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Balance Sheet of the Forever War – Antiwar.com Original

Posted by M. C. Fox on September 5, 2018

When one adds up the U.S. dead and wounded from the wars we have launched since 2001 with the Arab and Muslim wounded, killed, orphaned, widowed, uprooted and turned into refugees, as well as the trillions of dollars lost, what benefits are there on the other side of the ledger?

https://original.antiwar.com/buchanan/2018/09/04/balance-sheet-of-the-forever-war/

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“It is time for this war in Afghanistan to end,” said Gen. John Nicholson in Kabul on his retirement Sunday after a fourth tour of duty and 31 months as commander of U.S. and NATO forces.

Labor Day brought news that another U.S. serviceman had been killed in an insider attack by an Afghan soldier.

Why do we continue to fight in Afghanistan?

“We continue to fight simply because we are there,” said retired Gen. Karl Eikenberry who preceded Gen. Nicholson.

“Absent political guidance and a diplomatic strategy,” Eikenberry told The New York Times, “military commanders have filled the vacuum by waging a war all agree cannot be won militarily.”

This longest war in U.S. history has become another no-win war… Read the rest of this entry »

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Secretary Mattis, here’s a roadmap to peace in the Middle East | TheHill

Posted by M. C. Fox on July 30, 2018

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/foreign-policy/399187-secretary-mattis-heres-a-roadmap-to-peace-in-the-middle

BY SEN. RAND PAUL (R-KY.)

You see, every time I run into the secretary of Defense, I try my best to make the point that we’ve been at war too long in too many places.

Gen. Mattis, as well as the head of NATOthe head of the UN, and virtually every voice of reason in the foreign policy world, acknowledges that there is no military solution to the unending Afghan War.

For that matter, most agree that there is no military solution to the Syrian civil war or the Yemeni civil war. And yet . . . the same voices that admit there is no military solution keep sending more troops…. Read the rest of this entry »

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It Still Doesn’t Get Worse Than Afghanistan – Foreign Policy

Posted by M. C. Fox on July 11, 2018

It Still Doesn’t Get Worse Than Afghanistan

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…These are all valid contenders — and there are no doubt others — but for my money (and yours), the single most indefensible and brain-dead aspect of U.S. foreign policy today remains the fruitless but never-ending effort to defeat the Taliban and achieve some sort of meaningful victory in Afghanistan. The United States has been trying to do this for so long that the arrival of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Kabul on Monday, on the heels of the country’s latest broken ceasefire, went unnoticed by most Americans. Many have probably forgotten (or never knew) how America’s involvement in Afghanistan even started — including some of the troops now being sent there… Read the rest of this entry »

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No Need For Nato – Craig Murray

Posted by M. C. Fox on July 5, 2018

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2018/07/no_author/no-need-for-nato/

By Craig Murray

A NATO summit approaches that brings Donald Trump to Europe and then on to these shores, and brings the usual clamour for more of the taxpayers’ money to be given to arms manufacturers.

Yet NATO is a demonstrably useless institution. It’s largest ever active military deployment, for 12 years in Afghanistan, resulted in military defeat throughout 80% of the country, the installation of a pocket regime whose scrip does not run further than you can throw the scrip, and a vast outflow of heroin to finance the criminal underworld throughout NATO countries. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Personal Message from Major Danny Sjursen – Antiwar.com Original

Posted by M. C. Fox on June 11, 2018

https://original.antiwar.com/danny_sjursen/2018/06/10/a-personal-message-from-major-danny-sjursen-u-s-army-veteran-of-iraq-and-afghanistan/

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This is all very intimate for me; hard to speak on, really.

Suffice it to say that this middling soldier gave his youth, and innocence, to what we used to call the Global War on Terror (GWOT).

I left several of my boys in the meaningless streets and fields of Iraq and Afghanistan: five killed by improvised bombs, a couple still in wheelchairs, one with a triple amputation; dozens more were shot and wounded; perhaps hundreds emotionally and morally damaged for life. Two of my troopers got themselves killed over there and didn’t even know it: a suicide and a prescription overdose…so it goes for my generation of volunteer “warriors.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Foreign Policy Failure: America Has Not Learned from Its Wars | The National Interest Blog

Posted by M. C. Fox on May 1, 2018

In 2011, I observed directly and graphically that our war, which was ten years old at the time, had failed to accomplish our objectives and reportedthat U.S. leaders were claiming success where they knew there was none.

US Government. Lying about war for 240 years.

http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-skeptics/foreign-policy-failure-america-has-not-learned-its-wars-25607

Daniel L. Davis

It’s time for the Washington foreign-policy establishment to consider the seemingly unthinkable: perpetual foreign-military operations and occupations do not enhance American national security and economic prosperity.

Overwhelming evidence—currently on painful display in Syria, Afghanistan and Yemen —reveals the stark reality that these operations drain our nation of critical resources, produces a slow-bleed of U.S. troops, and deteriorates our ability to respond to potentially existential battles in the future. Changes must be urgently made if we are to reverse this negative condition… Read the rest of this entry »

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Pentagon Admits Billions of US Dollars Disappeared in Afghanistan

Posted by M. C. Fox on March 29, 2018

95,000 vehicles! How much of this ended up in Al Qaeda and ISIS hands?  How much armament was “lost” (to Al Qaeda and ISIS)? On purpose depending the enemy du jour (Syria, Iran, the wrong variety Kurds).

How can you lose track of 95,000 vehicles without it being part of the plan? We always leave equipment in place for use by our “friends”. This makes it easier to come back when plans go haywire, which they usually do.

If the Afghan military is anything like the Iraqi military most of the recruits bail with their weapons and sell them or take their equipment and training and join ISIS.

Are you getting an inkling on why Afghanistan is worse than when we started after 15 years? If they only hadn’t attacked US…oh wait…they didn’t. If Iraq hadn’t…oh ya…they didn’t attack US either.

http://theantimedia.com/pentagon-admits-billions-us-dollars-disappeared-afghanistan/

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A new report from the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General (DoD IG) exposes even more fraud, waste and/or corruption in America’s ongoing war in Afghanistan. This latest report reveals that more than $3.1 billion of U.S. taxpayer funds provided to the Afghan Armed Forces from 2014 through 2017 was grossly mismanaged. Read the rest of this entry »

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The aimless war in Afghanistan will cost US taxpayers $45 billion this year – Orange County Register

Posted by M. C. Fox on February 12, 2018

How many more decades of death and destruction before we declare victory and go home?

Doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result…

http://www.ocregister.com/2018/02/07/the-aimless-war-in-afghanistan-will-cost-us-taxpayers-45-billion-this-year/

Sal Rodriguez

America’s forever war in Afghanistan will cost $45 billion this year, a Pentagon official told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday.

Now in its 17th year, there seems to be no end in sight to what has mostly become a futile effort at nation building. Depending on how you calculate it, the total cost of the war to date somewhere between $841 billion and $2 trillion… Read the rest of this entry »

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Sen. Rand Paul: Bring home our troops and, yes, throw a parade

Posted by M. C. Fox on February 8, 2018

Afghanistan-The graveyard of empires.

Then again there are good reasons for hanging around. Oil, pipelines, keeping the pentagram suppliers busy, keeping Saudi Arabia happy, keeping Israel happy (how many Israeli/SA troops in Afghanistan-hard to tell– probably none).

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/02/07/sen-rand-paul-trump-s-military-parade-is-good-idea-if-bring-troops-home-from-afghanistan-first.html

Sen. Rand Paul

If victory requires the disparate tribes and regional factions of Afghanistan to have more allegiance to a regime in Kabul than to their local tribal leaders, then victory will never come.

We spend about $50 billion a year in Afghanistan. When quizzed in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee recently, undersecretaries of Defense and State could not answer the most rudimentary of questions concerning the war. Read the rest of this entry »

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“Notwithstanding”: How Congress Enabled Chuck Hagel and Ash Carter to Keep Child Rape and Torture from Disrupting Forever War – emptywheel

Posted by M. C. Fox on January 27, 2018

Can’t let minor annoyances get in the way of the racket that is war.

https://www.emptywheel.net/2018/01/23/notwithstanding-how-congress-enabled-chuck-hagel-and-ash-carter-to-keep-child-rape-and-torture-from-disrupting-forever-war/

…Chuck Hagel and Ash Carter were fully aware of gross human rights abuses, including both child rape and torture, but elected to use the blunt tool that Congress had given them to ignore these human rights abuses and continue funding the same units within the Afghan military that carried out the abuses. So while official policy was that abuses are to be reported, they then are completely ignored at the Congressional and Cabinet level in order to continue a forever war that is forever failing.

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