Posts Tagged ‘Afghanistan’

Ten Issues Nobody Really Cares About

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

1) Torture: Manning gets 35 years for leaking documents, while torture continues in Guantanamo and around the world.

2) Syria: Chemical weapons or not, nobody’s going to war for Syria.

3) Egypt: a failed state and a successful military dictatorship.

4) Middle East peace: a sham and a fraud, as it’s been most of the last 65 years.

5) The deficit and/or the debt: Both are falling, while those who claim to be worried are only worried about their taxes being raised.

6) Gun Control: puhleeze…

7) Immigration Reform: has never been a realistic possibility in this Congress.

8) Afghanistan and Pakistan: two failed states in a race to the Islamist bottom.

9) North Korea: Maybe the Chinese are slightly worried about massive refugee flows when the regime implodes, but otherwise there’s nothing there.

10) The “rebranding” of the Know Nothing Party: see Middle East peace.

Gorilla says: “All of these things distract us from the economy, which no one in DC cares about!”


Catching Up On Some News

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Manning verdict: not a surprise. The aiding the enemy charge was ridiculous (is the enemy a reader of the Times and the Guardian?). 10-15 years seems like the right sentence, but they’ll probably give him 50 years plus to show they can.

Fed Chair search: Larry Summers has been so wrong so many times about so many things, not to mention a thriving sexist on the Wall Street dole, so he shouldn’t be nominated. Janet Yellen seems like just the sort of competent professional Fednik you’d want, particularly after the disasters that were Greenspan and Bernanke.

Wall Street commodities manipulation: Quelle surprise!!! Until bankers have a well-founded fear that they will lose both all their personal assets and their freedom, we’ll continue to have this sort of crime disguised as arbitrage.

Pope can handle gays: So what? The criminal enterprise he runs remains deeply homophobic and misogynistic. Nice to care more about the poor, but not when you surround yourself with amoral pygmies whose anti-contraception campaigns have done as much as any government to keep people poor.

Failed state tour d’horizon: Egypt should be holding elections right away, and the US should be cutting off military aid until the military ceases to be the real power in the country. Iraq and Afghanistan look headed for civil war once we finally get out. Pakistan continues to disintegrate, and there’s not a lot we can do about it. A caliphate in Central Asia isn’t in our interests, but when has Central Asia ever been in our interests?

Middle East peace: Another sham round of talking about talking, to be followed by more illegal settlements and Hamas trying to get control of the West Bank. 65 years of this nonsense demonstrates clearly that the US has zero interest in whatever outcome the two sides don’t believe in.

Another summer and fall of watching the Know Nothing loons strut their stuff to the detriment of the country and the world.

Gorilla says: “At the moment, the snoozeometer is set on stun!”


Pointless Is As Pointless Doesn’t

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

In Afghanistan, President Karzai isn’t happy about the US-Taliban talks announced in Qatar yesterday.

What he wants is a renunciation of violence, a recognition of the Afghan constitution, and direct talks with the Taliban.

What he doesn’t seem to understand is that without the US, his government and mostly likely he himself won’t last 6 months once US forces have departed.

Our President seems to be playing this one about right. We should have departed Afghanistan a decade ago. What we’ve created there is a corrupt government that is unable to control much of the country.

So we’re doing the best we can to get out. We’d like a peaceful solution, but there’s not a lot we can do to make that happen.

The same principle applies to Syria.

We’d rather not see a bloodbath, but we have no great national security interests there and there is not much we can do to change the situation on the ground.

Arming the rebels is not a solution, since the rebels are not a unified force and the Russians, knowing they’ll be the biggest loser is Assad goes, don’t want to play ball.

What this demonstrates is there are limits to American power.

Spending 10 times more than anybody else on the military has not bought us anything of lasting value in the past 25 years.

It’s time to recognize we can’t do it all by ourselves and we need to fix our own broken society as soon as possible.

Gorilla says: “Let’s put people back to work to build something more useful than endless, pointless wars!!!”


11 Years Of Failure

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Afghanistan: NATO scaling back joint operations, because the Afghans we supposedly are training to take over alas apparently shoot us first and don’t ask questions later!

And it’s long past time to end this charade. We’ve pointlessly wasted a trillion or more dollars and thousands of lives to achieve what Afghans themselves have always achieved: a continuous civil war.

Gorilla says: “Training the trainers equals braining the no brainers!”


Quick Takes For The Week

Friday, September 7th, 2012

DNC: Who cares? Nice to see Democrats unified and on message, but the message is very pedestrian. Not much to say about unemployment, too much attention to unimportant deficits, and nothing at all about reducing the influence of both Wall Street and the Pentagon. Obama will win reelection, but not much will happen until and unless the Democrats regain the House and end the filibuster.

Euroland: A small but necessary first step. The proof will come when Greece is let go and in whether higher inflation and more consumption will be allowed to occur in Germany. The betting here is that the crisis will continue.

Iraq and Syria: probably the least reported major international news story. Iraq’s in bed with Iran to back up Assad, and the US isn’t doing much to stop it, yet again demonstrating the utter pointlessness of the war in Iraq. And this is our ally?

Afghanistan: A dead loss that should have been finished a decade ago. We’ll be out before 2014.

Gorilla says: “A great week for rhetoric, but inaction still speaks louder!”


2000 Pointless Deaths Later

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Still no end in sight in Afghanistan, along with Iraq, Grenada, and Vietnam among the most pointless wars in American history.

Took 10 years to kill the first thousand American soldiers. Has only taken 27 months to kill the next thousand.

Gorilla says: “Let’s not forget that there was and is a bipartisan consensus that maintains strong support for pointless American deaths!”


Brief Notes For This Week

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Russia: proving once again that it is little more than a backward country ruled by KGB thugs and kleptocrats, a punk rock band gets 2 years for “hooliganism” aka thinking that peaceful assembly was a human right, while the Moscow city government bans gay pride marches for 100 years. You don’t need a gulag when you’re grinding your country into the dust.

Syria: descending into civil war which will likely take Lebanon down with it. Still no sign of an international consensus, so the bloodshed will continue.

Paul Ryan/Mitt Romney: there’s nothing to say about these two amoral, cowardly liars that they haven’t said already.

Iraq: also on the cusp of civil war, the sooner we’re out for good the sooner a settlement can be reached. Since they have 60% of the population, while controlling most of the government and the firepower, the Shiites will win.

Afghanistan: the disaster continues. It’s clear there’s absolutely no reason for us to remain another 2 years. If Obama is reelected, we’ll pull out next year.

Asian island madness: who cares?

Unemployment: should be the number one issue, but has roughly the same importance in this election as the question of which Asian country owns which island. A disgrace, but what do you expect when both parties essentially serve only the wealthy?

Gorilla says: “Another birthday for me, another year of pointless repetition to overcome!”


A Few Global Loose Ends Not On Romney’s Tour

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Russia: the KGB kleptocracy intends to keep a firm lid on dissent.

India: all the growth in the world can’t yet make up for a terrible infrastructure and an uneducated, impoverished, and overpopulated polity.

Iraq and Afghanistan: the pointless wars continue, the theft by contractors continues, the complete lack of success continues.

Japan: once again making clear that covering up and not losing face are far more important than exposing millions of people to dangerous levels of radiation.

Congo: does anyone care that this decades old civil war never ends?

Sudan: ditto, slightly more people care because it has oil.

Kosovo: seriously, did you think it would ever go away? Another triumphant NATO failure disguised as a permanent peacekeeping mission.

Gorilla says: “There are plenty more of these Romneyesque gaffes to come!”


A Policeman’s Lot

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Is not a happy one, especially if your country’s been “liberated” by a pointless war…

In Iraq, the civil war continues, 100 dead yesterday, most of them policemen.

In Afghanistan, being a policeman yesterday meant being poisoned by your colleagues while they’re on the way to defect to the Taliban.

In America, it’s different, there you can be a policeman in favor of gun control, knowing there’s no chance it will ever happen!

Gorilla says: “With cat like tread, you find yourself dead!”


Shorter Afghan Donors Conference

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

We masters of kleptocracy are providing a local kleptocrat with the means to get away once we’ve left.