan

The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials.

The previously unknown deposits — including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium — are so big and include so many minerals that are essential to modern industry that Afghanistan could eventually be transformed into one of the most important mining centers in the world, the United States officials believe.

Jun 14 05:45

US discovers huge Afghan mineral wealth: report

Afghanistan has nearly one trillion dollars in mineral deposits, according to a US study, but there are doubts the war-torn and graft-prone country can manage the windfall offered by the untapped riches.

President Hamid Karzai said in January that the deposits could help the war-ravaged nation become one of the richest in the world, based on preliminary findings of the United States Geological Survey.

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"Finders keepers. Losers weepers.", O'Bummer's boss.

Jun 13 22:19

U.S. Identifies Vast Riches of Minerals in Afghanistan

The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials.

Jun 13 18:53

Is there no limit to international duplicity and hypocrisy?

By Aijaz Zaka Syed
Opinion Editor - Khaleej Times- Dubai

Can we have a new UN ?

Given the intensity of global outrage over the assault on the Gaza aid flotilla, some of us were beginning to hope that the world might finally confront Israel. We were obviously mistaken — once again.

Jun 13 10:43

McChrystal Faces "Iraq 2006 Moment" in Coming Months

On Thursday, McChrystal's message that his strategy will weaken the Taliban in its heartland took its worst beating thus far, when he admitted that the planned offensive in Kandahar City and surrounding districts is being delayed until September at the earliest, because it does not have the support of the Kandahar population and leadership.

Equally damaging to the credibility of McChrystal's strategy was the Washington Post report published Thursday documenting in depth the failure of February's offensive in Marja.

The basic theme underlined in both stories - that the Afghan population in the Taliban heartland is not cooperating with U.S. and NATO forces - is likely to be repeated over and over again in media coverage in the coming months.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The reality here is that this obscenely immoral was instituted to achieve two outcomes: the "pacification" of the Afghan people to enable the installation of the oil pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil, and the control of the drug trade.

While the second objective has been brilliantly achieved to the point of Russia complaining bitterly about cheap Afghan heroin flooding their country and addicting their kids (when you control the drug flow, you control where the drugs go), that second outcome is still... an "oil pipeline dream", no closer to reality than when the invasion of Afghanistan began almost 9 years ago.

The Afghani people, rightly, see the US and NATO as occupying forces, and because of the country's brutal history, Afghans have developed a well-earned xenophobia against foreigners.

The Afghan people don't "hate us because we are free'; they hate us because, in the name control of oil and opium, we have invaded and occupied their country, killed their children, dads, wives, cousins, and friends, and continue to wreak havoc upon an already destroyed infrastructure.

Now; as pathologically corrupt as our US/NATO puppet in Kabul may be, Karzai is no idiot.

He understands very clearly that the only way "out" of the current bloodshed and is through a complete rapprochement with the Taliban. The Taliban wants US and NATO forces out, NOW.

However, the situation on the ground in Afghanistan is still way too unstable to allow the installation of those pipelines to control Eurasian oil, which puts the US right back to where it was in August of 2001, at which point the Bush administration was negotiating with the Taliban for the oil pipeline routes, but considered the asking price "too high."

With all the blood and money spent on a militarily unwinnable war, the American people have had quite enough, thank you very much. We need to pack up now, declare victory, and negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul regarding the oil pipeline routes.

Jun 12 15:35

Drugs for Europe: Protected by Powerful Western Interests, Afghanistan Heroin Transits Through Kosovo

Two years ago a joke was being circulated on the Runet that a heroin producer has recognized its distributor’s independence. It was about Afghanistan, which was to the first to recognize the independence of the Serbian province of Kosovo which had illegally separated from Yugoslavia.

Kosovo has since become a transit point for drugs, channelled from Asia to Europe.

According to a Canadian detective, the Albanian drug mafia operates with the connivance of the United States, and that US diplomats prevent the detention in Kosovo of notorious drug traffickers. The Canadian detective also confirmed that Kosovo’s current Prime Minister Hashim Thaci leads the biggest Albanian mafia clan.

Jun 12 10:06

The Courage to Leave Afghanistan

Jun 12 09:51

Growing Insurgency in Afghanistan’s Southwest

The US has claimed “security gains” in the province, but though some 2,000 Marines are nominally stationed here, local officials say they rarely stray from the tiny staging area in the northeast corner, and never stray into the provincial capital of Zaranj, a mostly Baloch town along the border with Iranian Balochistan.

It is here that locals say the insurgency is on the rise, with insurgents launching attacks on the city and killing members of the provincial council. In fact the council shuttered the doors of its tiny, bombed out headquarters in Zaranj and has relocated to Kabul.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are absolutely not winning this war in any measurable way.

The only area for which the US and NATO can cheerily say "mission accomplished"(which of course, they never would publicly) is control of the drug trade, which the Taliban had almost completely eradicated under their watch.

Jun 11 23:46

Israel: Strategic Ally or Liability?

The claim that Israel serves as a valuable ally for the United States is made by both pro-Zionists and much of the anti-war and anti-Zionist Left that is influenced by Noam Chomsky. As a result of the Gaza flotilla massacre, which has caused a world-wide uproar against Israel, the value of Israel to the United States is being publicly questioned in more mainstream foreign policy forums.

Writing shortly before the massacre, the always astute Philip Giraldi critically analyzed the claim of Israel’s value to the United States in “The Strategic Ally Myth,” which focuses on a recent article by Israel Firster Mort Zuckerman entitled, “Israel Is a Key Ally and Deserves U.S. Support.”

Jun 11 09:58

For the US in Afghanistan, the News Is Bad

While U.S. officials insist they are making progress in reversing the momentum built up by the Taliban insurgency over the last several years, the latest news from Afghanistan suggests the opposite may be closer to the truth.

Even senior military officials are conceding privately that their much-touted new counterinsurgency strategy of "clear, hold and build" in contested areas of the Pashtun southern and eastern parts of the country are not working out as planned despite the "surge" of some 20,000 additional U.S. troops over the past six months.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US and NATO are seen as occupiers by the Afghan people, and have installed a puppet government so collectively crooked and corrupt that they have to screw their socks on in the morning.

The Afghan people "do not hate us because we are free"; they hate us because we are indiscriminately murdering their sons, daughters, wives, cousins, and friends. They want they country back, and one can hardly blame them for this

The US and NATO invaded, and continues to occupy this country, to achieve two outcomes.

The first was the "pacification" of the country to the degree where oil pipelines could be installed with which to control Eurasian oil.

We are absolutely no closer to achieving that outcome than we were almost 9 years ago when this immoral and illegal war began.

The second outcome, about which one can well say, "mission accomplished", is the control of the lucrative drug trade, which the Taliban had almost completely eradicated under their watch.

So our and NATO'S military, our and their young men and women, are fighting, getting maimed, and dying for oil and drugs.

As late as August of 2001, the Bush Administration was negotiating with the Taliban for the pipeline rights, but considered the cost asked by the Taliban as "too high".

Apparently, they didn't believe that the cost of war, in blood and money, was at all "too high" a price for the citizens of this country to pay.

And this is where the situation stands today.

An intelligent, enlightened US government leadership would understand that even if President Incompetent were to invoke a draft, it would be too little, too late to stem the tide here.

However, Obama has made a colossal blunder in embracing this war as his own, somehow having bought in to the "magical thinking" of the Pentagon that this war could possibly be won, in a military context.

One would hope that the US military had absorbed the lessons of Viet Nam by now, but tragically, this hasn't happened.

We need to leave, declare victory, and negotiate with whatever government is left standing regarding the rights to the oil pipelines.

But of course, that... would be logical.

Jun 11 09:06

Obama wants more money for Afghanistan war. Will Congress grant it?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Taliban had all but eradicated the opium growers before the US invasion. So why is cheap Afghani heroin flooding into the United States?

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In Afghan fields the poppies grow.

Between the crosses.

Row on row.

Jun 10 16:50

The American People are Under Occupation

Johnny Punish in Veterans Today

The US Government is Occupied by an Elite Global Force that No Longer has the Interests of the American people
Will Americans Revolt and Take Back the Country?

Obama is NOT a Mahatma Gandhi Savior
Is the USA now the land of Marginalized Mediocrity?

In response to yesterday’s worldwide condemnation of the Gaza Flotilla Massacre, our US government has decided NOT to stand for justice and has again chosen a path outlined and led by a Global Elite Political Movement that is willing to put the interests of their agenda far ahead of interest of the American people and even the lives of American servicemen and women.

Jun 10 09:47

Afghan president 'has lost faith in US ability to defeat Taliban'

President Hamid Karzai has lost faith in the US strategy in Afghanistan and is increasingly looking to Pakistan to end the insurgency, according to those close to Afghanistan's former head of intelligence services.

Amrullah Saleh, who resigned last weekend, believes the president lost confidence some time ago in the ability of Nato forces to defeat the Taliban.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

After nearly nine years and still no decisive victory and/or stabilization of Afghanistan, who can blame Karzai if he's actually thinking this right now?!?

Obama has allowed Afghanistan to become his very own personal Viet Nam, a reprehensible and tragic consequence of some very bad choices on his part, upon which history will judge him most harshly.

We should leave the country, declare victory, and negotiate with whatever government is left standing regarding the rights to the oil pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil.

Jun 10 09:25

Resurgent Taliban threaten U.S. win in Marja

Afghanistan - Residents of this onetime Taliban sanctuary see signs that the insurgents have regained momentum in recent weeks, despite early claims of success by U.S. Marines. The longer-than-expected effort to secure Marja is prompting alarm among top American commanders that they will not be able to change the course of the war in the time President Obama has given them.

Firefights between insurgents and security forces occur daily, resulting in more Marine fatalities and casualties over the past month than in the first month of the operation, which began in mid-February.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bottom line: the US is not winning, and cannot win a military victory here.

We have never had, nor ever will have, enough troops on the ground to win this, probably not even if Obama reinstitutes a draft, (which is something against which I wouldn't bet at this point.)

The US and NATO should declare victory, withdraw, and negotiate with whatever government is left standing for the rights to the oil pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil.

Of course, that would be logical; and logic and US foreign policy have not had any real long-standing relationship for some time now.

Jun 10 09:24

Our Covenant

Sadly, too many Americans still don’t understand that it is the U.S. Constitution, to which our soldiers make their oath to support and defend … with their lives if need be … against all enemies foreign and domestic, which provides for we the people to be the “deciders” and not the President or members of the military itself.

Jun 10 09:24

Afghan wedding party attack blamed on Taliban was actually a US strike

Jun 10 08:36

General: Kandahar operation will take longer

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Thursday that major parts of the military operation to secure Kandahar, the birthplace of the Taliban movement, would be pushed back because it was taking longer than expected to win local support.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: the Afghanis don't want the US/NATO troops there, period, end of discussion.

They do not hate us "because we are free"; they hate us because we have installed a completely corrupt puppet government in place which has absolutely no consideration for the Afghan people, and are consistently and indiscriminately killing their brothers, sisters, kids, moms, and friends.

This can only lead to further radicalization, and further destabilization of the country. If that is the outcome that the US and NATO want, one has to say, "mission accomplished!"

Jun 09 12:05

Taliban Reportedly Adding HIV-Infected Needles to Explosive Devices

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, the British government does not want to admit that the raping of Afghani women is a major problem, as is the Vietnam-style drug abuse problem rampant among the troops. The kids are coming home with AIDS, and this it the only excuse the warhawks can come up with to explain it all away.

Jun 09 11:20

The US-NATO "Arc of War" Stretches From Afghanistan to the Caspian Sea and the Caucasus

That Baku replaced Beijing on the Pentagon chief’s way to the NATO meeting indicates the importance that the comparatively small nation – with a population of under nine million while China’s is over 1.3 billion – has in American global geostrategic plans.

Gates’ main concentration – or at least that of most immediate importance – was on the expanding war in South Asia, where he will soon have 100,000 U.S. troops serving with another 50,000 NATO forces.

Western and local reports have recently divulged that 25 percent of U.S. and NATO supplies and equipment for the Afghan war pass through what is referred to as the Caucasus Spur – Azerbaijan and Georgia – and that “100,000 troops have flown through Azerbaijani airspace in the past year en route to Afghanistan.” [7]

Jun 09 11:04

Predator Drones: Joking over innocent deaths?

Jun 09 10:56

Afghan heroin took million lives last decade: Russia

"In the first 10 years of this millenium, more than a million people have died because of Afghan narcotics," Russian news agencies quoted Viktor Ivanov as saying. "More than 16 million have been affected, physically and mentally."

Jun 09 07:58

Copter shot down in Afghanistan; 4 Americans dead

Insurgents shot down a NATO helicopter and killed four American troops in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, the military said, in the latest bloodshed ahead of a major operation in the militants' heartland.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Some points of Clarifications.

1. They are not "insurgents", they are defending their homes from a foreign invader. You and I would do the exact same thing.

2. When the Afghanis learned how to shoot down the Soviet helicopters it was the beginning of the end for the USSR.

3. The US has been in Afghanistan longer than it was in Vietnam, and aside from the oil and opium and keeping Russia from supporting Iran when that nation gets invaded, nobody seems to have a really good reason for staying any longer.

Jun 08 19:14

Are the defenders of ‘Antisemitism’ losing their edge ?

By DEBBIE MENON

A year ago, Americans were reluctant to discuss Zionism or anti-Zionism or read the stuff, even “moderate Arabs and Muslims” (whatever that means) , shied away from the communities around these two camps and lacked the strength to support the few that might have had, the guts to stand up and confront real controversy.

Jun 08 08:43

Army plans $100 millon Afghanistan special ops HQ

The Army is planning to spend as much as $100 million to expand its Special Operations headquarters in northern Afghanistan, evidence of its increasing reliance on covert operations.

The project is one of many in the Obama administration, as it seeks billions in budget increases to counter expanded terror threats from abroad. It also comes as thousands of U.S. troops arrive in Afghanistan as part of President Barack Obama's ordered buildup.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder how much that one hundred million could do here at home to improve our country's crumbling infrastructure.

However, looking at the size of this investment, it is pretty safe to say that the US is never leaving Afghanistan.

Jun 08 06:07

Afghan war overtakes Vietnam to become the longest conflict in U.S. history

Afghanistan has become the longest conflict in American history - surpassing even the Vietnam war.

The war entered its 104th month yesterday, with 30,000 American troops being deployed in the first half of this year alone.

The last U.S. ground combat soldiers were brought home from Vietnam after 103 months of fighting.

Jun 07 15:01

US would accept 'reformed' Taliban in Afghanistan if 'red lines' respected: Holbrooke

you can't have a settlement with Al Qaeda, you can't talk to them, you can't negotiate with them, it's out of the question.

(* sure you can . You ever hear that slang expression ; Praying To The PORCELAIN God ?)

Jun 07 08:50

Russia Says Afghan Drug Trade Threatens World Peace

Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said Sunday Afghan drug trafficking should be classified as a threat to international peace and security. The Russian Deputy Prime Minster made his remarks at an Asia security conference in Singapore.

Afghan farmers produce 90 percent of the world's heroin. The opiates are often smuggled north through Central Asia and Russia to Europe, Asia and America, and generate billions of dollars in revenue. In Russia, Ivanov has said that opium consumption is having a destabilizing effect and that 30,000 addicts die each year from narcotics like heroin. The Russian Deputy Prime Minister called for increased international efforts to stem the flow of Afghan opiates at the source.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Under the rule of the Taliban, opium production was all but obliterated.

After the US/NATO invasion of Afghanistan, opium production soared.

Coincidence? I think not.

And when drug production is controlled, where the drugs wind up is also controlled. It's a rather interesting form of destabilization which doesn't require the firing of a single shot.

Jun 05 20:14

GORDON DUFF: Is Israel Planning Act of Desperation ?

It still holds two stolen nukes for possible port attack

Jun 05 20:10

Gordon Duff: Pakistan’s Role In Afghanistan

THE KEY TO PAKISTAN’S SECURITY IS AFGHANISTAN

THE KEY TO AFGHANISTAN’S SECURITY IS PAKISTAN

US policy in Afghanistan hasn’t so much failed as it hasn’t even materialized. With the original rationale for overthrowing the Taliban their relationship with Osama bin Laden now long forgotten, buried with, not only the death of bin Laden many years ago but much more. No ties between bin Laden and 9/11 have ever been established, none of the training camps seen in the online videos existed anywhere but in fiction, truth is such a delicate thing. Children in Afghanistan are taught to be fighters from birth. Training an Afghan to fight is like training a fish to swim.

Jun 05 20:05

JEFF GATES: How Israel Wages War on the U.S.—By Way of Deception

The Manipulation of U.S. General Colin Powell and Pakistani Cricket Star Imran Khan

Mass media and popular culture are powerful tools of manipulation when wielded by those skilled at waging way by way of deception. When shaping the opinion of an unsuspecting public, the star power of military leaders and sports heroes is routinely appropriated.

That duplicity was on display in February 2003 when Colin Powell gave false testimony to the U.N. Security Council that helped launch the U.S.-led invasion of a Muslim nation. Similar duplicity was deployed in May 2005 when Pakistani cricket icon Imran Khan launched from Islamabad a false story that provoked outrage at the U.S. in Muslim nations.

Jun 05 04:52

GORDON DUFF: WHAT ISRAEL’S EXECUTION OF AN AMERICAN TEEN MEANS

WE CAN KILL ANYONE, ANYWHERE

NO REASON NEEDED, WE ARE TERRORISTS

LINK TO USS LIBERTY RADIO WITH GUESTS JEFF GATES AND GORDON DUFF
Report: Autopsy shows Gaza activists were shot 30 times
Nine Turkish activists killed in an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound ship, including one with U.S. citizenship, were shot a total of 30 times and five died of gunshot wounds to the head, Britain’s Guardian newspaper says.

ISRAELI “COMMANDOS” EXECUTED PEACE ACTIVISTS, MOSTLY WITH SHOTS TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD AT POINT BLANK RANGE, WHILE PRISONERS WERE KNEELING, ACCORDING TO A REPORT FROM AN ISRAELI PAPER, BASED ON AUTOPOSY RESULTS

Jun 04 09:51

NATO chopper downed in Afghanistan

The chopper landed in Baghlan province, according to the officials, due to technical problems and was then destroyed by NATO fighter jets out of fear of falling into the hands of Taliban militants.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Technical problems." Right. Sure. Three more and that pilot will be an enemy ace!

Jun 04 03:31

Justin Raimondo : This Says It All

Israelis kill American – Joe Biden says: “What’s the big deal?”

What is US foreign policy in the Middle East all about – and for whose benefit is it being conducted? In two short paragraphs, this news story says it all:

“The U.S. confirmed that an American citizen, identified as 19-year-old Furkan Dogan, was killed by multiple gunshots during the Israeli raid on a flotilla carrying activists attempting to run a blockade of the Gaza Strip.

“State Department spokesman Philip J. Crowley said the U.S. has made no decision on a response to Dogan’s death.”

Apparently official Washington is torn between issuing a mild protest, and thanking them. [...]

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Jun 04 03:21

Review of Zionism, Militarism And The Decline Of US Power by James Petras

December 2009 issue of Culture Wars magazine – Ken Freeland

The hegemonic influence of Zionist-Israeli forces over America’s foreign policy, particularly Middle East policy, is a phenomenon without historical precedent. While right-wing radicals, with their focus on patriotism and constitutional values, set off early alarms about this perceived foreign domination,the Left pretty much slept through its insidious ascent to power. [...]
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Jun 03 12:20

Afghan Amens from May 13

Afghans prayed yesterday in Khost Province beside the coffins of four people killed Monday night by NATO troops.

This is not old news to the victims.

Jun 03 06:44

UN official: drone attacks controlled away from battlefield may lead to 'PlayStation' mentality

Philip Alston, UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, said the increasing use of missile strikes by the Central Intelligence Agency undermined international law.

Such attacks could be justified only when it was impossible to capture insurgents alive and only with proper oversight, his report concluded.
His warning comes as evidence emerges of a shifting American strategy with more frequent attacks targeting foot soldiers rather than senior figures

Jun 02 21:18

Obama’s Timidity and Deaths at Sea

By Ray McGovern

A chief lesson to learn from President Barack Obama’s recent unwillingness to stand up to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Likud Lobby is that such timidity can get people killed.

Casualty figures are still arriving in the wake of Israel’s Sunday night-Monday morning commando attack on an unarmed flotilla trying to bring relief supplies to the 1.5 million Palestinians crowded into Gaza. Already, at least nine civilian passengers are reported killed, and dozens wounded.

Jun 02 01:56

Greta Berlin: Marbles, paint balls and nukes [Videos]

The Israeli military (IDF), has been busy spinning the story of their attack on a civilian convoy trying to deliver aid to the besieged people of Gaza. They’ve had a head start, sending out edited videos, posting ’supposed’ military footage of the passengers attacking them, saying that they confiscated ‘weapons’ which apparently turned out to be marbles, sling shots, kitchen knives and aluminum chairs.

More will be revealed as passengers are released. We already know that Israel shot the captain of the Marmara and the European Campaign boat, maybe hoping that we would no longer be able to hire captains. Several activists have spoken to their respective Consulates and informed of being kicked, beaten, dragged along the ground, tear gassed and bags thrown over their heads.

Jun 02 01:50

Former CIA Officer’s Giraldi & McGovern: Israel Controls U.S. Government & Media

Editors Note: Some tragic and hard truths and facts, pretty much the game as we’ve known it. Every bit counts, and this is public exposure of a positive nature, so hear it from the experts in the field, in this Press TV interview.

Phillip Giraldi, Former CIA Case Officer | Ray McGovern, Former CIA Analyst/Presidential Daily Briefer

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/06/former-cia-officers-giraldi-mcgovern-...

Jun 02 01:46

AIPAC: The Voice of America — Part 2 The Treasonous Dollar Drain

By Anthony Lawson

A closer look at how the members of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee exercise a grotesquely disproportionate amount of power over the foreign policies of the United States.

Jun 01 05:23

War Is the Answer for Those Who Wage It-Listen to this Vet

Our real enemies are not those living in a distant land whose names or policies we don't understand; The real enemy is a system that wages war when it's profitable, the CEOs who lay us off our jobs when it's profitable, the Insurance Companies who deny us Health care when it's profitable, the Banks who take away our homes when it's profitable. Our enemies are not several hundred thousands away. They are right here in front of us
- Mike Prysner

May 31 08:06

Pentagon Officials Stress Long War Going Forward in Afghanistan

Over eight and a half years after the initial US invasion of Afghanistan the war is arguably the longest in American history. But despite the administration’s vague pretense of an exit strategy, Pentagon officials are emphasizing just how slow things are going.

Gen. Stanley McChrystal today conceded that the occupation of the tiny farming village of Marjah remains “a struggle,” nearly four months after it began. He also openly called for a rethink of President Obama’s July 2011 “handover” timetable, meaningless though that already was, adding that the war would continue “way beyond July 2011.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One wonders if some folks in the Pentagon are considering the "kill them all, God will find His own" strategy here.

There were two primary outcomes desired in this war. The first (upon which one can accurately comment, "mission accomplished") was the control of the drug trade, which the Taliban had, under their watch, successfully suppressed.

The second was the "pacification" of Afghan nationals to the point where oil pipelines could be installed with which to control Eurasian oil. Nearly nine years on, the US and NATO are no where near achieving that objective.

Looks as though the US and NATO will be in Afghanistan permanently, at this point.

May 30 11:36

US soldier beaten for whistleblowing to superiors

Army investigating deaths that may hurt U.S. efforts in Kandahar
Fri May 28
Army investigating deaths that may hurt U.S. efforts in Kandahar
According to AFP and National Public Radio, at least 10 soldiers from the Army's 5th Stryker Brigade are under criminal military investigation in the deaths of three Afghan civilians, as well as for alleged illegal drug use. One of them has been detained.
The allegations came to light when one of the Stryker Brigade soldiers told his superiors of drug use in the brigade and subsequently was "beaten within an inch of his life" by his comrades, according to an AFP source. While recovering in the hospital, the soldier told authorities of the alleged murders as well.

May 29 10:18

Pentagon Gets Around Troop Ban in Pakistan by Outsourcing Weapons Transport

Unable to deploy troops in Pakistan, but still in need of ways to transport weapons across it and into Afghanistan, the U.S. government is looking for defense contractors who can take on the task of logistical support through Pakistani territory...

May 29 10:14

Afghanistan: Drone crew rebuked for civilian deaths

The US military has reprimanded the six operators of an unmanned drone aircraft which mistakenly targeted a civilian convoy in Afghanistan. At least 23 people were killed in the attack in Uruzgan province on 21 February.

Commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, who is struggling to win broad support among Afghans to defeat the Taliban, apologised for the drone attack.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to General McChrystal; instead of "apologizing" to the Afghan people, just tell them - and the world (particularly those whose loved ones have been killed or maimed for life in this immoral, illegal war) the plain, brutal truth as follows:

"We of the American and NATO military have no real apologies for the deaths and maimings of your loved ones; these statements are purely propaganda,created for public consumption back home.

"The Afghan people are of no consequence whatsoever to us, except as impediments against the installation of oil pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil.

"So, you can reasonably expect one hell of a lot more death and destruction until this outcome is accomplished."

The Afghan people already understand this; it is the people in the US who need to wake up and truly recognize what its government is doing in its name.

May 29 07:20

US admits deadly attack on Afghan civilians

The United States military has acknowledged killing 23 civilians and wounding 12 others earlier this year after mistaking them for a convoy of Taliban insurgents.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Our bad, but we meant well!

May 29 02:00

Petraeus Memo Widens scope of US Military Covert Operations in ME

By Juan Cole

The 7-page memo seen by the NYT and signed by CENTCOM commander Gen. David Petraeus authorizes US troops to engage in clandestine intelligence-gathering in the greater Middle East. The article implies that the memo also authorizes more military teams to go into unconventional conflict situations in both unfriendly and friendly countries.

Critics worry that the order blurs the line between combat soldiers and spies and weakens the claim of all soldiers to humane treatment under the Geneva Conventions.

May 29 01:54

Ahmedinejad Blasts Medvedev over UNSC Sanctions; Brazil still Reaching out to Obama on Nuclear Deal

By Juan Cole

Ahmadinejad went on to warn President Barack Obama of the US that the Tehran Declaration represents a “historic opportunity for him” should he genuinely want “change,” — an opportunity to begin respecting the rights of other nations and to abandon wrong and inhumane policies, treating other countries instead with justice and fairness.

The Iranian newspaper Tabnak reports that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in a speech on Wednesday, took a hard line with Russia and also pressured the US to accept the deal brokered by Turkey and Brazil on Iranian low enriched uranium (the “Tehran Declaration.”)

May 29 01:46

PHILIP GIRALDI : The Strategic Ally Myth

It is difficult to understand why anyone would take Mort Zuckerman seriously. He is a New York based but Canadian born Israel firster who made a fortune in real estate before buying The New York Daily News and the US News and World Report. He now fancies himself as a leading journalist and political commentator. Zuckerman is frequently spotted on the television talking head circuit where he dispenses analysis of international events that could have been crafted in Tel Aviv or Herzliya, where the Israeli intelligence service Mossad has its headquarters.

May 28 21:07

Fox News Makes Excuse for CIA’s Afghan Opium Cultivation

In an amazing propaganda segment, Fox News’ Gerald Rivera talks with an occupation soldier about U.S. support of the opium trade in Afghanistan. The soldier tells Rivera he does not like supporting Afghan opium production. The U.S., he insists, has turned a blind eye to the cultivation because it is a cultural thing.

May 28 07:31

[Pic] Kabul park in 1970 and 2010

May 28 00:21

GUILT BY ASSOCIATION – Reviewed by Ken Freeland

Some Dare Call It Treason

“Guilt by Association makes treason transparent,” advertises the blurb on the back of this book. And if I were limited to so brief a summary, these are exactly the words I would choose! This book is a many-splendored thing, and I hope in the space of this review to be able to convey the enormous import of this book, and why you need to buy not just a copy for yourself but copies for all your loved ones and for anyone you seek to educate about the threat America’s involvement with Israel poses not just to American values, but to our national security and to our survival as a nation.

May 26 17:40

JEFF GATES: Watching Israel Delegitimize the United States of America

What’s behind the sudden crisis in Korea? Who benefits?
Which nation’s nuclear arsenal is problematic?

The U.S.-Israeli relationship has long been America’s Achilles heel. Our first president warned against “entangled alliances” particularly when, as here, there’s a “passionate attachment.”

Our “special relationship” with this rogue state has placed the U.S. outside the same system of international law that we now seek to impose on others, including Iran.

Our handling of the current crisis on the Korean peninsula could restore our tattered reputation.

What’s the first issue that needs to be addressed?

May 26 08:27

The pure heroin so potent it can kill before users even take the needles from their arms - available for just £7

A potent wave of cheap heroin which can kill users before they pull the syringe from their veins is spreading across America.

Drug smugglers are selling the ‘black tar’ substance for as little as £7 ($10) a bag, raising concerns that its cost will widen its appeal with addicts.

The heroin – named for its dark, gooey consistency – which is being grown in Mexico and Colombia and taken to the U.S., is so pure, it can kill unsuspecting users instantly.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mexico and Columbia MY ASTROLABE! This killer dope is coming from Afghanistan!

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May 25 20:09

GORDON DUFF: THE ARMS CIRCUS, ISRAEL KEEPING THE WORLD IN TURMOIL

THE ART OF KEEPING AMERICA AT RISK FOR FUN AND PROFIT

This week, newspapers around the world received reports and signed documents from South Africa. The reports said that, in 1975, Israel agreed to sell South Africa nuclear weapons. South Africa then released an arms agreement signed by current Israeli President Shimon Peres. This is the document “heard round the world.”

May 25 09:08

Taliban attack Nato's biggest base in Afghanistan

Taliban fighters launched an audacious assault on the biggest Nato base in Afghanistan in the third attack on coalition forces in under a week.

The frontal attack on Kandahar airfield forced William Hague, the new Foreign Secretary, and Liam Fox, the new Defence Secretary to cancel a scheduled trip to meet British troops on the base during their first tour of Afghanistan since taking office.

May 24 07:14

JEFF GATES : Is the “Times Square Terrorist” an Asset of Organized Crime?

When waging modern warfare, often the loudest sound is the one you don’t hear.

Why is no one reporting that “Faisal the Fizzler” is tied to Israeli-American Leon Black and Israel-dominated organized crime syndicates dating back to the 1920s? Why is no one reporting the ties to junk bond king and Israeli-American Michael Milken? How can Americans make informed choices without access to the real facts?

Faisal Sharzad—AKA The Times Square Fizzler—reportedly was trained by the “Pakistan Taliban” for a deadly deed that went horribly wrong.

Not only did he lock his keys in the car, including his apartment key, his Rube Goldberg contraption of alarm clocks, Walmart propane tanks and firecrackers failed to explode.

May 23 09:37

British defence minister on Afghan visit calls for troop withdrawal

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

May 23 09:35

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

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

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

There is no Plan B.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

May 23 06:55

US Military Fail In Sick Opium Poppies Case

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

May 22 16:09

Time for Barack Obama to choose paranoia or sanity

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

May 22 08:40

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

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

May 21 20:51

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

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

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

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

May 21 18:06

Gordon Duff: The Karzai Rebirth

TRIBAL LEADERS SEEING MATURITY AND CHANGE IN KARZAI

US DRUG POLICY, SPENDING AND CORRUPTION STILL MAJOR FAILURES

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

May 21 10:17

U.S. Troops in Afghanistan Drinking Unsafe Water

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

May 21 10:01

Grim milestone: 1,000 Americans dead

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 21 09:29

Federal Appeals Court Bars Bagram Detainees From Civilian Trials

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

May 20 17:19

Ray McGovern : US, Israel Challenged on Iran

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

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

May 20 17:15

PHILIP GIRALDI : Shaping the Story on Iran

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

May 20 17:06

Jeff Gates : Who Wants this American Dead?

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

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

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

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

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

May 20 09:52

PHILIP GIRALDI : Shaping the Story on Iran

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

May 20 09:46

Ray McGovern : US, Israel Challenged on Iran

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

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

May 19 15:04

Taliban attack key U.S. base in Afghanistan

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

May 19 03:25

Bill for Afghan War Could Run into the Trillions

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

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

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

May 18 22:59

US death toll in Afghanistan tops 1,000

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

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

May 17 11:38

Nato turns to militias in Afghanistan battle

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

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

May 17 10:34

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

Good for the Russians!

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May 17 09:29

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

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

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

May 17 09:00

Afghanistan issues arrest warrant for US officer

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

May 16 16:20

Special Nakba Day show! on Truth Jihad Radio

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

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

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

(archived here)

May 16 13:04

US Aid Hurts Afghans

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

May 15 10:47

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

THE POLITICS OF MURDER

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

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

May 15 10:06

Afghans Protest Deadly NATO Night Raid

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

May 15 07:33

McChrystal: Beheadings of Our Allies Simply to Be Expected

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

May 14 14:12

Pakistani MPs urge NATO oil halt

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

May 14 09:36

McChrystal Terms Afghan War ‘A Draw’

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

May 14 08:48

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 13 16:47

Blight devastates Afghan poppy crop; prices soar

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Kinda makes you wonder!

May 13 14:31

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

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

May 13 09:52

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

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

May 13 08:41

Obama tentatively backs peace talks with Taliban

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

May 13 08:10

Pentagon expanding Guantánamo-like prison in Afghanistan

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Your tax dollars at work, folks.

May 13 07:55

Fungus hits Afghan opium poppies

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

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

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

May 12 21:29

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

Best Story Wins

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

But first a brief review of three recent events.

Read the Full Article here:

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

May 12 09:15

Helmand's poppy growth surges

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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May 12 09:11

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

ALMOST a quarter of the low-ranking Taleban commanders lured out of the insurgency in southern Afghanistan have rejoined the fight because of broken government promises and paltry, sometimes non-existent, rewards, a scathing new report has claimed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

May 12 08:05

US troops executing prisoners in Afghanistan, journalist says

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

May 11 09:43

Taliban shoots down NATO chopper

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

May 11 07:33

David Swanson, Did You Say $33 Billion?

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

May 10 11:24

Afghan Mothers Face Worst Conditions in the World

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

May 10 11:18

Afghanistan's My Lai Massacre

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

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

May 10 08:39

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

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

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

May 09 10:53

American Military Burn Pits Pose Risk to Future Generations of Afghans

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

May 09 07:32

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

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

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