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Aug 05 09:19

Swamp for Trump: Third US President vows to win 16-year Afghan War

Clearly frustrated by the Pentagon’s ineffective strategies, Donald Trump has vowed to fire some of his top generals and aggressively gain ground in Afghanistan. But will the US president be able to prevail in a 16-year war where his two predecessors failed?

Dragging on longer than the Vietnam and Iraq campaigns, Afghanistan is becoming yet another swamp Trump wants to drain in keeping with his colorful election campaign. George W. Bush presided over the two post-9/11 military interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq and Barack Obama promised to end them – but the everlasting Afghan war relentlessly rolls on.

During a high-profile situation room meeting in July, Trump reportedly told his national security team it's time for a rapid breakthrough in Afghanistan.

“We are not winning,” he said, as cited in an NBC report. “We are losing.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr.President, a word please; and right now, what you really need to realise here is that those who do not understand the past are doomed to repeat it, and no where is that more critically true than with the current state of affairs in Afghanistan.

You need to begin to educate yourself on why George Bush invaded Afghanistan in the first place, and no, it had absolutely nothing to do with Osama Bin Laden. The following article may shed some light for you:

why did the US really go to war in Afghanistan? The pipeline to 9/11

Bush invaded Afghanistan to control the pipelines there, and attempt to control all the pipelines in Central Asia and ultimately through the entire Middle East.

He went in with far too troops, betting on weapons of mass destruction to "neutralize" the Afghanis, but yet for all the physical and psychological damage these weapons produced, they never really did the job. As reported at zerohedge.com:

A psychologist, Jaffar Ahmadi, described that such blasts spawn psychological disorders and fear among the affected population. The stricken people, he says, feel petrified and insecure. According to data, MOAB annihilates living things within a range of five km and its effects persist in air for decades. It also robs away oxygen for inhalation in a matter of several km from epicenter.

The Kabul-based Killid Group ventured into villages where MOAB-hit people had a ton of words to utter. A resident of Asad Khil village, Ghazeer, said that the bomb has born health hazards. He told Killid group:

“My Children are scared to sleep at night. Our skin is itching; small spots have appeared on the bodies of all people here. Our throats hurt. We are scared”

Another interviewee from the same village, Noor Bibi told the media group that the fierce explosion has almost blinded her. She acknowledges that:

“The bomb turned people blind and deaf. I can’t see anything, my skin is itching, my four grandchildren have chest problems and they also complain about their eyes.

In 2001, a day after the US soldiers first set foot in Afghanistan and captured Bagram airbase, it aerially attacked the final Al-Qaeda sanctuaries in notorious Tora Bora district in eastern Afghanistan. The air campaign continued until December 6 so intensely that a missile would land every two minute. It incurred great human fatalities and extensive financial loss. According to history records, the explosions would produce ear-splitting sound that caused ear-bleeding in many districts.

Sometime later, investigations found that the US had used short-range nuclear missiles. It left behind scores of creepy instances such as a drop in animal breeding in the area, a dramatic fall in agricultural products, and a few goats gave birth to defective babies.

Some British media reported that radioactive materials have also been observed in the area. Following the US bombings in many southern provinces, several babies were born eerily unlike normal humans, which doctors associated with the existence of radioactive material.

Mr. President, the excrement sandwich with which you are left in Afghanistan was absolutely not your fault; my sense is, you never would have personally ordered the invasion of this country, and would have continued on the path of negotiation with the Taliban to secure the pipeline rights.

The cost in American blood, and American money, 16 years on, has been staggering.

If military planners are brutally honest with you, they will inform you that it will take hundreds of thousands of troops to create a military victory here.

We just don't have those numbers, sir, with our other military deployments and commitments around the world: and that is the unequivocal truth, if you are looking at a military victory as "the only way" with which to achieve the US government's goals here in Afghanistan, the US military will have to scale back many of our other defense commitments.

But perhaps, is there another way to achieve the US government's goals?!?

And the answer is, yes, absolutely!!

What the US and NATO should do, is to withdraw their troops as quickly as is safely possible, then negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for the pipeline and mineral rights.

That control, Mr. President, based on monetary negotiations, is a win for the American economy, the American oil industry, and the American people.

I am honestly begging you not to be the lulled into believing that a military victory is possible without throwing hundreds of thousands of troops into the fray here; I am asking you to be that very smart, professionally shrewd man I supported for the Presidency in last November's election.

Aug 04 15:03

Video: Deadly Attack: 29 People Killed, 64 Wounded In Explosion In Afghanistan

At least 29 people have been killed and 64 wounded in an explosion at a Shia mosque in Afghanistan.

Aug 04 14:30

Video: ‘Pentagon Should Declassify Report On ‘Child Sex Abuse’ By Afghan Forces’ – Govt Watchdog

The US government's Afghanistan watchdog has urged the Pentagon to declassify a report detailing allegations of child sexual abuse by Afghan forces. The watchdog also cites the State Department as saying that the Afghan government has failed to meet human-rights standards and that Afghan officials are complicit in the sexual abuse of children by Afghan security forces.

Aug 04 09:15

“MOTHER OF ALL BOMBS”: THE DARK SIDES OF AFGHANISTAN’S MOAB TRAGEDY ARE UNFOLDING

The use of destructive weapon as such could kill several birds with one stone. It earned Donald Trump somewhat uplift in status amid disgraces whirling around White House at that time. It also played a commercial advertisement for purchasers of the US arms, in part for being over-hyped.

In an interview, an Afghan environment protection expert explained that MOAB-like bombs exposes hazardous chemicals into air that causes cancer, respiratory and digestive problems, deformities in babies, strokes, high blood pressure and weakened vision. It severely contaminates food and water that even stay afloat to affect next generation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, I am peacefully, and politely, putting you on notice: in my world, there is no such thing as "collateral damage."

Sir, the reality is we are talking about brother and sister human beings who have been deafened; blinded; hit with aggressive cancers and birth defects; and outright assassinated, in order to control the oil pipelines and mineral deposits in Afghanistan.

We have never had the moral high ground in this war, or at all been on the right side of history; this is why US/NATO troops have lost control of huge amounts of territory to the Taliban.

It is high time, sir, that the US and NATO bring their troops home, as quickly as is safely possible, and negotiate with whatever government left standing in Kabul for the pipeline and mineral rights.

Aug 03 13:29

Two US Soldiers Killed In Taliban Attack In Afghanistan, Pentagon Confirms

The Pentagon says two US service members are killed in a Taliban attack on a NATO convoy in southern Afghanistan.

Aug 03 09:33

Trump Says U.S. ‘Losing’ Afghan War in Tense Meeting With Generals

President Donald Trump has become increasingly frustrated with his advisers tasked with crafting a new U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and recently suggested firing the war's top military commander during a tense meeting at the White House, according to senior administration officials.

During the July 19 meeting, Trump repeatedly suggested that Defense Secretary James Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford replace Gen. John Nicholson, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, because he is not winning the war, the officials said. Trump has not met Nicholson, and the Pentagon has been considering extending his time in Afghanistan.

Aug 03 08:04

WINGS FOR HIRE? EX-BLACKWATER CEO ERIK PRINCE REPORTEDLY OFFERING PRIVATE AIR FORCE FOR AFGHAN WAR

Former Blackwater founder Erik Prince, who earlier urged Donald Trump to appoint a US “viceroy” to win the Afghan war, has reportedly pitched up a “business proposal” to Kabul, offering a fully-fledged private air force to back the local army’s operations.

Prince, the founder and former CEO of private military company Blackwater (now rebranded Academi), has floated a business proposal offering a privately-manned “turn-key composite air wing” to the Afghan government, whose troops steadily lose ground to the Taliban, the Military Times reported on Thursday.

Prince's plan, cited by the newspaper, was reportedly submitted to the Afghans back in March. It includes providing “high speed response” as well as close-air support for Afghanistan’s army fighting the Islamists. The private air force’s fixed-wing planes, attack helicopters and drones would be flown by hired pilots, but “weapons release decisions will still be made by Afghans.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Blackwater, now rebranded as Academi, failed spectacularly in Iraq:

The Dark Truth About Blackwater

Blackwater’s Baghdad massacre is a reminder of how the US became what it hated in Iraq

Blackwater and the Iraq Water Time Warp

Before shooting in Iraq, a warning on Blackwater

Iraq war logs: military privatisation run amok

Nisour Square Massacre

Academi's, and Prince's "strategic thinking" (if one can call it that), has not changed, no matter how much carnage and loathing they created in Iraq.

The Afghani government needs to think very carefully about hiring anyone Prince suggests at this point in Afghanistan's history, and review their epic, and spectacular fail in Iraq.

And to President Trump, Congress, the State Department, and the Pentagon; who, please, is going to be paying for this operation?!? American taxpayers, after the extent of Blackwater's epic fail in Iraq?!?

Mr. President, and to anyone in his administration (or any of the "Alphabet Soup Agencies" who read this blog), there is no military metric by which we can characterise the US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan a success, 16 years on.

This country is not called "the grave of empires" for no good reason.

The only guy who was EVER able to hold this country together, by a system of alliances and arranged marriages, was Alexander the Great; and that was only for 3 years.

Mr. President, the only intelligent thing to do now, unless you want to commit 500,000 troops to this war (which we do not, and will not have, unless you and Congress order a return of the draft), is to remove US and NATO troops from Afghanistan as quickly as safely possible, then negotiate with whatever government left standing in Kabul for the oil pipeline rights, and the mineral rights.

After all the blood and money spent here, this is the only moral, and right thing to do.

You inherited this war from your Village Idiot Predecessor, President George Bush, enabled by Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, via their "magical thinking" to believe that a minimum number of troops would be all that it would take to invade and hold this country.

They were spectacularly, entirely wrong in this; and the cost in American lives, lost on the premise of a big fat lie, spun to convince the American people that this war was just, when the real goal was to control Afghani oil pipelines, has been enough, sir.

This is not your dishonor, or your failure. You simply got stuck with this.

Time to rethink Afghanistan, Mr. President, and do the right thing.

Aug 02 07:15

White House Looks at Afghanistan Pullout as an Option

After months of the Pentagon failing to sell a concrete plan of escalation to the White House, officials now say that the administration is considering getting back on track with a drawdown headed for a full pullout from the country after 16 years.

This is happening for the same reason the Pentagon hasn’t been able to sell the escalations, that a number of officials are unconvinced that the escalation is going to accomplish anything, and that they don’t think there’s a clear strategy for victory.

The Pentagon was more or less uniform in arguing escalations, albeit of varying sizes, and are said to be objecting to the proposed pullout as a “minority viewpoint,” warning that it does not meet the goals of the conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The withdrawal of US and NATO troops, as quickly as is safely possible, is the only sane option left to the US government, coupled with negotiating with whatever "government" is left standing in Kabul for the oil pipelines and mineral rights.

Aug 01 09:25

White House Looks at Afghanistan Pullout as an Option

After months of the Pentagon failing to sell a concrete plan of escalation to the White House, officials now say that the administration is considering getting back on track with a drawdown headed for a full pullout from the country after 16 years.

This is happening for the same reason the Pentagon hasn’t been able to sell the escalations, that a number of officials are unconvinced that the escalation is going to accomplish anything, and that they don’t think there’s a clear strategy for victory.

The Pentagon was more or less uniform in arguing escalations, albeit of varying sizes, and are said to be objecting to the proposed pullout as a “minority viewpoint,” warning that it does not meet the goals of the conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This has proven an unwinnable war from the very beginning; getting out of Afghanistan, then negotiating with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for the mineral and pipeline rights, is the only logical thing to do.

Jul 31 08:42

CAUGHT ON TAPE: EXPLOSION ROCKS CARACAS, INJURES POLICE AS VENEZUELA VOTES

With opposition parties boycotting what they call a rigged election, Reuters reports the streets of Caracas were deserted on Sunday as a minority of Venezuelans trickled to the polls to elect a constitutional super-body that unpopular leftist President Maduro vowed would begin a new era of combat in the crisis-stricken nation. That is good news as, following the death of two people yesterday, shortly after a large group of motorbikes sped through the city, and explosion hit, reportedly injuring a number of police officers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The end game will not go well for Maduro.

I am reasonably certain that there are US-sponsored assassination teams, tracking his every move, and the moment they have a clear shot...the man is probably going to get killed.

The question is, not if... but when, and who does the US government have in the wings to replace him?!?

Jul 31 06:59

In Afghanistan the Russians Are Now Remembered Fondly

“Welcome!” I’d hear again and again. An invitation to enter humble homes would follow: an offer to rest, to eat, or to just drink a glass of water. ‘Why?’ I often wondered. “Why?” I finally asked my driver and interpreter, Mr. Arif, who became my dear friend. “It’s because in this country, Afghans love Russian people,” he replied simply and without any hesitation. “Afghans love Russians?” I wondered. “Do you?” “Yes,” he replied, smiling. “I do. Most of our people here do.” <...> The Russians did so much for Afghanistan: they built entire housing communities like ‘Makroyan’, they built factories, even bakeries. In places such as Kandahar, people are still eating Russian bread…” I recalled the Soviet-era water pipes that I photographed all over most of the humble Afghan countryside, as well as the elaborate water canals in and around cities like Jalalabad. “Before and during the Soviet era, there were Soviet doctors here, and also Soviet teachers.

Jul 27 12:52

Dropping The Mask: A War Of Plunder In Afghanistan

In less than three months, Washington will mark the 16th anniversary of its invasion of Afghanistan, which initiated the longest war in American history.

Jul 26 11:30

Trump Finds Reason for the U.S. to Remain in Afghanistan: Minerals

President Trump, searching for a reason to keep the United States in Afghanistan after 16 years of war, has latched on to a prospect that tantalized previous administrations: Afghanistan’s vast mineral wealth, which his advisers and Afghan officials have told him could be profitably extracted by Western companies.

Mr. Trump has discussed the country’s mineral deposits with President Ashraf Ghani, who promoted mining as an economic opportunity in one of their first conversations. Mr. Trump, who is deeply skeptical about sending more American troops to Afghanistan, has suggested that this could be one justification for the United States to stay engaged in the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Swell; just another damned (and possibly very specious) reason to stay in Afghanistan, because the Pentagon, State Department, Congress, and the White House, can't think of anything else to do here.

Before President Trump signs off on this, there should be an impartial mineral engineering study of those areas with supposed large mineral wealth, and a very sober, intelligent budget for doing this.

But the most important conversation to be conducted here, concerns a mechanism which insures that a reasonable portion of this wealth actually goes back to the Afghani people, rather than being simply expropriated by US companies, who have no moral right to do this, and may potentially give nothing back.

Of course, that will happen when pigs fly.

Jul 25 10:15

BEX ALERT - Russia Might Be Arming The Taliban In Afghanistan, According To Videos Released By CNN

It’s hard to tell exactly what’s going on with the weapons because identifying markings have been removed in most instances. However, many of the guns appear to be in the style of Russian weapons like the Kalashnikov sniper rifle. That said, other weaponry and accessories observed include the JGBG M7 scope, which is made in China. It’s possible that some of these guns are indeed modeled on the Kalashnikov but aren’t actually Russian in origin, or they are indeed genuine Russian manufacture but weren’t actually distributed by Moscow.

Jul 25 07:06

The Trump White House's War Within

His national security team wants a stepped up fight in Afghanistan , there's just one problem; A President who doesn't want to be there .

>>>

Jul 24 09:56

Over A Dozen Afghan Forces Killed In US ‘Friendly Fire’ Airstrike – Police

Up to 16 Afghan security forces servicemen have been killed in a US airstrike in Afghanistan, according to local police spokesman Salam Afghan. Washington says the incident was a case of friendly fire.

“In the strike, 16 Afghan policemen were killed including two commanders. Two other policemen were wounded,” Salam Afghan told AFP.

Jul 24 09:23

When Will America’s Crime Spree in Afghanistan End? “Punitive Raids” under the Cloak of “Humanitarian” Warfare

At the beginning of the year The Intercept published a lengthy article straightforwardly titled “The Crimes of the SEAL Team 6.” The article tells little about the heroism or professionalism of the servicemen of the American special forces unit SEAL Team 6, which Hollywood and bestselling authors are so fond of. The Intercept took the courage to investigate the darker side of war – crimes that are being routinely committed by US servicemen. The investigation into SEAL Team 6 was conducted for two years and included 18 interviews with former and current soldiers and officers of the unit. The Intercept article is somewhat reminiscent of The New York Times piece on the same topic published back in 2015.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact these charges are true, this is appalling.

And yet, 16 years on, the Taliban is still gaining territory in Afghanistan, as I posted earlier today.

What's wrong with this picture?!?

EVERYTHING.

Jul 24 08:21

Taliban Gains Mount in Afghanistan: Two More Districts Overrun

The weekend once again saw the Taliban racking up territorial gains within Afghanistan, seizing the Taywara District in the Ghor Province, and also taking control of the Kohistan District in the far northern Faryab Province, forcing security forces in both districts to retreat and wait for reinforcements.

Taywara is the bigger fight, according to reports, with around 70 Afghan soldiers killed and 30 others wounded in the fighting. In Faryab, the attack was more of a surprise, with Taliban arriving under the cover of night and burning the police headquarters and other office buildings.

This is likely to be a recurring problem for the Afghan military, as the force is nowhere near as large as it is on paper. Many of the Afghan soldiers officials on the payroll are actually “ghost soldiers,” just names that are on the books so some higher ranking official can pocket their salary without any real soldier to complain that he didn’t get paid.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My, how "brilliantly" the US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan is going; the Taliban are gaining more of a foothold in the country, 16 years on, and the US/NATO Coalition is painfully impotent to stop this.

IF the US and NATO leadership had two brain cells to rub together, they would have to admit, after all the blood and money spent here, that there is utterly no military metric by which this insane war can be characterized as "having been won."

What they should do is to remove all Western troops as soon as safely possible, then negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for the Afghani pipeline and mineral rights; of course, that would be logical, but the collective governmental and military hubris of both sides of the Coalition won't let it happen.

Jul 22 09:34

Afghanistan: 16 police killed in US friendly-fire air strike

A US air strike has killed 16 Afghan policemen in the southern province of Helmand, local officials say.

The attack happened as Afghan security forces were clearing Taliban militants from a village in the Gereshk district, police told AFP news agency.

Nato has acknowledged the incident, without detailing how many Afghans died, and promised an investigation.

Jul 22 00:56

Legalised murder: US airforce kills 12 Afghan police

Just another day of the US terrorising the world. If Russia did this the media and establishment would call for WW3.

Jul 21 12:17

The US Empire, the CIA, and the NGOs

The CIA recruited the Muslim Brotherhood to fight a proxy war against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, which led to the withdrawal of the Soviets from the Hindu Kush. Since then, the CIA used the mercenaries to fight more proxy wars in the Balkans, Chechnya, and Azerbaijan. Due to the wars of aggression against Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen the US and its vassal states created sectarian violence that led to civil wars. Right now, the CIA and the Muslim Brotherhood are present in the form of ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

Jul 21 12:02

MOAB: US Attack Causes Catastrophic Consequences in Afghanistan

On April 13, the US dropped a non-atomic bomb in the Achin district of the Afghan province of Nangarhar, known as the “Mother of All Bombs” or MOAB. Following the incident the citizens who survived are showing signs of horrible diseases.

One of the employees of the Health Care Corps of the Achin district in an interview with Sputnik, on condition of anonymity, stated that after this incident, the residents of the district began to show skin and eye diseases.

According to him, the symptoms found in these civilians are very likely indicative of radiation exposure that could have been caused by the presence of uranium inside the dropped bomb.

Jul 18 15:09

Afghanistan Civilian Deaths Hit Record Highs As US Airstrikes Reach 2012 Levels

The US Air Force has used the same number of munitions in the first half of 2017 as they used at the same point in 2012. At the same time, the number of missions has decreased and the number of civilian deaths has increased.

Jul 18 09:02

CIVILIAN DEATHS IN AFGHANISTAN HIT NEW RECORD HIGH

The civilian death toll in Afghanistan, some 16 years into the US-led invasion and occupation, continues to rise precipitously, with the most recent figures out of the United Nations showing 1,662 civilians killed in the first half of 2017, the highest civilian toll of the entire war.

Officials had expressed hope civilian deaths had more or less leveled off, when the first half of 2016, the previous record, gave way to a roughly identical figure in the second half. Increased airstrikes and some major suicide bombings drove another increase, however.

The civilian toll was particularly grave for women and children, with casualties among women up 23% and 9% among children. This was exemplified by an early February US airstrike in Sangn District, which killed 26 civilians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These assassinations of primarily innocent victims, highlights that what the US and NATO have been doing for the last 16 years in Afghanistan has not worked.

One of the most classic definitions of insanity is doing the same thing, in precisely the same manner, yet expecting a different outcome.

That is precisely what has been happening in Afghanistan.

So President Trump, a word, please: get US and NATO forces out of Afghanistan as quickly as safely possible,then negotiate with whatever government is still standing in Kabul for the pipeline and mineral rights.

After all, you do know that it was President Bush's squabble with Afghanistan's Taliban leadership over costs on the pipeline rights which initially motivated President Bush to declare war on Afghanistan, and march US and NATO troops into the country, RIGHT?!?

The Real Reason for the Afghan War

Jul 17 10:55

Officials Still Working on New Strategy for Afghanistan: Mattis

The Pentagon's top leader says officials are still mulling the proper strategy in Afghanistan to avoid rash decisions that could hurt the United States and its allies in the long run.

"Welcome to strategy," Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday. He had stopped in to speak with Pentagon reporters before a meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to further discuss options in Syria.

Mattis said he's listening to all options and wrapping everything "under a regional context."

"This is hard, and there's a reason we got into some wars in our nation's history and didn't know how to end them. This is hard work and, if anyone else says otherwise, [he] is either somebody who didn't have to deal with it or deal with the consequences of the decisions of it," he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sec-Def Mattis, a word please; continuing to throw more troops at Afghanistan has not worked for the last 16 years. And as a military person, you appreciate the notion that doing something precisely the same way, over and over, yet expecting a different outcome, is a classic definition of insanity.

And sir, I do have a suggestion here; evacuate US and NATO troops as quickly as safely as possible, then negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for the pipeline and mineral rights in the country.

I understand that you do know that it was the reality that that pipeline rights price the Taliban set was viewed by President Bush as "too high", and that...is the real reason the US military went into Afghanistan in the first place, right?!?

From Afghanistan to Iraq; connecting the dots with oil.

Jul 17 10:40

A MERCENARY-LED SURGE WON’T SOLVE AFGHANISTAN

Private military contractors have spotted an opportunity as America’s longest war grinds on. Here’s a crazy idea floating around Washington these days, outlandish even by today’s outlandish standards: The United States should hire a mercenary army to “fix” Afghanistan, a country where we’ve been at war since 2001, spending billions along the way. The big idea here is that they could extricate U.S. soldiers from this quagmire, and somehow solve it

Jul 16 07:23

Brzezinski Wanted NATO to Become the “Hub of a Globe-Spanning Web” of Security Pacts

The end of May marked the death of a man who had been at the center of global affairs for decades. Zbigniew Brzezinski, born in Warsaw in the 1920s, was one of the most influential foreign policy advisers in the US, who also played a pivotal role in the drive towards further global integration.

Jul 12 08:01

A BAD BLUEPRINT: INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES COOPTING PRIVATE ENTERPRISE

Earlier this week, The New York Times published a story on how top Trump administration officials have asked Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater, and billionaire Stephen Feinberg, who owns military contractor DynCorp, to come up with alternative plans on how to proceed in Afghanistan.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the two men, who have made untold sums of money off the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, came up with a plan to rely on private contractors instead of the US military. This story may sound familiar and it usually doesn’t end well.

Last month — after The Wall Street Journal fired Jay Solomon, its chief foreign affairs correspondent, for failure to disclose shady business deals with one of his sources — we published a book excerpt that revealed some juicy details about that source, Farhad Azima, and his unsavory colleagues.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is only one intelligent answer to that belching cesspool which is Afghanistan, 16 years on: have NATO and US troops leave as quickly as is safe, then negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for rights to the oil pipelines (which is why Bush sent our troops there n the first place); the mineral rights, and rights to the opium, which funds "off the shelf" operations over which Congress has utterly no oversight.

And, BTW, here are some images of American troops guarding those opium poppy fields in Afghanistan:

US occupation leads to all time high heroin production

Video: US troops assisting in harvesting opium in Afghanistan.

US turns a blind eye to opium in Afghan town

The US government has have spent far too much blood and money in a country with the international reputation as being "the graveyard for empires"; time to go.

Jul 08 18:03

The truth about SAS shoot-to-kill night raids, by the hero of 200 secret ops: Soldier breaks ranks to defend elite unit from witch-hunt but says illegal killings were ‘unwritten rule of our job’

An SAS soldier has sensationally lifted the lid on the elite regiment’s controversial shoot-to-kill policy in Afghanistan – the subject of a multi-million pound investigation by military police.

In the first media interview with any SAS member to take part in operations included in the war crimes probe, the former trooper admitted to The Mail on Sunday that illegal killings were ‘an unwritten rule of our job’ but strongly defended the regiment’s actions.

His gripping account of top-secret night operations in Afghanistan comes after claims emerged that SAS members had killed unarmed civilians in cold blood and falsified mission reports.

Jul 08 09:44

White House Caps Increase of US Troops to Afghanistan

Since President Trump handed off the decision on the Afghan War’s escalation to Defense Secretary James Marris, we’ve heard several wildly different figures from different sources, with some reports suggesting that an escalation of 3,000 to 5,000 was too small, and that Mattis might ultimately go much, much bigger.

In reality, however, officials now say that Mattis’ autonomy on the matter has its limits, and those limits are 3,900 more US ground troops. A classified memo is said to be in place which would oblige Mattis to get White House authorization if his escalation is to be any larger than that.

The Pentagon has declined to comment on the matter, noting the memo is classified, but some administration officials are said to have been surprise that any restrictions at all were placed on Mattis for deciding on troop levels in Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One of the classic definitions of insanity is doing precisely the same thing, in exactly the same manner, yet expecting a different outcome; this is what is happening in the US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan.

There is utterly zero military metric by which the occupation, now in its 16th year, can be judged "a success". We have had military surges and drawdowns, but that has not affected the reality on the ground that the Taliban control even more territory than they have before.

And I have to wonder if President Trump has given Mattis "limited authority" on the troop strength in Afghanistan to be able to blame him when the coming "surge" winds up having absolutely zero effect on the situation on the ground here. Because were I a betting person, I would almost be willing to bet that the coming surge will not be enough to really make a difference.

What should the US and NATO do in Afghanistan, then?!? Were I President Trump and the NATO Commander-General Stoltenberg, I would have troops exit Afghanistan as quickly as safely possible, then negotiate with whatever government was left in Kabul for the pipeline and mineral rights.

After all, it was the cost of the pipeline rights which caused President Bush to have the US military invade Afghanistan in the first place.

Why did the US go to war in Afghanistan?!?

Jul 06 06:23

SAS SOLDIERS 'SUSPECTED' OF EXECUTING UNARMED AFGHANS AND COVERING UP POTENTIAL WAR CRIMES

Special forces soldiers allegedly murdered civilians and planted guns on their bodies

Jul 05 10:50

McCain: We Are Not On A Course To Success In Afghanistan

Republican Senator John McCain has censured the 16-year presence of US military in Afghanistan, saying that Washington’s efforts to restore peace have failed and the goal has been to not lose rather than to win.

Jul 05 09:33

Trump: Toward War in the Middle East

Now comes President Donald Trump. His policies for the Middle East are similar to those of the previous two administrations but on steroids. Trump has already escalated the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen. When Trump sends his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to solve the seventy-year-old Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu cannot hide his happiness with the appointment. The Democrats and the media are too busy with election results, hacking, and the Russian probe to pay much attention to Middle East policy, with one exception – Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

However, this time, unlike the situation in Iraq, there is a 6,000 lb gorilla, snoozing on the Bosendorfer, regarding further American military misadventures in the Middle East; it goes by the name of Russia, and will, should Iran be attacked, to Iran's aid militarily.

IF, in fact, the US goes to war against Iran, to appease its Israeli handlers, look for the reinstitution of a draft, for both men and women; an horrific decline in the US economy; and the possibility that the US military may well not be able to emerge victorious from the conflict.

Jul 04 10:34

What Are the Best Cannabis Strains for Pain?

Personally recommend Blackberry Kush and Afghan landrace Mazar I Sharif.

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Jul 03 09:24

Fear and loathing on the Afghan Silk Road

Anyone attempting to “rebuild” Afghanistan will have their work cut out. The success of China’s Belt and Road Initiative hinges on progress being made, however

Will the New Silk Roads, a.k.a. Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) ever manage to cross the Hindu Kush?

Temerity is the name of the game. Even though strategically located astride the Ancient Silk Road, and virtually contiguous to the US$50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) – a key BRI node – Afghanistan is still mired in war.

Jun 30 07:44

NATO Agrees on Afghan Troop Boost, Wrangles With US on Specific Numbers

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg today confirmed that the alliance has agreed at a ministerial-level meeting on a plan to escalate military involvement in Afghanistan. The exact details of this are yet to be worked out, and it’s not clear which countries will actually commit troops to the buildup.

That could involve a substantial amount of wrangling with the US, as America’s own planned escalation has yet to be announced, and Defense Secretary James Mattis is heavily pushing NATO on the merits of continuing the already 16-year-old war into the future.

The basic outline agreed to would see up to 10,000 troops, between US and NATO nations, sent to Afghanistan, and puts the assumed US figure somewhere between 3,000 and 5,000. President Trump has delegated the decision on troop levels to Mattis, but he has yet to announce a decision.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

NATO Secretary General and US Sec-Def Mattis, a word, please.

One of the classic definitions of insanity is doing something precisely the same way, over and over, yet expecting a different outcome.

Surges in troop strength come and go, but Afghanistan still remains "the graveyard of empires" Alexander the Great was the only military conqueror who was able to hold on to it, and that ... was only for 3 years.
The Taliban Still Control Large Parts of Afghanistan and ISIS Has Established a Foothold

There is no military metric by which the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan can possibly considered a "success", unless you want to count the absolute explosion in the production of opium poppies a "success".

Afghanistan's multi-billion dollar heroin trade

Images:
American troops protecting opium poppy fields

Gentlemen, it is completely illogical to "magically believe" that another surge is going to have any greater affect than the surges which have preceded it; and that is the absolute, utter fallacy of this plan.

So, what to do?!?

I would like to politely suggest that all US/NATO troops be evacuated as quickly as safely possible, then the US and NATO should be negotiating with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for the pipeline and mineral rights. After all, it was access to, and potential control, of oil which brought the US government into war against Afghanistan in the first place;

In the Caspian Basin and beneath the deserts of Iraq, as many as 783 billion barrels of oil are waiting to be pumped. Anyone controlling that much oil stands a good chance of breaking OPEC's stranglehold overnight, and any nation seeking to dominate the world would have to go after it. The long-held suspicions about George Bush's wars are well-placed. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were not prompted by the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. They were not waged to spread democracy in the Middle East or enhance security at home. They were conceived and planned in secret long before September 11, 2001 and they were undertaken to control petroleum resources. The "global war on terror" began as a fraud and a smokescreen and remains so today, a product of the Bush Administration's deliberate and successful distortion of public perception. The fragmented accounts in the mainstream media reflect this warping of reality, but another more accurate version of recent history is available in contemporary books and the vast information pool of the Internet. When told start to finish, the story becomes clear, the dots easier to connect. Both appalling and masterful, the lies that led us into war and keep us there today show the people of the Bush Administration to be devious, dangerous and far from stupid

Jun 29 14:12

Afghanistan’s Lessons For Syria

The battle for Raqqa is now being waged, and the diverse forces that have been helping to extinguish the self-proclaimed caliphate of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) soon must face squarely what becomes of the portion of Syria that ISIS had controlled.

Jun 26 08:25

HOW THE CIA-OPERATED A “DRUG SMUGGLING AIRLINE” FOR HEROIN & THE 9/11 CONNECTION

The CIA wasn’t just involved with the transportation of the drugs, however. The heroin was refined in a laboratory built at the CIA headquarters in Northern Laos. After about a decade of U.S. military intervention, SEA represented 70% of the world’s opium supplier. Unfortunately, many of the operatives became addicted to the heroin themselves. At the same time, SEA also became the main supplier of raw materials for the U.S. heroin industry. Though Air America apparently stopped operations in 1976, the CIA’s involvement in the opium and heroin industries continued in other parts of the world.

Jun 22 08:02

AFGHAN OPIUM PRODUCTION 40 TIMES HIGHER SINCE US-NATO INVASION

Since the U.S.-led NATO invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, the production of opium in the country has increased by 40 times according to Russia’s Federal Drug Control Service, or FSKN, fueling organized crime and widespread death.

The head of the FSKN, Viktor Ivanov, explained the staggering trend at a March U.N. conference on drugs in Afghanistan. Opium growth in Afghanistan increased 18 percent from 131, 000 hectares to 154, 000, according to Ivanov’s estimates.

“Afghan heroin has killed more than one million people worldwide since the ‘Operation Enduring Freedom’ began and over a trillion dollars has been invested into transnational organized crime from drug sales,” said Ivanov according to Counter Current News.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Accidental", this massive boom in opium poppy production in Afghanistan?!?

I think not.

Jun 22 07:24

Afghanistan: Obama-Era Drop in Anti-Drug Programs Fuel Heroin Use Among Women, Children

A dramatic drop in U.S.-funded opium eradication efforts in Afghanistan over the last few years is fueling a growing heroin addiction problem afflicting tens of thousands of women and some children in the war-ravaged country, reports the Washington Post (WaPo).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

After watching History Channel's "America's War on Drugs", that documents high-level US officials involved in the CIA's drug trafficking, one wonders if Obama's cut back was intended to bolster the supply. See also WHAT OUR CHILDREN ARE DYING FOR IN AFGHANISTAN

Jun 21 14:23

Oops! Pentagon Shells Out $30 Million on Afghan Army Uniforms in Wrong Color

The Pentagon unnecessarily spent big on Afghan army uniforms that are the wrong color because the guy in charge of making the choice “liked what he saw.”

Jun 21 08:24

Afghanistan Forever: Why Neoconservatives Cannot be Trusted

It is becoming clear now that the U.S. will maintain a military outpost in Afghanistan for the foreseeable future.

Jun 20 13:40

‘They’re Not Helping Us, They’re Killing Us’ Afghans Want US Troops That Shot Their Family Punished

The relatives of an Afghan father and two of his sons, who they say were killed and disfigured by heavy US fire in the country’s Nangarhar province, told RT.

Jun 20 10:50

Hurling 4,000 U.S. Troops into a Strategic Void

Last week President Trump delegated to Secretary of Defense James Mattis the authority to determine how many more troops to deploy into Afghanistan. Mattis has reportedly settled on 4,000. He claims that this will help end the stalemate in that war. He is wrong. This deployment will have no impact on the outcome of the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan, but more importantly, continues a troubling trend in U.S. foreign policy: The military move has no ties to a strategic outcome.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

MORE blood and money spent on Afghanistan?!?

PLEASE HEAVEN, NO!!

What the US and NATO leadership should be doing is bringing home all of their soldiers as quickly as safely possible, then negotiating with whatever government is left standing in Kabul over the oil pipeline and mineral rights.

Of course, that...would be logical.

The US government, under President Bush, invaded Afghanistan for the pipelines, because it collectively believed that the prices the Taliban were demanding were too high.

Jun 20 08:11

WE'RE #1 !

US Healthcare: Consumes 80% of World's Opioid Prescriptions

(*And if The Experts Would Kindly Explain How That DOES NOT Trace Back To Former Republican President George W Bush' Illegal Premptive Invasion Of The Nation Of Afghanistan , And How A Good Patriot Would Never Seek Indictments Against Members Of That Administration's War Crimes , And Their Elongigated After Effects , It Would Be Appreciated )

Jun 19 14:56

Sending more troops to Afghanistan isn't the answer

The Pentagon’s likely forthcoming decision to send a few thousand more troops to Afghanistan may not be enough to turn the tide of the increasingly deteriorating war.

Jun 19 09:13

REPORT: LEAST PEACEFUL NATIONS ON EARTH WERE ALL GIVEN ‘DEMOCRACY’ BY THE US

The United States has a pattern of pushing for regime change in sovereign nations, while ignoring the consequences. One major result from the list of countries the U.S. has invaded this century is that they make up the top of the “least peaceful” nations in the 2017 Global Peace Index.

The 2017 Global Peace Index is another reminder that the United States’ seemingly endless pattern of pushing for regime change in sovereign nations that have done nothing to the U.S. has indeed resulted in a significant amount of blowback—most of which will be misrepresented, if not ignored by the mainstream media.

Jun 18 09:28

‘LONG-HAUL’ AFGHAN WAR TO TURN INTO ‘GENERATIONAL STRUGGLE’ INVOLVING US TROOPS – PETRAEUS

Americans may stay on Afghan soil for a “long-haul” mission that could evolve into several decades of “generational struggle,” General David Petraeus, ex-commander of US troops in Afghanistan, admitted.
The current war in Afghanistan is unlikely to end in the foreseeable future, David Petraeus, who led the US military campaign there back in the 2000s, told PBS News Hour.

Though the retired General argued that “we went there for a reason and we stayed for a reason,” to defeat Al-Qaeda following the 9/11 attacks, he hinted that “a generational struggle” may unfold in the war-ravaged country.

“This is not something that is going to be won in a few years. We’re not going to take a hill, plant a flag, go home to a victory parade,” he said. “And we need to be there for the long haul, but in a way, that is, again, sustainable,” he added.

To back his remarkable statement, he cited other examples of US deployments in other parts of the world that have lasted decades.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

General Petraeus, a word, please.

To compare the US military presence in South Korea with its presence in Afghanistan is disingenuous at best, and an outright lie at worst, because there is absolutely no way to compare the US government's military presence in both countries

Let us be very clear about the reasons the US military is still in Afghanistan.

The Afghanistan war was planned before 9/11 (see this and this). According to French intelligence officers, the U.S. wanted to run an oil pipeline through Afghanistan to transport Central Asian oil more easily and cheaply. And so the U.S. told the Taliban shortly before 9/11 that they would either get “a carpet of gold or a carpet of bombs”, the former if they greenlighted the pipeline, the second if they didn’t. See this, this and this.

The US military is in Afghanistan for the oil pipelines; its mineral wealth; and the opium poppy trade, which has soared under US/NATO occupation. As reported on 2 May, 2017:

Afghanistan Sets New Record In Opium Production

What the US and NATO should be doing, at this point in this 16 year war which cannot, by any military metric, be considered a "victory", is to evacuate all their soldiers as quickly as safely possible, then negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for all of the above.

Of course that, General Petraeus... would be logical.

Jun 17 15:16

Visas for al-Qaeda: CIA Handouts That Rocked the World

Thousands of American soldiers and civil servants have lost their lives in the War on Terror. Innocent citizens of many nations, including Americans killed on 9/11, have also paid the ultimate price. While the US government claims to stand against terror, this same government refuses to acknowledge its role in creating what has become a deadly international quagmire. Visas for al-Qaeda: CIA Handouts That Rocked the World sets the record straight by laying the blame on high-ranking US government officials.

Jun 17 08:40

US GENERAL WANTS 20,000 ADDITIONAL GROUND TROOPS SENT TO AFGHANISTAN

The US is definitely going to be sending more ground troops to Afghanistan soon, but the exact number is yet to be determined, with the Pentagon today backing away from media reports yesterday that they’d settled on a figure of 4,000 more troops, saying no final decisions have been made yet on numbers.

That might suggest they’re leaning toward an even bigger number, with influential retired Gen. Jack Keane suggesting that the US needed to send up to 20,000 more ground troops if they wanted to win the war, saying he believed the 4,000 figure was not likely to change the direction of the war.

Defense Secretary James Mattis conceded in testimony to the Senate this week that the US is “not winning” in Afghanistan, and President Trump has since given him unilateral authority to decide on troop levels and strategy. Mattis was seen as leaning toward the high end of escalation proposals.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US military is Afghanistan for the pipeline routes, with which to checkmate Russia; the embarrassment of riches provided by its mineral wealth; and the opium poppy trade.

IF NATO, or US leadership were smart, they would leave Afghanistan as quickly as safely possible, and negotiate with whatever government remained standing in Kabul for all of the above.

Of course, that...would be logical.

Jun 16 12:01

4,000 more US troops to be sent to Afghanistan – report

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis is reportedly set to announce an increase of about 4,000 US troops in Afghanistan. Most of the US boots on the ground will train or advise Afghan forces, but some will battle both a resurgent Taliban and Islamic State.

Jun 16 08:36

WHEN GENERALS MAKE POLICIES - FROM TACTICS TO STRATEGY TO POLITICAL DECISION

The U.S. has a problem with the former Marine General Mattis as Secretary of Defense. Mattis thinks tactics, not strategy.

It makes little sense to send additional troops when one does not what strategy they will have to serve. There is so far no other way to end the war in Afghanistan other than to simply pull out of it. The racket that the war has become can only be stopped by such a grand strategic decision. Sending troops before deciding on the strategy practically guarantees that the choice of a pull-out will be excluded from the evaluated possibilities. The tactical decision of sending more troops will drive the strategy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am very deeply concerned that the goal of the Deep State in the Unhinged, Surveilled States of America,is actually getting into
wars against China and Russia, to check the rise of the Yuan and Ruble in the international monetary world.

The problem is, at this point in its history, the US military does not have the money; the troop strength; the weaponry; or the manufacturing to effect a positive outcome with a conventional war against Russia and/or China.

The culture of American weapons manufacturers gives the heads of these corporations the luxury of believing that weapons and planes delivered so late, as to be obsolete, when delivered, is perfectly fine, coupled with mass cost overruns.

As a Christian pacifist activist, I abhor war as a way to resolve geopolitical differences, and always advocate for clean, clear, hard-won negotiations. That being said, if America is to be successful at war, this has got to change.

The Russian and Chinese governments are spending far less on their weapons and related systems than does the USSA, but definitely getting infinitely more bang for their weapons buck.

And what do Americans get for their tax dollar?!? I give you Lockheed Martin's F-35.

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Jun 16 07:41

Justice or revenge: Relatives demand punishment after US troops shoot dead Afghan father & 2 sons

The US Military,poorly trained,poorly disciplined. When they get into a fight with a modern military they will have their heads and butts handed to them. Allowing themselves to be enveloped and flanked in Syria shows how unprofessional they are. As does this incident.

The relatives of an Afghan father and two of his sons, who they say were killed and disfigured by heavy US fire in the country's Nangarhar province, told RT they demand the American troops be punished. The US military says it's unaware of civilian casualties.

Zir Gul and his sons were basically torn apart by the US gunfire, with his uncle Ghulam Ahmad saying: It was horrible what the Americans did to them. Even I couldn't recognize their bodies.The tragedy left 12 of Zir Gul's children, six sons and as many daughters, without their provider.

The kids who are now facing a struggle for survival, are both shocked by their father's death and full of anger.

Jun 15 16:33

The Afghanistan war is about profit

The United States will again escalate the war in Afghanistan.

Sixteen years ago the U.S, invaded the country and decided to eliminate the ruling Taliban for something that was planed elsewhere by a different group. Since the invasion the U.S. tried to defeat the Taliban. It has lost that fight. As soon as it leaves Afghanistan the Taliban will be back in power. But no one is willing to pull the plug on the nonsensical military approach.

Jun 15 14:03

The Afghanistan war is about profit

The United States will again escalate the war in Afghanistan.

Sixteen years ago the U.S, invaded the country and decided to eliminate the ruling Taliban for something that was planed elsewhere by a different group. Since the invasion the U.S. tried to defeat the Taliban. It has lost that fight. As soon as it leaves Afghanistan the Taliban will be back in power. But no one is willing to pull the plug on the nonsensical military approach.

Jun 15 08:47

THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN IS A RACKET

Yesterday the Secretary of Defense Mattis was asked during a Congress hearing what "winning" in Afghanistan would mean:

The idea, [Mattis] said, would be to drive down the violence to a level that could be managed by Afghan government forces with the help of American and allied troops in training their Afghan counterparts, providing intelligence and delivering what Mr. Mattis called “high-end capability,” an apparent allusion to air power and possibly Special Operations forces.
The result, he said, would be an “era of frequent skirmishing,” but not a situation in which the Afghan government no longer faced a mortal threat.
Winning in Afghanistan is an "era of frequent skirmishes" in which the proxy government is continuously endangered? That does, of course, not make any sense. It is a holding strategy that will only work as long as the general framework stays the same. Should the Taliban change their strategy or a new actor come in the "holding" strategy will be finished.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What the US and NATO should have done a long time ago, in this horrifically unwinnable war, is to have their troops leave as quickly as it is safe for them to do so, then negotiating with whatever government was left standing in Kabul over the pipeline and mineral rights.

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

Jun 15 08:45

Gen. Mattis Admits Afghanistan Truth: After 15 Years, No End In Sight

Defense Secretary James Mattis was grilled before the Senate yesterday, with Sen. McCain expressing his frustration that there is no new strategy yet to "win" in Afghanistan. Mattis promised a new approach by July, but the real question is that after the 2009 surge of 100,000 US troops, what kind of victory might be achieved by yet another surge, this time of perhaps 5-6,000? In today's Liberty Report we point out that victory is not possible because Washington doesn't even have a clear view of what it might look like. How many more billions of dollars wasted? How many thousands more lives lost?

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