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http://goo.gl/5Hl46 Tell us why YOU think it's time to end the Afghanistan War and your comments could appear in an upcoming Rethink Afghanistan video! With violence in Afghanistan still worsening a year after the military push into Marjah--the start of what some call "Obama's War"--it's clear military solutions won't work. It's time to end the war.http://goo.gl/5Hl46 Tell us why YOU think it's time to end the Afghanistan War... more
Insurgents attacked five security checkpoints in a northwestern Pakistan region on the Afghan border on Friday killing 11 soldiers and leading to clashes in which 24 militants died, officials said.
http://www.indiareport.com/India-usa-uk-news/reuters/National/70529Insurgents attacked five security checkpoints in a northwestern Pakistan region on the... more
This film is overflowing with camaraderie, buddy love, friendship, honor, glory, patriotism and all those heartwarming, good feelings we’re supposed to have about our country. There is no better subtle propaganda tool than a film like Restrepo to prop up this useless futile extravagant waste of a war. We feel for these soldiers and what they have to go through. But why the fuck do they have to go through it in the first place? That question is never asked.This film is overflowing with camaraderie, buddy love, friendship, honor, glory,... more
A man with the Afghan Border Police shot and killed six American troops during a training mission in eastern Afghanistan on Monday.
The man was also killed in the incident, the International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) said in a news release. The Taliban claimed responsibility by e-mail and stated the shooter specifically joined the border police in order to kill foreign soldiers, AP report.
A joint Afghan and ISAF investigation team was sent to the remote district of Pachir Wagam near Pakistan. The shooting is the deadliest one in a string of incidents where members of the Afghan security forces turned on their ISAF partners.
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/46700/A man with the Afghan Border Police shot and killed six American troops during a... more
Op-Ed by Bob Herbert
You can only hope that the very preliminary peace efforts in Afghanistan bear fruit before long. But for evidence that the United States is letting its claim to greatness, and even common decency, slip through its fingers, all you need to do is look at the way we treat our own troops.
The idea that the United States is at war and hardly any of its citizens are paying attention to the terrible burden being shouldered by its men and women in uniform is beyond appalling
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http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/23/opinion/23herbert.html?_r=3&hpOp-Ed by Bob Herbert You can only hope that the very preliminary peace efforts in... more
The videos below represent more than 75 years of separation between Smedley Butler and Michael Prysner: two military men with a conscience. Their similar accounts are a stark reminder of how much we still have to learn. There are encouraging signs of a modern awakening to the causes of the common problems which have plagued us through generations. However, these causes have become redundant: secret societies and corporate conglomerates filled with sadistic men and women who utilize their positions of birth, money, and power for control. Only our continued cooperation with systems designed to enslave us causes history to repeat itself.
October 19, 2020The videos below represent more than 75 years of separation between Smedley Butler and... more
'U.S. troops now being trained to boss communities and run local governments are being readied to oversee a post-collapse America in which riots and civil unrest similar to that now exploding in Europe over austerity measures and pension cuts ravage the United States and are met with the iron fist of a militarized police state.
Reaction to our earlier story about the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division being prepared for a situation where “in essence they will become the local government” by working with local officials has been strong, with some refusing to believe that the program is geared towards anything other than operations overseas.
However, as we outlined in our article, similar deployments by Northcom are admittedly focused around “homeland patrols” and training troops to deal with “civil unrest” and “crowd control”.''U.S. troops now being trained to boss communities and run local governments are... more
Taliban militants have claimed that they have driven US troops out of a military outpost in Afghanistan's northeastern Kunar Province.
They also said that the Americans fled the military outpost in Kunar's Marawara district in helicopters on Monday.
A senior Taliban commander said the group is now in full control of the district where the outpost is located.
He added that the militants attacked the outpost with rockets and machine guns.
Taliban say the ensuing clashes forced the US forces stationed there to flee.
The militants say they have seized all weapons and munitions left behind in the outpost.
A Press TV correspondent says the US military has not yet commented on the attack.Taliban militants have claimed that they have driven US troops out of a military... more
Vanguard correspondent Mariana van Zeller travels to Sri Lanka during the final days of the country's civil war to see how one of the world's most powerful insurgencies, the Tamil Tigers, was finally defeated.
In this clip, Mariana struggles to report a story from which independent media had been banned. But at a market filled with pro-military merchandise, she's able to speak directly to locals about the widespread support for the Sri Lankan army.
"Vanguard," airing weekly on Current TV Wednesdays at 10/9c, is a no-limits documentary series whose award-winning correspondents put themselves in extraordinary situations to immerse viewers in global issues that have a large social significance. Unlike sound-bite driven reporting, the show's correspondents, Adam Yamaguchi, Kaj Larsen, Christof Putzel and Mariana van Zeller, serve as trusted guides who take viewers on in-depth real life adventures in pursuit of some of the world's most important stories.
For more, go to http://current.com/vanguard.Vanguard correspondent Mariana van Zeller travels to Sri Lanka during the final days... more
KABUL—The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said the planned burning of Qurans on Sept. 11 by a small Florida church could put the lives of American troops in danger and damage the war effort.
Gen. David Petraeus said the Taliban would exploit the demonstration for propaganda purposes, drumming up anger toward the U.S. and making it harder for allied troops to carry out their mission of protecting Afghan civilians.
"It could endanger troops and it could endanger the overall effort," Gen. Petraeus said in an interview. "It is precisely the kind of action the Taliban uses and could cause significant problems. Not just here, but everywhere in the world we are engaged with the Islamic community."
Hundreds of Afghans attended a demonstration in Kabul on Monday to protest the plans of Florida pastor Terry Jones, who has said he will burn copies of Islam's holy book to mark the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Afghan protesters chanted "death to America," and speakers called on the U.S. to withdraw its troops. Some protesters threw rocks at a passing military convoy.
Military officials fear the protests will likely spread to other Afghan cities, especially if the event is broadcast or ends up on Internet video.
Mr. Jones, head of the 50-member Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla., said in a statement that "We understand the General's concerns. We are sure that his concerns are legitimate." Nonetheless, he added, "We must send a clear message to the radical element of Islam. We will no longer be controlled and dominated by their fears and threats."
Mr. Jones has been denied a permit for the demonstration, but has said he plans to go forward with the protest.
Rev. Stephanie Sapp, spokeswoman for the center, said no one from the Pentagon or other federal agencies had expressed concern or asked that the event be canceled. She did say that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had discussed security measures.
Pentagon officials said they were not aware that any Defense officials have reached out directly to Mr. Jones. But military officers said they hoped that Gen. Petraeus's statement—an unusual move since military commanders rarely get involved in politics—would convince Mr. Jones to change his plans.
Gen. Petraeus declined to elaborate on the nature of the threats or violence that could occur, but westerners in Afghanistan have been warned away from restaurants and other public places amid the rising tensions.
Other senior military leaders echoed Gen. Petraeus commentsMonday. Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, who oversees the effort to train Afghan security forces said he was informed of the planned Florida protests several days ago by a senior minister in the Afghan government. (more at link)
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703713504575475500753093116.html?mod=WSJ_hp_mostpop_readKABUL—The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said the planned burning of Qurans... more
The Financial Times
Published: August 22 2010
Seven years after his predecessor declared an end to major combat operations, Barack Obama, US president, withdrew the last American combat unit from Iraq last week. US forces leave behind a broken country. The original sins of the Iraq war – wishful thinking dressed up as intelligence and botched post-invasion planning – were visited on the innocent. Iraqis suffered a paroxysm of sectarian violence that the world’s supposed superpower was too blind to foresee and too weak to forestall.
The 2007 troop surge was a factor in improving security, which remains threadbare. But the main significance of the surge was symbolic. So it is with the current withdrawal. US combat forces had already pulled out of urban areas, where most of the fighting has taken place, and 50,000 US soldiers will remain in Iraq. The symbolism does more for US than Iraqi morale. Throughout its ranks, the new Iraqi army worries loudly about its ability to stop violence from rising without US help.
The reality is that the political space the surge was meant to open up created a vacuum that remains unfilled. Iraq’s elections are the Arab world’s freest, but nearly six months on from the last polls politicians have still not managed to form a new government. And not only the state, but Iraqi society is broken. One in six Iraqis, disproportionately middle-class professionals, have fled their homes, around half for other countries.
This is the result of two neoconservative conceits: that shock and awe made an extended presence of large troop numbers superfluous; and that liberal-democratic states spontaneously spring up where old institutions are razed even if new ones are not built.
Beyond human suffering, the collateral damage includes America’s stature. Humiliated in Iraq, the US is less feared by enemies and less loved by friends. Another casualty was the case for liberal interventionism. Though the US rid Iraq of Saddam’s tyranny, the incompetence with which it did so makes it harder to defend future military action even when the cause is just.
In a better world, the US would stay to fix what it broke. As it has proved itself incapable of that, a slow withdrawal is the least bad option. A brighter Iraqi future now depends on two unlikely things. A regional modus vivendi must be found that lets Iraq prosper and does not turn it into Tehran and Riyadh’s battling ground; and Iraqi leaders must stop the politics of spoil-splitting, and work to make the country attractive to the professional class – Iraq’s true wealth.
http://djiin.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/obama__s_iraq___withdrawal___by_latuff2.jpgThe Financial Times Published: August 22 2010 Seven years after his predecessor... more
BANGOR, Maine — As the nation watches troops being withdrawn from the Middle East, few perhaps are aware that another wave of soldiers is being deployed.
On Tuesday, a group of about 150 soldiers from the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, based in Fort Hood, Texas, had a two-hour layover at Bangor International Airport on their way to southern Iraq.
“It’s funny because the big thing on the news as we were getting ready to leave was all the big hoopla about all the combat forces coming out, so all the soldiers and their families are asking, ‘Why are we going?’” Lt. Col. Bryan Mullins said.
“Well, we said it was the difference between the guys whose job it is to fight versus guys whose primary job it is to help people, or secure people, who are doing something else,” he said.
“So we are combat arms soldiers — I’m a tanker, we’ve got other tankers and artillery. But our job in Iraq is primarily going to be to training Iraqi security forces, cops, the [Iraqi] army, the border forces — they’ve got huge border forces,” he said.
“We haven’t been able to pay a whole lot of attention to those over the first six years because we were too busy doing other stuff,” he said. “So now, on the back end of the mission, we’re going to spend a whole lot more time and energy on that.”
The unit also will provide security for U.S. State Department personnel while in the Middle East, he said.
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Mission still not accomplished! See how the media is a tool for the NWO and their global agenda. Look at CIA agent and Manchurian Candidate president, Barack Obama. He spoke the greatest speeches in the world via a teleprompter. Too bad he's just a puppet who can't deliver.
Yea, send the troops to the Iraq/Iran border to start WW3...just what the New World Order...ordered. Nevermind the sovereignty of this nation, its borders or its Constitution, which, if followed, we'd never be in Iraq or Afghanistan to begin with.BANGOR, Maine — As the nation watches troops being withdrawn from the Middle... more
Kaj Larson investigates what life after war is like for soldiers returning from Afghanistan and an alarming number of them are finding themselves behind bars for violent crimes.Kaj Larson investigates what life after war is like for soldiers returning from... more
NATO announced Friday that six more U.S. troops have died in Afghanistan, bringing the death toll for July to at least 66 and surpassing the previous month's record as the deadliest for American forces in the nearly 9-year-old war.
More @ linkNATO announced Friday that six more U.S. troops have died in Afghanistan, bringing the... more
Charlotte Observer has reported that White House has declared the whistle blowing WikiLeaks an alarming aspect that has jeopardize the safety of its troopsCharlotte Observer has reported that White House has declared the whistle blowing... more
(CNN) -- As few as "a couple of thousand" U.S. troops may leave Afghanistan in the first phase of withdrawing forces from there beginning a year from now, Vice President Joe Biden said in an interview broadcast Sunday.
"It could be as few as a couple of thousand troops; it could be more," Biden told ABC's "This Week."
Asked about a book that quotes him as saying the troop withdrawal would start with "a whole lot of people" leaving Afghanistan, Biden confirmed the comment but said he was responding to an assertion that there might be no withdrawal at all at that time.
"I did say it," Biden acknowledged, calling the July 2011 withdrawal date "the beginning of a transition" based on the ability of Afghanistan forces to provide security around the country.
Noting there will be more than 100,000 U.S. troops there a year from now, Biden said the situation would be assessed across Afghanistan and troop withdrawals would begin where circumstances allow.
At the same time, Biden called the process of training Afghanistan security forces to take over for U.S. forces as "painfully slow and difficult." However, "there will be a transition," he insisted.
By the CNN Wire Staff(CNN) -- As few as "a couple of thousand" U.S. troops may leave Afghanistan... more