The Success of Obama’s Surge in Afghanistan

BO doesn’t care, and neither does the Congress as long as the merchants of death continue their campaign donations.  Afghanistan continues to be the Graveyard of Empires.

In August, I went on a dismounted patrol with troops in the Panjwai district of Kandahar province. Several troops from the unit had recently been killed in action, one of whom was a very popular and experienced soldier. One of the unit’s senior officers rhetorically asked me, “How do I look these men in the eye and ask them to go out day after day on these missions? What’s harder: How do I look [my soldier’s] wife in the eye when I get back and tell her that her husband died for something meaningful? How do I do that?”

One of the senior enlisted leaders added, “Guys are saying, ‘I hope I live so I can at least get home to R&R leave before I get it,’ or ‘I hope I only lose a foot.’ Sometimes they even say which limb it might be: ‘Maybe it’ll only be my left foot.’ They don’t have a lot of confidence that the leadership two levels up really understands what they’re living here, what the situation really is.”–lies-about-afghanistan-2012-2?nr_email_referer=1&utm_source=Triggermail&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Business%20Insider%20Select&utm_campaign=BI%20Select%20Recurring%202012-02-07#ixzz1lklzydUD

Remember this? You were warned. Barack Obama said he was against the war in Iraq, yet voted to fund it. He said he would end the war on Day 1 of his presidency.  He didn’t.  Instead there is a whole lot of money missing, and most of the combat troops left Iraq in ruins and strewn with D.U.; and came home sick but redeployed to the Mideast again.  The withdrawal took place according to a schedule that was negotiated under Bush.  BO wanted to stay longer, but the Iraqis would not agree to immunity for crimes by U.S. troops and contractors.

BO said he was going to increase the forces in Afghanistan. He did. What has it brought the 99% (not to mention the people being attacked, (e.g. Libyans, Somalians, Afghans and Iraqis) other than debt (slavery), disability, destruction and death? Your reasons for not listening (supporting Obama) had to have been wrong, unless those reasons are more important than debt, disability, destruction and the loss of human lives. If you still think that your reasons were valid, then plug in “Susan Rice” in the search engine at the top of the page. She’s another person who has shown little value for human life, and you might find a kindred spirit. Unfortunately, you, Obama and Rice have a lot of very connected company. You’ve got the Clintons, Kissinger, Brzezinski, Wolfowitz, and the other Neocons, and the rest of the 1%.

The past aside, is there a good reason not to vociferously oppose these wars of choice NOW?

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