Tag Archives: War in Afghanistan

Boondoggle, Inc. Making Sense of the $1.25 Trillion National Security State Budget

Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, and their cohorts — are laughing all the way to the bank.

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…

Evergreene Digest: 1 in 4 vets of Iraq, Afghanistan wars visiting Minneapolis VA need food help

Study author Rachel Widome: “The estimates for the costs of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq range between $4 and $6 trillion. They went on for over a decade. I just think it’s unconscionable that such a sizeable proportion of our military that we sent to fight these wars are struggling to afford food.” Susan […]

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 […]

Robert Sheer: The Super Bowl of War — Three Decades of Failure in Afghanistan

By Robert Scheer  truthdig.com  February 3, 2014   Lt. Chuck Nadd and his girlfriend wave as they ride on the wagon pulled by Clydesdales aboard the famously-red Budweiser beer wagon in a parade, led by a marching band in Winter Park, Fla. The brewer fashioned an ad around the parade that ran during the Super Bowl. (AP […]

Evergreene Digest: Stanley Kutler: Why Are We in Afghanistan?

Why Are We in Afghanistan? Why Are We in Afghanistan?, Stanley Kutler, TruthDig The government’s response nevertheless proved effective, and such arguments are used today, foisted on a passive, apathetic public, and serviced by a compliant media. The rationale is as bankrupt as 50 years ago. Related: The (Domino Theory) proved effective (in promoting war in Vietnam), […]

CNN Poll: Afghanistan war arguably most unpopular in U.S. history

Posted by CNN Political Unit  December 30, 2013    Washington (CNN) – Support for the war in Afghanistan has dipped below 20%, according to a new national poll, making the country’s longest military conflict arguably its most unpopular one as well. The CNN/ORC International survey released Monday also indicates that a majority of Americans would like to […]

‘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 […]

Mary Beaudoin: On the 12th Anniversary of the U.S. war on Afghanistan

According to Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, all the years of the American wars on Afghanistan and Iraq will end up costing $6 Trillion ($2 trillion of that has been borrowed from foreign investors); this amount is the equivalent of $75,000 for every American household per year. By Mary Beaudoin  October 5, 2013 This speech was […]

Meredith Aby: On the 12-year anniversary of the war on Afghanistan

“The UN reported this year that civilian casualties have increased 16 percent this year.  In two different UN reports this year they documented that the increase in fighting this year has overly affected women and children – there has been a 30 percent increase in injuries and deaths of children and a 60 percent jump in deaths […]

From Afghan youth to leaders of today: Daylight is almost here

The daylight of a global awakening By Dr. Hakim  16 September 2013  Voices for Creative Nonviolence  VCNV.org We, the Afghan Peace Volunteers, are finding strength amidst our dark nights because, in the daylight of a global awakening, we see people throughout the world refusing to comply with oppressive systems.   We see that we aren’t alone […]

New Survey Shows Record-High Opposition to ‘Worthless’ Afghan War

Majority of Americans also believe Afghan war has not contributed to any long-term security. Lauren McCauley, staff writer  Friday, July 26, 2013 by Common Dreams (Photo: Fibonacci Blue/ cc/ Flickr)Americans have reached a ‘new high’ in war-weariness. An ABC News/Washington Post poll released Friday reveals that two-thirds of Americans don’t think that the war in Afghanistan is ‘worth fighting.’ […]

Kathy Kelly> From Afghanistan, thank you Bradley Manning! & An appeal from Afghanistan to whistle-blow on war

Here are two items from the Afghan Peace Volunteers in Kabul.  Access to internet is sporadic there, so I wanted to send these items out on their behalf.    —Kathy Kathy Kelly   June 18, 2013  From Dr. Hakim and the Afghan Peace Volunteers Recognition that 95 million human beings were killed in World War […]

[Video] Carolyn Forche> “Ourselves or Nothing”

Editor’s comment: I find myself remembering and thinking more and more often of the words of poet Carolyn Forche as I watch the news: Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Yeman, Pakistan, Afghanistan: half a world away and almost unreal as I watch and hear of the suffering of others in war-torn parts of the world as the […]

Norman Solomon> The Orwellian Warfare State of Carnage and Doublethink

After the bombings that killed and maimed so horribly at the Boston Marathon, our country’s politics and mass media are awash in heartfelt compassion — and reflexive “doublethink,” which George Orwell described as willingness “to forget any fact that has become inconvenient.” by Norman Solomon  Published on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 by Common Dreams People react as an explosion […]

Video> We are those two Afghan children

We are those two Afghan children Two young Afghan boys herding cattle in Uruzgan Province of Afghanistan were mistakenly killed by NATO forces yesterday. ourjourneytosmile·182 videos Published on Mar 3, 2013 “Two young Afghan boys herding cattle in Uruzgan Province of Afghanistan were mistakenly killed by NATO forces yesterday. They were seven and eight years old. […]

Moyers & Co.> Nick Turse Describes the Real Vietnam War

Published on Feb 7, 2013 Journalist Nick Turse describes his unprecedented efforts to compile a complete and compelling account of the Vietnam War’s horror as experienced by all sides, including innocent civilians who were sucked into its violent vortex. Turse, who devoted 12 years to tracking down the true story of Vietnam, unlocked secret troves of […]

Anti-Drone Protesters Set off on Historical March in Pakistan, Despite Threats

Anti-Drone Protesters Set off on Historical March in Pakistan, Despite Threats – Common Dreams staff   Published on Saturday, October 6, 2012 by Common Dreams Pakistanis and American citizens hold banners and chant slogans against drone attacks in Pakistani tribal belt, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Oct. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen) Anti-drone peace protesters from the United […]

Giuliano Battiston> Peace in Afghanistan, the Civil Society Way

Peace in Afghanistan, the Civil Society Way KABUL – More than a decade after the fall of the Taliban, Afghanistan is still in the midst of an irregular war. Talking peace is difficult because no one quite knows who to talk to. by Giuliano Battiston  Published on Friday, September 7, 2012 by Inter Press Service via Common […]

Tomgram: John Feffer, The Dumbing Down of American Foreign Policy

Tomgram: John Feffer, The Dumbing Down of American Foreign Policy Posted by John Feffer  September 6, 2012  TomDispatch.com Think back to the election of 2008. Do you remember how one candidate had it easy?  He had eight years of abject failure to run against.  Eight years that included the launching of two dismal wars, the creation of […]