Tuesday, December 1, 2009

December 01 2009 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: What's Next For Afghanistan? They Will Go Back To What They've Always Been

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Cabale News ServiceDecember 01 2009 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: What's Next For Afghanistan? They Will Go Back To What They've Always Been And What They've Always Been IS NOT 'American' or a 'Democracy' In The American World View

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In The News: Today is 'Afghan Day' and the new strategy for the US (and NATO) in Afghanistan will be announced at 5pm (EST) in a nationally televised address by the president. Leaks indicate we're going to send 33,000 troops, but they'll be focused on certain provinces... Helmand, Kandahar, and Paktia. If this were Iraq, it would called "The Surge" [tm], and FWIW it DID NOT work in Iraq either.

Da Buffalo want to get something straight here... Straight from some quite easy to understand numbers. From the National Priorities Project, "Afghanistan Fact Sheet: The Numbers Behind the Troop Increase"
"The Fiscal Year 2010 funding, which awaits final approval from Congress, does not include the funds that will be required to support any further increase in U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan. Thus it is very likely that the White House will again resort to a supplemental spending bill to secure additional war funding in the coming year.

It has been widely reported in recent weeks that both the Pentagon and the White House estimate that any additional forces sent to Afghanistan will require $1 billion per year for every 1,000 troops sent, or $1 million per soldier.

IN ALL, total funding for Afghanistan could exceed $325 billion in Fiscal Year 2010. (See “Annual Funding for U.S. Combat Operations in Afghanistan” below.)" [In Full]
Also notable in the waste-of-your-tax-dollar department... A report has been released to congress that in the early stages of the Afghanistan war, during Operation Anaconda, due to Bush administration decisions, the US military was allowed to let UBL slip into the outer territories of what is only nominally Pakistan.

Five British boaters are being detained by Iran. The boat was on a cruise from Bahrain to Dubai and apparently they crossed into Iranian waters to be picked up by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.

The Senate Health Reform debate yesterday went nowhere, and they're about to begin again today.

The FDA has said that 2/3 of all chickens sold are contaminated... 15 percent with Salmonella. Time to re-read Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle" (AudioBook or Text courtesy of Archive.org).

[After the commentary Loreena McKennitt sings of Marco Polo from The Book Of Secrets. Courtesy of the respective artists.]


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