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Archive for September 2009

White House-Military rift over Afghanistan

September 29, 2009

Amid concerns that he might resign over a rift between the military leadership in Afghanistan and the civilian leadership in the Obama White House, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, America’s top commander in Afghanistan, sat down for an interview with David Martin of 60 Minutes. The moment making headlines in advance clips comes when Martin pointedly asks, […]

Is “Iran is breaking rules that all nations must follow”?

September 28, 2009

Writing in the Guardian, Scott Ritter, chief UN weapons inspector in Iraq from 1991 to 1998, gives his opinion on the Iran nuclear confrontation: It was very much a moment of high drama. Barack Obama, fresh from his history-making stint hosting the UN security council, took a break from his duties at the G20 economic […]

The latest Social Security strain

September 27, 2009

Big job losses and a spike in early retirement claims from laid-off seniors will force Social Security to pay out more in benefits than it collects in taxes the next two years, the first time that’s happened since the 1980s. Applications for retirement benefits are 23 percent higher than last year, while disability claims have […]

Osama bin Laden suggests Europe withdraw Afghanistan

September 27, 2009

Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaeda leader, has purportedly issued a new audio message online, calling on European countries to end their alliance with the US and withdraw forces from Afghanistan. “An intelligent man doesn’t waste his money and sons for a gang of criminals in Washington,” the US-based SITE Intelligence Group monitoring service quoted bin […]

500,000 troops needed in Afghanistan over five years

September 25, 2009

Embedded in General Stanley McChrystal’s classified assessment of the war in Afghanistan is his conclusion that a successful counterinsurgency strategy will require 500,000 troops over five years. This bombshell was dropped by NBC reporter Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC’s Morning Joe: “The numbers are really pretty horrifying. What they say, embedded in this report by McChrystal, […]

Former CIA inspector general confirms Bush administration torture

September 24, 2009

The former CIA inspector general, John Helgerson, has confirmed that the Bush administration authorized the CIA to use a harsh interrogation method on terror suspect Abu Zubaydah before written legal clearance was given. This is politically explosive, because the Bush administration has always claimed that it used harsh interrogation techniques such as waterboarding only after […]

Former Pakistani army chief suggest Blackwater involved in Bhutto and Hariri hits

September 22, 2009

Pakistan’s former chief of army staff, General Mirza Aslam Beg (ret.), has said the U.S. private security company Blackwater (now known as Xe) was directly involved in the assassinations of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto and former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri. General Beg, who was chief of army staff during Benazir Bhutto’s first […]

$250 billion Afghan War failure

September 21, 2009

Washington has spent some $250 billion in Afghanistan since 2001. Each time the U.S. sent more troops and bombed more villages, Afghan resistance sharply intensified and Taliban expanded its control, today over 55% of the country. American and NATO generals running the Afghan war amazingly warn they risk being beaten by Taliban tribesmen in spite […]

Bin Laden: Goal to Bankrupt U.S.

September 21, 2009

The Arabic-language network Al-Jazeera released a full transcript Monday of the most recent videotape from Osama bin Laden in which the head of al Qaeda said his group’s goal is to force America into bankruptcy. “We are continuing this policy in bleeding America to the point of bankruptcy. Allah willing, and nothing is too great […]

Former CIA directors attempt to quash probe of harsh interrogations

September 19, 2009

Seven former CIA directors asked President Barack Obama on Friday to quash a criminal probe of harsh interrogations of terror suspects during the Bush administration. The CIA directors, who served both Democratic and Republican presidents and include three who worked under President George W. Bush, made their request in a letter Friday to the White […]