The Defense Secretary, Robert Gates "hinted" thus on 10 March 2010, during a visit to a dust-blown training ground in Kabul province where Afghan soldiers come for weeks of training under US and British instruction, "but" he also said any withdrawal "would have to be conditions-based. This reminds me of our hurried helicopter exit from a tower in Saigon, while Vietcong sappers were banging on the steel doors to the security fence below. Perhaps Mr. Gates should review old movies from that era to align his prognosis to fit within the realms of modern reality? At the time of his visit, Mr. Gates said: We will begin that 'transition' no longer than July of 2011, but the pace will depend also on conditions on the ground. He also said: "We should not be too impatient."
His comments came as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian President, visited the country. At a press conference in Kabul he said that the US "themselves created the terrorists and now they say they are fighting terrorists." He also said: "We do not see the presence of foreign military forces in Afghanistan as a solution for peace in Afghanistan."Gates had accused Tehran of "playing a double game" in Afghanistan by trying to woo the Afghan government while under - mining US and NATO efforts by helping the Taliban. Oh the tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive: Such are promises, all lies and jest!
How would YOU like to die in Obama's current hobby: Nuclear War? Humanity is at a dangerous crossroads. War preparations to attack Iran are in "an advanced state of readiness". Hi tech weapons systems, including nuclear warheads are now FULLY Deployed - our tax dollars at work. This military adventure has been on the Pentagon's drawing board since the mid-1990s. There had to be some priorities: FIRST IRAQ, then Iran, according to a declassified 1995 US Central Command document. As usual, our President and his henchmen know best, and what better way to die, not for America, but for the whims of Israel. Since 2005, the US and its allies, including America's NATO partners and Israel have been involved in the intensive deployment and stockpiling of advanced weapons systems, and the air defense systems of the US, NATO member countries are fully integrated - which only means that all of those who participate in this madness will die together, and at the same time. Can it get any better than that? How can man (or woman) die better than facing fearful odds, for the ashes of our fathers, and the temples of our "real" bloodthirsty gods. - And you thought we are all Christians - Well, most of us are, but the Jewish religion is NOT with us on that one, and the phrase: "You'll never walk alone" has always been missing from their vocabulary, unless it refers to robbing our meager US Treasury for help in fighting their wars!
After a "surge" of 30,000 additional US troops for Afghanistan, General David Petraeus wants more, more, more, and he wants them now, now, now. The General has also requested 2,000 additional troops from NATO, and probably more from US reserves as well. "We" have launched a new US base-building binge in Afghanistan, including contracts for three $100 million facilities not to be completed or occupied until late 2011. Don't worry, though - it's only money, and very soon no longer YOUR money, and you'll be pleased that Kandahar (the capital of Afghanistan) will soon enjoy a TGI Friday, a Kentucky Fried Chicken, and a Mamma Mia Pizzeria. Unfortunately, there more US military generals and admirals than Al-Qaeda members in Yemen, Afghanistan, and Pakistan to enjoy this American cuisine, but we have continued to sink hundreds of millions of dollars into base improvements. Meanwhile, back in Iraq, the Balad Air Base has three large gyms, multiple shopping centers, recreation areas, and a movie theatre, not to speak of multiple bus routes and the usual range of fast-food parlors, PX's and the like. You'll be pleased to know that the base is still expanding, and on bases like this one the military continues to invest hundreds of millions in infrastructure improvements.
If you are wondering where your tax dollars are going -
Well, Sucker, now you know!
If you are wondering where your tax dollars are going -
Well, Sucker, now you know!
Such are promises, all lies and jest. If the armies of another nation invade your country, there is no need to resort to lies to sell a war: Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, Gulf War I, Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq did NOT have to be fought. They were optional. At minimum, they were wars of imperialism, undeclared, immoral, and violations of international law. The war against Afghanistan is no exception. It's basically to assure that we can build an oil pipeline from a former 'stan' of Soviet Russia, and protect it with our mercenary army. The best option for a nation that "pretends" to promote democracy would be to actually promote democracy, and to stop killing innocent people in that country. Let the Afghan people choose between any candidates they want - yes, including the Taliban - and pledge to work with the winner, no matter what. After all, that is what democracy is all about, and we have no right to force it down a country's throat with the barrel of a gun. The definition of integrity is doing the right thing even when it hurts, which is required by our country when we truly believe in our constitution. Or, have we forgotten how our country was founded? Do we still want to be ruled by the Queen of England? Please click on my headline to read the rest of the story by Ted Rall.
SO: No desperate flight from the top of our "embassy" in Kabul, to celebrate our dramatic helicopter flight from a building in Saigon, for which we are famous throughout the entire "civilized" world? When I left Vietnam, it was in a more dignified manner, after I got my ticket punched in a civilian passenger jet. Nevertheless, a dramatic escape can be fun, as I am certain "OUR" president knows so well. Asked about an exit date, Petraeus told NPR radio "the idea of some date out there is not unprecedented", mentioning past practice in Iraq, but the idea of an August date for a pullout is not a "lights out" moment he added in desperation. For those who had another impression, Petraeus stressed: "We just have to keep on explaining." This brings back fond memories of the "I love Lucy" Show, where her husband interrupts her to say: "You got a lot of 'splainin' to do. On the Taliban's inroads in Afghanistan's north, Petraeus said: "It's a process that has been ongoing for years." Our new friends, the Russians will tend to agree with that statement, since they had been fighting there for years, before our crude intrusion into the turf near their former colonies. Letting us gain a glimpse into his wisdom, Petraeus said: "It's not a conventional battle. It is slow process. You take steps forward but you also take steps backward," Petraeus told NPR. WOW, it's as if we were in communication with ALLMIGHTY GOD!! Please click on my headline to read the rest of this story.
Will Russia retaliate against an Israeli nuclear strike on Iran, and set off World War III? Though the Israeli government may be suicidal in it's desire to set off World War III, there may also be a few Israelis who have decided not to end their life just yet. Tel Aviv seriously believes that Iran "could" develop nuclear weapons based on the capacity of the Iranian facility near Bushehr. President of the Islamic Republic Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reportedly keeps making threats to destroy Israel. The question remains: Does the Israeli government want to assure that their destruction will now be a "sure thing"? Therefore, the risk of causing a military strike on Iran is more relevant than ever. The US is trying to keep Israel from the immediate reaction to the launch of the Bushehr plant. According to the New York Times, Barack Obama's administration was able to persuade Israel not to attack Iran within the next year. They said that during this time Iran will not have time to build its nuclear weapon. However, Mossad "experts" believe that this Islamic state is able to acquire it before the end of this year, which means that no-one, not even the US can guarantee that its "ally" Israel does not start a "preventative" war. "Strike on Iran is feasible", believes an Israeli political analyst Avigdor Eskin. "We see that Iran continues to threaten us and moves toward the creation of nuclear weapons." Please click on my headline to read the complete story on english.pravda.ru