Army Finds No Evidence of Misconduct by Bowe Bergdahl During Captivity

By: Thursday June 26, 2014 6:50 am

Though cleared of misconduct during captivity, the investigation into whether Bergdahl deserted his unit before he was captured is ongoing.

The investigation is expected to take longer than usual due to Bergdahl’s recovery process and inability to be interviewed by investigators at this time.

 

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Anand Gopal, No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War Through Afghan Eyes

By: Sunday June 22, 2014 1:59 pm

Anand Gopal’s No Good Men Among the Living is a deconstruction of the American “War on Terror” as it pertained to Afghanistan. It is an argument that the US military allowed itself to fall into chasing phantoms, put up to search and destroy missions by tribal allies mainly interested in using the Americans to settle feuds and deflect rivals. They got drawn into what anthropologists call the segmentary lineage political system of rural Afghanistan.

In short, as Gopal tells the story, there was no Taliban activity in Afghanistan to speak of by 2002, but the US military machine required an enemy.

Classification: Hiding American War From Americans

By: Tuesday June 17, 2014 12:17 pm

Our government classifies a lot of documents, some 92 million in 2011 alone.

The ostensible point of all that classification is protect the nation’s secrets. Some of it even makes sense. Troop movements, nuclear things, identities of spies, traditional stuff you want to keep from your enemies. The purpose of classification is not to hide government mistakes or prevent embarrassing things from coming into daylight.

Bergdahl Prisoner Swap Controversey Dominates Washington

By: Thursday June 5, 2014 8:46 am

The unrest surrounding the Obama Administration’s decision to exchange five Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay for US soldier Bowe Bergdahl has knocked every other controversy off the front page, including the VA backlog scandal. Instead, the DC commentariat and politicians desperate for camera time have been flipping and flopping to either condemn President Obama or defend him.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Just Told Us How to Close Gitmo (But Obama Won’t Do It)

By: Wednesday June 4, 2014 8:00 am

It was almost as if Obama was ashamed of what he did. Likely, he is. And it’s all because of Guantanamo.

Prisoner Swap Of American POW For Taliban Gitmo Detainees Causes Controversy

By: Monday June 2, 2014 6:56 am

On Saturday Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was released by the Taliban as part of a deal that saw five detainees from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility released in exchange. Bergdahl was captured by Taliban fighters in 2009 under disputed circumstances – he claims he fell behind on a patrol, the Taliban claimed he was drunk, and others in his unit claim he was a deserter.

Happy Valentine’s Day: U.S. (Hearts) Karzai

By: Friday February 14, 2014 12:05 pm

In an article headlined The U.S. Has Finally Outfoxed Hamid Karzai, the occasionally-respected Fiscal Times explains how for months Afghan President Hamid Karzai has refused to sign a long-term security agreement with the United States, causing mounting frustration within the White House and the Pentagon. Now, according to the Times, “it appears as if President Obama and his advisers have finally outfoxed Karzai, marking the end of a long and tumultuous relationship.”

Delusions Drive (More) U.S. Aid to Afghanistan

By: Monday February 10, 2014 12:50 pm

The Obama administration unveiled Monday yet another aid package for Afghanistan. The announcement from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) of three new development initiatives worth almost $300 million is part of a U.S. effort to ensure that Afghanistan, as its ‘war economy’ ends, won’t “reverse gains made over the last twelve years.”

Washington’s Wedding Album From Hell

By: Friday December 20, 2013 11:40 am

The headline — “Bride and Boom!” — was spectacular, if you think killing people in distant lands is a blast and a half. Of course, you have to imagine that smirk line in giant black letters with a monstrous exclamation point covering most of the bottom third of the front page of the Murdoch-owned New York Post. The reference was to a caravan of vehicles on its way to or from a wedding in Yemen that was eviscerated, evidently by a U.S. drone via one of those “surgical” strikes of which Washington is so proud. As one report put it, “Scorched vehicles and body parts were left scattered on the road.”

US Drone Strike In Pakistan Blows Up Afghanistan Peace Talks

By: Tuesday November 5, 2013 10:30 am

No one seems to have a valid explanation as to why the US and NATO are killing people in Afghanistan currently. The only explanation given for anything related to US military action in Afghanistan is the alleged need to keep the killing machine going for fear that Al Qaeda will retake the country and use it as a base, maybe.

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