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Delhi shouldn’t panic that Afghan war is ending

Posted by seumasach on December 25, 2018

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

25th december, 2018

Panic has seized the Indian analysts – mixed with fury and frustration – that the Americans are marching out of Afghanistan. Yet, the fact of the matter is that no such decision has been announced yet by President Trump, who actually has nothing to lose and everything to gain politically by taking credit for any such formal decision, which would be a hugely popular one in the domestic opinion. After all, it will be a double whammy for Trump after Syria to ‘bring the boys home’ from another futile war, which also happens to be the longest war America ever fought in its history. Candidate Trump had repeatedly, emphatically had promised that he’d terminate America’s imperial overstretch.

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US lights up pathway to Afghan peace

Posted by seumasach on March 7, 2018

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

6th March, 2018

The Principal Assistant Secretary of State in the US state department’s Bureau of South & Central Asian Affairs, Alice Wells gave an extraordinary briefing in Washington on March 5 on the Trump administration’s outlook on the Afghan peace talks and reconciliation. The fact that the briefing was on record is itself of significance, underscoring the cautious optimism that the 4-way contacts and below-the-radar discussions between Washington, Islamabad, Kabul and the Afghan Taliban have gained traction.

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What is the real military situation in Afghanistan today ?

Posted by seumasach on April 29, 2015

Asia Times

28th April, 2015

On March 19, 2015 New York Times reported that the Afghan peace process was still a long-cherished dream since the Taliban are unable to resolve their “internal differences” over the question of holding a dialogue with the U.S. and its allies.  It further reported that since peace couldn’t be expected to take shape under such a scenario, the Afghan government, as well as U.S. officials, were mulling the possibility of yet another year of “bloody fighting with the insurgents.” Reflecting this situation, the Times report had an ‘apt’ title:More U.S. Troops Seen Staying in Afghanistan

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The Iran-India-Afghanistan riddle

Posted by seumasach on August 27, 2012

Vijay Prashad

Asia Times

28th August, 2012

 

At the sidelines of the 16th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit in Tehran, Iran, the governments of Afghanistan, India and Iran will hold a small conclave. Commercial issues are at the top of the agenda. Not far down the list, however, are significant political matters. These are of great interest as the Israelis and the United States power up their aircraft for a bombing raid on Iran’s Fordo nuclear bunker, and as the US and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) begin their obligatory withdrawal from more than a decade-long occupation in Afghanistan.

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Clinton off the mark on Afghanistan

Posted by seumasach on February 22, 2011

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Asia Times

23rd February, 2011
The Barack Obama administration’s choice of Marc Grossman as successor to the late Richard Holbrooke, former special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, is significant for three reasons. If Grossman’s diplomatic career spanned Pakistan and the Afghan mujahideen at a time when Pakistan was a “frontline” state for the United States, his two stints in Turkey in a bygone era, including as ambassador, make him an “expert” on the strange workings of a political democracy run by the country’s military.

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Sign “war on want” petition to end Afghan war

Posted by seumasach on February 14, 2011

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NATO politics driving Afghan war

Posted by seumasach on January 4, 2011

Gareth Porter

Asia Times

5th January, 2011

See also:

The Twilight of the Warlords

The official line of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) command in Afghanistan, is that the war against Afghan insurgents is vital to the security of all the countries providing troops there.

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Moscow moves to counter NATO

Posted by seumasach on December 15, 2010

“In sum, Russia trusts the need for a “reset” in ties with NATO, but is under compulsion to “verify” its sincerity. As Lavrov put it, “serious questions arise” out of the contradictory tendencies in NATO’s posturing toward Russia. Moscow decided to keep the CSTO as an effective counter-alliance – just in case McCain’s school of thinking gains ground in Washington.”

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Asia Times

14th December, 2010

Many people wouldn’t know that former United States president Ronald Reagan’s signature phrase “trust, but verify” is actually the translation of a Russian proverb – doveryai, no proveryai. Two decades into the post-Cold War era, Moscow wants to reclaim the self-contradictory phrase from the American repertoire and apply it to Russia’s “reset” of ties with the United States.

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Bombshell from London

Posted by seumasach on September 16, 2010

This looks like an outbreak of realism amongst the British elite but for the continued demonization of Iran who would be central to any resolution of the situation in Afghanistan. This could be interpreted as follows: they know the game is up in Afghanistan but they can’t do without an enemy, namely Iran and the “Islamic threat” in general. This ties in with the deployment of the imbecile Blair to hype the Iranian threat. So the message is that we have to withdraw from Afghanistan because we’re losing but the war against terror, i.e. Iran goes on. It remains to be seen whether they are mad enough to attack Iran:  in all probability their bark is worse than their bite.

Eric Margolis

The Sun Daily

17th September, 2010

The London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), is the world’s leading think tank for military affairs. It represents the top echelon of defence experts, retired officers and senior military men, spanning the globe from the United States and Britain to China, Russia and India.

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The West has made even more mistakes in Afghanistan than us, says Russian envoy to Kabul

Posted by seumasach on September 13, 2010

Telegraph

11th Septmebr, 2010

Andrey Avetisyan, a veteran Kabul diplomat, said talk of a handover to the Afghans was currently unrealistic because the coalition had failed to build the nation’s forces or economy.

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US reaps bitter harvest from ‘Tulip’ revolution

Posted by seumasach on April 9, 2010

“as of now, the US’s entire future strategy in Central Asia is up in the air.”

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Asia Times

10th April, 2010

BEIJING – This is not how color revolutions are supposed to turn out. In the Ukraine, the “Orange” revolution of 2004 has had a slow painful death. In Georgia, the “Rose” revolution of 2003 seems to be in the throes of what increasingly appears to be a terminal illness.

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