Posts Tagged ‘counterinsurgency’

Kathy Kelly on the Obama Administration’s war crimes in Afghanistan and a ‘pacified’ America.

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via enduswars.org (h/t: Brad Spangler):

Under Obama-Pelosi-Reid, the US has already sent about 35,000 more troops into the Afghanistan graveyard of empires. Now, Obama is considering another round of re-enforcements—an Afghan surge expected to number about 40,000 additional GIs. But there is a real faction fight in the administration about whether to escalate. Obama is getting plenty of advice from the war party—from Petraeus, McChrystal, and Mullen. It is time Obama, Pelosi, and Reid heard a clear message from a resurgent antiwar movement demanding no escalation and an immediate pullout of all U.S. forces from Afghanistan and Iraq, plus an immediate halt to Predator drone attacks and C.I.A. operations in the region.

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Jake Diliberto, founder of Veterans for Rethinking Afghanistan, at Russia Today – 25 Nov 09 (4:53):

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The options on the table before the Obama Administration War Cabinet all involved escalating the occupation by as many as 80,000 troops. The president wants other options as he continues dithering.

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Against the assessment of his national security adviser, the president will reportedly increase the U.S. military footprint in Afghanistan by 34,000 in 2010.

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Historian and writer Tariq Ali and Professor Noam Chomsky speak in London 29 October 2009 on U.S. hypocrisy toward Iran,  U.S. occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan, the Israeli occupation of Palestine, the U.S. role as Israel’s enabler and ‘mafia godfather’, Palestinian leadership’s ‘collaboration’ with the U.S. and Israel against a ‘solution’, international law, the hopes for peace in the near future and the double game the Obama Administration plays with its rhetoric and contrary actions. Mr. Ali begins speaking around the 7:00 mark, Prof Chomsky around the 21:00 mark and a Q&A follows where he suggests a “no-state solution” as “the best solution for the whole world”. (1:57:40):

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Zbigniew Brzezinski—former national security adviser, co-founder of the Trialteral Commission and (which might come to a frequent reader’s surprise) one of the scholars I’ve avidly studied most on geopolitics—discusses the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan (4:20):

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General Stanley McChrystal proposed a “low risk” option to the White House calling for an additional 80,000 troops in Afghanistan.

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David Ignatius at The Washington Post, claims the U.S. has a “responsibility” to use its military to simply “buy some time” for Kabul’s effort to forge relations with the Taliban. What he calls “Mission Impossible” is chronicled in Dexter Filkins’ feature at The New York Times Magazine, “Stanley McChrystal’s Long War.”

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A U.S. official familiar with Gen. McChrystal’s confidential troop request submitted to the White House confirms that it exceeds 60,000.

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On the same day it runs an editorial saying anything less than full-scale occupation of Afghanistan “looks like a loser”, The Washington Post (WaPo) runs an article of sob-stories from still-occupied Iraq describing how Iraqis want the U.S. occupation to remain there.

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In a closed-door meeting with U.S. legislators, Administration officials said President Barack Obama is not considering ending the occupation of Afghanistan, eight years after the U.S. invaded.

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Disclaimer: This post is an unedited stream of consciousness—moreso, than others.

The “enduring truth” embedded in the Newspeak is that the Bush Administration “dropped the ball” Afghanistan as if there was ever a shot at running it into the endzone–to keep with the stupid metaphor. I don’t get it.

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msnbc’s Andrea Mitchell reports that–according to military sources–redacted in the report [.pdf] submitted to the Pentagon by the top U.S.-NATO commander, General Stanley McChrystal, is the assessment that 500,000 troops are needed in Afghanistan between the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and the Afghan National Army (A.N.A.). By this fall, the U.S. share of the—over 100,000-troop—ISAF coalition is to be around 68,000 and the A.N.A. is currently numbered at around 92,000 (0:53):

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[Follow-up to: “Gates Open to Troop Increase in Afghanistan On Top of Obama Surge as More Civilians Die and Most Americans Oppose the Occupation“]

Of the 125 NATO officials are estimating in the total death toll, Afghan officials are saying that at least 70 civilians were killed in the U.S.-led NATO airstrike nearby the city of Kunduz.

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