Funding our killers

Today Raw Story reports that Dennis Kucinich says we may be funding our own killers In Afghanistan.

“Our troops are dying in Afghanistan, and now it turns out we may be funding their killers,” Kucinich said in a statement e-mailed to Raw Story, renewing his longstanding call for a pullout. “Our continued presence in Afghanistan is detrimental to our security.”

http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0608/kucinich-war-critics-rebuke-usfunded-bribes-afghan-militants/

It goes much deeper than this.  Many people were unaware until Geraldo Rivera interviewed Marines in Afghanistan on cable news that US troops are guarding poppy fields.  The government rationalization and apparent objective of having US troops guarding poppies is to prevent these crops from falling into the wrong hands.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503543_162-20004607-503543.html

It escapes nearly all mainstream news coverage that opium production coming from Afghanistan was almost completely eradicated prior to the US invasion and now over 95% of the world’s poppies come from Afghanistan.  A reasonable question may be why are fighting an ineffective War on Drugs and creating the planet’s largest prison population if we are protecting suppliers?  But that is another tale.    Should it shock anyone that Afghanistan is now the virtual monopolistic supplier of the world’s opium?  Karzai’s own brother is not only on the CIA payroll, but is a known drug kingpin still with an administration position.

Ahmed Wali Karzai, the brother of the Afghan president and a suspected player in the country’s booming illegal opium trade, gets regular payments from the Central Intelligence Agency, and has for much of the past eight years, according to current and former American officials.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/28/world/asia/28intel.html

There are many things going on over there that the casual American observer is totally oblivious to and certainly many more things even the most astute observer will never see.  It was certainly news enough to be a headline that U.S. Special Forces are now operating in 75 countries under Obama, up from 60 under Bush.

“President Obama has secretly sanctioned a huge increase in the number of US special forces carrying out search-and-destroy missions against al-Qaeda around the world, with American troops now operating in 75 countries.

The dramatic expansion in the use of special forces, which in their global span go far beyond the covert missions authorised by George W. Bush, reflects how aggressively the President is pursuing al-Qaeda behind his public rhetoric of global engagement and diplomacy.

When Mr Obama took office US special forces were operating in fewer than 60 countries. In the past 18 months he has ordered a big expansion in Yemen and the Horn of Africa — known areas of strong al-Qaeda activity — and elsewhere in the Middle East, central Asia and Africa.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article7144445.ece

Maybe history does repeat and this is not only a return of the Great Game but also the Opium Wars of the 19th Century.  TAPI Pipelines and Poppies no longer sounds any less plausible than we are there to destroy Al Qaeda and the Taliban which we outnumber 1000 to 1 and 12 to 1 respectively even prior to the surge.

There are already more than 100,000 international troops in Afghanistan working with 200,000 Afghan security forces and police. It adds up to a 12-1 numerical advantage over Taliban rebels, but it hasn’t led to anything close to victory.

http://www.armytimes.com/news/2009/10/ap_afghanistan_troop_levels_102709/

Although the war in Afghanistan began as a response to al-Qaeda terrorism, there are perhaps fewer than 100 members of the group left in the country, according to a senior U.S. military intelligence official in Kabul who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/11/11/politics/washingtonpost/main5613564.shtml

In this case it may be safe to wonder if Kucinich took his statements far enough when describing the situation in Afghanistan.

I wear many hats but history, economics and political observance have always been a passion. I am a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Business with a degree in Information Systems and Digital Business with a minor in European History. I work for a small mom-and-pop IT consulting and software design company. We deal in servicing mostly government funded non-profit mental and behavioral health care agencies in the state of Ohio. In this I deal with Medicaid and Medicare funds and have a little insight on the boondoggles of government there. Thankfully the undemanding nature of my daily profession gives me ample time to read and stay aware of our current state of affairs which I find stranger than fiction in many instances. In addition to being in the IT field, I have also been self employed with a small contracting company so I might know a thing or two about the plight of small business that employs 71% of the American workforce. I however don't draw my knowledge from my day jobs, which I have had a few; I draw it from an intense obsession with facts and observation about the world in which I live. I do have formal education in things such as history, economics and finance particularly as it pertains to global issues, but I have come to find much of what I thought I knew from the formalities of a state university I had to unlearn through much time and independent research. I hope you enjoy what I bring you which is not often heard in the mainstream news outlets. I would like to think my own personal editorializing is not only edifying but thought provoking while not at all obnoxious. That last one may be a hard to achieve.

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