The U.S. State Department announced on July 16 that Washington has formed what has been characterized as a regional platform – could one be more vague? – with Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan.
In language that could only emanate from Foggy Bottom, the American initiative intends to foster “regional connectivity” between Washington and the Central and South Asian nations. The State Department also spoke of the four nations “determin[ing] the modalities of this cooperation with mutual consensus.”
Uzbekistan is a member of NATO’s Partnership for Peace military program and Afghanistan and Pakistan are members of the military alliance’s Partners Across the Globe. The U.S. of course is the founder and unchallenged master of the bloc.
Pakistan has hosted U.S. military personnel, equipment and spy planes since the beginning of the Cold War, and during that period was known as “America’s most allied ally in Asia.” It is one of the U.S.’s Major non-NATO Allies and was the recipient of $12 billion in U.S. military aid from 2002-2011.
Uzbekistan hosted German military personnel assigned to NATO command at the Termez air base until 2015.
Afghanistan of course is the geopolitical chessboard used by then-National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski and the Jimmy Carter administration to give the Soviet Union “its Vietnam” by funding, training and arming the likes of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, Jalaluddin Haqqani and other Mujahideen cutthroats from 1979-1992, when they took control of and destroyed much of Afghanistan until their legitimate offspring, the Taliban, nudged them aside in 1996. Haqqani switched from the Mujahideen to the Taliban in 1995. His son Sirajuddin Haqqani is deputy leader of the Taliban.
The CIA’s founding and arming of Mujahideen factions, Operation Cyclone, is estimated by some as the longest (1979-1989) and most expensive of any covert undertaking in its history.
Twelve years ago two of the three armed formations identified by the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, as those he was waging war against were the Hizb-I Islami Gulbuddin of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and the Haqqani Network of Jalaluddin Haqqani : the U.S.’s own clients.
As a chastened and sobered George Kennan said toward the end of his life about the nuclear arms race, quoting Goethe, in the end we are destroyed by monsters of our own creation.
Now the State Department and its partners “consider long-term peace and stability in Afghanistan critical to regional connectivity and agree that peace and regional connectivity are mutually reinforcing.”
Thirty years ago Washington’s connectivity was with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and Jalaluddin Haqqani, recall. Peace and stability were the last things on its mind.
In a revelation of the true nature of the affection Washington entertains for “long-term peace and stability” in the region that its interference over 42 years has rendered the unqualified security and humanitarian catastrophe it is, the State Department acknowledged an interest in “the historic opportunity to open flourishing interregional trade routes [and in cooperating] to expand trade, build transit links, and strengthen business-to-business ties.”
If the second or third generation or fourth generation of American-sponsored armed extremists in the region permit any trade and transit, that is. And why the U.S. – given its record of subversion, war and proxy war in Afghanistan and the region (e.g., drone warfare in Pakistan) – would be permitted to organize a multilateral coalition there is a serious question to consider.
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A nothing-burger. Uzbekistan is one of the eight PERMANENT members of Shanghai Cooperation Organization. These are full voting members. Others are Tajikistan, Kyrgiizstan, Kazakhstan, India, Pakistan, Russia and China. Other category is observers — participating in all activities, voting in some. Among them are Iran and Afghanistan. Third category are partners with defined participation. Turkey for example has signed up for security, economy, infrastructure and cultural exchange.
This year two new members’ applications are accepted for partner status — Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Egypt is the first country outside of Eurasia. Organization principles are unique, methods of coordination unique, and decision making unique.
It is therefore easy to misinterpret events — as many interactions are game playing/role playing that creates plenty of ambivalence (India-China, India-Pakistan, Turkey and everybody else).
When a member does not follow Charter principles, like Armenia did against a fellow SCO partner, Azerbaijan — that member may end up with a short end of a stick, but will still be helped and supported.
It is too bad we just have no interest in SCO workings.
I believe Pakistan to be a very well and competantly run democracy under the cool headed Statesman Imran Kahn!!! Being a democracy means elections and almost inevitable change of leaders and the direction of the country. So we must “Never Forget” the role of ISI under Perez Musharaf and their role in the nine 11 attacks.
Omar Sheikh, a British-born Islamist militant, is waiting to be hanged in Pakistan for a murder he almost certainly didn’t commit – of the Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002. Both the US government and Pearl’s wife have since acknowledged that Sheikh was not responsible. Yet the Pakistani government is refusing to try other suspects newly implicated in Pearl’s kidnap and murder for fear the evidence they produce in court might acquit Sheikh and reveal too much.
(AND reveal too much…WTF) Too much WHAT?? Incriminating evidence of mass murder??? Of Pakistani government involvement??? Of U.S. government involvement???
Why was Daniel Pearl killed…????
I as an American citizen, don’t want any complicity in those horrendous attacks by Pakistan or the U.S., or anyone, any entity any state or non state persons or groups covered up or to remain covered up. I want everything, down to the smallest detail to be dragged out into the light of day!!!!! So as to find out what and who, did what and when and with who
Significantly, Sheikh is also the man who, on the instructions of General Mahmoud Ahmed, the then head of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), wired $100,000 before the 9/11 attacks to Mohammed Atta, the lead hijacker. It is extraordinary that neither Ahmed nor Sheikh have been charged and brought to trial on this count. Why not?
Ahmed, the paymaster for the hijackers, was actually in Washington on 9/11, and had a series of pre-9/11 top-level meetings in the White House, the Pentagon, the national security council, and with George Tenet, then head of the CIA, and Marc Grossman, the under-secretary of state for political affairs. When Ahmed was exposed by the Wall Street Journal as having sent the money to the hijackers, he was forced to “retire” by President Pervez Musharraf. Why hasn’t the US demanded that he be questioned and tried in court?
Another person who must know a great deal about what led up to 9/11 is Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, allegedly arrested in Rawalpindi on March 1 2003. A joint Senate-House intelligence select committee inquiry in July 2003 stated: “KSM appears to be one of Bin Laden’s most trusted lieutenants and was active in recruiting people to travel outside Afghanistan, including to the US, on behalf of Bin Laden.” According to the report, the clear implication was that they would be engaged in planning terrorist-related activities. Want more of this cover-up by governments and their crooked minions, dare I say murderers…????? Most of the above is from an article in the Guardian, by Michael Machen titled
Pakistan is a ho taking money from multiple masters at the same time. It has no credibility, as the former taliban ambassador to Pakistan said it’s a two faced country which ends up betraying everybody
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