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Monday, December 09, 2019

Media changes subject on impeachment

Kudos to the Jeff Bezos Washington Post for uncovering the decades of U.S. government lies about Afghanistan War -- you know, the one Obama called the real war -- the one President Donald John Trump wants to end.

But as timing is everything in comedy and politics, I am suspect of the report coming out on the same day as another impeachment hearing and the Horowitz report on Obama spying on the Trump campaign.

I am delighted that after 18 years of war in Afghanistan (twice the length of the Vietnam War) the media is showing some concern about how we got there. Ordinarily, I do not link the Post because it is a pay site. But MSN has a free link.

The Post said, "A confidential trove of government documents obtained by The Washington Post reveals that senior U.S. officials failed to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan throughout the 18-year campaign, making rosy pronouncements they knew to be false and hiding unmistakable evidence the war had become unwinnable.

"The documents were generated by a federal project examining the root failures of the longest armed conflict in U.S. history. They include more than 2,000 pages of previously unpublished notes of interviews with people who played a direct role in the war, from generals and diplomats to aid workers and Afghan officials."

Lieutenant General Douglas Lute, the White House’s Afghan war czar for Bush and Obama, told government interviewers in 2015, "We were devoid of a fundamental understanding of Afghanistan — we didn’t know what we were doing. [snip] What are we trying to do here? We didn’t have the foggiest notion of what we were undertaking."

I hesitate, though, on quoting the newspaper as its past performance proves it is not objective.

But the length of the war shows we learned nothing from Vietnam. Working with the Taliban to exit stage right is long overdue. President Donald John Trump must end it, and he will, and that will please Real Americans who are willing to defend our nation but unwilling to battle warlords half a world away.

As a vehicle to change the conversation from impeachment and an IG report that will indict no one (it is not its purpose) I welcome this report, slanted though it may be. This is substantive news that should get our nation to leave Afghanistan.

Hindsight being 20/20, we should have worked some deal to get the Taliban to hand over Osama bin Laden in 2001. George Walker Bush made the mistake of equating 9/11 with Pearl Harbor. We all did. Pearl Harbor was an attack by a world military power. 9/11 was an attack engineered by a small band of clever men who understood the structure of the Twin Towers.

The Monroe Doctrine limited the interests of the United States of America's sphere of interest to the Western Hemisphere. James Monroe was a wise man who oversaw the Era of Good Feelings, coming one vote shy of unanimity in the Electoral College in his re-election. William Plumer of New Hampshire correctly wanted to reserve that honor for George Washington.

May President Donald John Trump have the same wisdom as President Monroe.

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