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Terrorism for Profit – Antiwar.com Original

Posted by Martin C. Fox on August 13, 2017

http://original.antiwar.com/robert-koehler/2017/08/11/terrorism-for-profit/

This is what war is all about.

At a recent, well-publicized meeting with his generals, Trump “lamented that China is making money off of Afghanistan’s estimated $1 trillion in rare minerals while American troops are fighting the war,” according to NBC News. “Trump expressed frustration that his advisers tasked with figuring out how the US can help American businesses get rights to those minerals were moving too slowly, one official said. …

“The focus on the minerals was reminiscent of Trump’s comments early into his presidency when he lamented that the US didn’t take Iraq’s oil when the majority of forces departed the country in 2011.”

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Donald Trump Signals Frustration with Generals After Lack of Progress in Afghanistan

Posted by Martin C. Fox on August 3, 2017

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/08/02/donald-trump-signals-frustration-with-generals-after-lack-of-progress-in-afghanistan/

An NBC report details Trump’s comments about the war, signaling disappointment that despite giving his generals military authority to advance in Afghanistan, the United States continues to lose ground to the Taliban.

“We aren’t winning,” Trump said, according to officials speaking to NBC. “We are losing.”

No one wins in Afghanistan. Ask the British.

Remind me again-when did the Afghanistan or the Taliban ever attack the US? Read the rest of this entry »

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Michael Scheuer Non-Intervention.com

Posted by Martin C. Fox on July 28, 2017

http://non-intervention.com/

The quote below comes from an article about the future of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan that was in the USA Today Network on 14 July 2017. The article discusses several U.S. options in Afghanistan, but the one that takes the cake is the brainchild of two champions of the war in Iraq, who — as Tucker Carlson correctly said about Max Boot — can be relied on to propose ideas that will start unnecessary and always losing wars for the republic. The article’s authors are Michael O’Hanlon, an analyst from the Brookings Institution, who was orgasmic over invading Iraq, and the former general/now-felon David Petraeus, who lost the war in Iraq and helped lose the one in Afghanistan The article refers to some recent work by these two brain-dead beauties. Read the rest of this entry »

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Taliban Awash in US Arms, Vehicles, Complicate Afghan War – News From Antiwar.com

Posted by Martin C. Fox on July 26, 2017

Fake news from CNN about Russia. CNN attempts to distract us from failure and incompetence in Afghanistan, one of the many places we are warring that have never attacked US.

http://news.antiwar.com/2017/07/25/taliban-awash-in-us-arms-vehicles-complicated-afghan-war/

CNN has attempted to distract from this, focusing instead on a handful of Russian weapons seen in Taliban videos and speculating that the Taliban is getting directly armed by Russia. Yet there’s no question Taliban are armed vastly more with US gear than Russian hand-me-downs, and there’s never a suggestion the US is deliberately arming them.

The reality is that generations of warfare, first against the Soviet Union and later against the United States, has made the Taliban extremely good at coming up with ways to get weapons, and the longer the war drags on, the more US war materiel is being lost to them, turning the Taliban into the best-armed terrorist outfit this side of Syria, a country where the US has been deliberately arming the insurgencies.

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Are American Wars Just and Moral? – LewRockwell

Posted by Martin C. Fox on July 26, 2017

https://lewrockwell.com/2017/07/patrick-j-buchanan/american-wars-just-moral/

In which of the countries we have attacked or invaded in this century — Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen — are the people better off 
than they were before we came?

And we wonder why they hate us.

Just like here at home it is about control. Not improving life.

The problem is there are fewer sheeple over there than here.

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Violence Abroad Leads to Violence at Home – The Future of Freedom Foundation

Posted by Martin C. Fox on July 2, 2017

https://www.fff.org/2017/06/15/violence-abroad-leads-violence-home/

As with every other act of random killings here in the United States, the media misses the big one: The culture of ongoing violence that the national-security establishment has made a permanent part of America’s governmental structure.

For 27 continuous years, the Pentagon and the CIA have been killing people in the Middle East and Afghanistan. That is a long time to be killing people. And not just a few people. When we include the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi children who were killed by the 11 years of sanctions on Iraq, the number of people killed by U.S. forces surely exceed a million. Granted, not the 6 million killed in the Holocaust, but nonetheless a very large number of people killed. Read the rest of this entry »

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Terrorism Is Not a Forest Fire – LewRockwell

Posted by Martin C. Fox on May 25, 2017

https://lewrockwell.com/2017/05/jack-perry/terrorism-not-forest-fire/

The West still seems at a loss to understand why this is happening. Well, guys, here’s why: You need to get out of the Middle East and stay out. It really is that simple. And you guys have been told that repeatedly for decades. But the real reason Western governments refuse to listen is because they’re pretty much safe against suffering the consequences of Western government Middle East meddling. It’s the public that pays the price, not the politicians.
The public pays in civilian and military lives and taxes used to support the military and the bankster profiteers. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity : President Trump: Toss Your Generals’ War Escalation Plans In the Trash

Posted by Martin C. Fox on May 15, 2017

http://ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2017/may/14/president-trump-toss-your-generals-war-escalation-plans-in-the-trash/

Near the tenth anniversary of the US war on Afghanistan – seven years ago – I went to the Floor of Congress to point out that the war makes no sense. The original authorization had little to do with eliminating the Taliban. It was a resolution to retaliate against those who attacked the United States on September 11, 2001. From what we know now, the government of Saudi Arabia had far more to do with the financing and planning of 9/11 than did the Taliban. But we’re still pumping money into that lost cause. We are still killing Afghanis and in so doing creating the next generation of terrorists.

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Is McCain hijacking Trump’s foreign policy?

Posted by Martin C. Fox on March 16, 2017

http://www.wnd.com/2017/03/is-mccain-hijacking-trumps-foreign-policy/

From our longest war, Afghanistan, comes word from U.S. Gen. John Nicholson that we and our Afghan allies are in a “stalemate” with the Taliban, and he will need a “few thousand” more U.S. troops – to augment the 8,500 President Obama left behind when he left office.
Committing the US to go to war over Montenegro? McCain needs to declare victory and retire.

Historically, the Balkans have been an incubator of war. In the 19th century, Otto van Bismarck predicted that when the Great War came, it would come out of “some damn fool thing in the Balkans.” And so it did when the Austrian archduke was assassinated in Sarajevo June 28, 1914, by Serbian ethnonationalist Gavrilo Princip.

Why are we fighting the Taliban? They never attacked US. We attacked them. The result of Bush’s fake news back in 2002.

It’s time for your nap Senator McCain.

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U.S. drug war in Afghanistan has been miserable failure

Posted by Martin C. Fox on March 9, 2017

ttp://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/03/06/editorial-u-s-drug-war-in-afghanistan-has-been-miserable-failure/?_sm_byp=iVVV1hSBt3fr2Zvh

There is no delicate way to put this: The federal government’s “war on drugs” in the U.S. has been a stupendous failure. The only way it doesn’t look quite so bad is when it is compared to the mess we have made conducting a drug war as part of the rebuilding of Afghanistan.

More importantly, Afghanistan is responsible for 90 percent of the world’s illicit opiates, such as heroin, and opium production increased 43 percent just in the past year, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reported in October.

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