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It Still Doesn’t Get Worse Than Afghanistan – Foreign Policy

Posted by Martin C. Fox on July 11, 2018

It Still Doesn’t Get Worse Than Afghanistan


…These are all valid contenders — and there are no doubt others — but for my money (and yours), the single most indefensible and brain-dead aspect of U.S. foreign policy today remains the fruitless but never-ending effort to defeat the Taliban and achieve some sort of meaningful victory in Afghanistan. The United States has been trying to do this for so long that the arrival of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Kabul on Monday, on the heels of the country’s latest broken ceasefire, went unnoticed by most Americans. Many have probably forgotten (or never knew) how America’s involvement in Afghanistan even started — including some of the troops now being sent there… Read the rest of this entry »


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Watch: U.S.-Trained Afghan Air Force Drops Laser-Guided Bomb on Taliban for First Time

Posted by Martin C. Fox on March 29, 2018

The comments tell the story. Below are samples.

The military always lies about laser guided bomb success rates…come think of it the military always lies, especially to US. How many tries did it take? How many civilians died to get this one success? Is the building really a Taliban “compound” or some poor family’s (used to be) home?

The Taliban attacked US when?



      No.Spending 17 years training one pilot to drop a bomb – makes really good sense. And for only $75 billion, not counting the cost of the planes, we’re well on our way to victory. Thank God we had a lot “dumber” people back in WW2, as we didn’t have a “minute to spare”, in order to start “winning a war”. I guess the only good news we’ve learned, is that we could take a real long nap, before having to wake up and fight back against a “Muslim Military”.


    Afghanistan used to be a mix of Hindus and Buddhists living peacefully together with some Zoroastrians thrown onto the mix.
    The history of islam is the slaughter of around 100 million Hindus and we don’t know how many Buddhists and Zoroastrians they’ve murdered.


    This stopped me in my tracks. We gave them technology and training. At the end of the day, they are muslims first. I fear Afghans will either attack our military or give the technology and training to our enemies, or both.


    Does anyone else recall how we trained militants a few decades back, and then they became our enemies and used those tactics against us?

    Why the hell are we training other countries? Let them sort their own problems. If they can’t win and become a threat to us, they won’t have the training to fight back and we can bomb them back to the stone age. That’s a policy that actually makes sense, and saves money at the same time. Two birds with one stone.

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Cost of U.S. War on Jihadists: $5.6 Trillion, 7,000 Deaths, 52,500 Injuries

Posted by Martin C. Fox on November 9, 2017

The Bush admin was famous for making war expenditures ‘off budget’ items. There is the CIA budget which is always a question. How much is taxpayer funded and how is is covered by their drug ops? Remember when it came out that we were bribing the Taliban not to attack truck convoys in Afghanistan? What accounting category is bribery? This estimate is no doubt conservative.

Nevertheless, the Brown study notes that its “estimate is also conservative,” adding:

This report has not included here state and local government expenses related to medical care of veterans and homeland security. Nor does this report calculate the macro economic costs of war for the US economy. And while this report discusses some of the ways that families bear the burden of caring for seriously veterans [sic], I have not added a value for the costs of their uncompensated care.

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Taliban Explains the Religion of Peace to UN Secretary-General

Posted by Martin C. Fox on September 11, 2017

And you wonder why some of us want out of the UN.

The Taliban have rejected UN calls for peace during Ramadan, pointing out that jihad is a religious duty .

On Saturday, the first day of the holy Islamic month of Ramadan, a Taliban suicide car bomber in the eastern city of Khost struck a convoy of an Afghan elite force providing security to American forces. The blast killed at least 18 personnel and wounded many others.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres sent greetings to the Muslims of the world that day, claiming that 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.

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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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).

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

Posted by Martin C. Fox on August 3, 2017

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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The Problem With CNN’s ‘Exclusive’ Report On Russia Arming The Taliban

Posted by Martin C. Fox on July 31, 2017

Have you ever seen movies where the bad guy makes the innocent dig their own grave before they are executed? The US is digging it’s own grave in the graveyard of empires and executing itself.

The report, authored by Nick Paton Walsh and Masoud Popalzai, states that two separate groups of Taliban fighters have received “improved weaponry … that appears to have been supplied by the Russian government,”…

There’s only one problem: CNN’s report falls apart after the headline. While many of the weapons flaunted by militants certainly appear Russian in origin, the videos provide little direct evidence of a recent arms transfer from the Russian government to Taliban forces, according to weapons experts from U.S. Special Operations Command and several non-governmental conflict arms organizations interviewed by Task & Purpose. Read the rest of this entry »

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

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.

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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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

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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