Friday, 1 August 2014

Why the US Spent More on Afghanistan Than on the Marshall Plan


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Obama 'Condemns' Torture But Rationalises It At The Same Time

Unknown Gunman Kills Mayor of Logar

Unknown Gunman Kills Mayor in Logar
The incident took place after a number of unknown gunmen attacked Saifullah's house in Mohammad Agha and he was killed in the shooting, said Din Mohammad Darwish, provincial governor spokesman.
"Saifullah was hit by a bullet in the shooting and died later," Darwish said. No other family members and his bodyguards were hurt in the attack."


Thursday, 31 July 2014

Afghanistan to cost more than Marshall Plan, watchdog says - News - Stripes

Afghanistan to cost more than Marshall Plan, watchdog says - News - Stripes



First Lt. Jon Walatkiewicz, an adviser with a 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division Security Force Assistance Team, helps Afghan National Army soldier Hayakhan adjust and fire his M-16 rifle during training at Forward Operating Base Joyce in eastern Afghanistan.

7 insane problems outlined in the new Afghan reconstruction report

No one can accuse the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, known as SIGAR, of sugarcoating the truth.
The investigating body published its quarterly report for Congress Wednesday, looking at a variety of United States-funded programs and projects, and this line just about sums it up: “poor planning, shoddy construction, mechanical failures, and inadequate oversight.”
Afghanistan is the biggest reconstruction project the US has ever undertaken, consuming more than $104 billion so far.
“Adjusted for inflation, US appropriations for the reconstruction of Afghanistan exceed the funds committed to the Marshall Plan, the US aid program that delivered billions of dollars between 1948 and 1952 to help 16 European countries recover in the aftermath of World War II.”
Has it been worth it? Judge for yourself.

1. The $1.57-billion firetrap

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Kill Team Director Probes Afghanistan War Crimes

"The Kill Team," an eye-opening documentary that explores everything from the Winfields' fight for justice to military culture and the jarring experiences of young men -- some barely out of high school -- thrown into a war where there's no clear line between those they're supposed to fight and those they're supposed to help. Krauss talked to the Bay Area News Group about his filming experience. MORE


USA Triggered Afghan Corruption, Pentagon Finds

USA Triggered Afghan Corruption, Pentagon Finds | International Political Forum
Afghanistan is facing a dramatic election crisis which threatens to tear the country apart. Although nearly 7m Afghan citizens turned up to vote, the results were dismissed by candidate Abdullah Abdullah, who alleged they had been tarnished by “industrial-scale” fraud and corruption.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

The Pentagon Actually Has An Entertainment Liaison Officer

Hollywood and the Pentagon: A relationship of mutual exploitation | Al Jazeera America
The U.S. military offices usually ask to see the entire script, not just the parts that relate to military involvement and, based on the entire script and the portrayal of the troops, will move it forward in the approval process. If based on a historical event, it also needs to pass muster with the Pentagon’s historians.

Phil Strub has been the Pentagon’s liaison officer for Hollywood for more than 25 years. His name has appeared in the “producers wish to thank” list in more than 50 films, including “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” “Lone Survivor,” “Ironman” and some that might surprise you: “The Perfect Storm” and “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” as well as the TV shows “Bones” and “24.”

More US Weapons Go Missing

Another relative of Afghan President Karzai killed

Another relative of Afghan President Karzai killed - CNN.com
Hashmat Karzai was a member of Kandahar provincial council and was a key campaigner and ally of presidential candidate Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai in the south of the country.
The killing comes three years after the president's half brother was killed and 15 years after his father was killed.