Two quintessential faces of evil…
I personally have known people who have been to Afghanistan and they claim the Taliban is now stronger than ever. According to them, Trump had it correct when he said: " OUR TROOPS ARE BEING KILLED BY THE AFGHANIS WE TRAIN AND WASTE BILLIONS THERE. NONSENSE!"
Replicating Obama failure?
Excuse me! Obama like Bush before him and now Trump after him have not failed at doing what they have been ordered to do namely: make trillions of $$$$$$$$$$ for the war profiteers!
War is a tried and true method of propping up a dying economy. For the owners of the United States, human lives pale in importance compared with a good economy.
So sad that this long war will continue indefinitely. The one thing that Mr Orange unpredictable could have probably gotten away with is pulling all our troups, advisors and mercenaries out of the graveyard of empires. He could have declared victory and his ‘base’ would be ok with it. The rest of us would be relieved. But he is really an insecure coward and is knuckling under to the military industrial complex just like everybody else… so depressing.
The 1% privatizes the wars and profits bigly and the 99% pays the costs. Nice racket.
No surprise here. The USA has been effectively under a military dictatorship for decades and decades if not longer. There is only the illusion and pretense of the USA and its citizens being free.
It will be interesting to see how much of the pie he throws to Blackwater. Erik Prince must be drooling to get more federal dollars as well as some of the opium action.
It would seem that if a war hasn’t been won after 16 years of fighting some tough questions should be asked. Such as. what is the purpose of this war now that al-Qaeda is not using Afghanistan for training camps? Why to do we care about the Taliban? How is this war being paid for? Is Congress supporting this war? Is there an exit strategy?
They talk of nation-building and standing up democractic institutions, while our own crumble. It has gone way beyond farce. And, now we have The Nutcase-in-Chief adding his support and his wise counselor, General Lee " Salty " Nutz, to the next trickbag of rancid Unhappy Trails Mix. What a waste.
In today’s lesson we are going to review what we have learned about the nature of the perversion of the “art” of war. More specifically, to what extent do intervening countries create and nurture a vicious cycle of seemingly self-perpetuating circumstances, which they then use as the sophomoric and specious justifications for unduly prolonged military campaigns?
“Okay class, now, repeat after me, ‘If you don’t know history, then…”
It seems as if the United States (and its usual allies) has adopted a game-plan that calls for perpetual wars. The current focus is on the Mid East. However, there are many other areas that are prime candidates for U.S. invasion or intervention. All it takes is the invocation of fear/terror, as well as mass media’s devout compliance—in incessantly beating the war drums.
I think they took the recent myriad wars straight out of “1984,”]by George Orwell. In that book, there were constant news reports about some perpetual war, which was being waged on the periphery or borders of the civilized world. The reports were usually of “near victory,” but never any real substantial gains.
On June 28, 2010, an AP article quoted then-CIA director Leon Panetta, "We’re seeing elements of progress, but this is going to be tough.” That article read, "Panetta estimated there are fewer than 100 al-Qaida militants operating inside Afghanistan, with the rest hiding along Pakistan’s mountainous western border.” When asked about the Taliban, he said, “There is progress—even if it’s slower than I think anyone anticipated."
On July 25, 2010, an article read, “More NATO troops will die in Afghanistan as violence mounts over the summer, but Washington’s goal of turning the tide against the [Taliban] insurgency by year’s end is within reach, the top U.S. military officer said.”
Back then, I recalled many an article with a title similar to, “Al Qaeda’s network has been ‘severely degraded’ by joint U.S.-Pakistani efforts”.
Yeah right… It is just like I constantly read about the al-Qaeda’s ”Number-3 man” being killed. He’s replaced. Then, the next “Number-3 man” is killed. Of course, he’s replaced. Then… ad nauseam.
These war-on -terror news reports will “see-saw”—up and down, back and forth—into public consciousness for the next 50 years. The U.S. news media will mostly be reporting the military’s achievement of some sort of progress or near victory—punctuated by occasional setbacks. However, most of those military campaigns will never accomplish anything really definitive. Certainly, there will be no actual victory or “mission accomplished,” as the United States plans to engage in perpetual wars in that region.
Recently the West has embarked on ambitious campaigns of active combat engagement in several other Mid-East countries, from Libya, to Syria and Yemen. All the while—predictably— it is still stuck in the quagmires of Afghanistan and Iraq. Certain military strategists shocked many onlookers, when they suggested that the United States partner with certain elements of al-Qaida in order to achieve geo-political goals of the West.
And since then, for the sake of propaganda branding and stoking seemingly everlasting tension and fear, al-Qaida has almost magically morphed into various incarnations/factions. There are the so-called moderate rebels and then there is ISIS. Oops! The West’s coalition has largely re-branded it as “Daesh.” (Slick PR gimmick, eh?)
Curiously enough, those relatively recently re-named (i.e., re-branded) forces mysteriously obtain training, logistics, funding, transport and supplies (i.e., from Iraq and Libya); certain of those ragtag forces are imported into different countries to create “boogeymen,” so as to justify interventions on the scale which serve to further the geo-political agenda of the global power-elite. (It is no surprise that many of those recruits “defect” to the “enemy,” along with their newly acquired training, weapons and supplies. (Nice!)
So, be prepared next week for an article to read, "ISIS’ network has ‘gained substantial strength’ DESPITE joint U.S.-[Insert name of coalition-force du-jour here] efforts".
Hmmm… It begs the question, “Why didn’t the coalitions of the West learn their lesson from the former Soviet Union?” For, it also got bogged down in an Afghanistan quagmire. Truth be told, the powers-that-be, in their “infinite wisdom,” always knew that such wars would drag on and on and on… But then again, the military-security-industrial complex does seem to have an insatiable appetite.
Oh, and don’t forget Afghainstan supplies some 95% of the world’s opium since the U.S.-led invasion. It also has tremendous deposits of minerals, especially some of the rarest and most sought-after.
Two very unhappy men scowling at life and wanting more of whatever they can get.
When will direct democracy eclipse our pay for play system permanently?
Thank you for making that point. The sooner the identity politics based on lies is shattered, the better.
One of the principle issues motivating The American Revolution was who had the rights to control the Ohio Country (lands west of the Appalachians and south of Lake Erie) - the British Crown or the American Colonists.
After the French and Indian War (1754–63) King George claimed the region for The Crown, though the Colonists had fought side by side with British troops and Hessian mercenaries (actually child soldiers purchased by King George) to push the French back north of the Great Lakes. The very forts they’d helped the British build along the spine of the Appalachians to prosecute the war were now being used to keep the Colonists from entering the territories they’d just helped take from the French.
The US has been expansionist from its very creation.
“…the Incredibly Corrupt and Illegitimate (Afghan) Government…that the US keeps in Power with…$35 BILLION A YEAR…”
But for HealthCare, Education, Infrastructure, Alternative Energy, Government Sponsored Job Creation…
We’re all going to have to :
HAVE AN ADULT CONVERSATION ABOUT THE ECONOMY !
TIGHTEN OUR BELTS !
because, as we all know
THE MONEY JUST ISN’T THERE !
The Republicans never cease their refrain: “The government can’t create jobs.”
But they sure do support the weapons manufacturers in their districts.
The Democrats never cease their refrain: “We’re the party of peace.”
But they sure do support the weapons manufacturers in their districts.
Both parties are endless war parties.
Both parties are servants of the MIC.
Both parties are beholden to Israel and Saudi Arabia.
It’s a helluva way to make a living.
Om shanthi. The challenge to America right now is to get Trump out of the White House where he is dictating the American directions in Afghanistan. Such as his comment about Afghanistans mineral wealth he would like to exploit. So how does everyone feel about his re committing our troops to Aghanistan on the other side of the planets, which is costing troop lives a hundreds of billions of dollars. Trump has renewed our commitment to American troop lives and billions of dollars on the other side of the planet. For what? Corporate profits?