Doug Casey on Afghanistan. It's a complete boondoggle and disaster.Submitted by go213mph on Fri, 11/16/2012 - 11:19
Doug Casey on the Inconvenient Truths of US Foreign Policy Interviewed by Louis James, Editor, International Speculator.
* NOTE: Doug puts his answers in such a logical (and often humorous)manner that it really makes you think WTF are we STILL DOING in Afghanistan? I think it boils down to the continued MASSIVE theft from the public purse by our overlords and the MIC. What a HUGE criminal institution the US GOVERNMENT has become!
Excellent Insights by Doug Casey below and continued at LRC. (Link Below)
"We don't know why we are here, what we are fighting for, or how to know if we are winning."
This seems absolutely true to me. The US went to Afghanistan because a group almost entirely composed of Saudis supposedly flew a couple of airliners into buildings in the United States. It was alleged that the Taliban in Afghanistan was sympathetic to them and gave them succor. That's no reason to invade a country, but they did, and the Taliban government was toppled – but the US is still there more than a decade later. So, it's true. No one really knows why our troops are still there, making enemies while bankrupting the US. It's a complete boondoggle and disaster.
L: The government was toppled, but the enemy merely dispersed. An expensive failure.
Doug: Exactly; the Taliban itself had absolutely nothing to do with the events of 9/11, and even offered to cooperate in extraditing those responsible upon presentation of proof.
The next item is: "The strategy is to fight, talk, and build. But we're withdrawing the fighters, the Taliban won't talk, and the builders are corrupt."
This is true as well. Almost everyone there hates the foreign invaders as much as Americans would hate an army of Muslim teenagers in the US. Fighting is just making more enemies, so of course the troops are being withdrawn. And why should the locals talk with the invaders? They know they'll go away eventually, as the Soviets did, and others before them. The builders, of course, get overpaid to build schools, hospitals, and other future targets for bombing; their only concern is to steal as much as possible while they can. The whole thing would be a comedy of errors if it weren't such a tragedy.
L: We've filled a lot of holes in the sand and made a lot of new ones. Krugman must think it's a great stimulus to the economy.
Doug: War also sends a lot of unskilled labor off to the slaughtering fields, so maybe the politicians view this as a good way to reduce unemployment. But to continue, the next point is: "Karzai's family is especially corrupt."
Well, that goes without saying. The whole point of getting elected – especially in these backward, tribal countries – is to steal as much as you possibly can. It's not just an assumption; it's axiomatic all over Africa, Asia, and South America – and for that matter in the US as well. How else could a man from a white-trash family like Bill Clinton start with nothing, get elected and end up worth a hundred million dollars? Of course now in the US, you wait until you're out of office to get a delayed payoff in the form of huge speakers' fees, corporate directorates, consulting contracts, book advances, and sweetheart deals. Lyndon Johnson was a more classic example, in that he made it while he was still in office. But it's worse in these backward countries, where the plunderers can operate with much more brazenness and impunity.