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American Policies on War in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Updated on December 10, 2009

A comment in NY Times-Two Arms of US Government

November 3, 2009

I wrote a comment in NY Times below an article on American policies in Afghanistan etc. I thought it is worth publishing it in a hub. Hope some discussion is generated and one finds answers to some of the puzzles.

First the comment

One arm of USA government wants to remove drug trades from Afghanistan. The other arm is financing those involved in drug trade.

One arm of American government is fighting Taliban and al Qaeda, other arm is creating budgets to pay Talibans.

One arm of American government knows very well that a lot of terrorism including 9/11 was generated out of financial and other supports from Pakistani ISI, Army, Saudi Arabia etc. Even American Af-PaK chief Mr. Holbrooke had articles describing this phenomena. Other arm sees no option in world except to finance and supply arms and ammunition to these very same people ISI, Pakistani army etc. who are still helping Talibans and other terrorists quite visibly. There are even reports that in bazaars near Peshawar already night vision glasses arms and instruments used by American army are on sale. Who except very same Taliban supporters who are fighting American troops will buy these?

One side of American government realizes that China is helping Pakistan and North Korea etc. with nuclear and missile technology to make mockery of whole American idea of restrictions on arms of mass destruction, the other arm is helping China to have further technological innovations done in West and helps China and Pakistan to hide their nuclear and missile proliferation by creating phony "Khan Proliferation Machinery".

One can go on and on. This is just a tip of iceberg. One will need a whole article to explore these very visible contradictory trends in USA government policies.

Is it a policy or corruption?

What exactly is American government doing in this directionless manner except making world more and more dangerous place to its own interests and interests of other peace loving countries who are more interested in improving business and economy and average life in this world?

Or is it just part of the style we will have to live with assuming that it is being caused by corruption in upper level circles of ruling class in USA etc. ?

Have you seen a proper analysis of this duality in American Press or media?

I have yet to see a proper analysis of this phenomena in USA in American media or press or think tanks, including NY times.

This was the comment in NY Times (except for headlines or minor changes). Let me add one or two more such questions.

One arm of American government knows very well that China is making mockery of current monetary system in world by keeping its foreign exchange rate artificially low and using it to destroy industry and business in USA and other countries. Other arm is helping China to keep doing the same.

One arm of USA government is quite aware that American money used for buying oil is being used by some Muslim countries to finance terrorist activities and terrorist teaching Madarsas. Other arm is helping to increase oil prices for them and discouraging evolution of alternative energy sources.

One arm of USA government is bribing top officials in Afghanistan including brother of President Karzai. Other arm is warning President Karzai not to be corrupt.


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      6 years ago

      This article on gives the light in which we can observe the reality.

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      8 years ago from Mumbai India and often in USA

      Hi! Thesource

      Welcome. You are quite right. I think almost all others except Americans must have concluded then that Pakistani army must have alerted them (I even wonder why should Americans also not check those who were instrumental in finalizing decision about informing Pakistan- what was their assessment and motive). The situation is exactly the same now as it was at Clinton's time.

      Situation today is, as I mention in another hub on this topic that Americans are sending soldiers to fight the terrorist and at the same time arming and financing and feeding intelligence information to those who are in control of groups killing the American soldiers and their supporters.

      Result is creating not just insecurity for Americans or their soldiers but the whole neighborhood Afghanistan, India, people in Pakistan etc.

      But time being it looks like Americans do not have even heart to analyze properly this situation and accept the reality.

      I remind often in these hubs and comments a statement by an Indian politician on current Indian policies "it is time Indian administration and government stop crying mummy mummy to USA."

      Americans politicians and army top officials often make statements of the type-- "Our soldiers will be at risk unless we go on feeding Pakistani army and feudal rulers with money and arms" (what they do not say but obviously mean is that it does not matter even if in the process they use our resources to get killed, a few people in India, Afghanistan or even our own soldiers), "We have to take help of Pakistan to get out of this war they are the only ones who have nexus with Talibans and criminals" (what they do not say but really mean is that we will take help of these criminals and Taliban to get out), "Pakistan is feeling insecure with India and Afghanistan, we have to consider their insecurity as our problem" ( What they mean is look just now we can not see any thing else but Pakistani army as our savior so we better agree to all their demands).

      Does this attitude not make one ask question "When will American administration or army top stop crying mummy mummy to Pakistani army?)

    • Thesource profile image


      8 years ago

      Sometime back before 9/11, President Clinton authorized missile strike on Bin Ladin's hide-out in Afghanistan.

      At the same time a senior US military personnel met with his counterpart in Pakistan to inform Pakistan that the missiles are on there way through Pakistani airspace so air-traffic controllers should be alerted.

      It was reported the Bin Ladin and his team escaped just in time.

      I am wondering if US was able to connect the dots here.

      It is surprising the amount of US taxpayer used to fund these terrorist through the back door by so called "allies". At the same time they are sending their sons and daughters into harms way to fight that war against these terrorist. US seem to be easily deceived who are their real allies here.

      Thanks for the good HUB.

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      8 years ago from Mumbai India and often in USA

      Thanks a lot tom for your interesting comment. I think lot of people are feeling now completely disillusioned with the way Obama administration is handling affairs.

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      tom hellert 

      8 years ago from home

      Dealing honestly and playing politics are two different animals unfortunately I don't think that honesty is a word in political discourse...I say Pick a side and stick with it-figure out who is Right or most right - yes- double entondra there. Not fit especially when we switch from a good leader to a lying rat ba$tard like Osama OBama a side anywhere will not be a perfect fit.


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      8 years ago from Mumbai India and often in USA

      Thanks Roychoudhuriji for visit.

      Does it matter whether you find it or not Honesty. Efficiency demands that you try to do your best and honestly, whether it is country or individual. In the long run it works well. Any other path leaves you with lot more problems than what you started with.

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      H P Roychoudhury 

      8 years ago from Guwahati, India

      Your analysis is right. The ideal dealing is “honesty is the best policy”. But where you have found honesty will be good for trade and economy. The demand for arms would prevail as long as fighting would continue. Those countries who can utilize friends and foes in right direction, they deserve better life. They have the capacity to siphon wealth for the country directly or indirectly.

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      8 years ago from Mumbai India and often in USA

      Hi! Bill

      I agree with your implication that these policies are not just President Obama's doing. Actually that should be even more worrying. It seems, it does not matter who is president or whose government it is. The country's administration looks helpless in changing or even thinking about changing its faulty policies. The need is to analyze the causes for this helplessness and take some hard decisions to overcome it.

      Like right now it looks like, even after this policy review, USA may continue to be involved in the war in af-pak sector from both sides! It is going to continue arming and financing some of the controllers of its own enemies in af-pak war and at the same continue keeping its own army engaged in fighting foot soldiers there.

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      William F Torpey 

      8 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      I agree that American foreign policy leaves a lot to be desired, but President Obama has only led this country for a short time. The policies you cite have been developed over years, even decades, and were aggravated by the wayward decisions of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. The United States sure could use a full scale review of all our foreign policies and our relationships with the governments of the Middle East.

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      8 years ago from Mumbai India and often in USA

      Thanks a lot bearclawmedia. I admire your articles much more. I wonder how much difference these hub and blog writing is going to do to information giving and analyzing. In the long run it should. Let us hope it brings back a little more authenticity and substance to news and analysis in main stream press and media. I hope our write ups are noticed by some people who have capacity to change thinking of ruling classes (including government and press and media).

      Thanks also to you vrajavala for visiting my hub.

    • profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Mumbai India and often in USA

      Thanks a lot bearclawmedia. I admire your articles much more. I wonder how much difference these hub and blog writing is going to do to information giving and analyzing. In the long run it should. Let us hope it brings back a little more authenticity and substance to news and analysis in main stream press and media. I hope our writeups are noticed by some people who have capacity to change thinking of ruling classes (including governments and press and media).

    • bearclawmedia profile image


      8 years ago from Mining Planet Earth

      Your hub on American policy is poignant and clear cut. I think the whole thing is a disgrace. I like your style of writing and salute you for the courage of your convictions. See more of you on the hub pages.

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      8 years ago from Port St. Lucie

      Obviously, Afghanistan is the hub of the poppy trade in the world. Now, if it goes to illegal drug trafficking, then there's a problem. The trick is to engage the poppy farmer in the production of pharmaceutical products. however, as you said, and not to be naive, most likely, some element of US policy is encouraging this drug trafficking. George Soros is also behind a lot of illegal drug trafficking, as well as Great Britain.

      I believe that the DOJ, under Obama's direction is not going to enforce marijuana possession laws.

      This is just the way that the elite keep the masses in a stupor.

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      8 years ago from Mumbai India and often in USA

      Thanks a lot Harvey for the visit. I am very much looking forward to discussions with you. I agree with what you have commented. part "do not listen to what he says watch he does" is even more true for politicians in countries like India. I wish we could do some thing more than just writing about these problems. Some thing positive of course. Democratic norms in our countries do need some regeneration.

      About fan- it looks like hub management has changed name of "join fan club" to "follow".

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      Harvey Stelman 

      8 years ago from Illinois


      I wanted to become a fan but wasn't able to find where to click, I will continue my search.

      Your Hub is well done. The USA has multiple problems with the war, Obama is totally confused. Politics is instrumntal in every decision he makes. Do NOT liten to what he says, watch what he does. He doesn't do much of anything positive.

      Of course China laughs, so do many countries. He will go down as the worst President in our history.

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      8 years ago from Mumbai India and often in USA

      Thank you athulnair and silver lining 5. silver linining 5 for your comments. I am sorry for making your comment visible only now. I was away in Finland for last two weeks and could not see all emails.

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      silver lining 5 

      8 years ago from Southwest

      This by any other name is called "dirty dancing with the enemy." Good hub - People need to know. :-]

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      9 years ago from India

      visit to find more about the game played by Pakistan with all these aid. They know the US will attack them if they don't act against Taliban, which was grown by Pakistan, ISI.



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