Apr 26 08:02

Afghan troops sweep ISIS area after MOAB blast - Trump keeping his word!

"US and Afghan troops continue to battle Islamic State fighters near the site where an 11-ton “mother of all bombs” was dropped last week in Nangarhar province, on the Afghanistan border"

Apr 25 08:59

UN: Torture by Government ‘Widespread’ in Afghanistan

Since the US invasion and occupation of Afghanistan in 2001, torture has been an ongoing problem, with both the occupation forces, and in particular the allied Afghan security forces, routinely abusing detainees captured in “conflict-related” circumstances.

The UN has issued a new report warning that the problem of torture among security forces is “as widespread as ever,” noting that at least 39 percent of detainees interviewed by the UN gave credible testimony of having been tortured by Afghan police, troops, or intelligence officials.

This is up from 35% reporting torture during the last UN report, in 2015. They also noted that despite repeated assurances by the Afghan government that torture won’t be tolerated, there is a near total lack of accountability for those torturing detainees in the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh) absoflippinglutely unbelievable, yet thoroughly predictable.

Apr 25 08:55

US General Thinks Russia Must Be Arming the Taliban

The Afghan War is going extremely poorly, 16 years in, and the US military needs someone to blame for its failures. The first choice among a lot of top military figures seems to be Russia, and while they offer no evidence to back up their claims, several have alleged that Russia might conceivably be arming the Taliban.

US commandeer Gen. John Nicholson appeared to be joining that camp today during comments in Kabul, complaining about the “malign influence” of Russia in the country, and insisting that he was “not refuting” allegations of Russia shipping weapons to the Taliban.

“Not refuting” is a very weak version of alleging, in this case, as US officials have offered no evidence that this is the case, nor any plausible reason why Russia would conceivably do this, as Russia fought materially the same insurgency during the 1970s and 1980s.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The reality here is that the war in Afghanistan was stupidly conceived, through a toxic combination of magical thinking, illogic, and a pathological inability to think a scenario through to its logical conclusion, and horribly executed, by the US and NATO, which still occupy the country today.

Blaming Russia for the US and NATO's failures in Afghanistan sound both like desperation on the cusp of madness, and a ramping up of the demonisation of Russia ahead of a potential attack against it, without any tangible evidence that these accusations are true.

What US and NATO leadership should do, from the most rational perspective, is to cut their losses; have all foreign troops leave Afghanistan, as quickly as it is safe to do so; then negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for pipeline rights, and access to Afghanistan's rich mineral deposits.

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

Apr 24 15:53

Mattis In Afghanistan To Shape US Strategy

US Defense Secretary James Mattis has arrived in Afghanistan on a surprise visit aimed at shaping President Donald Trump’s strategy in the conflict-ridden country, amid signs of renewed violence.

Apr 24 09:52

Police Provocation At Flint Town Hall Results In Six Arrests

Armed police wearing bullet-proof vests dominated a so-called Town Hall Thursday evening called by Flint Mayor Karen Weaver to air the “feedback, questions and concerns” of residents after her announcement of a proposal for the 30-year future of the city’s water system. Many residents questioned the selection of venue, the House of Prayer Missionary Church, rather than a public space, given that this was supposed to be a forum for residents to air their grievances.

Apr 24 08:11


2001 was the official year U.S. forces began to invade Afghanistan with hostile force following the 9/11 attacks. President George W. Bush told Americans it was to defeat the Taliban and those terrorists who were threatening the United States. However, sixteen years later, the truth begins to emerge on what is at stake in Afghanistan and what there is to gain… dope, minerals, and power.

Afghanistan provides 90% of the world’s Opium, the raw material needed for the production of Heroin. It is basically the only way Afghanistan can keep their economy going. Without the Poppy fields, Afghanistan is finished.

Apr 21 08:28

Report: 300 U.S. Marines ‘En Route’ to Taliban Stronghold in Afghanistan

An estimated 300 U.S. Marines are heading to a Taliban stronghold in the southern Afghanistan province of Helmand, one of the deadliest regions of the ongoing war for coalition forces located along the Pakistan border, reports Marine Corps Times.

The American troops are expected to reach their destination — where the Taliban has largely reversed previous U.S./NATO coalition gains — by the end of this month. Nearly all of Helmand has once again fallen under the control of the Taliban. Helmand sits next to Kandahar province, widely known as the birthplace of the Taliban.

Apr 20 09:50

US Troops Fighting ISIS Fighters at Site of MOAB Bombing

Last week, the US deployed the MOAB “Mother of All Bombs” in Afghanistan for the first time ever, dropping it in a remote part of Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province, supposedly against ISIS tunnels. Today, Pentagon officials confirmed that US ground troops are near the site of the bombing, still fighting ISIS forces.

The MOAB is the largest non-nuclear bomb ever deployed by the US, but what it actually accomplished is unclear, as the Pentagon has not confirmed any death tolls, and is keeping the site off-limits. That there are still ISIS fighters there to fight against, however, suggests that the MOAB was far from decisive.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, we had... sound, fury, and destruction, signifying absolutely nothing, in terms of winning against ISIS.

Do you realise that a 16 year old kid in this country has never awakened to a day when the US military wasn't at war somewhere or other in the world, under the "excuse" of the alleged "war on terror"?!?

Except it's not a war on terror; it's a war for resources.

In Iraq, it was about making sure the country's oil was sold only in US dollars by a US- centric government.

In Afghanistan, where we have been at war going on 16 years, it was about oil pipeline routes, and the embarrassment of mineral riches this country possesses.

What a sane US government and NATO leadership would do would be to pull their troops out of the country as safely as humanly possible, and negotiate with whatever government was left standing for the pipeline rights and access to the minerals.

Of course, THAT...would be logical, and take away profits from the US's military/industrial complex.

With all the existing and potential wars the US government is itching to fight, and continues to fight, I see the re-institution of a draft in this country, and this time, it will be coming for not only our young men, but also our young women.

I don't know what the Vegas bookies' odds are on timing of the return of the draft, but I would think potentially, sooner, rather than later; perhaps within the next 12 months.

Apr 19 17:11

Hundreds Of U.S. Marines Headed To Afghanistan

With the US seeking to slow the mounting losses by the Afghan military in the southern Helmand Province, the Pentagon has announced a deployment of roughly 300 US Marines to the province, with the fighters expected to arrive by the end of the month.

Apr 19 13:44

US bombing site in Afghanistan still cordoned off

Afghan security forces are still blocking access to the site in the eastern province of Nangarhar, where the US military dropped last week the largest non-nuclear bomb ever used in combat.

Apr 19 09:18

Zakharova: US leading the world into Catastrophe

Apr 18 09:19

Afghan Ex-President Karzai: Trump Committed an Atrocity With Massive Bombing

While the current Afghan government tries to defend the US use of the MOAB “Mother of All Bombs” last week against the Nangarhar Province, former President Hamid Karzai was extremely critical of the action, calling it an “immense atrocity” against fellow human beings.

Karzai complained that the current government was not offering enough comment when the US commits large strikes, saying the use of the largest non-nuclear bomb in history amounted both to a violation of Afghan sovereignty, and inherent disrespect to Afghanistan’s soil and environment.

The MOAB strike was dropped in the Achin District of Nangarhar, above what the US claimed was a substantial tunnel network used by ISIS. Though there is no sign of damage done to the tunnels, and MOAB is not intended to be a penetration bomb, President Trump has heralded it as a “successful event.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hamid Karzai is absolutely correct in his assessment here.

And I have to ask why the general who ordered this strike believed it was the right weapon to use at this time, and what the true objective really was.

Apr 18 06:55

Pence Admits Syria, Afghanistan Props Against North Korea

During a visit to South Korea, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence admitted Monday that the recent bombings of Syria and Afghanistan were a warning to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Which is as much as admitting that the gas attack on Idlib was a false-flag to justify the Syria strike. That sends the WRONG message; that the US attacks countries on the basis of lies.

Apr 18 06:35

Trump Has Killed Beautiful Babies in Four Countries

US president Donald Trump sounded sincere when he described how he felt after seeing pictures of "beautiful little babies" allegedly killed by a Syrian government chemical weapons attack on April 4.

“These heinous actions by the Assad regime cannot be tolerated," said Trump, and hours later, the US launched nearly 60 tomahawk missiles in response to the allegations.

But what about the beautiful little babies killed by US bombs since Trump became president? Is Trump not concerned about those children because they were killed by his missiles, and not Assad’s chemical weapons?

In the first three months of his presidency, Trump has dropped bombs – and killed children – in Yemen, Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq.

Apr 17 09:22

Wanna see why Trump is bombing Syria and Afghanistan?

Apr 16 15:03

How to bring down the elephant in the room

The reason why I decided to tackle this issue today is that the forces who broke Trump in less than a month are also the very same forces who have forced him into a political 180: the Neocons and the US deep state. However, I think that these two concepts can be fused into on I would call the “Ziocons”: basically Zionists plus some rabid Anglo imperialists à la Cheney or McCain. These are the folks who control the US corporate media, Hollywood, Congress, most of academia, etc. These are the folks who organized a ferocious assault on the “nationalist” or “patriotic” wing of Trump supporters and ousted Flynn and Bannon and these are the folks who basically staged a color revolution against Trump. There is some pretty good evidence that the person in charge of this quiet coup is Jared Kushner, a rabid Zionist. Maybe. Maybe not.

Apr 16 08:59

Top US official visits Afghanistan after huge bomb attack

US National Security Advisor Gen. H.R McMaster arrived in Kabul on Sunday days after the American military dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb on Islamic State grouphideouts in eastern Afghanistan, killing nearly a hundred militants.
On his first visit to the country as President Donald Trump's envoy, McMaster said on Twitter he was set to hold "very important talks on mutual cooperation".

Apr 16 07:17

Wikileaks: Afghan Tunnels Bombed By US "Were Built By CIA"

Earlier this week, President Trump ordered the dropping of a Massive Ordinance Air Blast (MOAB) on an Islamic State hideout in Afghanistan. The "Mother of All Bombs" allegedly killed at least 100 Islamic State jihadists. However, Wikileaks points out the cave complex that the bomb was dropped on was built by the CIA.

Apr 16 06:19

Afghans whose homes were stolen by the Islamic State are happy the U.S. dropped a mega bomb on their neighborhood

Hopefully, many ISIS militants were killed in the attack. May it be the first of many.

Apr 14 12:07

US snubs 11-state Afghanistan peace conference, says Russia trying to ‘assert influence’

Washington failed to attend the latest international conference hosted by Moscow, where 11 nations discussed ways of bringing peace to Afghanistan. The US branded it a “unilateral Russian attempt to assert influence in the region.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Anyone remember Charlie Wilson's War?

Apr 14 09:43

Trump Proud of Using 'Mother of All Bombs', But It Hardly Can Impact Afghan War

Despite US President Donald Trump hailed the first drop of "the Mother of all Bombs" in Afghanistan as "another success" of the American armed forces, military analysts doubt that the event will affect the course of the long-standing conflict in the country.

Apr 14 09:29

Karzai strongly condemns US dropping of huge bomb in Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s former President Hamid Karzai has blasted the US for dropping its largest non-nuclear bomb in the Asian country, saying Washington is using his country as a “testing ground” for its new weapons.

Apr 14 08:48

Trump's Massive Bomb and Syrian Strike Both Deadly Propaganda Events

Vijay Prashad and Paul Jay ask if the US "mother of all bombs" dropped on Afghanistan and the missile attack on a Syrian airbase, are PR events to show Trump and the US military will "fight without restraint" and "take on Russia"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The machines will fight without restraint. The same will not be true for flesh-and-flood soldiers.

Apr 14 08:22


The U.S. generals demand, as they always do, more troops to "break the stalemate". But there is no stalemate. The Afghan farmers are winning. The Taliban control more areas now than they ever controlled since 2002.

Dropping 22,000 lbs of high explosives on some shack will not change that trend.

(Though it will drown the news that the U.S. military just bombed and killed 18 of its Kurdish proxy forces in Syria.)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nearly 16 years on, there is no military metric by which the US/NATO invasion and occupation of Afghanistan can be characterised as a success.

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

Of course, such moves...would be logical.

Apr 14 06:50

Mother of All Bombs: Donald Trump hails US military for targeting IS

President Donald Trump has hailed the US military's "very, very successful" strike on an Islamic State tunnel complex in Afghanistan with the largest non-nuclear bomb ever used in combat which killed 36 militants and destroyed their mountain hideouts near the Pakistan border.

Apr 14 06:39

Trump Bombs Afghanistan . Time To Cancel The unReality Show

(*your face to face
with the man who sold the world
David Bowie)

Apr 14 05:56

Look What Wikileaks Revealed About The Tunnels In Afghanistan That Were Just Bombed!!

The devastating MOAB dropped on Afghanistan destroyed tunnels financed by the CIA in the 1980s, according to information contained in an old New York Times article posted by WikiLeaks on Thursday.

Apr 13 14:40

The big-bomb that the US just dropped is only 1/4 as powerful as Russia's big bomb. (non-nuclear)

The US big bomb weighs 22,600 lb and has a yield equivalent to 11 tons of TNT.

The Rooskie big bomb weighs only 15,650 lb and has a yield equivalent to 44 tons of TNT.

>""Robert Hewson, an editor for Jane's Information Group, told the BBC it was likely that FOAB indeed represented the world's biggest non-nuclear bomb.

See and compare:

Apr 13 14:02

Trump Won't Say If He Signed Off On MOAB Strike: 'We' Have Given Military 'Total Authorization'

President Trump declined to say whether he personally signed off on dropping the largest non-nuclear bomb ever on an ISIS tunnel network in Afghanistan on Thursday.

Apr 13 11:32

BREAKING NEWS – U.S. drops 'mother of all bombs' on ISIS: America's most massive non-nuclear weapon is used for first time in combat on caves in Afghanistan

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"They had nuclear weapons in there. And germs. Lots of germs. And a Death Star. And overdue library books! Honest!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 13 11:22

Trumped: US Drops Largest Non-nuclear Moab Bomb In Human History On Isis In Afghanistan

A GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb, nicknamed MOAB, was dropped at 7 p.m. local time Thursday, the sources said. The MOAB is also known as the “mother of all bombs.” A MOAB is a 21,600-pound, GPS-guided munition that is America’s most powerful non-nuclear bomb.

Apr 12 07:56

'No light at end of this tunnel, US can’t win Afghanistan war'

The Pentagon is not fighting to win the war in Afghanistan, but not to have the perception the US lost the war, said Brian Becker from the ANSWER Coalition. Any troop surge in Afghanistan will not be decisive, he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The last military commander to totally conquer and hold Afghanistan was Alexander the Great ... and he only kept it three years.

Apr 11 11:23

Jackson Browne - Lives in The Balance

Apr 08 12:08

Intercepted Podcast: Could Trump Start World War III?

Donald Trump has not started any new wars — yet. But his administration is pouring gasoline on several initiated by his predecessors. This week on Intercepted: There are U.S. boots on the ground in Syria — now including conventional military forces — and more are reportedly on the way. Trump has eased restrictions on the killing of civilians and is pummeling Yemen with drone strikes. Combined with the presence of radical ideologues in the White House and the involvement of the powerful militaries of Iran and Russia in the same battlespaces as the U.S., Trump could take the world to the brink of the unthinkable.

Exactly what the Satanic oligarchy, hoping to conceal their massive crimes against humanity want: a New World Order (Israel/bankers/China) from the irradiated ashes that destroys not only Russia, but the United states as well.

Apr 06 09:47

Flashback - Afghanistan: MSF Staff Killed, Hospital Partially Destroyed in Kunduz

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) condemns in the strongest possible terms the horrific bombing of its hospital in Kunduz, which was full of staff and patients. MSF wishes to clarify that all parties to the conflict, including in Kabul and Washington, were clearly informed of the precise location (GPS Coordinates) of the MSF facilities in Kunduz, including the hospital, guesthouse, office and an outreach stabilization unit in Chardara northwest of Kunduz.

As it does in all conflict contexts, MSF communicated the precise locations of its facilities to all parties on multiple occasions over the past months, including most recently on September 29.

The bombing in Kunduz continued for more than 30 minutes after American and Afghan military officials in Kabul and Washington were first informed by MSF that its hospital was struck.

Apr 06 09:46

Flashback: One Day After Warning Russia of Civilian Casualties, the U.S. Bombs a Hospital in Afghanistan

Yesterday afternoon, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power marched to Twitter to proclaim: “We call on Russia to immediately cease attacks on Syrian oppo[sition and] civilians.” Along with that decree, she posted a statement from the U.S. and several of its closest authoritarian allies — including Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the U.K. — warning Russia that civilian casualties “will only fuel more extremism and radicalization.”

Early this morning, in the Afghan city of Kunduz, the U.S. dropped bombs on a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)). The airstrike killed at least nine of the hospital’s medical staff, and seriously injured dozens of patients. “Among the dead was the Afghan head of the hospital, Abdul Sattar,” reported the New York Times.

Jason Cone, MSF’s executive director, said the medical charity “condemns in the strongest possible terms the horrific bombing of its hospital in Kunduz full of staff and patients.”

Apr 04 05:50

Russia Accuse NATO Of Manufacturing The Opioid Crisis

Russia has accused NATO of manufacturing the opioid crisis in Afghanistan, claiming that the United States directly benefits from the opium trade.

Apr 01 09:40

Russia Outraged by US Claims on Moscow Alleged Support to Taliban - Grushko

Russia was outraged by US top military commander's remarks on Moscow alleged support of Taliban terrorist organization (outlawed in Russia) and expressed its indignation during recent NATO-Russia Council (NRC) meeting, Russian envoy to NATO Alexander Grushko said Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I seem to recall the Russians and Taliban killing each other last time they met!

Mar 29 08:41

Lavrov Calls Out NATO's Role in Afghan Drug Trafficking

The US operation against the Taliban and al-Qaeda was supported by all countries. It’s another matter that after receiving the international approval, the United States and its NATO allies, which took over in Afghanistan, started acting rather inconsistently, to put it mildly. During their operation in Afghanistan, the terrorist threat has not been rooted out, while the drug threat has increased many times over. The drug industry prospered. There is factual evidence that some of the NATO contingents in Afghanistan turned a blind eye to the illegal drug trafficking, even if they were not directly involved in these criminal schemes.

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Mar 29 08:39

Britain is protecting the biggest heroin crop of all time

In six years, the occupation has wrought one massive transformation in Afghanistan, a development so huge that it has increased Afghan GDP by 66 per cent and constitutes 40 per cent of the entire economy. That is a startling achievement, by any standards. Yet we are not trumpeting it. Why not?

The answer is this. The achievement is the highest harvests of opium the world has ever seen.

The Taliban had reduced the opium crop to precisely nil. I would not advocate their methods for doing this, which involved lopping bits, often vital bits, off people. The Taliban were a bunch of mad and deeply unpleasant religious fanatics. But one of the things they were vehemently against was opium.

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Mar 27 12:33

Despite Campaign Promises, Trump Set To Outdo Obama On Military Adventurism

When asked about Trump attitudes toward war, MIT professor and renowned linguist and political analyst Noam Chomsky told MintPress News that the idea that he was an anti-war candidate “was based on his criticisms of the Iraq and Libya attacks (which, contrary to his lies, he supported) and his ambiguous statements about reducing tensions with Russia – a good thing, if he meant it. But his actual policies are extremely dangerous.”

“[This includes] the sharp increase in the military budget, the weakening of restrictions on drone strikes, and the wild charges about Iran,” Chomsky said, adding that what really worries those who pay attention to these issues “is his megalomania and unpredictability…we know how someone who goes berserk over minor slights might react in a moment of crisis.”

Mar 27 11:36

US General: 5,000 More Troops Needed for Afghanistan

Gen. Nicholson now says he wants another 5,000 US and NATO troops, saying he believes the US needs that many to “break the stalemate” in the war. Nicholson has repeatedly labeled the conflict a “stalemate” in recent weeks, which appears to be an overestimation of the situation, with the Taliban continuing to gain ground against Afghan security forces.

The US has repeatedly run into this problem in Afghanistan, with the government’s forces unable to stand up to the Taliban by themselves, and NATO growing weary of continuing to prop them up. This has led to escalations and deescalation for years, constantly trying to save the Afghan government from outright defeat.

Nicholson argued that because 9/11 involved Afghanistan, a loss in the country would embolden terrorists globally.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

General Nicholson, a word, please.

As you well know, Afghanistan had nothing to do with 9/11: it is the self-perpetuating lie/narrative that the US government continues to flog as its "justification" for having invaded, and continuing to occupy this country with US and NATO troops.

Afghanistan had nothing to do with 9/11

There is, after 16 years and counting, absolutely zero military metric by which Afghanistan can be characterised as a military success.

The invasion, and occupation was all about rights to pipeline routes and the rights to that embarrassment of natural resources Afghanistan which Afghanistan possesses.

Pipeline to Afghanistan

Afghanistan's mineral wealth

And lastly, sir,I have an incredible set of concepts which would stop any terrorism against the US or any of its assets overseas, and most probably very quickly:

1. Create working alternative energy which does not leave the US dependent on fossil fuel.

2. Stop mucking about in other people's countries to expropriate resources to which the US government has no moral right.

3. Stop regime changing those countries to become western-centric.

4. Stop insisting that those resources only be sold in US-denominated currency.


Mar 27 10:05

American Genocide with DU Deforms Afghanistan's Unborn Children

The staff of American USSR has learned in a book by Dr. Mohammad Daud Miraki and reported with a graphic video of deformed babies at Press TV that The United States' use of radioactive munitions in Afghanistan has destroyed the people's health and mutilated the genetic future of the country, Press TV reports.
Dr. Mohammad Daud Miraki, the author of Afghanistan After Democracy: The Untold Story Through Photographic Images, told Press TV's Kabul correspondent on Monday that the US has committed horrific crimes against the people of Afghanistan.

He said the US used depleted uranium in the country and Afghan babies were being born with severe deformities.

Exposure to depleted uranium causes genetic damage, birth defects, cancer, diabetes, immune system damage, and other serious health problems.

Mar 26 09:04

US Will Keep Ground Troops in Libya

In a press briefing at the Pentagon today, African Command leader Gen. Thomas Waldhauser announced that the US intends to keep ground troops in Libya for the foreseeable future to support “friendly forces,” and to “degrade” the ISIS forces that remain in the country.

Waldhauser did not specify how many US troops are in Libya now, or how many will stay, but did estimate that there were less than 200 ISIS fighters left in Libya. The US had announced the end of the anti-ISIS campaign in Libya back in December, but never fully withdrew from the country.

The US forces were in Libya trying to help the “unity” government defeat ISIS in the city of Sirte. US officials repeatedly claimed the city was totally surrounded, and that no ISIS fighters would get away, though when the fighting finally ended, a substantial number of ISIS fighters did in fact get away.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: this is "military-speak" for the reality that the US government is never leaving Libya because of the oil and the oil pipelines.

Mar 24 11:12

US claims Russia maintains Afghan Talibs. Russia responds

Officials with the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation have denied the statement from US military officials, who claimed that Russia was supposedly maintaining the Taliban movement in Afghanistan (the organisation is banned in Russia). "I've seen the influence of Russia of late, increased influence in terms of association and perhaps even supply to the Taliban," Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, the head of the U.S. military's European Command and the Supreme Allied Commander for NATO said. The general did not specify what exactly Russia could be supplying to the Taliban. The head of the second Asia department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Zamir Kabulov, responded to Scaparrotti's remarks. "This is an absolutely false assertion that does not even deserve any reaction, because these statements are fabrications designed to justify the failure of the United States in the Afghan campaign. We can not find another explanation to this," Kabulov said.

Mar 24 10:33

US General: Russia ‘Perhaps’ Supplying Taliban

In the past few months, US officials have increasingly found it convenient to blame Russia for anything that goes wrong, no matter how little credibility such an accusation has. NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, US Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, may have gone the farthest, however, saying that it was conceivable that Russia was providing unspecified “supply” to the Afghan Taliban.

Gen. Scaparrotti told the Senate Armed Services Committee that he had “seen the influence of Russia of late,” and that “perhaps” this included supplies, though he neither offered any details on what sort of supplies he was accusing Russia of “perhaps” giving the Taliban, nor any evidence that anything he said was true.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Gen. Scaparrotti, a word, please; trying to blame the nearly 16 year old, utterly failed US/NATO occupation on Russia, and providing absolutely no evidence with which to support your claim, is, shall we say diplomatically, completely counter-productive.

Mar 24 08:30

A Conspiracy Theory that became a “Conspiracy Fact”: The CIA, Afghanistan’s Poppy Fields and America’s Growing Heroin Epidemic

Now the question is why heroin use has dramatically increased since 2002? Maybe the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001 after the September 11th attacks under the Bush regime had something to do with it? The main-stream media (MSM) establishment mouthpiece The Washington Post admitted in 2006 that heroin production in Afghanistan “broke all records” while under U.S. occupation:

Opium production in Afghanistan, which provides more than 90 percent of the world’s heroin, broke all records in 2006, reaching a historic high despite ongoing U.S.-sponsored eradication efforts, the Bush administration reported yesterday.

In addition to a 26 percent production increase over past year — for a total of 5,644 metric tons — the amount of land under cultivation in opium poppies grew by 61 percent. Cultivation in the two main production provinces, Helmand in the southwest and Oruzgan in central Afghanistan, was up by 132 percent

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Mar 23 10:28

Exclusive interview: NZSAS says civilians were killed in fatal raid, including two by Kiwi sniper fire

A NZ Special Air Service soldier has confirmed civilians were killed in a 2010 raid carried out by the unit and says the truth is widely known among the elite military group.

The soldier told the Herald the two people found shot dead were killed by NZSAS marksmen who believed they were acting under "Rules of Engagement" governing their actions on the battlefield.

"They have taken out two," he said.

He said the other four people killed died in a barrage of fire from United States aircraft called in by a New Zealander operating as the Joint Terminal Air Controller - the person responsible for directing air support.

The soldier said it emerged there were no combatants identified on the battlefield - as the book maintained.

Mar 21 22:26

Former Defence Minister concedes civilian casualties in 2010 SAS raid in Afghanistan

Former Defence Minister Wayne Mapp has conceded civilians were killed in a 2010 Afghanistan raid.

The raid is the focus of Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson's new book, which claims six people were killed.

This is the first Government concession that civilians died in the raid.

Newshub spoke to Mapp - who was Defence Minister at the time of the attack - today.

"One of the disasters of war is these terrible things can happen," he said when asked about the deaths.

When asked if he was remorseful, he said: "In 2014 I was informed that, I saw it on TV in fact, that a 3-year-old was killed, I'm sure everyone is remorseful about that. At the time of the attack they thought they were being attacked by insurgents."

Mar 20 23:31

NZSAS killed civilians in raid, Nicky Hager's new book claims

New Zealand elite soldiers killed six civilians and injured 15 during a raid in Afghanistan in 2010, author Nicky Hager's new book alleges.

Hager is launching his latest book Hit & Run at an event in Wellington.

Hundreds of people have crammed into the Unity Books store, including a large media contingent.

Hit & Run, which was co-authored with freelance war journalist Jon Stephenson, is based on the Security Intelligence Service's (SAS) response to the first New Zealand death in combat in the country.

Soldiers involved in the raid approached the two authors and said they believed they had been involved in war crimes, Hager said at the book launch today.

New Zealand's Defence Minister at the time of the raid, Wayne Mapp, has previously said that no civilians were killed.

Speaking to media after the book launch, Hager said he and Stephenson had discussed the raid with legal experts and they had said there were grounds to suspect war crimes had been committed.

Mar 17 09:25

Top diplomat says Russia plans to take additional steps to settle situation in Afghanistan

Hanif Atmar said Afghanistan highly appreciates Russia’s initiative towards regional consensus in Central Asia in order to promote partnership in various spheres. "Traditionally, Afghanistan carries out a multi-vector foreign policy and Russia is a major factor in our country’s foreign policy," he said. "Russia and Afghanistan have important common interests and our partnership is playing a major role in achieving these common goals. Our cooperation plays an important role in countering terrorism and drug trafficking, in ensuring peace and national reconciliation in our country and in developing trade-and-economic relations. Afghanistan highly appreciates your recent initiatives towards regional consensus in order to promote such partnership," Atmar added.

Mar 16 10:46


Afghanistan hardly got a look in during the election campaign. The decade-and-a-half-long war was mentioned only once in the three presidential debates — in the form of a passing reference by Hillary Clinton. Trump, however, might want to put down the golf clubs and start paying attention to the forgotten struggle against the Taliban, which was supposed to have formally ended in December 2014. His generals, backed by GOP hawks in Congress, want to drag it out for a few more years. Their unspoken mantra? When in doubt, double down.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These Generals, advocating for more troops in Afghanistan, need to very articulately spell out just what the hell they mean when they say “It is imperative that we see our mission through to success,”

How, after 16 long years, and all the blood and money spent, do they define "success" in Afghanistan, as there is, so far, no military metric after all this time by which this campaign, waged in a country which has long been called "the graveyard of empires", can be measured?!?

I would politely suggest to Congress to have them completely spell out how these additional troops would lead to any possible military "win", when previous troop surges have led to abject failures on the part of the NATO and US military, and with the Taliban even deeper in control of the country.

Oh, and Congress; a word, please.

Most Americans with more than one brain cell understand that the sensible thing to do is evacuate all US and NATO troops as quickly as would be safe to do, and negotiate with whatever government is left standing for the pipeline routes and the mineral rights.

After all, it was "Pipelineistan" which got us into this quagmire, courtesy of the Bush Administration, so many years ago. As reported at in 2009:

Since the 2001 invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, the US has a military presence on China’s Western frontier, in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The U.S. is intent upon establishing permanent military bases in Afghanistan, which occupies a strategic position bordering on the former Soviet republics, China and Iran. Moreover, the US and NATO have also established since 1996, military ties with several former Soviet republics under GUUAM (Georgia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and Moldava). In the post 9/11 era, Washington has used the pretext of the “global war against terrorism” to further develop a U.S. military presence in GUUAM countries. Uzbekistan withdrew from GUUAM in 2002.(The organization is now referred to as GUAM). China has oil interests in Eurasia as well as in sub-Saharan Africa, which encroach upon Anglo-American oil interests. What is at stake is the geopolitical control over the Eurasian corridor. In March 1999, the U.S. Congress adopted the Silk Road Strategy Act, which defined America’s broad economic and strategic interests in a region extending from the Eastern Mediterranean to Central Asia. The Silk Road Strategy (SRS) outlines a framework for the development of America’s business empire along an extensive geographical corridor. The successful implementation of the SRS requires the concurrent “militarization” of the entire Eurasian corridor as a means to securing control over extensive oil and gas reserves, as well as “protecting” pipeline routes and trading corridors. This militarization is largely directed against China, Russia and Iran. Take a look at the maps above – then note how the army bases are in prime positions to protect the oil and gas pipelines. That is what this ‘war’ is about. The Afghanistan war is about securing the territory through which the oil and gas pipelines will have to pass through in order to ensure Russia, China and Iran are outmanouvered in the last great wars for the last of the global oil supplies on the planet.

And Congress, one has to wonder; how many of these generals, advocating for Troop Surge, have their collective portfolios invested in energy stocks, and the military/industrial complex?!?

I frankly think that the American people have the right to know!!

Mar 14 09:12


Despite over 15 years of support, the government in Kabul currently controls only 63% of the country. It is likely to lose control of more territory with serious advances by Taliban forces in the last year [PDF]. The government has been rife with corruption primarily related to stealing U.S. development funds and facilitating heroin smuggling. Afghanistan remains the world capital for opium production, and is even hitting new highs.

None of these problems are new. Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s own brother was allegedly one of the biggest heroin dealers in the country. And the Taliban have never really been under threat of being outright defeated, so much as temporarily setback.

Mar 14 09:11

America has spent more rebuilding Afghanistan than it spent rebuilding Europe under the Marshall Plan

Large-scale corruption persists, with Afghanistan third from the bottom in international rankings, ahead of only Somalia and North Korea. Adjusted for inflation, American spending to reconstruct Afghanistan now exceeds the total expended to rebuild all of Western Europe under the Marshall Plan; yet to have any hope of surviving, the Afghan government will for the foreseeable future remain almost completely dependent on outside support.

And things are getting worse. Although the United States has invested $70 billion in rebuilding Afghan security forces, only 63 percent of the country’s districts are under government control, with significant territory lost to the Taliban over the past year. Though the United States has spent $8.5 billion to battle narcotics in Afghanistan, opium production there has reached an all-time high.

For this, over the past 15 years, nearly 2,400 American soldiers have died, and 20,000 more have been wounded.

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

Mar 14 08:42

More Mideast Madness as Trump Prepares to March

We are now moving rapidly into stage II of Levantine Madness as the US boosts its intervention in the war-torn Mideast.

Five thousand US troops are back in Iraq to bolster the shattered nation’s puppet regime that is propped up by American bayonets. New Iraqi military formations have been formed, totally equipped with modern US M1 Abrams tanks, Humvees, and fleets of trucks. More US forces are on the way.

As if this witch’s brew was not sufficiently toxic, US and Russian aircraft and Special Forces are brushing up against one another in Syria. At the same time, the US Navy in the nearby Persian Gulf is provoking the Iranians to please President Donald Trump who seems determined to have war with Iran.

The US Navy is now threatening to impose a naval blockade on war-torn Yemen, another joint US-Saudi warfare enterprise that has gone terribly wrong.

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I am deeply concerned about the lousy quality of counsel, and information, President Trump is getting regarding the US military presence in the Middle East, and Afghanistan, and how things in the countries in which we are fighting are getting worse, and not better at all.

IF the leadership of both NATO and and the US government had a shred of sense regarding Afghanistan, they would have their troops exit this country as quickly as was safe, and negotiate with whatever government remained standing in Kabul for the pipeline routes, and the rights to the amazing level of mineral deposits Afghanistan possesses.

Of course... THAT would be logical.

Mar 10 15:35

Surge in Afghan Blood: CENTCOM Seeks to Warrant Permanent War and Occupation

This is while the US was supposed to have completed its pullout from Afghanistan by now, though this was repeatedly pushed back during the Obama administration’s waning years, and ultimately halted. All indications from Pentagon figures since are that they envision troop levels growing from this point – for a never-ending war and occupation. It’s a humiliating attempt to save a dying empire in a region increasingly hostile to its colonial policies and plans:

The US-led invasion was a catastrophe from day one. US airstrikes have killed many civilians already - though the Pentagon denies that. The new surge seems to be aiming for these sorts of targets again - as the CENTCOM claims “the Taliban are all hiding in these areas.”

Mar 10 07:31

Head of Central Command says US will have to send MORE troops back to Afghanistan to break stalemate between government and the Taliban 

The head of US Central Command believes more troops need to be deployed to Afghanistan to break the stalemate between the government and the Taliban.

Army General Joseph Votel told a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Thursday that 'additional resources' will be required to carry out a new US strategy.

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"We gotta get the flow of opium ... I mean oil... going again!" -- The Hexagon


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

Mar 06 08:56

Chinese troops appear to be operating in Afghanistan, and the Pentagon is OK with it

There is mounting evidence that Chinese ground troops are operating inside Afghanistan, conducting joint counter-terror patrols with Afghan forces along a 50-mile stretch of their shared border and fueling speculation that Beijing is preparing to play a significantly greater role in the country's security once the U.S. and NATO leave.

The full scope of China's involvement remains unclear, and the Pentagon is unwilling to discuss it. “We know that they are there, that they are present,” a Pentagon spokesman said. Yet beyond a subtle acknowledgement, U.S. military officials in Washington and in Kabul would not respond to several detailed questions submitted by Military Times.

This dynamic stands in stark contrast to the two sides' feisty rhetoric over their ongoing dispute in the South China Sea, and to Washington's vocal condemnation of Russian and Iranian activity in Afghanistan. One explanation may be that this quiet arrangement is mutually beneficial.

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With a restive Western Muslim population in Xingiang, the Chinese government doesn't want to see anything remotely looking like outside elements of jihad making it through that 50 mile border with Afghanistan.

So from the Chinese governmental perspective, what they are doing in Afghanistan is perfectly logical.

There is utterly no military metric by which the US and NATO occupation of Afghanistan can be judged as a "success"; rather, these last 16 years have been serial failures, with never enough troops to overwhelm and terminate the Taliban; and now, elements of jihad are sparking new conflicts, and placing even more strain on this occupation.

IF the American government and NATO high command had one shred of horse-sense between them, they would pull all their troops as quickly as was safe, and negotiate with whatever government was left standing in Kabul regarding the pipeline rights and mineral rights; of course, those actions....would be logical.

And please remember the deep history of this sordid war against Afghanistan; the Bush administration was negotiating with the Taliban over the oil pipeline routes, but told the Taliban that their fees were "too high", as reported here:

July 21, 2001: US Official Threatens Possible Military Action Against Taliban by October if Pipeline Is Not PursuedEdit event Niaz Naik. Niaz Naik. [Source: Calcutta Telegraph (left)] Three former American officials, Tom Simons (former US Ambassador to Pakistan), Karl Inderfurth (former Deputy Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs), and Lee Coldren (former State Department expert on South Asia) meet with Pakistani and Russian intelligence officers in a Berlin hotel. [SALON, 8/16/2002] This is the third of a series of back-channel conferences called “brainstorming on Afghanistan.” Taliban representatives sat in on previous meetings, but boycotted this one due to worsening tensions. However, the Pakistani ISI relays information from the meeting to the Taliban. [GUARDIAN, 9/22/2001] At the meeting, Coldren passes on a message from Bush officials. He later says, “I think there was some discussion of the fact that the United States was so disgusted with the Taliban that they might be considering some military action.” [GUARDIAN, 9/26/2001] Accounts vary, but former Pakistani Foreign Secretary Niaz Naik later says he is told by senior American officials at the meeting that military action to overthrow the Taliban in Afghanistan is planned to “take place before the snows started falling in Afghanistan, by the middle of October at the latest.” The goal is to kill or capture both bin Laden and Taliban leader Mullah Omar, topple the Taliban regime, and install a transitional government of moderate Afghans in its place. Uzbekistan and Russia would also participate. Naik also says, “It was doubtful that Washington would drop its plan even if bin Laden were to be surrendered immediately by the Taliban.” [BBC, 9/18/2001] One specific threat made at this meeting is that the Taliban can choose between “carpets of bombs” —an invasion—or “carpets of gold” —the pipeline. [BRISARD AND DASQUIE, 2002, PP. 43] Naik contends that Tom Simons made the “carpets” statement. Simons claims, “It’s possible that a mischievous American participant, after several drinks, may have thought it smart to evoke gold carpets and carpet bombs. Even Americans can’t resist the temptation to be mischievous.” Naik and the other American participants deny that the pipeline was an issue at the meeting

So this was a war over oil pipeline routes and mineral wealth; the late Karl Marx had some very frivolous things to say, but when he made the observation that all wars are, by their very nature, economic, he was bang spot-on.

Mar 04 08:39

Unexpected Turn: US Anti-Russia Sanctions Caused Air Power Crisis in Afghanistan

The Obama administration bought Mi-17s for the Afghan air force where they played a vital role in providing ground support in combat operations and in carrying supplies. However, in 2014 the US government imposed economic sanctions on Russia.

"The Ukraine crisis impacted Afghanistan in a major way," Qayoumi stated on Friday. "After the Ukraine crisis we could not use US funds to acquire any spare parts and that caused a major crisis in air power for Afghanistan."

Mar 02 13:15

Feds threaten to shut down giant Las Vegas marijuana festival

We need some stealth weed! Invisible Pot!

RENO, Nev. One of the world's largest marijuana festivals, which is expected to be held this week on tribal land outside of Las Vegas, has been facing a possible shutdown for the past two weeks, according to a letter sent by federal officials earlier this month.

U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden, based in Las Vegas, sent a Feb. 16 letter to the Moapa Paiute Tribe reminding the tribe that the transport, possession, use and distribution of marijuana is illegal under federal law. The marijuana trade show and festival, planned for March 4 and 5, would be in violation of that law, according to the letter obtained by the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Mar 02 05:51

Rand Paul: "It isn't our responsibility to rebuild everybody's country."

During a Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing on February 28, Senator Paul pointed out that we've been in Iraq for over ten years, we've wasted trillions of dollars, we're broke, and it simply can't continue.

Mar 01 11:20

In Afghanistan, America’s Biggest Foe Is Self-Deception

If you had asked Americans about Afghanistan before 1979, it’s a reasonable bet that most of us wouldn’t have known much about that country or even been able to locate it on a map. Perhaps only to the “freaks” of that era, in search of a superb hashish high, would its name have rung a special bell.

Mar 01 08:14

Losing A War One Bad Metaphor At A Time: Thrashing About In The Afghan "Petri Dish"

America’s war in Afghanistan is now in its 16th year, the longest foreign war in our history. The phrase “no end in sight” barely covers the situation. Prospects of victory — if victory is defined as eliminating that country as a haven for Islamist terrorists while creating a representative government in Kabul — are arguably more tenuous today than at any point since the US military invaded in 2001 and routed the Taliban.

Feb 25 09:49


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.

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For politicians like Cheney, it's all about the money, period, end of discussion; and for these folks, it's "profits uber alles."

To get to their "safe space", in terms of preventing any moral reflections whatsoever about what they have done, these people have their consciences surgically removed before running for office. That means that they feel utterly zero remorse about the evils they have done; money gets made, and that is all that matters, and damn the physical and emotional costs to the people who get hurt in the process.

In fact, one of the most astonishing things about Cheney's heart transplant, to many people, was that he actually had one in the first place.

If ever there was a personification of corporate evil incarnate, it is Dick Cheney; history will not look kindly upon his tenure as Vice-President, for all the death and destruction which occurred, both domestically and internationally, under his watch.

Feb 20 12:45

Thornberry: Sending more troops to Afghanistan won't mean a march back to war

The House Armed Services Committee’s chairman this week voiced support for increasing the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, adding he isn’t worried about a slow slide into another major military mission there.

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And if you believe THAT one, I have some of Saddam's nuclear weapons to sell you!

Feb 19 15:37

FLASHBACK : The Roots of the Refugee Crisis Caused by the West

“The reason so many are fleeing places such as Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, and Iraq is that U.S. and European interventionist foreign policy has left these countries destabilized with no hopes of economic recovery,”explainedformer congressman and three-time presidential contender Ron Paul, a leading voice for a constitutional, non-interventionist U.S. foreign policy. “This mass migration from the Middle East and beyond is a direct result of the neocon foreign policy of regime change, invasion, and pushing ‘democracy’ at the barrel of a gun.”

“Contrary to what one might expect, U.S. military aid doesn’t produce willing, cooperative, or effective security partners. Instead, it incentivizes bad behavior and drives the sources of terrorism: corruption, violence, and poor governance. Unwittingly, this policy is creating its own enemies,” writes Jeremy Ravinsky.

Feb 19 08:08

$8.5 Billion U.S. Counter Narcotics Effort in Afghanistan Boosts Opium Production

The U.S. government’s multi-billion-dollar effort to counter narcotics in Afghanistan is a humiliating failure that’s resulted in a huge increase in poppy cultivation and opium production. Despite the free-flow of American tax dollars to combat the crisis, opium production rose 43% in the Islamic nation, to an estimated 4,800 tons, and approximately 201,000 hectares of land are under poppy cultivation, representing a 10% increase in one year alone.

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It is not a failure. You were only told the money was to suppress opium growing, but the opposite is true. If you go back to Bo Gritz' "A Nation Betrayed" you will hear the story of the money the US spent in Vietnam to counter opium, but the money was actually used to build a paved road up the the front of Khun Sa's opium plantation, to speed deliveries back to Air America and thence to the United States!

You have probably heard the phrase, "The French Connection", both a book and a movie. The "French Connection" preceded the US' involvement in Vietnam when the French were on control and French Intelligence had the opium pipeline.

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

Feb 18 17:01

Russia Bars U.S. From Afghanistan Peace Conference, in alliance with China, Pakistan, and Iran, supports former Government (now turned "moderate" rebels) against ISIS, expected to end the need for US troops

The US installed puppet is not happy. I'll bet Senator John McCain is not happy. But, what would make you happy? If you had to choose between fresh water for Michigan, or 5 more years of a never ending occupation of Afghanistan, what would you choose?

Feb 14 09:27

Afghanistan Is Now a Safe Haven For ISIS. And Washington Wants to Keep It That Way

ISIS is being pushed out of Syria and Iraq, but they are gaining ground in Afghanistan. Why isn't Washington doing something about it?

Feb 12 08:41

Afghan Ghost Soldiers Cost US Taxpayers Hundreds of Millions of Dollars Annually

Ghost soldiers are a phenomenon in which Afghan military commanders fill their ranks with fictional names and just keep the salaries, which since the salaries are paid pretty much exclusively by NATO and overwhelmingly by the US, has been a known tactic that the Afghan government has done nothing to prevent.

Feb 10 11:47

U.S. General Seeks ‘a Few Thousand’ More Troops in Afghanistan

The commander of the American-led international military force in Afghanistan, warning that the United States and its NATO allies are facing a “stalemate,” told Congress on Thursday that he needed a few thousand additional troops to more effectively train and advise Afghan soldiers.

“We have a shortfall of a few thousand,” Gen. John W. Nicholson said in a sober assessment of America’s longest war to the Senate Armed Services Committee .

The international force that is helping the Afghans currently has 13,300 troops, 8,400 of whom are American.

Afghan forces have taken heavy casualties over the last year as they have sought to hold off the Taliban and prevent them from capturing provincial capitals.

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A memo to General Wilkerson and President Trump: gentlemen, how long has the US government and NATO "occupied" Afghanistan?!?

15 years and counting.

And by what military metric, please, has this occupation been a "success"?!?

Absolutely none.

So I, and the rest of the American people have to ask; what is the real reason to continue this occupation, which shows utterly no signs of resolving in the favor of the US and NATO?!?

Absolutely none.

Afghanistan is not called "the graveyard of empires" for no good reason; the Brits found that out; so did the Russians; and now, the Americans and NATO are discovering that for themselves, and very uncomfortably, I might add.

"Magical thinking", coupled with a pathological inability to see any scenario through to its logical conclusion, is the absolute death-knell for any intelligent foreign policy, and gentlemen, we are there, right the heck now, in this ham-fisted, pig-headed occupation of Afghanistan, which was doomed to failure from the start.

So, what is to be done?!?

The US and NATO should be evacuating their troops from this country as rapidly as is safely possible, and then the US and NATO should be negotiating with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for the pipeline rights (which is originally what this was all about), plus access to Afghanistan's embarrassment of natural resources.

Of course, all of this...would be logical.

President Bush's administration, plus elements at UNOCAL attempted to negotiate with the Taliban before 9/11, but thought the prices quoted were "too high", threatened an invasion, and suddenly, "out of no where", 9/11 happened as the "excuse" for an invasion of Afghanistan.

It was all about the pipeline routes and natural resources all along.

US planned war in Afghanistan long before September 11

Feb 09 14:44

$8.5 Billion U.S. Counter Narcotics Effort in Afghanistan Boosts Opium Production

Afghanistan remains the world’s leading producer of opium, providing 80% of the global output over the past decade

Feb 06 08:16

The U.S. military's stats on deadly airstrikes are wrong. Thousands have gone unreported

The American military has failed to publicly disclose potentially thousands of lethal airstrikes conducted over several years in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, a Military Times investigation has revealed. The enormous data gap raises serious doubts about transparency in reported progress against the Islamic State, al-Qaida and the Taliban, and calls into question the accuracy of other Defense Department disclosures documenting everything from costs to casualty counts.

Feb 04 15:30

How the US Helped Create Al Qaeda and ISIS

Much like Al Qaeda, the Islamic State (ISIS) is made-in-the-USA, an instrument of terror designed to divide and conquer the oil-rich Middle East and to counter Iran’s growing influence in the region.

The fact that the United States has a long and torrid history of backing terrorist groups will surprise only those who watch the news and ignore history.

Feb 03 12:15

Afghan government controls just 57 percent of its territory, U.S. watchdog says

The U.S. government's main watchdog organization in Afghanistan released its quarterly report to Congress this week, and it contained a shocking statistic: The government of Afghanistan has uncontested control over only 57 percent of its territory as of last November. That is down from 72 percent a year earlier.

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A memo to the Trump Administration; there is utterly no military metric by which this US/NATO occupation can be adjudged a "success", unless you want to call the explosion in opium poppy production, funding various US alphabet soup agencies off-the-shelf actions to which Congress is not privy, a "success"

US troops guarding opium poppy fields in Afghanistan

The images are all to real here; and no, this is not some made-up footage.

Bush's administration attempted to negotiate the pipeline deals with the Taliban but failed to get a deal to its liking, which resulted in the war against it; I would like to hope President Trump's administration could do far better:

A memo by military chief Mohammed Atef raises new questions about whether failed U.S. efforts to reform Afghanistan's radical regime -- and build the pipeline -- set the stage for Sept. 11.

An intelligent, logical administration, 15 years on, would withdraw US and NATO troops as quickly as safely possible, then negotiate with whatever government was left standing in Kabul for the pipeline routes, and the embarrassment of mineral riches Afghanistan possesses.

But as I said, those would be the actions of an intelligent and logical administration.

Feb 03 07:55

As Taliban Depends More on Heroin, Anti-Cultivation Efforts Plummet

Efforts to eradicate opium in Afghanistan dropped by nearly 90 percent last year

Jan 29 09:21

Perhaps President Donald Trump Needs To Chill Out A Bit

We are not dealing with “widgets” here, but with people

These Refugee/Immigration Executive Orders appear to be knee-jerk, fear-based, and xenophobic acts of reflexive anger and emotional “lashing out,” rather than well-thought out policy and heavily researched executive action.

The last few Executive Orders pertaining to Refugees and Immigration appear to not have been very well thought through, and the etiology/genesis of the refugee crisis and immigration issues were either completely ignored, or Trump and his administration don’t understand it very well.

Jan 20 09:51

Obama’s Drone Report Omits Civilians Slain in Iraq, Afghanistan

The Obama Administration has made a habit of dramatically underreporting civilian deaths in its assorted military operations around the world, but took things to a whole new level in what will presumably be their last such document, claiming only one civilian killed all year in US drone strikes “worldwide.”

The report, which Obama requires by executive order, nominally for the sake of transparency, claims a massive decrease from the number of civilians killed the year prior in drone strikes, and managed to achieve this by deliberately excluding the overwhelming majority of the US drone strikes carried out in 2016 from the report’s definition of “worldwide.” Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan are not counted.

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Typical: I am completely unsurprised by this.

Jan 13 12:52

US Forces Massacred Afghan Civilians ‘In Self Defense’

In early November incident in the northern Kunduz Province of Afghanistan resulted in the deaths of 33 Afghan civilians, a Pentagon military investigation concluded in a new report issued today. The troops ordered airstrikes against the village of Boz, and the bombings killed large numbers of civilians within.

The report was quick to shrug off the civilian casualties, insisting that the troops “acted in self defense,” and that they are clearing the troops of any wrongdoing for calling in airstrikes against civilian homes within a village, presenting it as an appropriate response.

The investigation centered its justification on claims that Taliban forces had fired on troops, and might well have been within any given house in the village, concluding that bombing all the houses was the “minimum force required” to neutralize “various threats” they might conceivably be under.

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So now, slaughter and assassination of innocent non-combatants is defined by the US military as "self defense"?!?!?

This very much reminds me of the response of the Papal legate, during the Catholic Church's genocide against the French Cathars.

When apprised that there were women and children with the men at Mont Segeur, he responded: "Kill them all: God will find his own."