Posts Tagged ‘Afghanistan’

Iran & Russia Accuse US of Aiding IS in Afghanistan

Mint Press is doing the best journalism around lately.

“I Was Living Like Scarface”: The Ludicrous Costs of the War in Afghanistan Revealed in New Documents, Testimonies

I had $50 million in cash. The most I ever had at one point was $24 million on hand, in $100 bills, sitting in safes in my bedroom. And there was hardly any oversight whatsoever. Once we signed that money out of the vault in Baghdad, it was up to me how to document that money was spent and where the money went…I had no requirement. Literally. I am not joking. No guidance and no requirement to provide documentation about where that money went.”

Back in the 1970s:

Afghanistan won its freedom, which the United States, Britain and their “allies” destroyed.

John Pilger: Afghanistan, The Great Game of Smashing Countries

In 1978, a liberation movement led by the People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan (PDPA) overthrew the dictatorship of Mohammad Dawd, the cousin of King Zahir Shar. It was an immensely popular revolution that took the British and Americans by surprise.

Foreign journalists in Kabul, reported the New York Times, were surprised to find that “nearly every Afghan they interviewed said [they were] delighted with the coup”. The Wall Street Journal reported that “150,000 persons … marched to honour the new flag …the participants appeared genuinely enthusiastic.”

The Washington Post reported that “Afghan loyalty to the government can scarcely be questioned”. Secular, modernist and, to a considerable degree, socialist, the government declared a programme of visionary reforms that included equal rights for women and minorities. Political prisoners were freed and police files publicly burned.

Jimmy Dore doing great work. He’s allied himself with the journalists who are not full of shit in order to go after the ones who are.

And these clowns too…

EMPIRE FILES


The private mercenaries are now reported to be leaving as well. According to Abby, only “1500” of them are armed soldiers of fortune. They cannot last without US military support. The Taliban may have won everything.

However, the summer-long delay of the withdrawal is a window for escalation by both sides, and may scrap the entire end of the war. The Taliban has already threatened retaliation if the US remains after May 1.



That was real FAKE NEWS, but the purveyors of the FAKE NEWS receive no penalties of any kind.

ps

Journalists, Learning They Spread a CIA Fraud About Russia, Instantly Embrace a New One

18,000 imperial mercenaries aren’t going anywhere
Biden’s Claim To Be Ending America’s Longest War Misleading

As of January, more than 18,000 contractors remained in Afghanistan, according to a Defense Department report, when official troop totals had been reduced to 2,500.

 “Regardless of whether the 3500 acknowledged U.S. troops leave Afghanistan, the U.S. military will still be present in the form of thousands of special operations and CIA personnel in and around Afghanistan, through dozens of squadrons of manned attack aircraft and drones stationed on land bases and on aircraft carriers in the region, and by hundreds of cruise missiles on ships and submarines.”

12-year-old Bilal survived a December 2018 night raid on his madrassa in Afghanistan’s Wardak Province, during which 12 other boys were massacred. “There were Americans in the corridor,” Bilal told The Intercept. “We could hear them speaking.”
THE CIA’S AFGHAN DEATH SQUADS

U.S.-Backed Militia That Kills Children May Be America’s Exit Strategy

EDITOR’S NOTE:

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CIA Document From WikiLeaks Sheds Critical Light

Greenwald is back. Leaving The Intercept is the best thing that could have happened.

“What made this document so fascinating, so revealing, is the CIA’s discussion of how to manipulate public opinion to ensure it remains at least tolerant if not supportive of Endless War and, specifically, the vital role President Obama played for the CIA in packaging and selling U.S. wars around the world.”