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Sep 25 08:59

Classified McChrystal Report: 500,000 Troops Will Be Required Over Five Years in Afghanistan

"The numbers are really pretty horrifying. What they say, embedded in this report by McChrystal, is they would need 500,000 troops - boots on the ground - and five years to do the job. No one expects that the Afghan Army could step up to that. Are we gonna put even half that of U.S. troops there, and NATO forces? No way." [Morning Joe, September 23, 2009].

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And just where are these additional troops supposed to come from, without a draft? Through the hiring of contract mercenaries?

Sep 25 08:45

Worried White House seeks to avoid another Vietnam

The memory of the Vietnam War is holding an increasingly powerful sway over President Obama and his White House team as they explore ways to avoid the surge of troops into Afghanistan urgently being demanded by the US military.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Declare victory and bring our kids home.

Sep 25 08:07

Afghanistan general quits over disillusionment with government strategy

Major-General Andrew Mackay, a general who led the Afghanistan campaign has resigned over his disillusion in the direction of the Government’s strategy.

Major Gen Mackay’s time as the brigadier in charge of 52 Brigade in Helmand over the winter of 2007 was seen as an invigorating shake-up of the direction of the campaign and a template for future commanders. Upon arriving in Afghanistan, he was said to have been shocked that senior officers were "making it up as we go along".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope MacKay's resignation has reverberations all the way to the top of the British government.

Given the current mandates, funding, and material support, the Afghan campaign, for the US, UK, and NATO, is completely doomed to failure.

Sep 24 08:03

250-Foot Hybrid Airship To Spy Over Afghanistan

The video on Gizmodo of the P-791 shows that these ships are a hybrid not only of both buoyancy and propulsive lift, but also of both awe and hilarity.

Sep 23 15:53

Escalation is futile in a war in which complexity defies might

THE US scarcely knew what a complex disaster it was confronting when it went to war in Afghanistan on October 7, 2001. It will eventually - perhaps years from now - suffer the same fate as Alexander the Great, the British and the Soviet Union: defeat.

Sep 23 09:53

Last Exit Before Quagmire

Here we encounter the report’s most dangerous failing. It confuses the strategic and the operational levels of war. In fact, the report does not offer a new strategy, but a new operational-level plan. How the war is fought, i.e., by following classic counter-insurgency doctrine, is operational, not strategic.

Sep 23 09:49

Karzai Embraces Call for Further US Escalation

Still busy fighting growing questions about his government’s legitimacy in the wake of massive voter fraud in last month’s election, Afghan President Hamid Karzai today embraced US General Stanley McChrystal’s request for up to 45,000 more troops for the ongoing conflict, saying it was “the right approach.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If there was ever any doubt about the degree to which Karzai is a fatuous Corporate American asset, to the detriment of his own people, today's statement about describing McChrystal's request for more troops as "... the right approach" should banish those doubts once and for all.

You've got to remember the goals of the invasion and occupation; to pacify Afghan civilians to the point where pipelines could be installed to control Eurasian oil, and to protect the drug trade, from which so many profit so handsomely.

Sep 23 08:20

Low Price, High Potency Spike Heroin Deaths

Addicts and drug enforcement officials share the same enemy – a surge in the strength and accessibility of heroin.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now where do you suppose this opium is coming from?

Sep 23 06:18

Fighting against ourselves in Afghanistan

The U.S. trains forces in Afghanistan that then go to work for the Taliban

Still, the new recruits turn out for training in the blistering heat in this stony desert landscape wearing, beneath their heavy uniforms, the smart red, green and black warm-up outfits intended to encourage them to engage in off-duty exercise. American trainers recognize that recruits regularly wear all their gear at once for fear somebody will steal anything left behind in the barracks, but they take this overdressing as a sign of how much Afghans love the military. My own reading, based on my observations of Afghan life during the years I've spent in that country, is this: It's a sign of how little they trust one another, or the Americans who gave them the snazzy suits. I think it also indicates the obvious: that these impoverished men in a country without work have joined the Afghan National Army for what they can get out of it (and keep or sell) -- and that doesn't include democracy or glory.

Sep 23 05:23

Meet the Afghan Army: Is It a Figment of Washington's Imagination?

The Invisible Men

What is there to show for all this remarkably expensive training? Although in Washington they may talk about the 90,000 soldiers in the Afghan National Army, no one has reported actually seeing such an army anywhere in Afghanistan. When 4,000 U.S. Marines were sent into Helmand Province in July to take on the Taliban in what is considered one of its strongholds, accompanying them were only about 600 Afghan security forces, some of whom were police

Sep 22 15:31

You don't want to hear it.....

Army Spc. Corey Kowall, 20, of Murfreesboro TN was killed in a crash after serving in Afghanistan for nearly five weeks.

No, you don't want to hear it.

This young man was not a hero. It was not sacrifice for our country or our freedoms. It was nothing but a wasted life for lies.

Sep 22 12:19

White House mulls more drone attacks in Pakistan as alternative to troop increase in Afghanistan

The White House is looking at expanding counterterror operations in Pakistan as an alternative to a major military escalation in Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Counter Terror: Randomly killing large crowds of people using multi-million dollar high-tech remotely piloted vehicles. Viewed by the US Government as a morally pure form of mass murder because of the absence of a suicide driver and a cheap truck.

Sep 22 09:22

Prisoner Abuse Continues at Bagram Prison in Afghanistan

US President Barack Obama has spoken out against CIA prisoner abuse and wants to close Guantanamo. But he tolerates the existence of Bagram military prison in Afghanistan, where more than 600 people are being held without charge. The facility makes Guantanamo look like a "nice hotel," in the words of one military prosecutor.

Sep 22 08:46

U.S. says Pakistan, Iran helping Taliban

Taliban fighters in Afghanistan are being aided by "elements of some intelligence agencies," Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal wrote in a detailed analysis of the military situation delivered to the White House earlier this month.

McChrystal went on to single out Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency as well as the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard as contributing to the external forces working to undermine U.S. interests and destabilize the government in Kabul.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like Pakistan and Iran are up next in the rotation for a US invasion!

Sep 22 08:10

Clinton rebuffs general's warning on Afghanistan

In the interview, Clinton expressed "respect" for McChrystal's assessment that the United States would likely lose the war in Afghanistan within a year without more US forces.

"But I can only tell you there are other assessments from very expert military analysts who have worked in counter-insurgencies that are the exact opposite," she said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Notice that Clinton didn't cite any specific experts; it's because she can't.

Any intelligent analysis of the situation on the ground in Afghanistan shows that the US and NATO are losing, big-time. We are just barely holding on to Kabul.

The rest of the country is pretty firmly in the hands of the Taliban.

Our options here are very limited; we can either leave, and negotiate on the oil pipelines to control Eurasian oil with whatever government is left standing, or kill every Afghan still breathing to accomplish that goal.

There is no middle ground here toward accomplishing that objective. If Clinton were the least bit intellectually honest, she would understand that.

Sep 21 09:08

MONDAY’S OBAMATOON ~~ THE BIG FOOL SAYS ‘TO PUSH ON IN VIETGHANISTAN’

Sep 21 08:17

US general warns more troops or Afghan 'failure'

The top military commander in Afghanistan warns in a classified document that more US forces are needed within the next year or the mission "will likely result in failure," the Washington Post said Monday.

General Stanley McChrystal, the top US and NATO commander in the country, writes in a grim assessment of the eight-year conflict: "Failure to gain the initiative and reverse insurgent momentum in the near-term (next 12 months) -- while Afghan security capacity matures -- risks an outcome where defeating the insurgency is no longer possible."

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As reported in:

http://www.smirkingchimp.com/thread/23728>

'As early as March 15, 2001, when Jane’s, the British international security journal disclosed the fact, the Administration was engaged in a “concerted front against Afghanistan’s Taliban regime.” Confirming the Administration’s intended violence, George Arney of BBC News wrote a story published September 18, 2001: “U.S. Planned Attack on Taliban.” In mid-July of 2001 a “senior American official” told Mr. Niaz Naik, a former Pakistani Foreign Secretary that “...military action against Afghanistan would go ahead by the middle of October.”

Finally, on August 2 of 2001, the last pipeline negotiation with the Taliban ended with a terse statement by Christina Rocca of the State Department: “Accept our offer of a carpet of gold or we bury you under a carpet of bombs.”

Then, "only a few weeks before September 11, American diplomats warned of military actions against Afghanistan." (A statement by Mr. Tom Simons, a former ambassador to Afghanistan.)'

The bottom line here is, diplomats around the world knew this was coming. And what were we getting, courtesy of our corporate news agencies, in August of 2001?!? "All Gary Condit, all the time!!

This war has always been about installing the pipelines to control Eurasian oil, and protecting the drug trade, from which so many profit so handsomely.

The Bush administration somehow had the collective bone-headedness to believe that a military confrontation in Afghanistan, for all the blood and money it would cost, would somehow be "cheaper" than the price the Taliban wanted for the oil pipelines. I hope their minions told that, very honestly, to every family member or friend of someone who has died in Afghanistan, or has come back hopelessly maimed physically or psychologically for life.

Apparently, during the Bush administration,the Pentagon, White House, and Congress collectively forgot that it was the US which had trained the Taliban in those guerrilla tactics they used so effectively tp cause the Soviet Union to leave Afghanistan.

We are continuing to pay a terrible price for that right now, in blood and money.

So, what do we do now?!?

Our options are very limited: we can leave, and negotiate with whatever government is left standing about the pipelines, or kill every Afghan left standing.

There is no middle ground here.

Sep 21 08:13

More troops needed for Afghan war success

The situation in Afghanistan is growing worse, and without more boots on the ground the U.S. risks failure in a war it’s been waging since September 2001, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan says in a confidential report.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Sep 20 20:31

One in 4 Afghan Ballots Face Check for Fraud

Nearly one in four votes in last month’s Afghan presidential elections were cast at polling stations now subject to a recount and audit for possible fraud, a huge number that underscores the possibility that President Hamid Karzai could face a runoff, according to an analysis of Afghan national election commission data by The New York Times.

About a third of Mr. Karzai’s 3.1 million votes were cast at polling stations that face a recount and audit of ballot boxes, according to The Times’s analysis of data released by the country’s Independent Election Commission.

The analysis suggests that the magnitude of the fraud review is far greater than what has generally been understood.

Sep 19 08:41

Afghanistan: Where Empires Go to Die

Today, the US Empire is on the fast track of its demise.

Genghis Khan could not hold onto Afghanistan.

Neither will the United States, particularly when in its desperation to continue its illegal occupation, it tosses aside international law, along with its own Constitution.

Sep 19 08:01

THE IMPOTENT DICTATOR

"For five years Mr. Karzai was my president," Ashraf Ghani, an opposition candidate, bemoaned after widespread reports that incumbent Hamid Karzai had used fraud on a massive scale to steal the election. "Now how many Afghans will consider him their president?"

Not many. In a country where civil war is the national pastime and five-year-old boys learn how to fire an AK-47, this is not good. But Ghani is asking the wrong question. The real question is, how many Americans will continue to see Karzai as viable--and be willing to continue to pay the price of propping him up?

Sep 19 02:29

Afghanistan: Where Empires Go to Die

On September 7 the Swedish aid agency Swedish Committee for Afghanistan reported that the previous week US soldiers raided one of its hospitals. According to the director of the aid agency, Anders Fange, troops stormed through both the men's and women's wards, where they frantically searched for wounded Taliban fighters.

Sep 18 21:01

New evidence of widespread fraud in Afghanistan election uncovered

Exclusive footage obtained by the Guardian of ballot papers pre-marked for Hamid Karzai that were seized by monitors. The ballots appear to be stamped with the monitors' seal and ready to cast. The monitors filmed then destroyed the papers to stop them being used.

The shaky footage shows two election monitors inspecting a book of 100 ballot papers that are still stitched together, as they were intended to arrive at the polling station in rural Afghanistan. But something is wrong; instead of being pristine, ready for the voter to make his or her mark, each paper bears a large blue tick next to the name of one candidate: Hamid Karzai.

Sep 18 13:25

Daily Show: Afghanistan is ‘the gold standard for quagmires’

The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart reminded his audience on Thursday — in case they’d somehow forgotten — of the Iraq War, with its “lack of a coherent postwar plan [or] a reason to have the war.”

“But did you know that we also have this whole other war in Afghanistan?” Stewart asked. He then played a montage of television news clips calling the Afghan War “a mission politically and militarily in crisis” and reporting that “President Karzai is accused of rigging the election. … More than a million and a half ballots are suspicious.”

Sep 18 09:28

Jamie Rubin, Cruise Missile Liberal, Calls for Hypnotizing Americans About Afghan War

Rubin is a famed cruise missile liberal who has seldom seen a war he didn’t like. It is no surprise that he would be hitting the cable shows to support the war in Afghanistan at a time when public opinion is increasingly against US involvement.

On Morning Joe, Rubin laid out what can only be described as a crude plan to hypnotize Americans into believing falsehoods about the Afghan war. "We need to really really put to bed the issue that I think is behind everybody here, which is that this is another Vietnam," Rubin said. "And I think that Vietnam is a terribly debilitating analogy for our country. Every time something is difficult, we say, "Uh, it’s Vietnam.’ Afghanistan and Vietnam have nothing to do with each other. The whole world is on our side in Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Afghanistan is a colossal disaster, brought about by a lethal cocktail of magical thinking, a complete contempt for understanding the history of its people, and completely knuckleheaded assumptions about the troop strength it would take to "pacify" it.

There were two reasons to be in Afghanistan; to control the flow of Eurasian oil with pipelines, and protect the drug trade, from which so many profit so handsomely.

The US and NATO have failed utterly on the first objective, but scored magnificently on the second.

And for those of you who scream, "no, that can't possibly be!", consider this; under the regime of the Taliban, the cultivation of opium poppies was almost eradicated.

Subsequent to the US/NATO invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, illegal drug production has soared.

Sep 18 09:08

Nato forces rely on illegal Afghan militias, report says

Nato forces in Afghanistan are increasingly reliant on illegal militias, often run by warlords responsible for human rights abuses and drug trafficking, according to an independent report published tomorrow.

New York University's Centre on International Co-operation (CIC) reports that the use of private security companies and militias is growing exponentially and accounts for up to a fifth of the funds spent on Afghan reconstruction.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More "progress" in Afghanistan, I see.

Sep 18 09:00

Is America Hooked on War?

Because the United States does not look like a militarized country, it’s hard for Americans to grasp that Washington is a war capital, that the United States is a war state, that it garrisons much of the planet, and that the norm for us is to be at war somewhere at any moment. Similarly, we’ve become used to the idea that, when various forms of force (or threats of force) don’t work, our response, as in Afghanistan, is to recalibrate and apply some alternate version of the same under a new or rebranded name — the hot one now being "counterinsurgency" or COIN — in a marginally different manner. When it comes to war, as well as preparations for war, more is now generally the order of the day.

Sep 18 08:27

Abraham Lincoln on unconstitutional US wars of invasion: courageously standing against the OBVIOUS lies

US presidents are lying about our Wars of Aggression, invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, while lying to cause a third war with Iran. Let’s review the courageous words of truth from Mr. Lincoln, and encourage ourselves to act against these treasonous and cowardly wars that have so-far killed over 5,000 American troops. The following five paragraphs from Mr. Lincoln’s speech in Congress deserve your full attention. They are written in his acclaimed concise and powerful prose.

Sep 18 08:21

General Sir David Richards: allied failure ‘would intoxicate terrorists’

The new head of the British Army, General Sir David Richards, also warned last night that Nato had yet to find the right formula for success in Afghanistan. General Richards also warned that defeat for the international coalition would have an “intoxicating impact” on extremists around the world. Failure for an alliance as powerful as the NATO presence in Afghanistan would convince terrorists that “anything might be possible”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder how Sir David Richards defines "victory" in Afghanistan; because from where I sit, the only "winners" in this war right now are the defense contractors and the drug dealers.

Sep 18 07:33

Allied failure in Afghanistan 'would intoxicate terrorists', says new Army chief

It is imperative that Britain sees through the mission in Afghanistan because defeat would have a 'hugely intoxicating impact on extremists worldwide', the new head of the Army has warned.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: The loss in Afghanistan signaled the decline of the USSR. A loss in Afghanistan will signal the decline of the US and UK.

That's why Afghanistan is called the Graveyard of Empires!

Sep 18 04:13

Is America Hooked on War?

Because the United States does not look like a militarized country, it's hard for Americans to grasp that Washington is a war capital, that the United States is a war state, that it garrisons much of the planet, and that the norm for us is to be at war somewhere at any moment. Similarly, we've become used to the idea that, when various forms of force (or threats of force) don't work, our response, as in Afghanistan, is to recalibrate and apply some alternate version of the same under a new or rebranded name -- the hot one now being "counterinsurgency" or COIN -- in a marginally different manner. When it comes to war, as well as preparations for war, more is now generally the order of the day.

This wasn't always the case. The early Republic that the most hawkish conservatives love to cite was a land whose leaders looked with suspicion on the very idea of a standing army. They would have viewed our hundreds of global garrisons, our vast network of spies, agents, Special Forces teams, surveillance operatives, interrogators, rent-a-guns, and mercenary corporations, as well as our staggering Pentagon budget and the constant future-war gaming and planning that accompanies it, with genuine horror.

Sep 18 04:06

John Pilger: For Britons, the Party Game Is Over

During the 1914-18 slaughter, Prime Minister Lloyd George confided: "If people really knew [the truth], the war would be stopped tomorrow. But of course they don’t know and can’t know." Have we not yet advanced over a century’s corpses to a point where the likes of Brown are denied their mendacious subterfuge? The Afghan war is a fraud. It began as an American vendetta for domestic consumption in the wake of the 11 September 2001 attacks, in which not a single Afghan was involved. The Taliban, who are Afghans, had no quarrel with the United States and were dealing secretly with the Clinton administration over a strategic pipeline. They offered to apprehend Osama Bin Laden and hand him over to a clerical court, but this was rejected.

Sep 17 11:39

What to do with US traitors who wage Wars of Aggression? 1: Truth & Reconciliation. 2: Prosecution.

A traitor is one with allegiance to the US who wages war against the United States. Lying the American public into war that takes trillions in long-term costs and kills over 5,000 US troops is treason. US political “leaders” who wage illegal and horrific Wars of Aggression, the worst crime a nation can commit, are actively attacking our Constitution and values. Neither political party will prosecute these crimes.

So what do we do?

Offer Truth and Reconciliation.

Sep 17 09:25

Report: Gen. McChrystal Seeking Another 40,000 Troops for Afghanistan

Despite claims earlier in the day from President Barack Obama that no ‘immediate decision’ was pending on Afghanistan, Fox News is quoting sources in the government as saying General Stanley McChrystal has already made his long-awaited troop request, and it’s a doozy.

Gen. McChrystal is now ‘privately’ requesting another 40,000 troops for the eight year old war, which would bring the overall US presence there to well over 100,000 troops, and nearly triple the number in the nation with President Obama was elected last November.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

40,000 more troops? From where, without a draft?!?!?

The only way this might be possible is the hiring of more mercenaries for hire, and I'm sure that the corporate owners of those"rent-a-soldier" companies are salivating, hearing this request from Mc Crystal.

Sep 17 09:07

'Dear Gordon Brown, you killed our son': Family of soldier blown up in Afghanistan send devastating letter to PM

'Because of you I now have a 26-year-old daughter with no husband and a five-month-old grandson with no father.'

Sep 17 06:40

Washington’s “good war” Death squads, disappearances and torture in Pakistan

As the Obama administration prepares a major escalation of the so-called AfPak war, reports from Pakistan’s Swat Valley, near Afghanistan’s eastern border, provide a gruesome indication of the kind of war that the Pentagon and its local allies are waging.

While touted by Obama and his supporters as the “good war,” there is mounting evidence that the Pentagon and the CIA are engaged in a war against the population of the region involving death squads, disappearances and torture

Sep 16 19:50

Call for an Afghan Surge

America's top military officer endorsed sending more U.S. troops to Afghanistan, a shift in Pentagon rhetoric that heralds a potential deepening of involvement in the Afghan war

Their support makes it easier for Obama to approve the plans of Gen. Stanley McChrystal -- whom the Obama administration installed as the top American commander in Kabul -- when he submits a formal request later this month for as many as 40,000 new troops, in addition to 62,000 now there.

Mr. Obama can send additional forces to Afghanistan without congressional approval

Sep 16 17:12

US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are traitorous, un-American, and cowardly

If I’m successful in proving that the current US wars are TRAITOROUS, UN-AMERICAN, and COWARDLY, please take that description and run with it. Let’s look:

Sep 16 13:23

Pictures of war can carry more moral meaning than thousands of words

Robert Gates, the Defence Secretary, accused AP of a “lack of compassion and common sense” in distributing the image to newspapers: some of these published it, while others chose not to.

Sep 16 13:06

Washington’s “good war” Death squads, disappearances and torture in Pakistan

Sep 16 12:59

Former KGB Colonel: It’s America’s turn to lose in Afghanistan

Former KGB Special Forces Colonel Oleg Balashov, who took part in the Soviet military campaign in Afghanistan, told RT he doubts more U.S. soldiers will increase the chances of victory.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

They do not call Afghanistan the Graveyard of Empires for nothing. The last military commander to actually conquer and hang onto Afghanistan was Alexander the Great, and he only kept it for three years.

Sep 16 12:19

Europe’s complicity in evil: Obama,Bush in Black-Face

Europe’s complicity in evil
By Paul Craig Roberts
Sep 14, 2009, 00:24
Obama represents the same ideology of American “exceptionalism“ as other recent presidents.
Nothing is any different under Obama. Obama has escalated war in Afghanistan; started a new war in Pakistan; tolerated or supported a military coup that overthrew the elected president of Honduras; is constructing seven new US military bases in Colombia, South America;...is working to destabilize the government in Iran,... The Obama administration’s...platitudes are useful also to disguise the overthrow of US civil liberties, such as habeas corpus, due process, and prohibitions against torture and preemptive arrest.

Sep 16 10:10

US to Pump Thousands of ‘Combat Enablers’ Into Afghanistan

Top US defense officials say that roughly 3,000 additional troops, which are classified not as combat troops but rather “combat enablers,” will be deployed to Afghanistan in the coming days.

Rather, it now seems that the non-combat troops are being replaced by the combat troops, and then new non-combat troops are being added as well, effectively an escalation of the number of troops involved in the conflict under the guise of adding “non-combat” troops. This escalation comes in addition to the expected request of another 20,000 troops from Gen. McChrystal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Combat Enablers"?!?!? Have these people lost their minds completely?!?

Sep 16 09:48

Fighting rages across Afghanistan as U.S. military buildup continues

Attacks by anti-occupation forces spread across Afghanistan over the weekend, with major armed clashes, bombings and other incidents in at least 10 provinces, including eight that are outside the southern region where the U.S. and NATO forces have launched a major military offensive.

Rather than directly confront the greatly increased U.S. ground forces in provinces like Helmand, the Taliban and other resistance forces are employing typical guerrillas tactics, striking at “soft” targets well away from the main combat zone, in many cases in areas where there has been relatively little insurgent activity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, 8 years on, this is what "victory" in Afghanistan looks like?!?

The only way this can look like "victory" if the desired outcome had to do with the complete and chronic destabilization of the country.

If that is not the case, the US and NATO have absolutely no strategy whatsoever in Afghanistan, period, end of discussion.

Sep 16 07:29

Escalation of the Afghan War: US-NATO Target Russia, China and Iran

The United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization are expanding their nearly eight-year war in Afghanistan both in scope, with deadly drone missile attacks inside Pakistan, and in intensity, with daily reports of more NATO states’ troops slated for deployment and calls for as many as 45,000 American troops in addition to the 68,000 already in the nation and scheduled to be there shortly.

Sep 16 07:17

Karzai condemns EU's fraud claims

Afghan President Hamid Karzai's campaign team has condemned as "irresponsible" claims by EU monitors about the extent of election fraud.

EU election observers have said about 1.5m votes - about a quarter of all ballots - cast in the presidential vote in August could be fraudulent.

See also: Fraud Accusations in Afghan Vote Too Many to Count

Sep 15 21:14

NO MORE TROOPS!! , End the damn wars, Cowardly Liar!

NO MORE TROOPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
16 09 2009
IT’S TIME TO DRAW THE DAMNED LINE, PEOPLE…NO MORE TROOPS! Bush got away with it for eight stinking years, but Obama will not get by with it for even one! Define the mission. Are we defending America or are we fighting a war of aggression? Bush and Cheney were disgraces to posterity and their war was no less ambitious than Hitler’s war. Tell the truth about what you have inherited, Obama. End this war against the world. Tell Mullen and McChrystal that you have drawn the line in Afghanistan and all troops will be pulled-back from Pakistan and the Caucasus Region.
Do the right thing. Joint Chiefs Chairman Mullen says more troops likely needed in Afghanistan

Sep 15 17:41

Duh, US national security IS NOT threatened by Afghanistan

The chair of the Joint Chiefs testified to Congress today that “success” in Afghanistan requires more US troops and “certainly much more time.” Senator McCain Orwell-spoke that each day we wait to send more US troops to Afghanistan to put their lives in danger, “puts lives in danger.” President Obama defended the strategy of war to produce peace and happiness by saying, "You never step into the same river twice. And so Afghanistan is not Vietnam." I think the president is absolutely correct with my observations about stepping into the same river for a second time: the experience is not quite the same, only about 99%. Polling data also show American support for this war is at its lowest: 58% disapprove and 39% approve.

Sep 15 10:14

Karzai rival warns: Vote fraud would doom U.S. involvement

Abdullah Abdullah, the leading challenger in Afghanistan's national elections warned Monday if President Hamid Karzai wins another term based on vote fraud, the U.S.-led war against al Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan will fail.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It will fail anyway.

Sep 15 10:00

Cholera outbreaks in 10 Afghan provinces: govt

Afghanistan has reported outbreaks of potentially lethal cholera in 10 provinces across the impoverished country, the health ministry said on Sunday.

The ministry "has so far recorded 673 cases countrywide" of the highly contagious disease in almost a third of the country's 34 provinces, including in the capital Kabul. No deaths have been reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More US/NATO "progress" in Afghanistan, I see.

Sep 15 09:58

Company: Regrets not disclosing misconduct

During a hearing that lasted almost six hours, the Commission on Wartime Contracting sharply criticized representatives from ArmorGroup and the State Department for being unaware of what was happening and for not acting more aggressively to correct the situation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please note that there is no mention of this contract being pulled immediately, which is what should have happened.

As reported here, 1 Sept 2009:

http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2009/09/animal-house-afghanistan

"The contractor was the subject of a congressional probe earlier this summer that found serious lapses in the company's handling of the embassy security contract, which internal State Department documents said left the embassy compound "in jeopardy." Nevertheless, the government opted to extend the company's 5-year, $189 million contract for another year. "

One has to wonder which congress members have become "acquisitions" of this company, through overt and covert campaign support.

Sep 15 09:41

Obama: Giving Bagram Detainees Access to US Courts a Threat to National Security

Though the Department of Defense has made a big deal about the major changes being made in the detention procedures at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan, and the notion that for the first time detainees will have something resembling rights while in US custody, the Obama Administration has made it clear today that those “rights” don’t extend very far.

Today the administration made a filing with the US Court of Appeals in Washington challenging a previous determination by a judge that some Bagram detainees actually had legal rights to challenge their detention.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine my complete (absence of) surprise.

Sep 15 09:33

Violence Escalates In Afghanistan, as US, NATO Forces Push Further Against Insurgents

The latest violence comes as the U.S. tries to implement its strategy of fighting the Taliban and protecting civilians.

Retired Army General Jack Keane says the strategy will not work without an increase in U.S. combat troops.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder if we are looking at the troops being considered for this escalation will actually be US combat troops, or hired mercenaries.

My guess would be the later.

Sep 15 08:40

Afghanistan: Recount Ordered At 10 Percent Of Polling Stations

Ballots from about 10 percent of Afghanistan's polling stations must be recounted because of suspicions of fraud in last month's presidential election, according to an order from a U.N.-backed body, an official said Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At the end of the day, the outcome will probably be the same, but we'll hear much more self-congratulatory chest-thumping from Americans and NATO members, assuring themselves of what a magnificent job they did to make sure that this election "free and fair" for the Afghan people.

This "election" is an absolute fraud and a sham. This is simply the re-anointing of Karzai for one more term in office, so that the US and NATO can deal with the "devil they know", rather than the devil they don't know.

And even if, by some miracle, Abdullah Abdullah squeaks ahead for a marginal victory over Karzai, his ability to actually created the reforms on which he based his ca,[aogm will be severely challenged by the on-going corruption of his predecessor.

Sep 15 05:43

US troops 'stormed through Afghan hospital'

A Swedish charity accused American troops today of storming through a hospital in central Afghanistan, breaking down doors and tying up staff in a search for militants. The US military said it was investigating.

Sep 14 19:25

As Approval Ratings for U.S War(s) Decline,Osama Makes His Grand Re-Appearance

Osama bin Laden has released another timely videotape promising to have his vengeance on Western supporters of the state of Israel. He threatened to “continue our war of attrition” if the US did not pull out of Afghanistan, halt its aid to Israel and throw out any and all neoconservatives from the White House.

During the reign of George W. Bush we saw a spike in support for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,along with taunting video’s of an alleged Osama bin Laden dwelling somewhere and nowhere,while the United States was seemingly playing a game of ‘Where is Waldo’ ; The Bush administration tried and failed to capture the sworn enemy of the state,thus leaving the game ready and waiting for a new ‘hero’ to step up and destroy the ‘bad-guy’.

Sep 14 17:35

Iraq and Afghanistan don't need US troops for security. They can ask the UN if they want help

One of the arguments for US troops to remain in the two countries we invaded is that even if our wars were mistakes, it’s our duty to stay until those countries can manage their own security. If US troops leave, we’ll subject civilians to escalating violence.

As eminent Princeton philosopher Harry Frankfurt distinguished in his 2005 Bestseller as a strictly academic term, that rhetoric is bullshit.

When political “leadership” makes that argument, it’s a lie of omission. Without the comprehensive information that Iraq and Afghanistan have full authority within their governments to make that determination for themselves, that statement is misleading Americans into thinking that US security is their only option. It is not.

Sep 14 14:05

Graham, Lieberman, McCain call for more troops in Afghanistan

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SEND YOUR OWN CHILDREN TO THE FRONT LINES, THEN!

Sep 14 11:28

Withdrawal without winning?

Most discussion about Afghanistan has concentrated on whether and how we can defeat the Taliban. Less attention has been paid to the probable consequences of a withdrawal without winning
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once we move beyond the alluring but unsustainable claim that our inability to exclude the possibility that withdrawing would be very harmful means that we must fight, it becomes clear that we are building a large and risky war on predictions that call for closer examination.

Sep 14 08:10

Nation Building at the Barrel of an American Gun?

Nation Building at the Barrel of an American Gun?
A Short Reply to the Dubik and Kagans’ Washington Post Oped

Lieutenant General James Dubik, Dr Kim Kagan, and Dr Fred Kagan, the three authors of a Sunday Washington Post oped titled The Afghan Illusion: Kabul’s Forces Aren’t Yet a Substitute for Our Own, conclude their Oped with this statement:

"Building Afghan forces dramatically is part of a strategy for succeeding in Afghanistan and permitting the reduction of foreign forces. It cannot, however, be the whole strategy."

And to ask this reoccurring question one more time, what is the "whole strategy"? Although the authors do not come out and say it, armed nation building is clearly the "whole" strategy.

Sep 14 05:32

Chasing the dragon, pt. 1

Part 1…lying sidelong on a divan in the Senate cloakroom

That John Kerry and his Senate Foreign Relations Committee are a regular bunch of cards. Their Aug. 10 report, “Afghanistan’s Narco War: Breaking the Link Between Drug Traffickers and Insurgents”, is funnier than a barrel of drunk monkeys. It opens with the statement: “At the end of March when President Obama fulfilled his pledge to make the war in Afghanistan a higher priority, he cast the U.S. role more narrowly than the previous administration: Defeat Al Quaeda and eliminate its safe havens in Afghanistan and Pakistan. To accomplish these twin tasks, however, the President is making a practical commitment to Afghanistan that is far greater than his predecessor—more troops, more civilians, and more money.”

Sep 14 05:31

Chasing the dragon, pt. 2

Part 2…hatin’ the player, not the game

The Senate is prepared to discuss the problem of Afghan corruption at length. It must be all the marble and parliamentary silly-talk that makes these men immune to irony, because portions of the report’s section entitled “The Scope of Corruption” sound like a description of American politics if the reader mad-libs a little. The Senate is very worried about the scope of corruption from the drug trade in Afghanistan. It forgets, in its rush to explain how horrid Afghanistan is, that it already admitted to setting the stage for this very situation when the U.S. invaded in 2001.

Sep 14 05:31

Chasing the dragon, pt. 3

Part 3…God’s own medicine

The Obama administration rescinded the Bush administration’s quixotic order to eradicate poppy fields in Afghanistan. Judging by hectare cultivation numbers and harvest yields, the plan was either never fully implemented or failed miserably. At the very least, farmers in Afghanistan are no longer being punished for trying to make a living. Like Bush, the Obama administration wants to reform Afghan agriculture and move it away from poppy cultivation. Unfortunately, these plans are still “being finalized”. To understand the problems inherent in the administration’s plans and possible futures for Afghan agriculture we need to examine Afghanistan’s situation, the opium poppy, and the history of opium cultivation.

Sep 13 09:40

US could shift Afghanistan focus towards eastern provinces

The primary focus of the US war strategy in Afghanistan could shift towards the eastern provinces bordering Pakistan and away from the south of the country, where British forces are heavily engaged, under a plan being finalised by commanders.

Senior military officials are said to believe the Afghan Taliban's ability to find sanctuary and support across the porous border with Pakistan ? plus the suspected presence in the lawless tribal Waziristan area of al-Qaida leaders including Osama bin Laden ? has made a bigger effort in the east essential if the insurgency is to be defeated.

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A short memo to the author of this article:

1. Bin Laden is dead: he assumed room temperature a number of years ago.

2. The only people actually "winning" the Af-Pak war are the drug lords and the defense contractors.

Sep 13 09:24

General Smedley Butler

Major General Smedley Butler retired from the Marine Corps in 1931 at the age of 48. He had faced gunfire 120 times and the famed columnist Will Rogers wrote of Butler, "He is what I would call a natural born warrior. He will fight anybody, any time....He carries every medal we ever gave out. He has two Congressional Medals of Honor....You give him another war and he will get him another one....I do admire him."

http://tshtf.blogspot.com/2009/08/general-smedley-butler.html

Sep 13 09:02

Enduring Freedom until 2050

New NATO head, former president George W Bush-friendly Anders Rasmussen from Denmark, has been trying to explain the new "strategy" in pyrotechnic NATOese to skeptical Europeans. But the real plot of the non-stop tragicomedy is never spelled out. The US and its NATO allies will do - and spend - whatever it takes to implant military bases on the doorstep of both Russia and China and - Allah only knows - get their Trans-Afghan Pakistan gas pipeline on track.

Sep 13 08:23

US Pressing Karzai for Election Deal

Karzai reportedly did not respond favorably to Ambassador Eikenberry’s comments, and has refused to meet with any US officials since. Though the US has publicly put on a brave face with respect to the vote, and Richard Holbrooke has repeatedly praised it, privately it is becoming increasingly apparent that it is putting them in an awkward position.

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What put the US in this "awkward position" was making sure that this election re-appointed Karzai, and that really representative candidates were barred from being on the ballot at all.

If there is any "power-sharing government", it will be in name only, and purely cosmetic.

The Afghan people are, rightfully, resentful of this pre-ordained outcome, and this "election" may spawn demonstrations and riots which the US and UN troops may find themselves unable to control, without killing a massive number of non-combatants.

That will only further radicalize the Afghan people against the Karzai government.

Sep 13 07:57

Advertise on NYTimes.com U.S. to Expand Review of Detainees in Afghan Prison

The new Pentagon guidelines would assign a United States military official to each of the roughly 600 detainees at the American-run prison at the Bagram Air Base north of Kabul. These officials would not be lawyers but could for the first time gather witnesses and evidence, including classified material, on behalf of the detainees to challenge their detention in proceedings before a military-appointed review board.

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This may look like an improvement for these prisoners of war, but - in terms of the normal practices of American jurisprudence - these little refinements are woefully beneath the standards of true American justice.

In fact, had these people actually been tried under American law, the cases upon which they were detained would fall apart in a heartbeat.

Sep 12 22:42

Obama hypocrisy: continuing American fascism with unlimited detention

Almost a year after Mr. Obama's election as President, with the sworn duty to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, his administration continues the unconstitutional policies of declaring human beings as "enemies" and detaining them without rights for as long as they so dictate (as in dictatorship). As a teacher for US Government classes, I can tell you that this is un-American in every academic understanding of what Americanism means. We have other words to describe a political philosophy of unlimited government that rejects inalienable civil and political rights: dictatorship and fascism are academically correct.

Sep 12 10:05

'I told the US to talk to the Taliban. They jailed me'

Eight years on, as the West struggles to form a coherent policy on Afghanistan amid mounting domestic opposition to the war, Mullah Muttawakil has claimed that the West has repeatedly squandered chances for peace.

"We have seen a lot of fighting since then, a lot of blood has been spilt, all for what?" he asked. "They are saying now that they will talk to some of the Taliban. That is what I said to them just after the war. I offered to put them in touch with the relevant people. Their answer was to put me in jail."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable, but clearly a demonstration an absolute lack of critical thinking, coupled with a "shoot-'em-up" cowboy mentality.

At the end of the day, the only way to achieve any positive outcome US and NATO forces in Afghanistan will be to talk to the Taliban, and bring them into the political dialogue of the country.

The only other alternative is to murder every single last Afghan still breathing.

Sep 12 08:51

US, British Officials Caution Afghan Vote Delay ‘Could Help al-Qaeda’

Top officials from both the US and British government cautioned against what is shaping up to be a long term dispute over last month’s Afghan presidential election, with US envoy Richard Holbrooke saying that al-Qaeda would be a beneficiary of any delays in issuing the results.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You don't know whether to laugh or cry at such statements.

This "election" (read: "installation of the thug they know", courtesy of the US and NATO), was an absolute sham, a fraud writ large, and a colossal disservice to the people of Afghanistan.

But of course, a truly free and fair election probably would not have returned Karzai to power, and the US and NATO weren't about to see that happen.

Sep 12 08:28

Susan Rice Urges Hill Democrats: Give War Strategy a Chance

Susan Rice, President Barack Obama’s U.N. ambassador, asked her fellow Democrats to give the commander-in-chief a bit of a break when it comes to the war in Afghanistan.

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"Hey, it's not like it's your own kids or anything like that!"

Sep 12 00:54

Can the Afghan Problem be Solved?

There is wide recognition in Europe -- and increasingly also in the United States -- that the war against the Taliban is going badly; that Coalition casualties and costs are spiralling; and that restive Western opinion is beginning to demand a timetable for withdrawal.

Sep 11 23:58

Has Osama Bin Laden been dead for seven years

Has Osama Bin Laden been dead for seven years - and are the U.S. and Britain covering it up to continue war on terror?
By Sue Reid 11th September 2009
Griffin, in his explosive book, says this tape is fake, and he goes further.
'A reason to suspect that all of the post-2001 Bin Laden tapes are fabrications is that they often appeared at times that boosted the Bush presidency or supported a claim by its chief 'war on terror' ally, British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
'The confession tape came exactly when Bush and Blair had failed to prove Bin Laden's responsibility for 9/11 and both men were trying to win international public support, particularly in the Islamic world, for the anti-terrorist campaign.'

Sep 11 19:48

9/11: Support our troops by ending these illegal wars

Do you respect our troops? If so, demand their return home because they’ve been deployed in illegal Wars of Aggression. Don’t believe me when I say the wars are illegal and we should withdraw (Iraq and Afghanistan can request help from the UN on their own if they’re interested). YOU have to know the two simple rules of starting a war to determine if our troops’ presence is ethical or not. Do you know them? If so, thank you for your responsibility as a citizen. If not, thank you for reading this article to learn! As an educator, allow me to attempt my art of admonishing those who haven’t done this important homework before reviewing the answer (and I thought being a laid-off teacher I wouldn’t use this particular skill as a writer).

Sep 11 18:14

Susan Rice Urges Hill Democrats: Give War Strategy a Chance

Susan Rice, President Barack Obama’s U.N. ambassador, asked her fellow Democrats to give the commander-in-chief a bit of a break when it comes to the war in Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to UN Ambassador Rice: what we appear to have in this alleged "change in strategy", announced by the white house last spring, looks suspiciously very much like the old strategy.

We are bombing the hell out of non-combatants, killing women, kids, the elderly, and the medically infirm.

These aerial bombardments are simply radicalizing those left standing against both the US and the Karzai government, and pushing them into the waiting arms of the Taliban.

And as your blithe statement: "America, she said, has a crucial stake in Afghanistan." Would you mind, Madam Ambassador, telling the American people just what the devil that is, particularly to those families and friends of people who have died and been maimed physically and/or psychologically fighting this war?

It could not possibly have been "creating democracy in Afghanistan, as demonstrated by the rampant fraud in the last election.

So what is that stake, Madame Secretary?

Thinking Americans are looking at the mayhem and misery we are creating there, and understanding very clearly that the only people "winning" this war right now are the drug dealers and the defense contractors, period, end of discussion.

Sep 11 16:37

Victims' families tell their stories following Nato airstrike in Afghanistan

'I took some flesh home and called it my son.'

Sep 11 10:19

NATO Goes Green -- for Ill-Gotten Gains

NATO, the "North Atlantic" treaty organization now fighting a slaughterous war in, er, Central Asia, is going green,setting up a new panel of heavy-duty worthies to pursue the strategic ramifications of global climate change. But as David Cronin reports in the Guardian, when militarists mull the ailments of Mother Earth, they aren't looking to mop the old lady's brow; they're trying to shake her down for every little bauble she's got left. The whole piece is worth reading, but here are some excerpts:

Sep 11 10:06

Death and Dying in the Age of No Change's Non War It's Time to be Impolite About Afghanistan

The phrase from Tacitus comes to mind with only a slight modification. "They make desolation," he wrote. "and call it peace." In Afghanistan, they make desolation and call it freedom. Enduring freedom. This is the lesson the Afghans must learn. When you are the occupied, the native, the wog, you are subject to the occupier's definitions. He will kill your wives and children and call it pacification. He will choose your leaders, tell you to vote and call it democracy. He will kick in the doors to your home, arrest you and your sons, and call you insurgents. Of course, it is this very practice which turns many of your men into said insurgents.

Sep 11 09:48

Think Tank: Taliban return to most of Afghanistan

A London-based think tank says that nearly eight years after the U.S. drove the Taliban from power, the Islamist militia has returned to most of Afghanistan.

The International Council on Security and Development reports that the Taliban have a permanent presence in about 80 percent of the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How can anyone in their right mind still say that "victory" is achievable by any measure in Afghanistan?

The only "winners" here are the defense contractors and the drug lords!

Sep 11 08:58

Fears of Violence After Top Afghan Warlord Defends Post-Election Protests

Afghanistan’s Interior Minister Hanif Atmar has threatened to “break the teeth” of anyone who dares to protest against the hotly disputed results of last month’s presidential election, an apparent attempt to forestall the possibility of any Iran-style post-election rallies.

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What Afghanistan, the US and NATO have done, through the current elections sham, is not ushered in a democracy; it has installed a "thugocracy", plain and simple.

Sep 10 18:40

Afghan warlord General Atta Mohammad Nur warning raises fear of election violence

One of Afghanistan’s most powerful warlords has defended the popular right to protest against the presidential election results, raising fears that the country could be engulfed by violence if supporters of the losing candidates reject the poll as being rigged.

Speaking on national television, he accused the country’s Interior Minister, Hanif Atmar, of “forcing people to keep silent”.

His comments follow threats from the Interior Ministry to “break the teeth” of anyone who demonstrates.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Afghan people know that this alleged "election" was a complete hoax and a farce.

The question is, what are they prepared to do about this reality?

Sep 10 17:21

Taliban Presence Map: January-September 2009

10 September 2009

Eight years after 9/11 Taliban now has a permanent presence in 80% of Afghanistan
In wake of widespread election review onset of winter could delay second round of voting until spring
Contingency plans needed to address constitutional vacuum in presidency

LONDON – The Taliban now have a permanent presence in 80% of Afghanistan, up from 72% in November 2008, according to a new map released today by the International Council on Security and Development (ICOS). According to ICOS, another 17% of Afghanistan is seeing ‘substantial’ Taliban activity. Taken together, these figures show that the Taliban has a significant presence in virtually all of Afghanistan.

Sep 10 15:28

Rethinking Afghanistan.

Sep 10 13:17

A Buddhist’s Perspective: Discussion of America’s battles raises question: ‘Is there a good war or a bad war?’

As the leader of a religious organization, Ohtani does not believe in declaring "good wars" and bad ones and takes no specific position on the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The monshu does observe, though, that following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, that Americans "were not able to logically reason what happened and jumped into war."

He noted that the U.S. was attacked by individuals and not by a nation, yet it went to war against the countries of Afghanistan and then Iraq "without cool-headedly reasoning what had happened. That is regrettable."

Sep 10 10:37

Afghanistan Veteran Rick Reyes Questions Obama’s Push for More Troops

Twenty nine year old Rick Reyes was born to immigrants from Mexico, and grew up in Boyle Heights. He joined the Marine Corps and served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, based on his experience in Afghanistan and given President Obama’s promised troop surge, he thinks the US should at minimum rethink the Afghanistan war. In April Reyes testified to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee alongside other veterans of the Afghan war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Rick Reyes will be our guest today on the GCN radio show at 5PM Central Time.

Sep 10 10:23

Pelosi: Little Support for Sending More U.S. Troops to Afghanistan

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Except for the heroin drug lords; they are really amped about the idea!

Sep 10 10:06

Metrics of Monstrosity: Free Falling in Afghanistan

By any reckoning of reason, morality -- or even practicality -- it is a monstrous, evil folly. And yet it goes on and on, worsening by the year, by the month -- and with every major player in the ghoulish game declaring that it will keep going on, for years and years, if not decades.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The only folks "winning" in Afghanistan are the defense contractors and the drug lords.

Sep 10 10:03

How Many Dead Non-White Civilians Does It Take for the U.S. to Notice? Putting the Kunduz Massacre in Context

For the Pentagon and its many media boosters, there are good bodies (civilians killed by "our enemy") and bad bodies (civilians killed by "our" militaries), respectively in the western mainstream labeled accidental collateral damage and (Afghan civilians transformed by the click on a keyboard into) "militants" or "insurgents." During the Yugoslav conflict, Human Rights Watch highlighted civilians killed by Serbs while neglecting civilians killed by non-Serbs. Today in Afghanistan, the U.S. mainstream media led by the Associated Press describes in detail the civilian victims of "Taliban" suicide attacks often even providing photographs while remaining far more circumspect about the victims of US/NATO air strikes and never printing photographs. (2)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Warning: very graphic picture of two dead children at the top of this article.

But imagine, for one moment, these were your kids, just trying to grow up, trying to survive this wretched war against the Afghan people.

What would you be thinking about the people responsible for this slaughter, and this catastrophe in your life?

Sep 10 09:40

KABUL-SHIT

The brain disease sweeping the West is virulent and vicious, like the golden Staph which haunts many hospitals. Most at risk are Presidents, Prime Ministers, Generals and journalists. The ailment is not triggered by bacteria but by an ideology as old as history, which every so often resurfaces as a new strain, and this one hasn’t been named. It’s often fatal. Less so to the carriers than those caught in their sights. Let’s call it Kabul-shit – the propensity to ignore the years of violence inflicted on Afghanistan and to paint the invaders as heroes.

Sep 10 09:24

NATO Chief ‘Concerned’ by Rising Opposition to Afghan War

Speaking at a military ceremony in Norfolk Virginia, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said he was “concerned” by the rising opposition to the ongoing war in Afghanistan, cautioning that “the public discourse on the effort in Afghanistan has started to go in the wrong direction.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

the public discourse on the effort in Afghanistan has started to go in the wrong direction.”?!?!?!?!?

A short memo to NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen; the only folks "winning" this abominable, wretched war against the Afghan people are the defense contractors, and the drug dealers.

One has to wonder just how deeply invested this man is in defense companies (like Cheney) to defend the continuation of this war for even one second.

The intention here was to "pacify" the Afghan people in order to install the pipelines which would control the Eurasian oil, and protect the drug trade, from which so many profit so handsomely.

One of the two goals has been achieved here by the US/NATO invasion and occupation, and it hasn't been installing the pipelines.

Sep 09 18:35

Are US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan well-intended mistakes? What we now know from the evidence

If there was credible evidence of imminent threat to US national security, then the wars were justified under the UN Charter for self-defense. However, if the evidence was not credible, or fabricated, then these wars are illegal Wars of Aggression. So which is it?

Americans and the world no longer need BELIEVE anything; the specific evidence used to justify invading two countries is now public knowledge. All we have to do is match the government's claims to the exact evidence and you can decide for yourself. This article lays it out.

Sep 09 14:54

Nato chief warns against early Afghan exit

Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Nato’s new secretary-general, warned on Wednesday that a rush to withdraw from Afghanistan is not an option for the US-led alliance, in spite of increasing signs that western public opinion is tiring of the war.

Sep 09 09:33

Fowler: Nuke Afghanistan?

But Fowler's advice to move on is not because he thinks the West is wrong to have invaded Afghanistan. Nor has he, after several months in captivity, clued in to why there is "no joy" in his camp of captors who must always be on the run from a far better equipped enemy that lusts for their blood.

No, it's because he doesn't think the west has the guts to nuke them. Well, he doesn't actually use the word nuke, but he might as well have:

It's to get it done, we will have to do some unpleasant things. I mean some deeply hard, this isn't — this is not a nice war."

Does Fowler imagine there is such a thing as a "nice war"?

Sep 09 08:09

'Germany Has Become a Warring Party under US Command'

It's high time the German government mapped out a clear plan for withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan, write German media commentators. Shocked by last Friday's deadly air strike, voters in Germany want a new strategy that will lead to a pullout.

Sep 09 07:06

The Tragic Price Tag for an Intelligence-Driven War

The CIA was given the lead in America’s alleged war of retribution, allowing the agency to secretly lead the direction of the war, using false flag direction and by supplying the new “intelligence” documents that would support the secret actions, in order to fuel succeeding phases of the war, straight into the heartland of Central Asia. The CIA sets the pattern in this war that others must follow, even the Pentagon. Covert spy networks supply the individual pieces of new “intelligence” that determine both the air missions and those conducted by Special Forces teams (under CIA leadership, of course).

Sep 08 14:55

Recount ordered in Afghan election after claims up to ONE MILLION votes were fraudulent

Afghanistan's U.N.-appointed election watchdog has ordered a recount in last month's presidential election after finding 'clear and convincing evidence of fraud'.

The number of fraudulent votes cast in the Afghan elections could top one million - the equivalent of 20 per cent of all the ballots cast, western officials have estimated.

There are entire districts where every vote was fake, sources told ABC news.

Sep 08 14:53

Afghan alcohol ban after Nato staff were 'too hungover' to give explanation for airstrike that killed 70 civilians

Alcohol has been banned from Nato's headquarters in Afghanistan in the wake of an airstrike that killed up to 70 civilians.

US General Stanley McChrystal, head of the International Forces in Afghanistan (Isaf), decided to bar boozing after launching an investigation into the bombing in northern Afghanistan.

Staff at the Kabul headquarters were 'either drunk or too hungover' to answer his questions.

Sep 08 13:50

Don't Worry, Obama, The Neocons Have Your Back!

It is simply ludicrous that any think-tank founded by Robert Kagan, William Kristol, and Dan Senor should be self-described as a "non-partisan organization". Who do they think they'll fool? The Foreign Policy Initiative is a reconstituted Project For A New American Century, as is plain from the list of signatories appended to a letter telling President Obama that they support his escalation of the Afghan occupation.

Sep 08 13:35

Afghanistan by the Numbers

Measuring a war gone to hell.

Here may be the single strangest fact of our American world: that at least three administrations — Ronald Reagan's, George W. Bush's, and now Barack Obama's — drew the U.S. "defense" perimeter at the Hindu Kush; that is, in the rugged, mountainous lands of Afghanistan. Put another way, while Americans argue feverishly and angrily over what kind of money, if any, to put into health care, or decaying infrastructure, or other key places of need, until recently just about no one in the mainstream raised a peep about the fact that, for nearly eight years (not to say much of the last three decades), we've been pouring billions of dollars, American military know-how, and American lives into a black hole in Afghanistan that is, at least in significant part, of our own creation.

Sep 08 11:35

At Least 70 Civilians Reported Killed in Afghan Air Strike

At the time of the attack the hijackers had brought the tankers to a village and invited locals to syphon fuel from them. Germany defended the attack, saying the tankers might’ve been used to attack a nearby German base. President Hamid Karzai said the tankers were immobilized in a riverbed and asked why the international forces didn’t try to reclaim the tankers with ground troops instead. Germany has insisted the killings were appropriate. The Taliban also released their own probe, providing the names of 79 civilians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Winning the hearts and minds.

Sep 07 18:35

NATO air strike a "major error": Afghan president

A NATO air strike believed to have killed scores of Afghan civilians was a major "error of judgment" by German forces, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said in an interview published on Monday.

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We had to destroy everything, including the fuel trucks, in order to save the fuel trucks.

Seems to me ... that was the plan all along :-|

Sep 07 10:25

Taliban attacks in north Afghanistan spike

Eight years ago, this northern flood plain was the scene of the Taliban's last stand.

Now, it's the locus of a resurgent militancy in a region that is fast becoming a new front in the Afghan war - with troubling consequences for coalition supply lines and U.S. allies whose will to stay and fight is being tested by rising casualties.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The only people "winning" this war are the defense contractors and the drug dealers.

Sep 07 10:06

Fake Afghan Poll Sites Favored Karzai, Officials Assert

Afghans loyal to President Hamid Karzai set up hundreds of fictitious polling sites where no one voted but where hundreds of thousands of ballots were still recorded toward the president’s re-election, according to senior Western and Afghan officials here.

The fake sites, as many as 800, existed only on paper, said a senior Western diplomat in Afghanistan, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the political delicacy of the vote. Local workers reported that hundreds, and in some cases thousands, of votes for Mr. Karzai in the election last month came from each of those places. That pattern was confirmed by another Western official based in Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So now we get to see the ABCNNBBCBS talking heads raise the same accusations of vote fraud against Karzai that they raised against Ahmadinejad, right? Right?

Right?

Sep 07 09:57

MoD blocked warning that Britain faces Afghan defeat

THE Ministry of Defence has suppressed a report which warned that British troops are facing “strategic defeat” in Afghanistan.

The decision to block publication of the critical academic paper in the army’s in-house journal coincides with a scathing attack by a senior US military officer on the “arrogance” of UK tactics in Iraq.

Sep 07 09:42

Aid group says U.S. troops raid Afghan hospital

U.S. troops burst into a Swedish charity-run hospital in Afghanistan and tied up patients' relatives and staff, the charity said on Sunday, in what it called a breach of deals between the military and aid groups.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) said soldiers had entered its hospital in Wardak, south of Kabul, on Wednesday evening without explanation and conducted a search, including of female wards and toilets.

"Upon entering the hospital they tied up four employees and two family members of patients at the hospital. SCA staff as well as patients (even those in beds) were forced out of rooms/wards throughout the search," SCA said in a statement.

"This is simply not acceptable," said SCA Country Director Anders Fange told Reuters.

Sep 07 09:31

Downwind Airflow Maps Of US DU War On Afghanistan

Sep 07 08:33

Afghanistan: Back Door to War on Iran

The Obama administration has made Afghanistan the focus of its foreign
policy, significantly escalating the war effort there. (Though there is
division within the administration regarding the degree of escalation
sought. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/04/us/politics/04military.html)
Obama’s motive for expanding the war in Afghanistan seems to be a desire to appear strong in foreign policy combined with the idea that war in
Afghanistan is much safer than a war on Iran-the primary target of Israel
and its Lobby.

Sep 06 13:42

Flashback: Photos of Wounded, Recovering US Soldiers

Military Personnel Wounded in Iraq & Afghanistan:
A Photo Gallery
warning: 2 of the photos are graphic
updated 20 Dec 2004
Most Americans haven't seen the growing legion of wounded troops returning from Iraq who are cared for at military facilities sealed off from the public. The media, in turn, have focused on the hit-and-run guerrilla attacks that claim one or two GIs in Iraq almost daily. Little attention has been paid to the long, difficult and very personal struggles that ensue in wards at BAMC and Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.

Sep 06 13:37

US troops raid Afghan hospital

US troops raid Afghan hospital, says aid group
Published: September 07, 2009
KABUL (Reuters) - US troops burst into a Swedish charity-run hospital in Afghanistan and tied up patients’ relatives and staff, the charity said on Sunday, in what it called a breach of deals between the military and aid groups.
“It is not only a clear violation of globally recognised humanitarian principles about the sanctity of health facilities and staff in areas of conflict but also a clear breach of the civil-military agreement” between aid groups and the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, he said.

Sep 06 09:54

Obama "bestial and anti-human"

In our view, the dreadful event in Kunduz is a clear-cut crime and intentional genocide. This can never be justified by saying this was a mistake.

Sep 06 09:08

Afghan air strike galvanises war protesters

SUPPORTERS of the US President, Barack Obama, are preparing to launch street protests against any plan to escalate the Afghan war.

At the same time, Democrats in Congress are in revolt against Mr Obama's war strategy, which is expected to result in a further 20,000 combat troops being sent to the country.

Peace Action, which has 100,000 members, is gearing up for protests even though many members are in broad sympathy with Mr Obama's presidency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

About bloody well time!

Sep 06 08:55

President Hamid Karzai takes 100% of votes in opposition stronghold

In the southern Afghan district of Shorabak, the tribesmen gathered shortly before last month’s presidential election to discuss which candidate they would back. After a debate they chose to endorse Abdullah Abdullah, President Hamid Karzai’s leading opponent.

The tribal leaders prepared to deliver a landslide for Abdullah – but it never happened. They claim Ahmed Wali Karzai, the president’s brother and leader of the Kandahar provincial council, detained the local governor and closed all the district’s 46 polling sites on election day.

The ballot boxes were taken back to the district headquarters where, tribal leaders allege, they were stuffed with ballots by local policemen. A total of 23,900 ballots were finally sent off to Kabul, the capital – every one of them a vote for Karzai.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Democracy" in Afghanistan; isn't it a wonderful thing?!?!?

Sep 06 08:45

Flashback: Depleted Uranium Ammunition in Afghan War: New Evidence

A military manual that was handed over to German campaigners has reignited allegations that the US used DU ammunition in Afghanistan. If true, it runs counter to repeated assurances given by the US military that no DU was used. The manual, a war-fighting guide for Bundeswehr contingents in Afghanistan is marked classified and for official NATO use only. It was written by the Bundeswehr's Centre for Communication and published in late 2005.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government lies routinely to its own citizens, and the world.

If these charges about the use of depleted uranium in Afghanistan prove true, it is again a clear demonstration of a US administration's desire to win at all costs, no matter how much collateral damage these DU weapons could have caused to Afghan citizens and potentially our own soldiers.

Sep 06 08:01

Government gives up hope of more European Nato help in Afghanistan

Defence sources have said that both the US and British governments no longer expect any of Nato's main partner nations to send more troops to serve in southern Afghanistan where the Taliban insurgency is most fierce.

Despite high level lobbying by Gordon Brown, the Prime Minister, and senior diplomats no country has come forward to share more of the war fighting burden being felt by British and US troops in the south of the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

European countries' leadership is actually influenced by voter opinion; in the US, the government doesn't care at all what its voters think.

In the US, we no longer have a republic, but a "corporatocracy".

At this phase of our country's devolution, alleged "representatives" in congress are simply acquisitions of large corporations. This means they are obliged to vote for whatever legislation which will benefit those large corporations, and not what is good for We the People.

The only "winners" in the war in Afghanistan are the defense contractors, and the drug dealers.

Sep 06 07:51

Taliban attacks in north Afghanistan spike

Eight years ago, this northern flood plain was the scene of the Taliban's last stand.

Now, it's the locus of a resurgent militancy in a region that is fast becoming a new front in the Afghan war - with troubling consequences for coalition supply lines and U.S. allies whose will to stay and fight is being tested by rising casualties.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are up to our necks here in a military misadventure we cannot win, and our options are limited.

Afghanistan has long been nicknamed "The Graveyard of Empires"; unfortunately, that is about to be what happens to the US in Afghanistan.

We've never had enough boots on the ground to do the job, and you cannot, absolutely cannot, win what is essentially a ground war from the air.

Our military and civilian leadership should have learned that from the American debacle which was Viet Nam, but apparently, haven't.

Our soldiers keep dying because we have not accomplished one of two geopolitical objectives here, and that is the "pacification" of Afghanistan in order to install the pipelines to control Eurasian oil.

And the other objective? Protecting the drug trade, from which so many profit so well.

As reported in:

http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/world-news/afghan-opium-production-declines-10-percent-in-2009-un_100241969.html

"The opium production in Afghanistan is down by 10 percent while the area under poppy cultivation in the country fell 22 percent in 2009, a new UN report said Wednesday."

"However, the war-torn Afghanistan still remains the world’s largest supplier of the drug, producing 6,900 tonnes of opium, from which heroin is derived, the Online news agency said citing the report."

You might recall that, under the rule of the Taliban, the opium trade was almost completely eradicated;, but subsequent to the US invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, opium production soared.

Coincidence?

You tell me.

Sep 06 07:51

Taliban's Tank-Killing Bombs Came From CIA, Not Iran

In support of the official U.S. assertion that Iran is arming its sworn enemy, the Taliban, the head of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), Dennis Blair, has cited a statement by a Taliban commander last year attributing military success against NATO forces to Iranian military assistance.

But the Taliban commander's claim is contradicted by evidence from the U.S. Defense Department, Canadian forces in Afghanistan and the Taliban itself that the increased damage to NATO tanks by Taliban forces has come from anti-tank mines provided by the United States to the jihadi movement in Afghanistan in the 1980s.

Sep 06 06:41

Surfing the Beaches of Deadwood with Lt. Col Kilgore.

War’s not new and this war’s not new and there’s collateral damage in my mulligan stew. There is a way to pacify and consolidate Afghanistan and that is to kill every living creature there with a thermonuclear blast but short of that you aren’t going to succeed. The reason is the Hindu Kush, among other things. Some colossal hand reached down and grabbed the fabric of the world awhile ago and squeezed it with a pull, which caused an impossible complexity of mountains and valleys over a whole lot of landscape that just cannot be contained unless you send in more people than you can get or… well there is no or.

Sep 06 06:32

America is a “Failed Democracy": Its People want Peace, and its Elected Officials make War

The war in Afghanistan today hangs like some cloud of poison gas over Washington that won’t blow away. It sickens everything as it spreads. It continues to suck precious tax dollars out of the Treasury, money this country cannot afford to squander, especially as millions of Americans are sinking into poverty and joblessness exceeds ten percent. Writing in USA Today last March 10th, Susan Page reported, “In one year, 24 million slide from ‘thriving’ to ‘struggling’ and “Some fear that the American dream may be in peril as well.” Worse, the U.S. is turning poverty-plagued Afghanistan, a long-suffering nation of 25 million souls into another Iraq, perhaps even another Viet Nam. Afghanistan has already been under U.S.

Sep 05 23:18

Flashback 2005: Growing Problem for Military Recruiters: Parents

Growing Problem for Military Recruiters: Parents
By DAMIEN CAVE
Published: June 3, 2005
Two years into the war in Iraq, as the Army and Marines struggle to refill their ranks, parents have become boulders of opposition that recruiters cannot move.
Mothers and fathers around the country said they were terrified that their children would have to be killed - or kill - in a war that many see as unnecessary and without end.

Sep 05 20:45

Strategy for national security: Department of Peace or Wars on Terror?

How about a Department of Peace to contribute to national security strategy in addition to the Department of War, uh, that is, Defense? Let’s consider our government's argument that the US military's use of force after invading other countries that did not attack us is an effective strategy for our national security. And then let’s step outside the box of war, and consider the potential contribution that a Department of Peace might make for US national security.

Sep 05 09:31

US probes USAID funds in Afghanistan

The State Department said Thursday that an investigation has begun into whether U.S. development funding for Afghanistan is being diverted to local warlords and extremists following allegations that road and bridge contractors were paying "protection" money to the Taliban.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Your tax dollars at work in Afghanistan, folks.

Sep 05 09:29

Afghanistan Isn’t Worth One More American Life

Gen. Colin Powell, then chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said these questions all must be answered with a loud YES before the United States takes military action.

1. Is a vital national security interest threatened? 2. Do we have a clear, attainable objective? 3. Have the risks and costs been fully and frankly analyzed? 4. Have all non-violent policy means been exhausted? 5. Is there a plausible exit strategy to avoid endless entanglement? 6. Have all the consequences of our action been fully considered? 7. Is the action supported by the American people? 8. Do we have broad international support?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Rumsfeld didn't want these questions even considered before we attacked Afghanistan and Iraq. As a man with a at least some intelligence, he knew where the questions posed in the Powell Doctrine would have had to have been answered with an emphatic "no"!

Apparently, Rumsfeld experienced a catastrophic episode of "selective memory lapse" in terms of which country successfully armed and trained the Taliban against the Soviet Union's occupation of Afghanistan. That has come back back to haunt the white house and the pentagon in this current military misadventure.

It was sheer and utter hubris, coupled with a very special kind of lunacy, thinking that the US could manage to hold by force a country which has only been successfully conquered (for a brief period of time) by Alexander the Great.

Sep 05 09:10

Massive US Air Strike Damages Claim of ‘New’ Strategy

Despite General Stanley McChrystal’s claims that the military would stop emphasizing attacks on the Taliban in favor of improving the lives of the nation’s civilians and protecting them from harm, the temptation to lob a missile into a village, even knowing it would cause a massive fireball when it hit the fuel tankers, was too great to resist.

NATO confirmed the strike but insisted steps were taken to ensure that no civilians were in the area before the attack. Yet local officials say mostly civilians were slain in the strike, and NATO is promising an investigation into the incident. Likewise, the White House failed to concede anything about the strike, but express “regret” in the event civilians had been killed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently,for General Mc Chrystal, "improving the lives of the nation’s civilians and protecting them from harm" means using collective euthanasia.

Sep 05 07:43

War News for Saturday, September 05, 2009

Lance Cpl. Joshua Bernard is tended to by fellow U.S. Marines on Aug. 14 after being hit by a rocket-propelled grenade during a firefight against the Taliban in the village of Dahaneh in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. Bernard was transported by helicopter to Camp Leatherneck where he later died of his wounds.

Sep 05 06:42

WHEN WILL OBAMA SEE AFGHANISTAN'S DAUGHTERS AS HIS OWN?

The war in Afghanistan today hangs like some cloud of poison gas over Washington that won’t blow away. It sickens everything as it spreads. It continues to suck precious tax dollars out of the Treasury, money this country cannot afford to squander, especially as millions of Americans are sinking into poverty and joblessness exceeds ten percent. Writing in USA Today last March 10th, Susan Page reported, “In one year, 24 million slide from ‘thriving’ to ‘struggling’ and “Some fear that the American dream may be in peril as well.” Worse, the U.S. is turning poverty-plagued Afghanistan, a long-suffering nation of 25 million souls into another Iraq, perhaps even another Viet Nam. Afghanistan has already been under illegal U.S.

Sep 05 00:50

Stench of death hangs over Afghan riverbank

The stench of burnt flesh hung over the banks of the Kunduz river in the early hours of Friday, the ground scattered with the body parts of villagers who just wanted something for free.

Helping yourself to the spoils of hijacked military convoys is nothing new in Afghanistan and the payload of two fuel tankers destined for Nato-led forces seemed as good as any.

But the overnight bonanza soon turned to horror when Nato jets launched an airstrike before 3am (22.30GMT), strafing the tankers and igniting an inferno that officials said killed between 50 and 90 people.

"Nobody was in one piece. Hands, legs and body parts were scattered everywhere. Those who were away from the fuel tanker were badly burnt," said 32-year-old Mohammad Daud, depicting a scene from hell.

Sep 04 17:34

A Little Girl in Kabul

If rhetoric were reality, this would be a war that's about upholding humane values. But rhetoric is not reality.

Is the U.S. government willing to really help Guljumma, who now lives each day and night in the squalor of a refugee camp? Is the government willing to spend the equivalent of the cost of a single warhead to assist her?

So far, the answer is obscenely clear. But maybe we can force a change by contacting representatives and senators in Washington and demanding action -- for Guljumma, for Wakil Tawos Khan, for all the other long-suffering residents of Helmand Refugee Camp District 5 and for all the victims of war in Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What Norman Solomon misses, as terrible as things are for this family and for potentially millions of other Afghans, is that the American government doesn't give a damn about these people,Mc Chrystal's protestations to the contrary.

This military campaign is all about installing the pipelines to control Eurasian oil, and protecting the drug trade, from which so many profit so handsomely.

Sep 04 14:08

Gordon Brown to attempt to convince public Afghanistan merits British deaths

The Prime Minister will also deny that troops are under-resourced. He will argue that each fighting soldier now costs £390,000, compared to £180,000 three years ago.

Sep 04 13:36

AfPak: Escalating War of Aggression

The US invasion of Afghanistan can be best legally understood as a “War of Aggression.” This label is appropriate because Afghanistan did not attack the US, the UN Security Council did not authorize use of force, and the US rejected the Afghan government’s offer of cooperation to capture Osama bin Laden if the US could provide any evidence of his involvement in a crime. I document this important story here with additional comments here, in as far as I know, uncontested fact because the key information comes from our own government’s admissions.

Sep 04 07:58

The looming political war over Afghanistan

There was a time, not all that long ago, when the U.S. pretended that it viewed war only as a "last resort," something to be used only when absolutely necessary to defend the country against imminent threats. In reality, at least since the creation of the National Security State in the wake of World War II, war for the U.S. has been everything but a "last resort." Constant war has been the normal state of affairs. In the 64 years since the end of WWII, we have started and fought far more wars and invaded and bombed more countries than any other nation in the world -- not even counting the numerous wars fought by our clients and proxies. Those are just facts. History will have no choice but to view the U.S. -- particularly in its late imperial stages -- as a war-fighting state.

Sep 04 07:42

"Obama's war" has no end in sight

It's obvious that more troops and other resources are needed to help Obama's new strategy to work, but he is also confronting a growing anti-war public sentiment here at home, in the fear that the country will eventually be trapped into Afghanistan like all those military powers in history.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The only folks who are "winning" in this war of choice are the defense contractors, and the drug dealers, period, end of discussion.

Sep 04 06:57

About 90 killed as NATO hits Afghan fuel trucks

A NATO air strike on Friday destroyed two fuel tankers hijacked by the Taliban in Afghanistan, igniting a fireball that an Afghan official said killed about 90 people -- mostly insurgents.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More "winning the hearts and minds of the Afghan people", I see!

Sep 03 20:18

Abraham Lincoln on defending the US Constitution: his message to YOU today

What most people do not know is that Abraham Lincoln is also a hero for his acts as a freshman member of the House of Representatives in the Congress of 1847-1849. Lincoln demanded that the President of the US provide specific evidence justifying the US invading a foreign country, suspecting that the President’s claims of a defensive war were lies to propagandize an offensive war for territorial control against a weaker nation. He did so despite the lack of support from most of his own political party. He demanded the facts despite his being painted by political opponents and the press as “unpatriotic.” The propaganda defeated Lincoln at his next election; his name slurred as “spotty Lincoln.” Lincoln was correct that the US President had indeed lied about the cause of war.

Sep 03 17:55

President Obama: no hope and no change from the plutocracy – oligarchy

note: hyperlinks and video live at source.

Oligarchs and plutocrats remove government policy from the public good to the greatest extent possible without causing revolution. David Swanson paints the Obama Administration as Bush’s Third Term with accuracy. His new book, Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union, is number 1 in three categories on Amazon’s bestselling lists as I just looked. David makes many of the same points as I do about Wars of Aggression and related policies (see here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here).

Sep 03 08:26

US commander’s report paves way for military escalation in Afghanistan

The commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, has issued a dire assessment of the state of military operations there. The classified report sets the stage for an expansion of US troop levels in Afghanistan by as many as 45,000.

The report, which is just over ten pages long, admits that it will take a number of years before the US can create a functional Afghan security force. Congressional leaders are to be briefed on the report, once it is approved by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, but they will not be given copies of the document.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder what is potentially so "terrifying" in this 10 page document for congressional representatives that they are forbidden to actually read it themselves?!?

Is it potential US casualty counts, or the need to re-institute a draft, or some draconian plan for martial law, if protests against this war start to get traction?

Sep 03 08:06

Afghan elections were setback for Taliban, Holbrooke says

Last month's presidential and provincial council elections
in Afghanistan were a success for the Afghan people and 'not a good day for the Taliban,' the US special envoy to the country, Richard Holbrooke, said Wednesday in Paris.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It will be interesting to see how Holbrooke characterizes the outcomes from this "election" in this "democracy" in the coming months.

This alleged "election" may well be a small victory for the US and NATO, having reinstalled their Man in Kabul, Hamid Karzai, but may well prove to be yet another catastrophe for the Afghan people in the long run.

Sep 03 07:58

‘NATO to remain committed regardless of poll worries’

"Obviously we need a legitimate government in Afghanistan. I really hope the elections and the whole election process will be considered credible by the Afghan people,” he told a news conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Anders Fogh Rasmussen has just insulted the intelligence of the Afghan people, and made himself a laughingstock internationally with that quote.

What "legitimacy" can you possibly ascribe to this absolutely, transparently crooked election?

Absolutely none, zero, zip, nada.

Rasmussen knows this, the Afghans know it, and the whole bloody world knows it.

This process, made to appear as though it was an election, was simply to reinstall Hamid ("Unocal") Karzai back in power, period, end of discussion.

Sep 03 07:41

Obama Is Leading the U.S. Into a Hellish Quagmire

Obama is doubling down in Afghanistan with more troops deployed now than the Soviets ever had, at a time when public support for it is sinking like a rock.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But the heroin is flowing into our inner cities and that's what's important!

Sep 03 07:32

Afghans Brace for Post-Election Violence

Karzai’s victory, coming amid widespread reports of fraud, is likely to create considerable unrest among opposition supporters. Only yesterday hundreds of tribal elders met in the capital city of Kabul to call for Karzai’s resignation and a fresh vote held under an interim government.

A re-vote seems unlikely but the discontent with the dubious results has many Afghans bracing for the possibility of post-election violence if Karzai is perceived as illegitimate. This might be particularly problematic as the nation is already seeing record violence from the insurgency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This "election" was an absolute and complete sham, engineered to keep Karzai in power. The US and NATO understands this, and the Afghan people clearly understand it, and have about reached their breaking point with the occupation.

Sep 03 07:09

Are US taxpayers funding the Taliban?

U.S. officials confirmed that the preliminary investigation and the proposed hearings were sparked by a GlobalPost special report on the funding of the Taliban last month that uncovered a process that has been an open secret in Afghanistan for years among those in international aid organizations.

The report exposed that the Taliban takes a percentage of the billions of dollars in aid from U.S. and other international coalition members that goes to large organizations and their subcontractors for development projects, in exchange for protection in remote areas controlled by the insurgency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable, but considering the way this ghastly military misadventure has been conducted, not something that wouldn't have ultimately been expected.

Sep 03 06:45

Embassy Guards Gone Wild: The Pictures (NSFW)

The Project on Government Oversight provided me with a series of photographs—a dozen in all—that depict the bacchanalian goings on at Camp Sullivan, home to the ArmorGroup personnel who guard the nearby US embassy compound in Kabul. On Tuesday, POGO sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton detailing a host of explosive charges relating to ArmorGroup's management of the embassy contract, including evidence of "near-weekly deviant hazing and humiliation of subordinates." According to POGO, "witnesses report that the highest levels of AGNA management in Kabul are aware of and have personally observed—or even engaged in—these activities, but have done nothing to stop them."

As you'll see below, POGO really wasn't exaggerating when it spoke of the "Lord of the Flies environment."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Your taxes pay for all this.

Sep 03 00:08

Afghanistan for Dummies

I’m going to ask for my money back. I’ve seen this Afghanistan movie before. The first time, Vietnam was in the title.

As in an early scene from the Vietnam version, U.S. military officials are surprised to discover that the insurgents in Afghanistan are stronger than previously realized.

And our protagonist, Gen. Westmoreland — sorry, I mean McChrystal — sees the situation as serious but salvageable. As Westmoreland did with President Lyndon Johnson, McChrystal is preparing to tell President Barack Obama that thousands of more troops are needed to achieve the U.S. objective — whatever that happens to be.

Sep 02 08:53

‘Fish out of water’ handles air operations for EOD forces

The U.S. Navy diver and dolphin trainer is miles from any ocean, overseeing a mission for which he has no prior experience.

There just aren’t many dolphins in Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Train this guy as a diver and dolphin trainer, then ship him to Afghanistan?

This is the same government that claims it can manage national health care.

Sep 02 08:51

Afghan War's Blowback for India's Children?

More precisely, depleted uranium reportedly used in wars in these countries may be the cause of the deformities and disorders on the rise in India's northwestern state, according to a team based in the city of Faridkot.

Winds from Afghanistan may have carried to the state a large quantity of highly toxic uranium, which has contaminated water and increased uranium in bodies to dangerous levels. This apprehension was raised at least five months ago by the team of the Baba Farid Center for Special Children, a nongovernmental organization (NGO), where some of the affected kids have been undergoing treatment.

Sep 02 08:31

$600 for a Kalashnikov – a sign of bloodshed to come in Afghanistan

The price of Kalashnikovs has doubled in Afghanistan. For a country awash with arms, the fact that the weapons are now fetching $600 apiece is a cause of some surprise, but a surge of demand is to blame for the increase, with a steady stream of weapons said to be heading for the north.

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