Monday, July 26, 2010

The White House Murder INC, on the Khyber Pass express

This is our equivalent of the Pentagon Papers. In the case of the confirmation given in the leaked documents on Pentagon knowledge of Pakistani Army support for the Taliban in Afghanistan, what is not shown is probably much more important than this news. What will not be revealed is why the US military is not doing anything (other than talking tough for the media) to expose or end this state support for the Taliban--the bigger secret is that the United States supports its own Taliban, in many different countries. The biggest leak of all will be when someone dares to show the world the truth about full blown American Terrorism and our secret "Islamist" armies, some of which Pakistan commands on our behalf. It is doubtful that CIA/DIA/DODWikileaks will reveal that it is all a big show to fool gullible Americans. Everyone knows how much Americans love a good movie, especially one with a big twist at the end, and this one is a real doozy! I am going to spoil the plot for you, the good guys are really the baddest bad guys, and the ones that we thought were bad guys turn-out to be actors of Al-CIAda..., hired by USA's criminal deep state since the outset of the inside job of 9/11...

[Like a dam holding back a flood of putrid water, the deadly Pakistan/American secrets have allowed the stinking game to go on and on and on. The CIA/DOD Wikileaks revelations are making the secret players act, which explains the timing of this charade, coming after the leaks... Pakistan creates the Taliban to fight the Americans in the great psy-op, while the Americans create the anti-Taliban, the TTP, to fight the Pak Army, thus justifying the war of Pakistan on Pakistanis, and the American war upon everybody else from the Hindu Kush to Qana to Sudan in the Arc of Crisis of the Pentagon....

The whole thing is a great "cluster fuck," as the American military loves such things.]

In case it hasn’t sunk in, one such example, the man was charged with espionage for revealing information to the American people that they should be entitled to have. This is what our dirty Deep State power behind the power in DC “republic” has come to....

Two “journalists” from Wired magazine (both convicted felons), using grossly unethical methods of selection and omission in writing their article, conspired with each other as well as the government to silence Manning and to smear him as a “traitor.” Not surprisingly, the substance of this Orwellian hit piece has been parroted unquestioningly by our sycophantic mainstream media. Readers desiring a balanced approach to the Manning story should read the excellent article by Glen Greenwald in

The actions of the utterly corrupt and beyond redemption US government in prosecuting Manning, instead of the "moral" assassins/cretins in the helicopter and their superiors, are those of a tyrannical state.... The actions of our media in their “reporting” of the story are like those of their counterparts in North Korea.

God help the US nation and its wonderful people in getting rid of this scourge...

The White House Murder INC, on the Khyber Pass express....

The 92,000 American classified military documents released by CIA-DOD-DIA-WikiLeaks add to the evidence that Pakistan's intelligence service backs the Taliban, to the point of helping the Taliban plan assassinations of American and Afghan officials.

This raises the question: Who covered up a scandalous arrangement known to everyone with a casual acquaintance of the situation? The answer is the same as in Agatha Christie's 1934 mystery about murder on the Orient Express, that is, everybody: former United States president George W Bush and vice president Dick Cheney, current US President Barack Obama and Vice
President Joe Biden, India, China and Iran. They are all terrified of facing a failed state with nuclear weapons, and prefer a functioning but treacherous one.

The released papers - described as one of the biggest leaks in US military history - detail military operations between 2004 and 2009. Some of the documents published on July 25 disclose how North Atlantic Treaty Organization forces have killed scores of civilians in unreported incidents in Afghanistan. The documents claim that 195 civilians have been improperly killed and 174 wounded. Many are motorcylists or drivers shot after being suspected of being suicide bombers.

The White House has condemned the publication, saying it threatened the safety of coalition forces, while Pakistan's ambassador to the United States said his country was committed to fighting insurgents. Husain Haqqani called the release "irresponsible", saying it consisted of "unprocessed" reports from the field.

The "everybody" involved in this case seems to exclude whomever actually leaked the documents, presumably some element of the US military, which has to absorb the effect of Pakistan's double game in the region in the form of body bags for enlisted men and shattered reputations for commanders. Like the Rolling Stone magazine interviews that led to the firing of General Stanley McChrystal, the America commander in Afghanistan, the WikiLeaks documents suggest a degree of disaffection of the American military with civilian leaders deeper than anything in living memory.

To exit the Afghan quagmire in a less than humiliating fashion, the United States requires Pakistani help to persuade the Taliban not to take immediate advantage of the American departure and evoke Vietnam-era scenes of helicopters on the American Embassy roof. The politicians in Washington know they have lost and have conceded to the Taliban a role in a post-American Afghanistan. They can only hope that once the country plunges into chaos, the public will have moved onto other themes, much as it did after the Bill Clinton administration put Kosovo into the hands of a gang of dubious Albanians in 1998.

India does not want America to call Pakistan to account. In the worst case, Pakistan might choose to support the Taliban and other terrorist organizations - including Kashmiri irredentists - openly rather than covertly. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, of whom the Economist on July 25 wrote "the strength of his coalition depends largely on how weak he is as Prime Minister", does not want to confront Pakistan. If Pakistan's support for anti-Indian terrorism became undeniable, India would have to act, and action is the last thing the Congress party-led coalition in New Delhi wants to consider.

China has no interest in destabilization in Pakistan; on the contrary, Beijing lives in fear that radical Islamists in Pakistan might infect its own restive Uyghurs. And Iran, which shares the fractious Balochis with Pakistan on their common border, lives in terror that a destabilized Pakistan would free the Balochis to make trouble.

Balochis comprise little over 2% of Iran's population, but they have demonstrated their talent at bomb-making on several recent occasions, including the bombing this month of a Shi'ite mosque in southeastern Iran in which 28 people were killed and hundreds wounded. Iran has accused Pakistan of sponsoring Balochi terror attacks, but intelligence community sources in Washington insist that the Pakistanis would never be so reckless as to put bombs into Balochi hands.

With 170 million people - more than Russia - and a nuclear arsenal, Pakistan is too big to fail, that is, too big to fail without traumatic consequences for its neighbors. Whether it can be kept from failure is questionable. Half its people live on less than a dollar day, and half are illiterate. It is riven by religious differences - a seventh of Pakistanis are Shi'ite - as well as ethnic ones.

The government's desultory campaign against pro-Taliban elements on the Afghan border comes down to Punjabis killing Pashtuns. To drive the Taliban in earnest out of the Pashto-speaking frontier in the Waziristan tribal areas would risk tearing the country apart. It is also the case that Pakistan wants the Taliban as a bulwark against India. But it is misleading to separate Islamabad's foreign policy objectives from the requirements of domestic cohesion, since irredentist agitation against India is part of the glue that holds together a fractious and fanatical collection of tribes.

Pakistan's claim on the support and forbearance of its neighbors, and its foreign sponsors, the United States and China, is its propensity to fail. American policy still wants to maintain a balance of power between India and Pakistan. That is an act of extreme folly. The longer the regional powers delay a reckoning with Pakistan, the more damaging the outcome. As I wrote in my year-end review last December 29:
There is one great parallel, but also one great difference, between the Balkans on the eve of World War I and the witch's cauldron comprising Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and contiguous territory. The failure of the region's most populous state - in that case the Ottoman Empire, in this case Pakistan - makes shambles out of the power balance, leaving the initiative in the hands of irredentist radicals who threaten to tug their sponsors among the great powers along behind them. But in 1914, both France and Germany thought it more advantageous to fight sooner rather than later. No matter how great the provocation, both India and China want to postpone any major conflict. The problem is that they may promote minor ones. [1]
Given the overwhelming evidence that Pakistan is taking American aid while helping the Taliban kill American soldiers, perhaps by providing its Afghani friends with shoulder-fired, heat-seeking missiles, the Obama administration has done the only thing it can: deny that the 92,000 documents contain any new information, while insisting that its November 2009 "review" of Afghan war strategy is an appropriate response to the problems detailed in the documents. The Obama administration has a story, and it is sticking to it. The White House stated after the documents were published on July 25:
Since 2009, the United States and Pakistan have deepened our important bilateral partnership. Counter-terrorism cooperation has led to significant blows against al-Qaeda's leadership. The Pakistani military has gone on the offensive in Swat and South Waziristan, at great cost to the Pakistani military and people. The United States and Pakistan have also commenced a Strategic Dialogue, which has expanded cooperation on issues ranging from security to economic development ... yet the Pakistani government - and Pakistan’s military and intelligence services - must continue their strategic shift against insurgent groups. The balance must shift decisively against al-Qaeda and its extremist allies. US support for Pakistan will continue to be focused on building Pakistani capacity to root out violent extremist groups, while supporting the aspirations of the Pakistani people.
That this is nonsense, Obama knows, along with the whole world. At some point the charade must come to an end, and it would be a novelty in world affairs if the reluctance of American commanders to feed the charade with American blood were the proximate cause of its termination. The United States would be better advised to stop the game now and seek an open alliance with India, the world's largest democracy and America's natural partner in Central Asia.
Pakistan Aids Insurgency in Afghanistan, Reports Assert :

Inside the Fog of War: Reports From the Ground in Afghanistan

The Washington Post (US)

Leaked CIA-DOD-DIA-WikiLeaks files lay bare war in Afghanistan

CIA-DOD-DIA-WikiLeaks takes new approach in latest release of documents

Los Angeles Times (US)

White House decries CIA-DOD-DIA-WikiLeaks release of Afghan war documents

Newsweek (US)

The Pentagon Papers, Redux

Wired (US)

CIA-DOD-DIA-WikiLeaks Drops 90,000 War Docs; Fingers Pakistan as Insurgent

The Times (UK)

Fury at leaking of Afghanistan war files (payant)

The Independent (UK)

Whistleblower's CIA-DOD-DIA-WikiLeaks leaked US files reveal state of Afghan war

The Guardian (UK)

Afghanistan : the War Logs