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Archive for July 2009

Substantial increase of civilian deaths in Afghanistan

July 31, 2009

Civilian casualties resulting from Afghanistan’s war have spiked, jumping some 24 percent above figures from last year, the United Nations reported Friday. The Human Rights Unit of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan announced it recorded 1,013 civilian deaths in Afghanistan during the first six months of this year. That compares to 818 Afghan […]

The Cost and Enormity of U.S. Military Bases

July 31, 2009

According to the 2008 official Pentagon inventory of our military bases around the world, our empire consists of 865 facilities in more than 40 countries and overseas U.S. territories. We deploy over 190,000 troops in 46 countries and territories. In just one such country, Japan, at the end of March 2008, we still had 99,295 […]

U.S. Adviser’s Blunt Memo on Iraq

July 31, 2009

A senior American military adviser in Baghdad, Col. Timothy R. Reese, has concluded in an unusually blunt memo that it is time “for the U.S. to declare victory and go home.” “As the old saying goes, ‘Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.’ ” Colonel Reese wrote. “Since the signing of the 2009 Security […]

Gates: U.S. forces could remain in Iraq past 2011

July 29, 2009

On a surprise visit to Baghdad, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Iraqi officials have acknowledged that they might need American military support past 2011. Gates said Tuesday that token U.S. forces could remain in Iraq past the planned total withdrawal at the end of 2011.

The Torturous Truths about Torture

July 29, 2009

Veteran correspondent Helen Thomas writes: Many Americans heaved a sigh of relief last January when President Barack Obama banned the torture of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  It made the administration look more humane than the Bush-Cheney team. But that is not the whole story. Obama left unaddressed the possibility of torture in secret foreign […]

The hell of war comes home

July 29, 2009

In high school, Anthony  Marquez had been a co-captain on the football team and had run track. After graduation, he joined the infantry because the Army commercials full of guns and helicopters looked like the coolest job in the world. Marquez’s 3,500-soldier unit fought in some of the bloodiest places in Iraq. Marquez was the […]

A lighter moment: On the U.S. Economy

July 28, 2009

Back in 1990, the U. S. Government seized the Mustang Ranch brothel in Nevada for tax evasion and, as required by law, tried to run it. They failed and it closed. Now we are trusting the economy of our country to the same group who couldn’t even make money running a whore house and selling […]

British also fed up with the War in Afghanistan

July 28, 2009

More and more British troops fighting in Afghanistan are realizing the futility of it all. Lance Corporal Joe Glenton, who fought in Kandahar in 2006, told an audience that he came back ashamed and disillusioned. He said the army and the politicians never explained why they were there or what was going on, only that […]

Arab Gulf funding for insurgents in Afghanistan

July 28, 2009

AFP reports that the United States is setting up a task force to investigate how money is reaching insurgents in Afghanistan, much of it from within the Gulf states, US Ambassador Richard Holbrooke said Tuesday. He said the Pentagon, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other “relevant agencies” would be involved. While he […]

The Big Lie of Afghanistan

July 27, 2009

Excerpts of an article by an Aghan woman, Malalai Joya, writing in the Guardian: In 2005, I was the youngest person elected to the new Afghan parliament. Women like me, running for office, were held up as an example of how the war in Afghanistan had liberated women. But this democracy was a facade, and […]