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After 17 bloody years, the longest war in US history continues without relent or purpose in Afghanistan.

There, a valiant, fiercely-independent people, the Pashtun (Pathan) mountain tribes, have battled the full might of the US Empire to a stalemate that has so far cost American taxpayers $4 trillion, and 2,371 dead and 20,320 wounded soldiers. No one knows how many Afghans have died. The number is kept secret.

Pashtun tribesmen in the Taliban alliance and their allies are fighting to oust all foreign troops from Afghanistan and evict the western-imposed and backed puppet regime in Kabul that pretends to be the nation’s legitimate government. Withdraw foreign troops and the Kabul regime would last for only days.

The whole thing smells of the Vietnam War. Lessons so painfully learned by America in that conflict have been completely forgotten and the same mistakes repeated. The lies and happy talk from politicians, generals and media continue apace.

This week, Taliban forces occupied the important strategic city of Ghazni on the road from Peshawar to Kabul. It took three days and massive air attacks by US B-1 heavy bombers, Apache helicopter gun ships, A-10 ground attack aircraft, and massed warplanes from US bases in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Qatar and the 5th US Fleet to finally drive back the Taliban assault. Taliban also overran key military targets in Kabul and the countryside, killing hundreds of government troops in a sort of Afghan Tet offensive.

Afghan regime police and army units put up feeble resistance or ran away. Parts of Ghazni were left in ruins. It was a huge embarrassment to the US imperial generals and their Afghan satraps who had claimed ‘the corner in Afghanistan has finally been turned.’

Efforts by the Trump administration to bomb Taliban into submission have clearly failed. US commanders fear using American ground troops in battle lest they suffer serious casualties. Meanwhile, the US is running low on bombs.

Roads are now so dangerous for the occupiers that most movement must be by air. Taliban is estimated to permanently control almost 50% of Afghanistan. That number would rise to 100% were it not for omnipresent US air power. Taliban rules the night.

Taliban are not and never were ‘terrorists’ as Washington’s war propaganda falsely claimed. I was there at the creation of the movement – a group of Afghan religious students armed by Pakistan whose goal was to stop post-civil war banditry, the mass rape of women, and to fight the Afghan Communists. When Taliban gained power, it eliminated 95% of the rampant Afghanistan opium-heroin trade. After the US invaded, allied to the old Afghan Communists and northern Tajik tribes, opium-heroin production soared to record levels. Today, US-occupied Afghanistan is the world’s largest producer of opium, morphine and heroin.

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US occupation authorities claim drug production is run by Taliban. This is another big lie. The Afghan warlords who support the regime of President Ashraf Ghani entirely control the production and export of drugs. The army and secret police get a big cut. How else would trucks packed with drugs get across the border into Pakistan and Central Asia?

The United States has inadvertently become one of the world’s leading drug dealers. This is one of the most shameful legacies of the Afghan War. But just one. Watching the world’s greatest power bomb and ravage little Afghanistan, a nation so poor that some of its people can’t afford sandals, is a huge dishonor for Americans.

Even so, the Pashtun defeated the invading armies of Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, Tamerlane, the Mogul Emperors and the mighty British Raj. The US looks to be next in the Graveyard of Empires.

Nobody in Washington can enunciate a good reason for continuing the colonial war in Afghanistan. One hears talk of minerals, women’s rights and democracy as a pretext for keeping US forces in Afghanistan. All nonsense. A possible real reason is to deny influence over Afghanistan, though the Chinese are too smart to grab this poisoned cup. They have more than enough with their rebellious Uighur Muslims.

Interestingly, the so-called ‘terrorist training camps’ supposedly found in Afghanistan in 2001 were actually guerilla training camps run by Pakistani intelligence to train Kashmiri rebels and CIA-run camps for exiled Uighur fighters from China.

The canard that the US had to invade Afghanistan to get at Osama bin Laden, alleged author of the 9/11 attacks, is untrue. The attacks were made by Saudis and mounted from Hamburg and Madrid, not Afghanistan. I’m not even sure bin Laden was behind the attacks.

My late friend and journalist Arnaud de Borchgrave shared my doubts and insisted that the Taliban leader Mullah Omar offered to turn bin Laden over to a court in a Muslim nation to prove his guilt or innocence.

President George Bush, caught sleeping on guard duty and humiliated, had to find an easy target for revenge – and that was Afghanistan.

(Republished from EricMargolis.com by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. The Scalpel says: • Website

    “Meanwhile, the US is running low on bombs.”

    That’s great news for the MIC. Gotta keep the war going!

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    “The United States has inadvertently become one of the world’s leading drug dealers.”

    Inadvertently? I’m not so sure. Gotta keep those “off the books” funds coming in to fill the CIA coffers.

    “The whole thing smells of the Vietnam War. Lessons so painfully learned by America in that conflict have been completely forgotten and the same mistakes repeated.”

    True, but the difference now is that the US is in decline and the rest of the world is ascendant, instead of the opposite situation during the Vietnam era

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  2. The Scalpel says: • Website

    “Meanwhile, the US is running low on bombs.”

    That’s great news for the MIC. Gotta keep the war going!

    …..

    “The United States has inadvertently become one of the world’s leading drug dealers.”

    Inadvertently? I’m not so sure. Gotta keep those “off the books” funds coming in to fill the CIA coffers.

    ………..

    “The whole thing smells of the Vietnam War. Lessons so painfully learned by America in that conflict have been completely forgotten and the same mistakes repeated.”

    True, but the difference now is that the US is in decline and the rest of the world is ascendant, instead of the opposite situation during the Vietnam era

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  3. “My late friend and journalist Arnaud de Borchgrave shared my doubts and insisted that the Taliban leader Mullah Omar offered to turn bin Laden over to a court in a Muslim nation to prove his guilt or innocence.”

    That offer was reported in the run-up to invading Afghanistan in 2001. I remember it clearly. Of course it was ignored by our government spoiling for a war.

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  4. Bliss says:

    the Pashtun defeated the invading armies of Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, Tamerlane, the Mogul Emperors and the mighty British Raj. The US looks to be next in the Graveyard of Empires.

    Nonsense.. The Greeks, Arabs, Mongols, Turks all conquered and ruled Afghanistan. Many centuries after the Arab conquest and conversion Pashtuns still continue to prostrate every day towards the Arab holy city of Mecca.

    The British Empire on the other hand failed spectacularly to conquer Kabul in the 19th century. The entirety of its invading army was wiped out with the exception of one horseman, memorialized in this famous painting:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2299043/Incredible-story-British-soldier-survivor-19th-century-Afghan-conquest–warnings-today-s-military-missions.html

    The Army of the Indus, comprising 20,000 soldiers and twice that number of camp followers, had set off in the spring of 1839 to fight in the First Afghan War – resulting from growing British unease at the growth of Russian influence in the region……and were soon caught up in what became the British Empire’s greatest military disaster of the 19th century.

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  5. Quebecer says:

    The US armed forces in Afghanistan are performing their patriotic duty in ensuring a steady supply of vitally needed recreational drugs to the American population. Keeps them happy and quiet. Especially, keeps them quiet.

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  6. gsjackson says:
    @Anonymouse

    My recollection of what was reported at the time is that the Taliban offered to turn him over to the U.S. if the U.S. proffered some proof of his guilt.

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  7. The Taliban made several attempts to turn over OBL.

    Read Fool’s Errand by Scott Horton.

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  8. Please drop the habit of saying America when you mean Imperial Washington. There are three America’s none of which is responsible for the crimes of Imperial Washington.

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  9. Our (America’s) biggest mistake was opposing the Soviets in Afghanistan. We should have supplied them intelligence on the jihadist’s nests to help the Najibullah government to eliminate the Wahabbist contagion.

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  10. Monkhouse says:

    Nobody in Washington can enunciate a good reason for continuing the colonial war

    If nobody in Washington can enunciate that reason, then lemme offer a reason from way outside of Washington. The reason is that there was never a plan to win the war. The plan was to stay in Afghanistan indefinitely – that is, forever and ever and ever. In order to justify that plan, you need to have a reliable constant enemy, who is branded “terrorist” (whether that means Taliban, Al Qaeda, ISIS or the Sybionese Liberation Front – but not Mossad). Sometimes you need to create and then repeatedly re-create the enemy. So there will always be pipeline of new “terrorists” to justify the permanent occupation.

    In four-dimensional Chess, there are always ulterior objectives, and they are all about the Wolfowitz Doctrine (never the peer rival), which translates as real-estate – where the bottom line is location, location, location. The location is the high ground of which Sun Tzu was the greatest proponent. The Hindu Kush is the highest ground, and centered in greater Asia, and has borders with both China and Iran, and is lodged deep in the under-belly of what used to be the Russian Empire (and then, the USSR, until 1991, and now back to near proximity for Russia). The location is astride the TAPI pipeline, which was (is?) still meant to compete with Russian dominance in the energy market. Proximity to all of Central Asia amounts to easy lanes to attack the BRI and the SCO. And then, yeah, a trillion dollahs worth of mineral resources. The list of objectives goes on much further, but the point being obvious: The war will never end. Unless we lose and we get kicked out.

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  11. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:
    @WorkingClass

    Thank you for this.

    We (the real “we,” i.e. those who live in the 50 states under the empire’s direct authority) need to call this out at every opportunity. Mr. Buchanan’s pronoun propaganda is the worst, but even well intentioned people slip into the habit of identifying with their rulers. It is blindingly effective, but once dispelled loses its grip.

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  12. KenH says:

    Since a few years after the invasion of 2001 we’re always told that all it takes to subdue the Afghans is a few thousand more troops, a little more time and maybe some more food packets and soccer balls. The various Afghan ethnic tribes, particularly the Pashtun, are the most tribalistic and xenophobic people on earth and will fiercely resist all attempts at colonization and Westernization as is their right.

    We can’t win this fight with armor, big, fancy bombs and appeals to universal rights that Afghans find alien and unappealing. It’s time to cut our losses and get the hell out of there and redeploy most of the troops on the Southern U.S. border where they can be turned loose on illegal aliens.

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  13. @Fidelios Automata

    THE UK AND YOU YANKS CREATED THEM FFS, try to study some history.

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  14. Lapchick says:

    When I saw the headline “The War that Shames America”, I thought, what about all the other wars that should shame America. Since the massacre of the native people in America, to the nuclear bombs dropped on Japan, to the wars in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, to the devastation of Iraq and Afghanistan, to the war in Yemen and countless other wars. Why single out this one event in a litany of evil from the most vicious and warmongering country the world has ever seen.

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  15. Amerikastan “inadvertently” became the world’s leading drug dealer?

    Inadvertently?

    Tell that to the CIA run Air America drug courier airline pilots and they’ll fall about laughing.

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  16. @Fidelios Automata

    “Mistake”?

    No, it was a calculated and deliberate action by the Carter administration. Zbigniew Brzezinski was still boasting about it as late as 1998.

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  17. Biff says:

    Even so, the Pashtun defeated the invading armies of Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, Tamerlane, the Mogul Emperors and the mighty British Raj. The US looks to be next in the Graveyard of Empires.

    You forgot the Soviet Union, but that’s ok. It’s just Afghans doing God’s dirty work.

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  18. Anon[425] • Disclaimer says:

    It’s not a war. It’s an occupation.

    17 yrs and US lost less than 3,000 men?

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  19. God Bless BRAVE Pashtun and ALL resistance fighters against NATO terrorist scum.
    Humanity can not and will not be defeated.

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  20. @anonymous

    You are both wrong.

    If we the people were to stop our kin from buying recreational drugs, we would do something big to stop these wars. But we do not. America enables the empire.

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  21. PintOrTwo says:

    “One hears talk of minerals… as a pretext for keeping US forces in Afghanistan. All nonsense.”

    It’s been estimated that Afghanistan holds over $1 trillion worth of untapped lithium, copper, gold and iron – hardly nonsense, but I’d agree that alone is not reason enough for a 17 year war costing $4 trillion and counting.

    While I felt this was an excellent article, I wish the author included a discussion of the TAPI oil pipeline as justification for this war.

    The ability to sell oil from resource-rich Central Asia to resource-poor South Asia via the Khyber Pass is crucial to US interests given the USDollar for oil paradigm. I find that the Afghanistan war, and US actions in the Middle East in general, are easier to understand when viewed through this prism.

    Foreign governments are forced to keep vast reserves of USDollars in order to buy oil tying the dollar’s value is tied to that of oil, regardless of US monetary folly. As Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States agree to this, their brutality and war crimes are aided by the US. As Iran seeks to build a competing pipeline that would sell oil to India and southern China in euros – potentially allowing those governments to divest themselves of billions of USDollars sinking its value – Iran is cast as the bad actor and the Bank of Iran (which would finance the project) is sanctioned. And as the Taliban seek to expel US forces and Afghan puppet militias which protect the pipeline and routes to exploit these mineral resources, the Afghanistan war against an enemy that has never been involved in international terror nor can threaten US citizens drags on and on.

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  22. @Monkhouse

    You nailed it. The Chinese-built port at Gwadar Baluchistan (aka Pakistan) is also a big concern for the Pentagon. Add minerals, opium, location, and above all keeping the perpetual war fuse lit. The Emperor and his Sardaukar troops will stay.

    The spice must flow!

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  23. Moi says:
    @Lapchick

    Like our current prez, America is incapable of feeling shame, or even embarrassment.

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  24. Moi says:
    @Proud_Srbin

    Indeed, the Pashtun are patriots and a brave people.

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    Excellent comment!

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  26. Dorian says:

    The Afghan War Is No Longer About Terrorism

    When the dolt, George, W. Bush, invaded Afghanistan, the entire thinking process at the time was about waging a war that the US could use to direct American attention away from the real culprit of the 9/11 attacks, namely, US support for the Saudi dictators. Saudi Arabia was and still is under serious attack by inside forces, these forces – one of which was Osama bin Laden – were seriously threatening the Western backed dictatorships of the Middle East.

    In the past seventeen years, because of the US’s incompetent military and cowardliness to engage the “enemy” directly, we have not just a pre-longed Afghan “war”, but a gradual and insipid slide of geopolitical ambition of ‘war expansion’ that has nothing to do with Afghanistan. Today, the US has new problems. Problems that were not in existence seventeen years ago, namely, a thriving and militarising China, and the old humiliation that seems to never go away (in fact, it was the first international humiliation that US received and has never gone), Iran.

    Take a look at any map and you will see Afghanistan, is ideally and to its regret, placed militarily perfectly for maximum strategic threat to Russia, China and Iran. If Afghanistan can be harnessed to become a puppet state of Washington DC, this would provide the US a means to put daggers right at the under belly of Russia, on the back of China, and near the heart of Iran. Afghanistan is no longer about US political deflection, its about geopolitical and military posturing.

    China is well on the way to establishing a buffer zone that will push the US further and further away from the Asian Giant’s maritime boundaries. While Russia, with great gusto and imposing brilliance, has developed weaponry that has marched itself to global technological superiority. As for Iran, the US’s first unacceptable humiliation, it has not only shown how it has been able to with stand the US’s continuing and failing attempts to undermine it economically and militarily, but has flaunted these ineffectual attempts by creating not only its own military technology sufficient enough, in fact it is counter balancing, any thought of US aggression but it has slowly building up power bases around the Middle East, like Hezbollah, and establishing support both politically and economically with the likes of Qatar. More importantly, and this is what is scaring Washington and worse yet, Riyadh, is that there are reports that Iran is feeding and supplying fifth-columns in Saudi Arabia.

    As I have stated many times the key of the Middle East is the Israel-Jordan-Saudi Arabia relationship. Break that, and the entire Middle East falls out of US hands. That’s what Washington is afraid of, losing control of all the wealth in the Middle East, specifically, the oil, its been always about that.

    Slowly, slowly, the forces of patience in Iran, Russia and China are playing their hands, and they are playing them well. The US has the false belief that by positioning their forces in what they believe to be military advantageous positions, that this will help keep and preserve their Middle East dominance. But as the world is slowly coming to realize that this American delusion, is just that, a delusion, the forces of reality are starting to put the US under great strain. It is true that Afghanistan is the “end of empires”, even Alexander The Great received his greatest battle loses there, where many of his military best were killed, in fact, Afghanistan is the beginning of the end of Alexander. But it is also true, that Afghanistan has not been always unconquered, for the Seleucid Empire – the out growth of Alexander’s demise – conquered it. But what is emphatically true, is that the Taliban, has never been defeated. Since arriving on the scene in the mid 1970s the Taliban has bested the USSR and now the US. Its also true, that the US has always been bested by Iran, and of course, Russia and China have never succumbed to US might.

    This brings us to what is really happening to US policy in Afghanistan. The US knows full well if they lose Afghanistan, the Taliban are back. The Taliban can not be defeated, especially not now, especially when talk is that Iran is now starting to weapon the Taliban. If these rumours are true, don’t be surprised to see the Taliban starting to use surface-to-air missiles, if the Iranians decide so. Either way, the US can not win in Afghanistan, and so the much ambition of using Afghanistan as a ground-base to put military pressure on Iran and China will fail. This is why the US is refusing to leave. Once the US are gone from Afghanistan, the Taliban are back, and that means, the US has only a precarious position in Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. Precarious, because they are still closely tided to Russia.

    The US is losing its grip militarily around the world. Its finding that its being slowly pushed out of vital US interests of natural resources. Iran along with China and Russia are slowly posturing their geopolitical ambitions with some very shrewd game play. Namely, China with its Belt-and-Road plan, Russia with its advanced weaponry that countries can now buy cheaply to defend themselves against US aggression, and Iran with its aid to Shia around the Middle East and its new encompassing support for small Sunni countries like Qatar and Yeman.

    While the US selfishly plays global hegemony, the real actors in this game, namely, Russia, China, Iran, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon (the Hezbollah are really in control now) and the Palestinian People, are starting to work ever more closely together to push the US out of the Middle East. There are only three US puppet regimes left in the Middle East, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. Yes, I know every one will say that the US is the puppet to Israel, but its not true. Israel is really a US proxy, although it does behave erratically from time to time, for the US needs Israel to provide a military presence. If the US loses any of the three, Israel, Jordan, or Saudi Arabia, they are finished in the Middle East, and all economic chaos will erupt back in the US. The much needed oil that drives the US economy will be gone.

    Russia, Iran, China and now Turkey have wised up, and realize that their best way to get rid of US imperialism is to work together. Afghanistan, is a major key to all this. For as long the US can’t win, and wont, in Afghanistan, the weaker the US will become. In fact, its to Russia’s and co. best interest to keep the US in Afghanistan, that is why, even though the Iranians are supplying weapons to the Taliban, but are not supplying them with missiles (at least not yet). Although having the US in Afghanistan is a great concern for the likes of Iran, but for as long as the US are in this quagmire, they are only slowly weakening their military in resources and prestige. Seventeen years, and now entering an eighteenth year in Afghanistan, is sending a strong message to the rest of the world that the US has not got the stomach to fight a real war. Afghanistan is the greatest PR debacle in US military history, the longer it goes on, the more everybody wises up.

    We are at critical phase now. Trump knows full well his Afghanistan gambit is finished. No matter what success he has with anything else, Afghanistan, like Bush and Obama, will be his legacy. Trump being the egotistical dolt that he is, will have to go for a big bang approach to Afghanistan, Trump can’t do anything smart and quiet. Besides Afghanistan, the only other real serious concern for US global interests is Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is ripe for revolution, not reported in the West, but if you can read Arabic, the talk is of revolution. Things are happening on the quiet in Saudi Arabia, the House of Saud is facing annihilation. MBS and his thugs of despots are running out of time.

    Afghanistan is important, but now we are into the end game, Saudi Arabia is where we need to watch. Saudi Arabia’s time is nearly up. Then we will see something really incredible!

    Watch Saudi Arabia … something is coming.

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  27. Anon[425] • Disclaimer says:

    Even though the US can’t win over the whole nation and even though the US puppet regime can’t stay in power without US backing, the fact is US doesn’t want to ‘win’ either.

    If the US wins, it has to leave. Then, it won’t be occupying Afghanistan anymore.

    So, US has to keep things so that the war is not won. That gives the US the excuse to stay.

    US wants military bases all over the world as trip-wires. If any nation attacks a US military base, it gives the US the green light to attack that nation. So, even a small base can have great significance.

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  28. anon[146] • Disclaimer says:

    “…pretends to be the nation’s legitimate government.”

    Perhaps Mragolis can tell us when Afghanistan has EVER had a legitimate government?

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  29. TheAHA says:

    Well a correction: the US doesn’t have any military bases in Pakistan from where to launch airstrikes etc in Afghanistan. Shut down some time ago.

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  30. Anonymous[140] • Disclaimer says:

    We were told they went to get Bin Laden.

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