US Spent $7 Billion Trying To Destroy Opium Production In Afghanistan, Opium Production Soared

By: Friday July 4, 2014 6:06 am

While publicly lamenting wasteful spending, Washington gets high blowing cash on the drug war. In the case of Afghanistan and the fight against heroin, the US government spent $7 billion to eradicate poppy cultivation with no discernible effect. In fact, according to the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime Opium Survey opium production is [...]

Karzai Conflict Might Lead To Full US Pullout From Afghanistan

By: Tuesday February 25, 2014 12:29 pm

Of all the people who would demand a full US withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai would seemingly be one of the last. Karzai’s installation as president after his career at Unocal and subsequent protection was due to US military force. Without the US military Karzai would likely not have remained president, possibly [...]

Obama Administration May Leave Afghanistan Sooner

By: Tuesday July 9, 2013 5:52 am

The bribes don’t seem to be working. The Obama Administration may be leaving Afghanistan earlier than planned thanks to the deteriorating relationship between President Obama and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai. Karzai has been a catastrophe as president since day one, never winning over the Afghan people and relegating himself to Mayor of Kabul. Karzai’s latest [...]

Karzai Says He Was Told By CIA That Despite Exposure Cash Bribes Will Continue

By: Monday May 6, 2013 9:59 am

The CIA faced some embarrassment when it was revealed that the intelligence agency had been giving Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai bags of cash for favorable treatment. This revelation was embarrassing for a number of reasons. First, it confirmed reports that Hamid Karzai was running a corrupt government with facilitation by agents of the U.S. government. [...]

CIA’s Afghanistan Bribes Under Scrutiny

By: Monday April 29, 2013 5:36 am

Empires are run using carrot and stick policies. The American Empire is no different. In Afghanistan the Taliban’s refusal to comply has gotten them the stick – drones, special forces teams, and all manner of things as punishment. President Karzai for acting as a U.S. puppet, has gotten some nice carrots. And like everything else [...]

Karzai Accuses America Of Collaborating With Taliban

By: Monday March 11, 2013 6:30 am

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai is pointing the finger at America for continued instability in his country. To America’s shock and dismay, Karzai claimed that the America and Taliban were colluding to continue the war beyond 2014 when US forces are set to withdraw by working together in series of recent bombings. His comments came as [...]

After Karzai Criticism, US Looking for Exits in Afghanistan

By: Thursday October 4, 2012 12:14 pm

Not a good sign for your signature war policy when the lead partner in the country in question says it’s doomed to failure. Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai said on Thursday that the U.S.-led war on militancy would “not be successful,” and accused Western media of waging “psychological warfare” on his country. The outgoing leader said [...]

US Hands Over Bagram Prison to Afghans – Sort Of

By: Monday September 10, 2012 1:04 pm

The US has handed over the prison at Bagram Air Force base to Afghanistan, in the latest in a series of transitions to have the Afghans take control of their own security. The prison transfer was part of a bargain won months ago by Afghan President Hamid Karzai. However, hundreds of prisoners at the facility [...]

NATO Agrees to New Timeline for Afghanistan

By: Monday May 21, 2012 12:14 pm

NATO formally announced a new timeline for the winding down of troops in Afghanistan, agreeing to transfer responsibility for security to the Afghans by the summer of 2013, with the withdrawal of most troops timed for the end of 2014. This is a similar timeline to the exit of troops from Iraq, with a transfer [...]

Karzai’s Double Game: Denounce US Presence, Offer Permanent Bases

By: Monday March 19, 2012 6:17 am

Senior officials tried to assure reporters yesterday that the massacre of 16 civilians in Afghanistan will have no bearing on a post-2014 security arrangement for the US. And to be clear, it shouldn’t. We should get out regardless of that tragedy. It appears that the US is negotiating with two heads of state. There’s the [...]

US Policy in Afghanistan Unraveling After Massacre

By: Thursday March 15, 2012 8:15 am

While demonstrations and protests have been muted, the massacre of 16 Afghan civilians by a US soldier (or soldiers; still no clarity on that) has begun to unravel US policy in the war. The military transferred the soldier to Kuwait, a move that has sparked outrage among the population, who think that justice ought to [...]

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