Tuesday, February 07, 2012
ISLAMABAD: Defence Minister Ahmad Mukhtar said on Tuesday that Pakistan should reopen its Afghan border crossings to NATO supplies after negotiating a better deal with the coalition. Pakistan closed the crossings over two months ago in response to American air strikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers at two border posts. The closure has forced the United States to spend six times as much money to send supplies to Afghanistan through alternative routes. The defence minister told a private TV channel that the government should negotiate new “terms and conditions” with NATO, then reopen the border. ap
bth: so I think this is the new replacement Defence Minister.
bth: after expending millions we've invented a robot that mimics a Kentucky mule but isn't as strong, as smart and you can't eat it.
... Senior Taliban members regularly meet with ISI officials, according to the revealed report.
As far as the Haqqani Network is concerned, its based in Miran Shah area of Pakistan and gets directions from Quetta Shura .
Jalaludin Haqqani is still alive and living in the border region, while Sarajuddin Haqqani remains the top leader of Network despite living in hidings.
According to reports, Taliban commanders receive $50,000 to 200,000 a year depending on their level of operation.
The report shows that the Taliban need between $100m to $150m a year to operate.
Regarding relations of Taliban, the report reveals that Taliban are still in contact with al-Qaeda and Farsi speaking fighters of Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. Iran is also directly supporting the Taliban elements in Afghanistan, the report added.
Taliban realise that they cannot compete with Isaf troops in the country as they lose more and more fighters in the battlefield.
The report also says that there are possibilities of escalation of fighting after foreign combat troop pull out of the country.
In conclusion, the report reveals that ISI has full control over Taliban's activities and whereabouts of their senior leaders.
The detainees have revealed that support, recruitment and donations within Taliban have increased and the leaders control of activities have remained high.
Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan has been declared a free zone as any Taliban commander can conduct operations without prior coordination and permission from their leaders.
Narcotics is considered to be another donation for Taliban's activities in the country as they are more involved in trade of hashish and opium other than farming.
Once Isaf is no longer a factor the Taliban consider victory inevitable, the report says.
Monday, February 06, 2012
...The Journal Gazette quotes the report to say that companies, including utilities, banks, and phone carriers would have to spend almost nine times more on cybersecurity to prevent a digital Pearl Harbor.
To achieve security capable of stopping 95 percent of attacks — the Ponemon Institute considers this to be the highest attainable level – the experts surveyed for the study said they would have to boost spending to a group total of $46.6 billion from the current $5.3 billion.
-bth: I'm very skeptical that this expenditure would be worthwhile. This stinks of a consultant and defense prime driven scare like the millennium nonsense a decade or so ago.
Sunday, February 05, 2012
Truth, lies and Afghanistan - February 2012 - Armed Forces Journal - Military Strategy, Global Defense Strategy
...If Americans were able to compare the public statements many of our leaders have made with classified data, this credibility gulf would be immediately observable. Naturally, I am not authorized to divulge classified material to the public. But I am legally able to share it with members of Congress. I have accordingly provided a much fuller accounting in a classified report to several members of Congress, both Democrats and Republicans, senators and House members.
A nonclassified version is available at www.afghanreport.com. [Editor’s note: At press time, Army public affairs had not yet ruled on whether Davis could post this longer version.]
Tell The Truth
When it comes to deciding what matters are worth plunging our nation into war and which are not, our senior leaders owe it to the nation and to the uniformed members to be candid — graphically, if necessary — in telling them what’s at stake and how expensive potential success is likely to be. U.S. citizens and their elected representatives can decide if the risk to blood and treasure is worth it.
Likewise when having to decide whether to continue a war, alter its aims or to close off a campaign that cannot be won at an acceptable price, our senior leaders have an obligation to tell Congress and American people the unvarnished truth and let the people decide what course of action to choose. That is the very essence of civilian control of the military. The American people deserve better than what they’ve gotten from their senior uniformed leaders over the last number of years. Simply telling the truth would be a good start. AFJ
bth: well worth reading in full.