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Ear to the Ground

Gates Sorry, Continues Dropping Bombs

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Posted on Sep 17, 2008
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Defense Secretary Robert Gates finally became at least half-human upon offering his personal regrets for the deaths of Afghan civilians in U.S. airstrikes.

It seems that “personal regret” is deemed sufficient to exculpate the U.S military after the deaths of civilians in U.S. airstrikes in Afghanistan. Defense Secretary Gates offered his hollow apologies after commanders decried a shortage of troops in the country—supposedly justifying a heavier reliance on air-based attack to avoid U.S. casualties—and promised more accurate targeting. ... Meaning the U.S. had not been targeting as accurately as it could have in the past?


The Washington Post:

Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Wednesday expressed “personal regret” for recent U.S. airstrikes that killed Afghan civilians, and pledged more accurate targeting in future.

Gates’ unusual apology followed a frank assessment from the top military commander in Afghanistan: There aren’t enough U.S. ground forces in Afghanistan so the military is relying more heavily on air power, and air power runs a greater risk of civilian deaths.

After meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and other senior government officials, Gates said at a news conference, “As I told them, I offer all Afghans my sincere condolences and personal regret for the recent loss of innocent life as a result of coalition airstrikes.”

Gen. David McKiernan, the commander of international forces in Afghanistan, had said earlier that the chronic shortage of U.S. troops in Afghanistan is forcing commanders to rely more on air combat. U.S. airstrikes that kill civilians have angered and embarrassed the U.S.-backed Afghan government.

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By Folktruther, September 18, 2008 at 10:30 am Link to this comment

Tony Wicher supports the militarism of Brzezinski, as most Zionist neolibs do.  Brzezinski is the Dem Cheney, the chief security advisor to Carter who started the war against the Soviets in Afghanistan six months BEFORE the Soviets intervened.  They did so to support the progressive Afghan government that the US was trying, successfully, to overthrow.  It wanted, for example, to eliminate bride prices on women and educate them, a policy buried by US war.

Brzezinski wrote a book in 1998 THE GRAND CHESSBOARD that determined much of geo-strategy of the War on Terrorism.  It advocated controlling the “Stans” in Mid Asia to control the Caspian sea oil.  The US invasion of Afghanistan was determined by this strategy, which is now an abject failure.  The ‘Stans’ are now dominated by China-Russia, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, and Pipelineistan is being routed to China via Russia. 

Brzezinski maintained that such a Mid Asian geo-strategy would not be possible without some cataclismic event, like a NEW Pearl Harbor to jumpstart this policy.  He was the counterpart of the Gop PNAC, justifying the false-flag 9/11-anthrax homiicide.

Brzezinski is currently an advisor to Obama-Biden, supported by the Dem neo-libs to maintain military agression.  Obama-Biden’s support for making Pakistan the central front of the War on Terrorism may have been influenced by Brzezenski. The tactic of escalating a losing war is common in history, but in this case it geo-strategically insane.  WORSE than attacking Iran, which the US may also do.

As a Pole, with an historic animosity to Russia, Brzezinski also is in favor of a New Cold War against Russia, as exemplified by the billion dollars that Biden initiated for Georgia in the Senate.  The Dem militarists, like Tony Wicker, are allied with the Zionists, who dominate the Dem leadership with their money, media and electoral expertise. 

Those policies will be implemented if Obaden is elected.  Biden will be the new Cheney, and it will be business as usual.  And it is the function of the Dem Tony Wichers to obscure and justify this insane War on Terrorism to support the imperialism of the Israeli’s and the profits of oil and weapon corporations.  And a police state ruling the US.

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By Tony Wicher, September 18, 2008 at 9:42 am Link to this comment

By Folktruther, September 18 at 7:50 am #


It makes no geo-stratic sense whatever for the US to transfer troops out of Iraq and send them to Afghanistan-Pakistan. It’s against the interests not only of the US population, but of the long terms interests of the US power system. Tony Wicher is a Zionist who supports the Likud policy of Israel, which which is why he advocates the militaristic policy of Obama-Biden.
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Folktruther,

I’m disappointed in you. I thought you had given up posting stupid lies about me and we were going to get along. My 100% perfect anti-Zionist record in every post I have ever published does not seem to prevent you from braying this stupidity, nor does the testimony of every other Zionist and anti-Zionist who has ever posted here or ever read one of my posts seem to affect you. Nor does Zionism have much of anything to do with Afghanistan in any case. This is just some brainless all-purpose insult. Nor did I advocate the Obama-Biden policy. I said that at least it makes more sense than continued bombing of civilian targets, and that I doubt that we can just pull out of Afghanistan and leave the mess to fester. I think the Powell doctrine might apply here: you break it, you bought it. The U.S. broke Afghanistan and I don’t know if we can just leave and hope it fixes itself. Apparently you have no doubts about it, and you might be right. I wish you were. But why hurl brain-dead insults?

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By Folktruther, September 18, 2008 at 8:50 am Link to this comment

It makes no geo-stratic sense whatever for the US to transfer troops out of Iraq and send them to Afghanistan-Pakistan. It’s against the interests not only of the US population, but of the long terms interests of the US power system. Tony Wicher is a Zionist who supports the Likud policy of Israel, which which is why he advocates the militaristic policy of Obama-Biden.

There is a very easy answer to US military problems.  End the fraudulent War on Terrorism, (formulated in a Jerusulem conference in 1979), withdraw US troops from everywhere, use part of the money to reconstruct the countries we have destroyed, and use the rest for US domestic needs. 

A simple solution.  What is difficult is for the population getting the power to implement it.  Before this happens, as Chalmers Johson argued in his trilogy of books, the US may well go bankrupt.

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By Tony Wicher, September 18, 2008 at 8:13 am Link to this comment

This is why it at least makes some sense to pull troops out of Iraq and move them to Afghanistan as Obama wants to do. Air power inevitably means indiscriminate bombing of civilians. Perhaps ground troops can be used in ways that will be less likely to antagonize the population. I doubt that we can just pull our troops out and leave this mess we created in Afghanistan to fester. I also doubt that we can use only humanitarian non-military people there, because the Taliban and Al Qaeda will target them with bombings and assassinations. There are no easy answers, that’s for sure.

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By Jim Yell, September 18, 2008 at 6:46 am Link to this comment
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In theory we as a country were never to enter into WAR without subtantial aggreement about its necessity. In practical terms this is a no brainer as attacking people for no reason is going to cause a lot of hard feelings. Telling people your are trying to protect them and then using methods that result in machine gunning and bombing wedding parties and peoples homes, that does cause hard feelings.

Being an occupying military in a country not our own, a country that is really a collection of semi-autonmous tribes and regions with no clear national identity increases the chances to offend.

Not having the troops and money to spend in properly doing the job, because we were lied into invading another country so the oil industry could get controlling control and cushy explotation rights to that countries oil, should be a crime. It probably is a crime, but as the Administration has given itself the right to decide what is legal without resort to written law—-well it is just too silly in an unfunny way.

That there are citizens who think that the invasion of Iraq hasn’t cost them and the country money is not understandable.

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By Purple Girl, September 18, 2008 at 6:40 am Link to this comment

How about the continued drain circling of our entire Foreign policy- Bolivia, Venezula. How About encouraging Georgia to attack a far more able Country like Russia? What happen to ‘Freedoms’ when it came to those Regions that want to defect to Russia?
these situations are Not unforeseen Crisis, they are Well manufactured and calculated Stratedgies.
I’ve got a Recycled Paper Plate with Gates name on it Too!

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By Ted Buila, September 17, 2008 at 6:41 pm Link to this comment
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The US military/Whitehouse feels (and acts) like it has bought and paid for Pakistan and Afghanistan.  Not surprising since for the 40-Plus years the US’s pretty much sole “development aid”  to Pakistan (add Afghanistan starting in the late 70s) has been military-base material/training…related infrastructure adds.

Good on Gates.  But as honorable as apologies are they don’t begin to breath life into dead and busted-up young girls and boys…bring back dead familly/rebuild houses.

Obama, like McCain is on record re parking US blood and treasure in Afghanistan and invading Pakistan.

Our Presidents have become pretty predictable in telling the world they are going to make life miserable for people we don’t know and spend their children’s blood in doing it.

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By Folktruther, September 17, 2008 at 4:27 pm Link to this comment

The US has practiced terror bombing of civilian populations since WW2.  The atomic bombing of Japan was a notable event of this mass murder of both Germany and especially Japan.

It was continued during the Korean war which killed three or four million Koreans, mostly civilians.  And in Vietnam.  the bombing of Cambodian and Laotian villages, which was kept secret from the American people by the mass media, killed hundreds of thousands of people, more than Pol Pot.

This terror bombing now continues in Iraq, Afghanistan and now Pakistan.  It has killed many, many times more people than the terror bombing of Terrorists.

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By springandall, September 17, 2008 at 4:23 pm Link to this comment
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Yes, from the coming economic collapse we need a new party to emerge, but parties are funded by money. The GOP recently bought the Green Party. We need a party that represents the people and not the corporations. If there is a collpase, how can parties be structured on policies rather than a reality television show?

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By yours trulyj, September 17, 2008 at 3:45 pm Link to this comment
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How far will Gates’ “I’m sorry” take him?  All the way to the International Court of Criminal Justice, where he’ll be put on trial for his crimes against humanity.  And the verdict?  Guilty as charged.

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By Big B, September 17, 2008 at 3:02 pm Link to this comment

Anyone who thought that Gates was a kinder and gentler defence sec probably owns beachfront property in Kansas.
Gates is just a company man(literally) another filthy beast that weilds the power of the US military like a drunken kid with his daddys shotgun.
At least Rummy didn’t apologize constantly as he was bombing brown people, he just did it, and kicked back to watch the highlights on CNN.

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By Folktruther, September 17, 2008 at 1:04 pm Link to this comment

Troublesum is quite right, and you have no rights even if you do.

The US power system has now decided, according to an article in the most rrecent Time Magizine, that PAKISTAN is now the “Central Front” of the War on Terrorism.  God knows why, I can think of no geo-strategic reason for it.  The new troops are intended for the war on Pakistan, where the US apparantely plans to put in a new military dictator to replace the current thief siupposed to be in charge.

I don’t know why the US has adopted this crazy plan and if you do, please publish your conjectures.  Pakistan has nuclear weapons and equally important, is partially allied with China on its border.  China is developing Pak economically, putting in a big highway accross the northern mountains to a new port, Gwadar, it has constucted near the Persion Gulf.

The US does not have enough troops for a war with Pakistan so both Obama and McCain came out for a draft on 9/11, and Kennedy is proposing legistlation, the “NO FEAR ACT” which mandates volentary national service that can then be expanded, just as enlistees are kept as long as the military wants them, whatever they said before enlistments.

I think that the US is being ruled by homicidal megalomaniacs who have lost contact with political reality.  Both Dems and Gops support the same policies, the rhetoric different enough to deceive the rank and file population. 

Their truthers and activists left over from the Cold War support the War on Terrorism as reflex, because the most important thing to them is winning elections, not promoting polices.  The coming election is mostly political theater with Obama-Biden supporting the same military, corporate and police state policies as McCain.  the police state is necessary because the increase in military expenses, which they lie massively about, may well bankrupt the US, as Chalmers Johnson has predicted.

It is necessary to mobilize the progressive layers of the population against the American power system to be ready when the collapse comes.

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By rage, September 17, 2008 at 12:54 pm Link to this comment
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“McKiernan said that while he does not believe the U.S. is losing the war there, “we are winning slower in some places than others.””—Gates Expresses Regret for Civilian Deaths, By ROBERT BURNS

Define winning!

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By troublesum, September 17, 2008 at 12:45 pm Link to this comment

As far as the US government is concerned people who don’t speak english aren’t real human beings.

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