The “big news” in the last couple of days is the American “drawdown” in Afghanistan. Yes, after nearly two decades, the US is finally pulling its troops out of one of the many countries they never had a legal right to be in.
“President” Biden re-affirmed today that the US will be pulling all its forces out of the country by August 31st, adding that the people of Afghanistan must “decide their own future”.
This is being sold all across the media as an end to the (totally illegal and obviously economically motivated) war. Not only that, but the universal message is that ending the war is a bad thing.
The Economist headlines “America’s longest war is ending in crushing defeat”, and warns that life for the Afghanistan people will be worse once NATO has left.
Politico mournfully atones that America “never understood” its war there. While the New York Times comes over all nostalgic and compares the US leaving Afghanistan to the “betrayal” at the end of the Vietnam war in 1975.
Further coverage is already trying to sell us the “cost” of the US withdrawal.
The BBC is reporting that the Taliban are making territorial gains, and the Guardian report that Iran and Russia will step into the “diplomatic vacuum” in the region.
The Evening Standard is going one better, and already priming people for the idea NATO forces will have to go back and start again: “We’ve left Afghanistan but we may well be back“.
But is all this messaging accurate? Is the fighting really over? Did Biden just end a war?
No. Absolutely not. And the official channels are being more than clear about that.
The US acting Air Force Secretary John Roth has already said they have the “Over the Horizon” plan, a 10 billion dollar scheme to fly drone strikes over Afghanistan from airbases in Qatar, Kuwait and the UAE.
On Tuesday, in a press briefing, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby was asked how the US might assist Afghan National Security Defense Forces in the future, he responded:
the way you’ve seen it being conducted in the past – through airstrikes.
Airstrikes and drone strikes will carry on, the White House and Pentagon have been completely up-front on that (The Institute for Public Accuracy has done great work collating all the quotes.)
So, the “war is over”, but the United States will continue to drop bombs on Afghanistan as and when it feels like it (each and every one of those bombs is an individual war crime, by the way).
It is not going to be limited to bombs either, more evidence of how the war in Afghanistan will continue is available right here in the pages of USA Today, which ran a story headlined: “Here’s how we can save Afghanistan from ruin even as we withdraw American troops”, and suggests:
new ways to sustain several thousand Western contractors in or near Afghanistan are needed
“New ways to sustain contractors”, loosely translated, means “more money and weapons for mercenaries”.
For those who don’t know, “contractors” is almost always media speak for “mercenaries”. And “contractors” in Afghanistan have been in the news a fair amount the last few months.
In May, when the “drawdown” was allegedly beginning, NY Magazine reported:
The US Is Leaving Afghanistan? Tell That to the Contractors. American firms capitalize on the withdrawal, moving in with hundreds of new jobs.
Going on to point out [emphasis added]:
Contractors are a force both the US and Afghan governments have become reliant on, and contracts in the country are big business for the U.S. Since 2002, the Pentagon has spent $107.9 billion on contracted services in Afghanistan, according to a Bloomberg Government analysis. The Department of Defense currently employs more than 16,000 contractors in Afghanistan, of whom 6,147 are U.S. citizens — more than double the remaining US troops.
So, even before the “drawdown”, there were more mercenaries in Afghanistan than actual troops. And they’re not leaving.
Even back in December, it was already rumoured that Blackwater “could replace US soldiers in Afghanistan”.
In short, there WILL be US and NATO ground forces in Afghanistan. They’ll just be there as “civilian contractors” or “military advisors”. Western troops will go over in a “private capacity” working for Blackwater or some other mercenary company which also happens to get contracts from the State Department or the CIA.
Meanwhile, the US forces supposedly “abandoned” a key base in Bagram just a few days ago, leaving behind weapons, “hundreds of armoured vehicles”, and over 5000 “Taliban prisoners”.
We’ve seen this before, haven’t we?
Anybody covering the conflict in Syria is more than familiar with US “private security forces” and “Western-backed militias” and all the other coded language MSM outlets use when they don’t want to say “mercenaries”.
Anyone who followed the conflicts in Ukraine and Yemen, or the sudden growth of ISIS, has seen the roundabout ways American equipment will “accidentally” find its way into the hands of “terrorists”, “insurgents” and “opposition forces”.
This is not new. This is just the way the US fights its wars now.
Honestly, to even consider that the United States would totally withdraw from Afghanistan is to live in a fantasy world.
As I wrote back in December of 2019, Afghanistan is a massive success for the Deep State, and the business opportunities alone are way too profitable to ever let go.
Firstly, the CIA didn’t spend twenty years re-building Afghan opium farming just to give it up now. Recent estimates say that Afghanistan produces 90% of global heroin, a HUGE source of dark money for the Deep State.
Secondly, Afghanistan is home to gigantic reserves of metals and minerals. In fact as much as 1 TRILLION dollars of rare-earth elements, especially lithium which is vital to producing (among other things) the batteries used in every single mobile phone, laptop and tablet on Earth.
Let’s be clear, the US as an Imperial power simply cannot afford to give up Afghanistan. And they won’t. They’ll just recalibrate their word use and carry on. They’ll use the “drawdown” to earn some good-boy points with the anti-war crowd, whilst funnelling Pentagon funds into paying mercenaries and training proxies.
They will claim to be “ending the war” and, as is the modern way, simply carry it on under a different name.
“Private security firms” will carry out “targeted anti-terrorist operations”, or “precision strikes” will take out “known international criminals”…but no one will use the word “war”.
The US troops might be leaving the borders of Afghanistan, but the Imperial influence will remain, the corporate exploitation will continue, the fire will still fall from the sky, and there will be no peace.
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This is about the Covid Bridge and Road and was all planned. All hail Caesar. Caesar is dead. The US will be dismantled. Greater Israel reigns thank Rothschild.
Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes….
The Egyptian Empire “died out”, as the Roman empire rose.
The Roman Empire “died out”, as the British empire rose.
The British Empire “died out”, as the American empire rose.
The American Empire will no doubt, someday, “die out”….
Who will be the next Phoenix/Sphynx? Into what form will the Blackbird transform itself next?
In the meantime, America will continue to feature decidedly Egyptian symbols adorning its money and decorating its halls of power. It will design the streets of its very capital in accordance with the same symbols and principles. The Phallus of Osiris which stands before the Reflecting Pool of Isis will remain standing even though the country’s citizens have no idea of what they’re actually looking at as they visit D.C. to view such monuments.
But don’t you go thinking that somewhere behind all of the above lies an actual society of actual people who have purposefully used virtually identical tactics over a span of millenia to rule by division, because that’s just crazy talk.
The war in Afghanistan is a local skirmish, not a war. The actual war is between all of us, and those few who have somehow managed to maintain wealth and power all this time, and they manage that feat in no small part by gaslighting the hell out of any of us who even dare to suggest they exist, much less advocating anything so unthinkable as fighting back. I’m an American, yet I view the Afghani people as my ALLIES, quite simply because the same powers wage war on us all.
Then again I’m a tinfoil-hatter who should probably be locked up in addition to locked down. For the Greater Good….
We can win the war against terror, extremism, homophobia, anti-LGBT, antisemitism, antifeminism, fascism and racism with western media, if we donate/spend old unused TVs, smartphones, computers and radios to humans in countries like Afghanistan and to all other poor humans in the world, which do not have such machines to get western media yet.
I read an article in the New York Times (circa 2014) regarding how Russia had examined the accuracy of surveys performed in Afghanistan by the British. The dates of discovery were well documented, and many surveys were duly recorded in the early 70’s. I noted that China wanted access to the big game. After all: The Chinese need all that lithium for our “Smart” phones, iPads, and iPods, so our children can get brain cancer and behavioral disorders, just like their folks have aquired.
Thee original article was titled Minerals worth $1 trillion in Afghanistan
It has appearently been scrubbed from the web, but this gem is still out there: >
A RESOURCE NETWORK STRATEGY FOR AFGHANISTAN
by Ryan J. Hartwig
“With NATO planning to complete the withdrawal of most troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, both Afghanistan and the Coalition need to define a positive long-term vision for the country. In this thesis, I evaluate a proposed approach to achieving such a vision—something I call the “Resource Network Strategy.” In this approach, Afghan and Coalition efforts to develop the country’s considerable natural resource endowment are integrated with the U.S. Special Operations Forces continuing village stability operations in a way that establishes a sustainable long-term counterinsurgency effort that will defeat the enemy at the village level while securing the support of Afghanistan’s central government and minimizing the costs to the U.S. and its allies.”
Complete text: Hartwig, R 2013.pdf (soc.mil)
I’m pretty sure the associated details are now in place…
What we call psychopath is a form that human relationships often take on daily life. Pretending it’s unusual is a form of virtue signalling.
Western intervention in Afghanistan is another way of saying psychos gonna psycho.
Speak for yourself.
Won’t be leaving until and unless the CIA finds an equal source of off the books funding, if then. War is a racket, and there’s still plenty of money to be made in Afghanistan.
Beggars beg…they never ever get to decide.
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It’s quite simple,the ‘drawdown ‘ is because the troops are needed back on US soil for the upcoming civil war/hunt for the unjabbed and to bolster the losses the armed forces will experience from forcibly jabbing their personnel.
Expect similar from the five eyes countries and their overseas deployments
or the Pacific pivot, Obummer’s dub step,
one foot forward other in mouth.
How is Erik Prince these days? A few years back, he famously bid to privatise the Afghan war for a stake in the mineral rights. Officially, the plan was rejected. But, as Kit says, there is no way the US is walking away from $1-3 trillion in guestimated mineral rights. Guestimated: because there is no viable way to mine and transport the minerals without dealing with the Taliban and Pashtun warlords. I guess the bribes and mercenary supply chains are all in place?
Biden is also going ‘green.’ His so-called “Green New Deal” (GND) is going to require lots of copper, lithium, and “rare earth elements” (REEs) ….at 600kg to operate just one wind turbine: lots of them. Currently locked in an economic impasse with China – which has cornered the market in REEs – he is not walking away from what could be the world’s market leader, suitably developed with warlord approval. Similar to the deals that must be in place for the CIA heroin trade: greenlit by the military. We’ve all seen the photo’s: soon to be replete with Blackwater/Academi operatives, no doubt.
Both the GND and Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) are technologically determined. Which is going to require a massive drawdown, not just on the military/mercenary industrial complex (M/MIC), but on the world’s mineral resources too. No REEs: no “stand-off” military. No remote controlled drones ‘double-tapping’ weddings. No smart bombing schools. No ‘MOABs’ blowing up empty tunnel complexes. Without aircover ….No REEs: no mercenaries: no M/MIC.
Counterintuitively, REEs are not that rare, but they are incredibly expensive, toxic, and even radioactive to produce. Which requires plenty of low-paid and disposable labour to produce. Welfare and healthcare? No, just mass populations of unemployed Unpeople to keep the First World in the technological comfort it has become accustomed to. Which is the dark mineface of high-tech democracy no one wants to uncover.
This is the manifest evil of today’s high technologically determined civilisation. And it’s perpetual technological innovation, invention, and ingenuity that is projected to last indefinitely. To keep the First World in gadgets, and to deploy conscience salving ‘green’ technologies means extending the reach of the mercenary/military high-tech weaponry further and further, increasing the M/MIC exponentially. A global dynamic systemic vector of debt&growth which is then hardly reducible to the personalities of Biden or Prince.
The evil extends way beyond individual scapegoats: to individualism and individuation itself. The evil is civilisation-bound and spread among the entire mindset of increasing ‘free will’ personal choice; ‘free trade’ and ‘voluntary’ exchange, freely entered in to; multicultural cosmopolitanism and increasingly neurally-networked synaptic-Matrix interconnectivity; convergent on singularity. Nothing grows forever but the biotechno-libertarian ego.
Which is mercenary-militarily determined ….until the copper, lithium, and REEs run out. Which they will, not because REEs are that rare, but because of the high cost and collateral damage to unseen Unpeople will eventually make them economically unviable. And the exponential environmental and military drawdown will become cost-ineffective and untenable. Which is the hidden cost of technate technocracy and perpetual economic growth. Did I mention oil, or the energetic cost of running such a high-tech military/mercenary pollution, degradation, and death machine ….which is second to none?
No one is going to be doing this ‘green’ with solar powered drones and battery attack helicopters. High-technology, high complexity, biotechno-scientific transformation of environments, extraction, pollution, radioactive and toxological tailings, induced human misery, decreased consumer disposable income ….the applied moral cost/benefit analysis? Where there is high-tech determined perpetual growth: there can be no peace. Other forms of technologies and low-tech consciousness are still almost freely available to be freely chosen with a more evolved moral autonomy.
[Is that a solution-oriented degoogled smart phone still in your pocket, or are you just pleased to see me!]
Hello Big B: You nailed it a number of times, but this describes the essence of nearly all militarised situations:
“Where there is high-tech determined perpetual growth: there can be no peace.”
Here’s some additional text that few will appreciate: >
“Mankind; in his constant lust for what is not his own, has turned the sacred Eternity into a land of toys and countless diversions.”
– Paul Vonharnish –
(August 9, 2018)
“The Land of Toys (Italian: Paese dei balocchi) is a fictional location in the Italian novel The Adventures of Pinocchio (1883). It is also known as “Funland” or “Playtime Land.” It is disguised as a haven of freedom and anarchy for boys and occasionally girls. To its unsuspecting visitors, it appears to be a fantastic place where boys and girls can do whatever they want with no consequences or law. However, its real use is to de-evolve children for the slave trade.”
Thank you for your insightful posts.
That, my friend, is frighteningly perceptive. I’m afraid I only know the Disney version. I once thought I had come up with the line “distracted from distraction by distraction” ….only to find I had absorbed it from TS Eliot. Distracted by toys, de-evolved for the slave trade, the product of avarice and the lust for material dominance ….only, no longer fictional. Frighteningly accurate!
Fully readable and useful insights. Both thesaurus and dictionary lie un-opened. Tks.
Sounds like it is almost time to honour Mr. Biden with the Nobel Peace Prize.
We went there to kill a dude on dialysis in a cave and stayed 20 years. Sounds about right.
has the same story as 14 days to flatten the curve.
Don’t be so ridiculous!
It was 21 days – geez, some people…
I estimate we’re on like 500 days by now. Freaking curves these days, not like they used to be.
It was always about the heroin and lithium.
Interesting discussion on some issues pertaining to the US deep state:
Who knew, for example, the Robert Mueller is first cousins to the CIA’s Richard M. Bissell of Bay of Pigs’ infamy and much more?
Lithium is also vital for guided missiles. US contractors recently murdered the President of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse. Contractors come in two flavours. Those who assassinate and plant car bombs, and those who cost nato and US cash cows a packet, charging 2000% markup on anything they supply.
S-400’s in Kabul? Most probably.
If the USA killed the President of Haiti, why didn’t they use a drone as they did with Soleimani?
One answer dawned on me. Plausable deniability.
If that answer is correct then whoever did him in did not want to be seen to be doing it, which makes the USA unlikely, given that they don’t care if others know.
I suspect it was someone else.
It isn’t as if the US hasn’t done this before. The cia even did it in america on live TV, with a president they didn’t like.
Plausible deniability was also behind the funding and training of those allowed to sabotage Venezuelan democracy via Columbia. As it happens, most of the mercenaries involved with the assassination of President Moïse were Columbian.
Maybe the work dropped off after the US mercenaries made such a fuck up of trying to kidnap the President of Venezuela?
Drones tend to leave things behind as they are never destroyed completely. The bits are still there. In this case the assassins left themselves behind and the locals grabbed them.
The assassins were said to have called out to the guards, with american accents, that they were DEA. Because of the way america pursues its interests, nothing can be discounted. Gut feeling usually beats anything that gets regurgitated by the present MSM regime.
That my friend is absolutely correct & those very same Colombian merc’s were trained in & by the US & at least 2 of them were either dual US/Colombia nationals or flat out US.
This is silly deep state Donald has brought peace to the middle east and also the troops are happily home already.
according to the same sources of above (including the author or a off g article i recall seeing was written or quoted in the past) and i bet when any members called bullsh*it the down votes where of the chart!)
5 mins of surfing the net and i do recall all theses articles appearing in alt media sites and also being quoted by alt media as ITS COMING HOME trump or the Blackone has done it. surely you not forgotten? Hear’s a quick reminder
How many times have they said their withdrawing ? this is aimed at the voters memory of a lollypop.
They are so cocky cocksure they repeat the same story lines time and time again, usually around July 4 and September 11 expect the same story’s.
The Covid operation is best characterised as a franchise, it is rolled out with many benefits for the budding tyrant who buys into it, including total surveillance & obedience of the masses, based on an expertly supported narrative of global fear.
For western countries the fee is paid to the US, whose CIA direct the operation, by surrendering their peoples privacy, by giving the CIA/NSA a seat at every business & government meeting during the crisis, by surrendering their retail sector to Amazon & by allowing dollar rich US corporate take-over of property and small business, during a massive fire-sale to follow the COVID measures destruction.
The Russians, Chinese & Iran get the Covid franchise FREE, they get all the franchise marketing, product branding, and science based fear mongering, and the tyranny template for nothing, without having to pay the hefty franchise fee to the US.
They even get to create their own fake vaccine for the fake virus, with the west unable to challenge its effectiveness. For Russia it is a win win, and they will never be challenged for playing along, least the west exposes their own fraud.
“The US acting Air Force Secretary John Roth has already said they have the “Over the Horizon” plan, a 10 billion dollar scheme to fly drone strikes over Afghanistan from airbases in Qatar, Kuwait and the UAE”.
Which would involve flying the drones over Pakistan. Hmmmm.
I suppose the Pakistani armed forces would be happy to “find” a few unfortunately “crashed” US drones and reverse engineer them, the way the Iranians did.
It’s sad, but at the same time hysterically funny, how those who live in the world’s biggest and most fragile glasshouse persist in throwing stones.
But who now will be looking after the rights of LBQTs in Afghanistan.
“The Economist headlines “America’s longest war is ending in crushing defeat”, and warns that life for the Afghanistan people will be worse once NATO has left”.
Yes, how will the poor Afghans survive with no one to bomb them night and day?
Good meme but never forget to throw democracy in there too.
And today’s winner for the Spinning Orwell’s Grave prize:
“Here’s how we can save Afghanistan from ruin even as we withdraw American troops”
“even as”? You can’t save Afghanistan from ruin without withdrawing American troops!
A pullout would be such a shame after the hearts and minds of Kandahar province
were won by the British. And all the amazing reforms on women’s rights resulting
from the summit between Cherie Blair and Barbara Bush could just disappear.
Nothing like a big-pay check day for the contractors, advisors and mercenaries.
I’m sure the Taliban has come to some arrangement on carrying on the growing of drugs (International Banking Liquidity) and offer SpartUSA all manner of first dibs on any/all nice minerals and the like to be exploited.
More Kabuki theatre for those in the comatose class.
When I read that all those armoured vehicles had ‘accidentally’ fallen into Taliban hands this week I was reminded of the incident at the ‘end’ of the Iraq war when over a 100 Toyota hi-lux vehicles with guns mounted on them were driven out into the desert and ‘abandoned’ by Iraqi forces. Conveniently enough they fell into the hands of ‘enemy fighters’ who drove them into Syria to start fighting Assad. They became ‘moderate rebels’ the moment they crossed the border.
Large convoys of tankers have been essential equipment in robbing Iraq and Syria of their petroleum – up to the present.
I think there were more than 100 Toyotas and some never saw Iraq. One squadron was imported from Japan into Australia where it was reported “Stolen” and untraceable neither by police nor by shipping authorities — until the vehicles appeared in Syria. The other squadron of Toyotas were manufactured in Detroit, U$A, and arrived in Syria together with a company of Humvees likewise Made in Detroit, U$A. I remember Pepe Escobar remarking how strange it was that Five Eyes Spy in the Sky (U$, Australia, UK, Canada and New Zealand) could read the brand name on a packet of cigarettes on the ground but could not spot hundreds of armed ISIS vehicles converging onto Syria before NATZO declared war on ISIS by bombing Syria.
They say that you can’t fight a ghost, but in my opinion our overlords have specialized themselves in fighting ghosts.
Fighting ghosts has a couple of advantages
1. You control the narrative as there is no opposition (they are ghosts)
2. You decide when the war is won or lost (as the enemy is a ghost)
3. You get your military funded ($€€€££) for nothing (there is no enemy to fight)
4. The army actually does not need to fight (no casualties)
I am sure that every now and then the above system is fucked up by some officer who believes in ghosts, and also the media wants to see ‘an event’ that they can report about every now and then (for otherwise where would be Noam Chomsky and Democracy Now), so you drone a wedding party in some village and show how fucked-up the army is, leading to blowback (which is another lie, most, if not all of the time). But in the main you are fighting a ghost.
Which ghosts have we fought?
Commie bastards (Vietnam)
Narcotic overlords (Noriega)
Soldiers who throw out babies from incubators (Iraq)
Terrorists (from OBL to Charlie Hebdo, Bataclan, Nice, etc)
And the audience get two stories presented a) ‘we’ are fully in the right to fight these enemies (MSM) or b) our overlords are total idiots (alternative news)
With covid, being the new enemy (and also a ghost) which brought all these enemies in unison, I no longer think that answer b applies. I think there is an option c and that is: there are no enemies. All is theater that is needed to keep the audience at large frightened and entertained at the same time, while the money and power keeps flowing towards the channels where it needs to flow to since time immemorial.
Tiny pathogens…. carbon…. ransomware attacks…. aliens….
Who needs the phantoms to be human? Non-human can be even scarier and even easier to manipulate.
That’s an excellent insight and it seems the enemy gets ghostlier all the time. We are now with covid battling a total fiction.
Injuries and deaths do occur due to dud weaponry and transport, dud safety gear (e.g. earplugs), dud infractructure (e.g. electrical sockets), chemical (weapon, fire-fighting foam, etc.) and nuclear pollution, medical experimentation, staged attacks, etc.
The ghost of Covid is with us.
No, the US is pulling out for economic reasons, having been ruined and discredited by the whole disaster. No point trying to spin this one, Kit, as some victory in disguise.
I thought the UN made a decision re invading Afghanistan?
Just like Iraq! Is that legal? More so than Syria or Libya…
All for nothing. We Brits lost 4 wars, Soviets 1.
But the ‘exceptional’ Yanks thought they could win?!
The even more ‘exceptional’ Alexander the Great declared victory and built Kandahar on his way out to conquer the Khyber; even so, he took ‘exceptional’ pains to exclude Bactria from his return route.
Brzezinski, in his 9/11-and-beyond blueprint book “The Grand Chessboard” (1996) pinpointed Afghanistan as the key to dominating Eurasia. The US isn’t leaving.
And what POTU$ wants POTU$ gets? Damn Yankees
Being someone who was dating a woman who he found out was a heroin addict I know for a fact that the police don’t raid Mr. Big in the heroin trade. They’ll raid the odd small time desperate drug addict selling to his fellow local Junkies for someone else but never the top dealers.
Most will have it delivered in a marked car. Royal Navy have been the biggest opium dealers for a long time.
It used to amaze me in my college years, when some of the guys would buy weed neatly packaged in cellophane with police evidence stickers all over it.
Who said, “You have the watches but we have the time”. I mean, is it an Afghan proverb or can it be attributed to a named person?
An interesting comment from Blackring BTL Saker Vineyard: “Taliban emphasize destruction of drug industry. They are perfectly aware of monetary loss. But they will destroy it anyway. Because every $ from drugs will be used against them. No $$$ – no CIA.”
That reminds me of a saying attributed to a Palestinian woman: “When we buy Coca-Cola we pay for the bullets that kill our children”.
It’s always like that—see? “decide their own future”
THE OPPOSITE of what is expected of us.
language sequences symbolic circles of control
Look at the big military/CIA names in Afghanistan… the type who got Michael Hastings killed. Think they’re giving up their billion-dollar enterprises?
go back further..think Daniel Pearl
think Benazir Bhutto..David Frost interview, 1 month later assassinated
I don’t think most of the “antiwar” crowd, those of us left, are going to be giving any “good boy points” to Biden and the imperialists/neocons/neoliberals. Evidently the author believes the antiwar crowd are democrats. There are no antiwar democrats. That seems to be a peculiar statement to make. I guess you could say, “ignorant fools that think they are antiwar”, but to equate that with everyone who is antiwar, or to use the label of “antiwar crowd” in a somewhat disparaging manner is an interesting assertion.
Biden isn’t capable of beginning, or ending anything.
If American foreign policy ever becomes suitable for human consumption, it won’t be because of anyone currently working in Washington.
The phrase, “Leave them alone”, is never heard there, but you’d think by now that they would have learnt that sticking your hand in hornets’ nests hurts.
Most people’s life experience has taught them that some things are definitely best left alone, but of course it’s debatable whether today’s Washington could be called,”life”.
If it were a human being, and you asked it, “What do you do?”
The answer would be, “Well, basically, we deal in death.”
And then there is that awful recurring problem: What on earth do we do with all those soldiers coming home? We have to send them somewhere!
“Biden isn’t capable of beginning, or ending anything.”
Agreed. From what I’ve seen, not even a sentence…
But that’s why he was hired, of course.
Thanks for the report Kit.
An excellent article, as usual, from Kit Knightly, but I do have one question. If Afghanistan is an ‘illegal’ war, what is a ‘legal’ war?
A good point.
War happens when the law fails, and the law fails when war happens.
So there is no such thing as a legal war.
Good point. There are no legal wars, in my view. I guess a war of self-defence would be morally justifiable. And the establishment journos have, over the years, presented US aggression in those terms. Chomsky derisively wrote about the US invasion of Granada, the nutmeg capital of the world, in order to defend the free world from Granadians and in order to defend the US from Nicraguans who were, Reagan intoned, only two days march from the US. But if NO ONE had armies…
Jean Bertrande-Aristide had it right. Armies are good mainly for keeping the domestic population down, certainly true where third world countries whose military and police can be corrupted with US money and other enticements is concerned.
Jean Bertrande-Aristide: “They [US] set up the Haitian Army, they trained it to work against the people…” pg 52 of “Paramilitarism And The Assault On Democracy In Haiti” by Jeb Sprague
8 billion worth of liquid cash annually what do you think?
UN SC was set up to legalise imperial wars. Sometimes, things go wrong.
This is what peak oil looks like – before total collapse
BEIRUT: The security and social situation deteriorated on Wednesday in Tripoli, Lebanon’s second-largest city, where more than half of the population lives in poverty and the city has been left without electricity.
To make things worse, a child on oxygen support died after his machine stopped working and generators were turned off due to the acute shortage of diesel.
“People are angry. They took to the streets, some carrying weapons, and started closing down the shops by force,” an eyewitness told Arab News.
Tripoli’s mayor Riyad Yamaq said on television that “the situation in the city is out of control.”
This is almost certainly a harbinger of what’s to come. Right now, the “West” can pick and choose who will be left in the lurch; but the day is coming when the choice will be made by nature, not by man.
What is happening is due to peak oil, the periphery states will be allowed to collapse… that takes some pressure off of oil consumption.
Also the flu.. I mean Covid… also reduces air travel.. people working from home also reduces petrol consumption ..
A pull-back in Afghanistan also helps reduce the petrol burn… every little bit counts when you are on your proverbial last tank… and you need to prevent oil from spiking to $300 a barrel.
You cannot cut too much otherwise you collapse the global economy before the Injections do their job and create the human equivalent of Marek’s (but on steroids due to deployment during a pandemic).
Alas… there is no solution to this predicament… we’ve burned up all the cheap to extract oil!!! At some point the situation in the peripheral nations will spread into the core…
I reference Yeats:
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
Indeed. It’s the raison d’être of the “global warming” scam.
Unicorn fartsCarbon credits in lieu of the petro-dollar, Parasite class Bankster hegemony by any other name.
Shh! Don’t tell this to the “climate change and resource depletion is a great big hoax!” crowd. Let them continue as if nothing humans do matters in the least or affects nature in any way, shape or form.
And when we run out of oil, they can storm George Soros’ palace compound and find all the oil they’ll ever need right in his basement bunker.
Tripoli is in Libya, not Lebanon, when last I checked..
Let me introduce you to google https://www.google.com/
Then type in Tripoli Lebanon….
Apologies- I see there is indeed another city called Tripoli in Lebanon.
Now type in Springfield…
Great post , I was completely unaware that Tripoli Lebanon existed , as were others that post here .
There is no shortage of oil. Almost everyone lies about oil. The first point is that oil has never been a fossil fuel, but is formed deep within the earth. The deepest ocean is approx 14,000 feet (2.65 miles). Oil is regularly drilled below the earth at depths of 35,000 feet (6.62 miles). How did any fossil get so deep?
Peak Oil has always been a con, by the oil industry, so that they can charge any price they like…”Yes its just about to run out…It’s nearly all gone”…YET due to the Powers That Be deciding to Crash the World economy and kill off most of us useless eaters with COVID injections…
“Oil Markets Face A 200 Million Barrel Glut In 2021”
Tony — if oil is being replenished on a regular basis, then can you explain why:
To label(or insinuate) all 16K contract personnel (if that’s correct) in Afghanistan are mercenaries is inaccurate, hyperbolic, and just a tad dishonest (or ignorant). Not that I disagree with the primary assertion that the imperialist actions of the U.S. and others will continue, or that some of the contractors are actually mercenaries (professional soldiers) but contract personnel make up a wide variety of support positions to imperialist operations, from drivers to cooks to IT personnel. I’ve never felt it serves the purpose of the resistance to stretch the truth or obfuscate facts the same as our opponents. The truth is on our side.
“some of the contractors are actually mercenaries (professional soldiers) but contract personnel make up a wide variety of support positions to imperialist operations, from drivers to cooks to IT personnel.”
Reminds me of my student days in the 50s, our contempt for the U$ invasion of Vietnam: “Doomed because their every tenth division is an ice-cream division”.
There is a debate on whether U$ mercenaries can replace the regular U$ Army of occupation to protect the CIA drug trade and Anglo-American mining companies. From Saker Vineyard BTL:
Larchmonter445 writes on July 09, 2021 · at 1:10 pm EST/EDT
“The Taliban acted swiftly to assure the Russian sphere (Central Asia) will not be disturbed by Islamic revolution inside Afghanistan.
No border crossing to fight inside Tajikistan, no allowance of ISIS to form in Afghanistan, no revitalization of AlQaida.
They know that if they violated any of these promises Russian Aerospace Force could decimate their depots, their various command posts, their communications, and whatever vehicles or military hardware they inherit from the US Army in surrender.
So, they came in peace to assure peace for themselves.
Russia is a stakeholder in Afghanistan’s peaceful development. Russia also wants the opium trade to cease shipments into the Central Asia stans and the Russian Federation. Drugs is a big issue and its fellow traveler HIV is damaging Russian society. The Taliban can win big if it ceases opium production.
I believe the US will keep chaotic actions going with a lowered military group. They have 16,000 contractors there; so long as payrolls can be kept up they will arrange a new US proxy army for “democracy”.
How the Taliban deal with all this is what makes their moves in Moscow these past two days very interesting.
vientito replies on July 09, 2021 · at 1:38 pm EST/EDT
“American and Canadian companies could not mine there during full military occupation due to poor security. What is the prospect of doing that when the military is no longer in control? I say it is over and done with. The so called “contractors” are not dumb: there is always a war somewhere [else?] I can make a buck from, you have to be smart to pick the right side.”
My own opinion, based on NATZO’s failure in Syria, is that mercenaries cannot replace a regular army of occupation; especially if the native army finds strong allies in Russia, Iran and China — which is what happened in Syria and (in my opinion) is likely to happen in Afghanistan. Russia is deeply interested in Afghan stability, China is deeply interested in Afghan mineral resources, and Iran is a working model for Afghanistan’s budding Islamic Revolution. It is up to the Taliban Leadership to grasp this opportunity for stable autonomy by joining powerful allies from the multi-polar world.
The real danger, in my opinion, will be when The Man from Uncle leaves his gun at home, and returns to Afghanistan with a fistful of dollars and carrying a cookie jar.
There’s not a lot of difference between contractor / mercenary and “armed gang” — and if its one thing Afghani tribespeople know how to deal with its armed gangs.
I’ve been watching a series of home made travel videos made by a Pakistani who’s been on road trips to Kashmir and the Afghani border region as well as across Iran to the Muslim holy sites in Iraq, Iran and Saudi Arabia. They’re fascinating, partly because of how ordinary life appears to be — obviously different, but ordinary — and because as an American…. (need I say more?). Check them out — “Tarar Support” posts them.
Yes, I think that it was Machiavelli, writing in The Prince, who made the point that mercenary armies tend to run away when they are forced to fight, but volunteer armies, unlike hired soldiers are not in it for the money, and stand and fight for their country and so are more reliable.
True enough but , don’t confuse “standing armies” with volunteer armies . Standing armies become corrupt when they are victorious and peace returns , as Jefferson warned.
in all wars, eternally, have the mercenary element not usually committed the worst atrocities? or is that state propaganda? the have no vested cause, psychos for hire. not that it’s on the same tact, but…”mercenary song” steve earle, cracking wee tune : )
I’m not sure how this logic will prevail if there are no troops on the ground and the entire country is under Taliban control? How do you protect Opium fields without troops and protect the entire supply chain? Doesn’t make much sense to me. You would need an entire army of contractors.
Protection money will of course be paid to Taliban leaders as required , just as it was and has been paid before , and throughout this occupation
Quebec is going to be the first in Canada to try to force vaccines with a digital ID.
This after hundreds of mostly maskless NHL fans packed like sardines in Montreal numerous times over the last month with no mass death or illness.
Are Canadians stupid enough to allow this?
God help us
Do not worry they will kill some to make statistics. I lived in Ontario long time ago for several years. It was quasi European country back then as far as people were concerned but with American cars. Now Europeans got emasculated/neutered and stupid as well.
Ontario still requires facemasks be worn by all , even as the Wuhan flu evaporates from memory.
You could tell them that we are now seeing the biggest genocide in human history.
But I doubt if it will make any difference.
It’s an extinction event … actually.
let’s hope not.
So we can continue to throw millions of more tonnes of plastic in the oceans?
So we can pave over more of the planet driving thousands of more species to extinction?
So we can continue to pen animals in brutal conditions so that 8B people can continue to eat?
So we can continue to conduct experiments on animals so that 8B can live longer and breed more and destroy the planet?
Think of me as a male Greta — except that I understand that banning plastic straws just isn’t enough … if we want to go green we need to be eliminated from the equation.
Humans are the problem. Until we are gone … the Earth will continue to be ruined.
Yes, Canadians are stupid enough to allow this.
Excuse my language but fuck Canada.
And fuck Australia.
And fuck NZ.
And fuck the UK.
And the US, China. Fuck all ya’ll.
Most of all–fuck every single famous person.
Decentralize or die.
We all die and decentralizing simply makes it happen faster.
How Bizarre… every single country is on board with the Injections. Even opposition parties do not oppose the Injections.
And the MSM. And Social Media.
Now why would they want to kill everyone?
Somebody has been talking to their leaders.
Offers they can’t refuse have been made.
Well you want to. You tell us.
more precisely ” Zombie Canada “
Nation States, as independent, sovereign entities, simply don’t exist and haven’t existed for a while. The WHO tells police State governments to jump and they ask how high, unless they anticipate and just decide to jump… as high as they can before being asked to. In the workplace it’s called brown-nosing.
WHO is a part of the UN which was created by the banksters. Their first act was the creation of the apartheid state in the Middle East.
Canada is a collection of ethnic ghettos , and has always been a myth started by the English , but maintained by that territories elites as they continue strip the region of all its resources.
Yes, I read somewhere that whilst Canada owns the land they can use and build on, the crown corporation owns anything below the surface.
With Quebec being the beneficiary of decades of special status and funding from the rest of Canada … most Canadians probably care little about what goes on there.
A better question: Will Quebecois be stupid enough to allow this?
Are Canadians stupid enough to allow this?
Yup, especially in Quebec.. you don’t want to be the wrinkle in the silk, so you conform and take the vax.
I admittedly still watch a few sporting events, though I should kick that habit to the curb. I got a good laugh watching all the people in Montreal and Tampa Bay stand dick to ass outside the arena, jumping around and screaming, blowing spittle everywhere. But once inside we saw coaches and league personnel wearing the muzzle, with vaccine ads all over the place. The guys carrying the Stanley Cup out onto the rink wore them too. You have to find the comedy within the nightmare
The swine who got the pharmacist to get me to wear a muzzle in the shop talked football with the chemist. Big sport is a way of draining male power away from protection of society and into useless outlets.
I’ve found myself in similar situations. Sudden, inexplicable failures of courage. Seems to me that you owed it to yourself to stand up for yourself and for your rights (as clearly laid out by the government), especially against that masculine-drained specimen. It seems to me the knock-on negative effects of this are lasting, transferred into the comments section here. Whereas, the opposite effect, a wholly affirming and boosting momentum, would have been gained by standing your ground and this would have been a really beneficial story to share in this community over two days. I think you should harness those negative emotions, rather than frittering them away. They’ll push you to handle it better next time, and you shall shine! 🙂 A2
Your alternative update on #COVID19 for 2021-07-09. Right to be secure in your person vs mask mandate. Deaths wrongly labelled, even before 2020
The advantage for the US of just leaving the mercenaries in Afghanistan, instead of the US-badged armed forces, is that the US won’t have to answer for any more human rights abuses.
Have they answered for any up to now, I must have missed it.
the ultimate Ministry of Truth war…no aim other than to pillage the lands, no vision, no transparency. And now, the Western media bleats on about how shocking it is that Afghani troops have capitulated this quickly to Taliban, seemingly unable to grasp that obviously even a non-Talibani Afghani is going to prefer his fellow countryman to the hideous spectre of American troops; nauseating, all of it
Well yes. But if you read The Prince… you will learn that kindness is weakness… that there are no rules… and you have to fight for your piece of the pie or you end up pie-less.
Think of it this way.
You have your country – I have mine… and our peoples are hungry because there’s not quite enough pie to go around …
So you and I decide to fight – winner gets all the pie for his people.
You enter the ring believing there are rules…. I enter willing to do whatever it takes…
You throw a right hand… I respond by plunging a knife into your heart….
You look at me and gasp “that’s not fair” I say “too f789ing bad! I win”
You fall dead… I pick up the pie and my people feast.
I know this goes against whatever you have been taught … for those with religious beliefs this will be extremely confronting …. for those who watch Amy Goodman this will of course be disappointing….
But this is they way the world works — always will.
‘Imagine’ ‘Koombaya’ ‘Give Peace a Chance’ … this is all bullshit from DelusiSTAN. Dangerous bullshit … because any nation actually believing this bullshit… will quickly end up at the bottom of the pile… with no pie.
But I do have some good news. The people who run the show in the Empire HQ in America … do NOT believe in this bullshit… and for those of us in the vassal states.. we are fortunate enough to be on Team America which means we have a big nasty dog protecting us…
Can you imagine what would happen if Amy Goodman got her way? America would be ripped to pieces in a few months … by the Chinese and Russians….
Humans are nasty, vicious, predators … and if the Big Dog shows weakness.. there are others who will immediately try to tear his throat open…. the Big Dog needs to get ahead of this … he does it by showing no mercy … and a willingness to thieve resources so that he stays well fed and strong …
This is the way of the world… nothing has changed… because it can never change.
The banksters control the countries you name and the rest of the world. They decide what happens. What you should be afraid of is the depletion of resources. It is obvious they have reckoned the end is nigh and that it is time to pull the plug. Hence convid and the lethal injections. According to Dr Joffe if you have been pricked you have a 60% chance of clotting and the destruction of your lungs.
Check your geography, Empire HQ is in Basel, Switzerland.
All wars are bankers wars.
I agree that currently parts of “Empire” HQ are in Basel , however the “organization” is a creature of cyberspace . All wars were not bankster wars , bankster wars are a side effect of the industrial revolution , and attempts at globalization that began circa 1500 AD . A situation that appears to be reaching its end as the limits of growth are reached., banksters are morphing into priests and gods ?
Modern developed peoples can’t accommodate this way of thinking because they are soft. Being soft is the main reason we are in this mess, because people are comfortable and are not willing to believe that being nice and caring are not what makes the world go round. Peoples are feminised.
I upset someone the other day by telling them a story. They had just told me that they were dog lovers and I told them a story of my mother, who was also a dog lover, then one day our dog had a big litter of puppies. We as kids were all very excited, but after a day the puppies disappeared.
My mother had taken them to the stream at the bottom of the garden and drowned them. She was a dog lover but knew that we could not keep the litter of puppies and did not know anyone else wanting a puppy, so they had to go.
Modern people are soft, they don’t have to face the hard reality: take the puppies to the dog rescue then feel that you have done the right thing. Of course, the rescue center will keep them for maybe a week, then they are euthanised by the rescue center without you having to face the reality.
If you can’t kill your dog then you definitely can’t defend yourself in this world. You let your government do it for you.
We could also extend this to parenting … (I do not have children but my wife and I sponsor two children to attend school in NZ and they live with us)…. parents in general are soft — to the extent that children are not disciplined… and spoiled. Parents desire that their children be provided with entitled, cushy lives.
We always had hand-me-down ice skates… I have a brother who bought his kids the most expensive skates year after year…. I don’t buy top of the line skates myself and when I asked him about that he said – well we didn’t have good skates so I am going to make sure my kids get the best….
I speak with teachers who tell me their jobs have become impossible — they do not have the support of parents when dealing with misbehaviour.
Each generation gets softer…
We’ve tried to reverse this as much as possible with the two kids here — both of these teen kids have been forced to take responsibility for themselves. They can and do cook proper meals for themselves if we are not at home… they thoroughly clean the house every Saturday and the both work at a restaurant in their spare time (and are two of the best employees there). Phone time is limited each evening.
And I think most importantly we have not had a Tee Vee for 13 years now — they have been with us for 8… Tee Vee is rot. It’s a fast track to Idiocracy.
There are no certain outcomes regardless of how one tries to raise kids… but coddling them is very likely to produce ‘snowflakes’…. and that knee-caps them when they get into the real world… so is not doing them any favours.
Atlas Shrugged and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance should be mandatory reading for all high school students 🙂
What you said in your original post was evidently true and well stated – we have seen this tension between nations forever and seen the battle that sometimes occur – but you have twice as many down votes as up votes. People are soft, they do not want to hear the truth, even here on OG where people pride themselves on seeing through the Covid scam.
Good to see you are doing your bit to fix the world. I remember the days when I would take my Yamaha apart in the garage, just for the hell of it: bikes are much more fun to service than cars.
We would have done a much more thorough job of raising these two kids if we had not been aware that they would not make it to adulthood.
Of course that’s the reason why we do not have children.
This is fabulous!
Ayn Rand was a Zionist.
And you have a problem with Zionists? Is it ok if we refer to them as The Elders… (that’s the term they use)
The thing is….
Prior to The Elders establishing a global empire roughly a century ago, the Brits maintained the largest empire.
But the Brits were not as clever as the Elders… they colonized their conquests putting in place dictatorships and made themselves targets…
The Elders stay behind the curtain denying their existence…. putting forward what they refer to as the Deep State to do their bidding. And they put in place compliant domestic dictators….
PBS ran this some years ago — if the Deep State was all powerful.. why would they allow this? Of course this is deflection — acknowledge the Deep State — and the cattle believe they have had a peak behind the curtain … but in reality the Deep State are the minions of the real power. Brilliant – huh?
I personally do no have an issue with the Elders. At the end of the day some small group runs the show – a king.. a queen… or as in the case with the British Empire a small group of like-minded men and maybe a few token women — calling the shots.
And if you didn’t have the right school tie and an anglo surname — it was next to impossible to accomplish much. All the best positions went to Mr Smith or Mr Jones….
The Elders operate on merit … yes many of their boys are at the receiving end of favouritism … but if one is not part of the tribe but capable …it is possible to get some very significant crumbs.
And as I am not a Smith or Jones… I prefer the Elders as my master rather than some queen and her fascist regime … or a faux democracy that is really an oligarchy of men with posh accents who dismiss anyone who did not attend Eton as a useless ‘wop or slav or a dirty Indian’
As for Ayn Rand she was bat shit crazy … and I believe ended up on benefits at the end…. I have no idea if she was a Zionist supporter or not … but if she was … and and adhered to my thoughts on this matter… then good on her.
And for those sitting there aghast after reading this … who insist that the best system is democracy… take a look around you at how many of the best and brightest are so easily taken in by the covid scam….
Do you really think humans are capable of effectively governing themselves? They are as easily manipulated as Pavlov’s dog.
The best we can hope for is a master that operates under the rules of a meritocracy.
On this basis I am vehemently opposed to China… that’s another British Empire in the making and they must be stopped. I didn’t get a Tsinghua University tie….so there is no upside for me
I think you missed the part about engineering a society to your own advantage due to monopoloy of the creation of money/debt the organs/hierarchies of society and large scale mind control..
I prefer the term cryptocracy and if you care to study history, particularly the brit-ish empire, you will see it was merely a’corporation’ (east india via spain and holland) run by your ‘men behind the men behind the curtain’ ( I prefer cryptocracy)…
by the way they also run china.. look up maurice strong (now dead thankfully) and his dubious affiliations..
your point … ‘I’m happy to be governed by the ‘learned elders’ ( I prefer cryptocracy) because man-kind is a beast of burden incapable of ruling himself’ doggerel sounds somewhat like the talmudic boiler plate those mendicants eschew..
presumably you are a jew…
but you are correct, at least some of the way.. this nonsense (so called usury civilization and technocratic city states) is their golem/creation… my view is it is time it ended..
even if that means living in caves..
I tend to agree with Machiavelli to a point , however , the change that is coming will be human extinction , after which some other species will dominate the planet .
Perhaps… however it is unlikely the planet will ever see such a destructive dangerous species ever again….. because the fossil fuels that made our reign of terror possible… have been burned up ….
That said … perhaps in a billion years as the fossil fuels are replenished… some other aberrant creature might arise.
The Earth was doing rather well for a very long time … before we emerged and started dumping plastic into the oceans and paving her over.
I’m not really into Machiavelli thanks.
Thank You Kitt!
Joe Biden is not ending the war on Afghanistan. Nor are the troops leaving.
This is simply a rebrand of the war.. Let’s call it something else? Let’s claim we’re doing this while that is actually being done? It’s garbage.
If you really dig into the msm reports it’s very clear they aren’t going anywhere and in fact have made plans for more troops!
Claims that Turkey was guarding the airport and deals were done- not!
The UAE asked Italian troops to leave in preparation for the US presence.
Troops moving elsewhere. Capabilities for continued strikes and more troops.
That’s not a withdrawal in any way shape or form.
US troops withdrawn from Afghanistan were assigned new missions and it is not only Afghanistan but most importantly preventing war between UAE and Saudis after Qatar experience. Saudis already effectively shut down much trade with UAE, rigged OPEC+ while in Yemen they already are engaged in a proxy war between al Qaida, IS and other factions.
The dissension between KSA & Qatar is fallout from NATZO’s failed invasion of Syria. Up till then the EU$A had confidence gained from NATZO’s victories against little Serbia and little Libya that “no-one can resist our armed might”. Syria stopped the NATZO juggernaut in its tracks. The shockwaves from Syria have reached Afghanistan, and are being felt in Yemen as you say.
“There was a stone in the middle of the road
In the middle of the road there was a stone”
The stone was Syria.
In no way shape or form has the balkanization of Syria stopped.
The US is, alongside their PKK pals, still present. Still plundering. Still occupying. Having built multiple military bases and is in the middle of unifying “Iraqi” Kurds with “Syrian” Kurds commonality is of course PKK.
Unless that reality changes- Syria is a mere pebble on the road to remaking the region for Israel’s benefit
Does anybody remember why US invaded Afghanistan? Because Taliban authorities, that cooperated with US until 2001 and were praised by US for eradication of 80% of world opioid production in given year, could not find OBL before impossible US ultimatum deadline expired despite Taliban declarations of continuing full cooperation with US as they themselves could not get rid of him before. They wanted to get rid of OBL and unrecognized by Afghan Islamic authorities cult of militant Wahhabism implanted by Saudis and US in 1980s into quite moderate even in part progressive Afghan Muslim population, but they could not because of OBL Pakistan and Saudi protection. US had to invade something because headlines were already written and printed.
It was totally fake war with totally real dead.
Afghanistan is a graveyard of empires. From Chinese, Greek Athenian/Macedonian to British to Soviet to American.
All those lies of US mission accomplished cover stench of utter defeat of used to be most advanced military power in the world by shoeless illiterate peasants with Kalashnikov on a string. Defeat that actually happen over ten years ago and after that it is nothing but spending $trillions paid for trying to save face of a loser.
That is real defeat and real humiliation especially as many times in history US created her own own enemy that subsequently was unable to defeat.
Talking about US controlling Afghanistan via mercenaries is self delusion as county will return to certain historical political of eastern and western influence moderated by local tribal cultures as it was for thousands of years the balance that was in fact disrupted by empire denial of that historical autonomy and limited external control.
True that this is not the end of killing and wasting money but more or less the game is over.
The lords of finance have to destroy their mercenary army- the US, before they become a threat. Britain was the one before, deliberately bankrupted and demoralised by WW1/2 after consolidating much of the world market. The US, without the stigma of Europe’s colonial reputation had been built up to continue the job (work of the ages?). The nationalist chauvinism necessary for conquest becomes a liability and has to be humiliated to be neutralised. Any guesses who their next patsy is going to be? The finance has been pouring their way for quite a while now. How easy it is to buy people when you create and control the money. How long are we going to put up with this dreary, hideous repetition?
I agree. U.S.A. will continue to subvert, bomb, destroy. Sadly, more Afghan lives will continue to be lost. I suspect mercenaries fighting in Afghanistan against the Taliban will have a very difficult time of it. This is deja vu for the Taliban.
To Sell A War – Gulf War Propaganda (1992)
You must be referring to the Mongols as the Han Chinese didn’t invade Afghanistan to my knowledge, but happy to be corrected.
what I meant Afghans effectively stopped Chinese Han Empire expansion on several occasions. And that goes for mongol empire, technically not invading current colonial borders of Afghanistan but afghan tribal people lived in north south and west of current borders.
China, Russia, Iran, Pakistan and even India are most likely to assist Afghanistan, as soon as they ask those countries. If that does happen, “Over the Horizon” will become a major liability, similar to what the U$A has done to itself in Syria.
All the contracted mercenaries are now dead meat.
Istanbul is full of Afghans trying to open bank accounts. Bizniz is good. Don’t rain on their parade.
The US will end, the war in Afghanistan will continue.
Creepy Joe is missing a wall from his house, and He’s pretty darn sure it used to be there..
Still blabbering on and on about lies from 20 years ago
Elaborate, instead of masturbate.