Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Georgia and Russia aside for a day as with Musharraf gone increasing violence in Pakistan and Afghanistan are another sign of things soon to come!

Leaders of Pakistan's ruling coalition were meeting Tuesday to discuss who will replace President Pervez Musharraf, who resigned Monday. For now, Mohammedmian Soomro, chairman of the senate, is acting as Pakistan's caretaker president, but he is not expected to retain the position. Many within the ruling coalition see him as a Musharraf loyalist, analysts say. The country's stock market and its currency rose after Musharraf stepped down on hopes that the nuclear-armed Islamic nation of 164 million was headed for political stability. Read this, it will never happen

To prove it there is increasing violence throughout Pakistan. The latest A bomb blast at a hospital in northwest Pakistan killed at least 23 people Tuesday, authorities said. Another 15 to 20 were injured. The explosion occurred near the emergency entrance to the Dera Ismail Khan District Hospital, said Malik Naveed, inspector general of police for the North West Frontier Province, where the district is located. The bomb went off while a crowd gathered outside the hospital to protest the shooting death of a Shi'ite Muslim leader, Naveed said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the explosion, but police think a suicide bomber may have been involved.

The North West Frontier Province, near the country's border with Afghanistan, is rife with Islamic extremists. It has been the site of recent clashes between Pakistani security forces and militants. Watch what happened at hospital » In late June, the military launched an offensive in the area -- the biggest push against extremists in the tribal region since the civilian government took power in March. Islamic militants vowed to retaliate against the operation. This is political stability?

Pakistan is so stable About 100 insurgents ambushed a group of French parachutists, killing 10 soldiers in an area outside the capital known as a militant stronghold. In a separate coordinated attack, a team of homicide bombers tried unsuccessfully to storm a U.S. military base near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. The death of the French soldiers marked the biggest single loss of life for international forces in combat in Afghanistan in more than three years, officials said Tuesday. "In its fight against terrorism, France has just been struck severely," French President Nicolas Sarkozy said in a statement.

But he added, "My determination remains intact. France is resolved to pursue the fight against terrorism, for democracy and liberty. The cause is just, it is the honor of France and its armies to defend it." The soldiers were on a reconnaissance mission in the Surobi district, an area known as a militant redoubt about 30 miles east of the Afghan capital. Qazi Suliman, the district chief in Surobi, said the ambush sparked a three-hour gunbattle. Sarkozy confirmed that 10 soldiers from the 8th infantry parachute regiment were killed and 21 wounded. It is the deadliest attack against international troops in Afghanistan since June 2005, when 16 American troops were killed in Kunar province when their helicopter was shot down by a rocket-propelled grenade. In July of this year nine U.S. troops died when insurgents attacked a base on the Kunar-Nuristan border in eastern Afghanistan.

In the attack on the U.S. base just a few miles from the border with Pakistan, militants failed to gain entry to Camp Salerno in Khost city after launching waves of attacks just before midnight on Monday, said Arsallah Jamal, the governor of Khost.A homicide bombing outside the same base on Monday killed 10 civilians and wounded 13 others. Ground forces, fighter aircraft and helicopters chased the retreating militants. NATO said its forces identified the attackers about 1,000 yards outside of the base perimeter and launched helicopter gunships. Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi, the Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman, said Afghan soldiers, aided by U.S. troops, chased and surrounded a group of insurgents, and that six militants blew themselves up when cornered. Seven other militants died in those explosions and a rolling gun battle, he said. "(The Afghan National Army) is saying that anytime we get close to them, they detonate themselves," Jamal said. On Monday, the top U.S. general in the region, Maj. Gen. Jeffrey J. Schloesser, issued a rare public warning that militants planned to attack civilian, military and government targets during the celebration of Independence Day on Monday. Wait until Monday

* I have said it before, as Bush claims victory in Iraq this is just beginning in Afghanistan. You can bet Russia is behind the scenes supplying arms and money to ensure we fail in Afghanistan as the US did to Russia. You know what they say about Payback? At the same time Russia is resurging thanks to Bush's instigation with the MDS and the NATOization of ex USSR countries. I heard this morning Rice say Russian fighters have been harassing US aircraft close to the US mainland. Oh man I just heard Russian troops are taking more American equipment and prisoners in Georgia as I speak. This in its entirety will not be resolved peacefully or soon as it is just beginning thanks to Bush and his Forever War!

James Joiner
Gardner Ma


Robert Rouse said...

I talk about Pakistan, Georgia, Russia, and a few other things in my latest That's My Take video. Keep up the good work, Jim.

BTW, I finally got around to thanking you for the Arte y Pico award.

Sometimes it takes me longer to get around to things than it does for Bush to admit he's wrong.

an average patriot said...

I did manage to watch it ant you may find my comment interesting! Your take was good again as usual. I just asked Ingrid to go by and watch it though I do not know if she goes to your site or not. I have to get back to your site in a bit to check everything else out. Take care and stay in touch!

betmo said...

here we are again- while we sabre rattle with russia and iran- our 'ally' in the region is crashing and burning. par for the course from an admin who knows absolutely nothing about diplomacy but excels in hypocrisy. i reprinted over at sirens.

an average patriot said...

Wow I haven't seen you around in a while great! The hypocrisy really pisses me off! I was just listeening to McCain bad mouthing Obama for not admitting the surge succeeded and wanted to legislate failure.
I do not believe the surge succeeded in Iraq though my son there said he will tell me how it did when he gets home. The surge did succeed in guaranteeing failure in Afghanistan!
Bush guaranteed a loss of everything and no one is going to turn that around. This is just beginning and Russia with the help of Bush will carry this to nuclear weapons and destroy the world in the name of peace and victory!

Dave Dubya said...

Yup. If this mess proves anything, it's the simple fact al-qaeda can retire. They do not need to do another damn thing and they win.

They can sit back and watch the mighty US blunder and thrash and waste money and lives. Quagmirestan will suck the health and wealth out of our country with no more effort by AQ.

They succeeded in suckering us into our own self-inflicted destruction.

And still Bush must love them for all they helped him accomplish.

an average patriot said...

You're right! I think at this point everyone Bush can use to further this friggen mess he started is now labeled "Al Qaeda"
Diva just finished her post with this: I am embarrassed by the arrogance of the US Government. And I am deeply, deeply terrified at what this administration is capable of doing. Bush is the terrorist. Cheney is the terrorist.
She is right but it is now too late to undo the many wars Bush has set the foundation for and this is just friggen beginning.
I want to say whoever the President is but in my wildest dreams I can not see the right giving up their power of agenda. Bush has yet to do his worst!