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Homicidal Negligence in Afghanistan
BUDDY BELL
Kabul. On October 24, two days before Eid, an opinion piece published in the elite US journal Foreign Policy extolled the fact that US forces are winning in Afghanistan, adding, “Why doesn’t the media notice?” In the article, the author su...
Afghanistan: the Smell of Defeat
MIKE WHITNEY
“These two visions, one of tyranny and murder, the other of liberty and life, clashed in Afghanistan. And thanks to brave US and coalition forces and to Afghan patriots, the nightmare of the Taliban is over and that nation is coming to life again.”...
Survival and Dignity in an Afghan Winter
KATHY KELLY
“Mirwais, son of Hayatullah Haideri. He was 1½ years old and had just started to learn how to walk, holding unsteadily to the poles of the family tent before flopping onto the frozen razorbacks of the muddy floor. “Abdul Hadi, son of Abdul Ghani. ...
Drowning on Wall Street and Ending World War II
DAVID SWANSON
Imagine if George W. Bush had stood on the smoking ruins of the World Trade Center and declared, “We are going to continue our pursuit of world domination and environmental destruction until the oceans rise, the storms surge, and this spot and all the surrounding st...
Drone Wars from Britain
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
Now we know that not only did the United Kingdom already have drones, but more are coming to join the Royal Air Force for surveillance and combat operations in foreign lands. And, for the first time, they will be controlled from Britain. According to a report in the Guard...
The Age of Hell
CHRIS FLOYD
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A Faux Debate on Foreign Policy
MICHAEL BRENNER
What did we learn from the Presidential foreign policy debate? Not much specific or of substance. China did not make an appearance in the first hour. This is not surprising – for three reasons. These debates are more about self- presentation than candid statements of ...
America’s Drone Terrorism
SHELDON RICHMAN
In the United States, the dominant narrative about the use of drones in Pakistan is of a surgically precise and effective tool that makes the U.S. safer by enabling “targeted killing” of terrorists, with minimal downsides or collateral impacts. This...
Children Under Attack in Pakistan and Afghanistan
DAVE LINDORFF
Six children were attacked in Afghanistan and Pakistan this past week. Three of them, teenaged girls on a school bus in Peshawar, in the tribal region of western Pakistan, were shot and gravely wounded by two Taliban gunmen who were after Malala Yousufzai, a 14-year-old g...
Losing Their Grip in Afghanistan
ASHLEY SMITH
Now in its eleventh year, the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan is reeling from crisis to crisis. The U.S. government has spent nearly $600 billion on the war, yet the Taliban insurgency is unbowed. Afghan National Security Forces, which the U.S. is training, hold their over...
A Nobel Laureate on the Degeneration of the Peace Prize
MAIREAD MAGUIRE
Belfast. Alfred Nobel was a visionary who believed in a demilitarized peaceful world.  In his Will he left his Nobel peace prize to those who would work for ‘fraternity among nations’,’abolition or reduction of standing armies’, and ‘holding and...
National Insecurity Questions That Won’t Be Asked in the Presidential Debates
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
For reasons that were quite clear well before the Afghan “surge” began (see here and here), America’s Afghan adve...
Reigniting the Antiwar Movement
DAVID ABELES, ET AL.
Rumors of war become more frequent.  Tel Aviv pushes harder and harder for an attack on Iran while Iranian defense officials seem resigned to the fact of an eventual war on their nation.  Sanctions against the Iranian people are tightening.  Many regular citizens of th...
Mercenary Opportunities
BARRY LANDO
It’s estimated that, for defense and national security, the U.S. spends about ...
The Humiliation of Can-Do American Boys
WILLIAM BLUM
In Afghanistan, the US military has tried training sessions, embedded cultural advisers, recommended reading lists, and even a video game designed to school American troops in local custom. But 11 years into the war, NATO troops and Afghan soldiers are still beset by a da...
The Iraq Phoenix
MICHAEL BRENNER
Sins of omission can be every bit as serious as sins of commission. The country’s failure to have a reckoning with the tragedy of Iraq is the outstanding case in point. President Barack Obama bears the main responsibility for that; many others have made their contributi...
Afghanistan: as US Exits, China Surges
BARRY M. LANDO
There’s got to be some symbolism—if not irony–in the fact that just as the last of the 33,000 troops surged by Obama two years ago supposedly to pacify Afghanistan pulled out, the highest ...
The Path to Peace in Afghanistan
JOHNNY BARBER
Kabul. On this International Day of Peace I am sitting in Kabul, Afghanistan with a handful of youth that want nothing but peaceful coexistence in their lives. This in some respects is like a dream because their entire lives have been surrounded by war, de...
NATO’s Shift in Afghanistan
BINOY KAMPMARK
The deceptive ways a loss in war is described can be contagious.  Retreats are often regarded as odious, but sometimes necessary.  These can either have the genius of the British spirit of tactical withdrawal, or a more laughable concept of an honourable peace.  When t...
Obama’s Double-Speak at the DNC
DANIEL KOVALIK
“You know what I’ve noticed? Nobody panics when things go ‘according to plan.’  Even if the plan is horrifying!” — The Joker Sounding very much like his predecessor, George W. Bush, President Obama enga...
We Are at War
JOHNNY BARBER
“We are at War. Somebody is Going to Pay.” — George W. Bush, Sept 11th, 2001. Kabul. Eleven years later, we are still at war. Bullets, mortars and drones are still extracting payment. Thousands, t...
The Day a Cockburn Set Fire to the White House
PATRICK COCKBURN
As a correspondent in Washington 20 years ago, I received occasional calls from local television stations on the anniversary of the burning of the White House by a British force in August 1814. The reason they wanted a comment was because the raid was jointly led by my di...
Kill Lists and Giant Triplets
TOLU OLORUNDA
 Power is self-sufficient, a replete possession, and must be maintained by whatever agency is required. —Wole Soyinka, Climate of Fear [1]...
Farzana, ‘2 Million Friends’ and a Ceasefire in Afghanistan
HAKIM and KATHY KELLY
“Stop fighting,” suggests Farzana, a brave 22 year old Afghan stage actress. Significantly, her statement is in sharp contrast to what seems to be the democratic world’s unquestioned modus operandi of today, exemplified by U.S. Secretary of State ...
The General is an Idiot
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
Three U.S. soldiers have been shot dead by an Afghan worker on a military base in southern Afghanistan in a deadly 24 hours for NATO-led forces in the country during which six soldiers died in rogue attacks. “Let me clearly say that those two incident...
A Murderous Optimism About Syria
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
The disclosure of President Barack Obama’s decision to provide secret American aid to Syria’s rebel forces is a game changer. The presidential order, known as an “intelligence finding” in the world of espionage, authorizes the CIA to support armed groups fighting...
Why Afghanistan Can’t Wait
KATHY KELLY and DR. HAKIM
Two days ago, we spent three anxious hours in an outer waiting area of the “Non-Immigrant Visa” section of the U.S. consulate here in Kabul, Afghanistan, waiting for our young friends Ali and Abdulhai to return from a sojourn through the inner offices where they were ...
The Afghanistan of Africa
RAMZY BAROUD
Northern Mali promises to be the graveyard of scores of innocent people if African countries don’t collectively challenge Western influence in the region. Mali is fast becoming the Afghanistan of Africa. The tragic reality is that Mali – a large ...
The Sky as It Falls
KATHY KELLY
Kabul. For the Afghan Peace Volunteers, living in a working class area of Kabul’s “Karte Seh” district, daily problem-solving requires a triage process. Last week, upon arrival, I looked at the sagging ceilings over the kitchen, living room an...
Our Perverse War on Drugs
FIRMIN DeBRABANDER
Perhaps the most humiliating legacy of our nation-building venture in Afghanistan is the stubborn narco-state flourishing under our noses. The opium crop in Afghanistan has doubled since US forces deposed the Taliban, and the drug trade threatens to dominate the country a...
Extending the Empire to New Frontiers
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
Recent wars from Libya to Afghanistan and Pakistan in a region of vast natural wealth and strategic importance highlight a phenomenon as old as humanity. Iraq and Libya had oil, but their leaders were longtime foes of the United States, now the world’s lone hegemon. Sad...
Would You Dodge the Draft in Afghanistan?
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Two years after he was sacked by President Obama as the top commander in Afghanistan for suggesting to Rolling Stone magazine that the real enemy were “the wimps in the White House”, General Stanley A McChrystal has recycled a perennial chestnut: Brin...
The Crisis in Pakistan-US Relations
SOHAIL MAHMOOD
Islamabad. On November 26, 2011 in a brazen incident NATO attacked the Salala post on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in which 24 Pakistani soldiers were killed. Pakistanis were shocked at the incident since it was unprovoked. The Government of Pakistan re...
Afghan Bangs and Whimpers
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
This is the way the world ends Not with a bang but a whimper. – T. S. Eliot, The Hollow Men As Afghans stand up, they will not stand alone. – Barack Obama, May 21, 2012 The war in Af...
Trapped in a Military Mindset
TOM ENGELHARDT
Americans may feel more distant from war than at any time since World War II began.  Certainly, a smaller percentage of us — ...
No Shelter
WILLIAM BLUM
“The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his deception, the one who lies with sincerity.” – André Gide Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai said recently that he had had an argument with...
The Longest War
KATHY KELLY
In April of 2003, I returned from Iraq after having lived there during the U.S. Shock and Awe bombing and the initial weeks of the invasion.  Before the bombing I had traveled to Iraq about two dozen times and had helped organize 70 trips to Iraq, aiming to cast light on...
What’s Really Happened to America’s Soldiers?
NAN LEVINSON
“PTSD is going to color everything you write,” came the warning from a stepmother of a Marine, a woman who keeps track of such things.  That was in 2005, when post-traumatic stress disorder, a.k.a. PTSD, wasn’t getting much attention, but soon it was pr...
Jimmy Carter’s Penance?
MISSY BEATTIE
In a New York Times (NYT) opinion piece, Jimmy Carter opens with: “The United States is abandoning its role as the global champion of human rights.” I read these words and focus on the present tense of “is”.  And I think:  When was this country e...
History’s Revenge
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
The “global war on terror” started by President George W. Bush more than a decade ago has taken a new and more sinister turn. Now we know that Barack Obama, the current president, goes through the profiles of people he wants eliminated (...
The Unseen Wound
JERRY LEMBCKE
The headline was alarming: “Almost half of New Vets seek Disability.” According to the May 28 Associated Press story, 45% of the 1.6 million veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are seeking some kind of compensation for war injuries, more than dou...
The Sweet Stink of Charity
AFSHIN RATTANSI
If we can forget, for a moment, the hundreds of thousands of Afghans and Iraqis who have been killed, and the suicide-a-day in 2012 for U.S. servicemen and women, let’s turn to one NATO ally – the UK. This week, in the unlikely setting of a London room, off Pic...
Obama’s Robotic Assassins
VIJAY PRASHAD
“It’s drones, baby, drones.” - (former) United States Secretary of Defence Robert Gates, March 2011. Unmanned U.S. aircraft now routinely fly over Afghanistan, Pakis...
The Myth of the Drone War “Successes”
PATRICK COCKBURN
As the US and its allies ponder what to do about Syria, one suggestion advanced by the protagonists of armed intervention is to use unmanned drones to attack Syrian government targets. The proposal is a measure of the extraordinary success of the White House, CIA and Defe...
Body Counts
M. REZA PIRBHAI
In the early days of the ‘War on Terror,’ US General Tommy Franks declared, “We don’t do body counts.”  He was referring, of course, to the dead of Afghanistan. That the names of 9/11 victims have been appropriately written in stone, only makes it doubly striki...
The Obama Syndrome
COLLIN HARRIS
I have no animosity towards people who supported and voted for President Obama. Well maybe a little, but only because I know your energy could have been put to better use. But if you vote, then given the options available, which is insanity or maybe slightly less insanity...
“Buddy, Please Put On Your Hood”
BUDDY BELL
Kabul. Once I did put my hood on, Omar motioned for me to push back some loose strands of hair still visible outside my hooded sweatshirt. Long-haired men, though a typical sight in some regions of Afghanistan, are apparently not very common in Kabul. Cove...
Diving Into Life
MISSY BEATTIE
The storm washed through last Friday afternoon.   All was still and, then, I looked out the balcony doors to see tree leaves wet and undulating.  I was reminded of ocean waves.  Wind rushed rain across the greenery with feverish lapping. “It’s symmetry,” I said ...
The Limits of Patience
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
With respect to the Sudeten German problem my patience is now exhausted! I have made Mr Benes an offer, which contains nothing but the realization of what he himself assured us would be done. The decision is in his hands! Peace or war! Adolf Hitler, Ber...
Out to the Wall
KATHY KELLY
On the last day of summer, ten hours before fall … … my grandfather took me out to the wall.” Kabul. When we arrived at the museum, two legless men wheeled themselves...