Afghan 24-Karat BS

The Washington Post article on this weekend’s attack on a remote US military base in Afghanistan notes:

It is really hard to interdict the enemy,” said the base’s company commander in an interview with The Washington Post in late September. “There are literally thousands of trails around here. We just don’t have the numbers of troops we need to be effective.”
Although the village of Kamdesh is only about a mile from the base, U.S. and Afghan troops never visited it because it was too dangerous, the company commander said.

The Post noted that, since last year, the Pentagon has been meaning to get around to withdrawing the troops who were killed this weekend, but … well, the Pentagon has been so busy with its victory proclamations and its saber-rattling to send more troops to Afghanistan.

And the chances of any Pentagon official being held responsible for these deaths?

Tell it to Pat Tillman.

17 thoughts on “Afghan 24-Karat BS”

  1. This would be amusing if it weren't for the needless deaths involved.

    It should be obvious that we do not have anything resembling a coherent war strategy. There are no objective, measurable goals to be met. Thus, we can never leave. We'll be stumbling and bumbling in a place we don't understand and have no right to occupy, killing and maiming innocent people in the process. War crimes, anyone?

    Actually, that's not entirely true. Eventually we will leave. When the dollar crashes and the checks no longer clear, our empire is going to fold like a cheap suit. When the banksters get done debasing our money, the troops will come home – finally.

    Is it really necessary to experience an economic catastrophe before we do what we should have done long ago? Support the troops. Bring them home.

    1. Steve.Hogan wrote:"Is it really necessary to experience an economic catastrophe before we do what we should have done long ago? Support the troops. Bring them home."

      Of course it's not "necessary". Nor is it desirable, practical, reality-based, ethical, or rational. But clearly the US is moving lemming-like in that direction. Why? Self-interest and addiction to power by the political and financial elite compels them to pursue that course. Politicians who "lose" a war fear the rage of "red-meat" Americans — religious fundies, gun fondlers, and bigots-R-us — come the next election. And the financial elite hang with the political elite — each supporting and protecting the other's power and privilege, and of course, profits, of which there is still ample supply in good times or bad. In this equation, the ordinary citizenry is naught but cattle to these "shepherds".

      The way out of this dilemma? A publicly funded election system, and centrist political party — a "New Republican/New Democrat" party — that can own the center. This would allow us all to escape the financial domination of the political process by monied special interests, and allow us all to enjoy government policies free from destructive pandering to the extremes of both left and right.

      But sadly, human nature being what it is, it probably won't happen until AFTER the catastrophe.

  2. the Pentagon has been meaning to get around to withdrawing the troops who were killed this weekend

    The Pentagon has been meaning to get around to a lot of things, but it's too busy dealing with all of our necessities.

  3. Where are Mr. Bovard's priorities?

    Doesn't he realize we are a country at war?

    This all goes back to 9/11 – which was a building demolition effected: 1) To annul 1 billion dolar remove asbestos job. 2) To escape class-suit liabilities of those certain to be killed by a formal demolition. 3) To allow the new pres. to carry out invasions on behalf on his oil cronies & contributors. This admitted drunk has immersed "his" country in a series of disasters that he has no brain to even imagine. The stupidity goes on upon lonely rocks or in desert sand outposts for "missions" long discredited. Bovard adds yet another expose on the truth of this analysis.

  4. Vast majority of you is drunk on power and might, as you correctly state CATASTROPHE will sober you up.

    65 million years another beast was in your position.

  5. Simply put, or as the movie has it, "Lions for Lambs". Kind of a funny title, but the sissies in Washington know what I mean. I have simply withdrawn my energy from my country, in quiet passive ways. I don't even know what to say to my neighbor who encouraged her son to enlist (they thought he was going to be sent to Germany, LOL) who is now in Eye-wrack. My son has trouble getting a job, but he is resourceful and intelligent enough to keep out of trouble. The boys are "of an age" and one of us believes what the government said about 9/11 and one of us doesn't. How long is that silent truce between us going to hold? How long until we are all fed into the meat grinder so that our "betters" can save face and we can all go down in flames together? What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive. I know a woman whose brother died in Vietnam, and she is bitter but absolutely sure that duty, honor and country upheld by her family was "worth it". How else to justify a senseless death? Yet Cindy Sheehan and the Tillman's stand up for the idea that reality is what counts.

  6. ” I know a woman whose brother died in Vietnam, and she is bitter but absolutely sure that duty, honor and country upheld by her family was “worth it”.

    Many American are still angry and bitter towards the Vietnamese for resisting the US!

    1. Rationalization and self-deception are an important emotional shield. Admitting that her brother died senselessly in an unjust war is too painful to bear.

  7. Who supports our war(s)? The military welfare complex, chickenhawks, and the Israel Lobby.

    Get the hell out of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. And DON”T attack Iran.

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