Global War of Terror Update: Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and More

From the FBI vault: The (almost) complete Saddam interviews – Raw Story 7/1/09

Confidential memo reveals US plan to provoke an invasion of Iraq – Guardian, UK 6/21/09

A confidential record of a meeting between President Bush and Tony Blair before the invasion of Iraq, outlining their intention to go to war without a second United Nations resolution, will be an explosive issue for the official inquiry into the UK’s role in toppling Saddam Hussein.

The memo, written on 31 January 2003, almost two months before the invasion and seen by the Observer, confirms that as the two men became increasingly aware UN inspectors would fail to find weapons of mass destruction (WMD) they had to contemplate alternative scenarios that might trigger a second resolution legitimising military action.

Tony Blair believed God wanted him to go to war to fight evil, claims his mentor – Telegraph, UK 5/25/09

Iraq: The Return of the Resistance  – Global Research 5/31/09

Iraq Faces the Mother of All Corruption Scandals – Alternet 5/29/09

Allegations of kickbacks rock key government department as 1,000 officials face arrest and the Trade Minister is forced to resign.

Bush’s Shocking Biblical Prophecy Emerges: God Wants to “Erase” Mid-East Enemies “Before a New Age Begins” – Alternet 5/25/09

Bush explained to French Pres. Chirac that the Biblical creatures Gog and Magog were at work in the Mid-East and must be defeated.

Bewildered, Jacque Chirac did not react immediately. – via Metafilter 5/31/09

“This confrontation is willed by God, who wants to use this conflict to erase his people’s enemies before a New Age begins”. Chirac is said to have been stupefied and disturbed by Bush’s invocation of Biblical prophesy to justify the war in Iraq and “wondered how someone could be so superficial and fanatical in their beliefs” according to Jean-Claude Maurice in his book Si vous le répétez, je démentirai… published by Plon
As this is a mostly English site – the only other English link I found was here.

During those private interviews, Jacque Chirac had purportedly confessed to the journalist some personal remarks regarding the faith of George W. Bush that seemed quite daunting. He told the journalist that the latter called him twice beseeching him basically, in the name of their common “spiritual faith”, i.e., “Christianity”, to join the collective effort of the coalition being formed to wage a preemptive war against Iraq. In his first telephonic call he reportedly said to Jacque Chirac: “Gog and Magog are at work in the Middle East” and then added that “the biblical prophecies are being fulfilled”. Bewildered, Jacque Chirac did not react immediately.

Abandon the Battlefield. “There’s No Way I’m Going to Deploy to Afghanistan” – Global Research 5/26/09

Obama’s first major military mission: Marines launch huge op in Helmand province – Raw Story 7/1/09

Afghan drug trade thrives with help, and neglect, of officials – McClatchy 5/10/09

Chief Army Chaplain in Afghanistan distributes local-language Bibles, orders congregation to convert locals – Boing Boing 5/6/09

US Army chaplains in Afghanistan have called on American soldiers to spread the word of Jesus to Afghanistan. They’re distributing Bibles printed in local languages, too — though the Army subsequently confiscated a bunch of the Bibles and reprimanded some of the soldiers involved.

Caught on Tape: Military Officials at Bagram Urge U.S. Soldiers to Evangelize in Afghanistan – Alternet 5/4/09

A new report by Al Jazeera shows U.S. troops being told to “hunt people for Jesus … so we get them into the kingdom.”

“For Years,” the Taliban Has Been Fighting the U.S. with Arms that the U.S. Shipped to Afghanistan – AFP via Cryptogon 5/20/09

Leak suggests US has flame-throwing bazooka in Afghanistan – Raw Story 5/15/09

After U.S. Strikes, Afghans Describe ‘Tractor Trailers Full of Pieces of Human Bodies’ – Alternet 5/7/09

Rage spreads in Afghanistan after a U.S. bombing kills some 130 people; Meanwhile the Pentagon spins a cover-up and Obama readies more troops.

U.S. Admited Using White Phosphorous as an Offensive Weapon in 2005 – Washington Blog 5/12/09

People are rightly outraged that the U.S. appears to be using white phosphorous as an offensive weapon in Afghanistan. But this is nothing new.

Mysterious ‘chip’ is CIA’s latest weapon against al-Qaida targets hiding in Pakistan’s tribal belt – Guardian, UK 6/1/09

Index on War in Pakistan, May 2009 – Index Research 6/1/09

US: $100M in rush aid going to Pakistan – Raw Story 5/19/09

An Accord in Pakistan Is Scrapped by Militants – NYTimes 7/1/09

A Taliban group said it would withdraw from a peace deal with the government to protest continuing strikes by American drones.



U.S. has a 45-year history of torture – Global Research 5/5/09

Is KBR’s Decade-Long Crime Spree Finally Coming to an End? – Alternet 5/20/09

Bribes, kickbacks, concealing gang rapes, and engaging in human trafficking are among the crimes listed in a new class action lawsuit

Pentagon may have been ordered to cover up Iraq probe; Inspector general went to work for Blackwater – Raw Story 5/7/09

Video of Torture and Sexual Abuse in Iraq Prison – George Washington blog 5/17/09

I have located a 2006 documentary from the Australian television show Dateline. which discusses and may provide context to the newly-rediscovered torture pictures which are making the rounds (judge for yourself whether or not you believe the government’s explanation for the photos, or what is being left out).
Before I provide the link for the video, let me remind you:

* Torture doesn’t work in providing information which will keep us safe

* Torture actually reduces our national security

* Most of those tortured were innocent

* They were not tortured in order to prevent terrorist attacks, but to create a false justification for the war in Iraq

Anthropological Intelligence supports Military Occupation: Engineering “Trust of the Indigenous Population” – Global Research 5/17/09

Those who know better, like US Army Lt. Col. Gian Gentile, will tell you, “Don’t fool yourself, these Human Terrain Teams, whether they want to acknowledge it or not, in a generalized and subtle way, do at some point contribute to the collective knowledge of a commander, which allows him to target and kill the enemy in the Civil War in Iraq.”

The two highest ethical principles of anthropology are protection of the interests of studied populations, and their safety. All anthropological studies consequently are premised on the consent of the subject society. Clearly, the HTS anthropologists have thrown these ethical guidelines out the window. They are to anthropology what state stenographers like Judith Miller and John Burns are to journalism.

New evidence suggests US has napalm-like weapon – Raw Story 5/15/09

Former White House Lawyer Tells Senate that “Indefinite Detention” Without Trial Is Occurring In Afghanistan and Iraq, As Well As Guantanamo  – Washington’s Blog 6/9/09

Bill Moyers: The Rise of Private Armies — Mercenaries, Murder and Corruption in Iraq and Afghanistan – Alternet 6/9/09

Little Known Military Thug Squad Still Brutalizing Prisoners at Gitmo Under Obama – Alternet 5/15/09

Revealed: British Military Intelligence Agents’ Secret Attempts to Recruit Prisoners at Guantanamo – Alternet 5/7/09

Disturbing Account of Wanton Rape and Murder in Iraq Emerges from U.S. Soldier Trials – Alternet 5/20/09

Did toxic chemical in Iraq cause GIs’ illnesses?  – AP 6/27/09

U.S. military: Heavily armed and medicated – MSNBC 5/20/09

In deploying an all-volunteer army to fight two ongoing wars, in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon has increasingly relied on prescription drugs to keep its warriors on the front lines. In recent years, the number of military prescriptions for antidepressants, sleeping pills, and painkillers has risen as soldiers come home with battered bodies and troubled minds. And many of those service members are then sent back to war theaters in distant lands with bottles of medication to fortify them.

Government Experiments on U.S. Soldiers: Shocking Claims Come to Light in New Court Case – Alternet 5/23/09

They say government scientists messed with their minds. Now, veterans who were the subject of top-secret experiments want answers.

House gives Obama $96.7b more for war – Raw Story 5/14/09

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The history of Afghanistan is a patchwork of contending forces in a region that has been haphazardly pieced together over the years. The primal problem here is that there is little conceptual understanding of nationalism by a great number of Afghans.

What is necessary are not huge military forces marching backwards and forwards over the country, but the establishment of a viable police force that will work with the existing government with help from interested outside countries, who also will to help to develop a profitable agricultural product to take the place of the poppy. Construction of schools and hospitals is also necessary.

There is a mindset in our government that there is a need for strong military forces to battle the Taliban and other contentious groups. A dominant foreign force will never satisfactorily bring about a viable peace in Afghanistan.

Comment by W. R. Cole

Thanks for commenting! Afghanistan does have a long, rich history, and these two administrations do not seem to have an understanding of it. Alexander the Great couldn’t conquer Afghanistan, and BushBama is no Alexander the Great! The Afghans have their own internal issues, but there’s no logical reason to be threatened by the country or intervene. I’d prefer that we let them work on their own issues (and I don’t think a lack of national identity is one of them), and construct schools, hospitals and sustainable agriculture infrastructure here in the US.

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