McCain urges Obama to stay in Afghanistan

McCain urged President Barack Obama Wednesday to approve, without delay, a call by Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, for 40,000 more combat troops.

//www.cbc.ca/world/story/2009/09/30/mccain-obama-afghanistan030.html



Afghan report stirs Pakistan debate

In a report submitted to the Obama administration recently, he says "Afghanistan's insurgency is clearly supported from Pakistan".

//english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2009/09/2009926101231313412.html



U.S. Attack Kills Nine in NW Pakistan

Nine people were killed and several others injured in United States drone strike Wednesday in northwest Pakistan's tribal agency, local TV channels reported.

//news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-09/30/content_12136709.htm



U.S. Bombs Kill 5 In Pakistan

At least five people were killed and several others injured in an attack by US surveillance plane in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) area of Danda Darpakhel, a report said on Tuesday.

//www.pakistantimes.net/pt/detail.php?newsId=4671


From Information Clearing House

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The McChrystal method

The American Conservative
by Jeff Huber

09/30/09

Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s ‘60 Minutes’ infomercial erases any doubt that the Pentagon and its supporters are waging unrestricted information warfare against our commander in chief. The war lobby would have us believe that unless President Obama accedes immediately to McChrystal’s request for additional ‘resources’ in Afghanistan, all will be lost and the Islamofascist hordes will breach our shores and devour us. What’s missing from the discussion is that the arguments in favor of supporting McChrystal’s proposed strategy, and McChrystal’s strategy itself, are insane...

//www.amconmag.com/blog/the-mcchrystal-method/



McChrystal’s Afghan desolation

CounterPunch
by Vijay Prashad

09/30/09

On October 7, the Afghan sector of the Global War on Terror (since renamed) will open its ninth year. This conflict, or war, is now longer in duration than the U. S. presence in both world wars (only five years), and is coming onto the length of the formal Vietnam War (fifteen years if you discount the various operations in the Diem years). The loss of American life is not as great as it was in Vietnam or in the world wars, but the expense is greater (amounting to $4 billion per month, with a National Priorities Project study showing that the total cost by the end of 2009 will be almost $200 billion)...

//counterpunch.org/prashad09302009.html


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