Posts Tagged ‘Barak Obama’
- How many Afghans did Canada nab in 2009? Here’s the stats and background information from the CF (with a PDF copy here in case that link doesn’t work). Here’s the media coverage, from Postmedia News and the Canadian Press.
- An exercise in the cold to get ready for a bigger exercise in the cold. “A military jet has crashed into a wooded field in Farnham in the Eastern Townships, injuring the pilots and severely wounding a passenger and two farmers on the ground. Screaming residents stumble through thigh-high snow, trying to get to their friends as smoke pours from the fuselage. One man lies face down, blood spattering the snow around his body. Then the army appears. Specifically, soldiers from the 200 members of the 5th Service Battalion of the Canadian Armed Forces who have travelled to the Eastern Townships this week from their base in Valcartier near Quebec City. They’re in the midst of a training operation called Frosty Soldier at the Farnham military base in preparation for one of the largest Arctic military exercises to be held starting this month in James Bay. More than 1,300 soldiers, along with 200 civilians, will be gathering for Exercise Guerrier Nordique (Nordic Warrior), to bolster the military’s northern mandate of search and rescue operations, reconnaissance patrols and “sovereignty patrols,” protecting that part of the Arctic that Canada considers ours ….”
- Canada-U.S. border security: After a meeting in Washington between PM Harper and President Obama yesterday, here’s a joint statement they issued (with more info here). Here’s how the media are covering it so far: “Border talks ‘not about sovereignty:’ Harper” (CBC.ca) “2 nations join forces to meet U.S. – Canadian border challenge” (Detroit Free Press) “U.S.-Canada pact borders on great” (Toronto Sun editorial) “PM’s border scheme mired in past” (Toronto Star column) “US, Canada Announce New Joint Border Effort” (Voice of America) “Canada could be a very different place” (National Post column) My guess: we’re going to hear the CBC.ca version of messaging in the House of Commons this week during Question Period.
- Canada on how quickly Mubarak should get outta Dodge: “The Harper government has endorsed the go-slow transition plan set out by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s regime, signalling that Mideast stability and peace with Israel are its paramount concerns while other Western nations push for faster change. Canada’s warnings that a rushed change in power could lead to instability – Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon insisted that “a vacuum does not mean transition” – came on a day of bloody confrontations in Cairo on Thursday …. In Ottawa, though, Mr. Cannon had emphasized that Canada’s chief concern is for a stable transition, one that protects Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel, and indicated support for Mr. Suleiman’s plan for months of step-by-step changes while Mr. Mubarak remains. “I think the question is what’s next. A vacuum does not mean transition. The transition must be orderly, we have said it from the beginning. And these things must be settled by the Egyptians themselves,” Mr. Cannon told reporters outside the Commons. “There were steps, I understand, that were undertaken this morning by the vice-president. I think these steps form part of this orderly transition effort toward reforms, and ultimately an election.” Mr. Cannon did call for a transition to democracy, but did not emphasize speed. When asked whether he wants an “immediate transition,” he replied: “An orderly transition that should bring us to the reforms we’ve talked about.” ….”
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Tuesday, 14 December 2010 11:05 Qari Yousuf Ahmadi
KANDAHAR, Dec. 14 – Mujahideen torched a NATO logistical vehicle at 12:00 pm yesterday in an attack on its convoy near Ma’ruf district center but the number of killed and wounded is not known.
Tuesday, 14 December 2010 11:04 Qari Yousuf Ahmadi
KANDAHAR, Dec. 14 – A US tank was obliterated by a roadside bomb, killing and wounding all invaders onboard in Dand’s Salwat area at 11:00 am yesterday.
Tuesday, 14 December 2010 18:10 Qari Yousuf Ahmadi
ZABUL, Dec. 14 – Mujahideen from Mizani district say that late yesterday afternoon a vehicle of ANA puppets was destroyed by RPG fire in Nawa area and similarly a US invaders tank was destroyed by an IED in the mentioned area. All enemy personnel onboard were killed and wounded.
Tuesday, 14 December 2010 11:31 Qari Yousaf Ahamadi
According to credible news agencies of the world, the American president’s Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, died in George Washington’s University hospital at the age of 69. He had been suffering from a heart’s disease for the past days.
Appointed on 22nd January 2009, as special envoy for Afghanistan/ Pakistan, Holbrooke was keeping an eye on the Afghan issue. Some times ago, he told reporters that he had been passing through a difficult phase of his life, exerting crippling and sapping pressure on him.
He passed out in his exclusive office for Afghanistan and regional affairs on Friday last, following his above-mentioned reveals and his life of toils and fatigues ended after admission into a hospital where he breathed his last yesterday.
The American rulers have not made any remarks about the cause of his sudden death in view of the sensitivity of the issue but rumors have it that this giant of the American politics and diplomacy became ill with a heart disease when his previous fame and credibility came under question after the unremitting failures of the mission of Afghanistan and his facing the difficult task. The protracted Afghan war and the descending trajectory of the Americans’ handling of the warfare in the country had had a lethal dent on Holbrook’s health as a high-ranking American official. He was grappling with a constant psychological stress.
Emergence of this untoward phenomenon as an off-shoot of the Afghan issue is not now a strange thing. The same was the case with the former Soviet Union as the crisis touched its climax. Former Soviet leaders Brezhnev, Konstantin Cherninkove and Vladimir Andropov had heart attacks in a short time distance before the coming to scene of Michael Gorbachove. They relieved themselves of the hard task of the Afghan mission by retreating into the lap of death .
The recent symptoms are indicating that an outbreak of the same epidemic diseases has started in the political and military echelons of America.
A few months ago, an American four stars general, , general David Peteraeus, fainted during a senate hearing when he faced tough questions as regards the issue of Afghanistan. The end of Holbrooke, the fate of general Mc Crystal and the defense Secretary Robert Gate’s warning to step down show that the war of Afghanistan is heavily weighing down on the psyche of the American military and political high-ups. Some of them lighten their burden by simply going to the other world and others, while being still alive, choose to avoid shouldering the mission.
The sudden death of a high-ranking American diplomat happens in a time that American strategists under the chair of Obama have been reviewing the issue of Afghanistan for the past few days. They will expectedly announce their decision soon.
We believe Holbrooke’s timely death could have a didactic effect on the American strategists, teaching them many things to learn. In view of the American entanglement in the aggravating swamp of Afghanistan, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan calls on the American powers-that-be to abandon their dream of military domination and colonial sway in Afghanistan. Their formulation of new military strategies will never change the imminent defeat into a victory in the country. Still if they are bent on continuing with the status quo, they will face many unexpected events and imbroglios. Their political and military circles will have to grapple with constant crisis and untoward situations. Nothing more than that, they will achieve.
Qari Yousaf Ahamadi
Spokesman of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.
Monday, 13 December 2010 06:25 –
American president Obama made a 4-hour long stopover at the Bagram air base during a clandestine trip to Afghanistan and fatuously assured himself that the American forces would make advancement in Afghanistan and turn the tide against the Taliban. He said, the Americans forces would achieve the objectives for which they have come here.
American President Obama is making these assertions in a time that the Pentagon in a recent report to the American Congress has said that their current military operations against Taliban and the goal of bolstering the Kabul regime is falling short of its timeframe. Nor there is any vista of hope in the coming days to turn the table.
A number of experts, viewing he recent brief trip of Obama to Afghanistan, have opined that Obama is facing a poor image dilemma as per the popular surveys conducted among the American public as a result of the war in Afghanistan. So he extended the war by committing a troops surge through sending tens of thousands of new troops. Rationally, he should have put an end to the illegitimate Bushe’s war and ended the legacy of his stubbornness.
The American are witnessing that the war in Afghans is nearing its end with the defeat and historical disgrace of America and that the Taliban are gaining strength with the passage of time, so their resentments against Obama are constantly on the rise.
The people’s disenchantment with Obama came to the open during the recent Americans election which culminated into a smashing defeat to the democrats who belong to Obama’s party.
A French political analyst Bruno Bunfa, in an interview to the media, said that hasty trip of Obama to Afghanistan reflects the jittery of the American president because the war in Afghanistan needs more expenditure while the American people are not ready to carry out the heavy weight of taxes and other financial restraints. He says, the former Soviet Union fought the war in Afghanistan for one decade to achieve their goals but achieved nothing. Obama and the Americans should not continue their policy of repression and coercion and showdown of forces in a country which is known for not have been ever governed through force and oppression.
The Americans and the Kabul regime rulers say that there were technical and security problems that the American president Obama nether held a press conference nor met any official of the Kabul regime, returning home during the stillness of the night. However, analysts believe that Obama had no guts to confront the public of the world and the Afghans and justify the rationale behind the prolongation of the Afghistan war or at least, talk about a credible strategy about continuation of the occupation of Afghanistan. It is because the surge, the bombardment, the detainment of the officials of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and the initiation of spurious efforts for peace have all went awry. The conspiracies have failed and the schemes simply boomeranged.
Even though I’m underwhelmed with the Nobel Committee’s latest choice for the Peace Prize, it’s interesting seeing the Taliban’s reaction – this, from Taliban mouthpiece Zabihullah Mujahid, via Agence France-Presse:
“We have seen no change in his strategy for peace. He has done nothing for peace in Afghanistan.”
Thanks, Zabi Muh, but we’ve also seen how much your team’s done for peace in Afghanistan.