CIA’s Push for Drone War Driven by Internal Needs by Gareth Porter

by Gareth Porter
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crossposted at IPS
Sept. 5, 2011

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WASHINGTON, Sep 5, 2011 (IPS) – When David Petraeus walks into the Central Intelligence Agency Tuesday, he will be taking over an organisation whose mission has changed in recent years from gathering and analysing intelligence to waging military campaigns through drone strikes in Pakistan, as well as in Yemen and Somalia.

But the transformation of the CIA did not simply follow the expansion of the drone war in Pakistan to its present level. CIA Director Michael Hayden lobbied hard for that expansion at a time when drone strikes seemed like a failed experiment.

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Why Pakistani Military Demands a Veto on Drone Strikes By Gareth Porter

by Gareth Porter
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crossposted at IPS
August 17, 2011

ISLAMABAD, Aug 16, 2011 (IPS) – Pakistani civilian and military leaders are insisting on an effective veto over which targets U.S. drone strikes hit, according to well-informed Pakistani military sources here.

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US and NATO imperialism in South Asia: The developing Pakistan quagmire by Fazal Rahman, Ph.D

by Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.
Guest Writer
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Written on June 15, 2009
Nov. 18, 2010

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After some nationalist and anti-imperialist elements succeeded in defeating the elaborate US and British plans to install two of their puppets- Parvez Musharraf and the late Benazir Bhutto-in the highest government offices in Pakistan, another puppet, Asif Ali Zardari, Benazir’s husband-also known as Mr. Ten Percent, because of his corruption and demanding and taking systematic bribes on contracts with national and international companies- during Benazir’s premiership, in which he was one of the members of her cabinet, managed to substitute both of them and has proven that he is a bigger puppet than both of them combined. Both he and his wife were methodically groomed for their roles by various organs and representatives of US imperialism. During their government, they had stolen an estimated one and a half billion dollars from the poor people of Pakistan and had deposited those in foreign bank accounts. Continue reading

US-NATO Military Agenda: The Destabilization of Pakistan by Michel Chossudovsky

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by Michel Chossudovsky
Global Research, April 17, 2009

Author’s note:

In an article published in December 2007, following the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, I suggested that the US-NATO course for Pakistan consisted “in  fomenting social, ethnic and factional divisions and political fragmentation, including the territorial breakup of Pakistan.”

Recent developments (including the aerial bombardments of Pakistani villages under the auspices of the “war on terrorism”) indelibly point to a broadening of the Afghan war theater, which now encompasses parts of Pakistan. The underlying tendency is towards an Afghan-Pakistani war.

Michel Chossudovsky, April 17, 2009

Excerpts of the December 2007 Article

Already in 2005, a report by the US National Intelligence Council and the CIA forecast a “Yugoslav-like fate” for Pakistan “in a decade with the country riven by civil war, bloodshed and inter-provincial rivalries, as seen recently in Balochistan.” (Energy Compass, 2 March 2005). According to the NIC-CIA,  Pakistan is slated to become a “failed state” by 2015, “as it would be affected by civil war, complete Talibanisation and struggle for control of its nuclear weapons”. (Quoted by former Pakistan High Commissioner to UK, Wajid Shamsul Hasan, Times of India, 13 February 2005):

“Nascent democratic reforms will produce little change in the face of opposition from an entrenched political elite and radical Islamic parties. In a climate of continuing domestic turmoil, the Central government’s control probably will be reduced to the Punjabi heartland and the economic hub of Karachi,” the former diplomat quoted the NIC-CIA report as saying.

Expressing apprehension, Hasan asked, “are our military rulers working on a similar agenda or something that has been laid out for them in the various assessment reports over the years by the National Intelligence Council in joint collaboration with CIA?” (Ibid)

Continuity, characterized by the dominant role of the Pakistani military and intelligence has been scrapped in favor of political breakup and balkanization. According to the NIC-CIA scenario, which Washington intends to carry out: “Pakistan will not recover easily from decades of political and economic mismanagement, divisive policies, lawlessness, corruption and ethnic friction,” (Ibid) .

This US agenda for Pakistan is similar to that applied throughout the broader Middle East Central Asian region. US strategy, supported by covert intelligence operations, consists in triggering ethnic and religious strife, abetting and financing secessionist movements while also weakening the institutions of the central government.

The broader objective is to fracture the Nation State and redraw the borders of Iraq, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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The Destabilization of Pakistan by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky

© Copyright Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research, 2009

The url address of this article is: www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=13228

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Pakistan: Toward Democracy and Stability

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Ambassador Husain Haqqani will discuss the current situation in Pakistan.

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Are You Ready For Nuclear War? By Paul Craig Roberts + Musharraf resigns (vid)

Pakistan President Musharraf Resigns! + Pakistan after Musharraf

Inside Story: Musharraf’s impeachment

Are You Ready For Nuclear War? By Paul Craig Roberts + Musharraf resigns (vid)

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By Paul Craig Roberts
08/19/08 “ICH”

Pervez Musharraf, the puppet installed by the US to rule Pakistan in the interest of US hegemony, resigned August 18 to avoid impeachment. Karl Rove and the Diebold electronic voting machines were unable to control the result of the last election in Pakistan, the result of which gave Pakistanis a bigger voice in their government than America’s. Continue reading

Mosaic News – 8/18/08: World News from the Middle East

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“Musharraf Resigns,” Dubai TV, UAE
“Israel to Release 200 Palestinian Prisoners,” Abu Dhabi TV, UAE
“Iran’s Rocket Can Carry Low-Orbit Satellite,” IBA TV, Israel
“Yemen’s Parliament Rejects Electoral Amendment,” Al Jazeera TV, Qatar
“Hezbollah & Salafists Sign Memorandum of Understanding,” Al Arabiya TV, UAE
“Arab League Returns to Iraq,” Al Sharqiya TV, Iraq
“Pilgrims Walk to Karbala,” Al-Alam TV, Iran
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Inside Story: Musharraf’s impeachment

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Pakistan’s governing coalition is moving to impeach president Pervez Musharraf. They claim he’s plunged Pakistan into political and economic crises during nearly nine years of single-handed rule…

Leaders of the two largest parties in government met over the weekend to finalize what those charges will be.

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A Line Not To Be Crossed By Eric Margolis

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By Eric Margolis
ICH
06/17/08
Toronto Sun
June 15, 2008

American-led war on terror cannot be allowed to spread into Pakistan’s Pashtun tribal area

The killing of 11 Pakistani soldiers by U.S. air and artillery strikes last week shows just how quickly the American-led war in Afghanistan is spreading into neighbouring Pakistan.

Pakistan’s military branded the air attack “unprovoked and cowardly.” There was outrage across Pakistan. However, the unstable government in Islamabad, which depends on large infusions of U.S. aid, later softened its protests.

The U.S., which used a B-1 heavy bomber and F-15 strike aircraft in the attacks, called its action, “self-defence.”

This latest U.S. attack on Pakistan could not come at a worse time. Supreme Court justices ousted by the Pervez Musharraf dictatorship staged national protests this week, underscoring the illegality of Musharraf’s continuing presidency and its unseemly support by the U.S., Britain, Canada and France. Asif Zardari, head of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party, shamefully joined Musharraf in opposing restoration of the justice system out of fear the reinstated judges would reopen long-festering corruption charges against him

Attacks by U.S. aircraft, Predator hunter-killer drones, U.S. Special Forces and CIA teams have been rising steadily inside Pakistan’s autonomous Pashtun tribal area known by the acronym, FATA. The Pashtun, who make up half Afghanistan’s population and 15% of Pakistan’s, straddle the border, which they reject as a leftover of Imperial Britain’s divide and rule policies.

Instead of intimidating the pro-Taliban Pakistani Pashtun, U.S. air and artillery strikes have ignited a firestorm of anti-western fury among FATA’s warlike tribesmen and increased their support for the Taliban.

The U.S. is emulating Britain’s colonial divide and rule tactics by offering up to $500,000 to local Pashtun tribal leaders to get them to fight pro-Taliban elements, causing more chaos in the already turbulent region, and stoking tribal rivalries. The U.S. is using this same tactic in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This week’s deadly U.S. attacks again illustrate the fact that the 60,000 U.S. and NATO ground troops in Afghanistan are incapable of holding off the Taliban and its allies, even though the Afghan resistance has nothing but small arms to battle the West’s hi-tech arsenal. U.S. air power is almost always called in when there are clashes.

In fact, the main function for U.S. and NATO infantries is to draw the Taliban into battle so the Afghan “mujahidin” can be bombed from the air. Without 24/7 U.S. airpower, which can respond in minutes, western forces in Afghanistan would be quickly isolated, cut off from supplies, and defeated.

But these air strikes, as we saw this week, are blunt instruments in spite of all the remarkable skill of the U.S. Air Force and Navy pilots. They kill more civilians than Taliban fighters. Mighty U.S. B-1 bombers are not going to win the hearts and minds of Afghans. Each bombed village and massacred caravan wins new recruits to the Taliban and its allies.

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The U.S. and its allies are edging into open warfare against Pakistan. The western occupation army in Afghanistan is unable to defeat Taliban fighters due to its lack of combat troops. The outgoing supreme commander, U.S. Gen. Dan McNeill, recently admitted he would need 400,000 soldiers to pacify Afghanistan.

Unable to win in Afghanistan, the frustrated western powers are turning on Pakistan, a nation of 165 million. Pakistanis are bitterly opposed to the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan and their nation’s subjugation to U.S. policy under dictator Musharraf.

“We just need to occupy Pakistan’s tribal territory,” insists the Pentagon, “to stop its Pashtun tribes from supporting and sheltering Taliban.” But a U.S.-led invasion of FATA simply will push pro-Taliban Pashtun militants deeper into Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier province, drawing western troops ever deeper into Pakistan. Already overextended, western forces will be stretched even thinner and clashes with Pakistan’s tough regular army may be inevitable.

Widening the Afghan War into Pakistan is military stupidity on a grand scale, and political madness. But Washington and its obedient allies seem hell-bent on charging into a wider regional war that no number of heavy bombers will win.

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Global Pulse: Pakistan: Return to Justice

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There has been a historic shift in Pakistan that is largely overlooked in the U.S. – a struggle for democracy, led by lawyers. In the U.S., the lack of news coverage has created a distorted view of Pakistan’s President Musharraf and of the Pakistani people. The United States’ support of Musharraf, widely considered a dictator, has generated anger at America in Pakistan’s middle class.

SOURCES: CCTV, China; BB, U.K.; South Asia Newsline, India; NBC, U.S.; Al Jazeera English, Qatar

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Musharraf’s party defeated + Musharraf, army & Islamist parties big losers

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Tuesday February 19th, 2008

Beena Sarwar: Reporting from Pakistan on rout of Musharraf’s party

Beena Sarwar is a journalist in Pakistan, former Editor ‘The News on Sunday’ and Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. She is currently based in Karachi.

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Pakistan’s Make Or Break Election by Eric Margolis

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by Eric Margolis
February 18, 2008

Pakistan’s national elections today are critically important for this strife-torn country’s future. They are almost as crucial for its western backers. Unless honestly conducted – and this seems highly unlikely – the vote will ignite further violence, plunging the highly strategic nation of 163 million into new dangers.

As of this posting, the turnout is disappointingly low, averaging less than 35%, caused by apathy, political fatigue, fears of attacks and the widespread belief that the elections will be manipulated by the government of President Pervez Mushattaf.

Only one thing is certain about today’s vote. If President Pervez Musharraf and his PML-Q party do well enough to retain power or head a coalition, the election was likely rigged.

Musharraf has rigged every vote since seizing power in a 1999 military coup. Polls show only 15-20% of Pakistanis support him. The majority backs the late Benazir Bhutto’s People’s Party, and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s Muslim League (PML-N). A coalition of Muslim parties, and cricket star Imran Khan’s PTI, may also garner some new voters, though Islamists have been trailing in the polls.

However, Musharraf’s powerful friends are determined to keep him power. In spite of Musharraf’s having muzzled the media, jailed thousands of opponents, purged the judiciary, and stuffed the electoral commission with henchmen, Washington, London and Ottawa still support his dictatorship and continue to hail him as a `democrat.’

While piously claiming to be waging war in Afghanistan to bring it democracy, the western powers have been encouraging and abetting dictatorship in Pakistan.

The reason is clear: Musharraf has rented out much of his army and intelligence service to battle Taliban in Afghanistan and tribal militants at home. His fee: up to $1 billion monthly in secret and overt US payments. Without them, Musharraf wouldn’t last very long.

Musharraf and his US and British patrons are hoping the opposition will split the vote and become deadlocked, leaving the former general as last man standing. The opposition, by contrast, is talking about ending the war against Taliban and reasserting Pakistan’s interests in Afghanistan and Kashmir – something Washington and London do not want to hear.

The powerful military still supports Musharraf, though for how long depends on the level of post-election violence. Gen. Ashfaq Kiyani, the new armed forces chief, was selected by Musharraf and Washington as a loyal anti-Islamist who would follow America’s lead. But this capable general remains an enigma. Indian intelligence sources say the US decided in early 2007 to ease the floundering Musharraf from power and make Gen. Kiyani Pakistan’s new strongman. One is reminded of Henry Kissinger’s cynical quip that the only thing more dangerous than being America’s enemy is being its ally. Musharraf’s usefulness to Washington is rapidly nearing its expiry date.

If Pakistan is rent by widespread protests and violence over brazen electoral fraud, or suffers political deadlock, the military may overthrow the widely detested Musharraf and seize power. Gen. Kiyani is said to be reluctant to see the military re-engage in politics, but there could be no alternative if veteran politicians Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto’s widower, Asif Ali Zardari, cannot produce a viable government.

The best outcome would be for the military to exile Musharraf and impose temporary martial law until the independent judiciary can be restored, the electoral commission made fair, media ungagged, and political repression ended. Then genuine, honest elections could be held and Pakistan returned to parliamentary government. But once the soldiers taste power again, they may be reluctant to give it up.

Until Pakistan gets a legitimate government representing its national interests, rather than those of the western powers, the country will remain in turmoil, and Pakistanis disgusted by the political process.
This, in turn, will pour fuel on the rising flames of anti-Americanism and extremism.

Pakistan is facing spreading civil war, and possible secession by two of its four provinces. The Pashtun tribal uprising ignited by the US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan is now spreading into Pakistan, risking a full-scale uprising by that nation’s 25 million Pashtuns. Any of these earthquakes could provoke an invasion by India, met by a nuclear riposte from Pakistan.

The war in Afghanistan and heavy-handed efforts by the US to bend Pakistan’s military regime to its will ignited much of the current turmoil. A majority of Pakistanis don’t want their soldiers to be western mercenaries, or their leaders to appear western yes-men. They support Taliban, and the struggle for Kashmir. But the US is so consumed by its war of revenge against Taliban over 9/11 – in which Taliban as not involved – it cannot see any of this.

Pakistan is the Muslim World’s most important nation and sole nuclear power. By treating Pakistan like a banana republic, arm-twisting Islamabad into battling its own people, and ignoring its own national interests, the US is playing with fire and damaging its own long-term strategic interests.

Copyright Eric S. Margolis 2008

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Frost over the World: Pakistan’s Election (videos)

Frost over the World: Pakistan’s Election (videos)

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Asif Ali Zardari

In the first part of this Pakistan elections special, Sir David Frost talks to Asif Ali Zardari, the husband of the late Benazir Bhutto and the co-chair of the Pakistan People’s Party, who says Musharraf would not stand a chance in fair and transparent elections.

Added: February 16, 2008

Nawaz Sharif

In part two of this Pakistan election special, Sir David Frost talks to Nawaz Sharif, the former two-time Pakistani prime minister who leads the Pakistan Muslim League. Sharif says Monday’s polls are likely to be rigged as Musharraf lacks grass-roots support.

Shaukat Aziz

In part three of this Pakistan election special, Sir David Frost talks to Shaukat Aziz, a former Pakistani prime minister, who says Pervez Musharraf is the right person to bring together the country’s different political forces.

Imran Khan

In part four of this Pakistan election special, Sir David Frost talks to Imran Khan, the founder of the Movement for Justice party, who warns that a Musharraf election victory could lead to unrest even more severe than that following elections in Kenya.

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Pakistan Bombing Kills as Many as 45 Before Elections h/t: ICH

Militants blow up 3 polling stations in Pakistan’s tribal region h/t: ICH

Benazir’s assassination may exacerbate unrest in Sindh by Noam Chomsky

The Iraq war could go on for years + Obama vs Clinton on nukes + Pakistan (videos)

Pentagon chief says US ready to deploy combat troops in Pakistan By Bill Van Auken

Using Benazir Bhutto for Imperial Gain by Stephen Lendman

Pakistan and the “Global War on Terrorism” by Michel Chossudovsky

For sale: West’s deadly nuclear secrets

Benazir Bhutto named her assassins almost two months ago by Rev. Richard Skaff

Frost over the World: Benazir Bhutto 02 Nov 07 (video; bin Laden)

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