U.S. In No-Win Situations
By Sam Hamod
" --- - No doubt about it, the U.S. is in a no-win situation in Afghanistan,
much like the Russians of a few decades back.
bad America didn't learn its lesson from the Russians in Afghanistan and the
French in Viet Nam, but we didn't; we went ahead as if we were the "good guys"
who wore the white hats and could not lose because God was on our side. As it
turns out, God is not on our side, and we have gone into a country that is not
accustomed to allowing others, or their puppets as is Karzai, to take over their
country. The Afghans know the mountains of their country, they know all the
terrain, the caves, the resources and they have the will-power to withstand the
winters and the invasion forces of any and all enemies, as the Russians, the
British and now the Americans have found out.
For Bush to think that Musharraf could contain Al Qaida, destroy the Taliban and
save Afghanistan for Karzai and America shows how naive he and his buddies in
Washington and New York are--they all share the blame, from the White House to
the Senate, to the Congress to the NY Times. They all believed the same folly
about Afghanistan that they were later fed about Iraq, that we would be welcomed
as "saviors," by the people and that they would dance in the streets and support
us. As I have long stated in my hundreds of articles, it would not, and did not,
happen, and will not happen in any of these countries we are sticking our nose
into thinking that it will not be bloodied, whether it is these two countries or
Somalia, the Phillipines or Pakistan (if we are foolish to send more troops in
there, as we have done on some short sorties within the past year).
Not only have we lost our military personnel, we have killed hundreds of
thousands of innocent people, poisoned more with DUI (depleted uranium which has
a half-life of over a million years) including our own service personnel, and
children in Iraq and Afghanistan for years to come. These people will never
forgive us for these sins, and they should not--as we would not forgive them if
they came here and did this to us.
It is now apparent that Bush has wanted to take over Iraq, just as I pointed out
years ago in Counterpunch.com and in Informationclaringhouse.info, he wanted it
to be "his own little country,"; now, his new treaty, that we shall remain in
Iraq forever, makes clear that that was always his plan, not Iraqi "freedom" or
Iraqi "democracy," or even taking out Saddam (based on Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld,
Feith, Wolfowitz, Powell and Lieberman lies about WMDs and more).
Now, we have lost thousands of our people to death, hundreds of thousands to
wounds, both physical and psychological,and hundreds of thousands and perhaps
millions of Iraqis dead and or wounded--for naught except the extension of power
that may last on a temporary basis, but not over a decade at the most because in
the end, the Iraqis and whatever groups of allies they will find, will finally
attack so long that we will have to leave, as did the Mongols, the Turks, the
British and finally us. The same is true in Afghanistan. But to make the problem
worse for us in Afghanistan, the billions of dollars that will be made with the
largest opium poppy crop in decades will help the Taliban and the warlords buy
weapons on the international market that will make them even more powerful
enemies who will use these weapons against our regime in Afghanistan and perhaps
even in the U.S. So, our wars have not paid, but they may come back to haunt us
even more than any of our planners have foreseen.
Add to this, that our economy has been hammered by the expenses of these two
wars, wars without ends in sight, and with no return of anything except enemies
and sorrows, and you can see how finally some day, the American people will wake
up to the destruction we have wrought on others and on ourselves, because every
dollar spent on destroying Iraq and Afghanistan is money that could have been
used to rebuild the infrastructure of America, to help the poor, the homeless,
the elderly and to create jobs for our people because the money would have been
recirculation in our economy--instead, it is going to waste in the deserts of
Iraq or into the pockets of Halliburton and Bechtel and Blackwater or their
cohorts, or into the mountains of Afghanistan, or into the bribes that have not
been effective in bringing these wars to a close.
No, it is a no-win situation that is bad and can only get worse, a vicious cycle
of destruction, sorrow and defeat brought about by men who know nothing of war
and who knew nothing of war, but decided they knew how to run a war based on
lies that they were sure would make them go down in history as great men. How
foolish they were, how foolish they and their allies in both political parties,
from Bush to Lieberman, to Hillary Clinton to Nancy Pelosi and the whole
lot--all have betrayed the people of America, these are all people who do not
value the lives of the American troops or the Iraqi or Afghani people, and who
do not, and did not, value the future of our children and their own
grandchildren because of what they have done to help the war and what some have
not done to stop these wars and the funding of them.
Tis sad, very sad, but now, we must all pay the piper, even those who were
against these wars. This reminds me of the good German, Japanese and Iraqi
people who were against Hitler, Tojo and Saddam, who did what they could, but
who could not stop the war machines because those in power had all the weapons
and the armies to do as they wished and told the people, just as our leaders
have told us, to "Go to Hell."
So, now we are in hell, and who knows if and when we'll ever get out of it.
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