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The Kabul Airport bombing shows there are shadowy forces in Afghanistan, willing to disrupt a peaceful transition after US troops leave. But what about US intel’s own ‘shadow army,’ amassed over two decades of occupation? Who are they, and what is their agenda?

So we have the CIA Director William Burns deploying in haste to Kabul to solicit an audience with Taliban leader Abdul Ghani Baradar, the new potential ruler of a former satrapy. And he literally begs him to extend a deadline on the evacuation of US assets.

The answer is a resounding “no.” After all, the 31 August deadline was established by Washington itself. Extending it would only mean the extension of an already defeated occupation.

The ‘Mr. Burns goes to Kabul’ caper is by now part of cemetery of empires folklore. The CIA does not confirm or deny Burns met Mullah Baradar; a Taliban spokesman, delightfully diversionist, said he was “not aware” of such a meeting.

We’ll probably never know the exact terms discussed by the two unlikely participants – assuming the meeting ever took place and is not crass intel disinformation.

Meanwhile, Western public hysteria is, of all things, focused on the imperative necessity of extracting all ‘translators’ and other functionaries (who were de facto NATO collaborators) out of Kabul airport. Yet thundering silence envelops what is in fact the real deal: the CIA shadow army left behind.

The shadow army are Afghan militias set up back in the early 2000s to engage in ‘counter-insurgency’ – that lovely euphemism for search and destroy ops against the Taliban and al-Qaeda. Along the way, these militias practiced, in droves, that proverbial semantic combo normalizing murder: ‘extrajudicial killings,’ usually a sequel to ‘enhanced interrogations.’ These ops were always secret as per the classic CIA playbook, thus ensuring there was never any accountability.

Now Langley has a problem. The Taliban have kept sleeper cells in Kabul since May, and much earlier than that in selected Afghan government bodies. A source close to the Ministry of Interior has confirmed the Taliban actually managed to get their hands on the full list of operatives of the two top CIA schemes: the Khost Protection Force (KPF) and the National Directorate of Security (NDS). These operatives are the prime Taliban targets in checkpoints leading to Kabul airport, not random, helpless ‘Afghan civilians’ trying to escape.

The Taliban have set up quite a complex, targeted operation in Kabul, with plenty of nuance – allowing, for instance, free passage for selected NATO members’ Special Forces, who went into town in search of their nationals.

But access to the airport is now blocked for all Afghan nationals. Yesterday’s double tap suicide-car bombing has introduced an even more complex variable: the Taliban will need to pool all their intel resources, fast, to fight whatever elements are seeking to introduce domestic terror attacks into the country.

The RHIPTO Norwegian Centre for Global Analyses has shown how the Taliban have a “more advanced intelligence system” applied to urban Afghanistan, especially Kabul. The “knocking on people’s doors” fueling Western hysteria means they know exactly where to knock when it comes to finding collaborationist intel networks.

It is no wonder Western think tanks are in tears about how undermined their intel services will be in the intersection of Central and South Asia. Yet the muted official reaction boiled down to G7 Foreign Ministers issuing a mere statement announcing they were “deeply concerned by reports of violent reprisals in parts of Afghanistan.”

Blowback is indeed a bitch. Especially when you cannot fully acknowledge it.

From Phoenix to Omega

The latest chapter of CIA ops in Afghanistan started when the 2001 bombing campaign was not even finished. I saw it for myself in Tora Bora, in December 2001, when Special Forces came out of nowhere equipped with Thuraya satellite phones and suitcases full of cash. Later, the role of ‘irregular’ militias in defeating the Taliban and dismembering al-Qaeda was feted in the US as a huge success.

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai was, to his credit, initially against US Special Forces setting up local militias, an essential plank of the counter-insurgency strategy. But in the end that cash cow was irresistible.

A central profiteer was the Afghan Ministry of Interior, with the initial scheme coalescing under the auspices of the Afghan Local Police. Yet some key militias were not under the Ministry, but answered directly to the CIA and the US Special Forces Command, later renamed as the infamous Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC).

Inevitably, CIA and JSOC got into a catfight over controlling the top militias. That was solved by the Pentagon lending Special Forces to the CIA under the Omega Program. Under Omega, the CIA was tasked with targeting intel, and Special Ops took control of the muscle on the ground. Omega made steady progress under the reign of former US President Barack Obama: it was eerily similar to the Vietnam-era Operation Phoenix.

Ten years ago, the CIA army, dubbed Counter-terrorist Pursuit Teams (CTPT), was already 3,000 strong, paid and weaponized by the CIA-JSOC combo. There was nothing ‘counter-insurgency’ about it: These were death squads, much like their earlier counterparts in Latin America in the 1970s.

In 2015, the CIA got its Afghan sister unit, the National Directorate of Security (NDS), to establish new paramilitary outfits to, in theory, fight ISIS, which later became locally identified as ISIS-Khorasan. In 2017, then-CIA Chief Mike Pompeo set Langley on an Afghan overdrive, targeting the Taliban but also al-Qaeda, which at the time had dwindled to a few dozen operatives. Pompeo promised the new gig would be “aggressive,” “unforgiving,” and “relentless.”

Those shadowy ‘military actors’

Arguably, the most precise and concise report on the American paramilitaries in Afghanistan is by Antonio de Lauri, Senior Researcher at the Chr. Michelsen Institute, and Astrid Suhrke, Senior Researcher Emerita also at the Institute.

ORDER IT NOW

The report shows how the CIA army was a two-headed hydra. The older units harked back to 2001 and were very close to the CIA. The most powerful was the Khost Protection Force (KPF), based at the CIA’s Camp Chapman in Khost. KPF operated totally outside Afghan law, not to mention budget. Following an investigation by Seymour Hersh, I have also shown how the CIA financed its black ops via a heroin rat line, which the Taliban have now promised to destroy.

The other head of the hydra were the NDS’s own Afghan Special Forces: four main units, each operating in its own regional area. And that’s about all that was known about them. The NDS was funded by none other than the CIA. For all practical purposes, operatives were trained and weaponized by the CIA.

So, it’s no wonder that no one in Afghanistan or in the region knew anything definitive about their operations and command structure. The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), in trademark infuriating bureaucratese, defined the operations of the KPF and the NDS as appearing “to be coordinated with international military actors (emphasis mine); that is, outside the normal government chain of command.”

By 2018, the KPF was estimated to harbor between 3,000 to over 10,000 operatives. What few Afghans really knew is that they were properly weaponized; well paid; worked with people speaking American English, using American vocabulary; engaged in night operations in residential areas; and crucially, were capable of calling air strikes, executed by the US military.

A 2019 UNAMA report stressed that there were “continuing reports of the KPF carrying out human rights abuses, intentionally killing civilians, illegally detaining individuals, and intentionally damaging and burning civilian property during search operations and night raids.”

Call it the Pompeo effect: “aggressive, unforgiving, and relentless” – whether by kill-or-capture raids, or drones with Hellfire missiles.

Woke Westerners, now losing sleep over the ‘loss of civil liberties’ in Afghanistan, may not even be vaguely aware that their NATO-commanded ‘coalition forces’ excelled in preparing their own kill-or-capture lists, known by the semantically-demented denomination: Joint Prioritized Effects List.

The CIA, for its part, couldn’t care less. After all, the agency was always totally outside the jurisdiction of Afghan laws regulating the operations of ‘coalition forces.’

The dronification of violence

In these past few years, the CIA shadow army coalesced into what Ian Shaw and Majed Akhter memorably described as The Dronification of State Violence, a seminal paper published in the Critical Asian Studies journal in 2014 (downloadable here).

Shaw and Akhter define the alarming, ongoing process of dronification as: “the relocation of sovereign power from the uniformed military to the CIA and Special Forces; techno-political transformations performed by the Predator drone; the bureaucratization of the kill chain; and the individualization of the target.”

This amounts to, the authors argue, what Hannah Arendt defined as “rule by nobody.” Or, actually by somebody acting beyond any rules.

The toxic end result in Afghanistan was the marriage between the CIA shadow army and dronification. The Taliban may be willing to extend a general amnesty and not exact revenge. But to forgive those who went on a killing rampage as part of the marriage arrangement may be a step too far for the Pashtunwali code.

The February 2020 Doha agreement between Washington and the Taliban says absolutely nothing about the CIA shadow army.

So, the question now is how the defeated Americans will be able to keep intel assets in Afghanistan for its proverbial ‘counter-terrorism’ ops. A Taliban-led government will inevitably take over the NDS. What happens to the militias is an open question. They could be completely taken over by the Taliban. They could break away and eventually find new sponsors (Saudis, Turks). They could become autonomous and serve the best-positioned warlord paymaster.

The Taliban may be essentially a collection of warlords (jang salar, in Dari). But what’s certain is that a new government will simply not allow a militia wasteland scenario similar to Libya. Thousands of mercenaries of sorts with the potential of becoming an ersatz ISIS-Khorasan, threatening Afghanistan’s entry into the Eurasian integration process, need to be tamed. Burns knows it, Baradar knows it – while Western public opinion knows nothing.

(Republished from The Cradle by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Western public opinion knows nothing.

    I think Pepe should put together a video with some maps, photos and narration. There is too much here to assimilate for most people and it runs counter to the narrative they have been given.

  2. Fantastic article.

    A 2019 UNAMA report stressed that there were “continuing reports of the KPF carrying out human rights abuses, intentionally killing civilians, illegally detaining individuals, and intentionally damaging and burning civilian property during search operations and night raids.”

    Something stange happens to a lot of people when they are put in positions of power like that. This is eerily similar to the mentality of the “drug warriors” that have caused so much havoc in this country.

    The CIA, for its part, couldn’t care less. After all, the agency was always totally outside the jurisdiction of Afghan laws regulating the operations of ‘coalition forces.’

    Says who? And who respects that? And who else might say otherwise? I think we are are all in for a public lesson of accountability which many have called for dubbing it Nuremberg 2.0.

    In related news, the CIA just followed SOP and blew up their base near Kabul before leaving. All for show? I don’t think so. I think they are truly expelled.

    • Replies: @Notsofast
  3. JohnGlass says:
    @Si1ver1ock

    How about instead of consumeristically voicing your information consumption preferences you actually create the information you want to see?

    • Replies: @Randy Dazzler
  4. Notsofast says:
    @Randy Dazzler

    all for show? think so… unless you have something better to offer.

    • Replies: @Randy Dazzler
  5. Anonymous[178] • Disclaimer says:

    Too funny. I guess Poopie read the comments here (on his article on the Kabul bombings) calling him out for regurgitating US disinformation about ISIS, so now he’s trying to re-establish some street cred here. Pretty sad that he doesn’t realize his cover was blown long ago.

    • Agree: David Homer
  6. @JohnGlass

    Oohhhhhhhh, an account created just to throw down a gauntlet.

    I like it, and agree. Silverlock, should you take up the challenge, please post a link here. Maybe it could be a start of a hobby for you. I’d like to see video versions of some of your other commentary and results of research.

    This does not imply that I think that Mr. Escobar shouldn’t take up S’s suggestion. There is, after all, a large audience with precisely those information consumption preferences and this is darn good information.

    • Replies: @skrik
  7. @Notsofast

    I’m not sure what you mean.

    The CIA says it’s leaving. Blows up the building to destroy classified equipment and information. Sure looks like they are leaving.

    But, by definition, they operate by deception. So, I think it is valid to speculate whether they merely moved to another location (as some are saying elsewhere), which is what I was doing obliquely by asking if it was just a show, a big bang in an empty compound?

    My hunch/opinion/conjecture is that they will not have a base of operations. Now, if the allegations that the CIA is behind the heroin trade and they are truly out and the Taliban stick to their word, heroin production and export will plummet. Since this is also in Iran, China, and Russia’s interests as well, there just doesn’t seem like they can operate there.

  8. The report shows how the CIA army was a two-headed hydra.

    If the present resembles the past that report is ka ka and the CIA army is at least a twenty-headed hydra. Your sources aren’t telling you a thing the CIA doesn’t want published and they absolutely do not want true facts published.

    • Replies: @El Dato
  9. El Dato says:
    @Morton's toes

    at least a twenty-headed hydra

    Hollywood thinking.

    The CIA is not extragalactic superbrain, they have professionals going from lousy to excellent and they have bureaucrats and they have politicial appointees. It’s the standard shitty gov org, just with guns and more off the leash.

    They are at most two-headed, and at least one head is on coke.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    , @Randy Dazzler
  10. El Dato says:

    “Terminate Habeeb’s command, with extreme prejudice.”

  11. El Dato says:
    @El Dato

    However I would not put it past them to sic an ISIS bomber onto an asset that they might want removed from the airport for some reason.

    But not everything in ISIS is “managed by the company”.

    • Replies: @JoeBloggs
  12. @El Dato

    Nomination for euphemism de jour: “…and more off the leash.”

    The audience howls their approval.

  13. anonymous[139] • Disclaimer says:

    necessity of extracting all ‘translators’

    These supposed “translators” were probably involved in interrogations and a party to torture of detainees, not a very nice job slot. Insofar as the other Afghan mercs for hire goes they may have outlived their usefulness and so their former employer may not care much about their future longevity. The concern would be to keep the secret history of US crimes and dirty warfare from becoming too well known. Having some stay-behinds that could be activated in the future should that be desired is also something the US may want.

    • Agree: Wielgus
  14. Thank’s again Pepe for making us better informed.

    I assume that many of the US trained operatives are being evacuated. Is it to say that quite a few among the 100,000+ Afghans who have been evacuated are CIA trained killers and they will become our neighbors by next month?

    • Agree: Jim Richard, annamaria
  15. @Si1ver1ock

    Western public opinion knows nothing.

    I think Pepe should put together a video with some maps, photos and narration. There is too much here to assimilate for most people and it runs counter to the narrative they have been given.

    I don’t think Pepe knows the firs thing about Western POPULAR opinions. Nobody cares about the PUBLIC opinions of failed states.

  16. dewy says:

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/08/29/photos-joe-biden-flies-14000-afghans-dulles-virginia-12-days/

    According to Gov. Ralph Northam (D-VA), the Biden administration has flown about 14,000 Afghans to Dulles after having evacuated them from Afghanistan in the quest to resettle tens of thousands, and potentially hundreds of thousands, across the U.S.

    Some mass migration advocates want 1.2 million Afghans resettled in the U.S.

    Dulles has become such a major hub for refugee resettlement that the Biden administration is setting up a mass coronavirus vaccination site at the airport. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, though, is set to also be opened as a second resettlement hub, Northam said.

    After arriving in Dulles, Afghans are being resettled in Florida, Texas, Arizona, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Arizona, among other states like New Jersey and New York. Virginia, also, is resettling Afghans.

    • Replies: @GMC
    , @Alfred
  17. nsa says:

    Biden claims two ISIS-K (get it…as in KKK….who writes this stuff?) “bad guys” (infantilized lingo) were blown up by a drone fired missile and brags about it. Reporters visit the scene and discover it was a blown up family of 9 (including 6 children down to 2 years old) with no political affiliations. God job, lads. Well done.

  18. 99% of Americans don’t care about this crap. Nothing at Walmart is stamped “Made in Afghanistan”. Let it burn and stop wasting American dollars on BS! Come Sept 1st, no real American wants to read anything about this poor, backward nation on the other side of the world.

    • Troll: Alfred
  19. ISIS-K isn’t going to take a lot of time to target the US on another 9/11-esque event. Biden’s Delaware remains one of the world’s terrorists and criminals’ favorite tax havens, and the US/EUNATO terrorist Ziocorporatists aren’t likely to be denying those services to their global clientele, Taliban included, much less now that Turkey is after “security” contracts in Kabul. One NATO occupier for another NATO “partner”.

    The US now has 1000s of “Afghans” transiting across the board, even in their Latin American narcobanana republics, and CIA terrorism is more focused on deploying ISIS-K against, for example, CV19 plandemic “vaccine” sites to link the “terrorist extremists” to the “white supremarcists and anti-vaxxers”, than wasting resources on any anti-Taliban insurgency, given that the US-led terrorists’ Chinese/Russian partners are primed to prop up the stability of Taliban rule. With Turks involved, there’s sure to be more weapons/drug trafficking for Ziocorporate tax haven overlords to keep their global business going but with a freer hand to gear efforts towards expanding control of Western taxcattle.

    The US’ “hegemon” is programmed to recede under “Great Reset”, but this “multipolarity” doesn’t bring any prospects of peaceful 9/11 and Yom Kippur celebrations.

  20. Anon[291] • Disclaimer says:

    Muslim Shirzad
    @MuslimShirzad

    A solid Twitter account of a journalist still on the ground. Real gumshoe journalism, he is running around Kabul and reporting about as factual neutral as one could be.

    • Replies: @RobinG
  21. chris says:

    But to forgive those who went on a killing rampage as part of the marriage arrangement may be a step too far for the Pashtunwali code.

    It may not even be a question of forgiving as making sure these cells are not continuing to be operational.

    • Agree: Montefrío
  22. GMC says:
    @dewy

    Good information D – Does the American populace really care about all those poor Afghanis and their loss of rights ? Or is it just the USGov. mouth pieces and their Media , making it look like the populace want/cares about bringing in another million plus immigrants. I believe it’s the Government propaganda programming and their media running this new wave of immigration.

    The US has 1 to 2 million Latino immigrants coming in from the southern borders and now another million from a heavy muslim country – this year. The Jewish lobbyists are having a field day , it’s even better than the 1965 Open, Unvetted and Unlimited Laws they “bought in” .

  23. Woke Westerners, now losing sleep over the ‘loss of civil liberties’ in Afghanistan, may not even be vaguely aware that their NATO-commanded ‘coalition forces’ excelled in preparing their own kill-or-capture lists, …

    Excellent, informative piece Mr. Escobar and one that goes well past the entrenched infantil, binary clichés of us being the “force for good” and the Taliban epitomizing evil and unmitigated terror. And the public is happy to swallow the lies whole. We all know how the “civilized” NATO alliance, led by our country would deal with traitors in their ranks. They have essentially set up a treacherous deep state in Afghanistan but now want to hold the Taliban to standards that to the alliance itself is nothing more than a ploy for domestic consumption.

    • Replies: @annamaria
  24. The Taliban have every right to grow Poppies as corn growers in Ohio. If they were given billions in subsidies as Corporate American globalists farming monopolies you would see the same pattern in market manipulation.
    It’s all a racket and we aren’t invited.

  25. @anonymous

    One has to remember that so many USers are so bad at English that these “translators” could well be “interpreters”. Isn’t life a female dog? No.

  26. Alfred says:
    @dewy

    the Biden administration is setting up a mass coronavirus vaccination site at the airport.

    Good. Problem solved! 🙂

  27. anonymous[233] • Disclaimer says:

    Afghani TV news now

    • Replies: @Wokechoke
    , @Alfred
    , @anon
  28. Afghans track down and kill their traitors while we in the West have them foisted on us as presidents and prime ministers. I think the real thing that has the Western tyrants exercised is that the smell coming out of Afghanistan shows them their own future. The people meant to defend the regime melted away the minute the house of cards was given the slightest of shoves and we can see the cracks all over the West just awaiting that gentle breeze to send them all to the gallows for their crimes and China will be fully supportive of that thinking she can benefit from such retribution but people have an awful habit of learning by watching so it looks like Covid will be the undoing of all of them.

    • Replies: @Freedomstillisntfree
  29. Thanks Pepe.
    Property destruction, torture, death-squads, large-scale organised heroin dealing …
    It’s adding up to yet another dark chapter for America …

    When decent Americans bring these miscreants to justice, will there be “plea bargains” to allow them to retire to Patagonian ranches, NZ bunkers to continue satanic child-sacrifice rituals ? Will lawyers plead for them to also retain their large fortunes ?

    It is generally speaking in Afghan’s interest to have educated/English speakers. Thus it may be and probably is a western tactic to remove them.
    This does not include death-squads, torturers, major heroin dealers.
    Nor NGO feminists, gay paraders, Pussy Riot fans etc.

    In case you haven’t noticed, there is now going on for some years a global clean-up of Frankfurt School “American values”, beginning in Russia with the reemergence of Orthodoxy. Afghan is the latest and has some more clean-up to do after a good start. They will succeed, too.
    This East to West process/movement will continue through ME probably.
    Everybody has the opportunity to join, wherever placed.
    For some of course their nature (of evil) prevents them doing so.

  30. (Snaps suspenders) “Now I’m no Sun-Zoo, Yuronna, but even I, a humble Southern law-yer, knows no serious nation gives a date its armed forces are leaving.”

    • Replies: @Maddaugh
  31. “Burns knows it, Baradar knows it – while Western public opinion knows nothing.”

    And the rest of world knows something? Get a hold of yourself because it seems loose at seams.

  32. journey80 says:

    Much more informative article by Escobar. I’m puzzled that this is not the article that is published here.

    Mr. Unz, please showcase this article tomorrow.

    https://thecradle.co/Article/investigations/1401

  33. journey80 says:

    ISIS is blowback? Really?

    Shadow army my ass. CIA/Obama army. Created, trained, equipped, and videoed very professionally by the Obama CIA. And paid for, as usual, by us.

    • Agree: Alfred, annamaria
  34. Removing thousands of Afghan Muslims from their country is incredible that it is a humanitarian task, they are the bases to reorganize the killings in the future.

  35. Maddaugh says:
    @Si1ver1ock

    Western public opinion knows nothing.

    I am afraid the average American knows nothing about what goes down on his block. Unable to think, he/ she/ zee/ zu or whatever simply accepts whatever is shovelled their way like a cripple who has to be spoon fed.

    I know the basics.
    >We should not have gone there
    >Since we did and once we busted the Taliban we should have left
    >We wasted a lot of money
    >We need to get the Americans out
    >We will now have an avalanche of illiterate Afghans in the US and on the dole
    >We dont know who is who among the “refugees” so watch out for more chaos in the homeland
    >Our military and government is run by educated buffoons

    We should not desire to know more than this because 100% of anything else we are told will be lies. I anxiously await the next mess !

  36. MLK says:
    @Si1ver1ock

    I think Pepe should . . .

    Nonsense, get yourself a pad and a pencil and go to it. Escobar has been doing fine without your bright ideas. His columns have proved invaluable to anyone interested in thinking for themselves.

    Fake News, and its ever more difficult to distinguish sister, narrative transmission-belting under the playful label of opinion or commentary, is ever more crude conditioning.

    Like many here, I’m sure, I used to read as much of the mainstream newspapers every day as time allowed. No more. Years ago I shifted to a new rule and that I now adhere to, I read until my intelligence is insulted. It’s blissfully efficient these days since that most often comes in the headline or first paragraph.

    Escobar is at his best when he tosses out a nugget:

    This amounts to, the authors argue, what Hannah Arendt defined as “rule by nobody.” Or, actually by somebody acting beyond any rules.

    • Thanks: W
  37. Tjoe says:

    I remember a person going on and on about his military career (Vietnam) and talking about loading napalm onto airplanes that indiscriminately burned to death entire cities. Wow….what a hero (NOT). We abandon the collaborators there too.

  38. Tjoe says:

    We could send all the “woke” warriors over for a sex change. Taliban would be happy to take off that appurtenance.

  39. Maddaugh says:
    @Sick of Orcs

    YOU did not go to West Point. Also, I doubt you have 2000 coloured ribbons, bronze stars and gold braid on your suit so what do you know ? Son Zoo was wrong. The last time I got a fortune cookie it said “Honesty is best Policy” hence it was good form on our part to broadcast when we were leaving. We are setting new military concepts here !

    Now, if you ever get a chance to visit the Point you should do so. They have a unique way of “moulding” our warriors. Screaming, shouting, hazing, doubling, standing at attention, 15 seconds to take a shit, 1 minute to bathe and the works. Classroom instruction, field exercises, parades…..His political instruction is “You are fighting for democracy” whatever that means.

    Lets see “Officer Cadet Orcs, your drinking glass had one spot and I found a spec of dust 1/1,000,000 of a millimetre under your boot. Therefore 50 pushups, clean the toilets with your tongue, confinement to quarters, a fine, extra drill etc”

    Now to the enemy. Usually,a peasant with little or no “education” drinking out of a grubby plastic bowl and wearing worn out sandals made from an old tire. Every few days he might get a handful of rice and some bamboo shoots or in the case of the Taliban a piece of bread and some tea.

    Our boys are like the typical university graduate. They arrive on the job with a very impressive looking parchment. In your profession their first task upon arrival might be “prepare some briefing notes on this heinous murder” and they will ask “How do you do that?”

    The peasant army is the guy who starts in the mail room. He learns on the job ! All superfluous activities are stripped from his curriculum. There is no time. If he survives on the battlefield he will be given advanced instruction. If not, Oh Well !

    Maybe that is why our military and government officials are such fuck ups ! Maybe that is why our fellows after studying Napoleon are dubs while the Afghan teacher studying some worn out pamphlets becomes a skilled leader.

    We do the most idiotic shit and are very surprised we end up in a disaster. We are over educated, “over qualified ” for the job and we lack even a smidgin of common sense. We are in fact governed by IDIOTS !

    • Thanks: Sick of Orcs
  40. In the end….it’s all planned…..engineered years ahead…..and it’s always good for the jews and awful for white people.

    Apply what I just said to each and every event and you will usually be right on target.

  41. A dead Empire sends women overseas as troops

    I saw a Marine Gunnery Sergeant gal on the off brand network (Newsmax)

    Only a dead and decaying military would send women into combat thousands of miles from home.

    Feminism is the toe tag on this evil empire

  42. Wokechoke says:
    @anonymous

    Would make welcome sight in most TV stations once in a while.

  43. Agent76 says:

    AUGUST 25, 2021 Military Contractor CACI Says Afghanistan Withdrawal Is Hurting Its Profits. It’s Funding a Pro-War Think Tank.

    What CACI reveals about the feedback loop between military contractors and think tanks.

    https://inthesetimes.com/article/military-contractor-caci-international-weapons-military

    • Replies: @annamaria
  44. Alfred says:
    @anonymous

    This is what a political debate looks now on Afghani TV

    This is not a debate. The news presenter is speaking in Farsi/Persian. He is telling people repeatedly that their previous president, Ghani, has run away and that the previous government (the Taliban) has returned to power. That there is nothing to be afraid of.

    It seems a lot more normal to me than the nonsense one gets on NPR / BBC / CNN and all the rest of that scum.

  45. Alfa158 says:
    @Carlton Meyer

    Although most of Afghanistan is on the other side of the world, a lot of it has moved into our neighborhoods as refugees over the years, and a few hundred thousand more refugees will be moving into our neighborhoods over the next few years.
    That’s one of the problems with globalism, there is no longer much of an “other side of the world”. Everyone in the West is just a unit in the same Globohomo Capitalist machine. We just happen to live in administrative districts with different names and flags.
    Cram a C-17 with 600 Afghans, in 12 hours they are being processed in the US and on their way to be resettled in your neighborhood. We’re all going to continue to hear about Afghanistan whether we care or not. Just check out the stories about the Afghani rapist plague in Europe.

    • Agree: Robert Dolan
    • Replies: @Robert Dolan
    , @Avery
  46. @Alfa158

    The “refugees” are part of the white genocide package engineered by our small hat friends.

    They groom little white girls for sex slavery, get welfare, blow shit up, and vote Democrat.

    How can we object to such enrichment?

    https://archive.org/details/stefan-molyneux-jewish-hypocrisy-on-immigration

  47. My take on the situation – this will be like MOST ALL Central Intelligence operations…they have a “track record” where pretty much everything that they are associated with turns to s**t. They could not care less…the American corporations have made their money off of this illegal, immoral and phony war. The CIA in not known as Capitalism’s Invisible Army for nothing! The whole thing is one big, sick joke, unless you are / were one of the unfortunate individuals killed in this war. And of course, the American taxpayers, as always, are footing the bill…

    • Replies: @Lancelot_Link
  48. Thierry Meyssan’s theory is still holding…..
    Ask: Why was 80+ billion of military hardware casually left in Afghanistan?
    Was it just incompetence?
    Don’t be surprised if US troops will be re-invited back under the jurisdiction of the Taliban.
    Read his entire piece – https://crushlimbraw.blogspot.com/2021/08/is-defeat-in-afghanistan-aimed-at.html?m=0 – where there is money to be made, the US military is never far from the scene to make sure DaOligarchs will make it.
    That is the precise reason our military budget – official plus unofficial – exceeds a trillion a year. After all, Congress provides the budgeting – and who controls DaCongress? Got it?
    Argue with TM, if you disagree – I’m just reporting – you decide!

    • Replies: @Randy Dazzler
  49. annamaria says:
    @Si1ver1ock

    Western intelligence officers (even of a smart and patriotic type) see no problem in maiming a foreign country in the name of the western oligarchy’s baseline. It is appalling that even such great man as Colonel Lang has joined the ziocon wagon:

    The game will continue and should. We have to try to prevent the consolidation of Taliban power in the country. The trick is to do it as cheaply as possible.

    https://turcopolier.com/how-is-it-that-we-are-getting-live-reports-from-kabul/#comments
    If only they taught at West Point about Major General Smedley Butler, the most decorated Marine in US hisotory, and his judgment “war is a racket.”
    The ongoing saga in Afghanistan is a case in the corruption of an army. The whole US army has been tuned to a racket in the name of Banksters & Zion and the insatiable MIC (CIA):

    The shadow army are Afghan militias set up back in the early 2000s to engage in ‘counter-insurgency’ – that lovely euphemism for search and destroy ops against the Taliban and al-Qaeda. Along the way, these militias practiced, in droves, that proverbial semantic combo normalizing murder: ‘extrajudicial killings,’ usually a sequel to ‘enhanced interrogations.’ These ops were always secret as per the classic CIA playbook, thus ensuring there was never any accountability.

  50. RobinG says:
    @Anon

    Interesting. A lot of raw data.

    Has he spoken about the airport suicide bombing assertion…. that [most] of the Afghans died from gunshot wounds, not the explosion? Afghan doctor stated this was US fire, and that only about 20 Afghans died as result of the bomb.

    Pentagon had admitted that “some” may have been killed by US shooting. “Some” equals close to 200?

    • Replies: @Justrambling
  51. annamaria says:
    @Justrambling

    There is no competition to the “civilized” NATO alliance that has put an honest journalist in a high-security prison for reporting on the NATO alliance’s war crimes in the Middle East.

    All these western tearful protectors of humans right in Afghanistan (after twenty years of NATO’s murder and destruction there, and a 15-fold increase of poppy production protected by the CIA) should better pay attention to the fate of Julian Assange, the most prominent political prisoner of today. He has been the real protector of human rights, unlike some profiteering warmongers Samantha Power, Blairs, Obamas, and the Arbuthnot family.

    • Agree: Alfred
  52. anonymous[218] • Disclaimer says:
    @Si1ver1ock

    and Pepe missed the KEY issue…USA’s most trusted ally beloved Israel/Mossad training/supporting/ and arming the ISIS proxies ….yes the same ISIS that KILLED the American Marines (17)…no media will ever talk about that one…

  53. annamaria says:
    @Agent76

    Details: https://inthesetimes.com/article/military-contractor-caci-international-weapons-military

    In 2019, CACI International was awarded a nearly \$907 million, five-year contract to provide ​“intelligence operations and analytic support” for the U.S. Army in Afghanistan.

    During an August 12 earnings call, CACI International noted repeatedly that President Biden’s withdrawal from the 20-year Afghanistan War harmed the company’s profits. John Mengucci, president and CEO of CACI International, said, ​“we have about a 2 percent headwind coming into FY 2022 because of Afghanistan.” A ​“headwind” refers to negative impacts on profits. …

    CACI International is funding a think tank that has been actively urging the Biden administration not to leave Afghanistan. CACI International is listed as a ​“corporate sponsor” of the Institute for Study of War, which describes itself as a ​“non-partisan, non-profit, public policy research organization.” Dr. Warren Phillips, lead director of CACI International, is on the board of the think tank. (Other funders include General Dynamics and Microsoft.) When it comes to the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, the think tank is extremely partisan.

    These clowns should send their children and grandchildren to do the bloody racket and stop wrapping themselves into patriotic slogans. The US well-being is the last thing on their minds.

    • Thanks: Agent76
    • Replies: @Agent76
  54. Rambam says:

    CIA Director William Burns is definitely a crypto-Jew/Phoenician like probably every other CIA Director (George Bush). Worked for BLACKSTONE (just a minor RED FLAG). Born on a military base (John McCain). His old man was some kind of General in the Army and he has 2 brothers that are career military. So, this guy was a SPOOK long before it became official.

    Also, very little info on his wife, Lisa A. Carty, who works for the U.N., like the name of her parents!
    So they don’t want people looking into her for some reason. I know she likes working closely with
    THE GATES FOUNDATION ! Another minor RED FLAG.

    Here’s what she looks like:
    ‘Merica is doomed.

    Shalom

  55. People fail to realize that immigrants no matter their origin are modern slaves. As Rome needed more and more imported slaves to prop up the Italian economy so does every nation in the west today. The new immigrants are the perpetual underclass while whites should be moving up the ladder unless they’re lazy good for nothings. Eventually though the underclass revolts and takes control. The blessing of being a rich nation is also a curse.

    • Replies: @Malla
  56. @Rambam

    She looks like a wasp. Anglos generally have Jew features or look like gay aliens with oblongated skulls..Funny how the most attractive Anglo Saxon female models are Southern European swarthy complex.

  57. @Mick Jagger gathers no Mosque

    Old European civilization was destroyed by indo European migrants primarily because the local men lived in a society were women were treated equal while indo European culture was heavily patriarchal. In ancient Athens, women were treated in the same manner as muslim women are treated in Afghanistan or Saudi Arabia and was the standard for every Greek state and city except for Sparta but female spartan freedom might have been Athenian propaganda to convince readers that Spartans were pussy whipped despite their machoman training regime/warrior culture.

    • Replies: @Malla
  58. @anonymous

    Most of these translators must be English teacher in their former lives. How they will fare under this new regime is something that we will have to wait and see.
    Without a doubt they will execute a few of them and torture others for info and then release some.

  59. @RobinG

    Eyewitness reports speak of US soldiers indiscriminately shooting into crowds at Kabul Airport.

    • Replies: @RobinG
    , @mulga mumblebrain
  60. @Proximaking

    As ive stated in other boards. Im no fan of the taliban or muslims in general but the people of western nations could learn a lot from the taliban or isis right about now. Their tactis of guerrilla warfare are exactly what we need to employ.

  61. anon[369] • Disclaimer says:

    Can’t have private military cos/mercenaries going into the negative.

    CACI, Vinnell, Black Water, DynCorp, Kroll, G4S, others I don’t know
    can continue with DoD gladiator contracts – every day entertainment.

    NBA and NFL have gone sissy, fit only for rainbow gamblers.

    No puny stadiums for these teams. Entire counties, states the arena.

    Drones, missiles, grenades, knives, machetes, death devices I don’t know.

    For every dark cloud, a green (and red, blood red) lining

    5 dancing shlomos

  62. Agent76 says:
    @annamaria

    Zbigniew Brzezinski Taliban Pakistan Afghanistan pep talk 1979

    In 1979 Carters National Security Advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski went into Pakistans border regions with Afghanistan to give a little pep talk to some prospective majehadeen (Holy Warriors).

  63. Avery says:
    @Alfa158

    {That’s one of the problems with globalism,…}

    It’s not a problem, it’s a feature.

    Part of the Globalists’ Long Game to de-nationalize distinct nations and peoples of the world.

    Easier to control and exploit an amorphous blob of humanoids with no history, no roots, no concept of nationality, no distinct culture, no distinct customs or traditions, no distinct genealogy,……..

    • Agree: Lancelot_Link
  64. babu says:

    We need to bring more Afghan refugees as soon as possible and resettle them in predominantly black neighborhoods to solve the epidemic of black on black violence.

  65. RobinG says:
    @Justrambling

    Realpolitik –

    The Taliban and the West need each other

    Burns went to Kabul to offer the Taliban not a ransom but the terms of a new relationship. White House press secretary Jen Psaki and others insist we cannot trust the Taliban, but the truth is we can. They have kept to their side of the bargain struck with former President Trump, and there is little reason to imagine that they will not keep their word in the future.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/the-taliban-and-the-west-need-each-other/ar-AANUz5w?ocid=msedgntp

    • Replies: @Arthur MacBride
  66. babu says:

    MASH Afghanistan edition is in preproduction in Hollywood.

  67. Turdogan, the crazed energizer bunny


  68. @RobinG

    [Taliban] have kept to their side of the bargain struck with former President Trump, and there is little reason to imagine that they will not keep their word in the future.

    This is true.

    BUT

    The word/promise/signed agreement of US govt is less than worthless.

    Taliban/anyone would be insane to think otherwise.

  69. Rubicon says:

    We should have suspected WHY US troops were directed to leave Afghanistan. The bottom is this: behind all the news and reports about the mess in Afghanistan, US Hegemony is positioning itself to face off its greatest threat: China, Eurasia, Russia, etc. and their new system of trade that’s far more equitable than what the bestial US system offers the world.

    Who will prevail: a more equitable trading system as established by China and the others, OR, will the US hegemony destroy that system making all of the world enslaved by the US \$\$\$?

    Whichever case, the US and its Wall Street, Banks, IMF system, and all the other Western bloodsucking criminals will NEVER relent unless China/Eurasia,Russia plays their cards with great finesse, and eventually with brute force against The Monster: the US.

  70. Sean says:

    The major mistake of Che Guevara was in going into the middle of Bolivia, so not having a border he could use to disengage, let alone a friendly refuge and resupply route. In 2011 the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, testified to the Senate Armed Services Committee that the Taliban were a “virtual arm of the ISI” (Pakistani military intelligence agency. Bin Laden was living a stone’s throw from the Pakistani military academy. The country with the greatest strategic interest in Afghanistan is Pakistan, which is a ally of China. What’s to understand?

    • Replies: @mulga mumblebrain
  71. @Brad Anbro

    They could not care less…the American corporations have made their money off of this illegal, immoral and phony war.

    It ain’t just the corporations, think of the stockholders! The USA is owned and operated by people who only care about the almighty dollar. I suggest people do note live with the same agenda.

    If your investments are going up or down you are in the wrong game.

    • Replies: @Brad Anbro
  72. @Lancelot_Link

    When I mentioned the corporations, I did not mention the stockholders, you are right. The stockholders who benefit most from the war racket are the “institutional investors,” not the “mom & pop” investors.

    A few years ago, I took ALL of my money out of the stock market, not that I am a “rich” person. I have most of my retirement in U.S. Treasury instruments, where they earn next to no interest. I do not care about how much interest they earn; I am concerned about the safety of the principal. If the U.S. government ever defaults on their Treasury obligations, then it truly will be “all over” for the USA.

    I am just sitting on the sidelines, waiting for the really big stock market crash…

  73. Rumsfeld’s War is now concluded —well done .

  74. Anonymous[224] • Disclaimer says:

    ” Yet some key militias were not under the Ministry, but answered directly to the CIA and the US Special Forces Command, later renamed as the infamous Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC).”

    There’s never been a “US Special Forces Command”. If by “later” Pepe means 15 December 1980 when JSOC was stood up then Pepe and I read English differently. Or he doesn’t check his facts.

    “continuing reports of the KPF carrying out human rights abuses, intentionally killing civilians, illegally detaining individuals, and intentionally damaging and burning civilian property during search operations and night raids.”

    That’s just what Afghans do. Pepe might benefit from watching the first couple Steven Seagal movies.

    Our last good DCI was Bill Casey.

  75. You know, maybe the US did succeed in nation-building.

    The US built a modern nation for the Taliban to take over.

    • Agree: Johnny Rico
    • Replies: @Johnny Rico
    , @Malla
  76. Malla says:
    @Germanicsandslavsaresavages

    The Indo-Europeans/ Aryans were just Northern European hunter gatherers who went to central Asia/ Steppes and became pastoralists and with it came the wagon, wheel, horses and chariots. So when they returned to Europe, they were just a similar people coming home even thought they had a different cultural mindset by then. In Southern lands they became the elites and slowly mixed up with the earlier peoples who were comparatively different. In Europe they mixed as equals, in Southern Lands they were elites.

    • Thanks: Sarah
  77. Malla says:
    @Germanicsandslavsaresavages

    And Christianity was the Communism of the last days of Roman Empire, inciting the poor foreign mass against the Roman elites. And there were Jews present then. There are Jews present now in Western countries. Same template strategy. Maybe was used in Egypt, Babylon etc…earlier.
    One more template is to weaken the host to open the gates of the Kingdom to enemies who promise them better privilege. Open the doors of Visigothic Spain to the Moors. Open the doors of Babylon to the Persians and then later screw the Persians too. Remember Purim where a Persian Nationalist was killed by Jewish pussy!! Planting Jewish women in harems of Sultans is one more strategy used later on. President Bill Clinton and Monika Lewinsky seems like same Jewish power pussy play. British aristocrats marrying rich Jewesses and some aristocrats become more Jewish and the nation and Empire has no protection anymore.
    Using European Empires to profit for their banking operations, then sending their Marxist minions to rile up the natives of the Empire against the European populations (who hardly got any thing but crumbs from the Imperial operations and maybe paid for empire via heavy taxes). So the Natives end up hating Europeans, the Europeans get the blame while Jews go Scot free. Then use the same planted misguided hatred and guilt to promote Kalergi plan, White Genocide so that they can get their Jewish Raj after their Mossiach comes on Earth. Then every Jew gets 2000+ lowly Goyim slaves and all is “right with the World”.

  78. As in every US aggression, cowardly death-squad murder and torture are paramount. There’s nothing a true Yank loves more than killing for ‘freedom’.

  79. @Sean

    ‘Bin Laden’ was long dead. The patsy murdered in trade-mark gutless coward fashion, was simply being retired ‘with extreme prejudice’, by some Yankee ‘hero’.

  80. @Justrambling

    I’d drop the ‘indiscriminately’. It was planned, as these things generally are.

  81. @Carlton Meyer

    Dear Carlton, you just forgot that tons of opium come (thanks to CIA) to the US. It is not stamped “Made in Afghanistan” but it supplies almost completely toxic Americans.

  82. Samira says:
    @Si1ver1ock

    good idea! but this western public opinion is, as much as its deep states governing it, refusing to acknowledge that the western era of superiority is a thing of the past! I recently said to my friend, I will be better living in my native Iran right now than in the UK, and she was: why is the situation much better there? well yes: If I have to be persecuted, vaccinated, tracked, despised, insulted, anyway, I better be in my native country than anywhere else…knowing that everything happening in the midde east is a job done by the devil pair cia-zionists

  83. skrik says:
    @Randy Dazzler

    There is, after all, a large audience with precisely those information consumption preferences

    Quite possibly, but such types would hardly know what to do with any meaningful information. [Consumption does not imply comprehension.]

    Q: Need more? A: The typical TV/video-watcher is almost continually ‘out to lunch.’

    Q: Need even more? A: After a web-page [with few images and *no* pop-ups], *.txt is the best format; it can be scanned/read at the user’s desired speed, searched or handily skipped, it can be copy’n pasted, or easily [and compactly] archived [for later searching], whereas the info-content-rate of video is appallingly low [as space-requirements are high], can only be seen in ‘play-back’ mode = looong and mostly boring, can not be command-searched let alone copy’n pasted. Like to re-think? rgds

    • Agree: Randy Dazzler
    • Replies: @Randy Dazzler
  84. @Crush Limbraw

    Yeah, I’ll argue against it.

    This statement is true:

    The fall of Kabul fulfills the central objective of this strategy on the condition that the Taliban do not succeed in establishing a stable regime -and without allies they will not be able to do so-

    But the conjecture is false. The Taliban will be cutting big deals with Russia, China, and Iran. It won’t be right to call them “allies”. Conditions on those deals will be the responsibility of the Taliban to prohibit hosting those who would create regional instability. Regional stability is going to be a major focus of all parties involved, bad time to be ex-CIA collaborators.

    Good military equipment is only one component required to undertake foreign engagements. This equipment is not a good fit for them, incomplete as a fighting ensemble, and the Taliban are missing other components, so no, they aren’t going to be attacking their neighboring countries.

    This statement is true:

    Understand, Washington no longer thinks like a rival of the Roman Empire, but like a racketeer.

    But the events in Afghanistan indicate it’s been busted. All the racketeering is going to be formally exposed. Most is already know by the “conspiracy theory” community, but I think even they are going to be surprised at the extent and formal organization behind the racketeering.

    Then there’s this:

    Joe Biden, is defeated in Afghanistan. He seeks to dominate the world in the shadows and to make as much money as possible.

    Biden is a tool, and always has been. He’s been well rewarded for it and look at the tragedy in his family. Sort of like the lottery curse. Appearances now seem to indicate that he is in serious cognitive decline. Those behind him have always worked in the shadows.

    The American Empire is over. Once the “alien influence” is exorcised, Americans and the rest of the world will be better off for it. Israel is going to suffer worst. Not only are a lot of the racketeers from there so a lot of their wealth will be lost in reparations, but the USA aid they have become accustomed to will undoubtedly cease completely.

    Every time they stray, they get punished. Go figure. Read the Book, skip Church.

    • Replies: @Crush Limbraw
  85. skrik says:
    @Si1ver1ock

    Kindly see my response to @Randy Dazzler re video; “Consumption does not imply comprehension.” rgds

  86. @skrik

    Consumption preferences are a funny thing. I worked in a large organization and there were a large number of people (early days of the internet) that refused to read emails or reports on line and insisted they be printed.

    Plain text also has accessibility (screen readers) and automatic language translation advantages. My preference too as I can read much faster than somebody can talk.

    However, good video has its value too. A picture is worth a thousand words and all that. It can also serve as an introduction to a topic to get people interested in researching it. Graphs and charts (data visualization) can quickly confer a lot of data, some difficult to capture in words.

    So, while I agree with your observations, I don’t think they are as widespread or as one sided as you imply.

    • Thanks: skrik
  87. @Randy Dazzler

    Randy – your argument is with TM, the author I linked – you might want to read it again to get the overall context, in particular as to who his subject is – it ain’t Biden. That ‘He’ reference could just as well be applied to Washington – Biden is a cardboard cutout. The MIC has millions feeding on that lucrative and well supplied trough.
    I see their logic of DaDeepState and their well heeled MIC hoping to regain their military security role in Afghanistan and thus get their piece of DaPie regardless who is actually doing the mining or whatever – I didn’t say they will. None of us know the future.
    As far as I’m concerned, it’s the same freaking story over and over again – our military, it’s blood and treasure, are nothing more than a cash cow for those who have benefited from wars for hundreds of years.
    As in – https://crushlimbraw.blogspot.com/2019/09/who-wants-war.html?m=0 – DaUsualSuspects!

    • Replies: @Randy Dazzler
  88. Malla says:
    @Priss Factor

    Those helicopters are for China. A gift from President Biden to his old friend President Xi.

  89. @Crush Limbraw

    My wording should not have indicated I thought it was your argument.

    I did read the article, and extracted the elements for which I thought I might have something worthwhile to say.

    Your site is on my index page and I visit it occasionally. I even recommended it to someone else.

    If you read any of the rest of my commentary shouldn’t find any real disagreement with what you said.

    If TM happens to see this, so much the better, but I won’t be tracking down a communication location just in order to engage him.

    Thanks for the reply, and thanks for your site.

  90. @Carlton Meyer

    Nothing in Walmart is stamped “Made in China”, yet that is where their products are made, in Walmart owned facilities located in China by Chinese workers.

    The system works for billionaires.

  91. Wielgus says:
    @anonymous

    One of the better Vietnam War novels is Meditations In Green by Stephen Wright, who it seems was in US Army intelligence in Vietnam. One of the novel’s characters, Claypool, is an interpreter who has received Vietnamese language training although when in Vietnam he has trouble understanding Vietnamese speakers. Once, in his compound, he is called in to be present at an interrogation, in which a VC suspect is being tortured with electricity. The actual interpreting is done by a South Vietnamese soldier or policeman who is fascinated by American cars.
    Yeah, interpreters are not innocent. Incidentally at the end of the book the South Vietnamese interpreter is killed by Americans in the course of an NVA attack, presumably because he has suddenly gone from intelligence asset to intelligence liability and might even change sides…

  92. JoeBloggs says:
    @El Dato

    But not everything in ISIS is “managed by the company”. – really? – ISIS IS the Company. Always was always will be.

  93. anon[381] • Disclaimer says:
    @anonymous

    The guns being held at the heads of CNN ,BBC,NPR are invisible guns operated by the teleprompters from behind the scene . Afghans will learn fast if they agree to destabilize China Iran and Pakistan with US helps and NATO’s presence and Israel’s Indian agents .

  94. anon[204] • Disclaimer says:

    https://ariananews.af/afghan-evacuees-who-fail-initial-screening-will-head-for-kosovo/

    Kosovo is the country where terrorist learn thier trades or finesse the existing skills .

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