Progressive Politics Research and Commentary by Janette Rainwater
 
Home Button 
Articles Button 
    Minus Button which collapses the expandable menu Gore Won!
    Minus Button which collapses the expandable menu Media Cover-Up of Gore Victory
    Minus Button which collapses the expandable menu Macedonia or What I Did on My Summer Vacation in 1999
    Minus Button which collapses the expandable menu The U.S. NATO War on Yugoslavia (May 6,1999)
    Minus Button which collapses the expandable menu Is the Humanitarian Argument for the U.S.-NATO War on Yugoslavia a Valid One?
    Minus Button which collapses the expandable menu How Milosevic Became the New "Hitler"
    Minus Button which collapses the expandable menu Other Articles on the '99 Balkan War
    Minus Button which collapses the expandable menu Preface to the Sixth Edition of Budite sebi psihoterapeut

Books Button
     Minus Button which collapses the expandable menu The Return: A Book for Frances about Life and Death
           Minus Button which collapses the expandable menu  Preface
           Minus Button which collapses the expandable menu Back Cover
   
  Minus Button which collapses the expandable menu You're in Charge: A Guide to Becoming Your Own Therapist
           Minus Button which collapses the expandable menu Introduction: The Art of Self Observation
           Minus Button which collapses the expandable menu  On Dreaming
           Minus Button which collapses the expandable menu Foreign Editions
  Minus Button which collapses the expandable menu Since the New Deal: An Annotated Chronology of the Events That Have Changed the United States
           Minus Button which collapses the expandable menu  The C.I.A. (excerpt)
           Minus Button which collapses the expandable menu  Origins of the Cold War (excerpt)
           Minus Button which collapses the expandable menu  Some Quotations that Demonstrate the Underlying Philosophy Since the New Deal

Newest Publications Button 
     Minus Button which collapses the expandable menu Afghanistan, "Terrorism," and Blowback
    Minus Button which collapses the expandable menu Some Thoughts on 9-11-2001
Biography Button 
Links Button 
Archives Button 
   Minus Button which collapses the expandable menu The Starr Chamber and the Future of Democracy (September 16, 1998)
   Minus Button which collapses the expandable menu Let's Get Clinton and Before
   Minus Button which collapses the expandable menu Zippergate and Impeachment
   Minus Button which collapses the expandable menu Warren Beatty's Blueprint for a Democratic Party
Email Contact Button
 

Afghanistan, "Terrorism" and Blowback: A Chronology
by
Janette Rainwater, Ph.D.

                                p5

1 2 3 4 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21

December 12, 1979    At a secret meeting in the Kremlin the decision is made to invade Afghanistan at Christmas despite the strenuous objections of the three key generals. [The leaders believed that Taraki, before his overthrow and murder, had been undermined by Amin's "personal dictatorship," that Amin was in cahoots with the US Embassy, and that Pakistan and the CIA were encouraging and equipping the ultra-right Muslim opposition. They were afraid that the Americans would try to destabilize their Muslim republics of Central Asia and that they wanted Pakistan and Afghanistan as anti-Soviet bases to replace Iran (lost earlier that year with the overthrow of the Shah.) Cooley, pp. 13-19.]

December 24, 1979    The Soviet Army enters Kabul and installs a puppet government. Babrak Karmal, the leader of the Parcham faction, is made president. Rashid, p. 13.

December 27, 1979    The Soviets assassinate Amin, as planned at the Kremlin meeting. (They first reported that he had been "accidentally killed.") Cooley, pp. 17-18.

January 4, 1980    President Carter announces some measures to counter the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan C a partial embargo on US grain sales to the Soviet Union, a major cutback on fishing rights in US waters, and no more licensing of American technology. He tells the Senate to shelve consideration of the SALT II arms reduction treaty. He hints that the US may boycott the Olympic games to take place that summer in Moscow. The next day Brzezinski leaves for Cairo and Islamabad to secure agreements.

1. Egyptian President Anwar Sadat agrees to allow US cargo planes to fly from Egyptian air fields. He will also scour warehouses for old Soviet weapons including Kalashnikoffs.

2. With the understanding that all weapons are to be funneled though his secret service, the ISI, General Zia al-Haq agrees that Pakistan will establish training camps and train Afghans and other Muslim volunteers.

3. Saudi Arabia agrees to help financially. [Their contribution ultimately matched that of the US, dollar for dollar.]

4. The Sultan of Oman contributes the use of air bases and naval harbors.

5. Secretary of Defense Harold Brown negotiates a deal with China: The US will sell them a ground station for satellite reception which contains some coveted "dual-use" technology. China will allow the US to build two electronic intelligence posts in Xianjiang (to replace the ones lost in Iran).

6. Israel will very covertly supply the mujaheddin with Soviet weapons confiscated from the Palestinians. [It is also possible, but not proven, that Israel's special forces trained some Afghani volunteers.] Cooley, pp. 15-16, 59, 65-69, 100, 95, 108-110.

1980-1988 Iran-Iraq War

January 20, 1981    Ronald Reagan is inaugurated as the 40th president. William Casey, the new head of the CIA, enthusiastically adopts the covert operation in Afghanistan started by Brzezinski, Carter, and Carter's DCI, Stansfield Turner. [The Black Budget cost of the first year under Carter had been $100 million. Rep. Charles Wilson (D-TX) of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee called this "peanuts" and, with several other anti-communist hawks, saw to it that Black Budget funds for the covert operation in Afghanistan quickly quadrupled.

Next Page    Previous Page

 

This site was last changed November 28, 2001. It was created on March 20, 1997.

© Janette Rainwater 1997-2001

All rights reserved. Unauthorized use of any of the material contained herein is strictly prohibited.