The anti war movement has finally gotten what it wanted. They ended the forever war in Afghanistan. As a result, women will return to bondage, our allies will be murdered, America has been humiliated and Afghanistan is again a safe haven for terror.— Eli Lake (@EliLake) August 27, 2021
Soviak graduated highschool in 2017. He was in his early 20s. Young Americans have paid far too much in blood for a war that continued past its mission. Praying for his family. https://t.co/POv5BTW9B2— Aiden Buzzetti (@AidenBuzzetti) August 27, 2021
Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz was KIA in Afghanistan yesterday. He was 20 years old— Saagar Enjeti (@esaagar) August 27, 2021
His father says: “His life meant so much more. I’m so incredibly devastated that I won’t be able to see the man that he was very quickly growing into becoming”
The Department of Defense has released the names of the 13 US service members killed in Afghanistan https://t.co/E5DMSOoEjQ— CNN (@CNN) August 28, 2021
Suddenly, it is 2001 all over again.
The mainstream Right has reverted to mindless, chest thumping jingoism and imperialism. The mouthpieces of the military-industrial complex – neocons, retired generals and former Navy Seals who work for defense contractors – are all over cable news demanding that we reinvade Afghanistan and go to war with the Taliban to retake Bagram Air Force Base. The Taliban which are more popular than ever have retaken power in Afghanistan and terrorist groups like ISIS-K which draw jihadist recruits from all over the region are there. Oh … and tens of thousands of Afghan refugees are en route to being resettled in this country – we fought them over there to bring them here – at the behest of the GOP which completely ignores what happened when Afghan refugees were previously resettled in Western Europe.
I’ve gone from being 20-years-old to 40-years-old. I am now old enough to watch Zoomer soldiers who are young enough to be my son dying for the empire in Afghanistan. The very same people who led us into that disaster are now demanding that we reinvade Afghanistan and repeat their folly all over again. After spending over $2 trillion dollars there and 2,372 American soldiers losing their lives there and countless more being maimed for life, the mainstream Right acts like the last 20 years of occupying Afghanistan and propping up their fake puppet government and its fake military never happened.
There are few historical lessons more clear cut than this one. There is absolutely nothing to be gained from occupying Afghanistan. It is nothing but a vast sinkhole of money and lives. Yes, it is true that Afghanistan is still an incubator for terrorism because the Pentagon and “intelligence community” have spent 40 years meddling in the country and destabilizing it, but possessing Bagram Air Force Base and occupying Afghanistan for 20 years obviously did nothing to solve that problem. There is nothing in Afghanistan which can’t be taken out at vastly less expense by a cruise missile or a drone. There is no reason to believe that reinvading Afghanistan will stop terrorists. It will only create more terrorists.
Osama bin Laden himself left Afghanistan in 2001. He was killed a decade later in Pakistan in 2011. This was a decade ago. The truth is that the Pentagon just can’t bring itself to let to go of Bagram Air Force Base or withdrawing troops from anywhere. The GOP obviously can’t let go of imperialism either.
Note: The same corrupt interests which control the GOP haven’t changed. The shills haven’t changed. Why would the policy agenda change?