Avoiding an investigation into the Afghan conflict creates a precedent that may also harm Palestinians.
Journalist Michael Ames joins Jeff Schechtman in this week’s WhoWhatWhy podcast to talk about the high-profile military crimes of Bowe Bergdahl — and what they say about both Bergdahl and the failure of US efforts in Afghanistan.Bergdahl, the longest-held American POW since Vietnam, endured five years of hellish conditions.
In yet another example illustrating the waste of taxpayer funds in Afghanistan, the US plans to go ahead with the delivery of 159 expensive Black Hawk helicopters — even though there may not be enough pilots to fly them or ground crews to maintain them.
Israel lobbyist: "The foundation that AIPAC sat on is rotten."
[audio mp3="http://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/2018-09-07%20Niels%20Harrit.mp3"][/audio]Prof. Niels Harrit joins us to discuss the mysterious "Frank Taylor report" that launched 17 years of NATO destruction in the middle east. He connects the dots with a little-known declassified document and exposes the lie that has resulted in the deaths of untold millions.
[audio mp3="https://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/episode345-lq.mp3"][/audio]How did the war in Afghanistan start? And how did NATO become involved in this conflict? These details are never discussed because they have for nearly two decades been hidden behind a shroud of secrecy. But now, after nearly two decades of lies, the remarkable truth about the secret documents that helped launch the Afghan war can finally be revealed.
For the US, Afghanistan is a little like Alice in Wonderland: it takes all the running we can do, just to stay in the same place. In a little over a month, it will be 17 years since the US led an invasion of Afghanistan.
The US has spent billions and billions of dollars in Afghanistan, and has little to show for it. Between 2001 and 2017, the US government largely failed in its massive, ambitious, and expensive effort to stabilize dangerous areas in Afghanistan. Under immense pressure to succeed in that mission, US government agencies spent far too much money, far too quickly, in a country woefully unprepared to absorb it.
Why is America’s war in Afghanistan the longest in US history? To find the answer, says Matthew Hoh, just follow the money.This week, on our WhoWhatWhy podcast, Jeff Schechtman talks with Hoh, a Marine Corps veteran and diplomat, who resigned his State Department Afghanistan posting in protest over the war.What he saw early on convinced him that neither the US nor the Afghan government had any interest in bringing the war to an end.
[audio mp3="http://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/2017-10-26%20James%20Evan%20Pilato.mp3"][/audio]This week on the New World Next Week: the Chinese roll out their creepy social credit system; the Dutch roll out their creepy car snitch program; and the CIA unveil their horrific Afghan Phoenix program.
We Are Change Welcome back beautiful and amazing spiritually inclined in the know human beings. Welcome to the WeAreChange Sunday recap where we give you all the important news that happened this week. News that you should know about but the full truth behind them is probably being denied to you in some way by the US mainstream media corporatocracy.
I get really emotional when I watch videos of members of the armed forces coming home after a long deployment to surprise their loved ones. I put myself in the shoes of these families who were separated for months and can feel the love. Then I get angry. I get angry because these reunions are as touching as they are senseless.
Sixteen years have passed since the US invaded Afghanistan — less than a month after the 9/11 attacks.With the burning towers seared into the nation’s psyche, the Bush administration launched its “war on terror” against the Taliban — an Islamic fundamentalist group that assumed power in 1996 — for sheltering al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, the alleged orchestrator of the carnage.Instead of swiftly dismantling the Taliban regime, the US-led coalition found itself in a brutal guerrilla war marred by strategic failures and confused foreign policy calls.
It all started with a single gunshot from a Blackwater Security Company guard. A young man who was driving with his mother to pick up his dad from work was killed. His foot wedged against the accelerator causing his car to roll towards a Blackwater vehicle.
A Notorious Terrorist, a Major in Egypt’s Army Intelligence, a CIA Operative, a Member of the Elite Green Berets & an FBI Informant
[audio mp3="http://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/2017-09-01%20Scott%20Horton.mp3"][/audio]Scott Horton of The Scott Horton Show and The Libertarian Institute joins us to discuss his new book, Fool's Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan. After discussing Trump's plan to surge yet again, we get into the meat and potatoes of the book's deep dive into the history and politics of the Afghanistan war before arriving at the inevitable "why" of this senseless and brutal military endeavour.
We Are Change Welcome back beautiful and amazing human beings, here at WeAreChange we often confuse a lot of people. To pinpoint our philosophy, we are here to get you to question your reality so that you can make up your own mind.
One cannot view in isolation President Donald Trump’s decision about US troop levels in Afghanistan. Because this is bigger than Trump — or any president.As WhoWhatWhy has repeatedly emphasized, the longest war in America’s history is about numerous things. These include the much-suppressed topic of that country’s tremendous untapped mineral wealth. Another issue is the importance of sustained conflict to America’s perennial war economy.
We Are Change Welcome back all you amazing human beings. Today while the world anxiously awaits the latest comments from the ‘Flat Earthers ‘on the solar eclipse and the rest of the country prepares for civil war, some real news stories are happening that you should know about. That’s what we are going to cover today on our weekly news wrap-up called “What the Hell Really Happened This Week.”
Why is pro-Israel billionaire Sheldon Adelson backing godfather of anti-Semitic “alt-right”?
[audio mp3="http://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/2017-08-01%20Power%20Hour.mp3"][/audio]James Corbett returns to The Power Hour with new host Daniel Brigman for a wide-ranging conversation on tensions with North Korea, Russian sanctions, Chinese censorship, bitcoin, Afghanistan withdrawal, the AI takeover and Fukushima updates.
We Are Change There are conflicting accounts regarding how many people died in yesterday’s MOAB (Mother of all Bombs) bombing in Afghanistan. This was the first time this non-nuclear bomb was used in combat, marking a turning point in the War on Terror. Since U.S. reports suggest that offensive operations will continue against ISIS in Afghanistan, this may be just the first escalation in an evolving conflict.
À quel moment estimez-vous avoir été bien informé ? Premier moment On vous annonce un fait : une bombe a explosé. Arrêt sur image : ce n'est pas un fait comme un autre... vous êtes déjà défait, peut être à cause de l'actualité bien chargée... vous avez du mal à réaliser, vous êtes paralysé... par la peur ou la stupeur. Vous voulez en savoir davantage. Deuxième moment: On vous apprend où et quand la bombe a explosé.
“Roof-knocking” warning missiles led to civilian deaths in Gaza. Now US is using them in Iraq.
Suzanne Nossel, head of PEN American Center, has previously advocated a boycott of Iran.
Can the foreign policy of the 99 percent prevail over the foreign policy of the one percent?
Chances are that regular WhoWhatWhy readers will know as much or more as the average member of Congress about the woeful track record of the Task Force for Business and Stability Operations (TFBSO).
These are the facts. At some point, someone somewhere in the US government had an amazing idea: why not build a compressed natural gas (CNG) filling station in Afghanistan? Forty-three million taxpayer dollars later, the city of Sheberghan, in the far north of the country, got its gas station.
Want to meet a government official who tells the truth — in spades? Then you will definitely want to set aside time to hear of the stunning findings of the top US investigator for spending in Afghanistan.The biggest problem is not theft, but waste, he says. For example, the $500 million spent on airplanes that no one could fly, and that ultimately had to be scrapped, a process that cost yet more thousands of dollars. Or the gift of soybeans, which the Afghans will not eat and will not grow.
An ineffective $8 billion counternarcotics effort, $500 million worth of cargo planes that had to be turned into scrap metal and a $30 million program to grow crops that nobody wants — those are just some of the examples of how US funds have been wasted in Afghanistan.While taxpayers have every right to be upset about how their money has been squandered, they might feel even more strongly about the lack of consequences for those who spend it so unwisely.“We don’t hold people accountable for losing and wasting taxpayer money,” John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruc
How many times over the years have we heard promises that the United States would get out of Afghanistan by such-and-such a date, only to have those promises retracted due to exigent circumstances of one kind or another?
Deep state intellectual Zbigniew Brzezinski turns up everywhere but he is perhaps most known for his role in the founding of Operation Cyclone - NATO's program to support the mujahideen in Afghanistan to fight the Soviets. The media coverage, both mainstream and alternative, has focused on misleading interpretations of what happened and when, much of which has been encouraged by Brzezinski himself.