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AFGHANISTAN

Sep 29 06:43

US, NATO reach “consensus” to sanction rigged election in Afghanistan

The US and NATO countries involved in the occupation of Afghanistan have signaled their willingness to recognize the re-election of Afghan President Hamid Karzai despite evidence of massive ballot-stuffing and fraud in the August 20 elections.

Sep 28 12:53

US braced for surge of protest over war in Afghanistan

At his home in Richmond, Virginia, Larry Syverson spends part of every day worrying there will be an unwanted knock on the door. Syverson's son, Branden, is an American soldier serving in Afghanistan, conducting dangerous patrols in an area infested with Taliban.

"I worry every day that I might hear someone come to the door unexpected. Just last week two of his best friends were killed over there," he said.

That's why Syverson, 60, an environmental engineer, is trying to organise a protest in Richmond against the war in Afghanistan for the second weekend in October, almost eight years after the conflict began.

Sep 28 10:13

U.S. at critical point in Iran, Afghanistan Graham says

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham said today that without a strong response in Iran and Afghanistan the United States and its NATO allies are heading for “Armageddon.”

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"Our credibility as a world power depends on our will to shovel our own kids into the furnaces as fast as we can! Not my kids, I mean. Those useless eaters in the inner cities. Yeah, them. We have to be willing to shovel them into the furnace faster than any other nation!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Sep 28 09:08

Gates says Afghanistan review to take 'a few weeks'

"The reality is failure in Afghanistan would be a huge setback for the United States," Gates said on CNN's State of the Union.

"What's important is whether or not the government of Afghanistan has legitimacy in the eyes of the Afghans," Gates said on CNN. "All of the information that we have available to us today indicates that continues to be the case."

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Another memo to SecDef Gates: What you characterize as "failure in Afghanistan" is not a huge setback for the people of the United States: it will be a failure for the oil companies wanting to install pipelines to control Eurasian oi.

And sir, reading that statement about "What's important is whether or not the government of Afghanistan has legitimacy in the eyes of the Afghans." makes me want to either laugh or cry uncontrollably.

The alleged "re-election" of Karzai was a sham, a farce, a slow-mo Kabuki theatre exercise, writ large.

The world knows this, the US knows this, and for damned sure, the Afghan people know it.

This was all about the US and NATO re-instating Karzai, with the sure and certain knowledge that he would be compliant to every US and NATO demand.

Sep 28 09:05

Marines Bypass Taliban Opium Fields in Afghanistan

Yet the Marines are not destroy­ing the plants. In fact, they are reas­sur­ing vil­lagers the pop­pies won’t be touched. Amer­i­can com­man­ders say the Marines would only alien­ate peo­ple and drive them to take up arms if they elim­i­nated the impov­er­ished Afghans’ only source of income.

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Oh? The Taliban had all but eradicated the opium growers before the US invasion. What did the people have for a source of income then?

And if the opium is for the Taliban, why is cheap heroin flooding into the United States?

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Sep 27 18:33

US commander asks for big troop buildup: senator

"I think it's the worst -- one of the many worst-kept secrets in Washington. It's 30,000 to 40,000 troops," said McCain, the former Republican presidential nominee who urged Obama to meet the commander's request.

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40,000 more troops (and precisely where they're going to come from is unclear) will not change the situation on the ground.

Between aerial bombardment, which is only killing innocent civilians, and radicalizing the population into the waiting arms of the Taliban, coupled with a state government more collectively crooked than a dog's hind leg, our options are becoming increasingly more stark.

The first option is - literally - to kill almost every Afghan left standing, and get the oil pipelines installed to enable the West to control Eurasian oil.

And as horrendous as that sounds, don't think for a second that there aren't some folks in the halls of power in DC who haven't at least been thinking about it.

The second option makes far more sense. But because it is logical, the White House and Pentagon will ignore it completely.

That is, declare victory, and leave, just as quickly as safely and humanly possible for our troops. Then negotiate with whatever government is left standing about how much they will charge for rent on the installation of those pipelines.

As late as August of 2001, the Bush administration was negotiating with the Taliban about the pipelines, but felt that the asking price was "too high". Apparently to Bush and Cheney, it was "cheaper", in blood and money, to blow the Taliban out of power, and install a puppet government in Kabul, which they did.

What they collectively forgot, however, was that it was the United States which had originally trained the Taliban against Soviet Union.

They not only learned well and successfully enough to get the old Soviet Union; they have also adapted what they learned to confront US and NATO troops with even more deadly tactics and weapons.

Sep 27 10:15

The descent of Britain's Afghan campaign into a Vietnam-style madness

How were we going to win the battle to bring the civilians onside if we killed one of their number and offered nothing to ease the pain in terms they understood? It was heartless. It was wrong. And it was no way to wage a campaign against an enemy ready to exploit any of our mistakes to turn the 26 million people of Afghanistan against us. Christ, as if things weren't tough enough.

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I would urge readers to particularly share this article, a very sobering, first-hand account of military operations here, with those still believing we have any moral or just right to be in Afghanistan.

Sep 27 09:09

US threatens airstrikes in Pakistan

The United States is threatening to launch airstrikes on Mullah Omar and the Taliban leadership in the Pakistani city of Quetta as frustration mounts about the ease with which they find sanctuary across the border from Afghanistan.

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Defying military logic garnered though decades of experience, the US military and civilian leadership have gotten it into their heads that they can successfully conduct what is essentially a ground war from the air; this is a recipe for complete, utter failure.

The only two things aerial bombardment is guaranteed to do is:

1. Kill a lot of innocent people, and

2. Radicalize those left standing right into the arms of the Taliban.

Sep 26 08:29

US ‘Troop Targets’ May Force Conscription on Afghanistan

Citing targets imposed on the nation by the United States, the Afghan Defense Ministry reports that it is now drawing up a plan to impose conscription on the war.

But even though jobs are tough to come by in Afghanistan, many of its residents aren’t exactly enamoured with the idea of joining the poorly-trained military of an increasingly weakened government facing an ever escalating war against a powerful insurgency.

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Many of these conscripts will wind up taking their training and weapons, and joining that Taliban.

And you've just got to love McChrystal's statement about the US not wanting to look like an "...occupation force."

He must be completely oblivious to the bitter irony of that statement.

Sep 26 08:16

Security Worsens As Taliban Move Into Northern Afghanistan

Northern Afghanistan may now be on the Western radar, but the Taliban have been building up their forces there for more than a year and a half.

The northern supply route from Tajikistan is intended to supplement the main southern passage through Pakistan, which has come under increasing attack by militants. The deputy governor of Konduz, Hamdullah Danesh, told RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan his region is an already well-established front line in the Afghan war.

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By any measure, the US is losing in Afghanistan.

The only options now are a massive escalation in military troops (with a still very uncertain outcome from that decision), or leaving.

Sep 25 09:36

U.S., NATO Poised For Most Massive War In Afghanistan's History

Just as troops serving under NATO command in the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan now include those from almost fifty countries on five continents, so the broadening scope of the war is absorbing vaster tracts of Eurasia and the Middle East.

America's longest armed conflict since that in Indochina and NATO's first ground war threatens to not only remain the world's most dangerous conflagration but also one that plunges the 21st Century into a war without end.

Sep 25 08:59

Classified McChrystal Report: 500,000 Troops Will Be Required Over Five Years in Afghanistan

"The numbers are really pretty horrifying. What they say, embedded in this report by McChrystal, is they would need 500,000 troops - boots on the ground - and five years to do the job. No one expects that the Afghan Army could step up to that. Are we gonna put even half that of U.S. troops there, and NATO forces? No way." [Morning Joe, September 23, 2009].

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And just where are these additional troops supposed to come from, without a draft? Through the hiring of contract mercenaries?

Sep 25 08:45

Worried White House seeks to avoid another Vietnam

The memory of the Vietnam War is holding an increasingly powerful sway over President Obama and his White House team as they explore ways to avoid the surge of troops into Afghanistan urgently being demanded by the US military.

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Declare victory and bring our kids home.

Sep 25 08:07

Afghanistan general quits over disillusionment with government strategy

Major-General Andrew Mackay, a general who led the Afghanistan campaign has resigned over his disillusion in the direction of the Government’s strategy.

Major Gen Mackay’s time as the brigadier in charge of 52 Brigade in Helmand over the winter of 2007 was seen as an invigorating shake-up of the direction of the campaign and a template for future commanders. Upon arriving in Afghanistan, he was said to have been shocked that senior officers were "making it up as we go along".

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I hope MacKay's resignation has reverberations all the way to the top of the British government.

Given the current mandates, funding, and material support, the Afghan campaign, for the US, UK, and NATO, is completely doomed to failure.

Sep 24 08:03

250-Foot Hybrid Airship To Spy Over Afghanistan

The video on Gizmodo of the P-791 shows that these ships are a hybrid not only of both buoyancy and propulsive lift, but also of both awe and hilarity.

Sep 23 15:53

Escalation is futile in a war in which complexity defies might

THE US scarcely knew what a complex disaster it was confronting when it went to war in Afghanistan on October 7, 2001. It will eventually - perhaps years from now - suffer the same fate as Alexander the Great, the British and the Soviet Union: defeat.

Sep 23 09:53

Last Exit Before Quagmire

Here we encounter the report’s most dangerous failing. It confuses the strategic and the operational levels of war. In fact, the report does not offer a new strategy, but a new operational-level plan. How the war is fought, i.e., by following classic counter-insurgency doctrine, is operational, not strategic.

Sep 23 09:49

Karzai Embraces Call for Further US Escalation

Still busy fighting growing questions about his government’s legitimacy in the wake of massive voter fraud in last month’s election, Afghan President Hamid Karzai today embraced US General Stanley McChrystal’s request for up to 45,000 more troops for the ongoing conflict, saying it was “the right approach.”

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If there was ever any doubt about the degree to which Karzai is a fatuous Corporate American asset, to the detriment of his own people, today's statement about describing McChrystal's request for more troops as "... the right approach" should banish those doubts once and for all.

You've got to remember the goals of the invasion and occupation; to pacify Afghan civilians to the point where pipelines could be installed to control Eurasian oil, and to protect the drug trade, from which so many profit so handsomely.

Sep 23 08:20

Low Price, High Potency Spike Heroin Deaths

Addicts and drug enforcement officials share the same enemy – a surge in the strength and accessibility of heroin.

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Now where do you suppose this opium is coming from?

Sep 23 06:18

Fighting against ourselves in Afghanistan

The U.S. trains forces in Afghanistan that then go to work for the Taliban

Still, the new recruits turn out for training in the blistering heat in this stony desert landscape wearing, beneath their heavy uniforms, the smart red, green and black warm-up outfits intended to encourage them to engage in off-duty exercise. American trainers recognize that recruits regularly wear all their gear at once for fear somebody will steal anything left behind in the barracks, but they take this overdressing as a sign of how much Afghans love the military. My own reading, based on my observations of Afghan life during the years I've spent in that country, is this: It's a sign of how little they trust one another, or the Americans who gave them the snazzy suits. I think it also indicates the obvious: that these impoverished men in a country without work have joined the Afghan National Army for what they can get out of it (and keep or sell) -- and that doesn't include democracy or glory.

Sep 23 05:23

Meet the Afghan Army: Is It a Figment of Washington's Imagination?

The Invisible Men

What is there to show for all this remarkably expensive training? Although in Washington they may talk about the 90,000 soldiers in the Afghan National Army, no one has reported actually seeing such an army anywhere in Afghanistan. When 4,000 U.S. Marines were sent into Helmand Province in July to take on the Taliban in what is considered one of its strongholds, accompanying them were only about 600 Afghan security forces, some of whom were police

Sep 22 15:31

You don't want to hear it.....

Army Spc. Corey Kowall, 20, of Murfreesboro TN was killed in a crash after serving in Afghanistan for nearly five weeks.

No, you don't want to hear it.

This young man was not a hero. It was not sacrifice for our country or our freedoms. It was nothing but a wasted life for lies.

Sep 22 12:19

White House mulls more drone attacks in Pakistan as alternative to troop increase in Afghanistan

The White House is looking at expanding counterterror operations in Pakistan as an alternative to a major military escalation in Afghanistan.

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Counter Terror: Randomly killing large crowds of people using multi-million dollar high-tech remotely piloted vehicles. Viewed by the US Government as a morally pure form of mass murder because of the absence of a suicide driver and a cheap truck.

Sep 22 09:22

Prisoner Abuse Continues at Bagram Prison in Afghanistan

US President Barack Obama has spoken out against CIA prisoner abuse and wants to close Guantanamo. But he tolerates the existence of Bagram military prison in Afghanistan, where more than 600 people are being held without charge. The facility makes Guantanamo look like a "nice hotel," in the words of one military prosecutor.

Sep 22 08:46

U.S. says Pakistan, Iran helping Taliban

Taliban fighters in Afghanistan are being aided by "elements of some intelligence agencies," Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal wrote in a detailed analysis of the military situation delivered to the White House earlier this month.

McChrystal went on to single out Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency as well as the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard as contributing to the external forces working to undermine U.S. interests and destabilize the government in Kabul.

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Looks like Pakistan and Iran are up next in the rotation for a US invasion!

Sep 22 08:10

Clinton rebuffs general's warning on Afghanistan

In the interview, Clinton expressed "respect" for McChrystal's assessment that the United States would likely lose the war in Afghanistan within a year without more US forces.

"But I can only tell you there are other assessments from very expert military analysts who have worked in counter-insurgencies that are the exact opposite," she said.

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Notice that Clinton didn't cite any specific experts; it's because she can't.

Any intelligent analysis of the situation on the ground in Afghanistan shows that the US and NATO are losing, big-time. We are just barely holding on to Kabul.

The rest of the country is pretty firmly in the hands of the Taliban.

Our options here are very limited; we can either leave, and negotiate on the oil pipelines to control Eurasian oil with whatever government is left standing, or kill every Afghan still breathing to accomplish that goal.

There is no middle ground here toward accomplishing that objective. If Clinton were the least bit intellectually honest, she would understand that.

Sep 21 09:08

MONDAY’S OBAMATOON ~~ THE BIG FOOL SAYS ‘TO PUSH ON IN VIETGHANISTAN’

Sep 21 08:17

US general warns more troops or Afghan 'failure'

The top military commander in Afghanistan warns in a classified document that more US forces are needed within the next year or the mission "will likely result in failure," the Washington Post said Monday.

General Stanley McChrystal, the top US and NATO commander in the country, writes in a grim assessment of the eight-year conflict: "Failure to gain the initiative and reverse insurgent momentum in the near-term (next 12 months) -- while Afghan security capacity matures -- risks an outcome where defeating the insurgency is no longer possible."

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As reported in:

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'As early as March 15, 2001, when Jane’s, the British international security journal disclosed the fact, the Administration was engaged in a “concerted front against Afghanistan’s Taliban regime.” Confirming the Administration’s intended violence, George Arney of BBC News wrote a story published September 18, 2001: “U.S. Planned Attack on Taliban.” In mid-July of 2001 a “senior American official” told Mr. Niaz Naik, a former Pakistani Foreign Secretary that “...military action against Afghanistan would go ahead by the middle of October.”

Finally, on August 2 of 2001, the last pipeline negotiation with the Taliban ended with a terse statement by Christina Rocca of the State Department: “Accept our offer of a carpet of gold or we bury you under a carpet of bombs.”

Then, "only a few weeks before September 11, American diplomats warned of military actions against Afghanistan." (A statement by Mr. Tom Simons, a former ambassador to Afghanistan.)'

The bottom line here is, diplomats around the world knew this was coming. And what were we getting, courtesy of our corporate news agencies, in August of 2001?!? "All Gary Condit, all the time!!

This war has always been about installing the pipelines to control Eurasian oil, and protecting the drug trade, from which so many profit so handsomely.

The Bush administration somehow had the collective bone-headedness to believe that a military confrontation in Afghanistan, for all the blood and money it would cost, would somehow be "cheaper" than the price the Taliban wanted for the oil pipelines. I hope their minions told that, very honestly, to every family member or friend of someone who has died in Afghanistan, or has come back hopelessly maimed physically or psychologically for life.

Apparently, during the Bush administration,the Pentagon, White House, and Congress collectively forgot that it was the US which had trained the Taliban in those guerrilla tactics they used so effectively tp cause the Soviet Union to leave Afghanistan.

We are continuing to pay a terrible price for that right now, in blood and money.

So, what do we do now?!?

Our options are very limited: we can leave, and negotiate with whatever government is left standing about the pipelines, or kill every Afghan left standing.

There is no middle ground here.

Sep 21 08:13

More troops needed for Afghan war success

The situation in Afghanistan is growing worse, and without more boots on the ground the U.S. risks failure in a war it’s been waging since September 2001, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan says in a confidential report.

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The last military commander to actually conquer and hold Afghanistan was Alexander the Great, and he only kept it for three years.

Sep 20 20:31

One in 4 Afghan Ballots Face Check for Fraud

Nearly one in four votes in last month’s Afghan presidential elections were cast at polling stations now subject to a recount and audit for possible fraud, a huge number that underscores the possibility that President Hamid Karzai could face a runoff, according to an analysis of Afghan national election commission data by The New York Times.

About a third of Mr. Karzai’s 3.1 million votes were cast at polling stations that face a recount and audit of ballot boxes, according to The Times’s analysis of data released by the country’s Independent Election Commission.

The analysis suggests that the magnitude of the fraud review is far greater than what has generally been understood.

Sep 19 08:41

Afghanistan: Where Empires Go to Die

Today, the US Empire is on the fast track of its demise.

Genghis Khan could not hold onto Afghanistan.

Neither will the United States, particularly when in its desperation to continue its illegal occupation, it tosses aside international law, along with its own Constitution.

Sep 19 08:01

THE IMPOTENT DICTATOR

"For five years Mr. Karzai was my president," Ashraf Ghani, an opposition candidate, bemoaned after widespread reports that incumbent Hamid Karzai had used fraud on a massive scale to steal the election. "Now how many Afghans will consider him their president?"

Not many. In a country where civil war is the national pastime and five-year-old boys learn how to fire an AK-47, this is not good. But Ghani is asking the wrong question. The real question is, how many Americans will continue to see Karzai as viable--and be willing to continue to pay the price of propping him up?

Sep 19 02:29

Afghanistan: Where Empires Go to Die

On September 7 the Swedish aid agency Swedish Committee for Afghanistan reported that the previous week US soldiers raided one of its hospitals. According to the director of the aid agency, Anders Fange, troops stormed through both the men's and women's wards, where they frantically searched for wounded Taliban fighters.

Sep 18 21:01

New evidence of widespread fraud in Afghanistan election uncovered

Exclusive footage obtained by the Guardian of ballot papers pre-marked for Hamid Karzai that were seized by monitors. The ballots appear to be stamped with the monitors' seal and ready to cast. The monitors filmed then destroyed the papers to stop them being used.

The shaky footage shows two election monitors inspecting a book of 100 ballot papers that are still stitched together, as they were intended to arrive at the polling station in rural Afghanistan. But something is wrong; instead of being pristine, ready for the voter to make his or her mark, each paper bears a large blue tick next to the name of one candidate: Hamid Karzai.

Sep 18 13:25

Daily Show: Afghanistan is ‘the gold standard for quagmires’

The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart reminded his audience on Thursday — in case they’d somehow forgotten — of the Iraq War, with its “lack of a coherent postwar plan [or] a reason to have the war.”

“But did you know that we also have this whole other war in Afghanistan?” Stewart asked. He then played a montage of television news clips calling the Afghan War “a mission politically and militarily in crisis” and reporting that “President Karzai is accused of rigging the election. … More than a million and a half ballots are suspicious.”

Sep 18 09:28

Jamie Rubin, Cruise Missile Liberal, Calls for Hypnotizing Americans About Afghan War

Rubin is a famed cruise missile liberal who has seldom seen a war he didn’t like. It is no surprise that he would be hitting the cable shows to support the war in Afghanistan at a time when public opinion is increasingly against US involvement.

On Morning Joe, Rubin laid out what can only be described as a crude plan to hypnotize Americans into believing falsehoods about the Afghan war. "We need to really really put to bed the issue that I think is behind everybody here, which is that this is another Vietnam," Rubin said. "And I think that Vietnam is a terribly debilitating analogy for our country. Every time something is difficult, we say, "Uh, it’s Vietnam.’ Afghanistan and Vietnam have nothing to do with each other. The whole world is on our side in Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Afghanistan is a colossal disaster, brought about by a lethal cocktail of magical thinking, a complete contempt for understanding the history of its people, and completely knuckleheaded assumptions about the troop strength it would take to "pacify" it.

There were two reasons to be in Afghanistan; to control the flow of Eurasian oil with pipelines, and protect the drug trade, from which so many profit so handsomely.

The US and NATO have failed utterly on the first objective, but scored magnificently on the second.

And for those of you who scream, "no, that can't possibly be!", consider this; under the regime of the Taliban, the cultivation of opium poppies was almost eradicated.

Subsequent to the US/NATO invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, illegal drug production has soared.

Sep 18 09:08

Nato forces rely on illegal Afghan militias, report says

Nato forces in Afghanistan are increasingly reliant on illegal militias, often run by warlords responsible for human rights abuses and drug trafficking, according to an independent report published tomorrow.

New York University's Centre on International Co-operation (CIC) reports that the use of private security companies and militias is growing exponentially and accounts for up to a fifth of the funds spent on Afghan reconstruction.

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More "progress" in Afghanistan, I see.

Sep 18 09:00

Is America Hooked on War?

Because the United States does not look like a militarized country, it’s hard for Americans to grasp that Washington is a war capital, that the United States is a war state, that it garrisons much of the planet, and that the norm for us is to be at war somewhere at any moment. Similarly, we’ve become used to the idea that, when various forms of force (or threats of force) don’t work, our response, as in Afghanistan, is to recalibrate and apply some alternate version of the same under a new or rebranded name — the hot one now being "counterinsurgency" or COIN — in a marginally different manner. When it comes to war, as well as preparations for war, more is now generally the order of the day.

Sep 18 08:27

Abraham Lincoln on unconstitutional US wars of invasion: courageously standing against the OBVIOUS lies

US presidents are lying about our Wars of Aggression, invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, while lying to cause a third war with Iran. Let’s review the courageous words of truth from Mr. Lincoln, and encourage ourselves to act against these treasonous and cowardly wars that have so-far killed over 5,000 American troops. The following five paragraphs from Mr. Lincoln’s speech in Congress deserve your full attention. They are written in his acclaimed concise and powerful prose.

Sep 18 08:21

General Sir David Richards: allied failure ‘would intoxicate terrorists’

The new head of the British Army, General Sir David Richards, also warned last night that Nato had yet to find the right formula for success in Afghanistan. General Richards also warned that defeat for the international coalition would have an “intoxicating impact” on extremists around the world. Failure for an alliance as powerful as the NATO presence in Afghanistan would convince terrorists that “anything might be possible”.

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One has to wonder how Sir David Richards defines "victory" in Afghanistan; because from where I sit, the only "winners" in this war right now are the defense contractors and the drug dealers.

Sep 18 07:33

Allied failure in Afghanistan 'would intoxicate terrorists', says new Army chief

It is imperative that Britain sees through the mission in Afghanistan because defeat would have a 'hugely intoxicating impact on extremists worldwide', the new head of the Army has warned.

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Translation: The loss in Afghanistan signaled the decline of the USSR. A loss in Afghanistan will signal the decline of the US and UK.

That's why Afghanistan is called the Graveyard of Empires!

Sep 18 04:13

Is America Hooked on War?

Because the United States does not look like a militarized country, it's hard for Americans to grasp that Washington is a war capital, that the United States is a war state, that it garrisons much of the planet, and that the norm for us is to be at war somewhere at any moment. Similarly, we've become used to the idea that, when various forms of force (or threats of force) don't work, our response, as in Afghanistan, is to recalibrate and apply some alternate version of the same under a new or rebranded name -- the hot one now being "counterinsurgency" or COIN -- in a marginally different manner. When it comes to war, as well as preparations for war, more is now generally the order of the day.

This wasn't always the case. The early Republic that the most hawkish conservatives love to cite was a land whose leaders looked with suspicion on the very idea of a standing army. They would have viewed our hundreds of global garrisons, our vast network of spies, agents, Special Forces teams, surveillance operatives, interrogators, rent-a-guns, and mercenary corporations, as well as our staggering Pentagon budget and the constant future-war gaming and planning that accompanies it, with genuine horror.

Sep 18 04:06

John Pilger: For Britons, the Party Game Is Over

During the 1914-18 slaughter, Prime Minister Lloyd George confided: "If people really knew [the truth], the war would be stopped tomorrow. But of course they don’t know and can’t know." Have we not yet advanced over a century’s corpses to a point where the likes of Brown are denied their mendacious subterfuge? The Afghan war is a fraud. It began as an American vendetta for domestic consumption in the wake of the 11 September 2001 attacks, in which not a single Afghan was involved. The Taliban, who are Afghans, had no quarrel with the United States and were dealing secretly with the Clinton administration over a strategic pipeline. They offered to apprehend Osama Bin Laden and hand him over to a clerical court, but this was rejected.

Sep 17 11:39

What to do with US traitors who wage Wars of Aggression? 1: Truth & Reconciliation. 2: Prosecution.

A traitor is one with allegiance to the US who wages war against the United States. Lying the American public into war that takes trillions in long-term costs and kills over 5,000 US troops is treason. US political “leaders” who wage illegal and horrific Wars of Aggression, the worst crime a nation can commit, are actively attacking our Constitution and values. Neither political party will prosecute these crimes.

So what do we do?

Offer Truth and Reconciliation.

Sep 17 09:25

Report: Gen. McChrystal Seeking Another 40,000 Troops for Afghanistan

Despite claims earlier in the day from President Barack Obama that no ‘immediate decision’ was pending on Afghanistan, Fox News is quoting sources in the government as saying General Stanley McChrystal has already made his long-awaited troop request, and it’s a doozy.

Gen. McChrystal is now ‘privately’ requesting another 40,000 troops for the eight year old war, which would bring the overall US presence there to well over 100,000 troops, and nearly triple the number in the nation with President Obama was elected last November.

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40,000 more troops? From where, without a draft?!?!?

The only way this might be possible is the hiring of more mercenaries for hire, and I'm sure that the corporate owners of those"rent-a-soldier" companies are salivating, hearing this request from Mc Crystal.

Sep 17 09:07

'Dear Gordon Brown, you killed our son': Family of soldier blown up in Afghanistan send devastating letter to PM

'Because of you I now have a 26-year-old daughter with no husband and a five-month-old grandson with no father.'

Sep 17 06:40

Washington’s “good war” Death squads, disappearances and torture in Pakistan

As the Obama administration prepares a major escalation of the so-called AfPak war, reports from Pakistan’s Swat Valley, near Afghanistan’s eastern border, provide a gruesome indication of the kind of war that the Pentagon and its local allies are waging.

While touted by Obama and his supporters as the “good war,” there is mounting evidence that the Pentagon and the CIA are engaged in a war against the population of the region involving death squads, disappearances and torture

Sep 16 19:50

Call for an Afghan Surge

America's top military officer endorsed sending more U.S. troops to Afghanistan, a shift in Pentagon rhetoric that heralds a potential deepening of involvement in the Afghan war

Their support makes it easier for Obama to approve the plans of Gen. Stanley McChrystal -- whom the Obama administration installed as the top American commander in Kabul -- when he submits a formal request later this month for as many as 40,000 new troops, in addition to 62,000 now there.

Mr. Obama can send additional forces to Afghanistan without congressional approval

Sep 16 17:12

US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are traitorous, un-American, and cowardly

If I’m successful in proving that the current US wars are TRAITOROUS, UN-AMERICAN, and COWARDLY, please take that description and run with it. Let’s look:

Sep 16 13:23

Pictures of war can carry more moral meaning than thousands of words

Robert Gates, the Defence Secretary, accused AP of a “lack of compassion and common sense” in distributing the image to newspapers: some of these published it, while others chose not to.

Sep 16 13:06

Washington’s “good war” Death squads, disappearances and torture in Pakistan

Sep 16 12:59

Former KGB Colonel: It’s America’s turn to lose in Afghanistan

Former KGB Special Forces Colonel Oleg Balashov, who took part in the Soviet military campaign in Afghanistan, told RT he doubts more U.S. soldiers will increase the chances of victory.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

They do not call Afghanistan the Graveyard of Empires for nothing. The last military commander to actually conquer and hang onto Afghanistan was Alexander the Great, and he only kept it for three years.

Sep 16 12:19

Europe’s complicity in evil: Obama,Bush in Black-Face

Europe’s complicity in evil
By Paul Craig Roberts
Sep 14, 2009, 00:24
Obama represents the same ideology of American “exceptionalism“ as other recent presidents.
Nothing is any different under Obama. Obama has escalated war in Afghanistan; started a new war in Pakistan; tolerated or supported a military coup that overthrew the elected president of Honduras; is constructing seven new US military bases in Colombia, South America;...is working to destabilize the government in Iran,... The Obama administration’s...platitudes are useful also to disguise the overthrow of US civil liberties, such as habeas corpus, due process, and prohibitions against torture and preemptive arrest.

Sep 16 10:10

US to Pump Thousands of ‘Combat Enablers’ Into Afghanistan

Top US defense officials say that roughly 3,000 additional troops, which are classified not as combat troops but rather “combat enablers,” will be deployed to Afghanistan in the coming days.

Rather, it now seems that the non-combat troops are being replaced by the combat troops, and then new non-combat troops are being added as well, effectively an escalation of the number of troops involved in the conflict under the guise of adding “non-combat” troops. This escalation comes in addition to the expected request of another 20,000 troops from Gen. McChrystal.

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"Combat Enablers"?!?!? Have these people lost their minds completely?!?

Sep 16 09:48

Fighting rages across Afghanistan as U.S. military buildup continues

Attacks by anti-occupation forces spread across Afghanistan over the weekend, with major armed clashes, bombings and other incidents in at least 10 provinces, including eight that are outside the southern region where the U.S. and NATO forces have launched a major military offensive.

Rather than directly confront the greatly increased U.S. ground forces in provinces like Helmand, the Taliban and other resistance forces are employing typical guerrillas tactics, striking at “soft” targets well away from the main combat zone, in many cases in areas where there has been relatively little insurgent activity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, 8 years on, this is what "victory" in Afghanistan looks like?!?

The only way this can look like "victory" if the desired outcome had to do with the complete and chronic destabilization of the country.

If that is not the case, the US and NATO have absolutely no strategy whatsoever in Afghanistan, period, end of discussion.

Sep 16 07:29

Escalation of the Afghan War: US-NATO Target Russia, China and Iran

The United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization are expanding their nearly eight-year war in Afghanistan both in scope, with deadly drone missile attacks inside Pakistan, and in intensity, with daily reports of more NATO states’ troops slated for deployment and calls for as many as 45,000 American troops in addition to the 68,000 already in the nation and scheduled to be there shortly.

Sep 16 07:17

Karzai condemns EU's fraud claims

Afghan President Hamid Karzai's campaign team has condemned as "irresponsible" claims by EU monitors about the extent of election fraud.

EU election observers have said about 1.5m votes - about a quarter of all ballots - cast in the presidential vote in August could be fraudulent.

See also: Fraud Accusations in Afghan Vote Too Many to Count

Sep 15 21:14

NO MORE TROOPS!! , End the damn wars, Cowardly Liar!

NO MORE TROOPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
16 09 2009
IT’S TIME TO DRAW THE DAMNED LINE, PEOPLE…NO MORE TROOPS! Bush got away with it for eight stinking years, but Obama will not get by with it for even one! Define the mission. Are we defending America or are we fighting a war of aggression? Bush and Cheney were disgraces to posterity and their war was no less ambitious than Hitler’s war. Tell the truth about what you have inherited, Obama. End this war against the world. Tell Mullen and McChrystal that you have drawn the line in Afghanistan and all troops will be pulled-back from Pakistan and the Caucasus Region.
Do the right thing. Joint Chiefs Chairman Mullen says more troops likely needed in Afghanistan

Sep 15 17:41

Duh, US national security IS NOT threatened by Afghanistan

The chair of the Joint Chiefs testified to Congress today that “success” in Afghanistan requires more US troops and “certainly much more time.” Senator McCain Orwell-spoke that each day we wait to send more US troops to Afghanistan to put their lives in danger, “puts lives in danger.” President Obama defended the strategy of war to produce peace and happiness by saying, "You never step into the same river twice. And so Afghanistan is not Vietnam." I think the president is absolutely correct with my observations about stepping into the same river for a second time: the experience is not quite the same, only about 99%. Polling data also show American support for this war is at its lowest: 58% disapprove and 39% approve.

Sep 15 10:14

Karzai rival warns: Vote fraud would doom U.S. involvement

Abdullah Abdullah, the leading challenger in Afghanistan's national elections warned Monday if President Hamid Karzai wins another term based on vote fraud, the U.S.-led war against al Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan will fail.

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It will fail anyway.

Sep 15 10:00

Cholera outbreaks in 10 Afghan provinces: govt

Afghanistan has reported outbreaks of potentially lethal cholera in 10 provinces across the impoverished country, the health ministry said on Sunday.

The ministry "has so far recorded 673 cases countrywide" of the highly contagious disease in almost a third of the country's 34 provinces, including in the capital Kabul. No deaths have been reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More US/NATO "progress" in Afghanistan, I see.

Sep 15 09:58

Company: Regrets not disclosing misconduct

During a hearing that lasted almost six hours, the Commission on Wartime Contracting sharply criticized representatives from ArmorGroup and the State Department for being unaware of what was happening and for not acting more aggressively to correct the situation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please note that there is no mention of this contract being pulled immediately, which is what should have happened.

As reported here, 1 Sept 2009:

http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2009/09/animal-house-afghanistan

"The contractor was the subject of a congressional probe earlier this summer that found serious lapses in the company's handling of the embassy security contract, which internal State Department documents said left the embassy compound "in jeopardy." Nevertheless, the government opted to extend the company's 5-year, $189 million contract for another year. "

One has to wonder which congress members have become "acquisitions" of this company, through overt and covert campaign support.

Sep 15 09:41

Obama: Giving Bagram Detainees Access to US Courts a Threat to National Security

Though the Department of Defense has made a big deal about the major changes being made in the detention procedures at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan, and the notion that for the first time detainees will have something resembling rights while in US custody, the Obama Administration has made it clear today that those “rights” don’t extend very far.

Today the administration made a filing with the US Court of Appeals in Washington challenging a previous determination by a judge that some Bagram detainees actually had legal rights to challenge their detention.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine my complete (absence of) surprise.

Sep 15 09:33

Violence Escalates In Afghanistan, as US, NATO Forces Push Further Against Insurgents

The latest violence comes as the U.S. tries to implement its strategy of fighting the Taliban and protecting civilians.

Retired Army General Jack Keane says the strategy will not work without an increase in U.S. combat troops.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder if we are looking at the troops being considered for this escalation will actually be US combat troops, or hired mercenaries.

My guess would be the later.

Sep 15 08:40

Afghanistan: Recount Ordered At 10 Percent Of Polling Stations

Ballots from about 10 percent of Afghanistan's polling stations must be recounted because of suspicions of fraud in last month's presidential election, according to an order from a U.N.-backed body, an official said Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At the end of the day, the outcome will probably be the same, but we'll hear much more self-congratulatory chest-thumping from Americans and NATO members, assuring themselves of what a magnificent job they did to make sure that this election "free and fair" for the Afghan people.

This "election" is an absolute fraud and a sham. This is simply the re-anointing of Karzai for one more term in office, so that the US and NATO can deal with the "devil they know", rather than the devil they don't know.

And even if, by some miracle, Abdullah Abdullah squeaks ahead for a marginal victory over Karzai, his ability to actually created the reforms on which he based his ca,[aogm will be severely challenged by the on-going corruption of his predecessor.

Sep 15 05:43

US troops 'stormed through Afghan hospital'

A Swedish charity accused American troops today of storming through a hospital in central Afghanistan, breaking down doors and tying up staff in a search for militants. The US military said it was investigating.

Sep 14 19:25

As Approval Ratings for U.S War(s) Decline,Osama Makes His Grand Re-Appearance

Osama bin Laden has released another timely videotape promising to have his vengeance on Western supporters of the state of Israel. He threatened to “continue our war of attrition” if the US did not pull out of Afghanistan, halt its aid to Israel and throw out any and all neoconservatives from the White House.

During the reign of George W. Bush we saw a spike in support for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,along with taunting video’s of an alleged Osama bin Laden dwelling somewhere and nowhere,while the United States was seemingly playing a game of ‘Where is Waldo’ ; The Bush administration tried and failed to capture the sworn enemy of the state,thus leaving the game ready and waiting for a new ‘hero’ to step up and destroy the ‘bad-guy’.

Sep 14 17:35

Iraq and Afghanistan don't need US troops for security. They can ask the UN if they want help

One of the arguments for US troops to remain in the two countries we invaded is that even if our wars were mistakes, it’s our duty to stay until those countries can manage their own security. If US troops leave, we’ll subject civilians to escalating violence.

As eminent Princeton philosopher Harry Frankfurt distinguished in his 2005 Bestseller as a strictly academic term, that rhetoric is bullshit.

When political “leadership” makes that argument, it’s a lie of omission. Without the comprehensive information that Iraq and Afghanistan have full authority within their governments to make that determination for themselves, that statement is misleading Americans into thinking that US security is their only option. It is not.

Sep 14 14:05

Graham, Lieberman, McCain call for more troops in Afghanistan

Webmaster's Commentary: 

SEND YOUR OWN CHILDREN TO THE FRONT LINES, THEN!

Sep 14 11:28

Withdrawal without winning?

Most discussion about Afghanistan has concentrated on whether and how we can defeat the Taliban. Less attention has been paid to the probable consequences of a withdrawal without winning
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once we move beyond the alluring but unsustainable claim that our inability to exclude the possibility that withdrawing would be very harmful means that we must fight, it becomes clear that we are building a large and risky war on predictions that call for closer examination.

Sep 14 08:10

Nation Building at the Barrel of an American Gun?

Nation Building at the Barrel of an American Gun?
A Short Reply to the Dubik and Kagans’ Washington Post Oped

Lieutenant General James Dubik, Dr Kim Kagan, and Dr Fred Kagan, the three authors of a Sunday Washington Post oped titled The Afghan Illusion: Kabul’s Forces Aren’t Yet a Substitute for Our Own, conclude their Oped with this statement:

"Building Afghan forces dramatically is part of a strategy for succeeding in Afghanistan and permitting the reduction of foreign forces. It cannot, however, be the whole strategy."

And to ask this reoccurring question one more time, what is the "whole strategy"? Although the authors do not come out and say it, armed nation building is clearly the "whole" strategy.

Sep 14 05:32

Chasing the dragon, pt. 1

Part 1…lying sidelong on a divan in the Senate cloakroom

That John Kerry and his Senate Foreign Relations Committee are a regular bunch of cards. Their Aug. 10 report, “Afghanistan’s Narco War: Breaking the Link Between Drug Traffickers and Insurgents”, is funnier than a barrel of drunk monkeys. It opens with the statement: “At the end of March when President Obama fulfilled his pledge to make the war in Afghanistan a higher priority, he cast the U.S. role more narrowly than the previous administration: Defeat Al Quaeda and eliminate its safe havens in Afghanistan and Pakistan. To accomplish these twin tasks, however, the President is making a practical commitment to Afghanistan that is far greater than his predecessor—more troops, more civilians, and more money.”

Sep 14 05:31

Chasing the dragon, pt. 2

Part 2…hatin’ the player, not the game

The Senate is prepared to discuss the problem of Afghan corruption at length. It must be all the marble and parliamentary silly-talk that makes these men immune to irony, because portions of the report’s section entitled “The Scope of Corruption” sound like a description of American politics if the reader mad-libs a little. The Senate is very worried about the scope of corruption from the drug trade in Afghanistan. It forgets, in its rush to explain how horrid Afghanistan is, that it already admitted to setting the stage for this very situation when the U.S. invaded in 2001.

Sep 14 05:31

Chasing the dragon, pt. 3

Part 3…God’s own medicine

The Obama administration rescinded the Bush administration’s quixotic order to eradicate poppy fields in Afghanistan. Judging by hectare cultivation numbers and harvest yields, the plan was either never fully implemented or failed miserably. At the very least, farmers in Afghanistan are no longer being punished for trying to make a living. Like Bush, the Obama administration wants to reform Afghan agriculture and move it away from poppy cultivation. Unfortunately, these plans are still “being finalized”. To understand the problems inherent in the administration’s plans and possible futures for Afghan agriculture we need to examine Afghanistan’s situation, the opium poppy, and the history of opium cultivation.

Sep 13 09:40

US could shift Afghanistan focus towards eastern provinces

The primary focus of the US war strategy in Afghanistan could shift towards the eastern provinces bordering Pakistan and away from the south of the country, where British forces are heavily engaged, under a plan being finalised by commanders.

Senior military officials are said to believe the Afghan Taliban's ability to find sanctuary and support across the porous border with Pakistan ? plus the suspected presence in the lawless tribal Waziristan area of al-Qaida leaders including Osama bin Laden ? has made a bigger effort in the east essential if the insurgency is to be defeated.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to the author of this article:

1. Bin Laden is dead: he assumed room temperature a number of years ago.

2. The only people actually "winning" the Af-Pak war are the drug lords and the defense contractors.

Sep 13 09:24

General Smedley Butler

Major General Smedley Butler retired from the Marine Corps in 1931 at the age of 48. He had faced gunfire 120 times and the famed columnist Will Rogers wrote of Butler, "He is what I would call a natural born warrior. He will fight anybody, any time....He carries every medal we ever gave out. He has two Congressional Medals of Honor....You give him another war and he will get him another one....I do admire him."

http://tshtf.blogspot.com/2009/08/general-smedley-butler.html

Sep 13 09:02

Enduring Freedom until 2050

New NATO head, former president George W Bush-friendly Anders Rasmussen from Denmark, has been trying to explain the new "strategy" in pyrotechnic NATOese to skeptical Europeans. But the real plot of the non-stop tragicomedy is never spelled out. The US and its NATO allies will do - and spend - whatever it takes to implant military bases on the doorstep of both Russia and China and - Allah only knows - get their Trans-Afghan Pakistan gas pipeline on track.

Sep 13 08:23

US Pressing Karzai for Election Deal

Karzai reportedly did not respond favorably to Ambassador Eikenberry’s comments, and has refused to meet with any US officials since. Though the US has publicly put on a brave face with respect to the vote, and Richard Holbrooke has repeatedly praised it, privately it is becoming increasingly apparent that it is putting them in an awkward position.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What put the US in this "awkward position" was making sure that this election re-appointed Karzai, and that really representative candidates were barred from being on the ballot at all.

If there is any "power-sharing government", it will be in name only, and purely cosmetic.

The Afghan people are, rightfully, resentful of this pre-ordained outcome, and this "election" may spawn demonstrations and riots which the US and UN troops may find themselves unable to control, without killing a massive number of non-combatants.

That will only further radicalize the Afghan people against the Karzai government.

Sep 13 07:57

Advertise on NYTimes.com U.S. to Expand Review of Detainees in Afghan Prison

The new Pentagon guidelines would assign a United States military official to each of the roughly 600 detainees at the American-run prison at the Bagram Air Base north of Kabul. These officials would not be lawyers but could for the first time gather witnesses and evidence, including classified material, on behalf of the detainees to challenge their detention in proceedings before a military-appointed review board.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This may look like an improvement for these prisoners of war, but - in terms of the normal practices of American jurisprudence - these little refinements are woefully beneath the standards of true American justice.

In fact, had these people actually been tried under American law, the cases upon which they were detained would fall apart in a heartbeat.

Sep 12 22:42

Obama hypocrisy: continuing American fascism with unlimited detention

Almost a year after Mr. Obama's election as President, with the sworn duty to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, his administration continues the unconstitutional policies of declaring human beings as "enemies" and detaining them without rights for as long as they so dictate (as in dictatorship). As a teacher for US Government classes, I can tell you that this is un-American in every academic understanding of what Americanism means. We have other words to describe a political philosophy of unlimited government that rejects inalienable civil and political rights: dictatorship and fascism are academically correct.

Sep 12 10:05

'I told the US to talk to the Taliban. They jailed me'

Eight years on, as the West struggles to form a coherent policy on Afghanistan amid mounting domestic opposition to the war, Mullah Muttawakil has claimed that the West has repeatedly squandered chances for peace.

"We have seen a lot of fighting since then, a lot of blood has been spilt, all for what?" he asked. "They are saying now that they will talk to some of the Taliban. That is what I said to them just after the war. I offered to put them in touch with the relevant people. Their answer was to put me in jail."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable, but clearly a demonstration an absolute lack of critical thinking, coupled with a "shoot-'em-up" cowboy mentality.

At the end of the day, the only way to achieve any positive outcome US and NATO forces in Afghanistan will be to talk to the Taliban, and bring them into the political dialogue of the country.

The only other alternative is to murder every single last Afghan still breathing.

Sep 12 08:51

US, British Officials Caution Afghan Vote Delay ‘Could Help al-Qaeda’

Top officials from both the US and British government cautioned against what is shaping up to be a long term dispute over last month’s Afghan presidential election, with US envoy Richard Holbrooke saying that al-Qaeda would be a beneficiary of any delays in issuing the results.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You don't know whether to laugh or cry at such statements.

This "election" (read: "installation of the thug they know", courtesy of the US and NATO), was an absolute sham, a fraud writ large, and a colossal disservice to the people of Afghanistan.

But of course, a truly free and fair election probably would not have returned Karzai to power, and the US and NATO weren't about to see that happen.

Sep 12 08:28

Susan Rice Urges Hill Democrats: Give War Strategy a Chance

Susan Rice, President Barack Obama’s U.N. ambassador, asked her fellow Democrats to give the commander-in-chief a bit of a break when it comes to the war in Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, it's not like it's your own kids or anything like that!"

Sep 12 00:54

Can the Afghan Problem be Solved?

There is wide recognition in Europe -- and increasingly also in the United States -- that the war against the Taliban is going badly; that Coalition casualties and costs are spiralling; and that restive Western opinion is beginning to demand a timetable for withdrawal.

Sep 11 23:58

Has Osama Bin Laden been dead for seven years

Has Osama Bin Laden been dead for seven years - and are the U.S. and Britain covering it up to continue war on terror?
By Sue Reid 11th September 2009
Griffin, in his explosive book, says this tape is fake, and he goes further.
'A reason to suspect that all of the post-2001 Bin Laden tapes are fabrications is that they often appeared at times that boosted the Bush presidency or supported a claim by its chief 'war on terror' ally, British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
'The confession tape came exactly when Bush and Blair had failed to prove Bin Laden's responsibility for 9/11 and both men were trying to win international public support, particularly in the Islamic world, for the anti-terrorist campaign.'

Sep 11 19:48

9/11: Support our troops by ending these illegal wars

Do you respect our troops? If so, demand their return home because they’ve been deployed in illegal Wars of Aggression. Don’t believe me when I say the wars are illegal and we should withdraw (Iraq and Afghanistan can request help from the UN on their own if they’re interested). YOU have to know the two simple rules of starting a war to determine if our troops’ presence is ethical or not. Do you know them? If so, thank you for your responsibility as a citizen. If not, thank you for reading this article to learn! As an educator, allow me to attempt my art of admonishing those who haven’t done this important homework before reviewing the answer (and I thought being a laid-off teacher I wouldn’t use this particular skill as a writer).

Sep 11 18:14

Susan Rice Urges Hill Democrats: Give War Strategy a Chance

Susan Rice, President Barack Obama’s U.N. ambassador, asked her fellow Democrats to give the commander-in-chief a bit of a break when it comes to the war in Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to UN Ambassador Rice: what we appear to have in this alleged "change in strategy", announced by the white house last spring, looks suspiciously very much like the old strategy.

We are bombing the hell out of non-combatants, killing women, kids, the elderly, and the medically infirm.

These aerial bombardments are simply radicalizing those left standing against both the US and the Karzai government, and pushing them into the waiting arms of the Taliban.

And as your blithe statement: "America, she said, has a crucial stake in Afghanistan." Would you mind, Madam Ambassador, telling the American people just what the devil that is, particularly to those families and friends of people who have died and been maimed physically and/or psychologically fighting this war?

It could not possibly have been "creating democracy in Afghanistan, as demonstrated by the rampant fraud in the last election.

So what is that stake, Madame Secretary?

Thinking Americans are looking at the mayhem and misery we are creating there, and understanding very clearly that the only people "winning" this war right now are the drug dealers and the defense contractors, period, end of discussion.

Sep 11 16:37

Victims' families tell their stories following Nato airstrike in Afghanistan

'I took some flesh home and called it my son.'

Sep 11 10:19

NATO Goes Green -- for Ill-Gotten Gains

NATO, the "North Atlantic" treaty organization now fighting a slaughterous war in, er, Central Asia, is going green,setting up a new panel of heavy-duty worthies to pursue the strategic ramifications of global climate change. But as David Cronin reports in the Guardian, when militarists mull the ailments of Mother Earth, they aren't looking to mop the old lady's brow; they're trying to shake her down for every little bauble she's got left. The whole piece is worth reading, but here are some excerpts:

Sep 11 10:06

Death and Dying in the Age of No Change's Non War It's Time to be Impolite About Afghanistan

The phrase from Tacitus comes to mind with only a slight modification. "They make desolation," he wrote. "and call it peace." In Afghanistan, they make desolation and call it freedom. Enduring freedom. This is the lesson the Afghans must learn. When you are the occupied, the native, the wog, you are subject to the occupier's definitions. He will kill your wives and children and call it pacification. He will choose your leaders, tell you to vote and call it democracy. He will kick in the doors to your home, arrest you and your sons, and call you insurgents. Of course, it is this very practice which turns many of your men into said insurgents.

Sep 11 09:48

Think Tank: Taliban return to most of Afghanistan

A London-based think tank says that nearly eight years after the U.S. drove the Taliban from power, the Islamist militia has returned to most of Afghanistan.

The International Council on Security and Development reports that the Taliban have a permanent presence in about 80 percent of the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How can anyone in their right mind still say that "victory" is achievable by any measure in Afghanistan?

The only "winners" here are the defense contractors and the drug lords!

Sep 11 08:58

Fears of Violence After Top Afghan Warlord Defends Post-Election Protests

Afghanistan’s Interior Minister Hanif Atmar has threatened to “break the teeth” of anyone who dares to protest against the hotly disputed results of last month’s presidential election, an apparent attempt to forestall the possibility of any Iran-style post-election rallies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What Afghanistan, the US and NATO have done, through the current elections sham, is not ushered in a democracy; it has installed a "thugocracy", plain and simple.

Sep 10 18:40

Afghan warlord General Atta Mohammad Nur warning raises fear of election violence

One of Afghanistan’s most powerful warlords has defended the popular right to protest against the presidential election results, raising fears that the country could be engulfed by violence if supporters of the losing candidates reject the poll as being rigged.

Speaking on national television, he accused the country’s Interior Minister, Hanif Atmar, of “forcing people to keep silent”.

His comments follow threats from the Interior Ministry to “break the teeth” of anyone who demonstrates.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Afghan people know that this alleged "election" was a complete hoax and a farce.

The question is, what are they prepared to do about this reality?

Sep 10 17:21

Taliban Presence Map: January-September 2009

10 September 2009

Eight years after 9/11 Taliban now has a permanent presence in 80% of Afghanistan
In wake of widespread election review onset of winter could delay second round of voting until spring
Contingency plans needed to address constitutional vacuum in presidency

LONDON – The Taliban now have a permanent presence in 80% of Afghanistan, up from 72% in November 2008, according to a new map released today by the International Council on Security and Development (ICOS). According to ICOS, another 17% of Afghanistan is seeing ‘substantial’ Taliban activity. Taken together, these figures show that the Taliban has a significant presence in virtually all of Afghanistan.

Sep 10 15:28

Rethinking Afghanistan.

Sep 10 13:17

A Buddhist’s Perspective: Discussion of America’s battles raises question: ‘Is there a good war or a bad war?’

As the leader of a religious organization, Ohtani does not believe in declaring "good wars" and bad ones and takes no specific position on the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The monshu does observe, though, that following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, that Americans "were not able to logically reason what happened and jumped into war."

He noted that the U.S. was attacked by individuals and not by a nation, yet it went to war against the countries of Afghanistan and then Iraq "without cool-headedly reasoning what had happened. That is regrettable."

Sep 10 10:37

Afghanistan Veteran Rick Reyes Questions Obama’s Push for More Troops

Twenty nine year old Rick Reyes was born to immigrants from Mexico, and grew up in Boyle Heights. He joined the Marine Corps and served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, based on his experience in Afghanistan and given President Obama’s promised troop surge, he thinks the US should at minimum rethink the Afghanistan war. In April Reyes testified to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee alongside other veterans of the Afghan war.

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Rick Reyes will be our guest today on the GCN radio show at 5PM Central Time.

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