US Admiral James G. Stavridis, the current head of EUCOM who also holds the needlessly pompous title of NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander for Europe discussed the largely nebulous terror threat against Europe, insisting it justifies the ongoing war in Afghanistan.
Forgive me, but is this man absolutely barking mad?!?
What this war is and has always been about is potential private profit from a publicly funded war. The spoils were to have been from the installation of pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil, drug profits, defense contractors' profits, and profits from the huge mineral resources which abound here.
Nearly 10 years on, the profits being seen from this war have primarily gone to the defense contractors and drug dealers.
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The cost of war in Afghanistan from 2001 to present is over three hundred fifty-three billion (with a B), and escalating rapidly.
The war has been of absolutely no benefit to the American people in terms of enhancing the security of this country, nor has it created any degree of stabilization in Afghanistan; in fact, it has done just the opposite.
People in Afghanistan and beyond don't "hate us because we are free": they hate us because, on a daily basis, they are seeing their wives, kids, friends, and loved ones being exterminated or maimed for life who are not in any way insurgents.
But what this approach has done (as it inevitably would) has been to push those left standing into the waiting embrace of the insurgents.
There is one classical definition of insanity, and that is repeating the same thing, again and again, and expecting a different outcome.
It appears that the White House, State Department, and Pentagon are in absolute lock step in doing this in their policies toward Afghanistan. They are locked in a militarily unwinnable situation, but don't know what to do, except to keep doing what has not worked for almost a decade.
Of course, for the DOD and Pentagon, perpetual war guarantees one thing: perpetual funding.
What this country needs is a Department of Peace, which would be tasked as to how to achieve geopolitical outcomes without resorting to war.
Of course, that would be logical.