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Mar 17 13:17

No Criminal Charges For Bombing Afghan Hospital: US Defense Officials

US military officials say more than a dozen US military personnel have been punished for bombing a hospital that killed 42 people in Afghanistan last year, but they face no criminal charges.

Mar 16 14:16

FLASHBACK - General Wesley Clark Tells 'Democracy Now' The Truth About Middle East And War On Iraq!

Mar 15 11:42

Pentagon Expects Lull in Afghan Fighting for Poppy Harvest

The Afghan army's struggling 215th Corps in southwestern Helmand province is expected to get some respite in the coming weeks as the Taliban turns its attention to the lucrative poppy harvest, according to the U.S. military.
Army Brig. Gen. Wilson A. Shoffner said that the recent spike in attacks in which the 215th Corps has lost ground to the Taliban in Helmand is expected to drop off in the coming weeks as the insurgents focus on securing the harvest and moving it to the smuggling routes through Pakistan and Iran.

In Helmand, by far Afghanistan's major producer of opiates, the harvest moves "within the province from south to north as the weather allows, and we expect to see the same sort of pattern this year," said Shoffner, the main spokesman for NATO's Operation Resolute Support.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'd laugh at this; the only problem would be stopping laughing.

This headline should have read: "Pentagon ENGINEERS lull in Afghan fighting for Poppy Harvest."

And why?!? Please see the following articles:

http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/dyinginafghanistan.php

When the Taliban had opium production nearly eradicated, why is it that under US/NATO occupation, the opium production has soared in Afghanistan?!?

The stark, and ugly reality of the answer can be found here, as reported at americanfreepress.net, almost two years ago:

One of the big questions asked by naïve media talking heads is: Where does all of this heroin come from? The answer is the same as it was a decade ago following a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)-led invasion of Afghanistan: 75%-80% of the world’s heroin is exported from Afghanistan. In spite of the fact that the U.S. military controls a great deal of that mountainous country, production levels hit record highs last year. - See more at: http://americanfreepress.net/is-cia-fueling-new-u-s-drug-epidemic-using-... Since American forces have been entrenched in Afghanistan for a dozen years and have squandered over $700B to date, AMERICAN FREE PRESS has long been one of the few publications to openly address a highly taboo subject. Namely, elements within the CIA having been heavily involved with illegal narcotics trafficking since the Vietnam War in the 1960s and 1970s and Iran-Contra in the 1980s. On March 13, this reporter contacted investigative historian Robert Morrow, whose research into the murder of CIA-sanctioned pilot Barry Seal is unparalleled. Seal claims to have run drugs for U.S. intelligence. In terms of CIA links to the Afghan heroin trade, Henderson said: “They’ve been running it from the get-go, all the way back to when the Mujahideen were formed. It’s been the same game starting with Jimmy Carter’s people through Reagan, the Bushes, Clinton and now Obama.” Henderson provided more details: “After the Vietnam War when heroin stopped coming out of the Golden Triangle, the CIA set up bases near Afghanistan in the late 1970s. CIA asset Osama bin Laden helped train these men, and soon warlords were planting poppies. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this out. Obama’s advisors work for the same neocons as did Bush’s. These same people do the dirty work.

Mar 14 08:52

HERE’S A BOOM: PRIVATE MILITARY CONTRACTING SURGES IN IRAQ 2016

IRAQ’S THIRD AMERICAN-INVOLVED WAR HAS SEEN AN UNCANNY EXPLOSION IN PRIVATE MILITARY CONTRACTOR (PMC) OPERATIONS. AS THE WAR AGAINST ISIS RAZES THE COUNTRYSIDE, COMPANIES LIKE DYNCORP AND KBR FLOCK TO THE PROFIT MARGIN. THEIR PRESENCE AND ROLE IN THIS NEW CONFLICT, HOWEVER, REMINDS US ALL THAT THIS IS CERTAINLY NOT 2003.

The prior year has seen private military contractors hit Iraqi dirt harder than coalition bombs. In January 2015, Daily Caller reports, 250 contractors operated in Iraq while the Pentagon counted 2,028 in 2016. A seven page report facilitated the revelation, updating public-access data on contractor numbers and operations. The report also contained contractor information dedicated to Afghanistan, which vastly outnumber those in Iraq.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When one of the hottest areas of an economy has to do with the hiring of private mercs with which to pursue wars, you know that economy is in deep trouble!!

Mar 12 09:38

HEROIN EPIDEMIC HITS HOME IN DELAWARE VALLEY

The heroin epidemic in America is only getting worse every year.

Mar 11 10:03

George W. Bush Has Made His Decision On Whom To Support For President

NOBODY! That’s right, nobody!
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Bad blood between Cruz and Bush go back to when they were on opposite sides of a bitter lawsuit. Bush wanted to spare the life of an illegal alien rapist. Cruz wanted him executed, and Cruz won at the Supreme Court. Texas gave the guy the needle and GWB was still mad. Bush’s words about Cruz? “I just don’t like the guy.”

The decision not to throw his weight behind any single candidate comes a week after 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney – who attacked frontrunning contender Donald Trump – also declined to endorse any single Trump opponent.

(*Neil must really be The Black[est] Sheep of the family !)

Mar 11 05:58

The REAL Ted Cruz EXPOSED

The REAL Ted Cruz EXPOSED – What You DON’T KNOW ABOUT TED!
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), thanks to the failure of fellow Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), is now the establishment’s top choice for President.
Despite Cruz’s conservative rhetoric and willingness to cause problems in the U.S. Senate… this switch was surprisingly easy. What happened?
As perhaps the most infamous Republican insider Roger Stone reports, Cruz is really a Bush… just with a different last name:
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The Bush-Cruz connection is clear. Ted was George W.’s brain when he ran for president. A top policy adviser, Ted maneuvered for Solicitor General in Bush World but settled for a plum at the Federal Trade Commission. Ted’s a Bush man with deep ties to the political and financial establishment. Ted and wife Heidi brag about being the first “Bush marriage” – they met as Bush staffers. Cruz was an adviser on legal affairs while Heidi was an adviser on economic policy and eventually director for the Western Hemisphere on the National Security Council under Condoleezza Rice.>>>

Mar 10 15:59

British-Trained Afghan National Army Is Falling Apart – Report

Partially trained by UK troops as an exit strategy, the Afghan National Army (ANA) is now wracked with recruitment and equipment woes and endemic corruption, a Kings College London (KCL) study claims.

Mar 07 14:06

12 Ways Your Tax Dollars Were Squandered in Afghanistan

The United States has now spent more money reconstructing Afghanistan than it did rebuilding Europe at the end of World War II, according to a government watchdog.

Mar 07 08:55

Ron Paul in Classic 1999 Speech to Congress: "What about the unintended consequence of supporting Osama bin Laden!! How absurd can it get??"

In this classic speech given on 5/6/1999 from the floor of Congress which aired on C-SPAN, Congressman Ron Paul (R, TX) was opposing a Fiscal Year 1999 Supplemental Spending Appropriations Bill. He begins by talking about Congressional funding of undeclared wars and then Congress wanting to micromanage the conflicts, and then gets into bin Laden. Keep in mind this was two years and four months before 9/11/2001. "You talk about unintended consequences! They're so numerous! What about the unintended consequence of supporting the KLA, who's supported by Osama bin Laden!! How absurd can it get?? You know, Osama bin Laden was our good friend because he was a freedom fighter in Afghanistan and we gave him our weapons. And supported him," an outraged dark-haired Ron Paul said, before walking off the podium in disgust.

Mar 05 10:14

A new U.S. commander takes over a deteriorating Afghanistan war

A new commander took charge of the U.S.-led military coalition in Afghanistan on Wednesday as a deadly suicide bombing illustrated the challenges he confronts in a conflict now in its 15th year.

Gen. John W. “Mick” Nicholson took over from Gen. John F. Campbell during a ceremony at NATO coalition headquarters in Kabul at a moment when insurgents control more territory in Afghanistan than at any time since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion.

Nicholson, 58, praised Afghan and international forces for continuing the fight against antigovernment militants, who now include not only the Taliban but also fighters claiming allegiance to Syria- and Iraq-based Islamic State.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

After 15 years, with no military metric by which the US and NATO can claim any degree of military victory, this transition is somewhat akin to re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

Mar 05 09:15

Taliban refuses to hold peace talks with Afghan govt

KABUL: The Taliban on Saturday refused to resume long-stalled peace talks with the Afghan government, reiterating their preconditions for holding dialogue, a statement said.

"We want to repeat our stance once again that until the occupation of foreign troops ends, until Taliban names are removed from international blacklists and until our detainees are released, talks will yield no results," it said.

Mar 04 16:29

War-Torn Afghanistan Now Safe Enough To Resume Deportations, UK Court Rules

Afghan asylum seekers can now be sent back to their war-ravaged country after an appeal by Home Secretary Theresa May saw a blanket ban on deportations overturned.

Mar 03 14:31

Brave Afghan Forces Kill Inside Hospital, For Freedom

Apparently a new feature of the modern war of terror is the shameless, blameless, overt targeting of hospitals, doctors and bedridden patients, all without the means of even modest self-defense.

Mar 02 14:32

BLASTS AND GUNFIRE KILLED AT LEAST 6 OUTSIDE INDIAN CONSULATE IN AFGHANISTAN’S JALALABAD

Today, it is reported that bomb blasts and gunfire near the Indian consulate in the eastern Afghanistan city of Jalalabad killed six people, including a police officer and four gunmen. According to the report, the Wednesday explosions are targeted in an area with several other foreign missions...

Mar 02 07:31

Hidden helpers in the heroin trade

Feb 29 21:53

Donald Trump Wants To Legalize Marijuana

Up to the states he says. A Constitution Man. I can dig it!

Published on Oct 29, 2015
Trump answers legalization of marijuana question at Reno, NV rally on 10/29/15. His answer: he supports medical marijuana FULLY, and supports state legalization of RECREATIONAL marijuana.

Feb 28 10:37

Defence Debacle: Afghan witness still in NZ

A failed challenge to the credibility of a journalist by the Defence Force has blown up in its face, cost taxpayers more than $1 million and resulted in an Afghan police unit commander whose evidence did not survive scrutiny seeking to stay in New Zealand as a refugee.

The commander was flown out to be the Defence Force's key witness in a defamation case but the Herald can reveal he did not return home after the retrial was abandoned and is seeking to stay permanently.

In response to one of a series of Official Information Act requests by the Herald, the Defence Force confirmed only one of two people it flew from Afghanistan for the retrial boarded their return flight on December 15, 2014.

"No further information is able to be provided on the second person," it said.

The Herald understands the person who returned to Kabul was an interpreter and that the commander remains in New Zealand and is pursuing an application to be accepted as a refugee.

Feb 28 09:11

Afghanistan Part III: Central Asia Grand Chessboard

The timing of both Brzezinski’s book and the Bush Jr. Administration “carpet of bombs” threat to the Taliban are instructive since both occurred prior to the 911 attacks, which provided the perfect pretext for the massive Central Asian intervention that Brzezinski, Bush and their City of London bosses were advocating.

Dr. Johannes Koeppl – former German Defense Ministry official and adviser to NATO Secretary General Manfred Werner – explained of this rash of “coincidences” in November 2001, “The interests behind the Bush Administration, such as the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission and the Bilderberger Group, have prepared for and are now implementing open world dictatorship (which will be established) within the next five years. They are not fighting against terrorists. They are fighting against citizens.”

Drugistan

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, the biggest drug deal in the country of the United States, and around the world, is the country of the United States!!

Feb 25 14:30

Presidential Elections 2016: The Revolt of the Masses

Commentators grossly oversimplify when they reduce the revolt to incoherent expressions of ‘anger’.

The presidential elections of 2016 have several unique characteristics that defy common wisdom about political practices in 21st century America.

Clearly the established political machinery – party elites and their corporate backers -have (in part) lost control of the nomination process and confront ‘unwanted’ candidates who are campaigning with programs and pronouncements that polarize the electorate.

But there are other more specific factors, which have energized the electorate and speak to recent US history. These portend and reflect a realignment of US politics.

In this essay, we will outline these changes and their larger consequences for the future of American politics.

We will examine how these factors affect each of the two major parties.

Feb 25 08:47

The Globalists and the Islamists:

The Globalists and the Islamists:

Fomenting the "Clash of Civilizations" for a New World Order

Part Two:

The Muslim Brotherhood – The Globalists' Secret Weapon

I. The Roots of Islamic Terrorism
II. Creating the 'Arc of Crisis'
III. The Muslim Brotherhood Branches Out
IV. Osama Bin Laden: The Early Years
V. Bin Laden In Exile
VI. World Trade Center 1993
VII. Bin Laden's Money Problems
VIII. The Brotherhood Revolution Continues

Feb 24 05:45

Russians Ride Fast – Israel Shamir

If the rebels grasp the chance and enter serious negotiations for a coalition government, peace is possible.

The Russians accepted the US proposal to cease fire in Syria (or rather to end hostilities). They had made a similar proposal a few weeks ago, so this is in line with their thinking. Russians have made huge successes in Syria; they achieved an astonishing and unexpected victory with very few losses.

It was a reputational victory it was as well as a military one. Russia entered the Syrian war at a low point internationally.

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Feb 22 19:37

PCR: The Evil Empire Has The World In A Death Grip

Paul Craig Roberts blogs on the recent release of an updated version of the book "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" by the former "hit man" John Perkins.

PCR:
Perkins shows that despite his revelations, the situation is worse than ever and has spread into the West itself. The populations of Ireland, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Italy, and the United States itself are now being looted by Hit Man activity.

Perkins’ book shows that the US is “exceptional” only in the unbridled violence it applies to others who get in its way. One of the new chapters tells the story of France-Albert Rene, president of Seychelles, who threatened to reveal the illegal and inhumane eviction of the residents of Diego Garcia by Britain and Washington so that the island could be converted into an air base from which Washington could bomb noncompliant countries in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. Washington sent in a team of jackels to murder the president of Seychelles, but the assassins were foiled. All but one were captured, tried and sentenced to execution or prison, but a multi-million dollar bribe to Rene freed them. Rene got the message and became compliant.

Feb 22 08:49

Bush Haunts The GOP

“The evil that men do lives after them,” wrote Shakespeare. A prime example, former US President George W. Bush who appeared last week campaigning in South Carolina for his amiable younger brother, Jeb.

George W. continues to haunt the Republican Party and damage its electoral chances. At home, Bush has been staying out of public gaze; abroad, he is widely hated and limits overseas travel due to fear of war crimes arrest for his 2003 invasions of Iraq.

Republican spin doctors and the rightwing US media has been trying to soft soap Bush and his mentor, Dick Cheney, for years and slowly expunge their disastrous Iraq and Afghanistan Wars that opened a Pandora’s Box of horrors across the Muslim world. Democrats who cheered the war have equally sought to dodge responsibility. However, Hillary Clinton can’t seem to escape her tawdry war record.

Feb 22 04:56

Requiem for the Bush Dynasty

An unrivaled political pedigree and $100-million war chest were not enough to overcome an undeniable fact: voters didn’t buy what Jeb Bush was selling.

(*...all the king's horses and all the king's men...
from nursery rhyme 'Humpty Dumpty' )

Feb 21 05:20

The Empire Doesn’t Retreat or Compromise

Reading mainstream media news, analyses, and opinion pieces about this war is completely useless, as everything is either uninformed and clueless gibberish or propaganda and deception.

I wrote this text over several days and every time I sat down again to continue there came another headline to my mind. The first headline was “Nobody said, that it will be easy,” the second “Waiting for the Turkey-Russia showdown,” the third “Playing the terrorism game,” the fourth “Everything is better than war.”

In the end I settled for the header “The empire doesn’t retreat or compromise.”

This statement stands the test of time, it has been proven throughout human history, and there is only one single exemption, only one short period where retreat and compromise are a possibility. This short period is the time when the empire is in terminal decline and in the process of collapsing.

Feb 20 12:42

BBC Report Explains How US & UK Weapons Flow To Al-Qaida & Other Extremists In Syria

Western weapons and equipment flow freely between the so-called “moderate” rebels in Syria and their close allies from extremist groups like al-Qaida, according to an investigation from a BBC reporter. In a Dec. 17 episode of the BBC Radio series “The Report,” investigative journalist Peter Oborne documented disturbing evidence that the United Kingdom and United States continue to support the the Syrian opposition, particularly the Free Syrian Army, despite ample evidence that they work closely with extremist groups NATO has traditionally thought of as enemies.

Feb 20 07:53

Iraq War Scandal: Dick Cheney Company Profited From War

If you work for the Elite who profit from the military industrial complex, do not expect them to take care of you while in Iraq or Afghanistan. Not unless you work in the private sector and have connections.

Feb 19 19:46

Zika is a Reproductive Rights Issue

The mosquito-borne Zika virus, which is becoming a burgeoning public health issue in 26 countries in the Latin American region, has been making international headlines for weeks. The symptoms of Zika are mild: They include joint pain, fever, rash, and red eyes, and should only last a few days — unless you’re pregnant.

Feb 19 13:45

Afghanistan's US-funded 'Pentagon' at risk in major quake, report finds

When the next major earthquake hits Afghanistan, could it leave the leadership of the Afghan military buried under five stories' worth of rubble?

John F. Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, does not rule it out. In an audit set for release Thursday, Sopko said the new $155 million Afghan military headquarters, funded by U.S. taxpayers, may not withstand the Big One.

"Although the building generally met contract requirements and appears well built, we found some construction deficiencies that may have safety implications . . . in the event of an earthquake," the inspector general wrote to U.S. military leaders.

Sopko was referring to engineering standards that call for the foundations of large buildings to be segmented, allowing movement to be diverted in multiple directions. That would lessen the chance of large structures shaking to the point of collapse.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutley unbelievable!!

Is it impossible for the US to do anything right in Afghanistan?!?

Having done marketing for a structural engineer for many years, I understand the importance of a construction project meeting all quake code standards, to prevent a catastrophe if a quake hits.

The company which got the contract, was Paaya Construction, in Afghanistan, and is owned by one Allem Safdari, it's President. I have to wonder just what weight he carried with the Afghan government, and how much the award of this contract was political, but not because of actual merit and experience of his team.

Feb 19 10:45

DICK CHENEY POISONED HUNDREDS OF US TROOPS IN IRAQ — THEY’RE DYING — AND THE MEDIA IS SILENT

The legacy of death and misery from the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan continues today, and, once again, Dick Cheney plays a central role. A new book by Joseph Hickman, a former U.S. Marine and Army sergeant, titled “The Burn Pits: The Poisoning of America’s Soldiers” details how soldiers and local civilian populations were exposed to constant streams of toxic smoke from the burning of waste.

The infamous Kellog, Brown, and Root (KBR), which was a part of Dick Cheney’s corporate empire under Halliburton, operated about 250 burn pits which contributed to the $40 billion that Halliburton made during the Iraq occupation. “Every type of waste imaginable” was burned, including “tires, lithium batteries, asbestos insulation, pesticide containers, Styrofoam, metals, paints, plastic, medical waste and even human corpses.”

This reprehensible practice proves yet again that nothing is sacred when it comes to the military machine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The complete expendability of our troops in the field is a disgusting and blatantly immoral chapter in the history of America's wars of aggression.

And unfortunately, even though that unholy trinity of Cheney, Bush, and Rumsfeld has slithered away from the spotlight, the horrific damage they did to our troops lives' on, and the VA's institutional culture of repressing, ignoring, and refusing to acknowledge this damage continues, unabated.

I frankly think that one of the most surprising things for most Americans, when Cheney had his heart transplant, was that he had one to begin with. One has to wonder just how much he paid to whom to get himself on the top of the waiting list for a donor heart. Of course money can do that, no matter how vile the practices were leading to the "earning" of that money.

Feb 18 20:50

“The Burn Pits” reveals how a Dick Cheney-connected company got rich while U.S. soldiers got poisoned

So what are the “burn pits”? When the U.S. military set up a base in Iraq or Afghanistan, instead of building incinerators to dispose of the thousands of pounds of waste produced each day, they burned the garbage in big holes in the ground. The garbage they constantly burned included “every type of waste imaginable” including “tires, lithium batteries, asbestos insulation, pesticide containers, Styrofoam, metals, paints, plastic, medical waste and even human corpses.”

Here’s where the story gets even more infuriating. As a result of the privatization of many aspects of military operations, the burn pits were operated by Kellogg, Brown, and Root (KBR), a former subsidiary of Halliburton, the company where Dick Cheney was CEO before ascending to the White House. During the Bush administration, Halliburton made nearly $40 billion from lucrative government contracts (despite many corruption scandals), Dick Cheney and his corporate allies got incredibly rich, and the soldiers whose lives have likely been destroyed by this reckless operation… are pretty much screwed.

Feb 18 17:34

Bush, 9/11, and Iraq: Trump Gets It Right

by Sheldon Richman, February 18, 2016

Donald Trump, for all his obnoxious demagoguery, is adding value to the presidential campaign by calling former President George W. Bush to account for 9/11 and the Iraq war, which set in motion the growth and spread of al-Qaeda and the rise of the Islamic State. Former U.S. rulers rarely face consequences for the horrible things they do in office. Condemnation is considered impolite.

So good for Trump. Unfortunately, he shows no sign of having done his homework; so his charges against Bush are little more than soundbites, allowing Bush defenders to dismiss Trump as a kook. But this time he is not a kook.

Feb 18 05:14

Bush struggles to mask mounting frustration

'I should stop campaigning maybe,' the candidate quips.


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“The press is totally at the mercy of Donald Trump,” Bush said after Edward Scott, 58, a Bush supporter, stood up and expressed concern that the former governor’s pitch on preparedness and policy “doesn’t resonate” and that the bombastic businessman has been “knocking [him] off center.”

Moments later though, a second likely Bush supporter, David Villinger, 62, stood up and offered a similar lament that his campaign “has been co-opted by the P.T. Barnum of our time.”

Then a third questioner encouraged Bush to show more fire, asking Bush if he could be more of “an [S.O.B.]” like his brother.

Feb 17 15:56

Afghan civilian casualties in 2015 hit record high – UN report

The number of civilians killed or injured in Afghanistan in 2015 was the highest in the last seven years amid increased fighting between pro-government forces and insurgent groups.

Feb 17 11:06

Cheney Calls Trump a 'Liberal Democrat' After Bush 9/11 Claims

Former Vice President Dick Cheney wants Donald Trump to get his facts straight. Cheney, who served under President George W. Bush from 2001-2009, sounded off on Trump for claiming that Bush failed to keep Americans safe in the wake of the September 11 terror attacks at Saturday’s GOP debate in South Carolina. Trump then held two press conferences on the campaign trail this weekend in case the press didn’t hear him the first time.

(*When Jeb called the family into his campaign , I didn't realize he meant the WHOLE family .
Cheney's screwing with us . '
claiming that Bush failed to keep Americans safe in the wake of the September 11 terror attacks' I don't recall that coming from Trump . I just remeber him saying 9/11 happened on Bush' watch . And if memory is serving me well , I seem to recall George W Bush & Richard Dick Cheney sitting in the highest executive chairs in the nation , on that day .)

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Feb 16 13:45

Trump’s crafty move on Iraq: His war comments allow conservatives to move past the Bush years while saving face

Trump's Iraq comments were initially surprising, but they give conservatives a way to put Bush years behind them
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Trump accused the former president of lying about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and called the war “a big, fat mistake.” Trump also sneered at Jeb Bush that the “World Trade Center came down during your brother’s reign.” These comments range from demonstrably true (the 9/11 comment) to arguable (there’s no proof that Bush knowingly lied, but his administration did heavily massage the evidence to get their preexisting desire to start a war in Iraq). Perhaps unaccustomed to hearing reality-based rhetoric during their debates, the Republican audience booed Trump loudly for this.

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Feb 15 10:52

Why the Syria ceasefire is a long shot

Washington and its allies are not interested in peace. They want regime change – by hook or by crook.

An end to the Syrian conflict is desperately needed. But the latest plan for a cessation of violence is unlikely to take hold, as the deal struck by international powers is based on fundamentally opposing premises.

In short, Washington and its allies want regime change, while Russia and Iran insist that President Bashar Al-Assad and his government are the legitimate ruling authorities in Syria. All sides are mandated by UN resolutions to respect the sovereign will of the Syrian people – to determine the political future of their country.

Feb 15 10:49

A Syrian Breakthrough – Israel Shamir

Now the deed is done, the corridor is blocked.

If and when Aleppo and the whole Aleppo district will be taken by the Syrian army, we would be able to congratulate Putin and Assad – and Syrian people – with a great victory.

The Russians raise alarms that a Turkish invasion into Syria is imminent. Russian media is foaming at the mouth about the perfidious Turks; a veritable Two Minutes Hate ritual (vide Orwell) on the state-managed TV channels being repeated a few times a day. The idea is to scare Turks stiff so they will not move while the operation in the North lasts. On the other side, the Russian opposition draws frightful scenarios of Janissaries slaughtering the Russian boys on the Syrian terrain. The Turkish media also tries to instil fear in the Russkies by saying what they can do.

Feb 15 09:50

UN: Afghan Civilian Casualties Hit New High in 2015

The United Nations said Sunday Afghan hostilities left more than 3,500 civilians dead and nearly 7,500 others wounded in 2015, an increase of four percent in civilian casualties from the previous year.

The U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said the number of civilian casualties during 2015 were the highest recorded since it began its systematic documentation of civilian casualties in 2009.

Feb 15 08:34

RETIRED ARMY COLONEL: US WILL HAVE A PRESENCE IN AFGHANISTAN FOR ANOTHER 50 YEARS

Afghanistan is a geostrategic and economic prize that the West will not want to relinquish anytime soon.In an interview at the end of 2015, the former chief of staff to Colin Powell and retired US Army Colonel, Lawrence Wilkerson, outlined the realistic timescale he believes the US will be involved in Afghanistan, in addition to emphasizing the strategic importance of the country to the US. Speaking to Abby Martin on her show ‘The Empire Files’ for Telesur, Wilkerson asserted that the “US presence in Afghanistan will not go away for another half-century” (from 20:05 into the interview):

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Years ago, when I told people that most probably, we would not leave Afghanistan, I got laughed at; when I mention this today, people are not laughing at all.

Feb 15 08:10

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

By Steven MacMillan

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

Feb 15 08:04

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

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

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

Feb 15 07:47

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

By John Vibes

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

Feb 14 08:27

Trump, Jeb Bush clash over George W. Bush

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

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

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

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

Feb 13 05:32

Jeb Bush On His Foreign Policy

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

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

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Feb 09 08:50

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

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

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

Feb 08 22:04

Sibel Edmonds, Guillermo Jimenez & Pearse Redmond on NEWSBUD

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

Feb 07 15:41

Photos of US prisoner abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan released

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

Feb 05 09:01

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Feb 05 07:56

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Feb 04 11:07

Germany urges Afghanistan to stop refugee influx, pledges security aid

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

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Feb 03 13:40

Afghanistan is on the brink after US invests $100 billion

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Feb 03 11:44

WHAT OUR CHILDREN ARE DYING FOR IN AFGHANISTAN

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Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Feb 01 12:37

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

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

Feb 01 09:30

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

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

Feb 01 08:28

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Feb 01 08:05

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jan 31 09:55

Six Years and $17 Billion Wasted in Afghanistan

What did you get for Christmas these last six years?

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

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

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Jan 30 06:44

Taliban Control of Afghanistan Highest Since U.S. Invasion

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

What is wrong with this picture?!? Everything.

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

Jan 29 13:24

TALIBAN CONTROL OF AFGHANISTAN HIGHEST SINCE U.S. INVASION

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

Jan 28 14:44

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

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

Jan 27 07:06

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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