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The tabs on their shoulders read “Special Forces,” “Ranger,” “Airborne.” And soon their guidon — the “colors” of Company B, 3rd Battalion of the U.S. Army’s 7th Special Forces Group — would be adorned with the “Bandera de Guerra,” a Colombian combat decoration.

“Today we commemorate sixteen years of a permanent fight against drugs in a ceremony where all Colombians can recognize the special counternarcotic brigade’s hard work against drug trafficking,” said Army Colonel Walther Jimenez, the commander of the Colombian military’s Special Anti-Drug Brigade, last December. America’s most elite troops, the Special Operations forces (SOF), have worked with that Colombian unit since its creation in December 2000. Since 2014, four teams of Special Forces soldiers have intensely monitored the brigade. Now, they were being honored for it.

Part of a $10 billion counter-narcotics and counterterrorism program, conceived in the 1990s, special ops efforts in Colombia are a muchballyhooed American success story. A 2015 RAND Corporation study found that the program “represents an enduring SOF partnership effort that managed to help foster a relatively professional and capable special operations force.” And for a time, coca production in that country plummeted. Indeed, this was the ultimate promise of America’s “Plan Colombia” and efforts that followed from it. “Over the longer haul, we can expect to see more effective drug eradication and increased interdiction of illicit drug shipments,” President Bill Clinton predicted in January 2000.

Today, however, more than 460,000 acres of the Colombian countryside are blanketed with coca plants, more than during the 1980s heyday of the infamous cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar. U.S. cocaine overdose deaths are also at a 10-year high and first-time cocaine use among young adults has spiked 61% since 2013. “Recent findings suggest that cocaine use may be reemerging as a public health concern in the United States,” wrote researchers from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in a study published in December 2016 — just after the Green Berets attended that ceremony in Colombia. Cocaine, the study’s authors write, “may be making a comeback.”

Colombia is hardly an anomaly when it comes to U.S. special ops deployments — or the results that flow from them. For all their abilities, tactical skills, training prowess, and battlefield accomplishments, the capacity of U.S. Special Operations forces to achieve decisive and enduring successes — strategic victories that serve U.S. national interests — have proved to be exceptionally limited, a reality laid bare from Afghanistan to Iraq, Yemen to the Philippines.

The fault for this lies not with the troops themselves, but with a political and military establishment that often appears bereft of strategic vision and hasn’t won a major war since the 1940s. Into this breach, elite U.S. forces are deployed again and again. While special ops commanders may raise concerns about the tempo of operations and strains on the force, they have failed to grapple with larger questions about the raison d’être of SOF, while Washington’s oversight establishment, notably the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, have consistently failed to so much as ask hard questions about the strategic utility of America’s Special Operations forces.

Special Ops at War

“We operate and fight in every corner of the world,” boasts General Raymond Thomas, the chief of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM or SOCOM). “On a daily basis, we sustain a deployed or forward stationed force of approximately 8,000 across 80-plus countries. They are conducting the entire range of SOF missions in both combat and non-combat situations.” Those numbers, however, only hint at the true size and scope of this global special ops effort. Last year, America’s most elite forces conducted missions in 138 countries — roughly 70% of the nations on the planet, according to figures supplied to TomDispatch by U.S. Special Operations Command. Halfway through 2017, U.S. commandos have already been deployed to an astonishing 137 countries, according to SOCOM spokesman Ken McGraw.

Special Operations Command is tasked with carrying out 12 core missions, ranging from counterinsurgency and unconventional warfare to hostage rescue and countering the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Counterterrorism — fighting what the command calls violent extremist organizations (VEOs) — may, however, be what America’s elite forces have become best known for in the post-9/11 era. “The threat posed by VEOs remains the highest priority for USSOCOM in both focus and effort,” says Thomas.

“Special Operations Forces are the main effort, or major supporting effort for U.S. VEO-focused operations in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, across the Sahel of Africa, the Philippines, and Central/South America — essentially, everywhere Al Qaeda (AQ) and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are to be found…”

More special operators are deployed to the Middle East than to any other region. Significant numbers of them are advising Iraqi government forces and Iraqi Kurdish soldiers as well as Kurdish YPG (Popular Protection Unit) fighters and various ethnic Arab forces in Syria, according to Linda Robinson, a senior international policy analyst with the RAND Corporation who spent seven weeks in Iraq, Syria, and neighboring countries earlier this year.

During a visit to Qayyarah, Iraq — a staging area for the campaign to free Mosul, formerly Iraq’s second largest city, from the control of Islamic State fighters — Robinson “saw a recently installed U.S. military medical unit and its ICU set up in tents on the base.” In a type of mission seldom reported on, special ops surgeons, nurses, and other specialists put their skills to work on far-flung battlefields not only to save American lives, but to prop up allied proxy forces that have limited medical capabilities. For example, an Air Force Special Operations Surgical Team recently spent eight weeks deployed at an undisclosed location in the Iraq-Syria theater, treating 750 war-injured patients. Operating out of an abandoned one-story home within earshot of a battlefield, the specially trained airmen worked through a total of 19 mass casualty incidents and more than 400 individual gunshot or blast injuries.

When not saving lives in Iraq and Syria, elite U.S. forces are frequently involved in efforts to take them. “U.S. SOF are… being thrust into a new role of coordinating fire support,” wrote Robinson. “This fire support is even more important to the Syrian Democratic Forces, a far more lightly armed irregular force which constitutes the major ground force fighting ISIS in Syria.” In fact, a video shot earlier this year, analyzed by the Washington Post, shows special operators “acting as an observation element for what appears to be U.S. airstrikes carried out by A-10 ground attack aircraft” to support Syrian Democratic Forces fighting for the town of Shadadi.

Africa now ranks second when it comes to the deployment of special operators thanks to the exponential growth in missions there in recent years. Just 3% of U.S. commandos deployed overseas were sent to Africa in 2010. Now that number stands at more than 17%, according to SOCOM data. Last year, U.S. Special Operations forces were deployed to 32 African nations, about 60% of the countries on the continent. As I recently reported at VICE News, at any given time, Navy SEALs, Green Berets, and other special operators are now conducting nearly 100 missions across 20 African countries.

In May, for instance, Navy SEALs were engaged in an “advise and assist operation” alongside members of Somalia’s army and came under attack. SEAL Kyle Milliken was killed and two other U.S. personnel were injured during a firefight that also, according to AFRICOM spokesperson Robyn Mack, left three al-Shabaab militants dead. U.S. forces are also deployed in Libya to gather intelligence in order to carry out strikes of opportunity against Islamic State forces there. While operations in Central Africa against the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a brutal militia that has terrorized the region for decades, wound down recently, a U.S. commando reportedly killed a member of the LRA as recently as April.

Spring Training

What General Thomas calls “building partner nations’ capacity” forms the backbone of the global activities of his command. Day in, day out, America’s most elite troops carry out such training missions to sharpen their skills and those of their allies and of proxy forces across the planet.

This January, for example, Green Berets and Japanese paratroopers carried out airborne training near Chiba, Japan. February saw Green Berets at Sanaa Training Center in northwest Syria advising recruits for the Manbij Military Council, a female fighting force of Kurds, Arabs, Christians, Turkmen, and Yazidis. In March, snowmobiling Green Berets joined local forces for cold-weather military drills in Lapland, Finland. That same month, special operators and more than 3,000 troops from Canada, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Macedonia, the Netherlands, Slovenia, and the United Kingdom took part in tactical training in Germany.

In the waters off Kuwait, special operators joined elite forces from the Gulf Cooperation Council nations in conducting drills simulating a rapid response to the hijacking of an oil tanker. In April, special ops troops traveled to Serbia to train alongside a local special anti-terrorist unit. In May, members of Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Iraq carried out training exercises with Iraqi special operations forces near Baghdad. That same month, 7,200 military personnel, including U.S. Air Force Special Tactics airmen, Italian special operations forces, members of host nation Jordan’s Special Task Force, and troops from more than a dozen other nations took part in Exercise Eager Lion, practicing everything from assaulting compounds to cyber-defense. For their part, a group of SEALs conducted dive training alongside Greek special operations forces in Souda Bay, Greece, while others joined NATO troops in Germany as part of Exercise Saber Junction 17 for training in land operations, including mock “behind enemy lines missions” in a “simulated European village.”


“We have been at the forefront of national security operations for the past three decades, to include continuous combat over the past 15-and-a-half years,” SOCOM’s Thomas told the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities last month. “This historic period has been the backdrop for some of our greatest successes, as well as the source of our greatest challenge, which is the sustained readiness of this magnificent force.” Yet, for all their magnificence and all those successes, for all the celebratory ceremonies they’ve attended, the wars, interventions, and other actions for which they’ve served as the tip of the American spear have largely foundered, floundered, or failed.

After their initial tactical successes in Afghanistan in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, America’s elite operators became victims of Washington’s failure to declare victory and go home. As a result, for the last 15 years, U.S. commandos have been raiding homes, calling in air strikes, training local forces, and waging a relentless battle against a growing list of terror groups in that country. For all their efforts, as well as those of their conventional military brethren and local Afghan allies, the war is now, according to the top U.S. commander in the Middle East, a “stalemate.” That’s a polite way of saying what a recent report to Congress by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction found: districts that are contested or under “insurgent control or influence” have risen from an already remarkable 28% in 2015 to 40%.

The war in Afghanistan began with efforts to capture or kill al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Having failed in this post-9/11 mission, America’s elite forces spun their wheels for the next decade when it came to his fate. Finally, in 2011, Navy SEALs cornered him in his long-time home in Pakistan and gunned him down. Ever since, special operators who carried out the mission and Washington power-players (not to mention Hollywood) have been touting this single tactical success.

In an Esquire interview, Robert O’Neill, the SEAL who put two bullets in bin Laden’s head, confessed that he joined the Navy due to frustration over an early crush, a puppy-love pique. “That’s the reason al-Qaeda has been decimated,” he joked, “because she broke my fucking heart.” But al-Qaeda was not decimated — far from it according to Ali Soufan, a former F.B.I. special agent and the author of Anatomy of Terror: From the Death of Bin Laden to the Rise of the Islamic State. As he recently observed, “Whereas on 9/11 al-Qaeda had a few hundred members, almost all of them based in a single country, today it enjoys multiple safe havens across the world.” In fact, he points out, the terror group has gained strength since bin Laden’s death.

Year after year, U.S. special operators find themselves fighting new waves of militants across multiple continents, including entire terror groups that didn’t exist on 9/11. All U.S. forces killed in Afghanistan in 2017 have reportedly died battling an Islamic State franchise, which began operations there just two years ago.

The U.S. invasion of Iraq, to take another example, led to the meteoric rise of an al-Qaeda affiliate which, in turn, led the military’s secretive Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) — the elite of America’s special ops elite — to create a veritable manhunting machine designed to kill its leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and take down the organization. As with bin Laden, special operators finally did find and eliminate Zarqawi, battering his organization in the process, but it was never wiped out. Left behind were battle-hardened elements that later formed the Islamic State and did what al-Qaeda never could: take and hold huge swaths of territory in two nations. Meanwhile, al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch grew into a separate force of more than 20,000.

In Yemen, after more than a decade of low-profile special ops engagement, that country teeters on the brink of collapse in the face of a U.S.-backed Saudi war there. Continued U.S. special ops missions in that country, recently on the rise, have seemingly done nothing to alter the situation. Similarly, in Somalia in the Horn of Africa, America’s elite forces remain embroiled in an endless war against militants.

In 2011, President Obama launched Operation Observant Compass, sending Special Operations forces to aid Central African proxies in an effort to capture or kill Joseph Kony and decimate his murderous Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), then estimated to number 150 to 300 armed fighters. After the better part of a decade and nearly $800 million spent, 150 U.S. commandos were withdrawn this spring and U.S. officials attended a ceremony to commemorate the end of the mission. Kony was, however, never captured or killed and the LRA is now estimated to number about 150 to 250 fighters, essentially the same size as when the operation began.

This string of futility extends to Asia as well. “U.S. Special Forces have been providing support and assistance in the southern Philippines for many years, at the request of several different Filipino administrations,” Emma Nagy, a spokesperson for the U.S. embassy in Manilla, pointed out earlier this month. Indeed, a decade-plus-long special ops effort there has been hailed as a major success. Operation Enduring Freedom-Philippines, wrote RAND analyst Linda Robinson late last year in the Pentagon journal Prism, “was aimed at enabling the Philippine security forces to combat transnational terrorist groups in the restive southern region of Mindanao.”

A 2016 RAND report co-authored by Robinson concluded that “the activities of the U.S. SOF enabled the Philippine government to substantially reduce the transnational terrorist threat in the southern Philippines.” This May, however, Islamist militants overran Marawi City, a major urban center on Mindanao. They have been holding on to parts of it for weeks despite a determined assault by Filipino troops backed by U.S. Special Operations forces. In the process, large swaths of the city have been reduced to rubble.

Running on Empty

America’s elite forces, General Thomas told members of Congress last month, “are fully committed to winning the current and future fights.” In reality, though, from war to war, intervention to intervention, from the Anti-Drug Brigade ceremony in Florencia, Colombia, to the end-of-the-Kony-hunt observance in Obo in the Central African Republic, there is remarkably little evidence that even enduring efforts by Special Operations forces result in strategic victories or improved national security outcomes. And yet, despite such boots-on-the-ground realities, America’s special ops forces and their missions only grow.

“We are… grateful for the support of Congress for the required resourcing that, in turn, has produced a SOCOM which is relevant to all the current and enduring threats facing the nation,” Thomas told the Senate Armed Services Committee in May. Resourcing has, indeed, been readily available. SOCOM’s annual budget has jumped from $3 billion in 2001 to more than $10 billion today. Oversight, however, has been seriously lacking. Not a single member of the House or Senate Armed Services Committees has questioned why, after more than 15 years of constant warfare, winning the “current fight” has proven so elusive. None of them has suggested that “support” from Congress ought to be reconsidered in the face of setbacks from Afghanistan to Iraq, Colombia to Central Africa, Yemen to the southern Philippines.

In the waning days of George W. Bush’s administration, Special Operations forces were reportedly deployed to about 60 nations around the world. By 2011, under President Barack Obama, that number had swelled to 120. During this first half-year of the Trump administration, U.S. commandos have already been sent to 137 countries, with elite troops now enmeshed in conflicts from Africa to Asia. “Most SOF units are employed to their sustainable limit,” Thomas told members of the House Armed Services Committee last month. In fact, current and former members of the command have, for some time, been sounding the alarm about the level of strain on the force.

These deployment levels and a lack of meaningful strategic results from them have not, however, led Washington to raise fundamental questions about the ways the U.S. employs its elite forces, much less about SOCOM’s raison d’être. “We are a command at war and will remain so for the foreseeable future,” SOCOM’s Thomas explained to the Senate Armed Services Committee. Not one member asked why or to what end.

Nick Turse is the managing editor of TomDispatch, a fellow at the Nation Institute, and a contributing writer for the Intercept . His book Tomorrow’s Battlefield: U.S. Proxy Wars and Secret Ops in Africa received an American Book Award in 2016. His latest book is Next Time They’ll Come to Count the Dead: War and Survival in South Sudan. His website is

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  1. Cyrano says:

    How is US fault that they have hypersensitive ears? Wherever there are cries for freedom and democracy in the world, US is the only country that can hear them. Either that, or they are misinterpreting things. Then, when they intervene in any internal conflict that’s none of their business, things never turn out as advertised, but no one can question their sincerity and desire to help.

  2. In one of Deighton’s spy novels the game between secret services is charactersised by ‘the goal of the game is that the game continues’.
    What the USA military industrial complex must avoid at all costs is succes, the complex resembles viruses, in order to survive the virus must not die with the host.
    The other horror of the complex of course is a peaceful world without USA world supremacy, as maybe Trump wants.
    Bleichröder donated Krupp cannon to S American states, for free.
    Thereafter Krupp salesmen went to the neighbours to sell their products, Krupp was client of Bleichröder.
    Fritz Stern, ‘Gold and Iron, Bismarck, Bleichröder, and the Building of the German Empire’, New York, 1977.
    As a journalist in Egypt said in a BBCW report on how the USA demonstrated new tanks, for sale ‘they take our oil, and make us buy their worthless weapons’.

    • Replies: @Johann
  3. “Today we commemorate sixteen years of a permanent fight against drugs ….”

    He says that like it’s a good thing. As a dedicated ticket puncher, I’m sure he actually believes that.

    “Robert O’Neill, the SEAL who put two bullets in bin Laden’s head ….”

    He’s one of the operators who claim to have done the deed. In my day it was taboo to go public like this. BTW, did anybody check OBL’s body for freezer burn, because he hadn’t been seen for quite some time before the raid.

    “Somalia in the Horn of Africa, America’s elite forces remain embroiled in an endless war against militants.”

    Ah, Somalia, the gift that keeps on giving. What doesn’t kill us over there is allowed to migrate to kill us over here.

    Wow, now you’ve got me bummed.

  4. denk says:

    Bush 2001, post 911
    ‘Through my tears, I see opportunity

  5. “These deployment levels and a lack of meaningful strategic results from them have not, however, led Washington to raise fundamental questions about the ways the U.S. employs its elite forces….”
    No surprises here. The above is merely symptomatic of a ruling elite that has an infinite blank cheque to pay for its shenanigans & an eternal “get out of jail, free” card. Exactly how many have had to “pay” for the never ending “mistakes” (to be generous) of the last 17 odd years ?

  6. Greg Bacon says: • Website

    The nature of US foreign policy? Basically, it’s might over right. The rule of the jungle and if you don’t cozy up and kiss our nether regions, then you will be painted–by the lying MSM–as some kind of crazed leader ruling over a fanatical people that only desire to kill Americans that just has to be destroyed before they take over all our fast food restaurants.

    The actuality is that the US military, especially the SOF is nothing more than trained gangsters, protecting our ‘SOB’s’ overseas, like we did to Saddam, until we wanted his gold and Israel wanted him dead.
    Ditto for Libya, we had decent relations with Qaddafi, until the broke FED wanted Libya’s gold and Israel wanted him dead.

    Now we’re bringing ‘democracy’ to Syria, one bomb, one bullet and one death at a time, turning that beautiful nation into a Rothschild slaughterhouse, with over 500,000 dead, millions displaced, much of the country a bombed out wreck–like Gaza–and the central bankers and Israel salivating over the coming feast, but Russia isn’t playing along, so if someone in the Pentagon or WH is stupid enough to think a pre-emptive nuke strike would take out Russia and we’ll survive because we ‘ducked and covered’ underneath our 55″ HDTV, then humanity will join the dinosaurs and Mother Nature will be give thousands of years to heal and try again.

  7. @Greg Bacon

    …like we did to Saddam, until we wanted his gold and Israel wanted him dead.

    Ditto for Libya, we had decent relations with Qaddafi, until the broke FED wanted Libya’s gold and Israel wanted him dead.

    Ditto, too, for the bankster supported Bolshies who robbed Russia of untold gold and other treasures.

    I suspect there may be a pattern here somewhere…

    • Agree: anarchyst, bluedog
  8. mp says:

    So 10 billion dollars and special ops in a Colombian hell-hole are good. But on the other side of the globe, some guy wants to stop drug gangs in the Philippines, and it’s bad? Not only that, it’s a major human rights violation. Duterte should invite in the US Army. That way all the phony UN-Chelsea Clinton inspired human rights stuff would soon be forgotten. And since his country is so close to China, he could easily up the asking price to 20 billion. Maybe sponsor some joint military-container ship drills to seal the deal. The only problem with US intervention is that the drugs would still flow. From somewhere.

    • Replies: @El Dato
  9. Agent76 says:

    “Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.” Joseph Stalin

    Jun 6, 2017 America’s Reign of Terror: A Nation Reaps What It Sows

    The U.S. government is creating the terror. It is, in fact, the source of the terror. Just think about it for a minute: almost every tyranny being perpetrated against the citizenry—purportedly to keep us safe and the nation secure—has come about as a result of some threat manufactured in one way or another by the U.S. government.

    Apr 9, 2017 Afghanistan: America’s Endless War

  10. @Cyrano

    …but no one can question their sincerity and desire to help.

    No one can? Well perhaps they should start.

    Why, my fellow citizens, is there any man here or any woman, let me say is there any child here, who does not know that the seed of war in the modern world is industrial and commercial rivalry? The real reason that the war that we have just finished took place was that Germany was afraid her commercial rivals were going to get the better of her, and’ the reason why some nations went into the war against Germany was that they thought Germany would get the commercial advantage of them. The seed of the jealousy, the seed of the deep-seated hatred was hot, successful commercial and industrial rivalry.

    • Woodrow Wilson, Speech at the Coliseum in St. Louis, Missouri, on the Peace Treaty and the League of Nations (5 September 1919), as published in “The Public Papers of Woodrow Wilson (Authorized Edition) War and Peace: Presidential Messages, Addresses, and Public Papers (1917-1924) Vol. I, p. 637. Addresses Delivered by President Wilson on his Western Tour – September 4 To September 25, 1919. From 66th Congress, 1st Session, Senate Document No. 120, and in Addresses of President Wilson : Addresses Delivered by President Wilson on his Western Tour – September 4 To September 25, 1919 – On The League of Nations, Treaty of Peace with Germany, Industrial Conditions, High Cost of Living, Race Riots, Etc. (1919)

    In an effort to PREVENT the war that Churchill called “unnecessary,” (WW2), this 2 time Medal of Honor recipient wrote…

    “… I spent most of my [33 years in the Marine Corps] being a high class muscle- man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers.

    In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for [crony] capitalism.”

    Major General Butler USMC, War is a Racket, 1935

    You think the military is sincere and wants to help? I suspect their main concern is to help themselves to other people’s wealth, either by direct theft or through some sort of iron-clad sinecure. The US military is one of the biggest parasitic terrorist organizations on the planet.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  11. Agent76 says:

    June 25, 2017 Bombs in the Air – Then Boots on the Ground Forget diplomacy. Where’s the destruction, misery, and death in that?

    Shock and awe is where it’s at. Ask practically any US Senator or Representative. The United States of America has more aggressive chicken-hawk warmongers in their government than any nation on earth. Oddly enough, few of these crazed militarists have ever served in the military, much less ever engaged in combat; but still, these psychopaths seem to delight in killing innocent human beings.

  12. Johann says:
    @jilles dykstra

    One thing that the American military complex and its enablers in the American congress fear the most is world peace.
    One thing the American Education/ Entertainment complex and its horde of educators and entertainers fear the most is an educated cultured populace.
    One thing that the massive fake news and propoganda industry fear the most is the truth getting out.
    One thing the massive “bread and circuses” sports industry fear the most is that American males might mature and become adults.

    • Agree: jacques sheete
    • Replies: @jilles dykstra
  13. bluedog says:

    Stick your freedom and democracy where the sun don’t shine, for it always comes out of the muzzle of a gun to create regime change, and we really don’t care how many we slaughter to do it…

  14. wraith67 says:

    I think the blame is misplaced. I spent a year with SOF in Afghanistan, I got back last year. They’re not independent operators, they cannot cross the left and right limits set by the theater commander, and the theater commander is limited by what Washington will allow. Our current posture in Afghanistan only allows us to conduct kinetic operations against bad guys if they pose a direct threat to US and allied forces or GIROA in Kabul (meaning that the Taliban and/or IS-KP could be taking over entire towns in the west and south of the country and we couldn’t do anything about it because it wasn’t a threat to us). The SF guys are essentially locked down on their FOBs and COPs and have to dream up reasons to leave their bases to do anything – and permission is not often granted. Prior to the change in posture there were obstacles from conventional Army and the Karzai government. SOF isn’t responsible for the ROE or theater policy, those are political decisions.

  15. @Johann

    Philip M. Taylor, ‘Munitions of the Mind, A History of Propaganda from the Ancient World to the Present Day’, 1990, 1995, Manchester
    to discover how the British empire brainwashed as good, even better, one might say, as the USA empire does.

  16. Biff says:

    War Inc. A jobs program.

  17. The fault for this lies not with the troops themselves, but with a political and military establishment that often appears bereft of strategic vision and hasn’t won a major war since the 1940s.

    In the end, culture beats guns.

    US sends troops to fight drug dealers, but US media and entertainment glamorize drug trade and use via rap music, pop culture, movies, TV shows, gambling, and etc. Even supposedly anti-drug shows like BREAKING BALD HEAD really send a message that it’s more exciting to live a life of sin and criminality than ‘dull and dreary’ sobriety.
    And even though WOLF OF WALL STREET has a moral perspective, the lasting impression is It’s Fun to be Hedonistic and Snort Cocaine.
    Cinema is a great art form, but it’s useless as conveyor of moral message. Even anti-war movies end up making war exciting. Even Oliver Stone’s WALL STREET just turned Gekko into a rich-folk-hero. And even serial killers like Hannibal Lecters are turned into Cool Villains.

    Also, drug use is part of irresponsible behavior, excessivism, decadence, degeneracy, and etc. People worry about gateway drugs but they pay less attention to gateway attitudes. People who tend to be excessive, infantile, trashy, narcissistic, egocentric, celebrity-addicted, and etc tend to be more likely to fall into drug behavior. They love instant highs from culture and life, and drugs offer that instant high. Any surprise that Lindsay Lohan who led a crazy life ended up using all those drugs? Our culture promotes excessive attitudes that serve as gateway attitudes to drugs. Same thing with sex culture. More college coeds are willing to have ‘sugar daddies’ because they hooked to shameless narcissism and materialism.


    America is into excessivist mode. The whole culture says GO FOR INSTANT PLEASURE AND FUC* ALL ELSE. DON’T WORRY ABOUT CONSEQUENCES OR THE FUTURE. EXTREME IS GOOD. So, we have a culture of tattoos, piercings, pink-green hair, massive homo parades celebrating vanity-hedonism-shamelessness. We have rappers promoting thuggery, hornery, bitchass-ho-ness. We have twerking and bumping-and-grinding as dancing. We have Lena Dunham and Miley Cyrus as cultural icons. We have Emma Sulkowicz as ‘artist’. We have George Takei the butt-bang-boy as guru, a homo yoda. We have Milo as a ‘conservative’, and we have Alex Jones as ‘spokesman of the right’.
    We have hysteria as form of news by MSM. Russians!! Russians!! We have clowns like Bill Maher as ‘progressive’ and pigs like Michael Moore as ‘hero of working class’.
    After terror bombings in UK and Europe, we have more feely-good and feely-self-righteous rallies with homo colors and globo rapture. We even have cuckold culture among Liberal Intellectuals. These supposedly rational, cerebral, and intelligent people are so addicted to sexual kinks that they cannot resist having Negroes hump their white wives or girlfriends on their own beds. Black dong is the opium pipe of white Libs whose thrills derive from getting bullwhipped by Negroes. No restraint, no shame.

    Is it then any wonder that drug use is rising? Culture has been vulgarized, infantilized, junglized, bitchized, thuggized, thrillized. That kind of attitude mindlessly seeks new highs and kicks, and so, why not indulgence in drugs? So, the demand for drugs go up and up and up. And what did Obama do before he decided to go for the ultimate high of being president? He was a druggie. And Obama-Soma was sold as a drug by MSM. White folks were foaming at mouth and fainting left and right at sight of The One, the closet-homo-mulatto-messiah.
    And in our post-ideological age where ‘progressivism’ amounts to worshiping homos, rappers, and ‘diversity’, politics is all just a grab-bag of power and privilege. It’s gangsterism. So, when globalists defend the Pax Americana as ‘liberal world order’ and ‘rule of law’, it’s too funny. It’s all just gangsterism. Indeed, notice how Americans were taken aback when Reagan took 2 million from Japan after his presidency but no one bats an eye anymore about 100 million raked by Clinton and $60 million book deal by Obama and $600,000 gift for lecture at Goldman Sachs. The Power in our world is one of THE COUNSELOR:

    So, while the US sends troops to fight drug lords, the American masses are yelling, ‘gimme more, gimme more, gimme more’ to the drug dealers. Funs and buns beat guns.
    It’s like US cops are sent to fight black crime but the Culture-at-large encourages Negroes to ACT CRAZY AND WILD.

    America is a cancer because its attitudology is into excessivism. It’s like all this talk about ‘growth’. It’s like growth is always good. There’s no sense of limits. All organisms have a limit. A child grows taller but stops growing once he reaches his limit as an adult. Human organs grow bigger as people go from child to adult, but they stop growing. Nations have limits too.
    The only biological thing without limits is cancer. Cancer keeps growing and growing and never ends. It’s about excessive relentless growth. And the result is sickness and death.
    Because US is cancerous with obsession with ‘growth’, Americans will sacrifice everything for more ‘growth’. Surely, if the US has a billion people or 2 billion people, its economy will be bigger. But America will be utterly transformed in terms of narrative, identity, heritage, and culture. What does it matter to America-as-cancer? It will sacrifice the demise of anything for more growth’. Gross and Growth. Indeed, cancerous globalism urges this on all nations. So, even though massive immigration will change and destroy Japan as cohesive nation, culture, and history, it should be welcomed for more ‘growth’. So, Japan should accept its national limit and live within means. It must do whatever to have more ‘growth’ even if such endangers the ethnic and cultural integrity of Japan.

    Now, all ideologies have some value, but they also have useful limits. Beyond that limit, they do more damage than good. And if left unchecked, they can do great harm like cancer.
    National Socialism had its positive side, but it was cancerous because of Hitler’s pathology, and it didn’t know when to stop. It should have stopped with Sudentenland, but it kept on pushing for more and more until it led to invasion of Russia and war with 10s of millions dead.
    Communism was a cancerous version of socialism, which had some good things.
    Communism, being cancerous, never knew when to stop with collectivization, and under Stalin, Mao, and Pol Pot, things got beyond horrible, but the lunatics kept pushing harder and harder until millions of people perished and entire cultures were destroyed, especially during Cultural Revolution.

    In the US, homo agenda turned cancerous. It began as a decent idea calling for freedom and basic rights for homos. It argued, on basis of secular rights, that homos are born that way and should be acknowledged as such. Let homos do their homo thing. Don’t criminalize it. And if homos show aptitude in a certain field, he should be fired for being homo. If a homo is a good engineer, judge him on basis of talent. Good idea.

    But then, given homo predilection for vanity, narcissism, and Tim-Roth-in-Rob-Roy-like arrogance, homos attitude got more and more excessive, demanding, and then downright cancerous. Homos demanded to be seen as saints and angels. And then, homos demanded that they be seen as ‘new normal’ and marriage be changed to celebrate homo fecal penetration and tranny penis-cutting. And then, homos demanded that those who won’t bend over to ‘gay marriage’ be destroyed. If you wont’ bake a homo wedding cake, you are to be DESTROYED! And homo symbols must even be displayed in churches, and etc. And as homomania was promoted by Jewish media and academia as the New Sanctimony, a whole generation of idiots got addicted to feeling holier-than-thou by embracing and extolling homos as their holiness. Homos became their ‘god on my side’.

    So, given such excessivism of culture and attitude, it’s hardly surprising that drug use is going up. In the current US, decent parents who urge their girls not to go to spring break and act like whores are denounced as moral reprobates. The ‘new normal’ thing is for parents to raise their kids as offerings to mammon, to indulge in excesses of either pop culture vulgarity or PC sanctimony(a moral cancer of vain sanctimony).

    Also, US worships the holy three who are most involved and invested in spreading excess, decadence, and degeneracy. Homos, Negroes, and Jews. Homos are totally into excesses of vanity and narcissism. They even associated ‘pride’ with all sorts of demented lewd acts. Negroes, seen as holy divine folks in America, come up with stuff like ass-twerking, bumping and grinding, trashy rap battle, ‘muh dic*’ attitude, howling night and day, and screaming BLM even though blacks are the ones killing blacks(and non-blacks). And Jews run Las Vegas, Hollywood, Pornography, Pop Music, Celebrity Culture, Wall Street and other stuff that derive much profit from vulgarity, vice, and excess.

    • Replies: @Rev. Pete
    , @Chris Mallory
  18. Wally says:

    “but no one can question their sincerity and desire to help.”

    But people worldwide are questioning that fake “sincerity”.

  19. @Greg Bacon

    When US talks of ‘liberal world order’, ‘free media’, and ‘rule of law’, what the hell is it talking about?

    What is ‘liberal’ about this globalist world order? If it’s so ‘liberal’, why is it working with theocratic Saudis against secular Assad? Why did US work with Neo-Nazis in Ukraine?

    And what is ‘rule of law’? It depends on who control the law. So, if US says ‘gay marriage’ is now law of the land, people are destroyed for not making homo cakes. That is ‘rule of law’?

    And free media? This media that played cheerleader to Iraq War? This media that failed to expose the truth behind Libya War? This media that cooked up this Russia hysteria and colluded with Hillary to derail Sanders and Trump?

  20. anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @jacques sheete

    Butler is a war criminal (massacred 50 Haitian bandits who surrendered). His two medals of honor are fake, before ww2 standardized the award and made it prestigious. they gave out medals like candy in Vera Cruz.

    • Replies: @El Dato
  21. When traveling the world, even in the remotest jungles, I learned to never say I was an American. When they asked, I responded I was an Alaskan. Between Canada and Russia, occupied by the USA.

    Instant friends anywhere. The one thing the people knew, without any formal schooling at all, was that the USA is the country who bombs everyone else and occupies by force.

    I doubt there has ever been a time in history where our own perceptions and that of other people have been so far apart.

  22. El Dato says:

    There may be ground for suspicion that having US forces in the same general region as an ISIS franchise may lead to said ISIS franchise becoming somehow stronger and better-armed.

    It sounds unhealthy

  23. El Dato says:

    Butler is a war criminal (massacred 50 Haitian bandits who surrendered). His two medals of honor are fake

    Well, who cares, even if true (I have no information about that in any way). “Only a dead bandit is a good bandit” etc.

    Attacking the man, not the message?

  24. A bit OT, but the article’s link to VE celebrations was highly amusing. The only time the US faced the Germans at full strength, they were nearly driven back to England, until the exhausted Germans couldn’t go any further. The German generals were rightly scornful of American military ability (as opposed to simply using its enormous material resources to carpet-bomb everything in sight, military and civilian). The Soviets obviously lied about a great many things on the Eastern front, but there’s no doubt at all that their contribution to the war effort dwarfed America’s by many orders of magnitude.

  25. Paul C. says:
    @Greg Bacon

    Well said. And the average American, having been dumbed-down with fluoride, MSM propaganda and government education (indoctrination), has no clue that “we’re” the bad guys, under full control of the psychopathic central bankers. Along with Israel and Saudi Arabia.

  26. @Cyrano

    Americans love of foreign wars is a mental illness, especially since they haven’t won a war since 1945.

    • Agree: Cyrano, bluedog
    • Replies: @Cyrano
    , @vooch 10000
  27. TG says:

    Astonishing, isn’t it?

    I didn’t realize that we had combat troops in the Philippines until their president recently threatened to kick them out. Is anybody in charge here?

    I guess it’s just a combination of

    1. People who like to feel powerful and have fantasies of living in a Tom Clancy novel (at least the ones after Clear and Present Danger)

    2. There must be an AWFUL lot of money being made by the right people doing all this nonsense.

  28. Cyrano says:
    @george strong

    For most normal countries the primary objective for going to war is to win it. For US is also a desirable objective, but not a primary one. The primary objective for US going to war is to make money – winning it may or may not contribute to the primary objective.

  29. you are kept on base because we lost this war a long time ago.

  30. @george strong

    grenada – glorious victory

    panama – stunning victory

  31. denk says:

    Condi Rice on the Myanmar cyclone.
    ‘Its a wonderful opportunity’.
    [to put murkkan boots on the ground
    in Myanmar]

    Asian Tsunami was another wonderful
    [murkkan took over Aceh, Indonesia]

    Ebola in Africa was a wonderful opporunity.
    [To send in the 82 Airborne [sic] to shoot at the virus]

    Haiti earthquake was a wonderful opporunity.
    [for yet another murkkan intervention]

    ISIS was an opportunity.
    [for Washington to force another extension of SOFA down the Iraqis throat]

    Bali bombing which killed lots of Aussies was an opportunity.
    [to rope in the Aussies for WOT]

    ISIS in Philippines is a wonderful opportunity.
    [Duterte my boy, come back to mama now !]

    911 was a godsend.

    ‘Through the tears I see opportunity
    [jsoc in 137 countries, perpetual WOT]

    There are much more if you care to dig around.

    Was uncle sham just plain lucky ?
    Every time he wanted boots on the ground, something would pop up to give him that casus belli !

  32. grune says:

    An ignorant article. America loses the “war on terror” because it recruits, orchestrates and funds the war. The balance is always tipped slightly in favour of the “enemy”, to ensure the citizenry can swallow the propaganda and believe this next time we, the good guys, can win. But we never win. We are the white rats running in the wheel cage, fed by lies, running to nowhere and dying in the run. There will be always a new threat, a new enemy, though they are but reincarnations of the old ones. History proves it repeats. All empires fall, if not from forces within, then from forces without. In this day of nuclear weapons, Americans should apply forces from within, lest the forces from without reduce the country to scorched radioactive earth.

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