In a report published online on March 11, Jason Ditz, Research Editor at Antiwar.com, used the strained meeting on Monday between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel as the backdrop to assert that the U.S. occupation of the war-torn nation “is flying apart at the seams, with insider attacks and popular opposition once again on the rise.”
By a vote of 37-0, the Michigan state Senate passed a bill denying the federal government the power to indefinitely detain Michigan citizens under provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
American personnel and allied European governments are secretly training Syrian “rebel” forces at bases in Jordan to wage war against the Bashir al-Assad regime, according to a leading German newspaper and other media reports, which quoted participants and organizers involved in the controversial and almost certainly unlawful operation.
On March 11, as the United States and South Korea began their annual joint military exercises, the government of North Korea responded by saying the 1953 armistice is over and cutting off the telephone “hot line” between the two Koreas at Panmunjom.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has accused the United States of secretly working with the Taliban to facilitate terrorist attacks in order to demonstrate a need for U.S. troop presence in the war-torn country after the scheduled withdrawal of Western combat units at the end of next year.
The Rand Paul filibuster against drone strikes in the nomination of John Brennan as CIA director brought praise from across the political spectrum, but also harsh (and inaccurate) criticism from the Wall Street Journal and other neoconservative pundits.