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Did the US allow ISIS to escape to keep the fighting going?

Posted by Martin C. Fox on November 22, 2017

Does this mean that we can expect considerable fumbling and a game with no exit strategy, something like a replay of Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya? You betcha.

http://www.unz.com/pgiraldi/boy-is-this-stupid-or-what/

Even the U.S. media has been reluctantly reporting that ISIS has been rolled back in Syria by the joint efforts of the Syrian Army and the Russian air force with the United States and its allies playing very much secondary roles in the conflict. The Russians have, in fact, complained that Washington seemed just a tad disinterested in actually cooperating to destroy the last remnants of ISIS in the few areas that the group still controls, citing most recently an alleged incident during the Syrian government liberation of the town of Abu Kamal in which U.S. air assets on site appear to have allowed ISIS fighters to escape. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hamid Karzai: US colluded with ISIL in Afghanistan

Posted by Martin C. Fox on November 11, 2017

What is the truth? Hillary/Obama colluded with Karzai and his drug dealing, trucking operation owner half-brother. The US paid off the Taliban not attack truck convoys. Everyone colludes with everyone and his brother.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/11/hamid-karzai-colluded-isil-afghanistan-171110191715544.html

Hamid Karzai, the former president of Afghanistan, has accused the US of working with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group in his country.

In an exclusive interview with Al Jazeera’s UpFront aired on Friday, Karzai said the US government had allowed ISIL, also known as ISIS, to flourish inside Afghanistan. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Taliban Tried to Surrender and the U.S. Rebuffed Them. Now Here We Are.

Posted by Martin C. Fox on September 5, 2017

Another Pentagram foreign policy success story. Well, a success for bomb makers.

https://theintercept.com/2017/08/22/afghanistan-donald-trump-taliban-surrender-here-we-are/

So when the Taliban came to surrender, the U.S. turned them down repeatedly, in a series of arrogant blunders spelled out in Anand Gopal’s investigative treatment of the Afghanistan war, “No Good Men Among the Living.

Only full annihilation was enough for the Bush administration. They wanted more terrorists in body bags. The problem was that the Taliban had stopped fighting, having either fled to Pakistan or melted back into civilian life. Al Qaeda, for its part, was down to a handful of members.

So how do you kill terrorists if there aren’t any? Read the rest of this entry »

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Unworthy Victims: Western Wars Have Killed Four Million Muslims Since 1990   :    Information Clearing House – ICH

Posted by Martin C. Fox on August 29, 2017

Not much discussion on terrorist deaths. Apparently the number was too low to bother with.

We were told they would love us for “freeing” them. What happened?

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article41491.htm

April 08, 2015 “ICH” – “MEE” – Last month, the Washington DC-based Physicians for Social Responsibility (PRS) released a landmark study concluding that the death toll from 10 years of the “War on Terror” since the 9/11 attacks is at least 1.3 million, and could be as high as 2 million.

For instance, although 40,000 corpses had been buried in Najaf since the launch of the war, IBC recorded only 1,354 deaths in Najaf for the same period. That example shows how wide the gap is between IBC’s Najaf figure and the actual death toll – in this case, by a factor of over 30.
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The CIA Heroin Ratline

Posted by Martin C. Fox on August 29, 2017

He was then warned that if he brought this issue up again he would be returned to Australia in a body bag.”

https://sputniknews.com/columnists/201708251056794770-afghanistan-cia-heroin-ratline/

A Gulf-based intel source with vast experience across the Pentagon-designated “arc of instability” tells the story of his interaction with an Australian intel operative who served in Afghanistan; “This was about 2011. He said he gave US Army Intelligence and the CIA reports on the Afghan heroin trade — that US military convoys from the ports of Pakistan were being used to ship the heroin out of Afghanistan — much of it was raw opium — for distribution as their backhaul.

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The War That Time Forgot

Posted by Martin C. Fox on August 27, 2017

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/08/25/the-war-that-time-forgot/

If it’s Independence Day, then you can count on John McCain to be bunkered down in a remote outpost of the Empire growling for the Pentagon to unleash airstrikes on some unruly nation, tribe or gang. This July the Fourth found McCain making a return engagement to Kabul, an arrival that must have prompted many Afghans to scramble for the nearest air raid shelter. Read the rest of this entry »

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Scott Horton’s just-released book Fool’s Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan.

Posted by Martin C. Fox on August 25, 2017

A fool’s work, as is the devil’s, is never done.

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/08/24/in-retrospect-were-winning/

The politicians, generals, and intelligence officers behind this unending catastrophe, who always promise they can fix things these problems wit just a little bit more time, money, and military force, have lost all credibility.

“The truth is America’s Afghan war is an irredeemable disaster. It was meant to be a trap in the first place. America is not only failing to defeat its enemies, but is destroying itself, just as Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda always intended.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Trump on How We Must Get Out of Afghanistan. Ho, Ho, Ho.

Posted by Martin C. Fox on August 25, 2017

German generals made several surrender appeals possibly as early as 1941 with Rudolf Hess’ defection to England. The allies said no.

The Japanese wanted to surrender in early 1945 but the allies said no.

The Afghan Taliban wanted to surrender but the US said no.

War is the health of the state (Randoph Bourne). War is a racket (General Smedley Butler). War is big busine$$ (Me).

https://www.garynorth.com/public/17055.cfm

On Monday, August 21, President Trump announced that he has reversed his previous plan to pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan.

Politics is a matter of selective betrayals
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Afghanistan and NATO | Libertarian Party

Posted by Martin C. Fox on August 23, 2017

There is nothing left of the dead Afghan horse to beat.

https://www.lp.org/afghanistan-and-nato/

According to Forbes: “Since [the initial] intervention in the aftermath of 9/11, roughly 2,400 American military personnel have died and more than 20,000 been wounded attempting to bring democracy to Central Asia. Some 3,500 military contractors have been killed, along with more than 1,100 allied personnel. Overall the US has poured more than $800 billion into the war. Set aside the costs of combat. The US has spent $117.3 billion on relief and ‘reconstruction,’ that is, attempting to create a functioning state in Afghanistan.”

Despite all of this sacrifice and hard work, nation building in Iraq and Afghanistan has been a failure. No matter how sophisticated our military is and no matter how much we sacrifice, nation building is far more difficult than our politicians believed. Not only that, it may create more terrorists than it quells. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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