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How much security did $1 trillion buy?
Posted by robertgreenwald on August 19th, 2009

The war in Afghanistan is increasing the likelihood that American civilians will be killed in a future terrorist attack. Part six of Rethink Afghanistan brings you three former high-ranking CIA agents on the record to explain why. There is no “victory” to be won in Afghanistan.

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  12. andyincolorado says:

    The only question left for President Obama and the United States is, how many names will go on the memoriaL?

  13. jerrybrown says:

    i think the USA need to start getting the guns off the streets in Afghanistan every man and his dog has a gun. There is so much poverty in Afgananistan but they can afford a gun. why don,t they buy the guns off the people for more they are going for on the black market put some money in there pockets and getting the guns off the streets and make it harder for the Talibans to get hold of them.

  14. GetTheHeckOut says:

    Afghanistan is like a Chinese finger puzzle or quicksand – the more you struggle, the more you're trapped and the faster you sink.
    We should get OUT OUT OUT, and send in some aid – hopefully aid that gets to the PEOPLE not the corrupt warlords.
    And yes, we need a FULL and REAL investigation of 911 – I don't know what happened yet, but I know the “official story” is full of lies. I'm pretty sure some of our people should be in jail, and I'm pretty sure one of them is named Dick Cheney…
    “Follow the money….”

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  17. dmarie09 says:

    Please Mr president listen to the people!
    We don't want escalation and we want to bring our troops home!
    Please I'm begging you.

  18. dannygoy says:

    I`ve only seen part of this film and read a few of the comments so I may be wrong about the criticism that follows this:

    The Afghanistan invasion was planned before 911 and the `remove Al Al Quada` smokescreen continues.The invasion is part of a geostrategic plan to isolate China from Pakistan and control the bridge between Iran and China. Balkanisation of Pakistan and Afghanistan is part of the game.Elements in Pak. govt. are corrupt and can be manipulated by Anglo/America/Mossad operatives using drug money for black operations like the support for Jundallah to attack Iran.

    The goal is to control pipeline routes to deny China access and of course to profit from Caspian sea hydrocarbons.Redrawing of the borders to isolate China from its ally Pakistan,the arming of India for future conflict with China as well as border destabilisations against China in Burma,Tibet,via the Uighurs and elsewhere.The creation of US bases to the north to complete the encirclement of Russia and its bilateral trading partner China.For a full analysis go to Globalresearch.ca and study the articles by Nazemroaya and others.

    Where are the references to the above obvious truth on this site.

    Obama does not have the power to change this policy.Congress is bought and paid for.Imperial expansion is what the US military state. does

  19. dannygoy says:

    I`ve only seen part of this film and read a few of the comments so I may be wrong about the criticism that follows this:

    The Afghanistan invasion was planned before 911 and the `remove Al Al Quada` smokescreen continues.The invasion is part of a geostrategic plan to isolate China from Pakistan and control the bridge between Iran and China. Balkanisation of Pakistan and Afghanistan is part of the game.Elements in Pak. govt. are corrupt and can be manipulated by Anglo/America/Mossad operatives using drug money for black operations like the support for Jundallah to attack Iran.

    The goal is to control pipeline routes to deny China access and of course to profit from Caspian sea hydrocarbons.Redrawing of the borders to isolate China from its ally Pakistan,the arming of India for future conflict with China as well as border destabilisations against China in Burma,Tibet,via the Uighurs and elsewhere.The creation of US bases to the north to complete the encirclement of Russia and its bilateral trading partner China.For a full analysis go to Globalresearch.ca and study the articles by Nazemroaya and others.

    Where are the references to the above obvious truth on this site.

    Obama does not have the power to change this policy.Congress is bought and paid for.Imperial expansion is what the US military state. does

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  37. [...] Nowhere in the Associated Press story did the reporter verify what the President meant by finishing the job. The administration continues to claim that the military occupation of Afghanistan is to hunt down the terrorists responsible for 9/11. However, this overlooks the fact that the US military is fighting a Taliban insurgency that had nothing to do with September 11, 2001. [...]

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  42. globalwatcher says:

    Afghanistan was just one front in the Project for a New American Century's goal. Their (PNAC) manifesto “Rebuilding American Defenses” called for in its “Preface”, in highlighted boxes, states that it aims to:

    ESTABLISH FOUR CORE MISSIONS for the U.S. military:

    defend the American homeland;

    fight and decisively win multiple, simultaneous major theater wars;

    perform the “constabulary” duties associated with shaping the security environment in critical regions;

    transform U.S. forces to exploit the “revolution in military affairs”;

    and that To carry out these core missions, we need to provide sufficient force and budgetary allocations. In particular, the United States must:

    MAINTAIN NUCLEAR STRATEGIC SUPERIORITY, basing the U.S. deterrent upon a global, nuclear net assessment that weighs the full range of current and emerging threats, not merely the U.S.-Russia balance.

    RESTORE THE PERSONNEL STRENGTH of today’s force to roughly the levels anticipated in the “Base Force” outlined by the Bush Administration, an increase in active-duty strength from 1.4 million to 1.6 million.

    REPOSITION U.S. FORCES to respond to 21st century strategic realities by shifting permanently-based forces to Southeast Europe and Southeast Asia, and by changing naval deployment patterns to reflect growing U.S. strategic concerns in East Asia.

    *****************************************************
    Their stated goals would never be realized “absent some catastrophic catalyzing event –like a new Pearl Harbor”. (page 63).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrT3UmVz-5o

    Influential members of PNAC:

    William Kristol, Co-founder and Chairman
    Robert Kagan, Co-founder
    William J. Bennett
    John Ellis “Jeb” Bush
    Richard B. Cheney
    I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby
    Paul Wolfowitz
    J. Danforth Quayle
    Donald Rumsfeld
    Richard Perle
    Richard Armitage
    Elliott Abrams

    Notable that Rebuilding Americas Defenses was written in 2000. One year before 911 and now they got most of their wish list fulfilled.

  43. [...] Obama should rethink the Afghanistan war for lots of reasons. The war isn’t making us more secure. It’s costing us billions (soon to be trillions) of dollars. It’s costing us jobs. The [...]

  44. pressurewall says:

    Sounds intriguing, I really don't know much about this but what I felt base on the comments of this blog, there is something controversial between Afghanistan and America.
    On the statement about being a neutral in the injustice, being a neutral most probably it would bring you into uncomfortable situation which you will not like to be. So it’s better to have you side than to be neutral just to remain silent.

  45. America was not winning the war in Afghanistan, President Obama conceded. This opened the way for negotiations with moderate elements of the Taleban, much as the US did with Sunni tribes in Iraq.

  46. samsor says:

    Pashtuns fighting central Government????? It's right that most of the Taliban are Pashtuns but it does not mean that all Pashtun's are Taliban in fact most Pashtuns are not Taliban. The local Pashtuns from all over the country welcomed U.S thinking they might bring peace to the country. But instead they are the victims of Taliban and the ISAF both. When ISAF kills people and destroys villages of Pashtuns, can you really expect sympathy from them towards ISAF. But instead if the ISAF build schools and stop murdering local there will be sympathy.

    Again it's a dirty game. The U.S is supporting War lords and worst criminals through the Afghan government and besides that can not avoid killing civilians that's the real problem. Not that Pashtuns are all like this. Stop Calling Pashtuns terrorist or warlike people, We are the ones that suffer the most and we know more then others the value of peace. Stop playing with us. U.S created the mess from the beginning of USSR invasion by supporting criminals and once their Enemy Russia was defeated they left the mess in Afghanistan and went. If they leave now like that they will repeat the same mistake, what they need to do is stop supporting wrong people and stop killing innocent children.

  47. Bjorn says:

    Afghanistan is not now, and was not then, our responsibility.

    The people of Afghanistan will have whatever government, or lack of government, they like once we leave. And that will always be their responsibility.

    The only question for Americans is whether we leave now, or waste another thousand lives and another trillion dollars before we go.

    With over a million homeless American children, with 17 million Americans in need of full-time jobs, with our debt spiraling out of control, and with a real war against the banks destroying our country that needs fighting…I vote for leaving sooner.

  48. Bjorn says:

    What we did in Iraq was agree to surrender in Al Anbar and retreat, as a prelude to a full withdrawl.

    The problem is that we have no intent to leave completely in 2011 as the SOFA dictates – and the war will go hot when that deadline passes.

    If we decide to negotiate similar surrender terms with the Taliban, we should be sure to honor them. However, given the 30 billion dollars we've spent building permenant air bases and torture centers (I mean, prisons) it doesn't seem at all likely that we're leaving within the next 50 years.

    So, we'll stay untill the dollar is devalued and we have no choice…but there's no doubt that the man recently elected to head this Crusade against the Muslim World would like to put on yet another show of 'desiring peace'.

  49. Bjorn says:

    He has the power to level with the American people, and share with us what he learned when he tried to release the torture photos last year – that is, the fact that the President takes his orders from the Pentagon and not the other way around.

    Sure, they'd kill him, but they can't eat him.

    The real goal is destroy Islam from Morocco to Pakistan to the Sudan. It's proven to be too much of an anti-corporate unifying force.

    Bush was being honest when he called this a crusade.

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