Conflicts of Interest: Despite All-Out Media Effort, Americans Still Support Afghan Withdrawal

On COI #153, Kyle Anzalone updates events in Afghanistan. The Pentagon and State Department are working to remove some privileged Afghans and Americans from Afghanistan. The US claims it has evacuated tens of thousands so far,  but it is still unclear how many will be left behind. Despite the speed with which the Afghan government collapsed and ongoing chaos at the airport, the American people have been unpersuaded by a relentless effort by war hawks in the corporate press to turn the public against the withdrawal. New polls show almost two-thirds of Americans support ending the occupation. 

Kyle breaks down recent tragedies in Haiti. After a presidential assassination last month, an earthquake and tropical storm left over 2,200 dead. USAID seized on the opportunity to increase the empire’s reach in Haiti, with hundreds of troops set to deploy for a relief operation led by the agency. However, USAID has a history of supporting regime change efforts through its “charity.” Aid operations after the last major earthquake in 2010 left the country worse off by squandering billions and creating a cholera epidemic. 

Saudi currency manipulation is wreaking economic chaos as there are now two exchange rates in Yemen. The Saudi-backed government has dumped new dollars into Yemen, causing a spike in inflation in those areas. The Houthis have banned the newly minted bills, preventing the erosion in the currency’s value.

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6 thoughts on “Conflicts of Interest: Despite All-Out Media Effort, Americans Still Support Afghan Withdrawal”

  1. Glad the propaganda is failing!

    Nov 9, 2016 Costs of War: the Human Toll of the Post-9/11 Wars By Brown University

    The Costs of War Project at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs illustrates the human toll of the post-9/11 wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

  2. The American people may be convinced that withdrawal from Afghanistan is in our best interests. But our military and intelligence agencies fully intend to torment Afghanistan (and other countries) well into the future with “over the horizon” bombing, CIA interference, etc. We will still be there in one form or another. And the U.S. will remain known as the world’s biggest threat to world peace. The hawks, Bolton, Panetta, etc. have learned nothing.

  3. The entire Afghan intervention was based on false pretenses. There never was much evidence that Osama bin Laden was behind the September 11 attacks.

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