McChrystal Faces Massive Failure in Afghanistan in Next Few Months

By Gareth Porter

On Thursday, McChrystal's message that his strategy will weaken the Taliban in its heartland took its worst beating thus far, when he admitted that the planned offensive in Kandahar City and surrounding districts is being delayed until September at the earliest, because it does not have the support of the Kandahar population and leadership.

Afghanistan Mineral Riches: Beware the Hype

By James Joyner

The discovery in question dates to 2007, has been widely documented on US government websites for years, and the $1 trillion figure seems to have been conjured from thin air. - The Soviets had documented this trove way back in 1985!

Is Petraeus McChrystal's Replacement or Obama's

By Paul Craig Roberts

The most telling aspect of the McChrystal-Obama contretemps is that it has caused no one in the US government, or media, to ask why the US is still killing women and children in Afghanistan after 9 years. The US government is prepared for everyone except itself to be tried at the War Crimes Tribunal.


Anxiety Reigns in Washington Over Afghanistan (Petraeus Passes Out During Senate Hearing)


Senators Rap War Effort

Wall Street Journal


The Obama administration’s Afghan war effort came under blistering bipartisan attack in the Senate Tuesday …. The top Democrat and the top Republican on the Senate committee responsible for military oversight — both of whom were strong supporters of the White House’s decision to surge 30,000 troops into Afghanistan last year — sharply questioned administration claims of progress in southern Afghanistan, where the bulk of new troops has been deployed. … The debate over the July 2011 date dominated Tuesday’s hearing, which was cut short after Gen. David Petraeus, overall commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East and Central Asia, briefly fainted during intense questioning by Messrs. Levin and McCain...

Afghan bling

by Justin Raimondo


Just as John McCain was telling Gen. David Petraeus how worried he is that the US is going to leave Afghanistan before ‘the job’ is done, the General’s head dropped onto the desk in front of him: had he passed out from ennui? McCain had the same effect on the American electorate in 2008. Petraeus blamed it on not having had breakfast, but, in any case, the US government seems intent on having Afghanistan for lunch — and what a rich meal that is going to be! According to a piece by James Risen in the New York Times, there’s gold in them thar hills!

A question of life and death

The New Republic
by William Galston


Our military commanders in Afghanistan talk incessantly about the need to ’shape’ the political context in a given area before beginning activities with a significant military component — but if their own research is correct, our chances of ’shaping’ Kandahar any time soon range from slim to none. Based on General McChrystal’s own logic, then, we cannot proceed there because a key requirement for success is not fulfilled. And if we can’t prevail in Kandahar, then we’re stuck with the Taliban as a long-term military presence and political force in Afghanistan...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Making It McChrystal Clear



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