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I’m so sorry to write this missive as a lead article (for 15 minutes) but I don’t remember how to find the comments and respond to them. The lonely little side-bar response to my article I’ve not seen, except for half a sentence. It seemed to be saying that the old days are gone now, and so we need NATO and the JN. I agree. With NATO, it is the trip-wire provision that we go to war, automatically if any NATO nation is attacked, regardless of who the attacker is. This takes not only the United States Congress, but the president, as Commander in Chief, from the decision to go to war. I support both the UN and, if handled correctly, NATO. But President J. Reuben Clark and I oppose the automatic going to war. Just like the fools, the ancient general staffs of all sides in WW I. No one wanted that war. There was no Adolph Hitler in that war that destroyed the entire 20th century. Better to have shot the general staffs, who came to deserve exactly that. What President Clark called for, and I, are what the United States has always done, before NATO. That is, to have treaties of peace and friendship with our allies and then, should hostilities commence, such treaties would call for all parties to go to war, or not, as their constitutions provide. In this way, we don’t declare war against a nation, and surely all the people, have not yet been born. How, pray tell, do we justify going to war against, and for, people not, or no longer, live on earth. With a few caveats, ditto for the UN. No provision of law allows the UN to overreach Congress in the decision for war or peace. For anyone interested, read my book with the late Francis Wormuth, To Cain the Dog of War. It is by odds the best book ever written on the way we go to war. Every single war we’ve ever fought, including our wars against the Indian tribes, is there analyzed. Francis did not live to see this book in print. I worked two years after his death to finish it. And I updated it 4 or 5 times, alone. I still put my dear friend’s name first, because I am honored to be linked, now, forever. Something like Mormon marriage through time and eternity. ed firmage xoxo
While the Presidential campaigners make their rounds talking about victory in “eye-rack,” they are careful to say nothing whatsoever about Afghanistan. Unlike the unbelievably costly and pointless Iraq fiasco, the Afghanistan/Pakistan war matters greatly to U.S. national security.
Fraidoon Pooyaa/Associated Press
In Azizabad, an Afghan boy carried his belongings amid the ruins of his home, which was destroyed in an Aug. 22 attack by American forces.
The news from Afghanistan is not good. In fact, the news is terrible, which may be why politicians won’t dare mention it. On August 22, more than 90 civilians, the majority of them women and children, were killed in a U.S. air strike on the tiny Afghan village of Azizabad.
Residential compounds were leveled by US attack helicopters, armed drones and a cannon-armed AC-130H Spectre gunship.
The U.S. military, anxious to avoid responsibility, has dismissed the evidence presented by the surviving villagers as Taliban propaganda. The villagers and the relatives of some of the people killed in the raid insisted that none of them were Taliban and that there were no Taliban present in the village. They blame business rivals for taking false accusations to the Americans.
I’ve been waiting to see if more information comes out. Today, via Think Progress and Firedoglake, we learned that none other than Oliver North, LTC Marines retired, helped author the cover-up. As you may know, North now works for the Faux News Channel. The London Times has the full story, with video, and also gives us the big picture:
Taking what it says are the most conservative figures available, Human Rights Watch has calculated that civilian deaths as a result of Western air strikes tripled between 2006 and 2007 to 321. In the first seven months of this year the figure was 119. In the same period, 367 civilian deaths were attributed to Taliban attacks. It accuses US officials of routinely denying reports of civilian deaths.
Bottom line: Human Rights Watch reports civilian deaths from US and NATO air strikes nearly tripled from 2006 to 2007.
Human Rights Watch criticized the poor response by US officials when civilian deaths occur. Prior to conducting investigations into airstrikes causing civilian loss, US officials often immediately deny responsibility for civilian deaths or place all blame on the Taliban. US investigations conducted have been unilateral, ponderous, and lacking in transparency, undercutting rather than improving relations with local populations and the Afghan government. A faulty condolence payment system has not provided timely and adequate compensation to assist civilians harmed by US actions.
In case you are still wondering, this is a huge deal. It’s why the U.S. and NATO are losing the war against the Taliban. We ought to be having a vigorous national debate about this, not silence from both of the major political parties.
UPDATE: Glenn Greenwald has more, including the prominent role of the Fox News Channel in the cover-up.