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Congressional Issues 2012
FOREIGN POLICY
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:


  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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