TBR News – November 3, 2008
“The Boy who Cried ‘Wolf’ has been lately with us what with the retired Tom Ridge and his ilk solemnly warning the American public that terrible things were going to happen to them unless they elected George Bush and more, supported his attempts to establish a police state. Ridge is gone and Bush is going but the Fright Quotient game is still around, as witness the twittering on the blogs about the “stunning revelations,” leaked by out people to the French, about a “secret memo” from the CIA-controlled RAND Corporation to the effect that the United States ought to start a war with “a major military power” to improve the rapidly disintegrating economy.
This actually happened in 1948 when the U.S. military, in conjunction with major manufacturing companies, started the Cold War against Russia by “leaking” a totally fictitious report by a CIA operative that Russia was planning to attack Europe.
The Soviet Army was incapable of launching any kind of a war at that point in time and at this point in time, George Bush, by his utter stupidity and arrogance, has effectively ruined both the U.S> Army and the Marine Corps as effective fighting forces. The story of the “leaked RAND memo” was not concocted to stare either Russia or China but to serve as a warning to Pakistan. The irrelevant Bush people have announced that “ the 'good war' in Afghanistan will surely be lost…unless Pakistan is scoured clean of its terrorist sanctuaries – and of its terrorist sympathizers in high places..."
In support of this thesis, AP reports:’Pakistani intelligence agents and paramilitary forces have helped train Taliban insurgents and have given them information about American troop movements in Afghanistan, said a report published Monday by a U.S. think tank. The study by the RAND Corp. also warned that the U.S. will face "crippling, long-term consequences" in Afghanistan if Taliban sanctuaries in Pakistan are not eliminated.’ ”The Taliban was officially defeated in November 2001 with an "invasion" that combined native troops, US special operations forces, CIA agents, and US air power. The Afghan capital, Kabul, was "liberated" and, not long after, a "democratic" government installed (filled, in part, with a familiar cast of warlords, human rights violators, drug lords, and the like). Seven years later, according to an upcoming National Intelligence Estimate, Afghanistan is on a "downward spiral"; the drug trade flourishes as never before; the government of President Hamid Karzai is notoriously corrupt, deeply despised, and incapable of exercising control much beyond the capital; American and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) troops, thanks largely to a reliance upon air power and soaring civilian deaths, are increasingly unpopular; the Taliban is resurgent and has established a shadow government across much of the south, while its guerrillas are embedded at the gates of Kabul. American and NATO forces promoted a "surge" strategy in 2007 that failed and are now calling for more of the same. Reconstruction never happened.
“At the time of the invasion of Afghanistan, the Bush administration threw its support behind General Pervez Musharraf, the military dictator of relatively stable, nuclear-armed Pakistan. In the ensuing years, the US transferred at least $10 billion, mainly to the general's military associates, to fight the "war on terror". (Most of the money went elsewhere.) Seven years later, Musharraf has fallen ingloriously, while the country has reportedly turned strongly anti-American - only 19% of Pakistanis in a recent BBC poll had a negative view of al-Qaeda - is on the verge of a financial meltdown, and has been strikingly destabilized, with its tribal regions at least partially in the hands of a Pakistani version of the Taliban as well as al-Qaeda and foreign jihadis. That region is also now a relatively safe haven for the Afghan Taliban. American planes and drones attack in these areas ever more regularly, causing civilian casualties and more anti-Americanism, as the US edges toward its third real war in the region..”
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