Barack Obama et al. have apparently found the perfect model and game plan for winning in Afghanistan, Pakistan and the vast Eurasia massif — FEMA under Bush II in New Orleans after Katrina.
Obama’s Great Speech to End All Confusions and War Losses for the U.S. was completely Machiavellian and politically cynical. Every word was carefully crafted and polished and practiced in delivery over and over again by Emanuel, Barack and the whole vast team of PR people in the White House. They made certain that the Speech promised everything everyone wanted, roughly in proportion to their payoff influence. Barack solemnly promised the military more than they wanted because they had him boxed in and surrounded — 30,000 more troops in uniform and secretly about that many in the secret “contract” troops which have already been pouring in [as shown by the Wall Street Journal]. He signed the blank check for McChrystal and his rampaging Black Ops Murder Squads, complete with their shiny new Sky Warrior drones that can spot a baby cowering under rubble from over 15,000 feet up and fire four, not two, Hellfire Missiles and hit her from all angles. But he then turned around to the opposite end of the spectrum and promised the majority of Americans who now want out fast and an end to the insane slaughter and turning the world against the US and promised them a shiny new Exit Strategy right out of Iraq, written by McChrystal, of course, based on mass murder from the sky, bribing narco-lords, making deals with the totally corrupt Karzai puppet regime, forcing Pakistan to commit national suicide by attacking tens of millions of its own citizens, and then starting a stand-down of US troops just before the next presidential election season begins in earnest — if all of that Vietnam-Iraq strategic hamlet and Phoenix program works.
The only trouble is that they made two little mistakes, like Brownie’s FEMA down in New Orleans after Katrina made an unexpected visit. They totally failed to see the real world problems they were trying to solve and they assumed Americans were too stupid to notice. The US has already turned all decent Afghan, Pakistani, other Central Asian, and most other national hearts and minds against itself by its barbarian savagery and Big Lies. Afghanistan and Pakistan are a vast world of warriors totally unlike Iraq’s tiny Sunni population which defeated the U.S. militarily and forced the US to bribe them and call off attacks. The US has already lost these wars many times over. In addition, the Great Speech was so Machiavellian it was a completely contradictory set of absurd assumptions and promises which intelligent Americans of all stripes spotted right away and started denouncing, first softly and soon far more hotly in outrage.
If you’ll just check your CIA World Factbook, as I do [2006 ed.], you’ll be reminded that in Iraq the US was fighting a tiny nation of Sunni Arabs of only about five million concentrated in Anbar Province. The Shia make up almost two-thirds of the population and hate the Sunni for decades of oppression, so the US engineered their becoming the new rulers with hundreds of thousands of troops and police fighting the tiny Sunni nation. The Kurds, about as large in population as the Sunnis, were allowed by the US to form their own de facto, independent nation in the North with about 175,000 very disciplined soldiers who also hate the Sunni and fight them continually in certain border areas in the central and north areas. In other words, the US had almost the entire Iraqi population on its side — roughly twenty million — against the five million Sunni. The incredible thing is that a mere five million Sunnis with no state and no heavy weapons defeated the US and forced them to pay the Sunni tribute not to fight the US forces.
Then go back to the beginning of your Factbook and you’ll see that Afghanistan is a nation of way over 30 million (just under that in 2006 but with an est. birth rate of nearly 5% and a remarkably young average age of 17 — an ideal warrior profile). The Pashtun and their allies are the main enemy of the US and are the majority of the population. Most other ethnic groups, such as the Iranian language groups in the West, hate the US and some are fighting them. Then look up Pakistan — one hundred and sixty-two million at the time, closer to one hundred and seventy million now. One crucial fact those numbers obscure, but you can ferret out in details elsewhere, is that the NW area of Pakistan is overwhelmingly Pashtun and probably number more than twenty million. Those Pashtun are the family and clan members of the Pashtun in Afghanistan, or think in those ironclad terms. They are really one nation with a flimsy map border between them in the vast mountains that is insignificant in reality. IT IS THIS VAST, ANCIENT NATION OF WARRIORS, THE PASHTUN AND THEIR ALLIES, THAT THE US IS FIGHTING IN AFPAK AND THE NARCO-LORDS AND LOCAL POTENTATES WHO DEVELOP BITTER GRUDGES AGAINST THE US FOR ALL KINDS OF THINGS, LIKE BEING CHRISTIANS AND OCCUPYING THEIR ANCIENT HOMELANDS.
THE US IS ACTUALLY FIGHTING A VAST, ANCIENT WARRIOR NATION IN AFPAK THAT IS TEN TIMES THE SIZE OF THE SUNNI NATION IN IRAQ AND MANY LESSER NATIONS AND GROUPS WHICH ARE ALSO FIERCE WARRIORS. THEY ARE THE WARRIORS AND THEIR SONS WHO ANNIHILATED THE VAST 40TH ARMY OF THE MIGHTY USSR RED ARMY THAT HAD NEVER BEFORE BEEN DEFEATED. THE IDEA THAT A TINY FORCE OF UNIFORMED AND SECRET US GANG BOYS FROM L.A. AND CHICAGO ARE GOING TO DEFEAT A VAST NATION OF WARRIORS SET ON FIRE WITH HOLY WARRIOR ZEAL AGAINST THE INFIDEL INVADERS AND TRAITORS TO ISLAM LIKE BARACK OBAMA, HOLY WARRIORS WHO ARE ALSO FIGHTING FOR THEIR FAMILIES AND HOMES AND ANCIENT HOMELANDS AND SEEKING REVENGE FOR THE US SLAUGHTER OF THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS WITH HELLFIRE MISSILES, IS UTTERLY PREPOSTEROUS.
Remember, the US has lost all of its recent wars except that against the “mouse that roared in the Caribbean,” a tiny nation you probably don’t remember the name of. [It's not Cuba, though there were some Cuban engineers there. Cuba joined with the Soviets and almost killed us all with nuclear weapons.] The Pashtun have won all their wars, even against the Soviet Superpower just to their north and they are now defeating the US Once-Superpower, which is why Obama and McChrystal are so desperate to vastly increase the US and NATO forces there as quickly as possible.
The fact that McChrystal’s new Sky Warrior drones can spot and kill Afghans from way over 15,000 feet is not the Miracle Cure he thinks. It’s a BLOWBACK WEAPON that destroys the person who uses them, in this case because it enrages the survivors of the women and children burned alive to become Holy Warriors against the Evil Empire, very much like Clint Eastwood in movies who becomes totally devoted to tracking down the murderers of his family and slaughtering them. If you think of it in these realistic, down-to-human terms, you’ll understand why Obama and McChrystal are actually attacking and defeating the US, not the Pashtun Taliban. Just as FEMA did not save New Orleans but actually got in the way of real rescuers and kept them out while the people drowned, so Obama and his Murder Squads are getting in the way of the ancient people in Central Asia who want to live peaceful and productive lives and will find a way to do so IF they can first get the US out of the way.
Once the US is gone in one way or another, the Pashtun and other people will find some way to finally recover from this terrible American devastation of their homelands and families. They have always before recovered from terrible devastation by invaders. I don’t think the Taliban will rule again, but, if they do, they will be much better than the American Murder Squads. The Taliban only came to power in the early 1990′s because the Soviets destroyed the social infrastructure and left the vast nation in civil war. The Taliban used terrible methods to end the civil war and bring peace and rid the nation of the infestation of narco-lords. Most of the people did not support them, but put up with them to end the terrible civil wars. Now they support them to end the terrible US slaughters and ruin of their ancient homeland.
The really serious question we face is, CAN WE AMERICANS STOP BARACK AND THE AMERICAN SECRET POLICE AND MILITARY FROM DESTROYING US IN THE NAME OF SAVING US, VERY MUCH AS FEMA DROWNED MUCH OF NEW ORLEANS IN THE NAME OF SAVING THEM? YES, WE CAN — IF AMERICANS WILL LEARN THE MOST SIMPLE FACTS ABOUT THESE ANCIENT NATIONS AND REMEMBER THAT THEY WERE OUR FRIENDS BEFORE OUR GOVERNMENT TRANSFORMED THEM INTO OUR ENEMIES.
“People in the West are dreaming. If you ask anyone in Afghanistan what the US can do for the country, they will start laughing at you.”
~ Helmandwal, an elder in SE Afghanistan who buried four relatives last month he believes were killed by NATO bombardment. [Financial Times, 12/3/09, pg. 2.]
Jack D. Douglas [send him mail] is a retired professor of sociology from the University of California at San Diego. He has published widely on all major aspects of human beings, most notably The Myth of the Welfare State.