sunset from behind the wire

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Afghanistan - for another Christmas

After the attack by primarily Saudi Arabians on the United States on September 11, 2001, the US successfully steered the national response against the Saudis toward the Afghans. At the time, it reminded me of a type of "wag the dog" scenario because Saudis at all levels of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia worked with the terrorists who hijacked airliners in order to make their mission successful.**
**It's incredibly ironic that this attack by Saudis was focused against an America that supported the Israelis and today the Saudis are making common cause with Israel against the Islamic Republic of Iran, which is racing to obtain a nuclear arsenal that they plan to unleash on Israel, the Saudis (and the US if they can pull it off).
At the time it was unseemly for the US to retaliate against the Saudis and seize their oil fields for our own use (nuke their ass and steal their gas scenario).

Thus, the US invaded Afghanistan, buoyed up with international sympathy against Al Qaeda. Within a year after the shackles were removed from the US Intelligence Community, al Qaeda had renounced its mission to establish a global caliphate. They redirected their efforts to regional, loosely affiliated insurgent groups bent on domination of the regions where they live in the Philippines, Malaysia, and in Africa predominantly. 

Meanwhile, the US pursued a policy of Afghan pacification even though the Afghan resistance was made up of splinter groups such as Taliban (a proxy for Pakistani national interests), Haqqani, Hezb-e Isalmi, Taj Mir Jawad, (and the Afghan National Army), most of which had only the loosest affiliation with al Qaeda. Twelve years and $680 billion later with no end in sight, the US is on track to leave Afghanistan to the Afghans, following in the wake of Alexander the Great, the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union.

And once the US is gone and the Afghans don't have a unifying point for their hatred, they will resort again to internecine warfare, for which they have been famous for at least 6,000 years.

Why did the US stay in Afghanistan so long?

War is a racket, and because of that, it's been good for American corporations and thus has provided a mechanism to prop up the middle-class who provide everything from bullets and bandaids to turkey dinners and shoestrings for combat boots.

Maybe by next Christmas we will be gone from there, and at least $700 billion poorer -- but gone.


16 comments:

  1. We are never gone from somewhere, it's bad for business.
    What if I sent cookies, instead of bore snakes...

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    1. They wouldn't want food from an infidel. Likely you'd make them with bacon grease. While delicious, it would keep them from the 70 virgins, river of honey, etc. when they croak.

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    2. I have the best of intentions towards the Afghans, by sending bore snakes to OUR guys, instead of cookies...

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    3. Oh - I thought that you were suggesting that you send the Afghans cookies to pacify them. Ooops.

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    4. Not your Ooops... My fault for not having coffee before commenting! Thanks for the full quote of Kipling's The White Man's Burden.

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  2. In 2007, while I was in Spain on a small amount of business, a Spanish lawyer asked me why our government was keeping interest rates so dangerously low. I told him, they have two wars to finance. He was shocked. There's a reason Afghanistan is called the Graveyard of Empires. I've said it before - maybe even here - the only thing Afghans tribals love more than inter-tribal warfare is killing foreign invaders bent on stopping their inter-tribal warfare.

    Shame that so many Americans - and Europeans for that matter - are suffering today (and will well into the foreseeable future) all for the benefit of the racket masters.

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    1. Take up the White Man's burden—
      Send forth the best ye breed—
      Go bind your sons to exile
      To serve your captives' need.

      --- Kipling, The White Man's Burden

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  3. We, for some unknown reason, have always had government leaders who did not read history. Or - if they read it, didn't believe it. We INSIST on screwing up and getting our soldiers killed for nothing.

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    1. It doesn't matter whether they have a D or an R, they're all the same.

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  4. We should get a fund together to buy billboard space in DC, and then emblazon that Kipling quote on as many as we can afford. The heads, they would be exploding!

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    1. It would set Washington ablaze.

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    2. The White Man's Burden - full quote - worth the context. (Kipling)

      Take up the White Man's burden--
      Send forth the best ye breed--
      Go bind your sons to exile
      To serve your captives' need;
      To wait in heavy harness,
      On fluttered folk and wild--
      Your new-caught, sullen peoples,
      Half-devil and half-child.

      Take up the White Man's burden--
      In patience to abide,
      To veil the threat of terror
      And check the show of pride;
      By open speech and simple,
      An hundred times made plain
      To seek another's profit,
      And work another's gain.

      Take up the White Man's burden--
      The savage wars of peace--
      Fill full the mouth of Famine
      And bid the sickness cease;
      And when your goal is nearest
      The end for others sought,
      Watch sloth and heathen Folly
      Bring all your hopes to nought.

      Take up the White Man's burden--
      No tawdry rule of kings,
      But toil of serf and sweeper--
      The tale of common things.
      The ports ye shall not enter,
      The roads ye shall not tread,
      Go mark them with your living,
      And mark them with your dead.

      Take up the White Man's burden--
      And reap his old reward:
      The blame of those ye better,
      The hate of those ye guard--
      The cry of hosts ye humour
      (Ah, slowly!) toward the light:--
      "Why brought he us from bondage,
      Our loved Egyptian night?"

      Take up the White Man's burden--
      Ye dare not stoop to less--
      Nor call too loud on Freedom
      To cloke your weariness;
      By all ye cry or whisper,
      By all ye leave or do,
      The silent, sullen peoples
      Shall weigh your gods and you.

      Take up the White Man's burden--
      Have done with childish days--
      The lightly proferred laurel,
      The easy, ungrudged praise.
      Comes now, to search your manhood
      Through all the thankless years
      Cold, edged with dear-bought wisdom,
      The judgment of your peers!

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  5. Yep, I'd throw $$ at that... Sigh...

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    1. Kipling wrote it at the end of the 1800's. Things never change.

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