Here's some typical reporting from NPR about the war in Afghanistan. Note the use of the word “counterinsurgency” and the concern over whether a certain strategy will “succeed,” that is, whether it will subject Afghans to the will of the Pentagon.
June 30, 2010
Gen. David Petraeus' nomination as top U.S. commander in Afghanistan comes at a critical time. June has been the deadliest month for the U.S.-led coalition in the nearly nine-year-old war: More than 90 foreign troops have been killed.
Richard Becker - Myths, Empire & the Middle East (lecture)
Richard Becker is a writer and commentator on Middle East affairs and has visited the region on numerous occasions. He is the author of "Palestine, Israel and the U.S. Empire."
I'll be back broadcasting this Thursday; I've been following the naval buildups versus Tehran and Pyongyang. The war rhetoric is cranking up as well. With the hurricane season threatening to wash oil all over the US Gulf Coast, the oligarchy is no doubt crying for a diversion.
Host Cecil Prescod interviews Kathy Kelly, of Voices for Creative Nonviolence. In early June she returned from over a month in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Several articles written by Kathy and Joshua Broiler are on the group's web page: http://vcnv.org . Kathy says "it's what do people in Afghanistan want. There's real fear of the Taliban, but people ask why the U.S. invaders and their warlord clients should run the country. There are an estimated 850 children dying every day (see Save the Children). Meanwhile, we're spending $1 million per year just to deploy one soldier."
Host Marianne Barisonek interviews H.P. Albarelli, author of A Terrible Mistake: The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA's Secret Cold War Experiments. Albarelli writes about the mysterious death of biochemist Frank Olson, revealing the identities of his murderers in shocking detail. It offers a look into the backgrounds of many former CIA, FBI, and Federal Narcotics Bureau officials—including several who actually oversaw the CIA’s mind-control programs from the 1950s to the 1970s. H. P. Albarelli Jr. is an investigative journalist whose work has appeared in numerous publications and newspapers across the nation and is the author of the novel The Heap. He lives in Tampa, Florida.
This edition of the Mole is hosted by Tom Becker, and its topics include the future of Social Security, Israel's impunity from the law, problems of the prison system and what can be done about them, and the havoc wreaked upon the forests and the people by Texaco-Chevron in the Ecuadorian Amazon.