Robert Gates Conceals Real Story of “Gaming” Obama on Afghan War by Gareth Porter

by Gareth Porter
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Washington
January 10, 2014

Criticism in the memoirs of former secretary of defence Robert M. Gates of President Barack Obama’s lack of commitment to the Afghan War strategy of his administration has generated a Washington debate about whether Obama was sufficiently supportive of the war.

But the Gates account omits two crucial historical facts necessary to understanding the issue. The first is that Obama agreed to the escalation only under strong pressure from his top national security officials and with very explicit reservations. Continue reading

Officially FUBAR! by Cindy Sheehan

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by Cindy Sheehan
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Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox Blog
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June 23, 2010

“If Americans pulled back and started paying attention to this war, it would become even less popular,” a senior adviser to head of NATO ops in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal (via Rolling Stone)

FUBAR: Military slang for: Fu#ked Up Beyond All/Any Repair/Recognition. FUBAR also has a close military acronym: SNAFU: Situation Normal All Fu#ked Up.

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Dismiss McChrystal II by Michael Carmichael

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by Michael Carmichael
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PlanetaryMovement.org
June 23, 2010

Mr. President:

Eight and a half months ago, I published an open letter to you that critiqued General Stanley McChrystal’s plan for Afghanistan as well as his personal qualifications for his high position.

Noting that the General had produced an unsound plan and been insubordinate in making foolish statements to the international press and media, I advised you to dismiss him – in order for you to retain command authority over the armed services of the United States of America.

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Robert Greenwald: General McChrystal Must Resign + Writer explains McChrystal article + The Runaway General By Michael Hastings

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June 22, 2010 — For insubordination, for disrespecting the Office of the President of the United States and for allowing derision of the White House among his staff, General Stanley McChrystal must resign. Sign our petition and we’ll deliver your signature to the White House and the Pentagon:

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General McChrystal and his staff were caught being insubordinate and derisive of the President of the United States and our civilian leadership by Rolling Stone. His behavior again undermined the Office of the President of the United States, and another press-release apology isn’t good enough. He must resign.

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McChrystal: Taliban leaders can join Afghan govt. + Secret talks held over Taliban ‘integration’

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26 Jan 2010 07:37:11 GMT

The commander of US forces in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, has hinted at the possibility of placing senior Taliban militants in the new Afghan government.

In an interview with the Financial Times on Monday, McChrystal said that political negotiations with leaders of the Taliban could help foster security and stability in conflict-plagued Afghanistan.

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Lawrence Wilkerson: “Obama’s choice” pure politics

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December 03, 2009

Lawrence Wilkerson: Obama’s campaign rhetoric and his generals put him in a corner on Afghanistan

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The Afghan Quagmire by Ralph Nader

Rachel Maddow: Erik Prince of Blackwater a CIA Spy +Tycoon, Contractor, Soldier, Spy by Adam Ciralsky

Message from Afghanistan

Examining Obama’s Rationale for Escalating the War in Afghanistan by Jeremy R. Hammond

Zoya: A Voice from Afghanistan: Waging war does not bring democracy

Dennis Kucinich: We’re Acting Like a Latter Day Version of the Roman Empire

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Barack Obama’s Speech on Afghanistan Policy + transcript

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Dec. 1, 2009

President Obama delivered a nationally televised address from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He outlined the situation in the region and laid out his strategy and goals for international efforts in the war in Afghanistan, saying “the status quo is not sustainable.” To address the challenges ahead, he announced an order to deploy 30,000 more troops, detailed the Kabul government's changing role in the war, and called on the international community and American people to support the efforts.

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If Iraq was ‘dumb,’ how smart is Afghanistan? What about ‘Never Subdued’ Don’t We Get? By Robert S. Becker

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By Robert S. Becker
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rbecker@cal.net
Dec. 1, 2009

Unlike campaign come-ons cast off, fudged or reversed, this president unstintingly commits to “finish the job” in Afghanistan, boldly gearing up a still mission-less, thus inexplicable “war of necessity.” Didn’t Vietnam forever teach both generals and voters no foreign occupation force, however fortified or plentiful, defeats indigenous, ferocious insurgents posing as “freedom fighters”?  Ditto Iraq.

What a nasty irony, to discover the erstwhile, anti-Iraq war candidate, at home more cautious than Scaredy Cat, strictly keeps his word, proactively ordering a high-risk second surge in this “graveyard of empires.”  What’s disheartening isn’t only the ominous magnitude, but that this bright newcomer is so much the conformist: 1) unwilling to escape historic quagmires, or 2) why no army has ever subdued or centralized Afghanistan while 3) buying whole hog into hawkish delusions outsiders can resolve inside tribal-religious wars.

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Troop deployment to begin shortly after Obama’s war strategy speech By Greg Jaffe

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By Greg Jaffe
Washington Post Foreign Service
Saturday, November 28, 2009; 3:56 PM
KABUL

Days after President Obama outlines his new war strategy in a speech Tuesday, as many as 9,000 Marines will begin deploying to southern Afghanistan to renew an assault on a Taliban stronghold that stalled earlier this year amid a troop shortage and political pressure from the Afghan government, senior U.S. officials said.

The extra Marines — the first to move into the country as part of Obama’s escalation of the eight-year-old war — will double the size of the U.S. force in the southern province of Helmand and provide a critical test for Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s struggling government and Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal’s counterinsurgency strategy.

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Dennis Kucinich: Afghanistan is not a Left-Right issue

You Get What you Vote For! by Cindy Sheehan

Afghan children are dying from the cold

Amy Goodman calls the Afghan Peace Vigil

‘Yes We Can’. ‘No We Won’t!’ By William Bowles

Obama to Announce Afghan Escalation Plan Dec. 1st

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Christmas 2009: U.S., NATO To Expand New Millennium’s Longest War by Rick Rozoff

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by Rick Rozoff
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25 November, 2009

At a joint press conference with visiting Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on November 24, U.S. President Barack Obama spoke of the war in Afghanistan that is now in its ninth calendar year and pledged, “After eight years – some of those years in which we did not have, I think, either the resources or the strategy to get the job done – it is my intention to finish the job.”

The comments came after the previous evening’s war council as it was described in the American media, the tenth (ninth by some counts) such meeting and the culmination of a three-month strategic review process following top U.S. and NATO military commander in Afghanistan General Stanley McChrystal’s 66-page Commander’s Initial Assessment of August 30.

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ABC Of West’s Global Military Network: Afghanistan, Baltics, Caucasus by Rick Rozoff

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October 28, 2009

The century’s longest war continues to rage in South Asia with no sign of abating. Instead, the invasion of Afghanistan on October 7, 2001 has exploded into endless armed hostilities that have spread across the length and breadth of the nation, with U.S. and NATO military forces fighting an intensified counterinsurgency conflict in the north, south, east and west of Afghanistan, now paralleled by equally brutal and even larger-scale combat operations in neighboring Pakistan.

With over 100,000 Western troops and rumors of perhaps a doubling of that number in the works, and with Washington spending billions of dollars in expanding bases to accommodate those reinforcements, the Afghanistan-Pakistan campaign under the direction of U.S. and NATO military commander General Stanley McChrystal and Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke portends yet greater violence, bloodshed and imperiling of regional stability.

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Daniel Ellsberg: Will Obama go against his own instincts to avoid a military coup?

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October 25, 2009

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Ellsberg: As President Obama decides what to do in Afghanistan he must learn the lessons of Vietnam

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Barack Obama, Heaven Sent for GOP, Part I by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

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by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
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crossposted on Buzzflash.com
Oct. 21, 2009

It was likely the GOP would lose the 2008 election, although that was hardly a sure thing. If the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the subsequent chain reaction in finance capitalism had occurred on November 18 instead of September 18, McCain might have won. If Hillary Clinton had somehow been able to pull out the Democratic nomination, whether or not the financial collapse and the revelation of the new Great Recession that had actually started some months earlier came before or after November 5, 2008, McCain might well have won anyway. (Given the way that Clinton ran her primary campaign, relying more and more on racism as it progressed, it is highly likely that huge numbers of African-Americans would have stayed home on election day.) But the financial collapse did occur before Election Day and Barack Obama was the nominee and he did win.

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A Painfully Bad Document, but an Excellent Indictment: General McChrystal’s Report on Afghanistan by Daniel N. White

by Daniel N. White
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Oct. 21, 2009

General McChrystal’s report is one of the worst written, most amateurish and unprofessional, buzzword and cliche-filled reports I’ve ever had the ill fortune ever to have to read.  On the other hand, it is revealing and informative in a way that the author(s) probably didn’t intend, a much more useful document than one with its gross flaws would normally be.  It is also a document that gives great insight into  the institutional deficiencies of our military and also into institutional and cultural defects present in  several important  areas of the American state.  The report is criminally bad, but like any other great crime, it is all perfectly out in the open for anyone who cares to see it, or in this case, read it. Continue reading