Let’s agree that the Pentagon should deliver what information it has, perhaps short the location of nuclear arms, troops in battle in a formally declared war engaged with permission of Congress, or a very few other items with similar concerns.
But what SIGAR’s report actually suggests here is not only that it will not reveal that information, but that it does not intend to track it. This might lead us to the fascinating if not reassuring conclusion that US military engagements are not undertaken primarily to hold land.
The US has invaded a fresh country roughly once every two years since its inception, with ongoing battles through the gradual invasion of the North American continent and over the last nearly 30 years, if we include regular bombings that would be obvious acts of war were the tables reversed. And that is still grossly understated, but it would take a multi-volume tome to describe the ways that this government messes with people.
Since WWII and increasingly, this business of “regime change” and economic controls has instituted a sort of caciqueismo of the mafia-state as the latter-day capitalist replacement for the early capitalist nation-state fascist dictators. It is this so-called “neoliberal” regime, more flexible and insidious but not kinder than its predecessors, that has to be rooted out and eliminated.
The Pentagon does not care how much territory it holds in Afghanistan because that is under the control of the Karzais and perhaps competing opium cartels. It is cheaper for them to let these people police each other and pay them by allowing them to penetrate Western markets. It only took the relative destruction of Afghan society to set this up, and the military stands ready not to hold Afghanistan, but to destroy it again at will.
Look to Britain’s Opium War in China. to Chiang-Kai Shek’s involvement in the 20th century, to the CIA trade in the Golden Triangle, to Ollie North. and so on. Look to the markets for human traffic, for drugs, for cheap foreign labor.