Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Obama does his Bush impression

By Pepe Escobar

The "lasting commitment" Washington war-time summit/photo-op between United States President Barack Obama and the AfPak twins, "Af" President Hamid Karzai and "Pak" President Asif Ali Zardari was far from being an urgent meeting to discuss ways to prevent the end of civilization as we know it. It has been all about the meticulous rebranding of the Pentagon's "Long War". Obama's opium war
By now it's clear that the upcoming, Pentagon-enabled, summer surge in the "Af" section of Obama's war in AfPak will be deployed essentially as Obama's new opium war. In a spicy historic reversal, the British Empire (which practically annexed Afghanistan) wanted the Chinese to be hooked on its opium, while now the American empire wants Afghans to stop cultivating it.

The strategy boils down to devastating the Pashtun-cultivated poppy fields in southern Helmand province - the opium capital of the world. In practice, this will be yet another indiscriminate war against Pashtun peasants, who have been cultivating poppies for centuries. Needless to say, thousands will migrate to the anti-occupation rainbow coalition/motley crew branded as "Taliban".


  1. Won’t shut up about Afghanistan
    by William Easterly

    Transitionland had a thoughtful response to my cri de coeur on Afghanistan yesterday. Among her recommendations for improving things:

    (1) Stop the air strikes that are killing civilians,
    (2) Crack down on corrupt contractors to USAID,
    (3) Stop supporting Afghan warlords who are homicidal and/or corrupt.

    So, after years of experimentation, we can now start applying these subtle, complex lessons:

    (1) Don’t kill,
    (2) Don’t steal,
    (3) Don’t give aid to those who do.

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