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Parry was a giant of independent American journalism–and thought.

Robert Parry’s Legacy and the Future of Consortiumnews

AFGHAN-WAR-01Long after anyone can remember what is happening in Afghanistan, the US suddenly rolled up its war machine under cover of the Christmas break, picked up its bombs and went home. They’ll leave 13k “adviser” types, the variety who were scurrying out of Viet Nam from the roof of the embassy in 1975, tossing their helicopters into the sea.

There doesn’t seem to have been any “Al Qaeda” in the country for as long as anyone can remember, and Bin Laden, a special guest of the PAKISTANIS next door, is also dead. The loose ends of 9/11 were neatly wrapped up, tortured into silence, and the treasonous frothing ghouls who let it happen remain protected from justice. In a world of laws and justice American high officials would be sitting at war crimes trials and likely tried for aiding and abetting in the September 11th attacks to achieve their dream of a “New American Century.”

But it’s all myth all the time, all propaganda, all framing and the exploitation of the general public’s ignorance. Where to begin when your audience is worse than ignorant; they believe demonstrable falsehoods, by the plane load? And they are conditioned to reject any challenges to their pseudo-religious mythology.

The United States and NATO formally ended their war in Afghanistan on Sunday with a ceremony at their military headquarters in Kabul as the insurgency they fought for 13 years remains as ferocious and deadly as at any time since the 2001 invasion that unseated the Taliban regime following the Sept. 11 attacks.

The symbolic ceremony marked the end of the U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force, which will transition to a supporting role with 13,500 soldiers, most of them American, starting Jan. 1.

This was a shocking surprise to me this morning. CounterPunch has been an essential resource for news and analysis for over a decade. I go there each morning that new articles are posted. A good number of my own articles have been published there, and several have had some real impact at reaching a decent number of people. His passing is a tragic loss in the fight against creeping fascism. The publication he created is a vital and top notch source for news about the world and of highly controversial topics. His was a heroic life, and he called it like he saw it.

Rob Reid dissects the laughably absurd claims made by RIAA and MPAA.