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Apr 27 09:25

US Helicopter Shot Down in Afghanistan: 13 Americans Dead

A low flying U.S Apache helicopter was reportedly shot down by the Taliban while hovering over Safid Khak district of Afghanistan’s Farah province in the late morning hours of the Sunday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When the Mujaheddin started being able to shoot down the Soviet helicopters, the USSR's defeat became certain.

Apr 26 09:13

American military creating an environmental disaster in Afghan countryside

The American military presence in Afghanistan consists of fleets of aircraft, helicopters, armored vehicles, weapons, equipment, troops and facilities. Since 2001, they have generated millions of kilograms of hazardous, toxic and radioactive wastes. The Kabul Press asks the simple question:

"What have the Americans done with all that waste?"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The short answer is, we have left that waste which is going to poison the countryside - and the people - of Afghanistan for decades.

Apr 26 08:41

Afghans May Block NATO Offensive in Kandahar Over Civilian Deaths

An official for the Afghan government today reiterated the threat to block the NATO offensive against the major southern city of Kandahar, warning that the alliance would have to guarantee that civilians would be protected in the offensive.

Whether or not the Afghan government will have any actual say of the matter is unclear, however, and US forces seem to be stepping up attacks in the area in anticipation of the June offensive.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There will be a moment when the US and NATO will have to declare victory, and come home, no matter whether any true "victory" can said to have been won (except for the drug lords, and the companies providing mercenaries and supplies).

The invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, nearly 9 years on, is no closer to achieving the goal of installing the pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil - for private profit - than it was when the war started.

At the end of the day, the West is going to have to leave, and negotiate with whatever Afghan government is left standing for the pipeline rights, just as the Bush administration was attempting to do as late as August of 2001.

Let us hope, this time, however, that the cost in blood and money from this obscene and immoral military fiasco will have taught the US government that negotiation is always a better option than war.

Apr 26 08:30

Indo-Pakistan proxy war heats up in Afghanistan

"This is a delicate game going on here," said Daoud Muradian, a senior adviser to the Afghan Foreign Ministry. He spoke wearily about how Afghanistan, a mountainous crossroads linking South Asia, the Middle East and Central Asia, has for centuries often been little more than a stage for other countries' power struggles. "We don't want to be forced to choose between India and Pakistan."

For both India and Pakistan, Afghanistan is an exceedingly valuable prize.

Apr 26 08:05

UN orders staff in Afghan city to stay indoors

The United Nations has ordered its staff in Kandahar to stay indoors, a UN official said Monday, due to the rapidly deteriorating security situation in the volatile city in southern Afghanistan.

Foreign UN staff working in Kandahar, which has been hit by a recent wave of targeted killings claimed by Taliban militants, have already been relocated to Kabul, said UN spokesman Dan McNortan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More "progress" in Afghanistan, I see.

Apr 25 20:02

Fuel Trucks Attacked in Afghanistan

Twelve trucks, most of them carrying fuel to a NATO base in eastern Afghanistan, were burned by an angry crowd early Sunday less than 30 miles from Kabul, according to local officials and NATO reports. The attack was thought to be in retribution for two raids by a joint Afghan-American force over the weekend, Afghan officials said.

Apr 25 10:12

Rethink Afghanistan

Recently we released a video exposing a devastatingly gruesome night raid. U.S. and allied special forces in Afghanistan murdered 2 civilian men, 2 pregnant women and a teenage girl in Gardez. They then tried to hide their crime!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This may be the motive behind what appears to be a staged attack on Afghani school children intended to demonize the Taliban; to take the heat off of the US for war crimes.

Apr 25 09:08

Taliban accused of using poison gas on schools

Officials accused extremists of launching a poison gas attack yesterday that caused dozens of schoolgirls to collapse with headaches and nausea as they waited in line for a Qur'an reading at their school in northeastern Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am very suspicious of this story. Why would the Taliban (a word which means students) attack school children, knowing that this would destroy local public support for them? This is like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson opening fire on an American school in the war against Britain. Does it make any sense?

Apr 24 09:34

Afghan ‘Exit Strategy’ Won’t Involve Removing Any Troops

Amazingly, initial indications are that the “exit strategy” won’t involve actually removing any troops, but instead will hand over select provinces to the Karzai government while keeping the NATO troops there too for support. This “handover” is expected to last decades, though officials were quick to note it was “not calendar-driven.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine my (absence of) surprise!

Apr 24 09:29

German troops in Afghanistan call on Angela Merkel to explain why they're at war

German soldiers are wearing their hearts on their sleeves - in the form of a badge that protests their country's involvement in the war in Afghanistan.

Some troops have taken to wearing the cloth accessory that states - ironically - 'I fight for Merkel' in a bid to persuade the German Chancellor Angela Merkel to explain exactly what they are fighting and dying for.

Four more troops were killed, and five badly injured, in Afghanistan last week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the German men and women serving their military in Afghanistan: I will tell you precisely why you are fighting in Afghanistan, even if Chancellor Angela Merkel will not.

This is because our American military are fighting for precisely the same reasons you are.

This war has absolutely nothing to do with security, for Germany, or the US, or NATO, or for any of the countries whose military are participating in this.

Afghanistan has never been, nor will ever be, a threat to any country. It is dirt-poor, with a (still) dysfunctional, corrupted government which only rarely cooperates at perhaps the tribal, rather than national, level.

So the massed military presence in Afghanistan has absolutely nothing to do with global security.

It has everything to do with two very specific outcomes which were expected from the invasion and occupation of this country, and both for private profit.

The first was to "pacify" the Afghan people enough to install the pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil. Almost 9 years on, the country is still far too unstable to have this happen.

The second was to control the drug trade from which so many profit so handsomely. This outcome has succeeded magnificently.

In fact, it has succeeded to the point where the Russian government has complained about the cheap Afghani heroin which is currently flooding Russia. (Remember; when the drug trade is controlled, where the drugs wind up is also controlled).

http://in.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE62R0QH20100328?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews

So in summation, what you and your colleagues are fighting, getting maimed for life, and dying for, are:

1. The installation of pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil, and:

2. Control of the drug trade, which, by the way, the Taliban had almost completely eradicated.

Apr 23 10:24

U.S. military suffers major defeat in Korengal Valley, forced to retreat

The U.S. military has retreated from a base in the remote Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, after spending over four years trying to hold the ground. The U.S. forces even negotiated the terms of their defeat, paying the resistance fighters and leaving them the base fully intact with buildings, fuel, generators and military equipment, in order to be allowed a peaceful retreat out of the valley.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is no "shift in strategy"; it is a bloody military catastrophe for the US, which never learned the lessons of the old Soviet Union, when they had to pull their soldiers out of Afghanistan.

There were two outcomes intended from the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan. One has happened to amazing effect, and that is the control over the illegal drug business, from which so many profit so handsomely.

The other was to "pacify" the Afghan people to the point where the pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil could be installed. Almost 9 years on, this outcome is not closer to fruition than at the point when this insane and illegal war began.

If the US and NATO had any shred of rationality, they would declare victory, leave, and negotiate with whatever government was left standing about the pipelines.

Of course, that would be logical.

Apr 23 10:16

Taleban defectors 'are rejoining insurgency'

Almost a quarter of the low-ranking Taleban commanders lured out of the insurgency in southern Afghanistan have rejoined the fight because of broken government promises and paltry rewards, a scathing report on reintegration claims.

Nato plans to spend more than $1 billion (£648 million) over the next five years tempting Taleban foot soldiers to lay down their arms.

But research by a Kabul-based thinktank warns that those efforts could make matters worse by swelling the ranks of the insurgency, exacerbating village level feuds and fuelling government corruption.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable; your tax dollars at work, folks!

Apr 23 10:11

Afghanistan: Another massacre as a bloody summer looms in Kandahar

A car carrying an Afghan police officer and three teenagers was blasted with machine gun fire by NATO troops on Monday, allegedly because it came "too close" to a convoy traveling along a highway in the eastern province of Khost. All four occupants were killed.

After protests by the local Khost authorities and Afghan president Hamid Karzai, the ISAF admitted that all four were civilians and that no weapons had been found in the vehicle. According to the father of two of the boys who were killed, the teenagers were returning from a volleyball game.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More "winning of hearts and minds" in Afghanistan, I see.

Apr 23 08:40

Wikileaks Video Revisited: What Needs To Happen Now

And here's something else I want.

I want someone on Capitol Hill to give a shit.

So far (and I've done a bit of calling around) I haven't heard any member of Congress express any intention of holding an oversight hearing into the matter -- or even asking any questions at all.

Apr 21 20:08

German troops in Afghanistan call on Angela Merkel to explain why they're at war

German soldiers are wearing their hearts on their sleeves - in the form of a badge that protests their country's involvement in the war in Afghanistan.

Some troops have taken to wearing the cloth accessory that states - ironically - 'I fight for Merkel' in a bid to persuade the German Chancellor Angela Merkel to explain exactly what they are fighting and dying for.

Apr 21 11:35

U.S. Soldier on 2007 Apache Attack: What I Saw

In July 2007, McCord, a 33-year-old Army specialist, was engaged in a firefight with insurgents in an Iraqi suburb when his platoon, part of Bravo Company, 2-16 Infantry, got orders to investigate a nearby street. When they arrived, they found a scene of fresh carnage – the scattered remains of a group of men, believed to be armed, who had just been gunned down by Apache attack helicopters. They also found 10-year-old Sajad Mutashar and his five-year-old sister Doaha covered in blood in a van. Their 43-year-old father, Saleh, had been driving them to a class when he spotted one of the wounded men moving in the street and drove over to help him, only to become a victim of the Apache guns.

Apr 21 09:55

The Afghan War: "No Blood for Opium"

The Hidden Military Agenda is to Protect the Drug Trade

Apr 20 21:51

NATO Troops Kill Four Afghan Students

Afghan government officials today confirmed that an overnight NATO shooting in the Khost Province left four students, one of them as young as 11 years old, dead. The Afghan Education Ministry confirmed that all four were students, but other reports suggest the eldest, an 18 year old, may have been working as a police officer as well.

NATO confirmed the shooting but was quick to insist that two of the children were (ahem...) “known insurgents” and the other two were (rolling eyes) “suspected insurgents.” Initial claims said the attack came at a “checkpoint” but later it was revealed the vehicle was on the open road and simply hadn’t stopped when a military convoy flashed its lights at them.

Apr 20 11:35

US military base under Taliban control

Apr 20 10:51

Bush Insider Reveals Guantanamo Deception: Hundreds Of Innocents Jailed

Colonel Lawrence B. Wilkerson, Chief of Staff to U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, provided shocking new testimony from inside the Bush Administration that hundreds of the men jailed at Guantanamo were innocent, the top people in the Bush Administration knew full well they were innocent, and that information was kept from the public.

Apr 20 10:47

Guantánamo Habeas Week: Exposing Torture, Misconceptions And Government Incompetence

In an attempt to raise awareness of the importance of the rulings being made in US courts on the habeas corpus petitions of the prisoners held at Guantánamo (as authorized by a significant Supreme Court ruling in June 2008), I’m devoting most of my work this week to articles covering the 47 cases decided to date (34 of which have been won by the prisoners), as a series entitled, "Guantánamo Habeas Week."

Apr 19 14:45

Leaving Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan: our education by collateral murder

Christopher King considers the evidence which indicate that murder of civilians and state-sponsored terrorism are tools of US policy in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and argues that unless Britain leaves Afghanistan immediately, it will not recover morally or economically and will not be on the path to control its destiny.

Apr 18 09:35

Liberation's Lies

The litany of war crimes in the name of "liberation", "ridding the country of tyrants", spreading "democracy", has become the language of blackest satire. Even death has been "rebranded". The shredded, dismembered, decapitated, incinerated, old and young, are not "lost", "mourned", "passed on", "in a better place", ''with their God". They are a : "a mistake (s)", "collateral damage", a "regrettable incident."

It has to be wondered what the Afghans thought, after nine years of seeing their country men, women and children, casually splattered towards infinity, by these invading adherents to the sanctity of life and death.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The people of Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan do not hate us "because we are free"; they hate us because we are killing their moms, dads, families, brothers, sisters, and friends, and all in the name of wars ultimately) for profit.

Apr 17 11:06

America and the Dictators From Ngo Dinh Diem to Hamid Karzai

This scenario is obviously a description of the Obama administration’s devolving relations with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul this April. It is also an eerie summary of relations between the Kennedy administration and South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem in Saigon nearly half a century earlier, in August 1963. If these parallels are troubling, they reveal the central paradox of American power over the past half-century in its dealings with embattled autocrats like Karzai and Diem across that vast, impoverished swath of the globe once known as the Third World.

Apr 17 09:29

US Afghan commander: 'We have too many contractors'

We have created in ourselves a dependency on contractors that is greater than it ought to be," General Stanley McChrystal told an audience of French officers and military experts at France's defence university in Paris.

"I think we've gone too far. I think that the use of contractors was done with good intentions so that we could limit the number of military. I think in some cases we thought it would save money. I think it doesn't save money."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder, with the US military overstretched beyond belief, where Mc Chrystal believes he is actually going to get the military troops to replace the civilian contractors!

Apr 16 07:14

Assault force killed family by mistake in raid, claims Afghan father

Originally Nato said that the “assault force” was hunting a group of men suspected of making and smuggling improvised explosives — the Taleban’s deadly roadside bombs — although it denied that the troops were under its command. Now it believes that most of the victims were innocent. “Ultimately we did determine this to be a civilian casualty incident,” a Nato official told The Times.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Our bad. Sorry. We feel terrible. Really! Just terrible."

Apr 15 16:26

Family of rendition victim begins legal action against Government

The family of a man secretly held by the Americans in an Afghanistan detention centre after his arrest by British forces six years ago has begun legal action against the UK Government to help secure his release.

Apr 15 11:21

US soldiers will die to keep the heroin flowing....

Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s half brother Wali has been the source of no small controversy over the past several years. Simultaneously one of the most corrupt and influential politicians in the nation, reportedly a key player in the drug trade and on the CIA payroll, Wali Karzai has come under renewed scrutiny as NATO’s attention has turned to his stronghold of Kandahar.

Apr 15 10:15

In Turnabout, US Warms to ‘Drug Kingpin’ Wali Karzai

It was less than a month ago that the Pentagon was declaring Wali Karzai’s very presence a serious threat to the Kandahar invasion. But Hamid Karzai insisted his half brother would stay regardless of concerns and it appears the US has backed down.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US doesn't want to lose its stranglehold on the drug trade, from which so many profit so handsomely.

In fact, that outcome of controlling the drug trade is working out so well that Russian Officials are stating that an "undeclared war" is being waged against that country, because of all the cheap, illegal Afghan heroin which is flooding their country (when the drugs are controlled, where those drugs wing up are also controlled.)

http://www.rferl.org/content/Russia_Says_Afghan_Heroin_Habit_Threatens_Security/1505645.html

Apr 15 09:20

Obama insists US making progress in Afghanistan

President Barack Obama hit back at claims the United States had stalled in Afghanistan and vowed foreign forces would not be needed "in perpetuity", in a rare Australian TV interview aired on Thursday.

Obama, speaking to public broadcaster ABC's 7.30 Report in Washington, also backed President Hamid Karzai to lead Afghanistan into the 21st century, dismissing recent controversies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Progress" in Afghanistan?!?!?

Every day, this President appears more and more unplugged from reality on every issue he talks about, and that is more than a little unsettling.

Apr 15 09:10

Contractor Deaths Accelerating in Afghanistan as They Outnumber Soldiers

Of the 289 civilians killed since the war began more than eight years ago, 100 have died in just the last six months. That's a reflection of both growing violence and the importance of the civilians flooding into the country along with troops in response to President Obama's decision to boost the American presence in Afghanistan.

The latest U.S. Department of Defense numbers show there are actually more civilian contractors on the ground in Afghanistan than there are soldiers. The Pentagon reported 107,292 U.S.-hired civilian workers in Afghanistan as of February 2010, when there were about 78,000 soldiers. This is apparently the first time that contractors have exceeded soldiers by such a large margin.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, we are probably looking at the number of both civilian and military deaths accelerate in Afghanistan.

Apr 14 13:32

BAD PUPPET KARZAI TOON

Apr 14 10:42

US: No troops flights for now through Kyrgyzstan

Apr 14 05:23

War Crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan

War crimes, massacres, and, as Al Jazeera properly calls it, "collateral murder," are all part of the US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001.

The release last week of the Wikileaks video, thirty-eight grisly minutes long, of US airmen casually slaughtering a dozen Iraqis in 2007 -- including two Reuters newsmen -- puts it into focus not because it shows us something we didn't know, but because we can watch it unfold in real time. Real people, flesh and blood, gunned down from above in a hellish rain of fire.

Apr 13 13:32

The 'Obama doctrine': kill, don't detain

George Bush left a big problem in the shape of Guantánamo. The solution? Don't capture bad guys, assassinate by drone

Apr 13 09:12

WikiLeaks plans to post a new controversial video this time showing US massacre of Afghani civilians

Now, this new clip about to be released will show previously classified footage from US warplanes that had been tapped to bomb Taliban positions in Farah province, Afghanistan last year.

Adds the UK Telegraph: "The Afghan government said at the time that the strikes by F-18 and B1 planes near Granai killed 147 civilians. An independent Afghan inquiry later put the toll at 86."

"Video footage of the strike could prove highly damaging to the Nato-led coalition if it showed pilots failing to safeguard civilian lives," the paper continues.

Apr 13 08:16

Behind the Afghan Fraud

However, the White House gathering suggests that the administration may be searching for a way out before the 2012 elections. With the economic crisis at home continuing, and the bill for the war passing $200 billion, Afghanistan is looking more and more like a long tunnel with no light at the end.

Certainly our allies seem to have concluded that the Americans are on an exit path.

Apr 13 06:48

More civilian deaths in Afghanistan

Another deadly day in Afghanistan after western troops opened fire on a bus in the southern city of Kandahar. Afghan authorities are once again looking for answers from NATO, while survivors say four civilians were killed in the attack. NATO says the incident occurred as international troops tried to ward off an oncoming vehicle.

Apr 13 06:46

Afghan killings spark anti-US protests

Within hours, scores of Afghans had blocked the main highway out of Kandahar city with burning tires, chanting "Death to America," and calling for the downfall of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, himself a Kandahar native.

"The Americans are constantly killing our civilians and the government is not demanding an explanation," said resident Mohammad Razaq. "We demand justice from the Karzai government and the punishment of those soldiers responsible."

Apr 13 06:24

Hamid Karzai, R.I.P. A prediction

The war in Afghanistan, which George W. Bush started and Barack Obama pledged to win, is over – and we lost. No one realizes this, quite yet, but give them time – because the fruits of our defeat are already a veritable cornucopia. And the reason can be summed up rather neatly in two words: Hamid Karzai.

Apr 12 11:23

THE PUPPET TRIES TO CUT HIS STRINGS

As Henry Kissinger once rightly observed, it is often more dangerous being America’s ally than its enemy.

Watching Washington’s growing anger Afghan president Hamid Karzai, one recalls the unhappy endings of such former US allies as South Vietnam’s Diem, Iran’s Shah, Indonesia’s Suharto, Nicaragua’s Somoza, and Pakistan’s Zia ul-Haq.

Washington has been loudly hinting it would like to oust Karzai, but so far it has not managed to identify a suitable replacement who commands any respect or tribal support from Afghans.

Apr 12 09:49

Hamid Karzai, R.I.P.

Karzai is either going to change his tune, or else find himself the victim of an "accident": a military coup is not out of the question. If I were the CIA station chief, I’d release those photos of Karzai toking on a hashish pipe. And if I were Karzai, I’d send my resume to Gucci, and get out of town fast. Because "the chicest man on the planet" wouldn’t do well at Bagram.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The writer misses one critical point in this article.

There were two outcomes to have come out of the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan.

The first was control over the drug trade, which the Taliban had nearly obliterated.. That mission has been accomplished to the point where the Russian government is stating that there is an "undeclared war" against it because of all the cheap, illegal heroin which is flooding their country from Afghanistan (when you control the drug traffic, you control where it winds up)

The second goal, which is proving to be painfully illusive 9 years on in this war, is the "pacification" of Afghanistan to the point where pipelines can be installed with which to control Eurasian oil.

This is the reason that the US and NATO leadership have their collective knickers in a twist; if Karzai survives this attempt at reconciliation, he may well demand that US and NATO leave far earlier that they want to, without those pipelines being built.

Should that scenario unfold, it puts the US precisely back in the position it was in 9 years ago, when as late as August of 2001, the US was negotiating with the Taliban for the rights to the pipeline routes, but thought that the price the Taliban was demanding was "too high."

Apr 12 07:34

WikiLeaks plans to post video showing US massacre of Afghani civilians

Adds the UK Telegraph: "The Afghan government said at the time that the strikes by F-18 and B1 planes near Granai killed 147 civilians. An independent Afghan inquiry later put the toll at 86."

"Video footage of the strike could prove highly damaging to the Nato-led coalition if it showed pilots failing to safeguard civilian lives," the paper continues.

Apr 12 07:08

'No guarantee' British troops in Afghanistan will able to have their say in UK election

British soldiers serving in Afghanistan may not have their votes counted in the General Election, the Government has confessed.

Justice minister Michael Wills has admitted there is 'no guarantee' ballot papers filled out on the battlefield will reach the UK in time for 6 May.

Apr 12 07:05

Afghan fury after Nato troops open fire on bus full of civilians, killing four people

International troops opened fire on a bus carrying Afghan civilians today, killing four people and setting off anti-American protests by furious locals.

Witnesses said the bus, which was travelling in Kandahar province's Zhari district, had pulled over to allow an American convoy to pass when gunfire broke out.

The shooting left another 18 people wounded, 12 of whom were taken to a military hospital.

Apr 11 11:13

Plumbing the depths ...

The Globe claims to have inside information on the torture of Afghan prisoners that conveniently places the blame squarely on the Afghans themselves. Who knows how much of it is true? As usual, all of the sources are unnamed except for a mysterious Mr. Khalid, a "former governor" who is now "gone" and apparently exists only in the memory of unnamed Canadian soldiers.

The final couple of paragraphs contain some of the most blatant blarney you'll ever read; it attempts to intimate that it was true-blue Canadian politeness that kept our military from knowing what brutal things those savage and ignorant Afghans were doing to our prisoners

Apr 11 10:07

Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, threatens to block Nato offensive

The president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, has cast doubt over Nato’s planned summer offensive against the Taliban in the southern province of Kandahar, as more than 10,000 American troops pour in for the fight.

Karzai threatened to delay or even cancel the operation — one of the biggest of the nine-year war — after being confronted in Kandahar by elders who said it would bring strife, not security, to his home province.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Between Karzai's reluctance and the potential loss of the Manas air base in Kyrgyzstan, the US is losing control over Afghanistan!

Apr 11 09:42

Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, threatens to block Nato offensive

The president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, has cast doubt over Nato’s planned summer offensive against the Taliban in the southern province of Kandahar, as more than 10,000 American troops pour in for the fight.

Karzai threatened to delay or even cancel the operation — one of the biggest of the nine-year war — after being confronted in Kandahar by elders who said it would bring strife, not security, to his home province.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How Karzai intends to delay or cancel the operation is a really good question, but the fact that he even made that statement is a very clear indication that Karzai has perhaps had a moment of clarity about the long-term effects of the US/NATO occupation.

This was is, and has always been, unwinnable militarily, 9 horrendously bloody years on.

At the end of the day, the US and NATO will, at some point, have to declare victory, and come home; the only other alternative is killing every Afghan man, woman, and child left standing.

That potential early exit of US and NATO troops may very well have to be before the pipelines can be installed with which to control Eurasian oil.

This scenario has the US and NATO panicked, because this was one of the two outcomes which were to have been accomplished during the occupation (the other being the control of the drug trade, from which so many profit so handsomely).

If Karzai has gotten it into his head that foreign troops must leave sooner rather than later (unless he gets "neutralized" by the West, which is a very definite possibility at this point), he will do that to achieve the best reconciliation possible with all factions of Afghan society, including the Taliban.

At that point, the US is going to have to negotiate with whatever government is left standing for the rights to the pipelines, just as George W. Bush was doing with the Taliban as late as August of 2001.

That administration thought that the price demanded by the Taliban was "too high". Then, we had 9/11, followed by the invasion and occupation of this country, which has left the actual installation of those pipelines no closer to reality than it was in August of 2001.

Apr 10 09:45

Can the US Triumph in the Drug-Addicted War in Afghanistan? Opium, the CIA and the Karzai Administration

Perhaps the best example of such CIA influence via drug traffickers today is in Afghanistan itself, where those accused of drug trafficking include President Karzai’s brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai (an active CIA asset), and Abdul Rashid Dostum (a former CIA asset).4 The drug corruption of the Afghan government must be attributed at least in part to the U.S. and CIA decision in 2001 to launch an invasion with the support of the Northern Alliance, a movement that Washington knew to be drug-corrupted.

In this way the U.S. consciously recreated in Afghanistan the situation it had created earlier in Vietnam.

Apr 09 11:13

American GIs & The Uniform Code of Military Justice

The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) applies to all members of the Uniformed services of the United States: the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps, and Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.

There are many people who argue that there are no laws during war – well,apparently there are.

Apr 09 08:46

The Cover-Ups That Exploded

Meanwhile, in Afghanistan, the U.S. military has finally admitted that Special Forces troops killed two pregnant Afghan women and a girl in a February, 2010, raid, in which two Afghan government officials were also killed. Brilliant reporting by Jerome Starkey of The Times of London has blown apart the U.S. military’s cover-up story that the women were killed by knife wounds administered several hours before the raid.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You pay for this when you sign a tax check.

Apr 09 08:43

Wikileaks to release new video showing murder of scores of Afghan civilians

Apr 09 06:34

Opium and the CIA: Can the US Triumph in the Drug-Addicted War in Afghanistan?

Alfred McCoy’s important new article (TomDispatch, posted on Global Research, April 5, 2010) deserves to mobilize Congress for a serious revaluation of America’s ill-considered military venture in Afghanistan. The answer to the question he poses in his title – “Can Anyone Pacify the World's Number One Narco-State? – is amply shown by his impressive essay to be a resounding “No!” . . . not until there is fundamental change in the goals and strategies both of Washington and of Kabul.

He amply documents that

• the Afghan state of Hamid Karzai is a corrupt narco-state, to which Afghans are forced to pay bribes each year $2.5 billion, a quarter of the nation’s economy;

Apr 08 16:17

UK troops trained by firing at ‘replica mosques’

A political and religious uproar has erupted in Great Britain over news that the British Army trained troops for the Afghanistan mission by having them fire on replica mosques.

Apr 08 09:10

US-NATO War Plan Undermined? Kyrgyzstan Upheaval Endangers US Route to Afghanistan

The US military is keeping a wary eye on the uprising in Kyrgyzstan, as it may affect a US military base in the Central Asian nation that supplies troops in Afghanistan, the US daily New York Times reported Thursday.

Opposition leaders had criticized the US for courting an authoritarian president while also hailing democracy, a situation they called embarrassing.

That same opposition movement now appears set to take over power, placing the future of the base in doubt. Kyrgyz media had previously reported that the US planned to expand its presence in the country, which dates back to 2001.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If the new Kyrgyzstan government demands that this base be shut down in the near term, one has to wonder just how the Obama administration will respond.

Apr 08 08:08

As Tensions Grow, US Alleges Karzai ‘Drug Abuse’

Tit-for-tat mean spirited allegations seem to be the order of the day as the relationship between the Obama Administration and Afghan President Hamid Karzai continues to worsen. The latest allegation, coming from former US envoy Peter Galbraith, is that Karzai’s recent outbursts are a consequence of the “impulsive” president’s “drug abuse.”

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One has to wonder if Karzai is on track to get "neutralized" by the US and/or NATO before he can proceed with a true reconciliation with the Taliban.

Such a move may well mean a renewed Afghan government insistence on a rapid draw-down of foreign troops in Afghanistan, far before the installation of those pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil can be accomplished.

Apr 08 07:57

NATO Admits U.S. Forces Killed Innocent Pregnant Women in Afghanistan

U.S. Special Operations commandoes in February mistakenly killed five Afghans, including two pregnant women, and then tried to cover up their mistake.

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"But you know, we cannot rule out the possibility that one of those unborn fetuses might have joined Al Qaeda and helped smuggle an Iranian nookular bomb into Disneyland somewhere down the road, so really, this is a good thing!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 07 11:40

“After Hiroshima & Nagasaki, There Was Fallujah.”

When did it begin, all this “We take your [call/problem/question] very seriously”? With answering-machine hell? As you wait endlessly, the company or government agency assures you that they take seriously whatever reason you’re calling. What a kind and thoughtful world we live in.

Apr 07 09:43

Afghan president Hamid Karzai 'mental stability' questioned

Afghan president Hamid Karzai's "mental stability" is in doubt, America's former top diplomat at the United Nations mission to Afghanistan has claimed.

In an interview with a US cable television network Peter Galbraith, the former UN deputy head of mission in Afghanistan described Mr Karzai as "emotional" and "off balance," and called for President Obama vastly to limit his power to appoint officials until he proved himself a reliable partner to the US.

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It didn't take long for that to happen!

The question is, however, just what Obama can actually do about Karzai at this point, other than attempt to have him "neutralized", which is a distinct possibility at this juncture.

Apr 07 09:07

White House Won’t Say if Karzai Is Still an Ally

Speaking today on the growing rift with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, White House Press Secretary refused to answer direct questions of whether or not the US still considers Karzai an ally, saying only that “Karzai is the democratically elected leader of Afghanistan.”

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"..democratically elected leader of Afghanistan."

One doesn't know whether to laugh or cry at that statement, given the horrendous amount of fraud which took place in this "election" in order to keep Karzai in office.

However, that no one in the US government, apparently, saw this U-turn in Karzai's behavior toward the US and NATO coming does not speak well of the decision-making processes which put him into the leadership role here in the first place.

Karzai could well demand a withdrawal of US and NATO troops way before Afghanistan can be "pacified" to the point where the pipelines can be installed with which to control Eurasian oil, and that's a very scary thought for the people who would, theoretically, have profited from this.

Apr 07 07:29

NATO Kills At Least Four Civilians in Helmand Air Strike

The NATO problems with civilian killings in Afghanistan are much documented. So much embarrassment has been caused by the repeated, massive civilian tolls that Gen. Stanley McChrystal has ordered that no air strikes be called in unless they are certain that no civilians are in the area. The policy seems to be doing very little.

Apr 07 07:28

'More Nasty Surprises' To Come from Afghanistan

On Friday, three German soldiers died in Afghanistan and Bundeswehr troops killed six Afghan troops in a deadly "friendly fire" incident. Meanwhile, Afghan President Hamid Karzai is continuing to criticize Western forces in his country. German editorialists see the moves as a sign of Karzai's growing weakness in Afghanistan.

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Puppets never have strength of their own.

Apr 07 07:25

US War-Fighting Numbers to Knock Your Socks Off

For all the sand Iraq did have, from the point of view of the U.S. military it didn’t have the perfect type for making the miles of protective "blast walls" that became a common feature of the post-invasion landscape. So, according to Stephen Farrell of the New York Times, U.S. taxpayer dollars floated in boatloads of foreign sand from the United Arab Emirates and Qatar to create those 15-ton blast walls at $3,500 a pop. U.S. planners are now evidently wondering whether to ship some of the leftover walls thousands of miles by staggeringly roundabout routes to Afghanistan at a transportation cost of $15,000 each.

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Importing sand into Iraq???? And at taxpayer expense!!!!!

The biggest threat to the American way of life isn't Al Qaeda and it isn't the Taliban; it is the US Military!

Apr 07 07:18

As Iraq Threatens to Come Apart, US Problems in Afghanistan Mount

Washington once again finds itself dangerously entangled with the hostile policies, nationalistic interests and supporters, and personal ambitions of a foreign figure whom it counted on to serve American interests.

This time it is in Afghanistan, the latest in what, alas, must be described as America’s quasi-imperial foreign military adventures. This is a country to which the United States, at stupendous cost, and with stupendous effort, is transporting the greater part of the huge logistical and war-fighting apparatus it has deployed over the last seven years in Iraq. It occurs at just the moment when Iraq’s situation – which none (save the surviving admirers of George W. Bush) dare call victory – is threatening to come apart.

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"Invade them! ... Again!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 07 07:03

U.S. military goes hungry in Afghanistan

The United States Military is in the midst of a troop surge in Afghanistan, but the surge has caused the ratio of resources to troops to widen. Many American Forward Operating Bases are experiencing food and water shortages.

Apr 06 08:59

How Americans are propagandized about Afghanistan

What is clear -- yet again -- is how completely misinformed and propagandized Americans continue to be by the American media, which constantly "reports" on crucial events in Afghanistan by doing nothing more than mindlessly and unquestioningly passing along U.S. government claims as though they are fact.

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The corporate media has long since lost any trust they might have had from thinking Americans, because they simply regurgitate what the White House, Pentagon, and State Department tell them is the way to spin any story, and refuse to tell the truth.

Apr 06 08:54

Could Karzai Become an Enemy of the West?

Tensions between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the Obama Administration seem to be growing by the minute, with a weekend speech in which Karzai threatened to join the Taliban fueling resentment on both sides.

Karzai’s faux-outrage at Western interference is nothing new, but the first indication that this rift could be moving beyond rhetoric came today, when Karzai canceled a planned visit to a NATO base in Kandahar province, a move US officials are calling a “victory for the Taliban.”

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And the folks in the State Department, Pentagon, and White House never saw this coming?!?

Karzai could well shock his Western allies by demanding a "Status of Force Agreement" which would have US and NATO forces out of the country very quickly and far before those pipelines have been installed with which the US was hoping to control the flow of Eurasian oil!

Apr 06 08:19

Iran rejects US claim of arms aid to Afghan militants

Iran has rejected accusations by the top US military commander that it is providing weapons to the militants in Afghanistan.

The US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen claimed in a Kabul news conference that Iran has shipped arms to Taliban militants in Kandahar.

In a statement released on Monday, the Iranian Embassy in Kabul rejected the charges as “recurring allegations” and a sort of “fabrication” by the US in order to justify its defeat in Afghanistan.

Apr 05 10:37

How Americans Are Propagandized About Afghanistan

On February 12 of this year, U.S. forces entered a village in the Paktia Province in Afghanistan and, after surrounding a home where a celebration of a new birth was taking place, shot dead two male civilians (government officials) who exited the house in order to inquire why they had been surrounded. The Pentagon then issued a statement claiming that (a) the dead were all "insurgents" or terrorists, (b) the bodies of three women had been found bound and gagged inside the home (including two pregnant women, one a mother of 10 children and the other a mother of six children, and a teenage girl), and (c) suggested that the women had already been killed by the time the U.S. had arrived, likely the victim of "honor killings" by the Taliban militants killed in the attack.

Apr 05 09:48

U.S. angered by claims it rigged Afghan elections

Apr 05 08:34

Karzai Slams West, Threatens to Join Insurgency

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has often resorted to playing the “anti-West” card in speeches when his popularity seems to be flagging, as an effort to distance himself from the international occupation forces which keep him in power. But after what could charitably be called a “cool” reception in Kandahar, a city his family and tribal affiliates dominate, the attempts are starting to whif of desperation.

Apr 05 08:13

U.S. Admits Role in February Killing of Afghan Women

The admission immediately raised questions about what really happened during the Feb. 12 operation — and what falsehoods followed — including a new report that Special Operations forces dug bullets out of the bodies of the women to hide the true nature of their deaths.

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Your tax dollars at work in Afghanistan, folks.

Apr 05 08:08

US special forces 'tried to cover-up' botched Khataba raid in Afghanistan

US special forces soldiers dug bullets out of their victims’ bodies in the bloody aftermath of a botched night raid, then washed the wounds with alcohol before lying to their superiors about what happened, Afghan investigators have told The Times.

Apr 05 08:01

No joke: Karzai threatens to join the Taliban

Karzai also warned that the Taliban insurgency could become a legitimate resistance movement if foreign meddling in Afghan affairs continues, the Journal said, citing participants in the talks.

During the talks, Karzai, whose government is supported by billions of dollars of Western aid and 126,000 foreign troops fighting the Taliban, said he would be compelled to join the insurgency himself if the parliament does not back his bid to take over Afghanistan's electoral watchdog.

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Should this happen, it would be the ultimate, bitter irony, almost 9 years and counting, with all the blood and money which has been spent here, essentially for private profit.

American and NATO diplomats might dismiss this as grandstanding, but I wouldn't necessarily bet that it is.

Apr 05 07:41

U.S. and Allied Forces: We Killed Those Pregnant Afghan Women After All

The two men, who were later determined not to be insurgents, were shot and killed by the joint patrol after they showed what appeared to be hostile intent by being armed. While investigators could not conclusively determine how or when the women died, due to lack of forensic evidence, they concluded that the women were accidentally killed as a result of the joint force firing at the men.

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The US forces seem to be following the advice of Pope Innocent III, "Kill them all. Let God sort them out!"

Apr 04 08:14

Afghan upper house backs Karzai anti-US decree

The Afghan parliament's upper house has voiced support for President Hamid Karzai in limiting the role of foreigners in the five-seat election fraud watchdog.

In a Thursday speech to Afghan election commission workers in Kabul, Hamid Karzai blamed foreign powers for the fraud that occurred during last years elections.

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Unflipping believable.

Apr 04 08:05

Heroin 'tsunami' sweeping Russia

Russian officials accuse Nato troops of refusing to destroy poppy fields in Afghanistan, which account for around 90% of the world's heroin supply.

The head of Russia's drug control agency described Russia's heroin problem as a "tsunami" sweeping over the country.

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When elements control the drug trade, those elements also control where the drugs wind up.

It can cause massive destabilization of a country without firing a single shot.

Apr 04 07:52

Taliban Retake Control, Momentum In Northern Marjah

Just a few weeks since the start of the operation here, the Taliban have “reseized control and the momentum in a lot of ways” in northern Marja, Maj. James Coffman, civil affairs leader for the Third Battalion, Sixth Marines, said in an interview in late March. “We have to change tactics to get the locals back on our side.”

“You shake hands with them, but you don’t know they are Taliban,” Colonel Sakhi said. “They have the same clothes, and the same style. And they are using the money against the Marines. They are buying I.E.D.’s and buying ammunition, everything.”

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More "progress" in Afghanistan, I see.

Apr 04 07:27

NATO’s Afghanistan: The Champion of Drugs Production

We really have to take our hats off to NATO. This clique of arms lobbyists and defender of jobs for the boys invaded Afghanistan in 2001 on the pretext that Osama bin Laden was using the country to attack western interests. Almost a decade after the Taleban declared war on drugs production, NATO’s Afghanistan is not only the world’s largest producer of opium but now, of hashish also.

Apr 03 10:53

NATO’s Afghanistan: The Champion of Drugs Production

We really have to take our hats off to NATO. This clique of arms lobbyists and defender of jobs for the boys invaded Afghanistan in 2001 on the pretext that Osama bin Laden was using the country to attack western interests. Almost a decade after the Taleban declared war on drugs production, NATO’s Afghanistan is not only the world’s largest producer of opium but now, of hashish also.

Apr 03 09:25

US sees Afghan reconciliation drive lasting years

U.S. and NATO advisers in Afghanistan have urged President Hamid Karzai not to rush into deals with insurgents as part of a national reconciliation process that they envision lasting several years, Western officials said on Friday.

Karzai plans to hold a "peace jirga," or assembly, to promote reconciliation with insurgents starting May 2. Pakistan and some insurgent groups have started jockeying for position in anticipation of negotiations, however far off they appear to be, officials said.

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The US is terrified that the Karzai government, in its reconciliation and coalition mode, will be far more likely to demand a quick exit from the US and NATO before the pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil can be installed.

Should this happen, the US government will then be right back in the situation in which it found itself in Afghanistan as late as August 2001, when the Bush administration was negotiating with the Taliban government for pipeline rights, but considered the price "too high". Then, rather conveniently, came 9/11, followed by the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan.

Mar 31 08:40

Hamid Karzai's election decree overturned by Afghanistan parliament

Hamid Karzai's attempt to seize control of Afghanistan's electoral watchdog was overturned this morning by the country's parliament, which voted overwhelmingly to throw out a presidential order that enraged diplomats.

In what one observer described as a "sea of red cards", MPs in the lower house rejected a controversial decree by Karzai in February which unilaterally rewrote Afghan election law in advance of parliamentary poll in September.

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Look for Karzai to find some way to do an end-run around the Afghan Parliament on this one.

Mar 31 07:21

Pacified Populations

If the U.S. public looked long and hard into a mirror reflecting the civilian atrocities that have occurred in Afghanistan over the past 10 months, we would see ourselves as people who have collaborated with and paid for war crimes committed against innocent civilians who meant us no harm.

Two reporters, Jerome Starkey of the Times UK and David Lindorff of Counterpunch.org, have persistently drawn attention to U.S. war crimes committed in Afghanistan. Makers of the film Rethink Afghanistan have steadily provided updates about the suffering endured by Afghan civilians. Here is a short list of atrocities that have occurred in the months since Gen. McChrystal assumed his post in Afghanistan.

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The people of Afghanistan do not "...hate us for our freedoms"; they hate us because we are murdering their wives, husbands, brothers, and sisters.

The invasion and occupation of Afghanistan was to have brought about two outcomes, one of which has already been accomplished, and that was control over the drug trade, from which so many profit so handsomely.

The second was "pacifying" the Afghan people to the point where pipelines could be installed with which to control Eurasian oil.
That goal, nearly nine years on, has yet to be achieved, and may well never be achieved.

If the US Pentagon and state department employed people with any degree of intelligence whatsoever, they should have the US declare victory, go home, and negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul. Please remember; as late as August of 2001, the Bush administration was negotiating with the Taliban regarding the pipeline rights, but felt that the Taliban's offer was "too high".

Apparently, the price of our kid's lives claimed in the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan was "cheaper" for both the Bush, and now the Obama administration.

Mar 31 06:57

Navy Surveillance Plane Crashes in Northern Arabian Sea

The U.S. Navy said that an E-2C Hawkeye surveillance plane crashed Wednesday afternoon in the northern Arabian Sea after a mechanical malfunction forced the crew to bail out.

The Navy said in a statement that it had rescued three crew members and was searching for a fourth.

Mar 31 06:32

Afghanistan Is The World's Top Hashish Producer

Afghanistan is not only the world's largest supplier of opium, it also is the global leader in hashish production, the United Nations said Wednesday.

"While other countries have even larger cannabis cultivation, the astonishing yield of the Afghan cannabis crop ... makes Afghanistan the world's biggest producer of hashish," UNODC chief Antonio Maria Costa said in a statement.

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"Hey, they've got to lead the world in something!" - official white horse souse.

Mar 31 06:27

Afghanistan as a Drug War

Since Afghanistan now grows the opium poppies that provide more than 90% of the world’s opium, the raw material for the production of heroin, it’s not surprising that drug-trade news and war news intersect from time to time. More surprising is how seldom poppy growing and the drug trade are portrayed as anything but ancillary to our Afghan War. Fortunately, TomDispatch regular Alfred McCoy has been focused on the drug trade -- and the American role in fostering it -- in Southeast, Central, and South Asia for a long time.

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Mar 30 08:20

Atrocities In Afghanistan

If the U.S. public looked long and hard into a mirror reflecting the civilian atrocities that have occurred in Afghanistan, over the past ten months, we would see ourselves as people who have collaborated with and paid for war crimes committed against innocent civilians who meant us no harm.

Mar 30 03:02

Turkey in Afghanistan: Obama Sneaks into Kabul to Beg Karzai to Clean Up His Act

How pathetic a scene was this: The president of the United States, commander- in-chief of the mightiest war machine the world has ever known, sneaking into one of the poorest countries in the world and meeting with the corrupt leader of that country, where he has committed 100,000 troops to battle, to beg with that corrupt leader to “clean up” his corrupt and profoundly inept government.

Mar 29 15:44

How Neutral Is American Neutrality In The Middle East?

The recent dueling positions of long time friends and all time allies Israel and America over the construction of 1,600 new apartments in east Jerusalem has obviously hit the headlines worldwide. This has lead to a few high dramatic enactments including the Vice President Joe Biden being reported to be ‘embarrassed;’ Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton calling the Israeli land policy ‘provocative’ and termed it as not in Israel’s long-term interests and undermined U.S. credibility as a neutral mediator. At this juncture it is really worthwhile to examine the claims of America as the neutral broker in the long standing Israeli Palestine conflict.

Mar 29 13:36

Russia: U.S. Aiding Afghan Drug Trade

Russia has accused the United States of "conniving" with Afghan drug producers by not destroying opium crops as U.S. troops advance in Helmand Province, one of the major opium growing regions.

Mar 29 10:40

Obama in Afghanistan

What a pathetic joke. The only thing missing was the plastic turkey.

But then again, at least there was a turkey there.

Mar 29 09:50

Obama's Bagram Fly-In: What He Didn't Visit

Still, the most jarring part of the Obama fly-in to Bagram was the part of the base he (apparently) didn't visit: the secret prison we've been running there for years. It's Gitmo on steroids.

The Obama some of us want to believe still exists would have at least acknowledged the unpleasant truth. The Obama who does exist just gave the troops a boilerplate pep talk, "never quit" and all, and flew into the dawn.

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Memo to Harry Shearer: "The Obama some of us want to believe still exists..." never existed in the first place.

The man has broken every campaign promise he made to the American people and the world, and moved from "hope and change", domestically and internationally, to "shock and awe" faster than the speed of light.

He is a President of the corporations, by the corporations, and for the corporations, backed by the best Congress that money can buy - anybody's money.

And to think for a millisecond that he would put an end to the torture Bush institutionalized during his regime as president?!?

Simply laughable; torture is now as American value as mother and apple pie.

Mar 29 07:41

Tighter Rules Fail to Stem Deaths of Innocent Afghans at Checkpoints

American and NATO troops firing from passing convoys and military checkpoints have killed 30 Afghans and wounded 80 others since last summer, but in no instance did the victims prove to be a danger to troops, according to military officials in Kabul.

“We have shot an amazing number of people, but to my knowledge, none has ever proven to be a threat,” said Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, who became the senior American and NATO commander in Afghanistan last year.

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Mar 29 06:31

US casualties double in Afghanistan

The number of US troops killed in Afghanistan has roughly doubled in the first quarter of 2010 compared with the same period last year.

According to Pentagon figures, some 77 American service members have been killed so far in 2010, the Associated Press reported on Saturday.

This is while, the figure stood at 41 in the same period a year ago.

Mar 28 11:56

Barack Obama visits Afghanistan

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Obama just finished a speech live from Afghanistan, talking about blah blah blah 9-11 blah blah blah terror blah blah blah 9-11 to thunderous applause, which is weird because the speech was live and looking at the clock, they woke those poor soldiers up in the middle of the night to sit in that audience and listen to the boss pretend to explain why they have to go on getting blown into bloody bits.

Mar 28 11:17

I Must Be Weird

I turn on the television and look at the talking heads telling us what to think, what to wear, what to believe and what to say and and I see the pedicures, manicures, 200 dollar hair cuts, 1000 dollar suits, protected by body guards all the while trying to CONvince us they are like we are and I just want to choke the living shit out of the likes of Sean Hannity, Bill O'rielly, Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh on and on to what must be infinity and it really pisses me off, but I don't know.. I Must be Weird.

Mar 28 11:06

The Pentagon is using Haiti as a Training Ground for Afghanistan

A recent report in Stars and Stripes reveals the nature of the US military operation in Haiti. Combat units from Iraq and Afghanistan have been deployed in Haiti under the banner of a humanitarian operation. Conversely, Haiti is also being used as a military training ground for forces without in-theater combat experience.

According to the Stars and Stripes report (March 14, 2010): "Marines deployed to Haiti to render emergency aid following January’s devastating earthquake are already training for the fight in Afghanistan."

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How convenient for the US military.

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