Afghanistan’s women want to thank America and it’s women for ignorantly tacitly supporting, and allowing the US to arm the Taliban for all those Cold War years. . Middle three images courtesy of Magnum

More information about the US’ Cold War arming of Fundamentalist Muslims (even when less socially radical groups were available): Operation Cyclone
"…the longest and most expensive covert CIA operations ever undertaken;".

In more recent history, The Nation: How the US Funds the Taliban. Google Search: “US supporting and arming the Taliban

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livesarefractionsofawhole reblogged this from followingthedeer and added:

REALLY? YOU’RE BLAMING AMERICAN WOMEN FOR SOMETHING THAT WE THE CITIZENS HAVE NO CONTROL OVER. REALLY? Attack our government and politicians- not the citizens they so poorly represent- we hate them as much as the rest of the world.
So where exactly do you stand on this? “The New America Foundation (Neoliberal like MOST Americans) is promoting an author who says 14 years of destroying Afghanistan was a waste. It’s The Wrong Enemy. We should be destroying Pakistan

"…SOMETHING THAT WE THE CITIZENS HAVE NO CONTROL OVER…" is the crux of the problem. My dunning IS NOT about the lack of success stopping our government from destroying other nations and their people, it about the lack of trying… Moving beyond the personal comfort zone of driving one’s SUV to the local antiwar demo and driving into the RAGE region where governments tremble and fall.

Listen “livesarefractionsofawhole” The civilized world is HORRIFIED BY AMERICAN’S LACK OF RESPONSIBILITY FOR IT’S GOVERNMENT’S ACTIONS IN THEIR NAMES and this post (and this one and this one, and most of my posts) is intended to be a kick in the ass saying “Control them!”

Or perhaps, as is easily observable, Americans simply have a problem controlling themselves when it comes to bullying each other, and it’s reflected by our government’s treatment of other societies. It shapes NOT ONLY AMERICAN’S WORLDVIEW but their government’s actions globally.

TAKE PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR GOVERNMENT’S ACTIONS AND STOP REPEATING THAT IDIOTIC “I CAN’T DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT” MANTRA. It’s simply self-fulfilling bullshit in a “delegated representation” society for people who DON’T WANT TO do anything about it, or perhaps in many cases “Do something but god forbid it should affect my lifestyle or my livelihood, or cause loss of ‘friends’, or spending a night in jail over it… or… or…
If it wasn’t for this, if it wasn’t for that It’d be a better world.”

Round TWO:
livesarefractionsofawhole: it assumes that all americans +/ women knew what was happening

2. it assumes that all americans approve of acts of war and aggression

3. literally said i should take personal responsibility:
.Yup I did, and Yup… Yer “ignored”
Quiz Time! Put your thinking caps on!A Tea Party member and a Taliban Terrorist need help. Can you match the items with the right perp… I mean person?

Quiz Time! Put your thinking caps on!

A Tea Party member and a Taliban Terrorist need help. Can you match the items with the right perp… I mean person?

"In War Crime News Today:
Abdul Rashid Dostum Of The ‘Northern Alliance’
And Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Afghan Army
dostum
Nothing To See Here… Move Along! White House Finishes Dasht-e-Leili ‘Massacre Of Taliban Fighters’ Probe Using ‘Intelligence Community’ Info And Then They Spike It


ProPublica (Copiously linked onsite):

     The long saga began in November 2001, when Taliban prisoners who had surrendered to Northern Alliance commander Abdul Rashid Dostum were transported in shipping containers without food or water. According to eyewitness accounts and forensic work by human rights investigators, hundreds of men died of suffocation while others were shot, and their bodies buried at the desert site of Dasht-i-Leili.

     Dostum was working closely with U.S. troops at the time. Surviving prisoners alleged that Americans were present at the loading of the containers – but the Pentagon has said repeatedly that it had no evidence that U.S. forces participated or were even aware of the deaths. (Dostum has denied any personal involvement, and claims that roughly 200 men died in transit, from battlefield wounds.)

     In the fall of 2002, the U.S., U.N., and even Dostum himself expressed support for an investigation. But none got underway. In the summer of 2009, prompted by a New York Times report that Bush administration officials had actively discouraged U.S. investigations, President Obama ordered a new review of the case.

     Hayden, the White House spokeswoman, said the new investigation “was led by the intelligence community,” and found that no Americans – including CIA officers, who were also in the region – were involved.

     She declined to answer the following lingering questions…


(* ‘Spike’ is news-speak for ‘killed story’)"

In Full @ ProPublica

See: Cabale News Service, August 11, 2009 for more information from the inception of the ‘investigation’ process.

Also, from July 2009, The World According To Bill Fisher, Afghan Massacre: More Bad Apples?

William Fisher passed recently. Read his onsite obituary. Another good man gone, William fisher was one of the former State Department employees gone blogger watching Guantanamo, our concentration camp by the Caribbean, with great dismay and writing about it.

Wikipedia entry for General Abdul Rashid Dostum

WikiLeaks documents on the Dasht-e-Leili massacre

Also from Cabale News Service, July 17 2009 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Murder, Apologies, ‘Themistan’, and Our Presence In Central Asia

A series of short, cynically humorous audio commentaries regarding Central Asia, by Travus T. Hipp, morning news announcer at KPIG Radio Freedom California, Proto-Hippie and the Original “Family Dog”. Rest In Peace Chan.

Knowing who we are war with is a threat to National SecurityIn a major national security speech this spring, President Obama said again and again that the U.S. is at war with “Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and their associated forces.” 

So who exactly are those associated forces? It’s a secret. 

At a hearing in May, Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., asked (pdf)  the Defense Department to provide him with a current list of Al Qaeda affiliates. 

The Pentagon responded – but Levin’s office told ProPublica they aren’t allowed to share it. Kathleen Long, a spokeswoman for Levin, would say only that the department’s “answer included the information requested.” 

A Pentagon spokesman told ProPublica that revealing such a list could cause “serious damage to national security.”

“Because elements that might be considered ‘associated forces’ can build credibility by being listed as such by the United States, we have classified the list,” said the spokesman, Lt. Col. Jim Gregory. “We cannot afford to inflate these organizations that rely on violent extremist ideology to strengthen their ranks.”In Full @ ProPublicaFollow up and legal analysis of the DoD’s statement @ Lawfare: DOD’s Weak Rationale for Keeping Enemy Identities Secret
Knowing who we are war with is a threat to National Security

In a major national security speech this spring, President Obama said again and again that the U.S. is at war with “Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and their associated forces.”

So who exactly are those associated forces? It’s a secret.

At a hearing in May, Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., asked (pdf) the Defense Department to provide him with a current list of Al Qaeda affiliates.

The Pentagon responded – but Levin’s office told ProPublica they aren’t allowed to share it. Kathleen Long, a spokeswoman for Levin, would say only that the department’s “answer included the information requested.”

A Pentagon spokesman told ProPublica that revealing such a list could cause “serious damage to national security.”

Because elements that might be considered ‘associated forces’ can build credibility by being listed as such by the United States, we have classified the list,” said the spokesman, Lt. Col. Jim Gregory. “We cannot afford to inflate these organizations that rely on violent extremist ideology to strengthen their ranks.”

In Full @ ProPublica
Follow up and legal analysis of the DoD’s statement @ Lawfare: DOD’s Weak Rationale for Keeping Enemy Identities Secret

KABUL, Afghanistan — Less than 24 hours after the Taliban opened an office for peace talks in the Gulf emirate of Qatar, the Afghan government on Wednesday backed away from even starting discussions with its adversaries and broke off talks on future military cooperation with the United States.

In one statement, signaling his anger at how the Americans had negotiated the opening of the Taliban office, President Hamid Karzai suspended talks on a bilateral security agreement with the United States that would allow American troops to stay after 2014…

[In Full @ The New York Times]

[In Full @ the New York Times]

dubai

The multi-million-dollar payoffs go back to the late 1970s, when the Democratic administration of President Jimmy Carter adopted a strategy of ensnaring the Soviet Union in “its own Vietnam” by fomenting and financing an Islamist insurgency against a Soviet-backed government in Kabul.

Working on the CIA payroll at the time was a young Hamid Karzai, who served as a go-between for the American intelligence agency, the Pakistani ISI and the mujahideen. At the time, he no doubt rubbed shoulders with Osama bin Laden, who was serving in a similar capacity.

In the wake of the Soviet withdrawal, the forces backed by the CIA carried out a protracted civil war that ended with the coming to power of the Pakistani-backed Taliban in 1996. This war was resumed under CIA auspices when Washington used the September 11, 2001 attacks as the pretext for invading and occupying Afghanistan. The agency began handing out suitcases full of cash once again to the Afghan warlords to contract their services as proxy troops in the US war for regime change.

Traveling in northern Europe on another money-gathering trip, Karzai made the improbable claim that the CIA cash wasn’t really that much and was being spent on “providing assistance to the wounded, the sick.”

In reality, whatever doesn’t go into the pockets and off-shore accounts of the Karzai family and its immediate periphery is still being used to pay off the warlords, including war criminals like Abdul Rashid Dostum, who, while on the CIA payroll, organized the massacre of thousands of Taliban prisoners near Mazar-i-Sharif in 2001. According to some reports, he alone has received up to $100,000 a month… [In Full @ WSWS]


Also see: “All This Money Magically Appears From Nowhere,” - The Looting Of Afghanistan’s Wealth By It’s U.S. Installed Kleptocracy Begins In Earnest

February 28, 2010

It appears Afghanistan’s financial wealth is being systematically looted by the U.S. backed/empowered kleptocracy and U.S. funds are alleged to have been diverted from aid programs.

Much of it seems to be flowing to (or should I say ‘through’) Dubai… [In Full]



Local officials in Afghanistan’s Ghazni Province are reporting that at least four civilians have been killed in a NATO airstrike against the Andar District overnight, including two small children.

The initial statement on the strike from District Chief Mohammed Desiwal claimed that only ten people were killed, all Taliban. Later reports confirmed that the attack also hit a civilian house. They raised the toll to 14, with the additional victims the civilian bystanders in the house. Police say a number of other civilians were wounded.

Taliban statements also confirmed a number of civilian deaths, claiming seven in their accounts while likewise denying that they had lost 10 fighters in the incident. NATO has refused to comment at all on the situation.

Indeed, NATO operational updates for Thursday night and Friday completely ignored Ghazni Province, not mentioning any battles at all even though it appears to be well documented that a strike did indeed take place.

The Talib claim none of the people killed were their fighters.
When you got nuthin’ else… The IMplausible Denial of silence

(Source: jayaprada, via theamericanbear)

9/11 Family Portraits… The Haqqani clan posing with Ronald Reagan’s point man for our continuing war on South Asia and Audie Murphy-like legend of Hollywood movies Charlie Wilson

9/11 Family Portraits… The Haqqani clan posing with Ronald Reagan’s point man for our continuing war on South Asia and Audie Murphy-like legend of Hollywood movies Charlie Wilson

"Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker spoke to Candy (Crowley) while his embassy in Kabul was on lockdown. He said that the attacks showed that the US still needed a military presence in Afghanistan."

Candy Crowley, State of the Union Crib Sheet for Sunday April 15th

So here’s what we’re going to do…

WTF Afghan Coin Strategy[Click the image for larger, and an analysis of WTF this means.]