God of War: Obama Extending Afghan War Past 2017.

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On Yahoo News, we read:

President Barack Obama on Thursday abandoned his pledge to end America’s longest war, announcing plans to keep at least 5,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan when he leaves office in 2017 and hand the conflict off to his successor.

It is another setback for the president in his quest to extricate the U.S. from more than a decade of war in Afghanistan and Iraq. That goal was already tarnished by the return of U.S. forces to Iraq last year to help fight the Islamic State, a military mission Obama has said will likely outlast his presidency.

Now, the winner of the 2016 presidential election will also become the third American commander in chief to oversee the Afghan war.

I have almost nothing left to say about this. What else is there to talk about? Afghanistan is hopeless. The whole thing has been a farce from start to finish. Over 2,000 soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan. Over $6 trillion in weapons and training has been spent. And for what? Nothing. Sobbing widows and gravestones are all we have to show for it.

Last year, Ron Paul had this to say about Afghanistan:

After 13 years of war in Afghanistan – the longest in US history – the US government has achieved no victory. Afghanistan is in chaos and would collapse completely without regular infusions of US money. The war has been a failure, but Washington will not admit it.

More than 2,000 US fighters have been killed in the 13 year Afghan war. More than 20,000 Afghan civilians were also killed. According to a study last year by a Harvard University researcher, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will cost in total between four and six trillion dollars. There is no way of looking at the US invasion of Afghanistan and seeing a success.

The War in Afghanistan has been an utter failure. As soon as US troops try to leave, the whole country is going to collapse into full-scale civil war. And quite frankly, I don’t give a damn. Let the whole thing erupt. But pull the US military out first.

Unfortunately, Obama is in the pocket of the military-industrial complex. Like George W. Bush before him, and Bill Clinton before him, and Bush Sr. before him, Obama is dedicated to warfare and the expansion of US military empire. He can claim to be peace-loving; but his actions speak otherwise. If he were really dedicated to peace as a way of life, then he would bring the troops home. Empirical reality tells us otherwise.

Mainstream America, both Democrat and Republican, are dedicated to the idea of worldwide American empire. Republicans are more open about it; Democrats usually support US military empire with more of an emphasis on the “humanitarian mission”. The Somalian Intervention of “Black Hawk Down” fame was an example of a Democrat’s favored war, as it was supposedly nothing more than a humanitarian mission with basically nothing else conceivable to gain; no resources, no strategic sea routes, no nothing. Anyway, my point is that while Republicans are more openly supportive of US military empire, Democrats are just as supportive if only a bit more quiet about it, and maybe frame the issue differently. Both are complicit in their support, which is a crappy thing indeed.

If things were my way, I would shift US foreign policy back to the way it was pre-1898: no overseas military bases, no military “interventions”, no pointlessly sailing huge navy ships around the world, and an enormous aversion to war, period. Throughout the 1800s, this is what US foreign policy was like, and it was glorious. Everything changed after the Spanish-American War, when the USA took over administration of Puerto Rico and the Philippines from Spain. That marked the birth of American military empire as a global force.

The USA is a military empire. Problem: no military empires are ever sustained indefinitely. They are money-losing operations. The British were the foremost worldwide military empire through most of the 1700s and 1800s; but after World War II, they simply couldn’t afford to run the empire anymore. They basically shut the whole thing down. The UK owns a few islands here and there across the world, and that’s about it.

I have predicted a similar scenario eventually facing the US military empire. As I have discussed, the US government is over $222 trillion in long-term debt. Eventually, this will result in a cascading bankruptcy of the US government. At that time, the Feds are going to begin looking for what they can cut financially. The two largest grouped expenditures in the US government are military spending, and Social Security/Medicare spending. When the Feds have to choose between cutting down the US military empire or making cuts to Social Security and Medicare, which do you think they will choose?

Let me put it this way: which will piss off the public more, seeing the military empire shrink or losing out on free money rolling in from Social Security and Medicare?

Bet on the money. The US military is going to be financially gutted.

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