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Today the NY Times reveals there's no need to focus on the Summer of 2011 as a significant period in our occupation of Afghanistan. We can still afford the loooong haul....

In a move away from President Obama’s deadline of July 2011 for the start of an American drawdown from Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, all cited 2014 this week as the key date for handing over the defense of Afghanistan to the Afghans themselves.

NY Times

There must be no damn budget deficit in the U.S. We should all stop lying about it. The catfood commission is worried about nothing. The absolute proof that there is no budget deficit comes right from our political & military leaders who plan for us to be in Afghanistan in 2014.

2010
2011
2012
2013
2014...still in Afghanistan.

Year in & year out...sinking our budget and shedding our blood in pursuit of holding up "the white man's burden" in the 21st Century.

There's no financial crisis. If there was, the first thing our "responsible" leaders would do would be to cut out an unnecessary & extremely costly foreign adventure.

Lest you think that there is some great hidden masterplan for successfully concluding this war in 2014, it should be sufficient to see from what military & political "genius" that date comes from.

Administration officials emphasized that the 2014 date was first set by President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, who mentioned it in his inaugural address last year and again at a conference in Kabul this past summer.

NY Times

Karzai came up with that date (no doubt after first consulting all family members & his investment bankers in Switzerland).

Karzai...the most dependable, uncorruptable and honest Quisling since President Diem.

It is a stupid adventure & a dumb war that is no longer supported by the American people.

Bluntly, the war is

  1. Morally evil
  1. Financially catastrophic
  1. Pollitically stupid

I can honestly no longer take seriously anyone who claims to be concerned about the "budget deficit" who doesn't see the first thing that needs to be cut out is our occupation of Afghanistan.

We can't afford it.

It is a constant and daily burning money pit whose flames are not extinguishable by buckets of American or Afghani blood. Not before. Not now. Not in the remainder of 2010, and certainly not in-

2011
2012
2013
2014

Think of the years between now and 2014-and the elections-while we go through the absurd Kabuki of pretending to care about our economy even as we immolate our financial resources in Afghanistan.

Stop supporting this stupid war that was stupid the first 10 times it was done in history. You can't afford to support Drang Nach Afghanistan: not morally, not politically, and not financially.

Originally posted to MBismo Vencerá on Wed Nov 10, 2010 at 11:51 PM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)

    Meteor Blades seems to do an outstanding job of community moderation despite the abject failure to be perfect.

    by catilinus on Wed Nov 10, 2010 at 11:51:31 PM PST

  •  We will finally beat the Russians. (2+ / 0-)
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    jlynne, catilinus

    They only lasted ten years in Afghanistan before their army was broken and their budget shattered.

    However, we'll still have a long way to go to catch up to the British.

    I think we'll need a bigger empire if we want to go for the record.

    The real enemy of the good is not the perfect, but the mediocre.

    by Orange County Liberal on Thu Nov 11, 2010 at 12:06:00 AM PST

    •  Hard to get bigger when you already (2+ / 0-)
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      jlynne, Orange County Liberal

      police the globe. Maybe we should invest more of our discretionary income in colonizing the inner earth.

      Meteor Blades seems to do an outstanding job of community moderation despite the abject failure to be perfect.

      by catilinus on Thu Nov 11, 2010 at 12:13:37 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  A global police state doesn't get it done. (1+ / 0-)
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        jlynne

        We need good ol' fashioned mercantilism, where we take the raw materials from around the world and use them to manufacture cheap goods which we sell back to them.

        Y'know, like the Chinese are doing to Africa and America.

        In all seriousness, you're absolutely right - our continuing military adventurism blew past 'absurd' and is rapidly overtaking 'psychotic' on its way to 'suicidal.'

        The real enemy of the good is not the perfect, but the mediocre.

        by Orange County Liberal on Thu Nov 11, 2010 at 12:23:47 AM PST

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  •  Imagine what the (1+ / 0-)
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    catilinus

    catfood commission will dream up to pay for 5 more years in Afghanistan.  Particularly since, by then, we'll be occupying Pakistan as well.

    What a flustercuck.  

    "Rules must be binding. Violations must be punished. Words must mean something." President Obama in Prague on April 5

    by jlynne on Thu Nov 11, 2010 at 01:10:08 AM PST

    •  How about granting even new tax cuts (1+ / 0-)
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      jlynne

      for the wealthy...who will then use that money to start up small business (small arms businesses)and thus supply work for unemployed mercenaries (if there are any still)....

      Meteor Blades seems to do an outstanding job of community moderation despite the abject failure to be perfect.

      by catilinus on Thu Nov 11, 2010 at 01:14:43 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  you know, if we have to be a militaristic (1+ / 0-)
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        catilinus

        imperial superpower policing the globe, couldn't we be financially smart about it?  We should reinstitute the draft, and put everyone else on the public payroll working for the military building bombs and drones and shit that destroys other people's lives.  Let's just do it up right.

        "Rules must be binding. Violations must be punished. Words must mean something." President Obama in Prague on April 5

        by jlynne on Thu Nov 11, 2010 at 01:29:03 AM PST

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        •  Or ... (1+ / 0-)
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          jlynne

          We could use our global navy to charge a toll on all vessels on the high seas.  A little piracy would pay down the debt in no time.

          •  yes! (0+ / 0-)

            and the internets  . . . could we charge those russian spammers who keep filling up my inbox?  A penny per spam would get us out of debt in about two weeks, I think.  

            "Rules must be binding. Violations must be punished. Words must mean something." President Obama in Prague on April 5

            by jlynne on Thu Nov 11, 2010 at 05:58:00 AM PST

            [ Parent ]

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