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  • Holbrooke no hero to general

    12/17/2010 10:02:34 PM PST · by TheMole · 57 replies · 1+ views
    The Ottawa Sun ^ | December 17, 2010 | Michael Harris
    This week, the Globe and Mail asked General Lewis McKenzie (Retired) to write the obituary of American diplomat Richard Holbrooke. It was a good idea. The two men had crossed paths more than once on the global stage of the Great Game. McKenzie declined. Holbrooke had just died and the general knew that what he had to say would hardly produce the standard panegyric. When I caught up with McKenzie, he was shoveling snow after a spell away from home. I asked for an interview and to my surprise, he agreed. “I’m just going to tell you what I thought...
  • The Inside Story of How the White House Let Diplomacy Fail in Afghanistan

    03/03/2013 8:56:53 PM PST · by Mike Darancette · 18 replies
    Forign Policy ^ | March 3, 2013 | VALI NASR
    "My time in the Obama administration turned out to be a deeply disillusioning experience." It was close to midnight on Jan. 20, 2009, and I was about to go to sleep when my iPhone beeped. There was a new text message. It was from Richard Holbrooke. It said, "Are you up, can you talk?" When I called, he told me that Barack Obama had asked him to serve as envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan. He would work out of the State Department, and he wanted me to join his team. "No one knows this yet. Don't tell anyone. Well, maybe...
  • McCain: If U.S. uses torture, nation will suffer (US in Afghanistan for "rest of the 21st century")

    05/13/2011 6:01:53 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 43 replies
    CBS News ^ | 2011-05-13 | David S. Morgan
    Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican who was a prisoner of war in North Vietnam for five and a half years, has rejected the argument that torture was necessary to successfully combat terrorism - and denied claims that waterboarding detainees provided intelligence that helped end the manhunt for Osama bin Laden. (snip) On CBS' "The Early Show" Friday, McCain denied claims made by Rep. Peter King, the Republican chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, who said earlier this week that through the use of such tactics, a courier for the al Qaeda leader was identified. (snip) "Through normal, conventional...
  • A Risky Fatalism In India

    01/16/2011 10:39:43 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 4 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 16, 2011 | David Ignatius
    NEW DELHI: Everything is going right these days for India, except for one big problem: It is living next to a Pakistan that is coming apart politically, and Indian leaders insist with a tone of resignation that there's nothing they can do about it. Starting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, top Indian officials know that their booming democracy is endangered by the growing chaos across the border in Pakistan. ---------- Welcome to the world's most dangerous zero-sum game. The sad fact is that India and Pakistan, separated at birth in 1947, are locked in what seems like a blood feud....
  • White House Moves Away From 2011 Afghanistan Withdrawal Timeline

    11/09/2010 8:35:14 PM PST · by kristinn · 34 replies
    McClatchy Newspapers via The Seattle Times ^ | Tuesday, November 9, 2010 | Nancy A. Youssef
    The Obama administration has decided to walk away from what it once touted as key deadlines in the Afghanistan war in an effort to de-emphasize the president's pledge that he would begin withdrawing U.S. forces in July 2011, administration and military officials said Tuesday. The new policy will be on display next week during a NATO conference in Lisbon, Portugal, where the administration hopes to introduce a timeline that calls for the withdrawal of U.S. and NATO forces from Afghanistan by 2014, according to three senior officials and others speaking anonymously as a matter of policy. Afghan President Hamid Karzai...
  • Columnist Calls Dutch Cowards, Demands World War for Women

    08/04/2010 8:32:27 PM PDT · by Christian Cage · 12 replies
    The Spearhead ^ | August 4 2010 | Welmer
    She writes that if we don’t stop the Taliban, American and Dutch women will be subject to the horrors of the life of a Pashtun peasant maiden, possibly cooking dinner over an livestock dung fire, being forced to wear unfashionable clothes, etc. As the Taliban succeed, their power across Afghanistan will spread; and with that, similar movements, inspired by their achievements, will gain strength–indeed, already are gaining strength–across the region, in countries from Somalia to Iran, and onward to Holland and the U.S.A. There will be women there, as well. We must not abandon them. It really is starting to...
  • Marine General Confirms That Americans Fighting Feminist War in Afghanistan

    07/29/2010 1:55:16 PM PDT · by Christian Cage · 13 replies · 2+ views
    The Spearhead ^ | July 29 2010 | Welmer
    I long thought that the feminism that is often used to justify our presence in Afghanistan long after the failure to capture or kill Osama bin-Laden – the longest war in American history – was a cover for something else. However, with Hillary Clinton in charge of the State Department, and now this outrageous statement, I’m not so sure any longer. Although Americans have long justified violence on behalf of women, for example by lynching innocent men – both black and white – in the old South, beating and shooting men in their homes over domestic disputes and other such...
  • Forgotten soldiers

    07/29/2010 2:43:28 AM PDT · by Scanian · 3 replies · 2+ views
    NY Post ^ | July 29, 2010 | Ralph Peters
    If we needed yet another example of Washington's self-absorption, we sure got it with the WikiLeaks dump of classified data on AfPak. Government officials promptly freaked about the political consequences. The rush to insist that "there's nothing new here" and that the leaks "really don't change anything" was dishonest even by DC standards. Lies, lies, lies, lies, lies! The victims of this tragic event aren't punch-drunk White House staffers or members of Congress up for re-election. They're not the wed-to-Pakistan wonks at State or even the Pentagon's hide-the-bad-news generals. The forgotten victims are our troops on the ground. And the...
  • 'Can’t monitor military aid to Pakistan': US to India

    07/23/2010 6:40:44 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 1 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | Sat Jul 24 2010 | The Indian Express
    The US has virtually rejected India’s demand for a monitoring mechanism on military aid being given to Pakistan for the fight against terror. At the same time, it has also raised concerns about the links the ISI has with terror outfits and said that the strategic approach of the Pakistani spy agency needs to fundamentally change. The US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen said that there are concerns about “the links the ISI has”. He admitted that there is a lot about the Pakistani spy agency that the US does not know and added that...
  • 'Pakistan using US funds meant for war on terror to bolster military might' [$18 billion since 2001]

    07/23/2010 4:37:21 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 10 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Jul 24, 2010 | The Times of India
    Pakistan has been diverting a large part of US funds meant for the global war on terrorism for conventional weapon procurements from China and other countries. This illegal diversion of US provided funds, far more than what is known in public, is resulting in a massive modernisation of Pakistan's military beyond its official means, believes the Indian security establishment. A source said that the findings and concerns of India were shared with the US during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's US visit in April. This issue formed a substantial part of the conversation between the two sides. Officials later said US...
  • McCain, Graham and Lieberman back Obama over McChrystal

    06/22/2010 11:25:15 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 123 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 2010-06-22 | Michael Muskal
    <p>Three key senators on Tuesday joined the Washington chorus questioning the judgment of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, adding that his fate is in the hands of President Obama.</p> <p>The statement by Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Lindsey Graham is important because it gives the Obama administration political cover if the president decides to fire McChrystal. The three senators are longtime backers of the military.</p>
  • US allays apprehensions, briefs India on Pak talks

    03/27/2010 10:45:59 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 364+ views
    Times of India ^ | 3/27/2010 | Indrani Bagchi
    As the Pakistan-US strategic dialogue and its accompanying hype wound down in Washington, US briefed India about the content and scope of the discussions between the two sides. US national security adviser, Gen Jim Jones called up Shivshankar Menon, national security adviser, to bring him up to speed on the talks, while US undersecretary William Burns briefed his counterpart, Nirupama Rao. Specifically, the conversations were intended to allay any Indian apprehensions of “secret” understandings reached with Pakistan. As the joint statement made clear, there was no reference to India or Kashmir in the document. Even on the water issue, the...
  • US toll in Afghanistan war reaches 1,000

    02/23/2010 5:29:19 PM PST · by combat_boots · 16 replies · 387+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 23 Feb 2010 | Ben Farmer in Kabul and Alex Spillius in Washington
    The US death toll in Afghanistan has reached 1,000 with the number of soldiers killed doubling since last year. The icasualties.org website, which tracks military deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq, said 54 US soldiers had died in the war so far this year, as the coalition tries to regain momentum in its eight-year campaign. It was the worst toll for two consecutive months since the US-led invasion of 2001 and compared with a toll of 30 in the same period last year.
  • Issue of placing ISI under civilian control shelved: Zardari

    01/09/2010 12:34:26 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 188+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 01/01/2010 | The Times of India
    Political forces in Pakistan want the powerful Inter-Services Intelligence agency to be placed under civilian control but the matter has been put on the backburner for the time being, President Asif Ali Zardari has said. "The political forces want the ISI should be brought under civilian control but for the time being, this matter has been shelved," Zardari said in an interview with a TV news channel. He did not give the reasons for the issue being shelved. The government led by Zardari's Pakistan People's Party had attempted to place the ISI under the control of the interior ministry in...
  • The Taliban's Shadowy Partners

    12/08/2009 6:01:55 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 638+ views
    Investors.com ^ | December 8, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY staff
    War On Terror: The anti-war crowd says the small number of enemy fighters inside Afghanistan doesn't justify sending 30,000 fresh troops there. They fail to understand the larger problem. Sen. Barbara Boxer complains al-Qaida is scarcely in Afghanistan. She cites an intelligence report leaked to ABC News that only 100 fighters are actually present inside the country, along with several thousand Taliban fighters. "I do not support adding more troops," the California Democrat argued, "because there are now 200,000 American, NATO and Afghan forces fighting roughly 20,000 Taliban and less than 100 al-Qaida." In other words, why are we even...
  • AMERICANS REMAIN SPLIT ON AFGHAN WAR

    12/05/2009 8:47:31 AM PST · by Tamar Rush · 6 replies · 237+ views
    The Last Crusade ^ | Dec. 5, 2009 | The Last Crusade
    A New Viet Nam? thelastcrusade.org U.S. residents are split over whether the country can achieve its goals in Afghanistan, according to a Gallup poll released this weekend. Almost three-quarters of those surveyed, 73%, say they fear spending in Afghanistan will interfere with domestic goals. Just over half, 51% , stated their support for the president's strategy, while 48% said they oppose it.
  • Af-Pak policy: ISI must fall in line

    12/05/2009 1:42:28 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 327+ views
    he Economic Times ^ | 12/04/2009 | ET Bureau
    The Manmohan Singh government on Thursday said it was imperative for the international community to continue putting pressure on Pakistan to dismantle the safe havens that export terror into the neighbourhood. Responding to President Barack Obama’s Afghan policy, MEA spokesperson Vishnu Prakash said Pakistan has to be persuaded to root out these safe havens. `` India believes that it is in the interest of the international community to impress upon Pakistan that it must use all its influence and resources to implement its commitments to dismantle the infrastructure of terrorism and to deny sanctuary to all terrorist groups who operate...
  • CIA paid millions of dollars to ISI since 9/11

    11/16/2009 4:17:50 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies · 659+ views
    The Economic Times ^ | 11/16/2009 | The Economic Times
    The CIA has paid millions of dollars to Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) since 9/11, "accounting for as much as one-third of the foreign spy agency's annual budget", says a media report. The ISI also collected "tens of millions of dollars through a classified CIA programme", which pays for the capture or killing of wanted militants, a newspaper reported on Monday citing current and former US officials. An intense debate has been triggered within the US government due to "long-standing suspicions that the ISI continues to help Taliban extremists who undermine US efforts in Afghanistan and provide sanctuary to Al Qaeda...
  • John McCain 'angry' over Afghanistan delay (will "support" Obama when he makes "the right decision")

    11/09/2009 2:32:48 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 26 replies · 1,161+ views
    Politico ^ | 2009-11-05 | Andy Barr
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Thursday that he is “angry” and “disappointed” with President Barack Obama for delaying his decision on increasing troop levels in Afghanistan. “The fact is we already have men and women over there, and the longer we delay in sending them the needed resources they need the greater danger they are in,” McCain said during an interview on Fox News’ Fox & Friends program. “That’s just a fundamental fact of warfare and so I’m past being a bit angry.” “I’m disappointed that we haven’t made the decision,” he said.
  • McCain Would Not Use Cheney's Words ["I want to support the president"]

    10/25/2009 4:41:43 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 74 replies · 2,363+ views
    CBS ^ | 2009-10-25 | Michelle Levi
    Senator John McCain made clear that he and the Republican Party should send the message that they support whatever President Obama's strategy in Afghanistan ends up being, rather than send messages that the U.S. is "waffling" or "dithering." In response to former Vice President Dick Cheney's recent remarks, in which he said, "signals of indecision out of Washington hurt our allies and embolden our adversaries," McCain said, "I wouldn't use that language." Speaking Wednesday evening while accepting an award from the conservative Center for Security Policy, Cheney said, "The White House must stop dithering while America's armed forces are in...