Do The Same Thing Over And Over

Most of us know the quote by Einstein…..it is a profound quote….it can be applied to just about everything the US does on the world stage.

As a student of war I visit many sites, even some neocon and pro war sites….it helps me get a perspective on the subject….that is to look at both sides of the subject…..

In 2001 Bush proclaimed the War on Terror, although we have been fighting terror heavily ever since the USS Cole and the embassy bombings of the late 1990’s….but with all our resources we are not making much headway….why is that?

Today, we struck back,” the president said after the United States conducted a military strike against terrorists and their sanctuary. But which president? George W. Bush, who declared war on terrorism after the 9/11 attacks? Barack Obama, who subsequently took charge of that war? Or Donald J. Trump, who carries the mantle today?

Really, it could have been any of the three—but it was none of them. President Bill Clinton uttered those words on August 20, 1998.

Clinton made the statement after ordering a military strike against al-Qaeda training camps in Afghanistan and the al-Shifa pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Sudan in response to two, nearly simultaneous terrorist attacks perpetrated by al-Qaeda against the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed twelve Americans (and more than two hundred others). With a foreshadowing of the future to come, Operation Infinite Reach could be seen as the counterterrorism strike that started it all.

https://mwi.usma.edu/strategic-counterterrorism-failure-continue-thing-expecting-different-results/

Part of the problem is that Bill Clinton was a wimp.  He had major terrorists in his sights but failed to act.

Plus our “leaders” are not keeping up with the times….most are working off definitions from 1970….I hate to be the one that pisses on their parade but the world has changed and so has the definition of terrorism and terrorist.

Until they get a grip on that one simple problem they will continue to use outdated tactics that will do more harm than good.

Why not look at Afghanistan?

Data the Pentagon issued last year to spotlight the success of operations against militant groups in Afghanistan were inaccurate, raising questions about the real progress of the secretive counterterrorism campaign being conducted by the U.S. and Afghan military.

Key figures in the by-the-numbers look at U.S. and Afghan counterterrorism missions in the second half of 2017, which have been published by prominent news outlets, were wrong, defense officials confirmed after Stars and Stripes pointed out discrepancies. The incorrect data — including a breakdown of independent and joint raids and a body count of enemy fighters — were released in an unclassified December report to Congress titled “Enhancing Security and Stability in Afghanistan.

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2018/03/07/numbers-us-counterterrorism-efforts-afghanistan-dont-add.html

Our efforts are not doing the job they were intended to do….we are sadly spinning our wheels…….

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14 thoughts on “Do The Same Thing Over And Over

    1. I see the same issues that we had in Vietnam….that was also a counter-insurgency…..been doing the same things for 50 years…..chuq

  1. We were warned a long time ago not to get obsessed with the lures of the Industrial/Military Complex. I guess no one was listening or everyone has forgotten.

      1. Greed is the grease that moves the wheels of the world and the sooner we get used to it and prepare ourselves to either cope with it or benefit from it the better off we will all be. You can quote me on that.

      2. All great modern enterprises and institutions are based solidly in one form of greed or another. We can fight against it but it gets us nothing when we do so because it is so pervasive and thoroughly ingrained in every aspect of our lives … and more so if we intend to profit from it to any significant degree. Greed is the ultimate good in the fields of Commerce.

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