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The 800-pound gorilla standing in the auditorium at West Point is still waiting for an answer to why Obama made his surge-speech for 30,000 more troops and $30 billion to pay for them. That gorilla wonders “why” Obama pitched so hard for the US to stay and surge through Afghanistan and Pakistan. The reasons given were that the Afghanistan Taliban and Al Qaeda led by Osama bin Laden were the people that attacked us on 9/11, which was an iteration of George W. Bush’s reasons for the War on Terror. They are as phony now as the day Bush promised to smoke out Bin Laden.

But, here are Obama’s actual words, pointed out by Christopher Bollyn on page 2 of his article, Why Afghanistan?

“1. I am convinced that our security is at stake in Afghanistan and Pakistan. This is the epicenter of the violent extremism practiced by al-Qaeda. It is from here that we were attacked on 9/11, and it is from here that new attacks are being plotted as I speak.

“2. It is important to recall why America and our allies were compelled to fight a war in Afghanistan in the first place. We did not ask for this fight. On September 11, 2001, 19 men hijacked four airplanes and used them murder nearly 3,000 people.

“3: If I did not think that the security of the United States and the safety of the American people were at stake in Afghanistan, I would gladly order every single one of our troops home tomorrow.”

Also, as early as Oct. 14, 2001, a month and three days after 9/11, Bollyn wrote in The Great Game – The War For Caspian Oil And Gas: “President Bush’s ‘crusade’ against the Taliban of Afghanistan has more to do with control of the immense oil and gas resources of the Caspian Basin than it does with ‘rooting out terrorism.’

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While reacting to US President Barack Obama’s new strategy for Afghanistan, the Afghan Taliban said on Wednesday that it did not contain anything that could help resolve the Afghan conflict.

A statement issued by the Islamic Emirates in Pashto language to media organisations said: “The strategy shows that the wishes and demands of the American people, who are confronting serious financial problems, have not been kept in mind. Rather the strategy was formulated to protect the interests of the generals at the Pentagon and the capitalists.

“No sign towards solution to the Afghan issue could be seen in Obama’s strategy. It is aimed at killing two birds with one stone — to reduce Afghans’ apathy to foreign forces and to counter criticism in the US and concern of their allies. However, it is of no use, as military casualties will also increase with the rise in the number of foreign troops in Afghanistan.

“In the history of Afghanistan, none was able to capture it with deceptions, resources and high number of troops, the statement added. Neither have we any base in Pakistan nor we needed such a base outside Afghanistan as we control a vast area in our own country.

Claims about the Taliban presence in Pakistan are aimed at diverting attention from the strong resistance that our fighters are offering in Afghanistan. We have no intention to harm anyone in the world, so the presence of foreign invaders in Afghanistan has no link to security of the world.

“Like the past, the Islamic Emirates is fully committed to fighting foreign allies’ (the US and its allies) unjust, anti-Islamic and anti-Afghanistan conspiracies with long resistance, strong strategy and high morale. We firmly believe that Obama’s strategy would fail like the past. We remind the US that it would itself disintegrate instead of capturing Afghanistan if it continued with its policy of aggression.”

Mushtaq Yusufzai adds: Reacting to the announcement by the US that it would send additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan, Taliban commander Sirajuddin Haqqani said on Wednesday that numerical strength would not save Americans from a “historic” defeat in Afghanistan.

“We knew Obama would not be different from his predecessor Bush when he was elected to the office. We also knew he would send more troops to Afghanistan but we have a strong belief that they would leave soon as America would not be able to sustain the losses at our hands,” the Taliban commander claimed.

The US State Department has announced $5 million reward for information leading to the capture of Sirajuddin Haqqani alias Khaleefa, who is head of the so-called Taliban group Haqqani Network, established by his father Maulvi Jalaluddin Haqqani.

The Taliban Shura had held an important meeting that was chaired by their supreme leader Mullah Omar, which decided not to halt fighting during the winter.

“Gone are the days when we were living in the mountains and could not fight in winter. Now with the support of the Afghan people, we live in major cities and towns and operate very easily,” Sirajuddin claimed.

Source :

http://www.thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=25888

Iraq: The war was illegal

Posted: December 1, 2009 by Muhammad Umar Muzaffar in Illuminati & Global Elite > International

Then Attorney General Goldsmith was ‘pinned to the wall and bullied into keeping quiet’ while the Prime Minister kept the Cabinet in the dark.

Tony Blair will be quizzed over a devastating official memo warning him that war on Iraq would be illegal eight months before he sent troops into Baghdad, it was claimed last night.

The Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war will consider a letter from Lord Goldsmith, then Mr Blair’s top law officer, advising him that deposing Saddam would be in breach of international law, according to a report in The Mail on Sunday.

But Mr Blair refused to accept Lord Goldsmith’s advice and instead issued instructions for his long-term friend to be “gagged” and barred from cabinet meetings, the newspaper claimed. Lord Goldsmith apparently lost three stone, and complained he was “more or less pinned to the wall” in a No 10 showdown with two of Mr Blair’s most loyal aides, Lord Falconer and Baroness Morgan. Mr Blair also allegedly failed to inform the Cabinet of the warning, fearing an “anti-war revolt”.

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/iraq-the-uwaru-was-illegal-1830508.html