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Posts Tagged ‘Afghanistan’

The aimless war in Afghanistan will cost US taxpayers $45 billion this year – Orange County Register

Posted by Martin C. Fox on February 12, 2018

How many more decades of death and destruction before we declare victory and go home?

Doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result…

http://www.ocregister.com/2018/02/07/the-aimless-war-in-afghanistan-will-cost-us-taxpayers-45-billion-this-year/

Sal Rodriguez

America’s forever war in Afghanistan will cost $45 billion this year, a Pentagon official told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday.

Now in its 17th year, there seems to be no end in sight to what has mostly become a futile effort at nation building. Depending on how you calculate it, the total cost of the war to date somewhere between $841 billion and $2 trillion… Read the rest of this entry »

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Sen. Rand Paul: Bring home our troops and, yes, throw a parade

Posted by Martin C. Fox on February 8, 2018

Afghanistan-The graveyard of empires.

Then again there are good reasons for hanging around. Oil, pipelines, keeping the pentagram suppliers busy, keeping Saudi Arabia happy, keeping Israel happy (how many Israeli/SA troops in Afghanistan-hard to tell– probably none).

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/02/07/sen-rand-paul-trump-s-military-parade-is-good-idea-if-bring-troops-home-from-afghanistan-first.html

Sen. Rand Paul

If victory requires the disparate tribes and regional factions of Afghanistan to have more allegiance to a regime in Kabul than to their local tribal leaders, then victory will never come.

We spend about $50 billion a year in Afghanistan. When quizzed in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee recently, undersecretaries of Defense and State could not answer the most rudimentary of questions concerning the war. Read the rest of this entry »

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“Notwithstanding”: How Congress Enabled Chuck Hagel and Ash Carter to Keep Child Rape and Torture from Disrupting Forever War – emptywheel

Posted by Martin C. Fox on January 27, 2018

Can’t let minor annoyances get in the way of the racket that is war.

https://www.emptywheel.net/2018/01/23/notwithstanding-how-congress-enabled-chuck-hagel-and-ash-carter-to-keep-child-rape-and-torture-from-disrupting-forever-war/

…Chuck Hagel and Ash Carter were fully aware of gross human rights abuses, including both child rape and torture, but elected to use the blunt tool that Congress had given them to ignore these human rights abuses and continue funding the same units within the Afghan military that carried out the abuses. So while official policy was that abuses are to be reported, they then are completely ignored at the Congressional and Cabinet level in order to continue a forever war that is forever failing.

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US military probes video of apparent shooting in Afghanistan – Channel NewsAsia

Posted by Martin C. Fox on January 12, 2018

“I am disappointed and also concerned that the American people, our coalition partners, the Afghan government and the Afghan people will believe that American service members are callous and indifferent to the horrors of war or the suffering of innocent people trapped in conflict,” Votel said in a statement.

It seems as though some are indifferent. The pentagram is doing absolutely nothing constructive anywhere in the ME. It must get boring. You have to get your laughs somehow.

It is not as thought this is an isolated incident. Ask Reuters.

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/us-military-probes-video-of-apparent-shooting-in-afghanistan-9854072

WASHINGTON: The Pentagon said on Thursday (Jan 11) it had opened an investigation after a video posted online appears to show an American soldier firing a shotgun at the driver of a civilian truck in Afghanistan. Read the rest of this entry »

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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.

No one answered. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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