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America’s ‘Long War’ Will Be as Bloody and Pointless as Europe’s

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Posted on Apr 2, 2009

By William Pfaff

The Thirty Years’ War occupies little space in the school texts of the English-speaking world, but its futility comes to mind when Richard Holbrooke, a civilian closer than most foreign policy appointees to realism, indicates that the war he is supposed to manage, now the Af-Pak war, is the entry passageway into another stage in the war.

George W. Bush’s war on terror was the front door, and Barack Obama now has gone through the waiting room door into what the Pentagon has prepared for him, our very own thirty years’ war: purposeless, neither winnable nor losable short of genocidal measures—or, as in the 17th century, by laying waste the lands and ruining nations.

The Thirty Years’ War, like the Long War, began with dramatic but intrinsically unimportant events. In Bohemia, ruled by the Catholic Hapsburg empire, Bohemian nationalism had become identified with radical Protestant reformism, and the war began with the Catholic authorities closing one such church and destroying another. In May 1618, two Catholic governors were thrown from a window in the palace of Prague (they survived).

From that, one thing followed another. The first two stages were mainly Catholics against Protestants. The rest was a struggle between Protestant Sweden, with French Catholic Bourbon allies, for control of northern Germany and the Baltic region. It was very bloody, fought by mercenary armies that lived by pillage. It settled very little, and bankrupted nearly everyone involved.

America’s Long War began with the destruction of two skyscrapers—temples of American commerce, as their Arab attackers identified them, plus an attack on the Pentagon, the closest the United States has to a temple honoring war.

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The cause was intrinsically unimportant to anyone except the attackers and victims.

The former were “punishing” the United States for building “enduring” military bases in Saudi Arabia, the sacred land of Muslim prophesy, and punishing the Saud dynasty for having permitted this sacrilege.

Only a few score, nearly all of them Saudi Arabians, were active in the attack, and the fatal casualties numbered some 3,000, a holiday weekend traffic toll.

As in the 17th century, one thing led to another, much of it having nothing directly to do with the attacks. Afghanistan was attacked, bombed, its government overthrown. Iraq was invaded because the Bush-Cheney government had a long-standing interest in controlling Iraqi oil and because the neoconservatives wished to destroy the Arab state thought most likely to threaten Israel.

The Taliban returned to Afghanistan while Washington’s attention was on Iraq. European NATO became involved for no better reason than that the United States told it to do so.

This brought terrorist outrages in London and Madrid, as well as an attempt in Scotland, by disgruntled Muslim immigrants or students at Western universities. The United States remained untouched.

The extension of the war into southern Afghanistan and Pakistan means tripled economic aid to Pakistan during the next five years, augmented military aid, U.S. military expenditures and the costs (actually increasing) of Iraq withdrawal (if it does take place), and as many as six new U.S. bases in southern Afghanistan, plus the enlarged Army and Marine Corps President Obama has promised. This adds to the commitment of funds made in the past six months to the cost of remaking the international economy.

I can add nothing to the financial estimations for Barack Obama’s new war. I can only plead for an answer as to what it is for? Can anyone really believe that the United States and the NATO countries of Europe are in danger from the Taliban in Afghanistan?

If the people and government of Afghanistan are incapable of defending themselves against their own Taliban nationalists and religious extremists, as after the first American intervention in 2001, surely that is their problem.

The Afghan people have run off everybody else who tried to conquer them during the past two and a half thousand years, and it has not led to Afghanistan’s domination of the world.

What if the Taliban convert all the other Muslims in the world to Islamic fundamentalism? What difference would it make to Barack Obama?

Are North and South Americans, Europeans, Chinese, Japanese and all the non-Muslim people of the world going to be overrun by bearded Taliban counter-Crusaders on motorbikes?

Suppose they stole a nuclear bomb? So what? There have been thousands of nuclear weapons around for more than half a century and nothing has happened; and suppose they did shoot one off? Everyone else is going to take a look at the consequences and be very impressed—just as last time.

The consequences of expanding this meaningless war will not be Taliban nuclear conquest of the world but, as in the case of the Thirty Years’ War, involvement of one group or country after another for goals of their own, having nothing to do with the governments or the issues that started it all. The only thing that will stop this before it gets worse is simply to stop, or go bankrupt.

Visit William Pfaff’s Web site at www.williampfaff.com.

© 2009 Tribune Media Services Inc.


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By prgill, April 6, 2009 at 2:41 am Link to this comment

Excellent article. Uplifting commentary. My personal and heartfelt greetings to Tao Walker whose certain sense of “the truth” is so beautifully expanded by Shift and speaks wisdom to all who follow these discussions.

Tao Walker concludes:

Here on Turtle Island, and all around the world, there abide Persons and Peoples who’ve kept alive, in the form of the Ceremonies, The Way for Human Beings to engage with the Great Song ‘n’ Dance of Life Herownself.  It is here for ALL who emerge from the suffocating coccoons of their “self” into the Light… as we all do one Day.

I would only add that in the “Living Arrangement of our Mother Earth” all “free and wild” Human Beings have a place at the circle of the hearth, among the circle of lodges, among the nations and islands of the world.

Only last week a council of twenty nations met in London. That Council gathered representatives of 4.1 billion people in an effort to discuss “a way” for humanity to continue to live in peace and with abundance for all.

This was surely a landmark event in the struggle of peoples around the world to limit the ravages of colonialism and the unfairness implicit in the idea that “might makes right”.

Humans will undoubtedly remain humans. And until such time as we have a “better” system for regulating aggressive and acqusitive behaviors, we must work to improve the system and its output.

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By thebeerdoctor, April 5, 2009 at 5:23 pm Link to this comment

From November 2000, election day, is an excerpt from the President Clinton—Amy Goodman interview.

PRESIDENT CLINTON: He (Saddam Hussein) used chemical weapons on his own people, and he is now lying to the world and claiming the mean old United States is killing his children. He has more money today than he did before the embargo and if they’re hungry or they are not getting medicine, it is his own fault.
AMY GOODMAN: The past two UN head of the program in Iraq have quit, calling the US/UN policy, genocidal. What is your response to that?
PRESIDENT CLINTON: They’re wrong!

What is quite remarkable about that interview is how so few Americans actually heard it. Here it was, through some straight forward goading from Ms. Goodman, a revelation of just how petty and callous this Rhodes scholar President actually was, and for that matter, still is. The “He has more money than he did before the embargo” speaks volumes about the kind of neoliberal value system that the new democrats adhere to. Sadly President Obama is yet another chip off of that same rotten block. Yes it is a betrayal, but not of politics. It is a betrayal of all the people who are forced to live to pay for their own tyranny. Freedom can and does exist, but the corporate state power structure will move heaven and earth to prevent you from realizing this. 
Well I guess if the people are not getting our own medicine, it is our own damn fault. Also the “mean old United States is killing his children”, reveals that President Clinton could denounce the tyraninical monster known as Saddam, but for some strange reason he is thought to be paternal enough, like a benevolent capo, and give out some of that criminally gained dough to his starving children.

I wonder if psychiatrists have looked at this interview? President Bill Clinton was one weird, twisted, piece of business.

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By ExposeTheIsraelLobby, April 5, 2009 at 4:38 pm Link to this comment

Although he didn’t mention the War for Israel agenda in this article, William Pfaff is one of the few MSM columnists who at least tries to tell the Unspeakable truth about the Iraq War, that the Neocons pushed it largely for the benefit of Israel. Don’t let the Israel-Firsters cow you into submission, William!

If you want to read honest commentary about what the Iraq War (and future wars in the middle east) are really about, visit philipweiss.org

Check out Phil’s articles on Neocons, AIPAC and Zionism
Ferment Over the Israel Lobby - The Nation
Shiksa countries are for practice
Blogging about Israel and Jewish identity

Listen to Phil discuss the Neocons’ War for Israel agenda
Antiwar.com/Radio - 2008/07/12
Antiwar.com/Radio - 2009/03/18

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By Folktruther, April 5, 2009 at 10:35 am Link to this comment

Beerdoctor- Obama’s policies ARE a betrayal.  Most people don’t read or know the fine print in a candidates rhetoric; they rely on the headlines.  And Obama’s headlines in his presidential campaign was PEACE.  And most Americans in what Gore Vidal calls the United States of Amnesia don’t know that traditionally Dem presidents tend to campaign on peace and initiate war after they are elected.

The main class problem is that the Dem party used to be supported by the unions, so the Dems had to partially reimburse them with progressive people policies.  Globalization has largely destroyed the unions-one of its major purposes- and so the Dems are now feeding almost entirely from the Wall Street trough. 

That is why the major betrayal of Obama is to let the legislation die that would make it easier to organize unions.  Re-unionizing the US would help shift class power back toward the people.  As it is now, the class struggle is so weighted toward the ruling class that they can drive the American population into the ground, and this includes part of the professional class.

As soon as the American people understand that Obama was put in office to look and sound good on tv to rehabilitate Bushite policies, new institutions will form from a class struggle perspective.  But I don’t know what these will be.

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By Fadel Abdallah, April 5, 2009 at 10:32 am Link to this comment

I really liked this article- Lots of commonsense points and questions, basic logic and pointed historical comparison with the Thirty Years’ War of the 17th century.

I particularly liked Pfaff’s statement about “the Pentagon, the closest the United States has to a temple honoring war.” This is a pointed reference to the Pentagon as a symbol of the military-industrial complex whose interests and power will always be based on promoting wars where they do exist and creating new wars where they don’t exist.

Thus, it’s my firm believe that the Pentagon is the most dangerous enemy from within, and once America is no more the world power it thinks it is, sober historians will be able to highlight the Pentagon’s direct connection to the downfall of America!

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By thebeerdoctor, April 5, 2009 at 9:05 am Link to this comment

re: for all at Truthdig

I sure hope this link works, as I, like Mr. Peabody take Sherman on a trip through the Way Back Machine:
http://www.democracynow.org/2004/6/22/bill_clinton_loses_his_cool_in

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By tshirt-doctor, April 5, 2009 at 8:43 am Link to this comment

i want to thank you, thebeerdoctor, for that Joe Bageant article.  now i’ve got something to ponder about.  i don’t like pondering.  it makes my head hurt, my brain isn’t used to working that hard.

i will re-read that, and the book will be purchased(can i borrow some money?)

its all your fault. 

smile

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By thebeerdoctor, April 5, 2009 at 4:28 am Link to this comment

To all at Truthdig I once again post this link, with the hope that you might find time to read it:
http://www.joebageant.com/joe/2009/04/escape-from-the-zombie-food-court.html
In response to Shift’s rather apocalyptic post, I must say that such dire musings rarely occur to me because as a semi-conscious American citizen who has studied the Abu Ghraib photographs, I know, as blues music composer Willie Dixon once stated: “that’s evil going on”. Evil which doesn’t need the confusion of organized religion to be identifiable. That very same condition wrought out of twisted human machinations, whether it be Richard Cheney or Henry Kissinger… both war criminals of the highest order, responsible for thousands upon thousands of deaths, who not only are not held accountable, but who actually thrive.
As an American, I am preprogrammed to believe that Fidel Castro is a bigger boogie man than Dick Cheney. I am also told that Hugo Chavez is a greater threat to my well being than Citigroup. Such is the nature of our corporate oligarchy, where even genuine creeps are said to be “real smart” people. Which is a peculiar aspect of American success, where those on the highest floor of operations are not demoted for mistakes, but actually promoted for them. In the Vietnam there was the chap named Robert McNamara, who as one of the chief architects of the war in Southeast Asia, brought corporate management skills to create a hell fire disaster, and then went off to become president of the World Bank. The same path chosen by Paul Wolfowitz, after the Iraq version of hell fire disaster.
One thing I think the present situation is bringing into play is the idea that the system can be corrected. I have to ask myself, how long will I keep pretending that politics can be reformed? In that sense, President Obama maybe the last symbol of that notion. A notion most certainly not created by him, but by the television industry that fine tuned him to an image package, best suited to their corporate needs.
Despite all the calls for civic activism and the guilt driven motivations of others wanting everyone to be like them, I think your only real responsibility is to being human. A tall order in these times, when the march of demographic marketing seeks to trample under, once and for all, that last best chance for escape.
“If the only prayer you said in your life was thank you, that would suffice.” Meister Eckhart

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By denk, April 4, 2009 at 9:10 pm Link to this comment

“For many years we believed that only the United States could save us from Communism. Now that the Cold War is over, we need to be saved from the United States”
http://tinyurl.com/5jlxm4

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By tshirt-doctor, April 4, 2009 at 8:47 pm Link to this comment

i think our country hasn’t been attacked yet from orders by the saudi royal family, or the chief of the wahhabi’s.  that’s because they can see the islamic flag flying over the white house.  they don’t care if it’s 20 years, 200 years, or 2000 years.

that’s how they think.  we think who cares after we’re dead?

we give our country, or freedom, and our cash to the governments.

and that’s why i believe that their right. one day, after were are long dead, the islamic flag will fly over the white house.

i make me sad(and makes me happy i don’t have any children)

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By tshirt-doctor, April 4, 2009 at 8:42 pm Link to this comment

i think our country hasn’t been attacked yet from orders by the saudi royal family, or the chief of the wahhabi’s.  that’s because they can see the islamic flag flying over the white house.  they don’t care if it’s 20 years, 200 years, or 2000 years.

that’s how they think.  we think who cares after we’re dead?

we give our country, or freedom, and our cash to the governments who want to take over us.

and that’s why i believe that their right. one day, after were are long dead, the islamic flag will fly over the white house.

i make me sad(and makes me happy i don’t have any children)

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By Shift, April 4, 2009 at 6:10 pm Link to this comment

In these times of rapid change and false prophesy, how will you know how to proceed.  The answer lies in yourself and in all of us.  When we say that we are all in this together there is a deeper meaning to that statement found in our inter-connectedness and the reality of the oneness.  Keep love in your hearts and Creator in your spirits and the path will unfold before you.  Recognize that Spirit is the reality. All else is illusion.  Dare not to fear and instead find the balance and the harmony. Become a beacon of love and openness.  Share in the Spirit.

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By AFriend, April 4, 2009 at 5:20 pm Link to this comment

William Pfaff: “Can anyone really believe that the United States and the NATO countries of Europe are in danger from the Taliban in Afghanistan”?

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Yes. Those who have learned from the 1993 WTC bombing. The Riyadh bombings. The American Embassy bombings in Africa. The U.S.S Cole, 9/11, Madrid, London,, Kuwait, Beirut, and on.

Not all have learned the many lessons but, some have.

It seems to me a batter question to ask; is it still unimaginable for you that a small number of people, bent on 7th Century hatred and death, can cause a catastrophe of global proportions?

The answer to your question is yes.

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By TAO Walker, April 4, 2009 at 3:17 pm Link to this comment

While shift is quite right about most people being pretty much unprepared for the actual changes (as distinguished from the politically CONvenient but totally bogus “CHANGE!” that has captured so many imaginations) already well-underway, it might be good to qualify that by remembering this inadequacy is essentially CONceptual….an extremely unhealthy reliance on make-believe CONfidence-scheming ideological/institutional/electro-mechanical abstractions (including even this “internet” gadget).  Biologically, Humanity itself and as-such is not in nearly such dire straits as our tormentors meant to’ve left us by this terminal stage of their intended-to-be-globe-girdling (in the same lethal sense and to the same dead-end as “tree-gridling”) “project.”

That’s why this old Savage is still here urging our tame Sisters and Brothers to look to their own essential Human Nature, for The Way out of their awful predicament, and to remember TOGETHER that those aspects of it that are primarily self-inflicted are also the most illusory.  The ‘hold’ many “civilized individuals” have on their miserable half-lives is already very tenuous, and likely to be lost as CONditions worsen.  What will NOT weaken are the genuine bonds of Living Human Community, the Tioshpaye Way, grounded firmly in the integrity of our given organic function within the Living Arrangement of our Mother Earth.

Here on Turtle Island, and all around the world, there abide Persons and Peoples who’ve kept alive, in the form of the Ceremonies, The Way for Human Beings to engage with the Great Song ‘n’ Dance of Life Herownself.  It is here for ALL who emerge from the suffocating coccoons of their “self” into the Light….as we all do one Day.

HokaHey!

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By Paul, April 4, 2009 at 2:08 pm Link to this comment
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I suppose it was OK when the Taliban were being used by America to oust the Russians?
  People don’t give Third World/Middle East/Asian countries enough credit when it comes to nuclear weapons. So much paranoia exists in the West about
the foreigners “taking over”.
For example…both India & Pakistan have had access to nuclear weapons for decades.
  If they’re, as many perceive Easterners, just primitive imbeciles, then what has prevented them from
wiping each other off the Planet?

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By Shift, April 4, 2009 at 12:15 pm Link to this comment

“Think the newly elected President is going to stand up for the people. Well that depends on exactly which “people” you are talking about. Does it matter that Timothy Geithner got his career start working for Henry Kissinger? Obviously not.”

With a quadrillion in derivatives, Obama is attempting to jump start the economy to “right side” the derivative nightmare.  It’s chances of success are so slim as to be foolhardy, yet the power structure requires it to buy time.  Cheney sees Obama as a cupcake.  Cheney has established an office in Washington and and I believe that given his assassination team and private army’s he is positioning himself to play a role in moving America toward hard Fascism once the collapse occurs.  He knows that the Congress cannot act in unity or forcefully enough to end the collapse nor will they work effectively to sustain society after the collapse.  He expects to emerge during the time between collapse and recovery. I suspect that the elites are conspiring to take control during the power vacuum right after collapse.  I further expect them to seek world domination after the collapse.  This world drama is likely to play out in the worst ways possible given the military and it’s reach.  A world war of epic proportions could result.  Nuclear war seems prescribed under this scenario.  Thus far we have merely felt the first burst of wind as the storms front moves through.  This storm, of our own creation, could put an end to us all.  Let us also keep in mind universal forces beyond the control of science and technology that are unfolding. This is a time of brutal upheaval and uncompromising change.  I see little evidence that humankind comprehends what is unfolding rapidly, yet, among the few, there is hope, universal understanding, trust and acceptance for what will be. Although Obama and Cheney will play roles they are insignificant in the total vastness of the change.  Change has arrived in a form we are unprepared for and it is staring us in the face.  So, what now?

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By thebeerdoctor, April 4, 2009 at 10:52 am Link to this comment

William Pfaff’s use of the term Af-Pak, reminds me of some outsourced, contracted packing operation for Procter & Gamble, to unload orders for boxes of Tide.
As far as President Obama selling us out, or stabbing us in the heart, where in all of his rhetoric did he ever say he was against the status quo? His candidacy became a mirror for the voters’ own delusions. Obviously, if you thought he was a candidate for peace, you did not hear of his goal to spend even more on the military to increase its power and lethality. Did you think he was done with “this gun for hire” mercenary operations because he made some objections to former Blackwater? Obviously you have not received the memo concerning the Triple Canopy contracts for Iraq, Pakistan, and Israel.
Think the newly elected President is going to stand up for the people. Well that depends on exactly which “people” you are talking about. Does it matter that Timothy Geithner got his career start working for Henry Kissinger? Obviously not.

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By Shift, April 4, 2009 at 8:26 am Link to this comment

During this transformation time between unleashing the old and embracing the new it is to be expected that traditionalists will cling to the old with renewed strength.  What is different now is the scale of the collapse, one quadrillion dollars of derivatives, that represents one thousand trillion dollars of derivatives.  The Elite’s use of fear to achieve their financial goals has backfired on them.  Their realization of that backfire has engendered greater fear and increased denial.  This resulted in the US Government and the Fed providing ten trillion dollars to the big banks, an increase of four percent in an already bloated defense budget, and a handy long Af-Pak war guaranteed provide continuing dollars to the MIC. The enormity of the denial and of the coming consequences are unprecedented in scope. The American People have placed false hope in their leaders and will suffer greatly for their ignorance and lack of timely actions.  What to do?  Two things: One, don’t buy any used Gucci shoes because you know what’s been in them, and two, pray and seek guidance.

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By LostHills, April 4, 2009 at 7:53 am Link to this comment

The Democratic party and president Obama have sold us out and stabbed us in the heart.

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By Wilberforce, April 3, 2009 at 8:26 pm Link to this comment
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Iraq was about oil. That was obvious. But I wasn’t aware that Afganistan and Pakistan were big producers. I, and many others, have noticed that they’re harboring extremely dangerous enemies, crazos who’ve attacked and tried to attack us many times. Clinton stopped them. Bush didn’t, either purposely or through incompetence. But they are there and could have access to many technological horrors.
Ignoring basic facts in favor of simplistic formulas is typical of far left ideology. It was the view that made people overlook the winner take all system and third grade arithmetic, vote for Nader, and put Bush in office.
Obviously, the ideology hasn’t changed a bit in 30 years, even if the world has. But I’m sorry to have wandered into this sight. I was looking for a place where folk want to analyze geo politics without the outdated slogans.
http://a-civilife.blogspot.com

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By tommy_slothrop, April 3, 2009 at 1:02 pm Link to this comment

Wilberforce says,
“From secure bases in Pakistan, they could plan many such attacks.”

Actually you could plan many such attacks sitting on the can here in the U.S.  In fact, I just did.

The Global War on Terrorism has nothing to do with terrorism—unless you are cynical enough to think it is about generating more terrorism to ensure more funds for the military-industrial complex.

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By AWM, April 3, 2009 at 10:20 am Link to this comment

re Yankee
it’s nice to see that someone gets it Afghanistan like Iraq is all about oil and nothing but oil.The west not only supported the Taliban but funded them as well.That is until they got in the way of the big western oil interests desire for a pipeline through Afghanistan.People from many regions of this planet are suffering horribly through oppressive regimes but we do nothing why? they have no oil.

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By Jon, April 3, 2009 at 8:50 am Link to this comment
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This is a hobby war for the US Military Industrial Complex. 

Interesting and tragic as it’s been for decades, the needs of the American “Main Street” are put off, but the MIC gets everything it needs.  Americans are being killed off at home in terms of education, jobs, and health, while the Military gets, along with the banks, a blank check of utterly staggering amounts.

During Bush I, I saw it:  all he cared about was global conflict, global economics, and let the country go to hell.  Obama is doing the same. 

We don’t take care of anything that supports citizens, and their kids, but everything that the military needs for wars that are not justified.

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By Yankee, April 3, 2009 at 3:27 am Link to this comment
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The center of this “war” is not terrorism or muslim extremism or 9-11.  It revolves around the oil boom in the ‘stans surrounding the Caspian Sea.  Russia, China, and Iran are also players in this global move to control one of the biggest oil reserves on the planet. http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/25-1

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By Thomas, April 2, 2009 at 10:13 pm Link to this comment
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Let’s not forget that Obama has to produce jobs, and fighting in Afpak will employee tens of thousands otherwise unemployable young men and women. Better, it removes them from cities where they might riot and run amok if given nothing to do.

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By Folktruther, April 2, 2009 at 9:35 pm Link to this comment

TAO is dead right; the war is to delay the inevitable decline.  Especially for the US.  And for Obama.  If he ‘lost’ Afghanistain, and the leadership of Nato, he would be attacked by the Gops in the next presidential election.  there is nothing to win in this war, so the object of fighting it is not to lose it.  A terrible human waste.

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By Folktruther, April 2, 2009 at 9:35 pm Link to this comment

TAO is dead right; the war is to delay the inevitable decline.  Especially for the US.  And for Obama.  If he ‘lost’ Afghanistain, and the leadership of Nato, he would be attacked by the Gops in the next presidential election.  there is nothing to win in this war, so the object of fighting it is not to lose it.  A terrrible human waste.

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By Wilberforce, April 2, 2009 at 5:13 pm Link to this comment
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Comparing our situtation with the Thirty Years War is absurd. Closing two churches is not remotely similar to burning three thousand civilians and planning to murder millions more.
Supposedly, the seventeenth century and today are identical because ‘one thing leads to another’. Please. One thing always leads to another. That’s too stupid for words.
The most Pfaff can say about a nuclear weapon going off is that people would be impressed. Excuse me, but hundreds of thousands could also be dead.
Nobody’s worried about burka wearing tribesmen strolling into Grand Central. We are afraid of well groomed psychos bombing any civilian space. From secure bases in Pakistan, they could plan many such attacks. It only makes sense to go after their bases diplomatically and militarily, despite the cost.
Paying for it would be a lot easier if we could tax the billions made when gas prices were sky high, or the billions made on sleazy real estate deals, or the billions made by Haliburton and other contractors in Iraq.
But don’t expect a pundit from commercial media to track those fortunes. He works for the people who made them. And his job is to confuse every issue with distractions, illogic, and bizaare comparisons.

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By coloradokarl, April 2, 2009 at 4:47 pm Link to this comment

Having just watched our tired,sick and slightly hung-over president blow away the world with his news conference. I am confident we are in a new era in international politics. Afghanistan is just a nugget for our Military Industrial Complex “welfare” program. Better there than here, I think…...............

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By TAO Walker, April 2, 2009 at 4:01 pm Link to this comment

What William Pfaff might’ve gone on to observe is the ‘role’ Af-Pak is intended to play in masking for awhile longer the already accomplished “bankruptcy” of the same ‘western civilization’ now desperately ramping-it-up under new CONfabulator-in-chief Barack Obama.  “The Decline of the West” is well underway….and grown quite precipitous.  The plutoligarchs’ objective now is nothing but keeping the masses distracted, giving the illusion of a longer plunge, while those who have them pull the rip-cords on what they think are their own “golden parachutes.”

Sure it’s a fools’ game….has always been.  The more so if us surviving free wild Natives can help a bunch of our ‘ordinary’ domesticated Sisters and Brothers remember how to fly-away from the plummeting wreckage….the Tiyoshpaye Way.

HokaHey!

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