3/11/13 Trajectory of State Terror, Destruction - and Defeat

Fascism is capitalism in decay,
V.I. Lenin

digest commentary:


John Kerry leads Senate Foreign Relations evaluation of Syria option: Next Steps in Syria
August 1, 2012 video: http://www.foreign.senate.gov/hearings/next-steps-in-syria
The panel heard testimony from three experts, Martin Indyk, director of foreign policy at the Brookings Institution and former US ambassador to Israel; James Dobbins, director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at the RAND Corp.; and Andrew Tabler, senior fellow in the Program on Arab Politics at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
Before they testified, Kerry delivered an opening statement (excerpt)
"...we are currently looking at a dangerous and downward spiral in the heart of the Middle East, one that has the potential – not necessarily, but certainly the potential - to threaten the security of key regional friends and partners, including Israel, but other countries also, and it has profound strategic implications for our country, and other countries in the region. The international community - with US leadership and support - must continue to help the opposition in ending [President Bashar] Assad’s reign of terror and in preparing for what comes next after he is gone...

In the end, the easiest aspect of the Syrian war may be overthrowing the Assad regime. Much like Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, the most difficult part is what comes next.
7/27/12 Seth Jones, associate director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at the RAND Corporation

The Mirage of the Arab Spring
1/3/13 by Seth G. Jones
President Barack Obama described the uprisings as “a historic opportunity” for the United States “to pursue the world as it should be.” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton echoed these comments, expressing confidence that the transformations would allow Washington to advance “security, stability, peace, and democracy” in the Middle East. Not to be outdone, the Republican Party's 2012 platform trumpeted “the historic nature of the events of the past two years—the Arab Spring—that unleashed democratic movements leading to the overthrow of dictators who have been menaces to global security for decades.”...In fact, the cold reality is some democratic governments in the Arab world would be more hostile to the United States than their authoritarian predecessors, because they would be more responsive to the populations of their countries, which are largely anti-American. According to a 2012 Pew Research poll, the United States' image in several countries in the Muslim world has deteriorated sharply over the past several years. Before the Arab uprisings, for example, 27 percent of Egyptians and 25 percent of Jordanians polled had favorable attitudes toward the United States. By 2012, those numbers had dropped to 19 percent and 12 percent, respectively. The September 2012 anti-American demonstrations in the region, which spread from Egypt and Libya throughout the Middle East, provided yet another reminder that anti-American and anti-Western sentiments still exist in the Muslim world...As former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld might put it, Washington should conduct its foreign policy with the Arab world it has, not the Arab world it might want or wish to have at a later time.


High Security, Tensions Mar Hagel's Afghan Visit
3/10/13 http://www.voanews.com/content/hagel-karzai-press-conference-in-kabul-ca...

" no apparent connection between the bombing and Secretary of Defense Hagel's unannounced visit"
18 Afghans Killed in Attacks During Hagel's Visit
3/9/13 http://www.voanews.com/content/new-us-defense-secretary-visiting-afghani...
A spokesman for ISAF in Afghanistan, Charlie Stadtlander, said there was no apparent connection between the bombing and Pentagon chief Hagel's unannounced visit to the Afghan capital "If you want to talk about the intentions of the attack, you're going to have to talk to the Taliban. We can't speak for their intentions."
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said in an email to reporters "it is a message for him"...on his first visit since taking over as President Obama's defense secretary. The US and Afghanistan are trying to hammer out an "enduring" agreement after U.S. and other NATO forces are scheduled to leave in 2014. ...Hagel will manage the withdrawal of most of the 66,000 U.S. troops and equipment from Afghanistan after 11-years. But Hegel said they will not lose sight of the fact the war on insurgents is ongoing. "We have 66,000-68,000 troops in a combat zone. And so that reality is there, must remain there. We'll stay focused on that".

Air Force no longer releasing data on Afghan drone strikes
Sunday, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) said in a statement: "A determination found the data disproportionately focused on RPA kinetic events. A variety of multi-role platforms provide ground commanders in Afghanistan with close air support capabilities and... better reflects the airpower provided in support of Operation Enduring Freedom..."...The data removal coincided with increased scrutiny on RPA policy caused by President Obama’s nomination of John Brennan to head the CIA. Brennan faced opposition in the Senate over the use of RPAs and his defense of their legality in his role as Obama’s deputy national security adviser.

AF removes RPA airstrike number from summary
Mar 8, 2013 http://www.airforcetimes.com/news/2013/03/air-force-drone-airstrike-summ...

NB: arrogant assholes thought they could buy 'cooperation':

White House Stands by Biden Statement that Taliban Isn't U.S. Enemy
"Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy. That's critical. There is not a single statement the president ever made in any of our policy assertions that the Taliban is our enemy because it threatens U.S. interests. If, in fact, the Taliban is able to collapse the existing government, which is cooperating with us keeping the bad guys from being able to do damage to us, then that becomes a problem for us."

"Today American occupying invaders and their coalition allies are facing the same future that the Russian invaders faced "
2/15/12, Taliban

Taliban rejects US' Afghan troop withdrawal plan
2/14/13 http://www.rediff.com/news/report/taliban-rejects-us-afghan-troop-withdr...
“The Taliban will not agree with gradual withdrawal and vows to continue their ‘holy jihad’ until a single foreign soldier stays over Afghan soil,” the statement came in the wake of reports the White House plans to bring home about 34,000 troops from Afghanistan by February 2014, a 50 percent cut in the number of US troops in Afghanistan. The statement continued, “Time has come for the American president Obama and other head of states of invading countries to understand the realities of this futile war and instead of tactical efforts, troop reductions and gradual withdrawals, focus on the conditions, calls and needs of its own people and immediately extract all its troops from our country. Thousands of their soldiers were killed, maimed and mentally disabled; billions of dollars was spent; economies of involved invading countries faced decline; its own people were reduced to beggary and other such ills”.

US-Afghanistan Sign 'Enduring Strategic Partnership Agreement'
5/2/12 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/obama-makes-surprise-vi...
President Obama arrived in Kabul on an unannounced trip on the first anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death to sign the strategic agreement, to visit American troops in Afghanistan, and to address the American nation about plans to responsibly end the war in Afghanistan. The US-Afghanistan Enduring Strategic Partnership Agreement, a framework for U.S. involvement in Afghanistan after the U.S. 2014 drawdown, has a duration of at least 10 years...[...]


Officials: NATO consider plan to maintain force of 352,000 Afghan troops through 2018
2/21/13 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/officials-nato-strongly-considering-...
Maintaining the larger troop strength could increase the costs to the U.S. and allies by more than $2 billion a year, at a time of budget cuts and fiscal woes. Last May, NATO agreed to underwrite an Afghan force of about 230,000, at a cost of about $4.1 billion a year after 2014. It costs about $6.5 billion this year to fund the current Afghan force of 352,000, and the U.S. provides about $5.7 billion of that...the plan .could bolster the confidence of the Afghan forces and make it clear NATO is committed to an enduring relationship with Afghanistan, a senior NATO official said on condition of anonymity ...Panetta met with the Afghan Defense Minister to discuss the transition of security to the Afghan forces.

US Reported drop in Taliban attacks in Afghanistan was incorrect
2/26/13 http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/feb/26/reported-drop-taliban-at...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S.-led military command in Afghanistan incorrectly reported a decline in Taliban attacks last year and publishing corrected numbers that could undercut its narrative of a Taliban in steep decline.... “our assessment of the fundamentals of campaign progress has not changed. The enemy is increasingly separated from the population

US Reported drop in Taliban attacks in Afghanistan was incorrect
2/26/13 http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/feb/26/reported-drop-taliban-at...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S.-led military command in Afghanistan incorrectly reported a decline in Taliban attacks last year and publishing corrected numbers that could undercut its narrative of a Taliban in steep decline.... “our assessment of the fundamentals of campaign progress has not changed. The enemy is increasingly separated from the population

2/26/13 "Drop in Taliban attacks"attributed to "clerical error' by ISAF, , called into question the validity of repeated allied statements that Taliban in is in steep decline....

US-led ISAF will no longer publish attack figures
3/5/13 By Robert Burns - AP http://www.navytimes.com/news/2013/03/ap-coalition-will-no-longer-publis...
WASHINGTON — The U.S.-led military command in Afghanistan will no longer count and publish the number of Taliban attacks, a statistical measure that it once touted as a gauge of U.S. and allied success but now dismisses as flawed. The move comes one week after the NATO coalition, known as the International Security Assistance Force, acknowledged it incorrectly reported a 7 percent drop in Taliban attacks in 2012 compared to 2011. In fact, there was no decline...

"no information that this incident was associated with the unannounced visit of the secretary of defense..."
Afghan suicide bomber kills US soldier, 2 Afghans
12/13/12 http://www.boston.com/news/world/asia/2012/12/13/afghan-suicide-bomber-w...
Press secretary George Little confirmed the car bombing occurred... near a U.S. military base shortly it was left by U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta...the base houses more than 20,000 service members from 20 countries and more than 11,000 civilian contractors

Afghanistan 'sliding towards collapse'
10/8/12 http://www.defence.pk/forums/afghanistan-defence/212002-afghanistan-slid...
Afghan forces are far from ready to secure the country warns the "Afghanistan: The Long, Hard Road to the 2014 Transition", ... an increasingly violent Afghanistan...has a high likelihood of spilling over into Pakistan, with unpleasant consequences...The report argues that time is running out to ensure the 2014 presidential vote is credible or acceptable.. Afghanistan's insecurity appears to be fuelling its drug control problems. The country is already the world's largest producer of opium...

Afghan resistance statement on the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11
9/10/11 http://shahamat-english.com/cgi-sys/suspendedpage.cgi?option=com_content...
Each year 9/11 reminds Afghans of an event in which they had no role whatsoever, but, with this as a pretext, US imperialism has shed the blood of tens of thousands of Afghans...
a permanent stigma on the face of the Western democracy... murdering our people, destroying our villages, orchards, standing plantations and townships under the unjustified name of a
war on terror... anti-human crimes perpetrated by those who claim being pioneers and leaders of democracy and human rights in the world. But notwithstanding their arrogance and brutalities, this also should be borne in mind: Afghans, as proud honor-loving and principle-abiding people, have dealt a jaw-breaking blow at the tyrants, beyond their calculations and predictions. Now as they bite their fingers in grief and worry...we urge all the concerned of the world to press on the war-mongering American rulers to desist..we Afghans have endless stamina for a long war and...will send the Americans to the dustbin of the history like we sent other empires of the past....

"a coalition victory is unthinkable"
Afghanistan--At the Breaking Point
11/23/10 www.carnegieendowment.org/files/afghan_break_point.pdf
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 ..."...

US trained & armed Mujahideen to keep the SU, then US major geopolitical rival, out of Afghanistan.
"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

CIA Intervention in Afghanistan
Interview with Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Jimmy Carter's National Security Adviser
Le Nouvel Observateur, Paris, 15-21 January 1998

Taliban Kills 17 Afghan Soldiers
...If the death toll is accurate, it was one of the single deadliest attacks on government soldiers by the insurgents in recent memory... Afghan National Army soldier casualties have risen by nearly a fourth nationwide ...This year, 1,086 were killed, and last year 841 according to the spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Defense, Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi...
Taliban spokesman , Zabiullah Mujahid, in an e-mail to journalists, disputed the government’s version of the Badakhshan episode. In his account, the insurgents ambushed a convoy and killed 15 soldiers, as well as capturing 12, one of whom was wounded. “The rest of the enemy soldiers fled the area and left their dead on the battlefield. If the mujahedeen wanted to kill captured soldiers we would have not released 11 soldiers including their senior officers,” Mr. Mujahid said[and] they turned over the bodies of the dead through the elders.he said.
In Mr. Mujahid’s account, negotiations with local elders persuaded the Taliban to release the captured soldiers on their promise not to return to the war. The only prisoner who died in Taliban.. custody was the wounded soldier he said...
In southwestern Helmand Province, an inmate takeover of the new central provincial prison ended peacefully Wednesday according to the provincial governor, Mohammad Naim Baluch. The siege began Sunday when Taliban prisoners disarmed two guards and took them hostage, and took over the prison housing 580 insurgents...by accepting some of Taliban demands he said...


Like crises across the globe today, the Korean situation is driven also by the failing US world war to maintain global domination, by whatever terror, destruction and death.
Chinese-Korean unity is a death-knell for US regional and global hegemony. The DPRK was never a revolutionary socialist political-economic system. China's revolutionary socialism, under 'capitalist-roader' party leadership lost the class war. With a lot of help from its 'friends', China became a capitalist power in 'socialist/ communist' drag -just as Mao warned and struggled against in the Cultural Revolution. Once #1 US enemy when it was revolutionary, today, China is US #1 enemy because it is a too-successful capitalist power.
For more information on US_Korea see http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/276

North Korea vows to cancel Korean War cease-fire
3/5/13 http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/03/05/north-korea-vows-to-cancel-korea...
...North Korea says its nuclear program is a response to U.S. hostility that dates back to the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty, leaving the Korean Peninsula still technically in a state of war. North Korea warned it will cancel the armistice agreement on March 11 because of provocative ongoing U.S.-- South Korean military drills that began March 1 that it called preparations for " nuclear war targeted at us." North Korea said the most recent sanctions expand into blunt aggression and military acts and warned it will block communications line between it and United States separating the two Koreas at a border village . "We aim to launch surgical strikes at any time and any target unbounded by the armistice accord to advance our long-cherished wish for national unification," the statement said....North Korea lays the blame for its much-condemned nuclear weapons programs on the United States. A rich vein of North Korean propaganda fueled by decades-old American threats, holds that the North remains at risk of an unprovoked nuclear attack. Washington and others say brinksmanship is the North's true motive for the nuclear push

Chinese FM: North Korea Sanctions Not Solution
3/9/13 http://www.voanews.com/content/chinese-foreign-minister-says-sanctions-n...
Yang’s press conference lasted about an hour and a half, and touched on a wide range of topics from China’s relations with Russia, Africa and Europe....Yang says China welcomes a constructive U.S. role in the Asia Pacific region...[but] U.S. needs to respect China’s interests and concerns... that Asia Pacific affairs should be handled through consultations by all countries in the region... China’s regional relations are basically stable....China’s $1.2 trillion in trade with its neighbors is greater than its trade with Europe and U.S. combined....
He ejected accusations that China’s military was involved in a long-term hacking campaign that targeted the United States and other foreign targets....commenting on claims 'picking on China' made in U.S. cybersecurity firm Mandiant report...tracing attacks to a Chinese military unit in Shanghai ...may be eye-catching, but are actually baseless. Yang says China is a major target of attacks and supports UN regulation to keep the Internet safe, free and peaceful.

US diplomatic UN 'unity' pressure constrained to softer power than demanded
Marcus Noland of the Peterson Institute for International Economics explained the resolution was unlikely to have substantial effect . "Each of these provisions has 'credible information' clause so a government that does not want to enforce them can say they lack credible information or that the information they were provided did not meet the standard of reasonable grounds....If the Chinese government chooses to enforce resolution 2094 rigorously it could seriously disrupt, if not end, North Korea's proliferation activities. Unfortunately, if past behaviour is any guide, this is unlikely to happen." " http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/08/north-korea-rages-un-sanctio...

South Korean, US troops launch military drills North Korea threatened war over
3/10/13 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/south-korean-us-troops-...
...After the start of the drills, South Korean officials said their northern counterparts didn’t answer two calls on a hotline between the two sides, apparently following through on a vow to cut the communication channel because of the drills...Despite the North's threats, South Korea and the U.S. began the 11-day war games as scheduled Monday...part of larger war games that began March 1 for two months. A U.S. military statement said the exercise is not related to current events on the Korean Peninsula. The allies said the drills and other joint exercises are defensive in nature and they have no intention of attacking the North. U.S. troops in South Korea are meant to prevent North Korean aggression, U.S. and South Korean officials say. North Korea wants a formal peace treaty, security guarantees and the removal of 28,500 U.S. troops stationed in South Korea. North Korea regularly claims US-South drills are preparation for invasion, but signaled more worry about the drills that began Monday following U.N. sanctions [that] the North says result from U.S. hostility aimed at toppling its political system.

S. Korea Could Seek Deployment of US Tactical Nuclear Weapons
11-21-10 http://www.voanews.com/english/news/Diplomat-Consultations-Underway-abou...
U.S. diplomats, intelligence officers and other officials have rushed to Asia for consultations following North Korea's claim to have secretly constructed a uranium enrichment facility. Among the South Korean responses under discussion: bringing American nuclear weapons back into the country.

8/30/10 Kim Jong Il Pays Unofficial Visit to China
Pyongyang, August 30 (KCNA) -- General Secretary Kim Jong Il paid an unofficial visit to the People's Republic of China from August 26 to 30 at the invitation of Hu JIntao, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and president of the PRC...four months after his last visit in May...Stronger Sino-DPRK cooperation is favorable for stepping up socialist construction in the two countries and firmly defending and promoting common interests of the two sides and regional peace, stability and prosperity, Hu said.

US often weighed North Korea `nuke option'

NEW YORK — From the 1950s Pentagon to today's Obama administration, the United States has repeatedly pondered, planned and threatened use of nuclear weapons against North Korea, according to declassified and other U.S. government documents released in this 60th-anniversary year of the Korean War. Air Force bombers flew nuclear rehearsal runs over North Korea's capital during the war. The U.S. military services later vied for the lead role in any "atomic delivery" over North Korea. In the late 1960s, nuclear-armed U.S. warplanes stood by in South Korea on 15-minute alert to strike the north. Just this past April, issuing a U.S. Nuclear Posture Review, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said "all options are on the table" for dealing with Pyongyang — meaning U.S. nuclear strikes were not ruled out. The stream of new revelations about U.S. nuclear planning further fills in a picture of what North Korea calls "the increasing nuclear threat of the U.S.," which it cites as the reason it developed its own atom-bomb program — as a deterrent."This is the lesson we have drawn," North Korea's vice foreign minister, Pak Kil Yon, told the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Sept. 29...Korea specialists generally accept Pyongyang’s stated rationale that it sought its own bomb for defensive reasons — “as a response to the U.S. deployment of tactical nuclear weapons in South Korea,” says author Selig Harrison.
The new information is contained in Korean War documents released by the CIA to mark this June's anniversary of the start of the conflict; another declassified package obtained by Washington's private National Security Archive research group under the Freedom of Information Act; and additional documents, also once top-secret and found at the U.S. National Archives, provided to The Associated Press by intelligence historian and author Matthew Aid.[...]

Securing South Korea: A Strategic Alliance for the 21st Century Washington, D.C., December 17, 2010
“While South Korea can rely upon US for its ultimate defense, challenges to America’s long-term capacity to project and sustain military power demand a greater role by the ROK and
give them capacity to help manage regional issues such as China’s rise and access to the region’s numerous seaways. Additional recommendations in the report include...:

Truth behind "Northern Limit Line"
Pyongyang, June 25, 2006 (KCNA) - Rodong Sinmun Monday carries an article contributed by a military commentator disclosing the truth behind the "northern limit line" and clarifying once again the principled stand of the DPRK in connection with the fact that warlike forces of south Korea are perpetrating intrusion into the waters of the north side in the West Sea of Korea not just as provocation but for purpose of bringing under control those waters. Pointing out that the "northern limit line" is an illegal ghost line, the article observes that U.S. imperialist aggressor troops unilaterally drew the line inside the inviolable DPRK territorial waters after occupying south Korea under the helmets of 'UN forces'.
The Korean Armistice Agreement (KAA) signed in July 1953 stipulated the Military Demarcation Line (MDL) on the ground and its extension in the East Sea of Korea but to everybody's regret fell short of fixing the extension of the MDL in the West Sea of Korea. The U.S. imperialists, utterly exhausted after sustaining an unprecedented defeat in the Korean war, ordered Clark, the then commander of the 'UN forces', to fix the so-called "northern limit line", also known as the "Clark line", in the West Sea of Korea in a bid to prevent south Korean fishermen from coming over to the north while checking traitor Syngman Rhee's reckless attempt at an "independent expedition to the north" and averting a war that may accordingly break out again.
The 'northern limit line' was a 'final line for stopping defectors to the 'north' and a boundary line banning the trespassing of ships unilaterally drawn by the commander of the imperialist aggressor forces to meet U.S. interests. Precisely for this reason the U.S. could not announce the existence of the 'northern limit line' for such a long time, much less informing the DPRK side of it... the 'northern limit line', an illegal ghost line, was unilaterally drawn without any agreement reached between the two sides and is in breach of the KAA as well as the universally recognized law of the sea, the article notes, citing specific facts to prove it.
The south Korean authorities, steeped in flunkeyism and submission to the marrow of their bones to please their American master at any cost, seek political and strategic aims to put an end to the June 15 era of reunification and aggravate north-south relations... south Korean authorities should clearly understand that their moves of straining situation in the West Sea of Korea under the pretext of the 'northern limit line' would be as foolish an act as a robber claiming that other's yard belongs to him after drawing a demarcation with rotten straw rope without the owner's knowledge. The army and the people of the DPRK will never remain an on-looker to south Korean naval warships' reckless intrusion and movement into the north side's inviolable waters...
The anachronistic U.S. hostile policy and moves for military confrontation with the DPRK are the basic factor escalating the tensions on the Korean Peninsula and increasing the danger of war. It is impossible to ensure durable peace on the peninsula nor is it possible to completely remove the danger of war from it as long as the U.S. military presence and domination over south Korea go on. The struggle to get the U.S. forces withdrawn from south Korea is the positive struggle for peace against war.

Defending Korea Northern Limit Line Seen "legally indefensible" by Kissinger
The sea border now the main battleground between North and South Korea 57 years after the 'Northern Limit Line' was unilaterally imposed by U.S. Army Gen. Mark Clark in 1953 to stop South Korea from disrupting the fragile armistice he oversaw at the end of the Korean War ...was called legally indefensible by Secretary of State Kissinger in a 1975 classified cable.. Two years before the U.S. ambassador said in another cable that many nations would view South Korea and U.S. ally "in the wrong" if clashes occurred in disputed areas along the boundary.