Pakistan ‘trashed’ and insulted, Kayani won’t meet US official


“There are several reasons by Pakistan’s Army Chief for turning down (a meeting with) Lavoy. It is to tell the Americans that you cannot be bad-mouthing us day in and day out and then expect a meeting with Pakistan’s most powerful personality,” the official said. “You cannot trash our sovereignty, threaten us, announce intensified drone attacks, kill our soldiers, refuse to apologise when you do the same in Kabul, hold back our money (from the Coalition Support Fund), threaten to cut off all aid and then pretend that it is business as usual,” the official added.
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DEADLOCK IN US PAKISTAN TALKS:: NO DEAL WITHOUT AN APOLOGY

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by Wichaar

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How would most US citizens react if a foreign power constantly and recklessly violated US sovereignty, threatened the US, slaughtered its people by drone strikes, never apologized, and continued doing so as if nothing wrong was committed?

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Pakistan Army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani’s office turned down a request for a meeting by visiting US deputy assistant secretary of defense Peter Lavoy, reflecting the strains that have hit ties between the two countries since last year. A meeting was requested by the American official but the general headquarters declined it, unnamed Pakistani officials were quoted as saying by The News daily on Monday. (more…)

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Facing the Writing on the Wall in Kabul



The superb Victorian painter Lady Jane Butler captured this in oil ‘the triumphs and tragedies of the British Empire’. This haunting painting, “The Retreat from Kabul, ” shows the sole survivor of a British army of 16,500, Dr. William Brydon, struggling out of Afghanistan in January, 1842. All the rest were killed by Afghan tribesmen after a futile attempt to garrison Kabul. This gripping painting should have hung over the NATO summit meeting last week in Chicago to remind the US and its allies that Afghanistan remains “the graveyard of empires.” The latest empire to try to conquer Afghanistan has failed, and is now sounding the retreat.
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$4 BILLION FOR THE KARZAI REGIME A PIE IN THE SKY

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by Eric Margolis

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One of my favorite artists was the superb Victorian painter Lady Jane Butler who captured in oil the triumphs and tragedies of the British Empire.

Her haunting painting, “The Retreat from Kabul, ” shows the sole survivor of a British army of 16,500, Dr. William Brydon, struggling out of Afghanistan in January, 1842. All the rest were killed by Afghan tribesmen after a futile attempt to garrison Kabul. (more…)

India and Afghanistan Running Scared Into the Arms of the Beast


If the India/Afghan security agreement and the US-India Security Cooperation Project have given India foolish ideas of relying on its new superpower (fading) buddy, in some vain glorious attempt to “solve its Pakistan problem,” it should take another look at another superpower “backed” war…Israeli invasion of Lebanon, 2006. 
After responding to Bush/Cheney prodding and promises of overwhelming US support, Israel started a war with Hezbollah in Lebanon, with the intention of eventually pouring across the Syrian border, under the umbrella of US air cover. 
That American air support never came, because the IDF couldn’t live-up to all the hype associated with the image of “invincible” Israelis and they were unable to wipe-out the allegedly “weak” Lebanese Resistance Forces (Hezbollah). 
Will the same fate await the Indian Air Forc as it attempts to overwhelm Pakistani defenses in a planned “cold start” operation?  

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“Reinforcing fears in Islamabad that New Delhi is preparing for a war that may engulf the whole region.

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Peter Chamberlin writes:

[If the India/Afghan security agreement and the US-India Security Cooperation Project have given India foolish ideas of relying on its new superpower (fading) buddy, in some vain glorious attempt to “solve its Pakistan problem,” it should take another look at another superpower “backed” war…Israeli invasion of Lebanon, 2006.  After responding to Bush/Cheney prodding and promises of overwhelming US support, Israel started a war with Hezbollah in Lebanon, with the intention of eventually pouring across the Syrian border, under the umbrella of US air cover.  That American air support never came, because the IDF couldn’t live-up to all the hype associated with the image of “invincible” Israelis and they were unable to wipe-out the allegedly “weak” Lebanese Resistance Forces (Hezbollah).  Will the same fate await the Indian Air Force as it attempts to overwhelm Pakistani defenses in a planned “cold start” operation?  Everyone assumed that Mr. Singh had more sense than this–to get suckered into one of America’s lethal schemes, such as this.

We all assumed that that large baby-blue turban was hiding a large brain beneath it.  Has he forgotten the image of Donald Rumsfeld shaking hands with Saddam Hussein, before the great Iran/Iraq double-cross?

Panic, on India’s part, just because the false narrative manufactures the lie of “American withdrawal from Afghanistan,” is as insane as it is stupid.  The leaders of both India and Afghanistan are running scared, especially after the master psyop move of Rabbani’s murder and with him, the end of Karzai’s hopes.  Being herded like sheep is NOT a sign of leadership.  You are being played like suckers, as they lead you away from any possible peaceful solution to your regional problems (largely a result of CIA handiwork) into the arms of Kali (goddess of death).

Never forget for a second, that Pakistan has always worked for America…still does.  If you have a Pakistan problem, it is primarily an “American problem.”  Pakistan has been a pain in your asses and American leaders love that.  Remember them?  You know, your new partners (SEE:  Image of the Beast, here, here and here )?]

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America’s SPECTRE syndrome in Afghanistan


The fact is that the Afghanistan problem is not just about the Haqqani Network. Afghanistan has multiple problems, most of which have nothing whatsoever to do with the Haqqanis. Even if the Haqqani Network were entirely taken out, Afghanistan would remain largely the same.
In fact, if the only stumbling block between an Afghanistan gone bad and an idyllic Afghanistan were the Network, Afghanistan would have been a piece of cake, not the wicked problem it has become.
And, if the insurgency in Afghanistan was only run by the Haqqanis, JSOC (Joint Special Operations Command) would not be conducting thousands of night operations for the last year-and-half across all of Afghanistan, operations that are terribly unpopular.
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ERNST STAVRO SIRAJUDDIN BLOFELD HAQQANI 

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by Ejaz Haider

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Ernst Stavro Sirajuddin Blofeld Haqqani is now running SPECTRE (SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion), renamed in Afghanistan as the Haqqani Network.

All the troubles of the US and its allies stem from this reincarnation of SPECTRE. The only entity that can take care of this shadowy organisation is Pakistan. The capacity of this organisation to trouble America is exclusively owed to its ability to retire to North Waziristan after striking inside Afghanistan, sometime as deep as in Kabul. Its members seem to be able to fly in and out of Afghanistan, undetected, despite the presence there of US, NATO and ISAF troops.

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The Cruel Lie: Bombing to liberate women


 
Under the U.S. occupation, says Malalai Joya, the Afghan womens’ rights activist, “Women are “free’ to beg in the streets under the cover of the burqa; they are “free’ to resort to prostitution to feed their families; they are “free’ to commit self-immolation as the only way out of the cycle of humiliation, destitution, and despair.”
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ABUSE OF WOMEN ON THE RISE SINCE THE  US LED WAR ON AFGHANISTAN

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by Debra Sweet 

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Ten years ago, when the Taliban had mostly wrested control of Afghanistan from former fundamentalist warlord allies of the United States, the U.S. government turned a cold and deaf ear to testimony about the suffering of Afghan women. Then, suddenly, after her husband announced a “war on terror” to last “generations,” Laura Bush told us in November 2011 that the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan was “a fight for the rights and dignity of women.”

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