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Jul 01 13:01

US takes stock of 'withering' Afghanization

The system designed to track the success of Afghan police training is deeply flawed, says a report by the United States Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). Some 67 out of 101 Afghan National Police (ANP) units rated capable of working independently had regressed within a year, said the report published on Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It was the same with "Vietnamization", too.

Jul 01 09:10

Taliban rule out negotiations with Nato

"We do not want to talk to anyone - not to [President Hamid] Karzai, nor to any foreigners - till the foreign forces withdraw from Afghanistan.

"We are certain that we are winning. Why should we talk if we have the upper hand, and the foreign troops are considering withdrawal, and there are differences in the ranks of our enemies?"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

From its inception, and now, nearly 9 years on, this war is unwinnable from a military perspective.

Iraq is not Afghanistan, and I rather doubt that Petraeus will actually be able to "...change the widespread perception that the war..." here is unwinnable.

One has to ask oneself, after all the blood and money spent, how the US and NATO will ultimately measure "victory" here.

Jul 01 09:04

Petraeus: Withdrawal timeline does not mean "switching off the lights"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When is a withdrawal not really a withdrawal?

Jul 01 06:43

The Cancer of Democracy

As far as human rights groups were concerned the Obama administration got off to a flying start with the executive orders pledging to close Guantanamo and restricting all US personnel to using interrogation techniques delineated in the 2006 Army Field Manual on Interrogations.

Unfortunately this was high point and it has been downhill all the way ever since. While the Executive Order put an apparent end to waterboarding and CIA black sites the 2006 Interrogations Field Manual is itself far from unproblematic.

There is nothing in the manual to prevent the reintroduction of the so-called "frequent flyer" technique of constantly waking and rewaking an individual after only a few minutes sleep so that no effective rest is gained at all.

Jun 30 23:55

Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban: The rule of the Zionist McCarthyism Dominating the Corridors of Power in Washington

The Zionist McCarthyism dominating the corridors of power in Washington, with the inquisitions held by the Zionist lobby with its legendary financial capacities capable of buying consciences and blackmailing politicians and journalists

Jun 30 18:09

GORDON DUFF: CIA HINTS, BIN LADEN DEAD SINCE “EARLY 2000?s”

CIA TRIES TO PREPARE AMERICAN PUBLIC FOR TRUTH ABOUT BUSH/BIN LADEN DECEPTION

Jun 30 17:12

GORDON DUFF: HERO OF GAZA FLOTILLA GOES HEAD TO HEAD WITH BIASED BBC “ISRAELI FIRSTER”

VETERANS TODAY WRITER Ken O’Keefe ON BBC “HARD TALK”

WATCH THE SPARKS FLY….

Jun 30 09:55

Senator Carl Levin Fiddling With War While Detroit Burns

There was, however, one heated exchange the media missed because it happened just after the hearing ended. As Senator Levin was leaving the room, CODEPINK members, just back from the U.S. Social Forum in Detroit, confronted the Senator from Michigan. “Senator, how can you spend $33 billion more for an unwinnable war when your hometown of Detroit is falling apart?” said CODEPINKer Tighe Barry, who is from Detroit. “Shame on you, Senator. We need jobs in Detroit, not more bombs in Afghanistan,” said Joan Stallard.

It was the only time the Senator lost his cool. Shaking his finger at the protesters, he yelled, “I live in Detroit. You don’t know what you’re talking about. Detroit’s problems have nothing to do with the war.”

Jun 30 09:32

President Obama's Secret: Only 100 al Qaeda Now in Afghanistan

Jun 30 09:29

Did 9/11 Justify the War in Afghanistan?

Using the McChrystal Moment to Raise a Forbidden Question

By Prof. David Ray Griffin

Global Research, June 25, 2010

There are many questions to ask about the war in Afghanistan. One that has been widely asked is whether it will turn out to be “Obama’s Vietnam.”1 This question implies another: Is this war winnable, or is it destined to be a quagmire, like Vietnam? These questions are motivated in part by the widespread agreement that the Afghan government, under Hamid Karzai, is at least as corrupt and incompetent as the government the United States tried to prop up in South Vietnam for 20 years.

Jun 30 08:42

Bring Them Home Now Endless Occupation?

The idea that the U.S. government can turn Afghanistan into a unified, stable, liberal country is absurd. It has no such tradition, and it is situated in a region where its neighbors have their own agendas that coincide with some Afghan factions and conflict with others.

Of course, creating a unified, stable, liberal country is not the actual objective of the U.S. political and military planners, despite what they say for public consumption. Rather, the goal is to achieve dominant influence in the Middle East and Central Asia, whose resources and proximity to Russia and China make the area of paramount interest to those who insist that America has been anointed to lead the world.

Jun 30 07:52

The “Hitler” option in Afghanistan

There is every indication that the change in command is the result of growing dissatisfaction with McChrystal’s counterinsurgency methods, which have failed to dislodge the Taliban-led guerrilla forces that control the bulk of southern and eastern Afghanistan. It presages a drastic increase in the level of US military violence, and especially the scale of civilian casualties among the Afghan population. Their "crime" is to sympathize with and support the anti-US insurgency.

Petraeus is already, according to one media report, preparing to modify the rules of engagement to allow for greater use of force.

Jun 30 07:11

Taliban attack Nato base in Afghanistan

Insurgents have attacked Nato forces in eastern Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note the use of the word "insurgents" to describe the Afghani; like they are not supposed to be there whereas the NATO forces, who are the foreign invaders, are "defending" themselves.

Jun 30 07:09

US Attorney General on surprise Afghanistan visit

US Attorney General Eric Holder arrived in Kabul on Wednesday for meetings with Afghan and US officials to improve law enforcement ties and battle corruption, the US Justice Department announced.

"Fighting corruption and supporting the rule of law in Afghanistan are top priorities for this administration, and we will continue to assist the Afghan government in creating and sustaining the effective criminal justice system to which the Afghan people are entitled," Holder said in the statement datelined Kabul.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is only cosmetic, primarily for US domestic consumption, and will do absolutely nothing to stem the tide of cheap heroin coming from Afghanistan.

Jun 29 08:27

Corruption Suspected in Airlift of Billions in Cash From Kabul

KABUL—More than $3 billion in cash has been openly flown out of Kabul International Airport in the past three years, a sum so large that U.S. investigators believe top Afghan officials and their associates are sending billions of diverted U.S. aid and logistics dollars and drug money to financial safe havens abroad.

The cash—packed into suitcases, piled onto pallets and loaded into airplanes—is declared and legal to move. But U.S. and Afghan officials say they are targeting the flows in major anticorruption and drug trafficking investigations because of their size relative to Afghanistan's small economy and the murkiness of their origins.

Jun 29 08:15

U.S., Afghan forces launch assault along Pakistani border

A force of about 700 U.S. and Afghan troops launched a major assault along Afghanistan's border with Pakistan in an attempt to destroy a growing insurgent haven and blunt rising violence in the area, senior Army officials said Monday.

The assault represents one of the largest in eastern Afghanistan in the past several years and reflects growing concern among U.S. commanders and Afghan leaders that Taliban insurgents are seeking to intensify pressure in the east as troops prepare for a tough summer of fighting in the south.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And, as has continued to happen throughout the almost 9 years of this brutally immoral and illegal war, the more innocent civilians we kill, the more we literally shove those left standing into the waiting arms of the Taliban.

When those elements of rampant governmental corruption, lack of infrastructure, no chance for a decent education or job come together to create a witch's brew of despair, that is what makes insurgency look attractive to some, because they think they have no other option.

The US has a long track record of backing various thugs internationally, because they are looked upon as "our thugs" who can and will protect US business interests, even at the expense of the welfare of their own people.

And almost every time, the US gets caught completely off guard when the people in those countries governed by such a thug, decide they have had enough, and revolt against the US-backed thugocracy in power.

US and NATO leadership, in their Afghanistan "strategy" (if one can even call it that) appear to be doing the same thing over and over again, yet expecting a different outcome.

Jun 29 07:57

New Big Screen Documentary Exposes Pat Tillman Cover-Up

A new documentary set to hit the big screen this summer lifts the lid on the cover-up behind the death of Pat Tillman, the pro-football star who gave up a lucrative career to fight in Afghanistan and Iraq before preparing to return to the U.S. as an anti-war icon, at which point he was killed in a so-called friendly fire incident that more closely resembled a deliberate assassination.

Whether or not the documentary delves into the question of whether Tillman’s death was a targeted act of murder remains to be seen, but the evidence strongly indicates that Tillman was deliberately assassinated in order to prevent him from becoming an anti-war icon and derailing public support in the United States for the ongoing occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Jun 29 07:43

Mullen: Omar could be part of Afghan settlement

The top U.S. military official said last night that Taliban leader Mullah Omar could conceivably be part of a political settlement in Afghanistan, which he called the only way to bring peace to the tortured central Asian nation, battered by three decades of war.

"A political solution ... is the only solution" in Afghanistan, Adm. Mullen said, addressing the Aspen Security Forum in Aspen, Colo. "It's hard to say ... who would be a part of that, and I wouldn't do that."

But he added, "It's hard to rule out that political entities who are now the enemy might be a part of that."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What Mullen is saying is totally logical; which is why the White House, State Department, and Pentagon will probably reject the notion out of hand.

And the fact that the Kandahar offensive has been delayed because "...One third of the extra troops allocated by President Obama following his review of Afghan strategy last year still had not arrived..." is chillingly telling.

Jun 29 06:57

Obama's PROMISE To End The Iraq War - Oct. 27, 2007 - "You Can Take That To The Bank"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bumped to the top as John McCain states in the Patreus confirmation that we are i Afghanistan until we win (same comment LBJ made about Vietnam).

Jun 28 22:55

LA TIMES - IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN: American casualties total 500,000, counting injury and disease, writer claims

Jun 28 22:48

Kucinich: We are losing our nation to lies about the necessity of war

Jun 28 22:20

James Petras: War Crimes in Gaza and the Zionist Fifth Column in America

This book not only provides a detailed account and illustration of Israeli war crimes in Gaza but equally important it provides a comprehensive analysis of the reasons why more and more people are recognizing that the US Congress and White House are zionized occupied territory.

FROM THE PREFACE

Jun 28 18:32

German Defence Minister questions role of Nato in Afghanistan war

Germany is arguing for the aims of Nato's operations in Afghanistan to be significantly scaled down and wants the alliance to adopt criteria to ensure that it never commits itself to a similarly open-ended mission in future.

This was the message conveyed by the German Defence Minister, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, during a lecture at a London think-tank yesterday.

Defence Minister, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, has spoken of the difficulties of 'selling' the Afghan mission to a sceptical German public

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to German Defence Minister, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg: you can no more "sell" Germany's mission in Afghanistan than can your US counterpoint US Secretary of Defense Gates to the American people.

Thinking Germans, like thinking Americans, understand that the occupation of Afghanistan has absolutely nothing to do with the alleged "war on terror", and everything to do with the potential profits available from drugs, oil pipelines, and mineral rights.

The four criteria for NATO involvement ze Guttenberg puts forward are completely logical, and were no where to be found when NATO began its mission in Afghanistan.

Jun 28 15:52

Remember Vietistan?

The debacle over General Stanley McChrystal dramatizes how military thinking dominates United States policy - look at how much of the budget the Pentagon commands - as well as the utter hopelessness of achieving anything but draining defeat from the US occupation of Afghanistan. This lesson should have been learned after Vietnam. As Yogi Berra said, it's "deja vu all over again”.

Jun 28 10:51

Afghanistan, the 50-Year War

First of all, the reality of Al Qaeda is fairly tenuous. It may stem from a "list" of Arab militant activists that the CIA kept in the 1980s and 1990s. Second, without state funding there cannot really be an Al Qaeda. It is a dominant social theme – a fear-based promotion, if you will – that terrorist organizations can exist as free-floating cells within the larger body politic.

Jun 28 09:23

Quagmire? Nine years on, Americans grow weary of war in Afghanistan

A recent Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters finds that just 41 percent “now believe it is possible for the United States to win the nearly nine-year-old war in Afghanistan.” More to the point, a plurality of 48 percent now say ending the war in Afghanistan is a more important goal than winning it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The war in Afghanistan has not been about any kind of "war on terror" because Afghanistan is not a threat to the US.

This has been a war on people, cursed with the really bad luck of living over a country whose resources - and access to resources - the US government has decided belongs to them.

This has always been about potential profit from oil, drugs, and mineral rights, and never about Afghanistan being a threat to the US.

The US government and NATO should declare victory, bring their troops home, and negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for the oil pipeline and mineral rights.

Of course, that would be logical.

Jun 28 08:33

Britain will not defeat Taliban and should open talks, says head of Army

Britain and its allies will not defeat the Taliban with military force and should soon open peace talks with insurgents in Afghanistan, the head of the Army said yesterday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Isn't that what McCrystal got fired for saying?

Jun 28 08:30

Karzai officials seen hindering bribery probes

Top officials in President Hamid Karzai's government have repeatedly derailed corruption investigations of politically connected Afghans, according to U.S. officials who have provided Afghanistan's authorities with wiretapping technology and other assistance in efforts to crack down on endemic graft.

Jun 28 08:08

Panetta says Afghan insurgents show no real interest in reconciliation talks

CIA Director Leon Panetta said Sunday that U.S. officials have not seen "any firm intelligence" that insurgent groups in Afghanistan are interested in reconciliation, and he dismissed reports that a top militant leader is open to a Pakistan-brokered agreement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Have you noticed how the people who actually live in the lands we have invaded are the "insurgents"; like they are somehow not supposed to be there, while our own barbarian hordes are never described as being the foreign invader?

Jun 28 07:57

General McChrystal couldn’t fake it anymore

The world we live in, is like a big school, the day we stop learning, is the day we die.

And as students in the big school of life, we all know that in every class room there are students who tend to act out or misbehave. There are students who are trouble makers by nature, or maybe suffer from (ADHD) attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. But those don`t worry me as much as the student who suddenly misbehave after being the topnotch kid of his class, I’m talking about the four- star General, Stanely McChrystal who suddenly started mocking his civilian leaders, and showed disrespect to the American political and military administration.

Jun 28 07:44

Graft fears as massive cash sums fly out of Kabul: WSJ

More than three billion dollars in cash has been flown out of Kabul in recent years amid fears that ill-gotten gains from corruption and narcotics are being stashed overseas, a report said Monday.

The Wall Street Journal said the cash -- more than the Afghan government collects in tax and customs revenue annually -- is legally declared and packed into suitcases or cargo pallets on flights out of Kabul International Airport.

"A lot of this looks like our tax dollars being stolen. And opium, of course," a US official who is investigating corruption and Taliban financing told the newspaper.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Told ya! :)



In Afghan fields the poppies grow.

Between the crosses.

Row on row.

Jun 28 07:10

Obama's PROMISE To End The Iraq War - Oct. 27, 2007 - "You Can Take That To The Bank"

Jun 27 22:52

Bushbama Slams ‘Obsession’ With Ending War in Afghanistan

Speaking today in the wake of the G20 Summit, President Barack Obama criticized what he called “a lot of obsession” about ending the war in Afghanistan and withdrawing some 100,000 American troops from the nation.

Jun 27 13:59

Karzai holds secret talks with Taliban

Afghan president Hamid Karzai has reportedly met with the Taliban's most senior commander Serja-eddin Haggani in Kabul as UK calls for peace with the militants.

The report said the meeting was mediated by Pakistan's spy agency, the Inter-Services intelligence (ISI).

Jun 27 13:16

Speaking out against injustice, disinformation and bigotry

Paul J. Balles recounts how every time he spoke out against injustice, disinformation and bigotry – the Vietnam war, the Palestine-Israel conflict, the aggressions against Iraq and Afghanistan – he was told to shut up. But he will never shut up.

”It's my patriotic duty ... to criticize my own country where there's injustice, inhuman cruelty, bigotry, brainwashing or disinformation inadequately revealed in any major media.”

Jun 27 11:25

Public Souring on the Afghanistan War

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Public Souring on the Federal Government that has lied us into all the wars fought for Israel in which our children continue to die.

Jun 27 08:59

Colbert Rips Rationalizations for Afghanistan War [HD]

Jun 27 08:26

Afghan forces must show progress 'within five years': G8

Afghan government forces must make concrete progress towards assuming more responsibility for the security of their country "within five years", the G8 group of nations said Saturday.

A summit statement from the leaders of the world's major industrialized nations called on Kabul to "expand the capacity of the Afghan National Security Forces to assume increasing responsibility for security within five years."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but have the members of the G8 collectively gone totally barking mad, to issue this statement?!?

If the US and NATO haven't been able to accomplish these outcomes nearly 9 years on in this occupation, how the sam hill can you possibly believe that they can be achieved in another 5 years?!?

Jun 27 08:10

"We're f*#!ing losing this thing."

General McChrystal's resignation has distracted the media from the real story found in the explosive Rolling Stone article:

"...[W]e're f***ing losing this thing." --Staff Sergeant Kennith Hick

General McChrystal's inner circle knew better than to get us into this war.

Jun 27 07:53

Gordon Duff: America, Apartheid Or Apocalypse?

To millions of Americans, the “end times” seem to be on us.

The BP disaster in the Gulf may leave 25% of America virtually uninhabitable, eco-systems destroyed for sure but maybe much more, a destroyed sea floor, toxic gas clouds moving inland and warnings of something worse, a geological disaster of biblical proportions sitting offshore like a ticking time bomb. Millions of American believe the president is a foreign born Muslim, a puppet of the terrorists while millions believe he is working for Israel. Every speech, every state visit, everything done is seen to support one side or another, sometimes both. The destruction of the American presidency is only part of it, part of a program of racial division, fear, hate and a descent into class warfare and violence.

Jun 27 07:46

Balles: Sometimes they tell me to shut up

Born and raised in America, I learned that my country was built on outstanding principles propped up by a great constitution. When I saw those principles violated and the constitution ignored, I complained. At times, I was told to shut up.

The Vietnam War was well underway when I started teaching at a California university. I learned as much as I could about the war, believed it was wrong and joined the protesters. My untenured position was at risk for joining the peaceniks.

I also learned that Arabs and Israelis were more alike than different when expressing their antagonism toward each other. One of each happened to be in a class I was teaching. Each would sidle up to me, separately and at different times, to explain what was wrong with the other.

Jun 27 07:41

America is a state of mind

BY DEBBIE MENON

THE events that have unfolded in the past decade, we would never have thought would have occurred 10 years ago. Elements of changes in world power, focus upon the Middle East, battle cries of holy wars, nuclear threats, thousands of innocents taken in a single morning, and the list goes on.

Now, I am battling the impulse to generalize my anger at to “be prejudiced” against all Americans in general.

How can that be? I definitely know that most Americans are decent, good hearted, peaceful people who, while gullible perhaps, do not generally advocate the mass murder of others in the name of war on terror or war on anything. But in my emotions they are and my heart aches and I am angry at “Americans”.

Jun 26 18:10

American’s Need to Pay Attention and Get Some Skin in the Game

MFSO says “Seize the Moment” – Veterans Today

The reverberations from General McChrystal’s interview in Rolling Stone are just beginning. It will likely gain more attention as the 24-hour news outlets dig in to cover it from every conceivable angle. The circumstances that have been revealed by General McChrystal’s lapse in judgment reflects more than an out-of-control general in Afghanistan. It’s about a failed strategy that puts young men and women – our family members – at risk.

This is an opportunity to get our voices included in the discussion. As military family members who have loved ones who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, our perspective has impact!

Jun 26 13:55

David Ray Griffin: Afghanistan War obviously illegal; 9/11 “justifications” all lies. 2 of 2

*hyperlinks live at source*

Dr. David Ray Griffin walks readers through the “emperor has no clothes” obvious facts that US war in Afghanistan is illegal. In addition, Dr. Griffin explains, documents, and proves that all 9/11-related “reasons” are also all lies. The first part of Dr. Griffin’s lecture on this topic concludes the part one article. Additional parts are here on Dr. Griffin's website.

My explanation, documentation, and proof that current US wars are as close to lawful as a baseball pitch ten feet over everyone’s head is close to a strike is in this academic paper:

Open proposal to higher education

My citizen appeal with comprehensive aspects of unlawful wars and unconstitutional policies:

Government by dicts

Jun 26 09:42

Militarism and Democracy: More on the McChrystal Affair

First, let’s begin with the video that the Pentagon might have wanted to make this past Wednesday, 23 June, 2010, regarding President Barack Obama replacing General Stanley McChrystal after the comments the latter made to Rolling Stone.

This video reflects the preferred order of events among militarists, and among those who–not so quietly anymore–wish for a transfer of political power to the military. It is also a blunter statement of the nature of U.S. power around the world.

Jun 26 09:33

Petraeus May “Ease Restrictive” War Rules In Afghanistan

The new appointed US commander in Afghanistan General David Petraeus faces complaints over so-called “restrictive policies” which place the occupation troops’ lives “at risk” in the war-torn country.

These policies were laid down by Petraeus’s predecessor General Stanley McChrystal, and are seen as stressing to “save civilian lives and leave US occupation forces at greater risk.”c

Jun 26 07:53

Why the Taliban is winning in Afghanistan

After the jirga was over, one of the tribal elders came over and we chatted for a while over a glass of green tea. "Last month," he said, "some American officers called us to a hotel in Jalalabad for a meeting. One of them asked me, 'Why do you hate us?' I replied, 'Because you blow down our doors, enter our houses, pull our women by the hair and kick our children. We cannot accept this. We will fight back, and we will break your teeth, and when your teeth are broken you will leave, just as the British left before you. It is just a matter of time.'"

What did he say to that? "He turned to his friend and said, 'If the old men are like this, what will the younger ones be like?' In truth, all the Americans here know that their game is over. It is just their politicians who deny this."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Those who do not understand history are doomed to repeat it.

This is precisely what is unfolding for US and NATO troops in Afghanistan right now.

Jun 26 07:44

DAILY MAIL: BLACKWATER, US MILITARY WORKING FOR TALIBAN DRUG LORDS

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has been briefed by the Pakistani Military High Command that they are being overwhelmed by highly trained and extremely well armed militants in the border regions and terrorists operating across the country. We have been told by the highest sources that Blackwater/Xe and other US based mercenary groups have been actively attacking police, military and intelligence organizations in Pakistan as part of operations under employment of the Government of India and their allies in Afghanistan, the drug lords, whose followers make up the key components of the Afghan army.

Jun 26 07:43

Taliban switch to long-range fire in fight against UK troops

Royal Marines deployed in Sangin in southern Afghanistan, where British troops have suffered a high rate of casualties in recent weeks, are facing a growing threat from long-range rifle fire as Taliban fighters change their tactics, a senior British officer revealed today.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Sir, are they allowed to do that????"

Jun 26 07:32

McChrystal Past, Present and Future?

n diplomatic language, we find that the U.S. Ambassador believed as early as November 2009 (and probably much earlier) that Afghanistan had been cooked down by the Bush and Obama regimes into a bubbling fetid pit of American despair. Our Afghanistan recipe exceeds the Vietnam Conflict in terms of time and money, is a cesspool of waste and wasted lives, ours and theirs, and Al Qaeda doesn’t even live there anymore. Karzai is a puppet and a crook, rivaled in corruption only by his drug-dealing brother. As Hastings puts it, "Spending hundreds of billions of dollars on the fifth-poorest country on earth has failed to win over the civilian population, whose attitude toward U.S. troops ranges from intensely wary to openly hostile."

Jun 26 07:25

Awash With Fictional ‘Success,’ Deployment Sets Petraeus Up for a Big Fall

It is not lost on many people that the war in Afghanistan is a very different war than the one in Iraq, but the reality is that the Obama Administration has been trying to shoe-horn the Iraq strategy onto Afghanistan since the president took office, escalating the war over and over and watching with endless optimism as the conflict continues to get worse.

But having gone from the failing general in Iraq to a modern day savior of the endless warfare state, the myth of the general’s competence has landed him into the most unenviable position possible, the commander of the Afghan War, which is steadily spiraling out of control.

Jun 26 06:39

The Global Political Awakening and the New World Order

The Technological Revolution and the Future of Freedom, Part 1
by Andrew Gavin Marshall at Globalresearch.ca.

There is a new and unique development in human history that is taking place around the world; it is unprecedented in reach and volume, and it is also the greatest threat to all global power structures: the ‘global political awakening.’ The term was coined by Zbigniew Brzezinski, and refers to the fact that, as Brzezinski wrote:

For the first time in history almost all of humanity is politically activated, politically conscious and politically interactive. Global activism is generating a surge in the quest for cultural respect and economic opportunity in a world scarred by memories of colonial or imperial domination.[1]

Jun 25 22:05

David Ray Griffin: Afghanistan War not even close to legal; 9/11 “justifications” all lies. 1 of 2

*hyperlinks and video live at source*

Dr. David Ray Griffin walks readers through the “emperor has no clothes” obvious facts that US war in Afghanistan is illegal. In addition, Dr. Griffin explains, documents, and proves that all 9/11-related “reasons” are also all lies. The first part of Dr. Griffin’s lecture on this topic concludes the article. Additional parts are here on Dr. Griffin's website.

My explanation, documentation, and proof that current US wars are as close to lawful as a baseball pitch ten feet over everyone’s head is close to a strike is in this academic paper:

Open proposal to higher education

My citizen appeal with comprehensive aspects of unlawful wars and unconstitutional policies:

Government by dicts

Jun 25 11:12

Did 9/11 Justify the War in Afghanistan?

This question has thus far been considered off-limits, not to be raised in polite company, and certainly not in the mainstream media. It has been permissible, to be sure, to ask whether the war during the past several years has been justified by those attacks so many years ago. But one has not been allowed to ask whether the original invasion was justified by the 9/11 attacks.

Jun 25 09:29

U.S. State Department pays Blackwater company thugs millions in Afghanistan while Afghan teachers starve

This contract is disappointing news for people who hoped that the U.S. administration and Pentagon were serious about supporting Afghan society’s great needs beyond wildly expensive military actions. Billions flow to American war profiteers—both over-paid State employees and civilian contractors— and a woefully inadequate amount goes for Afghan healthcare, utilities, education, transportation, and judicial system.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US and NATO invasion and occupation has never been about bettering the lives of Afghan citizens; it has always been about the potential for private profit from drugs, oil, and minerals.

Jun 25 08:12

War bill could clear next week

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Thursday said she would try to pass the Afghanistan war spending bill before the July recess, a piece of legislation that may be split into two to ease passage.

“The president is the commander in chief, and we all stand by him in the decision that he made in terms of who would be in command in Afghanistan,” she said. “So we’ve trusted him before, we trust him now; its just a question of where people stand on our involvement in Afghanistan.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The warmongers in Congress will undoubtedly pass this funding bill.

Demonstrating himself to be the antithesis of the "change" upon which he campaigned so adroitly, President Obama has absolutely become the US's Warmonger-in-Chief.

Thinking Americans understand that this alleged "war on terror" is, at the end of the day, a war on people cursed to live over resources, or access to those resources, that the US government deems as theirs.

Jun 25 07:45

McChrystal’s Ouster May Embolden Pakistan’s Diplomatic Efforts

Afghan officials say that General Parvez Kayani has personally offered to broker a deal between Karzai and the Taliban’s leadership, the Quetta Shura, while Pakistani intelligence officials underscore the growing belief that the US military cannot win in Afghanistan.

US officials are expressing concerns about this, saying it “creates a bigger breach between us and Karzai,” but this sort of double-dealing is nothing new in the politics of the region, and with the US openly losing faith in Karzai it is perhaps only natural that he is warming up to other potential backers: it is quite obvious he would not survive in his position long without somebody propping him up.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder, with the war going so catastrophically badly, and Karzai realizing he's in a grand fight for his political life, if the US isn't planning some kind of gung-ho, "isn't war grand!" replacement of Karzai in the not to distant future.

Hamid, if I were you, I would keep that Kevlar body suit handy at all times right now.

Such a rapprochement between the Taliban and the Karzai government is absolutely the last thing the US and NATO want to see right now, because the Taliban wants the US and NATO forces out of Afghanistan immediately.

In light of the fact that a military "victory" in Afghanistan is impossible, the US and NATO should declare victory, bring the troops home, and negotiate with whatever government is still standing for the oil pipeline rights with which to control Eurasian oil.

Of course, that would be logical.

Jun 25 07:38

Petraeus Expected to Tone Down Attempts to Avoid Civilian Deaths

Gen. Petraeus is going to review the policy Gen. McChrystal called “courageous restraint,” a euphemism for a collection of orders deigned to reduce the number of civilians killed by US soldiers.

But Gen. Petraeus’ “review” of the policies is nothing resembling an effort to make the restraint more effective. Rather, officials say he is looking to remove some of those restrictions, how many remains to be seen. In effect, he will making policy changes explicitly to put more Afghan civilians’ lives in jeopardy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The more civilians the US and NATO butcher in this war, the more those who are left standing will embrace the Taliban insurgency.

Almost 9 years in, the US and NATO have managed, brilliantly, to do the almost unimaginable; taken a broken, dysfunctional tribal country, saddled it with a corrupt puppet government, and made things even worse for the country's people than they ever were before the invasion and occupation.

Jun 25 07:29

Obama Disavows July 2011 Afghan Drawdown Date

The date was little but an excuse to convince opponents of the surge to withhold judgement on the war at any rate, but its new role as the “beginning of a transition phase” has downgraded it to complete irrelevance, as officials have been claiming for years that they have been encouraging the Afghan government to take “more and more responsibility” to no real effect.

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The US is never leaving Afghanistan.

Jun 25 06:44

Is Petraeus McChrystal’s Replacement or Obama’s

Petraeus is an evolved form of general. He “won” in Iraq by paying protection money to the Sunnis who were effectively resisting the US occupation. Petraeus figured out that it was far cheaper and more efficient to put the Sunnis on the US military payroll and to pay them to stop fighting, which is how the war between the Sunnis and the Americans ended. To keep the Americans out of the ongoing large scale sectarian violence that continues to slaughter Iraqis, the US military was confined to remote bases.

If history is a guide, the Afghans will also accept Petraeus’ protection money, and Petraeus has just enough time to buy the Afghan war before the next presidential election.

The Afghans will, of course, take the money and wait us out, just as the Iraqis are doing.

Jun 24 22:58

GORDON DUFF: NO LIGHT, NO FREEDOM, THE GHOST OF 1967

WATCHING DARKNESS DESCEND IN THE INFORMATION AGE

Today the Israeli news service sent out an email broadcast, 87 US Senators affirmed unquestioning support for Israel in the wake of worldwide condemnation for Israeli actions against the Freedom Flotilla. In Australia, Prime Minister Rudd, after strongly admonishing Israel for counterfeiting Australian passports for use in political assassinations was removed from office, victim of a relentless media campaign orchestrated from Tel Aviv. How does this tell us we no longer live in democracies, the US, Australia, Britain, Germany and Canada?

Jun 24 09:36

Buy-Bull Bangers: Regular, or Extra-Crispy?

It is a compelling set of facts, isn't it? If I were a believer I would have no choice but to conclude that the big guy in the sky is really, REALLY, pissed off at the US and its allies.

Jun 24 07:58

More of the Same Promised in Petraeus’ Afghanistan

Gen. Petraeus is an extremely convenient replacement, because if there is one US military commander with ample experience in transmitting false hope to the Congress, it is surely him. In fact in his role as Centcom Commander Petraeus has been regularly called upon to predict that the situation will worsen in Afghanistan but that some improbable victory would emerge at some indeterminate point down the road, if only everyone believes hard enough.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ultimately, there will be a "Saigon Moment" in Kabul, where the US government will need to declare victory, bring its troops home, and negotiate with whatever government is left standing for the oil pipeline and mineral rights.

The only question is, when?!?

Jun 24 07:06

GORDON DUFF: THE AFGHANISTAN CIRCUS, McCHRYSTAL LEAVES THE CENTER RING

DID PAT TILLMAN REACH OUT FROM THE GRAVE?

Why would a general want to leave a command, especially one as challenging as Afghanistan? Think of it, no more meetings with President Karzai. Picture yourself, sitting in Kabul. Still in Kabul, looking south at failure. Long ago, when Paul Wolfowitz and Karl Rove, called “Dog Boy and Turd Blossom” by President Bush, were selecting the worst possible weaklings and con men to act as American puppets, the new governments of, first Afghanistan and then Iraq, the names Hamed Karzai and Ahjmed Chalibi were, not just the short list, they were the only list.

Jun 23 23:50

GORDON DUFF: ISRAELI AMBASSADOR ADMITS ROGUE OPERATIONS, SPYING AND WORSE

ISRAELI AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED STATES, MICHAEL OREN “WE DON’T SPY ON AMERICA, ROGUE ISRAELI GROUPS DID IT”

“…we’re talking about an event that was run by a rogue organization in the Israeli intelligence community” (Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren on the Jonathan Pollard spy case)

Jun 23 14:49

Army probes claims of US funds flowing to Afghan insurgents

Criminal investigators are examining allegations that Afghan security firms have been extorting as much as $4 million a week from contractors paid with U.S. tax dollars and then funneling the spoils to warlords and the Taliban.

If the allegations are true, the U.S. would be unintentionally financing the enemy and undermining international efforts to stabilize the country.

The payments reportedly end up in insurgent hands through a $2.1 billion Pentagon contract to transport food, water, fuel and ammunition to American troops stationed at bases across Afghanistan. To ensure safe passage through dangerous areas, the trucking companies make payments to local security firms with ties to the Taliban or warlords who control the roads.

Jun 23 11:41

General Stanley McTerror: The Shocking Admissions

If one were to look closely at the massive media coverage around the now infamous and notorious quotes emanating from U.S. Army General Stanley McChrystal, commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, and those of his aides, speaking to Michael Hastings of Rolling Stone, one should start to notice a pattern. It is a familiar one, an important statement of mainstream American ways of not seeing.

Jun 23 10:46

Obama picks Petraeus to replace McChrystal

A source tells The Associated Press that President Barack Obama will name Gen. David Petraeus to succeed Gen. Stanley McChrystal as top war commander in Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bad sign when the "Yes men" get the top jobs.

Jun 23 09:24

Termination Notice: McChrystal Sideshow Masks Murderous Reality

Some people seem to think that the question of which uniformed goober is in charge of the imperial bloodbath in Afghanistan is a vitally important issue, worthy of endless exegesis. It is not. It is a meaningless sideshow. What does matter, vitally, deeply, urgently, is the imperial bloodbath itself, and the fact that it will go on, and on, no matter what Barack Obama does or doesn't do about Stanley McChrystal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The real issues here are as follows:

1. The US and NATO are losing what was from the get-go an unwinnable war by any military standards.

2. We are on the absolutely wrong side of history here, and do not have the moral high ground in any way.

3. Our young men and women in military are being put in harm's way daily in a war, ultimately, for private profit in terms of oil, drugs, and minerals.

4. This immoral and illegal war has absolutely nothing to do with the security of the American people, and this administration - and by now, the American people- understand this clearly.

Jun 23 09:06

"Afghan war is lost and US government has to face it."

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"It's all McChrystal's fault! He said bad things about me!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jun 23 07:58

Don't Let the McChrystal Frenzy Obscure the Dirty Truth About Afghanistan

Hastings told a tale of a project with no hope for success. His story shows us that the U.S. presence in Afghanistan is all about tactics dressed up as a strategy. It’s a profile of a military establishment running on inertia -- unable to withdraw because withdrawing is an admission of defeat, but also unable to accomplish the wholly unrealistic tasks put before it.

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In the waning days of WW2, Hitler, rather than admit he was losing, started targeting individual officers and blaming them for the disasters which were unfolding. Obama is playing the same game today and McChrystal should be glad that we are (for the moment) beyond the use of firing squads as punishment.

Jun 23 00:47

GORDON DUFF: MID-EAST SITREP: TIME TO WALK AWAY AND CLEAN OUR OWN HOUSE

CAN ANYONE PROVE KARZAI IS BETTER THAN THE TALIBAN?

Do we actually call what we are doing in Afghanistan a war? Recent estimates are that 88% of the people support what we call “the enemy.” The German’s were much more popular than us during their occupation of France during World War 2. What does that say about our friends? Even Petain and Laval, the French Vichy traitors, had more public support that Karzai has in Afghanistan.

Jun 22 23:09

GORDON DUFF: GENERAL McCHRYSTAL “WOUNDED” IN AMBUSH….BY ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE

IS GENERAL STANLEY McCHRYSTAL THE NEXT “HELEN THOMAS?”

General Stanley McChrystal, top US commander in Afghanistan has been summoned home for a “briefing,” read “waterboarding session” after news of an upcoming article in this week’s Rolling Stone magazine hit the White House. His crime? General McChrystal is guilty of honesty, discernment, good judgement and communicating his sanity in private with the kind of candor we lived without during the Bush years, much to our sorrow. It is obvious that General McChrystal was targeted, not unlike White House correspondent Helen Thomas. Why? Who or what did General McChrystal threaten?

Jun 22 17:20

General Stanley McChrystal offers resignation to President Barack Obama

General Stanley McChrystal has offered his resignation to President Barack Obama after he was summoned to the White House to explain derisive comments he made about the US leader and his administration.

The White House is actively considering how a successor could be swiftly confirmed by the United States Senate, according to a senior congressional source.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question is, who in the US military would be mad enough to want the job from which Mc Chrystal has resigned?

Jun 22 17:10

McChrystal(meth), new Afghanistan clusterf*** scapegoat

In its daily briefing the White House today refused to endorse Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the administration’s current commander in Afghanistan, and suggested that he may well be fired following his Thursday meeting with an angry President Obama, a meeting for which he was ordered to return.

Jun 22 16:00

General Stanley McChrystal tenders his resignation

The source said that among the names being touted as possible successors are General James Mattis, the outgoing head of the US Joint Forces Command and due to retire after being passed over as US Marine Corps commander, and Lieutenant General William Caldwell, commander of Nato’s Training Mission in Afghanistan.

Jun 22 12:45

Why they hate America: "The kin of the dead can’t forget why they hate America"

Paul J. Balles says the reason why so many people in the Arab and Muslim worlds hate the United States is not envy of American wealth or power but injustice and greed. And the solution is simple: "Stop occupying their countries. Stop controlling others' land, populations, governments and resources."

Jun 22 12:22

Report finds U.S. tax money may be funding Afghan insurgents

Private security contractors protecting the convoys that supply U.S. military bases in Afghanistan are paying millions of dollars a week in "passage bribes" to the Taliban and other insurgent groups to travel along Afghan roads, a congressional investigation released Monday has found.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

US Army hires contractor to transport the supplies soldiers need to fight the Taliban. Contractor hires locals to do the job. Locals bribe Taliban not to attack their convoys. Taliban gets money they need to resist US forces.

This is the same government that insists it can manage your health care and save the world from carbon dioxide.

Jun 22 08:51

U.S. indirectly paying Afghan warlords as part of security contract

The U.S. military is funding a massive protection racket in Afghanistan, indirectly paying tens of millions of dollars to warlords, corrupt public officials and the Taliban to ensure safe passage of its supply convoys throughout the country, according to congressional investigators.

The security arrangements, part of a $2.16 billion transport contract, violate laws on the use of private contractors, as well as Defense Department regulations, and "dramatically undermine" larger U.S. objectives of curtailing corruption and strengthening effective governance in Afghanistan, a report released late Monday said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable; your tax dollars at work, folks.

Jun 22 07:41

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001

And keep in mind the fact that there is no end in sight.

And realize that the US government wants a war with Iran.

Jun 22 07:14

White House summons US general to explain himself

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan has been summoned to Washington to explain derogatory comments about President Barack Obama and his colleagues, administration officials said Tuesday.

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"Der Fuhrer is displeased!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jun 22 06:32

Cost of Afghan and Iraq wars £20bn

The cost to British taxpayers of fighting, diplomacy and reconstruction in Afghanistan and Iraq since the 9/11 attacks has passed £20 billion, official figures reveal.

This includes £18 billion for military operations, on top of the normal defence budget, as well as hundreds of millions of pounds on aid and security for UK officials.

But the total does not cover expenses like troops' basic salaries or long-term care for the seriously wounded, and the final price is likely to be much higher.

Jun 22 01:45

Why they hate America

By Paul Balles

Pakistani writer Mohsin Hamid, tells of a polite Oklahoman who held a copy of his latest novel, “The Reluctant Fundamentalist,” and examined the face on its cover, comparing it to Hamid’s.

The Oklahoman then said to the Muslim writer, nodding once as if to dip the brim of an imaginary hat: “So tell me, sir. Why do they hate us?”

Hamid then goes on to voice the propaganda he’d been fed, attributing it to envy, adding, “The richest, most powerful country in the world attracts the jealousy of others in much the same way that the richest, most powerful man in a small town attracts the jealousy of others.”

Of course, the Washington Post who published Hamid’s article devoured his explanation as if he was serving them and the country a lesson in deserved pride.

Jun 21 18:29

Afghan drug addiction twice global average: UN

Eight percent of Afghans suffer from drug addiction, a rate twice the global average and a "major" growing problem for the world's leading narcotic producer, a survey warned Monday.

Issued by the Afghan government and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the report found around one million people in the country aged 15 to 64 had drug addictions, often to opium and heroin.

"After three decades of war-related trauma, unlimited availability of cheap narcotics and limited access to treatment have created a major, and growing, addiction problem in Afghanistan," UNODC executive director Antonio Maria Costa said in a press statement.

Jun 21 18:27

Flashback: Taliban to Blame for Heroin Epidemic? Try Rebel Poppy Farmers

US lawmakers, meanwhile, have been raising accusations that the Taliban and the heroin trade are entwined.

But according to the Pakistani newspaper Dawn, it was only last year that saw poppy cultivation outlawed in Afghanistan – in areas under Taliban control. The fundamentalist militia made good on promises to wipe out the crop, according to the UN, despite the fact that it was a source of cash for the starving country.

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These days, a lot has changed – and it is now the US-backed rebels who shelter the poppy farmers.

Jun 21 15:49

Wikileaks Founder Fears For His Life

The man behind whistleblower website Wikileaks says he is not in a position to record an interview amid claims his life is in danger.
Julian Assange, the Australian-born founder of Wikileaks, is said to be under threat with reports that the site has hundreds of thousands of classified cables containing explosive revelations.

Jun 21 12:06

Plundering the Planet

As American and Israeli war ships are reported to be heading towards Iran (embargoed by the US since 1979) notable is that it does not alone have a vast oil potential, but: "natural gas, coal, chromium, copper .."

Next door, Iraq's vast oil wealth, with its fake "tenders" was carved up long before the invasion to "liberate" the country from a "tyrant" - and impose more compliant despots. The country also has a wealth of : "natural gas, phosphates, sulfur" - and vast deposits of uranium, known to America's ally, Britain, who prospected for it there in the 1950's.

Jun 21 10:45

Ron Paul: What if the People Wake Up?

Jun 21 08:55

Call the Politburo, We’re in Trouble

Mark it on your calendar. It seems we’ve finally entered the Soviet era in America.

Jun 21 08:44

Gates Claims Afghan ‘Progress,’ Slams ‘Rush to Judgment’

Is eight and a half years too little time to make up our mind about something?

According to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, the answer is yes. In an interview on Fox News Sunday, Secretary Gates chided Americans for what he called a “rush to judgment” about the war, adding that everyone needs to “give us a little time to have this work.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to "barking mad" SecDef Gates: if this process hasn't worked in almost 9 years, there is no "rush to judgment" on the part of the American people.

There has been a true moment of clarity for all thinking Americans that this war is unwinnable by any military definition.

They want this illegal and immoral war defunded and concluded immediately, and our troops brought home now, and cared for.

This war has nothing to do with US security, and everything to do with potential private profit from oil, drugs, and minerals.

In terms of public awareness for the reasons this war is being waged, the party's over, SecDef Gates; and unfortunately, the only people who don't understand this are the folks in the White House, Congress,the Pentagon, and the State Department.

Jun 21 08:29

Afghan forces' apathy starts to wear on U.S. platoon in Kandahar

As the U.S. military sets out to secure cities including Kandahar, it is relying far more heavily on Afghan forces than at any time in the past nine years, when the American mission focused mainly on defeating the Taliban in the countryside, rather than securing the population. But the Afghan forces are proving poorly equipped and sometimes unmotivated, breeding the same frustration U.S. troops felt in Iraq when they began building up security forces beset by corruption, sectarianism, political meddling and militia infiltration.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Maybe the Afghani are not willing to abuse their fellow citizens for the benefit of a foreign power.

In this they are clearly superior to the US Congress!

Jun 21 08:15

Japan Has 'Priority' On Rights To Mine Afghanistan Mineral Deposits, Says Hamid Karzai

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, that Lithium will NOT in fact pay for this war.

Jun 21 08:14

US Officials Dispute, Downplay July 2011 Afghan Pullout Date

Yet in an interview on Fox News Sunday, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates insisted that the pullout “absolutely has not been decided” upon. Gates added that he hadn’t even heard of Biden’s quote to the contrary and refused to address it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I told you they were BSing you again!

How long will you continue to live with a government that lies to you about everything!

Jun 21 00:16

The U.S. War Addiction: Funding Enemies to Maintain a Trillion Dollar Racket

Four ways to see the true drivers of current wars around the world.

Jun 20 22:43

How to Win a War When Losing? Dialogue with Taliban…

By Debbie Menon

No, dialogue is NOT a solution! It is merely another, quite common, much overused, abused, and never quite successful method of attempting, or pretending to attempt, to find or describe a solution; and it is usually compromised by bad faith on the part of one, two or all parties. Furthermore, it takes the bad faith of but one participant to thoroughly compromise it, and turn it into a strategic tool for forestalling the search for a solution, perpetuating the status quo, or worse.

History has demonstrated this.

Jun 20 09:55

Central Command chief reassures Senate on July 2011 “withdrawal” date: No US military exit from Afghanistan

In congressional testimony this week, Gen. David Petraeus, commander of American forces in the Middle East and Central Asia, made clear that the July 2011 timeline announced last December by President Obama to begin withdrawing US troops from Afghanistan could be extended.

He further stressed that the date did not imply either a rapid drawdown of troops or an early end to the nearly 9-year war. On the contrary, Petraeus and other top officials, including Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, used congressional hearings to underscore Washington’s commitment to the indefinite military occupation of Afghanistan.

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Imagine my (absence of) surprise.

Jun 20 07:26

Sorry, Trillions in Unmined Mineral Wealth Is Not a Reason to Keep Occupying Afghanistan

Our leaders are now boldly selling wars as commendable instruments of such profit-focused imperialism.

Jun 20 00:55

New York Times Planted Story on Afghan Mineral Wealth Designed to Prolong US Occupation, Spur Neocon-Backed Petraeus Presidential Candidacy

To provide a new and spurious economic looting argument for making the US occupation of Afghanistan virtually endless, and to advance the candidacy of General David Petraeus as the principal neocon warmonger candidate for president on the Republican ticket in 2012 – these are the purposes of the story planted in the June 13, 2010 New York Times under the byline of James Risen, who is acting as stenographer for the neocons in the great tradition of his predecessor Judith Miller. In retrospect, this article may well be seen as the opening gun of an overt push to place General Petraeus in the White House in 2012 as the new Field Marshal von Hindenburg.

Jun 19 11:19

FLASHBACK - Obama: troops just air raiding villages and killing civilians

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Bad when Bush did it, apparently okay now that Obama is the boss.

Jun 19 08:58

General Petraeus Starts Moving the Goalposts on Afghanistan Withdrawal

Responding to a question from HASC Ranking Member Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), Petraeus said that yes, he supports the July 2011 date as the beginning of a process. But, he complained, that date was based on a projection from last Fall. He said we'll do everything humanly possible (well, everything humanly possible within the constraints of a brutal, costly strategic frame that's not working) to achieve those conditions. When asked by McKeon whether July 2011 was based on conditions and not just a date on the calendar, he said, "That's correct." And, when asked whether he'd recommend delaying the withdrawal if those conditions didn't materialize, he confirmed it.

America, get ready for this excuse:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: the US is never getting out of Afghanistan!

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