On my first reporting trip to Afghanistan, I was surprised to find that so many people supported the US invasion. They loved President George Bush because he got rid of the hated Taliban regime. But when I asked what should the US do now, most answered “go home.” That was in January 2002, just three months after the US invasion.
It’s about the mineral wealth and an oil pipeline as well!
Trump probably discovered after being sworn in (if he didn’t know previously) that in matters of importance, like where will the next war be fought, his job is just to be the spokesman for the people who really make the decisions.
Considering the number of ex-military in Trump’s inner circle, is it possible that there has been a successful silent coup by the military?
A military too big to fail so we stay and stay for no other reason than we must not be seen as losing. People keep responding to what Trump says as if he does anything other than talk! The author asks what can another 4,000 men accomplish? They accomplish their mission which is to stay in country so as to keep the USA from looking like it didn’t accomplish anything. They are there to make it look like we haven’t lost.
No timetable says Trump. Why? It is because a timetable draws a line where you are asked did you accomplish anything by the deadline? No deadlines, no timetables, no marker to show failure! We have the largest military in the world and yet we are unable to win this Forever War scenario.
We stay because we cannot look like we are leaving having failed to accomplish anything.
We stay to make it look good. We stay because our military is too big to fail!
Opposition to imperialism shouldn’t be based on its inefficacy
But on its iniquity
I’ve written about the US-Afghan-Pakistan heroin connection for many years.
Here’s an article from 2002.
Absolutely nothing will be done in the “development” sphere by the US (of with it’s “allies”) that will benefit the Afghan people. Nothing. All this is purely strategic; keep Russia, India, Pakistan, Iran and ultimately China from “dominating” Afghanistan. There is no “solution”.
A good seminal work: “The Politics of Heroin” Alfred McCoy.
The flow of heroin and the $$$$ that follows is what helps fund our “black” budget when all is “off budget”…in the catacombs of the Pentagon.