$27bn later, Afghan security forces have made no measurable progress

http://www.ufppc.org/us-a-world-news-mainmenu-35/9772/

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US to blame for Afghan slaughter

Villagers in Baghran district of Helmand province reported that children and women were killed by the foreign troops.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=132920&sectionid=351020403



A defining vote on Afghanistan

The Nation
by Katrina vanden Heuvel

07/01/10

More than six months after the implementation of the Obama/McChrystal strategy, and with one year to go before the beginning withdrawal of US forces, it’s clear that the strategy in Afghanistan is failing on nearly all fronts. It’s critical that we now turn to a more fundamental exit debate: How do we change course and craft a responsible strategy to end the war? Tonight the House will have an opportunity to do just that with two votes — on the $33 billion Afghanistan war supplemental and an amendment introduced by Congressman Jim McGovern that would require, at long last, an exit strategy including a timetable for the completion of the redeployment of US troops...

http://www.thenation.com/blog/36950/defining-vote-afghanistan



US-led forces kill three Afghan civilians

The civilians, including a woman, were killed in a NATO operation in the volatile southern province of Kandahar.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=133194&sectionid=351020403


From Information Clearing House

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Boehner proposes raising retirement age to pay for Afghanistan
occupation

USA Today

06/29/10

House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review today that he would support raising the Social Security retirement age to 70 to help pay for the war in Afghanistan. ‘If you have substantial non-Social Security income while you’re retired, why are we paying you at a time when we’re broke?’ he said to the paper in an interview...

http://tinyurl.com/374watn


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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Michael Hastings of Rolling Stone on the Story that Brought Down Gen. McChrystal and Exposed Widening Disputes Behind the U.S. Debacle in Afghanistan

http://act.commondreams.org/go/1292?akid=98.124981.zreQqR&t=16

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NO more money, NO more surges, NO more lives for war
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Stop The Afghanistan Occupation, We Must Stop The Corporations, And THEN The Wars Will End

At what point are we going to admit that Afghanistan, now at nine years being called the longest war in American history, is just an endless and permanently unwelcome occupation? It's never, ever going to end until we the people finally cry out to put an end to it.

Now that General McChrystal has been fired for being too publicly frank about a lot of stuff, including the fact that there is no hope of "victory" in Afghanistan, his replacement by General Petraeus offers little hope of an exit any time soon either. Instead, he warns things there are going to get worse, at a time when casualties are already setting records.

Tell Congress to End The Afghanistan Occupation

Action Page: http://www.peaceteam.net/action/pnum1050.php

We have NO national security interest in occupying so many countries in the Middle East. Quite the contrary, it just makes us more insecure and unsafe by breeding hatred and revenge for America's military arrogance all over the world. If the Cheney/Bush administration had not been so indifferently asleep at the switch the 9/11 attacks could have easily been prevented. By their own admission all they had to do was "connect the dots". Occupying Afghanistan does nothing to advance that mission.

The founders of our country in their wisdom sought to preclude a "king" from having the power to launch wars for the enlargement of their own power, to the detriment of the interests of the people. But today we have a new class of kings, corporate monoliths in the military and energy sectors, that are driving the bus whoever sits in the White House. And it does not help that to do their bidding the Cheney/Bush administration usurped every power they could get their hands on, none of which have been repudiated by President Obama.

That is why we must recognize that war is nothing but a perpetual profit center for corporations acting only in their own interests, and it is only by confronting the encroaching domination of corporations that we can ever actually put an end to war.

Help us get this message out by picking up a 25 pack of the "Corporations Are NOT The People" bumper stickers to give to your friends and neighbors, just as hundreds and hundreds of your fellow progressive policy activists already have.

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Your donations are making it possible for us to continue to distribute as many of the single bumper stickers as we can for no charge, not even shipping, for those who cannot make a donation of any amount right now. Here is the page for single bumper sticker requests, including the "Impeach The Supreme Court 5" bumper stickers.

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They tell us we must be in Afghanistan to defeat Al Qaeda. But Al Qaeda is not in Afghanistan, they long ago fled to Pakistan and other more friendly territories. Our own military estimates there are less than 100 Al Qaeda actually in Afghanistan. That means we are spending a billion dollars a year chasing each one of these phantoms, and just making more enemies in the process.

Worse yet, if General Petraeus is to emulate in Afghanistan his bribe the militants strategy to temporarily reduce the violence (otherwise known as the "surge"), that means even more of our tax dollars going directly into the pockets of warlord, insurgents and worse, on top of the millions already going to them already.

This is utter lunacy. Nine billion dollars on shrink wrapped pallets went missing in Iraq in one gulp. Our own treasury may now be the primary source of financing (a grave federal crime) for the terrorists we were told we were there to take out. But the corporations love that. It just means a "war on terror" for all eternity and a permanent boom business for the corporate death and destruction merchants.

Please take action now by speaking out. Only your voice can make a difference. Only your voice has ever made a difference.

And here is the Facebook link for the Green Jobs Energy And Climate Bill action page further above.

[Facebook] Action Page: http://apps.facebook.com/fb_voices/action.php?qnum=pnum1050

And this is the Twitter reply for this same action

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Please take action NOW, so we can win all victories that are supposed to be ours, and forward this alert as widely as possible.

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