"Busybody Nation", an enclave within Clusterfuck Nation (James Howard Kunstler)


Busybody Nation
James Howard Kunstler
Sept 1 2014

If anyone above a kindergarten pay-grade has figured out America’s vital interest in the Ukraine, it has not been reported — or even leaked from the foundering vessel that is the US State Department. In fact, when you consider the results, it’s hard to understand the rationale behind any recent US foreign policy endeavor. Mr. Putin of Russia summed it up last week, saying, “Anything the US touches turns to Libya or Iraq.” Vlad has a point there, and what he left off the list, of course, was Ukraine, which entered the zone of failing states a few months ago when the US lubricated the overthrow of its previously-elected government.

What complicates things is that Ukraine is right next door to Russia. For many years it was even part of the same nation as Russia. Russia has a lot of hard assets in Ukraine: pipelines, factories, port facilities. Because they were recently part of the same nation, a lot of Russian-speaking people live in the eastern part of Ukraine bordering Russia. The casual observer from Mars might easily discern that Russia has a range of real interests in Ukraine. Especially if the central government of Ukraine can’t control its own economic affairs.

The US claims to have interests in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Libya. These nations are respectively 11,925, 11,129, 10,745, and 10,072, miles away from America — not exactly neighbors of ours. All of them, one way or another, and partly due to our exertions, are checking into the homeless shelter of failed statedom. Afghanistan was, shall we say, a special case, since it was being used thirteen years ago explicitly as a “base” (al Qaeda) for launching attacks on US soil. But that was then. No other war or “war” in US history has lasted as long. And it remains unclear whether our presence there yet today is a “nation-building” project or a mere occupation, in the absence of some better idea of what to do.

President Obama has made noises about pulling US troops out of Afghanistan, but we’re still there. How is the nation-building project working out? With Mr. Osama bin Laden dead and in his watery grave, and the Islamic extremist action moved to other venues, how significant is Afghanistan’s role as a strategic base for Jihad?

How many educated, media-marinated professors in their Ivy League turrets can explain in one paragraph what the necessity of overthrowing Muammar Gaddafi was, exactly? Anyone remember?

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Just Reminding You That They Won Their Independence Before And Will Do It Again… → Good news from Afghanistan! The Afghanis are killing the invaders even as they retreat…

"An Afghan soldier shot a United States Army major general to death and wounded a German brigadier general and at least 14 other foreign and Afghan military service members on Tuesday at a military training academy on the outskirts of Kabul, officials of the American-led coalition said Tuesday.

The major general appeared to be the highest-ranking member of the American military to die in hostilities overseas since the Vietnam War.”
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U.S. General Is Killed in Attack at Afghan Base, Officials Say, New York Times

Also see these radio commentaries (mp3 player) from Travus T. Hipp at Cabale News Service’s archive.org repository

March 29 2012 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Imagine There Are Two Soldiers In Afghanistan… A US Marine And An Afghani Being Trained By Him Who Wants To Kill Him

August 19 2011 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Afghanistan - Just Reminding You That They Won Their Independence Before And Will Do It Again

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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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