As Karzai Visits Washington D.C., Kucinich Says: End the War, Rebuild America

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by Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Washington, May 12, 2010

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today made the following statement on the Floor of the House of Representatives concerning Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai’s visit to Washington:

“Afghan President Hamid Karzai is in Washington this week seeking another $33 billion to keep the war going and meeting with the White House to present his so-called “peace” proposal to allocate $160 million from international donors to fund new government bodies, pay off insurgents who agree to stop fighting and to undermine efforts to establish local governance.

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Afghanistan Awash with U.S. cash and U.S. blood by Dennis Kucinich

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by Congressman Dennis Kucinich

Washington, Feb 26, 2010

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today made the following statement about the ongoing war in Afghanistan:

“The Washington Post reports that nearly one billion dollars per year in cash, suspected to include U.S. aid, opium receipts or both, is moving from Afghanistan to Dubai, where friends and family of Afghanistan’s President Karzai have multimillion dollar villas.

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U.S. Occupation and the Corrupt, Mafia-state of Hamid Karzai By Mike Whitney

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By Mike Whitney
ICH
December 14, 2009

It’s too bad Barack Obama didn’t consult with Malalai Joya before giving his Nobel acceptance speech on Thursday. The ex-Afghan Parliamentarian could have helped the president to see that the ongoing US occupation is damaging to both American and Afghan interests. Afghanistan is not the “just war” that Obama defends so passionately in his speech. It’s part of a larger US geopolitical strategy which Joya outlines in her new book “A Woman Among the Warlords: The extraordinary story of an Afghan who dared to raise her voice”. US policymakers have decided to establish a beachhead in Central Asia to monitor the growth of China, surround Russia, control vital resources from the Caspian Basin, and provide security for US mega-corporations who see Asia as the “market of the future.” It is the Great Game all over again. “Victory” in Afghanistan means that a handful of weapons manufacturers, oil magnates, and military contractors will get very rich. That’s it. It has nothing to do with al-Qaida, “democracy promotion” or US national security. That’s all just public relations pablum.

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Joe Lauria: Corruption within the Afghan government

with Peter B. Collins and Sibel Edmonds
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originally published by Boiling Frogs Post
November 20, 2009

Joe Lauria relates the latest developments in the United Nations, including the controversies involving the elections in Afghanistan, the removal of Peter Galbraith, and the liability of having an American as the second man in office. He discusses the recent UN report on the Taliban’s funding, including heroin related funds and associated outcomes, the chronic and widespread corruption within the Afghan government, and President Obama’s dilemma when it comes to Af-Pak. The interview also includes his perspective on factors contributing to the fading away of the traditional roles of the press in the US, the media blackout on ‘deep politics,’ shortcomings of amateur news blogs, and more!

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As US Ambassador Casts Doubt on Troop Increase in Afghanistan, New Report Reveals US Indirectly Funding the Taliban

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Nov. 12, 2009

As US Ambassador Casts Doubt on Troop Increase in Afghanistan, New Report Reveals US Indirectly Funding the Taliban

In a last-minute dissent ahead of a critical war cabinet meeting on escalating the Afghan war, US Ambassador Karl Eikenberry has cast doubt on a troop escalation until the Afghan government can address corruption and other internal problems. Meanwhile, a report reveals how the US government is financing the very same insurgent forces in Afghanistan that American and NATO soldiers are fighting. Investigative journalist Aram Roston traces how the Pentagon’s civilian contractors in Afghanistan end up paying insurgent groups to protect American supply routes from attack. [includes rush transcript]

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Why the U.S. has to go by Deepa Kumar

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by Deepa Kumar
SocialistWorker.org
November 10, 2009

Malalai Joya has been called the “bravest woman in Afghanistan” for her outspoken opposition not only to the U.S. occupation of her country, but both the corrupt U.S.-backed government of Hamid Karzai and the Taliban-led insurgency.

Joya was elected to Afghanistan’s parliament from Farah province in 2005, but was suspended several years later after other representatives claimed she insulted them. She has continued to speak out against war crimes and warlordism, in spite of numerous attempts on her life.

Joya is on a speaking tour of the U.S. for her book A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice. She talked to Deepa Kumar about the situation in her country and the message she hopes to bring to people in the U.S.

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WHAT HAS been the impact of the U.S. occupation and its puppet government on women in Afghanistan? Has the U.S. liberated Afghan women as it claimed it would?

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The nerve of these guys! Karzai ‘wins’ anyway By William Bowles

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By William Bowles
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4 November 2009

Have you ever seen anything more outrageous? Talk about double standards! For weeks the BBC bombarded us with outrage concerning the elections in Iran with wall-to-wall coverage of the protests and predicting some other kind of ‘colour’ revolution, a green one this time (what will USAID, NDI, Freedom House, George Soros et al do, when they run out of colours?).[1]

“Millions of Iranians simply did not believe the result. The main demand of the protesters has been an annulment of the result and an election re-run.” — ‘Q&A: Iran election aftermath’, BBC News, 22 June, 2009

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Opium, Rape and the American Way by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
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Truthdig
Nov. 2, 2009

The warlords we champion in Afghanistan are as venal, as opposed to the rights of women and basic democratic freedoms, and as heavily involved in opium trafficking as the Taliban. The moral lines we draw between us and our adversaries are fictional. The uplifting narratives used to justify the war in Afghanistan are pathetic attempts to redeem acts of senseless brutality. War cannot be waged to instill any virtue, including democracy or the liberation of women. War always empowers those who have a penchant for violence and access to weapons. War turns the moral order upside down and abolishes all discussions of human rights. War banishes the just and the decent to the margins of society. And the weapons of war do not separate the innocent and the damned. An aerial drone is our version of an improvised explosive device. An iron fragmentation bomb is our answer to a suicide bomb. A burst from a belt-fed machine gun causes the same terror and bloodshed among civilians no matter who pulls the trigger.

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MIR: Taliban – If You Can’t Beat Them, Buy Them!

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October 29, 2009

(Mosaic Intelligence Report: October 29, 2009)

Election run-off is few days away in Afghanistan. Hamid Karzais brother is on the CIAs payroll. Should Obama send more troops to Afghanistan? And can the Taliban be defeated?

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Rachel Maddow: CIA Funding Afghanistan’s Number One Drug Lord!

A Trail of Failed Policies and Lost Battles By Talha Mujaddidi

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Following Afghan Election, NATO Intensifies Deployments, Carnage by Rick Rozoff

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by Rick Rozoff
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September 6, 2009

After NATO pledged 5,000 more troops for the war in Afghanistan at its sixtieth anniversary summit In Strasbourg, France and Kehl, Germany this April, U.S. President Barack Obama hailed the commitment as representing “a strong down payment on the future of our mission in Afghanistan and on the future of NATO.”

The Alliance offer was in addition to Obama’s own vow to deploy 21,000 more American forces to the war-wracked nation where the U.S. is waging its longest war since that in Vietnam and NATO is fighting the first ground and first Asian war in its history. A conflict that will enter its ninth calendar year next month.

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Frost over the World: Hamid Karzai

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As Richard Holbrooke, the US special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan, makes his first visit to Afghanistan, Sir David Frost talks to Hamid Karzai, the president of Afghanistan. Karzai admits for the first time that there is a crisis in relations between his government and the new US administration.

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Revealed: Pentagon’s secret prisons, legal loopholes and CIA ‘ghost’ detainees + Prisoners tortured to death

Afghanistan: Attacks in Kabul expose US occupation’s deepening crisis + videos

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Afghanistan: Attacks in Kabul expose US occupation’s deepening crisis + videos

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By Bill Van Auken
http://www.wsws.org
12 February 2009

Coordinated attacks by Taliban guerrillas left at least 26 dead and 57 wounded in the heart of Kabul Wednesday, while paralyzing the Afghan capital for hours. The sophisticated operation, which targeted three government buildings, underscored the mounting crisis confronting the eight-year-old US occupation of Afghanistan and the American-backed puppet regime of President Hamid Karzai.

The attacks came just days before the scheduled visit to Kabul of President Barack Obama’s special envoy, Richard Holbrooke, who is conducting what he has described as a “listening tour” that is a prelude to a major escalation of the US intervention throughout the region.

At least five guerrillas carrying Kalashnikov rifles and explosives stormed the Afghan Justice Ministry after killing two guards. They were able to take control of several floors of the government building, killing a number of officials and forcing the minister of justice and others to barricade themselves in their offices.

Meanwhile two others struck at the directorate of prisons in a Kabul suburb and an eighth attacker was killed outside the Education Ministry.

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Taliban attacks Afghan ministry – 11 Feb 09

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Taliban fighters have carried out twin attacks in the heart of Kabul.

Police sourrounded the ministry of justice complex after an armed group stormed the building.

Al Jazeera’s Todd Baer reports.

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America’s New Asian Quagmire – Graveyard of Empires by Tom Burghardt

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by Tom Burghardt
Global Research, February 7, 2009
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With the situation on the ground rapidly deteriorating, U.S. imperialism’s South Asian adventure is going off the rails.

The New York Times reported February 4 that supplies “intended for NATO forces in Afghanistan were suspended Tuesday after Taliban militants blew up a highway bridge in the Khyber Pass region, a lawless northwestern tribal area straddling the border with Afghanistan.”

The 30-yard-long iron bridge, located 15 miles northwest of Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier Province (NWFP) provincial capital, Peshawar, a thriving metropolis of several million people, was a major supply route ferrying some 80 percent of NATO supplies into Afghanistan.

Tuesday’s attacks were followed-up Wednesday when insurgents torched 10 supply trucks returning from Afghanistan, the Los Angeles Times reported. Supplies destined for NATO forces in Afghanistan–primarily food and fuel–are trucked through Pakistan by local contractors. Many are now refusing to drive the circuitous route through the Khyber Pass because of the dangerous conditions.

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Neither The US Nor Israel Is A “Genuine Party To Peace” By Noam Chomsky

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By Noam Chomsky
January 28, 2009 “Information Clearinghouse

Barack Obama is recognized to be a person of acute intelligence, a legal scholar, careful with his choice of words. He deserves to be taken seriously – both what he says, and what he omits. Particularly significant is his first substantive statement on foreign affairs, on January 22, at the State Department, when introducing George Mitchell to serve as his special envoy for Middle East peace.

Mitchell is to focus his attention on the Israel-Palestine problem, in the wake of the recent US-Israeli invasion of Gaza. During the murderous assault, Obama remained silent apart from a few platitudes, because, he said, there is only one president – a fact that did not silence him on many other issues. His campaign did, however, repeat his statement that “if missiles were falling where my two daughters sleep, I would do everything in order to stop that.” He was referring to Israeli children, not the hundreds of Palestinian children being butchered by US arms, about whom he could not speak, because there was only one president.

On January 22, however, the one president was Barack Obama, so he could speak freely about these matters – avoiding, however, the attack on Gaza, which had, conveniently, been called off just before the inauguration.

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