Of course, this news is not surprising. While
the mainstream media is still pointlessly debating "will
he, won't he", the decision to deploy thousands more troops
made back in February with the announcement that
17,000 rising to 30,000 troops would be sent into the country.
At the same time, Obama demand a total of around
$800 billion in war funds and subsidiary costs.
“According to the U.S. defense officials,
Obama needs USD 75.5 billion for 2009 to cover the cost of the
additional troops deployed in to Afghanistan this year and an
another USD 130 billion for the rest of fiscal 2009,”
from nine months ago highlighted.
In addition, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs,
Admiral Mike Mullen, has made it clear that the Pentagon will
supplemental war-fighting funds sometime next year,
over and above the $130 billion appropriated by Congress last
The combined number of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan
has now reached a higher level under Obama than existed under
the Bush administration at any point between 2003 and 2008.
At the height of the Bush administration’s
2007 “surge” in Iraq, there were 26,000 US troops
in Afghanistan and 160,000 in Iraq, a total of 186,000.
According to DoD figures cited by The
Washington Post last month, there are now around
189,000 and rising deployed in total. There are now 68,000 troops
in Afghanistan, over double the amount deployed there when Bush
As the Post points out, these figures are also
misleadingly low because the number of support troops, at least
13,000, has simply not been announced or noted, despite their
authorization and deployment by the Pentagon.
"The deployment of the support troops to
Afghanistan brings the total increase approved by Obama to 34,000."
The Post noted. "McChrystal's request, which the administration
is considering, would be in addition to the troops Obama has
approved." the article continues.
These numbers will no doubt go even higher given
top end request for additional troops to Afghanistan
stands at 80,000. Even more young Americans are to be pushed
through the meat grinder.
Shall we continue to debate whether or not Obama
the peace laureate will increase the troops levels in Afghanistan?
In addition, it has become clear that as in Iraq,
Obama intends for U.S. forces to stay in Afghanistan permanently.
One need only look at the recent headlines regarding construction
and infrastructure contracts to recognise this fact.
Pincus of the Washington Post notes, the Pentagon
has spent "roughly $2.7 billion on construction over the
past three fiscal years" in that country and, "if
its request is approved as part of the fiscal 2010 defense appropriations
bill, it would spend another $1.3 billion on more than 100 projects
at 40 sites across the country, according to a Senate report
on the legislation."
Just as in Iraq, the Pentagon is setting about building hundreds
of huge permanent military bases, expanding the sprawling network
of well over 700 bases worldwide. Read journalist
Nick Turse's in-depth report for more analysis.
as in Iraq, tens of thousands of U.S. troops will
remain in Afghanistan as a residual (read "occupying")
force in perpetuity.
Let us not forget that the justification for escalating the
war in Afghanistan is to fight "Al Qaeda" insurgents
and prevent another 9/11, a notion that has no basis in reality
given that, even if you believe the official story of 9/11,
no Afghans were involved in the attacks which were planned by
Saudi nationals in Europe.
Furthermore, high ranking U.S. security and military officials
openly stated that Afghanistan is not in danger
of falling, and that there that there are less than 100 Al Qaeda
affiliated fighters currently in the country, presenting no
threat to any nation.
Should 40,000 additional troops enter the country, there will
be 1,000 or more U.S. soldiers and Marines in Afghanistan for
every Al Qaeda fighter.
The real reason for military escalation is to dominate the
geopolitical region, reap the financial profits from the plentiful
supplies of energy and narcotics and suppress the people of
Afghanistan in the process.
Barack Obama’s election promise to bring
“change” to Washington and reverse the juggernaut
of rampant militarism, endless wars and occupations has proven
to be nothing more than a cruel hoax.
The perpetuation of the illegal occupation of
Iraq, the expansion of the fallacy based war in Afghanistan,
as well as increased faceless attacks in Pakistan, heightened
belligerence towards Iran and refusal to address a strategy
to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict sum up Obama's foreign
policy during his first twelve months in office.
How in anyone’s mind can such behavior constitute a move