Saturday, October 10:
Charlie Wilson, the ex-congressmember from Texas that started the U.S. funding the Afghan mujahedeen in their battle against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan and kept the U.S. Congress increasing the funding, has spoken out and said the worst mistake made was not helping to rebuild the war-torn country after the Russians left. “That was a terrible mistake,” Wilson said during a speech on Thursday night in Scranton, Pennsylvania. “Had we spent that $20 million or $30 million for the entirety of the problem, we wouldn’t be spending $20 or $30 million an hour today.”
Wilson said in an interview with the Scranton Times Tribune on Tuesday that it is “best to make a calculated withdrawal” and said that if he were in Obama’s position, he would “probably shut it down, rather than lose a lot of soldiers and treasure.” But during his speech, he backed off those comments and said he will support Obama in his decision on whether or not to send more troops to Afghanistan.
Using his extraordinary power as a member of the US House of Representatives Defense Appropriations subcommittee throughout the Carter, Reagan, and GHW Bush administrations, Wilson succeeded in quadrupling the $30 million requested by the CIA in 1984 for the Afghan resistance to $630 million in 1987, each increment matched by the Saudis. (2) In 1986, the formidable Wilson prevailed over the Pentagon, CIA, and State Department resistance to supplying the Islamists in Afghanistan with 1000 shoulder-fired surface-to-air Stinger missiles and 250 launchers.(2) When the last Russian soldier bid adieu to Afghanistan in February 1989, Wilson boasted that his guys had won.
See the Movie, it is a good history lesson on how we got involved in Afghanistan, and that involvement increased greatly because of Charlie Wilson’s efforts. He brought down the Soviet Union by funding some of the same elements we are now seeking to destroy in Afghanistan.
From Netflix.com:Charlie Wilson’s War (2007)Texas congressman Charlie Wilson sets a series of earth-shaking events in motion when he conspires with a CIA operative (Philip Seymour Hoffman, in an Oscar-nominated role) to aid Afghan mujahedeen rebels in their fight against the Soviet Red Army. Julia Roberts, Emily Blunt and Amy Adams co-star in this fact-based political thriller directed by Mike Nichols and based on George Crile’s 2003 book by the same name.
Starring: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts
Director: Mike Nichols
Subtitles: English …
Awards: Academy Award® Nominee …
For strong language, nudity/sexual content and some drug use
Friday, October 9: Today’s lead story: ‘All roads are leading to South Waziristan’ After a car bombing in Peshawar that killed at least 45 people and wounded over 100, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said Pakistan has “no option but to attack South Waziristan.
“Enter, Hakeemullah” a Dawn.com editorial Outlines Hakeemullah is alive and appearing with him is Waliur Rehman Mehsud, the man the Pakistan Government says killed Hakeemulla over a month ago. The South Waziristan Military assault continues, awaiting the attack orders, the Pakistan Military says it is surrounding the area. Here’s a map and the villages so when you hear about an attack, you can locate the site.
Afghanistan’s peace festival was held September 23, 2009. The festival was held as part of a peace building activity by various Afghan civil societies backed by Unicef amidst celebrations for Eidul Fitr festival in this war torn country. For more Photo Journal stories go to dawn.com. In the midst of the turmoil of war, End the War in Afghanistan, sign this petition; the Afghan people call for Peace. Let’s give it to them, End the War(s). No more Troops, Mr. President.
Under your watch, Mr. President, you have approved 17,000 new troops to Afghanistan. Now you are being asked to send 40,000 more troops, our young men and women in uniform. How many more after that, Mr. President? Some of our troops are on their 5th trip to the war zone. They and their families are in shock. This can not continue.
From today’s timesonline: American troops in Afghanistan losing heart, say army chaplains.
American soldiers serving in Afghanistan are depressed and deeply disillusioned, according to the chaplains of two US battalions that have spent nine months on the front line in the war against the Taleban.
Many feel that they are risking their lives — and that colleagues have died — for a futile mission and an Afghan population that does nothing to help them, the chaplains told The Times in their makeshift chapel on this fortress-like base in a dusty, brown valley southwest of Kabul.
“The many soldiers who come to see us have a sense of futility and anger about being here. They are really in a state of depression and despair and just want to get back to their families,” said Captain Jeff Masengale, of the 10th Mountain Division’s 2-87 Infantry Battalion.
“They feel they are risking their lives for progress that’s hard to discern,” said Captain Sam Rico, of the Division’s 4-25 Field Artillery Battalion. “They are tired, strained, confused and just want to get through.” The chaplains said that they were speaking out because the men could not. Read the rest of the story.
Pipelinestan. A term used to define the “…istan” nations that the pipelines carrying gas and oil have to pass through. We went into Iraq for the Oil. There were plans being drawn up to go into Iraq before 9/11 happened. Who controls the Mid-East-Central Asia oil and gas supplies control the world. We are in Afghanistan, not to raise Afghanistan from 188th place out of 189 of the lowest ranking nations upwards. We are there to get a government in place and calm everyone down so a pipleline can be built through Afghanistan, across Balochistan, to India and the Gulf of Oman from the rich oil fields of the Caspian Sea area. In Iraq, we want a government to work with us and have our oil companies come in and control the production and distribution of the oil under the sands of Iraq. End the War(s) means having to deal with these countries on a fair basis. Other countries may bid higher for the oil rights. It is a war over oil.
Here’s three maps for your viewing. Sign the petition at the bottom of this post. No More War.
How much do we spend to maintain these bases? And for what? To protect our oil supply lines? Look at all the countries that benefit from the Caspian Sea Oil and Gas finds. We all must learn to share the oil peacefully. Drill as a world group, transport as a world group, go up and down economically together. The U.S. is the only Superpower, and the only one that can change all of this. Do we care enough about humanity to make the changes necessary? Can we stop the killing of innocents in the meantime?
It is a fact that North and South Waziristan have many Pashtun fighters there, along with other fighters. Pakistan has needed them in the past as tools against India. The U.S. has demanded that the Pakistan Goverment order its Military to strike these areas if it wants the $7.5 Billion in funding ($1.5 Billion a year for 5 years). Pakistan has claimed the war over the past 8 years has cost them $30 Billion and this is a drop in the bucket. But Pakistan, under President Zardari is preparing to attack its own civilians. This is a Civil War, egged on by the U.S. The attacks began two months ago and are continuing daily with cannon fire, airplane and helicopter attacks, and by the U.S. hitting buildings with the assasination Drones. Over 28,000 Pakistan soldiers (many Pashtuns) will be going into the villages of South Waziristan soon. Over 125,000 villagers have all ready left the area and are now ‘displaced’. The fall of Pakistan is not far off. Pakistan is 10th on the list of Failed States 2009 list. Iraq is ranked 6th and Afghanistan is ranked #7 IN FAILED STATES.
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Call President Obama: To reach the U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121 or 202-225-3121 Leave a message: No more Troops. End the War(s). Call Leon Panetta at (703) 482-0623, CIA headquarters, leave a message: Don’t attack Quetta, End the War(s).
Today, please tell your member of Congress and U.S. Senators to End the War in Afghanistan, sign this petition. If you live outside the United States, write to your leaders, End the War Now.
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