Pelosi says Obama must sell War; Contractor Surge in Afghanistan;

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi says that it is up to President Obama to sell his troop surge to Democrats in Congress. Then she called for a bowl and washed her hands.

Jeremy Scahill on MSNBC (h/t The Nation) pointing out that not only are another 30,000 troops being deployed to Afghanistan, but also 56,000 military contractors will join them.

Walter Pincus of the Washington Post reports that the US-hired contractors already in Afghanistan have been paying protection money to Taliban and tribes to allow their convoys to transit without trouble. I.e. we have met the enemy and he is being paid by us.

An Afghan-German attorney representing 165 victims of a German-ordered bombing of civilians in Qunduz province is suing for reparations. . Well if the Western courts start allowing that sort of claim, the war would be wrapped quickly as far too expensive.

In another one of those science fictional headlines, NATO is requesting more Russian helicopters for Afghanistan. Russia Today has video:

You have a sense that it is a little difficult for Russian leaders to forgive NATO for supporting Georgia in last year’s war, but that on the other hand they fear the spillover onto Russia of chaos, drugs and Taliban if NATO fails in Afghanistan,

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  1. The story of how we are paying the Taliban not choke are supply lines was already covered in the Nation, I believe last month. Better late then never I suppose.

  2. Your post today is totally 'science fiction'.

    1) Maybe the Democrats will genuinely vote, or not, for the Afghan War escalation funding, but, much more likely, they will do corridor deals for more pork for their home states.

    2) "An Afghan-German attorney representing 165 victims of a German-ordered bombing of civilians in Qunduz province is suing for reparations."

    Really? I don't believe it; Germans killing people? Though I do realise they've sworn off it for the past 60+ years. But Prussian blood will out.

    3) Weapons sales from Russia –
    Everybody, and especially the people who carry them every day, knows that AK47s beat any other gun on earth for sheer utility. It works, anywhere. Russian helicopters (MI17 – 'Hip' have the same qualities.

    4) Medvedev: It's nice to see you Americans trying to do the same thing in Afghanistan as we Russians tried to do in the 80s, when you financed and organised opposition against us.

    Good luck, but pay us in full for what you want.

    If I was a literary agent, I wouldn't buy it.

  3. My understanding Is Nato has already Hired Russian Helicopter Pilots that fought during the soviet occupation because they know the lay of the land so well. whats that about history repeating itself as a farce?

  4. Congratulations on the first Nancy Pelosi – Pontius Pilate comparison. I wonder how many under 40's will even get this reference.

    On a different note, where can I apply for one of the contractor jobs? I need to go on the lamb somewhere Capital One won't find me.

  5. Re: paying protection money to the Taliban–therein lies the solution.
    The U.S. should totally withdraw militarily from Afghanistan and put everyone on the payroll. Bribe them all to get along. Hey, it "works" for Egyptian-Israeli relations.

  6. deployng Russian military personnel and/or weaponry in Afghanistan really is truly weird, Juan. But insofar as science fiction fact today, I thought this newswire item won first prize: Insurgents Hack into U.S. Drones' Video Feed With $26 Software. “U.S. officials say there is no evidence that militants were able to take control of the drones or otherwise interfere with their flights… [But] the drone intercepts mark the emergence of a shadow cyber war within the U.S.-led conflicts overseas. They also point to potentially serious vulnerabilities in Washington's growing network of unmanned drones.” Wiki: "In telecommunications, identification, friend or foe (IFF) is a cryptographic identification system designed for command and control. It is a system that enables military systems to distinguish ‘friendly’ forces…"

  7. "Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi says that it is up to President Obama to sell his troop surge to Democrats in Congress. Then she called for a bowl and washed her hands."

    Snark on, oh great Juan.

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