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Forget about the actual cost of waging war in Afghanistan while the US economy falters, the US government has plants to scrap approximately $7 billion worth of equipment because the cost of shipping it back to the States is more than the military equipment is worth.
The military equipment includes about 2,000 hulking MRAPs or mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles that cost $1 million each, reports the Washington Post. Instead of leaving the equipment there, the US will turn the excess equipmentinto scrap metal.
The natural question is why not leave it for the Afghan army?... (more)
... friends will disagree with me here) and social media actually led to the fall of corrupt governments. Authors reclaimed ground by embracing direct publishing models and sticking it to gatekeepers. And our troops came home for Christmas after removing themselves from that absurd theatre war in Afghanistan. Small credits to balance this ledger from its sharp tilt towards the right.
Merry Christmas everyone! Now that you have read this, do return to your Christmas busyness, it helps keep the bogeyman at bay. And please remember to raise an extra glass for global enlightenment in... (more)
...Rolling Stone interview. He’s no dummy. He knew exactly what he was doing, possibly falling on his own sword in the seemingly endless and winless Afghan conflict.
The replacement of Gen. McChrystal with his superior officer Gen. David Petraeus to pursue our nine year war in Afghanistan won’t change very much except reasserting President Obama’s authority as commander-in-chief and have in charge a more tight lipped military leader.
When a commander sees his men die around him for little positive results and feels he is working against the clock and a civilian... (more)
We Americans live in a country engaged in the longest war of its entire history -- in Afghanistan -- which is now in its ninth year with no end in sight. No military or political leader of our country can explain to us why we are fighting this war, how we are going to win it, or what benefit will accrue if and when we do. (Yes, yes, we understand why we started the war, the question is why are we still fighting it?) When they try, they talk about the central front in the war on terror, a war that has no fronts and has no center. They talk about denying Al Qaeda a safe haven in Afghanistan from... (more)
What was the moral justification for our invasion of Iraq? Who has ever said what it was? And what kind of morality holds that once you have started killing people for no good reason, you must continue until you "win?"
The moral justification for our invasion of Afghanistan was that people who planned the attacks of 9/11 lived there. That was eight years ago -- twice the length of World War II, or of our Civil War -- and those people are long gone. We have replaced the religious zealots of the Taliban with the immeasurably corrupt Karzai administration, whose... (more)
...trying to be a little bit at war by dribbling troops into a far place, using borrowed money, to fight and die for no clear purpose. Another American president is trying to stake out high moral ground with both feet sunk deep in the sewer of a partnership with a corrupt government. Welcome to Afghanistan.
Last Friday, Bill Moyers did a great service to the country, on his PBS program Bill Moyers Journal, by playing extensive excerpts from the recordings made of President Lyndon Johnson's anguished conversations with his cabinet, members of Congress and others about what to do about... (more)
...the much awaited decision on troop numbers on Sunday night, a White House spokesman said. Though the formal plan in terms of troop numbers and other logistics will be announced on Tuesday, the current announcement confirms the earlier resolve by the US President, to "finish the job" in Afghanistan.
The Associated Press quoting White House spokesman Robert Gibbs reported, that Mr. Obama held an unannounced meeting on Sunday night with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Senior military officials have been informed about the decision and now the British, French and Russian... (more)
The United States is trying to persuade its NATO partners to commit 10,000 additional troops for Afghanistan as part of President Obama’s strategy for the region. President Obama previously indicated a quick close to the Afghanistan war. A formal strategy on Afghanisatn is expected to emerge by next week. Sources also reported possible additional U.S. troop deployment to the tune of 35,000 in 2010. U.S. has currently about 71,000 troops stationed in Afghanistan.
While the U.S. is trying to get allies commitment on 10,000 troops, reports suggest that the allies are willing... (more)
In the shock of 9/11, 2001, the United States saddled up and, as the old expression goes, rode off in all directions at once, invading Afghanistan, invading Iraq, making millions take off their shoes before getting on an airplane. The invasions, of course, turned into quagmires into which sank tons of our treasure and thousands of our sons' and daughters' lives. In other words, as an exercise in terrorism, the attacks of 9/11 succeeded. The militarists argue that their global war of response has succeeded, because there has not been a similar attack on American soil since 9/11. This... (more)
... They conclude that “to be effective, the new paradigm must focus on health and education—not repression.” In other words, legalization!In her 2009 book, Seeds of Terror: How Heroin Is Bankrolling the Taliban and al Qaeda, author Gretchen Peters solidly documents how after eight years in Afghanistan these groups are now earning a half billion dollars annually to support their terrorist activities. They control not just the poppy fields, but also the heroin processing labs, drug transportation that is protected by Stinger missiles and finally even the money laundering. There can no... (more)
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