Category Archives: War on Terror

Too Late For Enron

Pipeline opens new front in Afghan war

The pipeline proposal goes back to the 1990s, when the Taliban government held talks with California-based Unocal Corp. – and its U.S. government backer – while considering a competing bid by Argentina’s Bridas Corp. Those U.S.-Taliban talks broke down in August, 2001. India, which desperately needs natural gas imports to fuel its growth, later joined the revived project.

Why whatevah do you mean?

The Other Army Goes Home Too

Return of the Jihadi (reg. req.)

Of course, it takes at least two sides to have a war. Yet nowhere are policymakers seriously considering where the other side’s soldiers go when the war is over. While we shouldn’t be too concerned for our adversaries’ health and well-being, it nevertheless has security implications when considering what comes after a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq. Accordingly, we need to ask what happens when Omar comes marching home. What will the foreign jihadists do? Where will they go? And what should we do about them?

Which is a pretty good question, as noted here,

Of particular interest to Londonstani was Ex’s observation that “the obvious solution is to assist the security services in the affected countries” but that “would mean supporting illiberal regimes”. Now, of course being a good military sort, Ex has more than an ideological reservation to that idea. He quotes terrorism expert Jessica Stern saying; “allowing allies to practice torture and human rights abuses in their fight against Islamists may unintentionally feed both the Islamist narrative of victimisation and lead to the replacement of U.S.-allied regimes with regimes led by the Islamists themselves.”

The bold part highlighted for the purpose of noting this little gem of American National Security brilliance,

LONDON (AP) — The U.S. government has photographic evidence that a Guantanamo Bay inmate was tortured with a knife after being taken to Morocco by U.S. forces, a British human rights group said Tuesday.

Reprieve said their client, Binyam Mohamed, had his genitals slashed repeatedly with a doctor’s scalpel while in custody in Morocco after he was flown there from Pakistan by American officials in 2002. It also said his U.S. captors later took pictures of the abuse to show authorities that his wounds were healing.

that Atrios pointed out.

Kinda negates Scalia arguments.