Chuck Spinney: Guy Taylor on Afghanistan and US $100 Billion Hold — Not Ready to Govern? Or US Not Competent at Focused Aid?

EXCLUSIVE: Confidential U.S. assessments show Afghanistan not ready to govern on own State Department tries to hide risks of corruption Read the full story. Confidential U.S. assessments, which the State Department tried to hide from the public, show nearly all Afghan Cabinet ministries are woefully ill-prepared to govern after the U.S. withdraws its troops, often describing …

Chuck Spinney: Should US Leave Afghanistan? Is BBC Out of Its Mind? Robert Steele Comments

The attached BBC report/video by John Simpson describing Afghan attitudes toward the US/UK exit struck me as bizarre.  The weight of Simpson’s gist is that most Afghans do not want us to leave.  But the report based most of its information on interviews in Kabul and only a short part (the wobbly part) on the …

Chuck Spinney: Mission Accomplished in Afghanistan — Treason, Looting of the Commonwealth, Destruction of the Millitary, and Wanton Collateral Damage…

Below, Seumas Milne well summarizes the calamitous results of our misbegotten GWOT* crusades in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Syria.  The result is not pretty, but that is hardly surprising. While Milne’s call for accountability applies to the British contribution to the GWOT, it bespeaks volumes for the United States — a country that prides itself on its …

Chuck Spinney: Staying in Afghanistan Is a Recipe for More Terrorism

Staying in Afghanistan Is a Recipe for More Terrorism Anthony W. Orlando – Huffington Post – 12/12/13 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anthony-w-orlando/staying-in-afghanistan-is_b_4437192.html Barack Obama is daring the terrorists. He’s standing in their front yard. He’s calling them out. Of course, that’s not how it’s reported. “U.S. ‘nowhere near’ decision to pull all troops out of Afghanistan,” was the understated …

Chuck Spinney: Predictable Meltdown in Afghanistan – Strategic Decrepitude and Lack of Integrity Go Hand in Hand

The below BBC report, Afghanistan’s ‘green on blue’ collapse of trust,  places the fatal flaw in the McChrystal plan used by Mr. Obama to justify the Afghan surge in 2010 — namely General McChrystal’s failure to examine the strengths and weaknesses of the plan to rapidly build up the Afghan Army/police — into sharp relief. This …

Chuck Spinney: Syria, Rebels, Complexity and Foreign (Uninformed) Meddling….Hark Back to Viet-Nam, Central America, Afghanistan….

According the attached report in the 3 October issue of the New York Times, defections from Assad’s army to the Free Syrian Army (FSA) have slowed to a trickle. No major units have defected. The FSA has resulted to trickery and coercion to gain recruits, including drugging and kidnapping. Moreover, rebel tactics, like suicide bombing …

Chuck Spinney: The Logistics Sphincter of Afghanistan

This is one big chocolate mess.  It illustrates the strategic vulnerability arising from the grand strategic blowback effects of the extrajudicial liquidation program that is America’s drone war … which is viewed by the White House and Defense Secretary Panetta as the only game in town. Chuck Spinney Cannes, France U.S.-Pakistan Freeze Chokes Fallback Route …

Chuck Spinney: The Afghanistan Exit – Looting the Useful Idiots to the Bitter End

When Alexander the Great decided to leave Afghanistan, his plan was to exit via the Khyber Pass and march though what is now Pakistan and thence into India. But the Khyber was blocked by a warring Pashtun tribe. Legend has it that Alex’s exit strategy was to bribe another Pashtun tribe to open the door …

Chuck Spinney: The Afghanistan Disaster Part II – The Long Hard Costly Exit

Given Nato’s political problems with Pakistan, the Brits have elected to leave Afghanistan along the so-called Northern route to the Baltic Sea (see my 27 November posting, Afghan Dunkirk for discussion of the selection).  Now, as Bryan Brady and Jonathan Owen report in the Independent, the entirely predictable baksheesh game has begun. Think of what the far larger, more logistics-intensive US …

Chuck Spinney: The Afghanistan Disaster Part I – When the War Comes Home

WEEKEND EDITION APRIL 6-8, 2012 Wait Till the War Really Comes Home The Afghan Disaster by FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY, Counterpunch The PR disasters over the last three months — including pictures of American troops urinating on Afghan corpses, the burning of Qurans, and the massacre of Afghan civilians, including women and children, by at least one …

Chuck Spinney: Col Davis on Dereliction of Duty in Afghanistan

By now, most readers have probably heard of the critical report issued on Afghanistan by a serving Army Lt Colonel.  For those readers who have not seen it, this email forwards it without commentary. In the attached 84 page report (pdf), Lt Colonel Daniel Davis (US Army) opens with the following charge: “Senior ranking US …

Chuck Spinney: UK Dunkirk, USA Long Walk Away from Afghanistan – the Military-Industrial Scam is to “Reset, Rebuy, Retrench”

… How the Military – Industrial – Congressional Complex (MICC) Will Win By Losing The old adage that it is easy to get into Afghanistan but painful to leave is true for many reasons — here is a big one described in 27 November issue of the Daily Mirror [also attached below] — the British army  plans to use …

Chuck Spinney: Afghanistan Situation Report

July 26, 2011 Afghan Sitrep We’re Here Because We’re Here Because We’re Here … By FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY, Counterpunch Beaulieu Sur Mer, France The old German army had a term of art for describing the US strategy in Afghanistan: nicht schwerpunckt, meaning there is no center of effort or unifying idea around which to shape …

Chuck Spinney: From Bad to Worse in Afghanistan

From bad to worse in Afghanistan Peter Eichstaedt McClatchy News – 20/07/11 KABUL, AFGHANISTAN The assassination of President Hamid Karzai’s half brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai, along with the recent attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in the heart of the capital in Kabul, underscore the increasingly fragile security situation in Afghanistan. Both events occurred soon after …

The Afghanistan War: Tactical Victories, Strategic Stalemate? With Comment by Chuck Spinney

The Afghanistan War: Tactical Victories, Strategic Stalemate? David Wood, Politics Daily, 13 February 2011 The top commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus, likes to describe the tactical gains his troops are making against insurgents. But a stream of independent data and analysis suggests a wide gap between those battlefield gains and the strategic progress needed …

Journal: Chuck Spinney Sends–Viet-Nam RMK-BRJ Reprise….Wanna Fix New Orleans? Just move it to Afghanistan….

… because, even though Obama may think he is weighing his policy “options,” the Pentagon is busily politically engineering the the flow of infrastructure funds needed to lock in the constituent support for its Long War. 2014 or Bust: The Pentagon’s Afghan Building Boom Nick Turse and Tom Engelhardt, November 06, 2009 In our day, …