In an article entitled “How Afghanistan Became a War for NATO,” American journalist Gareth Porter argued that, contrary to the official position that an estimated 52,000 non-American troops from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and assorted partnership programs are in Afghanistan to in any manner protect their respective homelands, “NATO’s role in Afghanistan is more about NATO than it is about Afghanistan,” citing an unnamed U.S. military officer.
In relation to turning the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and the overwhelming majority of foreign troops in the nation (currently 120,000 of 152,000) over to NATO command, the same official was quoted as stating, “You have to understand that the NATO lobbyists are very prominent in the Pentagon – both in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and on the Joint Staff.”
Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today wrote to the incoming Chair of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform requesting that Congressman Issa examine a ‘glaring omission’ in his stated oversight goals. Continue reading →
Doctor attributes widespread sickness to toxic chemicals from the Gulf of Mexico catastrophe.
Despite BP having capped its well in the Gulf of Mexico in July, the health-related after-effects of the disaster subsist.
Gulf Coast residents and BP cleanup workers have linked the source of certain illnesses to chemicals present in BP’s oil and the toxic dispersants used to sink it – illnesses that appear to be both spreading and worsening.
Some in my household have asked me to think about and clarify a rant I did earlier this week. It is the one about a meeting I attended on January 1 where I critiqued some of the discussion in that meeting. It appears that I may have offended some with my rather harsh words about “going inside”. The feeling is that I was judgmental with those words.
To this charge I fully admit I am guilty and would like to amend my words.
“My name is Roy Bourgeois, and I’m a Maryknoll priest and the founder of School of the Americas Watch. A lot of information about what happened at Guantánamo, Abu Ghraib and other places makes it clear that these are not isolated incidents. What our experience with School of the Americas teaches us is that this is not an aberration of U.S. foreign policy, it’s actually a clear illustration of U.S. foreign policy….”
US diplomatic cables quoted by the Norwegian daily newspaper Aftenposten expose discussions between US legislators and Israeli officials on preparations for the next Middle East war.
These documents make clear both Israel’s preparations for another major war in the region and the full support of visiting members of the US Congress, Democratic and Republican, who apparently subordinated themselves to the secrecy demands of the Israeli state.