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U.S. Contemplates More of the Scarcely Believable in ‘Af-Pak’

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Posted on Dec 15, 2009
Staff Sgt. Cohen A. Young, U.S. Air Force

Air Force personnel unload a rocket from a Predator unmanned aerial vehicle.

By William Pfaff

The writer David Halberstam, author of a cruel analysis of the people who gave America the Vietnam War, “The Best and the Brightest,” observed that “no matter how small the initial step, a policy has a life and a thrust of its own, it is an organic thing. More, its thrust and its drive may not be in any way akin to the desires of the president who initiated it.” He had a hard time making his Vietnam-era interlocutors agree, for part of being one of the military and civilian best and the brightest was that you didn’t need advice from journalists.

It is another characteristic of official life that you are discouraged from applying lessons from experience and history (in the military case, before that experience has been incorporated into field manuals and regulations placed in front of you).

This rumination is motivated by the scarcely believable news that the people who are running the war in Afghanistan are contemplating an air attack on a Pakistan city in order to kill one of the most important figures in Pakistan’s own foreign and security policy.

Pakistan, as most sensible people know, is in the grip of forces that could tear the country apart if that happened—which would make it the third nation, after Iraq and Afghanistan, to be devastated by the United States since that fateful day in September 2001 when the so-called war on terror began.

The idea is for the United States to bomb Quetta, one of Pakistan’s principal cities, the capital of its largest province, Balochistan, which already experiences separatist forces. Quetta is a major Pakistan military base, home of the century-old Command and Staff College inherited from the British army.

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A reported American threat is not just one of sending drones over this city of 850,000 people, with missiles meant to kill Mullah Omar, the leading figure in at least one branch of the Taliban; senior al-Qaida figures also supposedly in Quetta; and Siraj Haqqani, called the most important Taliban leader in the country, whose men are supposed to pose the biggest threat to NATO forces in Afghanistan.

Haqqani is also, as it happens, a major and longstanding Pakistani strategic asset and ally. He will be a vital factor in the regional reconciliation and strategic settlement that will follow America and NATO’s defeat. That is the most important objection to the supposed plan.

The Pakistanis believe that the NATO expedition in Afghanistan is an ill-conceived and futile affair from which, after killing and being killed in large numbers, and accomplishing nothing useful, the Europeans and Americans will depart, just as the U.S retreated from Lebanon under Ronald Reagan, after the 1983 attack on the troops’ barracks in Beirut, and Bill Clinton pulled U.S. troops out of Somalia not long after losing the Battle of Mogadishu in 1993.

After the foreigners leave, Pakistan will find itself once again in the awkward geopolitical and militarily dangerous situation in which nature and the vagaries of man have placed it. Its avowed great enemy is India, with which Pakistan shares a very long eastern border, with Iran to its west, and Afghanistan on its long northwestern frontier. A friendly Afghanistan therefore offers strategic depth in case of Indian attack, and access to Central Asia, while Iran is a corridor to the Middle East. This is the sort of thing they teach at the Quetta Command and General Staff College.

The American generals seem to be saying to Pakistan: You henceforth will ignore your own national security interests and devote yourself to our interests, whatever the cost to you. You will hand over all of the Taliban’s leaders and men in your country, and place your army under our strategic control. Otherwise, we will bomb your cities.

Why, according to the Los Angeles Times, “senior U.S. officials” think this is a good plan I cannot for the life of me tell you. I think it is a way to wreak further havoc in the region and do fundamental damage to the United States itself.

Visit William Pfaff’s Web site at www.williampfaff.com.

© 2009 Tribune Media Services, Inc.


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By jack, December 21, 2009 at 5:27 pm Link to this comment
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Poor fellow.

RE: ...regurgitating some nonsense you learned on some neo-Nazi website (Osama=patsy; US responsible for WW2 etc. etc. I’ve heard it all before, boy) you barely even exist… eat shit and die, haw haw. (sincerely)

Who’s the “boy”  putting up straw men, spewing wholesale ad hominem invective, displaying irrelevance? Good grief, someone should give you a spanking.

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By LemuelG, December 21, 2009 at 11:51 am Link to this comment

“There’s that creative History again: Soviet Russia had nothing to do with defeating the Nazis; Communist China had nothing to do with defeating Imperial Japan and the US had nothing to do with provoking the Cold War—tip: read up on Gladio.”

I don’t need your tips chump. Trust me.

A: Of course the Soviet Union ‘helped’ defeat the Nazis, in fact they did a hell of a job - it is entirely debatable whether they would have been as successful without US aid - financially, militarily.
The assistance from the US was MASSIVE, it is eminently debatable whether the Soviets would have made it through 1942 without it.

B: There was no such thing as Communist China in WW2; before you accuse me of getting my degree ‘online’, why don’t you at least visit Wikipedia? And no, they did absolutely jack-shit toward defeating the Japanese - it was an actual policy of Mao’s, he was more interested in securing domestic power, not frittering away his resources against an enemy far stronger than he.

C: When the fuck did I state that the US had no responsibility for excacerbating the ‘Cold war’? Hmm? That is just one of many ridiculous ‘Strawmen’ contained within your response to me - seriously, every other line has you attributing claims to me which I NEVER made - c’mon, that shit is weak - learn how to debate before getting in my face.

That’s the problem here - y’all are jumping at ghosts (and conclusions). The US isn’t perfect, but it’s there, and we all have to learn to deal with it - constructively (that’s how we live, dealing with the situations we are presented with the best we can).

Your flip remarks do nobody any services, nor do they bum-me-out, or make anyone laugh (I guess, apart from that buffon who sycophantically echoed you). In fact, they make you entirely irrelevant - something akin to a gnat - a mild irritation, a slight buzzing in the ears, effortlessly swatted-away… and then totally forgotten.

It should bug the hell out of you. That outside of coming to places like this and regurgitating some nonsense you learned on some neo-Nazi website (Osama=patsy; US responsible for WW2 etc. etc. I’ve heard it all before, boy) you barely even exist… eat shit and die, haw haw. (sincerely)

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By johnnyfarout, December 18, 2009 at 10:02 pm Link to this comment

What jack said!

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By jack, December 18, 2009 at 6:32 pm Link to this comment
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RE: By LemuelG, December 18 at 8:57 pm #

FYI - I have served in Afghanistan and East Timor (guess what: I’m no American, I’d rather not serve with your Marines, thank you - their culture is repellant). Seven years military service, never once killed anyone or called in any air-strike; I have lost several friends.

    Sorry for your loss of friends. Agreed, American military culture is repellant—perhaps the most philistine of all time; even soldier poet Brian Turner, would probably agree — http://www.fishousepoems.org/archives/brian_turner/eulogy.shtml

I resigned my commission due primarily to disillusionment with the missions I was part of. Since, I have earned a masters degree in history and now I work as a technician for two TV stations.

    ...making you the expert to whom we should all concede?

Forgive me if I’m pragmatic and learned enough to realize that a purely defeatist and entirely ignorant view of these affairs will not gain the anti-war movement any traction in this debate. Get it?

    You are forgiven for seeing the so-called anti-war movement as being in the debate at all—subverted in the extreme by Left Liberals, fully duped by the Obama regime.

Furthermore, I live in a small, relatively defenseless nation which was spared subjugation and enslavement by the imperial Japanese due solely to American interventionism - my country is not the only one to be able to claim that privilege.

    So, the US entry into WWII was mere interventionism…that’s an original reading of history. You didn’t get that HIstory degree online, did you?

Of course, ignorant-fucks like some respondents here are incapable of perceiving how anyone might have a less than irrationally-hateful opinion on American empire.

    Who’s being hateful?

Let me put it this way - without a mighty and interventionist America, the largest proportion of the world today would be under the sway of one of the three most horrific empires the world has ever known (imperial Japan; Nazi Germany; Soviet Russia).

    There’s that creative History again: Soviet Russia had nothing to do with defeating the Nazis; Communist China had nothing to do with defeating Imperial Japan and the US had nothing to do with provoking the Cold War—tip: read up on Gladio.

So, sit here and eternally regurgitate this trite rhetoric (which sounds almost identical to that of American pro-Nazi commentators during WWII), call anyone who doesn’t agree with your ridiculously myopic opinions a dupe or shill - we’ll see how far that gets you eh?

    I’m not trying to “get” anywhere—I pass.

I have said before - the US public were, in 2001, overwhelmingly in favour of bombing-the-shit out of Afghanistan… Iraq comes along ADD-America forgets all about Afghanistan (except when a liberal argues against the Iraq war by claiming neglect of Bin Laden); Iraq goes quiet, ADD-America is bored… now what? Afghanistan!! Yesss! *a scarcely-believable torrent of flaccid complaints and irrational debate follows…*

    Indeed, the 9/11 provocation certainly achieved its aim—as for Bin Laden… best patsy money could buy.

You can’t fucken help it, the world’s most prosperous nation and all you can do is whine and bitch about anything and everything, it’s pathetic.

    Who’s bitching about everything? The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is fantastic, even if its favorite native-son POTUS is a Trilateralist puppet.

Try saying something constructive.

    OK, the Houston Opera is fantastic, even if it’s favorite native-son POTUS was a CFR puppet.

Try answering an argument with an actual counter-argument - instead of shouting-down dissenters, with baseless slurs on that person’s character; these tactics just mask the weakness (or non-existence) of your own ideas. I am not fooled.

    Disagree on all counts.

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By LemuelG, December 18, 2009 at 4:57 pm Link to this comment

FYI - I have served in Afghanistan and East Timor (guess what: I’m no American, I’d rather not serve with your Marines, thank you - their culture is repellant). Seven years military service, never once killed anyone or called in any air-strike; I have lost several friends.

I resigned my commision due primarily to dissillusionment with the missions I was part of. Since, I have earned a masters degree in history and now I work as a technician for two TV stations.

Forgive me if I’m pragmatic and learned enough to realize that a purely defeatist and entirely ignorant view of these affairs will not gain the anti-war movement any traction in this debate. Get it?

Furthermore, I live in a small, relatively defenseless nation which was spared subjugation and enslavement by the imperial Japanese due solely to American interventionism - my country is not the only one to be able to claim that priviledge.

Of course, ignorant-fucks like some respondants here are incapable of percieving how anyone might have a less than irrationally-hateful opinion on American empire.

Let me put it this way - without a mighty and interventionist America, the largest proportion of the world today would be under the sway of one of the three most horrific empires the world has ever known (imperial Japan; Nazi Germany; Soviet Russia).

So, sit here and eternally regurgitate this trite rhetoric (which sounds almost identical to that of American pro-Nazi commentators during WWII), call anyone who doesn’t agree with your ridiculously myopic opinions a dupe or schill - we’ll see how far that gets you eh?

I have said before - the US public were, in 2001, overwhelmingly in favour of bombing-the-shit out of Afghanistan… Iraq comes along ADD-America forgets all about Afghanistan (except when a liberal argues against the Iraq war by claiming neglect of Bin Laden); Iraq goes quiet, ADD-America is bored… now what? Afghanistan!! Yesss! *a scarcely-believable torrent of flaccid complaints and irrational debate follows…*

You can’t fucken help it, the world’s most prosperous nation and all you can do is whine and bitch about anything and everything, it’s pathetic.

Try saying something constructive.

Try answering an argument with an actual counter-argument - instead of shouting-down dissenters, with baseless slurs on that person’s character; these tactics just mask the weakness (or non-existence) of your own ideas. I am not fooled.

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By jack, December 17, 2009 at 3:34 pm Link to this comment
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no residual explosives or thermite mixtures found at the WTC site.

wrong TV-bite-size explanation - on a FOX affiliate no less

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oO2yT0uBQbM

Want to debate Gage, reach him here http://www.ae911truth.org/ - he’ll talk to
you

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By Blackspeare, December 17, 2009 at 2:24 pm Link to this comment

To “thecrow”...

Don’t put too much faith in that article by Michael Fury——it’s a farce.  There was no residual explosives or thermite mixtures found at the WTC site.  The WTC buildings collapsed because the resultant fire weakened the steel super structure and the collapsing weight of the upper floors upon the lower floors exceeded the load capacity and the buildings essentially went into a free fall collapse.  Building 7 collapsed because the impact of the WTC collapse compromised the integrity of Building’s 7 supporting structure.

If you want to blame the collapse on poor construction——that I could buy.  The buildings were put up quickly and on the cheap.  Because of the environmental groups they stopped applying fire retardant asbestos to the upper half of the WTC buildings steel columns.  If they had applied asbestos to all the supports, the buildings would not have collapsed as quickly and many more people and responders would have been saved.

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By AugMC, December 17, 2009 at 2:24 pm Link to this comment
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To LemuelG:  It is heart warming to read the comment
you made here.  I know as soon as you sent it that you
immediately went down to sign up either in the U S Army
or Marine Corps so that you could personally go over to
Afghanistan and Pakistan and kill or be killed for the
idiots in Washington.  I know that a brave person like
you seem to be would never think of sending the sons
and daughters of others to do what you may be perceived
as a coward, if you did not do yourself.

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By Blackspeare, December 17, 2009 at 1:53 pm Link to this comment

Hey scottpot…

You asked, “What kind of Healthcare does Isreal have?”  Well they have a pretty good system very socialistic and so advanced that many Pals, Jords, and Gyps go there for treatment and so do the Saudis, but only incognito.

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By Jack, December 17, 2009 at 1:01 pm Link to this comment
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RE: By LemuelG, December 17 at 4:02 pm:  I could hardly feel more contempt for
y’all.

Rest assured that contempt for warmongers like LemuelG is equal if not greater than his
— some might assume that LemuelG’s shilling The Global War Of Terror is mercenary,
but from the tone, its sounds as it comes from a fully duped, unwitting, useful fool.

The Global War Of Terror is the most suicidal venture of all time — once gung-ho GIs
now suffering Depleted Uranium Poisoning are living and dying proof — ask
them if the job’s finished — ask their survivors if the job’s finished. 

Anyone interested in this issue, see Beyond Treason and learn in detail just
how little the Pentagon cares for its cannon fodder - http://www.beyondtreason.com/-
fully confirming Henry Kissinger’s infamous disregard for military men as “dumb, stupid
animals to be used as pawns for foreign policy.”

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By LemuelG, December 17, 2009 at 12:02 pm Link to this comment

Yeah, I too think it’s a dumb plan - but only ‘cause it’s half-assed, it will not achieve anything.

I now advocate a complete imperial takeover of both Afghanistan and Pakistan; both ‘nations’ have proven completely incapable, both of governing and defending themselves.

The US is in no danger of ‘losing’ this war. Okay? The Taliban are not the North Vietnamese regulars whose strategy, tactics and professionalism made a mockery of the US army - they are a loose confederation of bandits and despotic warlords who can do little but raid supply-convoys and bury bombs on the side of the road… how is this supposed to beat the US?

Don’t answer - I already know - the weak-willed US public’s attention-deficit will kick in again (without the possibilty of decisive engagement with the enemy), and in their ignorance (yes y’all, read the comments arrayed here for evidence… have you ever read such useless, irrelevant rhetoric?) will bitch and whine until there is no more political support for finishing a job that has been started.

Cowards, talk about learning from history, but you don’t know a Goddamn thing about it - the lack of will to finish a job once started has become the defining characteristic of the American national-character… I could hardly feel more contempt for y’all.

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By Archie1954, December 17, 2009 at 11:50 am Link to this comment
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Honestly this scenario is close to a military coup. Has the Whitehouse been co-opted? Is it now an extension of the Pentagon? How can the further destabilization of the Middle East and other places be of any benefit to the US? I really don’t understand. Just imagine a foreign military attack on a major city in the US, what would you demand your government do to the opposing enemy? How about tit for tat? We are speaking of military attacks here, military that can be identified as belonging to a nation state, not a bunch of criminal terrorists. Believe me the Pakistani people will not sit still and allow Americans to bomb their major cities. There will be terrible reprisals if the US attempts to do that.

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By scotttpot, December 17, 2009 at 11:39 am Link to this comment

Amerikas new President just sent 5 drones ,which are essentially flying robots,
into Pakistan where they fired 10 rockets to kill 17 people. Amerika will have
land-based robots to do the killing in the not too distant future , thanks to the
precedents set by Barack Obama.
Google ‘’ Long War”. Amerikas military plans for a 50 year war in the Middle East.
Lieberman ,The Chairman of Homeland Security is an agent of Israel.What kind of
Healthcare does Isreal have?

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By LocalHero, December 17, 2009 at 12:20 am Link to this comment

“Why, according to the Los Angeles Times, “senior U.S. officials” think this is a good plan I cannot for the life of me tell you.”

No? Well, I can. Perpetual. War. Is. Good. Business.

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By jack, December 16, 2009 at 11:35 pm Link to this comment
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RE: I would think most Americans would be sick to death of the constant
killing and destruction the country visits upon other nations year after year.

one would think… but then America’s got Hollywood to totally desensitize its
citizenry to such horrors… just fleeting silver-screen diversions - you’ve got your
bread (pizza and soda, et al) and your circuses: Rimbeau, Terminator, AI, not to
mention war-simulation, computer-video games - top sellers in the gaming
genre this season - beyond Orwell; beyond Dick; it’s Lem.

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By D.R. Zing, December 16, 2009 at 6:23 pm Link to this comment

“We Americans, we’re a simple people. But piss us off, and we’ll bomb your cities.” 

—Robin Williams

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By wildflower, December 16, 2009 at 6:03 pm Link to this comment

RE Pfaff: “Why, according to the Los Angeles Times, “senior U.S. officials” think this is a good plan I cannot for the life of me tell you. “

The only answer that I can see is that we have amoral “senior U.S. officials” with neocon traits running amuck in our government. Interestingly, this is the second article that I’ve read today about amoral voices in importance places that apparently view the welfare of citizens to be insignificant – lives to be tossed into a nameless pile known as collateral damage.

In Pfaff’s article, it involves amoral “senior U.S. Officials,” and the lives of innocent citizens of Pakistan – at least for now anyway. Last week we read about 5 American jihadists from northern Virginia who were arrested in Pakistan.  With amoral “senior U.S. Officials” running amuck one begins wonder what would happen if these jihadists had remained in the U.S.  Would these same “senior U.S officials” be planning drone attacks in Northern Virginia?

In Robert Parry’s OpEd, “Is Joe Lieberman Protecting Israel?” it involves the lives and welfare of millions American citizens, and an amoral U.S. Senator from Connecticut who opted to place the lives of millions of Americans without healthcare at risk in what is obviously a calculated effort to weaken the pressure the Obama/Biden administration could put on Israel to make concessions on a Mideast peace plan. With amoral U.S. Senators like Lieberman placing Americans at risk who needs terrorists?

http://www.opednews.com/articles/1/Is-Joe-Lieberman-Protectin-by-
Robert-Parry-091215-359.html

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By Archie1954, December 16, 2009 at 2:00 pm Link to this comment
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Don’t any of you remember that what happened on 911 has not been thoroughly investigated and it is still up in the air as to how such a thing could take place, except of course as a consequence of gross negligence on the part of the Republican Administration? Secondly also consider that The US and its “intelligence” agencies such as the CIA have been carrying on terrorist activities for 50 years in the Middle East and elsewhere(Chile,Iran,Panama,Somalia,Lebanon,Iraq,Afghanistan,
Venezuela,Grenada, Haiti and so many numerous others that I can’t list them all). I’m using the common definition of “terrorism” to make my claim against the US, in other words the terrorizing of local populations and the destabilization of governments. Both the Taliban and Al Queda were originally funded by the US to counter the USSR. Saddam Hussein was America’s best friend and showered with American military technology and enticed to start a war with Iran. Honestly it goes on and on. I would think most Americans would be sick to death of the constant killing and destruction the country visits upon other nations year after year.

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By jean Gerard, December 16, 2009 at 11:35 am Link to this comment
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Cpuld it be as simple as:  We have to use the ammunition so that our factories
can produce more?  Use more military machinery so that our factories can
produce more?  Use more soldiers so that our young people can get a job in
the military since there are no other jobs?  Yes, it could.

Could it be as nasty as:  We want to do this because we can?  Because it is our
profession and we don’t know any other way of life?  Because we have a kind of
pseudo-patriotic leverage (called “national security”) with which we can control
the government, the corporations and the people?  Because by doing this we
can keep the economic pot boiling and Wall Street investors happy and most of
the people fooled long enough to scare China out of the competition for world
power?

Could it be that we are short-sighted and really don’t care if the war never
stops, don’t care how many people we kill, don’t care how many places we
destroy, simply don’t care?  Could it be that we think we are the bravest and
the best and therefore “deserve” to exert deadly force on “them” because “they”
are inferior?  (otherwise known as the ultimate in “American exceptionalism”)

Yes, it could.

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By johnnyfarout, December 16, 2009 at 11:31 am Link to this comment

These men and women who think these strategies up are the same ones who thought up blowing Manhattan to smithereens and killing thousands as a tactic to get the US Army fighting on two fronts; the same fascist ideals that led the Germans to invade the east and west simultaneously. America is fighting WWIII now, and The Dick Cheney is still shaking in his boots as he rattles the sabers stuck in the belts of those standing at attention all around him. This is the New American Century and the Christian Zionists who think they are special’, like Reagan thought that if you had Jourdache Genes that you would survive a nuclear war, and Bush thought god told him to invade and kill the Iraqi’s and the Afghanis and the Palestinians and anybody else who gets in the way of Armageddon so jesus can come back at least once more and do some more killin’... the psychosis of empire. Mix in some several hundreds of trillions of federal reserve notes(spend it before you lose it mentality abroad, and stack it up and keep it mentality at home), stir with poisonous fossil fuels and light that candle you’re cursing in the darkness with… the one logical conclusion: aliens are using mind control on the rich and powerful who are getting us peons to do their bidding of destroying the planet. How many times in Viet Nam did we hear “we are destroying that village and everyone in it to save it”. Same shit different day. All this is taught at West Point, the Command and Staff College, and every other military officer training site on the planet: military intelligence. Read some of that crazy ass Ralph Peters. He’ll shake you up, and have you thinking like The Dick Cheney.

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By LostHills, December 16, 2009 at 9:26 am Link to this comment

Change you can believe in…

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By Gordy, December 16, 2009 at 8:55 am Link to this comment

Maybe they are less interested in positive gains than
in relative gains brought about by bringing everyone
else down.  I dunno; I am as bewildered as you are.

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By bozh, December 16, 2009 at 8:30 am Link to this comment
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Uncle sam is funni. Greatness of america even funnier; in view that not a single amer claims to know or actually knows what is US’ or US/nato’s final goal in asia and elsewhere.

U cld live forever and u cld ONLY GUESS! Yet, one lives in a greatest democracy ever; at least as far as ?all pols,columnists,clergy,and educators are concerned.

It is bit strange that we ?all knew what serbia’s end solution had been. OK, we don’t know what the end goal of the taliban or pashtuns is, but they are not the best democrats in the world.
We even know what apache’s telos had been. But we don’t know what americans, who [largely or solely] matter, want at the end of it all.
Americans have job to do! I say good luck because i want my grandkids to live as well.tnx

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By thecrow, December 16, 2009 at 6:39 am Link to this comment

“which would make it the third nation, after Iraq and Afghanistan, to be devastated by the United States since that fateful day in September 2001 when the so-called war on terror began”

“The rest is silence.” - Hamlet

http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2009/04/11/the-rest-is-silence/

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By copernicist, December 16, 2009 at 5:42 am Link to this comment

Why prefer Madness?, asks Pfaff?  Because…: .
“Things bad begun make strong themselves by ill”, mused Macbeth, conceiving new murders.
“......For mine own good,/ All causes shall give way: I am in blood/ Stepp’d in so far, that should I wade no more,/Returning were as tedious as go o’er.”  [Act III, Sc 4]

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By CMyers, December 16, 2009 at 5:20 am Link to this comment
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Pfaff, could this be the confirmation of a military takeover of the USA. Patreas McChrystal and the Zionist Likud now the real policy dictators. And Prez Barry just the placeholder chief.

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By omygodnotagain, December 16, 2009 at 5:15 am Link to this comment

Why does Israel want to set off WW 3 with the Muslim world, why are we going along.

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By myloUSMC, December 16, 2009 at 5:04 am Link to this comment
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I participated in VIET NAM and though I support our Troops I am not in favor of the Current Actions that only bolster the WAR MACHINES and Grease the Palms of the Very Very Wealthy.  THE same Wealthy who Say one thing and od another . I am An Who never thought we would be sucked into another Viet Nam . I believe we should go after Terrorist but I donot believe we should be intergrated in the villiages and towns nor shoud we start the kinds of Bombind runs ,and Drone flights with explosives . We cannot control our trgets and even one Civilian is one too many . It gives the Other Side (TERRORIST ) Ammunition with which to fight on the Ethics which we fight by .
We are not Gods nor are we going tobe able to control all aspects of the World. We should however
Consider the Threats in our own Back Door . Venesuela!!!!!!  we are going to cut off any chance of making our country Safe by our actions

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By montanawildhack, December 16, 2009 at 3:58 am Link to this comment

Two words….. Greater Israel…..Nuff said…...

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By Michael Steinberg, December 16, 2009 at 1:57 am Link to this comment
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your writing style stinks…unclear, awkward, thoughts are indisernable

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By jack, December 15, 2009 at 11:15 pm Link to this comment
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re: wreak…havoc in the region

Good grief - it’s taken one of the most informed reporters in the region half a
decade to arrive at the correct analysis of The Global War Of Terror. And the
next stage is, for absolute certainty, the waging of war in Pakistan;
destabilization; civil war; balkanization; Anglo-American hegemony; Brzezinski’s
Grand Chessboard in action.

But, ultimately, all bets are off: Depleted Uranium Poisoning trumps everything!
Many vets have figured it out — the real cause of Gulf War Syndrome — and the
word is spreading. The Pentagon’s greatest fear is that eventually none will
deploy except die-hard mercenaries — Black Water’s moment of truth.

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