AfPak Airstrikes And Selling A Rebranded War On Terror

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Still another US air strike killing dozens of civilians in Afghanistan, still another promise by the Pentagon to “investigate”, while in Washington President Obama hosts the AfPak summit with “Af” Hamid Karzai” and “Pak” Ali Zardari.

Obama’s surge in Afghanistan will ensure a steady supply of “collateral damage”, even though sane military voices condemn “democracy at gunpoint” and Taliban “tacticians” mock Gen. David Petraeus’ counterinsurgency tactics.

The Bush “war on terror” has been rebranded as “overseas contingency operations” (OCO) by the Obama administration.

Pepe Escobar argues everything remains the same, but with a new twist: Washington selling OCO in AfPak to US public opinion not as an American war – but as a Pakistani war.



Real News Network – May 08, 2009

Killing them softly with air strikes

Pepe Escobar on how the rebranded “war on terror” is being sold as a PAKISTANI war

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    • Edger on May 9, 2009 at 1:50 pm
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    But hey, we got an empire to run here.

    • kj on May 9, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    the video, Edger.

    • kj on May 10, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    this evocative poem the other day. reminded me of Afghanistan. (because of the ‘kite’ reference.)

    rumor of war

    up into a darkening sky

    _ a child’s newsprint kite

    ~~Angelle Deodhar

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