MSM: Karzai Says Afghan Army Will Need U.S. Until 2024

(NYTimes) – President Hamid Karzai said Tuesday that Afghanistan would not be able to pay for its own security until at least 2024, underscoring his government’s long-term financial dependence on the United States and NATO even as President Obama has pledged to begin withdrawing American troops in 2011. Continue reading

The Great Game: U.S., NATO War In Afghanistan

The U.S. (and Britain) began bombing the Afghan capital of Kabul on October 7, 2001 with Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from warships and submarines and bombs dropped from warplanes and shortly thereafter American special forces began ground operations, a task that has been conducted since by regular Army and Marine units. The bombing and the ground combat operations continue more than eight years later and both will be intensified to record levels in short order. Continue reading

The Audacity of Ethnic Cleansing – Obama’s plan for Afghanistan

“Today, we Afghans remain trapped between two enemies: the Taliban on one side and US/NATO forces and their warlord hirelings on the other.” Malalai Joya “A Woman Among the Warlords” Scribner Publishing, New York
The Bush administration never had any intention of liberating Afghanistan or establishing democracy. The real aim was to remove the politically-intractable Taliban and replace them with a puppet regime run by a former-CIA asset. The rest of Afghanistan would be parceled-off to the warlords who assisted in the invasion and who had agreed to do much of the United States dirty-work on the ground. In the eight years of military occupation which followed, that basic strategy has never changed. The U.S. is just as committed now as it was at the war’s inception to establish a beachhead in Central Asia to oversee the growth of China, to execute disruptive/covert operations against Russia, to control vital pipeline routes from the Caspian Basin, and to maintain a heavy military presence in the most critical geopolitical area in the world today. Continue reading

Kucinich: Prolonging Afghan War a ‘Threat to Our National Security’

(RawStory) – Far from being a necessary part of the US’s national security strategy, the Afghanistan war is actually a threat to it, says Ohio congressman Dennis Kucinich. Continue reading

Obama quietly authorises expansion of war in Pakistan

(IndianExpress) – As the US announced deepening of its involvement in Afghanistan by despatching 30,000 more troops, President Barack Obama has quietly authorised an expansion of war against terrorism in Pakistan under which CIA would widen its campaign of strikes against militants by unmanned drones. Continue reading

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“Finish the Job”: Obama Reignites “War on Terrorism” With Massive Afghanistan Surge

Barack Obama has declared that he and his administration will “finish the job” in Afghanistan. In a speech that echoed, word for word, the now time-honored criminal 9/11/“war on terrorism” and “security” falsehoods of the Bush-Cheney administration, Obama is sending yet another “surge” of 30,000 US troops to the slaughter. Read More Here

Obama’s War: Why is the largest military machine on the planet unable to defeat the resistance in Afghanistan

Just how powerful is the U.S. military today?
Why is the largest military machine on the planet unable to defeat the resistance in Afghanistan , in a war that has lasted longer than World War II or Vietnam ? Read More Here

Has The USA Forgotten Peace

Tonight, I will listen to the President tell me that it will take years to withdraw from Afghanistan. He will, out of political necessity tell a series of lies. He will lie by omission, failing to tell people that this war, our “good war” was, when the facts are examined, a farce. There has not been a credible word from Osama bin Laden since December, 2001, when his death was announced in the Islamic press. What other reason did we have to occupy Afghanistan and lead it into total ruin? Read More Here

The U.S. Government Is Taking Us Down

President Obama has decided to up the ante in Afghanistan by acceding to his generals’ request to send an additional 34,000 troops to that beleaguered nation. What better proof that those of us who opposed the initial invasion of Afghanistan were right? The decision to treat the 9/11 attacks as a military problem, rather than a criminal-justice one, has turned out to be one unmitigated disaster, a disaster that seemingly has no end. Continue reading

Obama orders 30-35,000 more troops for Afghanistan, surge to begin by Christmas

(RawStory) – After months of debate, President Barack Obama will spell out a costly Afghanistan war expansion to a skeptical public Tuesday night, coupling an infusion of as many as 35,000 more troops with a vow that there will be no endless U.S. commitment. His first orders have already been made: at least one group of Marines who will be in place by Christmas. Continue reading

Video: Afghanistan Is A “War Of National Resistance” – Former CIA Agent

In the latest video from the Brave New Foundation’s “Rethink Afghanistan” project, former CIA agent Robert Bear says that what the U.S. faces when it comes to the Afghan insurgency isn’t terrorism, but a war of national resistance. Continue reading

MSM: Obama plans to send 34,000 more troops to Afghanistan

(Washington) – President Barack Obama met Monday evening with his national security team to finalize a plan to dispatch some 34,000 additional U.S. troops over the next year to what he’s called “a war of necessity” in Afghanistan, U.S. officials told McClatchy. Continue reading

Obama Allies Want New Tax To Pay For Cost Of Protecting Afghan Opium Fields, Bribing Taliban

(PaulWatson) – Not content with savaging American taxpayers with two huge new financial burdens during an economic recession, in the form of health care reform and cap and trade, close allies of Barack Obama have proposed a new war surtax that will force Americans to foot the bill for the cost of protecting opium fields in Afghanistan, paying off drug lords, and bribing the Taliban. Continue reading

Former US diplomat could make ‘hundreds of millions’ off Iraqi oil fields

(RawStory) – A former US ambassador who played an instrumental role in the drafting of Iraq’s constitution stands to make “hundreds of millions” of dollars from an oil deal he struck that was only possible because of a constitutional provision he helped push through, news reports say. Continue reading

MSM: Thousands of guns U.S. sent to Afghanistan are missing

(CNN) – More than one-third of all weapons the United States has procured for Afghanistan’s government are missing, according to a government report released Thursday. Continue reading

Army Sends Infant to Protective Services, Mom to Afghanistan – Dahr Jamail

U.S. Army Specialist Alexis Hutchinson, a single mother, is being threatened with a military court-martial if she does not agree to deploy to Afghanistan, despite having been told she would be granted extra time to find someone to care for her 11-month-old son while she is overseas. Continue reading

Video: ‘These people just want to be left alone’

(RealNews) – Sean Smith spent a month embedded with the US Army’s 501st Parachute Regiment in June this year. With inadequate vehicles, relations with Afghan security forces at a standstill and the constant threat of IEDs, the soldiers are losing heart for a fight they feel their presence is only prolonging. Continue reading

Video: CIA Asset Taliban Gets U.S. Ammo to Kill American Soldiers

(Aljazeera) – Monsters and Critics reports:

…footage broadcast Tuesday by the Al-Jazeera news channel showed Taliban insurgents handling weapons and ammunition, including mines with US markings on them.

The television channel reported that Taliban said they seized the weapons from two US outposts in the eastern province of Nuristan, where a battle on October 3 left eight US soldiers and three Afghan troops dead.

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Video: Afghanistan War – Killing a fly with a sledgehammer

(RussiaToday) – As the conflict in Afghanistan becomes increasingly unpopular, a group of veterans came to Washington, DC to show lawmakers the perspective of soldiers and afghan civilians. Priya Sridhar talks to one of the former soldiers about U.S. options in Afghanistan. Continue reading

Afghanistan as a Bailout State – Too Big to Fail?

(C4L) – In the worst of times, my father always used to say, “A good gambler cuts his losses.” It’s a formulation imprinted on my brain forever. That no-nonsense piece of advice still seems reasonable to me, but it doesn’t apply to American war policy. Our leaders evidently never saw a war to which the word “more” didn’t apply. Hence the Afghan War, where impending disaster is just an invitation to fuel the flames of an already roaring fire. Continue reading

Occupiers involved in drug trade: Afghan minister

The Afghan minister of counter narcotics says foreign troops are earning money from drug production in Afghanistan. Continue reading

‘U.S. Taxpayers Spent Hundreds of Millions of Dollars on a Fraudulent Election’

(AntiWar) – Speaking again on the subject of the August election in Afghanistan, former UN Deputy Mission Chief Peter Galbraith declared today that “U.S. taxpayers spent hundreds of millions of dollars on a fraudulent election,” insisting that “everybody kept sending money” but little effort was made to ensure accountability. Continue reading

MSM: Brother of Afghan Leader Is Said to Be on C.I.A. Payroll

(NewYorkTimes) – KABUL, Afghanistan — Ahmed Wali Karzai, the brother of the Afghan president and a suspected player in the country’s booming illegal opiumtrade, gets regular payments from theCentral Intelligence Agency, and has for much of the past eight years, according to current and former American officials. Continue reading

Obama Sets Up Killer Drone Raid over Pakistan Despite Civilian Deaths

Since taking office, President Obama has sanctioned at least 41 Central Intelligence Agency (C.I.A.) drone strikes in Pakistan that have killed between 326 and 538 people, many of them, critics say, “innocent bystanders, including children,” according to reliable reports. The drone is a remotely controlled, unmanned aircraft. Continue reading

Dangerous Crossroads: U.S. Expands Asian NATO Against China, Russia

On October 12 the United States and India launched an eighteen-day military exercise codenamed Yudh Abhyas (war study) in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Described as “one of their largest-ever ground combat joint exercises,” [1], the war games “involve the Indian Army Motorized Infantry Battalion and the 2nd Squadron of 14 CAV of 25 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, comprising some 320 U.S. servicemen.” [2] Continue reading

Media Distortion: Killing Innocent Afghan Civilians to “Save Our Troops”

Media Distortion: Killing Innocent Afghan Civilians to “Save Our Troops”
Lecture given on October 15, 2009 at a public forum with Zoya of RAWA, “Afghanistan: Resisting Occupation and Fundamentalism,” organized by United for Justice with Peace and the Afghan Women’s Mission, held at Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts Continue reading

Obama tops Bush in troop buildup

The combined US troop deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan have now reached a higher level than existed at any time under the presidency of George W. Bush. This surge past the record set by its predecessor marks another grim milestone in the Obama administration’s escalation of American militarism. Continue reading

Saving Face in Afghanistan – Ron Paul

This past week there has been a lot of discussion and debate on the continuing war in Afghanistan. Lasting twice as long as World War II and with no end in sight, the war in Afghanistan has been one of the longest conflicts in which our country has ever been involved. The situation has only gotten worse with recent escalations. Continue reading

Pity the Imperialists – Campaign for Liberty

Pity the imperialists. What do they do? They must realize that the longer they continue occupying Iraq and Afghanistan, the more they weaken the Empire. Hey, they don’t call Afghanistan the “graveyard of empires” for nothing. Continue reading

Audio: Richard Barlow On The Boiling Frogs

Richard Barlow discusses his experience as a counter-proliferation intelligence officer with the CIA in the 1980s, his work for the Office of the Secretary of Defense under Dick Cheney, and his incredible journey in trying to stop the proliferation efforts of the now infamous A.Q. Khan. Continue reading

The Afghan quagmire

The death of eight American soldiers in a Taliban attack in Kamdesh District in Afghanistan’s north-eastern Nuristan province on October 3 could expedite the planned withdrawal of US-led coalition forces. Continue reading

When in Doubt, Keep Killing – Starting Another Year of the War in Afghanistan

October 2009 has begun with the New York Times reporting that “the president, vice president and an array of cabinet secretaries, intelligence chiefs, generals, diplomats and advisers gathered in a windowless basement room of the White House for three hours on Wednesday to chart a new course in Afghanistan.” Continue reading

The Afghan Disaster – Lew Rockwell

(C4L) – In the private sector, there is always a test of success. The business must make a profit. It can sustain some losses but the clock is always running on those. At some point, after all cuts have been made and costs are trimmed to a minimum, the business has to close shop. The summer of losses must become the autumn of profits, or else it’s all over. Continue reading

UN: Record number of Afghan civilian deaths in 2009

The United Nations mission in Afghanistan recorded about 1,500 civilian deaths in the first six months of 2009, a 24 percent increase over the previous year and a record in the eight-year-old war. Continue reading

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

Embedded in General Stanley McChrystal’s classified assessment of the war in Afghanistan is his conclusion that a successful counterinsurgency strategy will require 500,000 troops over five years. Continue reading

Video: The Growing Problem in Afghanistan – Ron Paul

In his latest C4L video, Dr. Paul discusses U.S. foreign policy in Afghanistan, growing unrest over Obama’s expansion of the war and nation building efforts, as well as where these policies are taking us. Continue reading

Help for Obama’s Speech to Congress

(RayMcGovern) – The Speech the President Should Give to Congress, September 9, 2009 Continue reading

Afghanistan: Back Door to War on Iran

The Obama administration has made Afghanistan the focus of its foreign policy, significantly escalating the war effort there. (Though there is division within the administration regarding the degree of escalation sought. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/04/us/politics/04military.html) Continue reading

Get Out of Afghanistan – Campaign for Liberty

Friday will mark eight years since 2,974 people were killed in terrorist attacks on the United States. The best way for President Obama to mark the solemn anniversary would be for him to declare his intention to withdraw all U.S. forces from Afghanistan. Continue reading

Depleted Uranium Ammunition in Afghan War: New Evidence

German Bundeswehr manual challenges US and UK denials over DU in Afghanistan Continue reading