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Nov 11 06:51

What Our Children Are Dying For In Afganistan

Nov 10 15:13

90,000 Casualties, but Who’s Counting?

Usually, there is nothing more powerful than a personal story to pound home the cost of eight years of war overseas, but I think today there is something even more disturbing to bear.

It’s the number 89,457.

As of Nov. 9, that’s how many American casualties there were in Iraq and Afghanistan since Oct. 7, 2001

Nov 10 14:34

Ask a veteran: If Afghan war is illegal, US troops and public must refuse deployment

“An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it. Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self sustained.” - Mohandas Gandhi, Young India 1924-1926 (1927), p. 1285

CBS news reports that sources confirm the deployment of ~40,000 additional US troops in Afghanistan (two-minute video below). The most important context for troops, officers, and the US public to consider is that if the US war is illegal, we must all refuse deployment and any further engagement. All those with an oath to defend and protect the US Constitution are sworn to refuse such an illegal act (along with being viciously immoral).

Nov 10 14:14

90,000 Casualties, but Who’s Counting?

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to reflect new data on total casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Veterans Day arrives tomorrow, and with it, the anticipated harvest of heartbreaking anecdotes driving the press coverage and our ever wandering attention back to less desirable realities: the disfigured but persevering hero, the homeless warrior, the unemployable sergeant, the father or son or daughter who came home a stranger and cannot be reached.

Usually, there is nothing more powerful than a personal story to pound home the cost of eight years of war overseas, but I think today there is something even more disturbing to bear.

It’s the number 89,457 [.doc].

Nov 10 10:58

Gorbachev Says Obama Should Start Afghan Withdrawal

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"... before you make a total fool of yourselves the way we did!"

Nov 10 09:25

Where Will They Get the Troops? Preparing Undeployables for the Afghan Front

As the Obama administration debates whether to send tens of thousands of extra troops to Afghanistan, an already overstretched military is increasingly struggling to meet its deployment numbers. Surprisingly, one place it seems to be targeting is military personnel who go absent without leave (AWOL) and then are caught or turn themselves in.

Nov 09 23:15

Afghanistan’s Sham Army

American military advisers who work with the Afghan National Army, or ANA, speak of poorly trained and unmotivated Afghan soldiers who have little stomach for military discipline and even less for fighting. They describe many ANA units as being filled with brigands who terrorize local populations, exacting payments and engaging in intimidation, rape and theft. They contend that the ANA is riddled with Taliban sympathizers. And when there are combined American and Afghan operations against the Taliban insurgents, ANA soldiers are fickle and unreliable combatants, the U.S. advisers say.

Nov 09 15:40

White House Leans Toward Sending More Than 30,000 Troops to Afghanistan

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

Nov 09 13:31

Hillary’s Dope Deal?

Shahzad would have us believe that our secretary of state, who is mostly known for being strident and abrasive, has, over a three-day period, managed to avert the demise of our republic by cutting the biggest dope deal ever with some of the biggest sleazebags ever.

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

Nov 09 09:09

ADMIRAL MULLEN ANNOUNCES AFGHANISTAN STRATEGY: PREPARE TO NONVIOLENTLY RESIST

This past Wednesday, Admiral Mullen (Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) announced that the Pentagon will seek additional war funds for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars in 2010. While he did not give a firm dollar amount, the New York Times reported that defense budget analysts are kicking around the number of $50 billion. The Times also reported that Jack Murtha, Chair of the Defense Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, indicated on October 30 that he expects the supplemental spending bill for 2010 to be in the range of $40 billion. The final dollar amount won't be known until the White House submits its "emergency" supplemental spending request to Congress, most likely around February 2.

Nov 09 08:44

David Swanson: End US Wars of Aggression by defunding them

David Swanson has the answer for immediate ending of US troops’ engagement in illegal wars: stop paying for them. The best support for our troops is to bring them home. Don’t believe me, ask your relatives and friends in service. Article includes a great video of David walking an audience through his new book and the gap between what we're promised for political leadership under the US Constitution and what we have in complete violation of limits under law.

Nov 09 08:26

War News for Monday, November 09, 2009

The British MoD is reporting the death of a British ISAF soldier in an IED attack near Sangin, Helmand province, Afghanistan on Saturday, November 7th. (note this was reported by Cervantes yesterday)

The British MoD is reporting the death of a second British ISAF soldier in an IED attack near Sangin, Helmand province, Afghanistan on Sunday, November 8th.

Nato is reporting the death of an American soldier in an undisclosed location in western Afghanistan on Saturday, November 7th.
MNF-Iraq is reporting the deaths of two soldiers in a helicopter crash in an undisclosed area in Salah ad Din Province on Sunday, November 8th.

Nov 09 06:29

Pentagon Pouring Your Money Into Afghanistan: Are They Preparing for a Very Long War?

Pentagon Pouring Your Money Into Afghanistan: Are They Preparing for a Very Long War?
By Nick Turse, Tomdispatch.com
Posted on November 9, 2009, Printed on November 9, 2009
http://www.alternet.org/story/143819/

In recent weeks, President Obama has been contemplating the future of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan. He has also been touting the effects of his policies at home, reporting that this year's Recovery Act not only saved jobs, but also was "the largest investment in infrastructure since [President Dwight] Eisenhower built the Interstate Highway System in the 1950s." At the same time, another much less publicized U.S.-taxpayer-funded infrastructure boom has been underway. This one in Afghanistan.

Nov 08 19:21

Remembrance Sunday: 'At least we knew what we were fighting for in 1944'

This year's commemorations were given added poignancy by events in Afghanistan.

Nov 08 12:04

MILITARY RESISTANCE GUARD ISSUE: 7K5

American soldiers serving in Afghanistan are depressed and deeply disillusioned, according to the chaplains of two US battalions that have spent nine months on the front line in the war against the Taleban.

Many feel that they are risking their lives — and that colleagues have died — for a futile mission and an Afghan population that does nothing to help them, the chaplains told The Times in their makeshift chapel on this fortress-like base in a dusty, brown valley southwest of Kabul.

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It is high time to end this catastrophically stupid military misadventure, and bring our soldiers safely home.

Nov 08 09:27

Obama leaning toward 34,000 more troops for Afghanistan

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... as the Russians laugh their asses off at us!

Nov 08 08:17

Fuel convoy hit in eastern Afghanistan

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This was a highly successful tactic the Afghanis used to starve the Soviet forces.

Nov 07 08:06

Afghan gov't says UN representative out of line

Pushing back against international criticism, Afghanistan's Foreign Ministry said Saturday that the top U.N. official in the country overstepped his authority by giving instructions on how to rid the government of corruption and warlords.

Nov 07 08:01

Rare virus poses new threat to troops

U.S. military officials sent a medical team to a remote outpost in southern Afghanistan this week to take blood samples from members of an Army unit after a soldier in the unit died from an Ebola-like virus.

Nov 07 07:59

Armed Forces reputation is at risk in Afghanistan, MoD chiefs warn

The long-term future and reputation of Britain’s Armed Forces is at risk unless progress is made in Afghanistan, the two most senior officials at the Ministry of Defence warn in an internal document seen by The Times.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

".....Future and reputation...."?!?!?

So these elements are much more important to these officials than the lives of the UK's soldiers, fighting an unwinnable war?!?

WHAT COMPLETE ARROGANCE; UNFLIPPING BELIEVABLE!

Nov 07 07:49

US fed up with troops dying to prop up Karzai

Tactical leaks on these internal deliberations suggest a radical repositioning of US policy, the result of which will be that McChrystal will not get all that he is asking for.

The objective is being wound back - from the Jeffersonian democracy sought by the former president George Bush to the creation of a state that is capable of protecting itself.

"Democracy?" asked a Kabul cabbie during a local television phone-in. "That's an American euphemism for occupation. We don't have patriotic leaders either - so, the people's hands are tied behind their backs."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We should withdraw, now, and negotiate with whatever government is left standing to install the pipelines necessary to control Eurasian oil.

You cannot win what is essentially a land war from the air, and the Afghan people do not want us there. We are not "protectors of their freedoms"; we are an occupying army, period, end of discussion.

Nov 06 15:54

Collateral Damage Is Murder

Collateral damage is nothing more than a euphemism for state-sponsored mass murder. It is the term given to people killed in military actions who were “not intentionally targeted.” In reality, this is pure propaganda. It has always been morally just to protect innocent people against aggressors. But, on the other hand, it has never been moral, nor has it ever been necessary, to bomb cities filled with innocent people.

Nov 06 08:35

Public support for Afghan strategy plummets: poll

The public is rapidly losing confidence that the war in Afghanistan can be won, after the killing of five soldiers by a rogue Afghan policeman, a new poll showed Thursday.

Nov 06 04:54

Chomsky: Obama Continues Bush Policy

Chomsky: Obama Continues Bush Policy

Sherwood Ross
Scoop
Thursday, November 5, 2009

Political activist Noam Chomsky says that although President Obama views the Iraq invasion merely as “a mistake” or “strategic blunder,” it is, in fact, a “major crime” designed to enable America to control the Middle East oil reserves.

“It’s (“strategic blunder”) probably what the German general staff was telling Hitler after Stalingrad,” Chomsky quipped, referring to the big Nazi defeat by the Soviet army in 1943.

“There is basically no significant change in the fundamental traditional conception that if we can control Middle East energy resources, then we can control the world,” he said.

Nov 05 22:22

Fort Hood shooting: Nidal Malik Hasan 'said Muslims should rise up'

Major Nidal Malik Hasan, who allegedly killed 11 people before being shot and wounded by police at Fort Hood, had said Muslims should "rise up" and attack Americans in retaliation for the US war in Iraq, a former army colleague said.

Nov 05 17:28

SAS join search in Helmand for gunman who killed five soldiers

A full-scale manhunt involving British special forces and Afghan police units is under way in Helmand to try to find the gunman responsible for shooting dead five soldiers in Nad-e Ali.

Nov 05 13:18

Congressman Massa: 2950 Days, 300 Billion Dollars and 911 Dead Americans

In this video New York Congressman Massa illustrates the losses from the Afghan war and how the conflict has affected our military and our economy. One of his key points is that the eight year long war has cost each American family over $3,950.00...

Nov 05 09:38

UN pulls out half its Afghanistan staff and threatens total withdrawal

The United Nations today temporarily pulled half its international staff out of Afghanistan and threatened that a complete and permanent withdrawal could follow.

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Given the current state of conditions in Afghanistan, who can blame them?!?

Nov 05 09:36

Killing civilians triggers demonstration in S Afghan province

Meantime, spokesman of provincial administration Daud Ahmadi in talks with Xinhua confirmed the incident but said that all those killed were Taliban insurgents.

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INCLUDING THE CHILDREN?!?

More winning of the hearts and minds of the Afghani people, I see.

Nov 05 08:50

Afghan Police Penetrated by Taliban at ‘Every Level’

Officials say the police have been successfully infiltrated “at every level” by the Taliban, meaning even seemingly loyal police, today’s attacker served without incident for three years for instance, could be ticking time bombs just waiting for the order to attack.

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It is really, really time for the US and NATO to declare "victory" and go home, getting our troops out of there in the safest way possible.

Then, we should negotiate with whatever government is left standing for the rights to install those pipelines intended to control Eurasian oil.

Nov 05 08:21

So Much for Europe

NATO ministers were hot to trot for Gen. Stan McChrystal’s Afghanistan escalation scheme, but Europe isn’t likely to send any more troops to the fray. Opinion polls in most European countries show clear majorities in favor of withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso says, "Honestly in Europe there is not great enthusiasm for sending more troops to Afghanistan."

Nov 04 18:54

Bloody betrayal raises fresh doubts about Britain's campaign in Afghanistan

The killing of five British soldiers by an Afghan policeman raised fresh doubts yesterday about Britain’s mission in Helmand.

Senior political, diplomatic and military figures warned that public support for the British presence was in danger of collapse without a clear and freshly defined strategy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is no support for this war in the US either, at least among thinking Americans.

Going into the 9th year of this meatgrinder, the only people "winning" are the drug lords and companies which offer private mercenaries.

Why would anyone in their right mind believe that this war should continue for one more second?!?!?!?

Nov 04 11:37

War News for Wednesday, November 04, 2009

The British MoD is reporting the deaths of five British ISAF soldiers from a small arms fire-gun shot wounds incident in the Nad e-Ali district, Helmand province, Afghanistan on Tuesday, November 4th. The AP is reporting that an Afghani policeman, or perhaps two Afghani policemen opened fire on the British soldiers at a joint check point. Six additional British soldiers and two Afghani police were wounded in the attack.

Nov 04 09:28

US gives Karzai six-month ultimatum to stem Afghanistan corruption

President Karzai has six months to sideline his brother and reduce corruption or risk losing American support, Afghan officials have told The Times.

“If he doesn’t meet the conditions within six months, Obama has told him America will pull out,” said an official with access to Mr Karzai’s inner circle. “Obama said they don’t want their soldiers’ lives wasted for nothing. They want changes in Cabinet, and changes in his personal staff.”

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This will happen....when pigs fly.

Obama knows that.

This is just sound and fury, signifying nothing.

Nov 04 07:43

Robert Fisk: America is performing its familiar role of propping up a dictator

Could there be a more accurate description of the Obama-Brown message of congratulations to the fraudulently elected Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan? First the Palestinians held fair elections in 2006, voted for Hamas and were brutally punished for it – they still are – and then the Iranians held fraudulent elections in June which put back the weird Mahmoud Ahmadinejad whom everyone outside Iran (and a lot inside) regard as a dictator. But now we have the venal, corrupt, sectarian Karzai in power after a poll far more ambitiously rigged than the Iranian version, and – yup, we love him dearly and accept his totally fraudulent election.

Nov 04 07:38

Afghanistan War: Killing a fly with a sledgehammer

The conflict in Afghanistan becomes increasingly unpopular, a group of veterans came to Washington, DC to show lawmakers the perspective of soldiers and afghan civilians. Priya Sridhar talks to one of the former soldiers about U.S. options in Afghanistan.

Nov 04 05:11

Pipeline-Istan: Everything You Need to Know About Oil, Gas, Russia, China, Iran, Afghanistan and Obama

Pipeline-Istan: Everything You Need to Know About Oil, Gas, Russia, China, Iran, Afghanistan and Obama

AlterNet

By Pepe Escobar, Tomdispatch.com
Posted on May 13, 2009, Printed on May 13, 2009
http://www.alternet.org/story/139983/

Nov 04 04:52

U.S. officials fear Karzai can't keep anti-corruption pledge

U.S. officials are worried that the Afghan leader will have to award key posts to ethnic warlords and regional power barons who're linked to drug trafficking in exchange for their help in his re-election.

The U.S. concerns were heightened by the return from Turkey late Monday of Abdul Rashid Dostum, a notorious former communist general and a leader of the ethnic Uzbek minority who's alleged to have allowed the 2001 killing of as many as 2,000 Taliban and al Qaida prisoners, then having their mass graves dug up and their remains hidden in 2008.

Nov 03 18:11

Dual Citizenship -- Loyal to Whom?

Dual Citizenship -- Loyal to Whom?

by Dan Eden

Someone wrote and asked me, "Why are there Israeli- but not Mexican-American Dual Nationals?"

Well, here's my take on this. I'd also like your views and opinions.

Nov 03 08:19

TUESDAY’S TOON ~~ US AID TO PAKISTAN

Nov 03 08:10

Opium, Rape and the American Way

War banishes the just and the decent to the margins of society. And the weapons of war do not separate the innocent and the damned. An aerial drone is our version of an improvised explosive device. An iron fragmentation bomb is our answer to a suicide bomb. A burst from a belt-fed machine gun causes the same terror and bloodshed among civilians no matter who pulls the trigger.

Nov 03 07:22

Victory (for a crooked, corrupt and discredited government)

The election in Afghanistan has turned into a disaster for all who promoted it. Hamid Karzai has been declared re-elected as President of the country for the next five years though his allies inside and outside Afghanistan know that he owes his success to open fraud. Instead of increasing his government's legitimacy, the poll has further de-legitimised it.

Nov 03 05:20

Obama Is a Pawn of the New World Order

Obama Is a Pawn of the New World Order

It is obvious from Obama's appointments to positions regarding foreign relations that part of the deal with the "powers that be" is that he continue to promote the "fake war against terror", the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in order to secure the oil and natural gas resources and the continued stealing of the remaining resources of this country by the Federal Reserve Bank.

Nov 02 09:15

US congratulates Karzai on 'historic' re-election

The United States congratulated Hamid Karzai on his "historic" re-election as Afghan president and looks forward to working with him, the American embassy in Kabul said in a statement Monday.

The statement also welcomed the decision by the country's Independent Election Commission (IEC) not to hold a run-off election this weekend after Karzai's only challenger, Abdullah Abdullah, pulled out of the contest.

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Unflipping believable.

Nov 02 06:06

Afghanistan, Another Untold Story

Afghanistan, Another Untold Story

Only Leaves Out 9-11 Being an Inside Job

by Michael Parenti
December 7, 2008
GlobalResearch.com

Author's website: www.michaelparenti.org.

Barack Obama is on record as advocating a military escalation in Afghanistan. Before sinking any deeper into that quagmire, we might do well to learn something about recent Afghan history and the role played by the United States.

Nov 02 06:04

Cheney's Chief Assassin Is Now Obama's Commander in Afghanistan

Cheney's Chief Assassin Is Now Obama's Commander in Afghanistan

By James Petras, Axis of Logic
Posted on May 18, 2009, Printed on May 18, 2009
http://www.alternet.org/story/140068/

“The Deltas are psychos…You have to be a certified psychopath to join the Delta Force…”, a US Army colonel from Fort Bragg once told me back in the 1980s. Now President Obama has elevated the most notorious of the psychopaths, General Stanley McChrystal, to head the US and NATO military command in Afghanistan.

Nov 01 16:46

BUY NOTHING ON THE DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING

just change date proposed in video to 11/27/2009

Nov 01 14:06

Father of soldier killed with Rupert Thorneloe says Gordon Brown is 'either a liar or clueless'

A grieving father whose son died alongside the most senior soldier to be killed in Afghanistan has called on the Prime Minister to resign.

Peter Hammond said Gordon Brown was either lying or incompetent when he insisted that a shortage of helicopters had not led to British deaths.

Mr Hammond, whose teenage son Josh died alongside Lt Col Rupert Thorneloe, said: 'Brown's either a liar or hasn't a clue about what's going on. He should do the right thing and quit.'

Nov 01 09:57

Accusing Election Fraud, Corruption, Karzai Opponent Withdraws From Election, Raising More Questions for USA

Accusing his opponent, Hamid Karzai of setting up a vote that could not be transparent, former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah withdrew from next weekend's run-off election. This, practically, hands Karzai a victory. But it also makes the questions about the corruption and legitimacy of the leadership of Afghanistan even more questionable

Nov 01 09:09

Occupiers involved in drug trade: Afghan minister

General Khodaidad Khodaidad said the majority of drugs are stockpiled in two provinces controlled by troops from the US, the UK, and Canada, IRNA reported on Saturday.

He went on to say that NATO forces are taxing the production of opium in the regions under their control.

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There you have it, right from the proverbial horse's mouth.

Nov 01 08:51

Cross-border insurgents flood Afghanistan

The expansion of Islamic extremist groups across the Afghanistan-Pakistan region is “the worst I’ve seen it,” with Afghan insurgents receiving help from Iranian operatives and “very possibly” freelancing Pakistani intelligence agents, as well as a small but growing number of “deadly” foreign fighters, said Maj. Gen. Mike Flynn, director of intelligence for Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s headquarters here.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are essentially seeing the same thing happening here that happened when the old Soviet Union attempted to occupy Afghanistan, while the US was covertly arming and training the Taliban against them.

Right now, Russian governmental and military officials are laughing themselves silly that we refused to learn from the Soviet Union's monumental and catastrophic mistakes here.

The Afghans want their country back, and want an end to the occupation. This is a very clear reality, and has nothing to do with the drivel that "they hate us because we are free."

We invaded, and continue to occupy, Afghanistan for two reasons, driven by corporate profit.

The first was to control the drug trade (from which so many profit so wonderfully), and the second was to install the pipelines to control Eurasian oil.

The US and NATO have done spectacularly well on that first objective.

The drug trade, which was all but eradicated by the Taliban, is booming, and cheap heroin is flooding Russia and Eastern Europe.

On the second objective, the US and NATO are next to nowhere.

So, what does the US do at this point? Throw more troops into this meat grinder, and expect that this can solve the problem?

Unfortunately, the leadership at the Pentagon and the White House cannot get it through their collectively thick skulls that you cannot win what is essentially a ground war from the air.

There have been reports circulated that McChrystal wants 500,000 sets of boots on the ground within the next 5 years.

But one has to wonder; with US forces already stressed to the breaking point, where will the rest of those troops come from without the re-institution of a draft??

The longer we stay, the more deaths and casualties we will experience without any substantive gain.

What we need to do is leave Afghanistan now, providing for the safest possible movement of our soldiers out of the country, and negotiate a deal about the pipelines with whatever government is left standing. This is the only logical thing to do.

Of course, logic and the US government have rarely have a consistent on-going relationship.

Oct 31 16:03

U.S. combat injuries rise sharply

More than 1,000 American troops have been wounded in battle over the past three months in Afghanistan, accounting for one-fourth of those injured in combat since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001.

The dramatic increase in amputees and other seriously injured service members comes as October marks the deadliest month for U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Oct 31 14:30

Afghan challenger threatens to quit run-off unless demands are met

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah plans to call for his supporters to boycott the Nov. 7 run-off election between he and President Hamid Karzai, according to published reports.

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This is a monumental blunder on Abdullah's part; if he succeeds in getting his followers to do this, he has just handed Afghanistan back to Karzai, which is disastrous for the Afghani people.

Oct 31 10:14

Who Is Osama Bin Laden?

A few hours after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, the Bush administration concluded without supporting evidence, that "Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaeda organisation were prime suspects". CIA Director George Tenet stated that bin Laden has the capacity to plan ``multiple attacks with little or no warning.'' Secretary of State Colin Powell called the attacks "an act of war" and President Bush confirmed in an evening televised address to the Nation that he would "make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them". Former CIA Director James Woolsey pointed his finger at "state sponsorship," implying the complicity of one or more foreign governments.

Oct 31 09:13

Afghan boycott would not de-legitimise poll: Clinton

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Saturday that a boycott of the run-off election in Afghanistan by runner-up Abdullah Abdullah would not de-legitimise the poll.

Clinton, who was asked whether the outcome of a run-off with only one candidate would result in a legitimate government, said such situations are "not unprecedented" and occur in the United States and other countries.

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Has this woman totally lost her mind?!?!?

A single-candidate election will scream far and wide that this was only window dressing to make it appear that Karzai had been re-elected, rather than re-appointed.

Should this happen, the world will understand very clearly what a complete sham this alleged "runoff" has been.

Oct 31 08:59

Afghan challenger threatens to quit run-off unless demands are met

Abdullah Abdullah was poised on Saturday to quit Afghanistan's run-off presidential election unless incumbent Hamid Karzai has a last minute change of heart and bows to a series of demands from his rival.

Officials in Abdullah's campaign team said the former foreign minister would announce he was pulling out of the November 7 contest on Sunday in the absence of any U-turn by Karzai on measures to combat fraud.

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If Abdullah Abdullah does pull out of the race, because he knows that the entire process will be more crooked than a dog's hind leg, then what?

A one-candidate election?

Or will Karzai just call the whole thing off, and proceed just as he has since the last since the last alleged "election"?!?

Oct 31 08:00

Colonel foresaw his own death: His memo to MoD warned helicopter shortage would cost lives... weeks later he was dead

The most senior soldier to be killed in Afghanistan foreshadowed his own death in a damning memo about the shortage of helicopters.

Lieutenant Colonel Rupert Thorneloe told his superiors that British troops would die because they were being forced to make trips by road.

Less than a month later, he was blown up by a roadside bomb.

Oct 31 07:34

U.N. Can’t Account for Millions Sent to Afghan Election Board

The United Nations cannot account for tens of millions of dollars provided to the troubled Afghan election commission, according to two confidential U.N. audits and interviews with current and former senior diplomats. (Read both audits.)

As Afghanistan prepares for a second round of national voting, the documents and interviews paint the fullest picture to date of the finances of the election commission, which has been accused of facilitating election fraud and operating ghost polling places. The new disclosures also deepen the questions about the U.N.'s oversight of money provided by the United States and other nations to ensure a fair election in Afghanistan.

Oct 30 12:35

What are US troops dying for in Afghanistan?

The CIA’s ties with Ahmed Wali Karzai raise “significant questions about America’s war strategy, which is currently under review at the White House,” the New York Times said Wednesday in reporting the connection.

This is putting it rather delicately. The ties between the Karzai brothers and the CIA are a further demonstration that “America’s war strategy” is a criminal enterprise pursued by criminal methods

Oct 30 12:06

9/11 passport ‘found in Pakistan’

Here is another perfect example of Pakistan government working to please the US by helping them justify everything that Obama and the rest have said about this being the “same Al Qaida group that attacked us.” This is pure fabrication, just like the 911 hijacker ids being found in near perfect condition in rubble that had basically disintegrated. The only thing that ties every player in this mess together is their CIA/ISI connections. They call their own network “Al Qaida,” pretending that it is something separate from the CIA.

Oct 30 12:01

More Schools, Not Troops

Dispatching more troops to Afghanistan would be a monumental bet and probably a bad one, most likely a waste of lives and resources that might simply empower the Taliban. In particular, one of the most compelling arguments against more troops rests on this stunning trade-off: For the cost of a single additional soldier stationed in Afghanistan for one year, we could build roughly 20 schools there.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How about we start building schools HERE in the US?

The US Government has spent trillions of tax dollars "projecting power" around the world.

It does not seem to be working.

Oct 30 08:10

Which statement best reflects your views on U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan?

Oct 30 08:03

Karzai as Diem Afghanistan as Vietnam

What the Americans seek, above all, is a "legitimate" puppet government, one they can sell to Congress and the American people over the next decade or so as they engage in a gigantic "nation-building" counterinsurgency sure to spill over the border into Pakistan.

In any case, let this serve as a lesson to aspiring would-be American sock puppets everywhere, who see a lucrative future in fronting for Washington: when you stumble, they’ll just kick you away and find another ambitious quisling to take your place faster than you can say "Ngo Dinh Diem."

Oct 30 07:46

Drug-War Assassinations

The U.S. government has now extended its assassination program to the drug war. According to the New York Times, the Pentagon now has an assassination list for suspected drug dealers in Afghanistan.

No arrests. No hearings. No attorneys. No judges. No trials. Just kill them.

Great! So now the occupation of Afghanistan has expanded not only to CIA drone assassinations but also now to Pentagon’s drug-war assassinations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These assassinations are only done to members of rival drug organizations, not those supported by the CIA.

And please remember; under the Taliban, the opium trade was nearly eradicated.

After the US and NATO occupation, the drug trade bloomed and thrived.

Coincidence?!? I think not.

Oct 30 07:18

‘U.S. Taxpayers Spent Hundreds of Millions of Dollars on a Fraudulent Election’

Speaking again on the subject of the August election in Afghanistan, former UN Deputy Mission Chief Peter Galbraith declared today that “U.S. taxpayers spent hundreds of millions of dollars on a fraudulent election,” insisting that “everybody kept sending money” but little effort was made to ensure accountability.

Indeed, a pair of confidential UN audits on the more than $300 million dollars spent on the August vote shows that a considerable portion of the expenses were unaccounted for and to this day tens of millions of dollars are effectively “missing.”

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Your tax dollars at work in Afghanistan, folks!

Oct 30 07:04

Obama holds crisis meeting on Afghanistan

The insurgents have killed dozens of US-led troops in the troubled southern and eastern provinces, where insurgency has skyrocketed over past few months and opium trade is booming with devastating global consequences.

It has been widely reported that opium production in Afghanistan has grown steadily and significantly since the US-led invasion of the country eight years ago.

American public opinion is already fragile on the war over the mounting US death toll in the war-torn country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Public opinion is not "fragile" regarding the support of this endless, pointless, and bloody war.

Americans are pissed off mightily at this cost in blood, and money.

There were two objectives in the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, and both for corporate profit.

They were: to control the drug trade, from which so many profit so handsomely, and to install pipelines with which Eurasian oil could be controlled.

The US and NATO have managed brilliantly on the first objective, but not on the second.

Cheap heroin is flowing in Europe and Russia, and someone is making one hell of a profit on this.

What we should do is declare victory, and go home.

Then,negotiate with whatever government is left standing for the rights to the pipelines.

As late as August of 2001,l the Bush administration was negotiating with the Taliban, but felt that the price was too high to pay, and that somehow, a war would be a "cheaper solution." to the problem.

War is never a cheaper solution.

Oct 30 06:54

Fraud fears grow as Afghan election body defies UN

The chances of another disastrous round of voting in Afghanistan's presidential race increased dramatically today after the country's election authority defied international pressure to cut the number of polling centres in order to reduce fraud.

To the fury of UN officials in Kabul, the so-called Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced that it planned to open 155 more polling stations – up from 6,167 to 6,322 – than during the first vote on 20 August, despite repeated claims by the UN that there would be a reduction.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So the US and NATO get their "run-off" election, with results even more disastrous and fraudulent than they got in the first one!

Way to go!

And no matter if Abdullah or Karzai wins, there will still be the nasty stench of illegitimacy surrounding the Afghan government for years to come.

Oct 30 06:45

US not losing Afghanistan war: Clinton

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday that the United States was not losing the war in Afghanistan, but acknowledged "the Taliban has momentum" in the eight-year-old conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Ambassador Clinton: the only folks "winning" in Afghanistan are the private mercenary firms and the drug lords!

Oct 29 09:27

Afghanistan a Success – Time to Come Home!

There is a reason the generals are not in charge of our country – by design, anyway. The Gateses and McCrystals of the world are the real barbarians, personally and professionally locked on a treadmill that demands ever more blood and more glory, at any cost. With the publicly accepted mission in Afghanistan accomplished, Americans cannot afford to entertain the vain fantasies of flag officers who fear nothing but their own oblivion, and will sacrifice any number of lives and all measures of treasure in pursuit of personal relevance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

While "Al Qaeda" is a fantasy concocted by the American government, and Osama bin Laden is dead, getting the heck out of Afghanistan right now is one of the most intelligent things the US could do right now.

Unfortunately, intelligent decisions and US government have rarely had an on-going relationship.

Oct 29 08:34

15 dead soldiers return home from Afghanistan, and 3 dead US Drug Enforcement Officers.

Get past the ad at the beginning of the vid.

Why were drug enforcement officers in Afghanistan in the first place?

Oct 29 07:00

20 Sobering Statistics/Reasons As To Why We Must End the Wars and Save More of Our Soldier Children and Middle Eastern Citizens From Suffering And Dying

Obama, eager to win some influence on health care reform with the Republican neocons, has begun to get approval from them for the escalation of the war in Afghanistan and the non-withdrawal withdrawal in Iraq.

How much longer will we allow the continuation of this trauma and destruction to the American citizenry as well as citizens of the Middle East? How many more fresh hells until we earnestly and massively protest? Our government not only sadistically and lawlessly tortured Middle Eastern detainees, it continues to betray and exploit its own patriotic youth, putting them in harm’s way to be traumatized mentally and physically, wounded and/or killed. They are trapped in hell. They are crying out for help or giving up to suicide, addiction, emotional illness.

Oct 29 04:32

NY Times: Afghan Opium Kingpin On CIA Payroll

But exposé serves as little more than a whitewash because it fails to mention decades-long U.S. agenda to support lucrative Golden Crescent drug trade

Oct 29 04:08

U.S. Cedes Control of Nuristan Province to Taliban

Nuristan is the former Kafiristan,setting of Rudyard Kipling's, "The Man Who Would Be King". The residents of this province are believed to be the descendants of Alexander The Great's soldiers.

Oct 29 02:14

America's Drug Crisis: Brought to You by the CIA

Next time you see a junkie sprawled at the curb in the downtown of your nearest city, or read about someone who died of a heroin overdose, just imagine a big yellow sign posted next to him or her saying: “Your Federal Tax Dollars at Work.”

Oct 28 20:31

'These people just want to be left alone'

Sean Smith spent a month embedded with the US Army's 501st Parachute Regiment in June this year. With inadequate vehicles, relations with Afghan security forces at a standstill and the constant threat of IEDs, the soldiers are losing heart for a fight they feel their presence is only prolonging.

Oct 28 09:07

Gary Webb on C.I.A. Trafficking of Cocaine

On December 10, 2004, he was found dead from two gunshot wounds to the head.[20] Sacramento County coroner Robert Lyons determined that it was suicide.

Oct 28 08:47

US Quietly Slips Funds Into Military Bill to Pay Off Taliban

What this ultimately means is that the US will be directly paying off elements of the Taliban seen as less ideological, something officials have been talking about for quite some time.

Sen. Levin is presenting it as a way to help “former Taliban fighters to protect their communities” but with the momentum going the Taliban’s way the supply of former Taliban is likely in short supply. In all likelihood much of the funding will go directly into the coffers of existing Taliban fighters in an attempt to convince them to switch sides.

Oct 28 08:26

UN lashes out at US for drone strikes

The United Nations has warned Washington about indiscriminate use of drone strikes in Pakistan and Afghanistan, saying that it may be breaking humanitarian law.

Oct 28 08:16

Why Doesn't Hillary Clinton Fire Blackwater?

As a candidate for president, Hillary Clinton pledged to ban Blackwater. In February 2008, she announced that she would sign on as the co-sponsor of a little-known bill put forward in the House by Representative Jan Schakowsky and in the Senate by Bernie Sanders. The Stop Outsourcing Security, or SOS Act, sought to end the use of armed mercenaries in US war zones. Clinton became the only other senator to sign on to the bill and the most important political figure in the US to call for such a ban on “Blackwater and other private mercenary firms in Iraq:”

Oct 28 08:14

Brother of Afghan Leader Is Said to Be on C.I.A. Payroll

Ahmed Wali Karzai, the brother of the Afghan president and a suspected player in the country’s booming illegal opium trade, gets regular payments from the Central Intelligence Agency, and has for much of the past eight years, according to current and former American officials.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now do you believe me?

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.

Oct 27 23:10

UN staff killed in Kabul attack

The attack began at dawn on Wednesday

Six foreign UN employees have been killed and nine wounded in an attack in the Afghan capital, Kabul, the UN says.
Heavy gunfire and an explosion were heard at a guesthouse used by the UN, after militants entered the building.

Oct 27 21:08

Do you love humanity enough to stop illegal US wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran?

Most people claim the religious/spiritual/philosophical value of love to be highly important to their self-expression. Let’s explore the virtue of love and inquire into its application regarding current US wars.

An absolutely beginners’ test for love is if you care minimally enough to act in prevention of a violent attack against another person, with all likelihood that attack will cause severe pain and suffering upon the victim. Americans have been in the presence of such a test for the current wars with Iraq, Afghanistan, and rhetoric for more war in Iran. An important part of our understanding is being clear about the truth of our government’s claims justifying these wars as helpful for US national security and/or helpful for the countries’ populations we’ve invaded.

Oct 27 18:46

NY Times: Karzai's drug dealing brother on CIA payroll

KABUL, Afghanistan — Ahmed Wali Karzai, the brother of the Afghan president and a suspected player in the country’s booming illegal opium trade, gets regular payments from the Central Intelligence Agency, and has for much of the past eight years, according to current and former American officials.

The agency pays Mr. Karzai for a variety of services, including helping to recruit an Afghan paramilitary force that operates at the C.I.A.’s direction in and around the southern city of Kandahar, Mr. Karzai’s home.

The financial ties and close working relationship between the intelligence agency and Mr. Karzai raise significant questions about America’s war strategy, which is currently under review at the White House.

Oct 27 16:13

U.S. official resigns over Afghan war

"I have lost understanding of and confidence in the strategic purposes of the United States' presence in Afghanistan," he wrote Sept. 10 in a four-page letter to the department's head of personnel. "I have doubts and reservations about our current strategy and planned future strategy, but my resignation is based not upon how we are pursuing this war, but why and to what end."

Oct 27 11:29

War News for Thursday, October 27, 2009

The Washington Post is reporting the deaths of eight American ISAF "troops" in multiple complex bomb attacks in undisclosed locations in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, October 27th. One Afghani civilian was also killed and "several" other soldiers ware wounded in the attacks.

Oct 27 09:14

U.S. Official Resigns in Protest of Afghanistan War Policy

"I have lost understanding of and confidence in the strategic purposes of the United States' presence in Afghanistan," he wrote in the letter. "I have doubts and reservations about our current strategy and planned future strategy, but my resignation is based not upon how we are pursuing this war, but why and to what end."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Oct 27 00:43

Americans pull strings in Afghan election

Henry Kissinger once observed that being America's ally can be more dangerous than being its enemy.

Take poor Hamid Karzai, the amiable former business consultant and CIA "asset" installed by Washington as Afghanistan's president. As the U.S. increasingly gets its backside kicked in Afghanistan, it has blamed the powerless Karzai for its woes and bumbling.

You can almost hear Washington rebuking, "Bad puppet! Bad puppet!"

Oct 26 09:36

12 mln Afghans live under poverty line: ministry

Afghan Minister for Public Health Syed Mohammad Amin Fatimi has revealed that 12 million out of the total 30 million Afghans, including 3 million children, live under poverty line in the war-torn country, a local newspaper reported Saturday.

"Twelve million people, of these 3 million are children under five, live under poverty line in Afghanistan," daily Rah-e-Nejat quoted minister Fatimi as saying.

The minister noted these children have been suffering from malnutrition.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More "progress" in Afghanistan!

Eight years on in this war, and we can't even get food to starving kids?

Take a good, hard look at the little girl in this photo.

From the look of the dress she's wearing, caked in dirt, she's probably been scavenging garbage dumps to barely get enough in her system to stay alive for the next day.

It's very possible that her parents are dead or displaced, and she will never see them again. She may be desperately trying to fend for younger siblings she's trying to take care of.

Now, imagine for one moment, that this was your kid.

This is what US/NATO occupation looks like to 3 million Afghan children.

It is obvious that there were absolutely no considerations about improving the lives of the Afghan people with the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan.

The objectives were to control the drug trade (and its profit)and to control the flow of Eurasian oil through the establishment of pipelines.

The US and NATO have done brilliantly on the first objective (cheap heroin is flooding Europe and Russia), but have been completely impotent on the second.

Oct 26 08:08

Afghan challenger considers runoff boycott

The challenger to President Hamid Karzai is considering boycotting the upcoming runoff if his demands are not met to remove the leaders of Afghanistan's election commission who he believes are biased against him, campaign officials said Sunday.

Aides to Karzai said Sunday that they were extremely concerned about the reports that Abdullah might drop out of the race. The aides said that Abdullah is now threatening to boycott unless the government removes the three members of the election commission and negotiates a pre-election deal for a coalition government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is absolutely nothing the US can do to begin to infuse some sense of legitimacy into the Afghan government.

Abdullah knows this.

He is striking for the best possible deal he thinks he can get before the election.

Oct 26 06:17

Bleep NATO

Ludicrous Dick Cheney has asserted that the Obama administration’s "dithering" on what course to take in Afghanistan will "embolden" the evil ones. Everybody who can find the ends of their noses knows Dick Cheney is a dithering idiot; he’s never been right about anything. The only entity that has been emboldened is the Western alliance’s military industrial complex, led by the Pentagon, who are fighting not for the safety of their countries but for their own existence.

The Pentagon’s long-war grand strategy is good for everybody’s war business. The Afghanistan conflict is particularly suitable; it’s the kind of Orwellian war that can go on forever without getting too obnoxious, and in the case of America, it’s one that the Democrats, not the Republicans, have ownership of. Or at least it can be sold that way.

Oct 26 02:44

Afghan crashes kill 14 Americans

At least 14 Americans have been killed in a series of air crashes in Afghanistan, military officials say.
In the first incident, four US soldiers died and two were hurt when two helicopters collided mid-air in the south, Nato-led forces said.
In a separate incident seven soldiers and three civilians were killed in a helicopter crash in the west.

Oct 25 15:42

Americans: You Did This

Vietnam, Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Afghanistan,Iraq,and Pakistan.

Terrorists,Terrorizers, Terrorism.

Who is the enemy here and who is the hero?

The media, in all of it’s apathetic glory, has impaled truth and justice while spreading confusion and unsubstantiated disdain against people many of us do not even know.
This is all about winning to you people – waging and winning wars, killing and capturing hearts, bombing and breaking spirits. Imperialistic endeavors hell-bent on dividing and conquering peoples and places with no defined reason; general calls to end ‘terrorism’ with no validation.

Oct 25 11:38

Thousands gather in Kabul, burn effigy of Obama Afghans accuse US troops of burning Quran

At least one thousand Afghans took to the streets of Kabul on Sunday to protest against what they said was the desecration of a copy of the Quran by foreign troops during a raid last week.

As police fired into the air to break up the crowd, thick smoke rose above the crowd, who burned an effigy of American President Barack Obama and chanted anti-American slogans.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Afghan people do not hate us "because we are free"; they hate us because we are foreign occupiers with economic and political agendas which have nothing to do with the good of the Afghan people.

Oct 25 10:58

Morale dips for American marines in Afghanistan

In a remote part of Helmand troops are dismayed by the ambivalence of locals and a sense that the Taliban can outlast them.

“I’m not much for this war. I’m not sure it’s worth all those lives lost,” said Sergeant Christian Richardson as we walked across corn fields that will soon be ploughed up to plant a spring crop of opium poppy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, our troops are dismayed by the cold hard truth of why there are in Afghanistan.

The invasion and occupation of Afghanistan was to have two outcomes for corporate profit, and they were: the control of the drug trade, and the installation of oil pipelines to control Eurasian oil.

On the first outcome, one can say, absolutely, mission accomplished; cheap heroin is flooding the world, particularly Russia.

On the second, eight years into the US/Nato occupation of Afghanistan, no pipelines have been installed, because the country continues to be too volatile for that to happen.

We are not in Afghanistan to "protect its people" or bring "democracy"; we are there for the pipelines and the drugs, period, end of discussion.

Oct 25 10:25

Gen. McChrystal Makes Surprise Visit to NATO Ministers’ Meeting to Lobby for Escalation

Gen. McChrystal made an unscheduled appearance at the NATO Defense Ministers’ meeting in Bratislava, Slovakia to hold a behind-the-scenes lobbying session to convince the ministers of his plan.

The visit appeared to work as the general intended, as the alliance publicly embraced his strategy. Analysts say the NATO endorsement will almost certainly pressure Obama to back the strategy as well.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That McChrystal believes that he can make this kind of political end-run around Obama and the Obama administration means that he perceives Obama as weak, and someone who will ultimately sign off on more US troops to be maimed and killed in this immoral and illegal war without end in order to appear that he is "doing something" on Afghanistan.

Unfortunately, in this instance, McChrystal may well be right.

The original outcomes desired of the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan were to enhance corporate profit through the installation of pipelines to control the flow of Eurasian oil, and control of the drug trade, from which so many profit so handsomely.

This little exercise has certainly accomplished the second goal, but obviously not the first.

The only people, 9 years on, who appear to be "winning" this war are the private defense contractors and the drug lords.

And those outcomes, for We the People who have been forced to shell out our hard-earned taxes to pay for this continuing, blood-slathered folly, are absolutely unacceptable.

Oct 25 05:47

Morale Dips For American Marines in Afghanistan

In a remote part of Helmand province(opium central),Marines are dismayed by the ambivalence of locals and a sense that the Taliban can outlast them.

Oct 24 21:23

What You Didn't Know About The War

This video is mandatory viewing to all supporters of the war(s).

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