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Jun 26 08:25

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

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

Jun 22 08:02

AFGHAN OPIUM PRODUCTION 40 TIMES HIGHER SINCE US-NATO INVASION

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

I think not.

Jun 22 07:24

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jun 21 14:23

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

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

Jun 21 08:24

Afghanistan Forever: Why Neoconservatives Cannot be Trusted

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

Jun 20 13:40

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

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

Jun 20 10:50

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

MORE blood and money spent on Afghanistan?!?

PLEASE HEAVEN, NO!!

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

Of course, that...would be logical.

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

Jun 20 08:11

WE'RE #1 !

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

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

Jun 19 14:56

Sending more troops to Afghanistan isn't the answer

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

Jun 19 09:13

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

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

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

Jun 18 09:28

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

General Petraeus, a word, please.

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

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

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

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

Afghanistan Sets New Record In Opium Production

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

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

Jun 17 15:16

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

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

Jun 17 08:40

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Of course, that...would be logical.

Jun 16 12:01

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

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

Jun 16 08:36

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

F-35s grounded due to oxygen problems

Pentagon tester: F-35 still has serious problems

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

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

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

Jun 16 07:41

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 15 16:33

The Afghanistan war is about profit

The United States will again escalate the war in Afghanistan.

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

Jun 15 14:03

The Afghanistan war is about profit

The United States will again escalate the war in Afghanistan.

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

Jun 15 08:47

THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN IS A RACKET

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Jun 15 08:45

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

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

Jun 12 10:46

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

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

Jun 09 13:41

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

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

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

Professor Soleh has explained the latest ‘dynamics’:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jun 09 09:57

Courage For Peace, Not For War, In Afghanistan

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

Jun 08 09:09

Shoigu: Russia to strengthen its military bases in Central Asia

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

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

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

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

Jun 07 10:59

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

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

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

Jun 06 08:51

FRESH FROM BILDERBERG, MCMASTER URGES ANOTHER AFGHAN ‘SURGE’

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. Mc Master, a word, please.

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

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

The short answer, sir, is absoflippinglutely nothing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The article goes on to state:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 06 08:07

McMaster Urges Another Afghan ‘Surge’

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

Jun 05 09:04

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

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

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

Prince continued:

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

Jun 03 17:57

Zbigniew Brzezinski — Paul Craig Roberts

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

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

Jun 02 11:18

AFGHANISTAN: FROM SOVIET OCCUPATION TO AMERICAN ‘LIBERATION’

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

The Cost of War: Deaths in Afghanistan

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

Our military waste game suddenly seems prophetic

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


Images: American soldiers guarding the opium poppy fields in Afghan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bin Laden’s Obituary Notice

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

Jun 01 08:38

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

May 31 11:52

Death toll rises from massive vehicle bomb in Kabul

May 31 07:27

Kabul blast: Attack kills 80 near diplomatic area in Afghanistan

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

May 30 15:49

US Airstrikes In Afghanistan Tripled In 2017: Official

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

May 28 07:54

Policeman Kills Colleagues in Southern Afghanistan, Joins Taliban

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

May 25 11:59

Congressmembers Speak Out For Getting The US Out Of Afghanistan

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

May 25 11:08

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

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

May 24 11:55

Pentagon Admits: No Physical Evidence Russia Gave Arms to Taliban

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

May 24 10:13

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

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

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

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

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

May 22 14:35

The tragedy of world-wide forced displacement

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

May 22 09:24

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

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

May 21 10:32

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

War with Russia over Syria and Iran?!?

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

May 21 09:29

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

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

May 18 07:37

The US Will Never Win the War in Afghanistan

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

May 18 07:24

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Images: US troops guarding opium poppy fields in Afghanistan

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

Of course, that...would be logical.

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

US planned war in Afghanistan long before September 11

May 16 10:57

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

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

May 15 08:03

Will Trump Agree to the Pentagon’s Permanent War in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria?

The two top national security officials in the Trump administration – Secretary of Defense James Mattis and national security adviser HR McMaster – are trying to secure long-term US ground and air combat roles in the three long-running wars in the greater Middle East – Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.

Proposals for each of the three countries are still being developed, and there is no consensus, even between Mattis and McMaster, on the details of the plans. They will be submitted to Trump separately, with the plan for Afghanistan coming sometime before a NATO summit in Brussels on 25 May.

But if this power play succeeds in one or more of the three, it could guarantee the extension of permanent US ground combat in the greater Middle East for many years to come – and would represent a culmination of the “generational war” first announced by the George W Bush administration.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, President Trump signs off on these policies, look for a reinstitution of the draft in this country, sooner, rather than later, and a draft which includes both our young women, as well as our young men.

And yes, the word "permanent" applies, in all three countries, as it appears that the US military presence will never be leaving here.

The only "wild card" in the bunch is Syria, because of the both the Russian presence here, and their very clear determination that Damascus will not be regime changed.

May 12 12:20

Well Duh! 14 Years Later, Condoleezza Rice Reveals Real Reason for Iraq Invasion

Ex-George W. Bush-era national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, one of the architects behind the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, has admitted that bringing democracy to the Middle Eastern country was not the real priority. Speaking to Sputnik, Norwegian political scientist Georg Jakobsen said that the US's real goal was to impose its own model on Iraq.

Speaking at a meeting at the Brookings Institution, a leading DC think tank, on Thursday, Rice revealed that "security," not democracy, was the real motivating factor behind the US invasions of both Afghanistan and Iraq.

In Iraq's case, the former national security advisor (who also later served as Bush's secretary of state) revealed that the US "didn't go to Iraq to bring democracy to Iraq. We went to Iraq to overthrow Saddam Hussein, who we thought was reconstituting weapons of mass destruction, and who we knew had been a threat in the region. It was a security problem."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WOW, when this lady doubles down on disseminating bovine excrement, she really doubles down!!

Secretary Rice, a word, please; the world knows that you are lying, yet you continue to lie about the real motivations for both wars. You use the word "security" when what you meant was ECONOMIC security, because, as Karl Marx once noted, all wars are economic in their origins.

In Iraq, Saddam Hussein was selling their oil for other currencies than the US dollar; in Afghanistan, it was about securing the pipeline rights, and rights to the abundance of mineral riches in that country, and making sure that all that was only sold in US dollars.

It's that simple, and because the world knows you are lying about these issues, you will never be believed, in anything you say, even if what you say happens to be (accidentally) the truth.

May 09 15:38

US Officials Recommend 3,000 To 5,000 More Troops For Afghanistan

US military officials and the State Department have recommended sending 3,000 to 5,000 additional troops, including hundreds of Special Operations forces, to Afghanistan, according to American media reports.

May 09 14:18

U.S Might Deploy More Troops to Afghanistan

In a day and age where terrorism is growing more and more rampant, new speculations have risen regarding the notion of additional troops being deployed to Afghanistan.

May 09 09:40

Trump's Advisers Reportedly Propose Plan to Change US Strategy in Afghanistan

Advisers to US President Donald Trump have worked out and proposed a new plan that could significantly change the situation in Afghanistan expanding the military activities against militants, local media reported.

The Washington Post reported Monday that a group of Trump's military and foreign policy advisers had proposed a strategy aiming to push the Taliban terrorist movement, outlawed in Russia, to the negotiating table with the Afghan government.

According to the news outlet, the plan implies strengthening of the Pentagon's role in anti-Taliban struggle as it could be allowed to make decisions on the issues related to the number of troops in the country, as well as their presence at the battlefield and to attack the terrorists not only with the use of drones.

The program could result in reverse of the steps of ex-US President Barack Obama reducing the country's presence in Afghanistan along with the costs of the operation, the newspaper added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Negotiations between the Taliban and Afghani government?!?

A breath of logic in this accursed, and never-ending war?!?

Well, colour me stunned, if it actually happens!!

May 08 07:05

At Least 50 Afghan Soldiers Killed as Pakistan Overruns Border Checkpoints

The situation at the Afghanistan-Pakistan border is always tense, particularly after Friday’s exchange of fire between the two sides, but appears to be rapidly spiraling out of control, as Pakistani forces have attacked and destroyed several checkpoints along the Chaman border, which connects Balochistan to Kandahar.

At least 50 Afghan soldiers are reported dead, and over 100 wounded, as Pakistan reports they’ve destroyed five separate checkpoints in “retaliation” for Afghan fire. There was no news of new Pakistan casualties since Friday’s exchange of fire.

Locals say that the border crossing was closed earlier in the day by Pakistani security officials, and has remained so, with loudspeakers ordering all villages on the Pakistani side of the border evacuated until further notice. Helicopter gunships are reported overhead, and over 2,000 families have been displaced.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This may get ugly, and very quickly.

May 05 08:56

Pentagon to Pitch Revised Afghan War Plan to Trump Next Week

The latest in a series of Pentagon proposals on changing US policy in its assorted wars, a series of options are expected to be delivered to President Trump next week on Afghanistan. The options being presented, according to the Pentagon, are meant to “break the stalemate” in Afghanistan.

By “stalemate,” what the Pentagon really means is mounting losses, which have left the Taliban with more territory now than at any other point in the 16-year US occupation. The Pentagon has previously indicated the most ambitious escalation will involve some 5,000 more US troops and 13,000 NATO troops being deployed.

But either way, wars don’t get deescalated by the US these days, so all of the plans being offered are escalations, with the least of the deployments being 3,000 US troops and everything just going up from there. The details beyond that are not all public knowledge.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, a word, please.

Even if you sign off on a major escalation in Afghanistan, including 5,000 US troops and 13,000 NATO troops 16 years on, when do these Pentagon staffers tell you that the war will actually be "won"?!?

Are the US government and NATO going to spend another 16 years, doing what they have done before, which has not worked, yet expecting a different outcome?!?

That, sir, is one of the classic definitions of insanity.

And because our US troops are spread so thinly right now, can you practically do this without reinstating the Draft?!?

There has been enough blood and money spent here, yet the ultimate geopolitical objectives have absolutely not been realized.

What the US and NATO should be doing is pulling their forces out of Afghanistan as quickly as is safely possible, then negotiating with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for the pipeline and mineral rights.

You are aware that it was the potential for obtaining these objectives which drove the Bush War Machine into Afghanistan, right?!?

May 04 08:34

Massachusetts Considering State Funded 'Safe Injection ...

(*as they drag their feet getting their leagalized cannabis act together )

May 04 08:05

America’s Endless Afghan War

News this week that 300 Marines have returned to Helmand Province in Afghanistan recalls the failed surge of 2009-10, when roughly 20,000 Marines beat back the Taliban in the region, only to see those “fragile” gains quickly turn to “reversible” ones (to cite the infamous terms of General David Petraeus, architect of that surge).

While fragility and reversibility characterize American progress, the Taliban continues to make real progress. According to today’s report at FP: Foreign Policy, “the Taliban controls or contests about 40 percent of the districts in the country, 16 years after the U.S. war there began.” Meanwhile, in January and February more than 800 Afghan troops were killed fighting the Taliban, notes Foreign Policy, citing a report by the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction. That’s a high figure given that fighting abates during the winter.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF NATO High Command and the US government had two brain cells to rub together, (and the Afghani opium poppies weren't so damned profitable), the logical step here would be to leave Afghanistan as quickly as it was safe for US and NATO troops to do so, then negotiate with whatever government was left standing in Kabul for pipeline and mineral rights.

But, of course, THAT...would be logical; and there is no military metric whatsoever by which, 16 years on, either US nor NATO leadership can possibly "declare victory" in this insane war.

May 03 08:09

Afghanistan: The Longest U.S. War is Deadlier Than Ever

Matthew Hoh, a military veteran and diplomat who resigned his State Department post in protest of U.S. policy in Afghanistan, says the 16-year Afghan war won't end until the U.S. drops its strategy of sporadic escalation and insistence on Taliban surrender, with Afghan civilians suffering the worst consequences.

May 02 13:06

Afghan deaths soar to highest on record as US weighs strategy

Almost 16 years after the U.S.-backed ouster of the Taliban, Afghanistan remains in the grip of a war with “shockingly high” death rates among security forces and a record number of casualties among civilians, according to the U.S. government watchdog monitoring the country’s reconstruction efforts. Civilian casualties rose to 11,418 last year, the highest since the United Nations began keeping records in 2009. In the first six weeks of this year, 807 Afghan soldiers were killed, John Sopko, the U.S. special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, said in a quarterly report to Congress issued late Sunday.

May 01 09:13

NATO may boost its presence & prolong ‘training’ mission in Afghanistan – Stoltenberg

NATO is considering sending additional military personnel to Afghanistan and increasing the timeframe of the deployment in the view of the “challenging security situation,” the alliance’s secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, told the German Die Welt daily.

The additional troops are expected to join the NATO Resolute Support mission which it says is aimed at training, assisting and advising Afghan security forces in their fight against violent insurgents and various extremist groups.

The ‘training’ mission, after the majority of ‘combat’ troops were withdrawn, currently involves 13,000 servicemen, with around 8,400 of them being from the US.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: the US and NATO are never leaving: the money from the opium poppies is just too great a financial boon to ignore, and now a seed from China can be grown nearly year round.

Afghanistan’s relentless opium woes have a 'new seed in town,' and it comes from China

Images: American soldiers protecting Afghani opium poppies

Apr 28 09:51

Residents: MOAB Was More of a Dud

The April 13 strike by US forces in eastern Afghanistan saw the first deployment of the MOAB, the Mother of All Bombs, in a combat situation, dropped against ISIS forces in tunnels. The 22,000 lb pound was much vaunted for its huge size, the biggest non-nuclear weapon in the US arsenal, and presented as a “message” to other nations.

The reality, not so much. Locals report that the MOAB did way less damage than you’d think, noting that there were green trees still standing 100 meters from the center of the blast, with no sign of damage, and that the tunnels the ISIS fighters were within appear all but untouched.

Apr 28 09:13

Report: Deaths of Afghan Women up 54% Over Previous Year

The latest UN report on civilian deaths in Afghanistan showed a dramatic 54% increase in the number of women killed in the first quarter of 2017 over the same period in the previous year, alongside a 17% rise in the number of children killed. The deaths cover “conflict-related” fatalities.

Women and children are both are growing amount of the overall casualties of the Afghan War, and the UN expressed particular concern about the lack of effort to ensure protection for civilians among the various combatants, given that “fighting season” is fast approaching.

With little infrastructure,, Afghanistan’s war tends to quiet down somewhat during the winter, with a lot of areas of the country impassable. This tends to lead to a “spring offensive” which marks the official start of fighting season after the thaw, with casualties rising significantly nationwide.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The spring battles will most likely see an uptick in the deaths of women and children.

IF the NATO high command and the US government and military had a brain cell to rub together between them, they would bring their troops out of that accursed country as quickly as safely possible, then negotiate with whatever government was left standing in Kabul for the oil pipeline and mineral rights.

Of course, THAT...would be logical.

Apr 28 07:31

BEXALERT: GOP Lawmaker: U.S. Won’t Spray Opium in Afghanistan Because Crops ‘Might Be Too Close to a Mosque’

WASHINGTON D.C. — The United States had the ability to use aerial spraying to destroy the opium crops in Afghanistan used by the Taliban to fund their terrorist activities after 9/11 but refused to do so out of concern that the plants “might be too close to a mosque,” declared Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) during a congressional hearing.

We all know why they wont spray the poppies. Cuts into the CIA's profits!

www.whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/dyinginafghanistan.php

Apr 26 08:02

Afghan troops sweep ISIS area after MOAB blast - Trump keeping his word!

"US and Afghan troops continue to battle Islamic State fighters near the site where an 11-ton “mother of all bombs” was dropped last week in Nangarhar province, on the Afghanistan border"

Apr 25 08:59

UN: Torture by Government ‘Widespread’ in Afghanistan

Since the US invasion and occupation of Afghanistan in 2001, torture has been an ongoing problem, with both the occupation forces, and in particular the allied Afghan security forces, routinely abusing detainees captured in “conflict-related” circumstances.

The UN has issued a new report warning that the problem of torture among security forces is “as widespread as ever,” noting that at least 39 percent of detainees interviewed by the UN gave credible testimony of having been tortured by Afghan police, troops, or intelligence officials.

This is up from 35% reporting torture during the last UN report, in 2015. They also noted that despite repeated assurances by the Afghan government that torture won’t be tolerated, there is a near total lack of accountability for those torturing detainees in the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh) absoflippinglutely unbelievable, yet thoroughly predictable.

Apr 25 08:55

US General Thinks Russia Must Be Arming the Taliban

The Afghan War is going extremely poorly, 16 years in, and the US military needs someone to blame for its failures. The first choice among a lot of top military figures seems to be Russia, and while they offer no evidence to back up their claims, several have alleged that Russia might conceivably be arming the Taliban.

US commandeer Gen. John Nicholson appeared to be joining that camp today during comments in Kabul, complaining about the “malign influence” of Russia in the country, and insisting that he was “not refuting” allegations of Russia shipping weapons to the Taliban.

“Not refuting” is a very weak version of alleging, in this case, as US officials have offered no evidence that this is the case, nor any plausible reason why Russia would conceivably do this, as Russia fought materially the same insurgency during the 1970s and 1980s.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The reality here is that the war in Afghanistan was stupidly conceived, through a toxic combination of magical thinking, illogic, and a pathological inability to think a scenario through to its logical conclusion, and horribly executed, by the US and NATO, which still occupy the country today.

Blaming Russia for the US and NATO's failures in Afghanistan sound both like desperation on the cusp of madness, and a ramping up of the demonisation of Russia ahead of a potential attack against it, without any tangible evidence that these accusations are true.

What US and NATO leadership should do, from the most rational perspective, is to cut their losses; have all foreign troops leave Afghanistan, as quickly as it is safe to do so; then negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for pipeline rights, and access to Afghanistan's rich mineral deposits.

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

Apr 24 15:53

Mattis In Afghanistan To Shape US Strategy

US Defense Secretary James Mattis has arrived in Afghanistan on a surprise visit aimed at shaping President Donald Trump’s strategy in the conflict-ridden country, amid signs of renewed violence.

Apr 24 09:52

Police Provocation At Flint Town Hall Results In Six Arrests

Armed police wearing bullet-proof vests dominated a so-called Town Hall Thursday evening called by Flint Mayor Karen Weaver to air the “feedback, questions and concerns” of residents after her announcement of a proposal for the 30-year future of the city’s water system. Many residents questioned the selection of venue, the House of Prayer Missionary Church, rather than a public space, given that this was supposed to be a forum for residents to air their grievances.

Apr 24 08:11

TO OVERTHROW A COUNTRY IS TO WEAKEN IT THROUGH DRUG ADDICTION

2001 was the official year U.S. forces began to invade Afghanistan with hostile force following the 9/11 attacks. President George W. Bush told Americans it was to defeat the Taliban and those terrorists who were threatening the United States. However, sixteen years later, the truth begins to emerge on what is at stake in Afghanistan and what there is to gain… dope, minerals, and power.

Afghanistan provides 90% of the world’s Opium, the raw material needed for the production of Heroin. It is basically the only way Afghanistan can keep their economy going. Without the Poppy fields, Afghanistan is finished.

Apr 21 08:28

Report: 300 U.S. Marines ‘En Route’ to Taliban Stronghold in Afghanistan

An estimated 300 U.S. Marines are heading to a Taliban stronghold in the southern Afghanistan province of Helmand, one of the deadliest regions of the ongoing war for coalition forces located along the Pakistan border, reports Marine Corps Times.

The American troops are expected to reach their destination — where the Taliban has largely reversed previous U.S./NATO coalition gains — by the end of this month. Nearly all of Helmand has once again fallen under the control of the Taliban. Helmand sits next to Kandahar province, widely known as the birthplace of the Taliban.

Apr 20 09:50

US Troops Fighting ISIS Fighters at Site of MOAB Bombing

Last week, the US deployed the MOAB “Mother of All Bombs” in Afghanistan for the first time ever, dropping it in a remote part of Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province, supposedly against ISIS tunnels. Today, Pentagon officials confirmed that US ground troops are near the site of the bombing, still fighting ISIS forces.

The MOAB is the largest non-nuclear bomb ever deployed by the US, but what it actually accomplished is unclear, as the Pentagon has not confirmed any death tolls, and is keeping the site off-limits. That there are still ISIS fighters there to fight against, however, suggests that the MOAB was far from decisive.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, we had... sound, fury, and destruction, signifying absolutely nothing, in terms of winning against ISIS.

Do you realise that a 16 year old kid in this country has never awakened to a day when the US military wasn't at war somewhere or other in the world, under the "excuse" of the alleged "war on terror"?!?

Except it's not a war on terror; it's a war for resources.

In Iraq, it was about making sure the country's oil was sold only in US dollars by a US- centric government.

In Afghanistan, where we have been at war going on 16 years, it was about oil pipeline routes, and the embarrassment of mineral riches this country possesses.

What a sane US government and NATO leadership would do would be to pull their troops out of the country as safely as humanly possible, and negotiate with whatever government was left standing for the pipeline rights and access to the minerals.

Of course, THAT...would be logical, and take away profits from the US's military/industrial complex.

With all the existing and potential wars the US government is itching to fight, and continues to fight, I see the re-institution of a draft in this country, and this time, it will be coming for not only our young men, but also our young women.

I don't know what the Vegas bookies' odds are on timing of the return of the draft, but I would think potentially, sooner, rather than later; perhaps within the next 12 months.

Apr 19 17:11

Hundreds Of U.S. Marines Headed To Afghanistan

With the US seeking to slow the mounting losses by the Afghan military in the southern Helmand Province, the Pentagon has announced a deployment of roughly 300 US Marines to the province, with the fighters expected to arrive by the end of the month.

Apr 19 13:44

US bombing site in Afghanistan still cordoned off

Afghan security forces are still blocking access to the site in the eastern province of Nangarhar, where the US military dropped last week the largest non-nuclear bomb ever used in combat.

Apr 19 09:18

Zakharova: US leading the world into Catastrophe

Apr 18 09:19

Afghan Ex-President Karzai: Trump Committed an Atrocity With Massive Bombing

While the current Afghan government tries to defend the US use of the MOAB “Mother of All Bombs” last week against the Nangarhar Province, former President Hamid Karzai was extremely critical of the action, calling it an “immense atrocity” against fellow human beings.

Karzai complained that the current government was not offering enough comment when the US commits large strikes, saying the use of the largest non-nuclear bomb in history amounted both to a violation of Afghan sovereignty, and inherent disrespect to Afghanistan’s soil and environment.

The MOAB strike was dropped in the Achin District of Nangarhar, above what the US claimed was a substantial tunnel network used by ISIS. Though there is no sign of damage done to the tunnels, and MOAB is not intended to be a penetration bomb, President Trump has heralded it as a “successful event.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hamid Karzai is absolutely correct in his assessment here.

And I have to ask why the general who ordered this strike believed it was the right weapon to use at this time, and what the true objective really was.

Apr 18 06:55

Pence Admits Syria, Afghanistan Props Against North Korea

During a visit to South Korea, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence admitted Monday that the recent bombings of Syria and Afghanistan were a warning to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Which is as much as admitting that the gas attack on Idlib was a false-flag to justify the Syria strike. That sends the WRONG message; that the US attacks countries on the basis of lies.

Apr 18 06:35

Trump Has Killed Beautiful Babies in Four Countries

US president Donald Trump sounded sincere when he described how he felt after seeing pictures of "beautiful little babies" allegedly killed by a Syrian government chemical weapons attack on April 4.

“These heinous actions by the Assad regime cannot be tolerated," said Trump, and hours later, the US launched nearly 60 tomahawk missiles in response to the allegations.

But what about the beautiful little babies killed by US bombs since Trump became president? Is Trump not concerned about those children because they were killed by his missiles, and not Assad’s chemical weapons?

In the first three months of his presidency, Trump has dropped bombs – and killed children – in Yemen, Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq.

Apr 17 09:22

Wanna see why Trump is bombing Syria and Afghanistan?

Apr 16 15:03

How to bring down the elephant in the room

The reason why I decided to tackle this issue today is that the forces who broke Trump in less than a month are also the very same forces who have forced him into a political 180: the Neocons and the US deep state. However, I think that these two concepts can be fused into on I would call the “Ziocons”: basically Zionists plus some rabid Anglo imperialists à la Cheney or McCain. These are the folks who control the US corporate media, Hollywood, Congress, most of academia, etc. These are the folks who organized a ferocious assault on the “nationalist” or “patriotic” wing of Trump supporters and ousted Flynn and Bannon and these are the folks who basically staged a color revolution against Trump. There is some pretty good evidence that the person in charge of this quiet coup is Jared Kushner, a rabid Zionist. Maybe. Maybe not.

Apr 16 08:59

Top US official visits Afghanistan after huge bomb attack

US National Security Advisor Gen. H.R McMaster arrived in Kabul on Sunday days after the American military dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb on Islamic State grouphideouts in eastern Afghanistan, killing nearly a hundred militants.
On his first visit to the country as President Donald Trump's envoy, McMaster said on Twitter he was set to hold "very important talks on mutual cooperation".

Apr 16 07:17

Wikileaks: Afghan Tunnels Bombed By US "Were Built By CIA"

Earlier this week, President Trump ordered the dropping of a Massive Ordinance Air Blast (MOAB) on an Islamic State hideout in Afghanistan. The "Mother of All Bombs" allegedly killed at least 100 Islamic State jihadists. However, Wikileaks points out the cave complex that the bomb was dropped on was built by the CIA.

Apr 16 06:19

Afghans whose homes were stolen by the Islamic State are happy the U.S. dropped a mega bomb on their neighborhood

Hopefully, many ISIS militants were killed in the attack. May it be the first of many.

Apr 14 12:07

US snubs 11-state Afghanistan peace conference, says Russia trying to ‘assert influence’

Washington failed to attend the latest international conference hosted by Moscow, where 11 nations discussed ways of bringing peace to Afghanistan. The US branded it a “unilateral Russian attempt to assert influence in the region.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Anyone remember Charlie Wilson's War?

Apr 14 09:43

Trump Proud of Using 'Mother of All Bombs', But It Hardly Can Impact Afghan War

Despite US President Donald Trump hailed the first drop of "the Mother of all Bombs" in Afghanistan as "another success" of the American armed forces, military analysts doubt that the event will affect the course of the long-standing conflict in the country.

Apr 14 09:29

Karzai strongly condemns US dropping of huge bomb in Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s former President Hamid Karzai has blasted the US for dropping its largest non-nuclear bomb in the Asian country, saying Washington is using his country as a “testing ground” for its new weapons.

Apr 14 08:48

Trump's Massive Bomb and Syrian Strike Both Deadly Propaganda Events

Vijay Prashad and Paul Jay ask if the US "mother of all bombs" dropped on Afghanistan and the missile attack on a Syrian airbase, are PR events to show Trump and the US military will "fight without restraint" and "take on Russia"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The machines will fight without restraint. The same will not be true for flesh-and-flood soldiers.

Apr 14 08:22

BIG BANGS CAN NOT END THE WAR ON AFGHANISTAN - ADMITTING DEFEAT WILL

The U.S. generals demand, as they always do, more troops to "break the stalemate". But there is no stalemate. The Afghan farmers are winning. The Taliban control more areas now than they ever controlled since 2002.

Dropping 22,000 lbs of high explosives on some shack will not change that trend.

(Though it will drown the news that the U.S. military just bombed and killed 18 of its Kurdish proxy forces in Syria.)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nearly 16 years on, there is no military metric by which the US/NATO invasion and occupation of Afghanistan can be characterised as a success.

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

Of course, such moves...would be logical.

Apr 14 06:50

Mother of All Bombs: Donald Trump hails US military for targeting IS

President Donald Trump has hailed the US military's "very, very successful" strike on an Islamic State tunnel complex in Afghanistan with the largest non-nuclear bomb ever used in combat which killed 36 militants and destroyed their mountain hideouts near the Pakistan border.

Apr 14 06:39

Trump Bombs Afghanistan . Time To Cancel The unReality Show

(*your face to face
with the man who sold the world
David Bowie)

Apr 14 05:56

Look What Wikileaks Revealed About The Tunnels In Afghanistan That Were Just Bombed!!

The devastating MOAB dropped on Afghanistan destroyed tunnels financed by the CIA in the 1980s, according to information contained in an old New York Times article posted by WikiLeaks on Thursday.

Apr 13 14:40

The big-bomb that the US just dropped is only 1/4 as powerful as Russia's big bomb. (non-nuclear)

The US big bomb weighs 22,600 lb and has a yield equivalent to 11 tons of TNT.

The Rooskie big bomb weighs only 15,650 lb and has a yield equivalent to 44 tons of TNT.

>""Robert Hewson, an editor for Jane's Information Group, told the BBC it was likely that FOAB indeed represented the world's biggest non-nuclear bomb.

See and compare:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Father_of_All_Bombs

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GBU-43/B_Massive_Ordnance_Air_Blast

Apr 13 14:02

Trump Won't Say If He Signed Off On MOAB Strike: 'We' Have Given Military 'Total Authorization'

President Trump declined to say whether he personally signed off on dropping the largest non-nuclear bomb ever on an ISIS tunnel network in Afghanistan on Thursday.

Apr 13 11:32

BREAKING NEWS – U.S. drops 'mother of all bombs' on ISIS: America's most massive non-nuclear weapon is used for first time in combat on caves in Afghanistan

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"They had nuclear weapons in there. And germs. Lots of germs. And a Death Star. And overdue library books! Honest!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 13 11:22

Trumped: US Drops Largest Non-nuclear Moab Bomb In Human History On Isis In Afghanistan

A GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb, nicknamed MOAB, was dropped at 7 p.m. local time Thursday, the sources said. The MOAB is also known as the “mother of all bombs.” A MOAB is a 21,600-pound, GPS-guided munition that is America’s most powerful non-nuclear bomb.

Apr 12 07:56

'No light at end of this tunnel, US can’t win Afghanistan war'

The Pentagon is not fighting to win the war in Afghanistan, but not to have the perception the US lost the war, said Brian Becker from the ANSWER Coalition. Any troop surge in Afghanistan will not be decisive, he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Apr 11 11:23

Jackson Browne - Lives in The Balance

Apr 08 12:08

Intercepted Podcast: Could Trump Start World War III?

Donald Trump has not started any new wars — yet. But his administration is pouring gasoline on several initiated by his predecessors. This week on Intercepted: There are U.S. boots on the ground in Syria — now including conventional military forces — and more are reportedly on the way. Trump has eased restrictions on the killing of civilians and is pummeling Yemen with drone strikes. Combined with the presence of radical ideologues in the White House and the involvement of the powerful militaries of Iran and Russia in the same battlespaces as the U.S., Trump could take the world to the brink of the unthinkable.

Exactly what the Satanic oligarchy, hoping to conceal their massive crimes against humanity want: a New World Order (Israel/bankers/China) from the irradiated ashes that destroys not only Russia, but the United states as well.

Apr 06 09:47

Flashback - Afghanistan: MSF Staff Killed, Hospital Partially Destroyed in Kunduz

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) condemns in the strongest possible terms the horrific bombing of its hospital in Kunduz, which was full of staff and patients. MSF wishes to clarify that all parties to the conflict, including in Kabul and Washington, were clearly informed of the precise location (GPS Coordinates) of the MSF facilities in Kunduz, including the hospital, guesthouse, office and an outreach stabilization unit in Chardara northwest of Kunduz.

As it does in all conflict contexts, MSF communicated the precise locations of its facilities to all parties on multiple occasions over the past months, including most recently on September 29.

The bombing in Kunduz continued for more than 30 minutes after American and Afghan military officials in Kabul and Washington were first informed by MSF that its hospital was struck.

Apr 06 09:46

Flashback: One Day After Warning Russia of Civilian Casualties, the U.S. Bombs a Hospital in Afghanistan

Yesterday afternoon, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power marched to Twitter to proclaim: “We call on Russia to immediately cease attacks on Syrian oppo[sition and] civilians.” Along with that decree, she posted a statement from the U.S. and several of its closest authoritarian allies — including Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the U.K. — warning Russia that civilian casualties “will only fuel more extremism and radicalization.”

Early this morning, in the Afghan city of Kunduz, the U.S. dropped bombs on a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)). The airstrike killed at least nine of the hospital’s medical staff, and seriously injured dozens of patients. “Among the dead was the Afghan head of the hospital, Abdul Sattar,” reported the New York Times.

Jason Cone, MSF’s executive director, said the medical charity “condemns in the strongest possible terms the horrific bombing of its hospital in Kunduz full of staff and patients.”

Apr 04 05:50

Russia Accuse NATO Of Manufacturing The Opioid Crisis

Russia has accused NATO of manufacturing the opioid crisis in Afghanistan, claiming that the United States directly benefits from the opium trade.

Apr 01 09:40

Russia Outraged by US Claims on Moscow Alleged Support to Taliban - Grushko

Russia was outraged by US top military commander's remarks on Moscow alleged support of Taliban terrorist organization (outlawed in Russia) and expressed its indignation during recent NATO-Russia Council (NRC) meeting, Russian envoy to NATO Alexander Grushko said Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I seem to recall the Russians and Taliban killing each other last time they met!

Mar 29 08:41

Lavrov Calls Out NATO's Role in Afghan Drug Trafficking

The US operation against the Taliban and al-Qaeda was supported by all countries. It’s another matter that after receiving the international approval, the United States and its NATO allies, which took over in Afghanistan, started acting rather inconsistently, to put it mildly. During their operation in Afghanistan, the terrorist threat has not been rooted out, while the drug threat has increased many times over. The drug industry prospered. There is factual evidence that some of the NATO contingents in Afghanistan turned a blind eye to the illegal drug trafficking, even if they were not directly involved in these criminal schemes.

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Mar 29 08:39

Britain is protecting the biggest heroin crop of all time

In six years, the occupation has wrought one massive transformation in Afghanistan, a development so huge that it has increased Afghan GDP by 66 per cent and constitutes 40 per cent of the entire economy. That is a startling achievement, by any standards. Yet we are not trumpeting it. Why not?

The answer is this. The achievement is the highest harvests of opium the world has ever seen.

The Taliban had reduced the opium crop to precisely nil. I would not advocate their methods for doing this, which involved lopping bits, often vital bits, off people. The Taliban were a bunch of mad and deeply unpleasant religious fanatics. But one of the things they were vehemently against was opium.

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Mar 27 12:33

Despite Campaign Promises, Trump Set To Outdo Obama On Military Adventurism

When asked about Trump attitudes toward war, MIT professor and renowned linguist and political analyst Noam Chomsky told MintPress News that the idea that he was an anti-war candidate “was based on his criticisms of the Iraq and Libya attacks (which, contrary to his lies, he supported) and his ambiguous statements about reducing tensions with Russia – a good thing, if he meant it. But his actual policies are extremely dangerous.”

“[This includes] the sharp increase in the military budget, the weakening of restrictions on drone strikes, and the wild charges about Iran,” Chomsky said, adding that what really worries those who pay attention to these issues “is his megalomania and unpredictability…we know how someone who goes berserk over minor slights might react in a moment of crisis.”

Mar 27 11:36

US General: 5,000 More Troops Needed for Afghanistan

Gen. Nicholson now says he wants another 5,000 US and NATO troops, saying he believes the US needs that many to “break the stalemate” in the war. Nicholson has repeatedly labeled the conflict a “stalemate” in recent weeks, which appears to be an overestimation of the situation, with the Taliban continuing to gain ground against Afghan security forces.

The US has repeatedly run into this problem in Afghanistan, with the government’s forces unable to stand up to the Taliban by themselves, and NATO growing weary of continuing to prop them up. This has led to escalations and deescalation for years, constantly trying to save the Afghan government from outright defeat.

Nicholson argued that because 9/11 involved Afghanistan, a loss in the country would embolden terrorists globally.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

General Nicholson, a word, please.

As you well know, Afghanistan had nothing to do with 9/11: it is the self-perpetuating lie/narrative that the US government continues to flog as its "justification" for having invaded, and continuing to occupy this country with US and NATO troops.

Afghanistan had nothing to do with 9/11

There is, after 16 years and counting, absolutely zero military metric by which Afghanistan can be characterised as a military success.

The invasion, and occupation was all about rights to pipeline routes and the rights to that embarrassment of natural resources Afghanistan which Afghanistan possesses.

Pipeline to Afghanistan

Afghanistan's mineral wealth

And lastly, sir,I have an incredible set of concepts which would stop any terrorism against the US or any of its assets overseas, and most probably very quickly:

1. Create working alternative energy which does not leave the US dependent on fossil fuel.

2. Stop mucking about in other people's countries to expropriate resources to which the US government has no moral right.

3. Stop regime changing those countries to become western-centric.

4. Stop insisting that those resources only be sold in US-denominated currency.

YOU'RE WELCOME!!! :-)

Mar 27 10:05

American Genocide with DU Deforms Afghanistan's Unborn Children

The staff of American USSR has learned in a book by Dr. Mohammad Daud Miraki and reported with a graphic video of deformed babies at Press TV that The United States' use of radioactive munitions in Afghanistan has destroyed the people's health and mutilated the genetic future of the country, Press TV reports.
Dr. Mohammad Daud Miraki, the author of Afghanistan After Democracy: The Untold Story Through Photographic Images, told Press TV's Kabul correspondent on Monday that the US has committed horrific crimes against the people of Afghanistan.

He said the US used depleted uranium in the country and Afghan babies were being born with severe deformities.

Exposure to depleted uranium causes genetic damage, birth defects, cancer, diabetes, immune system damage, and other serious health problems.

Mar 26 09:04

US Will Keep Ground Troops in Libya

In a press briefing at the Pentagon today, African Command leader Gen. Thomas Waldhauser announced that the US intends to keep ground troops in Libya for the foreseeable future to support “friendly forces,” and to “degrade” the ISIS forces that remain in the country.

Waldhauser did not specify how many US troops are in Libya now, or how many will stay, but did estimate that there were less than 200 ISIS fighters left in Libya. The US had announced the end of the anti-ISIS campaign in Libya back in December, but never fully withdrew from the country.

The US forces were in Libya trying to help the “unity” government defeat ISIS in the city of Sirte. US officials repeatedly claimed the city was totally surrounded, and that no ISIS fighters would get away, though when the fighting finally ended, a substantial number of ISIS fighters did in fact get away.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: this is "military-speak" for the reality that the US government is never leaving Libya because of the oil and the oil pipelines.

Mar 24 11:12

US claims Russia maintains Afghan Talibs. Russia responds

Officials with the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation have denied the statement from US military officials, who claimed that Russia was supposedly maintaining the Taliban movement in Afghanistan (the organisation is banned in Russia). "I've seen the influence of Russia of late, increased influence in terms of association and perhaps even supply to the Taliban," Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, the head of the U.S. military's European Command and the Supreme Allied Commander for NATO said. The general did not specify what exactly Russia could be supplying to the Taliban. The head of the second Asia department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Zamir Kabulov, responded to Scaparrotti's remarks. "This is an absolutely false assertion that does not even deserve any reaction, because these statements are fabrications designed to justify the failure of the United States in the Afghan campaign. We can not find another explanation to this," Kabulov said.

Mar 24 10:33

US General: Russia ‘Perhaps’ Supplying Taliban

In the past few months, US officials have increasingly found it convenient to blame Russia for anything that goes wrong, no matter how little credibility such an accusation has. NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, US Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, may have gone the farthest, however, saying that it was conceivable that Russia was providing unspecified “supply” to the Afghan Taliban.

Gen. Scaparrotti told the Senate Armed Services Committee that he had “seen the influence of Russia of late,” and that “perhaps” this included supplies, though he neither offered any details on what sort of supplies he was accusing Russia of “perhaps” giving the Taliban, nor any evidence that anything he said was true.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Gen. Scaparrotti, a word, please; trying to blame the nearly 16 year old, utterly failed US/NATO occupation on Russia, and providing absolutely no evidence with which to support your claim, is, shall we say diplomatically, completely counter-productive.

Mar 24 08:30

A Conspiracy Theory that became a “Conspiracy Fact”: The CIA, Afghanistan’s Poppy Fields and America’s Growing Heroin Epidemic

Now the question is why heroin use has dramatically increased since 2002? Maybe the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001 after the September 11th attacks under the Bush regime had something to do with it? The main-stream media (MSM) establishment mouthpiece The Washington Post admitted in 2006 that heroin production in Afghanistan “broke all records” while under U.S. occupation:

Opium production in Afghanistan, which provides more than 90 percent of the world’s heroin, broke all records in 2006, reaching a historic high despite ongoing U.S.-sponsored eradication efforts, the Bush administration reported yesterday.

In addition to a 26 percent production increase over past year — for a total of 5,644 metric tons — the amount of land under cultivation in opium poppies grew by 61 percent. Cultivation in the two main production provinces, Helmand in the southwest and Oruzgan in central Afghanistan, was up by 132 percent

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Mar 23 10:28

Exclusive interview: NZSAS says civilians were killed in fatal raid, including two by Kiwi sniper fire

A NZ Special Air Service soldier has confirmed civilians were killed in a 2010 raid carried out by the unit and says the truth is widely known among the elite military group.

The soldier told the Herald the two people found shot dead were killed by NZSAS marksmen who believed they were acting under "Rules of Engagement" governing their actions on the battlefield.

"They have taken out two," he said.

He said the other four people killed died in a barrage of fire from United States aircraft called in by a New Zealander operating as the Joint Terminal Air Controller - the person responsible for directing air support.

The soldier said it emerged there were no combatants identified on the battlefield - as the book maintained.

Mar 21 22:26

Former Defence Minister concedes civilian casualties in 2010 SAS raid in Afghanistan

Former Defence Minister Wayne Mapp has conceded civilians were killed in a 2010 Afghanistan raid.

The raid is the focus of Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson's new book, which claims six people were killed.

This is the first Government concession that civilians died in the raid.

Newshub spoke to Mapp - who was Defence Minister at the time of the attack - today.

"One of the disasters of war is these terrible things can happen," he said when asked about the deaths.

When asked if he was remorseful, he said: "In 2014 I was informed that, I saw it on TV in fact, that a 3-year-old was killed, I'm sure everyone is remorseful about that. At the time of the attack they thought they were being attacked by insurgents."

Mar 20 23:31

NZSAS killed civilians in raid, Nicky Hager's new book claims

New Zealand elite soldiers killed six civilians and injured 15 during a raid in Afghanistan in 2010, author Nicky Hager's new book alleges.

Hager is launching his latest book Hit & Run at an event in Wellington.

Hundreds of people have crammed into the Unity Books store, including a large media contingent.

Hit & Run, which was co-authored with freelance war journalist Jon Stephenson, is based on the Security Intelligence Service's (SAS) response to the first New Zealand death in combat in the country.

Soldiers involved in the raid approached the two authors and said they believed they had been involved in war crimes, Hager said at the book launch today.

New Zealand's Defence Minister at the time of the raid, Wayne Mapp, has previously said that no civilians were killed.

Speaking to media after the book launch, Hager said he and Stephenson had discussed the raid with legal experts and they had said there were grounds to suspect war crimes had been committed.

Mar 17 09:25

Top diplomat says Russia plans to take additional steps to settle situation in Afghanistan

Hanif Atmar said Afghanistan highly appreciates Russia’s initiative towards regional consensus in Central Asia in order to promote partnership in various spheres. "Traditionally, Afghanistan carries out a multi-vector foreign policy and Russia is a major factor in our country’s foreign policy," he said. "Russia and Afghanistan have important common interests and our partnership is playing a major role in achieving these common goals. Our cooperation plays an important role in countering terrorism and drug trafficking, in ensuring peace and national reconciliation in our country and in developing trade-and-economic relations. Afghanistan highly appreciates your recent initiatives towards regional consensus in order to promote such partnership," Atmar added.

Mar 16 10:46

TRUMP HAS CALLED THE AFGHAN WAR A “MESS.” HIS GENERALS WANT TO ESCALATE IT.

Afghanistan hardly got a look in during the election campaign. The decade-and-a-half-long war was mentioned only once in the three presidential debates — in the form of a passing reference by Hillary Clinton. Trump, however, might want to put down the golf clubs and start paying attention to the forgotten struggle against the Taliban, which was supposed to have formally ended in December 2014. His generals, backed by GOP hawks in Congress, want to drag it out for a few more years. Their unspoken mantra? When in doubt, double down.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These Generals, advocating for more troops in Afghanistan, need to very articulately spell out just what the hell they mean when they say “It is imperative that we see our mission through to success,”

How, after 16 long years, and all the blood and money spent, do they define "success" in Afghanistan, as there is, so far, no military metric after all this time by which this campaign, waged in a country which has long been called "the graveyard of empires", can be measured?!?

I would politely suggest to Congress to have them completely spell out how these additional troops would lead to any possible military "win", when previous troop surges have led to abject failures on the part of the NATO and US military, and with the Taliban even deeper in control of the country.

Oh, and Congress; a word, please.

Most Americans with more than one brain cell understand that the sensible thing to do is evacuate all US and NATO troops as quickly as would be safe to do, and negotiate with whatever government is left standing for the pipeline routes and the mineral rights.

After all, it was "Pipelineistan" which got us into this quagmire, courtesy of the Bush Administration, so many years ago. As reported at centurion2.wordpress.com in 2009:

Since the 2001 invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, the US has a military presence on China’s Western frontier, in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The U.S. is intent upon establishing permanent military bases in Afghanistan, which occupies a strategic position bordering on the former Soviet republics, China and Iran. Moreover, the US and NATO have also established since 1996, military ties with several former Soviet republics under GUUAM (Georgia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and Moldava). In the post 9/11 era, Washington has used the pretext of the “global war against terrorism” to further develop a U.S. military presence in GUUAM countries. Uzbekistan withdrew from GUUAM in 2002.(The organization is now referred to as GUAM). China has oil interests in Eurasia as well as in sub-Saharan Africa, which encroach upon Anglo-American oil interests. What is at stake is the geopolitical control over the Eurasian corridor. In March 1999, the U.S. Congress adopted the Silk Road Strategy Act, which defined America’s broad economic and strategic interests in a region extending from the Eastern Mediterranean to Central Asia. The Silk Road Strategy (SRS) outlines a framework for the development of America’s business empire along an extensive geographical corridor. The successful implementation of the SRS requires the concurrent “militarization” of the entire Eurasian corridor as a means to securing control over extensive oil and gas reserves, as well as “protecting” pipeline routes and trading corridors. This militarization is largely directed against China, Russia and Iran. Take a look at the maps above – then note how the army bases are in prime positions to protect the oil and gas pipelines. That is what this ‘war’ is about. The Afghanistan war is about securing the territory through which the oil and gas pipelines will have to pass through in order to ensure Russia, China and Iran are outmanouvered in the last great wars for the last of the global oil supplies on the planet.

And Congress, one has to wonder; how many of these generals, advocating for Troop Surge, have their collective portfolios invested in energy stocks, and the military/industrial complex?!?

I frankly think that the American people have the right to know!!

Mar 14 09:12

PERPETUAL WAR FOR PERPETUAL PEACE IN AFGHANISTAN

Despite over 15 years of support, the government in Kabul currently controls only 63% of the country. It is likely to lose control of more territory with serious advances by Taliban forces in the last year [PDF]. The government has been rife with corruption primarily related to stealing U.S. development funds and facilitating heroin smuggling. Afghanistan remains the world capital for opium production, and is even hitting new highs.

None of these problems are new. Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s own brother was allegedly one of the biggest heroin dealers in the country. And the Taliban have never really been under threat of being outright defeated, so much as temporarily setback.

Mar 14 09:11

America has spent more rebuilding Afghanistan than it spent rebuilding Europe under the Marshall Plan

Large-scale corruption persists, with Afghanistan third from the bottom in international rankings, ahead of only Somalia and North Korea. Adjusted for inflation, American spending to reconstruct Afghanistan now exceeds the total expended to rebuild all of Western Europe under the Marshall Plan; yet to have any hope of surviving, the Afghan government will for the foreseeable future remain almost completely dependent on outside support.

And things are getting worse. Although the United States has invested $70 billion in rebuilding Afghan security forces, only 63 percent of the country’s districts are under government control, with significant territory lost to the Taliban over the past year. Though the United States has spent $8.5 billion to battle narcotics in Afghanistan, opium production there has reached an all-time high.

For this, over the past 15 years, nearly 2,400 American soldiers have died, and 20,000 more have been wounded.

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

Mar 14 08:42

More Mideast Madness as Trump Prepares to March

We are now moving rapidly into stage II of Levantine Madness as the US boosts its intervention in the war-torn Mideast.

Five thousand US troops are back in Iraq to bolster the shattered nation’s puppet regime that is propped up by American bayonets. New Iraqi military formations have been formed, totally equipped with modern US M1 Abrams tanks, Humvees, and fleets of trucks. More US forces are on the way.

As if this witch’s brew was not sufficiently toxic, US and Russian aircraft and Special Forces are brushing up against one another in Syria. At the same time, the US Navy in the nearby Persian Gulf is provoking the Iranians to please President Donald Trump who seems determined to have war with Iran.

The US Navy is now threatening to impose a naval blockade on war-torn Yemen, another joint US-Saudi warfare enterprise that has gone terribly wrong.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am deeply concerned about the lousy quality of counsel, and information, President Trump is getting regarding the US military presence in the Middle East, and Afghanistan, and how things in the countries in which we are fighting are getting worse, and not better at all.

IF the leadership of both NATO and and the US government had a shred of sense regarding Afghanistan, they would have their troops exit this country as quickly as was safe, and negotiate with whatever government remained standing in Kabul for the pipeline routes, and the rights to the amazing level of mineral deposits Afghanistan possesses.

Of course... THAT would be logical.

Mar 10 15:35

Surge in Afghan Blood: CENTCOM Seeks to Warrant Permanent War and Occupation

This is while the US was supposed to have completed its pullout from Afghanistan by now, though this was repeatedly pushed back during the Obama administration’s waning years, and ultimately halted. All indications from Pentagon figures since are that they envision troop levels growing from this point – for a never-ending war and occupation. It’s a humiliating attempt to save a dying empire in a region increasingly hostile to its colonial policies and plans:

The US-led invasion was a catastrophe from day one. US airstrikes have killed many civilians already - though the Pentagon denies that. The new surge seems to be aiming for these sorts of targets again - as the CENTCOM claims “the Taliban are all hiding in these areas.”

Mar 10 07:31

Head of Central Command says US will have to send MORE troops back to Afghanistan to break stalemate between government and the Taliban 

The head of US Central Command believes more troops need to be deployed to Afghanistan to break the stalemate between the government and the Taliban.

Army General Joseph Votel told a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Thursday that 'additional resources' will be required to carry out a new US strategy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We gotta get the flow of opium ... I mean oil... going again!" -- The Hexagon

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

Mar 06 08:56

Chinese troops appear to be operating in Afghanistan, and the Pentagon is OK with it

There is mounting evidence that Chinese ground troops are operating inside Afghanistan, conducting joint counter-terror patrols with Afghan forces along a 50-mile stretch of their shared border and fueling speculation that Beijing is preparing to play a significantly greater role in the country's security once the U.S. and NATO leave.

The full scope of China's involvement remains unclear, and the Pentagon is unwilling to discuss it. “We know that they are there, that they are present,” a Pentagon spokesman said. Yet beyond a subtle acknowledgement, U.S. military officials in Washington and in Kabul would not respond to several detailed questions submitted by Military Times.

This dynamic stands in stark contrast to the two sides' feisty rhetoric over their ongoing dispute in the South China Sea, and to Washington's vocal condemnation of Russian and Iranian activity in Afghanistan. One explanation may be that this quiet arrangement is mutually beneficial.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With a restive Western Muslim population in Xingiang, the Chinese government doesn't want to see anything remotely looking like outside elements of jihad making it through that 50 mile border with Afghanistan.

So from the Chinese governmental perspective, what they are doing in Afghanistan is perfectly logical.

There is utterly no military metric by which the US and NATO occupation of Afghanistan can be judged as a "success"; rather, these last 16 years have been serial failures, with never enough troops to overwhelm and terminate the Taliban; and now, elements of jihad are sparking new conflicts, and placing even more strain on this occupation.

IF the American government and NATO high command had one shred of horse-sense between them, they would pull all their troops as quickly as was safe, and negotiate with whatever government was left standing in Kabul regarding the pipeline rights and mineral rights; of course, those actions....would be logical.

And please remember the deep history of this sordid war against Afghanistan; the Bush administration was negotiating with the Taliban over the oil pipeline routes, but told the Taliban that their fees were "too high", as reported here:

July 21, 2001: US Official Threatens Possible Military Action Against Taliban by October if Pipeline Is Not PursuedEdit event Niaz Naik. Niaz Naik. [Source: Calcutta Telegraph (left)] Three former American officials, Tom Simons (former US Ambassador to Pakistan), Karl Inderfurth (former Deputy Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs), and Lee Coldren (former State Department expert on South Asia) meet with Pakistani and Russian intelligence officers in a Berlin hotel. [SALON, 8/16/2002] This is the third of a series of back-channel conferences called “brainstorming on Afghanistan.” Taliban representatives sat in on previous meetings, but boycotted this one due to worsening tensions. However, the Pakistani ISI relays information from the meeting to the Taliban. [GUARDIAN, 9/22/2001] At the meeting, Coldren passes on a message from Bush officials. He later says, “I think there was some discussion of the fact that the United States was so disgusted with the Taliban that they might be considering some military action.” [GUARDIAN, 9/26/2001] Accounts vary, but former Pakistani Foreign Secretary Niaz Naik later says he is told by senior American officials at the meeting that military action to overthrow the Taliban in Afghanistan is planned to “take place before the snows started falling in Afghanistan, by the middle of October at the latest.” The goal is to kill or capture both bin Laden and Taliban leader Mullah Omar, topple the Taliban regime, and install a transitional government of moderate Afghans in its place. Uzbekistan and Russia would also participate. Naik also says, “It was doubtful that Washington would drop its plan even if bin Laden were to be surrendered immediately by the Taliban.” [BBC, 9/18/2001] One specific threat made at this meeting is that the Taliban can choose between “carpets of bombs” —an invasion—or “carpets of gold” —the pipeline. [BRISARD AND DASQUIE, 2002, PP. 43] Naik contends that Tom Simons made the “carpets” statement. Simons claims, “It’s possible that a mischievous American participant, after several drinks, may have thought it smart to evoke gold carpets and carpet bombs. Even Americans can’t resist the temptation to be mischievous.” Naik and the other American participants deny that the pipeline was an issue at the meeting

So this was a war over oil pipeline routes and mineral wealth; the late Karl Marx had some very frivolous things to say, but when he made the observation that all wars are, by their very nature, economic, he was bang spot-on.

Mar 04 08:39

Unexpected Turn: US Anti-Russia Sanctions Caused Air Power Crisis in Afghanistan

The Obama administration bought Mi-17s for the Afghan air force where they played a vital role in providing ground support in combat operations and in carrying supplies. However, in 2014 the US government imposed economic sanctions on Russia.

"The Ukraine crisis impacted Afghanistan in a major way," Qayoumi stated on Friday. "After the Ukraine crisis we could not use US funds to acquire any spare parts and that caused a major crisis in air power for Afghanistan."

Mar 02 13:15

Feds threaten to shut down giant Las Vegas marijuana festival

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RENO, Nev. One of the world's largest marijuana festivals, which is expected to be held this week on tribal land outside of Las Vegas, has been facing a possible shutdown for the past two weeks, according to a letter sent by federal officials earlier this month.

U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden, based in Las Vegas, sent a Feb. 16 letter to the Moapa Paiute Tribe reminding the tribe that the transport, possession, use and distribution of marijuana is illegal under federal law. The marijuana trade show and festival, planned for March 4 and 5, would be in violation of that law, according to the letter obtained by the Reno Gazette-Journal.

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