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Because you can never kill too many.

02 Apr

Afraid that support for the [illegal] [stupefyingly costly] war [for resources and a pipeline] in Afghanistan might be waning, our top “diplomat” to Kabul took time to warn us that al Qaeda might be – tell me if you have heard this one already – secretly building up forces in Afghanistan and could launch an attack on the US Homeland.

Ryan Crocker [the US ambassador to Kabul, Afghanistan] told The Daily Telegraph that if the West was to leave Afghanistan too early, al-Qaeda would be able to increase its presence.

With the US preparing to withdraw the majority of its combat forces from Afghanistan next year, Mr Crocker warned: “If we decide we’re tired, they’ll be back.

“Al-Qaeda is still present in Afghanistan. If the West decides that 10 years in Afghanistan is too long then they will be back, and the next time it will not be New York or Washington, it will be another big Western city.”

Mr Crocker, 62, who previously served as ambassador to Iraq, said that while progress had been made, Afghanistan would need Western support for years to come.

Nato officials believe that up to 100 al-Qaeda fighters have returned to the country, based mainly in the Kunar and Nuristan provinces near the border with Pakistan. Hundreds more are based in Pakistan and could return if circumstances were to change…

Mr Crocker, who took up his post in Kabul last year, said al-Qaeda remained a potent threat despite suffering setbacks. “We have killed all the slow and stupid ones. But that means the ones that are left are totally dedicated,” he said.

“We think we’ve won a campaign before our adversaries have even started to fight. They have patience, and they know that we are short on that.”

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Ten years is not long enough; after all, it took us these ten years to find just the one guy, Osama bin Laden.  Okay, never mind that he was already dead, by all reliable reports, and forget about the continuing suggestions that “al Qaeda” is actually a CIA group formatted to give us an “enemy” to fight so that the Pentagon can have an excuse to suck up all the taxpayer money and the favored war profiteers can get no-bid contracts to destroy and then rebuild country after country.  Mr. Crocker wants more time to kill more people.  At the rate of one every ten years, one might begin to get a picture of just how long getting all the top al Qaeda leaders will take and some idea of how many civilians will be accidentally killed in the meantime.  By the way, his statement makes our military look really inept – 100,000 troops, ten years, a trillion or so bucks, and yet our adversaries haven’t even started to fight – but he didn’t mean it that way, I’m sure.

The “slow and stupid ones”…would that be the the ones like the little boys we killed while they were out gathering firewood?  The wedding parties?  The funeral processions?  Maybe he means the slow and stupid women and infants that were killed in the massacre just a few weeks ago – they must have been terribly stupid to try and sleep in their own homes while anywhere near a US base.  No, Mr. Crocker clearly only means al Qaeda members; he is not referring to the civilians killed as slow and/or stupid.  He doesn’t mention the accidental killing of civilians at all.  Not important enough to bring up.  Yet his statement seems so poorly worded and repugnant somehow, coming less than a month after the rampage that left 17 innocent Afghans dead.  This is our idea of “diplomacy” now.  All our diplomats sound like gung-ho military jingoists out to threaten the world.

And Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, various other African nations, Pakistan, Yemen, etc., are not enough to sate the blood-lust of our diplomats and military.  They want to be able to invade any country in search of anyone they deem worthy of death, whether they be terrorists or simply criminals.  It is simply not acceptable that other countries are sovereign and want to handle their own problems internally; we need to be unleashed to deal with their scofflaws ourselves.  And, it goes without saying, we want to kill them all, borders and sovereignty be damned.

As the Pentagon begins to wind down the war in Afghanistan, the smaller conflicts elite U.S. forces are fighting around the world are heating up.

But DoD needs more than just men and materiel to meet these challenges. It needs additional authority from Congress to do so.

“Most of the authorities that we have right now are narrowly construed to counterterrorism …  [but] I think for some countries we may need a little bit more flexibility to go in there,” Michael Sheehan, assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict, told lawmakers on Tuesday.

The majority of counterterrorism missions by U.S. special forces have been focused on al Qaeda and Taliban cells in Afghanistan and the Middle East region.

But growing numbers and types of threats, particularly in Africa and South America, require a new approach to U.S. counterterrorism operations, Sheehan told members of the Senate Armed Services’ subcommittee on emerging threats and capabilities.

If we have a broader range of authorities, we can respond with more agility to each country with a different set of programs,” Sheehan said. “I think that’s the direction we’re thinking.”   Subcommittee chairwoman Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) and subpanel member Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) pressed Sheehan on what exactly DoD was looking for, in terms of legislative authorities.

While not going into too much detail, Sheehan said the lines between terrorism and crime have become increasingly blurry and current U.S. statutes to address either have not kept up.

Under current federal authorities, counterterrorism is strictly a military operation conducted by DoD. Pursuing transnational criminal groups falls to law enforcement and is done by the Department of Justice.

“Some of these threats are not pure terrorism,” Sheehan explained. DoD needs to be able to go after groups that straddle the line between terrorism and organized crime

“We are looking for some legislative authority … that might be able to give us some broader authorities, legislative authorities and multiyear funding for some of the types of activities that I’d like to do in terms of building coalitions to take on these complex threats,” Sheehan said.  DoD will hand over a slate of potential legislative options being drafted by Sheehan’s office to lawmakers “in the weeks and months ahead,” he added.

However, the Pentagon is already beginning to move ahead with its plans for both continents

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced in February that U.S. special forces and counterinsurgency specialists returning from Iraq and Afghanistan will be redeployed to a number of global hot spots, specifically those in Africa and South America. The move was included in the White House’s new national security strategy unveiled that month.

These small bands of special forces and COIN experts will lean upon “innovative methods” learned in Southwest Asia to support local militaries and expand American influence in those two continents, Panetta said at the time.

The U.S. military is pushing more troops into Colombia to assist in that country’s war with insurgent groups and narco-traffickers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey said Friday.

U.S. forces plan to set up a number of joint task forces inside the country to train and assist the Colombian military. The Pentagon has similar task forces in the Horn of Africa, the Trans-Sahara, Southern Philippines and elsewhere around the world…

http://thehill.com/blogs/defcon-hill/operations/219343-defense-dept-seeks-new-authorities-for-counterterrorism-fight

 

Here at home, our Dept. of Homeland Security and the Immigration Enforcement people are stocking up on bullets.  Not just any bullets – bullets that will do the maximum damage and lead to the highest “kill ratio”.  These are presumably for use here in the US, since both these departments are internal.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office is getting an “indefinite delivery” of an “indefinite quantity” of .40 caliber ammunition from defense contractor ATK.

U.S. agents will receive a maximum of 450 million rounds over five years, according to a press release on the deal.

The high performance HST bullets are designed for law enforcement and ATK says they offer “optimum penetration for terminal performance.”

This refers to the the bullet’s hollow-point tip that passes through barriers and expands for a bigger impact without the rest of the bullet getting warped out of shape: “this bullet holds its jacket in the toughest conditions.”

We’ve also learned that the Department has an open bid for a stockpile of rifle ammo. Listed on the federal business opportunities network, they’re looking for up to 175 million rounds of .223 caliber ammo to be exact. The .223 is almost exactly the same round used by NATO forces, the 5.56 x 45mm.

The deadline for earlier this month was extended because the right contractor just hadn’t come along.

http://www.businessinsider.com/us-immigration-agents-are-loading-up-on-as-many-as-450-million-new-rounds-of-ammo-2012-3#ixzz1qbWir69B

This is what we have to offer the world.  Police actions, death from bullets, bombs, and drones, all delivered via our very special military forces.  Of course, when we have a president who declares he can, and will, kill or indefinitely detain even Americans as he wishes and a Congress which finds no issue with this circumstance, it should come as no surprise that our military finds people in other lands eminently disposable.  We choose not to spend our money on human life or the sustainability of the planet or searching for paths to peace in a world of increasingly dwindling resources – we choose to spend it on human death.  This is who we have allowed ourselves to become.

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8 responses to “Because you can never kill too many.

  1. Kitt

    April 8, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Panetta said the following less than a year ago:

    KABUL, Afghanistan — Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, who arrived in Kabul on Saturday, said the United States was “within reach of strategically defeating Al Qaeda” and that the American focus had narrowed to capturing or killing 10 to 20 crucial leaders of the terrorist group in Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen.

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    • Teri

      April 9, 2012 at 6:54 am

      Kitt,

      Shhh- We are not supposed to remember what was said a whole month ago, much less almost a year ago. We need to believe that the situation is fluid, constantly changing, that the enemy is always mutating and as well-camouflaged as a chameleon and requires our tireless vigilance and attacks – just to be sure we have gotten them all. If al Qaeda proves to be an unreliable and disappointing enemy, we will give them armament, as we did in Libya and are currently doing in Syria, and imply they are friends – and make someone else the enemy. The other approach, which has worked well in Afghanistan, where “al Qaeda” is gone, is to make the case that some other group was always the enemy, with broad hints that the original enemy group is just waiting in the wings to make a resurgence. Thus, the Taliban are the enemy and no-one even seems to remember when they weren’t. (And al Qaeda may be back at any moment, really.) Of course, we are arming the Taliban, too. It just looks too silly to be fighting sticks and stones with rockets and tanks. Plus, there is the happy circumstance of profits for the weapons manufacturers, good American companies all. And what the hell are all those foreigners doing living in the same exact spots where we want our pipelines and oil derricks, anyway?

      Scary thing is, it now appears that they are preparing for us to be the “enemy”. And like the mythical snake devouring its own tail, we will simply eat ourselves.

      Hey, on a personal note, I have not forgotten about the Occucards. This has been a terribly busy tax season for me and I have many posts I intend to finish writing…it’s a question of time. Hopefully things will ease up a bit here soon. On the other hand, I’m not so sure that I want to continue the blog at all. Although I write mostly for myself (I mean, really, who are we kidding here? This is just a way to vent – no-one reads this shit), the rapid dissipation of our democracy is finally taking its toll on me. I am losing heart. I intend to write about Occucards, but it won’t be this week, for sure. And then maybe that’ll be it. I’ll leave it up to the people to act. Or not. Sorry – I am really down right now, and it’s getting worse.

      You take care,
      Teri

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  2. Kitt

    April 14, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Teri: Can’t say that I don’t understand and share the discouraged attitude, because I sure as heck do.

    There is a podcast radio program that I enjoy listening to. They do three programs a week. They cover Occupy a lot, and other subjects of interest to us, and even some subjects that I didn’t know were of interest until they covered them. Molly and John Knefel do the show. They are brother and sister. They, and many of their friends, are comedians. So, consequently, they manage to make me laugh a lot while they are covering the most important and engaging/enraging subjects and stories. They’ve helped me to have a more upbeat or at least hang-in-there attitude to all of this horribleness we’re taking in and being bombarded with. Check them out sometime. Do a search for Radio Dispatch. You’ll find their program there.

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  3. pitchfork

    April 22, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    “This is just a way to vent – no-one reads this shit),”

    Well, I read it. And I agree with every last word. Besides, I like sarcasm, and you’re good at it.

    “the rapid dissipation of our democracy is finally taking its toll on me. I am losing heart”

    Yea, it’s taking a toll on a lot of other people too, like me, and my recently deceased father. However, just sitting and doing nothing is not an option for me. Being almost 70, broke, and less inclined to physically get out and do things, I spend a lot of time writing as scathingly as possible letters to Congressional cockroaches. Their putrid, vile, and insidious mockery and usurpation of the Constitution, civil freedom, and American “values” has become so blatant, it defies description.

    However, there ARE moments of personal protest that

    Yesterday, at my dad’s request prior to his death last week, I sent my dead father’s military uniform/ medals/bars/etc, back to the Federal Government, along with a letter he wrote, to the President of the United States. In his refute of the Presidents signing of the NDAA, escalating the war on terror dogma, the POTUS refusal to prosecute the previous Administration war criminals, the repugnant escalation in the use of Drones, that have caused so much civilian carnage it is beyond comprehension, the Gitmo closing fiasco, the continuation of torture, rendition , the permenent detainment of human beings without access to Due process..which now includes American citizens, and now, the most grotesque and repugnant claim of all, via “DOJ secret memos”..that the POTUS has the “legal authority” to impose a death sentence on an American citizen, with no due process, no accountablity and by his word alone. Unfuckingbelievably sickening.

    Understanding my dad was a WWII vet, and who, as a decorated crewmember of the PBY that discovered the Jap fleet heading towards Midway, was also a living example of what was once known as TRUE American “values”. To which, the current Federal Government landscape must have become a vapid aberration to him, as his scathing message to the President makes no mistake in placing the resonsibily of this moral abcess squarely at our President’s feet, while refusing to hold dear, reminants of what once represented those antiquidated ideals, by giving them back, as those same items, now represented what he called, a military gone mad, a values system with no values, a government of Pschopaths, and an Amerikan Military/Industrial Corptacracy Empire whose lust for blood and profits know no bounds. I was happy to send these items back, as they no longer stood for what my father believed in, but in fact, some grotesque image of the enimies he fought. Good ridence. I hope the Potus squirmed. He should..if not be incarcerated himself, as if there was ever a concise definition of Terrorist and War Criminal..he is living proof. All I can say is..God will have trouble administering mercy on his wretched soul…because it doesn’t exist.

    Keep writing. It has to be done. If nothing else, every blog such as yours is another thorn in their side. Hopefully, maybe they’ll simply bleed to death. 🙂

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    • Teri

      April 22, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      Pitchfork,
      Say your father’s name aloud and often. I am honored that you shared this story with me.

      I find it hard to write so much now. The entire system is collapsing – not just financial, but our ecosystems, our society, all of it. It helps to know that someone out there reads this tiny blog and I am grateful that you wrote to say so. I doubt I am much of a thorn in anyone’s side. When the day comes, they’ll just shut me down and take me away. And who will know? Until then, I can only hope that some of us can find each other and give each other strength against the injustices and brutalities that are coming hard and fast.

      The world is going mad and the insane are in charge. I am surprised at how many, the majority actually, of my “fellow Americans” watch the gibbering idiots dance in front of them, sputtering nonsense and bullshit and giving the country over to corporate theft and the military, and who yet do not seem to see anything amiss about the picture.

      Thank you for writing; I needed the goosing! I really have been thinking of quitting altogether. Your comment gives me a little of my heart back.

      -Teri

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      • Teri

        April 22, 2012 at 8:03 pm

        PS, Pitchfork,

        Out of curiosity, did you ever serve in the military?

        -Teri

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  4. pitchfork

    April 23, 2012 at 10:15 am

    “When the day comes, they’ll just shut me down and take me away. And who will know?”

    Precisely. I’m constantly reminded of this possibility by my spouse, who is already so scared of the Surveillance State, that any mention on my part of current affairs is received with a blank stare.

    “and who yet do not seem to see anything amiss about the picture. ”

    Picture? What picture? If you mean Americon Idol, what could be amiss, other than what’s her name’s hair.:)

    “Your comment gives me a little of my heart back.”

    Cool. Your blog did the same for me.

    “Out of curiosity, did you ever serve in the military?”

    Well, 20 years under my Dad might qualify as such. 🙂

    Kidding aside, ummm, no. I saw enough growing up, that by the time I was of service age, during the Vietnam War, I had already decided I wanted nothing to do with the Military. It had already morphed into Johnson’s interpretation of the Military/Industrial complex..and I knew it. I wasn’t about to let that psychopath kill me for nothing. Even my Dad knew what was happening, and fully supported my decision.

    Teri, I saw the current state coming a long time ago. Step by step. After Kennedy, I began a life long journey of enlightenment. However, even Orwell couldn’t prepare me for the depth of tyrannical depravity that exists today. AND, I know the worst is yet to come.

    One bright note. Don’t feel alone. There ARE courageous people on the battlefront who are risking all to indict these bastards. They voiced it outside of a military base this week. Unfortunately, 30 out of 33 people were “preemptively” arrested while walking to the base. Unbelievable. Fortunately tho, 3 were still able to declare the “indictment” outside of the gate.

    The Indictment states, in part:

    “By giving material support to the drone program, you as individuals are violating the Constitution, dishonoring your oath, and committing war crimes. We charge the chain of command, from President Barack Obama, to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, to Commander Colonel Greg Semmel, to every drone crew, to every service member supporting or defending these illegal actions, with the following crimes: extrajudicial killings, violation of due process, wars of aggression, violation of national sovereignty, and the killing of innocent civilians.”

    http://warisacrime.org/content/indictment-drone-warriors

    Did someone mention heroic acts? God be with them.
    I just wish I could too.

    Have a great week, and cheer up. Just vision O’blivious in Camp Gitmo getting the same as he gives.
    Forever. Halleluiah!

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  5. teri

    April 24, 2012 at 6:58 am

    Well, Pitchfork,
    the gathering of the Nobel Peace Prize winners (apparently excluding Oblahblah) does give some hope in an otherwise dismal world. They could have left Clinton out, though, that poser. If only the media would broadcast their words in giant letters!

    Peace,
    Teri

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