10/7/09 Eight Years Later: Afghanistan Savaged, U.S. Losing, Resistance Winning

8 years ago today, under the pretext of 911, the u.s. launched an unjust war against Afghanistan as a critical step toward its global hegemonic goal. 8 years later, having installed a quisling govt., massacred thousands and laid waste to another sovereign nation, a massive, growing national resistance [aka 'taliban' / al qaeda] is defeating its forces - so u.s. plans a massive escalation of 'counter-insurgency' combined with 'counter-terror' state terror - to 'protect the Afghan people' and 'american national security' in its fascist 'AfPak' project.

UN: Record number of Afghan civilian deaths in 2009
By Tom Eley
28 September 2009
The United Nations mission in Afghanistan recorded about 1,500 civilian deaths in the first six months of 2009, a 24 percent increase over the previous year and a record in the eight-year-old war. August witnessed the most civilian killings, largely due to violence associated with that month’s elections, the report said. It provided no figure for the August death toll. The report—the Mid-Year Bulletin on the Protection of Civilians in Arme d Conflict in Afghanistan—only tallies recorded deaths. It therefore underestimates the number of civilian deaths caused by the war, many of which go unreported: http://www.uruknet.de/?p=58371

u.s. 'produces its own gravediggers'
"We are all Taliban"
Last month Richard Holbrooke, the US state department's special representative, met students from Pakistan's north-west tribal ­areas. They were ­enraged by drone attacks, which – ­according to David Kilcullen , counterinsurgency adviser to General Petraeus – have eliminated only about 14 terrorist [SIC] leaders while killing 700 civilians. One young man told Holbrooke that he knew someone killed in a Predator drone strike. "You killed 10 members of his family," he said. ­Another claimed the strikes had unleashed a fresh wave of refugees. "Are many of them Taliban?" Holbrooke asked. "We are all Taliban," he replied.... http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/jun/16/obama-afghanistan-pa...

not to mention the military battle: 'taliban' is the national resistance, representing the fighting spirits and bodies of the nation
McChrystal SaysTaliban Are Winning Communications Battle
Walter Pincus, WP
September 27, 2009 - The United States and its allies in Afghanistan must "wrest the information initiative" from the Taliban and other insurgent groups that have undermined the credibility of the Kabul government and its international backers, according to the top U.S. and NATO commander in the country. "The information domain is a battlespace," Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal wrote in an assessment made public on Monday, adding that the allies need to "take aggressive actions to win the important battle of perception." ... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=58346

The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History with the President
India Will Wipe Pakistan Off The World Map
by Abhijay Patel
Sep 30, 2009
Pulitzer Prize-Winning author and historian Taylor Branch claimed Indian leaders had portrayed such a scenario in the event of an Indo-Pak nuclear war (during Kargil conflict in 1999) to the then US President Clinton. In the event of Indo-Pak nuclear war, India will emerge as the ultimate winner after wiping off Pakistan, but lose up to 500 million of its own people, a book on former US President Bill Clinton’s presidential years has claimed. Hindu Indian extremists in governmment were trigger ready to nuclear bomb Pakistan. The portion on nuclear warfare appears in the chapter titled ‘Eight Missiles in Baghdad’, in which the author of the book claims that Clinton told him that New Delhi would nuke Pakistan annihilating the entire country. “The president first scribbled a note to himself that Strobb Talbott owed him a report on his recent trip to South Asia,” Branch writes in his 700-page book ‘The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History with the President’, referring to the taped conversations he had with Clinton in the White House. Talbott, now president of the Brookings Institute, served under the Clinton Administration during 1993-2001.

CIA: Secret Operations, Drug Money
By Farzana Shah
In Afghanistan, U.S./NATO have put the blame on Taliban for poppy cultivation to finance their resistance to allied forces. Ironically, it was only in Taliban era when the world had seen a sharp decline in opium crop in Afghanistan. The Afghan Taliban had banned opium cultivation nationwide, probably for the first time in Afghan history. A more important question is how and when this business of drug production and trafficking started in region? CIA has been using drug money since long to generate money to support its operations all over the world. It did not start in Afghanistan it was brought here after experimenting somewhere else. This is something which is not a lead story in international media for obvious reasons despite the fact it is harming millions of lives around the globe. 1. CIA’s secret Operations

Liquid War
By Pepe Escobar
What happens on the immense battlefield for the control of Eurasia will provide the ultimate plot line in the tumultuous rush towards a new, polycentric world order, also known as the New Great Game.
Our good ol' friend the nonsensical "Global War on Terror," which the Pentagon has slyly rebranded "the Long War," sports a far more important, if half-hidden, twin -- a global energy war. I like to think of it as the Liquid War, because its bloodstream is the pipelines that crisscross the potential imperial battlefields of the planet. Put another way, if its crucial embattled frontier these days is the Caspian Basin, the whole of Eurasia is its chessboard. Think of it, geographically, as Pipelineistan.

Pipelineistan Goes Af-Pak
Blue Gold, Turkmen Bashes, and Asian Grid
Pepe Escobar
As Barack Obama heads into his second hundred days in office, let's head for the big picture ourselves, the ultimate global plot line, the tumultuous rush towards a new, polycentric world order. In its first hundred days, the Obama presidency introduced us to a brand new acronym, OCO for Overseas Contingency Operations, formerly known as GWOT (as in Global War on Terror). Use either name, or anything else you want, and what you're really talking about is what's happening on the immense energy battlefield that extends from Iran to the Pacific Ocean. It's there that the Liquid War for the control of Eurasia takes place.

Iran and Pipelineistan's Ultimate Opera
Jumpin' Jack Verdi, It's a Gas, Gas, Gas
By Pepe Escobar, Brussels
Oil and natural gas prices may be relatively low right now, but don't be fooled. The New Great Game of the twenty-first century is always over energy and it's taking place on an immense chessboard called Eurasia. Its squares are defined by the networks of pipelines being laid across the oil heartlands of the planet. Call it Pipelineistan. If, in Asia, the stakes in this game are already impossibly high, the same applies to the "Euro" part of the great Eurasian landmass -- the richest industrial area on the planet. Think of this as the real political thriller of our time. The movie of the week in Brussels is: When NATO Meets Pipelineistan. Though you won't find it in any headlines, at virtually every recent NATO summit Washington has been maneuvering to involve reluctant Europeans ever more deeply in the business of protecting Pipelineistan. This is already happening, of course, in Afghanistan, where a promised pipeline from Turkmenistan to Pakistan and India, the TAPI pipeline, has not even been built. And it's about to happen at the borders of Europe, again around pipelines that have not yet been built. If you had to put that Euro part of Pipelineistan into a formula, you might do so this way: Nabucco (pushed by the U.S.) versus South Stream (pushed by Russia). Be patient. You'll understand in a moment. At the most basic level, it's a matter of the West yet again trying, in the energy sphere, to bypass Russia. For this to happen, however -- and it wouldn't hurt if you opened the nearest atlas for a moment -- Europe desperately needs to get a handle on Central Asian energy resources, which is easy to say but has proven surprisingly hard to do. No wonder the NATO Secretary General's special representative, Robert Simmons, has been logging massive frequent-flyer miles to Central Asia over these last few years. Just under the surface of an edgy entente cordiale between the European Union (EU) and Russia lurks the possibility of a no-holds-barred energy war -- Liquid War, I call it. ...

Pepe Escobar is the roving correspondent for Asia Times and analyst for the Real News . His latest book is Obama Does Globalistan . He may be reached at pepeasia@yahoo.com.

4GW from Defense & National Interest
...A coherent “grand strategy” is needed to ensure that military (destructive) actions harmonize with our overall objectives and do not undermine the public support needed to prosecute a fourth generation war to its successful conclusion. In grand strategy, the carrot is as important as the stick, and alliances are critical-factors which should favor the United States and its allies in the 4GW against al-Qa’ida and those who support similar ideologies.

"Tactics in Counterinsurgency," a new U.S. Army Field Manual, expands upon the Counterinsurgency doctrine of the best-selling December 2006 manual on that subject.
"At its heart, a counterinsurgency is an armed struggle for the support of the population," the manual declares. "This support can be achieved or lost through information engagement, strong representative government, access to goods and services, fear, or violence. This armed struggle also involves eliminating insurgents who threaten the safety and security of the
"However, military units alone cannot defeat an insurgency. Most of the work involves discovering and solving the population's underlying issues, that is, the root causes of their dissatisfaction with the current arrangement of political power. Dealing with diverse issues such as land reform, unemployment, oppressive leadership, or ethical tensions places a premium on tactical leaders who can not only close with the enemy, but also negotiate agreements, operate with nonmilitary agencies and other nations, restore basic services, speak the native (a foreign) language, orchestrate political deals, and get 'the word' on the street. See "Tactics in Counterinsurgency," Field Manual 3-24.2, April 21, 2009 (300pages, 10 MB PDF):http://www.fas.org/irp/doddir/army/fm3-24-2.pdf

protecting amerikan capitalist national security
FBI Data-Mining Programs Resurrect "Total Information Awareness"
Tom Burghardt
October 5, 2009 - Like a vampire rising from it's grave each night to feed on the privacy rights of Americans, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is moving forward with programs that drain the life blood from our constitutional liberties. From the wholesale use of informants and provocateurs to stifle political dissent, to Wi-Fi hacking and viral computer spyware to follow our every move, the FBI has turned massive data-mining of personal info rmation into a growth industry. In the process they are building the surveillance state long been dreamed of by American securocrats... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=58601

'socialist big government': dictatorship of finance capital that temporarily 'fixed' its crisis by socializing its debt onto those who produced its profits in order to further its genocidal world domination
Financial bailout's cost to U.S. could total almost $24 trillion
WASHINGTON .. Special inspector general Neil Barofsky's new quarterly report to Congress shows the federal government has devoted $4.7 trillion to help the financial sector... Under the worst circumstances, the report said, the government's maximum exposure could total nearly $24 trillion, or $80,000 for every American... http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32010841/ns/business-us_business

we are the enemy...we need to know ours
Billionaire in bid bid to curb overpopulation
2009-05-24, Times of London
America's richest people meet to discuss ways of tackling a 'disastrous' environmental, social and industrial threat
Some of America’s leading billionaires met secretly to consider how their wealth could be used to slow the growth of the world’s population. Described as the Good Club by one insider, it included David Rockefeller Jr, the patriarch of America’s wealthiest dynasty, Warren Buffett and George Soros, the financiers, Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York, and the media moguls Ted Turner and Oprah Winfrey. They gathered at the home of Sir Paul Nurse, a British Nobel prize biochemist and president of the private Rockefeller University, in Manhattan on May 5. The informal afternoon session was so discreet that some of the billionaires’ aides were told they were at “security briefings”. Stacy Palmer, editor of the Chronicle of Philanthropy, said the summit was unprecedented. “We only learnt about it afterwards, by accident. Normally these people are happy to talk good causes, but this is different – maybe because they don’t want to be seen as a global cabal". Some details were emerging this weekend, however. Taking their cue from Gates they agreed that overpopulation was a priority....

The Global Ruling Class: Billion-dollar Babies
The Economist magazine

What Power Looks Like
Newsweek magazine

Special Report: The Forbes 400
The assembled net worth of America's 400 wealthiest rose by $30 billion--only 2%--to $1.57 trillion.