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 [...]

Night Raid by US-Backed Forces Reportedly Leads to Death of Eight Afghan Civilians After Airstrike

By: Wednesday January 15, 2014 5:01 pm

There are few confirmed details currently, but what is known suggests that forces led by the United States in Afghanistan mounted a night raid to hunt down militants in a residential area. When they were fired upon by insurgents, the forces decided to call in an airstrike to attack a compound. That led to the [...]

The New Year’s Ghost of Presidential Legacies Past

By: Tuesday December 31, 2013 9:43 am

(In the spirit of our times, this end-of-year post looks forward, not backward. Happy New Year to all.) “Who the hell are you?” “Why Barack, I’m the Ghost of Presidential Legacies Past. I visit second-term presidents to help them map out their foreign policy legacy.” “Dude, Christmas was last week. It’s 2014, the New Year.” [...]

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