Good morning, Vietghanistan!

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Good morning, Vietghanistan!

Our CFR (Council on Foreign Relations) overlords are sending smoke signals that the burner needs to be turned a little higher under the permanent war. From an AP article:

WASHINGTON – The U.S. general put in charge of turning around the war in Afghanistan is likely to recommend significant changes in the campaign and may include a request for more U.S. forces that the White House is expected to resist. As General Stanley McChrystal readies the assessment of the war, due in two weeks, numerous U.S. officials and outsiders aware of his thinking suggest that he will request in a companion report that more American troops, probably including marines, be added next year.

 

Two of McChrystal's civilian advisers, Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Stephen Biddle of the Council on Foreign Relations, said this week they expect some expansion of troops. Neither adviser would quantify those numbers. Biddle said Thursday he thinks the total number of troops in Afghanistan should number 300,000 to 600,000, including U.S., NATO and Afghan forces.

Current forces include 62,000 U.S. troops and 39,000 allied troops, plus about 175,000 Afghan Army and police. Some of the allies plan to pull their troops home in the next couple of years. Afghan forces are already set to grow, but McChrystal urges an end target of some 400,000 police and army, a goal that would require more foreign forces for the training, a senior defense official said Friday.

 

 

 

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090731/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/us_us_afghanistan_10

Robert McNamara, the corporatist clown who helped engineer the Vietnam debacle, hasn't even been dead a month. But Stephen Biddle of the CFR is happy to step into Mac's shoes, and advocate the same deadly escalation of a lost war that McNamara did in Vietnam. Those are awesome numbers of troops he's advocating -- 300,000 to 600,000. Awesomely costly. Awesomely damaging to the dollar, and to a debilitated U.S. economy which simply can't afford this level of extravagant waste on military incompetents. After all, following the USSR's own decade-long debacle in Afghanistan, the USSR don't even exist no more.

The president has already screwed up by upping the troop levels in Afghanistan, in response to corporatist schemers and whisperers like Biddle. If he keeps letting this nest of rattlesnakes hijack our country, he can complete the Lyndon Johnson/Vietnam analogy by being a one-term president. Which I think is quite likely.

As the graffiti in the latrines in Kandahar goes, 'FLUSH TWICE. IT'S A LONG WAY TO WASHINGTON.'

 

 

 

 

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Re: Good morning, Vietghanistan!

Let me quote someone much better informed than I am -- the eminent author of Blowback, Chalmers Johnson:

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According to a growing consensus of economists and political scientists around the world, it is impossible for the United States to continue in the role [as global hegemon] while emerging into full view as a crippled economic power. No such configuration has ever persisted in the history of imperialism. The University of Chicago's Robert Pape, author of the important study Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism (Random House, 2005), typically writes:

 

"America is in unprecedented decline. The self-inflicted wounds of the Iraq war, growing government debt, increasingly negative current-account balances and other internal economic weaknesses have cost the United States real power in today's world of rapidly spreading knowledge and technology. If present trends continue, we will look back on the Bush years as the death knell of American hegemony."

Obama's mid-2009 "surge" of troops into southern Afghanistan and particularly into Helmand Province, a Taliban stronghold, is fast becoming darkly reminiscent of General William Westmoreland's continuous requests in Vietnam for more troops and his promises that if we would ratchet up the violence just a little more and tolerate a few more casualties, we would certainly break the will of the Vietnamese insurgents. This was a total misreading of the nature of the conflict in Vietnam, just as it is in Afghanistan today.

Twenty years after the forces of the Red Army withdrew from Afghanistan in disgrace, the last Russian general to command them, Gen. Boris Gromov, issued his own prediction: Disaster, he insisted, will come to the thousands of new forces Obama is sending there, just as it did to the Soviet Union's, which lost some 15,000 soldiers in its own Afghan war. We should recognize that we are wasting time, lives, and resources in an area where we have never understood the political dynamics and continue to make the wrong choices.

http://www.lewrockwell.com/engelhardt/engelhardt388.html

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Let's distill this down to hard brass tacks. The U.S. can afford universal health care OR a global military empire. It CANNOT afford both. Those who believe it can -- including 99 percent of the Washington establishment -- are the pathetic, deracinated victims of fiat money illusion. Some of them possess 19 years of formal education, yet can't add two and two.

One can understand why Caligula nominated his horse to the Senate. The average cocker spaniel could govern better than this.

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Re: Good morning, Vietghanistan!
machinehead wrote:

Let's distill this down to hard brass tacks. The U.S. can afford universal health care OR a global military empire. It CANNOT afford both. Those who believe it can -- including 99 percent of the Washington establishment -- are the pathetic, deracinated victims of fiat money illusion. Some of them possess 19 years of formal education, yet can't add two and two.


. What on earth are they thinking? Have they been lulled into some kind of consensus dream, sedated by a reserve currency? If so, the drug is losing it's potency, and will soon be replaced by the red pill. The U.S. relies on the same foreign powers to support it's currency, either directly or indirectly, that it  threatens through proxie wars. A very untenable situation.

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Re: Good morning, Vietghanistan!

 MachineHead writes:

Robert McNamara, the corporatist clown who helped engineer the Vietnam debacle, hasn't even been dead a month.

Hello MachineHead:

I read a while ago, "Body of Secrets" by James Bamford. When I got to the Gulf of Tonkin chapter I was sickened. Amazing how nothing changes. As always, SUPER post and thanks for yet another fantasic read. Take care

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Re: Good morning, Vietghanistan!

machinehead,

Really interesting analysis, perpetual war and debt is the greatest threat to our nation.  I think you hit an important point in saying that the CFR and the Trilateral Commission really runs the country.  They are serving their own interests even at the deadly expense of "We the People."

"Pipelineistan" is the prize they covet through "Vietghanistan" - Complete Article Link

Control of the vast Eurasian energy sources, mostly oil and natural gas, means big money for banks, energy companies and the industrial military complex.  But, what is in it for the people...besides financial and moral bankruptcy?

"Project Censored" identifies the top 25 stories of 2009 that were censored by the corporate media (members of the CFR).  The number one non-story is "Over One Million Iraqi Deaths Caused by US Occupation."  It is appalling that we have lost our moral compass in starting a preemptive war to enrich an elite few.  

Why is there no outrage, no accountability, no regret in committing what can only be described as crimes against humanity.  The CFR runs the country only because we allow it.  BTW, the CFR has a new headquarters in Washington, D.C.  This will make it much more convenient for the political puppets to get their marching orders.

Hilary Clinton confirmed the "influence" the CFR has over our nation in the video below (speech made July 19, 2009):

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