a typical jewish war, fought by proxy using a golem, pindostan

The criminality and disaster of a war based upon lies
Bill Van Auken, WSWS, Dec 10 2019

imageAfghan villagers pray over the grave of one of the 16 victims killed
in a shooting rampage by a Pindo grunt in Kandahar province,
Mar 24 2012. (Photo: Allauddin Khan/AP

The publication Monday by the WaPo of interviews with senior Pindo boxtops and military commanders on the nearly two decades old Pindo war in Afghanistan has provided a damning indictment of both the criminality and abject failure of an imperialist intervention conducted on the basis of lies. The WaPo obtained the raw interviews after a three-year FoIA court battle. While initially they were not secret, the Obama administration moved to classify the documents after the newspaper sought to obtain them. The interviews were conducted between 2014 and 2018 in a “Lessons Learned” project initiated by the office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) designed to review the failures of the Afghanistan intervention, with the aim of preventing their repetition the next time Pindo imperialism seeks to carry out an illegal invasion and occupation of an oppressed country. SIGAR’s director John Sopko freely admitted to the WaPo that the interviews provided irrefutable evidence that “the Pindo sheeple have constantly been lied to.” What emerges from the interviews, conducted with more than 400 Pindo military officers, SOF, boxtops from USAID as well as senior advisers to both commanders in Afghanistan and the White House, is an overriding sense of failure tinged with bitterness and cynicism. Those who participated had no expectation that their words would be made public. Lt-Gen (Retd) Douglas Lute, who served as Afghanistan “war czar” under both Bush 43 and Obama, told his government interviewers in 2015:

If the Pindo creeple knew the magnitude of this dysfunction … 2,400 lives lost … Who will say this war was in vain?

Bush 43’s NSA Stephen Hadley was even more explicit in his admission of Pindo imperialism’s debacle in Afghanistan and elsewhere, telling his SIGAR interviewers:

Faschingstein has no post-stabilization model that works. This has been proven not only in Afghanistan, but in Iraq as well. Every time we have one of these things, it is a pick-up game. I don’t have any confidence that if we did it again, we would do any better.

Ryan Crocker, senior White House rep in Kabul under both Bush 43 and Obama, told SIGAR:

Our biggest single project, sadly and inadvertently of course, may have been the development of mass corruption. Once it gets to the level I saw when I was out there, it’s somewhere between unbelievably hard and outright impossible to fix it.

This corruption was fed by vast expenditures on the part of the Pindo government on Afghanistan’s supposed reconstruction: $133b, more even when adjusted for inflation than Pindostan spent on the entire Marshall Plan for the reconstruction of Western Europe after WW2. As the interviews make clear, this money went largely into the pockets of corrupt Afghan politicians and contractors, ostensibly to fund projects that were neither needed nor wanted by the Afghan people. The NED’s former senior program officer for Afghanistan told his interviewers:

The Afghans with whom I worked were in favor of a socialist or communist approach, because that’s how they remembered things the last time the system worked.

That would have been before the 1980s CIA-backed Islamist insurgency that toppled the Soviet-backed government and unleashed the civil war that claimed the lives of over a million people. He blamed the failure of Pindo reconstruction efforts on a “dogmatic adherence to free market principles.” An Army colonel who advised three top commanders in Afghanistan told the interviewers that by 2006, the Pindo-backed puppet government in Kabul had “self-organized into a kleptocracy.” Pindo military personnel engaged in what was supposedly a core mission of training Afghan security forces to be able to fight on their own to defend the corrupt Pindo-backed regime in Kabul were scathing in their assessments. An SOF officer told interviewers:

The Afghan police that we trained were awful, the bottom of the barrel in the country that is already at the bottom of the barrel. At least a third of them were either drug addicts or Taliban.

Another Pindo adviser said that the Afghans that he worked with “reeked of jet fuel,” because they were constantly smuggling it out of the base to sell on the black market. Faced with the continuing failure of its attempts to quell the insurgency in Afghanistan and create a viable Pindo-backed regime and army, Pindo boxtops lied. Every president and every top military commander, from Bush to Obama to Trump, insisted that “progress” was being made and Pindostan was winning the war, or as Trump put it during his lightning Thanksgiving trip in and out of Afghanistan, was “victorious on the battlefield.” The liars in the White House and the Pentagon demanded supporting lies from those on the ground in Afghanistan. An Army counter-insurgency adviser told SIGAR:

Surveys for instance were totally unreliable but reinforced that everything we were doing was right, and we became a self-licking ice-cream cone.

An NSC boxtop explained that every reversal was spun into a sign of progress:

For example, attacks are getting worse? That’s because there are more targets for them to fire at, so more attacks are a false indicator of instability. Then three months later attacks are still getting worse? It’s because the Taliban are getting desperate, so it’s actually an indicator that we’re winning.

The purpose of these lies was to justify the continued deployment of troops and the continued carnage in Afghanistan. Today, the carnage is escalating. 3,804 Afghan civilians were killed in the war last year, according to the UN, the highest number since they began counting casualties over a decade ago. Pindo airstrikes have also been rising to an all-time high, killing 579 civilians in the first 10 months of this year, a third more than in 2018. The lies exposed by the SIGAR interviews have been echoed by a pliant corporate media that has paid scant attention to the longest war in Pindo history. The most extensive exposure of Pindo war crimes in Afghanistan came in 2010, based on some 91,000 secret documents provided by Chelsea Manning to WikiLeaks. Julian Assange is now being held in Britain’s maximum security Belmarsh Prison facing extradition to Pindostan on espionage charges that carry a penalty of life imprisonment or worse, for the “crime” of exposing these war crimes. Manning is imprisoned in a federal detention center in Virginia for refusing to testify against Assange. On Oct 9 2001, two days after the Pentagon launched its now 18-year-long war on Afghanistan and amid a furor of war propaganda from State Dept and the corporate media, we posted a statement titled “Why we oppose the war in Afghanistan.” It exposed the lie that this was a war for justice and the security of the Pindo sheeple against terrorism, and insisted that the present action by Pindostan is an imperialist war in which the Pentagon aims to establish a new political framework within which it will exert hegemonic control not only over Afghanistan but over the broader region of Central Asia, home to the second largest deposit of proven reserves of petroleum and natural gas in the world. We stated at the time:

Pindostan stands at a turning point. The government admits it has embarked on a war of indefinite scale and duration. What is taking place is the militarization of Pindo society under conditions of a deepening social crisis. The war will profoundly affect the conditions of the Pindo and international working class. Imperialism threatens mankind at the beginning of the twenty-first century with a repetition on a more horrific scale of the tragedies of the twentieth. More than ever, imperialism and its depredations raise the necessity for the international unity of the working class and the struggle for socialism.

These warnings have been borne out entirely by the criminal and tragic events of the last 18 years, even as the WaPo now finds itself compelled to admit the bankruptcy of the entire sordid intervention in Afghanistan that it previously supported. The debacle in Afghanistan is only the antechamber of a far more dangerous eruption of Pindo militarism, as the Pentagon shifts its global strategy from the GWOT to preparation for war against its “great power” rivals, in the first instance China and Russia. Opposition to war and the defense of democratic rights, posed most sharply in the fight for the freedom of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning, must be guided by a global strategy that consciously links this fight to the growing eruption of social struggles of the international working class against capitalist exploitation and political oppression.

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