The Burial Ground of U.S. Imperialism: Afghanistan

When the former Soviet Union’s mighty Red Army defeated Nazi forces in the pivotal WWII battle of Stalingrad, not only was Hitler’s mad dream of a Thousand Year Reich crushed, a concomitant assurance was achieved that the Stars and Stripes, not the Swastika, would be flying from our schoolyard flagpoles today.

Yes, the Normandy invasion and the great sacrifice of our own troops was important, but Stalingrad had already sealed Germany’s fate. Thank Russian soldiers for Americans not speaking German, and for U.S. death camps never having been built to “cleanse” our own country of Jews, our racial minorities, plus other “undesirables”.

But that same, seemingly invincible military that saved the whole world some seven decades ago would later be humiliatingly defeated in Afghanistan, repeating Britain’s tragic folly there much earlier.

Afghanistan is the historical death place of overreaching foreign ambition, a reality that stamps a figurative skull and crossbones squarely on whatever vaguely-defined, wishful hope Barack Obama’s Afghan policy possesses.

Put starkly, if we stay in Afghanistan, we, too, are going to catastrophically lose. Think Vietnam, but on an even more disastrous scale of debacle.

Afghanistan combines a just-right amalgam of geographic, religious, and patriotic factors — manifested in the Afghan people’s steely determination to resist conquest, in an ideal defensive setting — to make their land a veritable black hole of doom for foreigners having grand notions of imposing their outside will on a dusty, desolate, yet passionately loved homeland.

Add to that an Afghan continuity stretching back to the beginnings of human habitation on this planet, and it’s reasonable to expect that there will still be an essential Afghanistan long after the USA has morphed, or crumbled, into something pathetically different than its current incarnation.

In fact, attempting to futilely impose arrogant Yankee will on Afghanistan would prove to be a key facilitator of our descent into an American future absent the power and influence, whether real or already largely imagined, that we wield now.

But what of al Qaeda and the Taliban? Are they not scourges that we’re obligated to battle to the bitter end?

Not if the way in which we fight — as alien aggressors in their native midst — provides them additional determination (i.e., a powerful sense of just cause), and our abiding foolishness gives them more recruits than we can ever hope to kill.

How blindly foolish we are in thinking that continued Predator attacks on innocent goat herders and wedding parties can bring us victory.

It’s the same illogic that produced the “it became necessary to destroy the village to save it” madness in Vietnam, and the depraved insanity of believing that constantly kicking down residential doors in Baghdad made us the “good guys” in Iraq.

We have to face facts, distressing though they assuredly are.

The world doesn’t want our religion, politics, economics, or cultural “values” forced upon it, anymore than we’d tolerate some surpassingly hubristic country from half a planet away trying to violently do the same to us.

Twin towers would still be proudly gleaming on the New York City skyline if we had established a prior record of being a true friend and benefactor to humankind, instead of a world-cop bully serving greedily rapacious corporate and financial interests that see Earth’s inhabitants as nothing more than something to be profitably used and abused, or “converted” to what our profoundly problem-ridden society gives us absolutely no valid reason to think anyone else would gladly embrace.

Furthermore, if we scratched just beneath the official story regarding supposedly gratuitous animosity directed against us by so many around the planet, we’d quickly discover that they’re not “enemies” in the diabolical abstract, but people with painful grievances against the U.S. who would have never become such… had we treated them right in the first place.

If we’d only stop getting up in other people’s faces, and quit trying to control their affairs, no one would then stab us in the back when we weren’t looking.

I suspect, however, that we’re too haughty and pious to ever appreciate that truth.

We’ll just self-destructively hurl a monkey wrench into the sputtering engine of our failing order, putting a complete halt to all possibilities for the USA to remain a major power and decisive player in global relations as the 21st Century wears on.

Dennis Rahkonen, from Superior, Wisconsin, has been writing progressive commentary with a Heartland perspective for various outlets since the '60s. Read other articles by Dennis.

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  1. United-Socialist-Front said on September 7th, 2009 at 10:21pm #


    “The great men are necessary, the time in which they appear is accidental; that they almost always become masters over their age is only because they are stronger, because they are older, because for a longer time much was gathered for them.” -Twilight of the Idols

    War educates for freedom. For what is freedom? That one has the will to assume responsibility for oneself. That one maintains the distance which separates us. That one becomes more indifferent to difficulties, hardships, privation, even to life itself. That one is prepared to sacrifice human beings for one’s cause, not excluding oneself. Freedom means that the manly instincts which delight in war and victory dominate over other instincts, for example, over those of “pleasure.”

    The human being who has become free — and how much more the spirit who has become free — spits on the contemptible type of well-being dreamed of by shopkeepers, Christians, cows, females, Englishmen, and other democrats. The free man is a warrior.How is freedom measured in individuals and peoples? According to the resistance which must be overcome, according to the exertion required, to remain on top.

    The highest type of free men should be sought where the highest resistance is constantly overcome: five steps from tyranny, close to the threshold of the danger of servitude. This is true psychologically if by “tyrants” are meant inexorable and fearful instincts that provoke the maximum of authority and discipline against themselves; most beautiful type: Julius Caesar.

  2. Mulga Mumblebrain said on September 7th, 2009 at 10:48pm #

    The truth is that the USSR intervened in Afghanistan to prevent a relatively progressive regime, allied to the USSR, from being overthrown by subversion, aided, financed and facilitated by the US, UK, Saudi Arabia and Israel, from the fascist despotism of Pakistan’s dictator Zia ul-Haq, a quintessential ‘son-of-a-bitch’ who was ‘our son-of-a-bitch’ if ever there was one. The US plan was to spread the subversion to the USSR’s Islamic Republics if successful in installing a pro-US puppet regime in Afghanistan. The obvious analogous question to be asked is what would the US have done if the USSR launched an insurgency into Mexico, from Cuba, aimed later to ‘reclaim’ Aztlan, the stolen territories of 1848, from the gringoes.
    Actually the USSR did a pretty good job of holding the ‘mujahideen’, mostly religious fanatics specialising in throwing acid into women’s faces, gangsters, tribal militia psychopaths and drug-runners (the usual filth that the US labels ‘freedom fighters’, just so long as they follow orders from Washington)at bay. After the USSR left, Najibullah kept the mujahideen down pretty effectively, until stabbed in the back by the cirrhotic Quisling Yeltsin. The rest is history, ie unremitting death and horror, courtesy of Uncle Sam, the greatest force for evil in human history. al Qaeda is an American construction, utilised to fight the USSR, then used in Bosnia, Chechnya, Kosovo and Xinjiang for US geostrategic purposes, then fulfilling their destiny as the ‘new enemy’ in the neo-conservatives next phase of the unending global war for ‘Full Spectrum Dominance’, the ‘Clash of Civilizations’ with Islam, so much slavered for by the Zionists.
    I imagine the Yanks will probably shortly reach some modus vivendi with the Taliban, allowing al Qaeda to be rehabilitated, so that its basically Sunni fervour can be turned against Iran, and its fundamentalist Islamic intolerance can be directed at the US’s big enemies, China and Russia. All that’s required is the sual straight face as the facts are inverted, and the predictable media acquiescence, quickly turning to career-protecting enthusiasm, for the next imperial adventure. The several million dead and maimed Afghans over the last 30 plus years?-collateral damage.

  3. Annie Ladysmith said on September 8th, 2009 at 4:39am #

    Anyone who believes that Afghanistan is going to bring the US war machine to a grinding, humiliating halt, both physically and morrally, is a complete MORAN.

    Have you not educated yourself to the simple fact that the US, and the power behind it, OWN SPACE. Simply put, the US can do anything, through advanced satellite control, ANYWHERE on the globe, and a few places beyond it.

    Do you not realize that by blowing a few ecological weapons, like DU, the targeted country is rendered a humaniterian disaster and when people become obsessed with getting food and uncontaminated water the fight is over.

    You are naif if you think for one moment that the NWO will not use this incredibly advanced system of death, based in the US, with their best killing apparatus all top secret, to fully accomplish the agenda it has set in place for the world.

  4. RG said on September 8th, 2009 at 10:28am #

    “Twin towers would still be proudly gleaming on the New York City skyline if we had…”

    Really? And what about WTC7, a 47 story building in the World Trade Center complex that was also destroyed on 9/11… would it still be there? The paper ‘Active Thermitic Residues Discovered in the Dust of the Twin Towers’ is yet more compelling evidence that WTC1, WTC2 (the towers) and WTC7 were in fact brought down by explosives.
    A nontechnical review of this this paper is found at

    For those unfamiliar with WTC7, it was not hit by an airplane. It was demolished in the usual manner, where the lower supports are blown out first, rather than from the top down:

  5. Synic3 said on September 8th, 2009 at 12:03pm #

    Annie Ladysmith,

    Is it logical and does it make sense that in order to occupy a place and use it either as a base for future operations and/or as a safe passage for oil and gas pipelines to contaminate it by nuclear radiation???!!!
    There are 6.5 billions of people on earth, and their co-operation and good well is needed, so there is a limit for what any power can do no matter how overwheming that power is.

  6. Synic3 said on September 8th, 2009 at 12:03pm #

    Annie Ladysmith,

    Is it logical and does it make sense that in order to occupy a place and use it either as a base for future operations and/or as a safe passage for oil and gas pipelines to contaminate it by nuclear radiation???!!!
    There are 6.5 billions of people on earth, and their co-operation and good well is needed, so there is a limit for what any power can do no matter how overwheming that power is.

  7. Paul Revere said on September 8th, 2009 at 2:31pm #

    “20 Minutes With The President” – Charlie Sheen on
    Charlie Sheen – Good afternoon Mr. President, thank you so much for taking time out of your demanding schedule.

    CS – Very much so sir, very much so indeed…. Now; In researching your position regarding the events of 9/11 and the subsequent investigation that followed, am I correct to understand that you fully support and endorse the findings of the commission report otherwise known as the ‘official story’?

    PBO – Do I have any reason not to? Given that most of us are presumably in touch with similar evidence.

    CS – I really wish that were the case, sir. Are you aware, Mr. President, of the recent stunning revelations that sixty percent of the 9/11 commissioners have publicly stated that the government agreed not to tell the truth about 9/11 and that the Pentagon was engaged in deliberate deception about their response to the attack?

    PBO – I am aware of certain “in fighting” during the course of their very thorough and tireless investigative process.

    CS – Mr. President, it’s hard to label this type of friction as “in fighting” or make the irresponsible leap to “thorough,” when the evidence I insist you examine regarding 6 of the 10 members are statements of fact.

    (At this point one of Obama’s senior aides approaches the President and whispers into his ear. Obama glances quickly at his watch and nods as the aide resumes his post at the doorway, directly behind me.)

    PBO – No disrespect Mr. Sheen, but I have to ask; what is it that you seem to be implying with the initial direction of this discussion?

    CS – I am not implying anything Mr. President. I am here to present the facts and see what you plan to do with them.

    PBO – Let me guess; your ‘facts,’ allegedly supporting these claims are in the folders you brought with you?

    CS – Good guess Mr. President.

    (I hand the first folder of documents to the President)

    CS – Again sir, these are not my opinions or assumptions, this is all a matter of public record, reported through mainstream media, painstakingly fact checked and verified.

    (the President glances into the folder I handed him)

    CS – You’ll notice sir on page one of the dossier dated August of ‘06 from the Washington Post, the statements of John Farmer, senior council to the 9/11 commission, his quote stating, “I was shocked how different the truth was from the way it was described.”

    PBO – (as he glances down at the report, almost inaudible) …. um hmm….

    CS – He goes on to further state “The [NORAD Air Defense] tapes told a radically different story from what had been told to us and the public for two years….”

    CS – On pages two and three, sir, are the statements, as well, from commission co-chairmen Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, commissioners Bob Kerrey, Timothy Roemer and John Lehman, as well as the statements of commissioner Max Cleland, an ex-Senator from Georgia , who resigned, stating:

    “It is a national scandal. This investigation is now compromised. One of these days we will have to get the full story because the 9/11 issue is so important to America. But this White House wants to cover it up.”

    He also described President Bush’s desire to delay the process as not to damage the ‘04 re-election bid. They suspected deception to the point where they considered referring the matter to the Justice Department for criminal investigation. Mr. President, this information alone is unequivocally grounds for a new investigation!

    PBO – Mistakes were clearly made but we as a people and as a country need to move forward. It is obviously in our best interest as a democratic society to focus our efforts and our resources on the future of this great nation and our ability to protect the American people and our allies from this type of terrorism in the coming years.

    CS – Sir, how can we focus on the future when THE COMMISSION ITSELF is on record stating that they still do not know the truth??

    PBO – Even if what you state, might in some capacity, begin to approach an open discussion or balanced debate, I can’t speak for, or about the decisions certain commission members made during an extremely difficult period. Perhaps you should be interviewing them instead of me. Wait, don’t tell me; I was easier to track down than they were?

    CS – Not exactly sir, but let’s be honest. You’re the President of the United States, the leader of the free world, the buck stops with you. 9/11 has been the pretext for the systematic dismantling of our Constitution and Bill of Rights. Your administration is reading from the same playbook that the Bush administration foisted on America through documented secrecy and deception.

    PBO – Mr. Sheen, I’m having a difficult time sitting here and listening to you draw distorted parallels between the Bush/Cheney regime and mine.

    CS – Mr. President the parallels are not distorted just because you say they are. Let’s stick to the facts. You promised to abolish the Patriot Act and then voted to re-authorize it. You pledged to end warrantless wire tapping against the American people and now energetically defend it. You decried the practice of rendition and now continue it. You promised over and over again on the campaign trail, that you would end the practice of indefinite detention and instead, you have expanded it to permanent detention of “detainees” without trial. This far exceeds the outrages of the former administration. Call me crazy Mr. President, but is this not your record?

    PBO – Mr. Sheen, my staff and I authorized this interview based on your request to discuss 9/11 and deliver some additional information you’re convinced I’d not previously reviewed. Call me crazy, But it appears as though you’ve blindly wandered off topic.

    CS – Sir, the examples I just illustrated are a direct result of 9/11.

    PBO – And I’m telling you that we must move forward, we must endure through these dangerous and politically challenging years ahead.

    CS – Mr. President, we cannot move forward with a bottomless warren of unanswered questions surrounding that day and its aftermath.

    PBO – I read the official report. Every word every page. Perhaps you should do the same.

    CS – I have sir, and so have thousands of family members of the victims, and guess what; they have the same questions I do and probably a lot more. I didn’t lose a loved one on that horrific day Mr. President and neither did you. But since then I, along with millions of other Americans lost something we held true and dear for most of our lives in this great country of ours; we lost our hope.

    PBO – And I’d like to believe that I am here to restore that hope. To restore confidence in your leaders, in the system that the voting public chose through a peaceful transfer of power.

    (An odd moment of silence between us. Precious time ticking away).

    CS – Mr. President, are you aware of the number of days it took to begin the investigation into JFK’s assassination?

    PBO – If memory serves I believe it was two weeks.

    CS – Close. Seventeen days to be exact. Are you aware sir, how long it took to begin the investigation into Pearl Harbor?

    PBO – I would say again about….two weeks.

    CS – Close again sir, eleven days to be exact. Are you aware Mr. President how long it took to begin the investigation into 9/11?

    PBO – I know it must have seemed like a very long time for all the grieving families.

    CS – It was a very long time Mr. President – four hundred and forty days. Roughly 14 months. Does it bother you Mr. President that it only took FIVE HOURS for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld after the initial attack to recommend and endorse a full scale offensive against Iraq?

    PBO – I am not aware of any such purported claim.

    CS – I have the proof Mr. President, along with scores of documents and facts I’d like you to take a look at. Here.

    (I hand him another file – much thicker than the first)

    CS – Sir, I’d like to direct your attention to the stack of documents in the folder I just handed you. The first in from the top is entitled “ Operation Northwoods“, a declassified Pentagon plan to stage terror attacks on US soil, to be blamed on Cuba as a pretext for war.

    PBO – And I’d like to direct your attention to the fact that the principle draftsman of this improbable blueprint was quickly denied a second term as Joint Chiefs chairman and sent packing to a European NATO garrison. Thank God his otherworldly ambitions never saw the light of day.

    CS – I wouldn’t be so certain about that Mr. President.

    PBO – I could easily say the same to you Charlie.

    Charlie Sheen writing 20 Minutes with the President. Photo by Alex Jones.

    CS – The next document reads “Declassified staged provocations.” Now, Honestly Mr. President I wish I was making this stuff up. I’m certain you are familiar with the USS Maine Incident, the sinking of the Lusitania, which we all now know brought us into WW1, and of course the most famous, the Gulf of Tonkin incident.

    PBO – Of course I am familiar with these historical events and I’m aware that there’s a measure of controversy surrounding them. But to be quite frank with you, this is all ancient history.

    CS – Mr. President, it has been often said; “Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it.” And I concede to you sir, these events are the past.

    PBO – A vastly different world young man, shouldering a radically disparate state of universal affairs.

    CS – No argument sir, I’m merely inviting you to acknowledge some credibility to the pattern or the theme. Case in point; the next document in your folder. It was published by the think-tank, Project For a New American Century and it’s entitled “ Rebuilding Americas Defenses“, and was written by Dick Cheney and Jeb Bush. To quote from the document sir – (the President interrupts)

    PBO – “Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor.”

    CS – Touche, sir. Your thoughts on this statement Mr. President?

    PBO – I would call this a blatant case of misjudgment fueled by an unfortunate milieu of assumption. For some, the uninformed denial of coincidence.

    CS – Interesting angle sir. Nevertheless, Vice President Cheney didn’t stop there. In early 2008, Pulitzer prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh and MSNBC, both reported that Cheney had proposed to the Pentagon an outrageous plan to have the U.S. Navy create fake Iranian patrol boats, to be manned by Navy Seals, who would then stage an attack on US destroyers in the Strait of Hormuz. This event was to be blamed on Iran and used as a pretext for war. Does any of this information worry you Mr. President? Should we just ignore it, until these realities can be dismissed years from now by our children, as ancient history as well?

    PBO – Of course this information worries me, yet it’s not nearly as worrisome as you sitting here today suspiciously implying that 9/11 was somehow allowed to happen or even orchestrated from the inside.

    CS – Mr. President I am not suspiciously implying anything. I am merely exposing the documents and asking the questions that nobody in power will even look at or acknowledge. And as I stated earlier, I voted for you, I believed in your message of hope and change. Mr. President I have come to you specifically hoping for a change. A change in the perception that our government has not yet made itself open and accountable to the people. These are your words Mr. President not mine. The lives of thousands were brutally cut short and those left behind to suffer their infinite pain are with me today Mr. President. They are with me in spirit and flesh, and the message we carry will not be silenced anymore by media fueled mantras insisting how they are supposed to feel. Deciding for them, for 8 long years, what can be thought, what can be said, what can be asked.

    PBO – And I appreciate your passion, I appreciate your conviction. In spite of your concerns, in spite of what your data might or might not reveal, what you and the families must understand and accept is that we are doing everything we can to protect you.

    CS – Mr. President , I realize were very short on time, so please allow me to run down a list of bullet points that might illuminate some reasons why we don’t embrace the warm hug of Federal protection.

    PBO – We’ve come this far. Fire away.

    CS – Please keep in mind Mr. President everything I’m about to say is documented as fact and part of the public record. The information you are holding in your hands chronicles and verifies each and every point.

    PBO – You have five minutes left. The floor is yours. Brief me.

    CS – Thank you Mr. President. Okay, first; On the FBI’s most wanted list Osama Bin Laden is not charged with the crimes of 911. When I called the FBI to ask them why this was the case, they replied: “There’s not enough evidence to link Bin Laden to the crime scene,” I later discovered he had never even been indicted by the D.O.J.

    CS – Number 2; FBI translator Sibel Edmonds, was dismissed and gagged by the D.O.J. after she revealed that the government had foreknowledge of plans to attack American cities using planes as bombs as early as April 2001. In July of ‘09, Mrs. Edmonds broke the Federal gag order and went public to reveal that Osama Bin Laden, Al Qaeda and the Taliban were all working for and with the C.I.A. up until the day of 9/11.

    CS – Number 3; The following is a quote from Mayor Giuliani during an interview on 9/11 with Peter Jennings for ABC News. “I went down to the scene and we set up headquarters at 75 Barkley Street, which was right there with the Police Commissioner, the Fire Commissioner, the Head of Emergency Management, and we were operating out of there when we were told that the World Trade Center was going to collapse. And it did collapse before we could actually get out of the building, so we were trapped in the building for 10, 15 minutes, and finally found an exit and got out, walked north, and took a lot of people with us.”

    WHO TOLD HIM THIS??? To this day, the answer to this question remains unanswered, completely ignored and emphatically DENIED by Mayor Giuliani on several public occasions.

    CS – Number 4; In April 2004, USA Today reported, “In the two years before the Sept. 11 attacks, the North American Aerospace Defense Command conducted exercises simulating what the White House says was unimaginable at the time: hijacked airliners used as weapons to crash into targets and cause mass casualties.” One of the targets was the World Trade Center.

    CS – Number 5; On September 12th 2007, CNN’s ‘Anderson Cooper 360?, reported that the mysterious “white plane” spotted and videotaped by multiple media outlets, flying in restricted airspace over the White House shortly before 10am on the morning of 9/11, was in fact the Air Force’s E-4B, a specially modified Boeing 747 with a communications pod behind the cockpit; otherwise known as “The Doomsday Plane”.

    Though fully aware of the event, the 9/11 Commission did not deem the appearance of the military plane to be of any interest and did not include it in the final 9/11 Commission report.

    CS – Number 6; Three F-16s assigned to Andrews Air Force Base, ten miles from Washington, DC, are conducting training exercises in North Carolina 207 miles away as the first plane crashes into the WTC. Even at significantly less than their top speed of 1500 mph, they could still have defended the skies over Washington well before 9am, more than 37 minutes before Flight 77 crashes into the Pentagon, however, they did not return until after 9:55am.

    Andrews AFB had no armed fighters on alert and ready to take off on the morning of 9/11.

    CS – Number 7; WTC Building 7. Watch the video of its collapse.

    CS – Number 8; Flight 93 is fourth plane to crash on 9/11 at 10:03am. V.P. Cheney only gives shoot down order at 10:10-10:20am and this is not communicated to NORAD until 28 minutes after Flight 93 has crashed.

    Fueling further suspicion on this front is the fact that three months before the attacks of 9/11, Dick Cheney usurped control of NORAD, and therefore he, and no one else on planet Earth, had the power to call for military sorties on the hijacked airliners on 9/11. He did not exercise that power. Three months after 9/11, he relinquished command of NORAD and returned it to military operation.

    A d v e r t i s e m e n t

    CS – Number 9; Scores of main stream news outlets reported that the F.B.I. conducted an investigation of at least FIVE of the 9/11 hijackers being trained at U.S. military flight schools. Those investigations are now sealed and need to be declassified.

    CS – Number 10; In 2004, New York firefighters Mike Bellone and Nicholas DeMasi went public to say they had found the black boxes at the World Trade Center, but were told to keep their mouths shut by FBI agents. Nicholas DeMasi said that he escorted federal agents on an all-terrain vehicle in October 2001 and helped them locate the devices, a story backed up by rescue volunteer Mike Bellone.

    As the Philadelphia Daily News reported at the time, “Their story raises the question of whether there was a some type of cover-up at Ground Zero.”

    CS – Number 11 – Hundreds of eye witnesses including first responders, fire captains, news reporters, and police, all described multiple explosions in both towers before and during the collapse.

    CS – Number 12; An astounding video uncovered from the archives shows BBC News correspondent Jane Standley reporting on the collapse of WTC Building 7 over twenty minutes before it fell at 5:20pm on the afternoon of 9/11. Tapes from earlier BBC broadcasts show news anchors discussing the collapse of WTC 7 a full 26 minutes in advance. The BBC at first claimed that their tapes from 9/11 had been “lost” before admitting that they made the “error” of reporting the collapse of WTC 7 before it happened without adequately explaining how they could have obtained advance knowledge of the event.

    In addition, over an hour before the collapse of WTC 7, at 4:10pm, CNN’s Aaron Brown reported that the building “has either collapsed, or is collapsing.”

    CS – Number 13; Solicitor General Ted Olson’s claim that his wife Barbara Olsen called him twice from Flight 77, describing hijackers with box cutters, was a central plank of the official 9/11 story.

    However, the credibility of the story was completely undermined after Olsen kept changing his story about whether his wife used her cell phone or the airplane phone. The technology to enable cell phone calls from high-altitude airline flights was not created until 2004. American Airlines confirmed that Flight 77 was a Boeing 757 and that this plane did not have airplane phones on board.

    According to the FBI, Barbara Olsen attempted to call her husband only once and the call failed to connect, therefore Olsen must have been lying when he claimed he had spoken to his wife from Flight 77.

    CS – Number 14; The size of a Boeing 757 is approximately 125ft in width and yet images of the impact zone at the Pentagon supposedly caused by the crash merely show a hole no more than 16ft in diameter. The engines of the 757 would have punctured a hole bigger than this, never mind the whole plane. Images before the partial collapse of the impact zone show little real impact damage and a sparse debris field completely inconsistent with the crash of a large jetliner, especially when contrasted with other images showing airplane crashes into buildings.

    CS – Number 15; What is the meaning behind the following quote attributed to Dick Cheney which came to light during the 9/11 Commission hearings? The passage is taken from testimony given by then Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta.

    During the time that the airplane was coming in to the Pentagon, there was a young man who would come in and say to the Vice President, “The plane is 50 miles out.” “The plane is 30 miles out.” And when it got down to “the plane is 10 miles out,” the young man also said to the Vice President, “Do the orders still stand?” And the Vice President turned and whipped his neck around and said, “Of course the orders still stand. Have you heard anything to the contrary?”

    As the plane was not shot down, in addition to the fact that armed fighter jets were nowhere near the plane and the Pentagon defensive system was not activated, are we to take it that the orders were to let the plane find its target?

    CS – Number 16; In May 2003, the Miami Herald reported how the Bush administration was refusing to release a 900-page congressional report on 9/11 because it wanted to “avoid enshrining embarrassing details in the report,” particularly regarding pre-9/11 warnings as well as the fact that the hijackers were trained at U.S. flight schools.

    CS – Number 17; Top Pentagon officials cancelled their scheduled flights for September 11th on September 10th. San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, following a security warning, cancelled a flight into New York that was scheduled for the morning of 9/11.

    CS – Number 18; The technology to enable cell phone calls from high-altitude airline flights was not created until 2004, and even by that point it was only in the trial phase. Calls from cell phones which formed an integral part of the official government version of events were technologically impossible at the time.

    CS – Number 19: On April 29, 2004, President Bush and V.P. Cheney would only meet with the commission under specific clandestine conditions. They insisted on testifying together and not under oath. They also demanded that their testimony be treated as a matter of “state secret.” To date, nothing they spoke of that day exists in the public domain.

    CS – And finally Mr. President – Number 20; A few days after the attack, several newspapers as well as the FBI reported that a paper passport had been found in the ruins of the WTC. In August 2004, CNN reported that 9/11 hijacker Ziad Jarrah’s visa was found in the remains of Flight 93 which went down in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

    At least a third of the WTC victim’s bodies were vaporized and many of the victims of the Pentagon incident were burned beyond recognition. And yet visas and paper passports which identify the perpetrators and back up the official version of events miraculously survive explosions and fires that we are told melted steel buildings.

    (The Senior aide appears again beside the President whispering in his ear. He then quickly moves off).

    PBO – Well Charlie I can’t say this hasn’t been interesting. As I said earlier you’ve showed up today focused and organized. Regardless how I feel about the material you’ve presented, I must commend your dedication and zeal. However, our time here is up.

    (the President rises from his chair , I do the same).

    CS – Mr. President! One more second!

    (The President starts towards the door – I follow him quickly step for step).

    CS – Mr. President, I implore you based on the evidence you now possess, to use your Executive Power. Prove to us all Sir, that you do, in fact, care. Create a truly comprehensive and open Congressional investigation of 9/11 and its aftermath. The families deserve the truth, the American people and the rest of the free world deserve the truth. Mr. President –

    (He pauses. We shake hands).

    CS – Make sure you’re on the right side of history.

    (The President breaks the handshake).

    PBO – I am on the right side of history. Thank you Charlie, my staff and I will be in touch.

    (I watch as he strides gracefully out of the room, the truth I provided him held firmly by his side; in the hand of providence.)


    A comprehensive bibliography containing all of the evidence presented above can be viewed at

  8. Mulga Mumblebrain said on September 8th, 2009 at 7:10pm #

    synic3, your contention regarding the US would make sense if we were not dealing with psychopaths. The very idea of creating a weapon that becomes nano-sized radio-active particles,with a half-life of billions of years, so small that they can be wafted on the breeze across the planet, to be breathed in by lungs wherein they reek havoc with their alpha radiation, would be rejected out of hand by the sane and moral. But the use of this deadly, infernal, weaponry has grown and grown, without remorse, without pity. Think on that, think of the myriad other examples of the ruling elites’ absolute evil and then you will get, I believe, a true understanding of the predicament humanity faces.

  9. United-Socialist-Front said on September 8th, 2009 at 8:07pm #


    Michael Foot writes in the Tribune of Friday 14th April on the question of the cause of the Second World War. He says in reviewing the book by A. J. P. Taylor: “Had the British statesmen of the thirties been capable of this exercise they could easily have stopped the Second World War by discovering what Mr. Taylor discovered: that Hitlerism right up till 1939, was the most gigantic bluff of all time.”

    Thus Foot and other “left-wing” Tribunites who think like him are sufficiently gullible to believe that the Second World War was some ghastly “accident” that could have been avoided if only “British statesmen” had been clever enough to understand that Hitler was “bluffing.”

    Thus the secondary episodes and accidental incidents that have precipitated war at a particular time in the past are taken out of all proportion and magnified to become the actual cause of the war. To write of history this way is to turn the whole development of mankind into the result of aimless, senseless, bloody and meaningless decisions of this or that individual.

    It is true that Hitler—and the German imperialism he represented—were not solely responsible for the war. Just as the First World War was caused not by the wickedness of the Kaiser, but by the rivalry for world domination by British and German imperialism, and the impasse of the capitalist system of that time, so the Second World War was not the result of the evil intentions of even such a monster as Hitler. It was caused by the stage of development reached by Europe at that time and the struggle for markets, raw materials and colonies between Germany and Britain at that particular period. The Daily Telegraph pointed out on the eve of the war that competition between Germany and Britain on the markets of the world had reached a greater depth and pitch than on the eve of the 1914 war.

    Fear of revolution
    But the rise of Hitler in Germany was caused by the crisis of capitalism in Germany. Let us never forget that Hitler had the backing of all the main imperialist powers, including Britain, America and France. The ruling class of these countries fearing the socialist revolution in Germany, reluctantly backed the Nazis. This explains the refusal of the British and French imperialists to take action at the time of the Nazi occupation of the Rhineland, and of German rearmament. They were afraid of social revolution in Germany. They also believed that they could use Hitler for war against the Soviet Union in order to destroy “Bolshevism”—i.e. in this context the restoration of capitalism in the Soviet Union by means of armed intervention.

    It is impossible to understand the policies of all the powers, including the policy of Hitler or “bluff”, without understanding the class basis of society. Allied imperialism backed Hitler, rearmed Hitler, supported Hitler, Mussolini and the Japanese militarists because of fear of the consequences of their downfall, it was out of fear of the downfall of the capitalist system that they “grovelled” before Hitler in Munichism, etc.

    “Fairy tales”
    Long before Hitler was ever heard of, when Hitler was a corporal in the armies of the Kaiser during the First World War, Marxism had predicted the inevitability of a second world war if capitalism was not overthrown. In answer to socialists like Michael Foot, who were clamouring for disarmament, a League of Nations, and an agreement between the nations to prevent war, Lenin dismissed these arguments as “fairy tales” of a very pernicious and dangerous character. If, he said, the world war would not be ended by a series of successful socialist revolutions, then there would inevitably be a second world war, to be followed by a third and so on till civilisation itself would be destroyed.

    In this respect it must be admitted that Lenin’s sober estimate based on a class analysis of capitalist society has stood the test of time.

    But to come to the events with which Michael Foot deals. The non-intervention of the Allied powers in the Spanish revolution was dictated by similar considerations. They feared the victory of the republicans, on the basis of the revolutionary movement developing among the Spanish workers, would lead to the socialist revolution in Spain. As Lennox-Boyd, recent colonial secretary in the Conservative government, explained at the time, the butcher Franco was a “gallant Christian gentleman” fighting the barbaric socialist hordes. It is not accidental that Churchill praised both Hitler and Mussolini as upholders of civilisation against the dangers of “communism”.

    “Drive to the East”
    Leon Trotsky in a pamphlet entitled “The coming world war”, predicted the outbreak of the Second World War just a few months before it occurred. The war did not take place because Hitler seized Danzig. Just a few months before the Polish imperialists had joined with the Germans to grab a slice of Czechoslovakia. The British imperialists retreated before Hitler’s seizure of Austria and Czechoslovakia because of fear of the alternatives. They wished to build up Hitler for his “drive to the East” and a war against Russia. A policy they partially carried out at the time of Hitler’s attack on Russia. Truman, then vice-president, and Moore-Brabazon, then a minister, blurted out the truth of the aims of the Anglo-American imperialists when they declared that the best result would be the destruction of both Germany and Russia. In the actual losses and scale of fighting the war turned into a Homeric struggle between Germany and Russia.

    Defence of capital
    In all this the real roots of the war can be seen in the class system of society. The Second World War could be seen as the inevitable result of the piling up of the contradictions of capitalist society. The narrow interests of each “national” capitalist class conflict one with the other. Probably none of the powers “wanted” war at that particular time and on those particular issues. Had the imperialists of Britain, France and America not been so short-sighted from the point of view of their own interests, and prevented Hitler from seizing Austria, and Czechoslovakia, possibly war would have been delayed for some months or years. But it is vital for the advanced workers in the labour movement to understand that this or that diplomatic deal or agreement, its arrival or breaking down, is not the cause of war. It was not the violation of Belgian neutrality that caused British capitalism to enter the First World War. It was not the seizure of Danzig—one city and a city populated by Germans at that—that caused the Second World War… That would be straining at the gnat and swallowing the camel, of the Austrian and Czech seizures, that impelled British capitalism to declare war. It was not love of democracy and hatred for fascism, but pure defence of the capitalist interests of the British ruling class that pushed them into their declaration of war.

    “Love of peace”
    Hitler’s Germany in 1939 was faced with the alternative of “expand or die”. Hitler in the desperate struggle with Britain for declining markets had declared “export or die”. A similar grim alternative was being posed by the British ruling class. Hitler had rearmed Germany and stretched the German productive machine to its fullest extent. Had war not taken place in 1939 there would have been seven million of unemployed in Germany and the Nazi system could not have survived. Within the narrow confines of the German state, the vast productive machine built by German capitalism, big enough to supply the whole world with goods, was being stifled. The German market was too small for the needs of the German imperialists. Hence the attempt to extend it by seizing the continent of Europe. British imperialist policy on the other hand was determined by the frantic fear of the British ruling class of losing their Empire. They stood only to lose by war. Hence their desperate efforts—to preserve “peace”. They were like a satisfied burglar who, accumulating spoils, is afraid of the loot being hi-jacked by rival gangsters. There is no “love of peace” in this policy. Like the policy of Hitler it was dictated by the class needs of British capitalism.

    Accidental wars?
    Michael Foot and the historian he so much admires, A. J. P. Taylor, are searching merely for superficial incidents which explain nothing of the real cause of war in our epoch.

    The lesson is clear. Imperialism has provoked two slaughters of the peoples. A third looms ahead for the future—unless the working class draws the lesson of these events. Wars—especially world wars—are not accidental. An accident can cause war if all the other conditions for war are present. But there is no such thing as an “accidental war”. The only way to end the possibility of such madness as fascism and war is to destroy the system which inevitably leads to these horrors.


  10. United-Socialist-Front said on September 8th, 2009 at 8:13pm #

    Mulga: Obama even canceled a program in the Pentagon to build Army Tanks that look like Robot Dragons. Like the japanese cartoon series “El Gran Dragon del Espacio” just like that. Here is a link of those Japanese animated cartoons, just to show you how crazy the scientists of the Pentagon are:


  11. bozhidar balkas vancouver said on September 9th, 2009 at 7:19am #

    when one is facing cultists like the koreshi, jones’, jewish, taliban, christian, et al, cultists wld rather die [as koresh’ and jones’ cultists have shown us] than allow any country to prevent them from adhering to their respective cult.

    This may mean that the occupation may go on until all cultists wld be killed, expelled, or imprisoned.
    Cultishness may last thousands of yrs longer. It can be done away only by genocide or enlightenment! tnx

  12. mary said on September 10th, 2009 at 12:24am #

    In total agreement with the author here on DV. Pepe Escobar also writes this in the Asian Times –

    Enduring Freedom until 2050.
    9 September 2009

    And it’s one, two, three
    what are we fighting for?
    Don’t ask me, I don’t give a damn
    next stop is Vietnam
    – Country Joe and the Fish, 1969

    After eight long years, now more than ever, the United States invasion and (partial) occupation of Afghanistan is on a roll, courtesy of US President Barack Obama’s “new strategy”.

    This – which Pentagon supremo Robert Gates insists is “working” – includes US and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) staging mini-Guernicas, al la the bombing of Guernica, Spain, by German and Italian warplanes in 1937, as painted by Pablo Picasso.

    It also includes General Stanley McChrystal – the former number one hit man for General David Petraeus in Iraq – assaulting Washington to demand (what else is new?) an extra 45,000 US boots on the ground.

    Add 52,000 US troops and no less than a staggering 68,000 US contractors as of late March – don’t even count NATO – and soon there will be more Americans wallowing in the Afghan mire than Soviets at their occupation peak during the 1980s. In only 450 days, Enduring Freedom plus NATO boots swelled up from 67,000 to 118,000.

    Does it matter that, according to a McClatchy/Ipsos survey, almost eight years after the “war on terror” bombing of the Taliban, 54% of Americans think the US is “losing” the war while 56% are against sending more troops? Of course not.

    Question – will there be a United States of America in 2050?

  13. Mulga Mumblebrain said on September 11th, 2009 at 1:06am #

    mary, make that 2015. Fingers crossed.

  14. Mark Drolette said on September 11th, 2009 at 9:21am #

    Re your post, Paul Revere: Don’t know if you saw this prior to your cut-and-paste of the Charlie Sheen “interview” of Barack Obama from Alex Jones’ site — and I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt since it was stuck without fanfare below the “transcript” — but here’s a rather sizeable disclaimer:

    “Author’s Note: What you have just read didn’t actually happen… yet.”

    In other words, the whole thing’s a fake. Or, if “fake” is too strong, perhaps “slimy deception” might be more apt. Had the disclaimer been stated right up front, fine. But the current presentation on of the Sheen-Obama “exchange” makes it (deliberately) appear as though it actually occurred, and thus far too easy to be passed on as truth — uh, you know, just as happened here on DV.

    Listen, I’m as convinced as anyone the 9/11 Commission Report is bullshit and that the myriad unanswered questions surrounding how 9/11 really came about scream for a truly independent investigation, but this sort of underhanded propagandistic garbage does nothing to further such a cause. On the contrary, it only helps discredit further a movement that faces long odds as it is.

  15. mary said on September 15th, 2009 at 12:59am #

    This BRussells report details massive fraud and corruption in Iraqi Higher Education.

    ‘US warns against forgetting Iraq. Gen Odierno insisted that he wanted to see the job in Iraq through.The senior American commander in Iraq has told the BBC that he is concerned that the country will be forgotten, amid the current focus on Afghanistan. General Odierno warns of forgotten war’.

    The war is not fogotten by the relatives of the over 1m deceased, the wounded, the dispossessed and the refugees and by those of us who protested against it. 130,000 troops are still there. What are they doing? Guarding the oil drilling installations?