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Why Are We Still in Afghanistan? Why Not?

May 06
14:30 2012

And so it is written:

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta made a personal appeal to American troops Friday to refrain from misconduct — a pointed response to the recent publication of images of soldiers urinating on corpses and posing with body parts, behavior that has complicated the war in Afghanistan.

In a speech at Fort Benning, Ga., Panetta was blunt in his assessment of the breakdown of discipline, saying these incidents “show a lack of judgment, a lack of professionalism, and a lack of leadership.”

Maybe we should be clapping the old mafioso bastard on the back for calling out “misconduct” of American troops occupying Afghanistan, but my first gut reaction is to slowly put on a pair of brass knuckles, give the pudgy Secretary of War a gargantuan smile, and then pop him in the nose. Either way, that’s only my first, sudden impulse, and is not something I would ever do after a few seconds of further consideration.

But let’s remember, Panetta is the man who told Senator Sessions and his buddies that the US military doesn’t take commands from Congress any longer, but first and foremost goes to the United Nations to gather approval for any military invasions. I can’t imagine that would sit well with any American. Panetta and our president going to a foreign ruling body to get permission to launch a war, or an invasion.

Like Libya. Our Air Force was used for months to bomb Gaddafi, our one time friend and lover and puppet, and his forces. Obama said he didn’t need Congress’ approval because there were no boots on the ground. Instead, there were a multitude of boots in the air, zipping over Libya’s airspace and dropping fat retarded ground busters that shook Libya’s cities and knocked out tens of thousands of armed forces, insurgents, and civilians.

It was, in short, a mini war. Panetta is the old gangster behind this. He’s also the only Secretary of War I know that doesn’t trust his troops well enough to allow them to keep their weapons on their persons while he gives them the rousing “pump and go” speech about how the US is winning, be happy, keep on fighting. The American people are behind the war.

Sec of Defense makes troops disarm before speech

When in truth, the American people want out of the war. Sixty-nine percent of them was the most recent poll I saw. Why are we still in Afghanistan? Why will we be there until 2014? I don’t know, why not? Afghanistan is a land of perfectly good opium. And it’s fun to fight there. Obama says so. Panetta says so. It shows America’s collective courage. We got to be fighting somewhere, after all, so we don’t get weak. It’s like flexing one big muscle over and over again for decades.

Let’s Not Completely Blame the Troops

you decrepit leatherskin ninny. You’re not fighting the goddamned War on Terror that keeps troops cycling through three to seven tours in Iraq or Afghanistan. Panetta should be walking with them through the Hell he continues to promote. Even when soldiers beg not to go back, like Robert Bales, you send him back anyway, and pump him full of uppers and relaxers and mind enhancers, and then he goes crazy and murders sixteen or seventeen Afghan civilians. And then Obama says he’s sorry. And Panetta says it’s too bad. Why aren’t you out there in the field with the troops? Why aren’t you eating their food, sleeping in their barracks, and marching through the rugged wasteland with them? You deserve to be shot at just as much as any twenty-five year old you’ve condemned to multiple tours in a foreign land.

These people are illegitimate leaders. And Mitt Romney will be no better. He’s stuck on the same side of the same coin that Barack and Panetta and Bush and Clinton grow on like a deadly bacteria. America needs new leaders, new vision, and must free herself from the shackles put on her wrists and ankles by our oppressors and commanders. Our government takes orders from Goldman Sachs and global banking cartels. They do not serve the American people, they serve other agendas, and other powers. It’s time we reclaim the power.

Voting is not enough. We need third parties, like the Green Party, and peaceful, sensible candidates with solutions, like Roseanne Barr. We need our troops to say no to more combat, and refuse to take orders from a commander-in-chief who doesn’t get congressional approval first before sending them overseas. We need to demand jail time for all perpetrators of the great financial meltdown that is crushing America and Europe.

We need to unplug ourselves from the Matrix, as Paul Craig Roberts keeps reminding us. This constant war on Terror (which is something that can’t even be adequately defined or contained or defeated or properly understood) keeps the American people on the suspicious list, and has dissolved our Constitutional rights, just as the Drug War did. We’ve lost our country, but incrementally, rather than overnight, so those of us who are still sleeping go through the motions and think it’s normal for our president to say he’ll indefinitely detain US citizens if he wants to.

We’ve got to wake up. Nobody has all the answers, but everybody should be able to condemn the loss of our liberty and control over our elected officials. Our Leon Panettas, George Bush Jrs, and Barack Obamas are decadent hacks on power trips. They have unlimited cash and immunity. That has to end. America is a sleeping giant. She can crush any corruption and overturn any tyranny, but she has to collectively recognize and act as One, or she will continue to lose her strength and fall victim to a foreign host feeding off her vitality and might.

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