Cross-posted from RT
US Secretary of State Kerry brokered a deal in Afghanistan, installing a "coalition" government, but couldn't come up with a credible coalition to bomb IS in Syria. So the Pentagon will do it alone to the applause of its Gulf "petrodollar allies."
This is a short tale of two coalitions.
Let's start with Afghanistan. The charade in Kabul goes by the name of "power-sharing agreement."
You got an election problem? Call John Kerry. That's right; this "agreement" was brokered by none other than the US Secretary of State, who shoved the embarrassing issue of a tainted democratic election under an Afghan carpet.
It came to the point that a UN representative, Jan Kubish, virtually ordered the Afghan electoral commission not to release vote numbers.
And this is while the UN itself had been monitoring an audit and a recount of approximately 8 million votes.
The predictable "senior US officials" spun that the vote result was "transparent." But still, no numbers.
So now we have -- essentially appointed by Washington -- former Finance Minister and World Bank official Ashraf Ghani as President, and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah as "Chief Executive," a new post.
And this after Abdullah insistently claimed the vote results were no less than a monster fraud. US "Think Tank-land," unfazed, has called it a "temporary fix."
This agreement was brokered, once again, by Kerry and outgoing President Hamid Karzai in late 2013 -- and approved by Afghanistan's Loya Jirga. Karzai though had refused to sign.
Short translation: at least 10,000 American troops -- mostly Special Forces -- will remain deployed in Afghanistan in Enduring Freedom Forever mode. This is a Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) by any other name.
So the occupation continues. Not only with US troops, but also with NATO starting a "training mission" in January 2015 called Resolute Support.
Watch out for major, certified blowback. It's a no-brainer the Taliban will keep showing Resolute Support to kick NATO and the US's collective behind.
But that's great. That's exactly what the never-ending GWOT (Global War on Terror) is all about.
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Pepe Escobar is an independent geopolitical analyst. He writes for RT, Sputnik and TomDispatch, and is a frequent contributor to websites and radio and TV shows ranging from the US to East Asia. He is the former roving correspondent for Asia (more...)