SPECIAL FORCES TRAINED “COL IMAM,” OUTSPOKEN CRITIC OF US POLICY WRONGLY ACCUSED BY TIMES
TIMES REPORTER VICTIMIZED BY “SPOOF”
Yesterday, the New York Times, in an article by journalist Carlotta Gall, “the queen” of the Kabul press corps, published an article accusing Special Forces trained Brigadier General Sultan Amir, a hero of the war against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan a supporter of terrorism in Afghanistan. Referred to by her as “Col. Imam,” General Amir is hardly anything this article says. I wonder what sources and motivations could have produced such a travesty:
Col Imam and Jeff Gattes
Today those Taliban forces are battling his onetime mentor, the United States, and Western officials say Colonel Imam has continued to train, recruit and finance the insurgents. Along with a number of other retired Pakistani intelligence officials, they say, he has helped the Taliban stage a remarkable comeback since 2006.
In a lengthy article, this glaring falsehood, unattributed and extremely inaccurate stands out. In fact, nothing else in the article supports this charge, certainly nothing that can be proven and nothing with any basis in reality. Why would someone write something like this, something likely to endanger the life of a heroic patriot, American ally and one of my friends?
He hasn’t done anything wrong. He is playing by the rules. You don’t hear him talking about the massive drug dealing Americans are involved in or the corruption looting billions out of the American treasury. I am saying these things, things everyone in the region knows but keeps their mouths shut about or “access” will be cut off by a bureaucracy looking the other way.
Tell the truth about drugs, rendition, torture and a “house could fall on you.”
“Col. Imam” simply tells the truth on issues where he is an expert, military tacts and tribal interrelationships in Afghanistan. We choose not to listen to him and other real experts. US policy is idiotic. We are pretending to win a war and well know the enemy simply goes underground and is waiting for us to leave. Our plans for an army and police force in Afghanistan is childish. He is simply pointing it out. We all know it. We are making fools of ourselves, pretending to win a war and stabilize a country while we are really planning to put up a bit of a show and sneak out the back door like the British and Russians did.
It is the job of our MSM/Corporate press to print the lies, keep their access and serve those that own America’s media, defense contractors and Israel.
Raja Mujtaba, Jeff Gates and I recently had dinner with the Colonel and a number of other members of a Pakistan based think tank he advises. They all support a settlement that will involve elements of the 50,000,000 Taliban in the region. Our inability, ours and some reporters, to be able to tell the difference between local insurgents and regional bandits and criminals doesn’t surprise me. American leaders in Afghanistan are surrounded by liars who advise them. It is hard to tell who is playing who, as the layers of lies, deceit and trickery keep unfolding, one after another.
After all, our own allies in Afghanistan are, themselves, criminals, drug lords and bandits. We are building an army and national police force around them. Most of the people of Afghanistan consider them, not only “collaborators” but, in fact, foreigners. Afghanistan is a country of many divisions. America’s alignment with the “Northern Alliance” is why we are sending in tens of thousands of troops to gain temporary control of a country that we only control 3% of after 9 years of war.
After we “conquer” Afghanistan, we have plans to set up new warlords in the south and keep their “gun culture” going for generations.
“Little Omar, what do you want to be when you grow up?”
“I want to be a mercenary or drug lord or maybe a suicide bomber, I can’t decide really. There isn’t much future in being a suicide bomber and to be a mercenary or drug lord I have to work with Americans all the time. Maybe I should see a guidance counselor.”
More of the insanity of it all is the charge that the Colonel is supplying material support for the Taliban. Does anyone ever wonder where the Taliban gets its money. The answer is easy.
THE PRIMARY SOURCE OF FUNDS FOR THE TALIBAN IS MONEY PAID BY U.S. CONTRACTORS TO ALLOW TRUCKS SUPPLYING AMERICAN TROOPS TO PASS INTO AFGHANISTAN.
We are now paying $900 per truck or more for each of the thousands of trucks passing from Karachi into Afghanistan, more than enough money to finance the Taliban for a century. What is keeping the New York Times from reporting that? Anyone have ideas how the Taliban moves the tons of opium in and out of a landlocked country? Anyone know “agencies” with a history of gun running, questionable partners and aircraft that make “secret flights?”
Is it worth sitting around Kabul being hand fed lies at press conferences, same as in Saigon, same as in Baghdad, same as in Washington?
In Lord of the Rings, Tolkien is quoted:
NEVER ACCEPT MEAT FROM ORCS.
One of the things we are supposed to do as journalists is to ask the question: “Why am I being told this?”
There is only one reason for this story. The United States is trying to set up Pakistan as the next “evil doer.” The Pentagon boys, General Petraeus in particular, are joined at the hip with Israel, a country busy, in partnership with India, eating up the natural resources of the region with gas and oil operations in several countries nearby. Control of Afghanistan and the dismemberment of Pakistan with help of the United States will make any people extremely rich, even richer than they are getting running narcotics around the world.
Sibel Edmonds, FBI whistleblower told the American Conservative:
EDMONDS: Okay. So these conversations, between 1997 and 2001, had to do with a Central Asia operation that involved bin Laden. Not once did anybody use the word “al-Qaeda.” It was always “mujahideen,” always “bin Laden” and, in fact, not “bin Laden” but “bin Ladens” plural. There were several bin Ladens who were going on private jets to Azerbaijan and Tajikistan……bringing people from East Turkestan into Kyrgyzstan, from Kyrgyzstan to Azerbaijan, from Azerbaijan some of them were being channeled to Chechnya, some of them were being channeled to Bosnia. From Turkey, they were putting all these bin Ladens on NATO planes. People and weapons went one way, drugs came back.
GIRALDI: Was the U.S. government aware of this circular deal?
EDMONDS: 100 percent. A lot of the drugs were going to Belgium with NATO planes. After that, they went to the UK, and a lot came to the U.S. via military planes to distribution centers in Chicago and Paterson, New Jersey. Turkish diplomats who would never be searched were coming with suitcases of heroin.
Edmonds goes on, in an article by Brad Bradstein naming key US official as part of the racket, not only drug smuggling and supporting terrorists but trading nuclear secrets and more. Among those standing accused but, a of today, totally unreported by the New York Times are “lawmakers Dennis Hastert, Bob Livingston, Dan Burton, Roy Blunt, Stephen Solarz and Tom Lantos, as well as at least three members of George W. Bush’s inner circle: Douglas Feith, Paul Wolfowitz and Marc Grossman.”
Bradsteins article goes further:
Edmonds testified that Congressman Dennis Hastert (R-Illinois), a former Speaker of the House, was involved in “several categories” of corruption on behalf of Turkish agents, according to information she claims to have heard while translating and analyzing FBI counterintelligence wiretaps recorded from 1996 through 2002. She mentioned his “acceptance of large sums of bribery in forms of cash or laundered cash” coupled with the ability “to do certain favors…make certain things happen for… [the] Turkish government’s interest.”
Edmonds also alleged, on the public record, Hastert’s use of a “townhouse that was not his residence for certain not very morally accepted activities” and said that “foreign entities knew about this. In fact, they sometimes participated in some of those…activities in that particular townhouse.”
The allegations against Hastert include accepting some half-million dollars in bribes. While several FBI sources have corroborated Edmonds’s account, the best Hastert’s attorneys could do was offer a nondenial denial to the charges. But the proof, as they say, may be in the post-Congressional pudding. As Edmonds had predicted years earlier, Hastert—who left Congress in 2007—now makes $35,000 a month lobbying his old colleagues as a registered foreign agent for the Turkish government.
With an aging warrior, “Col. Imam” retired in Rawalpindi after a lifetime of service, much for the United States, the best the New York Times can do is lap up the leavings of liars, drug runners and thieves and join the queue, the MSM/Corporate media, the “mouthpiece” of a generation of racketeers working to create a new “Third Reich” with an Israeli twist.
Gordon Duff is a Marine Vietnam veteran, grunt and 100% disabled vet. He has been a UN Diplomat, defense contractor and is a widely published expert on military and defense issues. He is active in the financial industry and is a specialist on global trade. Gordon Duff acts as political and economic advisor to a number of governments in Africa and the Middle East. Gordon Duff is currently …
Gordon Duff is a regular writer for veteranstoday.com and oly.com.pk