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Afghanistan: State Department Still Doesn’t Know Shiite from Shinola
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With the American media as master of ceremonies, pundits and politicians—all partners in the neocon-neoliberal joint venture in Afghanistan—are barking mad over the images coming out of the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, and the reality these optics portend.

Naturally, media “reporting” from Afghanistan is nothing but an unremitting sentimental gush, aimed at creating a state of heightened emotions.

“The children; the children; the translators; the translators. Americans held hostage behind enemy lines. ‘Teach the Taliban a lesson, Corn Pop,’” demanded a “macho” personality at Fox News. The same litany runs on a continuous loop.

Forbes reporters dissolved into puddles of tears at the sight of U.S. Air Force pilots bringing in plane loads of young, strong, military-aged men, unfreighted by women and children.

On August 20, about 5,700 people had been flown out of Kabul. Only 169 were American. “Make no mistake,” slobbered Forbes, “lifting six times more people than an aircraft is designed to seat is a heroic achievement of logistics, skill and sheer grit.”

I see a medal of commendation in the future of the Empire’s Pilot, who commandeered a U.S. Air Force C-17 to airlift 800 Afghani passengers from Kabul to Qatar.

War: The Health Of The State —And The Statists

So, who exactly are those “trapped” Americans living in Afghanistan?

What are they doing in such inhospitable climes, in a country most of whose inhabitants hated the American presence? And what is their business in Afghanistan? The incurious moron media have never asked.

My guess is that U.S. citizens in Afghanistan have hitherto lived within Army-erected green zones, paid for by American taxpayers.

My guess is that these Americans are mostly military contractors, an extension of the military-industrial-complex—also the ultimate state, make-work scheme.

A likely breakdown of our “Americans in Afghanistan” comes via Danger Zone Jobs, “which tracks more than 300 companies with overseas contracting jobs in Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries.”

Most “jobs” for Americans in a place like Afghanistan revolve around the military, “the two primary sources of jobs [being] with private contractors supporting the military and companies who subcontract to various international relief and development efforts.” In other words, the NGO racket.

By Danger Zone Jobs’ accounting, “Approximately 29,389 DoD contractors supported operations in Afghanistan during the 1st quarter of 2019.” There you have it. To paraphrase Randolph Bourne, war is the health of the State and the statists.

Still, you are not a good American unless you fret about Afghani translators (who, in turn, complain on-camera endlessly, and as loudly as CNN’s Dana Bash, about American dereliction).

Realpolitik: What Modest Foreign Policy Looks Like

Similarly, you are not a good pack animal unless you worry about “the Uyghurs, the Uyghurs. China is oppressing the Uyghurs. Our values, our values.”

Uyghurs are also China’s biggest headache, now that America is no longer mired in Afghanistan. What the dummies on the idiot’s lantern fail to tell you—although analysts at The Economist do—“Uyghurs count among thousands of foreign jihadists active in Afghanistan, mostly enlisted in Taliban ranks.”

So, as the skittish media hounds and politicians, stateside, gnash teeth and beat on breast over Afghanistan, less hysterical countries, abutting Afghanistan, are acting calmly in their national interest, to ensure that Jihad and heroin don’t spill over their borders.

Unlike Lara Kissinger Logan of Fox News, who “thinks” America could have won a war that other superpowers have lost—the Chinese and the Iranians are hip to what just happened. This was “probably one of the best conceived and planned guerrilla campaigns ever,” says Mike Martin, a former British army officer in Helmand province, now at King’s College London. “The Taliban went into every district and flipped all the local militias by doing deals along tribal lines.”

In negotiations with the Taliban, Beijing has thus realistically demanded that Afghanistan not become “a base for ethnic Uyghur separatists.” For their part, “Taliban leaders have pledged to leave Chinese interests in Afghanistan alone and not to harbor any anti-China extremist groups.”

Like Beijing, Teheran, too, is busying itself with realpolitik. While Iran is “delighted to see the Great Satan, America, abandon its bases next door,” it worries about cheap heroin flooding in from Afghanistan, as well as the persecution of the tiny Shia minority of Afghanistan.

There is another matter that vexes the Shia of Iran, but is of no concern to the State Department, which generally “doesn’t know Shiite from Shinola.”

Don’t Know Shiite From Shinola

“Shia Muslims … view their own Islamic revolution as a modernizing movement,” explains the Economist. After all, “Women can study, work and hold office in Iran, so long as they veil.”

Consequently, Iranians “look askance at the Taliban’s hidebound Sunni fanaticism.” Shia Iran worries about the Sunni insanity, and rightly so.

That’s yet another aspect of foreign policy that good Americans are not permitted to question. For merely asking, “When last did Iran commit terrorism against the US?,” Fox News’ Tucker Carlson was attacked viciously by rival personality Mark Levin. Carlson, however, was on the money. As I chronicled in 2017: “Iranians killed zero Americans in terrorist attacks in the US between 1975 -2015.”

What do you know? When compared with Sunni Islam (for example, Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabism), a faction of Islam with whose practitioners the West feels much more simpatico—Shia Islam (Iran’s poison of choice) is more enlightened. Yet America and Israel side with Saudi Arabia, the epitome of Sunni insanity. Go figure.

After Afghanistan, we can all agree that American foreign policy is an angels-and-demons Disney production—starring the prototypical evil dictators killing their noble people, until the US rides to the rescue—and that the producers at Foggy Bottom don’t have the foggiest idea what they are doing.


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Ilana Mercer has been writing a weekly, paleolibertarian think piece since 1999. She’s the author of Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America From Post-Apartheid South Africa (2011) & The Trump Revolution: The Donald’s Creative Destruction Deconstructed” (June, 2016). She’s on Twitter, Gab, YouTube & LinkedIn; banned by Facebook, and has a new Podcast

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  1. Rational says:


    Thanks, mam. You are so right. My guess is that the “Americans” in Afghanistan are just Afghanis who got US citizenship and then live off American SSI/dole in their own cheap countries like kings. It is a common racket.

    Also, did the Congress approve of any law to bring in these aliens into the US? No. So patriotic groups must sue evil Biden and stop this racket. Every time something happens, the democratic party and the libbarbarians just one one thing—more fecum. Like pigs in a pig toilet.


    Also, America is full. It is the 3rd most populous nation on earth and the only country in the world in the top 5 most populous nations to allow immigration. All other countries in the top 5 have negative immigration, i.e. e-migration (people leaving), as the following website proves. Solution: Amend the constitution and ban immigration, as it is a crime against humanity, as proven here:

    • Thanks: Sean
  2. Trinity says:

    And Whites In Europe and North America as well as New Zealand and Australia, South Africa, are being oppressed by Jewish Supremacists, Blacks, Browns, etc. White women ranging in age from infants to elderly women are being raped by Blacks and Browns in Europe and America. Hell, these primitives have been known to rape boys even. WHEN are “our” leaders going to address these issues?
    Not a one of “our” leaders will touch South Africa with a ten foot pole.

    Cue: Bitch by The Rolling Stones in honor of Charlie Watts. My favorite Stone tune along with Gimme Shelter. Charlie, you were a classy guy and a helluva drummer. RIP Sir Charles.

  3. George 1 says:

    They are “Americans” all right. Owing to our insane Immigration laws. No matter though. Anyone in the world can be an “American.”

    Just ask Ben Shapiro.

    • LOL: Trinity
  4. I had guessed that the Americans left in Afghanistan were nearly all tax dollar racketeers.

    Ms. Mercer has set the record straight regarding that and much more. Thank you.

    • Agree: follyofwar
  5. anonymous[244] • Disclaimer says:

    “Still, you are not a good American unless you fret about Afghani translators” Not Afghani currency but Afghans.

  6. Sean says:

    America and Israel side with Saudi Arabia,

    Listen dear, Osama bin Laden was a Saudi dissident like many of his countrymen he was outraged at the presence of an American army in Saudi Aribia (to protect the Saud family dictatorship from Saddam). Likewise the Taliban was overthrown because its leader sympathized with bin Laden and refused to hand him over Mullah Omar even declined a personal invitation from the Saudi King (Custodian of the Two Holy Places) to make pilgrimage to Mecca. Petrodollars. if Co2 fracking becomes commercially feasible it will all (invasion of Iraq) be worth it because Saudi Arabia will be an even vaster source of wealth. As for Israel it was intended to keep nationalists like Saddam from overthrowing the settlement whereby the bulk of Arab people were separated from oil wealth. I speak of the Arab family dictatorship states.

  7. Phibbs says:

    All the Jews of America care about is Israel’s interests. That’s why Levin, a Jew/de facto Israeli, is angry that Carlson is downplaying Iran as an enemy. No, Iran is not a threat to gentile America, but it is to Israel — mainly due to Iran’s support of the brutalized Palestinians. Israel has created many enemies with its policies, but expects the American taxpayer and Gentile soldier to sacrifice for Israel’s interests. Jews are a very cunning, deceptive and manipulative race. Thus, Levin will never really tell the truth about his ire against Carlsonm as that would show his loyalty to Israel too openly.

  8. My guess is that these Americans are mostly military contractors, an extension of the military-industrial-complex—also the ultimate state, make-work scheme.

    Wrong. The contractors left. These “Americans” are Afghans with dual citizenship. They are part of the 60+ million whom Jews and their minions have imported to the US with the end of disempowering, dispossessing, and eventually exterminating the White Christians who founded and built the country. However, these bogus “Americans” found life in their homeland more congenial than in the “diversity”-ridden Anal Empire, at least when they and the rest of the collaborator class were in power. They should now stay there and answer to their countrymen.

  9. Bose says:

    Of all the dozens of people who post their ‘articles’ on Unz and let’s face it, most are bat shit crazy, the old lady usually draws the least number of comments. I wonder why Unz continue to publish her thoughts ? Perhaps with her swarthy, North African appearance, her pronounced foreign accent, her Brillo pad hair and her third world immigrant status makes her the ideal affirmative action ‘writer’ at Unz? Just asking.

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