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Friday, March 05, 2021

The ever-changing mission in Afghanistan

After two decades of war, General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is pushing Chairman Xiden to continue the Afghanistan War indefinitely.

Milley's argument is that if we leave, bad guys will take over and do bad things.

Vox reported there was a meeting on what to do about Afghanistan.

The story said, "During the meeting, according to four sources from the White House, Pentagon, and elsewhere familiar with what happened, Milley made an impassioned — and at times emotional, according to some — case to consider keeping U.S. troops in the country.

"Milley, who was the deputy commanding general of US forces in Afghanistan and served three tours in the country, essentially argued that if American forces fully withdraw by May 1, it would open the door for the Taliban to overtake the country, making life worse for millions of Afghans and imperiling US national security goals.

"Women’s rights 'will go back to the Stone Age,' Milley said, according to two of the sources. He argued that it wasn’t worth leaving the country after 'all the blood and treasure spent' there over the last two decades. He also added that, in his view, the lack of 2,500 US troops in Afghanistan would make it harder to stem threats from a nuclear-armed Pakistan."

Excuse me, but women's rights were not the reason we invaded Afghanistan.

We invaded Afghanistan in 2001 to decimate al-Qaida and kill Osama bin Laden. It took 10 years, but the mission was accomplished. Obama should have brought the troops home but he had a re-election campaign coming up that he did not want to jeopardize, and after that, he forgot about Afghanistan.

Donald Trump did not.

He cut a deal with the Taliban to withdraw all U.S. troops by May 1. Chairman Xiden will decide whether we honor that agreement.

Yes we spent a lot of money, injured thousands of our soldiers, suffered almost 2,400 combat deaths, and killed about 100,000 civilians and terrorists.

To his credit, Secretary of Defense General Lloyd Austin said, "We’re not going to make decisions based on emotion."

I hope Austin prevails. We shall see. But the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff should concentrate on defending our country instead of promoting women's rights in the Third World. 

43 comments:

  1. If he gave a crap about women's rights he would do something to stem the invasion of Europe by men whose ideology is that women are lower than goats.

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    1. So nice to see how our overlords care about women's rights overseas while they willfully destroy them at home.

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    2. No, Jeffery, you don't agree with the idea the invasion of Europe by men whose ideology is that women are lower than goats.

      You like beating up on women, remember?

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  2. Memo to Gen. Milley: When you dig yourself into a hole, stop digging.

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    1. The general needs to cover himself up with the dirt.

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    2. Customers always tell me, after I advise against it that they have to put more money into their totally worn out car because they've already fixed so many things and spent so much money, etc. I always tell them that just because you've put thousands of dollars into a 19 year old 279,000 mile totally worn out, rusted out piece of s**t that won't pass inspection and is worth scrap value only doesn't mean you have to keep going. There is a law of diminishing returns and we reached it long ago in Afghanistan.

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  3. When Milley raises issues like women's rights as a reason to keep troops there, it causes me to be even more suspicious that other motives are driving push. That country is rich in certain plants from which certain drugs are made. Afghanistan has been a source of opium since forever.

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  4. We won. Let's go home, FFS.

    No more Operation Useless Dirt!

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  5. Oceana is always at war with east asia...
    Perpetual war to keep the deplorables occupied

    They think.

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  6. Oceana is always at war with east asia...
    Perpetual war to keep the deplorables occupied

    They think.

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  7. I've lived in the Turd World. A lot. It's not gonna change. America is an unusual exception to the natural state of man. They're swamping our lifeboat instead of learning to swim in their own pond. They must bloom where they're planted and that's not made any easier by having the USA being seen as the relief valve.

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    1. So, you’re saying you’ve spent a lot of time in Portland?

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    2. Jake, I think the Green Lefty effort is to keep the third world from development. Send'em here but don't let the dark skins track or nuke power their way to prosperity.

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    3. The spell check won't let me Frack .
      Hmm.

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    4. Jake, I think the Green Lefty effort is to keep the third world from development. Send'em here but don't let the dark skins track or nuke power their way to prosperity.

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    5. You mean like your nonexistent tour in 'Nam?

      No, Jeffery, you live in St Lou and always have and you want to import the Third World here.

      That's why you called Trump a racist for 4 years.

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  8. Ok, put a rifle in his hands and send him and his whole family over there until the war is won.

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  9. I'll bet General Milley supports transgender women's "right" to compete in women's sporting events, though.

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  10. Does he have the manpower to fight a Four-Front war? 1) Afghanistan 2) Iraq/Syria/Kurd 3) NATO's enemies 4) Domestic terrorism

    Will he still have the manpower after his boss purges the ranks of republicans and/or Trump supporters?

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    1. You forgot a war in the Pacific against the Red Chinese.

      So that's Five.

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  11. Chairman Xiden will decide whether we honor that agreement.

    Like he did to pull out of Iraq and turn it over to the crazies.

    The only thing the lying dogfaced pony soldier knows about A-stan is that Pelosi Galore told him it was the only War on Terror.

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  12. Milley isn't a business person, arguing "that it wasn’t worth leaving the country after 'all the blood and treasure spent' there over the last two decades." is the classic sunk costs fallacy. Sunk costs should be irrelevant to future decisions.

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  13. It must be really scary being in Afghanistan as a general. LOL!

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  14. We invaded Afghanistan in 2001 to decimate al-Qaida and kill Osama bin Laden. It took 10 years

    Surber accepts AT FACE VALUE the cover story put out by the deep state, while he criticizes others for taking everything at face value. Go figure.

    In 2000 the Taliban outlawed growing opium poppies and by 2001 production will nil. That created a huge problem for the drug dealers in the deep state.

    So they invaded to reverse this policy and installed Hamid Karzia as president. Then they appoint Hamid's drug dealing brother to get the opium fields growing again.

    Isn't it strange how the Karzai family was living in the USA for years before 2001? Isn't it strange how the CIA got caught funneling billions in cash bricks to the Karzai government so it couldn't be tracked?

    The Afghan drug supply lines are so significant to the drug trade that Wikipedia has a page just for them

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opium_production_in_Afghanistan

    No way the deep state leaves Afghanistan! Even if you pull all the public soldiers they'll insert private soldiers instead. It would cost them more so they'd rather not resort to using their mercenary forces.

    As for Bin Laden, Sy Hersh wrote a book just about his alleged killing. I'll trust him for a source before anyone from the deep state. Too bad Surber won't.

    Investigative journalism is dead. We need more like Sy Hersh and Chris Hedges and Jack Anderson because that's where the rubber meets the road for any reporter.

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    1. It's not what you know, it's what you can prove. A good reporter understands this.
      Do we know our government is corrupt? Can we prove it?

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  15. Human rights to one side, I think it pays to look at the big picture here. What's really going on? There is logic - strategic logic - to keeping well-equipped US bases on both the east and west flanks of Iran, as in Afghan and Iraq. Also, a bonus, the US currently engages with Turkmenistan to Iran's north on border security. So, if containment of 'Death To America' Iran is a policy of US national security - is it? - maintaining an equipped military presence on the ground in close quarters seems awfully prudent to me. I'd be hesitant to cede that territory to other global players waiting in the wings for the inevitable vacuum that will be left behind, should the US pack up and leave outright. The 'women's rights' thing seems a red herring, playing into the current admin's political weaknesses.

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    1. Would Xiden want to contain Iran? Me thinks he does not.

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    2. The danger of Xiden, similar to our own putz here in Canada, is that he gives every appearance of not having any opinion of his own. When he speaks, it is not words from his own brain coming out. Pretty obvious, actually.

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    3. This is pure nonsense. You say strategic logic but provide none.
      Why not install military bases in every country? 'Strategic logic.'
      My tax $$ pays for that excess and foolishness. We are trillions in debt. Those bases cost a fortune and provide no benefits except in the abstract minds of wannabe geopolitical military strategists. The same ones who have ZERO military victories since WW II.
      If you want to cut some checks for the us dod knock yourself out.
      This taxpayer has had it with his $$ being spent on foolish military excess that returns nothing (oh, granted, military brass get some sweet European vacations and good frqnt flier miles).

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  16. I don’t have much hope in Austin. May he surprise me.

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  17. War is a racket, as one wise general warned us almost a century ago. This is more about keeping the money flowing between the arms industry and our deep-state government than anything else. Am I to believe that our all-mighty military could not do anything in Afghanistan except play an endless and deadly game of whack-a-mole with the bad guys? No, because people inside the Beltway are getting richer while Americans in uniform get blown up and shot at.

    Swine.

    -- Aitch748

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  18. It's a 20 year live fire training mission. They can't do that kind of stuff CONUS.

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  19. Tens of millions of American women voted for Actual President Trump and their voting rights were stolen from them outright.

    What about their rights, General?

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  20. Milley is spouting stupid war-without-end nonsense. Bad guys? Hey general there are bad guys in Tasmania and Tierra del Fuego.
    We were warned long ago against going abroad in search of monsters to destroy.
    Milley and the rest of our military leadership have been keystone kops for decades. They win nothing and only get our soldiers killed and trillions of tax $ wasted.
    Milley and his fellow idiots are warmongers who suck at military strategy. Theyre a bunch of General Buck Turgudsons who want to bomb the russkies because.
    Enough of you general and your dumb reckless ideas about occupations and bad guys. You suck at your job and should retire. Sir

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