Why are we so stupid that we will be tied up in Afghanistan for another 12 years?

I hear it coming up in the Presidential campaign with insistence and regularity: We’re getting out of Afghanistan in 2014. Right? Yeah, it takes a long time to get all those troops and all that equipment out… 2014 is really pretty quick.

But…

Today we signed a strategic partnership pact that pledges American support for Afghanistan for 10 years after the withdrawal of combat troops at the end of 2014.

Put your fingers away… the count is to 2024. The cost in money, military death and injury, Taliban conspiracies against American cities and people, and so many other things is more than poor indebted bozos like us can sustain.

The draft of the pact has been signed at the diplomatic level and will now be sent to Mr. Karzai and to the Afghan Parliament for review and approval, and also to President Obama and the White House. It will become final when signed by both presidents… and don’t even begin to think it won’t be signed.

Look, put the moral and ethical concerns aside… ignore what the majority of Americans think about our involvement in the longest war we have EVER been involved in… WTF are we going to pay for this with?

Costs totaling $2.7 billion a year have been discussed, but it would likely be more. Add in aid for civilian programs , too.

The powers that be will say that this is a reduction from the amount the United States now spends here (about $120 billion a year), and we should all feel the financial relief that brings. We just have to bring in a few bucks compared to what we have spent already (and still owe.) So where will we get it?

Money from the Rich? Doubt it. How much do you want to bet this will make them more rich (richer?)? Money from the rest of us? You betcha!

Let me be very clear about my political view here. I am a liberal and a Democrat, but this disgusting cesspool of foreign policy can be laid just as easily at the feet of Republicans and to those of President Obama. Neither side is putting America ahead of our military-economic suckfest.

Makes you wonder who you can vote for that will make any difference. It’s a good thing it is not the only issue being considered this year.

But it is an unabating one.

About btchakir

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Posted on April 22, 2012, in Announcement, campaign, Congress, crime, Economics, editorial, election, ethics, event, Finance, government, Legal, Lies, Military, News, Opinion, Politics, President Obama, Press, Taxes, vote, War, Warning, Word from Bill, World News and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Afghanistan and Iraq were always slated to be more akin to the Philippines than to Vietnam, if you’ll recall we spent 94 years from our first involvement in 1898 to the closing of Subic Bay in 1992, Combat was declared over in 1902, it continued until 1913 and the PI got their independence in 1946.

    We’ll be in both lands in some form or other for 100 years…

  2. GunRightsAttorneys

    I guess training them to take care of themselves is out of the question………..

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