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Friday, August 3, 2007

Foreign Policy - Afghanistan

According to the CBC documentary, "Secret History of 9/11", Richard Clarke (head of counter-terrorism for Clinton & Bush, who had been chasing Al Qaeda & Bin Laden for almost a decade) said:
"In meetings on 9/11 and 9/12, defense dept officials, including...Rumsfeld, began talking about the need to attack Iraq. At first, I thought they were kidding. It became clear they weren't. Rumsfeld said ‘we can attack Afghanistan but there aren't very many targets to bomb there and they aren't worth very much, so we should bomb Iraq where there are much better targets'. 
I thought...but there's no connection between what just happened and Iraq. That didn't seem to bother them. I said, attacking Iraq will make it more difficult for us to get the support we'll need in the world, particularly in the Muslim world. That didn't seem to bother them. ....(Colin) Powell said the world's not going to understand if we don't go after Afghanistan...where the 9/11 attack was launched from. So, reluctantly, during the course of the week, the defense dept came around to a consensus...called Afghanistan First. And that's what the President approved, an Afghanistan First policy. It was very clear what was Second. What was second was Iraq."
So, why is Canada in Afghanistan when Bush doesn't want to fight there?

The documentary showed Condoleesa Rice claiming and lying that nobody could've predicted that Terrorists would fly planes into building. However, the government knew that terrorists would use airplanes to attack the US and several warnings were given, including warnings from Clarke to Bush.

The documentary said that from the beginning of the Bush Admin, Richard Clarke said that he did everything he could to coax Bush to fight Al Qaeda...without success. Within hours after 9/11 attack, Bush was ready to go to war, but with Iraq, not with Al Qaeda or Afghanistan.

We do not believe that Canada, NATO or the U.S. should be in Afghanistan if the only reason the U.S. attacked Afghanistan was for public perception.

Some people argue that we should be there for humanitarian reasons because the Taliban is so religious and oppressive to the Afghani women. If we are to use our limited resources, there are many other countries around the world that have much more significant humanitarian problems, such as genocide.

Here is the "Secret History of 9/11" documentary:




There are many websites that explain that Afghanistan is about oil.   Here are just a few of them:

From Afghanistan to Iraq: Connecting the Dots with Oil
“The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were not prompted by the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. … They were conceived and planned in secret long before September 11, 2001 and they were undertaken to control petroleum resources.” 
“The Caspian Basin contains up to $16 trillion worth of oil and gas resources, and the most direct pipeline route to the richest markets is through Afghanistan.”
“Unocal wanted exclusive control of the trans-Afghan pipeline and hired a number of consultants …[including] Hamid Karzai.” 
“Unocal wooed Taliban leaders at its headquarters in Texas, and hosted them in meetings with federal officials in Washington, D.C.” 
“Unocal and the Clinton Administration hoped to have the Taliban cancel the Bridas contract [Argentina competitor], but were getting nowhere. Finally, John Maresca, a Unocal Vice President, testified to a House Committee of International Relations on February 12, 1998, asking politely to have the Taliban removed and a stable government inserted.” 
“Immediately upon taking office, the new Bush Administration actively took up negotiating with the Taliban once more, seeking still to have the Bridas contract vacated, in exchange for a tidy package of foreign aid. The parties met three times, in Washington, Berlin, and Islamablad, but the Taliban wouldn't budge.” 
“Behind the negotiations, however, planning was underway to take military action if necessary. In the spring of 2001 the State Department sought and gained concurrence from both India and Pakistan to do so, and in July of 2001, American officials met with Pakistani and Russian intelligence agents to inform them of planned military strikes against Afghanistan the following October. A British newspaper told of the U.S. threatening both the Taliban and Osama bin Laden -- two months before 9/11 -- with military strikes.” 
“State Department official … told the Taliban at their last pipeline negotiation in August of 2001, just five weeks before 9/11, "Accept our offer of a carpet of gold, or we bury you under a carpet of bombs."” 
“The pre-planned attack on Afghanistan, as we have seen, was meant to nullify the contract between the Taliban and the Bridas Corporation. It was a matter of international energy policy. It had nothing to do…with apprehending Osama bin Laden…” 
“…the monumental fraud of the "war on terror" is crystal clear. In Afghanistan the Taliban was overthrown instead of bringing the terrorist Osama bin Laden to justice, and in Iraq there were no terrorists at all. But Afghanistan and Iraq are dotted today with permanent military bases guarding the seized petroleum assets.”
“On October 7, 2001 the carpet of bombs is unleashed over Afghanistan. Hamid Karzai, the former Unocal consultant, is installed as head of an interim government. Subsequently he is elected President of Afghanistan, and welcomes the first U.S. envoy -- John Maresca, the Vice President of the Unocal Corporation who had implored Congress to have the Taliban overthrown. Mr. Maresca was succeeded by Mr. Zalmay Khalilzad -- also a former Unocal consultant.” 
“With the Taliban banished and the Bridas contract moot, Presidents Karzai of Afghanistan and Musharraf of Pakistan meet on February 8, 2002, sign an agreement for a new pipeline, and the way forward is open for Unocal/Delta once more.” 
“The Bridas contract was breached by U.S. military force, but behind the combat was Unocal.” 
“Bush Administration stood ready with financing to build the pipeline across Afghanistan, and with a permanent military presence to protect it.” 
“Then came the smokescreen of carefully crafted deceptions. The staging of the Jessica Lynch rescue. The toppling of the statue in Baghdad. Mission accomplished. The orchestrated capture, kangaroo court trial, and hurried execution of Saddam Hussein. Nascent "democracy" in Iraq. All were scripted to burnish the image of George Bush's fraudulent war. The smokescreen includes the cover-up of 9/11. Initially and fiercely resisting any inquiry at all…”
Afghanistan, the Taliban and the Bush Oil Team
“Hamid Karzai, … Prime Minister of Afghanistan, was a top adviser to …UNOCAL … which was negotiating with the Taliban to construct a … pipeline from Turkmenistan through … Afghanistan to Pakistan. 
Karzai's ties with UNOCAL and the Bush administration are the main reason why the CIA pushed him for Afghan leader…”
Surprise, Surprise: Iraq War Was About Oil


After waiting for several years, the clincher finally came.  Here is Lawrence Wilkerson, Colin Powell's former Chief of Staff, explaining that Afghanistan and Iraq are about oil:




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