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Militants in Afghanistan Are Learning the Vietnam ModelGordon Duff Salem-News.com
What were our strategic goals in Afghanistan? Now that any goal seems implausible, no benchmarks to be reached, should we negotiate a withdrawal as in Iraq?
(CINCINATTI, Ohio) - I remember reading about "hearts and minds" and how it was the key to a victory in Vietnam. I also remember walking thru villages in Vietnam on my way out into the hills. Seeing people raising children during a vicious war was a reminder of what war is about. We are always meaning well, we love saying that, but left broken lives, poisoned soil and decades of bitterness behind us.
Afghanistan is now Vietnam. America is fighting a war it got into without 5 minutes of intelligent thought. Our goal of securing a country that has lived with 2000 years of war, a country we have no legitimate interests of any kind in, is insanity. Military leaders, rightly asking for the endless needed resources to accomplish the impossible task they have been assigned are asking for resources that simply don't exist. We are "killing for peace" all over again. We never learn.
We don't have anything in our arsenal of spy satellites and thermonuclear weapons to make people love us. America is in Afghanistan searching for love and are, instead, sending our children to their deaths.
People all over Afghanistan are looking into the faces of our children, some of whom have been soldiers for years. I don't believe, for a minute, that any real number of our troops are still engaged in the Bush era crusade against Islam, the ill conceived attempt to rally political support at home thru radicalizing Islam. Turning a war against a few terrorist camps into a broad conflict to secure oil, gas and, as reports of the FBI investigation become public, drugs, into a decade long fiasco has been the result.
For years, the "war on terror" has been a front for the fleecing of the American economy, the enrichment of oil companies and the endless government contractors living on "no bid" contracts, not just "no bid" but also "cost plus." If you want to see money to lobby for war, reward theft and pay even more for incompetent theft.
The deluge of money flowing into Washington to fund war and "nation building" using hundreds of thousands of kitchen workers and "security guards" pushed more important issues to the side.
Our troops were having their parents buy body armor on Ebay. Who, exactly, at the Pentagon, thought canvas doors were bullet and IED proof? Did they learn that while golfing with lobbyists?
A political agenda we were told was going to restore small government, fiscal conservatism, family values and individual rights quickly turned into the largest growth of government in our history with the greatest assault on individual freedoms since American patriots starved to death in rotting hulks, prisoners of our British rulers.
A barrage of "terrorist alerts" and war rhetoric was meant to distract us while the boot came down on our necks. The rhetoric took on a life of its own, creating an expectation of victories in the style of ancient Rome, with captors being led behind chariots thru our streets. In the end, we hanged one deluded sociopath in Iraq while hundreds more, as crazy as that one, ran free through Washington DC.
Our generals and those of our allies are asking for help. We don't train our folks at West Point in magic, perhaps we should start. What help is needed? Only magic will make Afghanistan go away. Only magic will help millions of people, not "radical Islamics" but people very much like us, love America and want the type of life they believe we are willing to kill every last one of them to make sure they have.
What were our strategic goals in Afghanistan? Now that any goal seems implausible, no benchmarks to be reached, should we negotiate a withdrawal as in Iraq? We could load the country with troops for a few months, blow the hell out of everything and then agree to stay inside our bases and leave, letting them figure it all out for themselves as though we were never there.
Sounds like a plan to me.
This is what we had told them for years. Every time Bush or Cheney opened their mouths, especially to audiences of political contributors, this was what came out. Believing that every word was not heard around the world, heard and remembered, is irrational. How do we win over people we have been insulting and threatening for years?
We don't have to worry about that. Our children are going to do it for us, if we don't kill every last one of them in the process.
Gordon Duff is a Marine combat veteran and a regular contributor to Veterans Today. He specializes in political and social issues. You can see a large collection of Gordon's published articles at this link: VeteransToday.com.
He is an outspoken advocate for veterans and his powerful words have brought about change. Gordon is a lifelong PTSD sufferer from his war experiences and he is empathetic to the plight of today's veterans also suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. We greatly appreciate the opportunity to feature Gordon's timely and critical reports on Salem-News.com, a news organization staffed by a number of veterans, particularly former U.S. Marines.
You can send Gordon Duff an email at this address: Gpduf@aol.com
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