Equivocating Raphel

Prosecutors weigh charges against David Petraeus involving classified information Link to Washington Post article Really interesting bit of equivocating here by the Washington Post. This is about several investigations that the FBI has launched, probably being scuttled by Eric Holder’s DOJ. A general and his biographer mistress, another general who leaked information about the Stuxnet …

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Pakistan’s DC Game

At an event hosted by the Embassy of India to showcase their growing industrial capabilities, the strangest guest appeared. How she got into the room is a good question, but it was surprising that Robin Raphel was attending at all. Our friend Narayan Lakshman‘s lens caught her there. Even as she is the subject of …

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Pakistan’s Victim Act

Terror Outfits Build Presence in Gilgit-Baltistan Link to The Diplomat article Great article from my friend Senge Sering: This game is as old as Rudyard Kipling. The Pakistanis, through rapacious misrule, have managed to totally piss off the people in Gilgit-Baltistan, and Islamabad is about to come crying to Washington for more lawyers, guns, and …

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Benazir’s Troubled Legacy

The Legacy of Benazir Bhutto Link to New York Times article Beware women’s rights advocates from Pakistan. This op-ed in the New York Times, by Bina Shah, a Pakistani fiction writer, really demonstrates these words well. The nation builders and women’s rights advocates who hit the ground in Afghanistan have been betrayed by the women’s …

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The Problem Is Pakistan

US-Pak relations are of great importance for regional stability: US envoy Link to Dawn article “Ambassador Olson in his remarks emphasised the importance of cooperation between the US, Afghanistan, and Pakistan in order to support regional stability and prosperity.” Stability? Every single thing the US has done in Pakistan has served to destabilize it as …

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Secret Pakistani Intentions

The Protests in Islamabad and the Future of Pakistani Democracy By C. Christine Fair Link to Foreign Policy article A lot of words to describe a simple thing, the civilian government of Pakistan is nothing but a bunch of marionettes used to disguise the fact that the Army runs the country and not the civilian …

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“Patterns Raphel Wove”

Robin Raphel: Fatal attraction for Pakistan? by Seema Sirohi Link to ANI News article From the article: “Conflict of interest doesn’t even begin to describe this sequence especially in light of the law that requires a two-year cooling-off period. In Raphel’s case, the State Department never clarified how she met the requirements of the law.” …

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On Robin Raphel and the Taliban

US Tried To Woo Taliban In ’90s by Anthony Shadid and John Donnelly Link to Boston Globe article It’s worth revisiting this Boston Globe article from shortly after 9/11 which interviews key players at the State Department during the Clinton Administration. It is a pretty good example of just how much they were spinning and …

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Raphel On Spending Huge Money

Robin Raphel at United States Institute of Peace on September 8, 2014: “In terms of our overall assistance program, we allocated a huge amount of funding, and then found that it was difficult to spend it, since 2009 and the Kerry-Lugar-Berman Act. It was difficult to figure out how to most appropriately and most effectively …

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Amb. Robin Raphel Under Investigation

U.S. diplomat and longtime Pakistan expert is under federal investigation Link to Washington Post article It’s about time! Let’s hope they finally get her. These prosecutions have a way of being bobbled. Robin has two sources of support that can and will be effective. The ISI will do anything to cover for her. Pakistan has …

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Pakistan Dam Fundraiser in DC

US fund flow into Pakistan occupied Kashmir dam floods Delhi with concern Link to The Economic Times [India] article Comments made at a “fundraiser” that was very discreet about when and where it took place: “Investment in the Diamer Bhasha dam is the smartest choice for Pakistan,” Feldman was quoted in a Pakistani media report …

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Pak Dam is a Sham

‘We Greatly Appreciate Pakistan’s Sacrifices’ Link to Newsweek [Pakistan] article And I thought Newsweek was out of business! Check out this interview with the new State Dept. creep for Pakistan: Newsweek – What kind of assistance is the U.S. willing to provide Pakistan on the Diamer-Bhasha Dam? “The Bhasha Dam is an enormous, at least …

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Aid to Trade: That’s the Ticket

Pakistan-US ties moving to trade from aid: US envoy Link to Dawn article Another State Department Joe Isuzu gets wheeled out to explain the newest State Department scheme to bribe Pakistani dirtbags. Take a good look at this picture. Oh yeah, I believe him, don’t you? It’s not aid, it’s “trade”. In what? Hemp? Copies …

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Treachery and Betrayal

This is fascinating. It is the story of how some British officers betrayed the UK giving Japan vital information to build their Naval Air power and the key information for capturing Singapore and attacking Pearl Harbor. The British government knew about it all the way to the top. But not even Churchill wanted to act …

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Zawahiri as False Flag?

Al-Qaeda chief Zawahiri launches al-Qaeda in South Asia Link to BBC News article “Zawahiri pledged renewed loyalty to Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar.” This is in keeping with the fact that the Pakistani security machine, ISI, Army, etc. kept and protected Bin Laden. The original world wide vision of Al Qaeda appears to have been …

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Pakistan: Worse Than We Are Ready to Admit

Pakistan: Worse Than We Knew Link to New York Review of Books article Ahmed Rashid has always watered down and backpedalled for Pakistani complicity in so many things. Here he tries to undermine Carlotta Gall’s work with claims such as the Pakistani military is changing its mind about supporting terrorist groups. That’s absolute nonsense. They …

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A Ridiculous Story

Fraud and Folly in Afghanistan Link to Foreign Policy article That the election was a fraud should surprise no one. It’s not the first. What got me was the blatant fraud that it was, as well as the buy-in by the UN which should have stood up to the fraudsters, the World Bank and the …

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Hillary Rewrites History

This woman is a massive idiot. This rather simplistic idea of what happened really needs to be addressed because a lot of people think this is truth. That she became Secretary of State is frightening. That she may well become POTUS is even more scary. The notion that Pakistan was some kind of “victim” of …

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Evidence of Massive Fraud

Victory Lab Kabul Link to Foreign Policy article at Omnifeed.com There is a mountain of evidence of massive fraud. Besides the numerous taped conversations of election officials being instructed what to do there is a taped conversation of the top IEC official talking about it. There are numerous videos of the fraud taking place as …

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This Historic Disgrace

In Afghanistan, U.N. fears for the safety of its staff amid growing threats of violence Link to Washington Post article That we have come to this is a marker on the path we have followed in the West. The UN has been a tool of the West and everybody knows it. Trying to lie to …

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Marvin Lays It Down Thickly

Pakistan’s Political Turmoil: Interview with Dr. Marvin Weinbaum Link to Middle East Institute post Marvin Weinbaum is one of MEI’s big thinkers who has always defended the status quo in our relationship with Pakistan. He is a champion of the notion that the US must try to impose “stability” in Pakistan. In practice what that …

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Ghani Hires DC Lobbyists

In Afghan election dispute, enter the DC lobbyists Link to Christian Science Monitor article Can 140-150K per month buy you a presidency in Afghanistan? That’s what two DC lobbyists are charging Ghani. It’s a smart move, if a little unethical at this point in time. But Ghani is overpaying. It should not cost more than …

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Afghan Election Breakdown

Key Abdullah ally warns of Afghan unrest if vote recount is ‘one-sided’ Link to Washington Post article Afghan Election Breakdown The present standoff in Afghanistan between Dr. Abdullah and his followers and Mr. Ghani and his followers mirrors an old divide which has plagued Afghanistan for decades and even has some American analysts in tension. …

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Modi Slams Pak Proxy War

Indian Premier Denounces Pakistan for ‘Proxy War’ Link to New York Times article It’s good to see that somebody is telling the Pakis that they are full of shit! We were expecting this from Modi. What happens next is the question. Will they attack again? It would be a good excuse to end the “campaign” …

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