WAR ON AFGHANISTAN; Karzai Reveals US Will Retain 9 Bases After 2014 Withdrawal, US Troops WILL NOT Fight Taliban But Guarantee Security
(AE) – Afghanistan is currently suffering from daily attacks and car bombings… so we’re supposed to believe that the US troops are going to withdraw into their nine military bases, not engage the Taliban, and somehow “teach” the Afghan Army (ie, imperial army forced to fight their own people) to bring “security” to a country that all of NATO’s joint forces cannot even control now after 12 years of war???
This is pure comedy, but with a massive and humorless price tag.
Or will the true function of the remaining NATO and US troops be to protect the ongoing mining operations (performed by China under US military protection) and to act as the “Opium Protection Police” for Britain’s most profitable export product???
Of course the puppet Karzai will agree to anything since the continuous monthly $300K cash drops of US dollars to his office are much more enticing than getting shot in the face…
How anyone can read the following article and consider this to be a “US withdrawal plan” is beyond me…
2013.5.9 Afghanistan; Hamid Karzai Reveals US Will Retain Nine Bases After Withdrawal (guardian.co.uk):
President strikes conciliatory tone about larger-than-expected continuing deployment, despite frequent criticism of US forces
The United States wants to keep troops at nine bases across Afghanistan, the country’s president, Hamid Karzai, said on Thursday – a larger number than expected given Washington’s scaled-back ambitions for shaping the country’s future.
Karzai, who has often been a fierce critic of the foreign forces that have dominated his country for years, was surprisingly conciliatory about the prospect of a long-term US presence. Keeping American soldiers on the ground was in Afghan interests, he said, as long as the soldiers came with support for the Afghan government and economy.
“We can agree to give them the bases – them staying on after 2014 is for the good of Afghanistan,” Karzai said in a speech at Kabul University. “The condition is that they bring peace and security and take action quickly … on the basic strengthening of Afghanistan, helping the economy of Afghanistan.”
The uneasy allies are currently thrashing out a bilateral security agreement (BSA) to define the terms for their future co-operation, and Karzai’s comments were the first real insight into the slow and difficult negotiations.
“We are trying to ensure the interests of both countries are satisfied in this agreement,” Karzai told students and dignitaries gathered to celebrate the university’s 80th anniversary. “We want roads, electricity, hydropower dams, and strengthening of the Afghan government.”
He may nonetheless have annoyed American officials by revealing details about strategic planning on future commitments to Afghanistan that had been kept under tight wraps.
President Barack Obama has made clear that the US will not fight the Taliban after the Nato-led mission to Afghanistan ends next year; any troops that stay on will concentrate instead on training Afghan soldiers and tackling al-Qaida and similar groups in the lawless border areas near Pakistan.
Facing budget pressures at home, and a declining appetite for risking lives and US money in Afghanistan, Obama has explored a range of possibilities for supporting Afghanistan in future – including a “zero option” that would see the US foot the bill for much of the Afghan military but without any presence on the ground at all.
But the relative weakness of the Afghan army – which is struggling to master key capabilities from bomb detection and heavy weaponry to air power and medical evacuation – means that there is an expectation of some kind of long-term presence to help government forces hold off the battle-hardened Taliban.
The US embassy declined to confirm that Karzai had described its intention to remain in nine bases accurately, but said that it was not trying to secure title to land, or unlimited rights to keep forces on Afghan soil.
“President Obama has made it clear that we don’t seek permanent military bases in Afghanistan,” said US embassy spokesman David Snepp. “We anticipate that the BSA will address access to and use of Afghan facilities by US forces in the future.”
The places in which the US wants to keep troops include the capital, Kabul, the sprawling Bagram airbase, which has been the heart of operations in the east, the restive southern provinces of Kandahar and Helmand, and Shindand in the west, where Nato is training the Afghan airforce, Karzai said.
The other bases are in the northern hub of Mazar-i-Sharif, the western city of Herat, near the Iranian border, and eastern Gardez and Jalalabad, which is a key gateway to Pakistan and a base for drones.
Karzai’s speech also included an attack on Pakistan after days of skirmishes between Afghan and Pakistani forces along their contested border, so the public embrace of a long-term US military presence may have been intended as a reminder to Islamabad that his country has a powerful ally with a stake in keeping the government in Kabul afloat.
Afghanistan has long accused its neighbour of covert support for insurgent groups that have found safe havens in its lawless mountain regions.
2013.5.4 US To Have Military Bases In Afghanistan After 2014 (PressTV, youtube.com):
The road that runs along the edge of Shangpu village in south China is littered with the hulks of burned-out cars. Farmers have built tents and simple barricades made of rocks and wire. Police have set up their own cordon in a standoff that is approaching two weeks.
The villagers are demanding free elections following yet another government land grab. They say armed thugs sent by their own village chief attacked the community to pave the way for a new factory on their farmland.
This is the second uprising of its kind in Guangdong province in 15 months. The stalemate comes at an awkward time as China’s rubber-stamp Parliament opened its annual meeting Tuesday in Beijing. Despite China’s tremendous economic progress, the episode underscores the country’s continued lack of rule of law and political accountability.
2.26.13 SPECIAL EDITION BLOOD: BILL HICKS DAY, JOHNNY CASH, AND THE 20TH ANNY OF WTC 1993! / Also: The story of the Death of whistle-blower Sunny Sheu – How the Judges work for the banks!
Jack Blood honors the Great American Comedian and truth artist BILL HICKS! It was Bill’s death day today and – Johnny Cash’s Birthday (long live!) and the 20th Anniversary of the 1993 World Trade Center Bombings (which were admittedly NOT ALLEGEDLY an FBI sting operation were the FBI / US Gov supplied the REAL bomb which injured over 1000 people. (This is the smoking gun to 911!) HOUR 2: Jack is joined by musician and journalist Will Galison. Will was directly involved in the case of whistleblower “Sunny” Sheu. Mr Sheu, a legal immigrant from China via Taiwan, lost his property in NY via the forgery rot in the sub prime melt down of 08 – etc…. He found direct evidence of a conspiracy between a federal Judge and the Banking / Morgage scam system. He died for this knowledge! And his death was covered up by the media, the Obama Whitehouse, and all concerned! The story is relayed on our show and the written story can be found here: http://truth-out.org/news/item/10943-the-death-of-sunny-sheu
MONDAY 2.25.13 – Jack Blood welcomes Podcast reporter James Corbett (www.corbettreport.com) Geo politics peratining to Afghanistan, Iraq, Africa, China, Japan and North / South Korea is debated… also, What is Gladio 2? Updates on spying programs, etc… HOUR 2: Jack Freestyles on the subject of thought crimes and Forced drugging of mental hygiene crimes (pre crimes) in NYC + breaking news and various rants per usual.
BEIJING – A group of hackers linked to the Chinese military has stolen reams of sensitive data from more than 100 prominent American companies and organizations, according to an explosive new report.
“The details we have analyzed during hundreds of investigations convince us that the groups conducting these activities are based primarily in China and that the Chinese Government is aware of them,” U.S. computer-security firm Mandiant Corp. said in a 74-page report released on Tuesday.
Could the “Meteor” than exploded over Russia (and Cuba) this week have been a response to this encroachment on US Defense over Guam? “Oh Yeah? watch this suckas!”
Don’t think that the USA could or would disguise a weapon as a Meteor ???? Then you might want to read up on THIS:
US ‘tsunami bomb’: N.Z. archive secrets revealed (Add 60+ years of Technology and what do you have)
BY: Bill Gertz
Two Russian nuclear-armed bombers circled the western Pacific island of Guam this week in the latest sign of Moscow’s growing strategic assertiveness toward the United States.
The Russian Tu-95 Bear-H strategic bombers were equipped with nuclear-tipped cruise missiles and were followed by U.S. jets as they circumnavigated Guam on Feb. 12 local time—hours before President Barack Obama’s state of the union address.
Air Force Capt. Kim Bender, a spokeswoman for the Pacific Air Force in Hawaii, confirmed the incident to the Washington Free Beacon and said Air Force F-15 jets based on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, “scrambled and responded to the aircraft.”
“The Tu-95s were intercepted and left the area in a northbound direction. No further actions occurred,” she said. Bender said no other details would be released “for operational security reasons.”
The bomber incident was considered highly unusual. Russian strategic bombers are not known to have conducted such operations in the past into the south Pacific from bomber bases in the Russian Far East, which is thousands of miles away and over water.
John Bolton, former U.N. ambassador and former State Department international security undersecretary, said the Russian bomber flights appear to be part of an increasingly threatening strategic posture in response to Obama administration anti-nuclear policies.
“Every day brings new evidence that Obama’s ideological obsession with dismantling our nuclear deterrent is dangerous,” Bolton said. “Our national security is in danger of slipping off the national agenda even as the threats grow.”
Defense officials said the bombers tracked over Guam were likely equipped with six Kh-55 or Kh-55SM cruise missiles that can hit targets up to 1,800 miles away with either a high-explosive warhead or a 200-kiloton nuclear warhead.
The F-15s that intercepted the bombers were based at Kadena Air Base, Japan, and were deployed to Guam for the ongoing annual Exercise Guahan Shield 2013.
Two U.S. B-2 strategic bombers were deployed to Guam in late January and last fall advanced F-22 fighter bombers were temporarily stationed on the island. Three nuclear-powered attack submarines and the Global Hawk long-range drone also are based in Guam.
About 200 Marines currently are training on the island. Earlier news reports stated that Japanese and Australian military jets joined U.S. jets in the Guam exercises.
Guam is one of the key strategic U.S. military bases under the Obama administration’s new “pivot” to Asia policy. As a result, it is a target of China and North Korea. Both have missiles capable of hitting the island, located about 1,700 miles east of the Philippines in the Mariana island chain.
This week’s bomber flights are a sign the Russians are targeting the island as well, one defense official said.
Guam also plays a key role in the Pentagon’s semi-secret strategy called the Air-Sea Battle Concept designed to counter what the Pentagon calls China’s anti-access and area denial weapons—precision guided missiles, submarines, anti-satellite weapons, and other special warfighting capabilities designed to prevent the U.S. military from defending allies or keeping sea lanes open in the region.
Defense officials disclosed the incident to the Free Beacon and said the Russian bomber flights appeared to be a strategic message from Moscow timed to the president’s state of the union speech.
“They were sending a message to Washington during the state of the union speech,” one official said.
The bomber flights also coincided with growing tensions between China and Japan over the Senkaku islands. A Chinese warship recently increased tensions between Beijing and Tokyo by using targeting radar against a Japanese warship.
The U.S. military has said it would defend Japan in any military confrontation with China over the Senkakus. The bomber flights appear to signal Russian support for China in the dispute.
Meanwhile, Obama on Wednesday telephoned Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to reiterate U.S. nuclear assurances to its ally following North Korea’s third detonation of an underground nuclear device.
A White House statement said the president told Abe, who visits Washington next week, that the United States “remains steadfast in its defense commitments to Japan, including the extended deterrence offered by the U.S. nuclear umbrella.”
“It shows that the Russians, like the Chinese, are not just going to sit idly by and watch the United States ‘pivot’ or ‘rebalance’ its forces toward Asia,” said former State Department security official Mark Groombridge.
“One could argue the Russians were poking a bit of fun at the Obama Administration, seeing how they flew these long-range bombers close to Guam on the same day as the state of the union address,” he said.
“But the broader implications are more profound,” said Groombridge, now with the private strategic intelligence firm LIGNET. “The Russians are clearly sending a signal that they consider the Pacific an area of vital national strategic interest and that they still have at least some power projection capabilities to counterbalance against any possible increase in U.S. military assets in the region.”
Airspace violations by Russian Su-27 jets triggered intercepts by Japanese fighters near Japan’s Hokkaido Island last week. The Feb. 7. incident prompted protests from Tokyo and took place near disputed territory claimed by both countries since the end of World War II.
The Russian air incursion around Guam was the third threatening strategic bomber incident since June. On July 4th, two Bear H’s operated at the closest point to the United States that a Russian bomber has flown since the Soviet Union routinely conducted such flights.
The July bomber flights near California followed an earlier incident in June when two Bear H’s ran up against the air defense zone near Alaska as part of large-scale strategic exercises that Moscow said involved simulated attacks on U.S. missile defense bases. The Pentagon operates missile defense bases in Alaska and California.
Those flights triggered the scrambling of U.S. and Canadian interceptor jets as well.
The bomber flights near Alaska violated a provision of the 2010 New START arms treaty that requires advance notification of exercises involving strategic nuclear bombers.
Military spokesmen sought to play down the June and July incidents as non-threatening, apparently reflecting the Obama administration’s conciliatory “reset” policy toward Russia that seeks better relations by tamping down criticism of Moscow, despite growing anti-U.S. sentiments and policies from the regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey questioned his Russian counterpart, Gen. Nikolai Makarov, during a meeting at the Pentagon July 12th.
The latest Russian nuclear saber rattling through bomber flights comes as the Obama administration is planning a new round of strategic arms reduction talks with Russia. State Department arms official Rose Gottemoeller was recently in Moscow for arms discussions.
The president was expected to announce plans to cut U.S. nuclear forces by an additional one-third in a new round of arms reduction efforts with Moscow.
However, the president did not announce the plans and said only during his state of the union speech that he plans further arms cuts.
“Building Guam as a strategic hub has played a critical role in balancing U.S. security interests in responding to and cooperating with China as well as in shaping China’s perceptions and conduct,” wrote Government Accountability Office analyst Shirley A. Kan in a September 2012 report.
“Since 2000, the U.S. military has been building up forward-deployed forces on the westernmost U.S. territory of Guam to increase U.S. presence, deterrence, and power projection for potential responses to crises and disasters, counterterrorism, and contingencies in support of South Korea, Japan, the Philippines, Taiwan, or elsewhere in Asia.”
AND……… Speaking of ALLEGED METEORS:
Well, people *can* take protective measures if they are warned a bit in advance of a possible meteorite strike. They can get away from windows to avoid flying glass. They can take shelter in a central room on the lowest floor of a building. And certainly, everyone should start filling plastic and glass bottles with tap water, and purchase canned sardines, salmon, tuna fish, chicken, canned beans, dried lentils, barley, etc. Notice that RT (Russian Television) is warning us of another meteor threat, *not* our U.S. television networks. In fact, our own Gov't, NASA, is lying to us, right through your TV screen -- telling us: "Oh, that asteroid pass and that meteorite strike are unrelated, folks. Just a coincidence." We should all realize that politicians and television are *not* going to warn you in advance of a meteorite strike. The money powers who own and control politicians and the TV networks will not alert the public. They do not want to disturb their stock market. MORE HERE
BEIJING, Feb 15 (Reuters) – North Korea has told its key ally, China, that it is prepared to stage one or even two more nuclear tests this year in an effort to force the United States into diplomatic talks with Pyongyang, said a source with direct knowledge of the message.
Further tests could also be accompanied this year by another rocket launch, said the source who has direct access to the top levels of government in both Beijing and Pyongyang.
The isolated regime conducted its third nuclear test on Tuesday, drawing global condemnation and a stern warning from the United States that it was a threat and a provocation.
“It’s all ready. A fourth and fifth nuclear test and a rocket launch could be conducted soon, possibly this year,” the source said, adding that the fourth nuclear test would be much larger than the third at an equivalent of 10 kilotons of TNT.
The tests will be undertaken, the source said, unless Washington holds talks with North Korea and abandons its policy of what Pyongyang sees as attempts at regime change.
BEIJING – A court in southwest China gave severe prison sentences to two Tibetans who court officials said were guilty of urging eight people to self-immolate, three of whom had died, according to a report on Thursday by Xinhua, the state news agency.
One Tibetan, Lorang Konchok, 40, was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve, which often means the convict will eventually get a lifetime prison sentence. His nephew, Lorang Tsering, 31, was sentenced to 10 years in prison. The Xinhua report said the older Tibetan was also being stripped of his “political rights” for life, while the other man would have his stripped for three years.
On Monday, renowned author and humanitarian Dr. Jim Garrow made a shocking claim about what we can expect to see in Obama’s second term.
Garrow made the following Facebook post:
I have just been informed by a former senior military leader that Obama is using a new “litmus test” in determining who will stay and who must go in his military leaders. Get ready to explode folks. “The new litmus test of leadership in the military is if they will fire on US citizens or not.” Those who will not are being removed.
So, who is the source?
Garrow replied: “The man who told me this is one of America’s foremost military heroes.”
Understand, this is not coming from Alex Jones or Jesse Ventura, or from anyone else the left often dismisses with great ease.
Garrow is a well-respected activist and has spent much of his life rescuing infant girls from China, babies who would be killed under that country’s one-child policy. He was also nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for his work.
HALIFAX – A US official is sounding the alarm over electromagnetic pulse attacks and says Canada is under threat.
An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) is a powerful pulse of gamma radiation that can hit the Earth in the form of a natural solar flare or a nuclear weapon detonated high in the atmosphere.
“Countries like Russia, Iran, North Korea, China have this weapon. We know that the North Koreans got it from the Russians,” security expert Clare Lopez told Sun News Network.
Lopez served on the congressional task force on national and homeland security for the EMP threat.
“We know, as of last month, that the North Koreans are capable of staging an intercontinental ballistic missile with the range to reach the United States and Canada.”