US forces in Afghanistan should brace themselves for up to 500 casualties a month this year, a senior retired American general has warned.
The forecast comes from General Barry McCaffrey, formerly the most decorated general in the US Army, who has conducted field assessments of the US military performance in Afghanistan at the request of the US military since 2003.
Please remember: the potential loss of even one more of our military or contract personnel in Afghanistan has absolutely nothing to do with the safety and security of the American people.
It has everything to do with both present, and potential, corporate profit.
The present profit is coming from the control of drug production here, from which so many profit so handsomely.
The future profit is expected to come from the installation of pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil, after the Afghans have been "pacified" to the point where this can happen.