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A Brief History of Our Longest, Most Futile War

A Brief History of Our Longest, Most Futile War

Sonali Kolhatkar

Anyone who closely followed the U.S. war in Afghanistan since Oct. 7, 2001, knew it would end badly. The news that the U.S. has reached an agreement with the Taliban for a peace framework is indeed a positive development, but it masks the fact that the war has largely been futile and destructive—and that the Taliban is the likely victor.

" . . . most fultile war."

Wow. That’s quite a claim. Could be. In some ways, one hopes so. Futile is way above par for war.

Were those who arranged all this to choke on their trade in opium and in people or bodies or body parts, they might procrastinate in arranging the next. Business might decline, and people thrive.

I do not recommend trying to strangle members of the ruling class. Such actions provoke reactions, mostly futile. But consider how moderate and even gentle such a thing might be by comparison, given the current course of events.

Imperious Caesar, dead and turned to clay,
Might stop a hole to keep the wind away.
Oh, that that earth, which kept the world in awe,
Should patch a wall t’ expel the winter’s flaw!

This is Hamlet, of course. But is part of the irony not that this might be highest and best use, even rendering “unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s”?

Being 72, the articles of US involvement in Afghanistan can never stand alone but always must be considered in the context of global land grabs following the World Wars.
It astounds me that this is mentioned as if the US was departing Hanoi when right next door is the barnacle clinging to the Green Zone in Iraq. We destroyed Baghdad to dig ourselves a comfy foxhole.
The Taliban state they will never conduct talks with the US created gov yet the so called terms of agreement the US is demanding of the Taliban is that very condition. Since they will not do this, will the US reneg on the departure and claim a violation and reoccupy?

Will USA Never Learn?!

Each nation is its own domain. We have No right to interfere unless they invade us. We certainly have no right to charge in To Change Them. How naive Rumsfeld and Chaney and GWBush were!

Kolhatkar sez:
“The Taliban appears to have had a “wait it out” strategy with respect to Americans …”

Afghans have been perfecting the “wait it out” strategy since Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan. They’ve gotten quite good at it.

All of our so-called enemies have been outstanding holdouts.The Japanese, the N. Koreans, the Vietnamese, the Afghani’s, the Iraqi’s-somewhat, and the Syrians. We pick the tough ones, or we just don’t know how to win. Maybe we don’t want to.

The war profiteers sure as hell do not want to win!