Despite a vow to withdraw thousands of U.S. troops from Afghanistan by 2017, President Barack Obama this week veered the opposite direction, widening the U.S. military's role in the entrenched, 15-years-long conflict.
Many young Americans this year are graduating, and political figures speak at some of them. None of these political figures in their speeches state that this young generation has grown up in perpetual war.
Every Obama move to increase war, empower the war machine and threaten wider wars will be the foundations of a very enthusiastic Hillary Clinton's war policy if she should reach the Oval office.
Without endless wars, there will be no profits for the industry that serves the Pentagon brass.......only more wounded being ignored and thrown into the street by the very people who sent them into harms way.........
One amalgamated word: O-BUSH-MA. Guess the lessons learned by the Russians (Leonid Brezhnev) and their 10 year (1979-1989) practice in futility/occupation that took the lives of over 50,000 soldiers (and untold number of Afghani lives) are ignored by the hegemonic, hubristic US military, Congress, and administration all to satisfy the MIC. The Pentagon and the brass will celebrate mightily with the prospect of the impending "war games." Better buy stock in the drone manufacturers (Boeing and Lockheed-Martin come to mind...read more here:
http://www.ibtimes.com/12-companies-will-conquer-drone-market-2014-2015-1534360 ) Wonder how many successive tours the Army, Marines, AF, and Navy (career and NG) will have to serve with this dust up....
WWIII will last about 90 minutes, and whoever's left can live on cockroach meat, and then mutate into one of Kafka's creatures, and pretty soon history begins anew, and on and on and on...
Soon the US will run out of countries to try and conquer. What's next, see if there's life on a planet, and go bomb and invade that?
There is nothing, absolutely nothing to gain for the American people in a continuation of this, "Great Game" we play in the part of the world....except.....except to attempt to block Russian move in the vacuum after we would leave.......war, war, war, war, is the major American export...until we go up in smoke!
"We went, we saw (coveted) they all died"
Aren't we, "Exceptional"???????
Can you imaging the uproar if President Trump did this? That's one reason why I'm not as worried about a Trump pres, as I am Clinton.
How come it's so hard to organize millions of people to rally against this out of control Industrial Military Complex?
Oh well, not to worry. The VietNam War lasted 20 years. We've "only" been at war in Afghanistan for 15. I hope none of you are raising children who will be 18 years of age or older starting NOW!! Clinton will use up ALL U.S. children. Prepare now to say bye-bye to the kiddies.
Mass murderer obomber continues with with the terrorist acts of imperialist amerika! What a deadly sham of a president; as evil as never elected bush/cheney!
I read that 80% of the 90% opium goes to the 5% of the global population located in the U.S.
When Obama, like Joe Boyd in Damn Yankees, came out of nowhere to become President, it should have perked up ears that a deal had been made with the Devil (and what do the dopey Swedes do but- what, preemptively?- give him a Nobel Peace Prize! They might as well have given him the Nobel Dynamite Prize, for high explosives out of the blue has been his trademark). But at least the public could claim not have known how much he had collected in advance- this is anything the case with our reincantation of Lady Macbeth, Hillary Clinton, who by this time everyone but her James-Jones-Koolade drinking supporters knows has collected millions upon millions in the expectation that she will sacrifice more warm bodies to the maw of war and the Military-Industrial-Complex (which has morphed into the Hollywood-MSM-Military-Industrial Complex. Even this old and hardened veteran was shocked to see, on the cover of USAA's magazine for insurance holders a photo of an Afghanistan vet being hugged by none other than Michelle Obama and Jill Biden.
The Vietnam war was not ended until brave men like the Berrigan brothers chained themselves to the White House gates in protest. Today, such acts are not reported in the news. The rising tide of Bernie Sanders supporters will have to carry the torch forward even as their leader has fallen- Trump who acts more Prussian than Bismarck, cannot be trusted.
Years ago, the New York Times reported that the Taliban bann on opium was a success, but, viewing this Youtube video, it appears that American soldiers and military contractors are guarding the poppy fields, not burning them down. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qW2YWqVpT4E
Colonel Custer rides high.
I begin to wonder that if the USA had paid the Taliban leadership half the money spent on trying to kill them, perhaps the USA could have both bought and brought Bin Laden before the International Criminal Court of justice, and that now the USA would have had a friendly and happily corrupt Taliban government in Afghanistan, rather like our good friends in Saudi Arabia and our former good friends in Iraq and Iran.
The war in Vietnam lasted from 1945 to 1975, and was continued by proxy via the Khmer Rouge until perhaps 1989.
The war in Afghanistan was started by Carter in 1979, funding the jihadists against a secular USS-friendly Afghan government and was assisted by the USAian taxpayer during the time the USSR occupied Afghanistan. So that war, from the Afghan perspective has, run for 37 years.
Come on you big strong men,
Uncle Sam needs your help again,
He's got himself in a terrible jam,
Way out there in Afghanistan.
And it's 1, 2, 3,
What're we fighting for?
Don't ask me, I don't give a damn,
Next stop, Afghanistan.
As of October 1, 2015, there have been 2,326 U.S. military deaths in the War in Afghanistan. 1,856 of these deaths have been the result of hostile action. 20,083 American servicemembers have also been wounded in action during the war. In addition, there were 1,173 U.S. civilian contractor fatalities.
So we already have 20K+ casualties. Without modern medical technology, we probably would have lost a lot more, what to speak of all the poor Afghans that have died. America cheers on Red Dawn wetdreams for ourselves but demonize people when they choose to do the same to protect their own land. I still remember the Rambo Bin Laden is a hero propaganda pushing the Taliban guys on us in the 80's. They were Reagan's Freedom Fighters, the Kurds play that role now. It is all just so sad and so obscene.
But the US has always refused to acknowledge or take part in the ICC. And don't forget where all this war money goes...to the US war industry.