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We are failing in Afghanistan and most reporters don’t see why

Being unembedded in Afghanistan is a rarity, most journalists preferring to be near and dear to the military.

That’s why Jeremy Scahill and Rick Rowley are in a class of their own. They’re just back from the war-torn country and reveal the utter failure of the American-led counter-insurgency. Here’s Scahill:

Well, first of all, what’s abundantly clear from traveling around the Pashtun heartland—the Pashtun areas of Afghanistan are where the Taliban have their strongholds, and also Rick and I traveled in areas that are really heavily populated by members of the Haqqani network, which is the insurgent group that the United States government most closely identifies with al-Qaeda, with strong links to Pakistan’s ISI spy agency, and so we traveled around these areas talking to tribal leadership, to civilians. We even interviewed some current Taliban commanders, as well as former senior members of the Taliban government, including Mullah Zaeef, who was the former Taliban spokesperson to Pakistan, the man who after 9/11 really emerged as the public face of the Taliban. He then was taken for four years to Guantánamo prison. So, much of what Rick and I focused on was trying to get a sense of the nature of the insurgency. And what’s abundantly clear is that the US counterinsurgency strategy, the so-called COIN doctrine, has utterly failed.

The Taliban are gaining in popularity, gaining in strength. The leadership of the Taliban acknowledged that the so-called targeted killing campaign of senior Taliban leadership has been successful, but they say that it’s only producing new generations of leaders within the Taliban that are actually more radical than the previous generation. In fact, when we talked to Mullah Zaeef, who’s under house arrest in Kabul, he has Hamid Karzai’s military forces in front of his house, and when we entered there, they went nuts about Rick’s camera, and they tried to sort of grab his camera from him. And then we entered Mullah Zaeef’s house, and we interviewed him. And what he was saying is, look, if you kill all of the old-school Taliban leaders, people who actually were part of a government that had diplomatic relations with Muslim countries, that knew how to negotiate, you’re not going to like what you create in that, because this new generation—and he said to us, “I know this new generation. They’re more radical.” And evidence of this can be found in the fact that when Mullah Mohammed Omar, who—all the Taliban people we talked to—is still running the show, still issuing orders through the shadow governors that the Taliban has—all over the country they have a shadow government, and in many cases, local people go to that shadow government instead of the Karzai government, because they feel that they’re going to get results there. But what they were saying is that within this structure, when they try to give orders to new commanders, sometimes it’s met with hostility from the new generation of Taliban. A few months ago in Paktia province, which is a Taliban area just outside of Kabul, Mullah Omar sent an emissary to a new Taliban commander to try to say that “you’re violating some of the rules of Taliban combat,” and they literally murdered his emissary.

5 comments ↪
  • Marilyn

    The moronics here can be seen in the notion that we train militia killers on our own soil because we are so totally ignorant of the facts.

  • Mallee

    Marilyn,

    Our people here are moronic!?, How could you be so kind, yet insult the moronics. Below moronic is mother goose Gillard, of the Canberra gooses farm. Ssearch; Steve- Liebmann-Bracken=claptrap-2UE where he calls Kevin Bracken of the MUA a goose and associates him with irrelevant conspiracies and compares him with 'Holocaust deniers'. (the usual emotionasl irrelevant mantra of the defenders of the official government 911 conspiracy theory..boring as! Why do they bother?) Seems that 2UE is one of the greatest ganders in town.

    For 'our' moronic ABC, search; Jone-Faine-Kevin-Bracken.

    For an update; hear our Kevin Bracken on Alex Jones Infowars tell those moronics a thing or two about the scientific realities in regard to the mass muders on 911, which included 10 Aussies, that our farm of moronic geese in Parliament house in Canberra will not address and rather, send our boys to be killed in worlwide home invasions.

    No doubt our Canberra monics are buying the false flag attack from Yemen because the US wants to attack Yemen. Search; General-Wesley-Clarke-interview-2007, wherein he says that from September 2001 the US was going to war, to do 7 countries in 5 years, ending with Iran, Afghanisatn, Iraq and Yemen were included.

    Don't see or read about that in our 'moronic' free press that 'they hate us for', now do we; ABC, SBS, Channels 7,9 1nd 10 and our lying print media.

    With thought Marilyn you will realise that they are not realy moronic, they are criminals, or aiders and abettors of criminals. They are Vipers in our democratic pockets, put your hand in and see how our mass media is anti democratic together , with the 'project Mocking bird' (search it) traitors.

    Madame Goose and your Farm of servile betrayers of Aussies; you need a good plucking.

    Are our moronics gong to fall over and over again to the false flag scenarios such as 'the Lavon Affair' operation Northwoods', Operation Gladio', and search; 'The US Liberty a967 at whatreallyhappend.com and see how Johnson was content to see the Liberty crew murderd in cold blood by the Israelis, 34 crew murdered and the survivors only saved by the appearance of A Russian ship as witness, that meant the ZIsraelai had to syop mudering US sailors, whikls the US carrier captain had to not go to the rescue of his fello sailors.

    Wake up Australia, 911 was another false flag opertion in mass murder.

    Bracken of the MUA is correct; Jones (2GB) Leibmann (2UE) Faine of the AbC and Mother Goose Gillard are 'stupid and wrong'.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Mallee

    Sorry about the typos, jus read the message and think!!

  • Mallee

    Update………………………………………..Update ….on the above.

    Over at http://911blogger.com is the video of the interview by Alex Jones with Kevin Bracken.

    I suggest that Mother Goose Gillard have; her advisors, her opponents (you too, Bob Brown and the Greens) with Liebmann (2UE), Jones (2GB) and especially Jon Faine, of  'OUR' ABC listen to the Audio.

    Clearly, an unreserved apology and retraction on the unfounded comments is in order from all of the above and by the management of the stations and the ABC. It will be interesting if they do and actually pass the '9/11 credibility test'.

    Mr. Faine; Kevin Bracken says that you e-mailed him to ring in to your show. Is that correct or not considering, that Kevin Bracken stated to Alex Jones that you denied that in one of the two interviews. (I think, in the second call when, Bracken challeged you to a debate that you denied him.)

    It is clear that the ABC (where is 'OUR',  ABC ' MEDIA WATCH') should investigate Mr. Bracken's claim immediately. I understand that many complaints have been lodged with the ABC, I have copies of two and I am sure Bracken would have more. There is no excuse for the ABC to daudle on this, they have spent the last 9 years 'daudling' and obfuscating on 9/11 and many have had enough ABC. How about a report on the Niels Harrit et. al., paper on the finding of nano-thermtic (military grade explosives) in the WTC dust with molten spherical spheres.

    Pleae genuine Australians, think of the 21 boys killed in the invasion of Afghanistan so far on the lies by our politicians, basing the invasion on; 9/11 and having to go and get Bin Laden, who is not even wanted by the FBI for 9/11, as they do not have trhe evidence.

    Don't read about tha now do we in our controlled mass media with their weapns of mass deception that they make us pay for.

    Clearly, our democracy is under the most severe threat by either; lying/ignorant/lazy/incompetent/servile politicians demonising the populace who want 9/11 re-investigated, not that it ever was.

    The mass media is betraying Australians and as a result, our boys and so many Afghans and Iraqis have been killed and wounded.

    When is one decent member of Mother Goose's parliamentary farm going to pull their beak out of the trough and show the decency to sound a decent 'honk'for 911 truth.

    [Acknowlegement is hereby given to Steve Liebmann of 2UE for the association of idiots with Geese in his ridicule of Steve Bracken on his 2UE program, thank you, Steve]

  • Mallee

    I officially request that the following persons and organistations listen to the Interview by Alex Jones and Kevin Bracken of the MUA and the Victorian Trades Hall Council. I can only suggest that Kevin has expressed opinions that should be taken on board by all parliamentarians and mass media 'shock jocks'. Failing that, I call on all trade unionists to reclaim our democracy.

    The persons who should watch the 3 part interview between Alex Jones and Kevin Bracken should, but not exclusively, be the following:

    All lawyers, icluding the judiciary, who are entrusted to be protective of truth, justice and the rights of all Australians.

    All defence personal, including reservists, in all the lines of duty for Australia. particularily Mr, Angus. Houston (apologies I do not know your rankl)

    The head of our intellignece agency/ies.

    The mainstream media represented by the Fairfax and News mob.

    PM Julia Gillard.

    Opposition leader. Tony Abbott and deputy Julie Bishop.

    Senator Bob Grown (!)

    Malcolm Turnbull MP.

    Barnaby Joyce.

    Andrew Wilkie. MP.

    Tony Windsor. MP.

    Bob Katter. MP.

    Mike Carlton. (Mike, you will make a better impression if you are substantial, rather than being funny and shallow. How many columns did you waste on Janette yesterday? (We do not give a stuff about Jannette, boys are dying. Mike, our boys are being killed and you waltz with Jannette?!

    Alan Jones (2GB). You should be PM but you have a 9/11 english master's concept of science. Perhaps you should stick to mooselims.

    Steve Liebmann, I take it that you begat PM Mother Goose.

    ABC's 'media watch', what the f……… are we paying you for? Inane media bloops no doubt. I suppose lies to get out boys killed is too much for you lot.

    Parliamentarians, do you gosslings not know your history? Operation Gladio, operation Northwood, the Lavon Affair, US Liberty in 1967, The Gulf of tonkin lies that eventually cost 550 Aussie lives plus the dfecades of misery from agent orange, the Maine, The Reischtag, (sp), the Rainbow Warrior, The German False falg atatck attributed to The Poles to justify Hitler's invasion of Poland, Creissus (sp?) in Rome who manourvered Spartacus to attack Rome and for the Romans to give him powers and give up rights in order to protect them. Sound familiaR? He paid of the fleet, who was to take Spartucus to North Africa and now the US pays off the Taliban and US contractors also pay off the Taliban who pass on the opium to our kids.

    Well there are more Geese we could address, such as 'our; ABC, TV crap, News Limited and the Fairfax mob, but they will not take notice until we just do not buy their media stuff and avoid their advertisers.

    I am not a union fan, but Bracken needs to be in Parliament to provide some reality to the lies that are causing our boys to be killed. Frydenberg, MP., perhaps you might hand over your seat to a true Australian!?