Blogroll Me! How This Old Brit Sees It ...: All Change In Afghanistan ...

05 October 2006

All Change In Afghanistan ...

This is newly promoted, Brit 4 Star General, David Richards. He's today taken over command of the NATO force that's just taken over the job of trying to clear up the shit still engulfing Afghanistan.

Here's a bit about it all.

NATO has taken charge of Afghanistan's eastern provinces, which have been under the control of US forces since the Taleban were ousted five years ago.

The alliance's International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) already commands troops in the north, west and south of Afghanistan, as well as Kabul.

Officials say the move will make the force more efficient, as it seeks to secure Afghanistan for reconstruction.

Afghanistan represents the biggest ground deployment in Nato's history.

Some 10,000 US troops have come under the command of Gen David Richards from the UK.

The addition of US troops brings the total number of troops under NATO command in Afghanistan to about 31,000.

Read today's relevant report right here.

So ... forgive us for asking ... and erm ... excuse us if we sound sorta stupid, but WTF ... ?

Awrh, on second thoughts ... never mind .... forget it.



Anonymous me said...

You're right. We may as well forget it. Most Brit and Yank sheeple already have. Just as well really. If half of the dopes had a brain they'd be bloody dangerous.

7:33 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bet none of the *NEEDLESSLY* bereaved will ever forget.

Thanks for reminding the rest of us anyhow Brit.

God damn all them responsible.

9:00 pm  
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10:06 pm  
Anonymous kiwi said...

One of the first things a pro politician learns is that people have short memories.

Thank gawd that some of us are exceptions to the rule.

12:00 am  
Anonymous Griffon said...

Afghanistan has seen NATO forces morph from peacekeepers to occupiers.

Lebanon will go the same way.

Meanwhile in Iran - War or Rumors of War?

Frida Berrigan | October 4, 2006

There are pundits around that point out that Time magazine is puttting out the news so it could well be propoganda. It might be that Col. Sam Gardiner is being used the same way but it doesn't make any difference either way, IMO.

It seems to me that Iran has accepted long ago that US/Israel will bomb Iran and attempt to take over the oil and gas fields and have prepared as best they can for that eventuality.

Because they have accepted the worse scenario, they cannot now be bluffed.

This means that the US cannot use bluff to any effect.

This also means that IF the US is bluffing they will be caught by it. Their only options are to embark on an adventure they don't really want (because they can't pull it off or if they can the cost will not be worth it) or they have to back down and watch every satrap and colony revolt.

You'd think that the people from the land of poker would play this better. But , then, that's what power does to you - it fills you with hubris which leaves you wide open to be smacked silly by reality.

Unfortunately, so will a lot of innocent people

12:13 am  
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9:09 am  
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10:39 am  
Anonymous Griffon said...

Yes, well...ummmm

Passenger data deal for US and EU

2:18 pm  
Anonymous Griffon said...

As you say, Richard, Russia is getting seriously pissed off.

High stakes in Georgia standoff
By Matthew Collin
BBC News, Tbilisi

America has been encouraging Georgia to poke "The Bear" with a stick.

What Georgia (or more correctly, Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili) is realising is that it is still inside the cage with the bear while the "urger", America, is on the outside - Dickhead!

I expect Putin will make some move against the US to fire a serious shot across it's bows and to show Georgia conclusively that US talk is often just that and will leave you to hang out to dry. Unfortunatly, it's the ordinary citizens that suffer when all they (we) want to do is go about their lives peacefully and leave others in peace.

2:42 pm  
Blogger bootlian said...

We can not cut and run.


10:02 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More from Global Research-

"Cold War Shivers": War Preparations in the Middle East and Central Asia

by Michel Chossudovsky

October 6, 2006

5:40 am  
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2:05 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

Thanks for the links, Griffon and anon. See following blogpost.

5:52 pm  
Anonymous Tom V. said...

The Soviets couldn't win with hundred thousand troops in Afghanistan, obviously the West will not win with 31 thousand. Not only that, there are all sort of indication, that the conflict is intensifying, and the ground is heating up under the feet of the occupiers.

Call me a paranoid, but I can not exclude the possibility, that winning is not the ultimate goal for the neo-cons (formerly trotskyists) and who they represent, but rather it is permanent war, replacing their erstwhile tenet of 'permanent revolution'.

Meaning: Using war to force changes in social conditions for the worse, in all affected societies to their liking, which otherwise would be difficult to implement without war.

4:31 pm  

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