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Feb 15 08:10

Retired Army Colonel: US Will Have a Presence in Afghanistan for Another 50 Years

By Steven MacMillan

Afghanistan is a geostrategic and economic prize that the West will not want to relinquish anytime soon. In an interview at the end of 2015, the former chief of staff to Colin Powell and retired US Army Colonel, Lawrence Wilkerson, outlined the realistic timescale he believes the US will be involved in Afghanistan, in addition to emphasizing the strategic importance of the country to the US. Speaking to Abby Martin on her show The Empire Files for Telesur, Wilkerson asserted that the “US presence in Afghanistan will not go away for another half-century” ...

Feb 15 08:04

Flashback: Doctors Without Borders: Bombing of Afghan hospital was 'extensive, quite precise destruction'

The head of an international medical charity whose hospital in northern Afghanistan was destroyed in a U.S. airstrike says the "extensive, quite precise destruction" of the bombing raid casts doubt on American military assertions that it was a mistake.

The Oct. 3 attack on the compound in Kunduz city, which killed at least 22 patients and hospital staff, should be investigated as a possible war crime, said Christopher Stokes, general director of Doctors Without Borders, which is also known by its French abbreviation MSF.

Feb 15 07:47

Every Year Since Obama Won the Peace Prize, US Has Broken its Record of Killing Civilians in Afghanistan

By John Vibes

According to numbers released by the United Nations this week, the US military is murdering innocent civilians at ever-increasing rates and is killing more innocent people each year. In fact, recent reports have indicated that the US military has broken its record for civilian casualties every single year in Afghanistan, for the past seven years...

Feb 14 08:27

Trump, Jeb Bush clash over George W. Bush

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Trump began by saying that he gets "along with everybody" and noted he was a "self funder" amid boos from the crowd, which he'd cast as interest groups supporting Jeb Bush.

“Obviously the war in Iraq was a big fat mistake," Trump said.

He then criticized Jeb Bush's response earlier in the campaign on Iraq. “It took him five days before his people told him what to say," about whether it was the right decision to invade.

When asked again whether he still thought the 43rd president should have been impeached, he said: “You call it whatever you want," adding that officials in the Bush administration had "lied."
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He[JEB] added that while Trump was focused on creating a reality television show, “my brother was building a security apparatus to keep us safe." That prompted Trump to interject that the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks had occurred while George W. Bush was in office.
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Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who hasn't exactly been a frequent ally of Jeb Bush in recent months, joined with the former Florida governor in arguing that President Bush had kept the nation safe, which again led to Trump saying "the World Trade center came down" during Bush's presidency.

Feb 13 05:32

Jeb Bush On His Foreign Policy

Jeb Bush On His Foreign Policy Chops: Florida National Guard Ran Abu Ghraib Prison
“I was commander-in-chief of the National Guard. I visited Iraq and Afghanistan. The National Guard in Florida took the responsibility of running Abu Ghraib prison. I walked that prison. I saw the heroic effort of the citizen soldiers taking care of their job with great distinction. I supported our Guard in every possible way.”

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush cited his experience as head of the Florida National Guard in a radio interview Friday to counter claims from Marco Rubio that he lacked foreign policy credentials. The former Florida governor singled out the Florida Guard that ran the scandal-plagued Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq as proof of his foreign policy chops.

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Feb 09 08:50

Top US general confirms Pentagon plans for permanent combat role in Afghanistan

US military commanders are preparing to expand US operations in Afghanistan, including through the deployment of more US troops in a front-line combat role and stepped up air strikes, General John Campbell, the outgoing US commander in Afghanistan, told the Washington Post in an interview Friday.

“We shouldn’t sugarcoat it,” Campbell said. “I’m not going to leave without making sure my leadership understands there are things we need to do.

Feb 08 22:04

Sibel Edmonds, Guillermo Jimenez & Pearse Redmond on NEWSBUD

the curious case of Michael Scheuer and his marriage to the CIA’s “Queen of Torture” Alfreda Frances Bikowsky, the media’s overall silence on the issue, and why it matters.

Feb 07 15:41

Photos of US prisoner abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan released

The US Department of Defense grudgingly released 198 photographs of detainees mistreated by US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan between 2003 and 2006.

Feb 05 09:01

US military attacked for complicity in Afghan child soldiers after boy's murder

The Taliban’s murder of a 10-year old Afghan boy this week has cast a spotlight on the practice by US allies of turning children into fighters in the war-torn country.

Afghans have hailed the heroism of Wasil Ahmad, whom the Taliban killed in Uruzgan province on Monday for fighting alongside his uncle with a US-backed government militia called the Afghan Local Police.

Wasil Ahmad: the 10-year-old 'hero' murdered by the Taliban
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Wasil had won acclaim for helping ALP forces break an insurgent siege after his uncle, the unit’s commander, was wounded. He was declare a national hero by the Afghan government, and paraded, wearing an oversized uniform and wielding an AK-47.

Overshadowed in the outpouring of grief is the grim practice of allowing children to take up arms, particularly alongside a quasi-official force created by the US military.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, he was a kid, he was expendable!! And the end ALWAYS justifies the means!!" - Official Pentagon Souse.

Feb 05 07:56

US military attacked for complicity in Afghan child soldiers after boy's murder

Wasil Ahmad, who was killed by Taliban on Monday, fought in Afghan Local Police, a US-funded government militia that employs child soldiers illegally

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So the US Government sends children to fight their wars for them!

Feb 04 11:07

Germany urges Afghanistan to stop refugee influx, pledges security aid

Germany will only continue to provide security support to Afghanistan if the influx of refugees from the nation ceases, the country’s interior minister said.

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Feb 03 13:40

Afghanistan is on the brink after US invests $100 billion

Afghanistan's economy is worsening and its security deteriorating despite more than a decade of U.S.-led reconstruction efforts and more than $100 billion poured into the country, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, an independent oversight agency created by Congress in 2008.

The agency's investigation, conducted between October and December of last year, paints a grim picture of the country — including millions of dollars squandered on projects that never came to be, a resurgent Taliban, infiltration by the so-called Islamic State and a handful of guilty pleas from U.S. military personnel in bribery cases.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"So, let's do it again in Iraq, Syria, and Iran!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Feb 03 11:44

WHAT OUR CHILDREN ARE DYING FOR IN AFGHANISTAN

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Webmaster addition: We all know that billion Obama wants will NOT actually be spent on stopping the heroin trade.

Feb 01 12:37

Pentagon delays release of images of tortured Afghan, Iraqi prisoners despite court order

The American military has again delayed the publication of images of torture in US prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Feb 01 09:30

‘We are ready to accept Taliban as part of govt’ – Afghan Chief Executive

Afghanistan – a place, where war has been going on for more than a decade.

Feb 01 08:28

‘We are ready to accept Taliban as part of government’ – Afghan Chief Executive

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You can't DO that!!! The Taliban wants to charge a fair price for that oil pipeline right-of-way. The Taliban wants to ban the @#%ing opium!!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Feb 01 08:05

Tens of Millions Wasted on "Ghost" Schools, and That’s Just the Tip of the Iceberg

"The lack of security has made it almost impossible for many U.S. and even some Afghan officials to get out and manage and inspect US-funded reconstruction projects," he says. The inability to adequately inspect and manage reconstruction efforts has led to extreme waste, including one case where the Afghan government found that millions of dollars had disappeared as Afghanistan paid for "nonexistent 'ghost' schools, 'ghost' teachers, and 'ghost' students."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think you will agree that money would have been better spent on schools, teachers, and fixing the water systems inside the US, but the government's attitude seems to be better billions wasted in a war zone than a single penny spent on the taxpayers!

Jan 31 09:55

Six Years and $17 Billion Wasted in Afghanistan

What did you get for Christmas these last six years?

The U.S. government was nice enough to gift our loyal friends the Afghans $17 billion of your tax money, and, in the true spirit of giving, asked nothing in return for itself.

What that means in actual dollars and nonsense is that the U.S. government wasted $17 billion in taxpayer money in Afghanistan on various projects that never made it off the ground or were doomed to fail because of incompetence or lack of maintenance, according to a new report.

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Jan 30 06:44

Taliban Control of Afghanistan Highest Since U.S. Invasion

America's 14-year project to defeat the Taliban and build a stable Afghanistan is teetering on the brink of failure, according to a sobering report Friday by a government watchdog.

The Taliban controls more of the country than at any time since U.S. troops invaded in 2001, notes the quarterly report to Congress by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. The fragile economy is worsening. One of the few bright spots of the troubled reconstruction effort — getting more girls in school — has been tainted by allegations of fraud.

"The lack of security has made it almost impossible for many U.S. and even some Afghan officials to get out to manage and inspect U.S.-funded reconstruction projects," wrote John Sopko, the inspector general.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is nothing short of an unmitigated disaster, 14 years on, and now the Pentagon is saying that US military will need to be in Afghanistan for many years to come?!?

What is wrong with this picture?!? Everything.

Right after the start of the invasion, people laughed when I predicted that the US would never leave Afghanistan; but right now, they are not laughing much at all.

Jan 29 13:24

TALIBAN CONTROL OF AFGHANISTAN HIGHEST SINCE U.S. INVASION

The Taliban controls more of the country than at any time since U.S. troops invaded in 2001, notes the quarterly report to Congress by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. The fragile economy is worsening. One of the few bright spots of the troubled reconstruction effort — getting more girls in school — has been tainted by allegations of fraud.

Jan 28 14:44

Army Command RecommendsGreen Beret Be Kicked Out for Confronting Afghan Child Rapist

Army Human Resources Command has recommended that the Green Beret who confronted an Afghan police commander for raping a young boy be kicked out of the service.

Jan 27 07:06

Pentagon on Afghanistan: US ‘Can’t Really Leave’15-Year Occupation to Last Multiple Generations More

While presenting it as a shift in President Obama’s mindset, Pentagon officials are talking up the idea that the US occupation of Afghanistan, which began in late 2001, is not just extended for a couple of additional years but will continue for several more decades, and for all intents and purposes may as well be permanent.

“What we’ve learned is that you can’t really leave,” one Pentagon official was quoted in the Washington Post as insisting, while other officials openly talked about a “generational approach,” in which the US stays for generations more to create an entire new Afghanistan.

Despite making some statements of aversion to “endless war,” President Obama has never really appeared all that eager to end the Afghanistan occupation, and the end dates were always speculative dates set by NATO to give the impression the war was winding down.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

People used to laugh when I predicted that the US government would never leave Afghanistan; but in this case, I hate like hell being right.

The war in Afghanistan should never, ever have happened; had the Bush administration negotiated the prices for the pipelines with the Taliban reasonably and responsibly, rather than think that they could just blow them away with a little war, which would only be temporary, this atrocity, which has claimed both far too many Afghani, American, and NATO lives, would never had to have happened.

Jan 25 16:00

Afghanistan Bans Toy Guns To Curb Culture of Violence

This one’s so funny that it must be some kind of U.S.-led initiative; I can’t believe the Afghans have this kind of a sense of humor.

Jan 23 09:46

“Institutional Amnesia”: Pentagon Agency Skewered for Waste and Fraud

The Inspector General for a government task force in Afghanistan says the agency squandered millions of taxpayer dollars on unnecessary costs.

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Jan 22 11:32

Pakistan Mourns New Taliban School Massacre in Latest Blowback from Internal Conflict, Afghan War

Pakistan is once again mourning mass casualties from an armed assault on one of its schools. At least 20 people were killed and dozens injured on Wednesday when gunmen stormed the northwest Bacha Khan University under the cover of morning fog.

Jan 21 08:40

FLASHBACK - 2012 Defense Intelligence Agency document: West will facilitate rise of Islamic State “in order to isolate the Syrian regime”

Astoundingly, the newly declassified report states that for “THE WEST, GULF COUNTRIES, AND TURKEY [WHO] SUPPORT THE [SYRIAN] OPPOSITION… THERE IS THE POSSIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING A DECLARED OR UNDECLARED SALAFIST PRINCIPALITY IN EASTERN SYRIA (HASAKA AND DER ZOR), AND THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT THE SUPPORTING POWERS TO THE OPPOSITION WANT, IN ORDER TO ISOLATE THE SYRIAN REGIME…”.

The DIA report, formerly classified “SECRET//NOFORN” and dated August 12, 2012, was circulated widely among various government agencies, including CENTCOM, the CIA, FBI, DHS, NGA, State Dept., and many others.

The document shows that as early as 2012, U.S. intelligence predicted the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), but instead of clearly delineating the group as an enemy, the report envisions the terror group as a U.S. strategic asset.

Jan 21 08:36

Obama authorizes US troops to target new ISIS affiliate in Afghanistan

Known as ISIL-K, the Afghanistan group claiming to be a branch of Islamic State can now legally be targeted by US troops, thanks to White House authorization. Military officials welcomed the move as a “significant step.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: The US needed an excuse to invade Afghanistan ... again ... and make sure that opium keeps flowing to US drug lords!

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

Jan 21 06:05

Every false flag in the making is detected ahead of time by somebody’s intelligence services

Every false flag in the making is detected ahead of time by somebody’s intelligence services—usually more than one country—because spying today is so effective and so universal. Officials in possession of this secret information often pass it on to the country that’s targeted, in the sincere belief that a heads-up will be appreciated.

But often the information isn’t welcomed—-because the fix is already in. Treasonous assets within the targeted country’s chain of command, who are prepared for the possibility of a leak, take measures to block the information from reaching those who might act on it in a meaningful way.

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Jan 20 07:47

THE 21st CENTURY: AN ERA OF FRAUD

In the last years of the 20th century fraud entered US foreign policy in a new way. On false pretenses Washington dismantled Yugoslavia and Serbia in order to advance an undeclared agenda. In the 21st century this fraud multiplied many times. Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, and Libya were destroyed, and Iran and Syria would also have been destroyed if the President of Russia had not prevented it.

Jan 19 23:29

Offensive propaganda or new propaganda offensives?

Obama administration announced new online initiatives to bolster its foreign policy narratives and as a means to counter others, for example, this network, RT.

Maybe a better course of action would be for the US State Department to ask itself why fewer and fewer people trust and believe it?

CrossTalking with Mark Sleboda, Don DeBar and James Carden.

Also see: Uncle Sam Got a Shiny New Propaganda Bullhorn for Christmas

Jan 19 23:25

Russian Red Scare No Longer Works

The EU has no-one else to blame for its present stresses and strains but itself, owing to its craven subservience to Washington's reckless policies.

The American and British governments are launching yet another media campaign to demonize Russia, with tall claims that the Kremlin is infiltrating European political parties and news media. The dastardly Russian aim, we are told, is to destroy the European Union.

Twenty-five years after the end of the Cold War and the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Washington and its trusty sidekick in London are desperately seeking to turn back the clock to the “good old days” when they could control their public through scare stories.

Jan 19 09:18

Mission Accomplished? The U.S. Spent Half A Billion On Mining In Afghanistan With "Limited Progress"

The United States has spent nearly half a billion dollars and five years developing Afghanistan’s oil, gas and minerals industries — and has little to show for it, a government watchdog reported today. In fact, the task force spent $46.5 million to try to convince companies to agree to develop the resources, but not one ended up signing a contract.

Jan 18 14:32

UK military blasts own generals for Afghan ‘mess’

British generals were “arrogant, needy and slow” to act during the “messy” 10-year occupation of Helmand province in southern Afghanistan that cost hundreds of British lives, according to an internal report.

Jan 17 13:52

The Afghan Puzzle

The US occupation of Afghanistan will never end

Jan 17 11:49

This land is our land: American democracy, at a theater near you

Democracy has been projected on to a fictitious screen of good guy and bad guys. The people watch as impotent spectators, no longer even aware of the real story out there.

Ever since armed white ranchers took over federal property in Oregon the unfolding drama has resembled a parody of a Hollywood Western. Trouble is, no-one is quite sure who’s wearing the white hats as opposed to the black ones.

Jan 16 16:26

Fluid Alliances: War on Terror, Yesterday and Today

This is all quite shamelessly a far cry from when the ‘War on Terror’ was declared in 2001 and who knows what the future holds with respect to alliances in the war on the Syrian state. Perchance to say, if ISIS bides its time, it too, in several years will be heralded by the British and American governments as not only “moderate rebels” but “super-moderate rebels.”

Jan 16 11:32

Brutal Crackdown on Kurds Shows Erdogan’s Desire for ‘Dictatorship’

The ongoing crackdown on Kurds in southeastern Turkey shows that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is working to set up a dictatorship in the country, Hatip Dicle, the co-chair of Pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Congress (DTK), told Sputnik in an interview.

"They [the Erdogan government] call it a "presidential form of government," but in fact it's pure dictatorship. The Turkish government wants to formally introduce the dictatorial form of government in the country," Dicle said.

The Kurdish issue is getting worse every day. People in the country are worried and want to know what steps Erdogan's government would take next after an attack, allegedly carried out by Kurds, last night in the province of Diyarbakir.

Official PKK representatives said they would like to sit at the negotiation table with the government. The PKK also intends to keep pushing for the idea of democratic autonomy for Kurds living in Turkey.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would not put it past Erdogan to declare a complete genocide against the Kurds, rather than come to the negotiating table, and create something that actually works, in terms of at least some limited autonomy for its Kurdish population.

And if Edrogan chooses genocide, it will create an absolute civil war in Turkey.

Jan 15 07:43

THE U.S. SPENT A HALF BILLION ON MINING IN AFGHANISTAN WITH ‘LIMITED PROGRESS’

The United States has spent nearly half a billion dollars and five years developing Afghanistan’s oil, gas and minerals industries — and has little to show for it, a government watchdog reported today.

The United States Agency for International Development and a Pentagon task force were in charge of developing a so-called “extractive” industry in Afghanistan — basically a system for getting precious resources out of the ground and to the commercial market. SIGAR called out both USAID and the Defense Department last year for their failures to coordinate and to ascertain the ability of Afghans to sustain the project, which unsurprisingly is not promising. In fact, when international aid stopped supporting the Afghan office responsible for oversight of the petroleum and natural gas industries, two-thirds of the staff were fired.

Jan 13 13:01

US Pumps Billions of Dollars Into Afghan 'Ghost Soldiers' That Don't Exist

Afghan soldiers are struggling against the Taliban, in part because close to 40% of Afghanistan's forces are "ghost soldiers," troops that exist only on paper. Karim Atal is the head of the provincial council in Helmand, where the resurgent Taliban has seized large areas of land since the United States handed over control to Afghan forces a year ago. "At checkpoints where 20 soldiers should be present, there are only eight or 10," Atal told the Associated Press. "It's because some people are getting paid a salary but not doing the job because they are related to someone important, like a local warlord." In other cases, dead soldiers and police remain listed among active participants, while senior police or army officials pocket the salaries of the deceased, said Attal, who estimates that some 40% of the registered forces do not exist, the AP reported...

Jan 13 04:29

Blast Heard Near Indian, Pakistani Consulates in Afghanistan’s Jalalabad

A blast near the Indian and the Pakistani diplomatic missions in the Afghan city of Jalalabad in the Nangarhar province on Wednesday killed at least 5 police officers and left 11 people injured, according to a security source as cited by Afghanistan's broadcaster TOLOnews. ??Shortly after the blast, gunmen started exchanging fire with Afghan security forces. Clashes still continue in the area, the source told TOLOnews. According to the NDTV news outlet, officials have said that the attack in the area where there are many foreign consulates was carried out by a suicide bomber. All Indians at the consulate were reported to be safe, NDTV reports. According to other media reports, at least four people have been killed and two injured in the blast. The Iranian diplomatic mission in the city could also reportedly be affected. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Jan 11 15:35

Sweden Covered-Up Systematic Rape During Festival Because Migrants “Awkward to Write About”

The right of women to be unmolested has been sold in favor of politically-correct reporting on migrants – even when they are guilty of system rape, groping and harassment.

Hordes of young men pressed against young girls, fondled and tried to cop a feel over and under skirts, pants and shirts.

“She was very interested and listened until I told her that all the boys and men that were apprehended were young asylants (unaccompanied is the terminology used by Swedish authorities) from Afghanistan and Syria.

Read more at SHTFplan.com

Jan 11 10:55

NATO REPORT SLAMS AFGHAN ARMY AS MISSION INCAPABLE

The security situation in Afghanistan in 2016 is poised to deteriorate with the Afghan army having lost a third of its troops. It has potentially been left incapable of fulfilling its duties, maintains a secret NATO report seen by Der Spiegel, a German magazine.

The excerpts from the classified NATO document obtained by Der Spiegel reveal that despite multibillion-dollar international financial assistance, the Afghan National Army (ANA) remains an entity hardly capable of carrying out the functions of a military force.

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14 YEARS ON, THIS HAS BEEN ALLOWED TO HAPPEN BY THE US GOVERNMENT AND NATO?!?

CHAIRS OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, WHERE THE HELL HAVE YOU BEEN, WHILE THIS WAS GOING ON?!?

You should bloody well be ashamed of this, for all the blood and money spent here.

Or perhaps, was this the design objective all along; allowing the Afghani military to fail catastrophically, so that there will always be a US and NATO military presence, in perpetuity?!?

Jan 11 08:51

US to deploy 1,800 more troops to Iraq and Afghanistan

The U.S. Army announced it is deploying 1,800 troops to Iraq and Afghanistan to take part in assistance and advisory efforts for indigenous forces in both countries.

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The U.S. Army is deploying 1,800 troops to Iraq and Afghanistan so those indigenous forces in both countries don't get uppity ideas about running their own countries!

Jan 09 11:12

The US Has Been Giving Afghan Children Violent Books to Indoctrinate them to Jihad – It Worked

The Unites States government has played a crucial role in the development of the complex and volatile political situation that now exists in the Middle East, and they have had a heavy hand in influencing the region since the first world war. From propping up dictators to funding rebel groups for regime change, the U.S. and their allies have been creating monsters in the Middle East for generations. Western involvement in the region became more pronounced and more militarized during the Cold War, where the western allies and the Soviets fought proxy wars all over the world.

Jan 08 12:44

From Drone Technician to Whistleblower

Fmr. Senior Airman Cian Westmoreland discusses why he began to question his work in assisting more than 350 civilian deaths in Afghanistan.

Jan 07 12:49

As Taliban Surges, Pentagon Insists It’s ‘On Right Course’ in Afghanistan

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter “is confident” that President Obama’s Afghanistan plan “is on the right course,” Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook recently told reporters.

Jan 07 10:40

Pentagon Desperate to Avoid Calling Afghan Fight ‘Combat’

On Tuesday, US special forces accompanying Afghan troops engaged in a protracted firefight with Taliban forces in the Helmand Province. One of the soldiers was killed and two others wounded, and a helicopter was virtually destroyed.

Don’t call it combat though. Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook, pressed on the matter, appeared increasingly desperate to avoid the “c-word” when talking about Afghanistan, labeling the mission a “train, advise and assist” operation, and shrugged off the fact it was a gun battle by saying Afghanistan “is a dangerous place.”

The troops were deployed in response to Taliban gains in Helmand, with an explicit eye toward fighting them off. US warplanes have been increasing their airstrikes against Helmand all the while, so why the pretense of a “non-combat” situation?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to Pentagon Press Secretary Cook; if it waddles like a duck, quacks like a duck, and swims like a duck.. it is NOT an hippopotamus!!

And sir, the brutal reality of this situation is that we are still in combat in Afghanistan, because the White House, State Department, and Pentagon do not know how to leave the country, 14 years on, without it looking like the flustercluck it has been from the beginning of military operations here.

There is absolutely no military metric by which the US and NATO occupation can be characterised as a "success". Each element of the US government described above is collectively guilty of the "magical thinking" that if they just hold out a little while longer, perhaps, the Afghanis can be "pacified" so that they oil pipeline routes can be leased, sold, and create a profit, only using US dollars.

Magical thinking, coupled with the pathological inability to think anything through to its logical conclusion, should be ...painful; unfortunately, it is not.

There is also an embarrassment of riches in terms of Afghani natural resources which, again, could be made commercially viable for Western interests, to be sold in US dollars, if only the Afghani people could be "pacified".

Then, there is the lucrative drug trade from the opium poppies, which been converted into cheap, powerful heroin, which is killing kids all over the world, including the US. However, those kids are are totally expendable, because of the money that is made here and used to fund US agency off the books activities.

Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Please remember that the only leader who was able to hold Afghanistan together, through a series of alliances and dynastic marriages, was Alexander the Great: and that was only for 3 years.

Jan 05 16:54

US special forces 'killed' and helicopter 'shot down' in Afghanistan

At least one US special forces soldier was reportedly killed and others were wounded in Afghanistan. The medical helicopter that came under to cue them came under fire.

Jan 04 12:52

Pakistan shelling hits two districts in Afghanistan

Pakistani forces firing artillery shells into two districts of eastern Nangarhar province late last week, causing financial losses to local residents, officials said on Monday.

Jan 04 11:58

Notes from Kabul

They have descended from homes built on the mountainside. Women sit together in the cemetery not to mourn but to wait for the duvet distribution to begin. When I approach them, each woman extends a hand in greeting. Some have the needed small stamped pieces of paper to receive two duvets but most don’t.

Jan 03 12:27

US commander prepared to seek more troops for Afghanistan

The commander of US forces in Afghanistan is prepared to ask the Obama administration to send more American troops to the country under conditions in which the security forces of the US-backed regime in Kabul have proven incapable of holding back a nationwide offensive by the Taliban.

In an interview published Tuesday by USA Today, Army Gen. John Campbell said that he would seek to postpone as long as possible any drawdown of the nearly 10,000 US troops now deployed in Afghanistan and would not hesitate to request additional forces should he find them necessary.

Jan 03 10:31

Blasts, gunfire target Indian consulate in northern Afghanistan

Unidentified gunmen have attempted to break in into the Indian consulate in the Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif, a governor’s spokesman said, as cited by Reuters. Numerous reports say blasts and gunshots have been heard at the scene.

Jan 01 11:32

Iranian Commander: West Responsible for Growth in Afghan Drug Production

Commander of the anti-narcotics squad of Iran's Law Enforcement Police General Ali Moayyedi underlined that the poor performance of the US-led foreign troops in Afghanistan has resulted in a steady rise in drug production in Afghanistan. "The problem of narcotics still persists in Afghanistan as a result of negligence of foreign states towards llicit drug trade in our neighboring country," General Moayyedi said... Iranian police officials maintain that drug production in Afghanistan has undergone a 40-fold increase since the US-led invasion of the country in 2001. While Afghanistan produced only 185 tons of opium per year under the Taliban, according to the UN statistics, since the US-led invasion, drug production has surged to 3,400 tons annually. In 2007, the opium trade reached an estimated all-time production high of 8,200 tons. Afghan and western officials blame Washington and NATO for the change, saying that allies have "overlooked" the drug problem.

Jan 01 11:30

Operation Occupy Afghanistan Forever: Hope or Hype?

The United States and its NATO partners have once again given themselves the opportunity to prick Afghanistan wherever possible in 2016. Army General John Campbell says he wants to keep US troops (9,800) in Afghanistan for as long as possible - and is considering asking for even more boots on the ground, which means America's longest official war could become even more protracted. To this end, the Pentagon is planning a military role long into Afghanistan's future despite indications that its long-term intervention and occupation has worsened conflict and violence, with the Taliban showing signs of increased strength and ISIL capturing territory. Meanwhile, Afghan civilians continue to pay the greatest price. In the first half of 2015 alone, United Nations agencies documented 4,921 civilian casualties.

Dec 31 10:52

HEROIN DEALER IN CHIEF

A heroin surge is shocking and awing Americans, 165,000 of who will be killed the next ten years. How does 415,000 kilograms (913,000 pounds) of heroin from US-occupied Afghanistan get to US each year?

Tons of heroin from US-occupied Afghanistan get into US each week. Government planes have flown un-searched every week from US-occupied Afghanistan to US (2001-present). Commander In Chief Obama can bring about effective monitoring and searching of government people, planes and ships. Stat. As if 165,000 American lives depend on that, because 165,000 American lives do depend on that. If Obama refuses to effectively monitor and search government people, planes and ships, then no doubt he's Heroin Dealer In Chief.

Obama has the blood of 35,470 Americans (heroin deaths 2009-2014) on his hands for either his willful actions "green lighting" heroin transport from US-occupied Afghanistan to US or his negligence in allowing these fatal felonies.

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Dec 30 13:53

Heroin dealer in chief

A heroin surge is shocking and awing Americans, 165,000 of who will be killed the next ten years. How does 415,000 kilograms (913,000 pounds) of heroin from US-occupied Afghanistan get to US each year?

Dec 30 09:39

US general: More troops may be needed in Afghanistan to fight Taliban

The top US and NATO military commander in Afghanistan may seek additional American troops to help local forces as they struggle to contain the Taliban insurgency, USA Today reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Gotta keep that opium flowing!

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

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

Dec 30 08:00

US general: More troops may be needed in Afghanistan to fight Taliban

The top US and NATO military commander in Afghanistan may seek additional American troops to help local forces as they struggle to contain the Taliban insurgency, USA Today reported.

General John Campbell’s interview with the newspaper comes as the security situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated in the second half of 2015, with an increase in insurgent attacks and higher casualties among both Taliban and national forces.

Already, President Barack Obama has backtracked on a pledge to pull out all but 1,000 troops, and in October he announced that 9,800 US forces would remain in Afghanistan until the end of 2016.

Campbell told USA today he would ask the Obama administration to keep that higher number of troops in country as long as possible and suggested he might call for more US personnel.

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Were I the journalist who did this interview, I would very pointedly have asked General Campbell how many troops he needs, and for how much longer, before he believes his mission can be accomplished, which never gets mentioned in this article.

It appears that USA Today's whorespondents and presstitutes are content, and completely comfortable, shilling for more and more war in Afghanistan, when there is absolutely no military metric by which the US military and NATO can characterise this occupation as a "success", 14 years on.

The US government and military are still in Afghanistan because they cannot think of anything else to do, which would not telegraph the utter failure of this military campaign to the world, as though the world doesn't understand the magnitude of the incredible hurt done to this country already.

Obama has decided that he will leave this mess for the next President to resolve, and hope nobody notices the epic fail of his policies in Afghanistan; unfortunately for him, a lot of people are keenly aware of this how bad this flustercluck has gotten under his watch, and there will be no escaping the ultimate judgement of history on his actions here.

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