Democracy Now! 10/15/15
Newly leaked government documents have provided an unprecedented window into the secret U.S. drone assassination program across the globe. In “The Drone Papers,” The Intercept reveals drone strikes have resulted from unreliable intelligence, stemming in large part from electronic communications data, or “signals intelligence,” that officials acknowledge is insufficient. The documents also undermine government claims that the drone strikes have been precise. In Afghanistan, strikes on 35 direct targets killed at least 219 other people. Among other revelations, they also suggest the strikes have hurt intelligence gathering and that unknown male victims have been labeled as “enemies killed in action” unless evidence later proves otherwise….
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Filed under Afghanistan, War
by Jim Hightower, 12/2/14
Only a few months ago President Obama announced the good news that our combat role in Afghanistan – the longest war in American history – would finally end by January 1.
But put away the champagne, for a flock of screeching war hawks brought heavy political pressure on Obama to reverse himself. So our troops will stay in that war-ravaged, corrupt, bankrupted, ethnically-divided country for at least another year or two. Amazingly, the hawks’ argument was that Obama should not rush the timeline for training Afghan security forces to defend their own country.
Rush? Hello: IT’S BEEN 13 YEARS! “Operation Enduring Freedom,” as this mess of a military mission was named, should be renamed “Operation Endless War.” …
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see also, by Jim Hightower, “Egged on by the Hawks of Doom, Obama sinks America into a misguided war with the Islamic State, Nov. 2014
by Nathaniel Smith, Politics: A View from West Chester
Washington, Feb. 5, 2014
In a bold new proposal to break the deadlocks in Afghanistan and Iraq, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) proposed that the United States invade and occupy those countries.
“Those governments are engaged in antagonistic behavior not only toward the United States but also toward their own citizens,” McCain said. “They are dividing their people through unacceptable partisan strife that sets factions against each other with no regard for their national welfare. They are even holding talks with those who oppose them.”
“Presidents Maliki and Karzai have been acting as if he wants to ruin their economies, demoralize citizens, and turn their countries over to our enemies,” the 2008 presidential candidate added. “For the sake of the Afghan and Iraqi people, we need to send a substantial military force, chase out those unworthy leaders, and install friendly regimes. We must show the people of the Middle East how we in our country maintain a responsive government that fully and openly responds to the needs of the people.”
“Our national interest and ultimately our access to our oil in the Middle East are at stake,” stated McCain’s long-time ally Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC). “Karzai absolutely refused to do as we said when John and I talked with him last month, and Maliki is just as bad.”
“Let’s see about sending some troops to straighten out Libya, Egypt, Syria and Iran while we’re at it,” Graham added. “If our ships and planes are carrying troops and materiel that way anyhow,” he explained, “It will be cheaper to just take over all those trouble-makers at the same time and stay the course.”
Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates concurred. “The Afghans, Iraqis, and their neighbors will welcome us with open arms,” he said while on a tour to promote his recent book. “It will be a cakewalk.”
The Onion, November 13, 2012
WASHINGTON—As they scoured the Internet for more juicy details about former CIA director David Petraeus’ affair with biographer Paula Broadwell, Americans were reportedly horrified today upon learning that a protracted, bloody war involving U.S. forces is currently raging in the nation of Afghanistan. “Oh my God, this is terrible,” Allie Lipscomb, 29, said after accidentally stumbling on an article about the war while she tried to ascertain details about what specific sexual acts Petraeus and Broadwell might have engaged in. “According to this, 2,000 American troops have died, 18,000 have been wounded, and more than 20,000 civilians have been killed. Jesus Christ. And it’s been happening for, like, 11 years.” …