America's Longest War Gets Longer
July 31, 2016 "Information
- Anti-Russian hysteria in America
reached its apogee this week as
Democrats tried to divert attention from
embarrassing revelations about how the
Democratic Party apparatus had rigged
the primaries against Bernie Sanders by
claiming Vlad Putin and his KGB had
hacked and exposed the Dem’s emails.
This was rich coming from the US that
snoops into everyone’s emails and phones
across the globe. Remember German
chancellor Angela Merkel’s cell phone
being bugged by the US National Security
Unnamed US ‘intelligence officials’
claimed they had ‘high confidence’ that
the Russian KGB or GRU (military
intelligence) had hacked the Dem’s
emails. These were likely the same
officials who had ‘high confidence’ that
Iraq had nuclear weapons.
Blaming Putin was a master-stroke of
deflection. No more talk of Hillary’s
slush fund foundation or her status as a
subsidiary of Goldman Sachs and the rest
of Wall Street. All attention was
focused on President Putin who has been
outrageously demonized by the US media
Except for a small faux pas – a montage
of warships shown at the end of the
Democratic Convention is a blaze of
jingoistic effusion embarrassingly
turned out to be Russian warships!
Probably another trick by the awful
Putin who has come to replace Satan in
the minds of many Americans.
And what a joy for the war party that
those dastardly Ruskis are now back as
Enemy Number One. Much more fun than
scruffy Arabs. The word is out: more
stealth bombers, more warships, more
missiles, more troops for Europe. The
wicked Red Chinese will have to wait
their turn until Uncle Sam can deal with
always find conventions depressing
affairs. Rather than the cradle of
democracy, they remind me of clownish
Shriners Conventions. Or as the witty
Democratic advisor Paul Begala said,
`Hollywood for ugly people.’ What, I
kept wondering, is the rest of the world
thinking as it watching this tawdry
One thing that that amazed me was the
Convention’s lack of attention to
America’s longest ever war that still
rages in the mountains of Afghanistan.
For the past thirteen years, America,
the world’s greatest military and
economic power, has been trying to crush
the life out of Afghan Pashtun mountain
tribesmen whose primary sin is fiercely
opposing occupation by the US and its
local Afghan opium-growing stooges.
The saintly President Barack Obama
repeatedly proclaimed the Afghan War
over and staged phony troops
withdrawals. He must have believed his
generals who kept claiming they had just
about defeated the resistance alliance,
known as Taliban.
But the war was far from being `almost
won.’ The US-installed puppet regime in
Kabul of President Ashraf Ghani, a
former banker, holds on only thanks to
the bayonets of US troops and the US Air
Force. Without constant air strikes, the
US-installed Ghani regime and its
drug-dealing would have been swept away
by Taliban and its tribal allies.
the US remains stuck in Afghanistan.
Obama lacked the courage to pull US
troops out. Always weak in military
affairs, Obama bent to demands of the
Pentagon and CIA to dig in lest the Red
Chinese or Pakistan take over this
strategic nation. The US oil industry
was determined to assure trans-Afghan
pipeline routes south from Central Asia.
India has its eye on Afghanistan.
Muslims could not be allowed to defeat
the US military.
Look what happened to the Soviets after
they admitted defeat in Afghanistan and
pulled out. Why expose the US Empire to
a similar geopolitical risk?
With al-Qaida down to less than 50
members in Afghanistan, according to
former US defense chief Leon Panetta,
what was the ostensible reason for
Washington to keep garrisoning
Afghanistan? The shadowy ISIS is now
being dredged up as the excuse to stay.
This longest of wars has cost nearly $1
trillion to date – all of its borrowed
money – and caused the deaths of 3,518
US and coalition troops, including 158
Canadians who blundered into a war none
of them understood.
one has the courage to end this
pointless war. Meanwhile, tens of
thousands of Afghans are being killed.
Too bad no one at the Democratic or
Republican Conventions had time to think
about the endless war in forgotten
Eric S. Margolis is an American-born
journalist and writer. For 27 years,
ending in 2010, he was a contributing
editor to the Toronto Sun chain of
newspapers, writing mainly about the
Middle East, South Asia and Islam.
© 2015 Eric Margolis