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Oct 12 18:48

Daniel Ellsberg Calls On Whistleblowers To Leak Info On Afghanistan, Iraq & North Korea

US whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, who helped end the Vietnam War by releasing the so-called Pentagon Papers, has told RT that there may be similar documents on Afghanistan and Iraq. He is calling on whistleblowers to end those wars and prevent one with North Korea.

Oct 11 13:23

US Military Dropped 751 Bombs In Afghanistan In September

The United States military has dropped a total of 751 bombs on Afghanistan in September, the highest monthly number in the past seven years, according to data by the US Air Forces Central Command.

Oct 10 13:06

The US War In Afghanistan Is Now 16 Years Old. Trump Has No Plans To End It.

On October 7, 2001, the U.S. invaded Afghanistan. The war is now 16 years old — and that’s not even counting the decade of U.S. intervention in the country during the Cold War.

Donald Trump once advocated the “speedy withdrawal” of U.S. troops from that country. As president, however, he’s gone in the opposite direction, demanding the U.S. must now “fight to win.”

Oct 09 11:00

Trump sends lieutenants to Pakistan with tough message

President Donald Trump will dispatch his top diplomatic and military advisors to Pakistan in the coming weeks, turning up the heat on a nuclear-armed ally accused of harboring terror groups.

Weeks after Trump angrily accused Islamabad of providing safe haven to "agents of chaos," Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to depart for Pakistan late this month.

He will be followed by Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, according to US and Pakistani sources.

The one-two punch is designed to drill home Trump's message that Pakistani state support for jihadist groups has to end, according to officials briefed on the visits.

Washington has long been frustrated by Pakistan's willingness to offer cross-border safe havens to Taliban factions and armed Islamist groups fighting US troops and their Afghan allies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The level of corruption in both the Pakistani military and civilian leadership is making for absolute chaos in the US foreign policy decisions regarding that country.

Historically, "regime changes" have come from within the Pakistani military.

The least disruptive thing the US government could do here right now, is to nurture some of the leadership in the Pakistani military who are Western-centric, and see what tools they could give them to ascend to a position of power and influence over governmental decisions, like not providing safe havens for the Taliban or armed Islamist groups, if in fact these charges are true.

But the Pakistani economy is on the ascendent right now In what has become a major victory for the Pakistani economy, U.S.-based Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) reclassified Pakistan as an emerging market after categorizing it among frontier markets for the past nine years.

As the benchmark KSE-100 index skyrocketed 400 points to reach 52,700 level at the open earlier this week, a new all-time high, the MSCI upgraded the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) to Emerging Market status. That paved the way for foreign investors that track the index and have between $1.4 trillion and $1.7 trillion available.Pakistan Economy CPEC

The most important thing which needs to come from this, is to benefit all Pakistanis economically, with greater participation in the country's economic growth, so that turning to radicalism will not be so attractive as it might have been in the past.

Oct 08 07:28

LONGEST WAR IN US HISTORY TURNS 16 TODAY – THOUSANDS DEAD, NO END IN SIGHT & IT’S GETTING WORSE

On this day 16 years ago, less than one month after 9/11, President George W. Bush delivered a televised address from the White House announcing the beginning of the Afghanistan War.

“On my orders, the United States military has begun strikes against al Qaeda terrorist training camps and military installations of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan,” he said.

What Bush did not say was the fact that the War in Afghanistan would become the longest war in United States history. Thousands of American lives and billions of taxpayer dollars would be wasted at the expense of the U.S. war machine, and the “War on Terrorism” would only create more terrorism as a result.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When Karl Marx made the observation that all wars are economic in their origin, he was - and continues to be- from a rational point of view, completely correct.

The war in Afghanistan was never about the then Afghan government not giving up Osama Bin Laden, the labeled terrorist allegedly ultimately responsible for 9/11.

And please remember: President Bush had business ties to the Bin Laden Family through the scandalous BBCI, in the creation of Arbusto Energy.

President Bush and the bin Laden family have been connected through dubious business deals since 1977, when Salem, the head of the bin Laden family business, one of the biggest construction companies in the world, invested in Bush's start-up oil company, Arbusto Energy, Inc. James R. Bath, a friend and neighbor, was used to funnel money from Osama bin Laden's brother, Salem bin Laden, to set up George W. Bush in the oil business, according to The Wall Street Journal and other reputable sources. Through a tangled web of Saudi multi-millionaires, Texas oilmen, and the infamous Bank of Credit and Commerce International, Bush was financially linked with the bin Laden family until Salem met an untimely end in a freak flying accident near San Antonio in 1988. The infamous BCCI was shut down in 1991 with some $10 billion in losses.

So one has to ask: did the "freak flying accident" which killed Salem Bin Laden a true "accident", or "wet work" (i.e., an assassination) to get him out of the way because he knew too much about the financial world of the Bush family?!? Understanding, as we now do, that the Occupied, Unhinged, Surveilled States of Amerika collectively use assassinations as a routine tool of statescraft, it certainly is not beyond the realm of possibility.

But getting back to Afghanistan, and the reason the OUSSA is still there; it's about controlling the pipelines; controlling the embarassment of riches in minerals, fattening the bottom line of the military-industrial complex and making absolutely certain that the opium continues to flow, for those OUSSA alphabet-soup agencies' off the shelf operations over which Congress has utterly zero oversight.

These are the reasons that NATO and the US are still occupying Afghanistan; the reasons, most likely, they will never leave Afghanistan, no matter how many of our service members get killed and maimed for life, not to mention the innocent Afghanis who will suffer the same fates.

This war has never been about "protecting America's way of life"; honor; bringing democracy to the Afghani people: it is all about the money, and the corporations who profit from this war, period, end of discussion.

Oct 05 06:58

Mattis Eases US Rules of Engagement for Afghanistan

In testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Secretary of Defense James Mattis offered rare specifics on a change in US rules of engagement, in this case in the Afghan War. He confirmed a substantial loosening of restrictions on strikes.

Gone are long-standing restrictions limiting US strikes to cases in which ground forces are in close proximity to the target. As with several previous moves, officials are also allowing commanders on the ground to act more unilaterally.

The removal of proximity requirements allows US forces to carry out airstrikes anywhere in Afghanistan they want, on essentially any pretext. Officials are presenting that as a way to try to speed up the escalation of the war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Look for more slaugher of civilians, under these rules of engagement.

Of course, this horrific, never-ending war was never about "liberating" the Afghani people; it's all about controlling the pipelines; the embarrassment of riches in minerals here; and keeping the opium flowing for US off-the-shelf, alphabet soup agencies' operations, over which Congress has utterly zero oversight.

The reality here, is that Mattis is simply doing his job, to ensure all of the above is, at some point, accomplished, no matter how many Afghanis die in the process.

At the end of the day, every country's military are simply "hired guns" for the corporations of those countries, and to insure that those corporations' financial objectives are met.

Oct 05 06:35

US prepared to stay in Afghanistan indefinitely – Pentagon chiefs

Despite the $12.5 billion annual price tag for US involvement in Afghanistan, the US will continue its longest war indefinitely so that the Taliban don’t think they can “wait us out,” top Pentagon officials told Congress.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We are going to keep fighting the war even if it means leaving every American taxpayer broke, starving, and living in the streets!" -- The Heptagon.

Oct 03 14:12

US Prepared To Stay In Afghanistan Indefinitely – Pentagon Chiefs

Despite the $12.5 billion annual price tag for US involvement in Afghanistan, the US will continue its longest war indefinitely so that the Taliban don’t think they can “wait us out,” top Pentagon officials told Congress.

Oct 02 06:09

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED (*light)

Sen. Corker: US in Afghanistan for Next Decade
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The US invaded Afghanistan in 2001, and President Trump committed to a continued war there with seemingly no end in site just over a month ago>>>

Sep 30 07:09

AFGHANISTAN WAR REPORT – SEPTEMBER 30, 2017: FIERCE CLASHES AND SUICIDE BOMBINGS

On September 26, 2 Afghan policemen died and 3 were injured in a roadside bombing in Herat province. At the same day, 3 others died when a bombing targeted their checkpoint in Farah province.

On September 28, 12 policemen were killed in a Taliban suicide attack on a base of the Afghan Police in Maroof district of Kandahar province.

On September 29, an ISIS suicide bomber attacked a mosque in Qala-e-Fathullah area in Kabul city. 6 civilians were killed and 30 others injured, according to the government. ISIS claimed that 50 civilians were killed.

Meanwhile, the Taliban continued its attacks against the army and police across the country. Taliban members attacked an army checkpoint in in Kunsak area of Bala Baluk district in Farah province. 9 soldiers were killed and 3 were captured.

The Taliban captured district in Kandahar Province and reportedly killed 46 army troops in the attack.

Sep 29 08:57

US claims that Russia is arming Taliban are smokescreen for own mistakes in Afghanistan - Moscow

The US accusations that Russia is supplying arms to the Taliban terror group are aimed at diverting attention from blunders which the Americans in Afghanistan made themselves, Russia’s Foreign ministry said.

Sep 29 08:49

Mattis: Russia, Iran arming Taliban; More missile-defense money; How much do you pay for war?; 3 questions about America’s next missile sub; and just a bit more…

SecDef Mattis says Russia and Iran are arming the Taliban in Afghanistan, The Wall Street Journal reported traveling with Mattis to Kabul on Wednesday.

Mattis: “Those two countries have suffered losses to terrorism, so I think it would be extremely unwise if they think they can somehow support terrorism in another country and not have it come back to haunt them.”

How, exactly? The Journal: “Military officials said weaponry and support from the Russians and Iranians serve to strengthen the Taliban, but also bestow a sense of legitimacy. ‘That’s a lot more dangerous right now than what they’re providing in terms of materiel,’ a military official said.”

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov calls the allegation “a campaign based on falsehoods.”

Sep 29 00:43

C.I.A. pushes Canada to Settle Omar Khadr Torture Case for $ 10 Million

The settlement with the psychologists, came after a judge last month urged resolving the case before it headed to a jury trial in early September.

Lawyers for the three plaintiffs in the suit – filed in 2015 in Federal District Court in Spokane, Wash. – said the former prisoners were tortured at secret C.I.A. detention sites.

Sep 28 04:49

Mattis Escapes Rocket Attack In Afghanistan

Both the Taliban and ISIS have claimed responsibility for the incident, in which a series of rockets hit the airport after Mattis’ arrival. One civilian was reported killed and many wounded when a stray rocket hit a nearby house.

Mattis complained the attack was a “criminal act,” and “a classic example of what the Taliban is up to right now.” It’s unlikely anyone will deny firing missiles at an airport is a crime

(*No more than anyone would deny Assad gassing his own people as soon as The UN showed up to inspect in Syria would be)

Sep 27 12:36

Rockets Hit Afghan Capital As Mattis, NATO Chief Arrive

Up to 20 rockets have struck the airport and surrounding areas in Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul hours after US Defense Secretary James Mattis and NATO’s General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg arrived in the country on an unannounced visit.

Sep 27 11:38

Mattis Comments on Terror Attack Targeting Him at Kabul Airport

Raw video from Mattis presser just hit the wires on a war we can't win.

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Sep 25 08:05

Make Afghanistan Great Again? Trump touts ‘delusional gold rush’ in ‘graveyard of empires’

The people of Afghanistan are not going to profit from US mining rare-earth minerals there: it is always going to be the elite in that country and the foreign corporations, said journalist and foreign policy strategist Michael Hughes.
President Trump met with Afghan leader Ashraf Ghani in New York on Thursday to discuss joint efforts to mine the country's mineral resources.

Sep 23 10:38

Trump, Ghani agree U.S. can help develop Afghanistan's rare earth minerals

Hate to agree with Karl,but wars are economic,actually criminal. Somebody wants what someone else has and they figure the best way to get it is to steal it,using various nebulous reasons to motivate the cannon fodder. Like religion,nationalism,race or my favorite from Gullivers Travels;"They open their eggs from the wrong end!"

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday backed having companies from the United States develop Afghanistan’s reserves of rare earth minerals, despite formidable obstacles to industrial mining in the country.

The comments, at a meeting in New York, were the latest in a series in which both U.S. officials and the Afghan government have emphasized the potential strategic value of Afghanistan’s vast and largely untapped mineral reserves.

Sep 23 08:27

Trump keeps eyes on Afghan mineral prize in meeting with Ghani

President Donald Trump and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani have voiced support for US companies developing Afghanistan’s vast trove of minerals, in what Trump sees as payment for the US’s role in the drawn out war.

The two leaders met in New York on Thursday, where they discussed how American companies can help “quickly develop Afghanistan’s rare earth mineral resources,” the White House said in a statement.

Sep 22 10:59

Trump is conflating Pyongyang with Tehran. The results could be catastrophic

President Donald Trump took a page out of the George W Bush playbook at his UN address on Tuesday. To justify confrontation with Iran, conflate it with Pyongyang. To justify confrontation with North Korea, conflate it with Tehran.

This is the latest gimmick in Trump’s desperate efforts to kill the nuclear deal with Iran: by focusing on Tehran’s objectionable non-nuclear policies and false claims of the unevenness of the Iran deal, Trump is arguing that sustaining the international accord can no longer be justified since it doesn’t address the totality of America’s concerns with Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What I am seeing, in Trump's conflating Iran with North Korea and Russia, is an arc of desperate geopolitical insanity from this administration, stretching from Asia all the way through the Middle East, and over to Russia.

And why?!?

Because the US economy is about to tank, and the US government wants to have something to blame for that happening, and attempt to misdirect Americans from it with a world war.

A very "serious as a heart attack" political analyst, Paul Craig Roberts, has recently claimed that the US government is looking to nuke both Russia and China.

Washington Plans to Nuke Russia and China

This isn't some raving lunatic, screaming that the sky is falling; he is an accomplished author, politician, and lecturer. As his wikipedia bio states:

"Paul Craig Roberts (born April 3, 1939, in Atlanta, Georgia) is an economist and a nationally syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicate. He served as an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration earning fame as the "Father of Reaganomics". He is a former editor and columnist for the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and Scripps Howard News Service. He is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology and he holds a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. He was a post-graduate at the University of California, Berkeley, and Oxford University where he was a member of Merton College.

In 1992 he received the Warren Brookes Award for Excellence in Journalism. In 1993 the Forbes Media Guide ranked him as one of the top seven journalists in the United States.[1] His writings frequently appear on OpEdNews.com, Antiwar.com, VDARE.com. Lew Rockwell's web site, CounterPunch, and the American Free Press."

This guy has "street cred", and is no intellectual slouch by any standard. So when he told us, as he did back in April, that the US government is getting ready to militarily knock the heck out of Russia and China, to prevent the rise of the ruble and yuan in international business trade, I would suggest that you take him at his word.

Mike and I have been looking at this coming, for about the last 20 years; it's like the architypal dream of seeing a slow-motion train wreck about to happen, but being powerless to prevent it.

And unfortunately, unless we on planet earth wind up on the receiving end of a miracle, such a train wreck appears imminent.

I hope to heck I am absolutely, completely wrong; but I cannot but help seeing that the momentum toward such a war is growing exponentially for those in the Bowels of Power in the Occupied, Unhinged, Surveilled States of Amerika.

Sep 22 09:28

Russia Expresses Distrust to US Over 'Helicopters Carrying Daesh' in Afghanistan

Russian presidential special envoy for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov said Thursday that during a meeting in New York with his US counterpart Alice Wells, he expressed his distrust regarding the issue of "unidentified helicopters" in the north of Afghanistan that were transferring Daesh and their ammunition.

Sep 21 14:30

Listening to the Donald at the UN – The Saker

No matter how bad things look now, Hillary President would have been infinitely worse!

In conclusion, what I take away from Trump's UN speech is a sense of relief for the rest of the planet and a sense of real worry for the US. Ever since the Neocons overthrew Trump and made him what is colloquially referred to as their “bitch” the US foreign policy has come to a virtual standstill.

Sure, the Americans talk a lot, but at least they are doing nothing. That paralysis, which is a direct consequence of the internal infighting, is a blessing for the rest of the planet

Sep 18 12:27

A Letter to My American Friends

What would it take for you to switch sides and join the rest of mankind in what is a struggle for the survival of our species?

I asked you to name me a single successful US military intervention since WWII and you could name none. Good!

Did you notice that there was no Islamic State in Iraq before the US invasion?

I don’t think that millions of murdered people, including hundreds of thousands of children, are “mistakes” (how would you react it somebody conceded to you that Hitler and Stalin made “mistakes”?). But there is something even more insidious in this notion of “mistake”.

Sep 18 09:35

US to Expand Kabul Green Zone, Gearing Up for Another Decade of Occupation

President Trump’s commitment last month to escalate the Afghan War has the US looking at ambitious new schemes for the occupation in the years and decades to come. Among the first such moves is a major “public works” project in the capital of Kabul.

Kabul has a disastrously poor security history throughout the US occupation, but security is somewhat better in the Green Zone. The plan, then, is for the Pentagon to greatly expand the Green Zone to encompass a lot more of the city, including most of the Western embassies.

In the near-term, the idea is to improve security around the US Embassy, and end the current situation, where helicopters are constantly ferrying people too and from the embassy because that’s the only way to safely get people there. What is means in the long run is less clear.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, we're never leaving Afghanistan, but we're not losing the war against it, because we're staying!!" - Official White House Souse.

Sep 18 07:37

U.S. Expands Kabul Security Zone, Digging In for Next Decade

Soon, American Embassy employees in Kabul will no longer need to take a Chinook helicopter ride to cross the street to a military base less than 100 yards outside the present Green Zone security district.

Instead, the boundaries of the Green Zone will be redrawn to include that base, known as the Kabul City Compound, formerly the headquarters for American Special Operations forces in the capital. The zone is separated from the rest of the city by a network of police, military and private security checkpoints.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US is never leaving Afghanistan!

Sep 16 08:24

US Plan for New Afghan Force Poses Threat to Civilians

The Pentagon and the Afghan government, in a move intended to increase the size of Afghan security forces without spending too much money, are poised to approve a new irregular combat force, with estimates it could number in excess of 20,000 fighters.

Both groups have dispatched delegations to India to examine the structure of the Indian Territorial Army, an irregular force created for deployment in certain areas where the regular military’s presence would be unpopular.

Afghans are unlikely to welcome this idea, however, because the US already tried this once with the establishment of the Afghan Local Police (ALP), a militia force made up of US-funded warlords given police powers and little to no oversight. Unsurprisingly, this quickly became a flurry of extortion rackets and other widespread abuse.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, but we're still there, 16 years on, and no matter what kinds of horrific abuses are visited upon the Afghani people by this unsupervised, irregular militia, WE'RE STILL HERE, WHICH MEANS WE ARE NOT LOSING IN AFGHANISTAN" - Official White House Souse.

Sep 16 08:23

US Plan for New Afghan Force Poses Threat to Civilians

The Pentagon and the Afghan government, in a move intended to increase the size of Afghan security forces without spending too much money, are poised to approve a new irregular combat force, with estimates it could number in excess of 20,000 fighters.

Both groups have dispatched delegations to India to examine the structure of the Indian Territorial Army, an irregular force created for deployment in certain areas where the regular military’s presence would be unpopular.

Afghans are unlikely to welcome this idea, however, because the US already tried this once with the establishment of the Afghan Local Police (ALP), a militia force made up of US-funded warlords given police powers and little to no oversight. Unsurprisingly, this quickly became a flurry of extortion rackets and other widespread abuse.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, but we're still there, 16 years on, and no matter what kinds of horrific abuses are visited upon the Afghani people by this unsupervised, irregular militia, WE'RE STILL HERE, WHICH MEANS WE ARE NOT LOSING IN AFGHANISTAN" - Official White House Souse.

Sep 15 10:50

Over 6,000 US Troops Set for Deployment to Afghanistan

Adding on to the 3,500 troop escalation already announced for the Afghan War, officials are now reporting that another 6,000-plus ground troops from Fort Carson are also slated for a future deployment to the country.

It’s part of the increasingly complicated way in which the US reports, or rather, doesn’t report, on troop levels and details in its ongoing wars. The report on the Fort Carson troops includes a lot of questions, including timing of deployment, and how many are new deployments,as opposed to replacing existing troops simply rotating out of the country.

Those are big questions, and there are simply no answers. The Pentagon isn’t officially confirming any of the details on this matter, and while those familiar say the deployment is likely to happen sometime in early 2018, even that is just speculation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sec-Def Mattis, a word, please: in this 16 year old war, where there have been episodic surges and drawdowns, how, in the name of Heaven, will this time be ... different?!?

The American people honestly deserve an intelligent, reasoned answer to this question from its leadership.

Because sir, I would like to politely remind you: doing something precisely the same way, over and over again, yet expecting a different outcome, is one of the classic definitions of insanity.

Sep 14 14:40

B-52s Are Back in the Skies of Afghanistan Dropping Bombs Once Again

(*RELAX; We're going to be sending Them the bill ,and at least it's not for the sake of Nation Building !)

Sep 13 08:29

"Never Forget" - A Marine Reflects On The Lies Of Our Endless Wars

While I remained at my headquarters unit in Virginia, my friend embarked on multiple tours of duty within a short two years as a Marine infantryman. I remember even then being surprised and unsettled by how rapidly his overseas deployments came. He was killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq on his third deployment overseas prior to his twenty-first birthday. He had selflessly tried to stop a car laden with explosives as it sped into his checkpoint, possibly preventing more deaths among the nearby group of Marines wounded in the attack.

Paul Wolfowitz, considered one of the chief architects of the Iraq War, attended my friend’s funeral at Arlington National Cemetery. More recently, Wolfowitz spent last year's anniversary of the 9/11 attack on NBC’s Meet the Press shamelessly arguing that he and the Bush administration had done nothing wrong in selling the war and were honest with the American people.

Sep 13 07:08

The Pentagon’s 2.2 Billion Arms Pipeline Flooding Syria- German & Czech concerns?

As aside, related in a different way- The US has been hit by two hurricanes and they are crying the blues and begging for money all over the place- But, clearly, priorities are very very skewed since the US obviously has multiple billions of dollars, accessible and ready to spend, to destroy other nations.

Sep 12 12:44

Afghan protesters angry with insulting leaflets dropped by US jets

Hundreds of Afghans have staged a protest in a district near the capital Kabul to express anger at propaganda leaflets dropped by American jets last week that were deemed offensive to Islam.

The demonstrators denounced the move and chanted anti-US slogans at the rally, which was held in Qarabagh district near Bagram air base on Tuesday.

"The Americans have insulted Muslims through this action and their beliefs and we will not sit quietly by," said Mir Rahman, a protester. "If the Americans and NATO continue to insult Islam, they will face the same fate that the Russians faced in Afghanistan."

Sep 12 08:55

ISIS Fighters Are Flaunting Their New Favorite US-Made Battle Rifle In Propaganda Videos

ISIS fighters are flaunting a modified variant of the M14 in a newly released propaganda video detailing the terror group’s urban warfare tactics as it makes a last stand against the U.S.-backed coalition laying siege to its Syrian stronghold of Raqqa. The video, which shows armed drones, vehicle-borne IEDs, and other unusual armament in action against Syrian Democratic Forces in the crowded thoroughfares of the city, is yet another example of U.S. military weapons and equipment ending up in the hands of militants across the battlefields of Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria and utilized against the very Western-backed forces they were meant to strengthen.

Sep 11 14:54

Putin to Trump: If You Arm the Ukraine, I'll Arm the Taliban

When big countries fight, sometimes little guys caught in between actually benefit.

When Russia was fighting the Taliban in the 80s, the US armed them, creating, among other things, a massive world terrorist threat.

Now that the US is firmly entrenched in a 16 year quagmire in the same place, Putin just offered to return the favor.

Sep 09 08:19

'Trump Must Comment' on US Allegedly Rescuing Daesh Commanders From Deir ez-Zor

President Donald Trump should initiate a probe into the alleged evacuation of Daesh leaders by the US from Syria's Deir ez-Zor which was "almost 100-percent true," Russian experts said, referring to previous escape corridors for terrorists in Raqqa and the 1979-1989 war in Afghanistan.

Sep 07 12:04

U.S. forces apologize for 'highly offensive' Afghan propaganda leaflet

A senior U.S. commander in Afghanistan apologized on Wednesday for a “highly offensive” leaflet which contained a passage from the Koran used in the Taliban militants’ banner superimposed on to the image of a dog.

The Taliban said the leaflet showed American hatred of Islam, adding that it had launched a suicide attack near the entrance to the U.S. Bagram Air Field, north of Kabul, in revenge.

The image, distributed by U.S. forces in Parwan province, north of Kabul, on Tuesday, showed a section of the Taliban’s banner superimposed onto the side of a dog - an animal considered unclean by Muslims. The banner contains a passage from the Koran in Arabic.

“The design of the leaflets mistakenly contained an image highly offensive to both Muslims and the religion of Islam,” Major General James Linder said in a statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having a double Picard facepalm, upon reading this!! :-(

Double Picard Face Palm

Sep 07 09:43

US Will Send 3,500 More Troops to Afghanistan

One week after the Pentagon announced an escalation of the Afghan War of an unspecified size, anonymous US officials are saying that the deployment will be about 3,500, bringing the total size of the US forces in the country to 14,500.

The Pentagon would officially neither confirm nor deny the figure, saying that they will not comment in any way on the numbers until there is an official announcement. This figure is roughly in line with expectations of the size of the deployment.

This is, however, expected to only be the first deployment in a much broader open escalation announced by President Trump last month. It’s not clear that subsequent deployments will be announced at all, with or without numbers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that the unholy triumverate of "President Whisperers", consisting of Mc Masters, Mattis, and Kelly, have collectively, solemnly, examined the sacrificial entrails, and then whispered into President Trump's ears "This time, it will be different, honest, we promise, Donald!"

I would like to very politely remind these gentlemen that doing something precisely the same way, over and over, and yet , somehow, miraculously, expecting a different outcome, is a classic definition of insanity.

This fear of being perceived as "failing to win" by the US military, 16 years on, has been the largest stumbling block to any rational, realistic thinking on Afghanistan.

What the government of the Unhinged, Surveilled States of America, and NATO, should be doing is evacuating their troops as quickly as is safely possible, then negotiating with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for the pipeline and mineral rights.

Of course, that...would be logical.

Sep 06 09:07

US airbase in Afghanistan targeted in suicide bombing – local media

A suicide bomber has reportedly detonated explosives at Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan, TOLO News reports. A number of people have been wounded, according to witnesses.

The detonation occurred at one of the entrances to the airbase, according to TOLO.

It comes just hours after a senior US commander in Afghanistan apologized for a "highly offensive" leaflet which was distributed by US forces in the province of Parwan.

Sep 05 14:16

Afghanistan Has Always Been A Failed And Failing War

Janine Jackson: On August 21, Donald Trump gave what one Washington Post writer called a “muscular speech” on his plans for the US’s long war in Afghanistan. Corporate media were critical of the lack of detail: How many new troops would be sent? How long exactly until the US annihilates all the terrorists? And media were critical of the messenger: Didn’t what was often benignly described as “continued US presence” in Afghanistan contradict Trump’s earlier views?

Sep 05 11:05

HOW ‘REGIME CHANGE’ WARS LED TO KOREA CRISIS

The U.S.-led aggressions against Iraq and Libya are two war crimes that keep on costing, with their grim examples of what happens to leaders who get rid of WMDs driving the scary showdown with North Korea, writes Robert Parry.

It is a popular meme in the U.S. media to say that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is “crazy” as he undertakes to develop a nuclear bomb and a missile capacity to deliver it, but he is actually working from a cold logic dictated by the U.S. government’s aggressive wars and lack of integrity.

Indeed, the current North Korea crisis, which could end up killing millions of people, can be viewed as a follow-on disaster to President George W. Bush’s Iraq War and President Barack Obama’s Libyan intervention. Those wars came after the leaders of Iraq and Libya had dismantled their dangerous weapons programs, leaving their countries virtually powerless when the U.S. government chose to invade.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Should the US go to war against North Korea, and begin hostilities, China will most likely come into the war on North Korea's side; as to this very real possibility, I would strongly caution President Trump to choose his battles wisely.
I would also suggest that war against China would be a foolish one, because at this point in the US military's existence, it does not have the weaponry; the money; the manufacturing; or the troop strength to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against China.

I certainly hope and pray that the current "President Whisperers", comprised of McMasters, Kelly, and Mattis, have been straight and upfront with President Trump, on this; but unfortunately, I sense that these advisors may see war as the only way out, because such actions have worked well economically in the past, when the country was in a financial bind.

But the game has fundamentally changed, in light of the fact that we are dealing with a nuclear-armed China, Russia, and - most recently - North Korea.

Sep 05 06:34

NATO Airstrike Kills 2 Civilians in Eastern Afghanistan - Reports

An airstrike conducted by NATO forces has killed two people and injured three others at a wedding ceremony in Afghanistan's eastern province of Ghazni, local media reported Monday.

Sep 01 10:51

Pentagon Announces Mystery Escalation of Afghan War

Less than a day after Pentagon officials quoted Defense Secretary James Mattis as insisting the US military would do a better job with transparency on troop levels, they’ve thrown that plan entirely out the window. Mattis has now signed orders on a planned escalation of the Afghan War.

The US had falsely claimed 8,400 troops were in Afghanistan, and corrected that yesterday to “about 11,000.” These new orders make that corrected figure obsolete, as the US is offering no details on the size of this new force being deployed.

The lack of figures should be unsurprising, as just last week President Trump insisted that the troop levels would not be made public, claiming the “enemy must never know.” Still, it makes Mattis’ comments just yesterday all the more bizarre, as he surely would’ve known the escalation was coming.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh) It appears that the Trump administration is doubling down on what hasn't worked in the last 16 years, due to this institutionalized fear of "not winning" this war.

I am having a very difficult time figuring why Sec Def Mattis, who should, with his very distinguished military career, know better than to do this, is doing it anyway.

But this cannot be seen as in any way a logical response to what is happening on the ground here.

Sep 01 09:31

Mattis signs orders to send additional troops to Afghanistan

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Thursday he had signed orders to send additional troops to Afghanistan, the most concrete step yet by President Donald Trump’s administration in tackling America’s longest war.

Mattis did not specify the size of the force, which will help combat Taliban insurgents and other armed Islamists.

“Yes, I have signed orders but it is not complete. In other words I have signed some of the (orders for) troops that will go and we are identifying the specific ones,” Mattis told reporters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Aug 31 12:03

The Same Ol’ Afghan War Fallacies

President Trump’s statement on Afghanistan has numerous shortcomings. It portrays as a “new strategy” what is instead a familiar kicking of a can down the road. It combines Trump’s habit of heaping blame on his predecessors with a warmed-over version of what those predecessors did in Afghanistan.

Aug 31 07:25

Raimondo: Fool's Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan

After 16 years of writing about it , I thought I knew a lot about the war in Afghanistan but Scott Horton's new book; "Fool's Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan" showed me how much I didn't know - and that's quite a bit

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Aug 30 15:22

Pentagon confirms 11,000 troops are in Afghanistan, 2.6k more than reported before

The Pentagon has acknowledged that the number of the US troops deployed in Afghanistan stands at 11,000, significantly higher than figures voiced previously.

The troop levels, aimed at “more transparency,” were revealed at a joint news briefing by the Pentagon’s Chief Spokesperson and Joint Staff Director Wednesday.

The new numbers add 2,600 to the previously voiced figure of 8,400. They do not, however, represent a troop increase in line with US President Donald Trump's recently announced new Afghanistan strategy.

Aug 30 02:04

AFGHAN OFFICIAL: 2 SECURITY GUARDS KILLED IN SUICIDE ATTACK

An Afghan official says at least two security guards have been killed after two suicide bombers launched a coordinated attack on a lawmaker’s house in eastern Nangarhar province. Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor, said both suicide bombers detonated suicide vests full of explosive outside of parliamentarian Zahir Qader’s house in Jalalabad, the provincial capital, on Wednesday morning. One guard was wounded in the attack, said Khogyani. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but Nangarhar province is one of the most dangerous regions of Afghanistan, where both the Taliban and Islamic State group affiliates operate. It also borders neighboring Pakistan and has been the scene of heavy fighting in recent years.

Aug 30 01:53

AFGHANISTAN: EXPLOSION ROCKS KABUL

This morning in the capital of Afghanistan, Kabul, an explosion occured near the US embassy. This is reported by Reuters with reference to the local police. According to the representative of the Interior Ministry of Afghanistan, Najib Danish, the explosion occurred at the entrance to the Kabul Bank branch located in the same area as the American diplomatic mission. Four people were killed, at least eight were injured, but the number of injured may raise.

Aug 29 14:23

No End In Sight: Pentagon Awards $727mn Contract To Support Afghan Air Force

The Pentagon has awarded a contract worth over $727 million in support of the Afghan Air Force and Special Mission Wing unit. It comes after Donald Trump’s recent “fight to win” commitment to the nation’s longest war, which has already cost over $780 billion.

Aug 29 10:27

Afghanistan and the CIA Heroin Ratline

The Persian Gulf harbors an array of extremely compromising secrets. Near the top is the Afghan heroin ratline – with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) positioned as the golden node of a transnational, trillion dollar heroin money laundering operation.
In this 21st century Opium War, crops harvested in Afghanistan are essentially feeding the heroin market not only in Russia and Iran but especially in the US. Up to 93% of the world's opium comes from Afghanistan.

Aug 29 08:23

AFGHANISTAN: AMERICA'S TRILLION DOLLAR WAR

16 years since the Bush administration launched its military intervention in Afghanistan, President Trump has announced his intention to increase the U.S. military presence in the country. As Statista's Niall McCarthy notes, there are approximately 8,400 U.S. troops on the ground in Afghanistan and reinforcements could start arriving within days. Trump's new strategy is set to extend the longest war in U.S. history and add even further to its already staggering cost.

Website "The Balance" has been keeping track of Afghanistan's economic impact and the conflict has now cost the U.S. at least $1.07 trillion since 2001.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF the Taliban could evolve from a paramilitary organisation into a political one, and engage with the standing government in Kabul, that would, perhaps, be a hopeful direction; I am, however, not holding my breath quite yet, that it is actually possible right now.

Aug 29 08:10

HOW THE DEEP STATE TIES DOWN TRUMP

President Trump has had his foreign policy hands and feet tied by the Russia (and Iran) Sanctions Act.

He now has been rendered “helpless”: in respect to détente with Russia — gulliverized, spitefully, by his own party, working with the Democrats, to empty Trump’s constitutional prerogatives in foreign policy – and to seize them for Congress.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I must offer a caveat that I hope and pray that I am dead wrong in the following scenarios.

However, that being said, just in case you were not aware, there has been a soft coup in the Unhinged, Surveilled States of America, and the junta now running the show are Mc Masters, Mattis, and Kelly, all former military.

Look for massive increases in wars, and the US military's commitment to them (as we are now observing in Afghanistan, with the allegedly "new serge"); against Iran; (Israel's favorite whipping post in the Middle East); more war crimes in Yemen, courtesy of collusion with the Saudis there; and against North Korea, China; and Russia.

These wars, in the larger scheme of things , will be waged to prevent the further ascendancy of the Yuan and the Ruble in international currency markets; control of rare earth elements necessary for manufacturing processes; control the oil pipelines, and insure that the oil is only sold to countries which are western-centric, and only for the US dollar.

Look for a return to the draft in this country, coming for both our young men as well as our young women; and if there is much more rioting in the streets, look for a suspension of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and the imposition of martial law.

I sincerely wish I could see a trajectory totally different from that which I have just described; but looking at the destruction and crumbling of US infrastructure, which is very much evidenced in the horrific damage caused by Harvey in Texas and Louisiana; the grinding into poverty of what used to be the American Middle Class through offshoring and outsourcing; the fragility of our financial system, coupled with strangling Federal debt, I just cannot see it right now.

The only suggestions I can offer at this point are simple, and common-sense.

Make certain you have long-term, storable food, potable water, and extra medications for yourselves, and your pets. Have a plan to meet with family, and bug out, if this is necessary.

If you have kids in school, find out what the school's policy is on releasing a child to their parents at a time which is not the regular dismissal time. IF there is a national crisis of some kind, some schools may well be locked down.

Get personal protection for yourselves and your loved ones with which you feel comfortable; because when the excrement hits the ventilation system, looters will be out in force to see what they can steal from you, again as witnessed by the flooding, and subsequent looting, in Huston over the last several days.

Aug 29 06:50

US ambassador expands on Washington’s new Afghan strategy

The US Ambassador to Russia John Tefft has provided explanations regarding the new US strategy in Afghanistan at a meeting with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported on Tuesday. "The Russian side outlined a number of issues requiring clarification in terms of parameters and modalities of the US military presence in Afghanistan," the Russian Foreign Ministry stressed. "It was noted that the new strategy is aimed at resolving the Afghan problem through the use of force, its consonance with the ‘recipes’ of the Obama administration, which, as it is known, have yielded no positive results." "Special attention was paid to the lack of transparency in the US military’s actions, which gives rise to well-grounded concern from Russia and other regional partners," the ministry noted.

Aug 28 09:11

As US Empire Fails, Trump Enters a Quagmire

A quagmire is defined as a complex or unpleasant position that is difficult to escape. President Trump’s recently announced war plans in Afghanistan maintain that quagmire. They come at a time when US Empire is failing and its leadership in the world is weakening. The US will learn what other empires have learned, “Afghanistan is the graveyard of empires.”

During the presidential campaign, some became convinced that Trump would not be an interventionist president. His tweets about Afghanistan were one of the reasons. In January of 2013, he tweeted,

“Let’s get out of Afghanistan. Our troops are being killed by the Afghanis we train and we waste billions there. Nonsense! Rebuild the USA.”

Now, we see a president who carries on the interventionist tradition of US Empire.

Aug 28 07:46

Trump’s strategy on Afghanistan to do more harm than good: Global Times

US politics stand on two fundamental pillars –
wars and sanctions. These are embodied in US politics in such a way that presidential candidates don’t have a chance of winning elections if they do not touch upon these in speeches and statements.

Candidates may adopt contrasting opinions and manifestos to convince
voters to vote for them, but at the end of the day, once they set foot in office nothing ever really changes.

From Bill Clinton to Donald Trump, US presidents have promised the
American people that they would walk a different political path than their predecessor. However, they each have ended up taking the same path.

Aug 28 07:37

Pakistan FM: Afghan Troops Sell US Arms to Taliban

While US officials continue to blame the Pakistani government for the enduring Taliban opposition to their Afghan occupation, Pakistan has been increasingly firing back regarding US missteps, and the impact those have had on the Pakistani side of the border.

So while US officials argue that the Pakistani government is providing “safe haven” for the Taliban, Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif today noted that throughout the 16-year US war, Afghan soldiers have been routinely selling US-provided arms to the Taliban.

This has been a recurring problem in the Afghan War, as the Taliban really are awash in US arms, both a product of sales from corrupt Afghan soldiers, and of Taliban looting of Afghan police checkpoints and making off with entire armories.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I not surprised, and I have to wonder; just what Sec-Def Mattis has in mind to prevent this in present and future deployments?!?

Aug 28 07:30

Trump and Afghanistan: A Hidden Agenda

The only voice in the administration making a different case was Steve Bannon, and his departure the previous week confirmed not only that there would be no change in policy, but that the takeover of the administration by the generals was now complete. Trumps three closest advisers on national security matters, Kelly, McMaster and Mattis have never shown the least interest in a reduced American military footprint anywhere in the world, much less in Afghanistan.

Aug 27 10:59

Britain MUST back Donald Trump and send more troops to Afghanistan

Writing for the Sunday Express today Sir Richard Stagg, British Ambassador in Kabul from 2012-15, says the UK must be prepared to send even more troops – a number “ in line with our historic share of the Afghan mission” and we should be prepared to keep them for as long as it takes to ensure the country doesn’t revert to an “ungoverned space from which Daesh (ISIS) can thrive and threaten Britain.”

Aug 27 09:18

Top U.S. general in Afghanistan says additional troops coming

The United States has begun sending additional troops to Afghanistan, the top U.S. military commander in the country said Saturday.

It comes after U.S. President Donald Trump announced a strategy on Afghanistan that calls for extra troops in the country.

In an exclusive interview with 1TV, General John Nicholson, the Commander of Resolute Support forces and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said that the additional troops were coming.

Aug 27 09:12

US Might ‘Stay In Afghanistan For Another Five Decades’

Colonel Lawrence B. Larry Wilkerson, a retired military officer and head of the Colin L. Powell office, the former US State Secretary has warned over the possible fight between the world and region super-power countries in Afghanistan.

In an interview with The Real News on Thursday, Wilkerson said the United States might stay for over 50 years in Afghanistan, because according to its strategic location, Afghanistan is the only place from where the US can take action against Russia and China.

He said the new US strategy on Afghanistan has designed the presence of US in Afghanistan in a way that the United States army will remain in Afghanistan for an unknown period of time.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Aug 26 08:31

More American Troops to Afghanistan, To Keep the Chinese Out? Lithium and the Battle for Afghanistan’s Mineral Riches

The US military bases are there to assert US control over Afghanistan’s mineral wealth. According to Foreign Affairs, “there are more U.S. military forces deployed there [Afghanistan] than to any other active combat zone”, the official mandate of which is “to go after” the Taliban, Al Qaeda and ISIS as part of the “Global war on Terrorism”.

Why so many military bases? Why the additional forces sent in by Trump?

The unspoken objective of US military presence in Afghanistan is to keep the Chinese out, i.e hinder China from establishing trade and investments relations with Afghanistan.

More generally, the establishment of military bases in Afghanistan on China’s Western border is part of a broader process of military encirclement of the People’s Republic of China.–i.e naval deployments in the South China sea, military facilities in Guam, South Korea, Okinawa, Jeju Island, etc. (see 2011 map below)

Pivot to Asia

Aug 26 07:56

Korea, Afghanistan, And The Never-Ending War Trap

While the US-backed 'Hunger Games' in South Korea plow on, a 'new strategy' for Afghanistan is really all about business. But China is already there... There are more parallels between an unfinished 1950s war in Northeast Asia and an ongoing 16-year-old war in the crossroads between Central and South Asia than meet the eye.

Aug 25 10:51

US TAXPAYERS SPENT $50 MILLION FOR LUXURY CARS, GUNS, & BOOZE TO MENTOR AFGHAN INTEL OFFICERS

A foreign company hired by the U.S. government to mentor and train Afghan intelligence officers billed Uncle Sam for more than $50 million in luxury cars - including Porsches, an Aston Martin, and a Bentley - and the lucrative salaries of executives and their spouses (who didn’t do any work). The firm also spent $1,500 on alcohol and $42,000 on automatic weapons prohibited under the terms of the contract, according to figures provided by a U.S. Senator from a federal audit that has not been released to the public.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And I would almost be willing to wager a penny ...that this report will never be released to the General Public.

And this, when homeless American Vets sleep rough in our alleys, and are unable to get treatment from the VA?!?

This spending in Afghanistan, demonstrates, once again, that average US citizens are irrelevant to those in the bowels of power in DC, and the government is only answerable to the monied corporate class, interested in controlling Afghanistan's pipelines; harvest its minerals; and keeping the burgeoning opium trade here going.

And trust me, in this next "surge" in Afghanistan; it won't be the men and women from the monied class who will die, or get maimed for life, serving this country's economic interests.

Aug 25 09:45

10 Fatal Flaws in Donald Trump's Afghanistan Plan

President Trump’s speech on Monday to the soldiers at Fort Myer about his Afghan policy did contain a few good points. But it also raised questions about his overall policy and strategy.

On the plus side, the president backed away from his campaign promise to precipitously withdraw from the conflict, and did not support using private contractors to fight the war, as some of his aides had urged.

But the failings in Trump’s new policy and strategy can be placed in at least ten major categories.

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