America, think carefully about what you would want your tax money spent on: Schools? Roads? Public bong stations? Hah, it doesn’t matter because your tax money was spent on this crap. A Pentagon task force in Afghanistan is under investigation for ejaculating taxpayer dollars to send Afghan jewelers on lavish “gem training” junkets to India, [...]
|By: Peter Van Buren Friday December 19, 2014 9:00 am|
|By: Peter Van Buren Thursday November 6, 2014 1:48 pm|
Did you know the U.S. war in Afghanistan is still going on?
While the American war(s) in Iraq and Syria are the Kardashian’s of geopolitics– can’t get them out of the news, don’t want to look but you do anyway– America’s longest war trudges on. We have been fighting in Afghanistan for over thirteen years now. The young soldiers currently deployed there were barely in elementary school when their dad’s and mom’s kicked off the fighting.
And we still haven’t won anything.
|By: Peter Van Buren Wednesday July 30, 2014 8:55 am|
The Chinese Army roared through the small town in Northern Virginia.
The initial troops were tough veterans of the fighting outside DC, and a lot of people were killed by early shelling and mortar attacks. A tank battle near the Arlington Hospital destroyed much of the building and faulty intelligence that weapons were being stored inside the Thomas Jefferson elementary school led to the horrific air attack that killed 50 children with a “smart bomb.” The Chinese initially denied it all, until Eastern media broadcast cell phone photos. That prompted the Chinese to claim local residents actually blew up the school either by accidentally mis-aiming their crude mortars, or as a propaganda ploy. A gang rape of a young woman was never reported on the Chinese news even though it was common knowledge among residents.
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday April 29, 2014 6:44 am|
Lt. Commander Jennifer Cragg at “NATO” headquarters in Afghanistan brings us (only on the “NATO” website of course; even the lamest of the main stream media has abandoned this meme) the story of one person who has “made a difference” in Afghanistan. Please have tissues at the ready to soak up your tears
|By: Peter Van Buren Monday April 28, 2014 9:02 am|
The Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR) issued a scathing report showing the Department of State gave a staggering 87 percent of all Afghan reconstruction funds to only five recipients.
In fact, 69 percent of all taxpayer money spent went to just one contractor.
|By: Peter Van Buren Sunday January 26, 2014 6:45 am|
Pomegranate Peace, a new novel by Rashmee Roshan Lall, is a funny, sad and all-too-true piece of fiction about the failure of U.S. reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan, and about the crippling isolation America’s diplomats impose on themselves in that misguided war. The novel is also a cookbook, but we’ll get to that later.
|By: emptywheel Saturday October 22, 2011 1:59 pm|
You can summarize the story of Peter Van Buren’s We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People with his assessment of the scams Iraqis pulled off with reconstruction dollars: “It wasn’t so much we were conned, it was as if we demanded to be cheated and would not take no for an answer.” The book describes what he saw of the various reconstruction efforts in Iraq, particularly his experience serving on a State Department Provisional Reconstruction Team in 2009.
|By: Brian Balogh Sunday October 9, 2011 1:59 pm|
How has American nation-building changed the world? What can we learn from this history? How has this history been used and misused by American policy makers? And what makes nation-building work – what has undermined it?
These are just a few of the questions that Jermi Suri asks and answers in Liberty’s Surest Guardian.
|By: Jim White Monday July 5, 2010 9:00 am|
In this post on Sunday, I noted that General David Petraeus’ comments on Saturday had touted the team and the mission in Afghanistan without ever getting around to noting just what the mission really is. Late in the comment thread, Lieutenant Commander Bill Speaks, head of the Digital Engagement Team for Central Command, turned up in comments to provide a link to the official ISAF mission statement. Under a breakdown analysis, the ISAF mission statement in Afghanistan breaks down entirely.
|By: Josh Mull Thursday June 24, 2010 5:45 pm|
In the wake of General McChrystal’s firing, supporters of his counterinsurgency strategy have shifted to the blame game. Their target? US Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry. But is Eikenberry really at fault, or has he been right all along?