AFGHANISTAN

Apr 17 19:58

Hurtling into DARKNESS: America’s Great Leap Towards Global Tyranny

I do not believe the citizens of the United States any longer possess the capacity to avoid these dark prospects. They are being swept along by forces they mostly do not understand, and most are unwilling to give up on the comfortable almost-religious myths of enforceable Constitutional rights and a benevolent national government.

Ironically, one of the key forces which brought Europe and North America over a few centuries to the kind of liberal democracies we know today is capable of delivering a new and unprecedented form of tyranny. That force is the body of interests of a nation’s middle class – the group of capable, ambitious, and rising people who were called a few centuries back by Europe’s landed old aristocracy “the new men.”

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Apr 17 11:50

Why has the British Ministry of Defence Tried to Ban Its Own Book on Afghanistan?

Attempts by democratic governments to ban books rarely work out well. If the book is banned on grounds of public morality (Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Tropic of Cancer), then the writer nearly always wins in the end and the government that tried to suppress their work is likely to end up looking puritanical, cloven-footed and often pig-ignorant.

Apr 17 05:37

Promoting a “Right to Heal” from Ft. Hood to Abu Ghraib

Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are holding the U.S. government accountable for innocent victims on all sides of the fighting.

The recent shootings of soldiers at Fort Hood and other U.S. military bases have once again brought to public attention the challenge of making sure that soldiers returning from war zones find security and support at home. The Washington Post calls the pressures on veterans “the next war.” But whatever war comes next, those existing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and their consequences continue.

The exploding rates of suicide among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, the escalating numbers of soldiers turning their weapons on each other as well as themselves, and the endemic spread of PTSD all are linked to the wars themselves. Wars of aggression and occupation have an enormous, terrible effect on the young women and men ordered to fight them.

Apr 16 07:00

Afghanistan Says NATO Airstrike in East Killed Civilians

Afghan officials said that a NATO airstrike in eastern Afghanistan killed a woman and two children on Tuesday, again raising the issue of civilian casualties at a time when both the presidential election and the future of the Western troop presence are unresolved.

Apr 15 09:50

HURTLING INTO DARKNESS: AMERICA’S GREAT LEAP TOWARDS GLOBAL TYRANNY

America’s national government has become inured to lying and cheating the people whom it ostensibly serves, lying as consistently and thoroughly as would be the case with an occupying foreign power trying to keep a captive population pacified.

Apr 15 07:01

U.S. fears Afghan services may be cut as corruption sharply reduces customs taxes

U.S. officials are deeply concerned that corruption is reducing Afghanistan’s collection of customs taxes by as much as half, shorting the country’s primary source of revenue and raising concerns that the government may need to cut critical services in order to close budget shortfalls.

Apr 14 19:39

UK Moves to Block US Senate Report to Protect Blair, Straw and Dearlove

From a British diplomatic source I learn that Britain has lobbied the United States against the publication of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on torture and extraordinary rendition. The lobbying has been carried out “at all levels” – White House, State Department and CIA. The British have argued that at the very least the report must be emasculated before publication.

The British argument is that in a number of court cases including the Belhadj case, the British government has successfully blocked legal action by victims on the grounds that this would weaken the US/UK intelligence relationship and thus vitally damage national security, by revealing facts the American intelligence service wish hidden. [We will leave aside for the moment the utter shame of our servile groveling judges accepting such an argument]. The British Government are now pointing out to the Americans that this argument could be fatally weakened if major detail of the full horror and scope of torture and extraordinary rendition is revealed by the Senate Intelligence Committee. The argument runs that this could in turn lead to further revelations in the courts and block the major defence against prosecutions of Blair, Straw and Dearlove, among others, potentially unleashing a transatlantic wave of judicial activism.

Apr 13 10:25

FBI secretly worked in Iraq, Afghanistan: Report

The Federal Bureau of Investigation agents have secretly worked with American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan in hundreds of operations, according to a new report.

The FBI formed an alliance with Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) and deployed its agents in hundreds of raids in Iraq and Afghanistan, The Washington Post reported on Friday.

JSOC took advantage of the agency’s ability to utilize digital media to identify suspects. The FBI acquired evidence from JSOC investigations and kept that information in case the suspect would be tried in the United States.

“Digital media and other materials (were used) to locate insurgents and detect plots, including any against the United States,” the report said, adding the FBI “could preserve evidence and maintain a chain of custody should any suspect be transferred to the United States for trial.”

Apr 13 09:04

A rising number of children are dying from U.S. explosives littering Afghan land

As the U.S. military withdraws from Afghanistan, it is leaving behind a deadly legacy: about 800 square miles of land littered with undetonated grenades, rockets and mortar shells.

The military has vacated scores of firing ranges pocked with the explosives. Dozens of children have been killed or wounded as they have stumbled upon the ordnance at the sites, which are often poorly marked. Casualties are likely to increase sharply; the U.S. military has removed the munitions from only 3 percent of the territory covered by its sprawling ranges, officials said.

Apr 13 09:03

Pentagon ponders ‘logistical nightmare’ of Afghan withdraw

Ranked as America’s most challenging military action since WWII, the US is faced with the task of transporting millions of pieces of military assets out of Afghanistan as possible exit routes - including through Russia - are blocked.

The US military is learning the hard way from its lengthy experience in Afghanistan that it is far easier to get bogged down in a foreign adventure than it is to extricate oneself from it. Landlocked, isolated and surrounded on all sides by potential enemies, Washington’s withdrawal of its troops and equipment from the Central Asian country by the end of 2014 is beset with numerous obstacles.

Apr 13 08:52

The Corporate Colonization of Afghanistan

A recent TIME Magazine article featured the “US NGO” Roots for Peace, which it portrayed as a victim of a regrouping Taliban bent on subjugating a newly “democratized” Afghanistan. This organization, funded by the US State Department and USAID, claims to be turning “battlefields into bountiful orchards.” But a lack of transparency makes it unclear as to just how they are doing this. With USAID using “aid” to usher in the corporate colonization of Afghanistan through other “NGOs,” its involvement with Roots for Peace raises warranted suspicions.

Apr 12 19:24

Monsanto Terminator Seeds and RoundUp Herbicide in Afghanistan: The Destruction of Agriculture

....As part of efforts to eradicate poppy cultivation across the country, the United States insisted that Kabul sidestep health studies and sign off on an unpopular plan to spray millions of dollars worth of Monsanto’s “RoundUp” glyphosate herbicide across Afghanistan’s countryside. It should be noted that before NATO’s intervention in Afghanistan in 2001, poppy cultivation was nearly eradicated under the Taliban.

In addition to fears that the mass spraying of Afghanistan’s countryside could negatively impact the health of the Afghan people, there were also fears that licit crops could also be destroyed, leaving farmers with failed harvests, anger, and a willingness to further align themselves with armed tribesmen, including the Taliban.

For America’s overarching plan, the eradication of licit crops alongside poppy was ideal. That is because while Monsanto RoundUp herbicide was to be sprayed indiscriminately over the heads of Afghans, its genetically modified, RoundUp Ready terminator seeds were to be sown beneath their feet. The Nutrition and Education International (NEI), a front set up by Western agricultural monopolies, set out to replace Afghanistan’s traditional crops with both Monsanto’s genetically engineered RoundUp Ready soybeans, as well as copious amounts of RoundUp ready herbicide.

Apr 12 10:58

The Corporate Colonization of Afghanistan

Ulson Gunnar
Activist Post

A recent TIME Magazine article featured the “US NGO” Roots for Peace, which it portrayed as a victim of a regrouping Taliban bent on subjugating a newly “democratized” Afghanistan. This organization, funded by the US State Department and USAID, claims to be turning “battlefields into bountiful orchards.” But a lack of transparency makes it unclear as to just how they are doing this. With USAID using “aid” to usher in the corporate colonization of Afghanistan through other “NGOs,” its involvement with Roots for Peace raises warranted suspicions.

Apr 12 09:56

Scores of children killed, crippled by explosives left by US, NATO in Afghanistan

After 13 years of war, the US military and allies will leave thousands of square miles of unexploded grenades and other ordnance littered around Afghanistan. In recent years, most casualties from unattended explosives have been children, the UN found.

The United States and NATO forces have used 240 high-explosives ranges in Afghanistan since 2001, according to the Washington Post. One top range, for example, is 120 square miles, or about twice the size of Washington, DC.

The US will be responsible for cleaning 73 of those sites, which come out to around 800 square miles, US officials told the Post. This effort will cost about US$250 million. US officials say that each range has thousands of undetonated explosives.

Half of the total 240 ranges will be transferred to the Afghan army, and 40 belong to international coalition forces whose countries will be on the hook for cleanup.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

JUST great, after all the blood and money spent: a big component of the US/NATO "legacy", once we are gone from Afghanistan, will be dead and maimed children from these munitions.

Doesn't that make you prouder than heck to be an American?!? Your tax dollars at work, folks!

Apr 11 07:40

Inside the FBI’s secret relationship with the military’s special operations

The FBI’s transformation from a crime-fighting agency to a counterterrorism organization in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks has been well documented. Less widely known has been the bureau’s role in secret operations against al-Qaeda and its affiliates in Iraq and Afghanistan, among other locations around the world.

Apr 10 10:22

Watchdog: Significant Fraud in Afghan Election

The Independent Election Complaints Commission (ECC) of Afghanistan has confirmed that “significant” amounts of fraud took place in the weekend presidential election, and is promising to throw out all “irregular” ballots.

The announcement is unsurprising, since several candidates have already complained about fraud against themselves, and this is of course Afghanistan, where the level of corruption is so staggering that the real news would be if they had miraculously pulled off anything resembling a credible vote.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And now you know why the hotel where international observes was attacked just before the election, causing many of those observers to leave Afghanistan in fear for their lives.

Apr 10 08:53

US War Has Littered Afghanistan with World's Deadly Garbage

As in the abandoned battle fields and scarred countrysides of southeast Asia a generation ago, the U.S. military's footprint in Afghanistan is leaving a deadly legacy of unexploded ordinances and toxic materials that will continue to kill and permanently harm the nation's children and others for years to come.

Apr 08 17:18

MEDIA COVERAGE PLEASE? BIN LADEN’S SON-IN-LAW IS QUIETLY ON TRIAL OVER 9/11 ATTACKS...

Apparently, we live in a time where the media would rather cover the ‘Blade Runner - Oscar Pistorius’ trial on CNN, instead of the trial of Osama Bin Laden’s son-in-law, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, and his alleged involvement in the 9/11/01 World Trade Center attacks.

Apr 08 06:39

Taken to the cleaners: U.S. picks up coalition’s $700 million laundry, food, base support tab

In a staggering loss of money even by Pentagon standards, the U.S. military and two contractors left American taxpayers on the hook for more than $700 million in food, laundry and other services that should have been billed to countries that sent troops to Afghanistan.

Coalition countries tacitly agreed to reimburse the Army, but U.S. regional commands in Afghanistan frequently failed to pass along the charges, according to audit records obtained by The Washington Times through the Freedom of Information Act.

Apr 07 10:36

AFGHAN ELECTIONS FOR ANOTHER FAKE REGIME

Afghanistan’s national election held this week is a sham. A group of candidates, handpicked by the US, will pretend to compete in an election whose outcome has already been determined – by Washington.

The candidates include US groomed politicians, and drug-dealing warlords from the Tajik and Uzbek north. Chief among them, Rashid Dostam, a major war criminal and principal CIA ally who ordered the massacre of over 2,000 Taliban prisoners.

Such is the rotten foundation on which Washington is hoping to build a compliant Afghan “democracy” that will continue to offer bases to US troops and warplanes. Afghanistan’s majority, the Pashtun tribes, have little voice in the election charade.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is why there were attacks on the hotel where the observers were staying, which caused many of them to leave out of fear for their lives.

Apr 07 09:29

Narcotics boom, West's legacy for Afghanistan: Activist

The major legacy of the West’s war in Afghanistan has been a dramatic rise in production and use of narcotics in the country and across the world, a political activist tells Press TV.

Apr 07 07:43

Rumsfeld Documentary Reveals What an Unaccountable Slippery Bastard He Is

So what do we know now that we didn’t after documentarian Errol Morris’s 100-minute Q&A with Donald “I Don’t Do Quagmires” Rumsfeld in  “ The Unknown Known”? Only that the former U.S. secretary of defense is still a master strategist of evasion, contradiction, misdirection and malapropism. 

Apr 07 07:06

Afghan Elections Point to Runoff, Waning Karzai Influence

Candidate Viewed as President's Choice Appears to Trail Far Behind

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And now you know why the international observers were chased out of there.

Apr 04 12:52

Was it 'Worth it?': Canada exits Afghanistan

Mainstream media coverage of the departure of Canada's last troops from Afghanistan has, with very few exceptions, ranged from unquestioning celebration of the Canadian state's work in that country to asking whether the war was worthwhile.

As a general rule, alarms bells should roar when the predominantly white politicians and pundits in imperialist states or their adjuncts ask whether it was "worth it" to kill a lot of people of colour living in a distant, impoverished country for economic and/or political gain. (Recall, for instance, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Madeleine Albright saying "we think the price is worth it" when asked on 60 Minutes about U.S. sanctions killing 500,000 Iraqi children.)

Apr 04 06:57

Afghan H-bomb: Record opium harvest

Since the US came down on the Taliban and occupied Afghanistan in 2001, heroin production in the country has surged almost 40-fold. One year ago the estimated number of heroin addicts dying due to Afghan heroin in the preceding decade surpassed well over one million deaths worldwide.

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Apr 04 06:48

German AP photographer shot dead in Afghanistan

An Afghan police commander on Friday shot dead a female German photographer working for the Associated Press on the eve of presidential elections, in an attack that also left a Canadian colleague wounded, the news agency and officials said.

The journalists were shot in their car in the Tanai district of Khost province, in the country's east, as they reported on distribution of ballot papers for the election to choose a successor to President Hamid Karzai.

Apr 03 09:43

Global Power Structures: Masterlist of 1,150 NGOs and 300 Key People in Them

"[Think tanks] exert definite and even considerable influence on the process of elaborating and making political decisions. It is connected with the fact that ... leaders of such centers have as a rule personal close links with the [government]. Second, the centers are created in order to prepare and adopt the major political decisions in the shade, far from public. Third, such analytical and expert centers really accumulate the best intellectual forces of the country and fourth, not always but rather often, the centers were founded simply to provide jobs to [retired] politicians."

Notice that Henry Kissinger is first on the list with 104 known associations.

Apr 02 20:34

APD Ad Absurdum

Albuquerque has been in the news a lot this weekend, and the focus of these news stories has almost always been wrong. Almost all these stories seem to be about how the latest protests here on Sunday, March 30, over the Albuquerque Police Department's latest killings got way out of hand, or turned into riots, and none of them seem to be at all interested in anything other than the official stories fed by official channels to the media.

I watched firsthand, standing toward the front of a crowd of perhaps a hundred unarmed protesters on the edge of Civic Plaza late Sunday night, as we were almost completely surrounded by literally an entire police force prepared not for a group of dissatisfied citizens but for war.

Apr 02 14:47

Watch Donald Rumsfeld Lie About Saddam Hussein, al Qaeda, and 9/11

In a new doc, the former defense secretary says he never meant to imply that Saddam was behind 9/11—despite the implications that the Iraqi dictator and al Qaeda were in cahoots.

Apr 02 08:52

March Was First Month Without U.S. Fatalities in Iraq or Afghanistan In 11 Years

There were no American troop casualties in Afghanistan or Iraq in March, for the first time since February 2003, ending 133 straight months when at least one U.S. service member was killed. U.S. deaths in Iraq peaked in November 2004, and in Afghanistan in August 2011

Apr 02 06:38

Afghan Opium Wars: Drugs win

Apr 01 21:58

Press Release: The Undying Role of 9/11 Family Members in Calling for an Independent Inquiry into 9/11

Halifax, March 28, 2014 – Yesterday in Parliament Megan Leslie, NDP Deputy Leader and Halifax MP, was blasted by Conservative backbencher James Bezan for a community event that was posted by a constituent on her website.

Bezan was referring to the Halifax stop of a 17-city Canadian tour by architect Richard Gage, leader of 2100 architects and engineers who question the collapses of World Trade Center buildings 1, 2, and 7. Many people do not know that an investigation was resisted by the Bush administration, and that the building collapses were never scientifically investigated.

Following major disasters such as the Titanic, Pearl Harbor, the JFK assassination, and the Challenger tragedy, commissions of inquiry have been appointed within a few days.

In the case of 9/11 no such inquiry was ordered........

Apr 01 15:14

How Americans can help world peace

A first step for world peace is for the American people to rein in their reckless government from the international stage and to stop it making misery for so many.

Americans need democratic government like the rest of the world needs rid of Washington's thuggish global policeman.

This may come as a shock to many ordinary Americans who tend to think that their country is already the beacon of democratic light unto the world, bestowing all sorts of benevolence to others. Such delusional "American exceptionalism" has to stop. America is only special in a very negative meaning. It plays a central part in fomenting conflict in almost every scenario we care to look at.

We see this nefarious US role in the never-ending Israeli-Palestinian travesty known as a "peace process". In reality, this process is but a continual green light for the Israeli regime to commit massive violation of international laws against the long-suffering Palestinian people.

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Apr 01 09:01

Credibility of Afghan Vote in Doubt as Observers Flee Violence

Usually, an Afghan election — a $100 million, Western-funded exercise — draws foreigners to Kabul like flies to honey, with incoming flights full of consultants, international monitors, diplomats and journalists.

Not this time. Now, it is the flights out that are full, and the incoming planes are half empty. With the possible exception of journalists, foreigners have been leaving Afghanistan like never before during an election period after a series of attacks on foreign targets and the commission running the vote.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like Afghanistan's election is about to be stolen.

Mar 30 20:13

The Story of PFC John Needham & Iraq War Truth

Marking the eleven year anniversary of the illegal, and immoral invasion of Iraq, you will bare witness to three different pieces of evidence that prove the official narrative to be false. First is the story of PFC John Needham, who witnessed war crimes being committed, and was locked up and tortured by his own command for not partaking in them himself. His story is an example of what happens when we “embrace the dark-side” as Dick Cheney put it in the push for the invasion. Next up is a clip called THE VIDEO THE PENTAGON DOESN’T WANT YOU TO SEE. It exposes the reality of the invasion, from Depleted Uranium to indiscriminate killing of civilians, as well as other crimes; including the rape, murder, and cover-up of PFC LaVena Johnson. Finishing up is a clip called JUST WHO WERE WE FIGHTING IN IRAQ? After hearing it you will ask the same question yourself.

Mar 28 12:06

The Spoils of War: Afghanistan’s Multibillion Dollar Heroin Trade

Washington's Hidden Agenda: Restore the Drug Trade

Mar 28 08:25

Is CIA Fueling New U.S. Drug Epidemic Using Cheap Heroin from Afghanistan?; CIA, Obama Team Up to Hide Darkest Secrets

Across the U.S., heroin use has skyrocketed. But how are these drugs getting into the country, and is the CIA back to its old tricks, using drugs money to fund covert operations?

Mar 25 06:36

Afghanistan: Taliban militants carry out deadly attack on Kabul election office

Four people were killed when militants stormed an election commission office in the Afghan capital Tuesday morning, a spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry said.

The victims were two policemen, a provincial council candidate and a civilian, said spokesman Sediq Sediqqi in Kabul.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"See? See? You NEED us to stay in Afghanistan!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Mar 24 06:18

Karzai: Afghanistan Endorses Crimean Right to Decide Their Future

On Sunday President Karzai announced in a meeting with the US congressional delegation that Afghanistan respects the decision made by the Crimean people to become a part of the Russian Federation. However, some analysts interpreted Karzai's statement not in compliance with national interest.

Mar 23 08:11

Ex-commander says UK troops pointlessly massacred Afghans

A former UK commander has recounted his mission in Afghanistan, saying that US-led British troops ‘pointlessly’ massacred hundreds of Afghan villagers.

Mar 22 07:39

Imperial Exit: Britain’s Departure from Afghanistan

Farewell to the British, as they leave the country that took their soldiers, and more than a sense of dignity. Forces are being withdraw (the popular term is drawn down, as if they were blinds) and it is hard to see the mission in Afghanistan as anything but another intervention that did not quite pan out well for the invader.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains,
And the women come out to cut up what remains,
Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains
An' go to your Gawd like a soldier." -- The Young British Soldier, Rudyard Kipling

Mar 21 07:35

US Military pays salaries to non-existent ghost workers

Last month, John F. Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, wrote in his letter to three US commanders in Afghanistan that the US may be unwittingly paying "ghost workers" of the ANP.

Similar issues have already been brought up before. In 2011 SIGAR report claimed that Afghanistan's Interior Ministry wasn't able either to determine the actual number of the ANP personnel, or confirm that it had been paying salaries only to existing workers.

Earlier, in 2007 the Pentagon reported that Iraq’s Interior and Defense ministries had problems with ghost soldiers and police, existed only on paper.

Mar 21 06:54

Gunmen attack major hotel in Kabul

Gunmen fired shots inside a luxury hotel on Thursday in the centre of the Afghan capital Kabul, police said, but the scale of the attack and the number of casualties was unclear.

Security sources told Reuters that two or three gunmen armed with pistols entered the Serena hotel by a back door. Two people had been wounded, they said. There were no details on the nationality of those hurt.

One person who was taken to safety along with other guests said that the shooting appeared to begin in the hotel restaurant.

Mar 20 11:02

Casualties feared as gunmen open fire in popular Kabul hotel

Injuries are feared as gunmen have entered the luxurious Serena Hotel in the Afghan capital and opened fire, witnesses said.

Many foreign observers are staying at the hotel, which is located near the presidential palace, ahead of the April 5 election.

Mar 17 08:25

VICE Editor: America Is 'Spending Money Like A Drunk Sailor' In Afghanistan

Mar 17 07:21

US spent billions of dollars to destabilize Ukraine

Obama and Kerry “are making the mockery of the United states by assailing Russia for violating the integrity of Ukraine with the United States has violated the integrity of nation after nation, nation after nation, including Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya,” Fetzer said.

“Barack Obama has sent military forces to 17 different African nations by himself. Where does that come from? Where that ability to lie with a straight face to the world has emanated?” asked Fetzer, who has written several books on important issues, such as the theoretical foundations of scientific knowledge, computer science, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, and evolution and mentality.

Mar 15 08:12

Karzai says Afghanistan doesn't need US troops

In his final address to Afghanistan's parliament Saturday, President Hamid Karzai told the United States its soldiers can leave at the end of the year because his military, which already protects 93 percent of the country, was ready to take over entirely.

He reiterated his stance that he would not sign a pact with the United States that would provide for a residual force of U.S. troops to remain behind after the final withdrawal, unless peace could first be established.

The Afghan president has come under heavy pressure to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement, with a council of notables that he himself convened recommend that he sign the pact. The force would train and mentor Afghan troops, and some U.S. Special Forces would also be left behind to hunt down al-Qaida.

Mar 14 07:19

Afghanistan pullout: Taliban congratulates fighters on 'defeat' of Canadians

A round of goodbye messages are following the last Canadian troops out the door in Afghanistan and some of them are rather nasty.

The Taliban's information arm issued a statement Thursday to followers in Kandahar congratulating its fighters in the rural districts of Panjwaii, Zharey, Dand, Maiwand and Shah Wali Kot claiming that Canada has been defeated and has now fled the country.

Mar 10 06:40

The US, NATO and the West use economics to enslave countries – FM Živadin Jovanovi?

Like Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and before it the former Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Serbia is another country that was also invaded and destroyed by US/NATO. Serbia today is overburdened by foreign debt and through the IMF and other “loans”, like other countries, faces being enslaved by the West. Serbia is proof that when the West gives 1 Euro, it takes 100 Euros. You mentioned the damage of NATO to Yugoslavia $120 billion. But even what was not destroyed, that was privatized by criminal privatization. These issues and more were touched upon by Živadin Jovanovi?, the former Foreign Minister of Yugoslavia in an interview with the Voice of Russia.

Mar 08 16:07

Americans Overwhelmingly Oppose US Intervention in Ukraine, Syria, Iran … Or Anywhere Else

Polls show that Americans are overwhelmingly opposed to U.S. military involvement in:

Ukraine

Syria

Iran

Or anywhere else

Indeed, a poll from Pew in December found that a majority of Americans – more than ever before in Pew’s 50-year history of polling this question – think the U.S. “should mind its own business internationally and let other countries get along as best they can on their own.”

Mar 08 07:56

Friendly Fire: US Drone Strike Kills Five Afghan Soldiers

The Pentagon has confirmed launching a drone strike against the Logar Province of Afghanistan today, hitting their allies in a case of mistaken identity. The strike kill five Afghan National Army soldiers, and wounded eight others.

Mar 06 11:40

Afghan Broadcaster Says U.S. Soldiers Abused Him

Qazi Nasir Mudassir said he had expected that if armed men climbed over the walls of his radio station’s compound, they would probably be Taliban insurgents coming to make good on death threats because of his broadcasts.

Instead, by his account and that of the local Afghan police, the armed men were American Special Forces troops, who scaled his walls with ladders on Thursday, arresting Mr. Mudassir and two other employees of Radio Paighame Milli.

Mar 06 07:41

Five Afghan soldiers killed in Nato strike

At least five soldiers from the Afghan army have been killed in a Nato air strike in eastern Afghanistan.

They were killed in the early hours of Thursday in the Charkh district of Logar province.

Nato confirmed the "unfortunate incident" and said it was investigating the circumstances behind the attack.

Mar 05 07:19

John McCain explains everything wrong with U.S. foreign policy

"So, with you my friends, I see Americans who want our country to be engaged in events beyond our borders, I see Americans who want an internationalist foreign policy, I see Americans who want our country to stand with Israel and our other partners, I see Americans who are willing to spend their hard earned tax dollars on effective foreign assistance and to strengthen the greatest military the world has ever known..."
(begins at 13:20 mark)

Everything he said regarding American foreign policy is the exact opposite of what the great men who founded this nation advocated.

America does not need to be engaged in events beyond our borders. America needs to worry about America and Americans.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let's check out McCain's claim that Americans WANT their tax dollars spent on foreign wars and a strong military instead of being spent to take care of America and Americans.

Mar 05 07:00

Punish Russia? Why some Pentagon officials would prefer restraint.

The crisis in Ukraine has elicited tough talk from Capitol Hill, but in the back halls of the Pentagon, some officials are focused on a key supply line to Afghanistan that runs through Russia.

Apr 05 08:00

US Blames Iran for Post-Quran Burning Violence in Afghanistan

The massive anti-US protests in the wake of the organized book burning at Bagram Air Base were the result of “anti-American provocation” by the Iranian government, according to US officials familiar with the situation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Yes, it's true we invaded their country, brought back the opium problem, bombed a lot of places, killed a great many people, tortured some of the rest, and insulted their religion, but really, the Afghani only hate us because Iran MADE them do it!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 04 10:44

Guidebook To False Confessions: US Torture Manual Released

The timeline of how we went from a nation of liberty to one of forced false confessions revealed in release of the key document the US used to justify torture.

Apr 04 08:58

Tensions With Pakistan A New Excuse for Keeping Afghan War Going

The Obama Administration’s strategy for the war in Afghanistan centers on a policy of securing an agreement with President Hamid Karzai to keep ground troops in the nation through 2024. At the same time, officials have to keep up the public pretense of an imminent drawdown.

The excuse now, it seems, is “anti-American” sentiment of Pakistan is making the withdrawal inconvenient.

There was a surprising well of political support for the United States in Pakistan, and it has taken over a decade for the Bush and Obama Administrations to successfully burn through it all. Now, the US is so politically untouchable that Pakistani MPs fear nothing so much as being branded an “ally” of the US.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to the Pakistani civilian and military government: the US government is working as hard as it can to destabilize you, and bring in someone more "US-Centric" individuals to lead Pakistan.

I have warned you over the years, after 9/11, that the US government would characterize you, for the consumption of its citizenry, as morphing from friend, to frenemy, to enemy, and that is precisely what seems to be taking place.

The more destabilization you experience, courtesy of US foreign policy, the more the stage is set for the US to come in militarily and "protect you from yourselves, and secure your nuclear weapons." Don't think that such a thing might be possible?!?

As reported at:

http://weapons.technology.youngester.com/2011/08/snatch-and-grab-plan-for-pakistans.html

"The US has a contingency plan to "snatch-and-grab" Pakistan's nuclear weapons, if and when the President believes they are threat to either America or its interests, a media report has said, amid strains in bilateral ties.

Plans have been drawn up for dealing with worst-case scenarios in Pakistan, NBC news reported quoting current and former US officials, who say that ensuring security of Pakistan's nuclear weapons has long been a high US security priority even before 9/11 terrorist attacks."

Please remember what the "responsibility to protect" looked like from the standpoint of the former Libyan government and Libyan citizens; this is precisely the future the government of Pakistan is looking at becoming realized in the not very distant future.

Apr 04 08:23

George Galloway: Why I won't condemn attacks on UK soldiers in Afghanistan

Mar 16 12:36

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe: In Afghanistan, the Dam Breaks

... the U.S. counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan is in total collapse.

Mar 16 12:26

Aiding Terrorism Redefined To Include Bradley Manning, Wikileaks

Point of no return: The US government broadens the NDAA definition of people and organizations that support terrorism to include Bradley Manning and Wikileaks

Jan 15 16:11

Rick Sanchez: "there is a huge problem with journalism in the United States"

Dana Loesch, a CNN contributor, made a statement on her radio show that she would "drop trou and do it too." The act she was talking about was joining US Marines to urinate on dead Afghans. Earlier this week a video of US Marines urinating on dead Afghans went viral and caused pandemonium. Most people condemn the actions of the Marines while others applaud their brutal actions. Rick Sanchez, journalist, author and former CNN host, joins us for more.

Dec 11 10:26

War dominated Foreign Policy is Destroying the Economy and National Security

The White House is in the midst of a strategic review of Afghanistan. This review is coming at a time when the reality is hard to ignore: Afghanistan cannot be won, the cost is escalating at a time when the U.S. economy is in collapse and the war is undermining U.S. national security and the rule of law. It is time to end the war-based foreign policy of the United States.

Dec 11 10:08

US Reports Paint ‘Bleak’ Pictures in Afghanistan and Pakistan

The new report on Afghanistan notes that NATO seems to be able to control only a handful of “inkspots” across the nation in which they have an overwhelming number of troops, but that the country is by and large uner Taliban control.

The report on Pakistan claims that the Afghan War can only be won if the Pakistani military is able to completely secure all the tribal areas and eliminate all terrorists in those regions, and accuses Pakistan’s government of being unwilling to do that. It is unclear if the document questions whether or not Pakistan’s government is even theoretically able to dominate those regions, which have long been only nominally under their control.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The only people "winning" these wars are the drug lords and the defense contractors.

Dec 11 04:23

11 Reasons Why The Threat From Al-Qaeda is Not Real

The United States government has repeatedly stated that the treat from Al-Qaeda against America is very real, and that all action is being taken to eliminate that threat. Nobody in their right mind would question such a serious assessment about a sensitive national security matter from the world's leading democracy. But the truth is that over the past fifty years America's democratic institutions like the press have been weakened, and an elitist National Security State has risen, and taken control over all aspects of government.

Dec 10 14:17

Wikileaks: A Big Dangerous US Government Con Job

For anyone who has studied the craft of intelligence and of disinformation, a clear pattern emerges in the Wikileaks drama.

The focus is put on select US geopolitical targets, appearing as Hillary Clinton put it “to justify US sanctions against Iran.”
By F. William Engdahl

Dec 09 21:51

Cold War vs. modern day US propaganda

What do Cold War and modern day propaganda have in common?

“The two are connected to one another. What we’ve seen is the continuation of Cold War propaganda under new conditions,” said Rutgers University professor Norman Markowitz.

The Pentagon has proven time and again its love of creating, chasing and trying to undermine what it calls enemies in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as several other nations it deems rogue.

“The United States is always involved in some kind of war of aggression. It rarely spends an entire year without invading some foreign country,” said editorial columnist Ted Rall.

The media is almost constantly right there to march in lockstep.

Dec 09 12:01

11 Reasons Why The Threat From Al-Qaeda is Not Real

The United States government has repeatedly stated that the treat from Al-Qaeda against America is very real, and that all action is being taken to eliminate that threat. Nobody in their right mind would question such a serious assessment about a sensitive national security matter from the world's leading democracy. But the truth is that over the past fifty years America's democratic institutions like the press have been weakened, and an elitist National Security State has risen, and taken control over all aspects of government.

Dec 09 08:50

Gates Insists Afghan War Going Really Well

Record death tolls and a really pessimistic Pentagon report delivered to Congress just days ago are old news, according to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who insisted that the war in Afghanistan is going really well and indeed “exceeded my expectations."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Going really well", Secretary Gates?

Gate's having made this remark in public gives me grave concern about this man's sanity, and his ability to carry out his responsibilities as the US Secretary of Defense."

The most honest assessment which can be made right now, is that this war is "going really well" for the drug lords and the defense contractors; because it's a damned moral certainty that this almost decade-long war is certainly not "going really well" for the Afghan people!

Dec 08 12:28

TSA Insanity, US Troops with Automatic Weapons Searched for Nail Clippers

INDIANA NATIONAL GUARD UNIT IN TRANSIT FROM BAGRAM “SLAMMED” BY TSA

As the Chalk Leader for my flight home from Afghanistan, I witnessed the following:
When we were on our way back from Afghanistan, we flew out of Baghram Air Field. We went through customs at BAF, full body scanners (no groping), had all of our bags searched, the whole nine yards.
Our first stop was Shannon, Ireland to refuel. After that, we had to stop at Indianapolis, Indiana to drop off about 100 folks from the Indiana National Guard. That’s where the stupid started.

Dec 08 10:17

Gates gets sobering war update on Afghan visit

Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates received a sobering update on security in eastern Afghanistan during a visit Tuesday, reflecting the uneven nature of the Obama administration's claims to be making progress in suppressing the Taliban insurgency.

Gates and other officials are in a difficult position, arguing that the troop increase is beginning to show signs of turning around the 9-year-old war but also conceding that stability in Afghanistan, and large-scale withdrawals of U.S. and European forces, may not be possible before 2014.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A classical definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting a different outcome: this is precisely what the US and NATO are doing in Afghanistan, and yet the only thing they seem to be able to continue to do is what has not, cannot, and will not work.

Dec 08 08:39

War? No Worries! US media 'fluff' focus blamed for numbing nation

Dec 07 12:10

Wicked WikiLeaks

That Afghanistan is corrupt is not news. Just how corrupt is news.

According to a report by Scott Shane, Mark Mazzetti and Dexter Filkins of the New York Times, WikiLeaks exposes how, "From hundreds of diplomatic cables, Afghanistan emerges as a looking-glass land where bribery, extortion and embezzlement are the norm and the honest man is a distinct outlier."

The New York Times report reveals how "…the collection of confidential diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks and made available to a number of publications, offers a fresh sense of its pervasive nature, its overwhelming scale and the dispiriting challenge it poses to American officials who have made shoring up support for the Afghan government a cornerstone of America’s counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan."

Dec 07 09:04

Poll: Afghans Losing Faith in US, Increasingly Back Insurgents

A new poll conducted by a myriad of international media outlets, including ABC News, BBC, ARD and the Washington Post showed huge pessimism amongst Afghans, a strong trends moving against support for the US occupation forces and in favor of supporting the insurgency.

The poll shows confidence in the NATO occupation eventually being successful down to only 36 percent, from 48 percent last year, and only 43 percent view the US favorably, the lowest in six years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF true, who in their right mind can blame the Afghan people for feeling this way, considering what a horrific mess the US and NATO have made of the occupation?!?

Dec 07 08:36

COIN and the Afghan Refugee Crisis

a world away from “Jingle Bell Rock” and Currier & Ives, there is a Dickensian nightmare, where babies are succumbing to the cold, where gruel is being cooked over a fire stoked with garbage, where a father cringes in shame because he cannot even buy his son an apple.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF the complete destabilization of Afghanistan, and the complete and utter disruption of the lives of noncombatants, were the objectives here, one can well say, "mission accomplished".

Dec 06 11:32

Occupations are unpopular to the occupied

USA Today http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/afghanistan/2010-12-06-afghanistan-... is reporting on a poll which shows Afghans are giving increasing legitimacy to acts of violence and resistance to the American and ISAF occupation and counter-insurgency campaign.
-The poll which has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points found:
- 27% of Afghans see insurgent attacks as justified, up from 8% last year.
-Just 36% of those polled expressed confidence in the U.S. and NATO to bring stability, down by 12 percentage points from last year and down by 31 percentage points since 2006
-The survey also said 73% favor a negotiated settlement with the Taliban, up by 13 percentage points since 2007.

Dec 06 09:15

Gen. Petraeus: Afghan victory not a ‘sure thing’

The commanding general of the war in Afghanistan says US victory in the region may not be a "sure thing" after all.

"I don't think there are any sure things in this kind of endeavor," Gen. David Petraeus told ABC's George Stephanopoulos in an interview published Monday morning. "And I wouldn't be honest with you and with the viewers if I didn't convey that."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder if General Petraeus isn't setting the American public up for a "Saigon Moment" in Kabul in not too distant future, even though it appears that the US and NATO have agreed to stay in Afghanistan permanently.

Dec 06 08:12

If an aubergine seller can fool our Afghan allies . . .

A few weeks ago in London, Joe Glenton, a British soldier court-martialled for refusing to fight in Afghanistan, told an anti-war meeting: "I have learnt that the real enemy is not the man in front of you you're pointing your rifle at, but the men behind you and above you telling you to pull the trigger . . . The wheels have fallen off the pro-war bandwagon. If you want to support the soldiers, then bring them back. If you want to help Afghanistan, then liberate it from Britain and the US."

Dec 06 04:47

GORDON DUFF: “AIPAC ORDERED BUSH TO ATTACK IRAN”

A LOOK BEHIND THE CURTAIN

In a unique interview with an official at the highest policy levels of the Pentagon, White House and, eventually, CIA, we are offered a unique “behind the curtains” look at areas of policy making during the period between 1999 and 2007. Extensive notes have been taken of meetings with President Bush and all his top policy advisers. This is only a teaser.

A highly placed source within the White House and CIA confirmed, in an interview, that the invasion of Iran was scheduled for 2006 but planned in 1999. We have heard some of this before but not with so many pieces and, I am told, more to come.

Dec 06 04:40

WAYNE MADSEN : THE ISRAELI LOBBY OWNS THE CONGRESS, HOLLYWOOD AND THE WHITEHOUSE

INTERVIEW BY KOUROSH ZIABARI

Kourosh Ziabari: There are many unanswered questions regarding the catastrophic attacks of September 11, 2001 about which you’ve written extensively. Several investigative journalists believe that the attacks were an inside job planned by the FBI and perpetrated by Israel or elements connected to Mossad. Former Italian President Francesco Cossiga has categorically expressed that the 9/11 attacks were a joint operation of FBI and Mossad. General Hamid Gul, the former head of Pakistan’s Intelligence Service believes that Israel was behind the attacks, too. What’s your estimation of these theories, their veracity and reliability? Is it demonstrable that the 9/11 attacks were a false flag operation or an inside job?

Dec 05 07:41

PAUL BALLES : CHICKENS COME HOME TO ROOST

Why is the American public generally unaware of Israel’s theft of U S military secrets?

The Western media adamantly refuses to report anything critical of Israel.

Gordon Duff, Senior Editor at Veterans Today, observed that “America learned, long ago with the infamous Jonathan Pollard case, that secrets going to Israel end up in the hands of America’s enemies.”

According to Duff, “America’s most vital Cold War defence information, nuclear technology, air defence systems, classified weapons and even NATO defence plans in case of a Soviet invasion of Western Europe, all went to Russia as part of an arrangement between the Soviets and Israel. Pollard is doing life in prison for this.”

Dec 05 07:24

RICHARD FALK : Ahmet Davutoglu — Turkey’s Foreign Minister

Given the flow of recent events I felt it might be helpful to make my appreciation of Davutoglu’s approach and achievements available to an American voice.

Over a year ago I published a short profile of the Turkish Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, in the Turkish daily newspaper, The New Zaman. After the May 31, 2010 flortilla incident involving an Israeli attack on the Freedom Flotilla led by the Turkish passenger ship, Mavi Marmara, Mr. Davutoglu demanded an apology from Israel as the basis for the restoration of normal relations. Along with other Turkish leaders, Davutoglu questioned the Israeli narrative and criticized Israel for its brutal tactics that defied international law and morality.

Dec 04 08:40

Obama Tries to Assure Troops Afghan War Being Won

But the war is being won, at least according to President Obama, and despite all of the clear evidence to the contrary. His high profile visit comes in the wake of the deadliest November on record and ahead of a promised “policy review.”

Don’t expect the review to actually change anything though. Despite record death tolls among US forces and a recent Pentagon report to Congress conceding that the Taliban is still doing fine, President Obama promised on the flight in that the December “review” won’t lead to any changes in war policy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The soldiers Obama was addressing in this speech know better: and to make such a statement about the "war being won" and "progress" being made belies desperation on the cusp of madness on the part of Obama.

Dec 04 00:31

Press TV - Reasons behind Ol'Bummers Afghan Troops visit

*US has a corrupt ally in Afghan

Dec 03 12:59

Afghan officials free top Taliban fighters

Afghan security forces are freeing captured senior Taliban for payment or political motives, with President Hamid Karzai and his powerful brother among those authorising and requesting releases.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More "progress" in Afghanistan, I see!

Dec 03 09:34

Clinton: U.S. will give share of lucrative fuel contract to Kyrgyzstan

The United States will agree to a demand by Kyrgyz officials that their impoverished country be given a share of lucrative fuel contracts for a critical transit hub here for troops headed to Afghanistan, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This deal is a very clear signal that the US and NATO are planning for indefinite war in Afghanistan.

Dec 03 09:28

Aggressive Tactics Raise Doubts on US Claims to Protect Civilians in Helmand

The aggressive tactics on display in Sangin are exactly the sort that would cause civilian casualties, and this makes the anger amongst locals for their refusal to even investigate such charges all the more understandable. The commander in the district said it was obvious all deaths were the Taliban’s fault and that any tribal elder who claimed the Marines killed a civilian was obviously working for the Taliban.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, in this phase of the almost decade long war against Afghanistan, the words "protect" and "slaughter" when it comes to Afghan civilians, are interchangeable these days.

Dec 03 06:25

US deploys 'game-changer' weapon to Afghanistan

The Pentagon has rolled out prototypes of its first-ever programmable "smart" grenade launcher, a shoulder-fired weapon that uses microchipped ammunition to target and kill the enemy, even when the enemy is hidden behind walls or other cover.

After years of development, the XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement System, about the size of a regular rifle, has now been deployed to US units on the battlefields of Afghanistan, where the Army expects it to be a "game-changer" in its counter-insurgency operations.

Dec 03 01:18

ZAHIR EBRAHIM: WIKILEAKS AND IMPERIAL MOBILIZATION

In order to comprehend the ostensibly bizarre Wikileaks phenomena that is continually in the news these days, it is essential to first comprehend the concept of the ‘Mighty Wurlitzer’.

It used to be the honorific of Frank Wisner, the first chief of political warfare for the Central Intelligence Agency, used to describe the C.I.A.’s plethora of front organizations and newsmedia stooges that he was capable of playing (like a great organ with many keyboards) for synthesizing any propaganda tune that was needed for the day. More details may be gleaned in the disclosures of Operation Mockingbird.

Dec 02 16:57

Dr. Aafia Siddiqui abducted, tortured and sentenced to 86 years in prison

The failed attempt of American war-planners to create a female AlQaeda “mastermind” for the “War on Terrorism” -
without being indicted for terrorist activities Siddiqui would still be convicted of those charges. And those false allegations against her could still be used as a propaganda tool for the “War on Terror“, which in reality is a war on Islamic countries as part of a geo-strategic game.

Dec 01 23:16

THE UNITED STATES HAS LONG SUPPORTED BRUTAL REGIMES AROUND THE WORLD: PROF. ROBERT JENSEN

There is nothing unusual about the U.S. government backing nations that engage in crimes and abuses of power; the United States has long supported corrupt and brutal regimes around the world. U.S. policymakers don’t make decisions based on humanitarian grounds. They want to extend and deepen, or at least maintain U.S. power, and those policymakers believe Israel is useful in that regard......Prof. Robert Jensen

Dec 01 22:47

THE FOLLY OF THE ISRAELI AND ARAB APPROACH TO IRAN AND IS WIKILEAKS BEING MANIPULATED BY AN INTELLIGENCE SERVICE?

Alan Hart: - Is Wikileaks being manipulated by an intelligence service? Which party benefited most from the first two days of Wikileaks revelations? The obvious answer is the Zionist state of Israel.

Dec 01 09:55

MAIDHC Ó CATHAIL: THE CHILCOT INQUIRY: BRITAIN’S 9/11 COMMISSION [VIDEO]

All too often, official inquiries are conducted by the very people who should themselves be under investigation. In this respect, Britain’s Chilcot Inquiry on the Iraq war bears a distressing similarity to the 9/11.

Dec 01 09:17

Officials Ignore Karzai's Calls for Less Disruption of Civilian Life

Following angry rebukes of President Hamid Karzai’s call to make the war less disruptive to civilians, the Obama Administration is said to be further escalating its air war in Afghanistan, and officials are confirming a "loosening of the reins" of the restrictions on air strikes.

Officials warned that the McChrystal rules, aimed at reducing civilian deaths, meant "some officers were exerting excessive caution, fearing career damage if civilians were mistakenly killed." With Petraeus now in charge, concerns about killing civilians have faded.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So a "scorched earth" policy, coupled with massive civilian casualties, is all that the US and NATO have left in this immoral and illegal war?!?

Dec 01 09:10

WIKILEAKS – MORE ISRAELI GAME THEORY WARFARE?

When waging intelligence wars, timing is often the critical factor for game-theory war planners. The outcome of the WikiLeaks release suggests a psy-ops directed at the U.S.

By Jeff Gates

Dec 01 09:07

Afghanistan: Destroying their property and insulting their intelligence

The trip taken by the U.S. delegation to the NATO Summit in Lisbon was an expensive one indeed. The decision made there to extend our military occupation of Afghanistan into 2014 (and possibly beyond) will exact untold, unsustainable, unacceptable costs.

Dec 01 09:00

More prison space being built to accommodate Afghan insurgents

With an increased combat in Afghanistan, the U.S. is on track to double by March its prison space for suspected insurgents, according to the commander in charge of detainee operations.

The U.S.-run Parwan Detention Center, which currently holds about 1,300 prisoners, has a capacity of about 1,650. That capacity will increase to 3,200 after the expansion is completed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder, with the new influx of "suspected insurgents", how many will be targeted for indefinite detention without due process.

Nov 30 06:10

FEDS PLANT INERT BOMB IN PORTLAND BEFORE ARRESTING MUSLIM MAN

By Tim King — Salem-News.

Media Circus: police could have arrested the man sooner; they took part in his suspected terrorist act.

(PORTLAND, Ore.) – An alleged plot to detonate a bomb at the Pioneer Square Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in Portland Friday was foiled by FBI agents and Portland Police officers. A close examination of the facts raises concerns that the story is simply conditioning to prepare Americans for more military conflict in the Middle east.

Nov 30 01:21

JEFF GATES : WIKILEAKS — THE TEL AVIV CONNECTION

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Con me consistently for six decades and the relationship is over, as is Israel’s credibility as a legitimate nation state.

By Jeff Gates author of Guilt by Association: How Deception and Self-Deceit Took America to War

Nov 29 10:57

Six Nato soldiers shot dead by man wearing Afghan border police uniform

Six Nato troops have been shot dead in Afghanistan by a man who was disguised in police border uniform.

The shooting took place during a training exercise today and was described as the worse ‘rouge’ shooting in the area for more than a year.

Nov 28 21:38

HOW 250,000 US EMBASSY CABLES WERE LEAKED

An innocuous-looking memory stick, no longer than a couple of fingernails, came into the hands of a Guardian reporter earlier this year. The device is so small it will hang easily on a keyring. But its contents will send shockwaves through the world’s chancelleries and deliver what one official described as “an epic blow” to US diplomacy. The 1.6 gigabytes of text files on the memory stick ran to millions of words: the contents of more than 250,000 leaked state department cables, sent from, or to, US embassies around the world.

Nov 28 10:47

U.S. Presence in Afghanistan Now Longer than Soviet Occupation

The United States has passed an unfortunate landmark…U.S. troops have now been stuck in Afghanistan longer than was the Soviet Union. As of November 26, the American military matched the length of time that the once mighty Red Army spent in Afghanistan: nine years, 50 days.

Nov 27 22:40

Afghanistan is About Perpetual War

The war in Afghanistan is about perpetual war, not Afghanistan.

It’s about preventing democracy in the United States, not bringing it to Southwest Asia.

And it is the tombstone of the Obama Presidency.

To justify the fight, they’ve rounded up the usual suspects: Terror. Oil. Minerals. Poppies. Democracy.

But George Orwell’s 1984 -- now updated with important new books -- illuminates the bigger picture: "continuous warfare" is the key to social control.

It keeps the public frightened and dependent.

Nov 27 13:40

GORDON DUFF: WIKILEAKS, A TOUCH OF ASSANGE AND THE STENCH OF AIPAC

“recent admissions that the Israeli lobby, AIPAC, routinely receives masses of classified information makes them suspect #1 for being the source of Wikileaks”

Wikileaks is an intelligence operation to weaken and undermine the American government, orchestrated from Tel Aviv, using dozens of operatives, dual citizens, some at the highest authority levels, spies for Israel. Through leaking carefully selected intelligence along with proven falsified documents, all fed to a controlled press, fully complicit, Wikileaks is, in fact, an act of war against the United States.

Nov 27 09:37

US Marines Shrug Off Afghan Anger at Civilians Killings

As Taliban leadership admonish their fighters to avoid civilian deaths, locals in the Sangin District of Afghanistan’s Helmand Province are increasingly angry, complaining that the US Marines who recently took over the district have been regularly killing the civilians and refusing to investigate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, every civilian death may well drive many of those left standing into the waiting embrace of the Taliban.

Now, in the Orwellian language of US foreign policy, "protecting" civilians in Afghanistan apparently now translates as "killing them".

One is reminded of the response of the Papal legate at the Siege against the Cathars at Montsegur in 1244. When informed that there were women and children with the men here, the Papal legate's response was: "kill them all: God will find His own."

Nov 26 21:14

WHY NO SALUTE BY OBAMA AT MEDAL OF HONOR CEREMONY?

WHY NO SALUTE BY OBAMA AT MEDAL OF HONOR CEREMONY?
By Attorney Rees Lloyd
November 26, 2010
"In contrast, there was another “first” at the ceremony involving the Commander-in-Chief, President Barack Hussein Obama, in whose conduct the nation cannot and should not take pride: As far as is known, Obama became the first President, the first Commander-in-Chief , not to salute the living recipient of the Medal of Honor after presenting the medal."
"Instead of rendering the traditional salute, after fumbling as if all-thumbs in trying to affix the blue-ribboned Medal of Honor, Obama, equally awkwardly, tried to “hug” the Sergeant. Yes, a “hug” for the soldier who remained at attention with eyes front in military bearing.
But a “hug” is not a “salute,” even in the Age of Obama."

Nov 26 09:51

Nine years, 50 days: US presence in Afghanistan as long as Soviet slog

The Soviet Union couldn't win in Afghanistan, and now the United States is about to have something in common with that futile campaign: nine years, 50 days.

On Friday, the U.S.-led coalition will have been fighting in this South Asian country for as long as the Soviets did in their humbling attempt to build up a socialist state. The two invasions had different goals — and dramatically different body counts — but whether they have significantly different outcomes remains to be seen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The outcome from the US/NATO occupation with be just the same as it was for the old Soviet Union.

Nov 26 03:43

Dennis Kucinich: Fake Taliban Leader, Fake Elections, Fake Deadline, Real Trouble

Afghanistan War, Nightmare without End for Troops, Innocent Civilians and US Taxpayers

by Dennis J. Kucinich

Nov 25 06:48

Is America on the path to 'permanent war'?

John Blake
CNN

When the president decided to send more troops to a distant country during an unpopular war, one powerful senator had enough.

He warned that the U.S. military could not create stability in a country "where there is chaos ... democracy where there is no tradition of it, and honest government where corruption is almost a way of life."

Nov 25 02:41

GORDON DUFF: AIPAC SPYING, WHY IS THE FBI LOOKING THE OTHER WAY?

HAS AIPAC MADE THE FBI THE “FBE,” FEDERAL BUREAU OF ESPIONAGE?

AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee), is a sham. The group has, over the years, destroyed anyone who has tried to have it named what it really is, a dangerous foreign lobby and nest of spies. AIPAC is the most feared organization in Washington and most powerful, above any law. A former employee of AIPAC, Steve Rosen, who AIPAC claims was a spy, more appropriately a “caught” spy, now claims his former employer does nothing but spy.

Nov 24 23:17

Killing 'Really Addictive:' Veteran's Essay Leads to Ban From Campus

Killing 'Really Addictive:' Veteran's Essay Leads to Ban From Campus
College Bars Iraq Veteran Pending Psychological Evaluation
By KIM CAROLLO, ABC News Medical Unit
Nov. 24, 2010
In an essay for a college English class, Charles Whittington Jr. opened up about his feelings about his time in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"Killing becomes a drug, and it is really addictive. I had a really hard time with this problem when I returned to the United States, because turning this addiction off was impossible," Whittington wrote in the essay for his class at the Community College of Baltimore County in Catonsville, Md.

Nov 24 08:40

Afghanistan: the pipeline factor

Of the many possible reasons for Canada to stay in Afghanistan — ending terrorism, liberating women, educating girls, spreading democracy, keeping NATO from failing — one dynamic is rarely discussed. The TAPI pipeline project has long been the elephant in the closet, quietly supported by Western powers. Countries expect to sign formal agreements in December, with construction to be completed by 2014 — a magic date for Ottawa too. The pipeline deserves attention, as it is likely to be a target for insurgents and a reason for ongoing military occupation.

Nov 24 07:42

The Specter of Defeat Haunts Lisbon

According to the US government, 41.8 million Americans now receive food stamps. Meanwhile, Washington is spending $7 billion monthly on its nine-year old occupation of Afghanistan, not to mention billions more on trying to build an obedient Afghan army and to pay off Pakistani politicians and general.

All the platitudes, doubletalk, synthetic optimism and fudging at the NATO summit could not conceal the fact that for all their soldiers, fighter aircraft, heavy bombers, tanks, helicopter gunships, armies of mercenaries, and wizardly electronic gear, the western powers are being slowly beaten by a bunch of lightly-armed Afghan farmers and mountain tribesmen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Nov 24 06:51

Afghanistan war: US says violence reaches all-time high

Violence in Afghanistan has reached an all-time high, with clashes up fourfold since 2007, the Pentagon has said.

In a twice-annual report to the US Congress, the Pentagon said progress had been "uneven", with only modest gains against the Taliban insurgency.

The Pentagon also reported gains in security, governance, and development in key areas.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is no military resolution possible to this conflict. Saner heads and DC and Brussels understand this. But there will be no end to this war, because the US and NATO military cannot bear to bring themselves to admit that, after almost one decade on, they are no closer to resolving this conflict than when the occupation began.

So the killing, maiming, and dying will continue apace.

Nov 23 17:25

Veterans: Soviets in Afghanistan

More than 600,000 troops participated in the Soviet Union's decade-long war in Afghanistan, the USSR's largest military operation since the Second World War.

Yet for many in modern Russia, and in other former Soviet countries, the conflict is one they would rather forget and is regarded with humiliation.

Nov 23 09:23

Be under no illusion, Nato is in no shape to make progress in this graveyard of empires

If Iraq was bad, Afghanistan is going to be worse. Nothing said or done at the Lisbon conference, which is largely an exercise in self-deception, is going to make this better and it may well make it worse.

It is not just that the war is going badly, but that Nato's need to show progress has produced a number of counter-productive quick fixes likely to deepen the violence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The last military commander who was actually able to hold Afghanistan was Alexander the Great.

Nov 23 00:47

AL-QAEDA’S CHRISTIAN MASSACRE — AIDING AND ABETTING THE OCCUPATION OF PALESTINE

The massacre of Iraqi Christians at Our Lady of Salvation Church in Baghdad also makes one wonder about claims that the group has “a great sense of timing.” The slaughter of Catholic Mass-goers occurred just one week after church leaders from across the Middle East had forcefully condemned Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories.

Nov 22 09:43

Video: Kabul is no child's playground

Contrary to what the Nato spokesman says, Afghanistan is one of the worst places in the world for a child to live in. One in five children there will die before they reach the age of five due to a myriad of causes, ranging from everyday violence to widespread diseases.

Nov 22 09:02

US to spend $413 billion more on Afghan war

US soldier in Afghanistan walks past Afghan child. A decision by US President Barack Obama to extend the presence of American troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014 is likely to increase the remaining cost of the unpopular war to USD 413 billion.

On Saturday, NATO Secretary General said the US-led military alliance will remain in Afghanistan for as long as it takes to finish off its enemies there.

The newly defined deadline comes with a heavy price tag at a time when the US and many of its allies are facing increasing deficit cuts at home.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Terrific: while homeless Veterans sleep in our streets, our infrastructure is crumbling, and ever more Americans are jobless, this is the wisest use of taxpayer dollars the Federal government can come up with?!?!?

The only people "winning" in Afghanistan are the drug lords, and the defense contractors!!

Nov 22 06:55

The Pentagon vs. the truth about Pat Tillman

Leonard Lopate: When NFL star Pat Tillman decided to forego his lucrative football career in 2002 to join the military, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld wrote in a memo that the Pentagon should "keep an eye on him." So no one should be surprised that when Tillman was killed several years later in Afghanistan, the military turned his biography into a propaganda tool. Pat Tillman's life and the controversy surrounding his death are the subjects of the new film called "The Tillman Story," which [one critic] described as "a clear-sighted, emotionally steady documentary that chronicles the Tillman family's mounting rage at the military's misappropriation of the story." We're joined now by Amir Bar-Lev, the film's director. I'm very pleased that brings him to our show.

Nov 22 04:54

ROBERT FISK: AN AMERICAN BRIBE THAT STINKS OF APPEASEMENT

Three billion dollars for three months is one billion dollars a month to stop Israel's colonisation. That's half a billion dollars a fortnight. That's $500m a week. That's $71,428,571 a day, or $2,976,190 an hour, or $49,603 a minute. And as well as this pot of gold, Washington will continue to veto any resolutions critical of Israel in the UN and prevent "Palestine" from declaring itself a state. It's worth invading anyone to get that much cash to stage a military withdrawal, let alone the gracious gesture of not building more illegal colonies for only 90 days while furiously continuing illegal construction in Jerusalem at the same time.

Nov 21 21:23

Flashback: Taliban's Eradication of Poppies Is Convulsing Opium Market

The unexpected success of the Taliban in Afghanistan in eradicating three-quarters of the world's crop of opium poppies in one season is leading experts to ask where production is likely to spring up next.

The director of the United Nations Drug Control Program, Pino Arlacchi, said there was no chance that opium from other sources would compensate this year for the loss of Afghan crops, and the prices of opium and heroin will rise substantially, with opium already worth five to seven times its usual price.

Nov 21 21:18

Heroin shortage in UK is 'putting lives at risk'

Hospitals are treating a growing number of drug users who have overdosed on heroin mixed with other substances by dealers because of a huge shortage of the opiate across the UK.

One of the most severe heroin 'droughts' for five years has been reported in areas across the UK, including, London, Lancashire, Surrey, and Stockton-on-Tees.

The shortage has been linked not to seizures of the drug by law enforcement agencies but to a fungus that has blighted this year's poppy crop in Afghanistan, reducing it by half.

Nov 21 14:48

Think tank: 92% of Afghans never heard of 9/11

Fewer than one in 10 Afghans are aware of the 9/11 attacks and their precipitation of the war in Afghanistan, says a study from an international think tank.

A report (PDF) from the International Council on Security and Development (ICOS) shows that 92 percent of those surveyed had never heard of the coordinated multiple attacks on US soil on September 11, 2001. It also shows that four in 10 Afghans believe the US is on their soil in order to "destroy Islam or occupy Afghanistan."

Nov 21 08:04

The Murderous U.S. Government Explained

You will obey them -- or else. It is true for the brutalized inhabitants of Afghanistan, of Pakistan, of Iraq, of Yemen, of Somalia -- and now it is increasingly true for the inhabitants of the United States itself.

What the U.S. now does in Afghanistan it has done repeatedly around the world for over a hundred years.

Nov 21 07:49

NATO summit to embrace indefinite Afghan war

The New York Times, having been briefed by administration officials, on November 14 summed up Obama’s perspective: “By the end of 2014, American and NATO combat forces could be withdrawn if conditions warrant, although tens of thousands very likely will remain for training, mentoring and other assistance, just as 50,000 American troops are still in Iraq.”

In other words, Washington plans an indefinite presence of US occupation forces in Afghanistan. Even if “conditions warrant” that foreign troops are not required for direct combat by 2014—a prospect dismissed by virtually all analysts—the Pentagon will assert that an enduring presence is required to provide “training, mentoring and assistance.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If you ever believed,for one millisecond, that the US was ever going to leave Afghanistan, you'd better think again.

Nov 21 00:26

ANTHONY LAWSON: FRIENDS OF ISRAEL – ENEMIES INSIDE THE GATES (video)

VETERANS TODAY THANKS TONY LAWSON FOR ANOTHER OUTSTANDING EFFORT …SENIOR EDITOR, GORDON DUFF Ed: The worldwide popularity of Tony Lawson’s videos has done more to help American veterans and military understand the real issues that confront them and the very real moral failures that have brought America to its dire position in the world.

Nov 20 15:04

London Anti-War Demo - Ex Soldier returns Medal - Video

Yesterday 19 November 2010 Ex-soldier Joe Glenton, who was jailed for refusing to return to Afghanistan to fight in a war he believed to be unjustified, handed back his army medal to the Prime Minister's office in Downing Street, as a protest against the Afghanistan war.

Today 20th Nov. An anti-war Demo took place in London with more than 10,000 participants. Various speakers, the march and the protesting ex-soldier are in this video and sum up the prevailing public mood across the Western world.

Nov 20 09:34

NATO, U.S. Offer Different Views Over Afghan Combat Exit

NATO nations formally agree to start reducing troop levels in Afghanistan next year and hand over control of security to them in 2014 — but the U.S. and its allies appear to take conflicting views on when NATO combat operations would end.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obama is about to hold a press conference to inform us all why NATO should be ignored and the US pour yet more money and childrens' lives into Afghanistan to kill Muslims for Israel.

Nov 20 08:35

The Cowardice of America at War

"We were making inroads," said Capt. Nick Stout, Meari’s company commander.

No we weren’t. We were occupying their country—and they hate us. I was not crying for Meari, though God knows, he and his family deserve our tears. I was crying for my country, for the cowardice of our leaders who continue to send the same brave young men out again and again to die rather than admit they have no chance as strangers in a strange land.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As was the case in Viet Nam, the US government appears pathologically incapable of learning from its mistakes.

There will be a "Saigon Moment" in Kabul: it is only a question of when.

Nov 20 02:43

Press TV - NATO - 2014 withdraw of Afghan forces - Russia co-operating with NATO which is historic

1. Nato discusses Afghan
2. Russia co-operating with NATO - which is historic
3. Ecomomics - divergant approaches of Europe/US to the budget
4. Occupying forces to withdraw from Afghan by 2014 (rebadged as "training").

Nov 20 02:02

Pentagon blows up thousands of homes in Afghanistan Repeating the horrors of the Vietnam War

Borrowing a page from its infamous "pacification" effort in South Vietnam, where peasant villages were napalmed and burned to the ground to "save them from the communists," the Obama-ordered surge in Afghanistan has been secretly blowing up thousands of homes and leveling portions of the Afghan countryside.

As tens of thousands of U.S. troops have surged into southern Afghanistan, villagers have fled. Then the Petraeus-led occupation forces have determined which homes will be destroyed.

Nov 19 19:53

Pentagon blows up thousands of homes in Afghanistan Repeating the horrors of the Vietnam War

The Pentagon’s murderous rampage and terror campaign 40 years ago against South Vietnamese villages, in areas that were considered sympathetic to the resistance forces, used much of the same kind of explanation. In fact, the New York Times in a throw back to Vietnam quotes the Arghandab District Governor, who is working with the occupation forces: “We had to destroy them to make them safe.”

That this tactic is part of a high-tech terror campaign against Afghan villages and the people who inhabit them is evident even by the descriptions and accounts of western media outlets that are supporting the war.

Nov 19 10:56

Rense & Raja ZioUSA co-opts India on AfPak - video

With more mercenaries (aka "contractors") on the ground than military - Pakistanis are increasingly irate at the USA's War on Terror - haphazard - undefined - and a lot of killing sums it all up.

Jeff Rense talks to veteran journalist Raja Mujtaba (of opinion-maker.org) who knows the situation very well, and summarises the debacle as due to the Zionist control of the USA.

Nov 19 09:48

M-1 Abrams Destroyed in Iraq

More targets for the Taliban.

Nov 19 09:40

U.S. deploying heavily armored battle tanks for first time in Afghan war

The U.S. military is sending a contingent of heavily armored battle tanks to Afghanistan for the first time in the nine-year war, defense officials said, a shift that signals a further escalation in the aggressive tactics that have been employed by American forces this fall to attack the Taliban.

"We've taken the gloves off, and it has had huge impact," one of the senior officials said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder when the phrase "body count" is going to again creep into the corporate "newspeak" accounts of what is going on in Afghanistan.

And how in heaven's name can Petraeus begin to make the case the case to NATO that "...the military's strategy is working..." nine years on in this quagmire?!?

Are the US and NATO hellbent on destroying the entire country in order to "save" it?!? Apparently so: In the US/NATO strategy, "liberation" of Afghanistan appears to mean death to as many Afghans as possible.

Nov 19 08:53

Afghanistan has 'no military solution,' German envoy says

Germany has laid out the stark reality for Afghanistan in stronger terms than before, with its special representative to the conflict-riven country saying on Friday that the war could not be won militarily.

Nov 19 08:45

Hell is for Children

Somewhere in America, a seventeen-year-old boy is living the last year of his life.

Nov 18 11:05

French Defense Minister: "Afghanistan is a trap."

“Afghanistan is, I would say, a trap for all the parties involved there,” Juppe insisted, adding that France was determined to hand over control of French dominated regions to the Afghan government as soon as they could.

Nov 18 09:34

British Defense Chief: 30 to 40 Years of Afghanistan Occupation Ahead

The foreign policy bait-and-switch continues. First, President Barack Obama declared the end of combat in Iraq, withdrawing some U.S. troops but leaving many others behind, possibly for decades, and redefining their role as “advise and assist” — whereupon they continued engaging in combat. Now, with Obama having publicly stated his intent to begin withdrawing troops from Afghanistan next July, both Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Gen. David Petraeus are arguing for a long-term, if not permanent, U.S. presence in Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Continuing to pursue what does not work and has not worked is one of the classic signs of insanity.

And that is the word, right now, which best characterizes the US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan.

Nov 18 09:03

Guantánamo detainee Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani cleared of 284 terror charges

Barack Obama's plans to try accused terrorists in civilian courts experienced a major setback last night when the first former Guantánamo detainee to be tried in one was convicted on just one of 285 charges over the 1998 attack on US embassies in East Africa which killed 224 people.

Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, a 36-year-old Tanzanian, was found guilty of conspiracy to destroy US government buildings and property for helping an al-Qaida cell to buy a lorry and bomb parts in the attacks on the American embassies in Kenya and Dar-es-Salaam. But a US federal jury acquitted him of all the more serious charges of murder and conspiracy.

Nov 18 07:53

PHILIP GIRALDI: LIAR LIAR

Obama’s spin team made a heroic effort to turn a sow’s ear into a silk purse.

Nov 17 17:46

DHS Pedophilia: Body-Searching Children - No For The US Military, Yes For The TSA

You need to see the image caught of the TSA computer at the airport with the "My First Cavity Search" desktop screensaver - laughing in our faces!

Summary of his very powerful message: to avoid giving gross offense to the Afghan public, and to prevent the appearance of an uncontrolled security state, the US military forbids use on Afghan civilians of the very practices the TSA is now making routine for civilian travelers at US airports.

Nov 17 09:48

WHAT DID WIKILEAKS REALLY TELL US ABOUT IRAN?

By Ali Gharib

A source provides details to the American government about the nefarious activities of a Middle Eastern country. That information ends up in scores of secret U.S. government documents. Subsequently, the information winds up on the front pages of major newspapers, and is heralded by war hawks in Washington as a casus belli.

Sound familiar? It should, but perhaps not in the way you’re thinking. Here’s a hint: It’s not 2003, but 2010. This is the story of what happened recently to Iran in the wake of the latest WikiLeaks document release, where US military field reports from Iraq made their way into major national newspapers and painted the Islamic Republic as a force out to murder U.S. soldiers in Iraq.

Nov 17 07:19

Have (infinite) war, will travel

Anyone aware enough to think that Washington's goal is not to "win" the unwinnable AfPak quagmire but to keep playing its bloody infinite war game forever is now eligible for a personal stimulus package (in gold).

Let's review the recent evidence. All of a sudden, the White House, the Pentagon and the United States House of Representatives have all embarked on a new narrative: forget major US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2011; let's move the goalpost to 2014.

Nov 16 10:04

Britain's top soldier: al-Qaeda cannot be beaten

Britain's Chief of the Defence Staff General David Richards speaks on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, in London Nov 14, 2010. The West is fighting a war against al Qaeda in which its forces can contain Islamic militancy but cannot achieve a conventional military victory, Britain's most senior officer was quoted as saying on Sunday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We cannot beat Al Qaedfa because we bloody well cannot find them! Every time we think we have one of the blighters it turns out to be a phony! I am starting to wonder if there are any real Al Qaeda at all! Actually, can we erase that last part?"

Nov 15 08:26

Rocket Barrage Hits Ammo and Fuel Dump

Nov 15 07:38

Afghanistan - behind enemy lines

There are no al-Qa'ida fighters in Afghanistan any more. I have fought in the south and in the east as well as here. In seven years of operations I have not seen a single al-Qa'ida fighter. Not one."

Nov 14 08:16

Exclusive: Afghanistan - behind enemy lines

The most astonishing thing about this rebel district – and for Nato leaders meeting in Lisbon this week, a deeply troubling one – is that Chak is not in war-torn Helmand or Kandahar but in Wardak province, a scant 40 miles south-west of Kabul.

And yet Abdullah, operating within Katyusha rocket range of the capital – and with a $500,000 bounty on his head – has managed to evade coalition forces for almost four years. If Chak is in any way typical of developments in other rural districts – and Afghanistan has hundreds of isolated valley communities just like this one – then Nato's military strategy could be in serious difficulty.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This war has never been winnable, in a conventional military sense.

The question is, how many more Afghanis, Americans, and NATO troops will have to die before the leadership in Washington or NATO's leadership in Brussels finally understands this?

Nov 14 08:09

Its over: US NATO formally announcing ‘transition’ to Afghan withdrawal

he Obama administration and its NATO allies will declare late this week that the war in Afghanistan has made sufficient progress to begin turning security control over to its government by spring, months before the administration’s July deadline to start withdrawing U.S. troops, according to U.S. and European officials.

Even as it announces the “transition” process, which will not immediately include troop withdrawals, NATO will also state its intention to keep combat troops in Afghanistan until 2014, a date originally set by Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF true, this report indicates that the "withdrawal" will be just as cosmetic as was the alleged "withdrawal" in Iraq, where Americans are still getting killed and maimed for life.

If this happens, it will simply be a gimmick to trick the American people into thinking that the war is really going to be substantially concluded by the next presidential election, which it will not be.

Nov 13 15:42

PAUL BALLES: THE TORTURERS REVISITED

BUSH’S AXIS OF EVIL WAR

The Trial is a novel by Franz Kafka, first published in 1925. One of Kafka’s best-known works, it tells the story of a man arrested and prosecuted by a remote, inaccessible authority, with the nature of his crime never revealed either to him or the reader.

The theme developed a familiar ring to it following the imprisonment of “enemy combatants” in Guantanamo. Echoes of such places come from another Kafka story, “In the Penal Colony”, where everyone is guilty simply because they’re there.

Nov 13 12:59

Keiser Report ?94: Markets! Finance! Scandal!

This time Max Keiser and co-host, Stacy Herbert, look at the scandals of Americas economic Suez and neutering Iran. In the second half of the show Max talks to rare earths analyst, Kevin Kerr, about the state of this market controlled by China.

Nov 13 09:21

The torturers revisited

Paul J. Balles find echoes of Kafka in the US torture facility at Guantanamo in Cuba and a secret British detention centre near Basra, in Iraq.

Nov 13 03:11

Iranian-Backed Faction Threatens Civil War in Lebanon

An Iranian-backed Hezbollah leader said Friday he would foment a civil war in Lebanon if members of the organization are found guilty of attacking and killing former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri in a car bombing in Beirut in 2005.

Fox News, on its Web site, reported that word on the street in Lebanon is that the militant group, known to be supported by Iran, is liable to be indicted for the attack, which also left 22 other people dead.

Nov 12 09:49

Timetable Abandoned: U.S. And NATO To Wage Endless War In Afghanistan

"Ever since he took office two years ago, Obama has made the deadly drones a key instrument in his fight against the militants in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The drones are also being used liberally to target militants in Yemen and Somalia." [9]

The Afghan war in its tenth year has expanded into a far broader conflict, one which grows in both scope and lethality with each passing week and will escalate yet further before it begins to wind down, if it ever does.

President Obama's pledge last year to "draw down" U.S. and NATO combat forces from South and Central Asia - they are also stationed in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan - next year is now revealed to be the transparent political manipulation it was from the start.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Is there a scenario in which the US and NATO could actually "turn the tide" against these insurgents, given the absolute level of corruption of the governments of both Pakistan and Afghanistan?

Not probably without reinstituting the draft in the US, and putting 500,000 pairs of US boots on the ground in Afghanistan, and there are questions as to whether even such a show of force could make a difference, as the old Soviet Union found during their "military misadventure" in Afghanistan.

We will continue to stay in Afghanistan, and lose miserably, because this administration actually doesn't know what else to do, and doesn't want there to be a "Saigon moment" in Kabul.

The moral and ethical problem with this war, publicly funded and fought, is that it has been fought essentially for potential private profits. These were supposed to come from the installation of pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil (hasn't happened to date), and from the drug trade (which, after the invasion and occupation, has grown exponentially).

We have never had, and continue to not have, the moral high ground on our side. And because of this, ultimately, the US is destined to lose this war, after all the blood and money spent.

Nov 12 09:42

Herper's sellout - Canadian troops to stay in Afghanistan

Canadian troops will stay an extra three years in Afghanistan, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Thursday, though he promises they’ll no longer engage in combat missions and will instead focus on safer training missions.

Nov 12 07:54

Council on Foreign Relations panel advises Obama to scale back Afghan occupation

Influential US experts on Friday painted a grim picture of the Afghanistan war, calling on President Barack Obama to consider scaling back the military mission without signs of progress.

The task force of the Council on Foreign Relations largely backed the Obama administration's plan of intensifying military operations against the Taliban and starting a withdrawal in mid-2011.

But the panel -- led by Richard Armitage and Samuel Berger, top aides to presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton -- said the administration needed to take hard decisions after its own highly anticipated war review in December.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is no possible military solution here, only a political one.

The question is, how much longer do we stay in this immoral, illegal war, and how many more Americans and Afghanis have to die before that political settlement is reached?!?

Nov 11 16:49

FULL METAL JACKET PART II: The War Comes Home

Wednesday, November 10, 2010
FULL METAL JACKET PART II: The War Comes Home: PTSD Vets Causing a Rise in Crime
"The Army and Marines take young people and rob them of their human emotions so they can kill without remorse. From my experiences in the Army's Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training courses, they strip you down physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually and turn you into a killing machine."
"Are these PTSD damaged troops that return home only here in body? Is their mind still in 'combat mode,' ready to blast away at any perceived threat? Depression, anger, insomnia, nightmares, flashbacks, paranoia are among its symptoms. Its sufferers often fall into alcoholism and drug addiction, some beat or shoot their wives or girlfriends."

Nov 11 11:25

Miclic or How to Destroy an Afghan Neighborhood in Seconds

One Captain in the article about bulldozing Kandahar liked to use these.

Nov 11 10:47

Afghanistan War: Bulldozing through Kandahar

The U.S. military has destroyed hundreds of Afghan civilian homes, farm houses, walls, trees and plowed through fields and buildings using explosives and bulldozers in war-torn Zhari district, a practice that has begun to anger Afghan villagers.

To pay for the damage, the U.S. military here is giving Afghans compensation cards for the damaged property. Villagers take the cards to the Afghan government's district center at Camp Wilson, the main American base here. U.S. commanders said the system forces locals to work with their government — which is the overall goal of the operation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Even if compensation actually gets to the people whose properties have been destroyed, this "scorched earth" policy will be perceived (and justly) as revenge, complete with all the modern enhancements, against local Afghanis for not cooperating with the US/NATO occupation.

Nov 11 07:12

America’s Devolution Into Dictatorship

The United States Department of Justice (sic) routinely charges and convicts innocents with bogus and concocted crimes that are not even on the statutes book. The distinguished defense attorney and civil libertarian, Harvey A. Silverglate, published a book last year, “Three Felonies A Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent,” which conclusively proves that today in “freedom and democracy” America we have punishment without crime.

Nov 11 05:48

Amnesty Intl: US must begin criminal investigation of torture following Bush admission

Amnesty International today urged a criminal investigation into the role of former US President George W. Bush and other officials in the use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" against detainees held in secret US custody after the former president admitted authorizing their use.

In his memoirs, published yesterday, and in an interview on NBC News broadcast on 8 November 2010, the former President confirmed his personal involvement in authorising "water-boarding" and other techniques against "high value detainees".
"Under international law, the former President's admission to having authorized acts that amount to torture are enough to trigger the USA's obligations to investigate his admissions and if substantiated, to prosecute him," said Claudio Cordone, Senior Director at Amnesty International.
"His admissions also highlight once again the absence of accountability for the crimes under international law of torture and enforced disappearance committed by the USA."

Nov 10 08:53

White House To Start Publicly Moving Away From Afghan Withdrawal Date

The Obama administration has decided to begin publicly walking away from what it once touted as key deadlines in the war in Afghanistan in an effort to de-emphasize President Barack Obama's pledge that he'd begin withdrawing U.S. forces in July 2011, administration and military officials have told McClatchy.

The new policy will be on display next week during a conference of NATO countries in Lisbon, Portugal, where the administration hopes to introduce a timeline that calls for the withdrawal of U.S. and NATO forces from Afghanistan by 2014, the year when Afghan President Hamid Karzai once said Afghan troops could provide their own security, three senior officials told McClatchy, along with others speaking anonymously as a matter of policy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Were I a betting human being, I would not bet on the security situation in Afghanistan being any substantially better in 2014 than it is today.

What the Obama administration is doing here is making Afghanistan the next US president's mess to fix, and in so doing, sprinting away from his promise to the American people to begin a drawdown of troops in July of 2011.

Whatever elements of the political spectrum you embrace, please remember that in November of 2010.

Nov 10 06:04

OBAMA AND JIHAD AND HOW NOT TO FIGHT TERRORISM

Today there are few if any real experts who would deny that Bush and Blair’s approach to counter-terrorism made the two of them the best recruiting sergeants for violent Islamic fundamentalism in all of its forms and franchises.

Nov 09 09:05

Taliban call on US to send fact-finding team to Afghanistan

The Taliban called on the US Congress on Sunday to send a "fact-finding mission" to Afghanistan to investigate what they called the lies and propaganda spread by American military chiefs to prolong the war.

The Islamist militant group has been fighting for more than nine years to topple the Kabul government, which is backed by 150,000 US and NATO troops.

Nov 09 06:35

THE PARCEL BOMB PLOT—AL-QAEDA’S GIFT TO ISRAEL

Israel must be very grateful indeed for this latest terror scare. If Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula did not exist, they might have to invent it.

Nov 08 18:06

Obama and Jihad and how not to fight terrorism

Alan Hart reminds Western leaders that the principal cause of "terrorism" is injustice - the injustice that leads communities to tolerate and harbour "extremists" - and that at the core of the injustice that feeds political terror by Muslim and Arab groups is the double standard of Western foreign policy in the Middle East and beyond.

Nov 08 17:23

The Duff: Wholesale Treason, Why Israel Bought Congress

AIPAC Brags, "Unprecedented Control Over American Politics"

AIPAC, the Israel lobby used to, we don't exactly know but every politician in America is terrified of it for some reason, claims to have total control over the new congress. It isn't a "Jewish thing," AIPAC got rid of 6 Jews who were too "pro-American" for their tastes. The last thing it is about is the security of Israel, a regional bully, a small land of ICBMs, germ warfare labs and warehouses loaded with American munitions which they sell around the world.

Nov 08 07:25

Indian Boots in Afghanistan

Looking for some cannon fodder Mr. President?

Nov 07 08:55

413 Afghan parliamentary candidates charged with election fraud

The UN-backed Electoral Complaints Commission announced that 413 Wolesi jirga (Afghan lower-house) candidates, including 62 sitting parliamentarians, have been accused of committing fraud during elections held on September 18. The list of violators has been referred to the Attorney General's office for investigation and potential prosecution, member of a UN-backed watchdog panel Ahmad Zia Rafat told reporters at a press conference in Kabul on Saturday.

Nov 07 07:14

U.S. Won't Know Pace Of Afghan Drawdown For Months

The pace of a planned U.S. drawdown from Afghanistan due to start next July may not be entirely decided until shortly before it begins, Defense Secretary Robert Gates suggested Sunday.

Gains by opposition Republicans in congressional elections last week have raised questions about possible push-back on President Barack Obama's contested policy of starting to withdraw from the nine-year-old war in mid-2011.

Obama's Democrats strongly support setting a date to start withdrawing from the unpopular conflict but Republicans, who may now have a stronger say in policy, largely oppose it and may try to minimize any withdrawal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: the US is never leaving Afghanistan!

Nov 06 16:38

GORDON DUFF: YEMEN: AL QAEDA PRESENCE NOT CREDIBLE

“AL QAEDA” CALL FOR ATTACKS ON AMERICA, NOT ISRAEL, UNDER SUSPICION

The people of Yemen simply don’t believe in Al Qaeda or Osama bin Laden, and for good reason. When Abdullah al-Faqih, professor of political science at Sana University told the New York Times, “We cannot differentiate between what is propaganda and what is real…Some of what looks like Al Qaeda is really terror as a business.”

With early news stories being continually contradicted, bombs that weren’t really bombs heading out on flights that never existed, carrying packages for companies that don’t service Yemen, all heading for Chicago synagogues, part of the wildest “persecution complex” of all time, the whole “Al Qaeda/Yemen” thing has been little more than a “borscht belt” comedy act.

Nov 06 01:25

WIKILEAKS IS ZIONIST POISON

By Jonathan Azaziah

Undeniable facts about Zionism.

Disinformation is defined as ‘misinformation that is deliberately disseminated in order to influence or confuse rivals.’ It is used by governments to mislead and brainwash their citizen populations, instigate wars, and blackmail foreign regimes. It is the ultimate instrument of the media. The most effective disinformation is that which is comprised of falsehood as well as facts. Wikileaks, founded by Julian Assange, fits this description perfectly, right down to the letter.

Nov 05 20:13

What the wars are doing to the Soldiers - Video

18 Years old, fit and healthy, soon - premature ageing and tumours. Not too much of it in the mainstream news.

Nov 04 16:28

AIPAC LAUDS RE-ELECTION OF PRO-ISRAEL STALWARTS

Pro-Israel group AIPAC (American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee), hails success for supporters on both sides of the political divide, as well as election of three new Jewish members of Congress; polls shows 66 percent of U.S. Jews voted Democrat.

America’s largest pro-Israel lobby group on Wednesday hailed the results of midterm elections in the U.S. which saw staunch supporters re-elected to Congress on both sides of the party political divide.

Nov 03 16:42

YOU GET THE TRUTH ONLY FROM ‘FORMER’ OFFICIALS’ – DR. BOUTHAINA SHABAAN

Part of the tragedies of the peoples of Palestine, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Somalia, and the dangers threatening Iran, Sudan and Yemen, is caused by the cowardice of leaders and their succumbing to the dictates and temptation of Zionist money and the blackmail of Israeli media and not responding to their human conscience and the interests of their nations which they are supposed to represent.

Nov 03 07:48

ELECTION 2010: A DISASTER FOR PEACE

By Justin Raimondo (Antiwar.com )

The expected Election Day Republican “wave” that broke over our heads is a disaster for the anti-interventionist cause in the immediate sense – but there may be a silver lining.

The disaster is embodied in the various GOP warmongers who will be placed in key positions in Congress, and a good case could be made that among the worst of the worst will be the probable majority leader in the House: Eric Cantor.

Nov 03 06:35

UNANSWERED QUESTIONS IN THE YEMEN TERROR SCARE

By Barry Grey (Source: Global Research)

In what has become a regular feature of American public life—especially on the eve of major elections—the airwaves were taken over Friday by breathless reports of a new terror threat. It is impossible to determine how much is fact and how much is fiction in the ever-expanding claims being made regarding two packages from Yemen allegedly containing high explosives and addressed to two synagogues in Chicago.

But the very fact that the decision was made, undoubtedly at a very high level, to give such massive media coverage to the alleged plot—before any concrete details were being reported and entirely on the basis of unsubstantiated claims made by, for the most part, anonymous officials—is sufficient reason to adopt a highly skeptical attitude.

Nov 02 03:06

Afghan Police Unit Defects to Taliban

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/02/world/asia/02afghan.html

KABUL, Afghanistan — For months, American and Afghan officials have been promoting a plan to persuade masses of rank-and-file Taliban fighters to change sides and join the government. The tactic, known as “reintegration,” is one of the big hopes for turning the tide in the war.

Musa Khan Akbarzada, provincial governor in Ghazni, said a search was under way for missing officers.

Oct 31 17:34

GORDON DUFF: BOMBS, TERRORISM AND MANURE

“Worse still, the “terrorists” father, described by the press as a “Muslim banker” turned out to be a partner in an Israeli managed defense company and a close friend of the CIA.”

“Never was America, its freedoms and security less free and less secure as when Michael Chertoff was watching over us.”

We have seen it all before. Last Christmas, the “Crotch Bomber” was another “PETN/Yemen” terror fiasco. Press stories blamed Al Qaeda and were ready to build this into a new 9/11 except that reliable witnesses, Detroit area attorneys, saw the terrorist, no passport, no visa, escorted onto the plane. Before that, newspapers said the bomber had a diplomatic passport, a visa and had “evaded” security.

Oct 31 08:21

NATO Chief Slams Gorbachev’s ‘Negative’ View of Afghan War

In an interview with BBC today, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen slammed former Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev for calling the decade long NATO occupation of Afghanistan “unwinnable.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen: there will be a point, and hopefully in the not too distant future, when US and NATO forces will have to leave Afghanistan, and negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul at that time for the pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil, if that government in Kabul is willing to listen.

And please note: Rasmussen has absolutely zero experience in the military. According to his bio, listed here:

http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/who_is_who_56703.htm

His education has been in economics, and his has career has been in politics.

The cost in blood and money in this illegal and immoral warwas essentially to support a publicly funded war for private profits. Those private profits were to have come from the pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil, and from the drug trade in opium.

The drug trade has been so successful that Russian leaders have denounced the amount of it which is reaching Russia, and addicting their kids to the low-cost, very potent drug.

http://www.metronews.ca/toronto/world/article/670892--russia-complains-us-not-acting-on-afghan-drug-labs

"Russia claims that drug production in Afghanistan has increased exponentially since the U.S.-led invasion that overthrew the Taliban government in 2001. It says smugglers freely transport Afghan heroin and opium north into Central Asia and Russia, and onward to Western Europe. Afghanistan is the world's largest supplier of opium."

On a military level, almost one decade on, the war is unwinnable.Sane military leaders in both the US and NATO military understand this, but will not speak out because it will wreck their careers.

Every individual killed or wounded makes those left standing ever more eager to join the insurgency, and drive the occupation forces out.

The only people who are "winning" are the defense contractors, providing hired mercenaries, equipment, and logistical services, and the drug dealers.

That's a pretty damned dismal assessment of the situation, but an honest one.

Oct 31 02:18

The Company We Keep

President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, according to a New York Times report last week, admittedly accepts large cash payments from the Iranian government. The political and religious dynamics of the region are complex. Iran obviously has an interest in keeping the Taliban at a distance and at the same time countering Pakistan’s influence in the area. In this caldron of intrigue we have a huge American expenditure in treasure and blood aimed at keeping Afghanistan in our camp, so to speak.

Oct 30 21:19

Afghan President Karzai criticises US-Russia drugs raid

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has criticised the first joint operation by Russian and US agents to destroy drug laboratories in his country.

Mr Karzai said he had not been informed of Russia's participation - a sensitive issue in Afghanistan ever since the Soviet occupation ended 21 years ago.

He called it a violation of Afghan sovereignty and international law.

Oct 30 17:04

ON THE ISSUE OF OTHER PEOPLE’S NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY – DR. LAWRENCE DAVIDSON

The question I would like to ask both Ambassador Rice and Secretary Feltman is, when did the United States government start taking seriously any state’s sovereignty other than its own or its allies? Neither could answer this question seriously (at least not in public) for to do so would reveal that they are loyal agents of a government that practices a murderous hypocrisy

Oct 29 14:21

Bring me the head of Silvino Herrera: "Us vs. them" and "modern" myths of war and civilization

Against the background of the leaking of the USA's secret Iraq war crimes files by the whistleblower website WikiLeaks, Daniel Patrick Welch peers beneath the West's self-proclaimed cultural and moral superiority in the face of atrocities against innocent people all over the world.

"When we peel away all the layers of burning flesh, all the carefully constructed fiction of human progress and benefits of science and technology, we must face a reality perhaps even more grim. There simply is no 'us versus them'. The side claiming to represent progress has done more and done worse, using as low-tech and brutal methods as any on either side of the technological and cultural divide."

Oct 29 10:08

Towards Military Escalation? U.S. And NATO Drag Asia Into Afghan Quagmire

Not only are NATO member states continuing to enlarge the amount of troops for a war without a foreseeable end, but Washington and Brussels are intensifying joint efforts to recruit troops from nations that have until now avoided being pulled into the Afghan imbroglio.

With partners on every populated continent - Colombia has been tapped for troops to be deployed to Afghanistan and Egypt, a NATO Mediterranean Dialogue partner, has security personnel there - the North Atlantic Treaty Organization has proven an effective vehicle for the U.S. to establish, train, deploy and integrate a global expeditionary military force which has been used in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, with increasing emphasis on the last.

Oct 29 08:42

Billions in Afghanistan aid dollars unaccounted for: audit

Nearly 18 billion dollars earmarked for reconstruction in Afghanistan remain unaccounted for, snagged in a "labyrinth" of contract bureaucracy, a sweeping US government
audit has shown.

Oct 29 00:00

GORDON DUFF: BRUTAL OCCUPATION TROOPS OR SAVIORS, YOU CAN’T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS

AMERICA’S ARMY, A TALE OF MISUSE AND ABUSE –

“Yes, even without Wikileaks we always knew that such things were happening and now we know that altered versions of some of our reports and additional forgeries have been mixed in with documents meant to incriminate Iran.”

For nearly a decade, America has been, in the eyes of the world, the successor to Nazi Germany. Last week, nearly 77% of Australians polled (over 10,000 respondents) considered the 9/11 terror attacks an American “false flag” and that nation has troops in Afghanistan fighting alongside Americans. Imagine what nations that oppose American involvement think?

Oct 28 12:07

Federal Court Rules Details of Secret Prison in Afghanistan Can Remain Secret

Details about the United States’ largest prison in Afghanistan will remain secret, according to a federal judge’s ruling this week. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) had sought documents from the Department of Defense and the CIA about those held at Bagram Air Base, including information regarding citizenship, length of imprisonment, country where they were captured and circumstances of their capture.

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