10 More Years in Afghanistan

When Barack Obama became president, there were 32,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan.  He escalated to over 100,000 troops, plus contractors. Now there are 47,000 troops these five years later.  Measured in financial cost, or death and destruction, Afghanistan is more President Obama’s war than President Bush’s.  Now the White House is trying to keep troops in Afghanistan until “2024 and beyond.”

Afghan President Hamid Karzai is refusing to sign the deal. Here is his list of concerns. He’d like the U.S. to stop killing civilians and stop kicking in people’s doors at night.  He’d like the U.S. to engage in peace negotiations.  He’d like innocent Afghan prisoners freed from Guantanamo.  And he’d like the U.S. not to sabotage the April 2014 Afghan elections.  Whatever we think of Karzai’s legacy — my own appraisal is unprintable — these are perfectly reasonable demands.

Iran and Pakistan oppose keeping nine major U.S. military bases in Afghanistan, some of them on the borders of their nations, until the end of time.  U.S. officials threaten war on Iran with great regularity, the new agreement notwithstanding.  U.S. missiles already  hit Pakistan in a steady stream.  These two nations’ concerns seem as reasonable as Karzai’s.

The U.S. public has been telling pollsters we want all U.S. troops out of Afghanistan “as soon as possible” for years and years.  We’re spending $10 million per hour making ourselves less safe and more hated.  The chief cause of death for U.S. troops in this mad operation is suicide.

When the U.S. troops left Iraq, it remained a living hell, as Libya is now too.  But the disaster that Iraq is does not approach what it was during the occupation.  Much less has Iraq grown dramatically worse post-occupation, as we were warned for years by those advocating continued warfare.

Humanitarian aid to Afghanistan — or to the entire world, for that matter, including our own country — would cost a fraction of what we spend on wars and war preparations, and would make us the most beloved nation on earth.  I bet we’d favor that course if asked.  We were asked on Syria, and we told pollsters we favored aid, not missiles.

We stopped the missiles.  Congress members in both houses and parties said they heard from more people, more passionately, and more one-sidedly than ever before.  But we didn’t stop the guns that we opposed even more than the missiles in polls.  The CIA shipped the guns to the fighters without asking us or the Congress.  And Syrians didn’t get the aid that we favored.

We aren’t asked about the drone strikes.  We aren’t asked about most military operations.  And we aren’t being asked about Afghanistan.  Nor is Congress asserting its power to decide.  This state of affairs suggests that we haven’t learned our lesson from the Syrian Missile Crisis.  Fewer than one percent of us flooded Congress and the media with our voices, and we had a tremendous impact.  The lesson we should learn is that we can do that again and again with each new war proposal.

What if two percent of us called, emailed, visited, protested, rallied, spoke-out, educated, and non-violently resisted 10 more years in Afghanistan?  We’d have invented a new disease.  They’d replace the Vietnam Syndrome with the Afghanistan Syndrome.  Politicians would conclude that the U.S. public was just not going to stand for any more wars.  Only reluctantly would they try to sneak the next one past us.

Or we could sit back and keep quiet while a Nobel Peace Prize winner drags a war he’s “ending” out for another decade, establishing that there’s very little in the way of warmaking outrages that we won’t allow them to roll right over us.

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  • gozounlimited

    Waiting Two More Years For the Geoengineering Climate Planetary Treaty …..

    Critics of the climate hysteria and the UN summit, though, were left confused — especially considering the spectacular implosion of the UN’s global-warming theories, which is still accelerating as some experts even predict an upcoming cooling period. Despite the fact that “global warming” actually stopped more than 16 years ago — in the process obliterating the credibility of every single one of the 73 debunked “climate” models used by the UN — the assembled government representatives claimed their deal was needed to save the world from alleged “man-made climate change.”

    Top scientists, meanwhile, continued to ridicule the tax-funded climate alarmists throughout the spectacle. Still, negotiators in Warsaw worked in their bubble, seemingly detached from reality and the outside world where 50,000 protesters gathered in opposition to the machinations, to wage more war on freedom and sovereignty — all of it under the guise of fighting against the essential-to-life gas carbon dioxide.

    Despite being outlandishly referred to as “pollution” by the UN and its allies, CO2 is exhaled by humans and necessary for plant life. On top of that, human emissions of CO2 account for a mere fraction of one percent of all “greenhouse gases” in the atmosphere — though there is no question that the ringleaders of the climate-alarmism machine have an outsized “carbon footprint” when
    compared with everyday people.

    The UN’s climate czar, Christiana Figueres, explained last year that the real goal of the global-warming agreement was actually the “complete transformation of the economic structure of the world.” Individual liberty, free markets, national sovereignty, and more will all have to go, the UN has admitted on numerous occasions, using everything from poverty to now-discredited global warming theories to justify the assaults on humanity…… Read More: http://thenewamerican.com/tech/environment/item/17026-un-climate-summit-reaches-deal-for-radical-treaty-by-2015

  • HS

    Somebody has to keep the heroin flowing to the American inner cities.

  • David Zuniga

    Your statement of the problem is perfectly accurate, but your suggested solution would never stop the beast.

    The Axis of Evil (war, banking, and petrochem industries) have directed U.S. foreign policy for 125 years. Read General Smedley Butler’s classic book ‘War is a Racket’, written almost 80 years ago; he named names, companies, and frauds all over the world. Nobody listened.

    Read Stephen Kinzer’s fast-moving chronicle of MIC plunder, entitled ‘Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change From Hawaii to Iraq’. This has gone on for six generations.

    Why six? Because it actually began HERE, when in The War to Enslave the States, the banksters used Lincoln as their puppet to supposedly “stop the insurgent Southern States”, but actually to create a new, illegal national army…neuter the State legislatures and statehouses…and start counterfeiting U.S. Dollars out of worthless paper.

    That all happened in the generation of Lincoln, Marx, and Darwin.

    By the grace of God, the Internet has now changed the chemistry and physics of human interaction, as Davidson and Rees-Mogg described 15 years ago in their book ‘The Sovereign Individual’, and We The People can finally cut the Evil Ones’ puppet strings to Congress, rather than plead our criminal servants, as you suggest.

    If they face long State Penitentiary terms and seizure of their family’s assets, organized crime players in Congress will now face a real choice for the first time in 150 years: obey the Constitution, or live in your State Penitentiary and have your family’s assets seized (wherever on earth you hold them).

    They won’t roll over us if we roll over them first — and the supreme Law of the Land is on OUR side.

    So are most of the firearms and bravehearts, if it ever comes to that.


    • Macjamm

      And just how do you propose we prosecute these criminals when the entire system is completely corrupt? And after our little run in yesterday i didn’t think you were as knowledgeable as you now appear to be. General Smedley Butler, The Banksters used Lincoln, counterfeiting U.S. Dollars these are all very real and factual things but there is also eugenics intentional dumbing down of the population and complete domination of that dumbed down population as far as what they know, think, love and do….

      And you called me a tin foil hat wearing paranoid toothless online hot head,, and you actually know about this kind of stuff … Well i said it before and i will say it again or rather our Founders said it and did it before and we are going to have to do it again….

      Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. (!”!But!”!) – when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security!”!)……