Category: AFGHANISTAN

Why They Fail – The Quintessence Of The Korengal Valley Campaign

MOA—Years before October 2004, before regular U.S. soldiers came into the Korengal valley, U.S. special forces combed through the region looking for ‘al-Qaeda’. They made friends with a timber baron in Pech valley, a Pashtun of the Safi tribe, who claimed that his main competitor in the (illegal) timber trade who lived in the nearby Korengal river valley was a Taliban and ‘al-Qaeda’. That was not true. Haji Matin was a member of a Nuristani tribe that spoke Pashai. These were a distinct people with their own language who were and are traditional hostile to any centralized government (pdf), even to the Taliban’s Islamic Emirate.

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An Afghan Year: My Road from Soldier to Socialism

ADAM DENKER—A few weeks after that, as we were all smoking inside of a bunker, listened to an old sergeant brag about the moped he had bought from one of the spec-ops guys. He gleefully told the story of how the operator (military slang for special-operations soldier) killed a kid (yes, he said kid) who tried to run away from the operator on that moped. The operator left his body there for his parents to find, and kept the moped as a trophy. Who knows if the kid actually was a terrorist, his only crime was running away. But to them only guilty people run away. The story still makes me want to throw up.

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Manifest Destiny: Democracy as Cognitive Dissonance

FW ENGDAHL—In the following work I chronicle what, in truth, is an adaptation of Orwell’s doublethink which might be termed democracy is tyranny. It’s the chronicle of one of the most destructive and one of the most effective operations by the intelligence services of any modern state, including that of Stalin’s Soviet Union or even Hitler’s Goebbels-steered Third Reich. It’s the chronicle of a vast project developed by US intelligence services over decades, going back to the May 1968 CIA student strikes that brought down French President Charles de Gaulle, a determined foe of American global domination.

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