Missouri's 7th District, U.S. House of Representatives




Congressional Issues 2012
Blueprint for Afghanistan

Today the U.S. federal government is a mirror image of the Soviet Union in the 1980's, before its collapse. I take no delight in saying this, but both domestically and internationally, the federal government has transformed America from a Christian Republic to a secular empire which is indistinguishable from the Soviet Union. Notice the striking parallels between U.S. policy in Iraq and Soviet policy in Afghanistan during the 1980's:

[T]he Russians . . . pursued the very same strategy we are employing – installing a "secular" regime with ideological pretensions of being "democratic," aided by a small, Westernized, secular elite and an uneasy coalition of racial-religious minority groups. The result in our own case is doomed to be identical to that which befell the Russians and their Afghan sock puppets: utter defeat.
Justin Raimondo

The U.S. is attempting to "rebuild" Afghanistan -- after bombing it relentlessly.

How would America's Founding Fathers undertake the task of rebuilding Afghanistan? (First of all they would reject this as a legitimate task for the government under the Constitution.)

Please see our page on Iraq for details on how a Christian nation like America should think about the subject of rebuilding a nation.

The federal government failed to protect the United States on 9-11. This was its most fundamental duty. This was the main reason the states created the federal government and bound themselves together under the Constitution in 1789.

But it's worse than mere failure. The federal government ignored the counsel of the great statesmen who created it. The original centerpiece of America's foreign policy was to become a "city upon a hill" and take advantage of its natural geographic safety to avoid the turmoil of conflicts across the ocean.

The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations is in extending our commercial relations to have with them as little political connection as possible."
— Washington, Farewell Address (1796) [Washington’s emphasis]

I deem [one of] the essential principles of our government, and consequently [one] which ought to shape its administration,…peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none.
— Jefferson, First Inaugural Address (1801) 

The federal government did not follow this advice in Afghanistan, Asia and Europe. "Insiders" -- the powerful architects of America foreign policy in the last 80 years (and I consider Presidents Bush and Obama to be more of a "puppet" than an "architect") -- completely reject the principles of America's Founding Fathers. The United States federal government built Al queda as a means of destabilizing the Soviet Union. The same federal government that failed to protect America on 9-11 did not appreciate the long-term dangers of giving military aid to Islamic terrorists thirty years ago when these terrorists were "freedom fighters" against Communism.

The CIA has learned nothing from it funding of Isalmo-fascist fundamentalists in Afghanistan. Today it is funding anti-AlQueda warlords in Somalia:

Here are links and more links on Afghanistan:

There are no more Christian churches in Afghanistan thanks to U.S. intervention.

  Jon Rainwater debates Jeremy Shapiro

Rethink Afghanistan Campaign Trailer

Jason Rosenbaum debates David Atkins

Why Robert Greenwald is going to Afghanistan

Robert Greenwald discusses his trip to Afghanistan

Brave Afghan Vet Demands answers from Congress: Behind the Scenes

Brave Afghan Vet Demands answers from Congress

Anand Gopal, Ann Jones, and Roshanak Wardak Discuss Afghanistan

Afghan Refugee Describes Horror of US Bombings

Starving Afghan Family Displaced by US Airstrike

Robert Greenwald on MSNBC's The Ed Show

Part 1: Afghanistan + More Troops = Catastrophe

Part 2: Pakistan: "The Most Dangerous Country"

Part 3: The Cost of War

Part 4: Civilian Casualities

Part 5: Women of Afghanistan

Part 6: Security

Afghan Refugees Get Relief, Thanks to You

Policy Brief: Matthew Hoh and Bob Baer

Rep. Grayson Reads Rethink Afghanistan Petition

Ex-Blackwater Employees Charged With Murdering Afghans

Afghan Boys Allegedly Abused At Bagram "Black Prison

Meet Derrick Crowe: Rethink Afghanistan

Exporting Corruption: 3/4 of Afghan Corruption Cases Involve Westerners

President Obama to Request Another $33 Billion for Unpopular Wars

Taliban Suicide Bombers Strike Kabul

Watch General Petraeus Try to Move the Goalposts on the Afghanistan War

Suicide Bomber Strikes at Gates of U.S. Military Base on Outskirts of Kabul

Eikenberry Cables

Congressional Hypocrisy on Deficits, Guantanamo Bay and Spending on the Afghanistan War

Civilian Casualties in Marjah “Inevitable” as Largest Military Operation of Afghanistan War Begins

U.S. and NATO Forces Responsible for More Than Half of Last Year’s Child Deaths in Afghanistan War

One in Three Killed By Drones in Pakistan Is a Civilian

Matthew Hoh: Marjah Operation Not Accomplishing Anything

Tax Day: Have You Paid For The War Today?

Tom Hayden debates Michael O'Hanlon

Katrina vanden Heuvel and Lawrence Korb Debate Escalation

Katrina vanden Heuvel and Lawrence Korb debate Pakistan

Katrina vanden Heuvel and Lawrence Korb: Vietnam vs. Afghanistan

What does the Easter Bunny know about Rethinking Afghanistan?

94 Billion Reasons to Rethink Afghanistan

Veterans to Congress: Rethink Afghanistan

Afghan Children Left to Die After US Bombings

Air Raid Victim Tells Obama to Leave Afghanistan at Once

Part 1: Afghanistan + More Troops = Catastrophe (trailer)

Part 2: Pakistan: "The Most Dangerous Country" (Trailer)

Part 3: The Cost of War (Trailer)

Part 4: Civilian Casualities (Trailer)

Part 5: Women of Afghanistan (Excerpt)

Veterans to Obama: Do Not Escalate

Matthew Hoh: "I submit my resignation."

Bagram Prison Exposed

Messages to Obama: Escalation in the Afghanistan War

Experiences in the Afghanistan War

Afghanistan War: The Soviet Lesson Not Learned

Child Killings Haunt Foreign Forces as Protests Erupt Across Afghanistan

Tide Not Turning in Afghanistan, Despite McChrystal Claims

Eight Afghans Killed By Foreign Forces at Koran Desecration Protest

Civilian Casualties Prove That Military Policies Are Failing in Afghanistan

Corrupt Government Forces Afghans To Spend More Than 1/3 Of Income On Bribes

Mr. President, Lead Us Out of the Afghanistan War

Rep. Grayson: High-Priced Private War Contractors Driving Up Cost of Afghanistan War

Watch Administration Officials Debate Each Other About President Obama's Afghanistan Plan

Afghanistan War Shapes Engorged Defense Budget While Domestic Programs Freeze

Watch U.S. Rep. Platts (R-PA) Cheer the Corrupt, Unmotivated Afghan National Security Forces

Blackwater / Xe May Get $1 Billion Afghanistan Training Contract Despite Failure with Border Police

FOX News “Analyst” Wants Reduced Civilian Protection Days After Children Killed in Afghanistan

33 Civilians Killed by NATO Airstrike in Afghanistan

U.S., Allies Responsible for Most Marjah Civilian Casualties

Iraq: Thousands Dead, $747.3 Billion Spent And Not Any Safer

Don't Let Them Get Away With Murder

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