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The 16 Year War in Afghanistan – Headlines Tell the Story


The 16 Year War in Afghanistan – Headlines Tell the Story

Ralph Nader

Since 2001 the US has been at War in Afghanistan – the longest war in US history. Headlines concisely tell the story of this cruel boomeranging quagmire of human violence and misery. Below are some newspaper headlines from 2010 to the present to show that a militarized foreign policy without Congress’s constitutional duties and steadfast public engagement will drift on, costing our soldiers’ lives and limbs, nearly three-quarters of a trillion taxpayer dollars, hundreds of thousands of Afghani lives and millions of refugees, with no end in sight.


The Afghan War is probably the most obvious evidence that sometime after 1946 the USA gradually morphed from a semi-representative republic to a full-blown Military Dictatorship.

Otherwise, some kind of rational decision-making would have kicked-in & our forces would have been withdrawn.

Instead, you just have this insane General Ursus (from the original Planet of the Apes!) mentality controlling the country.

How to disband our military, how to dismantle the Pentagon and all its enablers, that is the central question if we want to try to stop our slide into a true Planet of the Apes-type dystopia.


But didn’t you know, if I say this is fake news, it is fake news.


" A full blown Military Dictatorship."

Yes, in my view, the Korean conflict was the final nail in America as a representative republic. Because that was when congress abdicated its authority to declare wars.


Thank you Mr. Nader excellent article.


Here’s another headline for the list, from The Intercept today:

Fearful Villagers See the U.S. Using Afghanistan as a “Playground for Their Weapons”


The Afghan villagers see the reality of all this, whereas the American public lacks the will and the ability and even the desire to do so. God help us. We will pay for this for a long time.


Most of the American people even don’t know about the geological position of Afghanistan on the globe. The same goes for Iraq. A good chunk of people are totally blind and ignorant. Only those who are coming back home either without limbs or lives have any knowledge about the war. Whereas the mainstream population cannot comprehend the actual gravity of wars. Furthar, in the deep southern states, joining to army is the major source of employment. The nation has completely lost manufacturing jobs which only can engage many to work for living. On the other hand the Wall Street magnets make all the wars very permanent. So the tax-payers’ money would bring large profit to them through drones, bombs and various ammunitions. No nation on earth spends more than sixty percent of its treasury for war when health, education and varrious infrastuctures are falling apart. Additionally, jobless people are changing to panhandlers. It’s a real shame.


I would argue that the US morphed into full blown military dictatorship when they sent the Army to fight the Indians. (That happened a lot sooner than 1946) US imperialism really began when the Marines were formed and went to invade Tripoli.