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Aug 22 16:39

Video: War Addiction: Afghans’ Opioid Production Boosted After US Invasion

The US war in Afghanistan also appears to be fueling America’s opioid crisis. RT’s Caleb Maupin has more.

Aug 22 14:03

Fmr. Spec. Forces Officer: ‘Trump plans to build the Afghan Army not the nation’

On Tuesday, Lt. Col. Michael Waltz told Fox News anchor Bret Bayer that he is “proud of our president” in regards to Donald Trump’s recent announcements on the deployment of 4000 troops to Afghanistan and said that we are not going to see any “nation building” over there anytime soon.

Aug 22 13:28

Tillerson: US Supports Afghan Peace Talks That Result In Taliban 'Legitimacy'

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the US is ready to help negotiate a peace deal between Taliban militants and the Afghan government that would give the Taliban “political legitimacy.”

Aug 22 11:51

Trump Debuts Afghanistan Strategy: ‘We Are Not Nation-Building Again, We Are Killing Terrorists’

President Trump unveiled his plan for Afghanistan after seven months of deliberation Monday evening, announcing tweaks around the edges of the current strategy instead of a different approach.

Aug 22 11:21

Opinion - No, Mr. President, Obama wasn't a 'nation-builder' in Afghanistan

Listening to President Trump’s speech Monday night on Afghanistan, it was pretty easy to figure out how his military advisors had convinced him to endorse what is essentially a continuation of the policy he inherited from Barack Obama: using U.S. troops to train and advise Afghan security forces and engage in counter-terrorism operations, while pressing Pakistan to stop providing a haven for the Taliban and other insurgents.

The key was to package a policy largely characterized by continuity as a dramatic departure from the approach followed by Obama. Thus Trump told the nation that U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and Asia “will change dramatically.”

(Ironically, he failed to mention the most significant departure from Obama’s legacy: Trump’s approval of the Pentagon’s request to dispatch a few thousand more U.S. military personnel to Afghanistan. That information was communicated to the press and Congress off-camera by administration officials.)

Aug 22 11:05

Trump’s Base Goes Ballistic Over His ‘Unlimited War’

The president has escalated fights in six countries. Now his supporters are wondering what happened to ‘America First.’

Aug 22 11:00

Ron Paul & Jacob Hornberger On Trump’s Afghanistan Strategy: What To Expect

President Trump will unveil his new strategy for Afghanistan tonight. Will he do the sensible thing and end the failed longest war in history? Or will he continue doing the same thing and expect that somehow he will “win” the war? Does he even know what “winning” looks like? Today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report is joined by Future of Freedom Foundation president Jacob Hornberger to preview what the president may say…and why:

Aug 22 10:46

Trump Declares Open-Ended War in Afghanistan

In his Monday night speech on the Afghan War, President Trump committed the US to an essentially open-ended escalation of the conflict without any specific limitations, while granting commanders broader authority to unilaterally target “the enemy.”

Aug 22 10:45

"The Poppy Fields are SAFE! Trump Wages More War Against Afghanistan & Now Also Pakistan"

Like professional LIAR Bill Kristol said, the Deep State is winning. The Poppy Fields are safe, thank G-d, the European False Flags helped convince Trump to keep killing Afghans for years to come. And added bonus is now we're going to be bombing Pakistan, since Syria is kinda off limits. At least West of the Euphrates River.

Goldman Government Sachs knows the Xmas bonuses this year will be extra big, since the Afghanistan opium output will keep soaring. Just thinking of all those hundreds of billions to be laundered by TBTF Wall Street banks and protected by the USG!

Aug 22 08:24

TRUMP AFGHANISTAN STRATEGY MEANS 'GRAVEYARD FOR THE AMERICAN EMPIRE,' TALIBAN SAYS

The Taliban warned the U.S. that they would make Afghanistan a "graveyard for the American empire" after President Donald Trump's announcement that he would commit more troops to the country.

The radical Islamist group, who are waging a bloody insurgency against the Afghan government and its security forces, said they would continue "jihad" until all U.S. troops were removed from Afghan soil.

"If the U.S. does not pull all its forces out of Afghanistan, we will make this country the 21st-century graveyard for the American empire," the Taliban's spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said in a statement.

Aug 22 08:14

AFGHANISTAN - TRUMP TO ANNOUNCE FOUR MORE ONE-YEAR WARS

This evening Trump will announce a new "path forward" in the occupation of Afghanistan. According to the usual leaks it will be very same path the U.S. has taken for 16 years.

Several thousands soldiers from the U.S. and various NATO countries will (in vane) train the Afghan army. Special Forces and CIA goons will raid this or that family compound on someone's say-so. Bombs will be dropped on whatever is considered a target.

Trump will announce that 1,000 or so troops will be added to the current contingent. About 15,000 foreign troops will be in Afghanistan. About three contractors per each soldier will be additionally deployed.

Trump knows that this "path forward" is nonsense that leads nowhere, that the best option for all foreign troops in Afghanistan is to simply leave:

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump - 21 Nov 2013
We have wasted an enormous amount of blood and treasure in Afghanistan. Their government has zero appreciation. Let's get out!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am deeply disappointed in President Trump's decision here.

He knows better; he understands that this new "surge" will be absolutely no different than all the surges before this in the last 16 years.

And in this decision, he has failed the American people in a spectacular fashion, and has guaranteed much more blood and money will be lost.

His military advisors, that unholy trinity of Mc Masters, Mattis, and Kelly, have betrayed him, in the name of "optics"; in their dystopian view, that another US war cannot be viewed as "lost" is more important than doing the right thing for the American people, which would be to withdraw US and NATO troops as quickly as safely possible, then negotiatewith whatever government is left standing in Kabul for the oil pipeline and mineral rights.

That Sec Def Mattis signed off on this just puzzles me intensely; I know that this man is absolutely lionized by every military person who has served under his command, but to tell the President that this is his only, highest and best, option in Afghanistan?!?

Something is just not right with this.

Aug 22 07:34

China defends ally Pakistan after Donald Trump says US can't be silent on safe havens for terrorists

Trump on Monday committed the United States to an open-ended conflict in Afghanistan, signalling he would dispatch more troops to America's longest war and vowing "a fight to win".

Aug 22 07:31

'UNLIMITED WAR': Breitbart and the far right start to turn on Trump over his Afghanistan decision

Vocal supporters of President Donald Trump on the far right slammed his decision to deploy additional troops to Afghanistan and ramp up engagement in the US’s longest war.

Many of the president’s longtime boosters criticised his about-face on Afghanistan, a war he repeatedly pilloried in the years leading up to the 2016 election.

Breitbart News, the site led by recently ousted White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, had a front page Monday evening full of stories lambasting Trump’s decision, referring to it as “unlimited war,” and comparing his strategy to that of President Barack Obama. Its top story described the speech as a “disappointment to many who had supported his calls during the campaign to end expensive foreign intervention and nation-building.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Aug 22 07:27

Haley: Trump ‘listened to his generals’ before deciding on Afghan plan

Haley said she thinks the president's speech was "strong" and showed the U.S. is taking "an entirely new approach."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is nothing new about it.

Aug 22 07:23

Germany not first in line to send more troops to Afghanistan: minister

Germany will not immediately send more troops to Afghanistan in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's request for more backing as it increased its presence last year at a time when others were cutting, the defence minister said.

Ursula von der Leyen welcomed Trump's commitment to continuing the U.S. mission, but said Germany would not be among the first nations to contribute more.

"We increased our troop numbers by 18 percent last year when others were cutting theirs," she said during a visit to a submarine base in north Germany on Tuesday.

"So we don't see ourselves in the front row of people who should be asked for more soldiers."

Aug 22 07:18

I’ve deployed in Afghanistan. This ‘new strategy’ looks old to me.

In his Aug. 17 op-ed, “Preventing a terrorist victory in Afghanistan,” Stephen J. Hadley declared that President Trump’s main goal in Afghanistan should be to “test” the Taliban’s interest in peace. Mr. Hadley suggested without explanation that insurgents and terrorists can be defeated in Afghanistan, just as the Islamic State was pushed out of Iraq, with a “modest increase” in U.S. forces.

While he was right that it is a vital national interest to prevent terrorist attacks against the U.S. homeland, he was widely off the mark to imply that securing the territory of Afghanistan is necessary to produce that outcome.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Trump's "new" Afghanistan strategy is a repeat of George B. Bush's "surge", which didn't work.

I think the real agenda here is the US Government simply not wanting to look like it is losing in Afghanistan, no matter what it costs in blood or cash.

Aug 21 18:22

Trump's years of tweets calling for U.S. to leave Afghanistan

Exactly 5 years ago, Trump tweeted: "Why are we continuing to train these Afghanis who then shoot our soldiers in the back? Afghanistan is a complete waste. Time to come home!"

Aug 21 13:14

Trump Set To Announce Afghan Strategy After ‘Rigorous’ Review Of Options

Donald Trump is expected to announce his long-overdue military strategy for Afghanistan Monday evening according to the White House. Trump made a decision after a “sufficiently rigorous” review process, defense secretary Jim Mattis confirmed.

Aug 21 12:38

7 reasons why by comparison with the USSR the US is losing in Afghanistan

Today, shortly after admitting that the war in Afghanistan is being lost, US President Trump is wrapping up a strategy session with his top military and political advisers at Camp David to decide the strategy to turn the situation round. Present will be the entire foreign policy team which following the recent purges of top officials is slowly shaping up as the definitive foreign policy team of the Trump administration: Generals Kelly, McMaster and Mattis, Secretary of State Tillerson, and the heads of the US intelligence community, DNI director Dan Coats and CIA chief Mike Pompeo. These people are all without exception conservative establishment figures, and with the sole possible exception of Secretary of State Tillerson – who has shown a certain independence of mind on some issues – their approach to questions of war and peace can be summed up with the words: more of the same.

Aug 21 11:05

Washington’s new strategy in Afghanistan aimed against China, expert says. Afghanistan may become new stronghold for IS

A new strategy of the United States for Afghanistan affects China’s interests in the region, a leading expert from the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies said on Monday. "New scenarios of the US strategy in Afghanistan affect the interests of China. Over the recent time, the administration of (President Donald) Trump has been way too active in initiating hotbeds of tension close to the Chinese borders: in North Korea, and now in Afghanistan," said Adzhar Kurtov, who is also editor-in-chief of the Problemy Natsionalnoy Strategii (National Strategy Issues) magazine. "Behind all these bright-eyed statements about a certain new strategy in Afghanistan is a trivial position - to remove a rival or weaken him. Nowadays, the People’s Republic of China is the main rival of the US on the global arena," Adzhar Kurtov said. He pointed to Beijing’s "serious plans for cooperation with Afghanistan, including in the economic sector.

Aug 21 10:17

Donald Trump eyes Afghanistan's $1 trillion mineral reserves to pay for reconstruction after 16 years of war

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Aug 21 10:15

Ex-CIA Officer on More Troops in Afghanistan: 'We're Reliving History'

In an address to the nation tonight, President Trump will lay out a new plan for the Afghanistan war.

It's widely expected that Trump will announce an increase in U.S. troop levels, carrying on the nation's longest war.

Aug 21 09:26

The Goal of ‘Not Losing’ in Afghanistan

Trump is in a bind. As Taliban forces continue to rack up military and political gains across their country, no serious expert can possibly believe that continued U.S. intervention will deliver “victory.” Sixteen years of experience show that almost every U.S. tactic has not only failed, but backfired.

Far from winning hearts and minds, nighttime Special Forces raids and bombing runs have turned countless villagers against the Afghan government and its foreign backers. Far from bolstering Kabul’s resources, tens of billions of dollars in U.S. aid created an epidemic of corruption that decimated the government’s credibility and put money and weapons in the hands of the Taliban.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am waiting for President Trump's speech to the nation regarding Afghanistan; and I am waiting for him to announce a "surge" in troops (yet again), as the US government and military have done so many times before, in this 16 year war.

I am waiting to be disappointed yet again with this alleged "new strategy" in Afghanistan, which cannot be more than a complete rehash and recombinations of older, failed strategies, wrapped with "new packaging, yet incapable of really fixing the situation.

And I know, as surely as I am sitting and typing this, that this surge is not about training Afghani forces to fight on their own; and this surge is not about giving the Afghani people the "gifts of freedom and democracy".

This surge is all about controlling Afghanistan's pipelines; controlling Afghanistan's vast mineral wealth; and controlling its opium poppy production, which funds various US "alphabet soup" agencies' "off the shelf" operations upon which Congress has utterly zero oversight.

It is just that simple, folks; and nothing President Trump will say tonight will convince me otherwise, unless he is talking complete NATO and US drawdown, just as safely as it can be managed.

And I think that is as likely as pigs discovering their ability to fly.

Aug 21 09:03

Trump to Announce New Afghan War Strategy Monday Night

While President Trump made public the fact that a decision on Afghan War policy was made during Friday’s Camp David meeting,his administration still hasn’t provided any specific information on what exactly that decision was, apparently saving that for a Monday night speech.

Aug 19 10:42

Trump Continues to Resist Pressure for Afghan EscalationPence, McMaster Lead Call for Escalation

Friday’s Camp David talks on Afghanistan appear to have ended without a final decision by President Trump on troop levels, as he continues to resist pressure from top cabinet officials to sign off on a massive escalation of the 16-year-old conflict with thousands of fresh troops.

Trump had initially delegated the decision to Defense Secretary James Mattis, but Mattis found a cap limiting his maximum deployment too restrictive. Now, Vice President Pence and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster are also taking up the cause of large-scale escalation, pushing Trump to accept the recommendations of the commanders.

Pence and McMaster were at the Camp David meeting, but Blackwater founder Erik Prince, who has been pushing a “privatize the war” initiative, was blocked, apparently at the behest of McMaster. Trump aide Steve Bannon, another skeptic of military escalation, was sacked outright.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would politely like to point out that doing the same thing, in precisely the same way, yet expecting a different outcome, is one of the classic definitions of insanity.

A large scale escalation of anything less than hundreds of thousands of US troops will not create a "win" in Afghanistan; and without the reintroduction of the draft (which may well happen on President Trump's watch), we simply do not have the troop strength to accommodate a huge escalation of troops here.

It is highly unfortunate that the only "President Whisperers" we have in the White House now are Kelly, Mattis, and Mc Master, because all will see war as the only possibility for moving forward, and they are completely, totally, wrong on this issue.

And please note Senator Graham's terrifying statement in the last paragraph:

"The ever-hawkish Sen. Lindsey Graham (R – SC) appears also to be pushing the narrative that it’s impossible for the war not to continue to be escalated, arguing that the US would have “another 9/11” if they stopped occupying Afghanistan a mere generation after the last terrorist attack".

Aug 19 05:38

Trump To Graham: Here's Your Rifle !

Trump Resists Pressure for Afghan Escalation

Aug 18 11:23

1 US Soldier Killed, 11 Wounded Battling ISIS In Afghanistan

One American soldier was killed and a combined 20 US and Afghan troops wounded during operations against Islamic State in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, as a number of senior Pentagon officials visited the country.

Aug 17 15:38

Stocks Slammed Amid 'Cohn Of Uncertainty' As Hindenburg Omen Cluster Nears Record

Between Bannon's China trade war threats and fears over Cohn leaving, risk was off today, not helped by dismal Industrial Production data and the utter horror in Barcelona... Trannies were worst but this was an ugly say all around and losses accelerate into the close ahead of tomorrow's OPEX...

Aug 14 11:42

Is Trump Spear-Heading a Bluff on North Korea?

If you want to radically change the dynamic then you have to apply extreme pressure. I feel this is what Trump and his advisors are doing. They are appearing to “have the strength to force the moment to its crisis” to quote T.S. Eliot.

And that strength or purpose is creating large movements. Trump is a bully. It’s what he does, at least publicly. The response so far from China has been to denounce the idea of regime change in Pyongyang.

The response from Russia, through Foreign Minister (and top diplomat in the world right now), Sergei Lavrov was to announce a deal brokered between it, North Korea and China to get what Trump wants; no potential for nukes in North Korea.

"Russia together with China developed a plan which proposes 'double freezing': Kim Jong-un should freeze nuclear tests and stop launching any types of ballistic missiles, while US and South Korea should freeze large-scale drills which are used as a pretext for the North’s tests."

Aug 11 09:40

McCain to force Senate debate on Afghanistan war strategy, calls for more troops

Worried by the Trump administration’s delay in announcing a military strategy for the war in Afghanistan, Sen. John McCain said Thursday he’ll try to force the debate on Capitol Hill, offering his own plan that would force a troop increase.

The Arizona Republican, who is also chairman of the Armed Services Committee, didn’t lay out a number in the legislation but said more American counterterrorism forces should be deployed, and given independent authority to strike targets of the Taliban, al Qaeda or other terrorist groups.

Mr. McCain also said the U.S should secure a long-term agreement with Afghanistan for an “enduring” military presence there, and should begin to impose penalties on neighboring Pakistan as punishment for that country’s harboring of insurgents and terrorists.

His plan comes at a time when the Trump White House is divided by debate over what to do in the war-torn nation, which continues to backslide on a host of security yardsticks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to politely suggest to Senator Mc Cain, that to do the same thing, over and over, in precisely the same way, yet expecting a different outcome...is a classic definition of insanity.

For the last bloody 16 years, we have seen surges, followed by drawdowns,to absolutely no avail, in terms of getting less territory held by the Taliban. There is utterly no military metric by which you can characterise this war as having a "successful outcome".

So Senator Mc Cain, who never saw a US-instigated war he didn't like, there are some questions that come to mind, in terms of your great enthusiasm for pursuing countless wars, many times at an horrendous costs in blood and money, with lousy outcomes.

Senators make $174,000.00 per year, as of 2017.

Senate Salaries since 1789

Yet your net worth is estimated at +/- $21 million dollars

John Mc Cain's Estimated Net Worth

I have to wonder from what industries the extreme gap was filled between your annual salary and your net worth; would I be too far off the mark to say that the difference is made up either by personal investments in America's military/Industrial complex, or overt/covert contributions from these industries?!?

Those could, certainly, be your motivation for keeping a failed war in Afghanistan continuing.

Aug 11 09:18

Yes Congress, Afghanistan is Your Vietnam

To characterize congressional conduct regarding the Vietnam War as timorous and irresponsible is to be kind. There were individual exceptions, of course, among them Senator Morse who had opposed the Tonkin Gulf Resolution and Senator Fulbright who by 1967 openly regretted his vote in favor and recognized Vietnam for the disaster it had become. Collectively, however, legislators failed abjectly.

Well, with the passage of a half century, here we are again, back in the soup (or perhaps more accurately, the sand). With the United States currently mired in the longest armed conflict in the nation’s history—considerably longer than Vietnam—Senator Lausche’s proposal of 1967 just might merit a fresh look.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What President Trump and NATO should do, is remove their troops as quickly as it is safely possible from Afghanistan, then negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for the oil pipeline and mineral rights; of course, that...would be logical.

President Trump inherited this excrement sandwich; Afghanistan is not his fault.

But he should end this horrific war, which has cost the US and NATO dearly in blood and money.

Time to leave.

Aug 10 08:15

Indirect Imperial Butchery: America’s Disturbing Plan to Privatize the Longest War

As President Donald Trump vents his frustration with the United States' "losing" strategy in Afghanistan, the "notorious mercenary" and Blackwater founder Erik Prince has seized the moment to offer his favored alternative: privatize the war.

The plan, this literal colonialism, would be very similar to Blackwater’s approach in Iraq, where the private contractors had significant influence on US policy. It will potentially open the door to deadly abuses and murders by unaccountable forces, like those seen in Iraq.

Ronald Neumann, who served as the US Ambassador to Afghanistan from 2005 to 2007, has echoed these concerns in an interview with mainstream media: "There's a bad record of contractors and human rights abuses. There's no legal structure to govern this."

Aug 09 13:07

Rep. Walter Jones’ Tireless Effort To End The Afghanistan War

United States House of Representatives Member Walter Jones (R-NC) has for years ardently advocated terminating US involvement in the Afghanistan War. Jones’ efforts in this regard include his legislation introduced in the House, letters to US presidents and congressional leaders, interviews, and House floor speeches.

Aug 09 08:57

BLACKWATER FOUNDER'S 'DISTURBING' PLAN TO PRIVATIZE AFGHAN WAR GAINS GROUND

As President Donald Trump vents his frustration with the United States' "losing" strategy in Afghanistan, the "notorious mercenary" and Blackwater founder Erik Prince has seized the moment to offer his favored alternative: privatize the war.

"A private air force and a bombing app! From the people who brought you Blackwater; an even more disturbing idea."
—Cal Perry, NBC News

According to a report by Katrina Manson of the Financial Times on Monday, Prince has drafted a proposal—dated August 2017—that would hand the longest war in American history over to a private "band of experienced sergeants," who would fight alongside U.S.-trained Afghan forces.

Prince, Manson writes, "proposes a two-year plan for fewer than 5,000 global guns for hire and under 100 aircraft, bringing the total cost of the U.S. effort to turn round a failing war to less than $10 billion a year."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please: this excrement sandwich that is the Afghanistan war, is absolutely not your fault; you inherited this from the Bushbama administrations.

From the beginning, without committing far more troops than Bush or Obama would ultimately be willing to commit, this war was unwinnable from the get-go.

There is utterly no military metric by which this US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan can be considered a "success", unless you want to define "success" as the huge heroin crop which funds various "off the shelf" activities of various US "alphabet soup agencies, over which Congress does not have oversight:

Image: American troops protecting Afghani opium

Video: US troops protecting and harvesting opium poppies in Afghanistan

Images: US troops guarding poppy files in Afghanistan

And 16 years on, we are still in Afghanistan, because the Pentagon is pathologically incapable of figuring out how to win this, and because the various alphabet soup agencies are thoroughly addicted to that money from the poppy production.

So, what is to be done?!?

First, reject Prince's plan as though it were the plague.

Secondly, get our American and NATO troops out of Afghanistan as quickly as is safely possible, then negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for the pipeline and mineral rights.

You're welcome, Mr. President!!

Aug 09 08:27

U.S. soldier who murdered Afghan civilians will blame malaria drug

An Army court will decide this week whether to review and perhaps reduce the life sentence of a soldier who massacred Afghan civilians — and in the process it will judge a controversial malaria drug given to troops that is known to cause hallucinations, anxiety and paranoia.

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, left, is shown during an exercise at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California, August 23, 2011. Bales is suspected of shooting, stabbing and burning sleeping villagers in a horrific attack that has sparked fury across Afghanistan. Bales is suspected of shooting, stabbing and burning sleeping villagers in a horrific attack that has sparked fury across Afghanistan.

Attorneys for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the serviceman convicted in 2013 of killing 16 Afghans in the worst U.S. military massacre since Vietnam, are expected to raise the soldier’s use of mefloquine, also known by the brand name Lariam, before or during his deployment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey, as long as the drug manufacturers are making money, no one inside Big Pharma gives a damn about potential side effects which could cause a patient taking that drug, to go absolutely psychotic.

This happened to both Australian and Canadian Vets, forced to take this medication:

Veterans' families want answers over forces use of mefloquine

Australian Veterans say report on anti-Malaria drug mefloquine downplays side effects.

These horrific side effects also happened to UN Peacekeepers in Rwanda, in what may have been an illegal - and badly supervised- trial of the drug.

DALLAIRE TESTIFIES MEFLOQUINE DRUG IMPAIRED THOUGHT PROCESS IN RWANDA

Aug 08 08:23

‘ISIS attacked us, then US bombed our village’: Afghan refugees seek shelter in Jalalabad

Caught between the Taliban, Islamic State and US airstrikes, Afghan civilians have been forced to flee their homes to the outskirts of Jalalabad, where they found refuge inside an unfinished university building.

Around 1,500 internally displaced people (IDPs), including hundreds of women and children, are reportedly seeking refuge in the area, many of them from the Achin and Haska Meyna districts in the Nangarhar Province of southern Afghanistan. They have fled the fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban, as well as the atrocities of other terrorist groups.

“Islamic State militants slaughtered our uncle, saying he was a spy, so we left our homes as they said the next day they will also kill us,” a Pashto-speaking man from Haska Meyna told RT’s Ruptly film crew.

Aug 07 10:22

Time to End the Lost Afghan War

Media reports claim President Donald Trump let loose on his generals behind closed doors, blasting them royally for their startling failures in Afghanistan, America’s longest war.

The president has many faults and is a lousy judge of character. But he was absolutely right to read the riot act to the military brass for daring to ask for a very large troop and budget increase for the stalemated Afghan War that has cost $1 trillion to date.

Of course, the unfortunate generals are not really to blame. They have been forced by the last three presidents to fight a pointless war at the top of the world that lacks any strategy, reason or purpose – and with limited forces. But they can’t admit defeat by lightly-armed Muslim tribesmen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, a word, please: you are not responsible for that excrement sandwich, known as the US/NATO failing occupation of Afghanistan; you inherited that from the Bushbama presidencies.

The most intelligent, and rational, thing you and the director of NATO can do at this point, is to get US/NATO troops out of Afghanistan as quickly as is safely possible, then negotiate with whatever government is left in Kabul for the pipeline and mineral rights.

After all the blood and money spent, this is truly the best, and in fact, only sane option here.

Aug 07 10:07

One Killed, 6 Injured In Suicide Attack On NATO Troops In Afghanistan

One NATO soldier was killed and five were injured, along with an interpreter, when a Taliban suicide bomber struck a patrol in Afghanistan.

The attack took place Thursday evening in Qarabagh District, Kabul province, according to the press service of Operation Resolute Support, NATO’s mission in Afghanistan.

Aug 05 09:19

Swamp for Trump: Third US President vows to win 16-year Afghan War

Clearly frustrated by the Pentagon’s ineffective strategies, Donald Trump has vowed to fire some of his top generals and aggressively gain ground in Afghanistan. But will the US president be able to prevail in a 16-year war where his two predecessors failed?

Dragging on longer than the Vietnam and Iraq campaigns, Afghanistan is becoming yet another swamp Trump wants to drain in keeping with his colorful election campaign. George W. Bush presided over the two post-9/11 military interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq and Barack Obama promised to end them – but the everlasting Afghan war relentlessly rolls on.

During a high-profile situation room meeting in July, Trump reportedly told his national security team it's time for a rapid breakthrough in Afghanistan.

“We are not winning,” he said, as cited in an NBC report. “We are losing.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr.President, a word please; and right now, what you really need to realise here is that those who do not understand the past are doomed to repeat it, and no where is that more critically true than with the current state of affairs in Afghanistan.

You need to begin to educate yourself on why George Bush invaded Afghanistan in the first place, and no, it had absolutely nothing to do with Osama Bin Laden. The following article may shed some light for you:

why did the US really go to war in Afghanistan? The pipeline to 9/11

Bush invaded Afghanistan to control the pipelines there, and attempt to control all the pipelines in Central Asia and ultimately through the entire Middle East.

He went in with far too troops, betting on weapons of mass destruction to "neutralize" the Afghanis, but yet for all the physical and psychological damage these weapons produced, they never really did the job. As reported at zerohedge.com:

A psychologist, Jaffar Ahmadi, described that such blasts spawn psychological disorders and fear among the affected population. The stricken people, he says, feel petrified and insecure. According to data, MOAB annihilates living things within a range of five km and its effects persist in air for decades. It also robs away oxygen for inhalation in a matter of several km from epicenter.

The Kabul-based Killid Group ventured into villages where MOAB-hit people had a ton of words to utter. A resident of Asad Khil village, Ghazeer, said that the bomb has born health hazards. He told Killid group:

“My Children are scared to sleep at night. Our skin is itching; small spots have appeared on the bodies of all people here. Our throats hurt. We are scared”

Another interviewee from the same village, Noor Bibi told the media group that the fierce explosion has almost blinded her. She acknowledges that:

“The bomb turned people blind and deaf. I can’t see anything, my skin is itching, my four grandchildren have chest problems and they also complain about their eyes.

In 2001, a day after the US soldiers first set foot in Afghanistan and captured Bagram airbase, it aerially attacked the final Al-Qaeda sanctuaries in notorious Tora Bora district in eastern Afghanistan. The air campaign continued until December 6 so intensely that a missile would land every two minute. It incurred great human fatalities and extensive financial loss. According to history records, the explosions would produce ear-splitting sound that caused ear-bleeding in many districts.

Sometime later, investigations found that the US had used short-range nuclear missiles. It left behind scores of creepy instances such as a drop in animal breeding in the area, a dramatic fall in agricultural products, and a few goats gave birth to defective babies.

Some British media reported that radioactive materials have also been observed in the area. Following the US bombings in many southern provinces, several babies were born eerily unlike normal humans, which doctors associated with the existence of radioactive material.

Mr. President, the excrement sandwich with which you are left in Afghanistan was absolutely not your fault; my sense is, you never would have personally ordered the invasion of this country, and would have continued on the path of negotiation with the Taliban to secure the pipeline rights.

The cost in American blood, and American money, 16 years on, has been staggering.

If military planners are brutally honest with you, they will inform you that it will take hundreds of thousands of troops to create a military victory here.

We just don't have those numbers, sir, with our other military deployments and commitments around the world: and that is the unequivocal truth, if you are looking at a military victory as "the only way" with which to achieve the US government's goals here in Afghanistan, the US military will have to scale back many of our other defense commitments.

But perhaps, is there another way to achieve the US government's goals?!?

And the answer is, yes, absolutely!!

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

That control, Mr. President, based on monetary negotiations, is a win for the American economy, the American oil industry, and the American people.

I am honestly begging you not to be the lulled into believing that a military victory is possible without throwing hundreds of thousands of troops into the fray here; I am asking you to be that very smart, professionally shrewd man I supported for the Presidency in last November's election.

Aug 04 15:03

Video: Deadly Attack: 29 People Killed, 64 Wounded In Explosion In Afghanistan

At least 29 people have been killed and 64 wounded in an explosion at a Shia mosque in Afghanistan.

Aug 04 14:30

Video: ‘Pentagon Should Declassify Report On ‘Child Sex Abuse’ By Afghan Forces’ – Govt Watchdog

The US government's Afghanistan watchdog has urged the Pentagon to declassify a report detailing allegations of child sexual abuse by Afghan forces. The watchdog also cites the State Department as saying that the Afghan government has failed to meet human-rights standards and that Afghan officials are complicit in the sexual abuse of children by Afghan security forces.

Aug 04 09:15

“MOTHER OF ALL BOMBS”: THE DARK SIDES OF AFGHANISTAN’S MOAB TRAGEDY ARE UNFOLDING

The use of destructive weapon as such could kill several birds with one stone. It earned Donald Trump somewhat uplift in status amid disgraces whirling around White House at that time. It also played a commercial advertisement for purchasers of the US arms, in part for being over-hyped.

In an interview, an Afghan environment protection expert explained that MOAB-like bombs exposes hazardous chemicals into air that causes cancer, respiratory and digestive problems, deformities in babies, strokes, high blood pressure and weakened vision. It severely contaminates food and water that even stay afloat to affect next generation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, I am peacefully, and politely, putting you on notice: in my world, there is no such thing as "collateral damage."

Sir, the reality is we are talking about brother and sister human beings who have been deafened; blinded; hit with aggressive cancers and birth defects; and outright assassinated, in order to control the oil pipelines and mineral deposits in Afghanistan.

We have never had the moral high ground in this war, or at all been on the right side of history; this is why US/NATO troops have lost control of huge amounts of territory to the Taliban.

It is high time, sir, that the US and NATO bring their troops home, as quickly as is safely possible, and negotiate with whatever government left standing in Kabul for the pipeline and mineral rights.

Aug 03 13:29

Two US Soldiers Killed In Taliban Attack In Afghanistan, Pentagon Confirms

The Pentagon says two US service members are killed in a Taliban attack on a NATO convoy in southern Afghanistan.

Aug 03 09:33

Trump Says U.S. ‘Losing’ Afghan War in Tense Meeting With Generals

President Donald Trump has become increasingly frustrated with his advisers tasked with crafting a new U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and recently suggested firing the war's top military commander during a tense meeting at the White House, according to senior administration officials.

During the July 19 meeting, Trump repeatedly suggested that Defense Secretary James Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford replace Gen. John Nicholson, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, because he is not winning the war, the officials said. Trump has not met Nicholson, and the Pentagon has been considering extending his time in Afghanistan.

Aug 03 08:04

WINGS FOR HIRE? EX-BLACKWATER CEO ERIK PRINCE REPORTEDLY OFFERING PRIVATE AIR FORCE FOR AFGHAN WAR

Former Blackwater founder Erik Prince, who earlier urged Donald Trump to appoint a US “viceroy” to win the Afghan war, has reportedly pitched up a “business proposal” to Kabul, offering a fully-fledged private air force to back the local army’s operations.

Prince, the founder and former CEO of private military company Blackwater (now rebranded Academi), has floated a business proposal offering a privately-manned “turn-key composite air wing” to the Afghan government, whose troops steadily lose ground to the Taliban, the Military Times reported on Thursday.

Prince's plan, cited by the newspaper, was reportedly submitted to the Afghans back in March. It includes providing “high speed response” as well as close-air support for Afghanistan’s army fighting the Islamists. The private air force’s fixed-wing planes, attack helicopters and drones would be flown by hired pilots, but “weapons release decisions will still be made by Afghans.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Blackwater, now rebranded as Academi, failed spectacularly in Iraq:

The Dark Truth About Blackwater

Blackwater’s Baghdad massacre is a reminder of how the US became what it hated in Iraq

Blackwater and the Iraq Water Time Warp

Before shooting in Iraq, a warning on Blackwater

Iraq war logs: military privatisation run amok

Nisour Square Massacre

Academi's, and Prince's "strategic thinking" (if one can call it that), has not changed, no matter how much carnage and loathing they created in Iraq.

The Afghani government needs to think very carefully about hiring anyone Prince suggests at this point in Afghanistan's history, and review their epic, and spectacular fail in Iraq.

And to President Trump, Congress, the State Department, and the Pentagon; who, please, is going to be paying for this operation?!? American taxpayers, after the extent of Blackwater's epic fail in Iraq?!?

Mr. President, and to anyone in his administration (or any of the "Alphabet Soup Agencies" who read this blog), there is no military metric by which we can characterise the US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan a success, 16 years on.

This country is not called "the grave of empires" for no good reason.

The only guy who was EVER able to hold this country together, by a system of alliances and arranged marriages, was Alexander the Great; and that was only for 3 years.

Mr. President, the only intelligent thing to do now, unless you want to commit 500,000 troops to this war (which we do not, and will not have, unless you and Congress order a return of the draft), is to remove US and NATO troops from Afghanistan as quickly as safely possible, then negotiate with whatever government left standing in Kabul for the oil pipeline rights, and the mineral rights.

After all the blood and money spent here, this is the only moral, and right thing to do.

You inherited this war from your Village Idiot Predecessor, President George Bush, enabled by Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, via their "magical thinking" to believe that a minimum number of troops would be all that it would take to invade and hold this country.

They were spectacularly, entirely wrong in this; and the cost in American lives, lost on the premise of a big fat lie, spun to convince the American people that this war was just, when the real goal was to control Afghani oil pipelines, has been enough, sir.

This is not your dishonor, or your failure. You simply got stuck with this.

Time to rethink Afghanistan, Mr. President, and do the right thing.

Aug 02 07:15

White House Looks at Afghanistan Pullout as an Option

After months of the Pentagon failing to sell a concrete plan of escalation to the White House, officials now say that the administration is considering getting back on track with a drawdown headed for a full pullout from the country after 16 years.

This is happening for the same reason the Pentagon hasn’t been able to sell the escalations, that a number of officials are unconvinced that the escalation is going to accomplish anything, and that they don’t think there’s a clear strategy for victory.

The Pentagon was more or less uniform in arguing escalations, albeit of varying sizes, and are said to be objecting to the proposed pullout as a “minority viewpoint,” warning that it does not meet the goals of the conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The withdrawal of US and NATO troops, as quickly as is safely possible, is the only sane option left to the US government, coupled with negotiating with whatever "government" is left standing in Kabul for the oil pipelines and mineral rights.

Aug 01 09:25

White House Looks at Afghanistan Pullout as an Option

After months of the Pentagon failing to sell a concrete plan of escalation to the White House, officials now say that the administration is considering getting back on track with a drawdown headed for a full pullout from the country after 16 years.

This is happening for the same reason the Pentagon hasn’t been able to sell the escalations, that a number of officials are unconvinced that the escalation is going to accomplish anything, and that they don’t think there’s a clear strategy for victory.

The Pentagon was more or less uniform in arguing escalations, albeit of varying sizes, and are said to be objecting to the proposed pullout as a “minority viewpoint,” warning that it does not meet the goals of the conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This has proven an unwinnable war from the very beginning; getting out of Afghanistan, then negotiating with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for the mineral and pipeline rights, is the only logical thing to do.

Jul 31 08:42

CAUGHT ON TAPE: EXPLOSION ROCKS CARACAS, INJURES POLICE AS VENEZUELA VOTES

With opposition parties boycotting what they call a rigged election, Reuters reports the streets of Caracas were deserted on Sunday as a minority of Venezuelans trickled to the polls to elect a constitutional super-body that unpopular leftist President Maduro vowed would begin a new era of combat in the crisis-stricken nation. That is good news as, following the death of two people yesterday, shortly after a large group of motorbikes sped through the city, and explosion hit, reportedly injuring a number of police officers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The end game will not go well for Maduro.

I am reasonably certain that there are US-sponsored assassination teams, tracking his every move, and the moment they have a clear shot...the man is probably going to get killed.

The question is, not if... but when, and who does the US government have in the wings to replace him?!?

Jul 31 06:59

In Afghanistan the Russians Are Now Remembered Fondly

“Welcome!” I’d hear again and again. An invitation to enter humble homes would follow: an offer to rest, to eat, or to just drink a glass of water. ‘Why?’ I often wondered. “Why?” I finally asked my driver and interpreter, Mr. Arif, who became my dear friend. “It’s because in this country, Afghans love Russian people,” he replied simply and without any hesitation. “Afghans love Russians?” I wondered. “Do you?” “Yes,” he replied, smiling. “I do. Most of our people here do.” <...> The Russians did so much for Afghanistan: they built entire housing communities like ‘Makroyan’, they built factories, even bakeries. In places such as Kandahar, people are still eating Russian bread…” I recalled the Soviet-era water pipes that I photographed all over most of the humble Afghan countryside, as well as the elaborate water canals in and around cities like Jalalabad. “Before and during the Soviet era, there were Soviet doctors here, and also Soviet teachers.

Jul 27 12:52

Dropping The Mask: A War Of Plunder In Afghanistan

In less than three months, Washington will mark the 16th anniversary of its invasion of Afghanistan, which initiated the longest war in American history.

Jul 26 11:30

Trump Finds Reason for the U.S. to Remain in Afghanistan: Minerals

President Trump, searching for a reason to keep the United States in Afghanistan after 16 years of war, has latched on to a prospect that tantalized previous administrations: Afghanistan’s vast mineral wealth, which his advisers and Afghan officials have told him could be profitably extracted by Western companies.

Mr. Trump has discussed the country’s mineral deposits with President Ashraf Ghani, who promoted mining as an economic opportunity in one of their first conversations. Mr. Trump, who is deeply skeptical about sending more American troops to Afghanistan, has suggested that this could be one justification for the United States to stay engaged in the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Swell; just another damned (and possibly very specious) reason to stay in Afghanistan, because the Pentagon, State Department, Congress, and the White House, can't think of anything else to do here.

Before President Trump signs off on this, there should be an impartial mineral engineering study of those areas with supposed large mineral wealth, and a very sober, intelligent budget for doing this.

But the most important conversation to be conducted here, concerns a mechanism which insures that a reasonable portion of this wealth actually goes back to the Afghani people, rather than being simply expropriated by US companies, who have no moral right to do this, and may potentially give nothing back.

Of course, that will happen when pigs fly.

Jul 25 10:15

BEX ALERT - Russia Might Be Arming The Taliban In Afghanistan, According To Videos Released By CNN

It’s hard to tell exactly what’s going on with the weapons because identifying markings have been removed in most instances. However, many of the guns appear to be in the style of Russian weapons like the Kalashnikov sniper rifle. That said, other weaponry and accessories observed include the JGBG M7 scope, which is made in China. It’s possible that some of these guns are indeed modeled on the Kalashnikov but aren’t actually Russian in origin, or they are indeed genuine Russian manufacture but weren’t actually distributed by Moscow.

Jul 25 07:06

The Trump White House's War Within

His national security team wants a stepped up fight in Afghanistan , there's just one problem; A President who doesn't want to be there .

>>>

Jul 24 09:56

Over A Dozen Afghan Forces Killed In US ‘Friendly Fire’ Airstrike – Police

Up to 16 Afghan security forces servicemen have been killed in a US airstrike in Afghanistan, according to local police spokesman Salam Afghan. Washington says the incident was a case of friendly fire.

“In the strike, 16 Afghan policemen were killed including two commanders. Two other policemen were wounded,” Salam Afghan told AFP.

Jul 24 09:23

When Will America’s Crime Spree in Afghanistan End? “Punitive Raids” under the Cloak of “Humanitarian” Warfare

At the beginning of the year The Intercept published a lengthy article straightforwardly titled “The Crimes of the SEAL Team 6.” The article tells little about the heroism or professionalism of the servicemen of the American special forces unit SEAL Team 6, which Hollywood and bestselling authors are so fond of. The Intercept took the courage to investigate the darker side of war – crimes that are being routinely committed by US servicemen. The investigation into SEAL Team 6 was conducted for two years and included 18 interviews with former and current soldiers and officers of the unit. The Intercept article is somewhat reminiscent of The New York Times piece on the same topic published back in 2015.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact these charges are true, this is appalling.

And yet, 16 years on, the Taliban is still gaining territory in Afghanistan, as I posted earlier today.

What's wrong with this picture?!?

EVERYTHING.

Jul 24 08:21

Taliban Gains Mount in Afghanistan: Two More Districts Overrun

The weekend once again saw the Taliban racking up territorial gains within Afghanistan, seizing the Taywara District in the Ghor Province, and also taking control of the Kohistan District in the far northern Faryab Province, forcing security forces in both districts to retreat and wait for reinforcements.

Taywara is the bigger fight, according to reports, with around 70 Afghan soldiers killed and 30 others wounded in the fighting. In Faryab, the attack was more of a surprise, with Taliban arriving under the cover of night and burning the police headquarters and other office buildings.

This is likely to be a recurring problem for the Afghan military, as the force is nowhere near as large as it is on paper. Many of the Afghan soldiers officials on the payroll are actually “ghost soldiers,” just names that are on the books so some higher ranking official can pocket their salary without any real soldier to complain that he didn’t get paid.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My, how "brilliantly" the US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan is going; the Taliban are gaining more of a foothold in the country, 16 years on, and the US/NATO Coalition is painfully impotent to stop this.

IF the US and NATO leadership had two brain cells to rub together, they would have to admit, after all the blood and money spent here, that there is utterly no military metric by which this insane war can be characterized as "having been won."

What they should do is to remove all Western troops as soon as safely possible, then negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for the Afghani pipeline and mineral rights; of course, that would be logical, but the collective governmental and military hubris of both sides of the Coalition won't let it happen.

Jul 22 09:34

Afghanistan: 16 police killed in US friendly-fire air strike

A US air strike has killed 16 Afghan policemen in the southern province of Helmand, local officials say.

The attack happened as Afghan security forces were clearing Taliban militants from a village in the Gereshk district, police told AFP news agency.

Nato has acknowledged the incident, without detailing how many Afghans died, and promised an investigation.

Jul 22 00:56

Legalised murder: US airforce kills 12 Afghan police

Just another day of the US terrorising the world. If Russia did this the media and establishment would call for WW3.

Jul 21 12:17

The US Empire, the CIA, and the NGOs

The CIA recruited the Muslim Brotherhood to fight a proxy war against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, which led to the withdrawal of the Soviets from the Hindu Kush. Since then, the CIA used the mercenaries to fight more proxy wars in the Balkans, Chechnya, and Azerbaijan. Due to the wars of aggression against Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen the US and its vassal states created sectarian violence that led to civil wars. Right now, the CIA and the Muslim Brotherhood are present in the form of ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

Jul 21 12:02

MOAB: US Attack Causes Catastrophic Consequences in Afghanistan

On April 13, the US dropped a non-atomic bomb in the Achin district of the Afghan province of Nangarhar, known as the “Mother of All Bombs” or MOAB. Following the incident the citizens who survived are showing signs of horrible diseases.

One of the employees of the Health Care Corps of the Achin district in an interview with Sputnik, on condition of anonymity, stated that after this incident, the residents of the district began to show skin and eye diseases.

According to him, the symptoms found in these civilians are very likely indicative of radiation exposure that could have been caused by the presence of uranium inside the dropped bomb.

Jul 18 15:09

Afghanistan Civilian Deaths Hit Record Highs As US Airstrikes Reach 2012 Levels

The US Air Force has used the same number of munitions in the first half of 2017 as they used at the same point in 2012. At the same time, the number of missions has decreased and the number of civilian deaths has increased.

Jul 18 09:02

CIVILIAN DEATHS IN AFGHANISTAN HIT NEW RECORD HIGH

The civilian death toll in Afghanistan, some 16 years into the US-led invasion and occupation, continues to rise precipitously, with the most recent figures out of the United Nations showing 1,662 civilians killed in the first half of 2017, the highest civilian toll of the entire war.

Officials had expressed hope civilian deaths had more or less leveled off, when the first half of 2016, the previous record, gave way to a roughly identical figure in the second half. Increased airstrikes and some major suicide bombings drove another increase, however.

The civilian toll was particularly grave for women and children, with casualties among women up 23% and 9% among children. This was exemplified by an early February US airstrike in Sangn District, which killed 26 civilians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These assassinations of primarily innocent victims, highlights that what the US and NATO have been doing for the last 16 years in Afghanistan has not worked.

One of the most classic definitions of insanity is doing the same thing, in precisely the same manner, yet expecting a different outcome.

That is precisely what has been happening in Afghanistan.

So President Trump, a word, please: get US and NATO forces out of Afghanistan as quickly as safely possible,then negotiate with whatever government is still standing in Kabul for the pipeline and mineral rights.

After all, you do know that it was President Bush's squabble with Afghanistan's Taliban leadership over costs on the pipeline rights which initially motivated President Bush to declare war on Afghanistan, and march US and NATO troops into the country, RIGHT?!?

The Real Reason for the Afghan War

Jul 17 10:55

Officials Still Working on New Strategy for Afghanistan: Mattis

The Pentagon's top leader says officials are still mulling the proper strategy in Afghanistan to avoid rash decisions that could hurt the United States and its allies in the long run.

"Welcome to strategy," Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday. He had stopped in to speak with Pentagon reporters before a meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to further discuss options in Syria.

Mattis said he's listening to all options and wrapping everything "under a regional context."

"This is hard, and there's a reason we got into some wars in our nation's history and didn't know how to end them. This is hard work and, if anyone else says otherwise, [he] is either somebody who didn't have to deal with it or deal with the consequences of the decisions of it," he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sec-Def Mattis, a word please; continuing to throw more troops at Afghanistan has not worked for the last 16 years. And as a military person, you appreciate the notion that doing something precisely the same way, over and over, yet expecting a different outcome, is a classic definition of insanity.

And sir, I do have a suggestion here; evacuate US and NATO troops as quickly as safely as possible, then negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for the pipeline and mineral rights in the country.

I understand that you do know that it was the reality that that pipeline rights price the Taliban set was viewed by President Bush as "too high", and that...is the real reason the US military went into Afghanistan in the first place, right?!?

From Afghanistan to Iraq; connecting the dots with oil.

Jul 17 10:40

A MERCENARY-LED SURGE WON’T SOLVE AFGHANISTAN

Private military contractors have spotted an opportunity as America’s longest war grinds on. Here’s a crazy idea floating around Washington these days, outlandish even by today’s outlandish standards: The United States should hire a mercenary army to “fix” Afghanistan, a country where we’ve been at war since 2001, spending billions along the way. The big idea here is that they could extricate U.S. soldiers from this quagmire, and somehow solve it

Jul 16 07:23

Brzezinski Wanted NATO to Become the “Hub of a Globe-Spanning Web” of Security Pacts

The end of May marked the death of a man who had been at the center of global affairs for decades. Zbigniew Brzezinski, born in Warsaw in the 1920s, was one of the most influential foreign policy advisers in the US, who also played a pivotal role in the drive towards further global integration.

Jul 12 08:01

A BAD BLUEPRINT: INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES COOPTING PRIVATE ENTERPRISE

Earlier this week, The New York Times published a story on how top Trump administration officials have asked Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater, and billionaire Stephen Feinberg, who owns military contractor DynCorp, to come up with alternative plans on how to proceed in Afghanistan.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the two men, who have made untold sums of money off the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, came up with a plan to rely on private contractors instead of the US military. This story may sound familiar and it usually doesn’t end well.

Last month — after The Wall Street Journal fired Jay Solomon, its chief foreign affairs correspondent, for failure to disclose shady business deals with one of his sources — we published a book excerpt that revealed some juicy details about that source, Farhad Azima, and his unsavory colleagues.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is only one intelligent answer to that belching cesspool which is Afghanistan, 16 years on: have NATO and US troops leave as quickly as is safe, then negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for rights to the oil pipelines (which is why Bush sent our troops there n the first place); the mineral rights, and rights to the opium, which funds "off the shelf" operations over which Congress has utterly no oversight.

And, BTW, here are some images of American troops guarding those opium poppy fields in Afghanistan:

US occupation leads to all time high heroin production

Video: US troops assisting in harvesting opium in Afghanistan.

US turns a blind eye to opium in Afghan town

The US government has have spent far too much blood and money in a country with the international reputation as being "the graveyard for empires"; time to go.

Jul 08 18:03

The truth about SAS shoot-to-kill night raids, by the hero of 200 secret ops: Soldier breaks ranks to defend elite unit from witch-hunt but says illegal killings were ‘unwritten rule of our job’

An SAS soldier has sensationally lifted the lid on the elite regiment’s controversial shoot-to-kill policy in Afghanistan – the subject of a multi-million pound investigation by military police.

In the first media interview with any SAS member to take part in operations included in the war crimes probe, the former trooper admitted to The Mail on Sunday that illegal killings were ‘an unwritten rule of our job’ but strongly defended the regiment’s actions.

His gripping account of top-secret night operations in Afghanistan comes after claims emerged that SAS members had killed unarmed civilians in cold blood and falsified mission reports.

Jul 08 09:44

White House Caps Increase of US Troops to Afghanistan

Since President Trump handed off the decision on the Afghan War’s escalation to Defense Secretary James Marris, we’ve heard several wildly different figures from different sources, with some reports suggesting that an escalation of 3,000 to 5,000 was too small, and that Mattis might ultimately go much, much bigger.

In reality, however, officials now say that Mattis’ autonomy on the matter has its limits, and those limits are 3,900 more US ground troops. A classified memo is said to be in place which would oblige Mattis to get White House authorization if his escalation is to be any larger than that.

The Pentagon has declined to comment on the matter, noting the memo is classified, but some administration officials are said to have been surprise that any restrictions at all were placed on Mattis for deciding on troop levels in Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One of the classic definitions of insanity is doing precisely the same thing, in exactly the same manner, yet expecting a different outcome; this is what is happening in the US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan.

There is utterly zero military metric by which the occupation, now in its 16th year, can be judged "a success". We have had military surges and drawdowns, but that has not affected the reality on the ground that the Taliban control even more territory than they have before.

And I have to wonder if President Trump has given Mattis "limited authority" on the troop strength in Afghanistan to be able to blame him when the coming "surge" winds up having absolutely zero effect on the situation on the ground here. Because were I a betting person, I would almost be willing to bet that the coming surge will not be enough to really make a difference.

What should the US and NATO do in Afghanistan, then?!? Were I President Trump and the NATO Commander-General Stoltenberg, I would have troops exit Afghanistan as quickly as safely possible, then negotiate with whatever government was left in Kabul for the pipeline and mineral rights.

After all, it was the cost of the pipeline rights which caused President Bush to have the US military invade Afghanistan in the first place.

Why did the US go to war in Afghanistan?!?

Jul 06 06:23

SAS SOLDIERS 'SUSPECTED' OF EXECUTING UNARMED AFGHANS AND COVERING UP POTENTIAL WAR CRIMES

Special forces soldiers allegedly murdered civilians and planted guns on their bodies

Jul 05 10:50

McCain: We Are Not On A Course To Success In Afghanistan

Republican Senator John McCain has censured the 16-year presence of US military in Afghanistan, saying that Washington’s efforts to restore peace have failed and the goal has been to not lose rather than to win.

Jul 05 09:33

Trump: Toward War in the Middle East

Now comes President Donald Trump. His policies for the Middle East are similar to those of the previous two administrations but on steroids. Trump has already escalated the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen. When Trump sends his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to solve the seventy-year-old Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu cannot hide his happiness with the appointment. The Democrats and the media are too busy with election results, hacking, and the Russian probe to pay much attention to Middle East policy, with one exception – Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

However, this time, unlike the situation in Iraq, there is a 6,000 lb gorilla, snoozing on the Bosendorfer, regarding further American military misadventures in the Middle East; it goes by the name of Russia, and will, should Iran be attacked, to Iran's aid militarily.

IF, in fact, the US goes to war against Iran, to appease its Israeli handlers, look for the reinstitution of a draft, for both men and women; an horrific decline in the US economy; and the possibility that the US military may well not be able to emerge victorious from the conflict.

Jul 04 10:34

What Are the Best Cannabis Strains for Pain?

Personally recommend Blackberry Kush and Afghan landrace Mazar I Sharif.

One of the most common applications for medical marijuana is pain, whether it's inflammation, headaches, neuropathic pain, muscle soreness, spinal injury, fibromyalgia, or cramps. Patients have seen varying degrees of success with cannabis in treating various pain-related ailments, depending on the type of pain, the intensity, and the individual's own physiology.

Jul 03 09:24

Fear and loathing on the Afghan Silk Road

Anyone attempting to “rebuild” Afghanistan will have their work cut out. The success of China’s Belt and Road Initiative hinges on progress being made, however

Will the New Silk Roads, a.k.a. Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) ever manage to cross the Hindu Kush?

Temerity is the name of the game. Even though strategically located astride the Ancient Silk Road, and virtually contiguous to the US$50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) – a key BRI node – Afghanistan is still mired in war.

Jun 30 07:44

NATO Agrees on Afghan Troop Boost, Wrangles With US on Specific Numbers

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg today confirmed that the alliance has agreed at a ministerial-level meeting on a plan to escalate military involvement in Afghanistan. The exact details of this are yet to be worked out, and it’s not clear which countries will actually commit troops to the buildup.

That could involve a substantial amount of wrangling with the US, as America’s own planned escalation has yet to be announced, and Defense Secretary James Mattis is heavily pushing NATO on the merits of continuing the already 16-year-old war into the future.

The basic outline agreed to would see up to 10,000 troops, between US and NATO nations, sent to Afghanistan, and puts the assumed US figure somewhere between 3,000 and 5,000. President Trump has delegated the decision on troop levels to Mattis, but he has yet to announce a decision.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

NATO Secretary General and US Sec-Def Mattis, a word, please.

One of the classic definitions of insanity is doing something precisely the same way, over and over, yet expecting a different outcome.

Surges in troop strength come and go, but Afghanistan still remains "the graveyard of empires" Alexander the Great was the only military conqueror who was able to hold on to it, and that ... was only for 3 years.
The Taliban Still Control Large Parts of Afghanistan and ISIS Has Established a Foothold

There is no military metric by which the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan can possibly considered a "success", unless you want to count the absolute explosion in the production of opium poppies a "success".

Afghanistan's multi-billion dollar heroin trade

Images:
American troops protecting opium poppy fields

Gentlemen, it is completely illogical to "magically believe" that another surge is going to have any greater affect than the surges which have preceded it; and that is the absolute, utter fallacy of this plan.

So, what to do?!?

I would like to politely suggest that all US/NATO troops be evacuated as quickly as safely possible, then the US and NATO should be negotiating with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for the pipeline and mineral rights. After all, it was access to, and potential control, of oil which brought the US government into war against Afghanistan in the first place;

In the Caspian Basin and beneath the deserts of Iraq, as many as 783 billion barrels of oil are waiting to be pumped. Anyone controlling that much oil stands a good chance of breaking OPEC's stranglehold overnight, and any nation seeking to dominate the world would have to go after it. The long-held suspicions about George Bush's wars are well-placed. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were not prompted by the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. They were not waged to spread democracy in the Middle East or enhance security at home. They were conceived and planned in secret long before September 11, 2001 and they were undertaken to control petroleum resources. The "global war on terror" began as a fraud and a smokescreen and remains so today, a product of the Bush Administration's deliberate and successful distortion of public perception. The fragmented accounts in the mainstream media reflect this warping of reality, but another more accurate version of recent history is available in contemporary books and the vast information pool of the Internet. When told start to finish, the story becomes clear, the dots easier to connect. Both appalling and masterful, the lies that led us into war and keep us there today show the people of the Bush Administration to be devious, dangerous and far from stupid

Jun 29 14:12

Afghanistan’s Lessons For Syria

The battle for Raqqa is now being waged, and the diverse forces that have been helping to extinguish the self-proclaimed caliphate of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) soon must face squarely what becomes of the portion of Syria that ISIS had controlled.

Jun 26 08:25

HOW THE CIA-OPERATED A “DRUG SMUGGLING AIRLINE” FOR HEROIN & THE 9/11 CONNECTION

The CIA wasn’t just involved with the transportation of the drugs, however. The heroin was refined in a laboratory built at the CIA headquarters in Northern Laos. After about a decade of U.S. military intervention, SEA represented 70% of the world’s opium supplier. Unfortunately, many of the operatives became addicted to the heroin themselves. At the same time, SEA also became the main supplier of raw materials for the U.S. heroin industry. Though Air America apparently stopped operations in 1976, the CIA’s involvement in the opium and heroin industries continued in other parts of the world.

Jun 22 08:02

AFGHAN OPIUM PRODUCTION 40 TIMES HIGHER SINCE US-NATO INVASION

Since the U.S.-led NATO invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, the production of opium in the country has increased by 40 times according to Russia’s Federal Drug Control Service, or FSKN, fueling organized crime and widespread death.

The head of the FSKN, Viktor Ivanov, explained the staggering trend at a March U.N. conference on drugs in Afghanistan. Opium growth in Afghanistan increased 18 percent from 131, 000 hectares to 154, 000, according to Ivanov’s estimates.

“Afghan heroin has killed more than one million people worldwide since the ‘Operation Enduring Freedom’ began and over a trillion dollars has been invested into transnational organized crime from drug sales,” said Ivanov according to Counter Current News.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Accidental", this massive boom in opium poppy production in Afghanistan?!?

I think not.

Jun 22 07:24

Afghanistan: Obama-Era Drop in Anti-Drug Programs Fuel Heroin Use Among Women, Children

A dramatic drop in U.S.-funded opium eradication efforts in Afghanistan over the last few years is fueling a growing heroin addiction problem afflicting tens of thousands of women and some children in the war-ravaged country, reports the Washington Post (WaPo).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

After watching History Channel's "America's War on Drugs", that documents high-level US officials involved in the CIA's drug trafficking, one wonders if Obama's cut back was intended to bolster the supply. See also WHAT OUR CHILDREN ARE DYING FOR IN AFGHANISTAN

Jun 21 14:23

Oops! Pentagon Shells Out $30 Million on Afghan Army Uniforms in Wrong Color

The Pentagon unnecessarily spent big on Afghan army uniforms that are the wrong color because the guy in charge of making the choice “liked what he saw.”

Jun 21 08:24

Afghanistan Forever: Why Neoconservatives Cannot be Trusted

It is becoming clear now that the U.S. will maintain a military outpost in Afghanistan for the foreseeable future.

Jun 20 13:40

‘They’re Not Helping Us, They’re Killing Us’ Afghans Want US Troops That Shot Their Family Punished

The relatives of an Afghan father and two of his sons, who they say were killed and disfigured by heavy US fire in the country’s Nangarhar province, told RT.

Jun 20 10:50

Hurling 4,000 U.S. Troops into a Strategic Void

Last week President Trump delegated to Secretary of Defense James Mattis the authority to determine how many more troops to deploy into Afghanistan. Mattis has reportedly settled on 4,000. He claims that this will help end the stalemate in that war. He is wrong. This deployment will have no impact on the outcome of the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan, but more importantly, continues a troubling trend in U.S. foreign policy: The military move has no ties to a strategic outcome.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

MORE blood and money spent on Afghanistan?!?

PLEASE HEAVEN, NO!!

What the US and NATO leadership should be doing is bringing home all of their soldiers as quickly as safely possible, then negotiating with whatever government is left standing in Kabul over the oil pipeline and mineral rights.

Of course, that...would be logical.

The US government, under President Bush, invaded Afghanistan for the pipelines, because it collectively believed that the prices the Taliban were demanding were too high.

Jun 20 08:11

WE'RE #1 !

US Healthcare: Consumes 80% of World's Opioid Prescriptions

(*And if The Experts Would Kindly Explain How That DOES NOT Trace Back To Former Republican President George W Bush' Illegal Premptive Invasion Of The Nation Of Afghanistan , And How A Good Patriot Would Never Seek Indictments Against Members Of That Administration's War Crimes , And Their Elongigated After Effects , It Would Be Appreciated )

Jun 19 14:56

Sending more troops to Afghanistan isn't the answer

The Pentagon’s likely forthcoming decision to send a few thousand more troops to Afghanistan may not be enough to turn the tide of the increasingly deteriorating war.

Jun 19 09:13

REPORT: LEAST PEACEFUL NATIONS ON EARTH WERE ALL GIVEN ‘DEMOCRACY’ BY THE US

The United States has a pattern of pushing for regime change in sovereign nations, while ignoring the consequences. One major result from the list of countries the U.S. has invaded this century is that they make up the top of the “least peaceful” nations in the 2017 Global Peace Index.

The 2017 Global Peace Index is another reminder that the United States’ seemingly endless pattern of pushing for regime change in sovereign nations that have done nothing to the U.S. has indeed resulted in a significant amount of blowback—most of which will be misrepresented, if not ignored by the mainstream media.

Jun 18 09:28

‘LONG-HAUL’ AFGHAN WAR TO TURN INTO ‘GENERATIONAL STRUGGLE’ INVOLVING US TROOPS – PETRAEUS

Americans may stay on Afghan soil for a “long-haul” mission that could evolve into several decades of “generational struggle,” General David Petraeus, ex-commander of US troops in Afghanistan, admitted.
The current war in Afghanistan is unlikely to end in the foreseeable future, David Petraeus, who led the US military campaign there back in the 2000s, told PBS News Hour.

Though the retired General argued that “we went there for a reason and we stayed for a reason,” to defeat Al-Qaeda following the 9/11 attacks, he hinted that “a generational struggle” may unfold in the war-ravaged country.

“This is not something that is going to be won in a few years. We’re not going to take a hill, plant a flag, go home to a victory parade,” he said. “And we need to be there for the long haul, but in a way, that is, again, sustainable,” he added.

To back his remarkable statement, he cited other examples of US deployments in other parts of the world that have lasted decades.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

General Petraeus, a word, please.

To compare the US military presence in South Korea with its presence in Afghanistan is disingenuous at best, and an outright lie at worst, because there is absolutely no way to compare the US government's military presence in both countries

Let us be very clear about the reasons the US military is still in Afghanistan.

The Afghanistan war was planned before 9/11 (see this and this). According to French intelligence officers, the U.S. wanted to run an oil pipeline through Afghanistan to transport Central Asian oil more easily and cheaply. And so the U.S. told the Taliban shortly before 9/11 that they would either get “a carpet of gold or a carpet of bombs”, the former if they greenlighted the pipeline, the second if they didn’t. See this, this and this.

The US military is in Afghanistan for the oil pipelines; its mineral wealth; and the opium poppy trade, which has soared under US/NATO occupation. As reported on 2 May, 2017:

Afghanistan Sets New Record In Opium Production

What the US and NATO should be doing, at this point in this 16 year war which cannot, by any military metric, be considered a "victory", is to evacuate all their soldiers as quickly as safely possible, then negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for all of the above.

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

Jun 17 15:16

Visas for al-Qaeda: CIA Handouts That Rocked the World

Thousands of American soldiers and civil servants have lost their lives in the War on Terror. Innocent citizens of many nations, including Americans killed on 9/11, have also paid the ultimate price. While the US government claims to stand against terror, this same government refuses to acknowledge its role in creating what has become a deadly international quagmire. Visas for al-Qaeda: CIA Handouts That Rocked the World sets the record straight by laying the blame on high-ranking US government officials.

Jun 17 08:40

US GENERAL WANTS 20,000 ADDITIONAL GROUND TROOPS SENT TO AFGHANISTAN

The US is definitely going to be sending more ground troops to Afghanistan soon, but the exact number is yet to be determined, with the Pentagon today backing away from media reports yesterday that they’d settled on a figure of 4,000 more troops, saying no final decisions have been made yet on numbers.

That might suggest they’re leaning toward an even bigger number, with influential retired Gen. Jack Keane suggesting that the US needed to send up to 20,000 more ground troops if they wanted to win the war, saying he believed the 4,000 figure was not likely to change the direction of the war.

Defense Secretary James Mattis conceded in testimony to the Senate this week that the US is “not winning” in Afghanistan, and President Trump has since given him unilateral authority to decide on troop levels and strategy. Mattis was seen as leaning toward the high end of escalation proposals.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US military is Afghanistan for the pipeline routes, with which to checkmate Russia; the embarrassment of riches provided by its mineral wealth; and the opium poppy trade.

IF NATO, or US leadership were smart, they would leave Afghanistan as quickly as safely possible, and negotiate with whatever government remained standing in Kabul for all of the above.

Of course, that...would be logical.

Jun 16 12:01

4,000 more US troops to be sent to Afghanistan – report

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis is reportedly set to announce an increase of about 4,000 US troops in Afghanistan. Most of the US boots on the ground will train or advise Afghan forces, but some will battle both a resurgent Taliban and Islamic State.

Jun 16 08:36

WHEN GENERALS MAKE POLICIES - FROM TACTICS TO STRATEGY TO POLITICAL DECISION

The U.S. has a problem with the former Marine General Mattis as Secretary of Defense. Mattis thinks tactics, not strategy.

It makes little sense to send additional troops when one does not what strategy they will have to serve. There is so far no other way to end the war in Afghanistan other than to simply pull out of it. The racket that the war has become can only be stopped by such a grand strategic decision. Sending troops before deciding on the strategy practically guarantees that the choice of a pull-out will be excluded from the evaluated possibilities. The tactical decision of sending more troops will drive the strategy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am very deeply concerned that the goal of the Deep State in the Unhinged, Surveilled States of America,is actually getting into
wars against China and Russia, to check the rise of the Yuan and Ruble in the international monetary world.

The problem is, at this point in its history, the US military does not have the money; the troop strength; the weaponry; or the manufacturing to effect a positive outcome with a conventional war against Russia and/or China.

The culture of American weapons manufacturers gives the heads of these corporations the luxury of believing that weapons and planes delivered so late, as to be obsolete, when delivered, is perfectly fine, coupled with mass cost overruns.

As a Christian pacifist activist, I abhor war as a way to resolve geopolitical differences, and always advocate for clean, clear, hard-won negotiations. That being said, if America is to be successful at war, this has got to change.

The Russian and Chinese governments are spending far less on their weapons and related systems than does the USSA, but definitely getting infinitely more bang for their weapons buck.

And what do Americans get for their tax dollar?!? I give you Lockheed Martin's F-35.

F-35s grounded due to oxygen problems

Pentagon tester: F-35 still has serious problems

How the Navy Plans to Fix the F-35's most troubling problems

From ejector seats that could kill to a computer system pilots can't log into: Pentagon F-35 fighter jet report reveals massive problems still facing 'most expensive weapon in history'

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3430571/From-ejector-seats-kill-computer-pilots-t-log-Pentagon-F-35-fighter-jet-report-reveals-massive-problems-facing-expensive-weapon-history

Jun 16 07:41

Justice or revenge: Relatives demand punishment after US troops shoot dead Afghan father & 2 sons

The US Military,poorly trained,poorly disciplined. When they get into a fight with a modern military they will have their heads and butts handed to them. Allowing themselves to be enveloped and flanked in Syria shows how unprofessional they are. As does this incident.

The relatives of an Afghan father and two of his sons, who they say were killed and disfigured by heavy US fire in the country's Nangarhar province, told RT they demand the American troops be punished. The US military says it's unaware of civilian casualties.

Zir Gul and his sons were basically torn apart by the US gunfire, with his uncle Ghulam Ahmad saying: It was horrible what the Americans did to them. Even I couldn't recognize their bodies.The tragedy left 12 of Zir Gul's children, six sons and as many daughters, without their provider.

The kids who are now facing a struggle for survival, are both shocked by their father's death and full of anger.

Jun 15 16:33

The Afghanistan war is about profit

The United States will again escalate the war in Afghanistan.

Sixteen years ago the U.S, invaded the country and decided to eliminate the ruling Taliban for something that was planed elsewhere by a different group. Since the invasion the U.S. tried to defeat the Taliban. It has lost that fight. As soon as it leaves Afghanistan the Taliban will be back in power. But no one is willing to pull the plug on the nonsensical military approach.

Jun 15 14:03

The Afghanistan war is about profit

The United States will again escalate the war in Afghanistan.

Sixteen years ago the U.S, invaded the country and decided to eliminate the ruling Taliban for something that was planed elsewhere by a different group. Since the invasion the U.S. tried to defeat the Taliban. It has lost that fight. As soon as it leaves Afghanistan the Taliban will be back in power. But no one is willing to pull the plug on the nonsensical military approach.

Jun 15 08:47

THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN IS A RACKET

Yesterday the Secretary of Defense Mattis was asked during a Congress hearing what "winning" in Afghanistan would mean:

The idea, [Mattis] said, would be to drive down the violence to a level that could be managed by Afghan government forces with the help of American and allied troops in training their Afghan counterparts, providing intelligence and delivering what Mr. Mattis called “high-end capability,” an apparent allusion to air power and possibly Special Operations forces.
The result, he said, would be an “era of frequent skirmishing,” but not a situation in which the Afghan government no longer faced a mortal threat.
Winning in Afghanistan is an "era of frequent skirmishes" in which the proxy government is continuously endangered? That does, of course, not make any sense. It is a holding strategy that will only work as long as the general framework stays the same. Should the Taliban change their strategy or a new actor come in the "holding" strategy will be finished.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What the US and NATO should have done a long time ago, in this horrifically unwinnable war, is to have their troops leave as quickly as it is safe for them to do so, then negotiating with whatever government was left standing in Kabul over the pipeline and mineral rights.

But of course, that...would be logical.

Jun 15 08:45

Gen. Mattis Admits Afghanistan Truth: After 15 Years, No End In Sight

Defense Secretary James Mattis was grilled before the Senate yesterday, with Sen. McCain expressing his frustration that there is no new strategy yet to "win" in Afghanistan. Mattis promised a new approach by July, but the real question is that after the 2009 surge of 100,000 US troops, what kind of victory might be achieved by yet another surge, this time of perhaps 5-6,000? In today's Liberty Report we point out that victory is not possible because Washington doesn't even have a clear view of what it might look like. How many more billions of dollars wasted? How many thousands more lives lost?

Jun 12 10:46

Video: 3 US Soldiers Killed By Afghan Army Soldier Claimed As Taliban Militant

Three American soldiers in Afghanistan have been killed by an Afghan soldier serving along side them.

Jun 09 13:41

US “Jihadi Express”: Indonesia – Afghanistan – Syria – Philippines

For quite some time, professor Iman Soleh and I discussed the link between the ‘old guard’ Southeast Asian (mainly Indonesians and Malaysians) jihadi cadres, so-called ‘Afghan alumni’, and the vanguard, a ‘new wave’, that which is now trying to destabilize, even destroy both Syria and the Philippines.

While the name ‘jihad’ itself has been used habitually and ‘liberally’ all over the Western mainstream media, it was clear to all of us at the table that behind the brutal combat as well as most of the horrors unleashed in such places like Syria and Philippines, hidden are the geopolitical interests of the West in general and of the United States in particular.

Professor Soleh has explained the latest ‘dynamics’:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You have to take a look at the "big picture", to see how the use of radical religious jihadis has been central to the US government's attempts at destabilisation around the world, to regime change governments to its liking, and make certain that the resources of those countries are only sold in American dollars.

Jun 09 09:57

Courage For Peace, Not For War, In Afghanistan

When activists like me return from visiting the Afghan Peace Volunteers in Kabul, Afghanistan, young seamstresses there often entrust each of us with about fifty sky-blue scarves. The word “Borderfree” is carefully embroidered, in English, on one end of each scarf; on the opposite side, they’ve stitched the translation in Dari, the language they speak.

Jun 08 09:09

Shoigu: Russia to strengthen its military bases in Central Asia

Defense Minister, General of the Army, Sergei Shoigu, speaking at a meeting of Defense Ministers - members of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Kazakhstan, spoke of the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan and expressed the view that the international coalition in the country has not brought any tranquility.

He noted that the Islamic State operates in Afghanistan - a state which has observer status in the SCO.

"Of particular concern is the strengthening of Afghan militants positions, the number of which reaches around 3.5 thousand. Establishing an Islamic caliphate threatens the security of all; Afghanistan and neighboring countries."

In this regard, Shoigu said Russia will strengthen its military bases in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan with the latest weapons, as well as assisting the armed forces of Central Asian states in their defense measures.

Jun 07 10:59

ISIS Was Allegedly Behind the London Bridge Attacks, Who Is Behind ISIS?

The Islamic State (ISIS) was originally an Al Qaeda affiliated entity created by US intelligence with the support of Britain's MI6, Israel's Mossad, Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Saudi Arabia's General Intelligence Presidency (GIP).

The origins of Al Qaeda date back to the Soviet-Afghan war. The Koranic schools in Afghanistan used to train Al Qaeda recruits were financed by the CIA, using textbooks published by the University of Nebraska. That's where the evil ideology of Islamist extremism referred to by PM May originated: The Global War on Terrorism is a lie, Islamic terrorism is a product of US foreign policy which claims to be spreading Western civilization.

Jun 06 08:51

FRESH FROM BILDERBERG, MCMASTER URGES ANOTHER AFGHAN ‘SURGE’

Over the weekend, the New York Times reported that President Trump’s National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster will soon be proposing yet another troop increase in Afghanistan. According to the Times, “The White House shelved the deliberations over Afghanistan three weeks ago, after an initial Pentagon proposal to deploy up to 5,000 additional American troops ran into fierce resistance” from White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon and other advisers.

But McMaster, reports the Times, is “undeterred” and “plans to bring the debate back to the front burner this coming week,” according to an anonymous U.S. official.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. Mc Master, a word, please.

I would, sir, like to politely suggest that doing the same thing, precisely the same way, repeatedly, yet expecting a different outcome, is a classical definition of insanity.

And 16 years on, what, sir, will make this surge "different" from all the "surges" which have preceded the surge your are suggesting?!?

The short answer, sir, is absoflippinglutely nothing.

The cost, in blood and money already spent on an unwinnable war, has already been far too high, but of course, that means nothing to you.

American military, killed and maimed for life are simply collateral damage in the bigger war for profits for the American war machine.

And of course, such a suggestion is sending financial orgasms down the spines of all your buddies in the military/industrial complex, who will profit brilliantly from such a US military move.

President Trump, please; you need to realise that those who do not understand history are doomed to repeat it.

And pop quiz, Mr. President; who was the last person to successfully conquer, and hold Afghanistan, even for a little while?!?

You might remember this guy from history; his name was Alexander the Great, and even he...was only able to hang on to this hunk of the world for 3 years, through a series of marriages and alliances.

Mr. President, Afghanistan is not called "the graveyard of empires" for no good reason.

What should happen here is the most rapid removal of US and NATO troops out of the country as is safely possible, then have intense negotiations with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for the pipeline rights, and rights to the abundance of mineral riches it possesses.

After all, it was the squabble between Bush and the Taliban which really lead to Afghanistan's invasion in 2001:

US threatened Afghanistan government with military action, if their leadership's cost on oil pipelines was too high

The article goes on to state:

"US Plans Invasion of Afghanistan July 21, 2001: US officials (Simons, Inderfurth and Coldren) meet with Pakistani and Russian intelligence officers in Berlin. [Salon, 8/16/02] Taliban representatives boycotted this meeting due to worsening tensions. Pakistani ISI relays information to the Taliban. [Guardian, 9/22/01] At the meeting, former US State Department official Lee Coldren passes on a message from Bush officials. He later says, "I think there was some discussion of the fact that the United States was so disgusted with the Taliban that they might be considering some military action." [Guardian, 9/26/01]

Accounts vary, but former Pakistani Foreign Secretary Niaz Naik later says he is told by senior American officials at the meeting that military action to overthrow the Taliban in Afghanistan is planned to "take place before the snows started falling in Afghanistan, by the middle of October 2001 at the latest." The goal is to kill or capture both bin Laden and Taliban leader Mullah Omar, topple the Taliban regime and install a transitional government of moderate Afghans in its place. Uzbekistan and Russia would also participate. Naik also says "it was doubtful that Washington would drop its plan even if bin Laden were to be surrendered immediately by the Taliban." [BBC, 9/18/01]

US Threatens Afghanistan with Carpet Bombs One specific threat made at this meeting is that the Taliban can choose between "carpets of bombs" - an invasion - or "carpets of gold" - the pipeline. [Bin Laden: The Forbidden Truth, Guillaume Dasquié and Jean-Charles Brisard, released 11/11/01]

Niaz Naik says Tom Simons made the "carpets" statement. [Salon, 8/16/02] According to the Washington Post, the Special Envoy of Mullah Omar, Rahmatullah Hashami, came to Washington bearing a gift carpet for President Bush from the one-eyed Taliban leader.

Taliban Offers Osama, US Refuses The Taliban offered the Bush administration to hold on to bin Laden long enough for the United States to capture or kill him but, inexplicably, the administration refused. [Village Voice}

That last statement was not "inexplicable"; Bin Laden was a US covert operative, and the Bin Laden and Bush families had been business partners with a string of ventures, both successful, and unsuccessful.

Jun 06 08:07

McMaster Urges Another Afghan ‘Surge’

Over the weekend, the New York Times reported that President Trump’s National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster will soon be proposing yet another troop increase in Afghanistan. According to the Times, “The White House shelved the deliberations over Afghanistan three weeks ago, after an initial Pentagon proposal to deploy up to 5,000 additional American troops ran into fierce resistance” from White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon and other advisers.

Jun 05 09:04

'Literal Colonialism': Blackwater Founder Calls For "American Viceroy" To Rule Afghanistan

Displaying what one commentator called “sheer 19th century bloodlust and thirst for empire,” Erik Prince, founder of the private mercenary firm Blackwater, argued in The Wall Street Journal this week that the United States should deploy an “East India Company approach” in Afghanistan.

The country, he wrote, should be run by “an American viceroy who would lead all U.S. government and coalition efforts - including command, budget, policy, promotion, and contracting - and report directly to the president.”

Prince continued:

In Afghanistan, the viceroy approach would reduce rampant fraud by focusing spending on initiatives that further the central strategy, rather than handing cash to every outstretched hand from a U.S. system bereft of institutional memory.

Jun 03 17:57

Zbigniew Brzezinski — Paul Craig Roberts

June 2, 2017 ~ ...Brzezinsky understood how easy it was for mistakes to launch a nuclear holocaust. He wanted to end the Cold War for the same reason that Ronald Reagan wanted to end the Cold War. To make Brzezinsky and Reagan the villians, as the left-wing does, when the real villians are the Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama regimes that have convinced Russia that Washington is preparing a nuclear first strike on Russia, is a form of ideological idiocy.

But idiocy in the West is what we live with. The question is: how much longer can we survive our idiocy?

Jun 02 11:18

AFGHANISTAN: FROM SOVIET OCCUPATION TO AMERICAN ‘LIBERATION’

During the election campaign of 2008 before he was elected as the president, Barack Obama made an artificial distinction between the “just war” in Afghanistan and the unjust war in Iraq. In accordance with the flawed distinction, he pledged that he would withdraw American troops stationed in Iraq.

More to the point, however, when President Obama decided to withdraw American troops from the unjust war in Iraq, at the same time, he pledged that he would commit additional American troops and resources into the purportedly “just war” in Afghanistan. And consequently, the number of US troops in Afghanistan jumped from 30,000 during the Bush Administration to more than 100,000 during the supposedly “pacifist” Obama Administration.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One of the classic definitions of insanity, is doing the same thing, precisely the same way, yet expecting a different outcome.

This is precisely where we are with the US government's policy toward Afghanistan in 2017; doing the same thing, precisely the same way, yet expecting a different outcome.

the US policy in Afghanistan has been an utter, epic fail; there is absolutely no military metric by which this 16 year, brutal stalemate of a war, can be adjudged as a "success."

The Cost of War: Deaths in Afghanistan

Of course, it continues to be a great revenue stream for the folks who manufacture the bombs,bullets, and bandages. President Trump seems to be of the opinion that war is "good for business".

Our military waste game suddenly seems prophetic

And also, the alphabet soup agencies who are profiting greatly from the overwhelming growth of the opium poppy business, are very much in favor of the war continuing, because they use the opium poppy profits for "off the shelf" operations over which Congress has absolutely no supervision:


Images: American soldiers guarding the opium poppy fields in Afghan

Everything I used to believe this country stood for, peace, honor, individual and collective responsibility, human rights,and human decency, has been absolutely turned upside down by this insane war, not to mention the credibility of the US government which, through my eyes, has absolutely none, and does not speak to the real needs and concerns of We the People.

It's all about the money, just as it was with Iraq, and its oil pipelines, which are now under a government which is nominally Western-centric, and its oil is only sold in US dollars.

President Trump (and those reading this site on his administration's behalf), a word, please. There are significant, fact-based reasons why this country is called "the graveyard of empires."

The British found this out, with much blood and money spent; so did Soviet Russia.

The uncomfortable, inescapable truth here is, that those who cannot learn from history, are doomed to repeat it. This is the conclusion to which the US government and NATO must ultimately come; I simply hope and pray, as a Christian pacifist activist, that such a conclusion will come sooner, rather than later.

So what should the US government and NATO do at this point in Afghanistan?!?

Remove US and NATO troops as quickly as is safely possible, declare "victory", and negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for the oil pipeline and mineral rights.

Let's call a spade a spade here; it was the failed negotiation between the Bush administration and the Taliban over the oil pipeline routes which got the Us government into this mess in the first place.

A 1998 memo written by al-Qaida military chief Mohammed Atef reveals that Osama bin Laden’s group had detailed knowledge of negotiations that were taking place between Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban and American government and business leaders over plans for a U.S. oil and gas pipeline across that Central Asian country. The e-mail memo was found in 1998 on a computer seized by the FBI during its investigation into the 1998 African embassy bombings, which were sponsored by al-Qaida. Atef’s memo was discovered by FBI counter-terrorism expert John O’Neill, who left the bureau in 2001, complaining that U.S. oil interests were hindering his investigation into al-Qaida. O’Neill, who became security chief at the World Trade Center, died in the Sept. 11 attack.

Atef’s memo shines new light on what al-Qaida knew about U.S. efforts to normalize relations with the Taliban in exchange for the fundamentalist government’s supporting the construction of an oil and gas pipeline across Afghanistan.

This was the real reason the US military went into Afghanistan; it was not because the Taliban "wouldn't give up Ben Laden" ; Ben Laden died of natural causes in December of 2001:

Bin Laden’s Obituary Notice

That was simply the "excuse", post 9/11, that the Bush administration thought the American people would buy off on, as excuse to invade the country, to control its oil pipelines, and mineral wealth.

Jun 01 08:38

"Diplomats Among The Injured" In Kabul "Taliban Explicitly Said IT WAS NOT THEM!"

May 31 11:52

Death toll rises from massive vehicle bomb in Kabul

May 31 07:27

Kabul blast: Attack kills 80 near diplomatic area in Afghanistan

A huge suicide bomb ripped through a secure area of Kabul at the height of the Wednesday morning rush hour, killing at least 80 people and wounding more than 300, Afghan officials said.

The blast, which came a few days into the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, was one of the deadliest to hit the Afghan capital in recent years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That sounds like a lot bigger bomb than can be carried by a person. More like a truck bomb.

May 30 15:49

US Airstrikes In Afghanistan Tripled In 2017: Official

The US Air Force has tripled the number of airstrikes across Afghanistan since last year, according to a spokesman for US and NATO forces in the country.

May 28 07:54

Policeman Kills Colleagues in Southern Afghanistan, Joins Taliban

A policeman killed six other police servicemen in Afghanistan's southern province of Zabul and joined Taliban movement (terrorist organization, banned in Russia), local media reported Sunday citing local officials.

May 25 11:59

Congressmembers Speak Out For Getting The US Out Of Afghanistan

Today a news conference was held by co-sponsors of HR1666, to prohibit funds for activities in Afghanistan, and the importance of debating the 16-year war in Afghanistan, the longest war in America’s history.

May 25 11:08

As Trump weighs more troops in Afghanistan, some in Congress seek to freeze his funding

As the Trump administration contemplates sending additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan, a bipartisan group in Congress has demanded a floor debate on the war's endgame and whether it remains in America's interest to remain engaged there militarily.

May 24 11:55

Pentagon Admits: No Physical Evidence Russia Gave Arms to Taliban

After months of top US generals insinuating, and sometimes flat out alleging, that Russia is “arming the Taliban,” the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) has finally stepped forward and admitted to the Senate that there “is no physical evidence” to back up such a claim.

Since Russia has been on bad terms with the Taliban for decades, the allegations never made any sense, but began being pushed by US officials with NATO ties roughly around that Russia offered to help broker peace talks, apparently based wholly on them having invited the Taliban to the talks.

The DIA’s comments appear to support this being the reason, saying they had “some indications” Russia had offered something to he Taliban, but that there was no evidence it ever amounted to anything, let alone weapons or money.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dear DIA, a word, please; in this age of instant information, you can no longer lie to the American people, and the world, with impunity.

Please remember this the next time you are even, collectively, contemplating offering up more codswallop in the future; it just will not work anymore.

The "Big Lie" went out with the Whoopee Cushion and the dribble glass, decades ago, and there is utterly no way to resurrect it.

May 24 10:13

Defense Secretary James Mattis 'wasn't consulted by generals who dropped the Mother Of All Bombs and was surprised when it was used'

Defense Secretary James Mattis reportedly wasn't informed about plans to use 'the mother of all bombs' on April 13 in eastern Afghanistan

The 21,600-pound Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb is the largest non-nuclear ordnance in the US arsenal

US forces dropped the bomb on suspected ISIS tunnels in Afghanistan, resulting in 96 dead militants, according to the Afghan government

Decision to use the weapon was made by General John Nicholson, the most senior Army commander in Afghanistan

May 22 14:35

The tragedy of world-wide forced displacement

Graham Peebles stresses the misery driving people to migrate, and the miserable conditions they endure en route to and after arriving at their destination, and calls for compassion in treating these victims of circumstance.>>

May 22 09:24

TRUMP-RUSSIA SCANDAL DISTRACTS FROM LATEST SYRIA BOMBING, TROOP SURGE IN AFGHANISTAN

With mainstream media still focused squarely on Trump’s alleged connections with Russia, a recent U.S. military strike in Syria and a plan to over 50,000 ground troops to Afghanistan have gone nearly unnoticed.

May 21 10:32

In Afghanistan, Civilian Casualties Happen by Design, Not by Accident

Even the waves of so-called “terrorists attacks” in Germany, Holland and France last year underscores that these are the conspiracy theories aimed at continuous war in Syria and elsewhere. Many Europeans would still keep faith with the war-mongers’ cooked-up stories and back the US and NATO’s intervention in Syria. The sole purpose of all these planned attacks was and is to demonize the Islamic State or Al-Qaeda and draw a whole support to wage a filthy war against “the nations” where these terrorists operate.

Unrest in Afghanistan is a recipe for more US weapons’ sales to war-exposed countries, viable drug trafficking that generates a profit far beyond measure, unearthing of underground resources worth of several trillion dollars, restraining of the regional military and economic rival powers and so others.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The sickening rhythm of "invade; regime change; occupy; expropriate resources; and insure those resources are only sold in US dollars" continues, unabated.

And in his weekend trip to Saudi Arabia, with that ginormous US arms deal he greenlit, it appears that President Trump is setting up that country for a proxy war against Iran, to regime change that country as well.

But there is one minor problem; in both Syria, and Iran, Russia's leadership has pledged both countries to resist any attempt at regime change; and the Russian military is very formidable, at this point in its history.

War with Russia over Syria and Iran?!?

That's precisely where the US government and military are headed right now, and unless there are some American leaders willing to bring some semblance of sanity back to DC, it is not a question of if, but when, such wars will happen.

May 21 09:29

New Evidence Substantiates Seymour Hersh’s Account of Bin Laden’s Killing

In his March 10 article for the Washington Post, Husain Haqqani, Pakistan’s ambassador to the US at the time of Osama Bin Laden’s execution in May 2011, has confessed to the role played by the Zardari Administration in facilitating the killing of Bin Laden. Husain Haqqani identified then-president Asif Ali Zardari as his “civilian leader” and revealed in the article: “In November 2011, I was forced to resign as ambassador after Pakistan’s military-intelligence apparatus gained the upper hand in the country’s perennial power struggle. Among the security establishment’s grievances against me was the charge that I had facilitated the presence of large numbers of CIA operatives who helped track down bin Laden without the knowledge of Pakistan’s army, even though I had acted under the authorization of Pakistan’s elected civilian leaders.”

May 18 07:37

The US Will Never Win the War in Afghanistan

The United States is pouring money into a corrupt sewer. The World Justice Project’s 2016 Rule of Law Index ranked Afghanistan 111 of 113 countries assessed. Despite U.S. arms, aid and training, its divided and demoralized security forces can’t stand up to the Taliban.

We are asking our military to build a nation on the other side of the world, dispatching soldiers who don’t know the language, the culture, the religion, the ethnic and sectarian divisions or the history. The one thing that may unify Afghanistan’s tribes is their pride in their independence. Afghanistan is known as the “graveyard of empires.” Its people routed the British forces repeatedly from 1839 to 1919 when Britain ruled the world. Its mujahideen defeated the Soviet Union’s invasion in the 1980s. The United States, with the most powerful military in the world, may avoid defeat for as long as it wants to waste lives and resources, but it will not win.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word please; doing the same thing precisely the same way, over and over, yet expecting a different outcome, is one of the most classic definitions of insanity.

Please declare victory and leave, getting our and NATO's troops out of the country as quickly as safely possible.

Then, negotiate with whatever government is left standing for the pipeline and mineral rights.

May 18 07:24

Trump Advisers Want at Least 50,000 US Troops in Afghanistan

While publicly US strategy in the Afghan War has been based around the conceit that the conflict is in a “stalemate,” despite mounting losses by the Afghan government. Advisers have offered a classified assessment on the conflict recently, however, conceding that the Ghani government’s survival is at risk, and that the war is being “slowly” lost.

Their solution, as with everyone else, is even bigger escalation, with reports from those familiar with the plan saying that the US needs “more than 50,000” ground troops in Afghanistan to ensure Ghani’s survival, with an eye toward eventually defeating the Taliban.

That’s a big escalation, and a much bigger one than has been suggested in previous reports, which initially presented the proposed escalation as 3,000 to 5,000, and most recently made it a choice between 3,000 or keeping troop levels flat. The Pentagon is evasive about troop levels in recent months, but around 8,400 troops are believed to presently be in Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but where the heck are these 50,000 troops supposed to come from, without the reinstitution of the draft, given the stretched-thin state of the American military?!?

There is utterly no military metric by which the US/NATO invasion and occupation of Afghanistan can possibly be characterised as a "success" (unless you want to brand the burgeoning opium poppy trade, which is funding off the shelf operations for various "alphabet soup agencies, over which Congress has utterly no oversight, a "success").

Images: US troops guarding opium poppy fields in Afghanistan

What the US government and NATO should do is to withdraw troops as quickly as safely possible, then negotiate with whatever government is left standing Kabul for the pipeline and mineral rights.

Of course, that...would be logical.

Those pipeline rights were what got the US government and military embroiled in Afghanistan in the first place.

US planned war in Afghanistan long before September 11

May 16 10:57

Ron Paul To Trump: Toss Your Generals' War Escalation Plans In The Trash

By the end of this month, Defense Secretary James Mattis and National Security Advisor HR McMaster will deliver to President Trump their plans for military escalations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. President Trump would be wise to rip the plans up and send his national security team back to the drawing board – or replace them.

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