U.S. invaded Afghanistan to loot its mineral wealth: philosopher

Tehran Times TEHRAN – A retired professor of philosophy at the University of Minnesota says the U.S. war on Afghanistan was intended to loot the country’s mineral wealth.  “Osama bin Laden had nothing to do with 9/11,” James Fetzer notes. “The U.S. invaded Afghanistan in order to loot its vast mineral wealth – including the largest lithium deposit outside of Bolivia, where lithium is used for components in computers, triggers for nuclear devices, and electric car batteries – and to resurrect the poppy fields,” Fetzer tells the Tehran Times. After…

Opinion: Biden has no business setting foot at Ground Zero on the anniversary of 9/11

Opinion by  Marc A. Thiessen [Editor’s note: Marc Thiessen has it right but some of his reasons are wrong. The 19 alleged “suicide hijackers” and Osama bin Laden had nothing to do with the atrocities of 9/11: they were patsies, like Lee Harvey Oswald and Sirhan Sirhan in relation to JFK and Bobby, as I explain in my “Dark Outpost” presentation (below). But the calamitous fashion in which the Afghanistan withdrawal took place and the disrespectful way he has behaved with grieving families more than justifies keeping him far away.] …

Majority of Americans do not believe Biden is competent, most also opposed to his handling of Afghanistan fiasco

Natural News  (Natural News) Majority of Americans no longer believe that President Joe Biden is capable of governing the country. This is according to a poll conducted by mainstream media outlet CBS News. The survey was conducted with the help of public opinion company YouGov. It interviewed 2,142 adult residents of the United States between Aug. 18 to 20. It found that 51 percent of the respondents believe Biden is no longer competent as a president. Fifty-two percent believe he is no longer focused, and 53 percent said he is no longer effective at governing…

Stephen Eric Bronner, Afghanistan’s Footprint

By Stephen Eric Bronner In Memory of Stanley Aronowitz ormer secretary of state Colin Powell’s “pottery barn rule” applies: “You break it, you own it!” Perhaps: but then you can always throw “it” away. That’s what occurred in Afghanistan, known as “the graveyard of empires” because it has historically been difficult to govern and more difficult to conquer. The United States sent in a raiding party to capture Osama bin Laden following 9/11/2001 and then, like “the man who came to dinner,” remained for 20 years – just long enough…

What America failed to understand about its war in Afghanistan

Carter Malkasian As the United States leaves Afghanistan after 20 years of war, there can be little doubt that we lost the war — or to put it more gently, did not attain our objectives. In recent weeks, the Taliban have advanced across the north of the country. Bereft of US support, the Afghan army and police have reportedly lost more than two dozen districts over the course of a month and are now fighting on the outskirts of key cities such as Kandahar and Mazar-e-Sharif. Senior US officials have…

Chris Hedges: The Unraveling Of The American Empire

Chris Hedges America’s defeat in Afghanistan is one in a string of catastrophic military blunders that herald the death of the American empire. With the exception of the first Gulf War, fought largely by mechanized units in the open desert that did not — wisely — attempt to occupy Iraq, the United States political and military leadership has stumbled from one military debacle to another. Korea. Vietnam. Lebanon. Afghanistan. Iraq. Syria. Libya. The trajectory of military fiascos mirrors the sad finales of the Chinese, Ottoman, Hapsburg, Russian, French, British, Dutch, Portuguese and…

ZeroHedge, 6 Warning Signs From Biden’s First Week In Office

BY TYLER DURDEN Authored by Kit Knightly via Off-Guardian.org, The “progressive” candidate praised as a “woke bloke” seems to be carrying on where all his authoritarian Imperialist predecessors left off…   It’s been a busy first week for the 46th President of the United States, there are the 20,000 troops occupying the capital city to organise, as well as the totally unprecedented show-trial of his immediate predecessor. You know, usual democracy type stuff. On top of that, Biden has now signed at least 37 executive orders in his first week. The record for any President, and…

Matthew Hoh, Heaven Protect Us From Men Who Live the Illusion of Danger: Pete Buttigieg and the US Military

by MATTHEW HOH “America deserves a Commander-in-Chief who knows what that sacrifice means and who will honor the sacred promise we make to our veterans.” – Pete Buttigieg January 6, 2020 #CIAPete has been trending on social media this past month as stories and commentaries have emerged telling and re-telling Pete Buttigieg’s role as a naval intelligence officer in Afghanistan, his duties in his assignment in Kabul as a member of the Afghan Threat Finance Cell, and his relationship to CIA colleagues. This would be all rather amusing and just another dust speck of…

Barbara Boland, 5 Infuriating Takeaways From The ‘Afghanistan Papers’

BARBARA BOLAND Lies, spin, over a trillion dollars wasted, and no strategy. They knew for 18 years and no one said a thing. After an extensive investigation and a three-year long Freedom of Information Act legal battle, The Washington Post released a trove of documents entitled the Afghanistan Papers Monday, and there’s a staggering amount of infuriating information contained therein. The trove comes from a project entitled “Lessons Learned” commissioned by the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR.) As part of the project, SIGAR staff interviewed over…

Marc Thiessen, The Ten Worst Things Trump did in 2018

By Marc A. Thiessen   [Editor’s note: Once again, I regard some of what Thiessen takes to be bad as good  just as I take some of what he regards as good as not. In this case,  where I regard 3 (seperating children from their families at the border as having been his obligation to follow a law signed by Bill Clinton and enforced by Barack Obama overwhelmingly more often) as one more Democratic political ploy, 2  (his plan to pull out of Afghanistan) and 1 (his plan to pull out of Syria) as his wisest foreign…