McMaster Urges Another Afghan ‘Surge’


Exclusive: The failure to hold the Iraq War perpetrators accountable has led to false narratives about “successful surges” that never really succeeded — and now may allow the Afghan slaughter to escalate, reports James W Carden.

By James W Carden

Over the weekend, the New York Times reported that President Trump’s National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster will soon be proposing yet another troop increase in Afghanistan. According to the Times, “The White House shelved the deliberations over Afghanistan three weeks ago, after an initial Pentagon proposal to deploy up to 5,000 additional American troops ran into fierce resistance” from White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon and other advisers.

President Donald Trump announces the selection of Gen. H.R. McMaster as his new National Security Adviser on Feb. 20, 2017. (Screen shot from

But McMaster, reports the Times, is “undeterred” and “plans to bring the debate back to the front burner this coming week,” according to an anonymous U.S. official.

The current debate recalls the early days of the Obama administration when President Obama was basically railroaded by Secretary of Defense Bob Gates, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Generals David Petraeus and Stanley McChrystal into sending over 30,000 U.S. troops in an ill-fated “surge” that was advertised by its supporters as the answer to the Afghan quagmire. But the “surge,” rather than resulting in victory, produced a rash of “green on blue” attacks by our alleged Afghan allies upon U.S. troops.

It is worth recalling that the Afgha “surge” was a policy that was enthusiastically endorsed by the U.S. Establishment. As the editorial board of the New York Times wrote in May 2009: “We hope… that the president and his team have come up with a strategy that will combine aggressive counterinsurgency tactics with economic development.” Washington think tanks, such as the Center for a New American Security and the Brookings Institution, also lined up in support. Yet the results were abysmal: more U.S. troops died in Afghanistan under Obama than under George W. Bush. Overall, the war…

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  • come-and-take-it

    They don’t call Afghanistan “the graveyard of empires” for nothing. Afghanistan is not in the strategic national interest of the US government or its people. Never was. It is a waste of taxpayer blood and treasure. Send politicians’ sons and daughters. I’m sure the VA will take much better care of them than the rest of our kids.

    • UnderTheBedMonster

      But what is the CIA going to do for all their black bag money if the Afgham opium crop is not guarded? Huh?

      • come-and-take-it

        Cook up some synthetic substitute like crack-cocaine. Opium isn’t needed to keep people strung out.

  • Tides going out buddy. Let’s see you get all that shit back here now.

  • UnderTheBedMonster

    They must protect Afganistan at all costs or there goes the opium crop and all the CIA profits down the drain. It’s a done deal.