"Why of course the people don’t want war...But after all it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it’s always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship ...
Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to do the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they’re being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.” - Hermann Goering, Nuremberg, 1946
The news on Tuesday that President Biden will withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11- the 20th anniversary of the Saudi-led terrorist attacks on America - was more than welcome. But it is long overdue and a veritable no brainer. It is indeed a lesson that ought to have been learned (about 'no win' wars) after Vietnam. But we let the Bushies lead us into another quagmire in Iraq and Afghanistan even as Bush Jr. himself blew it in the run up to Sept. 11, 2001, e.g.
So thank that chimp-faced loon for the 20 years of wasted blood (over 2,500 Americans dead, 40,000 Afghan civilians) and treasure ($825 billion). Given all that, it's past time we got our asses out as it is now a losing wicket. The blunt assessment of one national security official on Maddow last night was it's a no win situation so long as Pakistan is providing aid and comfort to the Taliban. And in the words of Rep. Jason Crow (D, CO) on ALL In: "If we haven't won militarily in 20 years, we're not going to win."
The decision defies a May 1 deadline for full withdrawal under a peace agreement the Trump administration reached with the Taliban last year, but leaves no room for additional extensions. A senior administration official called the September date an "absolute deadline" that won’t be affected by security conditions in the country. Besides which, most higher IQ Pentagon personnel know a lot can still be done from afar- to make life miserable for the Taliban if they get out of control, e.g.