U.S. Occupation and the Corrupt, Mafia-state of Hamid Karzai
By Mike Whitney
December 14, 2009 "Information Clearing House" -- It's too bad Barack Obama didn't consult with Malalai Joya before giving his Nobel acceptance speech on Thursday. The ex-Afghan Parliamentarian could have helped the president to see that the ongoing US occupation is damaging to both American and Afghan interests. Afghanistan is not the "just war" that Obama defends so passionately in his speech. It's part of a larger US geopolitical strategy which Joya outlines in her new book "A Woman Among the Warlords: The extraordinary story of an Afghan who dared to raise her voice".
US policymakers have decided to establish a beachhead in Central Asia to monitor the growth of China, surround Russia, control vital resources from the Caspian Basin, and provide security for US mega-corporations who see Asia as the "market of the future."
(Yes this is a repetition of the Grand Chess board strategy of Brzezinski from the 1990's, but hasn't the master theorist stated clearly very recently that you must first have POLITICAL LEGITIMACY in Afghanistan, rather than settle for mere increased number of troops grunting away, fighting an endless war? By implication you need competent local Afghan statesmen in power, who are capable of doing the job reasonably well.
Why does the USA need to be in Afghanistan, fighting an endless war, exhausting itself presumably, in order to surround Russia and China, monitoring them at the same time......surely a Cold War strategy of providing foreign assistance from a safe distance is a better strategy....Example Pakistan, and U2 bases near Peshawar in the 1960's. The USA already has many military bases with which to "monitor" and "surround" China and Russia, in Alaska, Japan, South Korea, potentially Taiwan, Philippines, certain SE Asian countries,....and into Turkey and Eastern Europe in the far West..................The idea that America must HAVE bases and military presence in EVERY nation in the vicinity of China and Russia simply does not wash, make sense. Sounds implausible and stupid, especially in an age of ICBM's, strategic bombers, nuclear submarines, and naval strike forces.
As to the "vital resources" meme, which will run out tomorrow, so lets grab it and secure it.........that's just hogwash. There are still enough resources on the landmasses of the world to satisfy everybody's needs....then there is the resources on the seabed which I think, more than any other nation on earth America is best placed to exploit.
What clear evidence do we have that American corporations are unable and failing to compete with the likes of China ? ($1,435 billion exports, numero uno soon, with significant assistance from America, and the MFN status and finally favorable pro-China trade policies for the last two decades), Germany ($1,500 billion exports) and Japan ($730 billion exports, again made possible by considerable assistance from America),....... and therefore the unstated argument that American corporations are are crying out to the armed forces of America to secure normal competitive business rights which OTHERWISE they can obtain through usual business negotiations without resorting to such primitive tactics? Nah, thats not true......Yes OK American security operations in South America were often driven by business interests and also no less by the Monroe Doctrine, BUT there is no hard evidence that American business community want America forcefully through military means to secure business and resources around the world .......its just a loose baseless, left wing theory that is served without hard statistical evidence.
The hard facts point to the evidence that the great American corporate community are happy to compete with the rest of the world on an equal footing, through normal business practices, and are not shitting in their pants and crying out to the American armed forces to protect, and promote them, in highly unlikely business places as medieval Afghanistan, or Iraq, where I think, if I am correct most of the contracts awarded by the Malaki government were to NON-AMERICAN corporations, very recently.
So what are the real reasons for America to be in a highly desolate place as Afghanistan? I don't know, I don't have the secret state papers, and memos...so I must guess, unfortunately.
1. It is more than likely to do with drugs...Afghan heroin, worth somewhere between $50---$80 billion. The American taxpayers supports your "business", and you at the top echelon of the military or as a civilian contractor profit from it. The Pentagon and the British are drug peddlers, simple cheap street criminals? Well thats fact has been well known since the 18th century in the case of the British, and the Pentagon especially since the 1950's? If not earlier.......war, security ops are a good cover for such illicit trade......so ALL the West Point graduates being groomed, and 36,000 serving officers in the American army are criminals, along with the British? NO......I assume such an operation is compartmentalized within certain criminal groups......all officers can't be like this, otherwise the American and British military couldn't function properly.
But I am finding it hard to imagine Admiral Mullen as Commander of the American armed forces, or Gordan Brown wearing gaudy jewelry, and large expensive rings on their fingers, going, "Yo bro, whatsup!"..................This is a black Diego business surely? That is the false Western Jewish media conditioning. This business is worth about $600 billion annually, and I can assure you that blacks or Latino's do not have the organization skills of transporting, refining, evading/western security so successfully for so long, and supplying the huge markets of Russia, Europe and North America.......When did you last see a black airline pilot or a cargo ship captain?.....it is an Occidental/Jewish business which has been so since the 18th century if you care to read the history books.
So the poor Afghans are mules for this huge business, and only a righteous nationalist Afghan government mindful of nationalist sentiments and local requirements can stop this trade, not the foreign occupation forces? Yes, put simply....the noble Afghans must overcome the foreign criminal occupiers, but the Taliban is not the answer, as Ms Joya speaking from experience as an Afghan states.
2. Could there be any other reasons which is not openly advertised? The Cold war is over, but the Western apparatus of security/MIC was never dismantled, especially in the case of America.....but rather the opposite....the end of the Cold war was seen as an "opportunity" to flex America's muscle unopposed by any other rival power.....the occupation of Afghanistan in the former Soviet Unions back yard, and so close to China maybe an expression of that. Put simply America has been paying lip service of platitudes of peace and co-existence to the rest of the world, but since the collapse of the Soviet Union, has been waging war..........in Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia........and many other planned theaters.
3. Allied to the above point the MIC is huge in America, and America's true security budget maybe closer to $1,500 billion....that is a huge self perpetuating industry that requires a certain level of self justification for its expenditures and numerous "secret" budgets...........low intensity wars such as Afghanistan provide such a justification.....because you have a small manageable enemy..."The Taliban" which never seems to disappear, or "al-Qaeda' with its mysterious persona and leadership.
4. Israel has been attempting to get at the Pakistan nukes for over 3 decades.
(i) The first attempt was through Henry Kissinger's strong arm tactics of threats... 1974--1976.
(ii) Then the democratically elected government was toppled and a military dictatorship instituted in Pakistan 1977, by America.
(iii) Then Israel requested joint aerial attacks with India against Pakistan in the 1980's...many times; India obviously refused........India had extensive ties with Muslim countries.......AND......once you start a war with your neighbor, over a serious issue, where and when precisely does it finish.
(iv) The entire top brass of the Pakistan military are killed i the late 1980's.
(v) Israel develops a more sophisticated strategy in the late 1980's and 1990's after suspicion spreads that Pakistan acquired the technology for the bomb by the mid-1980's.....involving prostitutes.........and this is where it gets seriously weird, but I suppose the Israelis knew what they were doing, supplying the AQKhan network with nuclear technology STOLEN from America (you supply, you control).........AND recruiting Pakistani military officers to spy for Israel......the most famous example being General Musharaf recruited in the early 1980's.....offered exotics Western women, and obviously career progress, into the ranks of a full general, and then head of the Pakistan armed forces, and then in 1999 as head of the country.......a person in many ways plainly unremarkable, personally unstable, and craving the attention of and APPROVAL of Western audiences.....he more than anybody else got the Israelis closet to the Pakistan nuclear program. So I suppose that makes him a good Israeli agent.
Given these not inconsiderable efforts by Israel, one assumes the Israelis' are still after the Pakistan nukes, via America. And the false narrative of "al-Qaeda" GWOT, Pakistan terrorist hub number one has something to do with that. A future American attack against Pakistan may be likely based on Israeli strategic goals.....and FUCK the News with their Jew experts and what not will ratchet up the propaganda in that direction, along with the rest.
What is sad is that the Afghans have to be suffering host's of a such an alien unfriendly force, for so many years, for an agenda which has nothing to do with them.......and still more years to come until the Americans are "ready" against Pakistan........AND in addition equally sad the idiots in the Pakistan military can't see where its all going, despite it being SO OBVIOUS.
It is the Great Game all over again. "Victory" in Afghanistan means that a handful of weapons manufacturers, oil magnates, and military contractors will get very rich. That's it. It has nothing to do with al-Qaida, "democracy promotion" or US national security. That's all just public relations pablum.
(Yes in essence)
"A Woman Among the Warlords" is an explosive book that takes a scalpel to many of the illusions surrounding the US invasion of Afghanistan. For example, most Americans have never heard about the "Warlord Strategy", a term that is commonplace among Afghans. That's because it doesn't mesh with the western media's narrative about Afghan "liberation". The truth is, US war-planners, led by Sec Def Donald Rumsfeld, settled on a plan to hand over entire regions of Afghanistan to the warlords before the first shot was fired. The whole "liberation"-meme was just a ruse to elicit support for the war. How many Americans would support sending more troops if they knew that the original justification of the war was a bunch of baloney?
(Yes, doesn't sound quite right if you were stating publicly that the American armed forces were fighting to install criminal drug peddlers and their ilk)
Here's how Joya sums it up in her own words:
"The people of Afghanistan are fed up with the occupation of their country and with the corrupt, Mafia-state of Hamid Karzai and the warlords and drug lords backed by NATO.... It is clear now that the real motive of the U.S. and its allies, hidden behind the so-called “war on terror,” was to convert Afghanistan into a military base in Central Asia and the capital of the world’s opium drug trade. Ordinary Afghan people are being used in this chess game, and western taxpayers’ money and the blood of soldiers is being wasted on this agenda that will only further destabilize the region.............I offer my condolences to the families here who have lost their loved ones. (They) are the victims of the wrong policy of your government. The families of Afghan civilians killed in this war share your feelings of loss. If we turn these sorrows into strength, we can end this war. Bringing the troops home at the end of 2011 is too late; the troops should be withdrawn as soon as possible, before more Afghan and American lives are needlessly lost."
(Ms. Joya I hardly think International drug peddlers are going to give up their multi-billion $ business and leave Afghanistan finally, because the Afghan people are fed up)
Joya is focused and uncompromising; a one-woman wrecking crew. She's also an electrifying speaker who can bring an audience to their feet when she rails against the war. People can sense her intensity, her honesty, and her unwavering commitment to justice. Unlike Obama, she isn't disposed to lofty-sounding platitudes that only serve to perpetuate war and suffering. (Obama Nobel speech: "We must begin by acknowledging the hard truth that we will not eradicate violent conflict in our lifetimes.") Joya's goal is peace; an end to 30 years of war, an end to US occupation and religious fanaticism. Regrettably, Obama's military escalation ensures that the conflict will drag on for years to come bringing misery to even more people.
(Obama was elected and chosen by the Wall street bankers, and thats whose ass he kissed two minutes after his inauguration speech....his one term mediocre presidency will keep the Whitehouse warm, and provide novelty value until Sarah Palin steps in in 2012)
Malalai Joya: "As I write these words, Afghanistan is getting progressively worse. We are caught between two enemies: the Taliban on one side and US/NATO forces and their warlord hirelings on the other.... Obama's military build up will only bring more suffering and death to innocent civilians.... I hope that the lessons in this book will reach President Obama and his policymakers in Washington, and warn them that the people of Afghanistan reject their brutal occupation and their support of the warlords and druglords." ("A Woman Among the Warlords", p5)
(No nation and its people like foreign occupation forces on their soil, not the South Koreans in the vicinity of American military bases, not the Japanese in the vicinity of American military bases or Germans....and so on.....and I assume the Afghans don't want foreign occupation forces on their soil, actively engaged in security ops against their kith and kin, naturally. Also its one thing to be an occupation which is inconspicuous in a remote part of the country, and quite another roaming the whole country, entering homes of Afghans, and engaged in war seeking out "bad' Afghans)
"A Woman Among the Warlords" gives readers a glimpse of the vast destruction brought on by the US invasion. Joya repeatedly denounces Rumsfeld's strategy which restored warlords to power, thus, condemning 28 million Afghans to a life of fear under war criminals and human rights abusers. She also takes aim at the media which provided cover for the warlords by referring to them as the "Northern Alliance"--or the equally misleading--"United Islamic Front for the Salvation of Afghanistan". As Joya points out, attitudes about the conflict are largely shaped by disinformation, omissions and propaganda. Obama's Noble speech proves that those same lies will now be delivered by a more competent spokesman.
(Well we are talking about First World senior professionals who have a political background, and know how to sell..........study for example Admiral Mullen, who with his kind, understanding face and statements, repeatedly states that "we are losing in Afghanistan" and again and again, when the reality is quite the opposite....so presumably more reinforcements are poured in..clever.........We are going to be nice to the Afghans, we are going to give them more aid blah blah blah......total lie....98% of the expenditure by America in Afghanistan is for military/security operations)
Malalai Joya: "While the United States bombed from the sky, the CIA and special forces had already arrived in the northern provinces of Afghanistan to hand out millions of dollars in cash and weapons to Northern Alliance commanders. They were the same extremists whose militias had pillaged Afghanistan during the civil war: Dostum, Sayyaf, Khalili, Rhabbani, Fahim, General Arif, Dr. Abdullah, Haji Qadir, Ustad Atta, Mohammad, Daoud, and Hazrat Ali among others. ...Fahim, another ruthless man with a dark past. The western media tried at the time to portray these warlords as "anti-Taliban resistance forces and liberators of Afghanistan," but in fact Afghan people believed they were no better than the Taliban." (Ibid, pg 52)
As the Taliban fled across the Pakistan border (with American assistence) amid heavy aerial bombardment, the warlords seized entire provinces reestablishing their iron-fisted rule over the local people. The Bush administration succeeded in replacing one repressive regime with another. No attempt was ever made to establish democracy.
From the New York Times November 19, 2001: "The galaxy of warlords who tore Afghanistan apart in the early 1990s and who were vanquished by the Taliban because of their corruption and perfidy are back on their thrones, poised to exercise power in the ways they always have."
Joya provides biographical sketches of many of the warlords, including Abdul Rasul Sayyaf, a rabid fundamentalist "who massacred thousands in Kabul during the 1990s." In one Kabul purge he ordered his soldiers, "Don't leave anyone alive--Kill them all." Sayyaf was "the person who invited international terrorist Osama bin Laden to Afghanistan during the 1980s. He also trained and mentored Khalid Sheikh Mohammed , the man who the US claims was the mastermind of the 9-11 attacks." (p 67)
(Fake "al-Qaeda" does not exist, but is a front organisation of Western intelligence, with a merry band of misguided Arabs with close linkages with Western intelligence, who are ditched when it suits their Western handlers.........the above is an excellent example of how "al-Qaeda" operatives and enablers benefit from their Western handlers, their close relationship...AND who actually controls the so called phantom organization)
How many Americans would continue to support the war if they knew they were protecting the friends of bin Laden and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed?
(How many American's would support this dirty war if they knew that 9/11 was committed by Americans with Israeli assistance.....or that al-Qaeda was managed by their intelligence agencies, from the beginning, to encourage Americans to fight and die for Israel and its particular geo-strategic "needs' and perceptions)
Malalai Joya again: "Most people in the west have been led to believe that intolerance, brutality, and severe oppression of women in Afgahnistan began with the Taliban regime. But this is a lie, more dust in the eyes of the world from the warlords who dominate the American-backed, so-called democratic government of Hamid Karzai. In truth, some of the worst atrocities in our recent past were committed during the civil war by the men who are now in power."
During the blackest days of the Afghan civil war in 1992, a group of warlords seized Kabul razing much of it to the ground. "The militias of Dostum, Sayyaf, Massoud, Mazari, and Hekmatyar pillaged the city, robbing families and slaughtering and raping women. Eventually, anywhere from 65,000 to 80,000 innocent people were killed in Kabul alone, though there are no official figures for the staggering death toll. According to the United Nations, more than 90 percent of the city was destroyed. (Eventually) "the country was split up into fiefdoms, ruled by the whims of rival thugs and warlords." (Ibid p26)
Joya's Solution: "Withdraw All Foreign Troops"
(That is the obvious answer....even for an increasing number of Americans....British....but the problem is that the criminals with profit are running the show, with the access to their shitty, through the rectum sound bites on Fuck the News, AL-Jazeera and the rest, so how do you persuade such a clique and cabal?)
Malalai Joya: "Some people say that when the troops withdraw, a civil war will break out. Often this prospect is raised by people who ignore the vicious conflict and humanitarian disaster that is already occurring in Afghanistan. The longer the foreign troops stay in Afghanistan, the worse the eventual civil war will be for the Afghan people. The terrible civil war that followed the Soviet withdrawal certainly could never justify... the destruction and death caused by that decade-long occupation." (p 217)...Today we live under the shadow of the gun with the most corrupt and unpopular government in the world. (p 211)
The war that one reads about in the western media, is not the real war. Obama supporters should get a copy of "A Woman Among the Warlords" and compare the reality of occupation to the propaganda in the newspapers. The fact is, the United States has handed Afghanistan over to a group of genocidal maniacs and religious zealots. Even now, the warlords could not continue their brutal repression of the Afghan people without the continued support of the United States. Many of the warlords are still on the US payroll, which Obama somehow failed to mention in his "Peace Prize" speech.
"A Woman Among the Warlords" is a great-read and the perfect antidote for the incessant barrage of war propaganda. It's definitely worth a look.