by Dave McGill
The Senate Armed Services Committee announced this month that Defense Department security contracts resulted in millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars being funneled to the Taliban. After a year-long investigation, Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.) said that they found “significant evidence that some security contractors even worked against our coalition forces, creating the very threat that they are hired to prevent.” Continue reading
by Bernard Schaer
It’s been more than nine years now that we are fighting this “global war on terror”. We don’t call it that as much anymore, but still, NINE YEARS! And Osama bin Laden is still on the lose – somewhere in the mountains between Afghanistan and Pakistan. We don’t know exactly where, but we know he’s there. And he is thought to be behind these new, rather unsubstantiated, possible, not tied to any European country in particular, terror attacks across Europe, being planned by al–Qa’ida. The same al–Qa’ida that has about 100 or so “members” in Afghanistan. Continue reading
by Dave McGill
With an ominous reference to the problems surrounding the Afghan campaign, the outgoing deputy commander of the NATO forces , Lt. Gen. Nick Parker, said that military commanders have promised too much when predicting quick successes, such as in the attack on Marja in March. Before retiring as the top commander, General McChrystal recently referred to Marja as a continuing “bleeding ulcer.”
by Bernard Weiner, The Crisis Papers
Yes, all politics is indeed local — at the same time it is national and international. The interconnections are more numerous and important these days.
by Alan Grayson, Member of Congress, Florida
On May 30, 2010, at 10:06 a.m, the direct cost of occupying Iraq and Afghanistan will hit $1 trillion. And in a few weeks, the House of Representatives will be asked to vote for $33 billion of additional “emergency” supplemental spending to continue the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.