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Losing the Great Game in AfghanistanDrain52's reply, which I used for the subject stated things best.
by Devika Patel
September 16, 2011
Ten years ago, I watched the Twin Towers fall. A San Francisco Examiner headline the next day summed up my feelings fairly well: “Bastards!” Of course we had to fight back. I thought there’d be a bit of a scuffle, much like the first Gulf War, and we’d be done with the whole affair in a few weeks.
A decade later, do I ever feel silly. My eureka moment came around 2004, when I stumbled across a piece that had appeared in the French weekly Le Nouvel Observateur sometime in 1998, featuring former United States National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski. In Cheshire Cat fashion, Brzezinski explained that offering CIA aid to the mujahideen drew “the Russians into the Afghan trap,” where we armed the Taliban’s predecessors to the gills after Russia’s invasion. The unrepentant Brzezinski was delighted by his maneuver that gave Russia its own Vietnam War, bankrupting them and ending the Cold War.
But Brzezinski’s “agitated Muslims,” who flew planes into our towers, eventually proved far more troublesome than the Soviets who had been declining economically each day with or without their own Vietnam.
A tangent here: have you ever wondered at how damn stupid empires can be? Why in God's name would anyone want to possess Afghanistan, or India, or any of the forsaken countries in central Asia? The British fought and died in order to get exactly what--Indian cotton, or Afghan opium? These things could have been purchased outright for much less than invading vast countries and maintaining armies.The LOVE of MONEY and CONTROL. It is this simple and why Smedley Butler so rightly stated in his book, War is a Racket.
I'm trying to grok the vision of some idiot Brit or Russky standing on a hillock in a wasteland who's yelling "It's ours, it's all ours, all of Backwardistan!"
And now we have moron Americans doing the same. Santayana (Ed. Note: spelling- which he corrected with an immediate follow-up) wasn't right enough: he who doesn't learn from history will it have it crammed down his throat.
AttackWatch tweet: Obama I'm confused. If I see someone suspicious should I use #AttackWatch or this illegal class III AK-47 an ATF agent gave me?"