the ‘leftist’ jews of pindostan and the ‘rightist’ jews of israel are really united behind the scenes, and they all want war

Pindo General Wants 20,000 Additional Ground Troops Sent To Afghanistan
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Jun 17 2017

Pindostan is definitely going to be sending more ground troops to Afghanistan soon but as Jason Ditz notes, the exact number is yet to be determined, with the Pentagon today backing away from media reports yesterday that they’d settled on a figure of 4,000 more troops, saying no final decisions have been made yet on numbers. That might suggest they’re leaning toward an even bigger number, with influential retired Gen Jack Keane suggesting 20,000 more ground troops are needed to win the war, and 4,000 was not likely to change its direction. Mad Dog Mattis conceded in testimony to the Senate this week that Pindostan is “not winning” in Afghanistan, and Trump has since given him unilateral authority to decide on troop levels and strategy. Mattis was seen as leaning toward the high end of escalation proposals. It’s not clear whether that means the 4,000 to 5,000 figures being bandied about by Pentagon officials, or whether proposals by former boxtops like Keane for far bigger escalations might have some traction. Keane explicitly faulted Obama for removing the 100,000 troops that Pindostan had in Afghanistan at one point and leaving only around 8,000, insisting:

We have to put that back if they’re going to be effective.

The Afghan War hasn’t exactly been popular, and while the roughly 8,500 troops there presently mostly fly under the radar, moves to double or triple the number of troops in the country could prove very controversial, particularly since after 16 years of the war, Pindosatan seems further than ever from something resembling victory. So as TheAntiMedia’s Darius Shahtahmasebi explains, Pindostan will never win the war in Afghanistan. Mad Dog Mattis told Congress on Tuesday that Pindostan is not winning the war in Afghanistan, Reuters reports. Pindostan has been formally at war with (or within) Afghanistan since 2001, with little to no tangible progress to show for it. In that context, Mattis’ admission should hardly come as a surprise to anyone who has been paying attention. However, while Mattis spoke the truth about the non-existent success of the war in Afghanistan, he followed up his statement with a dismal “and we will correct this as soon as possible.” This proposed correction involves giving Mattis complete authority to determine troop levels in the war-torn country, something Trump approved on Tuesday. It is believed that Mattis will be looking to send several thousand more Pindo troops to Afghanistan, though the official number has not yet been confirmed. In a video published by the WaPo, Mattis was incredibly critical of restrictions imposed during the Obama era, which he believes caused the ongoing failures in Afghanistan. Mattis told the House Armed Services Committee:

I retired from military service three months after sequestration took effect. Four years later, I returned to the department, and I have been shocked by what I’ve seen about our readiness to fight … No enemy in the field has done more to harm the readiness of our military than sequestration.

But here’s what you aren’t being told. Pindostan has been increasing and decreasing troop levels by the thousands over the course of the conflict. Still, no victory has emerged despite almost 16 years of war under both Bush 43 and Obama. Barely even a month into his presidency, Obama approved an increase of at least 8,000 Marines, as well as 4,000 additional Army troops to Afghanistan. Another 5,000 troops were to be deployed at a later date. By Nov 2008, Obama announced he was planned to send over 30,000 more troops in a major escalation in the war, bringing the official total to 100,000. As confirmed by Politifact:

Obama took office with about 34,000 troops. There are now 94,000 troops, and closing in on 98,000 troops by summer.

Although he originally indicated he would wind down the war, as early as 2009 it was reported that at one national security meeting, Obama told his advisors:

I want to take off the table that we’re leaving Afghanistan.

By 2014, he announced that the war was going to last additional two and a half years. A NATO night raid in Feb 2010 conducted in a village in Paktia province and exposed by Jeremy Scahill left seven civilians dead, including two pregnant women. As the story reached the media, NATO stated in response that the force entered the compound due to intelligence that confirmed the site was one of “militant activity.” As they were engaged in a firefight with several insurgents, the troops killed the insurgents and discovered that three women had been bound and gagged before being executed. However, a British reporter, Jerome Starkey, had already reported that this was a false narrative upon going to the area to interview witnesses following the incident. (The Pindosi soldiers bound and gagged the women themselves, before executing them because of what they had seen – RB.) The compound actually belonged to an anti-Taliban policeman trained by Pindostan. At the time, the family had gathered to celebrate the naming of a newborn son, and the gathering included a prosecutor and a university vice-chancellor, both of whom were related to the policeman. In order to cover the tracks of their reckless decision to execute unarmed civilians, the Pindo troops used knives to dig out the bullets from the bodies of the pregnant women killed. Scahill reports:

Months later, when I sat with the family elder, Hajji Sharabuddin, at his home, his anger seemed only to have hardened. Holding up a picture of his sons, he told me: ‘I don’t accept their apology. I wouldn’t trade my sons for the whole kingdom of Pindostan. Initially, we were thinking that Pindosis were the friends of Afghans, but now we think that Pindosis themselves are terrorists. Pindosis are our enemy. They bring terror and destruction. Pindosis not only destroyed my house, they destroyed my family. The Pindosis unleashed the Special Forces on us. These Special Forces with the long beards did cruel, criminal things.’ Mohammed Tahir, the father of Gulalai, one of the slain women, added: ‘We call them the Pindosi Taliban.’

According to Scahill, night raids of this kind take place thousands of times a year in AfPak and other countries we are not even informed about. Pindostan’s indiscriminate violence against its own so-called allies on the ground, initiated by Bush and carried on recklessly under Obama, has been inherited by Trump. Barely a week ago, Pindostan killed three Afghan policemen in an air strike. Pindostan is killing its own vassals on the ground, and it doesn’t take a military analyst to see that Pindostan is creating more and more enemies in the process. It is therefore no surprise at all to find that Afghans who have been trained by Pindostan turn their Pindo-supplied weapons on the Pindo soldiers who prepared them for battle. The latest incident of this kind occurred around the same time as the aforementioned Pindo air strike, which murdered three policemen, but it is not a new or unforeseen issue. These incidents have occurred multiple times in the past. Anyone who thinks that attempting this already tried and failed Afghanistan strategy over and over again will provide different results needs to prepare for what’s likely to come. At this rate, the war will never end. If anything, it is just getting started, this time with a Trumpesque tinge of its own.

According to Reuters, Mattis also said he will be taking a “regional approach” rather than looking at Afghanistan in isolation. What could a “regional approach” possibly mean? As a region, one of the countries bordering Afghanistan is Iran, a long-time adversary of Pindostan. Meanwhile, on another front, Pindostan has reportedly just deployed a long-range rocket launcher against ‘Iranian-backed militia’ in Syria. Someone as experienced as Mattis should know that Pindostan can never “win” a war in Afghanistan. For every bomb dropped, another “terrorist” pops up out of the rubble. For every anti-Taliban policeman killed, Pindostan loses more and more points with the local population, who cannot conceivably welcome such a terrorizing force. However, Pindostan can and will continue to exert added pressure on its rival, the Islamic Republic of Iran, by surrounding the country with Pindo troops. Pindostan will almost certainly keep its defense contractors and arms dealers in business by ramping up a war with Afghanistan that has been escalated countless times with not so much as a shred of success. Mattis also has a similar strategy for fighting Daesh in Syria, yet Daesh appear to be escaping the current conflict in Raqqa unscathed so they can confront Iranian and Syrian troops elsewhere in the country. As Emmanuel Goldstein remarks in George Orwell’s 1984:

The war is not meant to be won. It is meant to be continuous.

2 Comments

  1. CuChulainn
    Posted June 18, 2017 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    A pair of top White House officials is pushing to broaden the war in Syria, viewing it as an opportunity to confront Iran and its proxy forces on the ground there, according to two sources familiar with the debate inside the Donald Trump administration.

    Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the senior director for intelligence on the National Security Council, and Derek Harvey, the NSC’s top Middle East advisor, want the United States to start going on the offensive in southern Syria, where, in recent weeks, the U.S. military has taken a handful of defensive actions against Iranian-backed forces fighting in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

    Their plans are making even traditional Iran hawks nervous, including Defense Secretary James Mattis, who has personally shot down their proposals more than once, the two sources said.

    https://foreignpolicy.com/2017/06/16/white-house-officials-push-for-widening-war-in-syria-over-pentagon-objections/

  2. niqnaq
    Posted June 18, 2017 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    fp.com is subscription only, I can’t read it. Ezra Cohen-Watnick, yay

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