As US Empire Fails, Trump Enters a Quagmire

by Kevin Zeese
from Counterpunch
via Information Clearing House

Trump has decided to step up the war in Afghanistan. Yet every single statement he made before becoming president was that the biggest mistake the US had ever made was to go into Afghanistan, that Afghanistan was “the graveyard of empires”, and that the best thing America could do was to get out of Afghanistan as soon as possible. (See here).

A quagmire is defined as a complex or unpleasant position that is difficult to escape. President Trump’s recently announced war plans in Afghanistan maintain that quagmire. They come at a time when US Empire is failing and its leadership in the world is weakening. The US will learn what other empires have learned, “Afghanistan is the graveyard of empires.”

During the presidential campaign, some became convinced that Trump would not be an interventionist president. His tweets about Afghanistan were one of the reasons. In January of 2013, he tweeted, “Let’s get out of Afghanistan. Our troops are being killed by the Afghanis we train and we waste billions there. Nonsense! Rebuild the USA.” Now, we see a president who carries on the interventionist tradition of US Empire.

While Afghanistan has been a never-ending active war since 9-11, making the 16-year war the longest in US history, the truth is the United States became directly involved with Afghanistan some 38 years ago, on July 3, 1979. As William Rivers Pitts writes “On that day, at the behest of National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Jimmy Carter signed the first directive in an operation meant to destabilize the Soviet-controlled government of Afghanistan.” In fact when the US dropped the MOAB bomb, Trump was bombing tunnels built with the assistance of the CIA in the 1980′s for the mujaheddin and Bin Laden.

Trump’s Afghan policy is inaccurately described as a new approach but has only one element that is new – secrecy, as Trump will not tell us how many soldiers he will send to this war. His so-called new strategy is really a continuation of the permanent war quagmire in Afghanistan, which may be an intentional never ending war for the empire’s geopolitical goals. Ralph Nader reviews 16 years of headlines about Afghanistan, calling it a “cruel boomeranging quagmire of human violence and misery… with no end in sight.”

Another Afghan Review Leads To Same Conclusion: More War

During his campaign for president, Trump called for the US to pull out of Afghanistan. Early in his administration, President Trump announced a review of the Afghanistan war. This week when he announced escalation of the war, Trump noted this was his instinct. Unfortunately, the president did not trust his previous instincts and missed an opportunity to end the war.

We have seen how President Trump refuses to admit mistakes, so it is highly unlikely he will change course from this mistaken path. His rationale is so many US soldiers have given their lives that we must stay until the United States wins. This is the quandary – the US must continue the war until we win because soldiers have died but continuing the war means more will die and the US must stay committed to war because more have died.

After we read President Trump’s Afghanistan war speech, we went back and re-read President Obama’s Afghanistan war speech given in March 2009.  It is remarkable how similar the two speeches are. When Russian president Putin was interviewed by filmmaker Oliver Stone as well as when he was interviewed by Megyn Kelly, he made a point proven by US policy in Afghanistan, “Presidents come and go, and even the parties in power change, but the main political direction does not change.”

Both presidents conducted a lengthy review early in their administration and both talked with generals and diplomats who convinced them to escalate rather than end the war. Both presidents put forward what they claimed was a new strategy but in reality, was just doing the same thing over again: more troops, building up Afghanistan’s military by working closely with them, using economic and diplomatic power and putting pressure on Pakistan not to be a safe haven for the Taliban and those fighting against the United States.

To ensure a quagmire both presidents said that decisions would not be based on a timeline but on conditions on the ground. Both promised victory, without clearly defining what it would mean; both raised fears of the Taliban and other anti-US militants using Afghanistan to attack the United States again. Trump had the advantage of knowing that President Obama’s approach had failed despite repeated bombings in Pakistan and working with Afghan troops, but that didn’t alter his course.

Afghanistan Victims of a February, 2012 US air strike that killed 8 children in Kapisa, Afghanistan.

Failure To Learn Lessons Ensures Repeating Them

According to Mike Ludwig, since President Obama approved a troop surge in 2009, the war in Afghanistan has claimed at least 26,512 civilian lives and injured nearly 48,931 more. In July, the United Nations reported that at least 5,243 civilians have been killed or injured in 2017 alone, including higher numbers of woman and children than previous in years. Trump seems less concerned than previous presidents with killings of civilians.

Trump noted that the Afghanistan-Pakistan region was now the densest part of the world when it comes to anti-US militants, saying there were 20 terrorist groups in the area. President Obama added tens of thousands of troops to the Afghanistan war, dropped massive numbers of bombs and the result was more terrorism. The US was killing terrorists but the impact was creating more anti-American militants. Trump failed to connect these dots and understand that more US attacks create more hatred against the United States.

After Obama failed to ‘win’ the war by adding tens of thousands of troops, with more than 100,000 fighting in Afghanistan at its peak, Trump should have asked his generals how adding thousands more (reports are between 4,000 and 8,000 soldiers) would change failure to success. Wasn’t there anyone in the room who would tell Trump there is nothing new in the Trump strategy that Obama and Bush had not already tried. Steve Bannon was the most opposed to war in the administration and reportedly fought against more war, but he was not in the room. Did anyone in the room stand up to the hawk-generals?

The policy of working more closely with the Afghan military in order to build them up ended in disaster in the Obama era. The New Yorker wrote in 2012: “We can’t win the war in Afghanistan, so what do we do? We’ll train the Afghans to do it for us, then claim victory and head for the exits.” But, the US discovered that it could not train the Afghans in the ‘American way of war.’ In 2012, the Obama administration ended the program of fighting alongside Afghan soldiers to train them because those soldiers were killing US soldiers. How many US soldiers will die because Trump was ignorant of this lesson?

Trump also took the wrong lesson from the Iraq war and occupation. He inaccurately described the so-called withdrawal from Iraq as hasty. He points to the rise of ISIS as created by the vacuum in Iraq when the US reduced its numbers of troops. Trump said the US “cannot repeat in Afghanistan the mistake our leaders made in Iraq.”

In fact, ISIS rose up because the killing of hundreds of thousands, some reports say more than a million, of Iraqis, displacement of more than a million more, the destruction of a functioning government as well as war crimes like the Abu Gharib torture scandal made it easy to recruit fighters. Furthermore, the training and supply of weapons to Sunnis during the ‘Awakening’ created armed soldiers looking for their next job.

It was US war and occupation that created ISIS. The seeds had been planted, fertilized and were rapidly growing before the US reduced its military footprint. Trump is repeating the mistake of more militarism, and in the end ISIS or some other form of anti-US militancy will thrive.

The US does not want to face an important reality – the government of the United States is hated in the region for very good reasons. Bush lied to us about 9-11 when he claimed they hate us for our freedoms. No, they hate the US because US militarism kills hundreds of thousands of people in the region, destroys functioning governments and creates chaos.

Victory Means Something Different to an Empire

In trying to understand why the US is fighting a war — a war that has been unwinnable for 16 years — it helps to look at a map and consider the resources of an area.

Larry Wilkerson, Colin Powell’s former adviser, predicts the US will be in Afghanistan for the next 50 years. Indeed, that may be the ‘victory’ the empire seeks. Afghanistan is of geopolitical importance. It is a place where the US can impact China’s ‘One Belt One Road’ to Europe where China can take the place of Russia and the United States in providing wealthy Europeans with key commodities like oil and gas. Just as the United States has stayed in Germany, Italy and other European states and Japan after WW II,  and in Korea after the Korean war, the empire sees a need to be in Afghanistan to be well positioned for the future of the empire. Terrorism is not the issue, economic competition with China, which is quickly becoming the leading global economic power, is the real issue.

And, competition with Russia and China is at the top of the list of the bi-partisan war party in Washington. Pepe Escobar points out that “Russia-China strategic partnership wants an Afghan solution hatched by Afghans and supervised by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (of which Afghanistan is an observer and future full member). So from the point of view of neocon/neoliberalcon elements of the War Party in Washington, Afghanistan only makes sense as a forward base to harass/stall/thwart China’s Belt and Road Initiative.”

Afghanistan is next to China, India and Pakistan, three nuclear powers that could pose military risks to the United States. Having multiple bases in Afghanistan, to allegedly fight terrorists, will provide the forward deployment needed to combat each of those nations if military action is needed.

Afghanistan also borders on Iran, which could be a near-future war zone for the United States. Positioning the US military along the Afghanistan-Iran border creates a strategic advantage with Iran as well as with the Persian Gulf where approximately 18.2 million barrels of oil per day transit through the Strait of Hormuz in tankers.

Afghanistan’s land contains $3 trillion in rare earth minerals needed for computers and modern technology including rich deposits of gold, silver, platinum, iron ore and copper. The US has spent $700 billion in fighting a failed war and President Trump and empire strategists are looking to make sure US corporations get access to those minerals. Since the US Geological Survey discovered these minerals a decade ago, some see Afghanistan as the future  “Saudi Arabia of lithium”, a raw material used in phone and electric car batteries. US officials have told Reuters that Trump argued at a White House meeting with advisers in July that the United States should demand a share of Afghanistan’s mineral wealth.

Jeffrey St. Clair reminds us not to forget the lucrative opium trade. Afghanistan is the largest source for heroin in the world. He writes:

Since the start of Operation Enduring Freedom, opium production has swelled, now accounting for more than one-third of the wrecked Afghan economy. In the last two years alone, opium poppy yields have doubled, a narcotic blowback now hitting the streets of American cities from Amarillo to Pensacola. With every drone strike in the Helmond Province, a thousand more poppies bloom.

The decision on a never ending war — with no timetable for exit — is evidence that the Pentagon and intelligence agencies are in charge of US foreign policy with Trump as a figurehead.  Of course, the war also ensures immense profits for the war industry. St. Clair emphasizes that “in 2016, the Pentagon spent $3.6 million for each US soldier stationed in Afghanistan.  A surge of 4,000 to 10,000 additional troops, either as ‘private military units’ or GIs, will come as a welcome new infusion of cash to the dozens of defense corporations that invested so heavily in his administration.”

The firing of Steve Bannon just before the meeting that decided Afghanistan’s future was not coincidence as he was the opponent of escalation. Glenn Greenwald writes in the Intercept that this permanent power structure has been working since his election to take control of foreign policy. He also points to the appointment of Marine General John Kelly as chief of staff and how National Security Adviser, General McMaster, has successfully fired several national security officials aligned with Steve Bannon and the nationalistic, purportedly non-interventionist foreign policy. The deep state of the permanent national security complex has taken over and the Afghan war decision demonstrates this reality.

With these geopolitical realities, staying Afghanistan may be the victory the Pentagon seeks — winning may just be being there. The Intercept reported this week that the Taliban offered to negotiate peace, but peace on the terms of the Taliban may not be what the US is seeking.

Call for an End to War for Empire

It would be a terrible error for people to blame Trump for the Afghanistan war which began with intervention by Jimmy Carter, became a hot war after 9-11 under George Bush, escalated under Obama and now continues the same polices under Trump. The bi-partisan war hawks in Congress for nearly 40 years have supported these policies. Afghanistan is evidence of the never ending policy of full spectrum dominance sought by the US empire. The bi-partisans warriors span the breadth of both parties, Jeffrey St. Clair highlightsthe Afghanistan war cheering by Senator John McCain and Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Throughout recent decades the United States has failed to show what Kathy Kelly called the courage we need for peace and continues the cowardice of war. In fact, many ask why are we still at war in Afghanistan: Osama bid Laden is dead, other alleged 9-11 attack attackers are caught or killed. This shows that calling Afghanistan the longest running Fake War in US history is right — fake because it was never about terrorism but about business. If terrorism were the issue, Saudi Arabia would be the prime US enemy, but Saudi Arabia is also about business.

We share the conclusion of human rights activist and Green vice presidential candidate in 2016 Ajamu Baraka who wrote for the Black Alliance for Peace that:

In an obscene testament to U.S. vanity and the psychopathological commitment to global white supremacy, billions have already been wasted, almost three thousand U.S. lives lost and over 100,000 dead. It is time to admit defeat in Afghanistan and bring the war to an end. Justice and common sense demand that the bloodletting stop.

When we understand the true motives of US Empire, that conclusion is even worse — to steal resources from a poor nation and put in place permanent bases from which to conduct more war. US hegemony is costly to millions of people around the world and at home it sucks more than 54% of discretionary spending from the federal budget and creates an empire economy that only serves the wealthiest corporate interests that profit from transnational military dominance while creating a record wealth divide where most people in the United States are economic slaves. It is not only time to end the Afghanistan war but to end US Empire.


57 thoughts to “As US Empire Fails, Trump Enters a Quagmire”

  1. Afghanistan is not a “commitment to global white supremacy” – and anyone who shares that notion is mis-guided. It IS, however, a failed strategy the American government is pursuing. Nowadays, the concept of “total war” is the only successful avenue – OR withdrawal. Half-assed approaches don’t prevail. Either America gets honest and goes after what it really wants (the mineral wealth), or fess-up and move out! The only benefactors of this mess are those who share in the military/industrial establishment, and the generals who play war games they learned at West Point.
    “Total War” has ONE objective. That objective is to WIN, and gather the spoils. All other strategies are a waste of time and resources.

    1. Gil –

      America will get honest when the criminals in charge admit they are going after what they really want….

      ….especially for our children… these days…. thanks to the criminal murdering thugs and shameful CABAL established by the likes of of LYING criminals Ollie North and “Red Ronnie” Reagan….

      “The OPIUM, Boss…. the OPIUM..!!”

    2. ‘We share the conclusion of human rights activist and Green vice presidential candidate in 2016 Ajamu Baraka who wrote for the Black Alliance for Peace that: In an obscene testament to U.S. vanity and the psychopathological commitment to global white supremacy, billions have already been wasted, almost three thousand U.S. lives lost and over 100,000 dead. It is time to admit defeat in Afghanistan and bring the war to an end. Justice and common sense demand that the bloodletting stop.’

      It sounds like the Jewish words coming out of an Arab leader’s mouth. The “Greens” and “Human Rights Activists”, led by Jews, are uttering more and more unbridgeable contradictions. Is it the case of funding both sides of the war again, this time for the harvest of the gold of opium?

      ‘Wars are the Jews harvest, for with them we wipe out the Christians and get control of their gold. We have already killed 100 million of them, and the end is not yet.’ – Chief Rabbi of France, Rabbi Reichorn, 1859

      ‘What causes the—mostly white and male—chairmen and executives of the Western, corporate elite to financially support the very people who would gladly see them hanged in the streets? The short answer is a deadly combo of greed and virtue-signaling, exacerbated by a small cohort of anti-white agitators… Most of them will live out their entire lives without ever once having to face, publicly or privately, the odious reality of their treason… I cannot see our elites stopping this madness off their own accord. They will likely double down until the bitter end.’ – Peyton Farquhar, 2017

  2. The war against Terror is being fought against militant Islam by the USA at the behest of the Jewish Lobby.

    There are no spoils of war in Afgahnistan worth the cost in lives.

    1. And we cannot expect the Jew lobby to be honest about ANYTHING, can we, John Kirby?
      Relegate the situation to ‘gentleman’ Robert E. Lee, when he invaded across the Mason-Dixon Line. He forbade his soldiers to exact punishment from the populace. He lost. William T. Sherman had NO such reservations in his march across Georgia. He won!

      1. Gil –


        “He forbade his soldiers to exact punishment from the populace.”

        He made too many blunders for a man who graduated first at West Point.
        I have held the belief that he was in on the plan to remove freedom from all of the states. The exact results.

        It was a family tradition:
        His dad – Light Horse Harry Lee – led 13,000 troops against 300 poor and unarmed farmers in1794…. to force them to pay whiskey taxes to help reduce competition for Washington’s and Hamilton’s big distillery and slave agents… like Washington, himself, and John Hancock.. and others in the bizznezz.

    2. “The war against Terror is being fought against militant Islam by the USA at the behest of the Jewish Lobby.”

      No it isn’t; the “war on terror” is a fraud, just like every other jew-inspired war.

  3. You know there is a saying, “When you are in a deep shit hole, stop digging more shit!”. But the Yankee mad dogs just don’t know how to stop. The signs of their imminent collapse is everywhere.

    I want to share on Darkmoon something timely I wrote for a friend who is engaged in fighting the numerous out of control fires in Montana, USA:

    It’s interesting or telling with the hurricanes punishing Houston and soon eastern USA, and the uncontrolled fires in Montana.

    God spoke during the Great Eclipse on August 21: THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS FINISHED.

    What you are experiencing in Montana and what we are seeing in Houston are testimonies to this Judgment of the USA.

    The probability of war on the Korean peninsular (Russia just ordered evacuation of thousands of their people away from near North Korea) and the US-Russian tit-for-tat “diplomatic” wars are clear indications of WW3 ahead.

    THIS is GOD’S HAND in the FINAL Judgment of the United States of America:

    Take care and stay on your toes!


    1. I agree; I believe jew-controlled “America” (i.e. “Mystery Babylon”) is nearing its end. Jew-controlled demon-possessed Orange Clown is escalating everywhere. It’s sheer madness on display for the whole world to see. How can “America” survive Orange Clown?

    2. God spoke during the Great Eclipse on August 21: THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS FINISHED.

      Could you provide more information on this statement like when, where and how “God” spoke? I always stand in wonder at how “God” micromanages tiny worms inhabiting a small ball of rotting fruit in a forgotten corner of the creation.

      This just in – God has spoken! We’ll be right back with his message after a word from our sponsor.

      A scene from the cosmic office on high:

      “Your Lordship we have this problem with an expanding red star in sector R engulfing an infinite number of galaxies, and the creation of new galaxies in sector M is also presenting problems in that there are several giant stars among them that might well result in the destruction of these galaxies. We have already undertaken a redesign of the system to reduce the size of the gas cloud spreading throughout sector J that will eventually engulf an almost limitless area. Then there is this problem with some sort of nano-organisms on some planet called, let’s see now I have the name right here somewhere . . . Ah yes, the planet’s name is “earth.” Says here you created a nano garden there called “Eden.””

      “Earth? Earth? I don’t remember any planet in the creation called earth and why would I manage a microscopic garden there?” Where did that report come from anyhow? Is it not obvious that “I” create but do not micromanage the creation?” I leave that to the free will of that which I create. Garden, Harummph! I design universes, I do not tend gardens! There is no place in the design for such nonsense.”

      “Yes your lordship. The report we have says earth is a tiny ball of dust barely on the edge of the universal cosmic chart. Evidently the organisms have created an infinitesimally microscopic example of the cosmic power that drives the universe. We have word that they now threaten all life on that planet with their development.” Earth’s organisms are waiting for you to make a statement about their impending doom.”

      “Really? Isn’t it amazing how self destructive the design is at times, even on the smallest scale. They want me to make a statement, like what? Am I to tell them they are victims of their own stupidity? You know there is no time on our cosmic scale, so obviously I have no time to make statements to organisms operating under such constraints. However, I will take it under consideration, we might need to redesign the intelligence of life. So be it. Let’s move on to larger, more pressing problems shall we?”

  4. The thing is, Orange Clown’s reversal on Afghanistan is just another betrayal out of many others. In fact right after announcing escalation in Afghanistan, Orange Clown seriously escalated the diplomatic war on Russia.

    Orange Clown is showing the world that he means business – jew business; the beast and its “hammer” will continue the war on the world.

    1. You know Harold, the similarity between the Orange Clown, as you aptly call him, and “Sir” Winston Churchill is eerily similar. Lasha should do an article comparing these two clowns.

      Here’s the dirt on the “Sir” by the great Dr. William Pierce:

      The Orange Clown was also bailed out by Jews to a tune in the billions?

      30 pieces of Jewish silver goes a long long way . . .

      1. Thank you Mr. Chu for the excellent link.

        I repeat it here…

        I do not admire or agree with all of what Pierce wrote. But the man was brilliant and most perceptive and in this case spot-on.

  5. The biggest quagmire for Trump is his constant lies about his business deals in Russia… with ‘Put-On’ also.

    The problems with the ‘Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’ and the ‘Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’ – N Korea – are smokescreens….. used as excuses to dilly-dally on important promises he cannot keep.

    ‘Put-On’ and Trump are buddies…. no problems there. Trump might sent him some care packages.. some containers and plane loads of some of that opium the US took away from him in 2003. 🙂

    Trump signed letter of intent for Russian tower during campaign

    Aug 28, 2017

    Four months into his campaign for president of the United States, Donald Trump signed a letter of intent to pursue a Trump Tower–style building development in Moscow, according to a statement from the Trump Organization’s then–chief counsel, Michael Cohen.

    The proposal would have involved construction of the world’s tallest building in Moscow, according to developers of the project.

    The involvement of then-candidate Trump in a proposed Russian skyscraper deal contradicts repeated statements Trump made during the campaign, including telling ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that his business had “no relationship to Russia whatsoever.”


    Trump Organization exec emailed Putin’s press secretary for help on Moscow project

    August 29, 2017

    A top executive with Donald Trump’s real estate company emailed Vladimir Putin’s press secretary in 2016 asking for help expediting a project to develop a “Trump Tower” in Moscow, documents show.

    Fox News obtained the email sent on Jan. 14, 2016 by Michael Cohen, the company’s executive vice president and Trump’s special counsel at the time. Cohen’s email was directed to Dmitry Peskov, the Russian president’s press secretary, though the email was addressed to the general press inquiries inbox.

    “Over the past few months, I have been working with a company based in Russia regarding the development of a Trump Tower-Moscow project in Moscow City,” Cohen wrote. “Without getting into lengthy specifics, the communication between our two sides has stalled. As this project is too important, I am hereby requesting your assistance.”


    Trump’s Business Was Pursuing Moscow Deal During the Presidential Campaign

    August 28, 2017

    Days after Donald Trump officially became his party’s presidential nominee at the 2016 Republican National Convention, he insisted on Twitter and in interviews that he had no business dealings in Russia. “I mean I have nothing to do with Russia,” he told CBS Miami. “I don’t have any jobs in Russia. I’m all over the world but we’re not involved in Russia.”


    1. Almost all national leaders are chosen by the international chosenoids. Electoral promises are part of the consent manufacturing process. The decision on the choice of presidents was made years, and even decades, earlier. The tribe has been using this insane strategy since it compiled the first version of the Talmud, often in a much more controlling way: the roles of the members of the tribe are decided at an early age, children are trained, then married and put into social positions, accordingly – nature, talents and aspirations are discarded for the sake of totalitarian control. Like machines – Brzezinski’s “technocratic era” fits in perfectly, and is progressing as planned.

      1. Snez –

        You wrote:
        “The decision on the choice of presidents was made years, and even decades, earlier.”

        Quite CORRECT..!!!

        That is made possible ONLY by secret ballot elections..!! 🙂


        (and every country where their machines are used)

        Vote Fraud – Diebold Whistleblower, Chris Hood, Speaks Out

        Main points:
        1-Malicious co-workers can insert unauthorized software into voting machines.

        2-Thousands of votes were lost when tabulation cards were ‘erased’ and never recovered.

        3-Problems with machines are kept away from press.

        4-People with no experience are temporarily hired as technicians for election day.

        5-Diebold workers took the jobs that state workers should have done.


        Diebold was sold to ES&S in 2009:

        (SOURCE: Diebold, Incorporated Press Release)

        Diebold Sells U.S. Elections Systems Business to ES&S
        03 September 2009
        NORTH CANTON, Ohio, Sept. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Diebold, Incorporated (NYSE: DBD) announced today that it has sold its U.S. election systems business, primarily consisting of its Allen, Texas-based subsidiary, Premier Election Solutions, Inc., to Election Systems & Software, Inc. (ES&S), a leading company in the election systems industry.

        Princeton University Exposes Diebold Flaws
        - (removed!!)


        Ariel J. Feldman, J. Alex Halderman, and Edward W. Felten — September 13, 2006

      2. When [ADL-inspired] surveillance was introduced, the catch phrase was ‘if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear!’ Well, then, the same should go with the ballot elections.

  6. Don’t forget the opium!!, that’s one more reason to continue in Afghanistan. It provides millions of dollars to the CIA and keeps millions of US citizens submerged in addiction

    1. RC –

      Thanks… I didn’t… from just above:

      ‘Put-On’ and Trump are buddies…. no problems there. Trump might send him some care packages.. some containers and plane loads of some of that – OPIUM – the US took away from him in 2003. 🙂

    2. I made a comment to a friend, last year, who commands an Army battalion assigned to guarding the poppy crop production in Afghanistan. I said “Really, you are, essentially, a drug dealer!”. He laughed – and AGREED.

      1. The fact he LAUGHED and agreed with you just shows how degenerate your nation of mercenaries and terrorists have become.

        Yes, they are TERRORISTS in the truest sense of this word.

  7. If Mystery Babylon can arm terrorists in Ukraine and Syria, for example, then Russia and China can surely arm the legitimate government of Afghanistan, which is “the Taliban”.

    Making the empire’s illegal, immoral wars of aggression more costly for the empire will most likely save lives in the long run.

  8. Every useful idiot, every “dumb animal” used to further the Jew’s political agenda in the Near East needs to watch this movie. In fact Trump should be up front in the viewing audience.

  9. Overlooked in the article is one glaring fact – the Soviet Empire killed approximately a million Afghans in the failed bid to take over the country. The failure underscored many domestic wrongs in Russia as well, and even neo-con William Buckley was forced to admit in a brief published acknowledgement the subsequent collapse of the Soviet Union was directly attributable to heroic and painful Afghan resistance.

    While there were many factions in the Afghan resistance, the most successful was led by Commander Ahmad Shah Massoud, who received precious little support from the USA and later was assassinated. He is widely respected as a National hero in Afghanistan today, and Russian military schools as well as others study his tactics.

    The US betrayal of Commander Massoud can be attributed to Zionest schemers in the Central Intelligence Agency. “Hollywood” Milt Bearden is one of them, his book is revealing in an unusual way. The Afghan Pipeline is primarily what this ongoing Strategic disaster is about, with mineral resources as well. “Little” Nicky Rockefeller even said so to the late Aaron Russo, whom he invited to join the criminal enterprise.

    I’ll never forget what my Afghan friend told a Jewish lady in the college rooming house kitchen so long ago when presenting his view of Islam. He drew the figure of a mushroom, with gills underneath, and had me name every religion I could think of and assigned them to gills of the mushroom. I mentioned Jewish, but he innocently said “Let’s put that one aside for the moment” then pointed out that Islam, when properly understood, is the latest word from Divinity and may be regarded as the “cap” of the mushroom. When the Jewish woman present then asked about where the Jewish religion was, he simply stated “Dead”.

    Afghanistan may yet finish the remnants of the Zionist empire.

  10. If this stupid Afghan war was all about resources then it sure as hell hasn’t been cost effective. Zeese writes that Afghanistan has an estimated “$3 Trillion in rare earth minerals” and that the US has, thus far, spent “700 Billion in fighting a failed war.” Seems to me that it would have been a hell of a lot cheaper, not to mention more humane, for the US to enter into a trade agreement for resources with the Afghanis rather than engage in endless war. Such an agreement has worked with the Saudis for their oil. Why wasn’t it tried with the Afghans? Obviously much more than economics is at stake. As General Smedley Butler said: “War is a Racket!”

    1. Folly –

      You wrote:
      “Seems to me that it would have been a hell of a lot cheaper, not to mention more humane, for the US to enter into a trade agreement for resources with the Afghanis rather than engage in endless war.”

      A trade agreement would have to reveal the items an values o the products.

      The cash crop of opium would never be listed by any country as a trade item. 🙂

      Opium is providing more profits than oil. It funds the ‘contractors’ – private armies – and ‘black-ops’ globally… unseen..!!

      Neither Trump nor ‘Put-On’ would want that profit known.

      1. EX-ZACK-ly!

        Opium would grow just as well in the good ol’ USA!

        Where Is Opium Grown?


        The Opium poppy can be grown in a wide variety of places and locations. It is a plant the grows annually which means it grows back every year. It is a native plant to Southeast Europe and Western Asia, however it has also been introduced to North and South America.

        The best time of the year to grow Opium is in the Spring or Fall. They are very tough plants so they can’t survive the harsh weather of Winter if planted in the Fall. The Opium poppy can grow to around one meter tall and blooms and flowers after ninety days of growth. After it stays like that for a couple of weeks before the petals drop. After the petals drop it reveals a pod which contains the latex. The pod would be later carefully incised in by a special instrument to draw the latex out which would become Opium upon drying. This can be done up five times.

        The major legal Opium growing countries in the world are India, Turkey, and Australia in the state of Tasmania. The countries that grow the most illegal Opium are Pakistan, Burma, Thailand, and Afghanistan, which is also the world’s top supplier of Opium. Opium can also be grown in places like Mexico and Columbia.

        Afghanistan accounts to over 90% of the world’s grown Opium. Although the Taliban has banned Opium poppy cultivation in 2001, after they were ousted out of power, the production of Opium has steadily risen until they were the world’s total largest Opium producers. Even though the Taliban banned Opium before, they are still profiting from the trade in Afghanistan.

        Australia is one of the biggest producers of legal Opium and opiates if not the biggest. The Opium grown in Tasmania, Australia is bought by the pharmaceutical market to be turned into medicinal drugs like morphine. The Opium crop brings Tasmania millions of dollars every year and is an important industry for the island.

        In many countries and places, growing Opium is illegal including Canada, Just recently, some people were arrested by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for growing a huge Opium field in British Columbia.

        Opium can be grown almost everywhere on Earth provided that the conditions are suitable for growing any sort of plant. It can be grown from far and distant places such as Afghanistan and Australia to even your own backyard! The Opium poppy is a beautiful plant on the outside but on the inside, that is a different story.



        All the “rare-earth minerals” — supposedly needed to make more cell phones, lol — in Afghanistan can be found in the good ol’ USA. Moreover, if the damn Jews can print money from thin air, digitally now, they don’t need your natural resources to become rich.


        With their enormous wealth, the Rothschilds could have paid each and every Palestinian 10 million dollars to relocate in 1948 and still be the richest family on earth. But instead of buying them out, they butchered them because… because… Jews are the world’s best butchers!

      2. JFC –

        You got it, Andy.

        They are ALL hooked together in series at the top of the ‘OPIUM PROFIT mountain’..!!

        US uses Russian “privateers” supplied by ‘Put-On’ in the Middle East battles. I guess they fight themselves..!! Maybe they use rubber bullets.. 🙂

        ‘Put-On’ and the leadership of the so-called Vagner Private Military Company (VPMC) surfaced on social media.

        The precursors of the current Russian PMCs arose spontaneously, in response to market demands, as it were, both around Russia’s borders and around the world, and which tapped into a large pool of trained veterans of Afghanistan and Chechnya.

        Russian PMCs owe a lot to the – United States – or other Western powers which used Russian “privateers” in a variety of operations, including in Iraq.

        Pic of ‘Put-On’ with PMC Officers:
        Russian private military contractors in Syria and around the world

        Sadly…. Big business – WAR – is STILL good for Israel’s CHOSEN BANKERS in control of US and Russia…!!

  11. (OFF-TOPIC)

    Things don’t look too good. Have just received this round robin email from Andrew Carrington Hitchcock, author of the controversial book “Synagogue of Satan”. The email comes to me via John Kaminski:

    Hello Everybody,

    Today my books were banned by the printer and are now out of print.

    Please see full details at the link below:

    Best Wishes,


      1. The question is why now? Many of these books have been making the rounds for years. Are we to believe Jews were powerless until this point to stop their publication? Hard to believe these same commercial interests could not do anything until now, especially considering eBay’s heavy handed censorship of various graphic content.

        It’s not that other commercial interests were unaware of their power to do this, so why now? Why the concerted effort all at once instead of the usual velvet glove approach normally used to gnaw away at our freedoms? Outside of highlighting the obvious effort of commercial interests to enforce censorship what other result is apparent?

        There is one obvious outcome to this new development, people, are becoming aware of censorship. This censorship extends to the historical monuments being demolished, effectively censoring American history. The result is the creation of a considerable amount of fear and animosity among certain elements of society.

        These same elements are now under open physical attacks by the so-called left. Suddenly whites in America are under open siege to a point even the densest among the tube worms are beginning to see it. So what’s the point? There has to be a point for this sudden open attack on the predominate racial segment of American society.

        Are Jews testing our resolve? Is this a test to see if we will quietly lay down and allow ourselves to be murdered? Or are they trying to foment a rebellion, hoping for open civil war? What then? Will they come down with an iron boot heel on our necks using draconian legislation that openly usurps the Constitution?

        One thing is certain, by their fruits ye shall know them. Jews thrive on war, civil unrest, revolution, bloodshed and mass murder. This is the foremost perversity that makes them orgasm. Killing children and drinking their blood is all right for an afternoon’s religious festivities, but it is “rivers of blood” that make Jews truly ecstatic. So it is hard to believe they are suddenly doing these things with another goal in the forefront.

        One thing is certain about these rapid changes, they are a clarion call for the end of the America we once knew. The end fast approaches and it will be Trump that oversees the change. The only thing remaining open to conjecture is exactly how that end will come.

      2. Arch Stanton: “One thing is certain, by their fruits ye shall know them. Jews thrive on war, civil unrest, revolution, bloodshed and mass murder. This is the foremost perversity that makes them orgasm.”

        Indeed, the Rothschilds already have an unlimited line of credit and their wealth is virtually infinite. Greed and the love of shekels and profits do not satisfactorily explain anything. What is the real motive for all the death and destruction and wars around the globe if not simply PURE EVIL?

        To say Jews are natural born butchers is, at best, an understatement, and, at worst, an underestimation.

    1. @LD

      Thank you and John Kaminski for notice on Andrew Carrington Hitchcock’s book. I bought it a while ago if I recall correctly from The American Free Press, who along with the Barnes Review are also under 1st Amendment assault. Asia may offer good and inexpensive printing options. India has great print on demand ability, I buy from them frequently.

  12. As Tribalist Madame Halfbright remarked, the 500.000 children killed in Iraq during the Clinton Admin. because of Iraqi sanctions were “acceptable”, the thousands killed in Afghanistan must also be “acceptable”. Why? The rare earths mentioned in this excellent article, is, in the opinion of TJ one of the Key factors in Mr. tweeters bending to the will of the empire. And of course the opium production. The Chinese at this time supply over 90 percent of the rare earths that are absolutely needed, no if ands or buts, for the civilian and military high tech electronics industry. Producers of electronic high tech along with the military must be shaking in the shinny boots and shoes that the Chinese could at any time stop supplying the West with rare earths.
    Therefore, ipso facto, the Empire must maintain a toehold in Afghanistan, not only for the world’s opium production, and the resulting profits for the banking elites and their factotums, but to become independent of the current Chinese rare earths monopoly. However, if the empire were to pull out of the Afghan quagmire, the Chinese would be in there in a heart beat. And the Chinese wouldn’t go around killing thousands of Afghans in doing so. They would work with Afghanis to develop the Afghan resources, shit can the opium production, based on very personal experience at the hands of the Tribal run British empire, and in the process have a hand in controlling most, if not all of the world’s rare earths production. Then the Chicoms in turn would really have the American Empire by the gonads.
    The Europeans will increasing turn to the Chinese and the Russians as China develops the “Silk Road” lines of communications, shipping and travel. As a result the great Eurasian land mass will be lost to the American Imperium forever.
    Within 150 years, as the White American population disappears, coupled with the Third world invasion, North America will become a third world back water, ripe for exploitation by the East Asians.
    Of course, all this possible future is predicated that Mr. Tweeter or some other stoolie of the tribe, or the man- child leader of North Korea doesn’t pull the trigger and send the whole planet up into a radioactive cloud of dust. For is it not said that from the dust we were made and to dust we shall return?

    1. C’mon man! Canada is the second largest nation on earth and the USA is third.
      Who really believes there aren’t rare earth elements galore in them thar hills?!
      Not to mention Big Daddy Russia!

      As the dude in Dune said; ‘the spice must flow’
      (and flow it will)

      1. All continents have natural resources…

        Russia and China go to AFRICA.. 🙂

        African Uranium mining projects as of August 2017:

        CNNC, China-Africa Development Fund to develop uranium resources in Africa

        China National Nuclear Corp, the nation’s largest nuclear power plant builder, yesterday said that its subsidiary China Uranium Corp has signed an agreement with China-Africa Development Fund [external link] to jointly develop uranium resources in Africa, sources reported. In a statement posted on its website, CNNC said that both parties will set up a joint venture in Beijing to invest in and develop uranium resources in Africa. (China Knowledge Sep. 2, 2010)

        Russia and China consider joint exploitation of uranium deposits in Africa

        The Chinese are interested in a cooperation with Russia on uranium production in third countries. “It is possible, we have mentioned African countries, in particular”, Rosatom head Sergei Kiriyenko announced. (RIA Novosti Aug. 30, 2010)

      2. Yes HP, the spice will flow if one can get around all the environmental regulations. In and around the huge rare earths metal mine in Northern China is an environmental waste land. The workers only last so long on the job because of the ill effects of the pollution on the body. Some of these rare earth metals and the ground they come out of can be quite toxic to the human organism. Yes, there is a rare earth metal deposit in Calf. but mining it is another thing. I don’t know if there are any rare earth element deposits any where else in America or in Canada. If there is, I don’t know if the Canadians would be willing to create a huge environmental waste land so Westerners can go around with their heads stuck in their I-phones, or what ever they’re called. Of course the military-industrial-media complex, that is so dependent on rare earth metal high tech, could give a shit where the elements are mined, as long as they keep coming so they can do their thing.
        As far as Russia is concerned, Russia most likely has rare earths. I think the huge China mine is close to the border of Russia. I don’t see the Commie Chinese
        government embargoing rare earths to Russia But they might embargo America if the US empire keep poking sticks at the Asian Tiger and at the Russian Bear by allowing the Russians to move their borders right up next to US Imperial and US sock puppet NATO military assets in Eastern Europe.
        TJ stands by his previous post with any corrections that are needed. The bottom line is the center of world power is in the process of a huge shift from from the American-European (Japanese) nexus to a East Asia-Russian-Eastern Europe nexus including every thing in between. The Eurasian land mass if you will. South America and the Asian sub-continent will go along for the ride. Black Africa will be exploited for it’s resources and the African Blacks will continue their stone age existence with some used for resource extraction labor. Ruled over by their tribal leaders and witch-doctors, the Black elites, in the pay of the Eurasians, will enjoy the benefits of modern life as their lands and peoples are exploited. In time, Western Europe including Germany, at the present rate of the Black African invasion, may become known as the “New” North Africa where huge parts of the once beautiful Western European cities will resemble Detroit and other cities of the former United States. Just like the America of old but without the benefits.
        The truth only hurts a little while.

      3. TJ –

        The factual indicator of the world power shift will be seen when the USD RESERVE CURRENCY status falls to become less than another country’s reserve currency.

        The reserve status of the USD fell only 1% over the last few quarters…. but has regained the loss back, and is now back to 64%.

        No other globally accepted currency comes close. The EURO is only 19%.

        The Pound(in trouble) and Yen are each at 4%.
        Canad 2%.
        Australia 1.8%.
        China’s renminbi finally made it to 1.1%. YIPEEE.!! 🙂

        Swiss franc is 0.2 %.

        Of course, Russia’s ruble never hits the screen.. No country can buy anything globally with it. Russia NEEDS USD..!! ‘Put-On’ said so. 🙂

        Reserve Currency from Bretton Woods to China’s Yuan

  13. The author, Kevin Zeese, from Counterpunch, wrote:
    “Terrorism is not the issue, economic competition with China, which is quickly becoming the leading global economic power, is the real issue.”

    Zeese wrote:
    Victory Means Something Different to an Empire

    In trying to understand why the US is fighting a war — a war that has been unwinnable for 16 years — it helps to look at a map and consider the resources of an area.
    Larry Wilkerson, Colin Powell’s former adviser, predicts the US will be in Afghanistan for the next 50 years. Indeed, that may be the ‘victory’ the empire seeks. Afghanistan is of geopolitical importance. It is a place where the US can impact China’s ‘One Belt One Road’ to Europe where China can take the place of Russia and the United States in providing wealthy Europeans with key commodities like oil and gas. Just as the United States has stayed in Germany, Italy and other European states and Japan after WW II,  and in Korea after the Korean war, the empire sees a need to be in Afghanistan to be well positioned for the future of the empire. Terrorism is not the issue, economic competition with China, which is quickly becoming the leading global economic power, is the real issue.


    There ya go… just as I have stated many dozens of times here. It is a matter ECONOMICS in the 21st century.. as usual.. NO changes from past centuries..!!

    And, since the GDP of Russia is smaller than the GDP of New York…. ‘Put-On’ is in NO position to do anything except run back to the Kremlin and try to keep warm…!! And rent the US some of his “privateers” for use around the globe….. since they train in the US all the time anyway.. 🙂

    Russia has been a US colony since 1991.

    Russia lost its sovereignty as a result of the defeat in the 40-year cold war with the United States of America. This is the most important secret in Russia, closed by censorship and propaganda in the media.

    The Constitution of the Russian Federation was written by the Americans. The US State Department officially admitted that the Constitution of the Russian Federation, as well as a number of key laws of our country, was written by American advisers in 1993.

    The law firm of Bracewell & (Rudy)Giuliani LLP of Houston helped there.

    The US, NATO and Russia are all big partners in business.

    US firms like Rudy Giuliani’s have Energized the Caspian and CIS for decades. They help Russia and CIS set up banking and stock markets and write their BUSINESS LAW for them.

    Bracewell & Giuliani LLP of Houston, set up offices in Almaty, Kazakhstan, in the 90s. (oops – pulled)

    Try this:
    Law firms energize their Caspian-area business

    Bracewell & Giuliani chose to open its CIS office in Kazakhstan, mainly because projects there in which they had been involved provided “a wonderful base, context, knowledge and contacts” says Vojack.

    “It was natural for us to continue on and practice law in Kazakhstan rather than going to Moscow,” he says.

    As a new lawyer seeking opportunities for Bracewell, Vojack, who speaks conversational Russian, went to Moscow with business expertise gained through negotiating deals for Minneapolis-based Honeywell Corp. from 1979 on. (Honeywell has been in Russia for many decades.)

    Practicing with Bracewell, he found himself in Kazakhstan by July 1994, spearheading a project to create Kazakhstan’s equivalent of the Securities and Exchange Commission, with a team of Kazakh lawyers and advisers from the United States. Bracewell then entered into a joint venture with Arthur Andersen to create the security laws for the stock exchange and Kazakhstan’s market institutions.

    At the same time, Bracewell banking partner Robert L. Clarke worked with a team to help create Kazakhstan’s banking system and banking regulations.

    Who owns the ruble?

    The ruble is owned by the Central Bank of Russia, but the Government of the Russian Federation has absolutely no control over the Central Bank..!!

    Russia faces a national ECONOMIC catastrophe.

    Russia desperately needs US Dollars..$$$….
    ….to go shopping for consumables around the world… and pay Rudy’s law firm’s retainer fees..!!

    Ruu-dy..!! 🙂
    Ruu-dy..!! 🙂
    Ruu-dy..!! 🙂

  14. A couple of corrections in the article are needed.

    Afghanistan did not have squat to do with the Mossad, CIA, MI5 planned and executed 9/11 attack and the CIA agent Osama has been dead since December, 2001.

    ISIS was created by the CIA, Mossad, and MI5. The wars in the Mid East had nothing to do with ISIS creation. The War on Terror is simply cover for the actions of CIA, Mossad, and MI5. Almost all terror attacks are planned and executed by these same “intelligence” agencies.

    The CIA has been in charge of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq (2003 onward) since they were started. The US military does what the CIA says, not what Trump says. The CIA, Mossad, and MI5 are all jewish controlled butt-hole buddies doing the bidding of the jewish money power.

    Currently there about 11,000 US troops in Afghanistan. An infusion of 10,000 more troops won’t matter. Much ado about nothing.

    If the plan for Afghanistan is to have a strategic borders with three enemies, it just proves that jews are super stupid. Afghanistan is one of the worst, if not the worst, countries in the world to militarily supply especially from halfway around the world. Lack of war supplies always leads to defeat in war.

    On the plus side, a portion of the title of the article “US Empire Fails” is telling. When the globalists’ muscle, the US military, fails to do their jewish banker assigned duties of conquering the world, the result is collapse of globalism.

  15. There should be an afghan solution hatched by afghan. I agree. This troop surge was a disappointment but so far no hot war. I hated the drone program, and if this ends the drone program so much the better. I’m more worried about the U.S. creepily beginning to support Isis again, or so the reports tell. Part of the afghan strategy seems to be a stronger alliance with India and a moving away from Pakistan. Trump likes India and so there has been this shift. And of course India is skirmishing with China on the India/China border. Hmmm.

    Obviously I’m no strategist, and Counterpunch has some good articles. Still, let’s not forget that Counterpunch is home of cultural Marxist “critical theory”; the foreign policy directed against the United States from the Jewish Marxists subculture that wants to destroy the institutions of the U.S., divide and conquer, in order to remake the U.S. in the image of atheistic cultural Marxism (Reform Judaism, secular Judaism). Isn’t their goal destruction through deconstruction; critique in order to destroy, criticism and destruction. The same tactic was used pre-Marxism in the French Revolution that set the precedent for all the rest of the bloody faux revolutions. So called enlightenment intellectual had a secret agenda to destroy the Catholic Church of France and they succeeded, not through persuasion but bloody tyranny. Then they set up the religion of Reason in Notre Dame Cathedral. Let’s face it: these pre-cultural Marxists Marxists were wrong about everything. They called themselves Enlightened but they were wrong about Egyptian religion and hieroglyphic writing, reason is no more infallible than science is settled. Reason fails just as easily as sentimentality.

    We should never have gone into Afghanistan to begin with… that was the mistake. We should never have gone into Iraq, or Libya, or any of these other failed states we have left in our wake. If Afghanistan is on the verge of becoming a failed state with drug kingpins and slave markets and and the other nasty things that go on after American wars of destruction (led originally by the former Trotskyite neocons that only intellectuals in counterpunch could articulate, and differentiate from the other kind). So it’s bad. Trump has been left with the failed neocon program or maybe it was intentional. Maybe it’s just marxism that destroys to create chaos just like antifa. So maybe one day people will seek order in these bloody dictatorships, led by the flawed intellectualism of the left.

    1. Kapoore, you are looking at these wars of aggression from the wrong end.

      It is NOT a mistake for the Axis of Evil (USA/UK/Israel and all their lapdogs) to go into these sovereign countries to destroy their infrastructures and murder and maim their people by the millions.

      WE the real WE are not for war, but these Psychopaths and their obedient foot soldiers are for war.

      The afghan solution, like every solution to all the wars instigated by the Axis of Evil, is to leave them alone. It’s pretty simple that even a child can understand.

    2. Kapoore –

      You wrote:
      “There should be an afghan solution hatched by afghan.”

      It would be difficult for them to organize anything resembling a solution.

      Very few Afghans can read and write in their own languages. Illiteracy runs well over 60% in many places.

      And there are numerous languages across the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

      Most able bodied men smoke drugs all day. Afghan troops waste ammunition, shooting in air.

      Afghan Soldiers Smoking Weed with British Troops

      Afghan Soldiers Smoke Weed During A Gun Fight

      US cannot leave…


    Reply to the comment:

    “God spoke during the Great Eclipse on August 21: THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS FINISHED.”

    God didn’t speak to us during the eclipse now or anytime before or after. Theists love to curse humanity by claiming that God speaks to us with signs in the heaven. Remember Pastor Pigface Hagee and his Blood Moon signs/theory a couple of years ago?

    Likewise God will not be speaking to us or sending us any signs on 23 Sep 2017 as so many preachers are now claiming. God doesn’t give one shit about us, the movements of heavenly bodies are not about us, and if GOD THE ALL POWERFUL wanted to speak to us he could do so by simply talking directly into our minds, lol.

  17. America is doing just fine..!! Business as it has been since 1600s.

    September 3, 2017

    Trump tells Harvey survivors, “Have a good time.”

    Independent, UK – Donald Trump told Hurricane Harvey survivors to “have a good time” as he visited an emergency centre where hundreds of Texans were sheltering after losing their homes and relatives in the devastating storm.

    … he was greeted warmly by volunteers and children at the NRG Center on Saturday and helped out by handing out hot dogs and loading relief supplies into vehicles.

    “As tough as this was, it’s been a wonderful thing,” he said of the response to the storm.

    “I want to congratulate everybody that’s worked so hard. It’s been an incredible five days, six days. It seems like it’s been much longer than that, but actually it’s going so well that it’s going fast, in a certain sense.”

    After hugging survivors in the emergency shelter, Mr Trump smiled and said: “Have a good time, everybody!”


    Meet one of Trump’s wall builders

    One of the four companies picked by the Trump administration for its Mexico border wall prototype paid more than $3 million to settle a Justice Department criminal investigation into whether it defrauded the U.S. government through its participation in a federal “mentor-protégé” program to help disadvantaged small business contractors, records show.

    The firm, Caddell Construction Company Inc., a major commercial and industrial federal government construction contractor based in Montgomery, Alabama, did not admit wrongdoing in the 2012 case.

    But it entered into a non-prosecution arrangement in which it agreed to pay $2 million and to provide unspecified cooperation with the federal government for two years, Justice Department filings and news releases show. It paid the rest of the money in what appears to be a related case, according to those documents and information contained in the Federal Contractor Misconduct Database of the Project on Government Oversight, an independent and nonpartisan group.

    Caddell is a huge firm that has done a large volume of business with the federal government. But some government oversight experts warned that even one case out of many that involves substantial criminal fraud allegations raises additional concerns about a Trump administration project that seems destined for years of controversy, cost overruns and questions about how taxpayer money is spent.

  18. i asked a 5 years old kid here in venezuela “wew i dont understand why isnt the u.s. sending troops to take over and occupy north korea instead of killing civilians in afghanistan and helping iran take over iraq syria yemen bahrain and yemen?
    he rolled his eyes and
    said “daaah because they got the h bomb?
    i almost inmediately threw up because i realized how messed up arabs are

  19. Opium production in Afghanistan – Wikipedia.

    1. Afghanistan’s opium poppy production goes into more than – 90% – of heroin world wide.
    2. Afghanistan has been the worlds greatest illicit opium producer, ahead of – Burma (Myanmar) – the Golden Triangle – & Latin America since 1992.
    3. Afghanistan is the main producer of opium in the Golden Crescent.
    4. Opium production in Afghanistan has been on the rise since US occupation started in 2001.
    5. Based on UNODC data – opium poppy cultivation was more in each growing season in the period between 2004 – 2007 that in any one year of Taliban rule.
    6. More land is now used for opium in Afghanistan – than is used in coca cultivation in Latin America.
    7. In 2007 – 93% of the non-pharmaceutical grade opiates on the world market ORIGINATED IN Afghanistan.
    8. This amount to an export value of 4 BILLION ………….

    of course the US troops are in Afghanistan to protect the Afghani DRUG LORDS & the Afghani DRUG TRAFFICKERS & the Afghani Poppy Farmers …………. from the Taliban & Russia.
    Most certainly the US & the EU are not involved in the illicit drug trade in Afghanistan.
    The HUMBLE & ILLITERATE poppy farmers are making all the profits.

    How long will this bullshit story be told.

  20. So… I go and look up the different tribal people of Afghanistan. This area is filled with the most exotic peoples, and some of them are remnants of ancient caucasian people with blue eyes and blonde hair, or blue eyes and red or black hair—very beautiful children. But Afghanistan doesn’t seem to have been like Iraq or Libya–that is, marginally stable. Was it stable before the Russians came and if it was could it go back to that other time or would it just get taken over by Pakistan or Iran. Many people speak a Persian language and yet it shares some customs with Pakistan and is mostly (it seems) Suni rather than Shia. If the U.S. left probably a lot of people would be slaughtered. On the other hand, the U.S. presence has brought no stability or peace. Maybe the different tribes should just keep their power dry and keep war ready with plenty of plans to hold onto what they have in terms of territory. War seems more of the norm than not. The Mongolian warriors came through in the Middle Ages and wiped out massive numbers of people so you have this spotty grouping of very different people. Maybe the American army lacks the finesse to negotiate any stability in this volatile region. Should we just arm the people we like, provide supply lines, leave, and hope for the best….hands off the region. That might be the most honest thing to do. We can’t make it much better and we could make it worse.

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