This video is called Prof. Noam Chomsky on American goals in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
I quote only very rarely on this blog from the news agency of the absolute monarchy Saudi Arabia.
That war is, unlike what war propagandists say, not about the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the USA. The Taliban leaders hardly looked beyond their own provincial borders, let alone Afghanistan’s national borders. They hardly knew where New York City was, let alone where the Twin Towers were.
That war is, unlike what war propagandists say, not about Osama bin Laden. Who was not in Afghanistan, but in United States ally Pakistan during the Afghan war. And who is dead now, though Afghan civilians and United States and other soldiers still keep dying. And United States, Canadian, and other taxpayers keep paying billions for the war.
Now, from MENAFN – Saudi Press Agency:
Turkmens plan trans-Afghan gas sale deal in May
Senior officials in Turkmenistan said the energy-rich Central Asian nation
Turkmenistan is not just oil- and gas-rich. It is also a dictatorship. Never mind, the Pentagon says: it is our ally in the Afghan war. Being a dictatorship is only a problem if you quarrel with the United States establishment (and being a democracy and quarreling with the US establishment is a problem as well).
plans to sign a natural gas sales agreement with Afghanistan, Pakistan and India this month, AP reported.
The deal would mark a decisive move toward construction of a pipeline crossing the four nations that backers hope will meet energy demands across the region.
Two high-ranking officials, who cannot be named as they are not authorized to speak with the media, told The Associated Press this week they expect the agreement to be signed at an energy conference in Turkmenistan late May.
Progress on the project has to date been delayed by disagreement among participant nations on transit fees and the price for the gas.
It has been widely assumed that gas for the more than 1,000-mile (1,600-kilometer) pipeline will be sourced from the Dauletabad field in southern Turkmenistan.
An official from the state gas company said, however, that a portion of the fuel will eventually be drawn from the vast and yet-to-be developed South Yolotan field near the Afghan border.
The gas pipeline across Afghanistan, projected to ship 33 billion cubic meters a year, has been actively backed by the United States. It would give Turkmenistan a further export route for its copious energy reserves and generate revenue for Afghanistan.
Turkmen President Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov has said Afghanistan could stand to earn more than $1 billion annually in transit fees.
If that money for Afghanistan materializes, then it would probably disappear into the pockets of a small corrupt clique who don’t care about the poor majority of Afghans. Like the Afghan Kabulbank scandal shows.
US-Afghan Pact Won’t End War – Or Special Operations Forces Night Raids. Gareth Porter, Inter Press Service News: “But the only substantive agreement reached between the U.S. and Afghanistan – well hidden in the agreements – has been to allow powerful U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) to continue to carry out the unilateral night raids on private homes that are universally hated in the Pashtun zones of Afghanistan…. The Obama administration’s success in obscuring those facts is the real story behind the ostensible story of the agreement”: here.
Leaving Afghanistan by Staying. David Swanson, War Is a Crime: “Obama is full of praise for U.S. troops, as if they’ve benefitted Afghanistan. And he’s full of concern for the suffering of U.S. troops and U.S. citizens…. ‘Neither Americans nor the Afghan people asked for this war,’ Obama said, forgetting that one of those two countries had invaded the other one and occupied it for over a decade. ‘The reason America is safe is because of you,’ Obama told U.S. troops, forgetting that the war has made our nation more hated around the world”: here.
USA: Two top members of Congress have rejected US President Barack Obama’s claim that the “tide has turned” in Afghanistan since the deployment of 33,000 more troops in 2010: here.