A wonderful morning…it is 0330 and the temp is 93…..what a damn joy!
By now everyone has seen the iconic pictures of the panic and chaos brought om by the Taleban seizing most of the country.
Yes the stories are heart wrenching…but all too predictable….you see it has all happened before.
Then there are the American people…they now are saying that we should have never occupied the nation of Afghanistan especially for 20 years.
And the survey sez!
As the chaotic American withdrawal from Afghanistan continues, almost two-thirds of Americans say that the 20-year war in that country — as well as the Iraq War — were not worth fighting, per a new AP-NORC poll.
The polling for the two wars — conflicts begun separately and for distinct reasons — is remarkably similar. 62% of Americans believe that the war in Afghanistan was not worth fighting, while 63% say the same about the Iraq War.
For both wars, a slight partisan divide exists; Republicans were more likely to say that the wars were worth fighting than Democrats, with 45% of Republicans saying the war in Iraq was worth fighting, versus just 27% of Democrats that said the same thing.
I call BS to this survey.
Where was this so-called 60% when the war was raging? They have an opinion now that it is on the boob tube 24/7……this is fake rage!
If it was that disliked where were the street protests demanding it end?
For 20 years the generals and the media have been lying to the American public…..and now they have a story to spurn Americans sympathy and compassion…it will not work!
Back to the cheer leading generals that work more for defense industries than the people of the US….
An opening move in the U.S. military high command’s campaign to deflect blame for the 20-year-long American debacle in Afghanistan has come with a Sunday article by General H.R. McMaster and Bradley Bowman in the Wall Street Journal, “In Afghanistan, the Tragic Toll of Washington Delusion.”
The delusions have indeed been real, and now cruelly exposed. As amply documented by the reports of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) John F. Sopko, and the The Afghanistan Papers by Washington Post journalist Craig Whitlock, the deceptions are largely the work of McMaster himself and his military colleagues.
After 20 years it is obvious who the Pentagon truly works for…..
Think I am being too hard on these corporate slugs?
Why all this surprise over the quick move of the Taleban? Were we caught off guard?
NO WE WERE NOT!
The White House says nobody anticipated that Afghanistan would fall so quickly. But the Wall Street Journal is out with a scoop about an internal State Department cable dated July 13 that warned things were about to get very bad in a hurry:
- Warning: The cable, signed by 23 staffers, warned that Kabul would likely collapse quickly after the Aug. 31 troop withdrawal and urged the White House to immediately ramp up evacuations of Afghans who worked with the US. It was sent to Secretary of State Antony Blinken through the department’s longstanding “dissent channel,” and Blinken personally reviewed it, per the story.
Context: “The classified cable represents the clearest evidence yet that the administration had been warned by its own officials on the ground that the Taliban’s advance was imminent and Afghanistan’s military may be unable to stop it,” writes Vivian Salama of the Journal.
- Context, II: The cable “casts perhaps the harshest light yet on the administration’s performance,” per the Politico Playbook.
- What they said: In July, President Biden said it was “highly unlikely” the Taliban would be able to run roughshod over the country. On Wednesday, Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters that “there was nothing that I or anyone else saw that indicated a collapse of this army and this government in 11 days,” per Yahoo News. (The cable did not appear to suggest the collapse would happen before the withdrawal deadline of Aug. 31.)
- Effects: It appears the White House did implement some recommendations contained in the cable, but apparently not aggressively enough. The Journal notes that an estimated 18,000 Afghans who have applied for a special visa remain stuck in Afghanistan.
- Accountability: The House Foreign Affairs Committee has summoned Blinken to appear, and ranking Republican Michael McCaul said he wants a full readout of the cable, reports the Hill. “If these reports are true, it means this Administration also willfully ignored the pleas of their own people on the ground in Kabul and their warnings of how dire the situation truly was,” McCaul said.
Maybe things would have been different without the pandemic (some say) but the daily victory laps by Biden did not help the Afghan situation.
Not to worry then even with the loss of Afghanistan the gravy train will continue….The real “corrupt elite” weren’t Afghans, who were pikers in comparison to the grifting of Pentagon, State, & CIA contractors, lobbyists, & revolving door generals, slurping up long-term, no-bid contracts that continued to pay off no matter how ineffectual or criminal their work.
The media’s heart wrenching stories are doing NOTHING to solve the problem….and sadly in a year no one will care what has happened to those poor souls in Afghanistan there will be new story to tug at America’s heart strings.
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