Posted by Martin C. Fox on March 16, 2017
From our longest war, Afghanistan, comes word from U.S. Gen. John Nicholson that we and our Afghan allies are in a “stalemate” with the Taliban, and he will need a “few thousand” more U.S. troops – to augment the 8,500 President Obama left behind when he left office.
Committing the US to go to war over Montenegro? McCain needs to declare victory and retire.
Historically, the Balkans have been an incubator of war. In the 19th century, Otto van Bismarck predicted that when the Great War came, it would come out of “some damn fool thing in the Balkans.” And so it did when the Austrian archduke was assassinated in Sarajevo June 28, 1914, by Serbian ethnonationalist Gavrilo Princip.
Why are we fighting the Taliban? They never attacked US. We attacked them. The result of Bush’s fake news back in 2002.
It’s time for your nap Senator McCain.
Be seeing you
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Posted by Martin C. Fox on March 9, 2017
There is no delicate way to put this: The federal government’s “war on drugs” in the U.S. has been a stupendous failure. The only way it doesn’t look quite so bad is when it is compared to the mess we have made conducting a drug war as part of the rebuilding of Afghanistan.
More importantly, Afghanistan is responsible for 90 percent of the world’s illicit opiates, such as heroin, and opium production increased 43 percent just in the past year, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reported in October.
Whoops. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Martin C. Fox on January 24, 2017
The scheme was to destroy the Soviet Union’s economy by luring it into an unwinnable war in Afghanistan. The method for doing this was for Osama bin Laden, working for the CIA, to invite fundamentalist Muslims in Saudi Arabia and other countries to Afghanistan, where the U.S. military would arm and train them (Operation Cyclone). Engdahl believes that the weakening of its economy led to the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
Now we are doing it to ourselves. Sad, ridiculous. But criticize and one becomes a traitor.
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Posted by Martin C. Fox on January 19, 2017
Russia invaded Afghanistan in 1979 and left after 9 years, realizing it was a no-win situation. The US invaded the ‘graveyard of empires’ in 2001. Sixteen years later there are no signs of leaving.
Russia fights Al Qaeda and helps their ally, Syria, fight ISIS. Syria is in Russia’s neighborhood. Al Qaeda attacked the US. Saudi Arabia financed the operation. ISIS has sworn to destroy the U.S. The US supports Al Qaeda and ISIS in overthrowing the main stabilizing force in the Middle East, Syria. The US pays Saudi Arabia to do the same. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Martin C. Fox on February 13, 2016
Spanish born philosopher Santayana said those who ignorant of history are bound to repeat it. He also said only the dead have seen the end of war.
There was a predominate superpower hell-bent for world hegemony via compliant puppet governments. Military bases and an all powerful navy were spread throughout the world. Control of the Middle East was crucial. This superpower played allies and enemies against each other to further it’s agenda. Promises were repeatedly made and broken. Western powers all wanted a piece of the Middle East action.
The Middle East was made up of numerous tribes and sects, each of which had their own particular needs and goals. Many of these groups were at odds with their neighbors and religious variants.
This superpower was unable to recognize these rivalries let alone deal with them. The overall situation was incredibly complex. The superpower did not let ignorance hinder its efforts. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Martin C. Fox on November 22, 2013
How many times have we heard Obama say we are leaving Afghanistan?
As many times as we were promised Guantanamo would close?
Obama is a perpetual motion lying machine. A perpetual spending button has been added to his control panel.
The still in process US-Afghan Security Agreement commits fifteen thousand US troops and billions of dollars to support US and the Afghans. There is no limit specified for the dollar part. We will be OBLIGATED to provide perpetual financial support. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Martin C. Fox on February 23, 2013
We are very ready for war but not for peace.
The 22 Feb Erie Times guest voice, an ROTC company commander and Penn State history major, attempts to compare the use of militias in the war of 1812 to “lack of readiness” as the cause of our “problems” in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mr. Payne could write for the Weekly Standard.
There is much to compare that was not mentioned.
The US defense budget is more than most of the industrialized world combined. Who else has 7 or 8 carrier fleets, ICBMs, spy satellites, the most advanced aircraft, 700+ bases in 170 countries, cameras in soldiers helmets and innumerable varieties of special forces? No one. How on earth can the US not be ready to defeat countries barely out of the stone-age? Yet we continue to get our butts kicked.
Men, women and matériel are not the issue. The people running the show are the problem. Today’s political and military leaders are like 1812’s William Hull. The incompetent Hull lead us to disaster in Canada. Defeated by forces that were half militia. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Martin C. Fox on September 11, 2012
I have always been of the mind that the reason we are in Iraq is oil and oil pipelines. Initially we were told we had to capture the weapons of mass destruction. When the public discovered there were no WMDs the reason changed to freeing the people from their yoke. We are performing our divine duty bestowing the nation with democracy they don’t want. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Martin C. Fox on July 8, 2012
The Associated Press (translator for Big Brother Broadcasting) tells us Goddess of Statespersonship Hillary hails Afghanistan as our newest “major non-NATO ally”. The blurb fails to tell us what Afghanistan has done to be worthy of this honor. Apparently it is their ability to absorb $4B a year’s worth of taxpayers dollars for “stabilization”. “International donors” will contribute. The donors are unnamed as is the US fraction of the total. I therefore estimate the US fraction will be approximately 100%. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Martin C. Fox on September 26, 2011
I heard on NPR this morning that after ten years of recruitment and training, the Afghan defense forces are totally worthless. So the US training command is doubling the number of training personnel “in country”, adding 800 “Trainers”. I think I will call this military Keynesianism. If you are losing big-time, fix the problem by throwing a bunch more (money, lives) down the black hole. I won’t bore you with Einstein’s definition of insanity. I am sure this was OK’d by the Obamatron, who gave it his bobble-headed official pentagon rubber stamp of approval. If you were wondering why the USA is going to hell in a handbasket, you ought to be able to stop wondering. Just for the fun of it check out this monograph about Republicans and why Obama is no different from Bush. In things military I think Bush may have had something of a plan in mind. A single-celled plan maybe, but a plan. Obama just gets led by a five sided collar.
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