Caitlin: Some thoughts on Afghanistan
- Defining “Win” in Afghanistan
If we view “winning” through the eyes of the authors of the War on Terror and the Project for a New American Century (‘98) document, it is clear that the U.S. has already “won” in Afghanistan.
PNAC objectives call for a seizure of scarce resources through a series of regional resource wars. Afghanistan is home to greater than 90% of the world’s opium supply, according to the UN.
Before the Afghan War, opium was expensive, heroin was not a problem and the use of pain pills was not an epidemic. This translates to lost revenue and lost opportunity to the neo-conservative authors.
Today, thanks to our American invasion, opium prices are way, way down, and pharmaceutical profits are way, way up. Heroin and pills are the rage on the streets. Millions are hooked on opiates.
Just as the neo-cons define success in Iraq by the seizure and control of oil, seizure and control of opium defines success in Afghanistan. Clearly, by neo-con standards, the war has already been a raging success.
2. The “Truth” About Psyop Manipulation
We can be sure about one truth of international politics — that nations will lie to create and control their version of the “truth.” This happens so often that the truth will appear to be lie.
Did Russia pay Afghanis to attack American soldiers? Probably, in all likelihood, yes — and we did the same in the ‘70’s when we armed bin Laden to fight the Russians. This is how a proxy war works.
If we are to get past psyop manipulation, we need to stop acting like any of this is a new revelation. Stop being outraged, acknowledge that this is how the world works, and they lose their power. A leader who recognizes these truths and is able to level with the American people in a straightforward and honest manner, explaining the BS for what it is, might be able to pull us from the mess.
3. Withdrawing from Afghanistan
The U.S. never intended to withdraw from Afghanistan or Iraq. Any hint that the U.S. intended to do so was a lie. We’re still in Germany. We’re still in Korea. We’re still in Japan — and it’s been 75 years since WWII ended.
The American people must recognize that a withdrawal will likely drive up the cost of opiate pain killers at the expense of pharmaceutical company profits. Millions of Americans will no longer have access to cheap poppers. They may be forced to recover instead. The opioid epidemic that has killed more than 10 times that of the Vietnam War will come to an end. We must decide if these outcomes are acceptable to the American people.
Moreover, if we withdraw from Iraq and the defense of oil around the world, oil and gas prices are likely to spike. This will create a rich market for renewables and organics as clean power and healthy organic food becomes more affordable as polluting options become more expensive. We will create millions of clean, green jobs at home and around the world as a result of this move. Oil and gas employees will seamlessly transition their skills into the renewable sector. The air will be easier to breathe as electric vehicles and SUVs replace gas guzzling SUVs. Water will be cleaner without additional plastic particulate matter that is created as a byproduct of oil and gas production. Food will be healthier as farms transition from toxic oil-byproduct fertilizers to regenerative, organic farming practices. The cost of healthcare will come down so much that affording healthcare for all will be an afterthought. These are all matters for discussion to be decided by the American people.
Of course, none of this is likely to occur as long as the Federal Reserve Bank maintains control of the US dollar, the government, the economy and the media. If the American people can recognize that whoever has the money makes the rules, then we might focus long enough to make the one change that would make the difference: end the Fed, replace it with a credit union instead.
4. Credit Union of the United States
This is the single most important issue as any change to the status quo requires the approval of the people with the money. When we end the Fed and replace it with a credit union instead, a credit union that is clean, green, citizen-owned, and fully transparent, then we, the people, will own the money and have the liberty to make our own rules.
If we want to define “winning” as investing in people and our communities rather than war for oil and opium, then we must take the first step: end the Fed, go green instead with a credit union. We will get of oil, out of oil wars, invest in renewables and organics, and split the profits with the people instead of the bankers. We’ll also be free to live up to the words of our Constitution and Declaration of Independence by treating all people equally under the law, but that’s another matter for another post.
In closing, Caitlin, you have unmatched skill in presenting contrast to the narrative. I love you, I love your perspective, and I love your writings. Please keep sharing.
Sincere thanks to you and all other free thinkers on this American Independence Day.
American for President