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My quick and dirty take on Afghanistan, graveyard of empires

I don’t know much about Afghanistan. Luckily, lack of knowledge never stopped me from giving my opinion.

I would love to think that President Barack Obama knows something that I don’t. That he plans to send 30,000 more U.S. troops into Afghanistan for a better purpose than to rebut the Repugnicans’ claim that he’s too pussy.

However, all things considered, I think that sending more troops to Afghanistan is a big fucking mistake that ultimately will make the United States of America less safe, not more safe.

President Obama said this tonight:

“I make this decision because I am convinced that our security is at stake in Afghanistan and Pakistan. This is the epicenter of the violent extremism practiced by al-Qaeda. It is from here that we were attacked on 9/11, and it is from here that new attacks are being plotted as I speak.”

After years of the unelected Bush regime citing 9/11 and the threat of another terrorist attack as its excuse for everything, from the nation’s economic problems to illegally spying on American citizens, it really sucks ass to see Obama waving the bloody shirt featuring the smoking twin towers.

Hope?

Change?

When does the tit-for-tat shit ever end?

Islamists perpetrated 9/11 in response to the American military presence in the Middle East and the slaughter of Muslims in the Middle East by the American military. U.S. support of the bloodthirsty Israelis, who can’t slaughter enough Palestinians and Arabs while claiming to be such victims themselves, also prompted the 9/11 terrorist attacks. (Of course, I’m an “anti-Semite” for saying that, even though Osama bin Laden and his cohorts have said it themfuckingselves.) 

So we are going to prevent more 9/11’s by slaughtering even more Muslims in the Middle East?

Aren’t we more likely to end up like the Israelis and the Palestinians? Again, when would the tit-for-tat slaughter ever end?

Americans also gravely underestimate Middle Easterners as stupid savages. These are the same “stupid savages” who masterminded the largest terrorist attack on American soil — without using bombs or missiles. And who have given the technologically superior American armed forces a real run for our money (hundreds of billions of dollars of our money) in Vietraq since the unelected Bush regime illegally, immorally, unjustly and unprovokedly started that war in March 2003.

The Repugnicans are loving Obama’s decision to send more young men and women to their slaughter in the Middle East for the profits of the war profiteers, only the Repugnicans (such as war hawk John McCainosaurus) are whining that by giving a timeline for withdrawal, even just his fuzzy 18-month timeline, Obama is “[sending] exactly the wrong message to both our friends and our enemies.”

Oh, puhfuckinglease.

Like our “enemies” don’t know that the United States of America is rotting from within from the ravages of the eight long years of the reign of the unelected BushCheneyCorp and cannot sustain the perpetual warfare that the Repugnican plutocrats — who never have to pay the price of the warfare that they initiate and perpetuate, either in a fair share of taxes or in bodies — want for the United States of America, a la Big Brother in 1984.

I have to agree with Michael Moore that an escalation in Afghanistan is more likely to speed up the Fall of the American Empire than it is to accomplish anything else.

In an open letter to Obama, Moore noted:

With our economic collapse still in full swing and our precious young men and women being sacrificed on the altar of arrogance and greed, the breakdown of this great civilization we call America will head, full throttle, into oblivion if you become the “war president.”

Empires never think the end is near, until the end is here. Empires think that more evil will force the heathens to toe the line — and yet it never works. The heathens usually tear them to shreds.

Yup. The “heathens” tore us to shreds in Vietnam and in Vietraq.

Prolonged warfare in Afghanistan stands to benefit only the war profiteers, whom the Repugnican Party coddles.

We just dumped one “war president” (and rejected the bloodthirsty old bastard who would have continued his policies if he had been elected) only to get another?

I also have to agree with Moore’s assertion that Obama’s escalation in Afghanistan could be his undoing. Moore proclaims in his open letter to Obama:

We the people still love you. We the people still have a sliver of hope. But we the people can’t take it anymore. We can’t take your caving in, over and over, when we elected you by a big, wide margin of millions to get in there and get the job done. What part of “landslide victory” don’t you understand?

Don’t be deceived into thinking that sending a few more troops into Afghanistan will make a difference, or earn you the respect of the haters. They will not stop until this country is torn asunder and every last dollar is extracted from the poor and soon-to-be poor.

You could send a million troops over there and the crazy right still wouldn’t be happy. You would still be the victim of their incessant venom on hate radio and television because no matter what you do, you can’t change the one thing about yourself that sends them over the edge.

The haters were not the ones who elected you, and they can’t be won over by abandoning the rest of us.

I, for one, voted for Obama in November 2008, but I am unlikely to vote for him in 2012, assuming that he runs for re-election.

As a gay man, I’m still waiting for him to deliver on his campaign promise of equal civil and human rights for non-heterosexuals, and his apparent blind support of the military-industrial complex also violates his campaign promise to end the perpetual warfare.

If he goes through with his proposed escalation, Afghanistan probably will be Obama’s Waterloo. Much worse, it could be the final nail in the coffin of the American Empire.

As Moore notes, “Afghanistan’s nickname is the ‘graveyard of empires.'”

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