PEACE: Hubris was our failing

https://www.unz.com/pbuchanan/is-afghanistan-a-failed-mission/

Is Afghanistan a Failed Mission?, by Pat Buchanan – The Unz Review

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As in Vietnam from 1965 to 1973, the year our prisoners of war came home, America did not lose a major battle in Afghanistan.

Yet we did not win the war. South Vietnam was lost.

And contrary to the message awaiting President George W. Bush when he landed on the carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, which was flaunting the banner “Mission Accomplished,” America did not accomplish its mission.

President Joe Biden said as much Thursday, when he responded to a reporter’s question, “The mission has not failed — yet.”

As the 20th anniversary of 9/11 impends, and with it our final exit from the Afghan war, the Taliban are overrunning districts at will, and Afghan troops are avoiding battle in what many see as a lost cause.

Monday, 1,000 Afghan soldiers fled into Tajikistan rather than face advancing Taliban forces.

Why did we not succeed? And what does our failure there portend?

We failed, first, because our initial mission, once accomplished, was altered and enlarged to where it became unattainable.

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There never was a vital U.S. interest in Afghanistan worth a war of the cost in blood, treasure and time that we have just fought.

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Many who cast their lot with us are going to pay with their lives, as will their families. And the enemies of the United States are likely to be energized by what they perceive, not wrongly, as a strategic defeat of the USA.

We did it to ourselves. Hubris was our failing, as it often is of great powers, the mindset exhibited by Secretary of State Madeleine Albright when she declared: “If we have to use force, it is because we are America. We are the indispensable nation. We stand tall. We see further into the future.”

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Unfortunately the “peace movement” of the 60’s and 70’s was astroturf against the R’s.

We, little L libertarians, are in that movement regardless of which side of the two-sided political spectrum.

Other than the Quakers, I don’t know who else we can count on to end the Hubris.  Certainly NOT the MIC (Military Industrial Complex).

Let’s cut the “defense” budget 20% and rethink the Dead Old White Guys desire to avoid a standing army.  Shut down the FBI and CIA while disarming the Department of Agriculture.  As a matter of fact, spin the Agriculture budget back to the sovereign States and shut it down completely.

What are the proper functions of the “central” Gooferment? At most “defense” and foreign relations.  Like the Swiss, no one messes with a neutral.

Repeal the Seventeenth Amendment (direct election of senators) and return the State’s power and get the money out of that layer of Gooferment.

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PEACE: Just declare “victory” and bring the girls and boys home

https://thehill.com/policy/defense/546562-cross-partisan-groups-urge-biden-to-stick-with-may-1-afghanistan-withdrawal

Cross-partisan groups urge Biden to stick with May 1 Afghanistan withdrawal
BY REBECCA KHEEL – 04/06/21 09:00 AM EDT 

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A coalition of advocacy groups for veterans and military families from across the political spectrum is calling on President Biden to adhere to a May 1 deadline to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

In a letter to Biden on Tuesday, the nine organizations argued the May 1 deadline “presents the best opportunity any president over the past twenty years has faced to end America’s longest ever war.”

“On behalf of our membership and veterans across the country who have answered the call to serve our country, we urge you to honor the sacrifices our troops and their families are willing to make on America’s behalf by not asking our women and men in uniform to remain entangled in a conflict with no clear military mission or path to victory,” the groups wrote in the letter obtained by The Hill. “Our members are proud of their service, but they know it is long past time for America to come home from Afghanistan.”

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“Biden did not just support the war. He served as Bush and Cheney’s Senate gatekeeper and whip, guaranteeing a majority vote for the war in the upper chamber while controlled by the opposition party. If Biden had any moral courage at all, he could have stopped that war.”
― Scott Horton, Enough Already: Time to End the War on Terrorism

So I don’t expect much from Biden.

I would urge every vet to speak up and get us out of this quagmire.  

It broke the USSR and will do the same for us.

Like Viet Name, just declare “victory” and leave.

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PEACE: Withdraw the ALL Troops From Somalia!

https://news.antiwar.com/2020/12/04/president-trump-orders-to-withdraw-the-majority-of-troops-from-somalia/

President Trump Orders to Withdraw the ‘Majority’ of Troops From Somalia
The Plan will reposition troops to neighboring countries to allow for ‘cross-border operations’
Dave DeCamp Posted on December 4, 2020

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The Pentagon announced on Friday that President Trump ordered the withdrawal of the “majority” of US troops from Somalia.

“The President of the United States has ordered the Department of Defense and the United States Africa Command to reposition the majority of personnel and assets out of Somalia by early 2021,” the Pentagon said in a statement.

The statement said “some forces may be reassigned outside of East Africa,” but the remaining troops will be reassigned to neighboring countries to “allow cross-border operations.”

The US currently has approximately 700 troops in Somalia. The majority of them were sent by the Trump administration. The US operations in the country consist of training local forces, covert raids, and a drone war against al-Shabab.

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Let’s bring all the girls, boys, women, and men home now! We have so many politicians and bureaucrats to send in their place if it’s really needed!

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PEACE: Mike Pompeo arrives in Qatar to witness signing of historic deal with Taliban | Daily Mail Online

The United States and the Taliban have signed a peace agreement aimed at ending the 18-year war in Afghanistan, potentially helping President Donald Trump fulfill a key campaign promise to extract America from its ‘endless wars.’

Source: Mike Pompeo arrives in Qatar to witness signing of historic deal with Taliban | Daily Mail Online

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Well, DJT45 has certainly met my expectations of him as the “peace candidate”.

I’m sure the “chickenhawks” and those who benefit from the Military Industrial Complex are upset.

I’d like to see him “settle” all the other “wars” that the USA is involved in.

Let’s bring all the girls, boys, women, and men home now! We have so many politicians and bureaucrats to send in their place if it’s really needed!

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https://www.antiwar.com/blog/2020/02/29/veterans-group-praises-trump-peace-agreement-chides-chicken-hawk-cheney/

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PEACE: Why Washington Blows Up Over A European Army

Via The Strategic Culture Foundation, “Insulting” – that’s how US President Donald Trump sharply reacted to the idea of a “real European army” proposed by French President Emmanuel Macron. And it was how Macron rationalized the need for an independent military force for Europe that perhaps most irked the American leader.

Source: Why Washington Blows Up Over A European Army

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Perhaps, this “european army” might be the key to winding down the overstretching of the USA’s military and finances?

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PEACE: “All we are saying is give peace a chance”

2018-Jul-17

http://www.unz.com/pbuchanan/trump-calls-off-cold-war-ii/

Trump Calls Off Cold War II
PAT BUCHANAN • JULY 17, 2018 • 900 WORDS • 9 COMMENTS 

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Beginning his joint press conference with Vladimir Putin, President Trump declared that U.S. relations with Russia have “never been worse.”

He then added pointedly, that just changed “about four hours ago.”

It certainly did. With his remarks in Helsinki and at the NATO summit in Brussels, Trump has signaled a historic shift in U.S. foreign policy that may determine the future of this nation and the fate of his presidency.

He has rejected the fundamental premises of American foreign policy since the end of the Cold War and blamed our wretched relations with Russia, not on Vladimir Putin, but squarely on the U.S. establishment.

In a tweet prior to the meeting, Trump indicted the elites of both parties: “Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!”

Trump thereby repudiated the records and agendas of the neocons and their liberal interventionist allies, as well as the archipelago of War Party think tanks beavering away inside the Beltway.

Looking back over the week, from Brussels to Britain to Helsinki, Trump’s message has been clear, consistent and startling.

NATO is obsolete. European allies have freeloaded off U.S. defense while rolling up huge trade surpluses at our expense. Those days are over. Europeans are going to stop stealing our markets and start paying for their own defense.

And there will be no Cold War II.

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Certainly seems like a good meeting for us anti-war advocates.  

I personally hope that DJT45 closes down NATO and lets all its politicians and bureaucrats more onto more productive work.

It’s a good time to change the foreign policy of “world’s policeman” and institute a Swiss style MYOB.

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PEACE: NATO — Let’s Get Out!

Trump Hammers NATO. Good! Let’s Get Out!Ron Paul and Daniel McAdams Posted on July 11, 2018President Trump is making waves as he arrives in Europe for the NATO summit. Chiding Germany for benefitting from US protection against Russia while buying billions of dollars worth of Russian oil, he has captured the duplicity of European leaders. But the solution is not to browbeat them to spend more on their militaries. It’s to shut down NATO once and for all.

Source: Trump Hammers NATO. Good! Let’s Get Out! – Antiwar.com Blog

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What a great way to return to the “peace path”.  NATO serves NO purpose other than provide Gooferment “jobs” for all involved.

We can’t afford it!

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PEACE: How do “we” get out of the Afghanistan quagmire

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/03/a-war-without-an-objective-6000-days-in/

WORLD
A War without an Objective, 6,000 Days In
By GEORGE WILL
March 11, 2018 6:30 AM

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It would be helpful to know just what is America’s interest in Afghanistan.‘The war is over.”
— Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in Afghanistan (April 2002)

“I believe victory is closer than ever before.”
— Vice President Mike Pence in Afghanistan (December 2017)

With metronomic regularity, every thousand days or so, Americans should give some thought to the longest war in their nation’s history. The war in Afghanistan, which is becoming one of the longest in world history, reaches its 6,000th day on Monday, when it will have ground on for substantially more than four times longer than U.S. involvement in World War II from Pearl Harbor to V-J Day (1,346 days).

America went to war in Afghanistan because that not-really-governed nation was the safe haven from which al-Qaeda planned the 9/11 attacks. It was not mission creep but mission gallop that turned the intervention into a war against the Taliban who had provided, or at least not prevented, the safe haven. So, the United States was on a mission opposed by a supposed ally next door — Pakistan, which through Directorate S of its intelligence service has supported the Taliban.

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Whatever the tactical or strategic objectives in Afghanistan is, I don’t know what it is.

I blame Congress for its continued abdication of its “war making” power. I blame the various Presidents for not just declaring “victory” and marching out.

“Yes. In the end, you will walk out. Because 100,000 Englishmen simply cannot control 350 million Indians, if those Indians refuse to cooperate.” — movie Gandhi (1983)

So to, if “We, The Sheeple” refuse to support it, what will the warfare state do?

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PEACE: Good men and women in harm’s way

The Hornet’s Nest (2014)

The Hornet’s Nest is a groundbreaking and immersive feature film, using unprecedented real footage to tell the story of an elite group of U. S. troops sent on a dangerous mission deep inside one of Afghanistan’s most hostile valleys. What was planned as a single day strike turned into nine intense days of combat against an invisible, hostile enemy in terrain where troops had never dared go before.

Starring: Mike Boettcher, Carlos Boettcher

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Let’s bring all the girls, boys, women, and men home now! We have so many politicians and bureaucrats to send in their place if it’s really needed!

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PEACE: DJT45 maybe a peace maker

https://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2017/05/28/trumps-commitment-to-peace-is-serious-and-fulfills-major-campaign-promises/#22948e82137e

MAY 28, 2017 @ 11:00 AM
The Little Black Book of Billionaire Secrets
Trump’s Commitment To Peace Is Serious And Fulfills Major Campaign Promises
Ralph Benko, CONTRIBUTOR
Here you will find a political Secret Decoder Ring.

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President Trump returns from his foray into Saudi Arabia, Israel, the Vatican, then with EU leaders. He demonstrated a unique foreign policy vision, one unpopular with many elites but welcome to voters.

He brings home an under-sung foreign policy triumph.

America is giving up a world hegemony it never sought. The world will be a safer, better, place for that.

There are two deliverables that the voters want, above all, from their president. One is prosperity. The other is security a/k/a peace. All else — except dignity, call it national honor, important but intangible — is either sideshow or amenity.

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This will be a very great side effect of the “hold your nose” election. 

I can’t think of any greater side effect of that election would be that we get some “world peace”.

But, then what will the beauty queen candidates wish for?

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