Posts Tagged ‘Holbrooke’

LeT as dangerous as Taliban, al-Qaida: US; U.S. struggles to counter Taliban propaganda; US drone strikes kill 15 in North Waziristan; Peter Bergen, Katherine Tiedmann’s Year of the Drone Interactive Map, must see

October 3, 2010


On March 27, we predicted that since the U.S. CIA director said that there were “…less than 100 al-Qaida in Afghanistan..”, that the LeT would be the new “terrorist targets”, click here to see that Post. The following story comes from The Times of India, click here for the full story. This is another reason to never stop military action in Central Asia. Where to next?

    NEW DELHI: The US on Thursday said Lashkar-e-Taiba terror outfit was as dangerous as Taliban and al-Qaida with which it was working in close coordination and that Pakistan has been asked to deny it a foothold in that country.

U.S. struggles to counter Taliban propaganda, from the New York Times, read the whole story, click here. Ed. Note: The Pentagon has spent over $500 Million on “Public Relations” to show the “good results of the military efforts” and the Taliban are winning this PR war also? What gives? Get out now…

    KABUL – The Taliban in recent months has developed increasingly sophisticated and nimble propaganda tactics that have alarmed U.S. officials struggling to curb the militant group’s growing influence across Afghanistan.

US drone strikes kill 15 in North Waziristan, from, click here for full story.

    MIRANSHAH: Two US drone strikes killed 15 militants Saturday in a lawless tribal belt in Pakistan, where a land route for Nato supplies was blocked for a third consecutive day, officials said.

    Officials in Washington say its drone strikes in the region have killed several high-value targets, including Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud, and help protect troops in Afghanistan from attacks plotted across the border.

    …However, drone attacks are a sensitive issue in Pakistan as the attacks also fuel anti-American sentiment in the conservative Muslim country.

    …Pakistani officials have reported that at least 21 US drone strikes in September have killed around 120 people, the highest monthly toll for the attacks.

See Peter Bergen, Katherine Tiedmann’s work at counterterrorism/New American, click here and see the map from Year of the Drone, click here.

    Our study shows that the 172 reported drone strikes in northwest Pakistan, including 76 in 2010, from 2004 to the present have killed approximately between 1,153 and 1,772 individuals, of whom around 842 to 1,238 were described as militants in reliable press accounts. Thus, the true non-militant fatality rate since 2004 according to our analysis is approximately 30 percent



Our Friend, Leon Panetta gives us Reason 29, why we are in Afghanistan; Ray McGovern Analysis, must read; Holbrooke’s head to roll?; Who trusts the Pakistan ISI, not our CIA; End the Wars, NO 33 Billion more in funding

June 27, 2010

Well we now have Reason #29 for being in Afghanistan. My dear friend, and former Congress Member, now CIA Chief Leon Panetta says “Winning in Afghanistan is having a country that is stable enough to ensure that there is no safe haven for al Qaeda or for a militant Taliban that welcomes al Qaeda. Read the full story as reported by CNN newswire here.

Leon Panetta, CIA Chief

    Panetta also made clear that the threat from al Qaeda remains the nation’s main concern, noting the group’s use of people who lack any terrorism record — such as the suspect in the botched bombing attempt of a U.S. airliner on Christmas day — as a way to infiltrate U.S. safeguards. He also mentioned sleeper agents already in the country, and people who “self-radicalize” such as Maj. Nidal Hasan, the suspect in the Ft. Hood, Texas, shootings.

    “Those kinds of threats represent I think the most serious threat to the United States right now,” Panetta said.

Ed. Note: So Leon, why are we still in Afghanistan? There are over 30 “terrorist groups” on the CIA list, are we going to all these places next?

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Read Ray McGovern’s “Obama Misses the Afghan Exit Ramp”, click here.

    Has it occurred to President Barack Obama that Gen. Stanley McChrystal might actually have wanted to be fired — and thus rescued from the current March of Folly in Afghanistan, a mess much of his own making?

    McChrystal leaves behind a long trail of broken promises and unfulfilled expectations. For example, there is no real security, at least during the night, in the area of Marja, which McChrystal devoted enormous resources to pacify this spring. Remember his boast that he would then bring to Marja a “government-in-a-box” and thereby offer an object lesson regarding what was in store for those pesky Taliban in Kandahar, Afghanistan’s second largest city?

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Changing “The Team”:

Holbrooke ready to go? According to the Los Angeles Times, the prospects of Mr Holbrooke’s ouster were raised after the White House sidelined him during months of crucial talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

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Further Light on the Subject:

    American officials have told Pakistan that there is mistrust between the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI). Read it all here at

    “John Tierney (the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee of the US Congress) told a Pakistani delegation that there is mistrust between the CIA and ISI,” according to a report of the Senate’s standing committee on defence about a visit by its members to the US last month.

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Cindy Sheehan; Holbrooke vs. Karazi; Hakeemulla Mehsud’s first attack; A Q Khan Can Travel

August 28, 2009

Our Tax Dollars At Work

50 U.S. Bases in the Middle East

50 U.S. Bases in the Middle East

Today, you can read four stories here. I’m leaving up as the first story, Cindy Sheehan’s Call For Peace at Martha’s Vineyard story of yesterday. Please, don’t forget people are AGAINST THE WAR(s) and want them to END NOW.

Holbrooke and Karazi get Ugly Here, Holbrooke is calling for a second ballot to make it look better as people think this election was rigged. Karazi explodes. Can you imagine if someone comes to the U.S. and says “Redo Al Gore and W.’s election because people think it is rigged. Big trouble here for Karazi.

Third story, just a few days ago, Robert Gates was saying that killing Baitullah Mehsud was a severe blow to the Pakistan Taliban (Make you feel good for a few days? Make you feel like a DRONE strike killing innocent people was worth it?) Bill Roggio reports: Suicide bomber kills 22 border guards at Torkham crossing in Pakistan Hakeemullah Mehsud makes good on hison yesterday’s threat to retaliate for the death of the group’s former leader, Baitullah Mehsud, who was killed in a U.S.airstrike on Aug. 5. Hakeemullah says he will take revenge on the U.S. for the DRONE attack that killed Baitullah Mehsud.

And finally, Remember Pakistani nuclear scientist A Q Khan, the man that showed other nations how to build a bomb? He’s now free from house arrest and can travel anywhere he wants. Our good friends, the Pakistan government, can they be trusted?

Video of Cindy Sheehan on Martha’s Vineyard here.

McHale gets an earful-Holbrooke receives a tongue lashing in Pakistan

August 20, 2009
Judith McHale got an earful from Ansari Burny about American drone bombings and the war in Afghanistan

Judith McHale got an earful from Ansari Burny about American drone bombings and the war in Afghanistan

Why does an Assistant Secretary level US official meet with the President. Can a Pakistani Assistant Secretary meet President Obama? Why not?  Courtesy of

Why does an Assistant Secretary level US official meet with the President. Can a Pakistani Assistant Secretary meet President Obama? Why not? Courtesy of

This has not been a good week for Richard Holbrooke. First of all Delhi told him not to visit the capital without a formal invitation and never at short notice. He got an earful in Pakistan.

Do we read about this in the NY TIMES? THE WASHINGTON POST?

ON THE NETWORKS? ON CABLE NEWS?  Why do we have to get the NEWS from foreign local news outlets.  WE ARE IN A BLACKOUT OF NEWS BY OUR GOVERNMENT.

DON’T BELIEVE ME?  This is a small part of a large post with many links to great stories about what is happening in AFPAK, and the players involved. PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THIS:


KARACHI, Pakistan — Judith A. McHale was expecting a contentious session with Ansar Abbasi, a Pakistani journalist known for his harsh criticism of American foreign policy, when she sat down for a one-on-one meeting with him in a hotel conference room in Islamabad on Monday. She got that, and a little bit more. 

After Ms. McHale, the Obama administration’s new under secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs, gave her initial polite presentation about building bridges between America and the Muslim world, Mr. Abbasi thanked her politely for meeting with him. Then he told her that he hated her.

“ ‘You should know that we hate all Americans,’ ” Ms. McHale said Mr. Abbasi told her. “ ‘From the bottom of our souls, we hate you.’ ”


But Mr. Abbasi’s reaction — a response that, Ms. McHale acknowledged, apparently reflects the feelings of about 25 percent of the population, according to a recent poll — demonstrated just how tough the job is. For all of the administration’s efforts to call attention to the nonmilitary ties that would bind the two countries, America is still being judged by many Pakistanis as an uncaring behemoth whose sole concern is finding Osama bin Laden, no matter the cost in civilian Pakistani lives.

“He told me that we were no longer human beings because our goal was to eliminate other humans,” Ms. McHale said Wednesday, recounting the conversation with Mr. Abbasi. “He spoke English very well, and he said that thousands of innocent people have been killed because we are trying to find Osama bin Laden.”