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The coalition show, from Afghanistan to "Syraq"

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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.

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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.

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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."


Now for the all-important breakdown: NATO top honcho Gen. Philip Breedlove said Saturday in Lithuania that both "power-sharers" swore on their lives they will "quickly" sign a security agreement with Washington.

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.

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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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