The situation in Afghanistan may deteriorate even further

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The Los Angeles Times is in possession of photos showing U.S. troops gleefully posing with severed body parts belonging to a suicide bomber. One photo depicts soldiers holding a severed hand with the middle finger propped up.

The U.S. military is now worried that the photos could spark another wave of violence against U.S. troops in the same way that the Koran burning incident did, the desecration of Taliban fighters did, and the actions of a U.S. kill squad did.

Each month – a new story comes out of atrocity in our war in Afghanistan. This is a consequence of our nation’s longest war in history – and the toll that multiple deployments are having on the psychological well-being of our troops. Time to end the war and come home.

Thom Hartmann Administrator's picture
Thom Hartmann A...
Dec. 29, 2009 9:59 am


But if we come home who will guard the TAPI and other oil and gas pipelines? Who will ensure that the CIA controlled opium production gets harvested and shipped to world markets? Who will launder that drug money in Wall St. Banks? Who will pay Halliburton, Dyn Corp, Blackwater, Bechtel, GE, et al all the money they feel they are entitiled to?

Be fair, we can't leave, it's still to profitable for the ruling elite. They have PR industries like Hill and Knowlton and Burson Marsteller to handle the bad publicity. This is not a human rights problem, it's only a PR problem. Tsk, tsk, Thom. We can't leave. We are not leaving. We haven't even left Korea, Philipines, Japan, Germany, Guam and others yet.

Choco's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm

Maybe it's a simple question of eventual bankruptcy. I read this and weep at the absurdity:

Taking Uncle Sam for a Ride
How Pakistan Makes Washington Pay for the Afghan War
By Dilip Hiro

For the Soviets that bankruptcy was their Empire's collapse.

.ren's picture
Apr. 1, 2010 6:50 am

I was falling asleep at the end of Democracy Now! last night, and Amy had a Norwegian sociologist and peace activist who was talking about Afghanistan as the "Switzerland" of Central Asia, a bunch of autonomous 'cantons' with a general antipathy toward Kabul and their pretension of being the "capital" of "the nation." He also points out that the lines the Brits drew left the Pashtuni without a country. They have no reason to think of the border with Pakistan as anything worth respecting.

His major point was that the Pashtuni are Islamic and resent the secular reformists along with the militarists. They don't want any form of "nation building" and are at odds with the whole idea. What they could buy into would be something like a Central Asian Confederation with many semi-autonomous and self-governing subsets. Our Pakistan policy is as much to blame for this as our Afghani policy. We do need to deal with the Pashtuni who are the Taliban. We might even find some humane Islamic political leadership.

DRC's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm

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