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Before its failed occupation of Afghanistan, the Soviet Union discovered that the country was rich in natural resources. In the 1980s, Soviet mining experts drafted maps and collected data that would lay dormant in the Afghan Geological Survey in Kabul … Continue reading
News agencies reported Saturday morning that weeks ago President Obama signed an order, kept secret until now, to authorizeÂ continuation of the Afghan war for at least another year. The orderÂ â€œtoÂ support Afghan military operationsÂ in the countryâ€ and U.S. ground troops to … Continue reading
As a general rule, U.S. wars are based on lies. Some of these are soon exposed; the lies about Saddam Husseinâ€™s weapons of mass destruction and al-Qaeda links used to justify the invasion and occupation of Iraq were exposed (to … Continue reading
The New York Times recentlyÂ reportedÂ that Staff Sgt. Robert Bales will plead guilty to the murder of 16 Afghan civilians. It is believed to be part of a plea bargain arrangement worked out between his lawyer and the US government. The … Continue reading
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â€œThese two visions, one of tyranny and murder, the other of liberty and life, clashed in Afghanistan. And thanks to brave US and coalition forces and to Afghan patriots, the nightmare of the Taliban is over and that nation is coming to life again.â€
â€“ George W. Bush, The War College Address, 2004
Not so fast, George.
The United States hasnâ€™t liberated Afghanistan. It hasnâ€™t rebuilt Afghanistan. It hasnâ€™t removed the warlords from power, curtailed opium production, established strong democratic institutions, or improved life for ordinary working people. The US hasnâ€™t achieved any of its strategic objectives. The Taliban are stronger than ever, the central government is a corrupt farce, and, after 11 years of war, the country is in a shambles.
This is what defeat looks like. Continue reading