Summary of following 3 articles:
1. Daily Telegraph reports in Spring 2006 that the Pentagon has a massive "wish list" of arms it would like to supply the so-called "Afghan National Army" with in order to, acording to them, defend borders, fight insurgency & drugs, and defend against any threats from Pakistan should the US or NATO withdraw its troops.
2. In June 2006, an FT article comes out reporting that "Kabul wants to arm tribal militias." No mention of the Pentagon list - Russia supplier deal.
3. September 2006, CNN reports that NATO will graciously supply Kabul's wish list for armaments via "donations" of "surplus" equipment and munitions, again, to the "Afghan naitonal Army."
Humanitarian Arms Laundering? By the looks of this and all the rest, we may be just seeing the begining of real middle east chaos. As if it is not already far beyond real for millions.
Here's the first article, from spring 2006 :
"US sets up £215m deal for Afghan arms - from Russia"
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldne ... ussia.html
The Daily Telegraph can disclose that Pentagon chiefs have asked arms suppliers for a quote on a vast amount of ordnance, including more than 78 million rounds of AK47 ammunition, 100,000 rocket-propelled grenades and 12,000 tank shells - equivalent to about 15 times the British Army's annual requirements...
The "decade's worth" of ammunition will give the Afghan National Army a vast arsenal to deal with Taliban or drug warlords if Washington withdraws its troops...
It would allow Kabul to defend its borders against outside interference but could also be used for offensive operations against neighbours such as the old enemy, Pakistan...
"The operations and planning staff at the Pentagon came up with numbers for their wish list...
Then notice an FT article from June 2006 showing a shift from Pentagon-backed armament to "kabul wants this" :
Kabul may arm militia to fight terrorists
www.ft.com/cms/s/3db53bf2-f7dd-11da-948 ... e2340.html
The Afghan government is considering arming tribal groups across the south of the country, where Nato is set to take command next month, in a move diplomats say would destabilize the country.
However, experts say the tribal groups to be armed are likely to be militias commanded by warlords, which would create alternative power bases and weaken an already fragile state.
One western diplomat said: "If this happens it is the beginning of the end for southern Afghanistan and has far-reaching implications for the north and west."
Here's today's update, now it is NATO "donating" to an Afghani "wish list" :
"12,000 U.S. troops to serve under NATO commanders in Afghanistan"
(CNN Link now dead, but USA today still carries the AP report:
http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2006 ... nato_x.htm)
OK, that there headline will not much sooth the alex jones libertarian and/or separatist patriot crowds, what with US troops serving under foreign command and all, but there is a deeper problem here. Embedded deeply in the article is this:
In addition, NATO countries, under pressure from the U.S. and military leaders, may soon come through with additional troops and equipment needed to fight the escalating violence in Afghanistan.
The 26 NATO defense ministers, gathering for their two-day fall meeting here, are expected to also agree on a plan to donate surplus military equipment to the country, and also are likely to announce new commitments of military resources.
According to a senior U.S. official, Afghanistan has compiled a list of needed equipment, from helicopters and vehicles to armor and guns, and officials will set up a program to coordinate the donations.
The official requested anonymity because the ministers had not met to finalize the agreement, which is similar to one set up previously for Iraq.
Under the expected equipment deal, allies will be able to coordinate and donate supplies to the Afghan National Army. The official could not estimate how much equipment was included on Afghanistan's wish list.
"Donations" now is it. "Surplus equipment"?! A humanitarian response to unified Afghani needs? There's that "wish list" again. See how it went from a Pentagon "wish list" in the Telegraph article to a home-grown Afghani wish list in today's news. Our command is your wish.
I am sure Karzai knows that it is not wise to hyper-arm his dirt poor army, which is not under his control. I sure hope he got a good secure luxury compound to live out his final days in his deal with the devil.
Looks like an indirect way to arm factions, drug-running militias, keep civil wars crackling, terrorism thriving, and Pakistan under pressure. Get ready for the pentagon-backed post-Brzezinski Neoliberals to step back in. Donations. Surplus equipment.
Edited to fix links