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U.S. declares Afghanistan a major non-NATO ally

[This ensures we never leave Afghanistan]

By Arshad Mohammed
KABUL | Sat Jul 7, 2012

(Reuters) - Washington declared Afghanistan a major non-NATO ally on Saturday, a largely symbolic status reinforcing its message to Afghans that they will not be abandoned as the war winds down.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the decision, made by President Barack Obama, during her unannounced visit to Kabul where she met President Hamid Karzai on the eve of a major donors' conference in Tokyo which will draw pledges for aid.

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Reuters Rewrite

I notice that since this story was originally posted and people started commenting on the story, Reuters has rewritten the story to downplay the whole "major non-NATO ally" aspect of the story.

Good news for the Chinese

They have been getting some good contracts there from what I have read. At times over American companies.

donvino

yea...

also this includes a long term committment to "military resources" in Afghanistan...in other words...we are going to spend billions propping up a puppet dictator and we are gong to provide security via the military so that the pipeline to the caspian sea can be completed....just like all of us "conspiracy theorist" said.

I see, so where they allies

I see, so where they allies BEFORE the US and NATO bombed the Sh*t out of 'em?

"It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from his government." - Thomas Paine

(╮°-°)╮┳━┳ (╯°□°)╯┻━┻ "RON PAUL 2012 DAMNIT!"

This just in---the CIA and

This just in---the CIA and state department have added another colony to their overseas empire.

The "Saudi Arabia of Lithium" as non-NATO ally. Why, of course!

The abuse, plunder and destruction of Afghanistan is just starting. Take it from the internal papers of the scheming, evil Pentagon. "They" wanted it ALL...

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/14/world/asia/14minerals.html...

Puppet Gov't

is more accurate.

Go into a country with a military invasion(on the "rumor" that there might be ONE guy hiding in there somewhere), take over and occupy, and then call them an "ally".
How quaint.

One puppet?

One puppet government does not a puppet show make!
We have a puppet government in this country too! It doesn't matter if it's a Republican or Democrat puppet. They've all been puppets for way too long!
We need to cut the puppet strings, End the Fed and the IMF!

"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."
Albert Einstein

fireant's picture

Alternative headline:

U.S. To Stay The Course For Afghanistan Oil Pipeline

Undo what Wilson did

Presidential Decree?

Is a Presidential decree all it takes to become an ally? What happened to a treaty with ratification by the Senate?

I understand that asking for these two things is asking a lot. After all, Senators no longer represent the individual State governments so their acquiescence is a mere formality.

And who needs a treaty? I have searched for years to find a treaty or any other binding document describing an alliance between the US and Israel. Can anyone here direct me to such a document?

Here's the video to accompany the story.
http://www.reuters.com/news/video?videoId=236389597

Poor Afghanistan! Poor Us!

Afghanistan has just become a military weapons proving grounds guaranteed to produce collateral damage AND a cash cow for no-bid contractors to keep a elite few rich with our tax dollars to produce munitions to do so. Just like the Germans in the Spanish Civil war who bombed Gurenica to test out the effects of aerial bombing on a civilian population.

We now have an ongoing meat-grinder to send our young people as a sacrifice (at one million a pop) to the God Of Mars to maintain the cult of military worship here at home. More Parades! More Yellow Ribbons! 10% discount at Honest Ed's Auto-rama for military members!

Great business for American flag businesses who manufacture little US flags to put on soldier's graves for Memorial and Veterans' day. Yeah, that will jump start our flagging economy! Ha ha! I just made a pun! Isn't war hilarious! Isn't wonderful we can stimulate what is left of the America manufacturing industry by maintaining a constant military presence? That's one thing we don't have to outsource overseas---US military technology! The Bombing Business is Booming! Hah! I kill myself!

Why, they ought to Disneyfy it and make it a designated War-themed recreational park! Parents, send you kids to strange places to meet new people and kill them! Watch former video gamers guide Predator drones to kill "Suspected terrorists" in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and elsewhere. Marvel at the latest medical technology to rebuild broken bodies of our soldiers.

But wait, there more! Act now and your son, father or husband can go on multiple combat tours for the price of one enlistment! Watch in excitement as they are sent out again and again to beat the odds of being killed, maimed and mentally scarred for life as they go on endless combat patrols to be shot at to find the bad guys and ride convoys avoiding IED's! View human drama on the new TV reality show as their marriages fall apart under the strain of separation and PTSD!

Think of the ongoing welfare we provide for the Afghanis, as Mr. Karzai so warmly thanked US tax-payers for earlier this year. But how will Afghanistan afford to modernized their military, you ask? Why, the same way President Reagan and Ollie North did int the 1980s-- with selling drugs! Afghanistan is rich in opium, and our soldier boys will insure their protection with their very lives to maintain Afghanistan's main export commodity! And think of the jobs it will provide here in the states! More cops, correctional officers, and law Enforcement to fight the war on drugs subsidized by the US government!.....HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

...SemperFi has been led away screaming by the men in the white coats to a padded room. He will be treated with ongoing water-boarding until his patriotism improves and is cleansed from sacrilegious sarcasm.

Conscience does not exist if not exercised

"No matter how cynical you get, it's impossible to keep up!
---Lily Tomlin

(]:)> Very Well Focused.

+1, just, to gain attention, ~ to what is posted above ~ ~