On the Afghanistan War, Patrick Martin of WSWS writes:
Moreover, while the Obama administration claims to have significantly “degraded” the military capabilities of the Taliban and other insurgent groups, an incident September 14 suggests otherwise. A group of insurgents staged a daring frontal assault on a heavily fortified British base in Helmand province, breaking through the perimeter and destroying numerous aircraft on the ground.
In an apparent effort to temper the ludicrously optimistic tone of his remarks, Panetta told a news conference in Auckland, “There’s no question there will continue to be difficult days ahead in this campaign,” but added, “I think we are on track.”
Panetta was answered by an acid editorial in the Washington Post, the principal daily newspaper in the US capital, headlined, “Off track in Afghanistan.” The Post, a virulent supporter of the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, and of new wars in Syria and Iran, warned: “US strategy in Afghanistan … may be more imperiled than at any other time in Mr. Obama’s presidency.”
The newspaper commented that the political impact of the “green-on-blue” killings was “being compared by senior US officials and members of Congress to the Vietnam War’s Tet Offensive, because of the devastating effect on troop morale and the already weak domestic support for the war.”
Vietnam and Afghanistan are the two longest wars waged by American imperialism, with the two capitalist parties that alternate power in Washington sharing responsibility for each bloodbath. Vietnam began under the Democrats and was escalated under the Republicans before ending in an historic debacle. Afghanistan began under the Republican George W. Bush and has been escalated under his Democratic successor.
Afghanistan War? Try Afghanistan Disaster.
And disaster appears to be Greenday's album tomorrow. Randall Roberts (LAT) opens his review with:
Few places embody punk rock ideals less than Las Vegas, the setting for Green Day singer-guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong's onstage tantrum on Friday night. And few Green Day albums embody the punk ideal less than "¡Uno!," the band's eighth studio album. Both highlight the challenges of turning rebellion into money.
Sponsored by corporate radio monolith Clear Channel, the Vegas event was called the iHeartRadio Music Festival, and took place at the MGM Grand Hotel. The annual festival, now in its third year, is designed to draw attention to the corporation's I Heart Radio smartphone application. Ryan Seacrest, the king of conformity, hosted the thing, which featured tightly scheduled performances — not a climate in which anarchy or rebellion thrives.
Nor does anarchy or rebellion thrive on "¡Uno!," the new record from Armstrong and company.
I like Greenday and would love to hear that they've got another great album. But they haven't had a great one since American Idiot. In that one, they weren't afraid to take on the government. I think their inability to address the still open Guantanamo, the NDAA and how it overturns so many legal principals, the drone war and so much more leave Greenday without a target and coming off as posers (if that's how the album indeed sounds).
Okay, time for Third. This is who worked on the edition:
The Third Estate Sunday Review's Jim, Dona, Ty, Jess and Ava,
Rebecca of Sex and Politics and Screeds and Attitude,
Betty of Thomas Friedman Is a Great Man,
C.I. of The Common Ills and The Third Estate Sunday Review,
Kat of Kat's Korner (of The Common Ills),
Mike of Mikey Likes It!,
Elaine of Like Maria Said Paz),
Cedric of Cedric's Big Mix,
Ruth of Ruth's Report,
Wally of The Daily Jot,
Trina of Trina's Kitchen,
Marcia of SICKOFITRDLZ,
Stan of Oh Boy It Never Ends,
Isaiah of The World Today Just Nuts,
and Ann of Ann's Mega Dub.
This is what we came up with.
Demond Tutu speaking out for war resisters.
Another truest for Glen Ford.
Jim breaks down the edition.
We had so many Iraq features planned. Where did they go? I'll get to it.
Ava and C.I.'s masterpiece. This is incredible.
War resister Kim Rivera was kicked out of Canada last week and then arrested by the US military.
Ira Glass wants to throw stones? Ira Glass?
What is it? The e-mail address for Blogger/Blogspot. And that's what happened. Read the story. Blogger/Blogspot went haywire Saturday and Sunday. And that nearly killed the edition. Everyone was going crazy and Ava and C.I. were already in Los Angeles because they didn't want to make the trip on Sunday. And they were very clear that this Blogger f-up was a pain in the ass.
More Ira Glass.
Jill Stein!!! :D
A really great speech exposing the reality about the health of the US car industry.
Again, the Jill Stein campaign.
And a look at last week's best.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"