Are the mandarins correct, or is Trump?
I try to write the truth as best I see it here on this blog. You all can decide for yourselves whether I'm an honest man or a maniac.
- George W. Bush did not know that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction when we invaded Iraq. There was no SHRED OF PROOF in the intelligence that he received. Pres. Bush and others surmised that there 'must be weapons of mass destruction' in Iraq. That's a far cry from, 'there are weapons of mass destruction'. The go-order for the Invasion of Iraq took place mid-June 2002. I still recall where I was when it came down from the President. We didn't invade until March 20, 2003.
- The Bush Administration was told that it would take 250,000 American troops on the ground in Iraq for 10 years to pacify the place and get it "civilized". That was a sound analysis given to SECDEF Rumsfeld and his staff. He said, "We don't have 250,000 to commit and we don't have ten years." The answer was, "Then you shouldn't invade." But we invaded because we could, not because we should.
- Iraq was not part of the "war on terror/war against al Qaeda". The administration put it that way because it advanced their agenda, not because it was true. The War in Iraq actually distracted from the war against al Qaeda after 9/11/01.
The War in Afghanistan against terror cells ended early in that conflict as those groups were killed or disbursed by the CIA-led conflict. The Taliban were and always have been a construct of the Pakistani Government, our ally, which we prop up with massive foreign aid.
- In the mid-1990's the Pakistani Inter-Service Intelligence Agency (ISI) created and armed the Pushtuns living in the Northwest Frontier Province (NFP) in Pakistan to get them out of Pakistan and back into Afghanistan. The "holy quest" they embarked on was the removal of the Tajik-led government and replace it with a Pushtun tribal government, creating a "Greater Paktunistan". It would also block a natural gas pipeline in the process of construction from Turkmenistan/Uzbekistan to India.
- The war we have been fighting in Afghanistan at a cost of trillions of dollars (15 year war to date) has been a "big Army" war. The CIA turned it over to them. Alexander-the-Great, the British Empire and the Soviet Union tried to tame the place and they all left, frustrated. When the US leaves, nothing will have changed.
- The Pakistani Government could end the US War in Afghanistan in one day. It's not in their financial interest to do so.
It's true that the US invasions of Iraq or Afghanistan (after big Army took over) were lodestones for foreign fighters to run to and die in rather than engage in attacks on the United States or its allies. That is a fact.
The Obama government decided that making allies of Iran was preferable to allying ourselves with Saudi Arabia (and by extension, al Qaeda). I leave it to you, the reader, to form your own opinion on the matter. The truth is that the US/Canada does not need their oil.
There are a lot of FILTHY secrets that the Republicans want to have swept under the rug. The same is true of the Democrats. They live in fear of a Trump presidency partially because they don't know whether or not he'd be inclined to keep their confidences.
Now to Mitt Romney, who I like as a man and respect. He ran against the biggest fraud ever to occupy the White House and failed to take on Barack's fraudulent attendance at US Universities as a "foreign student" from Indonesia. There is a lot of attack material on Barack that Mitt did not use. He has chosen to attack GOP front-runner Donald Trump. My respect for Romney has diminished.