Tag Archives: taliban

How America’s Wars End (Messily), by Danny Sjursen

Count on this: the end of the American military mission in Afghanistan will be unfulfilling and likely tragic.

Ralph Nader: Questions, Questions Where are the Answers?

“Have you had a serious personal or critical inquiry put to your U.S. Senator or Representative that has gone unanswered?” Some questions that need answers!

Tomgram: Nick Turse, Victory in Our Time (The U.S. Military is Winning. No, Really, It Is!)

Expressed differently, the United States has not won a major conflict since 1945; has a trillion-dollar national security budget; has had 17 military commanders in the last 17 years in Afghanistan, a country plagued by 23,744 “security incidents” (the most ever recorded) in 2017 alone; has spent around $3 trillion, primarily on that war and the rest of the war on terror…

Tom Engelhardt | Mapping a World from Hell: 76 Countries Are Now Involved in Washington’s War on Terror 

The Costs of War Project has produced not just a map of the war on terror, 2015-2017 (released at TomDispatch with this article), but the first map of its kind ever. It offers an astounding vision of Washington’s counterterror wars across the globe…

Kathy Kelly | What Being a Refugee in Afghanistan Means

A single water pump serves all 700 families, and the water isn’t even potable.

Laura Flanders | Jeremy Scahill: Rising Up Against Empire and the Easter Uprising (Video)

Jeremy Scahill on drones, activism today, assassinations, and more.

John Kiriakou | Obama Should Demand FBI Director James Comey’s Resignation Today

The FBI’s ongoing, long-term incompetence has led to the deaths of far too many Americans. San Bernardino and Orlando are only the beginning. If the FBI can’t do its job, if its only counterterrorism successes are when it entraps hapless idiots who don’t know any better and who never had any intention of committing a terrorist act, it should be scrapped.

US Making a Deadly Mistake in Afghanistan, Says Former Diplomat

“Under General (David) Petraeus, starting in 2010, the U.S. initiated scores of airstrikes, as well as dozens of nighttime commando raids, daily against Afghan insurgent targets,” he recalled. “Many of these strikes hit legitimate targets, but many more of them hit civilians. The surge in increase of public support for the Taliban in areas of the air and commando strikes is undeniable.”

I Am the Beggar of the World: Poems by Afghan Women

Hakimi: The title of the book, which was taken from this last landay, is an epigraph of the lives of women indentured from birth by a patriarchal culture. The perils they face in their homeland, however, are not only inflicted by the men in their society, but also, as many landays show, by foreign military forces.

Ann Jones | Afghanistan “After” the American War: Once More Down the Rabbit Hole

Tomgram: Ann Jones, The Never-Ending War. Jones has been remarkably, consistently, undeniably ahead of the curve on the conflict, a reality reflected in her revelatory look at the deeply personal costs of America’s second Afghan War in her now-classic book, “They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America’s Wars — The Untold Story.” Tom Engelhardt

The Drone Papers | Part 5: Manhunting in the Hindu Kush

Devereaux: During his years of research, what Lewis uncovered in his examination of U.S. airstrikes, particularly those delivered by machines thought to be the most precise in the Pentagon’s arsenal, was dramatic. He found that drone strikes in Afghanistan were 10 times more likely to kill civilians than conventional aircraft.

Prominent Veterans Group Just Called On US Public to Say No to War

Letter: There is not a perfect solution to the tragedy of Afghanistan. War has been the norm for the people of Afghanistan for nearly 37 years. The answer to ending the violence there is political, not military. The U.S. must withdraw and give the nation of Afghanistan back to the people of Afghanistan.

Kathy Kelly/Buddy Bell | No Warlords Need Apply: A call for credible peacemaking in Afghanistan

Kelly: Recanting such threats and removing drones from the skies of Afghanistan during peace talks would inspire respect for the idea of peace processes. Rural populations — the “constituency” of the Taliban in Afghanistan– fear the drones and look for protection, making them vulnerable to recruitment by armed militias vowing to eject the foreign militaries.

Sonali Kolhatkar: We Have Failed Afghanistan Again and Again

Kolhatkar: In the 14 years it has occupied Afghanistan, America’s longest war has achieved mostly bloodshed. Despite spending billions of dollars—the U.S. offered its largest share of foreign aid to Afghans last year—there is little to show for it. Nearly $10 billion was spent on arming and training Afghan forces. But as the dismal state of the Afghan National Army shows, that money may as well have been poured down the drain.

Patrick Kennelly: The Unspeakable in Afghanistan

 Patrick Kennelly writes from Kabul. By Patrick Kennelly  VCNV.org  December 17, 2014  I am sending this article on behalf of Patrick Kennelly who is representing Voices for Creative Nonviolence in Kabul.      —Kathy Kelly The year 2014 marks the deadliest year in Afghanistan for civilians, fighters, and foreigners. The situation has reached a new low […]

Noam Chomsky | The Sledgehammer Worldview

Closer to home it is harder to ignore the consequences of U.S. state terror. There is now great concern about the flood of children fleeing to the U.S. from Central America. …Obama has proposed a humanitarian response to the tragic influx: more efficient deportation. Do alternatives come to mind? Monday, 07 July 2014 00:00By Noam Chomsky, […]

We Had One Enemy; Now We Have Three—A Conversation With Malalai Joya of Afghanistan

US forces used the plight of Afghan women to justify war—but twelve years later, women are still suffering. By Dani McClain, THE Nation  Nov.13, 2013  Defense Committee for Malalai Joya  In 2003, Malalai Joya was the 25-year-old director of a clinic and orphanage in Afghanistan’s Farah province. She was not a scheduled speaker at a national convention […]

Kathy Kelly: For Whom the Bell Tolls

Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go out into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism.  …  A genuine revolution of values means in the final analysis that our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Every nation must now develop an overriding […]

‘We Had One Enemy; Now We Have Three’—A Conversation With Malalai Joya of Afghanistan

US forces used the plight of Afghan women to justify war—but twelve years later, women are still suffering. Dani McClain November 13, 2013   |    This article appeared in the December 2, 2013 edition of The Nation. In 2003, Malalai Joya was the 25-year-old director of a clinic and orphanage in Afghanistan’s Farah province. She was not a […]

Ann Jones: They Didn’t Know What They Were Getting Into — The Cost of War American-Style

 America’s soldiers, when deployed, may no longer be “real people” even to their loved ones.  To girlfriends and wives, left alone at home with bills to pay and kids to raise, they evidently had to be mythic Warriors of historic importance saving the nation even at the sacrifice of their own lives.  Otherwise, what was […]