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Afghanistan: Fool's War


Afghanistan: Fool's War

Eric Margolis

ifteen years ago this week, the US launched the longest war in its history: the invasion and occupation of remote Afghanistan. Neighboring Pakistan was forced to facilitate the American invasion or ‘be bombed back to the stone age.’

America was furious after the bloody 9/11 attacks. The Bush administration had been caught sleeping on guard duty. Many Americans believed 9/11 was an inside job by pro-war neocons.


Good article.

Afghanistan is not a foolish war if one is a nihilistic, drug or war profiteer!


"A report by Global Research has estimated the 15-year Afghan War and the Iraq War had cost the US $6 trillion. Small wonder when gasoline trucked up to Afghanistan from Pakistan’s coast it costs the Pentagon $400 per gallon. Some estimates put the war cost at $33,000 per citizen. But Americans do not pay this cost through a special war tax, as it should be. Bush ordered the total costs of the Iraq and Afghan wars be concealed in the national debt."

Deficit spending destroys US democracy because the entire US government structure is based on a balanced budget,

Rather than examine how and why the balanced budget idea became so muddled in economic mumbo jumbo, start with an old US constitutional provision to lay out the rational for budgetary balance.

Do you remember when your civics teacher explained to the class why the house of representatives has the shortest term? Two years. Remember? It is because US representatives are in charge of the budget.

If your representative spends too much money and your taxes go up for something unwanted, you can vote that representative out. Pronto.

Deficit government spending destroys democracy by avoiding discomfort to voting taxpayers. Elected representatives are thus able to spend freely on group-think purchases from crony capitalists. Voter retribution is side-stepped and grateful campaign contributors buy electoral victories that turn two years into a career for life. Democracy is destroyed in this way; government spends imaginary money on real and often secret things intelligent people wouldn’t pay for.

Invasive and aggressive wars of choice are always expensive fool's wars. Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya are all recent examples of foreign folly. Remember the domino theory of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia? Fools war from my younger years.


There was no mention of the 800lb gorilla in the conference room: Afghanistan’s role as the world’s by now largest heroin/opium/morphine producer – all under the proud auspices of the United States government. The new US president will inherit this embarrassing problem.

Indeed. Like the taboo subject of climate change, none of the muckraking "investigative" (partisan assassin) journalists have asked the simple question: Is there possibly a connection between the US 15yr occupation of Afghanistan and the absolutely coincident US heroin epidemic? Here in eastern Ohio in what appears to be a heroin apocalypse, the question has been on my mind for some time.

Mr. Margolis, you have laid down the gauntlet, can you please pursue this? Will you survive if you do?