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The West is looking for a few good “Authoritarian yet secular regimes”:

"In her autobiographical work, based on her tenure as U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton makes a startling statement while explaining the need for U.S. intervention around the world, despite the “dangers” to American lives. “While we can and must work to reduce the danger,” writes Ms. Clinton, “the only way to eliminate risk entirely is to retreat entirely and to accept the consequences of the void we leave behind. When America is absent, extremism takes root, our interests suffer, and our security at home is threatened” (Hard Choices, p.387, Simon & Schuster, 2014).

It is curious that Ms. Clinton thinks that extremism thrives when America is absent, as empirical facts and the patterns one can glean from them indicate that the opposite is truer. While Iraq and ISIS’ brutal advance on Baghdad is at the top of the news now, it must be remembered that each of the countries today at the centre of the world’s concerns over extremism is in fact a country that has seen direct or indirect western intervention, not western absence — Afghanistan, Syria, Libya and Iraq.
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Suhasini Haidar: Wars without winners, The Hindu H/t: WatchingAmerica

"There are other patterns to these interventions. In each of these countries, what the United States, along with allies sought to oust were authoritarian regimes that were secular. The Soviet-backed regimes of President Najibullah in Afghanistan, President Bashar al-Assad in Syria, Saddam Hussein in Iraq and Muammar Qadhafi in Libya.

The movements these leaders set up were dictatorial; they controlled their people through stifling intelligence agencies, and crushed all political Islamic movements where they could. But a by-product of the secularism was that women and minorities had a more secure status under these regimes than under their Islamist and monarchist neighbours like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain.

Unlike them, Mr. Assad, Qadhafi, Saddam and Najibullah had women and minorities in their cabinets, and a sense of Arab/Afghan nationalism overshadowed the sectarian divide in their countries….”

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…and they’re touring in “Technical Toyotas” just like NATO gave the Taliban…

(image source, Land Destroyer)

What WAS it Porter Goss, former Director of the CIA said?
"I can tell you that there is a role in my mind, a proper role, for covert action to continue. And I would not call it ‘paramilitary’. I would call it ‘pure covert action’. And that would be things happening to the benefit of national security that just seem to happen. And there is not an American flag on them. And if somebody came to the President of the United States, he would be able to say, ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about.’" (source)
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Apparently MRAPS aren’t adequate to protect US troops from airstrikes. Good thing the only countries America attacks now days have no air war capability. Most reports are calling it a ‘jet strike’ but the New York Times reports a B-1 bomber did this. CNN is used as representative copy. The Pentagon is hushed up about this now. Expect a coverup  investigation to ‘reveal’ more.

The soldiers WERE part of a detail ‘tightening security in advance of the Afghan national elections’. In other words, and in my not so humble opinion, these special operators were tasked with killing opposition candidates, as in opposition to US presence in the country.

O-Bomb-Ya says we’re done raping Afghanistan now and we’re ‘pulling out’ but with 10 to 14 thousand troops ro remain in the country, after that limpdick withdrawal, I’d say, staying on the theme of rape, that the Pentagon is going to pimp off the rape victim, and stand nearby to make sure whatever John they sucker into buying the ‘sloppy seconds’ gets their money’s worth.

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — Five American service members were killed in southern Afghanistan when a coalition jet, called in to help ward off a Taliban attack, mistakenly bombed them, an Afghan official said Tuesday.

The five were killed Monday night along with an Afghan soldier in Zabul province, said Ghulam Sakhi Roghliwanai, the province’s police chief.

According to NATO, the troops were conducting a security operation. Such operations have been stepped up ahead of Afghanistan’s presidential runoff election, which will take place Saturday.

The service members’ unit came in contact with enemy forces. That’s when the casualties occurred, a U.S. military official told CNN. “There is the possibility that fratricide may have been involved,” he said. The incident is under investigation.

A NATO statement provided similar information.(sic)

Roghliwanai said the troops had completed their joint military sweep at about 9 p.m. Monday (12:30 p.m. ET) when they came under rocket fire from Taliban militants.

The service members called in air support. “But the airstrike mistakenly bombed their own friends too,” he said.

Friendly fire incidents

Since the Afghan war began in October 2001, 2,323 Americans have died there. Once the United States confirms these latest deaths, the number will rise to 2,328.

There have also been numerous fatalities resulting from friendly fire.

Among the more publicized ones was the 2004 death of Pat Tillman… [CNN with more]
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ROTF! The guy who was still delivering the "shopping bags full of cash" to Hamid Karzai (NYTimes) is outed by his boss!

More @ CNN

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Afghanistan’s women want to thank America and it’s women for ignorantly tacitly supporting, and allowing the US to arm the Taliban for all those Cold War years. . Middle three images courtesy of Magnum

More information about the US’ Cold War arming of Fundamentalist Muslims (even when less socially radical groups were available): Operation Cyclone
"…the longest and most expensive covert CIA operations ever undertaken;".

In more recent history, The Nation: How the US Funds the Taliban. Google Search: “US supporting and arming the Taliban

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livesarefractionsofawhole reblogged this from followingthedeer and added:

REALLY? YOU’RE BLAMING AMERICAN WOMEN FOR SOMETHING THAT WE THE CITIZENS HAVE NO CONTROL OVER. REALLY? Attack our government and politicians- not the citizens they so poorly represent- we hate them as much as the rest of the world.
So where exactly do you stand on this? “The New America Foundation (Neoliberal like MOST Americans) is promoting an author who says 14 years of destroying Afghanistan was a waste. It’s The Wrong Enemy. We should be destroying Pakistan

"…SOMETHING THAT WE THE CITIZENS HAVE NO CONTROL OVER…" is the crux of the problem. My dunning IS NOT about the lack of success stopping our government from destroying other nations and their people, it about the lack of trying… Moving beyond the personal comfort zone of driving one’s SUV to the local antiwar demo and driving into the RAGE region where governments tremble and fall.

Listen “livesarefractionsofawhole” The civilized world is HORRIFIED BY AMERICAN’S LACK OF RESPONSIBILITY FOR IT’S GOVERNMENT’S ACTIONS IN THEIR NAMES and this post (and this one and this one, and most of my posts) is intended to be a kick in the ass saying “Control them!”

Or perhaps, as is easily observable, Americans simply have a problem controlling themselves when it comes to bullying each other, and it’s reflected by our government’s treatment of other societies. It shapes NOT ONLY AMERICAN’S WORLDVIEW but their government’s actions globally.

TAKE PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR GOVERNMENT’S ACTIONS AND STOP REPEATING THAT IDIOTIC “I CAN’T DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT” MANTRA. It’s simply self-fulfilling bullshit in a “delegated representation” society for people who DON’T WANT TO do anything about it, or perhaps in many cases “Do something but god forbid it should affect my lifestyle or my livelihood, or cause loss of ‘friends’, or spending a night in jail over it… or… or…
If it wasn’t for this, if it wasn’t for that It’d be a better world.”

Round TWO:
livesarefractionsofawhole: it assumes that all americans +/ women knew what was happening

2. it assumes that all americans approve of acts of war and aggression

3. literally said i should take personal responsibility:
.Yup I did, and Yup… Yer “ignored”
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