Afghanistan

Mike the Mad Biologist

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Well, actually it is being asked, just not by our political betters. From The Army Times: Another soldier, Spc. William Baxter, a parachute rigger with the 101st Sustainment Brigade, was more succinct with his thoughts. “OK, he’s dead, can we go home?” he asked. His thoughts were echoed by Spc. Wesley Gibbs, from Division Signal…

Last night and this morning in the U.S., people no doubt are wrapping their heads around the announcement that Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. special forces yesterday. The question now becomes–will that change anything? If we still are occupying Afghanistan and Iraq, if U.S. lives and treasure are still being squandered there, what…

Why Are U.S. Troops Dying to Defend Child Rape?

No doubt they hate us for our freedoms (or something), but if I were an Afghan, this might just push me over the edge: Prime among Atmar’s concerns was a party partially thrown by DynCorp for Afghan police recruits in Kunduz Province. …according to the leaked cable, that money was flowing to drug dealers and…

More fun in our military libertarian paradise (italics mine): Afghan private security forces with ties to the Taliban, criminal networks and Iranian intelligence have been hired to guard American military bases in Afghanistan, exposing United States soldiers to surprise attack and confounding the fight against insurgents, according to a Senate investigation.

The NY Times has an article about the recent revelation of a six-year archive of classified military documents (released by WikiLeaks). In it, we find this lil’ tidbit: There are fleeting — even taunting — reminders of how the war began in the occasional references to the elusive Osama bin Laden. This isn’t mission creep,…

Related to this morning’s post about the find of $1 trillion dollars worth of minerals in Afghanistan, even if we were to capture (if the verb fits….) ten percent of the total worth of those resources, it still wouldn’t come close to the break-even point for the occupation of Afghanistan (which is somewhere between $200-$300…

Or something. Look at what we found in Afghanistan: The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials. The previously unknown deposits — including…