Posts Tagged ‘NATO’
Here is a declassified NATO document which I see is marked for “Official Use” only. Should I have this? Well, I do. (Sorry NATO!)
Anyhow, this document explains how they will fight the war in Afghanistan.
I notice the USA wants to withdraw from Iraq, where the war is easy to win, and they are focusing more on the war in Afghanistan, where it is more remote, and much more difficult to win!
I notice too the document contains all the sort of “Politically Correct”, hearts-and-minds junk which so far has never won a war.
I must be honest, I am very skeptical about the fact that the West wants to withdraw from Iraq but wants to win the war in Afghanistan. I fail to understand the military logic therein. Afghanistan is guerrilla territory. The Soviets lost there. I think the Afghans even beat the British there (I could be wrong). Iraq is a different kettle of fish. It is easier to fight there, and the terrain is largely flat. So the terrorist war there resembles the ANC’s terrorist war in South Africa’s townships – which I might add, it was not necessarily winning either! But Afghanistan is more like the war in Rhodesia. The terrain is well suited to terrorists.
So why leave the place where you can win easily, and go off and fight in the nightmare place? I still am not convinced that the War in Iraq is truly won.
The West, in my opinion, is stuffing around. They keep on wasting ever more money on these silly wars. These wars cost an arm and a leg, and at this time, the entire Western world’s financial system is in TOTAL MELTDOWN.
Read these documents below and realise that these wars will suck money out of the West for decades to come.
This article is another stone in the grave of the |NeoCons, the Likud etc., and is rendering the Zionist rhetoric senseless, to the point where its only effect is to dumb down its own supporters.
The upper yellow route has so far never been used, read the full article for details, this excerpt deals with Iran.
The Taliban has staged repeated attacks on Afghanistan’s perilous Khyber Pass against trucks loaded with NATO supplies. The international security forces, including Germany’s Bundeswehr, are scrambling to find safer routes — and might even consider one through Iran. …
The best road networks among all neighboring countries are to be found in Iran, a country neighboring Afghanistan that has recently had significant issues with the West, though for other reasons. These problems with Iran have made this alternative taboo. But NATO is desperate to find a solution and, according to diplomatic sources in Pakistan, it is also negotiating with Tehran “at a lower level.” The rapprochement already began under former President George W. Bush, who had accused the mullah-controlled regime of being in league with the Taliban. But now that Obama is in office, ironically enough, there is a better chance that Iran could end up helping the United States — also known as the “Great Satan” — and its allies.
During his first state visit to Kabul in August 2007, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad promised Afghan President Hamid Karzai his full support in the struggle for stability. “The best friend of Iran,” Ahmadinejad insisted, “is a country that is economically powerful and developed.” So far, Iran has paid Afghanistan more than $1 billion (€770 million) in development aid.
A usable long-distance road already exists in Afghanistan. India, one of the biggest investors in Karzai’s country, has built a road between the city of Zaranj on the Iranian border and Delaram, which lies about 200 kilometers (125 miles) to the northeast in Afghanistan. The road could link the Iranian port of Chabahar with Afghanistan’s turbulent south. –more–
Pakistani employees inspect burned-out trucks at a NATO terminal outside the northwestern city of Peshawar on December 7, 2008. Taliban militants launched a pre-dawn raid on a NATO terminal in Pakistan, torching 65 trucks carrying supplies for troops in Afghanistan and killing a guard, police said. AFP PHOTO/Tariq MAHMOOD
The Taliban have taken vital U.S. military equipment and now sells these American supplies in markets along the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Sheila MacVicar reports from London.
Includes footage of the Bridge on the Khyber Pass (The main NATO supply route) that has just been destroyed.
Bhadrakumar says the Taliban don’t play chess, what a good use of words! These fundamentalists are altering the wests international strategies! Wonder if Pakistan secretly agreed to the bridge being blown up?
This is what the Taliban were thinking:
“Those whose faith only increased when people said, ‘Fear your enemy: they have amassed a great army against you,’ and who replied, ‘Allah is enough for us: He is the best protector.” Al-Imran, 3:173
Moscow, Tehran force the US’s hand
By M K Bhadrakumar
It may seem there could be nothing in common between the blowing up of a bridge in the Khyber, the usage of an air base nestling in the foothills of the Pamirs and the launch of a 60-pound (37.2 kilogram) satellite into the night sky that will circle the Earth 14 times a day.
But band them together and they trigger the political and diplomatic equivalent of what is known in the game of chess as zwischenzug, which means an intermediate move that improves a player’s position.
Persians, who invented chess, would have mastery over zwischenzug.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassan Qashqavi said in
Tehran on Wednesday, “Iran has no plans to stop its nuclear activity. At its forthcoming meeting, the ‘Iran Six’ should draw up a logical approach and accept the fact that Iran is a nuclear state.”
The Taliban don’t play chess
It is unlikely the Taliban factored Iran’s imminent zwischenzug when they blew up the 30-meter iron bridge in the Khyber Pass 24 kilometers west of Peshawar in northwest Pakistan on Monday, which halted the supplies for North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) troops in Afghanistan. But the disruption of traffic once again exposed the vulnerability of the main NATO supply route and focused attention on Tehran.
This is forcing NATO into a major policy shift. NATO’s top military commander in Afghanistan, General John Craddock, admitted that the alliance would not oppose individual member nations making deals with Iran to supply their forces in Afghanistan. To quote Craddock, a four-star American general who is also NATO’s supreme allied commander, “Those would be national decisions. Nations should act in a manner that is consistent with their national interest and with their ability to resupply their forces. I think it is purely up to them.”
Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar was a career diplomat in the Indian Foreign Service. His assignments included the Soviet Union, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Germany, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Kuwait and Turkey
And another formidable authour at Asia Times is saying the same thing:
Iran and the US: United over Afghanistan?
By Syed Saleem Shahzad
KARACHI – The annual Munich Security Conference, which brings together a dozen world leaders and about 50 top diplomats and defense officials, starts on Friday for the 45th time with one item paramount on its agenda: the United States-led world order, given the troubles in Afghanistan and Iraq and the ongoing impasse with Iran.
The US has sent a high-ranking delegation led by Vice President Joe Biden and the special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrook. They are expected to seek informal dialogue with Iran, represented by Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and parliament speaker Ali Larijani.
This contact on the event’s sidelines will likely focus on the Iranian role in Iraq and the need for Tehran’s cooperation over
Afghanistan, especially in allowing the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO’s) non-military supply lines to pass through the Iranian port of Chabahar on the way to Afghanistan.
This has become a crisis point for NATO, given that the Taliban have severely disrupted its conveys as they pass through the Khyber Pass in Pakistan and elsewhere. In the latest incident, the Taliban this week blew up a bridge on the Peshawar-Torkham Road and NATO supplies are expected to be crippled for at least 10 days.
With about 80% of NATO’s supplies going through Pakistan, and with an additional 30,000 US troops to be pumped into Afghanistan, it is crucial that these supply lines be protected, or routed elsewhere.
Although NATO has struck deals with some Central Asian republics and Russia for non-military supplies to pass through their territory, these routes are much longer and more expensive, leaving NATO with no choice but to negotiate with Iran.
Syed Saleem Shahzad is Asia Times Online’s Pakistan Bureau Chief
India’s MSM has put the Government in a bind, it has whipped up a frenzy of anti Pakistani rhetoric.
There are elections coming up, and the Ruling party could lose, if it is not seen to have done something.
The Daily Times of India has an article stating that Pakistan would be obliged to retaliate should India make any strike on so-called terrorist bases.
The liberal Jews (& not only the Jews) in the US often say the Israeli press is freer than the US MSM (mainstream media).
Anyway it is fair to say Israelis and Jews in general can probably smell when an article is propaganda or serious analysis.
If so, then why bother with the propaganda? Is it for export? Or does it still have an impact on the populations psyche?
Pakistan cuts supply lines to NATO. US intends to escalate Pakistan’s destabilization. Now Russia holds the Afghan cards.
Either Pakistan and Russia are working together, or an act of God put all the power in Russia’s hands.It was the Neocon ‘special forces’ that went into Pakistan that caused the Pakistani reaction. Which now puts NATO’s entire Afghan mission at the mercy of the Russians.
Clearly Pakistan and Russia talk to each other, almost all countries do. They are both (& most of the world) pissed off with the Neocons.
The Neocons are looking like the Keystone cops. Unfortunately they are lethal.
A good global chess player would suggest Pakistan close its supply lines to NATO.