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Leaving Afghanistan by Staying


By davidswanson - Posted on 01 May 2012

Obama-Karzai

Is staying in Afghanistan OK with you as long as we call it leaving?

President Obama has signed an agreement with President Karzai to keep a major U.S. military presence in Afghanistan (currently about three times the size Obama began with) through the end of 2014, and to allow a significant unspecified presence beyond that date, with no end date stipulated.  Obama stresses that no permanent U.S. bases will be involved, but his agreement requires Afghanistan to let U.S. troops use "Afghan" bases.

Obama forgot to provide any reason not to withdraw from Afghanistan now, given majority U.S. desire to end the war.  Like Newt Gingrich promising to quit campaigning before actually doing so, Obama is promising to leave Afghanistan, but not yet -- except that he isn't promising to ever leave at all.  The agreement is open-ended.

Obama spoke on Tuesday of a transition to Afghan control, but we've heard that talk for a decade.  That's not some new bright idea that requires two-and-a-half more years to develop.

Obama talked of fighting al Qaeda, but the U.S. has not been fighting al Qaeda in Afghanistan, and has admitted for years that there is virtually no al Qaeda presence there.  That's not the two-year project, and it's not the reason to remain indefinitely after 2014.

The agreement requires that all "entities" involved in a peace process renounce violence, but the Taliban will no more do that while under foreign occupation than the United States will do so while occupying.  This is not a serious plan to leave.  Nor is it a plan based on Afghan sovereignty, numerous claims to the contrary notwithstanding.  This is a treaty for more years of war, on the model of the Bush-Maliki treaty for Iraq, but with the difference that theirs included an end date.

The agreement says it enters into force when "the Parties notify one another, through diplomatic channels, of the completion of their respective internal legal requirements."  The U.S. Constitution requires ratification by the Senate of all treaties.  Congress could insist on its right to approve or reject this, just as the Afghan Parliament will be permitted to do.  Or Congress could require withdrawal now, as does bill HR 780, which has 70 cosponsors.

The written agreement doesn't mention it, but Obama said on Tuesday that he would withdraw 23,000 troops by the end of the summer, after which reductions would continue "at a steady pace."  Assuming 90,000 U.S. troops now in Afghanistan, a steady pace would get them all home by about a year from now, not two-and-a-half years from now.  But Obama says that it will be the end of 2014, not when the last troop leaves, but when a significant number of troops remain, as Afghans become "fully responsible for the security of their country" -- except for whatever it is that the U.S. troops will do.

Obama is full of praise for U.S. troops, as if they've benefitted Afghanistan.  And he's full of concern for the suffering of U.S. troops and U.S. citizens.  When he mentions Afghans, at best he equates their suffering under U.S. bombs, drones, night raids, and prison cells, to the suffering of Americans scared by their television sets and forced to over-eat to relieve their stress.  "Neither Americans nor the Afghan people asked for this war," Obama said, forgetting that one of those two countries had invaded the other one and occupied it for over a decade.  "The reason America is safe is because of you," Obama told U.S. troops, forgetting that the war has made our nation more hated around the world.

This agreement is inexcusable.  It's also vague and preliminary.  A more detailed treaty will be worked out on May 20th when NATO meets in Chicago.  We need to be there en masse in protest. 

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David Swanson's books include "War Is A Lie." 

The Afghan People have NO VOICE AGAINST THEIR FASCIST PUPPETS, KARZAI, AND THEIR PUPPETEERS, FASCIST AMERIKA, just as Amercn have no representation by either CORRUPT, DESPOTIC, CLASS PARTY.   FASCISTS ALL OF THEM, OBAMA IS A WAR CRIMINAL, A THUG, A FASCIST.     The Afghan people and American people, the whole world NEED TO COME TOGETHER TO TAKE ON THESE GLOBAL FASCIST HIERARCHIES ENSLAVING THE WORLD.  TAKE DOWN THESE FASCIST DICTATORS SUPPORTED BY THE FASCIST EMPIRE AND END ALL SUPPORT FOR CLASS PARTIES. PROSECUTE BUSH, OBAMA FOR THEIR WAR CRIMES, THEIR FASCISM.


 


OBAMA HAS A LONG HISTORY OF BRIBERY, CORRUPTION, THREATS, COERCIVE FASCIST DIPLOMACY TO PROTECT BUSH FASCISTS, PROTECT AMERIKAN FASCISM, AND PROTECT HIMSELF FROM THE SAME WAR CRIMES BUSH WAS EXEMPTED BY HIS COMPLICITY.

Obama could not get the other puppet, MALIKI of Iraq to have occupiers/aggressors stay.   Having failed to bribe, to threaten MALIKI,  THROUGH the FASCIST U.S. military , the FASCIST PRESIDENT, THEY FINALLY KICKED HIS FASCIST ARSE, AND MILITARY OUT.   Afghans must reject Karzai and his  appeasement to U.S. FASCISM.   They must  kick OUT THE FASCIST U.S. MILITARY,AND FASCIST OBAMA,  in the same way Iraq finally did.    SMASH THE GLOBAL FASCIST EMPIRE AND ITS NAZIS, all class parties around the world need to be dismantled, dismantling their fascist hierarchies, with global social /green parties that puts social power into an indivisible, independent , automatic social position, ending FASCISM, CLASS HISTORY.


The whole history of class tyranny is a history of Male, class, racial DOMINATION, through class hierarchies, and its generic Patriarchal class mechanism.   ALL class politicians by definitons are SOCIOPATHS, refusing to represent the Popular will , social majorities through a universal social principles, i.e. ANTI SOCIAL.  However, class politicians are not just SOCIOPATHS, anti social, they degenerate through the historical class cycles into totalitarians, Fascists, PSYCHOPATHS, WARMONGERING CRIMINALS.   We have reached the point where Obama, all class parties, have moved beyond inverted totalitarinism, corruption, duplicity, anti social polices, and DEGENERATED INTO PSYCHOPATHS, WARMONGERING FASCISTS, which is the logic of class parties, class ideologies, defending PARASITIC, MALE, MOSTLY WHITE, class FASCISTS:


Glenn Greenwald exposes the inherent corrupt SOCIOPATHIC CLASS POLITICIANS, but must call them out as FASCISTS, PSYCHOPATHS..... TO MAKE THE POINT THAT GLOBL FASCISM IS NOW THE NORM:


 


The Jose Rodriguez lesson


Perhaps it's a bad idea to trust the executive branch to wield the most extreme powers in the dark, with no checks


http://www.salon.com/2012/05/01/the_jose_rodriguez_lesson/singleton/


EXCERPT:


"As many commenters correctly noted, the torture-defending Rodriguez is clearly a crazed sociopath (of the distinctly banal type identified by Hannah Arendt). At Esquire, Charles Pierce has a perfect post about all of this, writing: “I’m pretty convinced that Rodriguez is both a sociopath and a maniac” (his first paragraph, on the Obama administration’s serial protection of these war criminals, is a must-read). The New Yorker’s Amy Davidson notes that Rodriguez did not even bother to defend torture as a necessary evil but rather “bragged about its use in proving the manhood of the torturer” (indeed, Rodriguez’ claim that authorizing torturing meant people in government were willing to “put their big boy pants on” exposed a whole new level of psychosexual creepiness). Andrew Sullivan says Rodriguez is “a war criminal” who “has no shame about any of this, and intends to make money off it.”....


As so many people react with revulsion to the mindset of Jose Rodriguez, perhaps this is a good time to stop and realize why it’s so dangerous and wrong to trust the Executive Branch to exert the most extreme powers — of assassination, indefinite detention, rendition, surveillance — in the dark, with no oversight, constraints or transparency. Those of you who are content to have the Executive Branch decide — without checks or transparency — who lives and dies, who is free and imprisoned, who is entitled to due process and who isn’t, are putting your blind faith in the Jose Rodriguezes of the world...."


TRANSLATION:   THE FOUR BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT ARE REPRODUCING NOT ONLY SOCIOPATHS, ANTI SOCIAL, CLASS THUGS, BUT NOW ARE PRODUCING PSYCHOPATHS, MENTALLY ILL, FASCIST WARMONGERING CLASS POLITICIANS, INCLUDING OBAMA HIMSELF SOCIOPATHS, (ANTI SOCIAL, CRIPPLED CLASS POLITICIANS) WHO BECOME "MANIACS", (TOTALITARIANS, FASCISTS) MUST BE CALLED BOTH PSYCHOPATHS, MENTALLY ILL CLASS POLITICIANS, AND FASCISTS.   YES, THESE ARE THE FASCIST BUSH OFFICIALS, THAT OBAMA IS PROTECTING, MAKING HIM COMPLICIT IN THE INSANITY, FASCIST WORLD OUTCOME.


 


 

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