CONTERINSURGENCE is COUNTER-REVOLUTION:
Just 2 examples below of what's an integral part of US-UK history: state terror plus training military forces of dominated nations to kill & die for the enemy
This wad only one campaign in 36 years US genocide in Guatemals
Special Forces "Operation Guatemala" counterinsurgency campaign led by Col. Carlos Arana Osorio kills more than 8,000 people...White Hand and other right wing death squads, believed to be responsible for more than 30,000 deaths over the next seven years.
1970-1990: US counter-insurgency war in El Salvador
9/8/06 www.libcom.org/ history/ 1970-1990-the-war-of-counter-insurgency-in-el-salvador -
The US was losing a major base for regional exercise of force...
'proposal' for more of the same: 'shift' even more burden onto 'partners'...to 'end wars' it cannot win - and 'producing its own gravediggers'
Obama proposes foreign policy shift..
“We must shift our counter-terrorism strategy – drawing on the successes and shortcomings of our experience in Iraq and Afghanistan – to more effectively partner with countries where terrorist networks seek a foothold”...“We have been through a long season of war,” he told the first West Point class to graduate since 9/11 who are unlikely to be sent immediately into combat. In the future “US military action cannot be the only – or even primary – component of our leadership in every instance...."
Afghanistan Troop Draw-Down: Shift from CounterInsurgency to Counterterrorism
7/8/11 CHHS, University of Maryland, Center for Health & Homeland Security
Why the US was desperate to "BRING OUR BOY HOME":
Anti-US war traitor, hero to millions worldwide, another big threat to US capitalism's life was 'rescued Hagel said "essentially to save his life".
The Taliban-led Afghan national liberation war against "Operation Enduring Freedom" that *defeated the US long-ago on the ground, always refused to negotiate with the enemy as long as foreign invaders occupy Afghanistan: (see samples below and earlier digest issues for this history).
US 'smart power' attempts to fracture the Taliban were and are as doomed as its air and ground savagery.
This current operation to capture truth-telling deserter -- while pretending to 'end the war responsibly with its not--fit-for-'news', the 'enduring strategic partnership', is a clear sign of US desperation in the face of another major blow to its bipartisan global domination strategy
To be 'reintegrated' as an american patriot, Beorgdahl must undergo massive psychological treatment..."he faces a long period of psychological rehabilitation...at US Landstuhl Military Hospital, Germany, <...then scheduled to go to *San Antonio Military Medical Center (SMMC) where he is expected to eventually be reunited with his family...www.mcclatchydc.com/ 2014/ 05/ 31/ 228981/ us-releases-5-from-guantanamo.html * Pentagon's largest inpatient hospital
"... and playing a critical role taking care of Wounded Warriors in Transition from the Global War on Terrorism.
".. Meanwhile, we can expect to hear two potentially 'useful' public diplomacy 'narratives' : a brave soldier's 5 year struggle not to give US enemy information while constantly trying to escape the 'enemy' he defected to; a stinking traitor to 'america's precious blood and treasure' sacrificed for Afghanistan's enduring freedom. The official depends on what best serves US state terrorist world---destroying interests -- and specifically, his and his parents 'reeducation', cure for 'mental illness' revealed here and elsewhere:
In June 2012, fearless Rolling Stone contributing edtior Michael Hastings wrote the definitive first account of Bowe Bergdahl — the young American soldier captured by the Taliban and became the last US POW. Hastings, the journalist who brought down the career of General Stanley McChrystal in these pages, died in a car accident one year later. ...
By Michael Hastings June 7, 2012
...he told his parents in his last email before disappearing.“The future is too good to waste on lies…And life is way too short to care for the damnation of others, as well as to spend it helping fools with their ideas that are wrong... The horror of the self-righteous arrogance they thrive in. It is all revolting….The system is wrong. I am ashamed to be an american. And the title of US soldier is just the lie of fools. The US army... is the army of liars, backstabbers, fools, and bullies. The few good SGTs are getting out as soon as they can, and they are telling us privates to do the same….these people need help, what they get is the most conceited country in the world telling them they are nothing, that they are stupid, that they have no idea how to live. We don't even care when we hear each other talk about running their children down in the dirt streets with our armoured trucks … We make fun of them in front of their faces, and laugh at them for not understanding we are insulting them." ...he mailed home boxes containing his uniform and books...
(brief excerpt) leaked military cables: http://wikileaks.org/afg/event/2009/06/AFG20090630n1790.html
UPDATE: 1012z GUARDRAIL REPORTS PICKED UP LLVI TRAFFIC AT GRID VB 6597 3366 STATES (UIM INDICATES AMERICAN SOLDIER IS TALKING AND LOOKING FOR SOMEONE WHO SPEAKS ENGLISH. INDICATES AMERICAN SOLDIER HAS CAMERA)
US health's "acute urgency to get" the traitor for psychological rehab/reintegration before he can talked to anyone except his military prisoners
...Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl...faces many challenges but being welcomed back by a loving family won’t be one of them. “I’m optimistic, because his family impresses me as being loving, dedicated, energetic and resourceful,” said Dr. Frank Ochberg, a clinical professor of psychiatry. After his hospitalization in Germany, Bergdahl will be taken to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio for more treatment, Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren told reporters... Bergdahl is in a reintegration phase that “runs the complete spectrum of both physical and psychological...A senior Defense official confirmed Bergdahl is having trouble speaking English but the reasons was not clear....In terms of possible psychological effects, others in Bergdahl’s situation have experienced Stockholm syndrome, had positive feelings toward their captors; although no one but Bergdahl knows if he sympathized with his kidnappers....Afghan President Hamid Karzai was left out of the operation loop." Kerry did inform President Karzai after the fact," Hagel said...National Security Adviser Susan Rice said that due to the "acute urgency of Bergdahl's health...It was determined necessary and appropriate not to adhere to the 30-day notification requirement that potentially could have meant the opportunity to get Sgt. Bergdahl would be lost"...
Captured US soldier has joined our cause, say Taliban
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement about the 2014 withdrawal agreement signed in Lisbon “It is a good news for Afghans and all freedom-loving people of the world and it is a sign of failure for the American government,”
Bergdahl apparently 'has trouble speaking English' officials said....
* DEFEATED AND DESPERATE
Afghanistan--At the Breaking Point
The current debate on the success of operations fails to address the crux of the problem in Afghanistan. Even in the event of success, the insurgency has made such advances that
a coalition victory is unthinkable...Some hope partitioning the country could lead coalition forces to leave. The ﬁght would then pit a Talibandominated south against a pro-Western north. For example, a proposal by Robert Blackwill, former U.S. ambassador to India, to divide Afghanistan is based on the idea that Afghan territory could be divided along ethnic lines. In practice, this would suppose large-scale ethnic cleansing;(...) "We would offer the Afghan Taliban an agreement in which neither side seeks to enlarge its territory—if the Taliban stopped supporting terrorism, a proposal that they would almost certainly reject. We would then make it clear that we would rely heavily on U.S. air power and Special Forces ..."...
Proposing Afghanistan’s partition...even more nuanced proposals of “decentralization” or other forms of devolution, barely conceal the desire to bypass and weaken Kabul reviving Afghan fears of manipulation by imperial powers...strengthening mistrust of the international community....The conduct of strategy has become purely American, and risk of unilateral withdrawal by allies is growing. European populations are increasingly opposed to the war in Afghanistan...
RECOMMENDATIONS AND KEY FINDINGS
President Obama and U.S. military leaders must keep ﬁve important truths in mind as they review the Afghanistan war strategy:
* Optimistic assessments. U.S. sees the situation in Afghanistan in overly positive terms and this jeopardizes its credibility with decision makers and public opinion.
* Unrealistic objectives. U.S. cannot defeat the Taliban militarily, at best CAN contain the insurgency in most provinces.
* Irreversible advances. As the Taliban strengthens and the Afghan government weakens, turning over security to the Afghan army is impossible near term.
* Escalating troop numbers. The current military option will only lead to increase in U.S. troops to counter the insurgency’s rise and withdrawal of EU forces.
* Take the initiative. The Obama administration must push for negotiations with the insurgency and a cease-ﬁre rather than be boxed into dead-end military logic.
However, the United States must act quickly. Given the rapidly deteriorating security situation, every passing month strengthens the position of the Taliban...First, A new narrative must be focused on U.S. security, which must be carefully distinguished from a victory against the Taliban... the objective— preventing the return of al-Qaeda --- can be met without defeating the insurgency.... Second, the current war is placing the United States in a position of weakness, notably vis-à-vis Iran...
For a more detailed analysis, see Gilles Dorronsoro, Fixing a Failed Strategy in Afghanistan2009, http://www.carnegieendowment.org/ﬁ les/ dorronsoro_ﬁ xing_failed_strategy2.pdf.
Taliban vow to force US NATO out before 2014 pullout
US fabricated pretexts to start the war, to report its 'successes', and now 'Taliban negotiations' to extricate itself
Impostor Taliban Leader in Secret Talks
Senior American officials, including Gen. David H. Petraeus, said talks indicated Taliban leaders...under extraordinary pressure from the American-led offensive, were at last willing to discuss an end to the war...if only because of the repeated appearance at the table of one insurgent leader, Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour:...Mr. Mansour was an impostor...
Mullah Omar in a recent message again denied any talks at any level. “The cunning enemy which has occupied our country, is trying, on the one hand, to expand its military operations on the basis of its double-standard policy and, on the other hand, wants to throw dust into the eyes of the people by spreading the rumors of negotiation”.
US 'offers safe passage' to Afghan Taliban leaders
4/27/12 World News http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=66683
US suspends joint military operations with Afghanistan after "insider" attacks ...
9/18/12 www.guardian.co.uk/ world/ 2012/ sep/ 18/ us-afghan-military-operations-suspended
US defence secretary Panetta, described the attacks killing 51 soldiers in 31 attacks...at least 15 soldiers recorded killed in August...as the "last gasp" of a weakened Taliban...is a dramatic admission the strategy to shift responsibility for fighting insurgents to local forces has been deeply compromised... a severe blow to US plans.
U.S. Scales Back Plans for Afghan Peace
10/02/12 https://www.nytimes.com/ 2012/ 10/ 02/ world/ asia/ us-scales-back-plans-for-afghan-peace.html
12/16/12 WSJ U.S. to Shift Afghan Strategy from fighting Taliban to advisory role in Afghanistan in 2013, which could allow for significant reductions in the current 66,000-troop level
US tries to make it separate from the unbeatable Taliban national resistance
Haqqani network: 'Terrorist designation adds to captured GI's woes'
The Obama administration has been trying to coax Afghanistan's fighting groups into talks, offering the prospect of a Qatar-based political office for insurgents and the transfer of prisoners held at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay. Negotiations have been dormant for months, the Haqqanis appear the least interested in talking...
..."We are fighters of Islam Emirate of Afghanistan led by supreme leader Mulla Mohammad Omar to expel all occupying forces from Afghanistan and install an Islamic government there"...a Taliban video statement said...The Haqqani insurgent group is named after its patriarch and founder Jalaluddin Haqqani, a legendary anti-Soviet mujahideen commander in the 1980s...then admired [SIC] by the U.S....
...Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signed a report to Congress declaring the network met criteria for a terrorist designation... the Obama administration later formally designated the network as a foreign terrorist organization -- part of a complicated political decision as the U.S. withdraws from Afghanistan and pushes for a reconciliation pact to end more than a decade of warfare... "...it represents a significant threat to U.S. national security and we will continue aggressive military action against this threat. The (terrorist) group designation will build on our efforts to degrade the Network's capacity to carry out attacks... and pressing Pakistan to take action" " George Little, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, said in a statement. The US accuses Pakistan's intelligence agency, ISI, of supporting the Haqqani network as a proxy in Afghanistan to gain leverage against the growing influence of its archrival, India. Pakistan denies the allegations. (digest note: US -ISI have long been state terror partners, most notably in organizing, arming and supporting mujahadeen fighters under osama bin ladin, to "give the Soviet Union its Vietnam in Afghanistan" as Zbigniew Brzezinski and Hilary Clinton gloat and and Reagan memorialized saying:
"To watch the courageous Afghan freedom fighters battle modern arsenals with simple hand-held weapons is an inspiration to those who love freedom. Their courage teaches us a great lesson—that there are things in this world worth defending. To the Afghan people, I say on behalf of all Americans that we admire your heroism, your devotion to freedom, and your relentless struggle against your oppressors."
Ronald Reagan 1983
Opium Production in Afghanistan Hits Record High | TIME.com
Nov 13, 2013 ... Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan rose to a new high of more than ... total cultivation ever for Afghanistan, surpassing the previous peak of ... following the U.S. invasion and returned to planting poppy as a cash crop.
US Soldiers Guard Opium Poppies in Afghanistan
Update 2013: Afghan Opium Production Reaches All Time High (Source: "The cultivation of opium in Afghanistan reached its peak in 1999, ... protected by US NATO occupation forces ..
At Least 15 Killed in Taliban Raid on Pakistan Border
5/31/14 VOA http://www.voanews.com/content/pakistan-taliban-clashes-spill-over-into-...
Top US Commander Says Taliban Winning Strategic Communications
9/26/09 Washington Post; www.foxnews.com/ politics/ 2009/ 09/ 26/
Gen. McChrystal says U.S. and its allies must "wrest the information initiative" from the Taliban and other insurgent groups.. expand the Afghan strategic communications program from struggle for the 'hearts and minds' of the Afghan population to giving them 'trust and confidence' in themselves and their government...Richard C. Holbrooke, U.S. special envoy to the region
has repeatedly complained the Taliban communicate more effectively than the US..need to refine the message and use new ways to reach Afghans, cell phones, radio and other means...
McChrystal suggested to "disrupt and degrade" insurgent networks, getting authoritative figures, like religious leaders, to deliver messages "so they are credible"
Despite the deadliest spate of violent Afghan attacks in months, Gen. McChrystal said U.S. is winning in Afghanistan.
"We changed some of our structures and I believe we are on the way to convincing the Afghan people we are here to protect them" ..he said he would begin to think the war was unwinnable if the Afghan people lost faith in the allied military effort.
U.S. general says Taliban is defeated in the 'heartland'
U.S. forces have driven Taliban from most towns and villages in the strategic Helmand province..."They've taken on the Taliban, the insurgency, right in the heartland, and defeated them," Marine Maj. Gen. Richard Mills said... Marines now control most major towns and villages in Helmand, pushing Taliban into remote areas where it will be hard for them to thrive or influence the population...9,000 U.S. Marines arriving this year will nearly double the number of coalition troops in strategic Helmand province
p.s. Note how similar Sgt, Bergdahl's story is to Sgt. Brody's in the successful USraeli propaganda TV series "HOMELAND"?