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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Everybody Knows

Happy Earth Day!

We have shot an astounding number of people

--Gen. Stanley McChrystal

Everybody knows that the war is over

Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich

--Everybody Knows
, Leonard Cohen

All frauds have a purpose,

mostly to relieve the unwary of their wealth,

though occasionally to launch some foreign adventure

--Conn Hallinan


Ranger has largely avoided the hyped Battle for Marjah since there is little of strategic or military importance linked with the endeavor; it is not the moral equivalent of the Soviet victory at Stalingrad.

Secretary of Defense Gates says the U.S. now owns the battle space, whatever that means. Ranger remembers how important were the Korean battles that preserved the South Korean state, but sees no benefit to America other than the Korean wives brought home by U.S. servicemen. These women seem to be the backbone of the AFES PX system, without whom the PX's would not function.

The same could be said of Vietnam. What did the U.S. benefit, save for a plethora of nail salons now evident in every mall in America (next to the also ubiquitous empty storefronts.)

And now General McChrystal is trying to sell us on the upcoming push into Kandahar. But why are the U.S. and NATO planning the action? Why can't Afghanistan secure its own cities?

Global Post
ran an incisive essay (4.8.10) on the shell game that is Marjah (Behind the Afghan Fraud.) Author Callahan says, "When the Obama Administration demanded that the Karzai government reinstate an independent electoral commission, plus end corruption—in particular, dumping the President’s larcenous half brother Ahmed Wali Karzai who runs Khandahar like a feudal fiefdom", Karzai went off to Teheran to embrace Iranian President Ahmadinejad, and he further threatens to join the Taliban, "not a happy moment for the Potomac."

Our analysis: Karazai must be on drugs. But maybe Wally K. is the shape of things to come. Maybe ... it is just their country after all, notwithstanding battle space gibberish.

So what is our goal? To solidify the stranglehold of the Karzai family on the country, or to benefit the Afghan people? Is it to benefit the U.S. taxpayers?

Why do Americans continue to support this war that will never produce anything of consequence to America? The war aims and the political ramifications defy logic.

U.S. citizens seem to have more important concerns than who rules Kandahar's feudal kingdom.


Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

oh my stars and garters! the possibility that the "president" of the country that grows the best poppies, the best hashish, killer weed and in the hills makes a pretty damned fine plum brandy might be under the influence of something?

what a world. what a world.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 4:03:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love how this theme keeps popping up lately in these random blogs i read. we just wish everybody knew. the people that matter the most still believe the lies. they have to. their whole life and reason for being has been built around them. the people. never have i been so frustrated and in love with them at the same time. their definitely needs to be an easing into these "truths" or should say, outroduction to the old lies.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 8:26:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The American people have no power to influence their government so it really doesn't matter if most or many of them object to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Besides which, Americans are busy learning to be citizens of a third world country and that requires great effort on the part of the people.

Jay in N.C.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 9:49:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rogue trader said...

To quote George Harrison: If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there.

Stalin too seemed to be on something. He never let a little thing like will of the proletariat stand in HIS way.


Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 1:39:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...


Fr. the art.:

"75% of the [drug] trade is captured by government officials, the police, local and regional brokers and traffickers. In short, our allies."

Rogue T.,

Excellent musical choice.

Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 2:13:00 PM GMT-5  

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