TV News LIES

Tuesday, Jul 07th

Last update09:08:15 PM GMT

You are here News War The Lies That Sold Obama's Escalation in Afghanistan

The Lies That Sold Obama's Escalation in Afghanistan

E-mail Print PDF

The lies that sold Obama's escalation in AfghanistanA few days after Barack Obama's December 2009 announcement of 33,000 more troops being sent to Afghanistan, in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Defense Secretary Robert Gates advanced the official justification for escalation: the Afghan Taliban would not abandon its ties with al-Qaeda unless forced to do so by US military force and the realization that "they're likely to lose."

Gates claimed to see an "unholy alliance" of the Afghan Taliban, al-Qaeda and the Pakistani Taliban emerging during 2009. Unless the United States succeeded in weakening the Taliban in Afghanistan, al-Qaeda would have safe haven in Afghanistan, just as they had before the 9/11 attacks, according to Gates.

Even in comparison with the usual lies that justify wars, this one was a whopper. Gates was deliberately ignoring the serious political split that had become apparent in 2008 between Mullah Omar, the spiritual and political leader of the Taliban, and the leadership of al-Qaeda over fundamental issues of strategy and ideology.

After the July 2007 Pakistani military assault on the militants occupying the Red Mosque in Islamabad, al-Qaeda had openly backed Pakistani militants in their declaration of war against the Pakistani military and the Pervez Musharraf regime.

Omar, who needed Pakistani support against the US-NATO forces, began urging Pakistani militants to shun violence against the Pakistani security apparatus, but the newly established militant organization Tehrik-e-Taliban paid no attention to him, as recounted by the recently murdered Pakistani journalist Sayed Saleem Shahzad in a book published just days before his death.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


How One U.S. Soldier Blew the Whistle on a Cold-Blooded War Crime

US soldier exposes war crimeJess Cunningham was a staff sergeant in a mechanized unit of the U.S. Army—Alpha Company, First...

US spending on Islamic State fight totals $2.7bn

cost of war against ISISThe US spends more than $9m (£5.7m) a day on the war against Islamic State, and...

Al-Qaeda confirms Yemen leader killed in US drone strike

Nasir al-WuhayshiAl-Qaeda in Yemen leader Nasir al-Wuhayshi has been killed in a U.S. bombing, the group said...

How US Cluster Bombs Banned by Most Countries Ended Up in Yemen

cluster bombsOn April 29, three adults and a child came across some fist-sized canisters on the ground...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!