Amnesty International Report Details Crimes by US/NATO Forces in Afghanistan

By: Monday August 11, 2014 11:05 am

Thousands of Afghan civilians have been killed by United States and NATO military forces since 2001, but, according to Amnesty International, there have been only six cases in which the US military has “criminally prosecuted” officers for “unlawfully killing civilians.”

 

US Spent $7 Billion Trying to Destroy Opium Production in Afghanistan, Opium Production Soared

By: Friday July 4, 2014 1:45 pm

While publicly lamenting wasteful spending, Washington gets high blowing cash on the drug war. In the case of Afghanistan and the fight against heroin, the US government spent $7 billion to eradicate poppy cultivation with no discernible effect. In fact, according to the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime Opium Survey, opium production is hitting records in Afghanistan with “estimates that 209,000 hectares are under opium-poppy cultivation, an all-time high and a 36% increase from 2012.”

Known Knowns, Part 2: Shinseki Revisited

By: Tuesday June 3, 2014 7:03 pm

I concluded my last blog about the resignation of General Eric Shinseki as head of the Department of Veterans Affairs with this rather dramatic statement…

On the Death of Anne Smedinghoff, Three U.S. Soldiers and an Interpreter

By: Friday April 25, 2014 12:46 pm

The Chicago Tribune gained access to the 2013 U.S. Army report on the death of State Department Foreign Service Officer Anne Smedinghoff in Afghanistan.

She was only 25 years old. She was one of three American civilians, three soldiers and a local interpreter killed in what was once the deadliest day of last year for Americans in Afghanistan. There’s always a new record set.

FBI Agents Were Deployed in Hundreds of JSOC Raids Conducted in Iraq & Afghanistan

By: Friday April 11, 2014 8:35 am

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) formed an alliance with Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) and deployed agents in hundreds of raids conducted as part of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a report from The Washington Post.

The Washington Post’s Series on Veterans Reinforces War Culture, Makes Iraqi & Afghan Suffering Invisible

By: Tuesday April 1, 2014 10:30 am

Rajiv Chandrasekaran describes the poll as an “unprecedented glimpse into the lives and attitudes of modern warriors.” In fact, this poll and the story are only concerned about the lives and attitudes of American “warriors.” The Iraqi and Afghan people are given very minimal attention, and, when they are, it is to scorn them for not being more grateful that the United States chose to occupy their country and try and make their country “safer” or “better.”

“This is typical of American war culture, which only gives importance to the American lives that are lost in war and to the suffering that American soldiers bring home with them as a result of war,” explained Ross Caputi, a Marine who served in the Second Battle of Fallujah.

Karzai Conflict Might Lead to Full US Pullout From Afghanistan

By: Tuesday February 25, 2014 1:15 pm

Of all the people who would demand a full US withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai would seemingly be one of the last. Karzai’s installation as president after his career at Unocal and subsequent protection was due to US military force. Without the US military Karzai would likely not have remained president, possibly even alive. And yet, his intransigence may lead to total pullout of forces at the end of this year.

Night Raid by US-Backed Forces Reportedly Leads to Death of Eight Afghan Civilians After Airstrike

By: Wednesday January 15, 2014 4:48 pm

There are only a few details currently, but what is known suggests that forces led by the United States in Afghanistan mounted a night raid to hunt down militants in a residential area. When they were fired upon by insurgents, the forces decided to call in an airstrike to attack a compound. That led to the deaths of up to eight civilians.

Former Defense Secretary Says President Obama Had No Confidence In Afghanistan War

By: Wednesday January 8, 2014 6:46 am

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates claims in his book that President Obama did not really believe in the war in Afghanistan even while agreeing to the troop surge. So although Obama acknowledged the reality everyone knows – that the war in Afghanistan is a complete waste of blood and treasure – he continues the war for cynical political reasons.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Lloyd C. Gardner, Killing Machine: The American Presidency in the Age of Drone Warfare

By: Sunday January 5, 2014 1:59 pm

Lloyd Gardner’s new book is an in depth historical analysis of President Obama’s foreign policy during his first 5 years in public office. In 2008, many Americans had deep trust that President Obama was going to bring significant change into the White House and guide our country to a place of more “rightful” and lawful foreign policy strategies by putting an end to torture, drawing down the illegal Iraq War, and closing down Guantanamo prison. President Obama promised the American public more transparency and accountability, and adherence to the rule of law, without “looking back”.

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