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Posted on Dec 16, 2010
U.S. Marine Corps / Cpl. Artur Shvartsberg

By Eugene Robinson

The good news is that President Obama’s strategy in Afghanistan is “on track.” The bad news is that the track runs in a circle.

There have been “notable operational gains” in the fight against al-Qaida and the Taliban, according to a National Security Council-led assessment released Thursday, but this progress is “fragile and reversible.” This sounds like a bureaucratic way of admitting that we take two steps forward, followed by two steps back. Indeed, the review acknowledges that after nine years of war, “Pakistan and Afghanistan continue to be the operational base for the group that attacked us on 9/11.”

What’s not reversible is the human toll of Obama’s decision to escalate the war. This has been by far the deadliest year for U.S. forces in Afghanistan, with 489 killed. It has also been a brutal year for Afghan and Pakistani civilians caught in the middle of what increasingly looks like a classic war of attrition—except with missile-firing robot aircraft circling overhead.

Similarly irreversible is the enormous cost of the war—about $120 billion a year—at a time when the federal government is running a trillion-dollar deficit and municipalities are so broke that police officers, firefighters and teachers are being laid off.

And where are we, progress-wise? Further along, but not in any direction that makes sense. There are basically two distinct wars being fought in Afghanistan, and in both of them we’re being thwarted by our friends, not our foes.

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In the eastern part of the country, U.S. and allied forces are trying to wipe out Taliban and al-Qaida militants who terrorize the local population and take advantage of the steep, forbidding, almost impassable terrain. But when enemy fighters are under severe pressure, they just slip across the border into Pakistan, where officials allow them to maintain safe havens.

A summary of the White House war assessment notes that eliminating “extremist safe havens” is essential. It notes that Pakistan—ostensibly our ally—has done much, but clearly not enough, to deny sanctuary to the enemy. But then the summary retreats into mushy language about how we’d like to see “greater cooperation,” how we need not just military action but “effective development strategies,” and how “another session of the U.S.-Afghanistan-Pakistan trilateral dialogue” will surely help.

“We will continue to insist,” Obama said Thursday, “that terrorist safe havens ... must be dealt with.” But the truth is that we are unable to get the Pakistanis to do more and we’d cause a political crisis if we did the job ourselves. So the enemy will continue to have a cozy place to hide.

The other war is in the south, where Gen. David Petraeus is trying to implement a counterinsurgency strategy, which requires winning the trust and allegiance of the population. There, it’s our Afghan allies who block the path toward success.

President Hamid Karzai’s government is widely seen as pervasively corrupt. It is axiomatic that a counterinsurgency campaign can only work if the local government is seen as legitimate, effective and at least reasonably honest. Otherwise, a given town will stay “pacified” only as long as U.S. troops are present. When the soldiers leave—and the enemy comes calling—townspeople are unlikely to put their lives on the line for an unworthy regime.

“We are on track to achieve our goals,” Obama insisted. But if this were true, you’d think that Afghans would be increasingly optimistic. In fact, Afghans are becoming gloomier about their country and less confident about the ability of U.S. forces to provide security, according to a recent poll by The Washington Post and several other news organizations.

A year ago, 61 percent of Afghans supported Obama’s troop surge; now, only 49 percent approve of the escalation. Nearly three-fourths of Afghans believe the government should negotiate a peace settlement with the Taliban, and more than half believe U.S. and allied troops should begin to leave by mid-2011, as Obama has promised.

It’s now clear that any withdrawal beginning next summer will be modest. But assuming that Obama does follow through, the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan is now at its zenith—about 100,000 troops. Is it reasonable to think we’ll do any better with, say, 90,000 troops? Or 80,000?

No, it’s not. But more young Americans will be killed by roadside bombs, more Afghan and Pakistani civilians will be blown to bits by missiles fired from drones, and our war policy will remain “on track”—to nowhere.

Eugene Robinson’s e-mail address is eugenerobinson(at)washpost.com.
   
© 2010, Washington Post Writers Group


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By JDmysticDJ, December 22, 2010 at 12:37 pm Link to this comment

By Go Right Young Man, December 17 at 6:15 pm Link to this comment

“Try what I’ve suggested. Seek out Afghans and listen to them.”

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By Go Right Young Man, December 17 at 4:42 pm Link to this comment

“Most of the world owe the Afghan people a debt almost beyond repaying.” 

“There are over one-hundred nations working inside Afghanistan this day. Woman’s rights have expanded in Afghanistan like never before in all her history.  Several million children are now learning math and the sciences.  Not just the Koran.”

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Go Right Young Man, December 17 at 6:09 pm Link to this comment

“My hope is that you travel to your nearest University and listen to the Afghan students.  Don’t speak yourself.  Simply listen.  Your view of the world, and the Afghan people, will change dramatically.”

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By Go Right Young Man, December 17 at 7:00 pm Link to this comment

“Seek out Afghans and listen to them.”

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By Go Right Young Man, December 17 at 6:09 pm Link to this comment

“Lastly, but MOST IMPORTANTLY, the Afghan people are not fighting and resisting NATO or the hundreds of NGO’s currently working inside Afghanistan.”

“There is a huge difference between asking for help from the “international community” and a US/NATO military occupation of Afghanistan.”

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“In a country with the world’s second highest maternal mortality rate and third highest infant mortality rate, “international community” help requires the dedicated work of NGOs, humanitarian aid group, civilian initiatives for peace, reconstruction and stability, etc.  Not more US/NATO troops.”

Fatima Mojaddidy
Afghans for Peace, USA


“Afghan people will not forget the 1960s-1970s, when Afghan women were going to school, working side-by-side men in high positions and travelling the world for internships. Afghan has prospered without the US and can continue to prosper without the US. The Afghanistan the media fails to inform the public about.”

“Afghan women do not have to choose between the Taliban or NATO, this is a patriarchal war with no room for the voice of Afghan women. Afghan women will create their own alternatives as soon as we send the troops home.”
Regards,

Yasmin, Afghans For Peace, Canada


“As a voice for my Afghan sisters back home, I would like to end by saying that it is repulsive for you to use the suffering of Afghan women as a shameless tool to rally support for a shameless war.”

Sumaira Akbarzada
Afghans For Peace, USA


“There is a lack of evidence of any major progress for Afghan women. The same warlords that raped, mutilated, oppressed, and killed women have regained power and control throughout Afghanistan under NATO occupation and with the help of the corrupt NATO-backed government, leaving Afghans, especially the women,  feeling discouraged and hopeless.”

“NATO forces have been in Afghanistan for 9 years and yet violence and oppression against women have seen a rise, including suicide and self mutilation because they feel hopeless. The truth is, Afghan women are doomed if NATO stays.”

Suraia Sahar
Afghans For Peace, Canada

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By MarthaA, December 21, 2010 at 6:17 pm Link to this comment

scotttpot, December 21 at 6:17 pm,

War reduces people to being less than animals and for what? Corporate profit, while the United States population gets poorer and poorer.  I Googled and here is what I found:

http://my.firedoglake.com/valtin/2010/09/13/grand-guignol-in-afghanistan-u-s-soldiers-kill-for-sport-collect-fingers-as-trophies/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1334927/U-S-soldier-jailed-shooting-unarmed-Afghan-farmers.html

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/09/09

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/04/30-10

I had not seen these articles.  I don’t know why, but I didn’t want to believe that an American service person could be conditioned to sink to doing such grotesque atrocities as desecrating the dead for nothing more than bragging rights, although it was done to the Native Americans, which of course was returned by the Native Americans and I expect will be returned by the Afghans and Pakistanis.

I expect this type of individual who thinks nothing about killing will come home unscathed, while the mild mannered do not.

Perhaps a finger or an ear is better than the whole head, which is what David did to Goliath and the king did to John the Baptist.

I find these atrocities done even to the dead extremely sad, especially since the people of Afghanistan did not do our country any wrong whatsoever and neither did the Iraqis or the Pakistanis, which is why I can not see any way to justify all the war on these three nations, which is also destroying our own nation.

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By scotttpot, December 21, 2010 at 1:17 pm Link to this comment

Martha—I Just Googled this—oregon soldier afghanistan war trophies.
I am not surprised that the corporate/military/media complex has successfully
buried this story .And there probably won*t be any public outrage expressed for
the victims or any Made for T.V. Movie .After all—these victims were Muslim
peasants and not successful Wall Street Journal reporters who were butchered in
cold blood.

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By MarthaA, December 20, 2010 at 3:42 pm Link to this comment

scotttpot, December 20 at 8:32 pm,

Where did you get this cruel information?

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By scotttpot, December 20, 2010 at 3:32 pm Link to this comment

How many Hearts and Minds were wonin Afghanistan when it was reported that
American soldiers were killing Innocent Afghans and cutting off
their ears and fingers for trophies?

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By MarthaA, December 19, 2010 at 10:51 pm Link to this comment

rollzone, December 20 at 2:08 am,

“the Common Party. the commoners, not the
middle class- the serfdom rabble of no net worth: the
vast hordes of little people- unable to fight the
wealth of global conglomerates on their own: but
willing to shout together until they take stuff away
from us.” —rollzone, December 20 at 2:08 am Truthdig Blog

“Them” and “us”, you are correct it is “them” and “us”; the aristocracies are “us” and the majority common population is “them”——you identify with the “us”, while I am one of the 70% Majority of “them” who understands that cooperation with the Republican aristocracy by the Democratic aristocracy is NOT political representation of “them” and that the vast majority of “them” are in need of an agenda of political representation, so that they will not be treated like unruly children that are subjects of the two “us” aristocracies.

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By rollzone, December 19, 2010 at 9:08 pm Link to this comment

hello. ah, the Common Party. the commoners, not the
middle class- the serfdom rabble of no net worth: the
vast hordes of little people- unable to fight the
wealth of global conglomerates on their own: but
willing to shout together until they take stuff away
from us. why are you so scared by the New World Order?
it is simply the successful tenets of conquering
established by American Patriots: manipulate poor
people to accumulate personal wealth, expanded onto a
global stage. stop fighting and enjoy the world hiring
scheme. what could go wrong? trust them.

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By MarthaA, December 18, 2010 at 9:20 pm Link to this comment

In order to stop the wars and tyranny of the American Majority Population, we the people of the greater majority must realize our political agenda and start a Political Movement for a new political party or multiple political parties to be legislated fully equal with the Democratic and Republican Parties for representation of the 70% Majority Common Population in the making and enforcing of legislated law and order for the 70% Majority Common Population, instead of the 70% Majority Common Population being led as children by the other two classes and cultures law and order.

It seems to be hard for people to understand that the Middle Class is not the majority population, but the Middle Class is not the majority, and neither are the elite the majority population.  The Professional Middle Class and Culture is only a minority 20% of the population and the Elite Capitalist Class and Culture is only 10% of the population, but these two classes and cultures are actually all that are being represented in the Congress of the United States in the making and enforcing of legislated law and order.

In order to have change the population, the majority population,  the common population are going to have to realize they are a class and culture that requires representation in the making and enforcing of legislated law and order and prepare a political agenda for a political movement for representation in that regard.  Any other whining is only whining and will be dispersed with tear gas if need be, but a political movement with a real political agenda can get help from other nations because it is a real political agenda. 

Whining about war is not a political agenda.  Whining about taxes is not a political agenda.  Cooperating with Republicans is not a political agenda.  If there is to be a political movement there has to be a political agenda and Lord knows there is a political agenda if the people who want change will only see their political agenda is the lack of representation of the 70% Majority Common Population that they are and that are not being represented at all in the making and enforcing of legislated law and order.

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By flickervertigo, December 18, 2010 at 12:50 pm Link to this comment

to Go Right Young Man, December 18 at 5:17 pm

operation enduring turmoil
http://img170.imageshack.us/img170/1199/enduringturmoil15sept09.jpg

alvin drinks and goes home
http://www.zshare.net/audio/83145551668dc411/

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By Go Right Young Man, December 18, 2010 at 12:17 pm Link to this comment

PatrickHenry, - “The crowd that keeps Rush and Glenn in business.”

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Your astute observations are always interesting.  Like when you claimed Mr. Assange must be in bed with the U.S. government due to his once attending an U.S. Embassy function.  Or when you suggest Donald Rumsfeld and Saddam Hussein were virtual lovers because you once witnessed the two men engaged in diplomatic niceties - Such as shaking hands.

You should write a book and run for U.S. Congress.  Your knowledge of global affairs is astounding.

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By squeaky jones, December 18, 2010 at 12:06 am Link to this comment
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My human error, The PBS Newshour broadcast puts names to the dead U.S. soldiers faces who died in Afghanistan, and Iraq. The U.S. political establishment can not admit defeat, so they keep sending young Americans to die. Besides, the death merchants, and war profiteers have not finished stealing.

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By morongobill, December 17, 2010 at 11:04 pm Link to this comment

I believe this is an excellent article here. The author rightly points out that our strategy is getting us nowhere and in fact many more of our young people will get blown to kingdom come.

It’s time to declare victory and leave Afghanistan for the Afghans.

But of course by doing that we will be shortchanging our elites their rightful, in their opinion, profits made in war profiteering.

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By PatrickHenry, December 17, 2010 at 10:30 pm Link to this comment

re: flickervertigo, December 17 at 6:51

The crowd that keeps Rush and Glenn in business.

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By Go Right Young Man, December 17, 2010 at 2:00 pm Link to this comment

flickervertigo, ” please post, please post, please post…........”

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Seek out Afghans and listen to them. 

Good luck to you.

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By flickervertigo, December 17, 2010 at 1:58 pm Link to this comment

for the second time of asking: in a post-oil world, who is going to be better adjusted to conditions in afghanistan, an afghan kid with a degree computer science, or a kid who stayed home and fought off the empire?

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By flickervertigo, December 17, 2010 at 1:51 pm Link to this comment

“You know enough about me?  Who are my people?”

your people are people who have some sort of vested interest in continuing the war in afghanistan, despite the damage that war is doing to both america and aghanistan itself.

please post urls pointing to the number of afghan students in american universities, the demographics of those students (how many are offspring of elite drug merchants, arms merchants, how many are offspring of bureaucrats employed by one of the most corrupt governments in the world, etc).

please post urls pointing to surveys of the afghan people who want the americans to stay in afghanistan.

please post urls pointing to the progress women have made since 9/11.

please post urls pointing to the amount of heroin money laundered by banks, and the extent to which those banks are dependent on drug revenue to prop up the global financial system.

please post the estimated number of people who are addicted to afghan heroin.

please post the number of people who die every year from heroin overdoses.

please explain the resurgence of opium growing in afghanistan once we invaded afghanistan.

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By Go Right Young Man, December 17, 2010 at 1:40 pm Link to this comment

flickervertigo, - “i know enough about you to know that you think you know, better than the afghans themselves, how they ought to live.”

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Really?  You know enough about me?  Who are my people?

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By Go Right Young Man, December 17, 2010 at 1:38 pm Link to this comment

flickervertigo,

You have never spoken or listened to a single Afghan, have you?  But you know about Vietnam.  So there is no need to know of Afghanistan.

Interesting that you have such strong opinions on 25 million people you’ve never taken the time to know.

Good luck to you.

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By flickervertigo, December 17, 2010 at 1:35 pm Link to this comment

and, assuming for the sake of argument that you’re concerned with the well-being of afghans, who is gonna be better adjusted to a post-oil world?

a graduate of harvard or somebody who stayed home and fought off the israeli american empire?

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By ray, December 17, 2010 at 1:35 pm Link to this comment
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Prior to obama, I never considered myself a racists as I campained & donated to his presidential bid beyond my comfort zone.
I now believe obama is systematically developing the actions under the guise of compromise to facilitate the complete collapse of America.
Does obama have a clue of whats really happening here in our homeland-‘america on life support’?
Short of revolt by the pissed off masses, especially us who campaigned for this warmonger, whats it going to take to make this dangerous person go away or get it? The former I believe easier than the latter, or is it just a case of ‘I don’t give a shit’?

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By flickervertigo, December 17, 2010 at 1:27 pm Link to this comment

“You know nothing about me.”

i know enough about you to know that you think you know, better than the afghans themselves, how they ought to live.

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By flickervertigo, December 17, 2010 at 1:23 pm Link to this comment

“I’ll beg your pardon…”

pardon denied.

i’ve watched the empire in action during the vietnam war, in vietnam, laos, cambodia and thailand.

we have no more legitimate business telling afghans or their women what to do, what to study, or how to worship than we did the southeast asians.

of course, if the war lasts long enough, we can ship hundreds of thousands of afghan kids to be transformed into subhumans, who will pleased to parrot the bullshit that’s been stuffed into them by university professors.

...if the oil holds out long enough.

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By ray, December 17, 2010 at 1:17 pm Link to this comment
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We are not wanted in Afghanistan, Iraq, & the 700+ military bases throughout the world.
Thy president could care less what the American populace wants.
How do we shove it home to obama as he is doing to us?
Obama is not a gift from God as he would like to think- he is shit from hell!

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By Go Right Young Man, December 17, 2010 at 1:15 pm Link to this comment

flickervertigo, December 17 at 5:22 pm

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I’m willing to ignore your 5:22P post and remind you that you know nothing, whatsoever, about “my people”.  You know nothing about me.  You know as much about me as you do the Afghan people.

Try what I’ve suggested. Seek out Afghans and listen to them.

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By Go Right Young Man, December 17, 2010 at 1:09 pm Link to this comment

flickervertigo,

I’ll beg your pardon and disagree with your view of history.

The Afghan people did not defeat the Soviet Union.  In fact they were dying horribly before the culmination and collaboration amongst Afghans, several Arab nations, many South-East Asian nations and most Western nations.

Learning math and the sciences is the best, and longest lasting, way to lift millions of Afghan people out of the abject poverty you wish to keep them in.  It’s called an education.  And the Afghan people are flocking in droves to get their children into schools and away from Madras’.  It saddens me deeply that you’ve had no idea this to be true. 

Lastly, but MOST IMPORTANTLY, the Afghan people are not fighting and resisting NATO or the hundreds of NGO’s currently working inside Afghanistan.

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“Cram women’s rights, math and science down afghans’ throats”?

My hope is that you travel to your nearest University and listen to the Afghan students.  Don’t speak yourself.  Simply listen.  Your view of the world, and the Afghan people, will change dramatically.

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By flickervertigo, December 17, 2010 at 12:22 pm Link to this comment

...and it’s not so much a “koran” thing as a hillbilly thing… and that’s where you people are ultimately gonna fail.

hillbillies will beat you every time.

your facebook and google and youtube and all the technological whatnot is supposed to make up for the fact that your culture has dehumanized you.

and when you’re confronted with real humans, you will lose.

and now that it seems the technological cultures are doomed because their oily foundations are crumbling, then what?

are we all gonna become hillbillies again?

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By dcweiser, December 17, 2010 at 12:17 pm Link to this comment

I think it is time we considered the likelihood that the USA’s entire purpose in Afghanistan is to let the CIA take complete control of the heroin trade. Similarly with the banking, finance and $4.7 trillion dollar insurance industry’s subsidizing of international drug cartels just as they do the oil industry. There are more than likely internal memos at ExxonMobil, BP et als justifying global warming on the grounds that
changing transportation routes will let them hike
prices and gouge the consumers even more, garnering even more exorbitant profits than they do now.

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By flickervertigo, December 17, 2010 at 12:12 pm Link to this comment

Go Right Young Man says…

“There are over one-hundred nations working inside Afghanistan this day. Woman’s rights have expanded in Afghanistan like never before in all her history.  Several million children are now learning math and the sciences.  Not just the Koran.”

if learning the koran has given the afghans enough strength to defeat the soviet empire, and now the israeli american empire, maybe americans will have to learn the koran to resist the israeli american empire themselves…

what do you think?

and what right do you have to cram women’s rights, math and science down afghans’ throats at gunpoint?

the afghans apparently have no say in the matter, as they’re being victimized by your charity.

good deal.

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By Go Right Young Man, December 17, 2010 at 11:42 am Link to this comment

Most of the world owe the Afghan people a debt almost beyond repaying. 

There are over one-hundred nations working inside Afghanistan this day. Woman’s rights have expanded in Afghanistan like never before in all her history.  Several million children are now learning math and the sciences.  Not just the Koran.

Much of the world used the Afghan people only to abandon them when no longer deemed useful.  Some want to make that mistake all over again.  Leaving any time soon, because it’s just too hard, would be a shameful catastrophe.

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By flickervertigo, December 17, 2010 at 10:50 am Link to this comment

the PNAC plan included starting a war with iran, closing hormuz, and doing some dunkirk-type heroic effort to build pipelines to israel from the persian gulf.

russian oil was supposed to take up the slack as israeli america tore up the middle east and remodeled it to israeli specifications, but putin threw a monkeywrench into the works when he chased the israeli russia oil guys out of russia.

so now nobody can quite decide what to do: looks like there are israeli factions still pushing for war with iran, but israel cant start that war seeing as how so many people are already so disgusted with israel…

...and there’s a possibility that the american economy would crash so badly from the high oil prices that israel’s protection, aka the american military, would have to go home.

most american factions, aside from the neocon radicals, dont want to start a war with iran, because it would be curtains for the american economy.

in the meantime, america is being looted by the big money guys, and that bodes ill for israel, too.

caroline glick seems to have found a solution: somebody, presumably america, will be nuked by “iran” (—-aka israel), using “north korean” (—-aka israeli) nukes.

the new york times has attempted to establish cover for that operation by publishing an article about our nuclear forensic capabilities deteriorating… meaning that if there was a nuke terror attack, we’d be unable to read the entrails to figure out where the bombs came from.

oddly enough, there seem to be israeli and israeli american factions that would just as soon bomb israel as america, and even more factions within those factions—-some thinking a dud “north korean” nuke going off in israel would be just the ticket, other factions thinking that we might as well wipe israel out (seeing as how it was such a bad idea in the first place), and once israel was wiped out, jews would have a persecution myth that could be exploited for more-or-less ever.

anyhow, nobody knows what’s gonna happen, and meanwhile, peak oil (and its function as motive for the 9/11 operation) becomes more obvious.

it’s a cruel old world.

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By LetIdB, December 17, 2010 at 10:24 am Link to this comment
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The Viet Nam analogies abound—except for the draft. Without that process, the
only people who care about the losses in Iraq and Afghanistan are the soldiers and
their families and friends. That number is so small as to barely blip the radar of
American consciousness. Throw in (and away) 1-2 trillion dollars that could have
been used not to slaughter human beings but to help them, and still no one cares.
Amazing!

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By flickervertigo, December 17, 2010 at 10:01 am Link to this comment

something weird happened to the “maps PNAC plan” link, below, so do a google image search of “maps PNAC plan”.

About 6,500 results for maps PNAC plan

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By flickervertigo, December 17, 2010 at 9:46 am Link to this comment

the poor dumb indians got sucked into this project out of fear of china and fear of pakistan’s nukes.

so now india has your basic fat chance of accessing central asian and persian gulf oil, too, just like its chinese rival.

...not to mention being tainted with an alliance with the israeli american empire.

but i guess, by indian standards of paranoia, it’s better lie down with the dogs and put up with the fleas.

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By flickervertigo, December 17, 2010 at 9:39 am Link to this comment

after while, maybe we oughta believe some of the neocons’ stories… for instance, like when they said they needed a new pearl harbor just before they got into position to make their new pearl harbor happen, and then their new pearl harbor happened.

when they say the afghan war is “on track” (after nine or ten years of accomplishing nothing but alienating the afghan people), maybe it is on track, but we’re not sposed to know what that track is.

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By flickervertigo, December 17, 2010 at 9:31 am Link to this comment

eugene robinson says…

The good news is that President Obama’s strategy in Afghanistan is “on track.”

mr robinson, can you tell us what we’re doing in afghanistan? ...or is it some big dark secret that even wikileaks cant deal with?

what if the “strategy” is nothing more than depriving china of access to central asian and persian gulf oil and gas?

what if the neocons intend to make the wars last until the gas and oil run out in the persian gulf and central asia?

isnt that the PNAC plan?

maps PNAC plan

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By PatrickHenry, December 17, 2010 at 8:07 am Link to this comment

If America is the Democracy which we tout worldwide then we would respect the wishes of the majority in Afghanistan and the United States and withdraw from that country, immediately.

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By BarbieQue, December 17, 2010 at 8:04 am Link to this comment

Dear Eugene:

Am I a racist if I oppose Obamas Afghanistan Surge?

Or was that only for stuff like the Health Insurance Ripoff and Enslavement Act (HIRE)?

Would appreciate an expedited response-TIA

Love,
BarbieQue

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By glider, December 17, 2010 at 3:26 am Link to this comment

The war makers assessing the progress of their war. Gee how predictable are the conclusions?  I am so surprised that the conclusion is they are encouraged and only need more money, lives, and time.  I missed the cost benefit analysis.  Anyone else see it?  We are going to route Al Qaeda out of Pakistan Obama is claiming?  This POTUS (or POS?) thinks we are this ignorant?

Change You Can Believe In.

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By subhashpal, December 17, 2010 at 3:11 am Link to this comment

Sydney swingers

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By Michael Cavlan RN, December 17, 2010 at 3:02 am Link to this comment

Why does Truth Dig continue to publish the trash of this man? Washington Post?

Seriously

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By squeaky jones, December 17, 2010 at 1:22 am Link to this comment
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I just got done watching the PBS Newshours list of the faces of American soldiers who died in Afghanistan. They show their faces at the end of the broadcast, when they become available to the Newshour broadcast. They show ten faces with their branch of service, rank, age, and where they are from. It makes me cry, I get filled with anger at people in political leadership who can not admit defeat, who keep sending these young Americans to their death.

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