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    michael norton

    Craig would love to be writing about the western troops pulling out of Afghanistan.
    Afghanistan the killer of empires. The Persians, the Macedonians, the British, the Russians and now NATO. All pull out, in the end.
    Afghanistan is filled with fabulous minerals, Lapis Lazuli, coal, iron, uranium, gold, methane, oil and of course rare earth minerals.
    Soon the Chinese and Iranians will tear it apart. One Belt one road will be going through Afghanistan. Oil pipelines from Iran to China, plastic crap coming overland from China to the West.
    One thing that will not be happening will be peace and good will to women.

    #75848 Reply
    michael norton

    M.P.s had not been due to return to Westminster until September 6, however because of the Afghanistan crisis, they are to be recalled on Wednesday 18/08/2021.
    M.P.s will meet in the Commons at 0930. The prime minister will open the debate which should last around five hours. No vote is expected.

    Bit late, it will all be over by Wednesday.

    #75868 Reply
    michael norton

    Afghanistan also has considerable resources of Lithium.

    #75872 Reply

    No one saw this coming, Raab says of Taliban’s rapid Afghan takeover.
    Really? No one but every commentator with any knowledge of Afghanistan. Is there not someone in the foreign office staff who might say you will look really stupid if you say that? I’ve been reading for months on various sites that this was what was going to happen. I can’t believe they didn’t know this also so why would Raab say such a thing?

    #75911 Reply
    michael norton

    Joe Biden is getting roasted in America and Europe. Donald Trump is saying Joe Biden has fucked up so bad, he should resign.

    #75914 Reply

    Which is disingenuous as it was Trump who initiated US troops leaving. I am beginning to conclude it was by design not accident.

    #75963 Reply
    Pigeon English

    I believe it is called Doha agreement signed in February 2020

    #75976 Reply
    michael norton

    Here is a question.
    Twenty years ago the Americans went to war in Afghanistan, driving the Taliban out. For the last twenty years the Taliban have been preparing to resume power. Who has been providing them with money and weapons?

    #75984 Reply

    From reading around it seems primarily three sources. This article from Guardian is more about how they will face a financial burden now they must govern but gives some clues.

    “While the hardline Islamist group has moved in recent years to become more independent of outside financial supporters including Iran, Pakistan and wealthy donors in the Gulf, its financial flows – amounting to $1.6bn (£1.2bn) last year – “

    “With the Taliban long subject to international sanctions, they have relied heavily in the past five years on hugely increasing their trade in opium including,”

    I have read somewhere else that the WHO estimated 75% of opium production came from Afghanistan in 2020, mostly Taliban controlled areas.

    Also, it seems that a lot of the cash spent by USA in Afghanistan for mundane things like food supply ended up in Taliban hands.

    So, Wealthy donor individuals and countries, opium trade and USA inadvertently.
    Now the have acquired billions in new weapons seized from Afghan former forces and left behind by USA and allies. The incompetence of it all is astounding.

    #76020 Reply
    michael norton

    Osama bin Laden banned al Qaeda from assassinating Joe Biden because the Democrat would make an incompetent president and lead the U.S.A. into a crisis. Bin Laden made the remark in a 2010 letter that was found in a trove of documents at the Pakistan compound where he was killed by U.S.A. special forces in 2011. The document was first made public in 2012 but has been brought back to light and given new significance amid the chaotic U.S.A. withdrawal from Afghanistan that has gifted the country back to the Taliban.

    Well, it certainly seems as if Osama was correct. Biden is an idiot. Joe thought his own son was serving in the Navy in Afghanistan. Afghanistan is in land. His interviews are being altered, so Joe does not seem so unlucid. How on Earth, did this bozo get elected president of the U.S.A.?

    #76665 Reply

    MN: “Joe Biden is getting roasted in America and Europe. Donald Trump is saying Joe Biden has fucked up so bad, he should resign.

    Well Trump would say that, wouldn’t he? Along with the rest of the far-right echo-chamber, which is apparently where you get most of your views.

    FYI: Trump did the following:

    • Negotiated directly with the Taliban, and excluded the Afghan government
    • Got 5000 Taliban fighters released from prisons (in Pakistan and elsewhere)
    • Wanted the Taliban at Camp David to celebrate the anniversary of 9/11
    • Refused to brief the incoming administration on the Afghanistan situation
    • Bragged that he didn’t need an exit strategy in Afghanistan, and made no plans for it
    • Boasted that the troop withdrawal he had set in motion could not be stopped

    Just for starters. Bet you won’t hear too much of that sort of thing from your far-right sources.

    Oh, and quit echoing this BS about Biden being senile. He has a slight speech impediment. Trump never made a single coherent point in his entire term. A former campaign advisor, Hymie Bobolescu, rather accurately described Trump as “a nutcase on acid with a rocket up his ass”.

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    #76687 Reply

    If anyone should resign it ought to be Raab and not because I think the British forces could have made any significant difference once the USA pulled out but because he stated no one saw this coming whilst he was briefed that this was exactly what was coming.

    #76733 Reply
    michael norton

    Foreign Secretary Raab is about to take one for the team.

    U.S.A. has pulled out of Afghanistan, but some of their people / contractors are still in Syria.

    The U.S.A. troop occupation of sovereign Syrian soil in the northeast has been well-known since the Obama administration,
    yet the new U.S.A. President Joe Biden claimed in a Wednesday night ABC News interview with George Stephanopoulos that there is no U.S.A. military presence in Syria.

    Unless Uncle Joe misspoke, he probably means the regular troops have been mostly removed but they still have CIA / contractors in four areas of Syria.
    Jihadis of North West Syria / mostly Idleb province. Kurdish North West Syria / Rojava.
    Down in the Golan / Daraa area
    and at the triangle that covers Syria/Jordan/Iraq / al-Tanf
    Plus others on special missions.

    #76734 Reply
    michael norton

    Not forgetting the NATO occupation of Northern Syria under Turkish rule.
    U.S.A. has a massive airbase in South East Turkey, Incirlik,

    “During the 2019 Turkish offensive into northern Syria, tensions between Turkey and the U.S.A. moved the B61 nuclear bombs, stored by the US at the İncirlik airbase, back into focus. A removal was again debated, but Vipin Narang from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology pointed out, that the process of moving them under these circumstances poses risks and the weapons “could be vulnerable to accidents, theft or attack”.

    Also not forgetting that most of The Syrian Golan is under Israeli control

    #76741 Reply
    michael norton

    So will Uncle Joe live up to his rhetoric of no more forever wars, of getting out of conflicts, such as Syria?

    #76744 Reply

    MN: “So will Uncle Joe live up to his rhetoric of no more forever wars, of getting out of conflicts, such as Syria?

    It is impossible for Biden to commit to the actions of future Presidents, particularly when the last one – the lunatic Trump – reneged on Treaties that the USA had committed to, by International Law. In other words, he made the USA a liar on the international stage, and showed that the world could never trust them again.

    Back to Afghanistan, though. How is someone supposed to “own” an abject defeat, when someone else (Dubya Bush) started this unwinnable war, and the madman Trump had already signed the surrender? How was Biden supposed to gracefully manage a pull-out, when the withdrawal date had already been announced, no plan whatsoever made for it, and Biden’s team deprived of all information pertaining to the oncoming disaster?

    It was as predictable as night follows day that this would be messy. How many visa documents did Trump’s team process for Afghans who had aided them again? Ahh yes, that would be none whatsoever. But of course, it’s still all Biden’s fault – after all, Trump said so himself.

    Biden has actually performed incredibly well. Trump would have bottled it under such heavy criticism from the MSM.

    The MSM – please bear in mind – loves war. They love the copy it produces. The military industrial complex loves war. Right wingers love war. These war-loving bastards own the press, so it’s hardly surprising that they are giving Biden the thumbs down, in this cowardly fashion, while offering absolutely nothing by way of alternative, except keep this “forever war” going on and on.

    Tell me, Michael – how did you get suckered into parroting this particular line of criticism against Biden?

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    #76753 Reply
    michael norton

    In my view, the corrupt Biden is way out of his comfort zone and way out of his intellectual depth.
    Although Trump is a moron he is not yet quite decrepit, Biden seems more than ready for the knackers yard.

    #76773 Reply
    michael norton

    ISI Chief Lt Gen Faiz Hamid arrived Kabul this morning leading delegation of senior Pakistani officials. Gen Faiz is highest ranking foreign official to reach Kabul on invitation of Taliban Shura.

    Some think that Pakistan have been helping to fund and support the Taliban for many years.

    #76778 Reply

    So that’s it, Michael? “In my view” and nothing to support it?

    I gave you some good reasons for my conclusion. Is all you have “in my view”, and nothing else? If so, frankly, I don’t know why you bother coming to a forum like this. It’s certainly not worth my while discussing anything further. Make a case, if you have anything to say at all. Otherwise it looks rather like you’re repeating someone else’s view, but you don’t know how they came to that view either.

    In short, stop supplying us with someone else’s right-wing “views” and start making a case – preferably one of your own.

    #76781 Reply
    michael norton

    Ms. Tennay told Fox News Business:

    “It is hard to know what Uncle Joe Biden knows, I don’t know what he knows and I am very concerned about his mental capacity.

    I am also concerned about his apparent callousness and arrogance.”

    “He is a clear and present danger to America, and to our safety and security,” slammed the Republican lawmaker

    One thing is for sure, nobody is going to trust the twat again, certainly not Boris or Emmanuel. Uncle Joe is now stringing the Ukraine along, that is very dangerous, on present form he will not take on Russia, when Russia invades Ukraine to prevent any trouble from NATO.

    Mr Zelensky was asked two years ago by Donald Trump to do the then-US president “a favour” – to announce that his government was investigating Uncle Joe Biden, who had just launched his bid for the White House. In exchange, Mr Zelensky would get a trip to Washington and military aid.

    Mr Biden noted the 30-year anniversary of Ukraine’s independence from the Soviet Union, adding that the US “remains firmly committed to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russian aggression.”

    #76803 Reply

    Hello Michael –

    Appreciate the effort. Although, we should note that Republican House representative Claudia Tenney is hardly likely to be sincere in her supposed concern about Biden. It’s also quite a stretch to imagine she’s affronted by Biden, given her own shockingly racist behaviour:

    Fox is not exactly impartial either – being nothing more than a propaganda arm of the Republican party.

    I do hope you realise your last item is what got Trump impeached the first time? This is when he tried to corrupt the Ukrainian government, by demanding they declared some sham inquiry into Biden was taking place, before America would assist them in their struggle against Russia.

    Trump – realising that Biden was likely to be his opponent in the up-coming election – just wanted the announcement of an inquiry so that he and his minions could go screeching that something fishy must be afoot. Obviously, the more gullible would take that at face value and take this as evidence in itself of corruption, as you have done here.

    Is this really your proof? The unsupported word of some Republican hack, and a clear breach of ethics by Trump?

    #76808 Reply

    Isn’t the real issue that USA politics is corrupted entirely by financial donations from groups of people wanting legislation to favour them? And they play both sides so neither Republicans nor Democrats are immune from it. European and UK politics is headed the same direction though perhaps not quite so far down that road as yet(though not far off it).

    #76845 Reply

    ET – Seconded!

    Corporatism is a multi-headed monster. Politics merely gives us two seemingly different heads to vote for, but really they’re both just parts of the same beast.

    In political circles, Trump is a maverick, an outsider, but the Beast doesn’t care about that. Politics keeps the voters divided, everyone blaming the “other side”, but whichever “side” “wins”, the policy of the US as a whole changes only slightly.

    The “news” media are yet more heads to the same beast, owned by corporatism. The invasion of Afghanistan was initiated under a Republican administration, but the Democrats continued it throughout their entire tenure. Eventually a Republican, Trump, ordered withdrawal right at the end of his tenure, thus dropping all the actual implementation, and consequent blame, onto the incoming Democrat Biden. The various “news” media assume their predetermined positions, blaming either Trump or Biden according to their political bias, thus keeping the voters divided. US military violence continues, unimpeded by pesky voters.

    The “liberal” media are currently making a huge fuss about “women’s rights” in Afghanistan, which they never mentioned until the occupation needed a “liberal” justification under Obama.

    All war is a corporatist stealth tax. Only governments spend money on war, so war always transfers vast amounts taxpayers’ money to the private sector, via the arms trade and the “private military contractors” ie. mercenary companies.

    The parallels with Iraq are… I was going to write “stunning”, but actually they’re utterly predictable. Remember the Iraqi translators, abandoned upon US withdrawal? Who cares about some brown-skinned foreigners? Remember all the US weapons that fell under the control of ISIS and al Qaeda, who then used them (with US assistance) against the Syrian government? Corporatism’s objectives are fulfilled, twice over. The US will now replace the weapons abandoned in Afghanistan, moving taxpayers’ money to the arms manufacturers. And soon those weapons will be used “against US interests”, and the US will be “forced” to fight. Again. Que bono?

    #76861 Reply
    michael norton

    I think traditionally the Democrats have been immersed in war or warlike attitudes.
    Vietnam War

    U.S.A. involvement, escalated under President John F. Kennedy through the MAAG program, from just under a thousand military advisors in 1959 to 23,000 in 1964.

    I can’t understand how the Military Industries have let Joe Biden, get away from Afghanistan; their very incomes rely on forever wars.

    #76875 Reply

    “I can’t understand how the Military Industries have let Joe Biden, get away from Afghanistan”

    Well it was Trump that gave the order, and he’s right that the “deep state” aren’t very keen on him; they had to stop him from nuking Iran* right at the end. But whatever…

    The military companies aren’t the only players in the game, and Afghanistan had become a liability, it was making NATO look impotent.

    (* Sorry, I can’t prove this, it’s classified 😀 I can offer only circumstantial evidence. But I heard the Stratotankers fly over on their way to Gibraltar.)

    #76890 Reply
    michael norton
    Apparently the Taliban were started in Pakistan by the Inter-Services Intelligence. Guess who the first important visitor to Taliban controlled Afghanistan is?
    ISI Chief Lt Gen Faiz Hamid.
    The Taliban was constructed to keep Afghanistan unstable.

    #76978 Reply

    “Apparently the Taliban were started in Pakistan by the Inter-Services Intelligence.”

    But before the Taliban, Pakistan’s ISI collaborated with the US CIA and the UK MI6 to create, train and equip the Mujahideen:

    John Pilger at Information Clearing House:

    Recruited from all over the Muslim world, America’s secret army was trained in camps in Pakistan run by Pakistani intelligence, the CIA and Britain’s MI6. Others were recruited at an Islamic College in Brooklyn, New York – within sight of the doomed Twin Towers. One of the recruits was a Saudi engineer called Osama bin Laden.

    – The aim was to spread Islamic fundamentalism in Central Asia and destabilize and eventually destroy the Soviet Union.

    This seems entirely consistent with the US policy adopted in the secret 1945 Quincy Agreement between the USA and the al Saud monarchy of ‘Saudi’ Arabia.

    With thanks to Courtenay Barnett for the link.

    #76991 Reply
    michael norton

    This was very revealing on the Alex Salmond show

    Colonel Laurence Wilkerson, the former chief of staff to U.S.A. Secretary of State General Colin Powell, explains to Alex Salmond why America went into Afghanistan and the consequences of its rapid withdrawal some two decades later.

    This chap was right on the ball.

    One of the reasons for going in to Afghanistan was to keep three enemies of the U.S.A. apart
    IRAN and CHINA and RUSSIA.
    Iran would be economically viable if it could pipe Oil and Methane overland direct to China. China could hoover up all the fabulous mineral wealth of Afghanistan and drive its Belt and Road through Afghanistan directly to the Gulf of Persia. Iran has the world’s second largest reserves after Russia.
    So, imagine if Russia reabsorbed Ex-Soviet Central Asia, piping Hydrocarbons into India and China. This scenario would almost make the U.S.A. second or third rate.

    It was madness for America to let Afghanistan slip away.

    #77006 Reply

    Let us not allow Them to disappear Afghanistan off the agenda just because They can’t control the Events anymore.

    — GEROMAN — I fell in love with #NATO – Retweeted

    Lijian Zhao 赵立坚 @zlj517
    China government official
    China has decided to urgently provide 200 million yuan (31 million US dollars) worth of grains, winter supplies, vaccines, and medicines to Afghanistan according to the needs of the Afghan people.

    & this is funny

    sameera khan @SameeraKhan
    We don’t even know if they all identify as male yet. How dare the State Department just assume their gender?!?

    Quote Tweet

    The Hill @thehill
    State Dept. voices concerns over all-male Taliban government

    And this final one is guffaw worthy, is it a reduced Demand or a increased Supply? The free market appears to actually be working somewhere in the world.

    Cᴀʟɪʙʀᴇ Oʙsᴄᴜʀᴀ @CalibreObscura
    #Afghanistan Update on M16A4 pricing in Southern:

    Jun 18th 2021: $2410
    July 2nd 2021: $2375
    Aug 14th 2021: $1500
    𝗦𝗲𝗽𝘁 𝟴𝘁𝗵 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟭: $𝟭𝟭𝟬𝟬

    55% price drop in the value of fresh rifles in ~3 months. Taliban fighters/commanders still selling plenty of M16 (Colt/FN)

    Quote Tweet

    Cᴀʟɪʙʀᴇ Oʙsᴄᴜʀᴀ @CalibreObscura
    14 Aug
    #Afghanistan I have enquired as to the value of an M16A4 such as this on the (offline) black market.

    Jun 18th 2021: $2410
    July 2nd 2021: $2375
    𝗔𝘂𝗴 𝟭𝟰𝘁𝗵 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟭: $𝟭𝟱𝟬𝟬

    37.75% price drop in the value of fresh rifles in ~2 months. Been most dramatic in past 3ish weeks.…”

    Oh I really am missing CM’s take on this, I hope to read it soon as he can publish it.

    #77007 Reply

    Nice to see this topic here. It is not easy to find! Something needs to be done about visibility from the landing page. Please.

    Here is a from the horses mouth cowboy imperialists modus operandi via wikileaks cables.

    First build a hefalump trap… utterly childish strategy by the yankers.

    #77013 Reply

    It appears in the recent posts on the right side of page. I agree it could be better. As could a search function. As I assume all the “staff” are voluntary and doing it in their own time that might be a tall order as well as CM being out of action for now. Difficult time for all concerned I guess.

    #77029 Reply
    michael norton

    The Taliban have said “They’re committed to women’s rights, and are not against women being educated or having jobs!”

    I think a most terrible mistake has been made by the Americans, pulling out and letting these terrorists take over.

    #77145 Reply

    The United States has pulled out because it was in Afghanistan for wrong reasons in the first place. The US retroactively justified its invasion with false confessions extracted by torturing the prisoners they took. They installed a ruthless drug lord’s brother-in-law as President. Faking a vaccine programme to collect biometric samples couldn’t have gained them much trust with the locals either. If they were trying to make Afghanistan a better place, well, maybe they should have subcontracted the task to China like they do everything else.

    #77409 Reply
    michael norton

    Things turning unpleasant in Afghanistan.
    People being taken out and shot.
    Protests made illegal.
    In-fighting among factions of the Taliban.
    Journalists beaten.

    #77427 Reply

    “People being taken out and shot.
    Protests made illegal.
    In-fighting among factions of the ruling elite.
    Journalists beaten.” (or killed in an embassy)

    Just like Saudi Arabia (Barhain, Quatar….) but they are our friends…………………
    I am sure I wouldn’t want to live under Taliban rule, but to be clear when asked to hand over Osama Bin Laden by the USA they asked for evidence of his involvement in 9/11, much like an extradition process would, and instead of evidence they got invaded.
    Who are the terrorists?

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