More failures in U.S. “wars”
A Reuters article on Saturday highlighted a pair of failures in U.S. “wars”. One of those failures was its abysmal folly in dealing with the Afghan poppy/heroin trade. For years, Afghan drug lords have been using the U.S. Army as a tool to eliminate competitors. They give the U.S. a “tip” about a poppy-producer who is not part of their own cartel, then let the U.S. Army do their “dirty work” in eliminating a competitor – in order to increase their own market share.
Despite being handed a number of producers on 'a silver platter', eight years after invading Afghanistan the U.S. is only able to eradicate 3% of the annual crop. In fact, Afghanistan produces 90% of the world's heroin today – and heroin production has increased by 4000% since the U.S. began its military occupation (and deposed the Taliban – who had always strongly and successfully opposed the drug trade).
The head of the U.N. Office of Drugs and Crimes summed up U.S. efforts as “a sad joke.” He went on to add that it was “sad because many, many Afghan policemen and soldiers...have been killed, and only about 5,000 hectares were eradicated, about 3% of the volume.”
The U.S. is now going to phase-out eradication, altogether, and attempt to focus on the actual heroin producers and distributors. It also claimed it would provide “several hundred million dollars” to support legal crop cultivation. However, the U.S. has been making those empty promises for eight years, and all it has done was to turn Afghanistan into a complete “narco-state”.
This brings us to the second, U.S. war-failure: the invasion and military occupation of
Afghanistan. After years of steadily losing ground (and influence) in Afghanistan, U.S. president Obama has recently doubled the U.S. military presence – simply to avoid losing yet more territory to the defeated Taliban.
It is now in the process of assisting the Afghan puppet whom it appointed as president, Hamid Karzai, to conduct a second sham “election”. It is another “sad joke” that the U.S. refers to Afghanistan as a “democracy”.
In its first “election”, Afghanistan was so unsafe (due to the U.S.'s inadequate “security”), that Afghan political candidates were unable to make any public appearances. With over 95% of the Afghan population illiterate, this meant that the first “election” consisted of Afghans choosing between names on a piece of paper – where all the names were often complete strangers to them, and they had absolutely no idea of any policies or ideas that any of the candidates represented.
In other words, the first election had no more validity than if a computer program had simply been used to randomly “elect” candidates. Since that first election, Karzai has proven himself to be both incompetent and corrupt – and remains a “leader” with no significant, popular support among the Afghan the population.
There is absolutely no reason to believe that the second election will be any more valid than the first. With none of the media able to name either an opposing political party to the current, corrupt government, or even an opposing politician, obviously the illiterate Afghan population will once again be doing nothing more than picking the names of total strangers from a piece of paper.
With neither a “victory” strategy, or even an “exit” strategy for its failure in Afghanistan, the U.S. has now exported that “war” into Pakistan, where after months of applying maximum political pressure, it was able to strong-arm the Pakistan army into launching a major “offensive” into the northwestern region of Pakistan, near the Afghan border.
While that large, military operation did little permanent damage to the Peshtun tribesman (i.e. “the Taliban) who have been supporting their kinsmen in Afghanistan, it was “successful” in creating 2 million desperately poor refugees.
In true U.S. hypocrisy, the U.S. is now criticizing its allies for not doing enough to help deal with this “refugee crisis”. Stated official, U.S. hypocrite Richard Holbrooke, “The U.S. is by far the largest contributor to the refugee relief crisis in Pakistan. I don't mind that...But other countries are not doing enough in my view.”
What was missing from the Reuters article was the obvious fact that the U.S. would have had to previously pledge aid to Pakistan for the “refugee crisis” which would result – as quid pro quo for getting Pakistan to launch its military operation. Now, after the U.S. has created this huge, humanitarian disaster, its trying to dump its own responsibility onto the shoulders of other nations.
This is yet another example of how the U.S. war-machine is being used to simply create new “enemies”, in order to invent yet more pretexts for war. The U.S. is now in the process of exiting Iraq – where it “succeeded” in creating a Shiite government totally under the influence of Iran (yet another future-enemy to attack).
About the only “good news” which is resulting from the U.S.'s self-destruction of its own economy is that it literally will never be able to afford to launch more frivolous wars . Indeed, as the U.S. lurches toward its own Soviet Union-like meltdown, it will likely need to use most of its waning military might simply to try to hold itself together.
With California only weeks from debt-default (and a massive bail-out from the Obama regime), those U.S. states who have not mismanaged their own finances to the same degree are going to have serious doubts about the merits of remaining on board “the Titanic” - with it “taking on water”, and doomed to sinking.
This is part of the reason why U.S. troops have been officially deployed in the U.S. for the first time in over a century – and in defiance of its own domestic law. Of course, breaking laws is one of the only things which U.S. governments appear to good at these days – along with squandering trillions of dollars, and serving bankers.
God bless America!