Aug 3, 2009
The U.S. government announced an agreement with the government of Kyrgyzstan to keep a U.S. base open in that country, which is just north of Afghanistan.
While obtaining a new lease for the base – for 60 million dollars a year, almost four times the old price – the Obama administration also got Russia’s consent to let U.S. military planes fly over Russia on their way to Afghanistan.
Thus, the U.S. has secured a transit route for flying troops and supplies into Afghanistan from the north. In the meantime, to the south of Afghanistan, the U.S. has secured the participation of the Pakistani military in this war, under the pretense of fighting “Pakistani Taliban.”
This puts Afghanistan under siege from the north and south. And within Afghanistan itself, the U.S. and its main ally, Britain, have escalated military operations. The U.S. is in the process of doubling the number of its troops in Afghanistan, from 30,000 to 60,000.
So there is only more suffering and destruction in store for the people of Afghanistan – one of the poorest countries in the world, already ravaged by three decades of war. As for U.S. troops, 40 of them were killed in Afghanistan in July, making it by far the deadliest month for U.S. troops in the eight-year-old war. This is reality: a rapidly expanding war even if the news media don’t cover much.