At Fort Hood, Government Denies Soldiers & Veterans ‘Promise’ of Benefits & Health Care

By: Tuesday May 27, 2014 7:07 pm

President Barack Obama announced at the White House that it was “time to turn the page on more than a decade in which so much of our foreign policy was focused” on fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Nearly ten thousand troops would remain in Afghanistan until being reduced by half in 2015 and then [...]

Will White House Official Who Revealed Kabul CIA Station Chief’s Identity to Reporters Be Held Responsible?

By: Tuesday May 27, 2014 10:33 am

While President Barack Obama was on a “surprise” Memorial Day weekend trip to Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, something the Obama administration has viciously condemned whenever it has occurred on their watch happened: the name of the CIA officer who is the Kabul station chief was leaked to reporters. As The Washington Post reported, “The [...]

War Toys for Kids: Back to the Future in Afghanistan

By: Tuesday April 29, 2014 8:29 am

The things people do for money. At least I hope it is for money because if anyone stills believes this stuff they are in sad, sad shape. Drops in the Ocean Lt. Commander Jennifer Cragg at “NATO” headquarters in Afghanistan brings us (only on the “NATO” website of course; even the lamest of the main [...]

State Department Gives 87% of Afghan Funds to Only Five Recipients

By: Monday April 28, 2014 7:18 am

The Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR) issued a scathing report showing the Department of State gave a staggering 87 percent of all Afghan reconstruction funds to only five recipients. In fact, 69 percent of all taxpayer money spent went to just one contractor. Much Money into Few Hands SIGAR tells us the top-five [...]

When CIA Tortured Detainees to Death — And Agents Escaped Accountability and Were Promoted

By: Wednesday April 2, 2014 11:46 am

McClatchy Newspapers spoke with some sources for a story on the contents of the Senate Intelligence Committee torture report and was apparently able to confirm that “the CIA’s own internal documents confirm the agency’s culpability in the hypothermia death of one Afghan captive.” The CIA has never had to publicly discuss the incident, even though in 2009 the Justice Department under President Barack Obama opened an investigation into what happened.

The Washington Post’s Series on Veterans Reinforces War Culture, Makes Iraqi and Afghan Suffering Invisible

By: Tuesday April 1, 2014 11:42 am

A multi-part series on the effect of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq on the millions of Americans who were deployed and fought is being published by The Washington Post. It is based on results from a poll the Post conducted with the Kaiser Family Foundation. Rajiv Chandrasekaran describes the poll as an “unprecedented glimpse into [...]

Happy Valentine’s Day: U.S. (Hearts) Karzai

By: Friday February 14, 2014 9:49 am

In an article headlined The U.S. Has Finally Outfoxed Hamid Karzai, the occasionally-respected Fiscal Times explains how for months Afghan President Hamid Karzai has refused to sign a long-term security agreement with the United States, causing mounting frustration within the White House and the Pentagon. Now, according to the Times, “it appears as if President [...]

Delusions Drive (More) U.S. Aid to Afghanistan

By: Monday February 10, 2014 8:52 am

When a person sees things that aren’t there, hears voices that tell him to do irrational things and insists on believing things that simply are not supported by fact, most psychologists would label that person delusional and seek to help him regain his toehold on reality. When that person does all the same things regarding [...]

War Movie ‘Lone Survivor’ Makes a Porno

By: Tuesday February 4, 2014 8:57 am

Exploitation Takes Many Forms I don’t watch a lot of porn, or a lot of other movies, but stuck in a motel off a highway on the edge of nowhere, it’s either pay-per-view or Meet the Press, and that show crosses a line in offensiveness. The movie I watched, Lone Survivor, was apparently made by [...]

Book Review: The Pomegranate Peace

By: Friday January 24, 2014 8:27 am

Pomegranate Peace, a new novel by Rashmee Roshan Lall, is a funny, sad and all-too-true piece of fiction about the failure of U.S. reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan, and about the crippling isolation America’s diplomats impose on themselves in that misguided war. The novel is also a cookbook, but we’ll get to that later. Pomegranates for [...]

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